Royal Ascot 2021 antepost favourites for the 8 Group 1 races

The antepost betting ahead of next week's big meeting.

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*Odds quoted on the widget are Future Racing/Antepost prices which means that if your selection does not run in the race for whatever reason, you will lose your stake under traditional antepost rules

We’re almost under starters orders with Royal Ascot less than a week away – and Paddy’s top traders have priced up antepost betting markets for the biggest races.

To whet the appetite, we’ve taken a look at the latest odds and favourites for the eight Group 1s over the five days of action.

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Tuesday June 15

14:30: The Queen Anne Stakes

The winner of last year’s St James’s Palace Stakes PALACE PIER (1/2) leads the antepost betting after an unbeaten start to the season in two appearances.

15:40: The King’s Stand Stakes

BATTAASH (15/8) is chasing a repeat victory after success in last year’s renewal. The seven-year-old is set to make his seasonal debut at the Berkshire course having been injured over the winter.

16:20: The St James’s Palace Stakes

The last of the opening day’s Group 1s looks a wide-open affair thanks to the competitiveness of the three-year-old division. 2000 Guineas winner POETIC FLARE (3/1) heads the early betting from Mostahdaf (7/2).

Wednesday June 16

16:20: The Prince of Wales’s Stakes

The only Group 1 on the second day of the meeting has the defending champ LORD NORTH (7/4) battling for market supremacy with dual Classic-winning filly Love (9/4). Aidan O’Brien is also considering Armory (3/1) for a run in the 1m 2f contest.

Thursday June 17

16:15: The Gold Cup

The legendary STRADIVARIUS (EVS) is aiming to make it four wins on the trot in the Gold Cup. The seven-year-old’s hopes were dealt a boost when it was announced Ocean Wind would skip the festival for Glorious Goodwood.

Friday June 18

15:40: The Commonwealth Cup

2020 Queen Mary Stakes winner CAMPANELLE (4/1) leads the four horses available at single-digit prices in our antepost market for the first of Friday’s Group 1s. The 6f dash should prove an electric affair.

16:20: The Coronation Stakes

1000 Guineas winner MOTHER EARTH (3/1) is the favourite to score once again in her three-year-old campaign although the likes of Empress Josephine (7/2), Primo Bacio (4/1) and Pretty Gorgeous (6/1) are all prominent in the antepost betting.

Saturday June 19

16:20: The Diamond Jubilee Stakes

The 6f contest open to four-year-olds and over looks like it’ll be an open contest but Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes winner STARMAN (5/2) is the antepost favourite to score again.

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