Previewing The Favourites At Royal Ascot Week
Royal Ascot week is fast approaching, which means that the most exciting week in flat racing is almost here. And with so many high-profile races to enjoy, favourites are emerging in the races throughout the week. In this look at some of the favourites throughout Royal Ascot week, find out how some of the week’s favourites have been performing in the lead up to one of the biggest weeks in the sport.
Order of St. George – Ascot Gold Cup
One of the highlights of the Royal Ascot week schedule, the Gold Cup features some of the best competitors in the entirety of the event. Order of St. George especially falls into this category, having won the race previously as a four-year-old in 2016. In 2017, he finished in second place in the Gold Cup, coming just short of doing a historic double at Ascot.
As for the 2018 Gold Cup, Order of St. George is the favourite to get the job done once again in any good experts guide to Royal Ascot. He’s raced just once in 2018. That race was a win at a G3 race at Navan in April, in a race that featured just three horses total. Before that, his last race came in October 2017, where he came in first in a 13 horse field at Ascot in the British Champions Long Distance Cup. With such a track record of success at Ascot, there is no wonder why Order of St. George is the favourite heading into the 2018 Gold Cup.
Le Brivido – Queen Anne Stakes
A much less defined favourite than Order of St. George, Le Brivido leads the list of horses taking part in the Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot. A horse without a ton of race experience, the four-year-old French competitor has been in just five races total during its racing career. Of those five races, three of them have resulted in wins, for an impressive win rate of 60%.
That winning percentage was enough to give Le Brivido the billing as the favourite in his race during Royal Ascot week in front of the rowdy crowds at the event. However, in his only race of 2018, Le Brivido looked like anything but a favourite. He finished sixth in an eight-horse field at the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket, never having a path to make a run toward the front of the field.
Recent form is very important when selecting a horse to win their respective races. The form of Le Brivido after a disastrous performance at Newmarket is cause for concern, which is why they are not as convincing a favourite as some of their contemporaries over the course of the week. However, this could work out in the favour of bettors who still have faith in the four-year-old to deliver.
These two favourites in high-profile Royal Ascot races have had their ups and downs of late, but are still favoured to win their races based on some of the great things they have done in the past. If they can reach their top form again on the biggest stage, they could make a lot of bettors very happy.