Royal Ascot | Day One betting preview
Sean Goff dips into Paddy Power’s database to see where YOUR money is going on Tuesday’s big races.
It’s the top flat meeting of the season and punters are piling in ahead of the opening race of Royal Ascot 2013.
Paddy’s cowering in a darkened room as his Money Back Special All Losers on Animal Kingdom approaches in the day’s opening race – the Queen Anne Stakes (2.30pm).
With the American challenger the shortest priced favourite at the five-day festival, Paddy’s sweating on all the doubles, trebles and accas rolling on to Shea Shea in the Kings Stand Stakes (3.05pm) and Dawn Approach (3.45pm) in the St James’s Palace Stakes.
Here are the best backed horses on PaddyPower.com on Day One of Royal Ascot 2013 ahead of the off…
2.30 pm: Animal Kingdom
American raider Animal Kingdom has been well punted in the win and multiple markets unsurprisingly after winning a Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup.
But Paddy’s Money Back All Losers offer has seen John Gosden’s Elusive Kate well supported at 7/1 on her seasonal debut in what is a no-lose race for her backers if Animal Kingdom wins.
3.05 pm: Shea Shea
South African sprinter Shea Shea looks class and is a major liability at 11/4 in the win market. Is in thousands of multiple bets as well and backers will hope that the record of just two British winners in the past 10 years isn’t added to today.
3.45pm: Dawn Approach
Dawn Approach has been the one horse for money all morning as Paddy Power punters pile into the 2,000 Guineas winner. Flopped in the Epsom Derby but returns to a mile and won the Coventry Stakes last year. But both Pricewise and Matt Chapman fancy Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Magician from the Aidan O’Brien stable. Who’s going to be right?
4.25pm: Sir John Hawkins
The booking of Ryan Moore has seen Sir John Hawkins attract the lions share of your hard-earned this morning – one of three Aidan O’Brien runners in the race. Mick Channon’s Riverboat Springs and there’s been money for this after flying home at Epsom to finish second – despite nearly tailing off for most of the race.
Justification and Tiger Cliff will do the most damage despite this being a race where the last three winners have all been decent hurdlers. Willie Mullins won this last year with Simenon – who’ll run in the Gold Cup on Thursday – and Ascot specialist Richard Hughes has been booked by the Irish trainer for Midnight Oil.
5.35pm: My Catch
Jamie Spencer’s mount My Catch is the one for cash at 14/1 and was a neck second when pitched in at the deep end at Beverley on his debut. Some big-priced winners have won this including US trainer Wesley Ward’s Strike the Tiger at 33/1 four years ago. He saddles Ogermeister who won at Belmont Park last month over 5f.
- Get into your stride with legendary tipster Pricewise’s Day One tips here
- Matt Chapman’s taking on the King of the Tipsters! Find out his Tuesday picks here