Royal Ascot – Queen Anne Stakes Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Most horse racing festivals tend to build slowly to their peak across the course of a week, increasing in quality and intensity of racing while keeping spectators and punters in suspense as to the possible riches that lie ahead. Royal Ascot 2015, however, could not be further from the norm in that respect.
With a trio of Group One races, a high-class stayers’ handicap and a pair of the most informative two-year-old races run throughout the whole of the season, it’s fair to say Royal Ascot always starts as it means to go on.
The Queen Anne Stakes is run over a distance of one mile and is entered by some of the most recognised Royal Ascot runners as it is only open to horses aged four or older.
Many of the horses have been running for at least two years and have had time to make a name for themselves, making the race a popular one amongst punters eager to get off to a winning start.
Solow was the winner of the Dubai Turf at Meydan in late March and is set to go off the red-hot favourite after an equally impressive display in last month’s Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp.
Victory could give trainer Freddy Head his second victory in the curtain-raiser following the incredible mare Goldikova’s triumph in 2010.
John Moore’s Able Friend, the leading miler in Hong Kong, is heading to Ascot on the back of six successive victories. He is almost untouchable in his homeland and adds intrigue to what promises to be a thrilling contest.
Richard Hannon’s Night Of Thunder (11/2) and Toormore (10/1) were first and second in the Lockinge at Newbury and together they head the home defence along with Peter Chapple-Hyam’s recent Epsom winner Arod (11/1).