After a busy card at Newmarket for the 1000 and 2000 Guineas last weekend, attention shifts to Ascot, Lingfield and Haydock for today’s televised races.
The Victoria Cup is the standout feature race at Ascot, with a field of 26 running the 7f course, and Lingfield hosts the Derby Trial Stakes with a closely contested field headed by Anthony Van Dyck and Cap Francais.
We cast our eye over the runners and riders to preview and give our tips on the live ITV racing coverage…
Cape Byron comes into the Victoria Cup Heritage Handicap well prepared to challenge at the front of the pack.
He finished second to Ripp Orf, also running in this race, back in September by only half a length over course and distance, but can be handy on all types of ground which could prove crucial in the handicap.
If fully turned up, the five-year-old joint-favourite should have the edge on Ripp Orf and Kyren who are both backed for good rides on the Ascot turf too.
Latest odds and betting for the French 2000 Guineas
With final declarations in for the French 2000 Guineas, Persian King has been named as odds-on favourite to take the victory at Sunday’s Longchamp Group One meet.
The Andre Fabre-trained three-year-old is the outright 10/11 favourite for success, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained Never No More second-favourite at 6s.
Shaman sits third in the running as an 8/1 underdog to race to victory in Paris.
In the betting for the French 1000 Guineas, it’s Castle Lady who heads the betting at 10/3 but the three-year-old filly could face stiff competition on the course from joint second-favourites Suphala and Watch Me, who are at 5s.
“Persian King’s Autumn Stakes success at Newmarket last season was given a huge form boost when the runner-up from that day, Magna Grecia, won last weekend’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas, and as result the Godolphin colt is odds-on favourite to gain his own Classic triumph this weekend,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
French 2,000 Guineas
10/11 Persian King, 6/1 Never No More, 8/1 Shaman, 10/1 Anodor, 12/1 Graignes, 14/1 Munitions, 18/1 No Needs Never, 20/1 Senza Limiti, 25/1 San Donato, 33/1 Duke Of Hazzard, Van Beethoven, 50/1 Simply Striking
After success in yesterday’s Chester Vase, Sir Dragonet is now the clear favourite to win the Investec Derby at Epsom, according to our traders.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained three-year-old colt has had his odds slashed from 7/1 to become the outright favourite at 7/2.
Ballydoyle stablemate Circus Maximus has also had his odds trimmed for the Investec Derby following his victory in this afternoon’s Dee Stakes at Chester.
Elsewhere, Enable remains the odds-on favourite to ride to the Coronation Cup win at 4/5, with Waldgeist and Kew Gardens best placed to challenge at 4s and 5s respectively.
Pink Dogwood is the early leader in the Investec Oaks at 7/2, with Hermosa and Medhaayih just behind in the better at 6s.
“Circus Maximus has done his Derby claims no harm with his Chester success, but in the betting at least he’s overshadowed by his stablemate and fellow Roodee winner Sir Dragonet, who has halved in price in the 24 hours following his Chester Vase victory, and it will take a special performance in the remaining Classic trials for the colt to be displaced as Epsom favourite,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
Investec Coronation Cup
4/5 Enable, 4/1 Waldgeist, 5/1Kew Gardens, 6/1 Magical, 10/1 Lah Ti Dar, 14/1 Young Rascal, 16/1 Coronet, Dee Ex Bee, Morando, Wissahickon, 20/1 Stradivarius
7/2 Pink Dogwood, 6/1 Hermosa, Medhaayih, 7/1 Maqsad, 12/1 Iridessa, 14/1 Sea Of Faith, Wonderment, 16/1 Happen, Just Wonderful, Sparkle Roll, 20/1 Lavender’s Blue, Tamniah, Villa D’Amore
7/2 Sir Dragonet, 4/1 Too Darn Hot, 6/1 Magna Grecia, Japan, 8/1 Broome, 10/1 Madhmoon, 12/1 Anthony Van Dyck, Bangkok, Dubai Warrior, 16/1 Line Of Duty, 20/1 Al Hilalee, Circus Maximus, Norway, Technician, 25/1 Cape Of Good Hope, Humanitarian, King Ottokar, Mohawk, Old Glory, Space Blues, Surfman
The ITV racing cameras are heading down to Suffolk this weekend, which can only mean one thing. It’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
After early favourites Too Darn Hot and Calyx dropped out of the running for the showpiece race, Ten Sovereigns and Magna Grecia are the new frontrunners for the mile-long event, though there are a few in the field who could spring a surprise.
We’ve given our tip for the 2000 Guineas and previewed the other live races from today’s TV coverage…
Sergei Prokofiev may be the outright favourite for this race, but it’s hard to look away from El Astronaute. The six-year-old has run out winner over course and distance so has that familiarity to build on.
The John Quinn-trained gelding also has a good record in his last five showings, winning twice and placing twice. His win in York in August came on a Good to Firm course, which is what is expected at Newmarket, so he’s got valuable winning experience on the going.
He’ll face tough competition from Mabs Cross, who’s expected to run well over 5f, but we’re tipping El Astronaute to nab the victory in the Palace House Stakes.
It’s two wins from two at present in the young career of Skardu. They’ve both come at this track, winning by 2L over Velorum in September, and winning by a neck in the Craven Stakes over Momkin in April.
The three-year-old colt still hasn’t reached his full potential either, but has impressed mightily in both showings so far. His Craven win came against three of the 2000 Guineas contenders too in Momkin, Set Piece and Royal Marine, so he’s got the beating of some of the field already.
James Doyle takes to the saddle on the William Haggas-trained colt, and we’ve got him as best placed to challenge the two early favourites over the distance.
After the announcement that Ryan Moore would mount Ten Sovereigns for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday, the three-year-old colt is now the outright favourite to ride to victory.
His odds have shortened to 10/3 despite being 5/1 second-favourite prior to the announcement of who would be saddling up. Stablemate Magna Grecia was the favourite at the start of the week, but now sits as second-favourite at 5/1.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained pair still remain ahead of the rest of the field, with Madhmoon and Skardu best placed to challenge for the front at 7/1.
“At the start of the week Ten Sovereigns had taken a walk in the market out to 5/1, with Magna Grecia the clear market leader, but since Ryan Moore was confirmed as the former’s big race rider, he’s been all the rage with punters and now looks certain to be sent off favourite,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
In the 1000 Guineas on Sunday, Qabala remains the favourite to win at 3/1 ahead of Skitter Scatter at 5/1 after 15 runners were declared for the fillies’ Classic.
Fairyland, Just Wonderful and Iridessa remain just behind the two favourites at 8s.
“Qabala leapt to the head of the 1,000 Guineas betting with a decisive victory in the Nell Gwyn Stakes last month, and only Skitter Scatter looks likely to challenge her position as favourite now,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
QIPCO 2,000 Guineas
10/3 Ten Sovereigns, 5/1 Magna Grecia, 7/1 Madhmoon, Skardu, 15/2 Advertise, 11/1 Royal Marine, 14/1 Al Hilalee, 16/1 Kick On, 20/1 Great Scot, Urban Icon, 25/1 Set Piece, Shine So Bright, 33/1 Momkin, 50/1 Emaraaty Ana, Name The Wind, 66/1 Dark Vision, King Of Change, Sporting Chance, 80/1 Azano
QIPCO 1,000 Guineas
3/1 Qabala, 5/1 Skitter Scatter, 8/1 Fairyland, Just Wonderful, Iridessa, 10/1 Dandhu, Mot Juste, 14/1 Lady Kaya, 18/1 Hermosa, 25/1 Angel’s Hideaway, Iconic Choice, 28/1 Star Terms, 33/1 Fleeting, Look Around, 100/1 Garrel Glen
After final declarations for the colts’ Classic at Newmarket on Saturday, the Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Magna Grecia and Ten Sovereigns have been installed as joint-favourites by our traders.
Magna Grecia has long been the front runner for the meet at 7/2, with Ten Sovereigns close by at 9/2. But with the announcement that Ryan Moore will be on board Ten Sovereigns and Donnacha O’Brien will be jockeying Magna Grecia, they’ve been installed as joint-favourites at 4/1.
Madhmoon and Skardu are still among the front-runners too, and their price has stayed consistent at 7s in the build up to the 2000 Guineas.
Advertise and Royal Marine are a touch further out in the running at 8s and 9s respectively.
“Ten Sovereigns had been easy to back in recent days, with Magna Grecia taking over clear favouritism, but the decision to put Ryan Moore on board the former means we can’t split the Ballydoyle pair at the head of the betting now, and will let punters decide which colt will be sent off favourite on Saturday,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
QIPCO 2,000 Guineas
4/1 Magna Grecia, Ten Sovereigns, 7/1 Madhmoon, Skardu, 8/1 Advertise, 9/1 Royal Marine, 14/1 Al Hilalee, 16/1 Kick On, 20/1 Almashriq, Great Scot, Set Piece, Urban Icon, 25/1 Kadar, Shine So Bright, 33/1 Emaraaty Ana, Momkin, 50/1 Name The Wind, 66/1 Dark Vision, King Of Change
Calyx has become the outright favourite to race to victory in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on 21st June, according to our bookmakers.
The three-year-old colt is now priced at 11/8 to claim a win at Ascot Racecourse in June’s festival after he stormed to a comeback win in the Merriebelle Stable Commonwealth Cup Trial Stakes this afternoon.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Ten Sovereigns remains his nearest challenger for success in the Cup and is priced at 9/2, with Bulletin third-favourite at 8/1.
“We initially went 2/1 for the Commonwealth Cup following his trial success, but once connections confirmed the six-furlong contest at the Royal meeting was Calyx’s intended target, rather than the St James’s Palace Stakes over a mile, we had no hesitation in cutting his odds for a second time,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
Earlier winners on Royal Ascot trials day included Ventura Rebel, installed at 14/1 for the Coventry Stakes, and Dee Ex Bee, now 8/1 for the Gold Cup, having been cut to 12/1 (from 25/1) immediately after his Sagaro Stakes win.
11/8 Calyx, 9/2 Ten Sovereigns, 8/1 Bulletin, 10/1 Sergei Prokofiev, 12/1 Fairyland, Jash, 14/1 Advertise, 16/1 Lady Kaya
2/1 Stradivarius, 9/2 Cross Counter, 8/1 Dee Ex Bee, Kew Gardens, Capri, 10/1 Flag Of Honour, 12/1 Call The Wind, Magic Circle, 16/1 Holdthasigreen, Ispolini, Southern France, Thomas Hobson
4/1 Monarch Of Egypt, 12/1 Well Of Wisdom, 14/1 Ventura Rebel, 16/1 Electrical Storm, King Neptune, 20/1 George Cornelius, Pistoletto
After an impressive victory in the Nell Gwyn Stakes in mid-April, Qabala is the clear favourite to win the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.
The three-year-old filly, priced at 11/4 favourite, ran out to a 1 3/4l win over Mot Juste, who is a 14/1 longshot in Saturday’s meet.
Skitter Scatter looks best placed to challenge Qabala as the 5/1 second-favourite. She comes into the meet in red-hot form, winning her last three by no less than 1 1/2l.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained Just Wonderful is third-favourite at 7/1, despite some inconsistency coming into the event, grabbing one win, a fourth and seventh in her last three.
Fairyland and Iridessa are 8/1 outsiders to mount a challenge at the front of the field.
“Qabala jumped to 1,000 Guineas favouritism with a commanding victory in the Nell Gwyn, and it would now take a major market upheaval for Roger Varian’s charge not to be sent off as jolly on Sunday,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
QIPCO 1,000 Guineas
11/4 Qabala, 5/1 Skitter Scatter, 7/1 Just Wonderful, 8/1 Fairyland, Iridessa, 9/1 Dandhu, 14/1 Mot Juste, 16/1 Hermosa, Lady Kaya, 20/1 Angel’s Hideaway, Iconic Choice, 25/1 Antonia De Vega, 33/1 Fleeting, Star Terms, 40/1 Look Around, 66/1 Garrel Glen
Latest odds and betting for the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup
Kemboy is the favourite to take home the victory in the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup following the final declarations for the Grade One showpiece.
The seven-year-old gelding is 6/4 to win the 3m 120y race according to our traders, with Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo close in the running at 7/4 second-favourite.
Last year’s winner Bellshill sits as the third-favourite at 6/1 after pulling up in the Cheltenham showpiece, with Monalee a touch back at 7s.
“Kemboy put his first fence blunder in the Cheltenham Gold Cup well and truly behind him when winning impressively at Aintree, and as a result of that victory we narrowly favour him over the Cheltenham winner Al Boum Photo here, with last year’s winner Bellshill completing Willie Mullins domination of the big race market,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
Coral Punchestown Gold Cup
6/4 Kemboy, 7/4 Al Boum Photo, 6/1 Bellshill, 7/1 Monalee, 25/1 Snow Falcon, The Storyteller, 33/1 Definitly Red, Sub Lieutenant