Royal Hunt Cup Betting Odds - Royal Ascot Tips 2017
The Royal Hunt Cup is one of the oldest races in the world, dating back to 1843, and was originally run over a distance of seven furlongs, 166 yards. Extended to its current distance of a mile in 1956, it is run over a straight course and is open to horses aged three years and over. With a large field, this fascinating Class 2 Heritage Handicap is always tough to predict but there is invariably some excellent each way value to be had. Read on for our race predictions and betting tips or check out our live betting odds comparison for all the runners below.
The betting is currently headed by Speculative Bid, with odds of 12/1 widely available and indicative of the open nature of this contest, with several other runners priced around the same mark. Ayaar (best odds of 14/1 with Paddy Power), GM Hopkins (16/1 BetVictor), Temptress (16/1 Betway) and Lightning Spear (16/1 with Bet365) are all serious contenders but there are several other fascinating options who all have solid claims to winning the Royal Hunt Cup this year.
Speculative Bid, an Irish gelding trained by David Elsworth, is a worthy favourite given his three consecutive wins this season and whilst they have all come over seven furlongs, a win over a mile on heavy ground at Doncaster last May suggests the distance here won’t be a problem. The four-year-old faces plenty of opposition but 12/1 looks like a very good bet to us and we predict the favourite will go well.
Lower down the betting our second betting tip is Bold Lass, currently priced at betting odds of 25/1 with BetVictor. This four-year-old filly is trained by David Lanigan and is a daughter of the mighty Sea The Stars and is very much worth an each way bet here. She won on her seasonal return at Windsor in May over this same distance and is also a course and distance winner and we predict she may have more to come, making 25/1 a great bet.