Royal Ascot 2019 June 20 Odds and Predictions – Horse Racing Betting

Stradivarius in tune for Gold Cup repeat

Horse Racing Betting

It’s Gold Cup day at Royal Ascot with 11 runners declared for one of the showpiece races of the Royal meeting.

Part of the British Champions Series, the Ascot Gold Cup is one of key races for stayers in Europe. Run over a stamina-testing 2m4f, the race is open to four-year-olds and upwards and can trace its history back to 1807.  Yeats became the most successful horse in Gold Cup history when he won for a  fourth consecutive time in 2009 and other famous winners include Le Moss and Ardross.

In recent years, four-year-olds who displayed classic form the previous season have done well.

Ascot Gold Cup Trends

  • Most recent winners had run no more than twice in the current season
  • Winning form over at least 2m is a pre-requisite
  • Eleven of the last 13 winners were 7/1 or shorter in the betting

There is an unusual lack of recent Group 1 form in this year’s race but that hasn’t stopped ante-post punters sticking with STRADIVARIUS.

John Gosden’s five-year-old is bidding to become the first since Yeats to win back-to-back Gold Cups but looked as good as ever when making a winning reappearance in Yorkshire Cup. He won the Long Distance Cup at Ascot in the autumn on soft going so any rain would not put a dampener on his chances.

Stradivarius to Win Ascot Gold Cup


Cross Counter and Dee Ex Bee fit the bill as four-year-olds who have improved for a step up in distance. The pair clashed in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood last year when the Godolphin gelding came out on top. He wasn’t qualified to run in the St Leger but the Melbourne Cup in November provided ample compensation and he’s since won the Dubai World Cup while Dee Ex Bee has won the Sagaro Stakes and the Henry II Stakes this season.

Ascot Gold Cup Current Odds – Stradivarius to hit the right note again

Stradivarius 11/10, Cross Counter 9/2, Dee Ex Bee 6/1, Flag Of Honour 14/1, Capri and Called To The Bar 16/1, Magic Circle 20/1, Thomas Hobson 25/1, Master Of Reality 33/1, Raymond Tusk and Cypress Creek 40/1

Norfolk Stakes- Sunday best for Sovereign

Early-season two-year-old form can sometimes to be taken with a pinch of salt, especially at a major meeting like Royal Ascot. But Pat Twomey’s SUNDAY SOVEREIGN easily beat Tuesday’s Coventry Stakes winner Arizona over 6f at the Curragh and was even more impressive back over 5f at Tipperary. It’s no surprise that he is only a best 3/1 for the Norfolk Stakes. Arizona’s trainer Aidan O’Brien takes him on with the once-raced Mount Fuji today and Charlie Appleby’s Expressionist should also go well having already won over course and distance.

Hampton Court Stakes – Scot could prove Great bet

Though a Group 3 contest, this race is probably one of the more low-key events of the week with most recent winners probably falling just short of top class.
This year’s renewal does like ripe for an upset and any give in the ground would suit GREAT SCOT. Priced up at 12/1 with bet365, Tom Dascombe’s colt was keeping on well behind Fox Champion in the German 2000 Guineas in Cologne last time and is well worth a try over the longer distance. He ran well in the Group 1 Futurity at Doncaster on his final start last season – a race that has produced plenty of winners.

Ribblesdale Stakes – Fleeting set to advertise Oaks form

There has been just one winning favourite in the last seven years in the Ribblesdale, Royal Ascot’s Oaks consolation. FLEETING finished strongly into third at Epsom and looks a worthy favourite at 9/4 with bet365. Frankellina was behind but didn’t handle the track and still has time on her side so could reward each-way support. John Gosden is responsible for four of the 11 runners and won the race in 2017. Sparkle Roll looks the pick of the quartet with Queen Power also worth a second look.

Britannia Stakes – Velorum head of an uneasy market

The Britannia Handicap, over the straight mile, features a fascinating clash between three-year-olds with form in pattern race company and less-exposed types still working their way through the ranks.
Just one winning favourite in 12 suggests the market is not the best guide, though winners are often well backed on the day. VELORUM, two from two this year, is market leader but freely available at 10/1. Awe, Dubai Legacy, Mofaawit, Tulfaaris and Migration are among countless others with decent claims in a race not designed for maximum stakes.

King George V Stakes – Pacific may be the pick of O’Brien quartet

Another tough three-year-old handicap to end the day. This one is over 1m4f and it can be tough to overcome a high draw in big fields on the Round Course.
Aidan O’Brien is mob-handed and the top weight Constantinople won a Group 3 race at the Curragh on his latest outing. SOUTH PACIFIC looks overpriced at a general 16/1. Mark Johnston, who bids for back-to-back victories, has three with Summer Moon the best drawn on his trio. Good Birthday will have stamina to prove but is definitely short-list material if he stays.