Royal Ascot Friday Odds: The Commonwealth looks red hot

Jim Crowley is enjoying a fine meeting, with six winners so far.
Jim Crowley is enjoying a fine meeting, with six winners so far.

We've taken a look at the latest odds on Day Four of Royal Ascot, which is headlined by the Commonwealth Cup. 

The third day of Royal Ascot proved to be a day of mixed fortune for punters, though the big story was Stradivarius justifying favouritism in spectacular fashion by winning the Ascot Gold Cup for a third straight year. Meanwhile, Jim Crowley continued his fantastic week by taking his tally to six winners, with wins on Molatham and Khaloosy

This afternoon's card is an intriguing one, beginning with the Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap and the Group 3 Albany Stakes, and closing with the Queen's Vase and the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes.

Norfolk Stakes

The third race on the card is the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes, a five furlong sprint for two-year-olds. Eye Of Heaven is a well-supported 7/4 favourite for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori, followed by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Lipizzaner (11/4). Meanwhile, The Lir Jet was purchased by Qatar Racing after an impressive debut victory at Yarmouth and is also popular in the betting (6/1). 

Royal Ascot Odds

Hardwicke Stakes

The Hardwicke regularly produces a subsequent Group 1 winner, and this year's market is headed by Elarqam (5/2) and last year's Epsom Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck (3/1). This looks wide-open, though, and each of Morando (11/2), last year's winner Defoe (6/1) and Hamish (15/2) are prominent in the market. 

Royal Ascot Tips

Commonwealth Cup

The feature of the day is the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup, which has produced some top-class sprinters since being introduced to the meeting in 2015. This year's line-up looks just as hot, with the market headed by 9/2 co-favourites of three; Irish raider Lope Y Fernandez, Golden Horde and the unbeaten Pierre Lapin.

Meanwhile, each of Millisle (8/1), Royal Crusade (10/1), Mums Tipple (14/1) and Wes Ward's Kimari (13/2) have all seen some support in what could prove to be the race of the week. 

Royal Ascot Day Four

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