The Commonwealth Cup is the only Group 1 race exclusively for three-year-olds that allows the geldings to compete.
The Copper Horse Stakes, Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes and the Golden Gates Stakes are all new races starting as of 2021.
At 2 miles, 5 furlongs and 143 yards, the concluding Queen Alexandra Stakes is the longest race of the meeting that the horse racing commentators have to deal with.
Over the course of five days every June, top races galore take place at Ascot racecourse (the Royal meeting), and every year there are new trends and statistics to analyse.
Naturally trends and statistics are only a guide to what is likely to happen - they are not an exact science, but quite often patterns do emerge so it worth looking at races and dissecting their recent history.
This hopefully should lead to you to picking some winners. Below is a full resume of Royal Ascot’s races each day and all the conditions of entry.
Royal Ascot Tips - Day 1
2.30 Royal Ascot - Queen Anne Stakes:
Palace Pier is the hot ante-post favourite for the opener on Tuesday after impressive victories at Sandown and Newbury this season.
The John and Thady Gosden-trained star miler won the St James's Palace Stakes last summer and will have grand designs on making it a Royal Ascot double.
Order Of Australia has had a mixed career thus far and the Aidan O’Brien-trained horse is hard to asses. Victory didn’t arrive until his fifth outing when winning at Dundalk and that was quickly followed up with another one at the Curragh.
However, he finished last of nine back at the Curragh, but looked back on track when he popped at 40/1 at Keeneland. At Sha Tin in December he finished sixth in the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile.
Lope Y Fernandez needs to bounce back from a disappointing effort in the Lockinge.
Two previous winners of the race are lining up once more- David O'Meara's 2019 globetrotting scorer Lord Glitters and Accidental Agent, who caused a shock in 2018.
2021 Queen Anne Stakes selection: Palace Pier (WIN)
3.05 Royal Ascot - Coventry Stakes:
Juvenile sprinter Kaufymaker will be bidding to become American Wesley Ward’s first winner of the Coventry Stakes on Tuesday.
Hugo Palmer’s dual winner Ebro River, the Ralph Beckett-trained Angel Bleu and Donnacha O’Brien’s Masseto all have leading claims.
Another with a good chance is Tolstoy for the Gosden’s. He won nicely on his debut at Yarmouth and could well be overlooked in the betting, even with Frankie on board.
Gisburn's Newbury win is working out well in the grand scheme of things and he also has to enter calculations for the Richard Hannon stable.
2021 Coventry Stakes selection: Tolstoy (E/W)
3.40 Royal Ascot - King's Stand Stakes:
Popular sprinter Battaash is on course to defend his King’s Stand Stakes crown at Royal Ascot after recovering from an injury setback sustained over the winter.
The seven-year-old returned to Charlie Hills’ stables in April from his owners Shadwell Stud after recovering from a small fracture. Last season he blew away everything in sight and he will probably go off quite a short price.
Tim Easterby’s exciting three-year-old filly Winter Power could well be the chief danger to the favourite given what she did at York in the Westow Stakes.
After a convincing victory in the Group Three Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket last season, Winter Power picked up where she left off and has to be on the shortlist of potential victors here.
American raiders Extravagant Kid and Maven are also eyeing Group One spoils on the opening day on action.
Extravagant Kid (Brendan Walsh) was last seen out when registering a first Grade One success under Ryan Moore in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in March, while Maven represent the pioneering US-based trainer Wesley Ward who is no stranger to enjoying Royal Ascot successes.
2021 King's Stand selection: Battaash (WIN)
4.20 Royal Ascot - St James's Palace Stakes:
Having won the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May, Poetic Flare is a 10-3 shot for this Group One.
After Newmarket Poetic Flare went to the French Guineas but encountered all sorts of traffic problems during the race. He then chased home stablemate Mac Swiney at the Curragh in much softer conditions.
Highland Avenue leads Derby-winning trainer Charlie Appleby’s assault on the race and the Godolphin organisation must have a great chance of collecting the spoils.
The Dubawi colt won his first three starts this term, before narrowly going down by half a length to Mosthadaf in last month’s Heron Stakes at Sandown.
Appleby also saddles La Barrosa, who didn’t enjoy the ground one bit at the Curragh in the Irish 2,000 Guineas but should show up better this time around.
Jessica Harrington’s Lucky Vega has just two career wins to his name, but one of those was the Group One Keenland Stakes.
He was narrowly beaten in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and finished fourth in the Irish equivalent, which puts him right in the mix here.
2021 St James's Palace Stakes selection: Lucky Vega (E/W)
5.00 Royal Ascot - Ascot Stakes:
Willie Mullins has interestingly booked Ryan Moore to ride Rayapour in the stayer’s race. The five-year-old has only had one outing for the stable thus far, finishing third in a maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan.
Formerly trained by Alain de Royer-Dupré in Chantilly, the McNeill family-owned runner looks a prime candidate for a race of this nature.
Coeur De Lion lunged late to land the Ascot Stakes for trainer Alan King and Thore Hammer Hansen last season and the pair line up once more.
Trainer George Boughey is having a great 2021 and his Lostwithiel is worth a second look. By Camelot out of a mare who has had horses that have stayed a good bit further, he should stay this trip and Hollie Doyle takes the ride.
2021 Ascot Stakes selection: Rayapour (E/W)
5.30 Royal Ascot - Wolferton Stakes:
Jim Goldie's eight-year-old Euchen Glen heads a field of 14 runners.
The popular gelding took the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown last month but is burdened now with a 5lb penalty.
Others in the line-up include Solid Stone, Stormy Antarctic, Patrick Sarsfield and Felix.
The Marco Botti-trained Felix was a decent performer the all-weather in the winter before he ramped things up a notch in Dubai when he finished third to Lord North in the Dubai Turf – probably the best piece of form on offer in this race.
The Wolferton has been Felix’s target for some time and he will enjoy the going. His Dubai partner Oisin takes the ride again.
2021 Wolferton Stakes selection: Felix (WIN)
6.10 Royal Ascot - Copper Horse Stakes:
Trainer Alan King has a leading fancy in top-weight On To Victory in the concluding handicap.
Sporting the well known colours of Henry Ponsonby, the even-year-old will be ridden by Tom Marquand.
Willie Mullins goes for this mile-and-three-quarter contest with the Mrs Ricci-owned Saldier who was last seen winning a 1m 5f race at Listowel by a rather comfortable seven lengths.
2021 Copper Horse Stakes selection: On To Victory (E/W)
Royal Ascot Tips - Day 2:
Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) is run over five furlongs and open to two-year-old fillies.
Queen’s Vase (Group 2) is run over 1m 6f and is open to three-year-old horses.
Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) is run over one mile on the straight course at Ascot and is open to fillies and mares aged four and older.
Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) is run over a mile and a quarter and is open to four-year-olds and upwards.
Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) is a flat handicap open to horses aged three years or older.
Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) is for two-year-olds only, with a 5 lb allowance for fillies who take their chance over five furlongs.
Kensington Palace Stakes (Handicap) is open to fillies and mares that are four years or older.
Royal Ascot Tips - Day 3:
Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) is exclusively limited to two-year-old horses (juveniles) and is a run over a distance of five furlongs.
Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) is run over a distance of 1m 2f and is open to three-year-old horses of both sexes, with level weights of 9st for colts, and a 3lb allowance for fillies (8st 11 lb). Horses that have won Group 1 or 2 races are ineligible.
Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) is run over a mile and four furlongs. It is open exclusively to three-year-old fillies.
Gold Cup (Group 1) is run over a distance of roughly two and a half miles, and is open to horses of four years and older. This race is extremely popular with punters looking for ante-post Royal Ascot odds.
Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) is open to three-year-old colts and geldings only, and is run over a distance of one mile.
King George V Stakes (Handicap) is run over a distance of one mile and four furlongs and is open to colts and geldings aged three years.
Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap) is run over a distance of seven furlongs and is open to horses aged three and over.
Royal Ascot Tips - Day 4:
Albany Stakes (Group 3) is run over six furlongs and open to two-year-old fillies.
King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) is roughly a mile and a half long and is open to three-year-old colts and geldings.
Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) is run over six furlongs and provides three-year-old sprinters with a chance to race against their own age group. It is also the only Group 1 race exclusively for three-year-olds that allows the geldings to compete.
Coronation Stakes (Group 1) is open to three-year-old fillies and held over a mile.
Sandringham Stakes (Listed Handicap) is run over a distance of one mile and is open to fillies aged three years.
Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) is run over a distance of one mile and four furlongs and is open to horses aged four years and older.
Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes is run over five furlongs and is open to horses that are three years old.
Royal Ascot Tips - Day 5:
Chesham Stakes (Listed) is held over seven furlongs. The race is restricted to two-year-olds only, with a 5lb allowance for any fillies that are entered. Listed and Group winners have to concede 3lb and 5lb penalties respectively.
Jersey Stakes (Group 3) is run over seven furlongs and is open to three-year-old horses.
Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) is run over one mile and four furlongs. The race is open to horses aged four and up, with a 3lb allowance for any fillies and mares.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) is a sprint held over six furlongs. The race is open to four-year-olds and up. Fillies and mares receive a 3lb allowance.
Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) is a six-furlong and is open to horses aged three or older. It’s large field lends itself to plenty of interest in the horse racing betting.
Golden Gate Stakes (Handicap) is run over a distance of one mile and two furlongs and is open to three year olds.
Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions) is open to horses aged four years or above and is run over a distance of 2 miles, 5 furlongs and 143 yards, making it the longest race of the Royal Meeting.
When Is Royal Ascot 2021?
Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021 – Saturday, 19 Jun 2021.
Will Royal Ascot Have Spectators?
Officials hope to welcome up to 10,000 spectators per day at Royal Ascot 2021.
Royal Ascot Dress Code
The dress code varies at Ascot from enclosure to enclosure. Click HERE for a definitive guide.
Royal Ascot Tips Today
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*Credit for the main photo belongs to Alastair Grant / AP Photo*
FIRST PUBLISHED: 28th May 2021