The 2017 Royal Ascot Betting Guide FREE Download

TwinSpires Staff

June 19th, 2017

With five days of great racing featuring eight Group 1 races, eight Group 2 races, three Group 3s, four listed, one conditions race, and six rich handicaps, Royal Ascot oozes with quality – and wagering opportunities.

A team effort from both British and US based handicapping experts combined to create a comprehensive guide for the full Royal Ascot meet. Find all of the racing information you need to prepare for the top talent being presented at one of the most prestigious Thoroughbred meets of the year!

Download this FREE betting tool from in partnership with GBI Racing at the 2017 Royal Ascot Betting Guide link.

Betting Guide Details

A full race schedule that has local time, UTC, and all major US time zones so you know when each race can be viewed on

Read the race meet welcome and overview to gain a quick understanding of what the Royal Ascot meet is about and the prestige the races being run hold.

Are you a numbers person? Then the trainer and jockey trend pages will be especially interseting, additionally the recent past racing histories of the Group races.

A stable tour with Harry Herbert provides personal thoughts on the talented runners under his eye, who are participating in the Royal meet.

Top runner bios are one paragraph synopsis of past accomplishments. Understand Pedigree, connections, performance and success for these elite atheletes.

A record contingent of competitors from the United States is examined with great depth by Rachel Candolera. This guide to US runners offers good information on their opportunities for success.

Kellie Reilly jumps into the dynamic trainer Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle brigade that is running at Royal Ascot. With big names on hand, learn how Aidan's horses form look entering the meet.

Group races are plentiful during Royal Ascot and Will Hayler brings you tips for good bets on these deep fields for the Group I rated challenges. Additionally, each day of the meet can be found to have one race examined deeply by the GBI Racing team. Find rich information on the Ascot Stakes, Royal Hunt Cup, Britannia Stakes, Duke of Edinburgh Stakes, and Workingham Handicap.

Two-year-old expert David Lawrence dives into one of the more potentially challenging angles to handicap as limited starts and experience are key factors for juvenile betting. Learn how the form of these Thoroughbreds look entering Royal Ascot.

Plus, don't forget to use this knowledge in formulating informed bets with TwinSpires!

More handicapping information on Royal Ascot


Three Group 1 races highlight the first day at Royal Ascot. In the Queen
Anne Stakes (G1, 1 mile), Godolphin’s 4-year-old colt Ribchester will be a short-priced
favorite after his 3 3/4-length victory in the Lockinge Stakes (G1) at Newbury. Lockinge
runner-up Lightning Spear and Dubai Turf (G1) fifth-place finisher Mutakayyef are worth
a look, as is American Patriot, winner of the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) at Keeneland.
Wesley Ward will aim to get another Royal Ascot victory with Lady
Aurelia, as she returns to her pet distance of five furlongs in the King’s
Stand Stakes (G1). The race of the day, however, could be the St
James’ Palace Stakes for 3-year-olds over a mile, where Churchill faces
a rematch with Barney Roy, who was a little unlucky not to beat him in
the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.


The day’s card is highlighted by the Prince of Wales’s
Stakes (G1, 1 1/4 miles). Much depends on which horses turn up here,
as Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) winner Highland Reel and Dubai Sheema
Classic (G1) victor Jack Hobbs could also both contest the Hardwicke
Stakes (G2) on day five over 1 1/2 miles, which probably suits both
horses better. Also well worth watching, is the improving Gordon
Richards Stakes (G3) winner Ulysses. American eyes will be on the
Queen Mary Stakes (G2), featuring Wesley Ward’s Happy Like a Fool.


The highlight is the Ascot Gold Cup (G1, 2 1/2 miles),
which is dominated by the Aidan O’Brien-trained Order of St George.
He won this race well last year, and had enough class to run third in the
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) at the end of 2016. Others with chances
at better odds are last year’s third-place finisher Sheikhzayedroad and
the Vintage Crop Stakes (G3) winner Torcedor. Wesley Ward will seek
another 2-year-old triumph when McErin contests the Norfolk Stakes


One of the best races of the meeting could be the
Commonwealth Cup (G1, 6 furlongs) for 3-year-olds. Aidan O’Brien’s
unbeaten Scat Daddy colt Caravaggio will be a short-priced favorite,
but he faces tough competition from the Godolphin pair of Harry
Angel and Blue Point. Wesley Ward’s Bound for Nowhere adds some
transatlantic interest. The day’s other feature is the Coronation Stakes
(G1, 1 mile) for 3-year-old fillies, where dual 1,000 Guineas winner
Winter is strongly fancied.


Veteran American trainer Bill Mott ventures to Royal Ascot
for the first time with Long on Value, who contests the Diamond
Jubilee Stakes (G1, six furlongs) after having finished second in the Al
Quoz Sprint (G1). Among those he beat that day was the outstanding
English sprinter Limato, who will appreciate firmer footing at Ascot.
The day’s other feature is the Hardwicke Stakes (G2, 1 1/2 miles), which
could feature the aforementioned Highland Reel and Jack Hobbs if
their connections choose to avoid the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

Find the full calendar of racing for Royal Ascot week.