A look ahead to Royal Ascot
The Royal Ascot Meeting is one of the greatest horse racing festivals on the calendar and 300,000 spectators attend the venue every year. This year's festival begins on Tuesday 16th June and will be attended by a number of celebrities and famous figures, none more so than the Queen and other members of the royal family. The meeting, which is Britain's most valuable horse racing festival, will see some of the world's greatest horses compete for over L5.5 million in prize money. We take a look at some of this year's most important races, and discuss which horses are the ones to watch ahead of the festival. Meanwhile, we also take a look at some of the trainers who may do well this year, and give some thoughts on the meeting as a whole. If you'd like to place a bet on any of the races at Royal Ascot this year, you can find odds and horse racing news here.
Queen Anne Stakes
There have been a number of famous winners of the Queen Anne Stakes in the past, with none more so than Frankel - who won this race by 11 lengths back in 2012. This race is the biggest of the opening day and this year could see a very competitive field line up for the race. At the time of writing, Solow is priced at 2/1 for the race, but there has been plenty of focus on the joint top-rated horse in the world Able Friend. He is hot on Solow's heels and will stand a chance on the day. Meanwhile, trainer Freddie Head is very confident that Solow can do the business and win his fifth successive race and start Royal Ascot in the greatest possible way.
Ascot Gold Cup
This is one of Ascot's most famous races and is usually among the closest races of the meeting. The Ascot Gold Cup, which is on the Thursday, will feature a number of high profile horses and will be keenly contested. Michael Owen's 7-year-old, Brown Panther, will be running this year and he may fancy his chances after a fantastic victory in the Dubai Gold Cup recently. At the time of writing, Owen's horse is priced at 7/1 but may be backed in significantly as the race gets closer Meanwhile, the Dermot Weld trained Forgotten Rules could stand a chance and has won each of his three races so far - including an impressive victory at Ascot in October.
This race takes place on the last day of the meeting but always seems to attract plenty of punters to the betting arena. The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is the biggest race of Saturday's action and always features a number of excellent younger horses that could become future Grade One winners. Brazen Beau, who won convincingly at Newmarket in March, is strongly supported and has emerged as one of the top horses in Australia. He is currently priced at around 5/2 with most bookmakers while Due Diligence could be the best of the rest.
Thoroughbred Greats hosts a few websites dedicated to famous racehorses with complete biography, race record, and information on owner, jockey, trainer. Check them out:
NEW SITE! Ghostzapper - 2004 Horse of the Year and record breaker!
Man o' War - Arguably the greatest racehorse of all time!
Seabiscuit - The American Legend who defeated the odds!
Cigar - America's Horse who went on a 16 race win streak!
Regret - The first filly to win the Kentucky Derby!
Ruffian - The big filly who ran against the boys, but who had a terrible tragedy.
I have also written a few blog posts on some racehorses. These blogs don't contain as much information as the websites above:
Gander - A look back at Gander's smashing riderless "win" in the 2002 Saratoga Breeders Cup Handicap!
Behrens - Behrens memorable run in the 1999 MassCap @ Suffolk Downs.
Captain Bodgit - The formidable closer who came close in 2 legs of the 1997 Triple Crown!
Real Quiet - My personal favorite, one horse who came within a nose of a Triple Crown victory in 1997!
123bet Horse race betting - The home of live horse race betting in America
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