Queen Anne Stakes & King’s Stand Stakes Odds & Picks

 It’s time for the top hat and the posh frock as the period drama known as Royal Ascot hits town on Tuesday, with two deep-stacked G1s on the opening day. Dual Breeders’ Cup champ Modern Games takes on his barnmate Native Trail and the top-class filly Inspiral in the Queen Anne Stakes, before speedballs Highfield Princess, Dramatised, Coolangatta and Twilight Dreaming lead a cosmopolitan cast-list in the King’s Stand.

Breeders Cup Odds

Queen Anne Stakes

G1, £750,000, 1m turf (straight), 4yo+, 9.30am ET

The world-renowned Royal Ascot meeting, five days of the best of British racing, prestige and spectacle, begins with a bang on Tuesday with the Queen Anne, a win-and-in for the Breeders’ Cup Mile and a G1 race straight out of the gate.

The dual Breeders’ Cup winner Modern Games (2-1) has won G1s in four countries – Britain, France, the US and Canada – and has never finished out of the first two in eight G1s over a mile. He inked the final tick on his resume when winning over a straight mile for the first time and beating almost half this field in the G1 Lockinge at Newbury last month, when victory came courtesy of his usual patient build-up and decisive furlong-pole swoop.

That powerful surge carried him a length and a half clear of longshot Chindit (14-1), who ran a career-best and bizarrely tried to bite Modern Games as he flashed past, and did catch jockey William Buick with his teeth. Fellow longshot Berkshire Shadow (33-1) was a rallying third, a length further back, while there was another half-length to the front-running Mutasaabeq (18-1) in fifth, a half-length to Lusail (33-1) – who has lost his last ten – in sixth and a neck to never-nearer seventh Light Infantry (20-1), who is happier going longer and was runner-up over a mile-eighth in the G1 Ispahan at Longchamp three weeks ago.

The quicker the ground the better for Modern Games – recent weeks have been very warm and dry in Britain, with a little rain on Sunday and nothing much forecast before post-time – and his yard is back in its usual tip-top form.

Indeed, one of his biggest rivals is barnmate Native Trail (7-1), the champion two-year-old of 2021 but not quite such hot stuff last year, although he did take down the G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

He was disappointing at odds-on on his return from a nine-month layoff, lacking any kick when runner-up in a G2 over the straight mile at Newmarket, beaten three lengths by Mutasaabeq – who is very likely to be on the front end today – and a short-head in front of Light Infantry. He needs to improve to beat his barnmate but any further rain will be a positive.

The third big-hitter is the filly Inspiral (2-1), who comes off an eight-month layoff after running poorly in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II over course and distance, when she flunked the start and never figured, finishing sixth (Modern Games runner-up).

She shrugged off a similar layoff when winning the G1 Coronation here over a mile (round course) 12 months ago – beating the US-trained Spendarella – and the ‘Frankie Dettori factor’ is a positive for her chance but a negative for her odds. She will need to be at her absolute peak to beat the boys.

2023 Queen Anne Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction

With conditions in his favour and pace to run at, the consistent and top-class MODERN GAMES will be very tough to stop as he bids for a sixth G1 win

Horse JockeyHorse Racing Odds by JazzSports
InspiralFrankie Dettori+200
Modern GamesWilliam Buick+200
Native TrailJames Doyle+700
 ChinditPat Dobbs+1400
MutasaabeqJim Crowley+1800
 CashTom Marquand+2000
Light InfantryJamie Spencer+2000
Berkshire ShadowOisin Murphy+3300
LusailRyan Moore+3300
Triple TimeNeil Callan+3300
Angel BleuHector Crouch+6000
PogoKieran Shoemark+10000

King’s Stand Stakes

G1, £627,500, 5f turf (straight), 3yo+, 10.40am ET

The international nature of this meeting is exemplified by the King’s Stand, which has drawn major players from the US and Australia to take on the best of British in this win-and-in for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

The first line of defense against the tourists is England’s supermare Highfield Princess (5-2), who won three G1s in four weeks last summer and proved she was still in the groove when runner-up in the six-furlong G2 Duke of York at York on her first start of 2023, looking as though the race would move her up a long way.

She just tied up a little close home and was caught and beat a half-length, with Annaf (100-1) two and a quarter lengths back in fourth and Marshman (28-1) a head away fifth, and today’s cutback is a positive.

Her forcing style will mean she’s the one to catch, but she could have company on the front end with US raider Twilight Gleaming (20-1) likely to blitz from the gate. She won a Keeneland stakes over five and a half furlongs on her 2023 debut, but this is her first G1 and class could be her stumbling block.

Australian sprinters are among the best in the world – the Aussies won this last year – and Coolangatta (9-2) leads the line. Form comparison is tricky, but she has won two G1s at five furlongs against older horses, still has scope for further improvement and looks a cut above her compatriot Cannonball (16-1), who was third in a weakish G1 at Rosehill last time and whose body of work doesn’t suggest he has what it takes to figure here.

This race could be dominated by distaffers and another to consider is Dramatised (7-1), a winner over course and distance in the G2 Queen Mary 12 months ago and brilliant on her first start of 2023, when leading late and driving on to win the G2 Temple at Haydock by a length from the rallying veteran Equilateral (40-1).

She’s a five-furlong specialist and with further progress almost guaranteed after just five starts she can confirm the Temple form with longshot fourth Existent (100-1), beaten two and a quarter lengths, fifth Mitbaahy (25-1), sixth Happy Romance (50-1), ninth Twilight Calls (16-1) – runner-up in last year’s King’s Stand but poor in two starts this year – and Raasel (80-1), who was tenth.

The ‘Frankie factor’ will probably make Manaccan (5-1) an underlay, as his third-place behind mudlark Vadream (50-1) in the five-furlong G3 Palace House at Newmarket last month demonstrated that he was improving but probably not quickly enough to punch above his weight here.

2023 King’s Stand Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction

The girls can beat the boys, and the very progressive DRAMATISED can improve again and follow up her victory over course and distance 12 months ago.

Horse JockeyHorse Racing Odds by JazzSports
Highfield PrincessJason Hart+225
 CoolangattaJames McDonald+450
ManaccanFrankie Dettori+500
DramatisedDaniel Tudhope+700
CannonballBrett Prebble+1200
Twilight CallsRyan Moore+1600
Mitbaahy  David Egan+1800
 Twilight GleamingIrad Ortiz Jr+2000
 MarshmanClifford Lee+2800
 BradsellHollie Doyle+3300
 EquilateralWilliam Buick+4000
MooneistaDylan Browne+4000
ChipsteadRichard Kingscote +5000
 Happy RomanceSean Levey+5000
 VadreamKieran Shoemark+5000
 Desert CopOisin Murphy+6600
 RaaselJames Doyle+8000
 AnnafRossa Ryan+10000
Existent Neil Callan+10000

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