The first day of Royal Ascot will be profitable for Bet Enthusiast followers due to our strong trading position with regards Animal Kingdom and the Queen Anne Stakes. The odds for the American based horse to win the first race of the meeting hardened after the withdrawal of Farhh. In the past we have fallen foul of ante posting betting but in this instance our position becomes even stronger as Animal Kingdom will now not be racing against the potential second favourite based on official ratings.
The Queen Anne Stakes is named after the monarch who founded Ascot more than 300 years ago. Today it remains the only racecourse in Britain owned by the Crown. For some Royal Ascot is more of a social occasion than a sporting event but the meeting continues as one of the social and sporting highlights of the summer.
We had decent ante post bets on Tidal Bay for the Grand National and Zand for the Derby. Unfortunately, both horses did not appear in their respective races and Bet Enthusiast subscribers lost out as the bets were recommended before bookmakers offered Non-Runner/No Bet on those two races. We advised Animal Kingdom to win any race at Royal Ascot after the horse won the Dubai World Cup in Match.
When we suggested Animal Kingdom could win a race at the royal meeting the price was 5/1 (6.0) and we suggested a bet of 5 points. That means we have a potential profit of 25 points but laying the horse at today’s price of odds on guarantees a profit whatever the outcome and even if the horse does not run. So we can all sit back and watch the race in the knowledge that any result will add to our profits for the month.
Bet Enthusiast selections have not performed too well in the early months of the year. We had a poor US Masters but the Cheltenham Festival had a positive effect on our figures and we have been rewarded with some excellent returns in June. We have really turned things around with our outright golf selections and we now head into Royal Ascot with some decent bets to be added to the portfolio next week.
Animal Kingdom won the Kentucky Derby in 2011 and has already transferred that form to Dubai. Those two wins were over 1m2f and not on grass, but he is bred for turf. However, soft ground would be something new and his waiting tactics need luck in running. Whatever the trip or surface he runs best when ridden prominently and those tactics are expected at Ascot.
In the absence of Farhh the second favourite is Declaration Of War, a horse whose reputation was dented by a poor run in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, won convincingly by Farhh. The horse has won five of six races but ran well below its best at Newbury. However, sufficient improvement to beat Animal Kingdom is not expected.
At bigger prices Trade Storm could be a horse to consider in terms of making the payout places. This horse is a progressive handicapper who showed excellent form in Dubai during the spring. The horse will be running on at the finish and could get placed if the gallop is fast from the start. However, Animal Kingdom will be hard to beat and that horse can enhance the claim to be the best in training by winning this prestigious race.
Back next Friday.