The 2021 Royal Ascot carnival is upon us!
The highlight of the flat racing season in the UK, the Royal Ascot carnival spans five days (Tuesday-Saturday) and consists of 35 races, with over £6million in prize money on offer, making it Britain’s most valuable racing carnival.
We’re set to see the best flat horses from Britain and Ireland, with eight Group 1 races contested over the carnival.
Day 4 features the G1 Commonwealth Cup and the G1 Coronation Stakes.
Once again we’ve partnered with the team at Tips4Punters (@tips4punters) to bring you local insights and betting tips for every day of the carnival.
Royal Ascot 2021 – Day 4 Betting Tips
Race 1 – Albany Stakes (Fillies’ Group 3)
Friday 11:30pm AEST
The Group 3 Albany Stakes starts off the action on Day 4 of Royal Ascot, today’s card features 2 Group 1’s (Commonwealth Cup and the Coronation Stakes). So many I like in this so it has been hard to whittle the list down.
Starting with Flotus for Simon and Ed Crisford with Frankie Dettori (who will be hoping for a better day today) onboard. The Starspangledbanner filly romped home on debut in a 6f Maiden at Goodwood last month, scoring in good style. Looking like she has plenty more to come.
Oscula won the Woodcote at Epsom on her last start and has won her last 2 races. Like many in this she should progress.
We are playing the weather game again with Ascot since the planned rain on Wednesday didn’t appear to affect the track, but more rain is forecast for Friday and this may well be a direct hit this time. Should it get into the ground then it will benefit the Charlie Fellowes runner EVE LODGE who has placed on good to soft ground at Ascot on debut and on her recent start won at Lingfield (soft) last month, both races were over 5f but she steps up in trip to 6f today.
Of the others Sandrine for Andrew Balding deserves a mention, the Bobby’s Kitten filly won on debut at Kempton on the AW (all-weather) last month and is worth a go each way.
Value: (13) Sandrine $21 Bet365
Race 2 – King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
Saturday 12:05am AEST
The stand out in the race is ALENQUER who beat Adayar in the Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown in April, Adayar has since went on to win the Derby at Epsom earlier this month. Big favourite to take this.
The Aidan O’Brien trained The Mediterranean could well spoil the Haggas/Marquand party. He’s been supplemented for this race after a recent 2nd in the Listed Nijinsky Stakes at Leopardstown. The Ballydoyle runner surely has more to come.
Title trained by Roger Varian gets a mention but this could be too steep a jump for him.
Race 3 – Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
Saturday 12:40am AEST
2 big overseas raiders in this one, Wesley Ward sends over last year’s Queen Mary Stakes winner Campanelle for a crack at this Group 1 prize. She is already a Group 1 winner picking up the Prix Morny at Deauville last year. On her last start she was 4th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland won that day by Aunt Pearl. This was at a mile back down to 6f she will be a force to be reckoned with.
It’s the French filly SUESA that I am really keen on. Trained by Francois Rohaut she is unbeaten over in France where she has mopped up in Listed and Group 3 contests all at Chantilly over distances of 5 ½ and 6f. She looks smart and won’t mind the rain.
The best of the home team for me looks to be the Archie Watson trained Dragon Symbol who won his first 4 races and come 2nd in a Group 2 at Haydock (my favourite racecourse in the UK) recently, heavy ground that day.
Race 4 – Coronation Stakes (Fillies’ Group 1)
Saturday 1:20am AEST
MOTHER EARTH won the 1000 Guineas and was close to landing the Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) at Paris Longchamp last month. She also ran 2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland last year. No surprise if she took this.
Sir Michael Stoute runs Potapova who is 2/2 winning races at Chelmsford (AW) and Redcar. Huge step up in grade though.
The one I like is Ed Walker’s PRIMO BACIO, she is massively stepping up in grade (like Potapova) after winning a Listed race over a mile at York last month. Andrea Atzeni in the hot seat today.
Race 5 – Sandringham Stakes (Fillies’ Handicap)
Saturday 2:00am AEST
A big field of 30 runners in the Sandringham. I hope readers don’t mind but I am going to keep this one short. Simply put I like PROFESSIONAL WIDOW each way, Hayley Turner rides for Richard Spencer. She won an 8-runner handicap at Nottingham on her last start. First time in a big field like this.
Another intriguing runner is CAMDEBOO who I also like for the way each way. Up in trip. I am putting both these up for the each way value.
Also backing: (12) Camdeboo $19 TopSport
Race 6 – Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)
Saturday 2:35am AEST
Aaddeey is raised 13lb but suspect more is to come from Simon and Ed Crisford’s runner. 5 starts and he is consistent, winning 2 and placing in the rest.
Mirann should have no issue with the trip (has run over 1m 5f). Recent close runner up at the Curragh in a Handicap on soft to heavy ground last month. Should go well.
Mark Johnston had a memorable day on Thursday winning the Ascot Gold Cup with Subjectivist. He runs ZABEEL CHAMPION who has won his last 3 races, has won on soft ground so should be no issues if the ground goes that way.
Also worth a mention is Alan King’s Tritonic with Ryan Moore up.
Race 7 – Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes (Handicap)
Saturday 3:10am AEST
Boomshalaa for Roger Varian has rattled off 2 wins over 6f at Kempton (AW) and at Windsor. Not run on softish ground yet.
I think its worth taking him on with WARRIOR BRAVE for Michael Appleby. He was last seen in the Listed Scurry Stakes at Sandown finishing 2nd only a few days ago. Had a few spins over the AW (all-weather) too. First-time blinkers go on.
Mo Celita has rattled off 5 straight wins. Won at Haydock twice recently on heavy and good to soft ground. Expect to see her go very well.
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