The Queen Anne Stakes (Tuesday, 2.30) is the opening race of Royal Ascot, and was granted Group 1 Status in 2003. It is run over the straight-mile, and has been won recently by great horses such as Frankel, Solow, Tepin, Canford Cliffs, Goldikova and Paco Boy.
Horses have been drawn between stalls 1 and 12, though this year’s field of 16 runners is 3 horses bigger than any of the last 10 renewals
Half of the last 10 winners have been 4-year-olds, and the other half 5-year-olds
Half of the winners had won last time out
9 of the last 10 winners had run in the last 23 to 38 days
Aidan O’Brien and the Hannon Stable have both trained 2 of the last 10 winners
Winners’ SPS have ranged from 1/10 to 15/2
Trainer sent a couple of non-winners to the meeting in 2011, and interesting that he returns this year with a horse who has won his last two races. Frankie Dettori an interesting booking, and an American horse won last year’s renewal.
Only 8th of 13 last year, but finished just over a length behind Solow in 2015. Will like the fast ground, and has a squeal of hitting the frame at a big price, even if he is an unlikely winner.
Front-running over 10-furlongs on fast ground has seemed to suit him well of late, and he may not get his own way out in front over this shorter trip.
Will like the ground, but all 4 wins at 7 furlongs, and has tended to be a short-runner at this trip.
Looks hopelessly out-classed, and is more likely to act as a pacemaker for Lightning Spear.
Put together a sparkling run of form on the all-weather over the winter, but was only second in a Listed Race last time. Something to find.
Creditable efforts in defeat in Group 2 last time, but looks short of the required class, and has underperformed here in the past.
Group 2 winner abroad, but hasn’t looked that class so far in Britain, and shouldn’t be winning this.
Group 2 winner at his best, but short of that form recently, and another who has underperformed here in the past.
Finished one place behind Ribchester on his last two runs, and connections look to have put a possible pacemaker in the race to try and make Ribchester’s life more difficult. Pacemaker actually drawn nearer Ribchester though, so interesting to see how tactics pan out.
Won his only course and distance start, and capable of a high-level of form on his day. Should be suited by a fast pace, and one of the more interesting ones for a stable who have been red-hot all season.
Likely to be used as a pacemaker for Ribchester but, ironically, is drawn nearer Lightning Spear than his stable companion.
Miss Temple City
Finished fourth in the last 2 renewals of the Coronations Stakes, and likely to come up short here on that form.
Yet to win at this distance or on this sort of going, and looks an unlikely winner.
Ribchester is likely to be hugely popular with punters hoping to make a winning start to the meeting, and it will be interesting to see whether bookies take him on in a bigger than average field, especially as no one knows whether his draw in stall 1 will prove advantageous or disadvantageous. He and Lightning Spear both have pacemakers in the race too, and there’s just a chance that tactics could get messy. Therefore, purely from a value point-of-view, a bet on Mutakayyef could be the way to go. William Haggas has been in great form all season, and his course and distance winner should relish the conditions, and the likely strong pace.