Royal Ascot Day 1 Tips - Race times & Fixtures
Royal Ascot Day 1 Tips for Tuesday
A brilliant start to five compelling days of top class flat racing, with the 2021 schedule returning to normal after the late rearranging in 2020 (as the global pandemic delayed the start of the flat season until June 1st).
The Kings Stand Stakes at 3.40pm provides a platform for the best sprinters in the world, and Charlie Hills explosive and prolific winner Battaash will be looking to restore his reputation after a rather disappointing end to his season last time around.
Royal Ascot Day 1 2021 – Race Times & Fixtures
Royal Ascot Day 1 2021, Tuesday 15th June Schedule
|2:30||Queen Anne Stakes Tips 2021||4yo+||1m|
|3:05||Coventry Stakes Tips 2021||2yo||6f|
|3:40||Kings Stand Stakes Tips 2021||3yo+||5f|
|4:20||St James’ Palace Stakes Tips 2021||3yo||1m|
|5:00||Ascot Stakes Tips 2021||4yo+||2m4f|
|5:30||Wolferton Stakes Tips 2021||4yo+||1m2f|
|6:10||Copper Horse Stakes Tips 2021||4yo+||1m6f|
Queen Anne Stakes 2021
Race 1, Tuesday, June 15th, 2:30pm
The Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes gets the five days at Royal Ascot off to a high class start, with the best milers in the world locking horns and the winner receiving £226,840.
In 2021 the race returns to its usual slot at the start of the week, and it is sure to see one of the shortest priced favourites of the week in John Gosden’s prolific star Palace Pier.
Coventry Stakes 2021
Race 2, Tuesday, June 15th, 3:05pm
A Group 2 with a long history and a chance to compare all the various juvenile formlines from Britain and Ireland (with Aidan O’Brien always holding a very strong hand and the late market moves very significant).
In 2021 there is £59,200 on offer to the winner, though it has to be said that the quality of this race has been rather diluted over the years (with trainers having the pick of several 2-y-o races over the five days).
Kings Stand Stakes 2021
Race 3, Tuesday, June 15th, 3:40pm
This Group 1 sprint is an explosive spectacle on the opening day of the Royal meeting, with the best sprinters in the world chasing £198,485 in prize money to the winner.
2021 will see the return of the top class Battaash, who landed the race in style in 2020 from the front (having previously finished second in 2018 and 2019). He has reportedly has a few issues at home over the winter, but is likely to be primed for his return and is currently the 3/1f in the early markets.
St James’ Palace Stakes 2021
Race 4, Tuesday, June 15th, 4:20pm
Worth over £198,000 to the winner, this Group 1 for 3-y-o’s only has seen some top class performances over the years, with Dawn Approach in 2013 a particularly memorable winner in recent history.
In 2020 Palace Pier stamped himself a top class performer for John Gosden, and the 2021 renewal seems sure to attract runners from all over the world.
Ascot Stakes 2021
Race 5, Tuesday, June 15th, 5:00pm
This stamina sapping test over 2m3f and 210 yards is one of the most demanding staying races in the whole turf calendar, and is always hotly contested with over £35,000 in winners prize money. Jumping trainers are well worth noting here, with the proven stamina of their hurdlers often counting for plenty when flat-bred runners weaken out of things up the straight.
Wolferton Stakes 2021
Race 6, Tuesday, June 15th, 5:35pm
A competitive listed prize, worth just £44,400 to the winner and providing a chance for those older horses just below top class to compete at Royal Ascot. A recent addition to the week, this was first run in 2002 as the Royal meeting became extended to five days (celebrating the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II).
Originally this was intended as a listed handicap, but in 2018 it reverted to a just a listed prize (with Group 1 and 2 winners since the previous August barred from entering). In 2019 the progressive Addeybb landed strong market support for William Haggas.
Copper Horse Stakes 2021
Race 7, Tuesday, June 15th, 6:10pm
A new handicap on the programme that was introduced in 2020, open to four year olds and upwards and run over the stamina sapping one mile six furlong trip.
This is sure to be popular with runners who are not quite the grade to run in the Gold Cup or Queen Alexandra Stakes later in the week, and lower rated runners will get a chance to compete for Royal Ascot glory.
Royal Ascot 2021 Day 1 Races
The opening day at Royal Ascot is always a high quality start to the best five days of flat racing in the world, with two Group 1 races the highlight and extremely competitive racing throughout the seven race card. 2021 has a very different feel, with the meeting taking place in front of a restricted crowd of just 10000 spectators (most of whom will be tucked away in the corporate boxes in the vast grandstand).
The schedule itself returns to normal after a completely different programme in 2020. For sprint fans, the five furlong Group 1 Kings Stand is undoubtedly one of the best races of the week, with top class familiar sprinters from around the world likely to be locking horns again. In contrast, the stamina sapping Ascot Stakes at 5pm (over two miles and four furlongs) provides a severe test (that very few horses on the turf are able to stay properly).