Royal Ascot 2019 Day One Tips and Betting Odds - Tuesday 18/06 Runners

Racing Tips

The wait is over racing fans. Strap yourselves in for five of the very best days of action the sport has to offer as Royal Ascot kicks off on Tuesday 18th June. Here we provide our betting tips for each of the opening day’s Group 1 contests.

Queen Anne Stakes: Mustashry to win at 5/1 with betfair

Take Ribchester to get the week off to a solid start in the opener. Mightily impressive when doing all the donkey work to slam the opposition in a soft-ground Lockinge at Newbury last time out, some may doubt his ability to repeat the dose on a quicker surface here. The Richard Fahey runner has only raced the once on good to firm to date, when finishing like a train to go down by just half a length to The Gurkha in last season’s Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Even a repeat of that effort would likely be good enough to take this and he looks to have come on a bundle since then to our eyes. 4/5 is the best on offer in our odds comparison, but it looks a price well worth taking.

Kings Stand Stakes: Battaash to win at 9/4 with Unibet

The day’s second Group 1 is all about pure speed, as the best sprinters around line up for this fast and furious five furlongs. Sir Mark Prescott’s Marsha is greatly respected following her win last time out under a penalty in the Palace House Stakes, but when it comes to electrifying pace, it is Wesley Ward’s Lady Aurelia who stands out from the crowd. Simply sensational when going into overdrive to land the Queen Mary by seven lengths here at Royal Ascot in 2016, she significantly gets weight from all of her rivals here, and with her wellbeing assured following a recent comeback win at Keeneland she can show her rivals a clean pair of heels once again.

St James’s Palace Stakes: Phoenix Of Spain to win at 9/4 with bet365

The betting has this as just about a match between Aidan O’Brien’s all conquering, Churchill, and the highly promising Godolphin runner, Barney Roy. We would agree with that assessment. The best form to go on here is the pair’s previous clash in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. Much was made of the inability of Barney Roy to handle the dip that day, but he wasn’t really gaining ground on Churchill to our eyes, even once finding his stride. There could, of course be improvement to come on what will be just his fourth career start, but likewise we don’t really know how much more Churchill has in the locker as he is yet to be seriously challenged.