Royal Ascot Betting 2021
Royal Ascot betting is among the most important and competitive meetings on the racing calendar. Our Royal Ascot betting guide will take you through who to back and what to expect from this year’s meeting.
Bookmakers for Betting on Royal Ascot
Here’s a full list of the bookmakers to choose from:
How to Bet on Royal Ascot
One of the key things when thinking about Royal Ascot betting is choosing the right bookmaker. Check out all of the prices available, look at the bonus offers and pick the right bookie for you.
All of the top firms offer strong Royal Ascot betting platforms. Within each site, simply head to the ante-post or ‘future’ section and browse all the odds on offer.
Make sure you’re fully signed up before the meeting gets going on June 15th. Once you have an account, backing a horse at Royal Ascot is only a few clicks away. Click into the race you want to bet on, click on the horse you want to back and it’ll be added to your betslip.
As a starting point, take a look at some of the biggest bookmakers out there. bet365, Paddy Power, Betfair and Ladbrokes would be where to start your journey.
As this is such a major meeting, it’s not a time as a punter to be messing around too much with smaller firms. Sticking with the big boys means getting the best bonuses and offers around. Every bet type you may need will be covered by the major firms.
Royal Ascot Betting Types
No Royal Ascot betting guide would be complete without telling you what the best bet types are. Here are the ones to focus on:
Win and Each-Way
The standard bets. If you can find the value, backing your horse simply to win and/or place can land you some nice returns.
Non-Runner, No Bet
If you are betting ante-post, then make sure you find a NRNB deal. This means you can back your horse without the fear of losing your stake if it doesn’t run.
Forecast and Tricast
Should you fancy two or three horses in one race, then forecasts and tricasts can be placed. You can either place a straight forecast or straight tricast in which case your horses must finish in the exact order or you can make a combination bet meaning that your chosen horses can simply be placed in any order and you’ll get a return. Combination bets are more expensive to place because as the name suggests there are a number of different outcomes covered in the bet.
Betting without, i.e. “without the favourite” for example can increase your chances. You may not want to back Stradivarius at such a short price, but you may be fearful of betting against him. In this case, you can bet without the favourite with all major bookmakers, creating a new market as though that horse was not taking part.
Our Top Tips for Betting on Royal Ascot
For neophytes and professional punters alike, betting on Royal Ascot races can be a minefield. Keeping the following things in mind, however, can help you along in your pursuit of profit.
While these races are competitive, by and large, the best animals will win. Don’t just guess at it — read the form book and take a look at how each horse has been running in the run up to Royal Ascot.
Even when a horse has the requisite form in the book, they may not like the conditions underfoot. Some horses reach their peak on fast ground, others when it’s soft. Always keep this in mind.
Trainers don’t always know how a horse will perform at a new distance until they try it but try it they often must. Favourites getting beaten often happens when they are stepping up or down in trip. They may well be out of their comfort zone, so finding a specialist at the distance is key.
The one thing amateurs never recognise. We use form as a guide, but that is all in the past. We’re betting on a future event, remember that most horses, especially the three-year-olds, will still be improving so factor that in when assessing a race.
Trainers and Jockeys
A horse may not necessarily win because it is trained by Aidan O’Brien or because it’s ridden by Frankie Dettori. However, there is a reason the best in the business get the best horses and the big names won’t often let you down at such a meeting.
Once you know who you want to back, get the best price available. Take ‘best odds guaranteed’ to maximise your payout. Also, finding a bookmaker with a good bonus is crucial. However, if you rely on winnings to bet the following day, then watch out for any wagering requirements which may hinder you from withdrawing cash.
Where to Watch Royal Ascot 2021
There are various ways to keep up with the action at Royal Ascot. ITV Racing will carry live coverage of most of the races each day, both on their main channel and on ITV4. Specialist channel Sky Sports Racing features live coverage of every race, every day.
The other way to watch is to stream the races live via your bookmaker. Most major firms, such as bet365, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Betfair and William Hill, will offer this service.
There will be a stipulation attached, such as placing a bet in the race or simply having a funded account in order to watch, so check what is required with your chosen bookie.
Each live stream will come directly from the Sky Sports Racing TV feed. The quality is excellent and all commentary is included. Just keep in mind that the coverage only starts a minute or two before each race, and will end when the heat is over so you may not get much in the way of analysis.
Royal Ascot FAQ
Here’s all you need to know about betting on Royal Ascot this year.
What is Royal Ascot?
Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable horse racing meeting. Over 500 of the world’s best horses compete for millions of pounds in 35 races across 5 days.
Why is the Royal Meeting so Important?
It’s not all about the pageantry. 8 of the races are run at Group 1 level, making it also the most important meeting of the year.
When Does Royal Ascot Take Place?
Royal Ascot gets underway on Tuesday, June 15th at 2.30pm with the Queen Anne Stakes. The last race each day is at 6.10pm, the meeting ending on Saturday, June 19th.
What Are the Biggest Races at Royal Ascot?
The King’s Stand, Queen Anne Stakes, Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Gold Cup, Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Commonwealth Cup, Coronation Stakes and St James’s Palace Stakes are the top-level events. Royal Ascot betting is particularly competitive in the handicaps, such as the Royal Hunt Cup and the Britannia Stakes.
What are the Major Prep Races for Royal Ascot?
The 2000 Guineas and 1000 Guineas (British, Irish and French versions) are big hints towards the St James’s Palace Stakes and the Coronation Stakes respectively. Sagaro Stakes and Yorkshire Cup winners will be fancied for the Gold Cup. Those running, but not necessarily winning, the Lockinge Stakes often go well in the Queen Anne.