Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot undoubtedly belonged to jockey Frankie Dettori. The fans’ favourite claimed the first four winners of the day before finishing a close second in race five.
The highlight of the day was of course Dettori’s win aboard Stradivarius in the Gold Cup. John Gosden’s superstar five-year old has now won back-to-back Ascot Gold Cups but was made to work for it after coming under pressure from Dee Ex Bee. Stradivarius was Dettori’s fourth winner on Day Three, following wins for A’ali, Sangarius and Star Catcher.
On to Day Four and Dettori will have his worked cut out getting the better of rival jockey, Ryan Moore on Friday. Moore will saddle three of the best-backed horses of the entire week when he rides Japan in the King Edward VII Stakes, Ten Sovereigns in the Commonwealth Cup and Hermosa in the Coronation Stakes.
Once again, Compare Betting Sites will provide tips and odds on all six races taking place on Friday. Day Four’s odds are provided by betting partner, Betfred.
14:30 – Albany Stakes (Fillies’ Group 3)
Daahyeh - 4/1
Last Surprise - 6/1
Nayibeth - 8/1
Lil Grey - 9/1
15:05 – King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2)
Japan was ahead of several of Friday’s rivals in the Derby, finishing a close third. On that form he is certainly the one to beat. Group 3 Classic Trial winner, Bangkok, should improve on his own poor showing in the Derby. Pablo Escobarr didn’t run in the derby but was a close runner-up behind Derby winner, Anthony Van Dyck, in the Lingfield Derby Trial.
Japan - 11/8
Pondus - 4/1
Private Secretary - 5/1
Pablo Escobarr - 13/2
Bangkok - 10/1
15:40 – Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
Calyx is a notable absentee in the Commonwealth Cup but there are still two Group 1 winners amongst the nine-strong field.
Ten Sovereigns who will be the horse to beat. Ten Sovereigns was disappointing in the 2,000 Guineas. The Aidan O’Brien-trained horse went off as 9/4 favourite but could not stay the 1m trip. Will be much improved for the drop back to 6f as O’Brien aims to win the race for a second time in three years.
However, it is the other Group 1 winner in the field, Advertise, winner of the Phoenix Stakes in Ireland who gets our vote. Advertise was disappointing in the 1,000 Guineas but will be better suited to this shorter distance and with the man of the moment, Frankie Dettori, on board we are tipping him to get back to winning ways.
Ten Sovereigns - 5/4
Jash - 9/2
Advertise - 6/1
Khaadem - 13/2
Hello Youmzain - 15/2
16:20 – Coronation Stakes (Fillies’ Group 1)
Aidan O’Brien’s filly, Hermosa, is the shortest priced horse of the day and rightly so. After three Group 1 places last year, Hermosa has kicked on in 2019 to win both the 1,000 Guineas and Irish Guineas.
Hermosa is likely to go off as the odds-on favourite and there will be plenty of each-way value elsewhere in the field. French entrant, Watch Me, could be overpriced at 18/1. Lightly raced and finished a mere 6 lengths off the winner in the French 1,000 Guineas last time out. Trainer and jockey were winners of the Prix de Diane on Sunday.
Hermosa - 10/11
Castle Lady - 11/2
Jubiloso - 13/2
Twist ‘n’ Shake - 9/1
Pretty Pollyanna - 10/1
17:00 – Sandringham Stakes (Fillies’ Handicap) (Str)
As usual, the Sandringham Stakes is wide open. Betfred are therefore paying out on the first five places. Hotsy Totsy is the bookies’ favourite but all previous runs have been over a shorter distance. Pedigree suggests that the step up should not be a problem and is ridden by Jamie Spencer, winner of this race in 2018.
Coral Beach is on a good mark but like Hotsy Totsy all her best runs have come over shorter distances. Beaten by just 4 lengths in Irish 1,000 Guineas whilst far from disgraced in French equivalent. Coral Beach is O’Brien’s only entry in the race, Ryan Moore inevitably booked to ride.
Hotsy Totsy - 11/2
Desirous - 6/1
Magnetic Charm - 7/1
Invitational - 10/1
Coral Beach - 10/1
Layaleena - 10/1
Nonchalance - 10/1
17:35 – Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)
Baghdad and Corgi were the first two home over C&D in last year’s King George V Handicap. Winner, Baghdad, has been lightly raced since due to a fractured cannon bone sustained. Up 4lb compared to last year’s festival win and we expect Corgi to reverse that result.
However, Corgi was behind another of today’s runners at York last time out. Five-year old, Fujaira Prince, finished 2 lengths clear of Corgi and Collide in that 18-runner handicap at York and will again be prominent. Never finished outside of the top two in five previous rides and despite another 4lb rise for the York run, we are backing Fujaira Prince to be the first past the post.
Baghdad - 9/2
Fujaira Prince - 5/1
Corgi - 6/1
Ben Vrackie - 7/1
Johnny Drama - 9/1
Compare Betting Sites’ tips
14:30 – Daahyeh (4/1)
15:05 – Japan (11/8)
15:40 – Advertise (6/1)
16:20 – Hermosa (10/11)
17:00 – Coral Beach (10/1)
17:35 - Fujaira Prince (5/1)