Royal Ascot Betting & Free Bets Guide


The world renowned Royal Ascot race meeting consists of five days of top-drawer racing staged annually during the third week of June. Remarkably Royal Ascot dates back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne.

More than three hundred years later more than 300,000 people will attend the meeting staged, in 2018, between June 19th and June 23rd.

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2018 Royal Ascot Race Schedule & Info

Royal Ascot betting opportunities come in the form of 19 Group races during the five-day festival with at least one Group One race staged each day.

The showpiece Ascot Gold Cup is staged on the Thursday of the 2018 Ascot Festival which is also the fabled Royal Ascot ‘Ladies Day’.

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But if level-weight races of the highest calibre are not your thing fear not. Royal Ascot 2018 betting opportunities include some big-field handicaps such as the Wokingham, Royal Hunt Cup and Britannia Stakes.

Each day of Royal Ascot has at least one Group 1 race and one handicap race and there are six races each and every day – in short there’s ample Royal Ascot betting action.

Click on the available race link to get the latest odds:

Time Day 1 Tuesday, June 19th Type Distance
14.30 The Queen Anne Stakes Group 1 1  Mile
15.05 The Coventry Stakes Group 2 6 Furlongs
15.50 The King’s Stand Stakes Group 1 5 Furlongs
16.20 The St James’s Palace Stakes Group 1 1  Mile
17.00 The Ascot Stakes Handicap 2.5  Miles
17.35 The Wolferton Rated Stakes Listed  1.25  Miles
Time Day 2 Wednesday, June 20th Type Distance
14.30 The Queen Mary Stakes Group 2 5 Furlongs
15.05 The Queen Vase Stakes Group 3  2  Miles
15.50 The Duke of Cambridge Stakes Group 2  1  Mile
16.20 The Prince of Wales’s Stakes Group 1  1.25  Miles
17.00 The Royal Hunt Cup Heritage Handicap  1  Mile
17.35 The Jersey Stakes  Group 3 7 Furlongs
Time Day 3 Thursday, June 21st Type Distance
14.30 The Norfolk Stakes Group 2 5 Furlongs
15.05 The Hampton Court Stakes Group 3  1.25  Miles
15.50 The Ribblesdale Stakes Group 2  1.5  Miles
16.20 The Gold Cup Group 1  2.5Miles
17.00 The Britannia Stakes Heritage Handicap  1  Mile
17.35 The King George V Stakes Handicap  1.5  Miles
Time Day 4 Friday, June 22nd Type Distance
14.30 The Albany Stakes Group 3 6 Furlongs
15.05 The King Edward VII Stakes Group 2  1.5  Miles
15.50 The Commonwealth Cup Group 1 6 Furlongs
16.20 The Coronation Stakes Group 1  1  Mile
17.00 The Sandringham Stakes Handicap 1  Mile
17.35 The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes Handicap  1.5  Miles
Time Day 5 Saturday, June 23rd Type Distance
14.30 The Chesham Stakes Listed 7 Furlongs
15.05 The Hardwicke Stakes Group 2  1.5  Miles
15.50 The Windsor Castle Stakes Listed 5 Furlongs
16.20 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes Group 1 6 Furlongs
17.00 The Wokingham Stakes Heritage Handicap 6 Furlongs
17.35 The Queen Alexandra Stakes Conditions 2 Miles, 6F

2018 Royal Ascot Betting Odds

The glory of this mid-summer meeting is Royal Ascot betting odds on outcomes other than individual race winners.  You can bet on who will be the ‘leading trainer’, ‘leading jockey’ and even the old chestnut ‘the colour of the Queen’s hat’.

Here’s a few ‘top fives’, based on previous Royal Ascot results, which we think will star amongst the headline grabbers in 2018.

# Top Jockeys Top Trainers Top Horses
1 Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien Order of St George
2 Frankie Dettori John Gosden Cracksman
3 James Doyle Michael Stoute Lady Aurelia
4 Silvestre De Sousa Wesley Ward Crystal Ocean
5 Donnacha O’Brien Charlie Appleby Harry Angel

Royal Ascot Betting Markets, Ante Post & Special Bets

It is very unlikely any Royal Ascot race will feature less than eight runners so each-way punters will be happy in the knowledge their bets will be ‘first three’ and in some cases ‘first four’ betting terms.

As the festival approaches Royal Ascot odds will become available on ‘Top Royal Ascot Trainer’, which has been won by Aidan O’Brien eight times before, ‘Top Royal Ascot Jockey’ and even ‘Top Royal Ascot Owner’.

For now you will have to make do with Royal Ascot betting odds 2018 with ante-post markets. As we know ante-post betting comes with a caveat that your stakes will be lost should your selection not run in the race you stipulated.

On the upside, if your horse does run, you are pretty sure to receive a price far better than that which will be listed in the Royal Ascot results.

2018 Royal Ascot Betting Offers & Promotions

Once we enter the second week of June, when the Epsom Derby and Oaks have been consigned to the record books, online bookies begin their bespoke special offers and Royal Ascot free bets promotions.

With 2018 being a World Cup year and the feast of football clashing with the Royal Ascot betting bonanza, there’s going to be some great offers to be had.

This year’s Royal Ascot offers are sure to include ‘enhanced odds’, ‘price boosts’, ‘money back specials’ and ‘free bet concessions’.

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Royal Ascot Free Bets 

Fully aware that Royal Ascot has a unique allure to people who would not normally place bets on horse racing, online bookmakers and national newspapers always showcase Royal Ascot runners form guides, make the information readily available for racegoers and armchair viewers alike.

There will be many special offers generated within the online bookmaking marketplace in a frenzied promotion war which will see astute punters benefit.

So expect Royal Ascot free bets galore, not just for new account opening but for finding big priced winners, coming second to a favourite, being beaten by a short-head or nose and many more.

Latest 2018 Royal Ascot Betting Tips 

John Gosden’s stable is brimming with talent and he is the current powerhouse of UK horse racing.  Cracksman and Enable are his stable stars but his classic generation (three-year-olds) and two-year-olds look a tasty bunch too.

It is very feasible John Gosden will have at least three winners so looks out for him amongst the Royal Ascot 2018 betting for ‘Leading Trainer’.

But Ireland’s leading trainer, Aidan O’Brien has battalions of top-drawer bloodstock and many of his hopes will go off favourite – it should make ‘Leading Trainer’ and captivating battle.

O’Brien trains our top Royal Ascot betting tip, Order of St George in the showpiece Gold Cup.  Winner of the two-mile-four-furlong race in 2016, a lack of pace cost him dearly when trying to keep his crown in 2017 (beaten a short-head) but connections are likely to run at least one pacemaker in 2018 and he is a confident selection.

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Royal Ascot Results 2017 

The opening race of the 2017 Royal Ascot meeting went to the 11/10 favourite, Ribchester.  It set the wheels in motion for punter to get stuck in and with other winners priced 5/2 (Barney Roy), 7/2 (Lady Aurelia) and 4/1 (Thomas Hobson), punters get the best of things.

Day 2’s pair of handicaps went to long-shots but the four Group races were Shangri-La for punters with 2/1, 9/4, 5/2 and 5/1 winners.  The racing was far more competitive on Day 3 and the bookies fought back.  There was no winning favourites and Order of St George was turned-over at odds-on in the Ascot Gold Cup.

Both odds-on shots Caravaggio (5/6) and Winter (4/9) both scored on Day 4 but the card was bookended by a pair of 20/1 shots and the bookmakers got the best of the battle overall.

So the closing day was vital, vital to punters and vital to the end-of-year balance sheets of major bookmakers.  When September won the opening race at 11/8 there was hope all-round but with 25/1, 9/2, 40/1, 25/1 and a 10/1 winners rounding off proceedings, the old enemy came out in front at the end.