4 Horses to Look Out for at Royal Ascot 2018

Tipsters Review - 20-Jun-2018

4 Horses to Look Out for at Royal Ascot 2018

 



"The Royal Ascot grandstand" (CC BY 2.0) by David Jone

Royal Ascot sits at the very pinnacle of British Flat horse racing and is held over five days at the Berkshire course in front of the Queen every June.

This year's event is set to see real superstar horses from far and wide compete across 30 races that vary in distance from the flying five furlongs to almost two-and-three-quarter miles.

Which colts and geldings, fillies and mares will catch the eye and betting attention at Royal Ascot 2018? Here are four.

Lady Aurelia

American wonder-filly Lady Aurelia is already a dual Royal Ascot winner, having landed the Queen Mary Stakes as a juvenile and then the King's Stand Stakes last year. Trained by Wesley Ward across the Atlantic, the four-year-old is bidding for her hat-trick in front of royalty and is a clear market principal.

As the top transatlantic sprinter, Lady Aurelia must face British challenger Battaash with just 1lb difference between them on official BHA ratings. That is why Charlie Hills' charge is a narrow favourite in the betting on their meeting.

Lady Aurelia is to receive 3lb from the colt, however, and this King's Stand clash is why many punters will stream and bet on horse racing at Royal Ascot 2018. It's one of the battles of the week.

Cracksman

John Gosden and Anthony Oppenheimer send Cracksman to the 1m 2f Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot unbeaten in his last five outings. Those include a seven-length romp over course and distance on British Champions Day back in October.

There's arguably not a finer colt in training for middle distance Flat races than four-year-old Cracksman, who was third in the Epsom Derby and second in the Irish equivalent during his Classic campaign last year.

Cracksman was made to work for his Coronation Cup victory at Epsom earlier in June, but jockey Frankie Dettori used all his riding experience to get up close home and make it three Group 1 victories on the spin.

Order Of St George

Champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien seeks to regain the Gold Cup after his Order Of St George was just denied by the game front-running tactics of Big Orange in the two-and-a-half-mile Royal Ascot feature contest 12 months ago. That rival is injured, so cannot defend his long-distance crown.

It leaves Order Of St George, now a six-year-old, in pole position to regain the Gold Cup and follow in the footsteps of another O'Brien stable star in Yeats, who landed this prestige race four times. As with Cracksman above, this horse is warm favourite for Group 1 success.

Stradivarius from Gosden's yard is the main betting challenger to Order Of St George in the Gold Cup, yet there are question marks over that younger rival's ability to stay this extreme distance. O'Brien will be confident his charge will confirm the form of the 2m Long Distance Cup from British Champions Day at Ascot from last October.

Crystal Ocean

No Royal Ascot rundown would be complete without mentioning a horse trained by Sir Michael Stoute, and Crystal Ocean is a strong market leader for the one-and-a-half-mile Hardwicke Stakes. The four-year-old's most impressive career performances to date have come over this trip.

In the build-up to the Hardwicke, there's been little consensus over who the toughest opposition to Crystal Ocean will be with double-figure prices readily available bar the favourite. This year's renewal really does look like his for the taking.

Crystal Ocean has won both his starts this season, including an easy six-length victory in a Group 3 at Newbury at this distance. He's sure to go off short for the Hardwicke unless something emerges from the pack.


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