With Royal Ascot 2019 now at an end, from an ante post betting point of view it is well worth picking through the results with a fine toothcomb and finding out what the future plans are for many of the runners.

Naturally it pays to focus on the Royal winners going forward, but there are also lots of horses that filled the places that should go down in your notebook too.

Gold Cup hero Stradivarius is now on a seven-race winning streak, with his last defeat coming on Champions Day in 2017.

"What an amazing horse he is. He is a horse for the big occasion and I love him dearly," said his jockey Frankie Dettori.

"I am only nervous because the people care so much about this horse. It's a wonderful story. Every time he runs he delivers."

Stradivarius will now head to the Goodwood Cup and will attempt to win it for a third time. If he does so he will equal Double Trigger’s hat-trick of victories in the race (1995,’97 and ’98).

Melbourne Cup scorer Cross Counter finished fourth at Ascot and will also head to Goodwood for Charlie Appleby, while fifth-placed Flag Of Honour will have an entry for Aidan O’Brien.

The Mark Johnston-trained runner-up Dee Ex Bee looks all set to rock up at Goodwood too with connections indicating that different tactics will be employed this time.

“Going forward, we are thinking that it is probably not ideal for our horse to make his own running. Having something to aim at might help him, as he enjoys a battle” said assistant trainer, Charlie Johnston.

Britannia scorer and bookies saviour Biometric will probably be seen at the Glorious Goodwood meeting next but at present does not hold any engagements. Runner-up Turgonev is likely to run in the Golden Mile at the same venue.

South Pacific, who led home stablemates Constantinople and Eminence in the King George V Stakes will head to the Goodwood Cup before having a crack at the Irish St Leger.

Mark Johnston’s Persian Moon, who finished fourth behind three Aidan O'Brien runners, will probably head to Goodwood too.

"It was very exciting, and we were thrilled. We might have a go at the big three-year-old mile-and-a-half handicap at Glorious Goodwood next.

"That might be the plan. We'll see how it goes" said Persian Moon’s racing manager.

The Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket is the next target for the Albany runner-up Celtic Beauty.

The race winner Daahyeh has been installed into next year’s horse racing betting odds with 888sport for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.

Brian Meehan, trainer of the 100/1 third-placed Aroha, said: "The Lowther would be the race that comes to mind and then the Cheveley Park. She doesn't need too much more. That was her fourth run.”

Aidan O'Brien has earmarked two potential options for Japan following his rousing victory in the King Edward VII Stakes.

O'Brien said: "We probably have two choices with him. There is either the Grand Prix de Paris (at ParisLongchamp on July 14) or come back to Ascot for the King George (July 27).

O'Brien must also be tempted to have a go at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe later in the year. Japan is priced between 12-1 and 16-1 for Europe's richest race. 

The Phoenix Thoroughbred-owned Advertise has come out of the Commonwealth Cup well and is on target for the July Cup, for which he is a 3/1 chance with us here at 888sport.

Also prominent in the betting for the July Cup is the Wokingham winner Cape Byron, who was racing over six furlongs for the first time at Royal Ascot and is currently trading at 6/1 for the Group 1 sprint.

French raider Watch Me provided a 20-1 shock victory over Aidan O'Brien's Hermosa when landing the Coronation Stakes.

The Francis-Henri Graffard-trained daughter of Olympic Glory will probably have a longer-term engagement at the Arc meeting at Longchamp in early October.

When Thanks Be triumphed in the Sandringham Handicap Hayley Turner became only the second female jockey to ride a Royal Ascot winner. It will definitely be worth following the first half dozen fillies in this race in the future.

Baghdad held on gamely in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes and made it a Royal Ascot double after scoring in the King George V Stakes last year.

Early entries for the four-year-old include the Tattersall’s Stakes and the Bet365 Trophy at Newmarket, plus the Irish St Leger in September.

Pinatubo broke the track record when taking the Chesham on the final day of Royal Ascot. "We'll step up in class now, obviously.

"Something like the Vintage Stakes (at Goodwood) could be for him, the way he travels. The National Stakes (at the Curragh) wouldn't be out of the question later” said his elated trainer, Charlie Appleby.

After a narrow victory in the Jersey Stakes, Space Traveller will be staying at the same trip for the foreseeable future.

"That's the next step for him, the Lennox (at Goodwood) - something like that and that would suit him well. It is the only place we can go really” said his trainer Richard Fahey.

Fresh from taking the Hardwicke Stakes, Roger Varian’s Defoe looks set to return to Ascot in a bid for more Group One success in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes where he likely to go head-to-head with Arc heroine Enable.

As we speculated in last week’s Royal Ascot review double-winner Blue Point has indeed been retired.

"Blue Point has a fantastic mind, is a natural athlete and was a pleasure to train. I have every confidence he will, like his sire Shamardal, be a huge success as a stallion" said Charlie Appleby.

Runaway Wokingham victor Cape Byron will need to put his best hoof forward again if he is to score in the ultra-competitive July Cup.

And finally, Queen Alexandra Stakes winner Cleonte may well take on the mighty Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup.

That concludes all the horse racing news from Royal Ascot 2019. We really hope you have some success playing the future ante post markets.


*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*

About the Author
Steve Mullington

Steven is a sports and horseracing enthusiast and is a member of the Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) in the United Kingdom.

He is a regular visitor to Paris Longchamp for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a lifelong fan of the Aintree Grand National, a subject he writes about 52 weeks of the year. Last year he reached the impressive milestone of attending the last 25 renewals of the Grand National.