Royal Ascot ante-post betting update

The five-day Royal Ascot jamboree is almost upon us with famous old races like the King’s Stand Stakes, Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and the Gold Cup to name just. Here are the ante-post prices for the biggest races at the festival.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18

2.30 Queen Anne Stakes: The favourite is Irish raider Le Brivido, but the likes of Karl Burke’s Laurens and Barney Roy from Charlie Appleby’s yard will look to claim the prize over the straight mile.

Betting: Le Brivido (Trainer: Aidan O’Brien) 4-1, Mustashry (Michael Stoute) 9-2, Barney Roy (Charlie Appleby), Laurens (Karl Burke) 7-1, Zabeel Prince (Roger Varian) 8-1, Accidental Agent (Eve Johnson Houghton) 11-1, Hazapour (Dermot Weld) 14-1, 16-1 Bar

3.40 King’s Stand Stakes: This battle of the sprinters could come down to Charlie Hills’ Battaash and the popular Mabs Cross from the stable of Michael Dods as well as last year’s winner Blue Point.

Betting: Battaash (Charlie Hills) 2-1, Blue Point (Charlie Appleby) 3-1, Mabs Cross (Michael Dods) 6-1, Imprimis (Joseph Orseno), Sergei Prokofiev (Aidan O’Brien) 10-1, Soldier’s Call (Archie Watson) 12-1, Invincible Army (James Tate) 14-1, 16-1 bar

4.20 St James’s Palace Stakes: The Classic colts do battle over a mile in what could be a cracker, with English Guineas winner Magna Grecia and Irish winner Phoenix Of Spain set to do battle, with Too Darn Hot another intriguing entry.

Betting: Phoenix Of Spain (Charlie Hills) 13-8, Too Darn Hot (pictured; John Gosden) 7-2, Magna Grecia (Aidan O’Brien) 11-2, King Of Comedy (John Gosden) 6-1, Skardu (William Haggas) 10-1, 16-1 bar.

WEDNESDAY

3.40 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes: Sadly it seems Enable will not run here so Aidan O’Brien’s Magical and William Haggas’s Sea Of Class are the headline acts.

Betting: Magical (Aidan O’Brien), Sea Of Class (William Haggas) 5-2, Enable (John Gosden) 3-1, Crystal Ocean (Michael Stoute) 5-1, Waldgeist (Andre Fabre) 6-1, Masar (Charlie Appleby) 7-1, Ghaiyyath (Charlie Appleby) 8-1, 12-1 bar

4.20 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes: Michael Stoute can claim this and has Rawdaa and Veracious entered, though the likes of Richard Hannon’s Anna Nerium will run her close.

Betting: Rawdaa (Michael Stoute) 4-1, Veracious (Michael Stoute), Beshaayir (William Haggas) 5-1, Anna Nerium (Richard Hannon), Pretty Baby (William Haggas), I Can Fly (Aidan O’Brien) 6-1, Argotera (Ed Walker) 7-1, Awesometank (William Haggas), Billesdon Brook (Richard Hannon) 10-1, 14-1 bar

5.00 Royal Hunt Cup: A wide open handicap.

Betting: New Graduate (James Tate) 8-1, Blue Mist (Roger Charlton), Bowerman (Roger Varian) 10-1, Settle For Bay (David Marnane) 11-1, Cape Byron (Roger Varian), Kynren (David Barron), Raising Sand (Jamie Osborne) 12-1, 14-1 bar

THURSDAY

3.40 Ribblesdale Stakes: Oaks winner Anapurna is scheduled to meet Pink Dogwood again in what promises to be a fascinating 1m4f contest,

Betting: Queen Power (Michael Stoute) 4-1, Pink Dogwood (Aidan O’Brien) 9-2, Mehdaayih (John Gosden) 5-1, Entitle (John Gosden), Manuela De Vega (Ralph Beckett) 7-1, Lavender’s Blue (Amanda Perrett) 8-1, Frankellina (William Haggas), Nausha (Roger Varian), Shambolic (John Gosden) 12-1, 14-1 bar.

4.20 Gold Cup: Stradivarius is the hot favourite to win again.

Betting: Stradivarius (John Gosden) 13-8, Cross Counter (Charlie Appleby) 4-1, Dee Ex Bee (Mark Johnston) 11-2, Kew Gardens (Aidan O’Brien) 7-1, Flag Of Honour (Aidan O’Brien), Southern France (Aidan O’Brien) 10-1, Capri (Aidan O’Brien), Magic Circle (Ian Williams) 14-1, 16-1 bar.

FRIDAY

3.05 King Edward VII Stakes: A lot of Derby horses are entered – can Japan win a big one after coming close at Epsom.

Betting: Japan (Aidan O’Brien) 10-3, Anthony Van Dyck (Aidan O’Brien) 7-2, Broome (Aidan O’Brien), Private Secretary (John Gosden), Sir Dragonet (Aidan O’Brien) 5-1, Telecaster (Hughie Morrison) 10-1, Constantinople (Aidan O’Brien) 11-1, 14-1 bar.

3.40 Commonwealth Cup: Ten Sovereigns did not get home in the English Guineas but back at 6f could claim this prize.

Betting: Ten Sovereigns (Aidan O’Brien) 6-4, Calyx (John Gosden) 4-1, Hello Youmzain (Kevin Ryan), Lady Kaya (Sheila Lavery) 13-2, Jash (Simon Crisford) 7-1, Khaadem (Charlie Hills) 8-1, Fairyland (Aidan O’Brien) 10-1, 12-1 bar.

4.20 Coronation Stakes: Dual Guineas winner Hermosa bids for another big pot.

Betting: Hermosa (Aidan O’Brien) 5-4, Jubiloso (Michael Stoute) 4-1, Pantall (Henri-Alex Pantall) 6-1, Pretty Pollyanna (Michael Bell) 13-2, Qabala (Roger Varian) 10-1, Maqsad (William Haggas) 11-1, Iridessa (Joseph O’Brien), Just Wonderful (Aidan O’Brien) 14-1, 16-1 bar.

SATURDAY

3.40 Hardwicke Stakes: Betting: Crystal Ocean (Michael Stoute) 6-4, Ghaiyyath (Charlie Appleby) 5-1, Southern France (Aidan O’Brien), Mirage Dancer (Michael Stoute), Defoe (Roger Varian) 6-1, Kew Gardens (Aidan O’Brien) 7-1, Masar (Charlie Appleby) 8-1, 12-1 bar.

4.20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes: Betting: Invisible Army (James Tate) 11-4, Inns Of Court (Andre Fabre) 5-1, Blue Point (Charlie Appleby) 6-1, City Light (Stephanie Wattel) 9-1, The Tin Man (James Fanshawe) 10-1, Bound For Nowhere (Wesley Ward), Sounds Of Mali (Richard Fahey) 12-1, 14-1 bar.

5.00 Wokingham Stakes: Betting: Foxtrot Lady (Andrew Balding) 10-1, Danzeno (Michael Appleby). Cape Byron (Roger Varian), Gunmetal (David Barron) 12-1, Perfection (David O’Meara) 14-1, Laugh A Minute (Roger Varian), Soldier’s Minute (Keith Dalgleish) 16-1, Southern Horse (Jim Bolger) 18-1, 20-1 bar.

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