The flat season in the UK is stepping up a gear as Royal Ascot is here. A true international event, Royal Ascot see’s the best of Britain and Ireland take on elite competition from all over the world. Here is our Queen Anne Stakes & King’s Stand Stakes Preview.
Royal Ascot will run between Tuesday 14th June – Saturday 18th June and each day is littered with some top-quality racing. The first day of Royal Ascot is one of the most eagerly awaited days in the entire racing calendar.
The Queen Anne Stakes
Group 1, £600,000, 1m – open to horses aged 4+
Raced over a distance of one mile, the Queen Anne Stakes is open to both fillies and colts. The field will compete for a first prize purse of £340,000. To be eligible to compete, all horses must be at least four.
Ten will go to post in an attempt to land one of the most prestigious races in the UK racing calendar. The first race of this year’s Royal Ascot, it’s a slightly puzzling race which has one clear heavy favorite.
Baaeed for the excellent Jim Crowley and William Haggas partnership will go off as an odds on shot and it looks like it will take something special to beat him here. Unbeaten with a perfect seven out of seven record, Baaeed’s warm up run just a month ago couldn’t have been more emphatic. Competing in the G1 Lockinge, he won easily, putting the race to bed in just a few effortless strides. Big things are expected of Baaeed as he looks to stake his claim as one of the best racehorses in all the world – he will take all of the beating here.
Reopposing Baaeed are several horses that have already tried to wrestle his unbeaten crown away. Trailing Baaeed in the Lockinge was the Goldolphin owned Real World. Whilst you can never discount a Goldolphin horse, Real World has four lengths to overturn. Against a horse of Baaeed’s quality something would have to go spectacularly wrong for the favorite for that to happen.
Third that day was the Richard Hannon trained Chindit. Chindit is an accomplished horse at Listed and Group level but has always struggled at the very highest level. A win here would be considered a massive shock as he isn’t in the class of the two that beat him last time out.
Aldaary is a stablemate of Baaeed and is currently the second favorite for the race. Racing in unchartered waters, Aldaary will have to produce a lifetime best if he is to get his head in front. An accomplished performer at Ascot, he has won his last two races at the course and could be a good bet for a top three finish.
At a bigger price, Order of Australia for the Aidan O’Brien stable can never be ruled out but the horse has now gone four races since he last tasted success. Against some classy opposition, he looks to have a lot on his plate and a return to the winners circle looks unlikely.
2022 Queen Anne Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction
The opening race of this year’s Royal Ascot should be an easy one for Baaeed to win. He smashed the majority of this opposition before and something spectacular will need to happen for Baaeed not to win again here.
|Horse||Jockey||Horse Racing Odds by JazzSports|
|Lights On||Richard Kingscote||+1300|
|Order of Australia||Ryan Moore||+1800|
|Mother Earth||Aidan O’ Brien||+2000|
|Sir Busker||William Buick||+3000|
|Happy Power||Andrew Balding||+4500|
King’s Stand Stakes
Group 1, £500,000, five furlongs – open to horses aged 3+
The second G1 race of the day is the King’s Stand Stakes. A five furlong race, some of the fastest horses in the world will be lining up for a shot at the £284,000 first place prize. The race is open to horses three years and older and both fillies and colts can compete.
In a line up full of speedsters, perhaps the fastest of them all will be Golden Pal who is trained by the excellent Wesley Ward. Ward has become the foremost international trainer at Royal Ascot and has successfully guided twelve horses to success in the Royal meeting. Ward has tasted success in this race, winning it back in 2017 with Lady Aurelia.
In Golden Pal he has an excellent chance of notching yet another winner. Golden Pal has won six of his eight career starts and Ward has made no secret to the fact that he thinks Golden Pal is the fastest horse in the world. Worryingly for his backers, Golden Pal’s only two defeats have both come in the UK but Ward believes his horse is a different animal this time around.
Looking to capitalise on any chinks in Golden Pal’s armour will be the Australian trained Nature Strip. A seven year old, Nature Strip has had a tonne of racing winning 20 of his 34 career starts. He has never run outside of Australia but arrives at Ascot having won his last two Stakes races with a fair degree of comfort. A strong traveller, look for Nature Strip to make his move halfway through the race. Whether he will be too far back after the start remains to be seen.
The best of the British and Irish challenge will come from the Henry Candy trained Twilight Calls. A four year old, he has won three of his eleven starts, but has now gone three races without tasting victory. He has raced once before at Ascot finishing second in a handicap back in 2021. Although Ryan Moore is booked, you feel it would take something special for Twilight Calls to win here.
Perhaps the fastest of all the British and Irish trained horses is Winter Power. Winter Power produced two dominant performances last summer with the highlight being his victory in the Nunthorpe Stakes. Although he could only finish eighth in his reappearance this season, the horse often needs a tune up and will arrive at Ascot at the top of his game. He could be the value play of the race.
Charlie Hills has won this race before with the speed demon that was Bhataash and in Khaadem he will feel he has a live contender here. A horse that has struggled with injuries in the past, Khaadem in recent seasons has been campaigned cleverly. His only race of the season came in the G3 Palace House Stakes which he won in game fashion. He finished just ahead of the better fancied Twilight Calls and at almost double the price, he could be the dark horse of the pack.
2022 King’s Stand Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction
It’s hard to look past Golden Pal. A devastating starter, Golden Pal will no doubt set the early pace and he may be tricky to claw back. Golden Pal’s last victory at Keeneland was nothing short of incredible and a repeat of that performance will make him hard to beat here.
|Horse||Jockey||Horse Racing Odds by JazzSports|
|Golden Pal||Irad Ortiz Jr||+140|
|Nature Strip||James McDonald||+240|
|Twilight Calls||Ryan Moore||+650|
|King’s Lynn||David Probert||+1200|
|Man of Promise||William Buick||+1200|
|Winter Power||David Allan||+1400|
|Tis Marvellous||Adam Kirby||+2500|
|Cadamosto||Aidan O’ Brien||+4000|
|Logo Hunter||Seamie Heffernan||+4000|
|Acklam Express||Rowan Scott||+5000|
|Hurricane Ivor||William Haggas||+6600|
|Saint Lawrence||Andrea Atzeni||+6600|
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