The Queen Anne Stakes gets Royal Ascot underway on Tuesday afternoon with seven runners expected to line up in the Group 1 contest. Our expert editor has had their say and provided a runner-by-runner guide for the opening race, alongside Bet365‘s new customer offer of Bet £10, Get £50 In Free Bets.
Accidental Agent (Eve Johnson Houghton, Charles Bishop)
Shock winner of this very race in 2018 when defying odds of 33/1. However, has been well beaten in the last two runnings of this Group 1 affair, including when finishing a distant fifth behind Palace Pier in last season’s renewal. Comes with plenty of risks attached these days, but has returned this season in better form, winning on seasonal return over seven furlongs at Newmarket in handicap company before finishing second in the Victoria Cup at this particular track. Returns to the highest level on Tuesday afternoon and others have more pressing claims.
Baaeed (William Haggas, Jim Crowley)
Quickly developed into an outstanding three-year-old for connections last season winning all six starts, including over course and distance when defeating a strong field in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day last October. Stretched his unbeaten record to seven when thumping his rivals in the Lockinge last month at Newbury and is impossible to oppose in search of his fourth victory at Group 1 level on Tuesday.
Chindit (Richard Hannon, Pat Dobbs)
Developed into a smart juvenile a couple of seasons ago but struggled to make a huge impact during his 3yo season last year, winning just one of his six starts. Made the most of a clearcut opportunity when comfortably returning to winning ways against Listed opposition at Doncaster back in March but was no match for both Real World and Baaeed on his latest start in the Group 1 Lockinge. Difficult to see him reversing the form with that pair once more.
Order Of Australia (Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore)
Caused a major surprise on his penultimate start as a 3yo when defeating stablemates Circus Maximus and Lope Y Fernandez in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland. Disappointed on his seasonal return in last season’s Queen Anne, weakening tamely to finish eighth behind comfortable winner Palace Pier. Chased home that rival once more at Deauville before running above market expectations when beaten a length and a quarter behind Baaeed in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp. Unlikely to turn the form around with William Haggas’ unbeaten star, but is classy on his day and could have a say in proceedings if ready to roll following a 248-day break.
Real World (Saeed bin Suroor, Danny Tudhope)
Highly-talented on his day and landed a fifth successive win when running away with Group 2 honours at Meydan back in January. Failed to cope with the dirt on his following two starts but quickly bounced back to form when switched back to the turf last month at Newbury, finishing nicely clear of the rest when chasing home Baaeed in the Lockinge. Will do well to close the gap on that exceptional winner on Tuesday afternoon and could have a fight on his hands for second place.
Sir Busker (William Knight, William Buick)
Won the Silver Royal Hunt Cup at this meeting back in 2020 but has failed to return to the winner’s enclosure in his subsequent nineteen starts. Faces a difficult task once more after finishing someway behind Chindit, Real World and Baaeed on his most recent start in the Lockinge last month, and last season’s third will do extremely well to replicate that sort of performance this time around.
Lights On (Sir Michael Stoute, Richard Kingscote)
Enjoyed a productive campaign last season as a 4yo, winning three of her six starts, including when bolting up in Listed company at Pontefract last July. Disappointing on her penultimate start in Group 3 company at Newmarket, but regained the winning thread when making a fortunate but successful return at Sandown in the Group 2 bet365 mile (second met plenty of interference in-running). Tackles Group 1 company for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, and although still open to further progress, she looks up against it.
Queen Anne Verdict
All eyes will be on BAAEED as William Haggas’ top-class colt bids to extend his unbeaten record to a perfect 8 from 8. The son of Sea The Stars will be expected to stamp his authority on this field on Tuesday afternoon and highlight once again that he is one of the best horses currently in training anywhere in the world. It could turn out to be quite a good race for the second place, however, with a preference for Aidan O’Brien’s Order of Australia who has shown a high level of form in the past and is taken to get the better of recent Lockinge runner-up Real World.
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