Royal Ascot betting tips: Previews for every race on Friday
Royal Ascot 2021: Friday’s preview
Our Royal Ascot betting tips continue as we look ahead to all seven races on the fourth day of the 2021 festival.
The Commonwealth Cup and Coronation Stakes are the highlight of the card but we have previewed every race on a bumper day of horse racing, while Saturday’s big races are previewed in our ITV Racing tips.
2.30 Albany Stakes
George Boughey has enjoyed a fruitful few weeks to say the least with his juveniles and 13/2 shot Cachet looks the best of his trio in the opening race.
She trounced her Newmarket rivals by upwards of five and a half lengths on her debut, despite running a bit green in the finish, so that performance could be upgraded slightly.
3.05 King Edward VII Stakes
Alenquer can keep himself near the top of the class among this summer’s best three-year-olds by justifying his status as favourite in the second race of the day.
A literal reading of the form book is always delivered with a minor health warning and Alenquer’s hard-fought Sandown defeat of subsequently impressive Derby winner Adayar will be viewed by many as a case in point.
He beat Adayar’s stablemate Yibir less than a length into third that day, in the bet365 Classic Trial over 10 furlongs – and that opponent then twice came up short in two more Derby auditions last month and has since been gelded.
There are undoubtedly then, as so often, mixed messages in the form. It is still hard to get away from the fact that – even allowing for the steep upward curve of the giant Adayar – the most recent racecourse evidence from Alenquer puts him in the same bracket at least as a horse who first ran another fair trial at Lingfield and then went on to win the Derby emphatically by almost five lengths.
William Haggas’ German-bred colt had operated well on soft ground in his two juvenile starts but proved at Sandown that a sounder surface is no problem for him, so whatever the weather throws up he should not be fazed.
The extra two furlongs here are a minor unknown, on pedigree, but not an especially troubling factor – given the way he ground out victory at Sandown after racing prominently throughout.
He faces a clutch of rivals with similarly unexposed potential – as befits the position in the calendar of this Group Two.
3.40 Commonwealth Cup
Dragon Symbol is another with compelling credentials in the first of back-to-back Grade One races on Friday.
Archie Watson’s sprinter has come a long way in a short time, as a four-time winner in little more than two months between the start of March and May – and then also a meritorious and close runner-up in Group Two company at Haydock last month.
Dragon Symbol was impressive on each of his first three racecourse appearances, over this six-furlong trip, at three different all-weather tracks.
He then proved he could do it on turf, and down to the minimum distance, at Hamilton before demonstrating more versatility, and ability, when he was beaten just a nose by the prolific Rohaan on rain-soaked ground in the Sandy Lane Stakes.
If the forecast rain arrives again, 15/2 chance Dragon Symbol may well cope better than many of his rivals.
The likelihood is, however, that Ascot will get nowhere near as soft as Haydock did last month – and that, on his first attempt at Group One level, he will have the speed to come out on top.
4.20 Coronation Stakes
Primo Bacio is 6/1 to continue on what has been a rapid upwards trajectory by graduating to Group One class in the Coronation Stakes.
With two Classic winners in Mother Earth (3/1) and Empress Josephine (9/2) in the line-up, it looks a tough test for Ed Walker’s charge but she has been making some serious strides in two starts this term.
Her juvenile campaign was nothing to write home about but she caught the eye when defying odds of 100/1 to finish fourth in the Fred Darling on her seasonal return before upping her game again to win a Listed heat at York (below).
She triumphed by three lengths on that occasion and the runner up, Creative Flair, has already boosted the form by winning at Listed level herself while third-placed Snow Lantern (9/1) has no obvious claims to turning around that defeat here.
Primo Bacio obviously has a bit to find on the bare figures but she makes plenty of appeal as a fast-improving filly.
5.00 Sandringham Stakes
Jim Crowley rides Samoot (14/1), who has had two wins already this season.
5.35 Duke of Edinburgh Stakes
6.10 Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes
Warrior Brave can make a swift return to action pay dividends in the last race of the day for our Royal Ascot betting tips.
Beaten just under a length by Atalis Bay in a Listed heat at Sandown last Saturday, Warrior Brave was clear of the rest and he lines up here 7lb well in on his revised mark and is 15/2.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication