Norfolk Stakes Odds, Field & Betting Pick

US trainer Wesley Ward has won the G2 Norfolk twice, and bids for a third success in Thursday’s big juvenile race at Royal Ascot with wide-margin Keeneland winner American Rascal, although he faces stiff opposition from compatriot No Nay Mets and stakes-winners Elite Status and His Majesty. Check here the latest 2023 Norfolk Stakes Odds!

Breeders Cup Odds

2023 Norfolk Stakes

G2, £110,000, 5f turf (straight), 2yo, 9.30am ET

Contenders from four countries make up a 16-horse puzzle for the Norfolk at Royal Ascot, with the vast majority of runners coming into Thursday’s race off just one or two starts as they bid for the win that will earn them a golden ticket into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.

Potential rather than bare form is all-important and there is a heavy favorite in the shape of Elite Status (7-4), who made his stakes breakthrough when rolling his rivals flat in a fast time at Sandown, cruising by five lengths over a five-furlong track that is uphill from the gate, with Shayekh (100-1) a well-beaten fourth.

That’s the best form on offer but clearly, there’s scope for considerable improvement – although that applies across the board.

Wesley Ward has won this race twice and sends American Rascal (9-2), who brutalized the field on his debut when scoring by a wrapped-up ten and quarter lengths at Keeneland. He’s a son of dual Royal Ascot winner Lady Aurelia.

His compatriot No Nay Mets (9-1) made his stakes breakthrough on debut at Gulfstream Park, going gate-to-wire by three and a half lengths and probably achieving more than American Rascal. It’s anyone’s guess, however, how these inexperienced youngsters will cope with a long journey and vastly unfamiliar circumstances – but the speed is there.

Richard Fahey has trained the last two Norfolk winners and relies on Malc (22-1), who beat just four rivals on debut at little Carlisle but did it very easily by two and a quarter lengths. The form wouldn’t be as strong as that of Mon Na Slieve (22-1), who made all at big-track York to score by a length and three-quarters, but there’s no knowing how much a debut will move a horse up, which also applies to Reveiller (25-1), who beat a big field by three lengths on debut at Salisbury.

Another trainer with a fine record in this race is Aidan O’Brien, whose His Majesty (12-1) beat Valiant Force (80-1) by three-quarters of a length in a Curragh stakes on debut, before moving up a furlong for the G3 Marble Hill at the same track and running a close third, a head behind Noche Magica (15-2), who got nailed in the last few jumps and beaten a head. The form was franked when the winner ran fourth in the G2 Coventry, a classier race than this, here on Tuesday and both are big players.

French tourist The Fixer (28-1) won a Chantilly stakes over five furlongs at the beginning of the month, and along with Naas maiden winner Devious (14-1), easy by two lengths over five furlongs, has claims to hit the board.

Norfolk Stakes Odds & Prediction

Prediction  The US has its best chance of the week with AMERICAN RASCAL, who has the right credentials after blowing away his rivals on his debut at Keeneland.

ELITE STATUSClifford Lee+175
AMERICAN RASCALJoel Rosario +330
NO NAY METSFrankie Dettori+900
HIS MAJESTYRyan Moore +1200
DEVIOUSGavin Ryan+1400
MON NA SLIEVETom Eaves+2200
MALCOisin Orr +2500
REVEILLERHollie Doyle+2500
THUNDER BLUEKevin Stott +2800
THE FIXERMickael Barzalona +3300
HALA EMARAATYTom Marquand +5000
TOCA MADERASean Levey+5000
VALIANT FORCERossa Ryan +6600
BAHEERPat Dobbs +8000
SHAYEKHKieran O’Neill +8000

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