13:15 Ascot Golden Gates Handicap Odds & Tips: Unibet offer 7/2 on Acquitted – 18th June 2020

Maori Knight can score in Thursday's opener

Horse Racing Betting

The opening act of Thursday’s card at Royal Ascot 2020 is the Golden Gates Handicap. This is a Class2 contest that starts the day, and there are 18 runners declared for the trip.

The distance is at 1m 1f 212y and it is open to 3-year-olds only.

Golden Gates Handicap Odds

Acquitted 7/2
Hypothetical 9/2
Global Storm 11/2
Maori Knight 8/1
Tritonic 9/1
Grand Rock 10/1
Ya Hayati 11/1
Bronze River 12/1
Highland Chief 12/1
Cepheus 14/1
Yoshimi 14/1
Gallaside 16/1
Hms President 18/1
Mafia Power 18/1
Laser Show 22/1
Tom Collins 25/1
Dogged 25/1
* (betting odds taken from Unibet at 04:56 GMT on Wednesday, 16th June 2020)

Horse Racing Betting at Unibet

Acquitted heading the field

The current 7/2 favourite for the Golden Gates Handicap is ACQUITTED* (betting odds taken from Unibet at 04:56 GMT on Wednesday, 16th June 2020). After a good debut season, Acquitted returned to action at Newcastle recently for his handicap debut.

He put up a great run in that one as well, finishing behind the highly-impressive Palace Pier. That was a 1m trip and he should be really game in this one. The 3-year-old has won two of his four starts so far and that recent run after a 225-day break was impressive.




MAORI KNIGHT looks to be trending towards something big. He broke his maiden in late February, which happened in the all-weather at Chelmsford City. He has had the one trip since then.

That was a 10F effort on June 7th at Haydock in which he was pipped to the post by a head by Midnights Legacy. That was a good run that he had there at Kempton on stepping up to the trip.

It was a fantastic primer and the colt, trained by Richard Hughes, has to be in the frame for this one. Maori Knight has big claims from 8/1* (betting odds taken from Unibet at 04:56 GMT on Wednesday, 16th June 2020).


The unexposed HYPOTHETICAL cracked off a win on his debut. That was a win in a novice effort on the all-weather at Chelmsford City in December. His latest run saw him take on the Classic Trial at Kempton at 10F.

He really ran smoothly in that latest run, which was in early June. With a stiffer track underfoot for this Ascot run, there could be a lot more to come from him.

He has the trip in him easily and warrants some respect from 9/2* (betting odds taken from Unibet at 04:56 GMT on Wednesday, 16th June 2020).


The form is there from GLOBAL STORM. There has been a good progression from him. He scored at the distance at Newmarket in November under handicap terms, which sets him up well for this contest.

In his last run, which was back at Newmarket, he scored a great Handicap win in taking out Arthurian Fable by a short head. It has been a highly impressive upswing from him.

He has been slapped with a 6lb penalty for those recent wins, but he has the trip in him and he looks good enough to handle that rise. Global Storm is currently an 11/2 option* (betting odds taken from Unibet at 04:56 GMT on Wednesday, 16th June 2020).


At top weight is HIGHLAND CHIEF who is going to wear cheekpieces for the first time. He will enjoy coming back up in trip in what will be his return to action. Highland Chief did have an impressive effort at Ascot in the Chesham Stakes last year when he took third. May well enjoy a trip back at the course.

Other Contenders

GRAND ROCK won a couple of slower, tough minor events last year. He will be taking on his handicap debut in this one and from what we saw of him last term it is likely that he will enjoy this extended trip.

Last summer GALLASIDE was in cracking form, winning three times up to a distance of 8.3f. After he was pushed a little further to take on a 10f trip he couldn’t find enough and finished near the back of the field. Comes back from a 253-day break.

TRITONIC had a couple of wins behind him last season which were both at distances up to 1m. He has been fairly well treated in the weights for this one, however, but this is some tough company which he finds himself in.

Predictions & Tips

We can’t look past the threat of MAORI KNIGHT in this one. He really enjoyed himself over this same distance on his return at Haydock recently.

The conditions underfoot should help his case even further and he looks to be a great option for what looks to be a really tough handicap. Maori Knight is a big threat at 8/1* (betting odds taken from Unibet at 04:56 GMT on Wednesday, 16th June 2020).

Others that we will look at as well is the existing youngster HYPOTHETICAL who looks as if he is just going to get better and better. He really showed up well in the Kempton Classic Trial and he has a lot more to come.

With the way that the ACQUITTED took on the challenge of trying to tackle Palace Pier in his last run, he also has to be on the shortlist. He should really thrive in conditions like this and isn’t likely to be far from scoring.

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