Queen Anne Stakes Preview and Betting Tips – Royal Ascot 20/06/2017
The opening race of Royal Ascot 2017 is the £689,000 Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes over a mile at 2.30.
Ribchester odds-on favourite for Queen Anne
There is an odds-on favourite for the traditional Ascot curtain-raiser in Ribchester, trained by Richard Fahey. He was purchased by Godolphin as a two-year-old and is twice a winner at Group 1 level. He won the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in August and last month’s Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
He was particularly impressive at the Berkshire track, making all the running under William Buick. He held Lightning Spear by three and three-quarters lengths and meets that rival on the same terms on Tuesday. The going was soft at Newbury but Ribchester is equally effective on a faster surface. He was only beaten half a length by The Gurkha in last year’s Sussex Stakes on good to firm ground. He had Lightning Spear behind him again that day and should confirm the form.
David Simcock trains Lightning Spear for Qatar Racing Limited. He is now six years of age and has finished behind Ribchester in all four previous meetings. He got closest to him at Ascot in October when both finished behind Minding in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on good ground.
Mutakayyef backed each-way in Queen Anne
The best backed horse against the favourite has been the William Haggas-trained Mutakayyef. The chestnut has been cut from 14-1 to 8-1 following solid each-way support. He certainly won’t mind the faster ground having won here on good to firm in July last year. That was in the Group 2 Summer Mile when beating Dutch Connection by two and a quarter lengths.
Mutakayyef was tried at ten furlongs in the York International when finishing a respectable third to Postponed. He then finished third to Tepin in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile. This will be his first race since Meydan in March but he usually goes well fresh.
American Patriot attempts to follow in the footsteps of Tepin who won the Queen Anne for the United States last year. The four-year-old is trained by Todd Pletcher and is a Grade 1 winner on turf in America. The straight mile at Royal Ascot will be a different proposition but Frankie Dettori has been booked for the ride.
There will be plenty of Australian interest in the run of Kaspersky, ridden by Melbourne Cup winning rider Michelle Payne. The horse is rated about a stone behind the favourite but should not be disgraced. The same applies to Richard Hannon’s Oh This Is Us who has a high cruising speed.
Royal Ascot Betting Tips 20/06/2017
2.30 Queen Anne Stakes
Ribchester @10-11 Betfair