We reveal the three most backed horses on the opening day of Royal Ascot 2021.
King's Stand Stakes
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BATTAASH is being strongly supported by oddschecker users to land the King’s Stand Stakes for a second year in a row. The superstar sprinter hasn’t been seen since a perfect three from three last season, including winning this race in stunning fashion 12 months ago. The seven-year-old has won on his first race of the season five times out of five, so arriving here without a run shouldn’t be a worry. He did have some issues earlier in the year but if he’s got over those and is at his best, it’s hard to see which of his rivals will live with him today.
St James's Palace Stakes
CHINDIT has been backed from 10/1 last night into 11/2 this morning. Richard Hannon’s three-year-old was last seen when finishing fifth in the 2000 Guineas at the start of May. He was keen in the early stages but his best work was late on in the race, finishing strongly. Before that, he won the Greenham Stakes in game fashion on seasonal reappearance. Another step forward today from the colt and he may well have enough to win the St James’s Palace Stakes.
Copper Horse Stakes
ARTHURIAN FABLE was priced at at 20/1 when the markets first went up for the Copper Horse Stakes, but that price is a distant memory. The four-year-old is now a best price of 8/1 and it’s easy to see why he’s been punted. He should relish this ground, winning in very impressive style last year at Sandown on the only time he’s run on good to firm ground. He was an eye-catcher last time out at Newmarket when finishing a closing fourth having been short of room two furlongs out. That was on soft ground so with ground conditions in his favour today, oddschecker users fancy Arthurian Fable to produce a big run in the last race of the day.