14 June 2016
Royal Ascot 2016 Tips: Moore, Moore Moore!
Whether you are seasoned racegoer or a once-a-year punter, everybody likes to think they have a tip or have the inside word from their “guy in the know”. With familiar horses, trainers and jockeys spread across the week’s racing, Royal Ascot is the perfect festival to back your favourite.
Ryan Moore became the punters favourite in 2015 has rode winner after winner and eventually becoming a “safe bet”… which is one way to keep the fans happy! Moore is now retained by trainer Aidan O’Brien, so a close eye will be kept on this pairing over the week and will sure to be backed heavily by the confident racing faithful as well as the less-sure each way chancers.
No matter who your fancied trainer/jockey is this week, we will be sure to witness some fantastic racing, along with the usual upsets and bankers, over the 5 days of Royal Ascot. I’ve picked a few Group 1 races at the latter end of the meeting to whet your appetite…
Thursday 16th June – 4.20 Gold Cup (Group 1)
Keep an eye on the Irish Trainers for this race, historically this has been the favoured starting point for punters and experts alike. Aidan O’Brien dominates the top order amongst the field with ORDER OF ST GEORGE and BONDI BEACH heavily tipped to be the two leading horses. If you like a flutter go for a forecast on these (or reverse forecast if you’re not feeling brave enough!).
Friday 17th June – 4.20 Coronation Stakes (Group 1)
One horse is on everybody’s lips for the Coronations Stakes this year: NEMORALIA. Second-favourite with the bookies at the moment, behind O’Brien trained BALLYDOYLE, I would recommend off-course betting for this one; on race day will find the prices for 3-year-old filly sliding further and further down. That said, the prospect of rain seems to be concerning trainer Noseda, which could split the field open.
Saturday 18th June – 4.20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)
One of the most eagerly anticipated races of the week, and the highlights of the final day’s racing. Don’t be shy with this one, well worth having a punt on an outsider. Recent winners of the 6 furlong sprint have included a couple 33/1 shots and English horses have not fared too well in the last few years, so it’s a fairly open field.
Tip: be brave, trust your instinct and fingers crossed!