Royal Ascot Tips & Betting Guide 2020
Royal Ascot is the longest horse racing festival held in the UK with five days of glorious racing. It plays host to an incredible amount of group races each day with countless numbers of listed contests and fiercely competitive handicaps. With so much high class action, punters can take advantage of ample betting opportunities and make the bookies pay for an incredible week of racing.
Every racing fan and punter loves Royal Ascot tips. Punters are generally familiar with the horses and have their favourites, but you can turn this into your advantage over the week by taking advantage of the value.
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Royal Ascot Betting Tips & Selections
So are you looking for Royal Ascot betting tips from a proven profitable racing expert and tipster? Our racing expert Stephen Harris will be posting a tip for each race of the festival, right throughout the week. Check Stephen’s Royal Ascot betting tips every day of the festival, and also look out for predictions posted by the tipsters of the bettingexpert community.
Royal Ascot Tips & Race Schedule 2020
There are 30 races across the five-day Royal Ascot 2020 meeting which includes eight group ones and a further nine group races. Royal Ascot is one of the biggest horse racing betting opportunities in the UK and bookmakers will offer enhanced place terms, competitive pricing and lots of free bets and bonuses. Bettingexpert will provide Royal Ascot tips every day for every race to give you an edge on all the racing.
Royal Ascot Tips 2020, Tuesday 16th June, Day 1 Schedule & Selections
|Time||Race||Royal Ascot 2020 Tips|
|1:15||Buckingham Palace Handicap||Buckingham Palace Handicap Tips 2020|
|1:50||Queen Anne Stakes||Queen Anne Stakes Tips 2020|
|2:25||Ribblesdale Stakes||Ribblesdale Stakes Tips 2020|
|3:00||King Edward VII Stakes||King Edward VII Stakes Tips 2020|
|3:35||Kings Stand Stakes||Kings Stand Stakes Tips 2020|
|4:10||Duke of Cambridge Stakes||Duke of Cambridge Stakes Tips 2020|
|4:40||Ascot Stakes Handicap||Ascot Stakes Tips 2020|
Royal Ascot Tips 2020, Wednesday 17th June, Day 2 Schedule & Selections
|Time||Race||Royal Ascot 2020 Tips|
|1:15||Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap||Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap Tips 2020|
|1:50||Hampton Court Stakes||Hampton Court Stakes Tips 2020|
|2:25||King George V Handicap||King George V Handicap Tips 2020|
|3:00||Prince of Wales Stakes||Prince of Wales Stakes Tips 2020|
|3:35||Royal Hunt Cup Handicap||Royal Hunt Cup Handicap Tips 2020|
|4:10||Windsor Castle Stakes||Windsor Castle Stakes Tips 2020|
|4:40||Copper Horse Handicap||Copper Horse Handicap Tips 2020|
Royal Ascot Tips 20202 Thursday 18th June, Day 3 Schedule & Selections
|Time||Race||Royal Ascot 2020 Tips|
|1:15||Golden Gates Handicap||Golden Gates Handicap Tips 2020|
|1:50||Wolferton Stakes||Wolferton Stakes Tips 2020|
|2:25||Jersey Stakes||Jersey Stakes Tips 2020|
|3:00||Chesham Stakes||Chesham Stakes Tips 2020|
|3:35||Gold Cup||Gold Cup Tips 2020|
|4:10||Britannia Handicap||Britannia Handicap Tips 2020|
|4:40||Sandringham Handicap||Sandringham Handicap Tips 2020|
Royal Ascot Tips 2020, Friday 19th June, Day 4 Schedule & Selections
|Time||Race||Royal Ascot 2020 Tips|
|1:15||Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap||Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap Tips 2020|
|1:50||Albany Stakes||Albany Stakes Tips 2020|
|2:25||Norfolk Stakes||Norfolk Stakes Tips 2020|
|3:00||Hardwicke Stakes||Hardwicke Stakes Tips 2020|
|3:35||Commonwealth Cup||Commonwealth Cup Tips 2020|
|4:10||Queens Vase||Queens Vase Tips 2020|
|4:40||Duke of Edinburgh Handicap||Duke of Edinburgh Handicap Tips 2020|
Royal Ascot Tips 2020, Saturday 20th June, Day 5 Schedule & Selections
|Time||Race||Royal Ascot 2020 Tips|
|12:40||Silver Wokingham Handicap||Silver Wokingham Tips 2020|
|1:15||Queen Mary Stakes||Queen Mary Stakes Tips 2020|
|1.50||Coventry Stakes||Coventry Stakes Tips 2020|
|2.25||Coronation Stakes||Coronation Stakes Tips 2020|
|3:00||St James Palace Stakes||St James Palace Stakes Tips 2020|
|3:35||Diamond Jubilee Stakes||Diamond Jubilee Stakes Tips 2020|
|4:10||Wokingham Handicap||Wokingham Handicap Tips 2020|
|4:40||Queen Alexandra Stakes||Queen Alexandra Stakes Tips 2020|
Royal Ascot Offers & Promotions
If you love a betting offers, and let’s face it, who doesn’t, then Royal Ascot is a great time to take advantage of bookmaker promotional offers. This year will once again see a great menu of Royal Ascot offers available with everything from bonus bets, enchanced odds and insurance offers available. If you want to increase the excitement of this year’s Royal Ascot, check out our listing of the best offers available.
Here are our top five offers for this week at Royal Ascot.
Royal Ascot Winning Tips 2020
Stephen Harris’ best bet results for Royal Ascot 2020.
|Day 1||Buckingham Palace Handicap||Motakhayel*||15.0|
|Day 1||Queen Anne Stakes||Circus Maximus*||5.0|
|Day 1||Ribblesdale Stakes||Frankly Darling||2.38|
|Day 1||Kings Stand Stakes||Battaash||1.83|
|Day 1||Duke of Cambridge Stakes||Nazeef||4.33|
|Day 2||Windsor Castle Stakes||Tactical*||4.50|
|Day 2||Copper Horse Handicap||Fujaira Prince*||4.0|
|Day 3||Jersey Stakes||Molatham*||6.50|
|Day 3||Gold Cup||Stradivarius*||1.80|
|Day 5||St James Palace Stakes||Palace Pier||5.0|
|Day 5||Diamond Jubilee Stakes||Hello Youmzain*||5.0|
|Day 5||Queen Alexandra Stakes||Who Dares Wins*||2.0|
* Best Bet for that race
Royal Ascot 2020 Tips Results – Best Bets
* 2 non runners
Royal Ascot 2020 Tips Results – All Tips
* 4 non runners
Royal Ascot Betting 2020: How To Bet On Royal Ascot
The Royal Ascot meeting is five days of top class racing, with millions of pounds in prize money across the board and Group races mixed in with some fiercely competitive handicaps. Taking place in June the ground is usually on the fast side of good, with big fields and extremely strong betting markets that the astute punter can take advantage of.
Here at bettingexpert we will have selections in each of the 30 races over the five days, with top analysis and punting advice. But while our Royal Ascot tips have been profitable to follow in recent years, it is also worth bearing in mind five key pointers for a successful week.
1 – The effect of the draw and the pace of the race
Traditionally at Royal Ascot it was thought that low drawn horses were at an advantage on the straight course, but in more recent years the bias (if there is one at all) has been more related to where the pace is in any given race.
Watch the early races very carefully each day to try and discern any track bias, but in huge fields it is usually better to note down which horses on either side of the track are usually ridden forwards or like to blaze the trail. Particularly in sprints, this can be quite an edge in identifying where the winners are likely to come from. A hold-up sprinter (perhaps drawn low but surrounded by three or four real speedballs) could tee things up perfectly for a late charge.
On the round course, especially in big fields, it can certainly pay to race close to the pace, with the bend into the short straight very sharp (just two and a half furlongs from the winning post) and those held up in the rear often struggling to make any impression from too far back. Obviously this can change if there is a contested pace where the frontrunners cut each other’s throats and get racing too soon, but generally we prefer positively ridden runners (especially on ground that is usually on the quick side all week).
2 – Avoid the hyped up big names that are usually overbet and underpriced
Every year at the Royal meeting the “big-name” high profile trainers and jockeys dominate the front of the market, with Aidan O’Brien, John Gosden, Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori always extremely popular. They have a terrific record over the years with top class horses at the highest level, but this does not necessarily mean that their runners offer any great value given the large public following around every runner. Instead look elsewhere away from the obvious, perhaps focussing on up-and-coming trainers for whom having a Royal Ascot runner is extremely important and the long term target for their charge.
With jockeys, search out for improving young riders rather than established household names. They are hungry and trying to break through to the top tiers of the sport and can be terrific value if able to take off 5lb or 7lb in some of the ultra tight handicaps at this meeting.
In 2020 it could be worth keeping on side Cieran Fallon, who was crowned the champion apprentice in 2019 (after riding 50 winners at a respectable 12% strike rate), and the vastly improved Thomas Greatrex (22 winners at a very useful 17pc strike rate). Both are sure to be in demand from astute connections and their booking is unlikely to have a compressing effect on the price.
3 – Concentrate on in-form stables….particularly with the vastly reduced number of meetings so far in 2020.
With the global pandemic reducing the number of fixtures in the UK from early March, there have clearly been limited opportunities for horses to get race fit in the build up to Royal Ascot 2020.
However, the racing that has taken place will provide an insight into which stables have their horses at peak fitness, and it could pay to focus in on these red hot yards (even if they would not traditionally be regarded as trainers to follow at such a high profile meeting).
Particularly in the handicaps, it might be sensible to look at those with a recent run on the all-weather surfaces, that could give them a sharpness and fitness edge over runners from the bigger yards that might not quite be peaking as usual (with a preparation that has been only at home on the gallops rather than into the heat of competitive racing at the track).
4 – Shop around for the best odds and take advantage of enhanced place terms
With the Aintree Grand National meeting sadly lost because of the global pandemic, the build up to Royal Ascot in 2020 will be bigger than ever, and bookmakers are sure to be desperate to attract new business and turnover on one of the best weeks racing of the entire year.
The betting ring on-course at Royal Ascot is usually one of the strongest in the world, but with bookmaker expenses rising and the cash business a shadow of its former self at the track, the value lies in the morning prices available off-course (with the market settled and the margins higher close to the off of each race).
In 2020 there will be no on-course bookmakers at all on course, so the show prices are likely to be determined by an “industry SP”. Astute punters will make sure they have as many betting accounts as possible primed for these five days, only play at the top price offered in the morning (or night before) and keep an eye out carefully for enhanced place terms and cashback offers that are commonplace at the big meetings.
Horse racing is still seen as something of a loss-leader for some of the bigger high profile firms, and they are willing to bet to tiny margins in order to attract business onto their websites (to try and direct punters in time to more profitable areas like the casino or football betting).
Using a price comparison site it is easy to see the markets are overbroke at best prices (i.e at less than 100% if you can get the best price across a range of bookmakers), and matters can be even more favourable in the 16+ runner handicaps when extra places are offered. The key advice is to shop around and only play when the odds are in your favour. Tiny price differences can make the difference between winning and losing over the five days.
5 – Do not carried away betting more heavily than normal just because it is Royal Ascot
Five days of top class action can tempt punters into playing more often and in bigger size than they normally would. It is more important than ever to keep playing within your comfort zone, never betting more than you can afford and keeping a cool head. The temptation to become an action-junkie is very high, with six races a day and often familiar horses racing at seemingly attractive prices (due to the ultra competitive nature of the racing).
Be selective, play only when the odds are in your favour, bet each-way when extra places are available and avoid at all costs chasing your losses when things do not go as planned.
Royal Ascot Betting: Top 5 Horses 2020
With the turf season interrupted so badly in 2020 because of the global pandemic, running plans are far more uncertain in the lead up to Royal Ascot 2020. However, at bettingexpert we have compiled a five horses to follow that will hopefully all be major players at the Royal meeting (and are certainly worth keeping an eye on throughout the summer months).
Royal Ascot Favourites: Top 5 Horses 2020
- #1- Cold Front – William Haggas – 3yo colt
William Haggas rarely has his juveniles wound up first time out, so it looked significant that this Lope de Vega colt was sent off 3/1f for a 20 runner Newbury maiden in October last year, and for most of the race the confidence looked sure to be justified. The strapping colt set out to make all the running there, stretching the field from halfway and looking in complete command at the furlong pole on very testing ground (traded at 1.01 in running on betfair). However he got very tired in the last 100 yards and was just collared by With Respect, with the pair trapping miles clear of the rest in a race run in a good time. He seems sure to be the type to do a lot better as a three year old, likely to be Group class if the promise of that first run is built on when tackling better ground, and he is very much one to look out for at all the top meetings this summer.
- #2 – Stradivarius – John Gosden – 6yo
John Gosden’s top class stayer has a brilliant career record, winning 14 of his 20 races so far, and he seems sure to be back at Royal Ascot for a bid to win three Gold Cups in a row. A smooth traveller on fast summer ground, he has a terrific turn of foot for a stayer, before tending to rather idle when hitting the front (meaning his superiority in this division has been rather underestimated by the betting market at times). He may well lack a prep run before coming to retain his crown in 2020, but has an excellent record first time out and seems sure to take a lot of beating (with old rival Kew Gardens likely to be the main danger).
- #3 – Defoe – Roger Varian – 6yo gelding
Roger Varian’s 6-y-o has now won 9 of his 19 career starts, and still seems to be progressing from season to season as he matures. He did very well to win the 2019 Hardwicke Stakes at this meeting, suffering a troubled run throughout when going best under Andrea Atzeni, eventually getting up close home having been forced to come widest of all up the straight. A repeat bid is very much on the cards in 2020, and he lost nothing in defeat when short-headed by 33/1 chance Loxley in a valuable Group 2 at Meydan in March (a recent run that might give him something of an edge against rivals who might be coming here without a run since last summer).
- #4 – Space Blues – Charlie Appleby – 4yo colt
Charlie Appleby’s 4-y-o proved rather frustrating to follow last season, suffering some really expensive defeats having been exceptionally strong in the market on several occasions. He was arguably the unluckiest loser of the week here in 2019 when sent off a warm 5/2f for the 18-runner Group 3 Jersey Stakes, finishing like a train when finally seeing daylight but finding the 25/1 chance Space Traveller just too strong in the dying strides (did an awful lot of running to get in a challenging position at all). Two subsequent runs at Deauville represent very solid form, and he can be forgiven a final run at Meydan when sent off a red hot 4/6f (had enough for the season). A return to seven furlongs should suit this time around, and he is certainly a cut above the listed Group 3 level that his form suggests.
- #5 – Ottoman Court – Charlie Appleby – 3yo gelding
The dogs had clearly been barking loudly about the homework of this strapping Shamardal juvenile before his debut at Nottingham in May last year, sent off a red hot 4/9f against experienced rivals, but running far too green to do himself justice in a disappointing fifth. Punters kept the faith on his next two starts, sending him off at 8/11f and 11/8f, but he again failed to deliver the goods (albeit bumping into some very useful rivals for the grade). A gelding operation seemed to work the oracle at Chelmsford on his final run of the season, again well punted but this time making all the running and routing a fair field by six lengths in a fast time over six furlongs. There is clearly a lot more to come from him physically, and a step up to seven furlongs or mile could see him be a major factor in the top 3-y-o races this summer.
Royal Ascot Betting: Top 5 Jockeys 2020
The five days of high class action at Royal Ascot provides a stern test for both horses and jockeys, with huge prize money and the prestige of numerous top level races adding extra pressure. Obviously the best jockeys tend to have contractual arrangements that mean they are automatically on the first choice horses for their yards, but there are also young riders on the up who are worth keeping an eye on. Here we take a look at the top 5 Royal Ascot jockeys to keep on side of through the week.
Royal Ascot Favourites: Top 5 Jockeys 2020
- #1- Ryan Moore
The best jockey in the world at the moment, possessing an excellent tactical brain and incredible strength in the saddle, Moore is sure to be a short priced favourite to win another jockeys championship at Royal Ascot 2020. He suffered a rare reversal in 2019 (having won the title eight times previously), when finishing second behind Frankie Dettori (with seven winners at the age of 48). His tie up with the all-conquering Aidan O’Brien Coolmore yard team means he will be riding a large number of short-priced favourites over the five days, and he will be aiming to surpass the incredible 9 winners he rode at this meeting in 2015 (only Fred Archer’s 12 wins from 24 rides can beat that and it came in 1878 when the racing was a good deal less competitive). Moore is a quiet, even slightly shy figure, who keeps away from the press where possible and has attracted criticism as a result, but he is very much in the Lester Piggott mode (preferring to do his talking on the track) and he seems certain to be the leading rider at this meeting with plenty of rides for a large number of stables to supplement his contracted mounts in all the Group races.
- #2- James Doyle
With Charlie Appleby enjoying a superb 2019 season (on the back of a record breaking time in 2018), James Doyle has been in excellent form riding a lot of the Godolphin horses to some memorable victories. In 2017 he enjoyed a fantastic time at the Royal meeting, partnering Big Orange to a gallant and memorable frontrunning win in the Ascot Gold Cup, and showing all of his strength to force Barney Roy home in the Group 1 St James Palace Stakes. Doyle is extremely reliable in the top races, usually very aware tactically, making few mistakes and always in the right place at the right time. There is no ego or showboating, and he has a good reputation among punters as a jockey who can be trusted (and this is borne out by a large number of yards using his services when not retained by Godolphin). His partnership with the unbeaten Pinatubo was one of the highlights of the 2019 season, with his breathtaking win in the Chesham Stakes one of the best of the whole meeting.
- #3- Cieren Fallon
This young rider was very much the find of the 2019 turf season, landing the title of champion apprentice and really impressing with his tactical nous and strength in the saddle. He is still entitled to claim 3lb and that could be extremely valuable in some of the top class handicaps at Royal Ascot throughout the week. The twenty year old has a tie up with William Haggas, and it will be very interesting to watch his progress after he has ridden out his claim (often some jockeys struggle to get rides once they are competing on level terms as a fully fledged professional). He has spent a few months riding in America over the winter months for Christophe Clement, and that seems sure to see him come back stronger and wiser for the battles ahead this summer.
- #4- William Buick
Buick has been close to top of the jockeys table since becoming the champion apprentice rider in 2008, with over a decade riding for the very best in the game. He still enjoys an excellent relationship with the John Gosden yard (stable jockey from 2010 until 2017), riding all of his best horses at the top level, and is now contracted to partner all the Godolphin runners around the world. He has tasted plenty of Royal Ascot success over the years, with the brilliant Ribchester in 2017 winning the Queen Anne Stakes a particular highlight. A cool head in the most pressurized circumstances is his best attribute, and he can get tricky characters to settle into a lovely smooth rhythm on the bridle. He has modelled his style on his mentor Frankie Dettori and very rarely makes any mistakes with either his positioning in a race or judgement of pace. His 2018 Epsom Derby win on Masar showed that Buick remains a huge force at the highest level, and he is sure to have a superb book of rides over the five days.
- #5- Frankie Dettori
Dettori, now at the ripe old age of 49, is entering the last few years of his incredible career, and has always commanded a terrific following at Ascot over the years (since landing an incredible and legendary “Magnificent Seven” in 1996). Now into the veteran stage as a jockey, he picks and chooses what he rides and it is usually significant when he is booked, with his tactical brain still a huge asset especially round the relatively sharp round course here. He showed the candle still burned bright when notching an incredible seven winners at the Royal meeting in 2019, landing the Qipco jockeys title for the first time in 15 years.
Royal Ascot Betting: Top 5 Trainers 2020
Royal Ascot has been dominated in recent history by the all powerful Coolmore team of Aidan O’Brien, winning the “leading trainer” title a remarkable nine times (with 65 career winners at the meeting putting him second in the all-time list). He is sure to have a strong team to retain his title in 2020, although some of his runners traditionally need a run or two to reach peak fitness and that could be a factor in the interrupted build up this year.
Royal Ascot Favourites: Top 5 Trainers 2020
- #1- Aidan O’Brien
Aidan O’Brien has been the dominant force in UK racing since 1996, training privately for John Magnier and his Coolmore Stud associates at their state of the art Ballydoyle Stables in County Tipperary. In 2017 he sent out a world record 28 Group 1 winners, and he is sure to have assembled another very strong team in 2020, with a large number of beautifully bred juveniles and 3-y-o’s to choose from for the Royal meeting. O’Brien has numerous proven Group horses that are always meticulously prepared to peak on the big stage, and he comes into the week chasing a remarkable tenth leading trainers title. The betting market is a terrific guide to the confidence behind all of the Ballydoyle runners, with some of the owners like Michael Tabor well known as extremely large punters who are not afraid to back their judgement in eye-watering sums. A late flurry of activity and contraction in price for any runners from this top class stable is well worth noting, and a sure sign that “the right money” is down.
- #2- John Gosden
John Gosden is a brilliantly articulate trainer, who has been at the top of the table since relocating back to the UK from California in the 1980s. He has a fantastic record in the best races, training 8 British Classic winners and training well over 100 Group 1 winners at home and abroad. Few can match his longevity, and his horses are always turned out in immaculate condition and primed to perform at their peak for the Royal meeting. He became Champion trainer in 2015 for the second time (thanks in part to the prolific Golden Horn winning the Epsom Derby), and his runners are always worthy of maximum respect at this meeting (with Kingman and The Fugue both memorable winners in recent years). In 2018 and 2019 he produced the brilliant Stradivarius to land the Ascot Gold Cup in style, and he seems sure to be back in 2020 to try and land an incredible hat-trick.
- #3- Mark Johnston
The veteran trainer first tasted success in the UK with Sandal in 1972 at Newmarket, and he has been at the top of the game for the last forty years. As the trainer for the Queen, his runners at this meeting always attract significant interest and support from the public, and the victory of Eminent in the Gold Cup in 2013 was a particularly emotional day for all followers of the sport. Stoute is an expert at gradually nurturing improvement from slow maturing types, and does not ever rush his runners who often improve run to run throughout the summer as their stamina is drawn out. He usually has a handicapper or two laid out for the Royal meeting, but is equally adept in the Group races, and he is sure to have a strong team primed for 2019.
- #4- Roger Varian
Roger Varian is one of the younger trainers who is very much going places, and has made an immediate impression at the top level in his first 9 years training (took over from Michael Jarvis in 2011 having served as his assistant for ten years). He moved in 2017 to Carlburg House in Newmarket (formerly the base of Clive Brittain) and the winners have continued to flow. Defoe is one of the many stable stars, with a prolific record in Group company, and he seems sure to be back to try and retain the Hardwicke Stakes that he won so memorably in 2019 (despite suffering a rough passage through the race under Andrea Atzeni). Varian is also expert with juveniles, and in 2020 he could well be at an advantage with fitness rarely an issue with his first time out runners (market strength very significant and rarely far wide of the mark when the money is down).
- #5- Sir Michael Stoute
The veteran trainer first tasted success in the UK with Sandal in 1972 at Newmarket, and he has been at the top of the game for the last forty years. As the trainer for the Queen, his runners at this meeting always attracted significant interest and support from the public, and the victory of Estimate in the Gold Cup in 2013 was a particularly emotional day for all followers of the sport. Stoute is an expert at gradually nurturing improvement from slow maturing types, and does not ever rush his runners who often improve run to run throughout the summer as their stamina is drawn out. He usually has a handicapper or two laid out for the Royal meeting, but is equally adept in the Group races, and he is sure to have a strong team primed for 2020 (although the lack of a previous run might be a negative fitness wise for some).
5 Issues To Consider When Betting On Royal Ascot 2020
With the global pandemic curtailing the turf season in the UK until June 1st (and in Ireland until June 8th), Royal Ascot 2020 has a very different feel to it this time around. The lack of a crowd and no on-course betting market will certainly detract from the occasion. However the racing on the track will still be top class and the addition of six extra handicaps over the five days has certainly added an extra dimension to proceedings.
With 36 races to choose from, astute punters will need to pick their punches, and here at bettingexpert we have compiled five pointers for a profitable week of punting.
1 – Race Fitness
The lack of any racing in Britain and Ireland between mid-March and the start of June (due to the global pandemic), means the entire pattern of the start of the turf season has been severely interrupted. Usually by Royal Ascot the contenders would have had at least two or three previous visits to the track, improving their fitness and becoming more battle-hardened and primed to peak for the big day.
This time around very few will have had the chance to sharpen up away from the gallops at home, and it can certainly pay to focus on recent form gathered in the fortnight of racing in June. Particularly in the handicaps (where runners tend to run themselves into form), a previous run could be a real advantage, with perhaps runners from smaller stables well worth considering if they have managed to get a run in to bring them forwards fitness-wise.
2 – Stable Form
One of the most important factors to consider when assessing any race is to take into consideration the form of the stable coming into race day, and this will be particularly relevant for Royal Ascot 2020. There are many different ways of forming a view on this, with perhaps the easily found “14 day form of the yard” (available freely on Attheraces, or to subscribers at Racing Post or Timeform) the best measure.
If a stable in June has had 25 runners and none of them have been placed in the lead up to the Royal meeting, then it would be a pretty good assumption that the entire string are perhaps needing a run or two to reach their peak and worth avoiding for betting purposes. Conversely, a yard that has got plenty of work into them at home and had 5 winners and 15 places from 25 runners is clearly at the top of its game and well worth following.
Both John Gosden and Roger Varian are two yards that traditionally have their runners close to peak fitness first time, particularly when the market speaks positively, while Aidan O’Brien has in the past tended to leave plenty to work on for his horses seasonal debuts.
3 – Play Each Way In The Handicaps Where Firms Are Offering Extra Places
The addition of six extra handicaps to the week at Royal Ascot in 2020 certainly adds variety to things, increasing the number of races to 36 from 30 over the five days. Bookmakers will be keener than ever to attract turnover after a horrendous few months for their businesses, and enhanced place terms can make these extremely tricky races a lot more punter friendly.
With maximum field sizes of 24 (from the usual 30), the traditional place terms are 1/4 1,2,3,4 but there are sure to be companies like Paddy Power, Bet 365 and Skybet offering extra places. In past years 1/4 the odds 1,2,3,4,5,6 have been commonplace, and astute punters will make sure they have their accounts primed to take advantage of this generosity. Backing a package of your selections each-way is well worth doing when the mathematical odds are so much in your favour (place books that need to be to 400pc will be nothing like this, and it is almost impossible for the layer to win on the place part of the book).
4 – Watch the Late Exchange Moves Carefully
The late betting exchange moves are always an extremely accurate guide to outcomes, for all that at a meeting with so much prestige and prize-money means that all of the runners are likely to be seen to maximum effect on the day. In 2020 racecourse form is likely to be thin on the ground, and the late money is likely to focus in on those believed to be primed and readied by their homework away from the track.
Astute punters can use this to their advantage, tracking the exchange movers late on and playing with the fixed odds bookmakers who may be slower to shorten their prices than normal on such competitive action (early prices are also available from a few days before with 72-hour decs in place at the moment).
5 – Remain Disciplined and in Control Of Your Betting at All Times
When there is such a feast after a famine the temptation for plenty of racing fans will be to play far bigger and more often than they usually might. Royal Ascot offers 36 races to bet on in 2020, and never more so is it important to be patient and disciplined, playing only at the best prices available and when the odds are in your favour.
Chasing losses should always be avoided, and the astute players will have a direct plan of action each day as they seek out the best value available in an extremely competitive betting marketplace.
Royal Ascot Results 2019
Royal Ascot Results, Day 1 2019
|The Queen Anne Stakes||Lord Glitters||15.0||D Tudhope||D O’Meara|
|The Coventry Stakes||Arizona||2.88 (fav)||R Moore||A O’Brien|
|The Kings Stand Stakes||Blue Point||3.50||J Doyle||C Appleby|
|The St James Palace Stakes||Circus Maximus||11.0||R Moore||A O’Brien|
|The Ascot Stakes||The Grand Visir||13.0||R Kingscote||I Williams|
|The Windsor Castle Stakes||Addeybb||6.0||D Tudhope||W Haggas|
Royal Ascot Results, Day 2 2019
|The Jersey Stakes||Raffle Prize||19.0||F Dettori||M Johnson|
|The Queen Mary Stakes||Dashing Willoughby||7.0||O Murphy||A Balding|
|The Princess Of Wales’ Stakes||Crystal Ocean||4.0||F Dettori||M Stoute|
|The Duke Of Cambridge Stakes||Move Swiftly||10.0||D Tudhope||W Haggas|
|The Royal Hunt Cup||Afaak||21.0||J Crowley||C Hills|
|The Windsor Castle Stakes||Southern Hills||8.0||R Moore||A O’Brien|
Royal Ascot Results, Day 3 2019
|The Norfolk Stakes||A’Ali||6.0||F Dettori||S Crisford|
|The Hampton Court Stakes||Sangarius||7.50||F Dettori||M Stoute|
|The Ribblesdale Stakes||Star Catcher||5.0||F Dettori||J Gosden|
|The Gold Cup||Stradivarius||2.0||F Dettori||J Gosden|
|The Britannia Stakes||Biometric||29.0||H Bentley||R Beckett|
|The King George V Stakes||South Pacific||23.0||S Heffernan||A O’Brien|
Royal Ascot Results, Day 4 2019
|The Albany Stakes||Daahyeh||5.0||D Egan||R Varian|
|The King Edward VII Stakes||Japan||2.50||R Moore||A O’Brien|
|The Commonwealth Cup||Advertise||9.0||F Dettori||M Meade|
|The Coronation Stakes||Watch Me||21.0||P C Boudot||F H Graffard|
|The Sandringham Stakes||Thanks Be||34.0||H Turner||C Fellowes|
|The Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes||Baghdad||4.50||R Moore||M Johnstone|
Royal Ascot Results, Day 5 2019
|The Chesham Stakes||Pinatubo||4.0||J Doyle||C Appleby|
|The Jersey Stakes||Space Traveller||26.0||D Tudhope||R Fahey|
|The Hardwicke Stakes||Defoe||3.75||A Atzeni||R Varian|
|The Diamond Jubilee Stakes||Blue Point||2.50||J Doyle||C Appleby|
|The Wokingham Stakes||Cape Byron||4.50||A Atzeni||R Varian|
|The Queen Alexandra Stakes||Cleonte||4.50||S De Sousa||A Balding|
Royal Ascot 2020 Fixtures & Times
Royal Ascot 2020 starts on Tuesday 16th June and races every day up to and including Saturday 20th June when Royal Ascot 2020 finishes. Royal Ascot race times are the same every single day. The first race begins at 2:30 and the last race is at 5:35 with six races per day.
Royal Ascot 2020 Ladies Day
Ladies day 2020 at Royal Ascot is Thursday 18th June. Ladies are encouraged to dress to impress with a best dressed competition taking part with attractive prizes to be won. A stylish hat, headpiece or fascinator is essential to standing out. Check out previous Royal Ascot hats, dresses and outfits to get inspiration for your Ascot outfit.
Royal Ascot Directions & Transport
Here are some helpful tips to aid your journey to Royal Ascot and make your day run as smoothly as possible. Ascot racecourse is in Berkshire and is nestled just to the east of Bracknell. If you’re travelling by road, the Ascot racecourse postcode is SL5 7JX. If you’re travelling by car, you can park in Car park 8 which will cost £30. If you’re travelling by train, the nearest station is Ascot and it’s just a seven-minute walk from the racecourse. There are regular trains to Ascot from Reading which take 27 minutes and Waterloo which takes 52 minutes. If you happen to be travelling by helicopter, there is a landing facility at Royal Ascot racecourse.
Royal Ascot 2020 Tickets
Unfortunately there will be no attendance at this year’s festival. However a typical Royal Ascot ticket in the Windsor Enclosure will cost around £35 whilst tickets in the Queen Anne Enclosure will cost upwards of £75. If you fancy upgrading your Queen Anne ticket to include the Furlong Club, that will cost you near £200 per person which includes a private decked terrace, extra seating and a complimentary race card.
Royal Ascot Enclosures
Typically if you are going to Royal Ascot you are going to need to know which enclosure to choose. Bettingexpert gives you a thorough rundown to help you make your decision on which Royal Ascot enclosure to choose for your big day.
Royal Ascot Windsor Enclosure
The Royal Ascot Windsor Enclosure is the equivalent of the ‘Silver Ring’ to most other racecourses. Based a couple of furlongs away from the main grandstand, the Windsor Enclosure is a more relaxed way to enjoy the racing. Racegoers are encouraged to dress smart but there is no formal dress code in place except that replica sports shirts are not permitted. Picnics are allowed but be careful as Royal Ascot has a strict alcohol policy. Each adult is only permitted to bring one bottle of sparkling wine or champagne to accompany their picnic.
Royal Ascot Queen Anne Enclosure
The Royal Ascot Queen Anne Enclosure is the equivalent of the ‘Grandstand Enclosure’ at most other racecourses. The Queen Anne Enclosure gives you access to the Pre-Parade and Parade Rings as well as a first class view of all the racing. If you’re in the Queen Anne Enclosure be sure you dress to impress. Royal Ascot enforces a strict formal dress code policy. Gentlemen must wear a matching suit with a shirt and tie, no top hat is required! For ladies it’s a little more thorough. Ladies must wear a hat, headpiece of fascinator at all times. No strapless or sheer strap dresses or tops are permitted. Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the above guidelines. Midriffs must be covered and finally shorts are not permitted. Good luck ladies! For children, boys aged 13-16 should wear a suit or jacket with a tie. Boys aged 12 or under are not required to wear a jacket or tie. Smart summer dresses are suggested for girls aged 17 or under and hats, headpieces and fascinators are not compulsory.
Royal Ascot Royal Enclosure
The Royal Ascot Royal Enclosure is by invitation only. You cannot buy tickets for this enclosure and is the only enclosure in the whole of the UK to be invitation only. Members of the Royal Ascot Royal Enclosure can invite guests but without an invitation from a member of the Royal Enclosure, you will not be able to access this stand. If you are attending the Royal Enclosure, you must follow the strict dress code. Gentlemen must wear an either black or grey morning dress which must include a waistcoat and tie, a black or grey top hot and plain black shoes. Ladies are required to wear formal daywear which is defined as follows: a dress or skirt that is of modest length, jackets and pashminas may be worn, trouser suits are welcome if they are of matching material and colour and hats must be worn. Children aged 10-17 should adhere to the ladies and gentlemen dress code. Overseas visitors are welcome to wear their national dress. Serving military are welcome to wear their service dress or equivalent.
Royal Ascot Dress Code
There is no dress code in the Windsor Enclosure. Replica sports clothing is not permitted and this policy will be strictly enforced so don’t be caught out. Racegoers are encouraged to dress smartly but this is at your discretion. Hats, fascinators and headpieces are not compulsory.
Queen Anne Enclosure
Gentlemen must wear a matching suit with a shirt and tie, no top hat is required! For ladies it’s a little more thorough. Ladies must wear a hat, headpiece of fascinator at all times. No strapless or sheer strap dresses or tops are permitted. Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the above guidelines. Midriffs must be covered and finally shorts are not permitted. Good luck ladies! For children, boys aged 13-16 should wear a suit or jacket with a tie. Boys aged 12 or under are not required to wear a jacket or tie. Smart summer dresses are suggested for girls aged 17 or under and hats, headpieces and fascinators are not compulsory.
Gentlemen must wear an either black or grey morning dress which must include a waistcoat and tie, a black or grey top hot and plain black shoes. Ladies are required to wear formal daywear which is defined as follows: a dress or skirt that is of modest length, jackets and pashminas may be worn, trouser suits are welcome if they are of matching material and colour and hats must be worn. Children aged 10-17 should adhere to the ladies and gentlemen dress code. Overseas visitors are welcome to wear their national dress. Serving military are welcome to wear their service dress or equivalent.
The History Of Royal Ascot
As one would expect the history of the Royal meeting began with the Monarchy way back in 1711 at a time when horse racing was becoming very fashionable with the rich. It was Queen Ann herself that purchased the land adjacent to Windsor Castle that has now evolved into the most modern of 21st century racecourses.
Before long race meetings were taking place, which became very popular with racehorse owners due to the social benefits that were on offer from Royalty at the time. It was not long before the Ascot meeting became the most important of its type among the landed aristocracy, with its popularity leading to the first four-day festival in 1768.
The precise origins of the Royal Meeting are unclear, as the event evolved from the first four-day meeting that took place in 1768. The meeting as it’s known today only really started to take shape with the introduction of the Gold Cup in 1807. Royal Ascot was the only race meeting held at Ascot until 1939 (quite remarkable but shows how racing was purely for Royalty and the upper-classes, not a commercial venture or one that needed the support of the “common man”).
Modern Royal Ascot
These days of course Royal Ascot has become the most prestigious horse racing meeting in the country with Royalty in attendance daily, and a sold-out crowd guaranteed from one year to the next, many of course more interested in the fashion, hats and hob-nobbing with the great and the good in the Royal Enclosure (still one of the most sought after invitations in this more meritocratic age).
The meeting hosts 9 of the 32 Group One races held in the UK each year, with the “Blue Riband” being the famous Ascot Gold Cup, raced on Ladies Day, and bringing together the greatest stayers from several generations every year. In 2009, Yeats, ridden by Johnny Murtagh and trained by Aidan O’Brien, won his fourth consecutive Gold Cup – a magnificent achievement, and one that is unlikely to be repeated, but this year has a wide open look to it with no standout contender.
In 2011, Ascot celebrated its tercentenary and staged the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day, now the climax to the European flat racing season (controversially staged at the end of the season, though fortunately the first running’s have seen unusually nice weather and good crowds), and last year Ascot was at the heart of the country’s celebrations to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with the Golden Jubilee Stakes renamed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and won (narrowly and controversially) by the now retired Australian super-mare, Black Caviar.
In 2012 the world’s four top horses on official ratings ran at Ascot, something no other venue could claim and king of them all, of course, was the mighty Frankel. He retired victorious and unbeaten in 14 runs after the Champion Stakes, having competed at two, three and four at Ascot – five wins in all at the Berkshire track including two at Royal Ascot and two on British Champions Day. This season lacks the star quality of a Black Caviar or a Frankel, but the overall standard makes this a meeting that no true enthusiast of the sport can miss.
Many have taken time to warm to the “new” grandstand, and on the smaller days it can resemble a vast, cold airport terminal, staffed by officious jobsworths who deny access to areas depending on one’s attire.
But for the Royal meeting, it serves its purpose perfectly, allowing far more ease of movement when the crowd is at capacity and the viewing is now as good as it gets (after many initial problems when it was impossible to see or hear anything apart from some chap’s top hat in front of you).
Royal Ascot Facilities for Punters
Ascot is a right-handed galloping track with a testing uphill finish. There is a straight mile – used for races such as the Queen Anne – and a round mile – used for contests like the St James’s Palace. The longest race at Royal Ascot, and indeed of the Flat season, is the Queen Alexandra Stakes, which is run over 2m5½f. A vast range of hot and cold refreshments are available from a number of hospitality areas and restaurants in the Grandstand and Silver Ring (although bringing a picnic usually offers the better option for all “value” seekers.
Royal Enclosure and Grandstand admission ticket holders can visit the parade ring located directly behind the Grandstand, however there is no access to the parade ring from the Silver Ring or Heath Enclosure. The main places to bet are at one of the Totepool windows or with the bookmakers, who are located in the betting ring in front of the stands in the Grandstand admission areas, Silver Ring and Heath Enclosures.
The strength of the Ascot ring is unrivalled, with every major bookmaker in attendance and the competition for the punters money intense. Like everywhere, the main focus of betting is now away from the track on the betting exchanges, and many layers complain that the average bet asked for by the social public crowd is 50p each-way, but on the rails the action is still fast and lumpy. This is one of the few rings where getting a bet of any size is not a problem, with the well established players keen to take on punters at a course where they traditionally get their share of “results”.
The numerous car parks open from 9am and the course opens at 10.30am each day, and the shrewder racegoers will aim to be there early to avoid the horrific traffic congestion that amasses in the high street every year…oh and don’t try to leave until about 7pm either! The hassles aside, the Royal meeting is a fantastic experience and well worth getting to at least once in a lifetime.
FAQs about Royal Ascot 2020
After the Grand National cancellation it’s legitimate to wonder if the Royal Ascot festival will be cancelled too. Currently the Festival is scheduled to start the 16th of June. The only certainty we have is that if the Royal Ascot Festival 2020 is to go ahead, races will be run behind closed doors.
The 2020 edition of Royal Ascot is scheduled to start Tuesday 16th of June and continue until Saturday 20th of June, meaning 5 days of racing.
You can watch Royal Ascot races in the UK via the 2 networks to broadcast the Festival: Sky Sports Racing or ITV. But you can also sign in or create an account with a bookmaker offering Royal Ascot live streaming. Ensure you have either placed a bet on the race you want to watch or have a funded betting account. Click to view live streaming, select horse racing and the Royal Ascot race you wish to watch.
At bettingexpert, our racing expert Stephen Harris provides readers with his 5 keys to betting on the Royal Ascot Festival. Stephen’s number one key is to first consider the draw and the pace of the race.
Our horse racing expert Stephen Harris has selected his top 5 horses, jockeys and trainers to follow during the festival. To find the entire list we recoMmend you to read our dedicated section but as a sneak peak we recommend you to keep an eye on Cold Front, Stradivarius and Defoe.