Kings Stand Stakes Betting Odds - Royal Ascot Tips 2017
The King’s Stand Stakes is the second Group One race on the first day of Royal Ascot, the five-day racing extravaganza that is the highlight of the Flat racing season for many. Whilst Ascot is very much about fashion, style and networking, there is no doubt that racing is centre stage and the King’s Stand Stakes is one of the real highlights. Read on as we offer up our predictions, betting tips and the best betting odds for this five furlong sprint.
That short distance, five furlongs being just 1006 metres and well short of a mile, was actually the result of bad weather 150 or so years ago! Back in 1860 torrential rain meant the Royal Stand Plate was reduced from its normal two miles and gradually the race evolved into the five furlong dash we have now. In its time it has been a Group Two contest having initially been classified as a Group One but it was upgraded again in 2008 and is now the fourth leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.
In recent times there has been no dominant trainer and the extremely short distance can make predicting the winner tricky, although Edward Lynam’s Sole Power won in 2013 and 2014. Sole Power will look to make it a hat-trick of wins and is currently heading the betting at odds of 5/1 with some bookies.
A little way back there are serious contenders in the shape of Brazen Beau (priced at best odds of 7/1 though generally closer to 5/1) and Mecca’s Angel, the latter on offer at odds of 10/1. At the age of eight Sole Power will be facing some much younger horses here and it’s also worth noting he has an entry for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
If he does look to make it three in a row he has to be respected but we predict age may just be catching up with the gelding and as such our main betting tip for the King’s Stand Stakes is the third favourite. Mecca’s Angel offers great value at double-digit odds and we think the Irish four-year-old can improve an already impressive 60% win rate here.