King’s Stand Stakes Preview and Betting Tips – Royal Ascot 20/06/2017
The second Group 1 race on the opening day of Royal Ascot is the £400,000 King’s Stand Stakes over five furlongs.
Lady Aurelia impresses ahead of King’s Stand
Acapulco was a surprise absentee at the latest declaration stage but the race is still packed with quality.
Lady Aurelia put up arguably the performance of the meeting last year when running away with the Queen Mary Stakes. Wesley Ward has brought her back again following a successful prep race at Keeneland in April. She suffered her only defeat in five races when fading to finish third in the Cheveley Park Stakes. She had lasted home in a Group 1 in France over six furlongs but appeared not to get home at Newmarket. She has impressed in her recent work and Frankie Dettori takes the ride in the King’s Stand.
Sir Mark Prescott is confident of a bold run from Marsha, the winner of the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket. The daughter of Acclamation held off Washington DC by a neck with Goldream a further length away in third and Priceless fifth. Marsha was carrying a Group 1 penalty that day and meets those rivals on better terms at Ascot.
Goldream chances boosted by fast ground
The good to firm ground will be ideal for Goldream who won the King’s Stand in 2015. He has proved remarkably consistent on good to firm and firm ground. Goldream has not been out of the frame in his last eight races on a fast surface. He was unlucky when beaten half a length by Priceless at Haydock last month and turn the tables at Ascot.
Clive Cox saddles Priceless and Profitable, both owned by A D Spence. Profitable beat Cotai Glory in this race last year and ran well in soft ground in France last time. He finished two lengths second to the impressive Signs Of Blessing. The winner has shown his best form with cut in the ground and over six furlongs. He finished third in the Diamond Jubilee at the corresponding meeting 12 months’ ago.
Muthmir is the forgotten horse of the field, trained by William Haggas. He returned to winning ways in a Group 2 in France recently and was third to Goldream here in 2015. Washington DC regularly hits the frame in these high class prints but looks held on his recent run at Haydock. He may appreciate the slightly easier ground than he encountered that day.
Royal Ascot Betting Tips 20/06/2017
3.40 King’s Stand Stakes
Goldream @17.0 Bet365
Washington DC @17.0 Bet365
Each-way 1/5 odds, 1,2,3