Royal Ascot is now just around the corner, and in anticipation of one of the highlights of the racing calendar, top tipster Andrew Mount is providing us with his in-depth preview of all of the main Royal Ascot races. Today, Andrew casts his eye over the Queen Anne Stakes, giving his thoughts on the race’s main protagonists and his idea of the most likely winner. Check out his thoughts below, which come alongside an exclusive SBK offer, that provides new customers with a £20 risk-free bet.
Queen Anne Stakes (1m, Tuesday, June 15, 2.30pm)
PALACE PIER 8/13 understandably heads the ante-post betting after his comfortable Lockinge victory over Lady Bowthorpe. John and Thady Gosden’s colt now has form figures of 11111311 (7-8), with the defeat coming over course and distance in last season’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes where he reportedly lost a shoe and didn’t enjoy the very soft ground (described as ‘waterlogged’ by John Gosden).
ALPINE STAR 8/1 has finished first or second in all six starts since her debut, chasing home Palace Pier at Deauville last summer. We haven’t seen her yet this season – she was entered up at the Curragh last weekend (May 22/23) – which is slightly worrying.
ORDER OF AUSTRALIA 8/1 was busy last year, running eight times and progressing from minor Dundalk winner to Breeders’ Cup Mile winner. Whether a straight mile will play to his strengths remains to be seen.
LOVE 10/1 won last season’s 1000 Guineas on her most recent start at this trip before landing the Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks over 1m4f. She’s near the head of the betting for the Coronation Cup in what will be her first start against the colts and she looks like an unlikely runner here.
ARMORY’s 14/1 last two wins have come over 1m2f and he looks more likely to head for the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes over that trip.
LOPE Y FERNANDEZ 14/1 met trouble and wasn’t given a hard time after when down the field behind Palace Pier in the Lockinge. He’s 0-3 at Ascot and will make little appeal if he bids to reverse Newbury form with the winner.
THE REVENANT 14/1 has come a long way since landing a Haydock maiden for Hugo Palmer back in September 2017 and this French raider’s two previous trips to Ascot have yielded a win (last year) and a second of 16 in the QEII. He was a beaten favourite at Saint-Cloud twice in the spring but the ground would have been quicker than ideal on each occasion and he’ll come into this if the ground is very soft.
VICTOR LUDORUM 14/1 was beaten on his reappearance but that was the case last year before he landed a Group 1 at Deauville at the second time of asking. He likes to come late through horses and this test could prove ideal.
CHAMPERS ELYSEES 33/1 was only fourth when 6-5 favourite for the Group 2 Lanwades Stud Stakes at the Curragh last time (May 22) but her patient style was at a huge disadvantage and she could never get a blow. That run was way better than it looked and she could surprise if running here instead of in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes on Wednesday.
Having already placed behind Palace Pier this term (in the Lockinge) the 25/1 about TOP RANK makes some each-way appeal, especially if the ground comes up soft.
SIR BUSKER 33/1 enjoys this course and distance, finishing 1st of 22, 4th of 14 (66-1 in Group 1 company) and 3rd of 9 from three outings. He was only half a length behind Palace Pier in the QEII (albeit the Gosden colt had excuses) and a good run at Longchamp today (May 24) will bring him into contention.
Conclusion: it’s very difficult to oppose PALACE PIER, who was hugely impressive when landing the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. There should be some cracking each-way value on offer on the day, with Champers Elysees, The Revenant, Victor Ludorum, Top Rank and Sir Busker the most interesting.
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