With attention in the world of horse racing soon set to shift to events at Royal Ascot, the fact that this year’s field contains a record number of overseas entries, will only add to the expectation and excitement surrounding the most famous of meetings. With 164 horses embarking upon the circuit from foreign shores, beating the previous record by eight, this year’s races at Ascot are set to have an international feel to them, as competition for victories increases. Elsewhere, trainer Aiden O’Brien is responsible for over half of the 81 Irish entries, while French stables have a total of 41 entries.
With the Queen Anne Stakes proving to be one of the most anticipated races at Ascot this year, the entry of US star Tepin has certainly added to the competition for places. Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile winner is the current favourite for the race with bookmakers Betway, having been undefeated so far in 2016. Stiff competition to her crown however could well come in the shape of recent winner at Newmarket, Belardo. The Roger Varian trained horse is now just 6/1 with Betway, as the race on June 14th builds in stature. So why not back your favourite from one of these sports betting markets, as the race draws ever closer.
Elsewhere at Ascot, the fact that Australian sprinter Chautauqua has withdrawn from the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, now means that the field is significantly more open, with any number of horses capable of achieving a famous victory. Charles Hill trained Magical Memory is the current favourite at 6/1 with Betway, but with plenty of promising outsiders, this one could well go down to the wire.
This summer also sees the return of Britain’s richest race, the Epsom Derby. With nothing currently separating joint favourites Galileo Gold and The Gurkha in the betting odds at Betway, the two in form horses look set to battle it out between themselves for glory. With this year’s prize money on offer totalling £1.325million, with further increases set for next year, the iconic race is certainly set to gain significant attention on June 4th.