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Royal Ascot 2018 Top Trainer and Jockey Betting – Horse Racing Odds June 19-23

Horse Racing Betting
There are a number of specials surrounding next week's Royal Ascot. The most popular are traditionally the markets surrounding Top Trainer and Top Jockey, though there are odds-on favourites in both. Aidan O'Brien has been Top Trainer at the Royal meeting for the past four years and a powerful team has been assembled to ensure the master of Ballydoyle takes the lion's share of the prize money again. O'Brien amassed a record tally of 28 Group or Grade 1 winners in 2017 and has already sent out two UK classic winners this season in Saxon Warrior and Forever Together. Rhododendron, U S Navy Flag, Hydrangea and Order Of St George are just a few of the stars that the Irish trainer will be sending over. Coral are among those layers offering 1/2 that O'Brien is top dog again this year but the Cashel-based team is not the only one expecting the winners to flow at Royal Ascot next week. John Gosden will run Cracksman and also has high hopes for the likes of Without Parole, Stream Of Stars, Lah Ti Dar and Stradivarius. The yard has been in cracking form so the general 7/2 will make plenty of appeal. Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team won the Epsom Derby a couple of weeks ago but the operation's leading trainer, Charlie Appleby, is as big as 14/1 to be Top Trainer at Royal Ascot and Sir Michael Stoute is 16/1 in places.

Royal Ascot 2018 Top Trainer Betting

Aidan O'Brien 8/11 John Gosden 7/2 Charlie Appleby 14/1 Sir Michael Stoute 16/1 Mark Johnston 25/1 William Haggas 25/1 Roger Varian 33/1 Wesley Ward 33/1 Clive Cox 50/1 Saeed bin Suroor 50/1 The Top Jockey betting is shaping up to be a match between Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori. Moore holds the record for most number of wins at a single Royal Ascot meeting, riding nine in 2015. He's been Top Jockey at the meeting for the past four seasons but Dettori has won 50 races down the years at Royal Ascot, including that famous 'Magnificent Seven' in 1996. The pair are backed by the two stables that are likely to dominate proceedings so will have plenty of ammunition and are 8/11 (William Hill) and 7/2 (Betway) respectively to top the charts in 2018. Godolphin's retained jockeys, James Doyle and William Buick, are respectively a best 10/1 and 12/1 but you can get 20/1 about Hamdam Al Maktoum's retained jockey Jim Crowley, even though he has a possible plum ride on Battaash in the King's Stand Stakes. Champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa is 33/1 with several bookmakers.

Royal Ascot 2018 Top Jockey Current Best Odds

Ryan Moore 8/11 Frankie Dettori 7/2 James Doyle 10/1 William Buick 12/1 Oisin Murphy 16/1 Jim Crowley 20/1 Adam Kirby 25/1 Andrea Atzeni 33/1 Silvester De Sousa 33/1 Jamie Spencer 40/1 Paul Hanagan 66/1
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Qipco 1000 Guineas Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting May 6

Horse Racing Betting
The gender pay gap has the subject of many a hot debate in recent months. The All-England club at Wimbledon is leading the way in the sporting world and both the winner of the men's singles and women's singles will receive exactly the same amount of prize money this year. However, the gap still exists in racing when it comes to jockeys and opportunities. Hayley Turner and, latterly, Josie Gordon have been trying to redress the balance, taking a lead from America's Julie Krone among others, but the profession is still male dominated, as have been the training ranks despite the efforts of Jenny Pitman, Henrietta Knight and Venetia Williams. Prize money for the Qipco 2000 Guineas and 1000 Guineas also varies to the tune of £47,500 but not in the way you would imagine given the value of a top stallion will usually trump that of a top broodmare. The fillies' Classic is the more valuable race which is why it attracts runners from across Europe. In fact, only two English-based trainers have won the race in the last 11 years if you don't count the disgraced Mahmood Al Zarooni.

1000 Guineas History and Trends

The 1,000 Guineas dates back to 1814 and is a Group 1 race run over 1m for three-year-old fillies. The second of the five English Classics, it is staged at Newmarket in late April or early May each year. Unlike the 2000 Guineas and its influence on the Derby, it's usually a good trial for the Oaks at Epsom in June with Kazzia, in 2002, and Minding, in 2016, completing the double. Nearly all recent winners finished in the first three on their previous start and most had won at least twice before with 11 of the last 16 having won on their most recent outing. However, this is not always a race for fancied runners with nine of the last 16 not being among the top three in the betting on the day. Aidan O'Brien has trained the winner on four occasions and three times in the last six years. Owner Hamdan Al Maktoum has seen his colours carried to success five times. Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori have both ridden the winner three times. Ballydoyle does not have as good a record in this race as the 2000 Guineas but has been taking steps to put that right in recent years and four fillies will try to extend their winning sequence to three this year. Happily is a general 5/2 and her form last season was top class. She won the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and the Gran Criterium at Chantilly before trying her luck in the Breeders' Cup. She's bred to be a champion and it's unlikely she'll fail through lack of fitness so is preferred to stablemates I Can Fly, Sizzling and Sarrocchi. Laurens is a worthy challenger from the north as she was only beaten once last season and won the Group 1 Fillies Mile over the course and distance of the 1000 Guineas in October - Karl Burke's filly is a stand-out 9/1 with Coral. Liquid Amber dented a few reputations when storming home in a Group 3 at the Curragh in August and Willie McCreery's entry can be backed at 14/1 with William Hill.  Soliloquy won the Nell Gwyn, normally a good trial for this, last month, beating Altyn Orda and Billesdon Brook, but third Eirene has been beaten since so the 6/1 with Boylesports may not be much value. Charlie Appleby also runs WILD ILLUSION and she's been the largely forgotten filly of this year's race. I can't understand why the daughter of Dubawi should be 9/1 with Coral unless it's the fact that William Buick has chosen to stick with Soliloquy. Last year's win in the Prix Marcel Boussac was no fluke and the second had earlier beaten Laurens at Deauville. She won over a straight mile at Yarmouth on her debut and appears to handle any going so a big run is anticipated. Dan's Dream would be a dream winner for the charity she represents but she's improving fast and could pick up some nice prize money towards a worthy cause at the general 14/1.

Qipco 1000 Guineas Current Best Odds

Happily 5/2, Soliloquy 6/1, I Can Fly 7/1, Laurens and Wild Illusion 9/1, Dan's Dream, Anna Nerium and Liquid Amber 14/1, Altyn Orda 16/1, Madeline, Sarrocchi, and Sizzling 33/1, Billesdon Brook, Vitamin and Worship 50/1
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Breeders’ Cup 2017 Preview and Odds – Horse Racing Betting November 3-4

Horse Racing Betting
There will be a record number of European-trained horses running at this year's Breeders' Cup meeting, staged for the first time at Del Mar near San Diego in California. The 35 runners exceeds the 30 that ran at Santa Anita, also in California, in 2009 when six were successful. Percentage-wise, however, that success rate was eclipsed in 2013 at Santa Anita, when Europe had five winners from just 16 entries - will that feat be bettered this year?

Breeders' Cup - A Brief History

The Breeders' Cup was staged for the first time in 1984. Racing is staged on both the Dirt track, prevalent in the USA, and the Turf course. The meeting is staged over a Friday and Saturday with the second day being the big one in terms of prize money and status as it features nine Grade 1 contests, all being designed as championship races - there are only four Grade 1 races on the Friday. The United States has hosted every Breeders' Cup meeting since its inception, apart from in 1996 when Woodbine in Canada staged the event. This is the 10th year in which the meeting has been split over two days. Runners have to qualify to earn an invite to the Breeders' Cup with a maximum of 14 runners allowed in each Grade 1 contest. D. Wayne Lukas has trained most Breeders' Cup winners, followed by Bob Baffert and Ireland's Aidan O'Brien. Mike Smith is the most successful jockey in Breeders' Cup history having ridden 25 winners - Frankie Dettori is the leading jockey from Europe. In 2016, a staggering $160million was wagered through the on-course betting pool at Santa Anita. Many Americans, of course, don't have access to internet betting sites because of State legislation. Having broken Bob Baffert's long-standing record for Grade 1 or Group 1 victories in a season in last week's Racing Post Trophy, Aidan O'Brien is hoping to inflict further misery on the Americans by winning at least one of the big races on Saturday. Ballydoyle's best hope may be RHODODENDRON in the Fillies and Mare Turf. Second in both the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks earlier this year, the Galileo filly came good again in the Prix de l'Opera at Chantilly last month and is 7/2 for this Saturday's contest with several bookmakers, including 888sport. Unfortunately, she's been handed the outside stall so Ryan Moore will need to get her smartly out of the gate to grab a decent position. Marsha and LADY AURELIA lock horns again in the Turf Sprint having finished 1-2 in the Nunthorpe at York. Many believe the latter and Frankie Dettori should have won on the Knavesmire and Wesley Ward's three-year-old is very much back on home Turf for this one and she's odds-on in some places to take her revenge with John Velazquez back in the saddle. RIBCHESTER is 7/2 with 888sport and carries many of Britain's hopes of success in the Breeders' Cup Mile. Trained by Richard Fahey in North Yorkshire, he runs in the colours of Godolphin, who have earned more prize money in Breeders' Cup than anyone else. He will relish the opportunity to run on decent ground for the first time since winning the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, though isn't as well drawn as likely market rival World Approval. The $6million Classic is a fitting finale on Saturday and is being billed as a clash between ARROGATE and Gun Runner. The former came out best when the pair clashed in the Dubai World Cup at the start of the year and, despite the latter's subsequent exploits, will do well to reverse the form with Bob Baffert's superstar, who has been trained with this race in mind - the 11/4 with sportingbet is unlikely to be available nearer the off!

Breeders' Cup Classic Current Best Odds

Gun Runner 2/1, Arrogate 11/4, West Coast 6/1, Collected 7/1, Churchill 16/1, Mubtaahij 25/1, Gunnevera 40/1, Pavel and War Decree 50/1, War Story and Win The Space 100/1
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Racing Post Trophy Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting October 28

Horse Racing Betting
Having already won the Racing Post Trophy on seven occasions, it would be fitting if Aidan O'Brien made history at Doncaster this Saturday. Trainer O'Brien, master of the all-conquering Ballydoyle operation in Ireland, is on the verge of breaking Bobby Frankel's long-standing record of 25 victories in Group or Grade 1 races during a season. He's already equalled the record and has four of the 12 runners in the Racing Post Trophy, the last of the year's races at the highest level in the UK. Failure, however, would not be the end of the record attempt with the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar next week still to come and possible opportunities in Hong Kong. But O'Brien would love to shatter the record as near to home soil as possible and Doncaster's Town Moor has been god to the stable down the years. High Chaparral, Brian Boru, St Nicholas Abbey and Camelot have been among Ballydoyle's previous winners in the Racing Post Trophy, run over a mile for two-year-olds. It's been run since 1961 and has gone through various incarnations including the Timeform Gold Cup, Observer Gold Cup and Futurity Stakes. Five winners have gone on to win the following year's Derby so this is still an important trial but the final entries suggest that O'Brien's quartet aren't going to have things all their own way - and then there is the tricky dilemma of deciding which of the four is best suited to the test. Though number one stable jockey Ryan Moore rides the unbeaten Saxon Warrior, past experience tells us that jockey bookings are no guarantee of pecking order when it comes to multiple Ballydoyle entries in big races - this year's Irish Derby immediately springs to mind! Ryan Moore has, in fact, never ridden the winner of the Racing Post Trophy and an additional worry is his trainer's more recent record with two-year-olds at Doncaster - just one of his last 18 entries has won and the stable's overall strike-rate on Town Moor is little better. That said, Saxon Warrior was impressive when winning the Group 2 Beresford Stakes at Naas, though I'm not sure it justified best odds of 15/8 in this Saturday's big race. Stable companions The Pentagon, improving when last seen in July, and Seahenge, third in the Dewhurst Stakes and already a winner at Doncaster, are useful back-up plans and priced up at 9/2 and 12/1 respectively. But Ireland has even stronger hand with Verbal Dexterity, winner of the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh last month and bred to stay a mile and further. Jim Bolger has never won the Racing Post Trophy but has a live contender this year. However, we shouldn't ignore the home defence and especially Roaring Lion (7/1 with 10Bet). John Gosden is another top trainer seeking his first win in this end-of-season Group 1 but his colt won the Group 2 Royal Lodge at Newmarket last month and is still improving so demands respect. Andrea Atzeni has ridden the last four winners of the Racing Post Trophy so it's a surprise that his mount CHILEAN is 12/1 with several bookmakers, including 10Bet. Martyn Meade, who has enjoyed tremendous success this year with Eminent and Aclaim, trains the son of Iffraaj. The colt gets his speed from his sire and stamina from his dam, a decent middle-distance performer in France. He seems adaptable to going and the manner of his win in a Listed race at Haydock last month was eye-catching. This is obviously another big step up but he looks capable of shocking better-fancied rivals and denying Aidan O'Brien that record, for the time being at least.

Racing Post Trophy Latest Odds

Saxon Warrior 15/8, Verbal Dexterity 7/2, The Pentagon 9/2, Roaring Lion 7/1, Seahenge and Chilean 12/1, Loxley 14/1, Gabr 33/1, Coat Of Arms 66/1, Merlin Magic and Theobald 100/1, Alfa McGuire 150/1
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Wokingham Stakes Royal Ascot 2017 Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting June 24

Horse Racing Betting
Kieran Shoemark had a landmark victory at Royal Ascot on Thursday. Trusted by boss Roger Charlton, the apprentice delivered a perfect ride on Godolphin's Atty Perse to win the King George V Stakes and has another high-profile mount in this Saturday's Wokingham Stakes on PROJECTIONIST. The four-year-old looks well worth a bet at 9/1 with Marathonbet. Marathonbet have a packed sportsbook running on their website and have partnered up with some top scorer clubs in the past. As a new Marathonbet customer, you can enjoy the benefit of getting your hands on a free bet bonus. To earn the bonus, you have to enter the special code TV20 on your first deposit and they will give you a 100% matched deposit free bet. The minimum deposit is £10 and the maximum free bet that can be claimed is £20. It doesn't matter if your first deposit is over £20, the maximum free bet that you can pick up is the £20 matched deposit bonus. The free bet will made available to you after you have played through your initial deposit three times (and at odds of 1.8 or more). Just follow our link to Marathonbet to get your hands on this bonus.

Wokingham Stakes History and Trends

The Wokingham Stakes is one of the betting highlight of Royal Ascot for many punters. The final big-field handicap of the meeting, it is run over 6f and several past winners have go on to contest Group races, including the likes of Iffraaj, High Standing and Deacon Blues. First run in 1813, the race was divided into two or three separate classes in its early years but it became a single race in 1874 - four horses have won it twice and last year's winner, Outback Traveller, is looking to join that elite group. Bob Cowell's charge is only 4lb higher and had the perfect pipe-opener over 7f at Ascot last month so it's no surprise that he's only a best 8/1 to stage a repeat. Five-year-olds have won the last four renewals of the Wokingham Stakes and there hasn't been a winner aged older than sixth in almost 20 years. Evidence of any draw advantage on the straight course at Royal Ascot this week has been inconclusive but only one of the last 10 winners of this Heritage Handicap has been drawn low. Half of the last eight winners have started at single-figure odds and gambles are not uncommon so the market needs scrutiny. Like Outback Traveller, Projectionist appears to have had the perfect prep race at Newmarket. He finished behind Eastern Impact (a general 20/1) but will hardly have known that he'd had a race, making late headway under a hands and heels ride. A bit unlucky when fourth in last year's Stewards' Cup, the four-year-old looks capable of landing a big handicap like this. I'd also like to put in a good word for Buckstay at 20/1 with several bookmakers. Peter Chapple-Hyam's runner thrives at Ascot and goes well fresh so an absence since finishing fifth behind another course specialist, Librisa Breeze, in October is not a concern. Raucous, in first-time blinkers and with Ryan Moore up, has a shout at 16/1 with Paddy Power and top weight Certificate (a best 22/1) also has a touch of class and a competent 5lb claimer on board but Projectionist can light up the big screen at Ascot this Saturday.

Wokingham Stakes Current Best Odds

Outback Traveller (8/1), Projection (9/1), Normandy Barriere (14/1), Raucous (16/1), Buckstay, Eastern Impact and Edward Lewis (20/1), Certificate (22/1), Amazour, Squats, Steady Pace and Intisaab (25/1), Birchwood and Out Do (28/1), Danzeno, Boom The Groom, Duke Of Firenze, Muntadab, Polybius, G Force and Lancelot Du Lac (33/1), Donjuan Triumphant, Poyle Vinnie and Shanghai Glory (40/1), First Selection, Harry Hurricane and George Dryden (50/1), Captain Colby (66/1)
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Breeders’ Cup 2016 Preview and Odds – Horse Racing Betting November 4-5

Horse Racing Betting
The 32nd Breeders' Cup takes place in Santa Anita this weekend - the ninth time that the California track has staged the two-day festival, second only to the Dubai World Cup in terms of prize money. Friday is traditionally the day when the stars and future stars of US racing hog the limelight but the Europeans will be out in force again on Saturday's valuable nine-race extravaganza, with Aidan O'Brien's stable expected to be leading the way. Ballydoyle has already enjoyed plenty of success in the shadows of the San Gabriel mountains and Found won the Breeders' Cup Turf at Keeneland last year, beating the brilliant Golden Horn in the process. The latter had won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on his previous start and the O'Brien filly won that race at Chantilly last month to rubber-stamp her credentials in this year's Turf. Found is 9/4 with Skybet to beat the colts again at Santa Anita and Skybet give all their new customers a £20 free bet. To get it, simply register with Skybet and place your first single or each way bet with a value of £5. After your first bet, you will get immediately a £20 free bet, it couldn't be easier! Register for a new account via a link here to the Skybet site. This offer can be redeemed in any of the website's sport market and all customers can get a £5 free bet every week if they bet at least £25 within seven calendar days on any sport and in any market with odds of evens or above before midnight Sunday. Your £5 free bet will be credited by 7pm Monday to use on any sport. If you miss a week you're out, however, and to rejoin the scheme you have to spend a total of £40. Skybet gives the punter the most up-to-date odds in the business from sports such as; Athletics, Boxing, Cricket, Golf, Horse Racing, Motor Racing, Rugby League and Union, Football and Tennis. Sign up by going to Skybet and then in the top left hand corner click on the 'register' link. Ryan Moore rides Found and will also partner Alice Springs for O'Brien in the Mile, though she will have to produce a career-best effort to beat Mark Casse's super mare Tepin, winner of the Mile in 2015. The five-year-old, who also won the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, is a best 3/1 with Skybet with Alice Springs at a general 9/2. Henry Candy's star sprinter Limato, so impressive at Chantilly, is a general 7/2 but was only fourth on his only previous try over a mile. Skybet are offering non-runner, no-bet terms on all Breeders' Cup races before the final declarations are made but each-way backers should scour the markets as some firms are offering one-quarter odds for a place.

Breeders' Cup Mile Current Best Odds

Tepin (3/1), Limato (7/2), Alice Springs (9/2), Ironicus (10/1), Spectre (16/1), Miss Temple City and Photo Call (20/1), Midnight Storm and Dutch Connection (25/1), Tourist (33/1), Hit It A Bomb, What A View, Cougar Mountain and Ring Weekend (40/1)
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Diamond Jubilee Stakes Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting June 18

Horse Racing Betting
It's a been a damp Royal Ascot and soft ground usually brings about shock results. However, many of the favourites this week have actually found easier conditions in their favour and upheld the form book - will that trend be replicated in this Saturday's Diamond Jubilee Stakes, the feature on the last day?

Diamond Jubilee Stakes History and Trends

Established in 1868, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes was known as the Cork and Orrery Stakes between 1926 and 2002 in honour of the 9th Earl of Cork, who served as the Master of the Buckhounds in the 19th century. It was promoted to Group 2 status in 1998 and renamed to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2002. From this point it held Group 1 status and, after another 10 years, the race was renamed to the current Diamond Jubilee Stakes to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of The Queen. It became part of new international race series, the Global Sprint Challenge, in 2005. Prior to 2015 the race was also open to three-year-olds but was restricted to four-year-olds and upwards when a new 6f Group One race, the Commonwealth Cup, was created at the meeting for three-year-olds only. Australian raider Holler is technically listed as a three-year-old but is allowed to take part having being foaled in the year before Europe-based three-year-olds. Nine of the last 12 winners of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes had raced previously at Ascot - Jungle Cat actually finished fourth in the King's Stand Stakes over 5f at the meeting on Tuesday, and those that have tried the double have run well previously in this race. Only one UK-based sprinter has won this in the last four years and three six-year-olds have been successful in the last 10 years, reversing the trend that favoured younger horses previously. Undrafted is bidding to repeat last year's success and has only run once this year, winning a Grade 2 at Keeneland in April. But the going was good to firm 12 months ago and he has never raced on ground this soft. The draw is unlikely to be a factor this year with only 10 runners and Magical Memory must have a decent chance of completing his hat-trick. Frankie Dettori's mount finished behind Twilight Son in last year's Sprint Cup at Haydock but the placings were reversed in last month's Duke Of York Stakes when Charlie Hills' grey edged out Suedois with Mattmu further behind. Several form lines involve TWILIGHT SONG in this and Henry Candy's colt would be a danger to all if back on song being a previous Group 1 winner and having found only one too good in the British Champions Sprint Stakes here in October when he finished two places ahead of recent Windsor winner The Tin Man. Ryan Moore is back in the saddle and that has to be a plus. The general 4/1 about Twilight Son is giving nothing away but The Tin Man is quoted at the same odds and is still rated 2lb lower, despite recent progress. Magical Memory is the general 3/1 favourite yet is rated another pound lower. Bet365 and betway are offering each-way betting on the first three at a quarter the odds even though this is not a handicap and there are two less runners than for when the criteria normally applies.

Diamond Jubilee Stakes Best Current Odds

Magical Memory (3/1), Twilight Son and The Tin Man (4/1), Gold-Fun and Undrafted (9/1), Holler (10/1), Suedois (12/1), Jungle Cat and Mattmu (20/1), Signs Of Blessing (25/1)
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Royal Ascot Leading Jockey and Trainer Betting – Horse Racing Odds

Horse Racing Betting
Ryan Moore generally shuns the limelight but will find it difficult to stay out of view of the cameras and the microphones this week at Royal Ascot if he repeats last year's record-breaking feat. Moore was leading jockey at the royal meeting last year with nine winners and has another strong book of rides for main retainers Ballydoyle as well as a few interesting mounts for former boss Sir Michael Stoute, though it's been announced that the flying American filly Acapulco will duck the King's Stand Stakes on the opening day and be saved for the Commowealth Cup on Friday. Unsurprisingly, Moore is a hot favourite to be leading jockey again this year (a best 4/11). Frankie Dettori is a best 5/1 with Ladbrokes with William Buick, expected to get the pick of the Godolphin runners, at a general 16/1. It's the same odds for Andrea Atzeni while Godolphin's number two James Doyle is a best 20/1.

Ladbrokes' Odds to be Leading Jockey at Royal Ascot

Ryan Moore (1/3), Frankie Dettori (5/1), Andrea Atzeni, James Doyle, Pat Smullen and William Buick (16/1), Silvestre De Sousa (20/1), Paul Hanagan and Jamie Spencer (33/1) The race to be Leading Trainer at Royal Ascot looks a lot more competitive but bookmakers have taken wildly differing views about several stables. Aidan O'Brien will again hold a strong hand in most of the two-year-old races and will aiming some top-class three-year-olds at the top prizes as well so looks a worthy favourite at the general 8/13 - those odds will disappear quickly if Caravaggio and The Gurkha win on the opening day. Aidan O'Brien John Gosden is a best 5/1 with Stan James who have Sir Michael Stoute at 12/1. The same firm are also best odds on Mark Johnston, William Haggas and Charlie Appleby. Roger Varian is a best 12/1 with Richard Hannon at 14/1 with one bookmaker, though he doesn't look to have as strong a team as normal this year.

Stan James' Odds for Leading Trainer at Royal Ascot

Aidan O'Brien (1/3), John Gosden (5/1), Richard Hannon (6/1), Roger Varian (11/1), Sir Michael Stoute and Wesley Ward (12/1), Mark Johnston (25/1), Charlie Appleby and William Haggas (33/1), Saeed bin Suroor and Dermot Weld (50/1)
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Qipco 2000 and 1000 Guineas Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting Apr 30 -May 1

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Aidan O'Brien has trained the winner of the Qipco 2000 Guineas on seven previous occasions and has the hot favourite this year in Air Force Blue. Now, you are not going to get rich backing the son of War Front at a best 8/11 with betway at Newmarket this Saturday but his two-year-old form was the best overall and it's unlikely the lack of a recent run will be a problem - it certainly wasn't for stablemate Gleneagles 12 months ago! He beat Massaat (a best 14/1) by more than three lengths in the Dewhurst in October having got the better of Herald The Dawn (a general 33/1) in the National Stakes at the Curragh earlier. He was beaten by Buratino (18/1 with Paddy Power) over 6f at Royal Ascot last June but Mark Johnston admits that his colt may not stay the mile in the 2000 Guineas. There is, however, also a slight stamina doubt surrounding the favourite. His dam never raced beyond 6f so we don't really know what will be left in reserve inside the final furlong on the Rowley Mile and, for that reason, I'd rather have an each-way interest in GALILEO GOLD. It's 17 years since Frankie last steered home a 2000 Guineas winner but he should have a willing partner in Hugo Palmer's Paco Boy colt. His sire didn't run in the 2000 Guineas but went on to prove himself a top-class miler, winning the Queen Anne Stakes and the Lockinge. Out of a Galileo mare, stamina was never going to be a problem as he's already shown with a fast-finishing third in the Grand Criterium at Longchamp- he's available at 12/1 with Paddy Power.

Qipco 2000 Guineas Current Best Odds

Air Force Blue (8/11), Stormy Antarctic (8/1), Galileo Gold and Marcel (12/1), Massaat (14/1), Buratino (18/1), Herald The Dawn (33/1), Air Vice Marshall and Ribchester (40/1), Zonderland (66/1), First Selection and Zhui Feng (100/1), Kentuckyconnection (250/1) Aidan O'Brien and his Ballydoyle stable also dominate the betting in Sunday's Qipco 2000 Guineas. The aptly-named Ballydoyle (13/2 with betway) is one of three entries for the yard in the season's second classic but she's only third favourite behind stablemate MINDING (6/4 with betway), even though she beat her stable companion in the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh in August. Ryan Moore's mount took her revenge in the Moyglare Stud Stakes and then beat Nathra (a general 10/1) in the Dubai Fillies Mile. With the 1000 Guineas run over the same course and distance as that latter race this weekend, Minding is difficult to oppose. Mark Johnston is convinced that Lumiere (a general 5/1) will stay the mile and she looked a top-class filly in three runs last year. She'll be a threat to all if lasting home as she beat Illuminate and Alice Springs in the Cheveley Park last year.

Qipco 1000 Guineas Current Best Odds

Minding (6/4), Lumiere (5/1), Ballydoyle (13/2), Nathra (10/1), Illuminate (16/1), Alice Springs, Jet Setting, Turret Rocks and Midweek (20/1), Mix And Mingle and Robanne (33/1), Blue Bayou (50/1), Fireglow and Aljazzi (66/1), Sharja Queen (100/1), Epsom Icon (150/1)
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Stobart Flat Jockeys Championship 2016 – Horse Racing Betting

Horse Racing Betting
From Lester Piggott, through Kieren Fallon and onwards to Ryan Moore. British champion jockeys, on the Flat at least, have hardly proved an overly communicative bunch. Piggott had an excuse in that he was partially deaf but others have actually hidden rather than talk to the press. Nowadays, of course, they can't do that if they want to remain on the right side of the BHA. With Moore, there may be a genuine shyness but he's been around the racing scene long enough to learn how to talk to the media in sentences of more than three words! Probably the most famous of a modern racing dynasty, the three-times champion is 33 this year and bidding to win his first Flat Racing Championship since 2008. He's reached his century every season since 2004, peaking with 192 winners six years ago. Moore rode the winners of both the English 2000 and 1000 Guineas last year and the word is he'll be travelling the length and breadth of the country this year in an attempt to wrest back the title so it's no surprise that he's attracted support in ante-post betting to be Champion Jockey in 2016. Currently, bet365 are biggest at 7/4. Reigning champion Silvestre De Sousa remains favourite, however (6/4 with Betfred), though the Brazilian believes he will have a real battle on his hands. A freelance, he knows that he's dependent on owners' and trainers' loyalty and accepts that those with stronger connections could threaten his dominance. William Buick finished second in the title race in 2015 and he and James Doyle will be getting plenty of good rides from employer Godolphin. Andrea Atzeni and Paul Hanagan are others guaranteed to receive plenty of support. Graham Lee showed a willingness to travel all over the country last year and the former jump jockey is popular among northern trainers with Luke Morris will be hoping to build on another successful all-weather campaign.

Stobart Flat Jockey Championship Best Odds

SilvestreDe Sousa (6/4), Ryan Moore (7/4), William Buick (10/1), James Doyle and Paul Hanagan (16/1), Andrea Atzeni (20/1), Graham Lee (40/1), Jim Crowley and Luke Morris (50/1), Pat Dobbs and Oisin Murphy (66/1), Tom Marquand (100/1), Frankie Dettori (150/1) De Sousa's big advantage over many of his rivals is that his minimum riding weight is eight stone so he can take mounts that others have to forego. The 2016 Stobart Flat Jockeys Championship no longer runs from March to November but is decided by who has ridden most winners of both Flat and All Weather races taking place from early May to mid-October.
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