Jun 17 2019
With Royal Ascot kicking off this week, focus turns to the opening day action. The Kings Stand Stakes are among the first races of the meeting, with a heft £500,000 up for grabs in prize money along with bonuses from the Global Sprint Challenge. Who will secure opening day success at Ascot?
King’s Stand Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Runners and Riders News
The betting odds ahead of the Kings Stand Stakes point to a narrow, two-way battle. The early frontrunners are Battaash at 2/1 with bet365 and Blue Point, who comes in at 3/1. There’s a decent gap to the third favourite from there, so the bookies are focusing in on two: the champion and the challenger.
Blue Point returns here 12 months after winning this race, marking him out as a clear contender for more success at Ascot. However, Battaash comes highly rated and that has led to him being priced up as the favourite for this one. However, while the bookies are backing those two to go toe to toe for success, we are expecting a much more open affair.
Odds and Preview
The good thing about two horses taking up the focus at the top of the betting is that it allows for value elsewhere. We see a few more options further down, including Mabs Cross. The five-year-old is trained by David Armstrong, while she heads into this race as the fourth favourite for glory. However, she sits out at 9/1 with bet365, despite winning two of her last three races With six top three finishes on the bounce behind her – including going up against Battaash at Haydock last month – we think she’s great value for an each-way bet.
Another good contender is Archie Watson’s Soldiers Call, a three-year-old colt who has impressed with some solid recent outings. With eight top three finishes in nine races, he’s certainly talented. When you add in four victories among those nine, he suddenly looks like a decent value option in this race. We think that Soldiers Call is worth getting onside here, especially at 14/1 with bet365 which marks him out as a solid each-way option at Ascot.
Blue Point heads into this race being backed by some to claim successive victories, something rare in this race. Since 1936 it has only been achieved once, although that did come in 2014 when Sole Power was able to claim back to back victories for trainer Edward Lynam. Despite that, it’s still going to be a tall order for Appleby’s charge to come away from this race with a victory.
- 2018: Blue Point – Jockey: William Buick; Trainer: Charlie Appleby
- 2017: Lady Aurelia – Jockey: John Velazquez; Trainer: Wesley Ward
- 2016: Profitable – Jockey: Adam Kirby; Trainer: Clive Cox
- 2015: Goldream – Jockey: Martin Harley; Trainer: Robert Cowell
- 2014: Sole Power – Jockey: Richard Hughes; Trainer: Edward Lynam