Royal Ascot – Day One.

Wahay! It’s finally here!

Over the rest of the week we have the best-ist meeting of the Summer……..

Royal Ascot!

We’ve got five days of the best quality racing, with all races being high-quality, and high-value, with some of the best horses in the world!

Double Wahay!

We will see some history being made, but first we will have a fun bet on what colour dress her Majesty will be wearing, while watching The Queen arrive in her horse drawn ‘landaus’. (An open topped, horse drawn carriage)

Gawd Bless Her!

We have some top-class racing in store, and every day, I will give you a rundown on every race in the report, to help you decide who to pick and cop some winners.

It’s all Good!
(Twenty Twelve ©BBC)

Day 1 – Tuesday

The Queen Anne Stakes

The Queen Anne Stakes is a Group 1 race, that is open to horses aged four years or older, over a distance of 1 mile.

This will probably be the most watched race over all of the world…….


This is Frankels race, and everyone will ‘be mad about the boy!’

There was plenty entered in this race, and there is a few more after the Declarations than I expected taking Frankel on.

A bit like Jimmy White in the snooker, Excelebration looks like a second place is guarenteed, but Strong Suit could put up a fight for second this time round, if firing on all cylinders after a long break

It takes a brave trainer to take on Frankel, when you could win another big race easily!

King’s Stand Stakes

The second race is the King’s Stand Stakes, a Group 1 race which is open to horses aged three years or older. It is a ‘shortie’ run over a distance of 5 furlongs

It is the fourth leg of the international race series, the Global Sprint Challenge, and can attract foreign horses running in the series.

This race is a tricky, but great race.

Keep an eye out for a draw bias, as there are plenty of big guns entered in this event that may suffer from a poor position from the start.

Watch to see which side of the course has an advantage as they come out of the stalls, if any, and look at your future fancies to see if they may be affected if the faster ground favours either side, or the middle!

I have dug out a nice horse in this stampede of a race.

This race is available on the Members Online service, or the Text Tips.

St. James’s Palace Stakes

The third race of the day is the St. James’s Palace Stakes is a Group 1 race, which is open to three-year-old colts, over a distance of 1 mile.

The entries to this race are generally horses that have had success in the English and Irish 2000 Guineas, or in some other races abroad, such as the easy to pronounce Poule d’Essai des Poulains. (French Guineas)

The first ever race only started with only one entrant, and the race was a walkover, but this year is going to be different sauce!

There are plenty of big names entered, and this is going to be a cracking race.

I want to pick a big price for this race, but I am going to go for the horse that won the Coventy Stakes last year for the Horse Racing Tips ……


A bit of a shorter price than I’d like, but he likes the wet going, and had a cracking last run too.

Of the bigger priced horses, I will be watching how Jamie Spencer does on Gabrial.

A solid race.

Coventry Stakes

The fourth race is the Coventry Stakes is a Group 2 race, which is open to two-year-olds, over a distance of 6 furlongs.

Not always a race to go in heavy, as this is a race for the juveniles which means we might be looking at some of the future stars of flat racing, but is always good to watch to get some clues for next season.

Keep an eye out for a draw bias, that may come to light in the King’s Stand Stakes

It looks like Dawn Approach will be inn the mix, and perhaps in the frame at least, but I have another young steed that will be having a solid run at this race…..

This race is available on the Members Online service, or the Text Tips.

Ascot Stakes

The Ascot Stakes, which is a class 2 handicap race over 2 mile and 4 furlongs, for horses aged 4 years old and above.

The Free Horse Tips had a solid win in 2010 with Junior, who won this as a seven year old at 17/2, and was the start of a profitable Royal Ascot.

Junior was really a Jump horse, and as this is one of the longest flat races on the calendar, so it’s the one race where National Hunt trainers can bring their best horses and take part in a meeting that is the flat equivalent of Cheltenham. But posher, much posher!

So whilst it is a long race, you need a gutsy tough as boots horse, and the jump horses are suited to this distance.

This race is available on the Members Online service, or the Text Tips.

Windsor Castle Stakes

The last race is the Windsor Castle Stakes, and this is another sprint trip of 5 furlongs, and it’s another two year old juvenile race.

So you can see that it is not a race to go in heavy, or to bank on the favourite, and this is due to the fact that the race often goes to those unproven types.

This can go to a rank outsider, and has done, as one recent winner was 100/1!

Don’t go barmy bonkers in this race, but Smoothtalkinrascal looks a horse coming on well.

Whatta cracking first day!

Theres not much from the other meetings today, but I will be keeping an eye on Jolly Roger in the 8.10 at Hexham who has so much extra weight, they have tied an old metal bath to him to slow him down! Can he win again?


Here is the checklist to keep you get the best value:-

1. Sign up with a few bookmakers, so you can use some of the free cash offers to bet with, and get the bigger odds available.

2. Use Odds Checker or Odds Comparison to find out which firm offers the highest odds, and take the best odds guaranteed price on every horse you wish to bet. Very important.

3. Check the bookmakers you use for any offers or bonuses that are available – Things like- Money back for coming second – Extra places paid – ¼ odds on large non-handicap races. Look at the website, or the ads in the Racing Post, (paper version) to find out who is giving what.

4. I will try to advise when I see a good offer, but they will not generally be available the night before, when some of you like to get the tips to monitor the price, so look in the morning if you have not yet placed your bet.

5. I will send an extra email out in the evening, to show that the next days Premium tips are ready on-line for the Monthly Members, or the Premium tips can be accessed on the text service, generally from around 5-7pm (ish).

6. I will offer a small perm placepot, a larger placepot, and a Lucky 15, or a Treble on the on-line Premium Members tips service only (text service has limited space):-

7. Try to target your money on your main fancies, if you cannot make your mind up, have a small bet for fun, or just watch the race. There is plenty of races over the five days of the meeting to win on.


The Jag.

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