Royal Ascot Odds: Baaeed, Coroebus and Golden Pal hot favourites for glory
We are just over a week away from Royal Ascot 2022 as punters get stuck into five sensational days of Flat racing, which sees the premier thoroughbreds from the UK & Ireland do battle with some top notch European, American and Japanese challengers in the Olympics of the Flat, and we take a look at some of the latest odds for the extravaganza, which runs from Tuesday 14th June to Saturday 18th June...
Arguably, the biggest name of the entire week will be the shining beacon on a spectacular opening day's racing as the William Haggas-trained Baaeed will attempt to maintain his unbeaten record in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. Currently around the 4/11 mark for the one-mile curtain-raiser, the recent Lockinge Stakes winner will look to enhance his already lofty reputation, and will likely lock horns with the likes of Aldaary and Master Of The Seas.
Multiple Group races will light up Tuesday's action at the Berkshire venue and 2000 Guineas hero Coroebus will aim to build on his Newmarket Classic success and is an odds-on favourite for the St James's Palace Stakes, while the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes will attract all the top sprinters from around the world and American speedster Golden Pal is the current 5/2 market leader, but Nature Strip is sure to be a notable thorn in the side of that favourite in what is a mouth-watering renewal.
Sir Michael Stoute tasted Derby glory at the weekend with Desert Crown and the Freemason Lodge handler could have another superstar on his hands in the shape of Bay Bridge, who rocketed to the head of the Prince Of Wales's Stakes betting with a stunning win in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes. Set to do battle with the likes of Shahryar and Mishriff, Bay Bridge will prove hugely popular in the Wednesday showpiece event.
Swiftly moving on to Thursday, arguably the most prestigious race of the week, the Gold Cup will attract a hugely competitive field and all eyes will be on the legendary stayer Stradivarius, who is set to bid for a fourth win in the race. However, he's doesn't head the betting as the Aidan O'Brien-trained Kyprios and Alan King's Trueshan, who will need the rain to hit Ascot, both sit ahead of him in the betting for what should be a really competitive renewal of the marathon event.
Another tough assignment for punters on day three will be the Commonwealth Cup as the premier three-year-old sprinters go to post for the six-furlong Group 1 and Perfect Power, who failed to sparkle in the Guineas will drop back in trip and look to outclass his rivals in a superb contest.
An emphatic winner of the Irish 1000 Guineas, Dermot Weld's Homeless Songs is now as short as 6/4 for the Coronation Stakes on day four of Royal Ascot, while the likes of the Platinum Jubilee Stakes and the Hardwicke Stakes will be another brace of races that catch the imagination in the closing days of the Royal meeting.
Adding to the multitude of Group races will be the various handicap contests, which will serve up a host of punting head-scratchers, while there's some epic two-year-old contests to take place, as the young brigade aim to burst into the limelight. One thing is for sure, here at HorseRacing.net we will keep you abreast of all things Royal Ascot in the days leading up to and during the event, so make sure you come back for all the latest odds and big-race tips.