Staged in the middle of June each year, Royal Ascot is the pinnacle meeting on the English flat horse racing calendar and run at the famous Ascot racecourse, in Berkshire. The meeting is now spread over five days (Tuesday-Saturday) and is a classy affair with members of the Royal family, including the Queen, attending each year. The fixture has a lot of added interest and Royal Ascot betting opportunities are always well covered throughout the world.
With the meeting being so popular, the Royal Ascot betting turnover during the five days is always one of the highest for the bookmakers each year, so it’s no surprise that the layers will attract customers with betting offers, bonuses, promotional incentives, plus free Royal Ascot tips.
With many bookmakers popping up each year there has never been a better time to be a punter!
Royal Ascot Betting Offers
Royal Ascot Betting History
Royal Ascot is steeped in history, first staged back in 1711. With over £6.5 million now offered in prize money over the five days, it’s no surprise that the best horses from around the globe make the trip to the Berkshire track.
While the bulk of the runners will be from the leading English stables, we can also expect an army of top-class horses each year from the Irish yards, while over the last decade there has been an added International feel to the meeting with top American, Australian and French horses coming over to run. With over 75 winners trained at Royal Ascot over the years the Sir Michael Stoute stable is the most successful yard in the history of the meeting. If they keep going it won’t be long before they are closing in on a remarkable 100 winners at Royal Ascot.
Royal Ascot Betting Guide
During the Royal Ascot meeting, betting has always played a huge part. There are so many new bookmakers popping up each year to give customers more choice, plus the introduction of the betting exchanges add another betting angle. Accordingly, like you would if you were buying a car, make sure you look around for the best bookmaker offers. Why take 10/1 on a horse running at Royal Ascot when you can get 12/1 on the same horse with another bookmaker? If you placed £10 on that bet you’d win an extra £20 by just shopping around. Also with the betting exchanges, you even have the option to lay horses to lose – just like the bookmakers do!
If you are a new customer with these bookmakers, then the majority will supply you with free betting offers to encourage you to sign-up. Each one is slightly different, but they will offer you free 2018 Royal Ascot bets if you join them.
For example, several bookmakers will ask you to deposit between £10 and £30 with them and as a ‘thank you’, they will match that deposit and give you a further £10-£30 free on them! It goes without saying – always read the T&Cs with each offer but there are so many out there that it you hover-up the sign-up bookmaker bonuses (like the one just mentioned) then you can pocket in excess of £1,000, and all courtesy of the bookies!
Odds comparison betting sites that allow you to see what the best Royal Ascot odds are across all the horses by bookmaker. So, again, just like you’d shop around for the best car insurance or mortgage, our odds comparison service will tell you which bookmakers are giving the best prices on each 2018 Royal Ascot horse.
As well as the sign-up offers, most bookmakers will also will attract punters by offering enhanced terms for their existing customers. So come June each year, be sure to shop around to find the best Royal Ascot betting offers on the market.
Top odds comparison sites are a good place to go as they will collate all the main Royal Ascot bookmaker offers so you can see them in one place. In the past, some bookmakers refunded any bets (up to a certain stakes) if your horse finished second. Others might do ‘happy hour’ where they boost up the Royal Ascot odds on certain runners.
As there are several handicap races that will have more than 16 runners, the set industry rules will pay the each-way bets down to fourth place. Therefore, if you do back a Royal Ascot horse each-way in the big-field handicaps over the meeting then your selection must finish first, second, third or fourth.
It’s not uncommon for Royal Ascot betting offers to pay out on the first five home in races like the Royal Hunt Cup, Wokingham or the Britannia Stakes. While it’s known that some have even extended this to the top six or even seven finishers.
Leading odds comparison sites can help you find the best 2018 Royal Ascot betting offers. They also have a betting calculator that will show you how much you could win before the result. This means, should your horse be lucky enough to win then you’ll know exactly how much you’ll going to win.
Best Odds Guaranteed
This is another very popular bookmaker Royal Ascot offer that most of the leading firms now have in place. If you take a price of a horse before the race and it goes onto win at a bigger price. These ‘Best Odds Guaranteed’ bookmakers will still pay you out at the SP (starting price) odds.
Say you placed a bet pre-race for £10 on a horse that was 10/1, but that horse went onto win at 14/1 – if you placed it with a bookmaker offering a ‘BOG’ special then your returns will be calculated at 14/1. Not bad, another win – win situation for punters as the bookmakers use this offer to attract business.
Different Royal Ascot Betting Types
Royal Ascot ‘Win Only Bets’
Well this does exactly what it says in the title. You are simply backing a horse at Royal Ascot in any of the 30 races to win. Second, third, fourth is no good – it has to win. For a £10 win on 10/1 Royal Ascot winner will return £100 (plus your £10 stake) = £110.00
Royal Ascot ‘ Each-Way Bets’
Each-way bets consist of two bets, so your stakes are always doubled. If you want to place a £10 e/w bet on a horse in a race at Royal Ascot, the total stake is £20. One of your £10’s will be placed on the horse to win and the other will go on your horse being placed. The normal place rules are 1st, 2nd, 3rd, but should your horse fill one of these places the odds taken are quartered. So, a 50/1 placed horse becomes 12.5/1, meaning you’ll have a £10 bet on the horse being placed in the race at 12.5/1. Obviously, if the horse wins you will be paid out twice on each-way bets – on the win and the place.
Place terms are changed depending on the number of runners in the race. If there are 2-7 runners then the each-way place pay-out is for 1st and 2nd. Races with 8+ runners have the each-way place pay-out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Though, if there are 16+ runners and its handicap race the each-way place pay-out is for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
Royal Ascot ‘Forecast and Tri-cast Bets’
Some might say that it’s hard enough to get a winner at Royal Ascot, let alone the second and third in the contests. However, a lot of punters like the forecast and tri-cast bets as the returns are a lot higher. Of course, it’s not easy and a bit more of a ‘lottery-style’ betting option. If you can successfully predict the 1st and 2nd, or the 1st, 2nd and 3rd, then you’ll be well rewarded. The 2017 Ascot Gold Cup result saw the popular horse Big Orange win the race at 5/1. The well-fancied favourite – Order Of St George (5/6) in second, while 33/1 shot Harbour Law managed to land third. The forecast (1st and 2nd) that day paid £8.93, while the tri-cast paid a decent £131.71 – both to a £1 stake.
Some punters like to perm up several runners incase you get your horses in the wrong order. For example, if you pick out 4 horses you could decide to place a combination forecast. That means any of your 4 horses can fill the first two places. However, as there are 12 different permutations this bet will cost you 12 times more. A £1 combination Royal Ascot race forecast will cost you £12.
You might prefer to keep it simpler by just picking two horses in a reverse forecast. This bet will cost you X2 your stake and means the horses selected will need to finish first or second in ANY order.
Royal Ascot Placepot Betting
A placepot is based on finding a horse that will be placed in the first six races at a meeting. It’s another popular Royal Ascot betting type. You need to select a horse you think will hit the frame in all six daily races.
- 1-4 runners – win only
- 5-7 runners – top 2 places
- 8-15 runners – top 3 places
- 16+ runners (handicap races) – top 4 places
Punters like to perm up selections in each race too. It gives them more than one horse in each race, increasing the chances of getting through each of the six legs. Don’t forget you need to get through ALL of the six races with a horse placed in each. The tote run this bet. It’s like the lottery. The returns (less commission) is based on how many winning tickets are left at the end. The less tickets left, the more the dividend will pay – it’s as simple as that.
The placepot is a fun way to potentially give punters an interest in most races through each day. With returns sometimes in the hundreds and thousands (for just a £1 stake), it’s a popular bet. For example – the Royal Ascot betting placepot return for Saturday 24th June 2017 was £163.30 for a £1 stake. That’s like backing a 162/1 shot!
If you want to perm up selections, you simply multiple each leg by the number of runners you’ve picked.
For example, if you want to pick 2 horses in each of the 6 races it will be as follows
2x2x2x2x2x2 = 64 bets (a £1 bet would cost you £64, while a 10p bet would cost you £6.40).
Royal Ascot Trainers to watch
Recently, betting ahead of both the Royal Ascot top jockey and trainers’ markets has a one-sided feel. The Aidan O’Brien camp is often a short-priced favourite in this market. However, it could be beneficial to look deeper into certain trainers to find a few angles – both backing and laying.
- J-C ROUGET – This powerful French-based yard often send runners over to Ascot. With 3 winners from their last 8 runners then they rarely leave empty-handed
- AIDAN O’BRIEN – A decent overall strike-rate with 17% of the O’Brien horses winning over the last 5 seasons at Ascot. But if we look at his 2 year-olds then this increases to a much-better 25% (6 from 24). With this in-mind then any juveniles the Ballydoyle team run over the week should be noted.
- JOHN GOSDEN – Many people will look to the Gosden team as the main threat to Aidan O’Brien. They landed the top trainers’ title and with an overall 16% strike-rate at the track. He’s sure to be amongst the winners over the week.
- ROGER VARIAN – The yard based at Kremlin House actually have one of the best overall records at the Berkshire track. With this spread evenly across all age groups then they have a really consistent feel to them.
- SIR MICHAEL STOUTE – With 75 Royal Ascot wins already under his belt, the Stoute camp should always be respected. They tend to do better with their older horses with a decent 15% overall record (9 from 61) with their 4+year-olds at the track.
- SAEED BIN SUROOR – The founding yard of the boys in blue of Godolphin. They have a decent 19% record with their 2 year-olds at the track (4 from 21). Plus they also have a 19% record with their 3 year-olds (8 from 42).
The bulk of the runners will be from the leading English stables, like Sir Michael Stoute, Godolphin and John Gosden. But we can also expect an army of top-class horses each year from the powerful Irish Aidan O’Brien yard. Though, don’t overlook the top American, Australian and French horses coming over to run.
Over the five days there are 30 races to enjoy, with six contests a day. Each day will have several showcase races. While over the meeting there eight Group One races, there is a staggering 19 Group races overall. It’s no surprise the betting interest on every Royal Ascot race is huge with millions wagered between punters and bookmakers each year.