We reveal the three most backed horses in the ante-post markets the week before Royal Ascot.
King's Stand Stakes
Ascot 2021: Who are the three most backed horses?
Battaash has been strongly supported in the last week on oddschecker. The seven-year-old is now a best price of 15/8 to retain his King’s Stand Stakes title. Earlier this month, he was widely available at 5/2 but his price has been contracting in the last few days and he’s as short as 13/8 with some firms.
The sprinting superstar was flawless last season, winning all three of his races in very impressive fashion. He won on seasonal reappearance in this race last year, and his followers will be hoping for more of the same this year. Charlie Hills reports he’s recovered from a setback earlier in the year and is in great condition heading into the race.
Punters think he will treat the Ascot crowd to something special on the Tuesday, and it would be no surprise to see his price continue to tighten in the build up to next Tuesday.
Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
It’s incredible to think Lady Bowthorpe started last season off rated just 81, and after her latest second to Palace Pier in the Lockinge, she’s now rated 117 and is the 2/1 favourite for the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.
She ran an incredible race last month behind Palace Pier, finishing well clear of the rest of the field. The start before that saw her win a Group 2 at Newmarket, keeping on well in the closing stages. She won a Group 3 at Ascot last July, so clearly enjoys the track. The five-year-old is versatile in regards to the ground and looks like the class act in this field. Punters fancy her to continue her improvement and add a Royal Ascot win to her CV with a victory in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes on Wednesday.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Starman produced a fantastic display in the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes last month and has been very well backed for the Diamond Jubilee ever since.
He’s won four of his five races so far in his career to date, the only blemish coming on soft ground at Champions Day last October. However, he showed the talent he possesses when winning again on his first start as a four-year-old and punters can’t get enough of his current 5/2 price tag. Ed Walker has a very smart sprinter on his hands and he’s fancied to light up the final day of Royal Ascot.