Are you enjoying Royal Ascot? With 30 races over the five days (14-18 June), an average of 100 horses a day will run at the Royal Meeting, providing some thrilling racing for horse lovers.
Royal Ascot arguably has it all – for the die-hard racing fans there are eight Group One races, for fashionistas there’s plenty to watch out for in the style stakes and for those who like a flutter there are many ways of placing a bet this summer. Head to William Hill online for the best odds guaranteed across the five days and for tips on picking a winner.
Steeped in history, Ascot racecourse was established in 1711 by Queen Anne. Now the Royal Meeting boasts five days of top-class racing, with equine superstars like Yeats, Black Caviar and Frankel being first past the post in previous years.
With 18 Group races and eight Group Ones, the racing is sure to be thrilling. And this year Royal Ascot is worth even more, with a total record prize pot of £6.6m; an increase of £1m from 2015.
To follow the races and place your bets William Hill has every angle covered. Don’t forget to check online daily for updated markets on each and every race, with information on every horse and jockey.
Last year provided some exciting races and 2016 promises more of the same with more than 300,000 racing fans expected to attend the Royal Berkshire meeting over the five-days.
Of course the horses are the stars of the show. As well as some popular British names to watch in action, this year there are some exciting foreign raiders to look out for too, including Japan’s A Shin Hikari, who could finish the year as the highest ranked racehorse in the world. There will also be challenges from the USA’s Acapulco who won last year’s Queen Mary Stakes (entered in the King’s Stand and Commonwealth Cup) and supreme US mare Tepin (Queen Anne Stakes).
Who to bet on at Royal Ascot 2016
William Hill’s Jon Ivan-Duke talks H&H through the remaining four days of Royal Meeting:
Wednesday 15 June – “The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes sees one of the most exciting foreign horses at Royal Ascot as race favourite A Shin Hikari, who was an impressive winner of the Group One Prix D’Ispahan, takes on the best of the British and Irish. Time Test and Found are likely to provide the biggest questions to the Japanese raider. A Shin Hikari could become the bookies favourite for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe if he wins.”
Thursday 16 June – “The Gold Cup is always one of the highlights of the racing calendar, but this year there is no reason to take on Order Of St George, despite his relatively short price (currently 7/4). He deserves his place at the top of the betting and he could be Yeats Mach II for Aidan O’Brien.”
Friday 17 June – “The second renewal of the Commonwealth Cup could be one of the most thrilling races of Royal Ascot, with the huge filly Acapulco back again after her Queen Mary win last year. Bookmakers will be keeping a close eye on her price.”
Saturday 18 June – “One of the most competitive races outside the handicaps the Diamond Jubilee Stakes will be a sprint to savour. Charlie Hill’s Magical Memory and James Fanshawe’s The Tin Man have yet to score in Group One company, but both look destined to record a top level success. Along with Twilight Son, Limato and Undrafted, it will be a hot betting race.”
Nowhere does pomp and circumstance quite like Royal Ascot and with The Queen’s 90th celebrations in full swing, this year is sure to be even more patriotic.
The Queen pays as much attention to fashion and outfits as everyone else at the Royal Meeting, and you can of course also bet on the colour of her hat. William Hill will be providing odds each day on what colour she goes for. Will it be blue today, which has been found to be her most-worn Ascot colour, or will she go for something different? Pink, green or even yellow…
Every jockey wants to win at Royal Ascot, but last year Ryan Moore was the leading man bagging nine winners in total, breaking the modern day record of eight set by Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery. The overall record remains for Fred Archer, who won a dozen races in 1878.
It was also good year for Frankie Dettori who chalked up his 50th Royal Ascot winner on Osaila. He later went on to take his 51st with Time Test.
Be sure to check William Hill online for odds on Ryan being leading jockey again this year.
Follow at home
If you’re not at the races you can follow online as the William Hill site will provide tips, advice and updated markets to ensure you get the best information when placing your bets. You can also access William Hill TV, the podcast service as well as tune into William Hill radio for live tips and commentary.
To place your bets visit William Hill – The Home of Betting, online. The bookmakers will be covering every race from the Royal Meeting, offering great odds.
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