Find out our latest Ascot Tips from our dedicated team of Horse Racing specialists, journalists and tipsters.
Royal Ascot is widely regarded as the finest flat racing meeting staged anywhere in the world. There are five days of top class racing against the magnificent backdrop of Ascot Racecourse, complete with the pageantry and fashion that has put Ascot high on the social calendar. Unfortunately the coronavirus pandemic means that Royal Ascot 2020 will take place behind closed doors but there is still plenty for the racing fan to look forward to.
The Ascot Gold Cup is the most prestigious staying prize of the season and Stradivarius will be looking for a third consecutive victory this year. Aidan O’Brien’s Japan is being prepared for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes while Godolphin’s Pinatubo could try to bounce back from his 2000 Guineas defeat in the St James’s Palace Stakes.
Ascot Tips Day 1
Royal Ascot has a new look this year with an extra race each day and an earlier start time. There are seven races on the first four days and eight races on the closing Saturday. With the Epsom Derby meeting taking place in July, the King Edward VII Stakes and the Ribblesdale Stakes could become significant trials. Ascot Day 1 Tips are likely to focus on horses entered for the Epsom Classic races.
The Queen Anne Stakes is the first Group 1 race of the week, won so impressively by Frankel in 2012. Top class sprinter Battaash will feature in plenty of Ascot Tips as he bids to end his Royal Ascot hoodoo in the King’s Stand Stakes. He has been beaten three times at this meeting, including finishing runner-up in this race for the past two seasons.
Ascot Tips Day 2
The only Group 1 action on day 2 is the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes over ten furlongs. This race has been won by the likes of Dubai Millennium (2000), Ouija Board (2006) and Highland Reel (2017). The latter was trained by Aidan O’Brien who has Japan earmarked for the race this year. Last year’s Juddmonte International Stakes winner is likely to be prominent among Ascot Day 2 Tips.
The Royal Hunt Cup is the big one-mile handicap of the week and is preceded this year by the consolation Silver Royal Hunt Cup. It could prove a difficult day for finding Ascot winners with two staying handicaps also on the card. These are the King George V Handicap for three-year-olds and the inaugural Copper Horse Handicap for older horses.
Ascot Tips Day 3
The Ascot Gold Cup is the highlight of Thursday’s meeting with all eyes on the hat-trick seeking Stradivarius. John Gosden and Frankie Dettori have cleaned up the top staying prizes with this horse for the past two seasons. His ten-race winning sequence came to an end when caught by Kew Gardens at Ascot in October and a re-match is eagerly anticipated.
The supporting card features the Group 3 Jersey Stakes for three-year-olds and the Listed Chesham Stakes for two-year-olds. The Chesham was won by subsequent 2000 Guineas winner Churchill in 2016 and by the smart Pinatubo in 2019. There will be plenty of Ascot Day 3 Tips for the two three-year-old handicaps, the Britannia Stakes and the Sandringham Handicap.
Royal Ascot Gold Cup Tips
Stradivarius will bid to become only the third horse in history to win three Ascot Gold Cups. Sagaro (1975-1977) became the first to do so with his achievement being surpassed by Yeats (2006-2009). The popular chestnut has claimed a £1 million bonus for the past two seasons by winning four of the top staying races in the calendar.
Kew Gardens looks likely to provide his biggest danger having lowered his colours in the Long Distance Cup. That was over two miles on good to soft ground and, with an extra half-mile and possibly faster ground, many will be backing Stradivarius to come out on top this summer.
Ascot Tips Day 4
Three-year-old sprinters take centre stage on Friday with the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup over six furlongs. The race was introduced to the programme in 2015 when it was won by Champion sprinter Muhaarar. If Kimari makes the trip from America the filly will be popular among Ascot Day 4 Tips. She is in the care of Wesley Ward who has trained ten Royal Ascot winners since 2009.
There could be some early St Leger clues on offer in the Queen’s Vase, won in 2018 by Kew Gardens prior to success in the Doncaster Classic. Sir Michael Stoute has made the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes his own with a record eleven victories. Any entries for this race from his powerful Newmarket stable are worth careful consideration for your Royal Ascot tips.
Ascot Tips Day 5
A bumper eight-race card brings the curtain down on Royal Ascot 2020, including three Group 1’s. The top milers of the current crop of three-year-olds will be on show in the Coronation Stakes and the St James’s Palace Stakes. Ascot Day 5 Tips are likely to focus on beaten Guineas’ favourites Quadrilateral and Pinatubo.
The final Group 1 of the week is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs, the same distance as the Wokingham Handicap and Silver Wokingham Handicap on the same day. There are always a wide range of Ascot tips for the Wokingham and it is worth remembering that Cape Byron (2019) ended a nine-year drought for favourites in the race.
Royal Ascot Live Streaming
The crowds won’t be there for Royal Ascot 2020 but the live coverage is better than ever. All 36 races will be shown live on SKY Sports Racing while ITV will televise 6 races every day. ITV will also screen The Opening Show every morning to provide you with the latest information on going, non-runners and market movers.
If you are not near a television, you can take advantage of the live streaming offered by bookmakers. Most require only a nominal stake (typically 50 pence or £1) on the race for you to see the drama unfold on your computer or mobile device. For more detailed information, check your bookmaker’s website.
Best Bookmakers for Royal Ascot Betting
Royal Ascot week is one of the busiest of the year for bookmakers and they will be doing their best to attract your custom with Ascot Free Bets. Long-established firms such as William Hill and Ladbrokes inevitably provide a comprehensive service while Paddy Power always has excellent Ascot Betting Offers.
If you already hold accounts with one or more of these firms, then it could be worth considering the Ascot Free Bets and special offers from the competition. Unibet and Bet365 both have great free bet offers while Betway is another worthy of consideration. Take the time to browse the sites to see if they might make a good addition to your betting armoury.
How to Bet on Royal Ascot
Betting on Royal Ascot can be fun and profitable if you are able to take advantage of the special bookmaker offers. Ascot Betting Offers include daily price boosts on the fancied runners and some fantastic new customer offers. Past offers include 40-1 about St James’s Palace Stakes favourite Churchill to a £1 stake to open a new betting account. That would have started you off with £40 in Ascot Free Bets!
Recent form usually stands up well at Royal Ascot but this year’s meeting is slightly different. With the season not starting until 1st June, very few of the recognised trials will have taken place and many horses will be racing for the first time since the Autumn. Horses that have managed to get a run under their belt could hold a fitness advantage.
Travel restrictions will inevitably have an impact on the number of runners from abroad this year. It may pay dividends to keep a close eye on any runners from France or America when assessing your Royal Ascot Tips. International trainers like Wesley Ward and Andre Fabre only send horses to Ascot when they have a serious chance.
If you’re betting on the handicaps at Royal Ascot, look out for enhanced place terms. Many bookmakers pay out on fifth or even sixth place in races like the Wokingham and the Royal Hunt Cup. Ascot Racecourse is one of the fairest tracks in the country but the draw can be a factor to consider for your Ascot bets. You can pick up valuable clues during the early races. Finally, always remember to shop around for the best Ascot prices.
No. Royal Ascot 2020 is closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The most exclusive enclosure at Royal Ascot is the Royal Enclosure with membership by invitation only. Tickets can normally be purchased by the general public for The Queen Anne Enclosure which provides excellent views of the Royal Procession and the Parade Ring.
In a normal year, yes. The dress code varies for each enclosure from top hat and tails down to simply dressing smartly. The 2020 pandemic means that the dress code has been relaxed for the participants.
Royal Ascot 2020 will take place from June 16th to June 20th.