“The crème de la crème of the flat season is without a doubt Royal Ascot and it throws up hundreds of markets every year. What are the Commonwealth Cup odds? How many lengths with Almanzour win by? What colour hat will the queen wear on Tuesday? All legitimate questions that will be answered this summer. Jake Johns runs though some of those at the top of the market for some key races.” JJ
Ascot Gold Cup Odds – BET NOW
The Ascot Gold Cup is the premier marathon race of the year and the feature race of the entire Royal Ascot meeting. It was won in impressive style last season by Order Of St George who acts as the favourite this time round. He was short of room under Ryan Moore but showed a wicked turn of foot to take the race comfortably by three lengths. The consensus was that he will now dominate the race for years to come like Yates before him. But after an excellent third in the Arc he went off the rails, losing at odds of 1/7 in the Irish St Leger before two more losses to end his season.
Next in the betting is Vazirabad, who was unfortunately side-lined for the Ascot Gold Cup last season but had won seven races in a row from 2015 to 2016. On his best form the French raider must have a chance but he was slightly underwhelming on reappearance last time over in Dubai. Mizzou is your third favourite after an excellent second last year. He does have an affinity with Ascot racecourse but can you really see him reversing the form with Order of St George? I’m not sure.
Commonwealth Cup Odds – BET NOW
The premier three-year-old six furlong event is only a couple of years old but it is fast becoming one of the races of the Royal Ascot meeting. Of course A P O’Brien trains the favourite, this time going by the name of Caravaggio. The Ballydoyle colt was unbeaten in four starts as a two-year-old and seemed to come on leaps and bounds from each run. The run included a win at Royal Ascot with a win in the Coventry ahead of Mehmas, and a group one with the Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh. The Commonwealth Cup odds grid is riddled with talent including American wonder filly Lady Aurelia and Godolphin’s Blue Point.