Royal Ascot is the event of the flat racing season in the UK and whether you’re there for the horse racing or just to look at the hats in the royal enclosure there’s nothing more British than this week long programme of racing that takes place under the watchful gaze of her majesty and, this year, mostly under a blanket of grey skies and occasional torrential rain. There’s of opportunities but who should you be backing if you’re going to go Royal Ascot betting?
• Jet Setting 2/1
• Ballydoyle 3/1
• Nathra 5/1
The weather this summer has been typically British in the UK and whilst the rain might play havoc with the fashionistas who attend Royal Ascot simply to be seen to be attending Royal Ascot (and there are lots of them) those of us that like to bet on sports in the UK are less likely to be put off by the course being a tad heavy under hoof and will do some Royal Ascot betting regardless so lets pick a race and see what’s on offer in say the Coronation Stakes on Friday morning.
Royal Ascot Betting In The Coronation Stakes
There’s a good field of three year old fillies so lets take a look at the odds you can get at Betfair on this premier mile-long flat race established in 1840 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne just a couple of years earlier. This year, for all those of you into long shot Royal Ascot betting there’s Light Music, Siamsaiocht and Spectre all at 50/1 at Betfair, and you’d have to be clinically insane to risk it even each-way, and Czabo and Promising Run at 25/1 aren’t much better choices.
Slightly better odds can be found on the 20/1 shots Tanaza, Besharah and Ashadihan which all suffer from having incredibly silly names that I’m sure I saw on a restaurant menu in Beirut years ago, and wholly failed to sample. If you’re going to take advantage of UK gambling laws to back these nags you’re probably just a bit too keen, and might think about Now-Or-Never, Fireglow, or Marenko at 14/1 might be a better source of Royal Ascot betting winners.
Will Ballydoyle Beat The Jet Setting Favorite?
Once we step through the each-way-or-no-way band of betting odds we’re into some horses with a real chance of taking the win on the day and well worth a Royal Ascot betting flutter. Anamba at 12/1 might sound like a cure for snake bites but it’s in with a shout, as is the 10/1 shot Alice Springs however far from home it may seem. Qemah is 6/1 which seems reasonable, even if the name looks like typo, Nathra (which is a country in Lord of the Rings, isn’t it?) gets 5/1 and Nemoralia is garnering 4/1 despite sounding like a rather dramatically titled yet entirely dull museum.
Royal Ascot Long Shots
• Light Music 50/1
• Siamsaiocht 50/1
• Spectre 50/1
At the top of the odds pile, however, sit a pair of horses that could easily trounce the rest of the field on their day, and who is to say this Friday’s Coronation Stakes won’t be precisely that. Ballydoyle is getting 3/1, and just ahead is the favorite at 2/1 Jet Setting. Which should you pick? Well that’s a tough call but with an eachway bet on Now-Or-Never for the hell of it I’ll be looking to Ballydoyle to do the business like many others in the UK gambling news stories on Saturday will be of that big win and not of more rain.