Duke of Cambridge Stakes Tips, Betting Offers – 20 June 2018

Duke of Cambridge Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.40 at Ascot, 20th June 2018

Day three at the Royal Ascot meeting sees the fillies in the spotlight in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. Here we take a look at the best odds and betting offers available, and provide our betting tips for the race.

Now offering £175,000 in total prize money, this one mile, Group 2 contest, for older fillies and mares was first run at the track in 2004. It may be one of the newer races but even so, it carries a lot of prestige and is a great betting and racing spectacle.

Duke of Cambridge Stakes Betting Tips

Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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Duke of Cambridge Stakes 2018 Betting Tips and Preview

Wednesday’s Renewal of the Duke of Cambridge Stakes seems like a really open race, but just who will walk away with a victory? There’s a purse of over £200,000 on offer, which marks five years since the race was renamed after Price William. This mile-long race is open to older fillies and mares, so the contenders have all been around the block a few times. Ahead of Wednesday’s meeting at Royal Ascot, here is our preview and tips for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

Duke of Cambridge Stakes Favourites

Wednesday’s meeting sees Hydrangea the favourite, sitting at 2/1 with Betfair. Aljazzi is next up, following in at 10/3 with Coral. The top three favourites are wrapped up with Wilamina, who can be found at 9/2 with 888Sport. There are five horses starting Wednesday’s race who are in single figures with the bookies, which should point to just how open this race is. There’s no clear winner from the pack, which does leave us with a little bit of value to pick through.

Duke of Cambridge Stakes Tip

Of all the contenders in this one, we think Hydrangea is the one to go with. The Aidan O’Brien trained horse impressed with a second placed finish at Curragh last time out, and the four-year-old is capable of going one better this week. O’Brien is searching for his first win in this race, and Hydrangea certainly has the potential to end that wait for the Irishman on Wednesday.

We like her form overall, and the fact that she has a year on the two closest challengers is a bonus. She had a solid year in 2017, with three victories and three places, and after a solid start in 2018 we think this is Hydrangea’s time to shine. She’s our pick to win outright this weekend, which you can back at 2/1 with Betfair here. While she’s the favourite, we can see get some value out of that price.

Duke of Cambridge Stakes Outside Tip

If you want to be a little more adventurous and look outside of the top picks, then we also have an outside tip for you to take a look at. We think there’s some each way value here in Promising Run, and we’re backing her to live up to the name on Wednesday.

While she’s an outsider, we can see a strong showing from Saeed Bin Suroor and Godolphin’s charge this week. She had a strong start to the year with two wins, which was followed by two top five finishes, as she started to tire after four meetings in three months. However, after a long break, we expect Promising Run to made a challenge here. Her price of 14/1 with solid form backing her up makes this our outside tip for this one.

Previous Race Winners

  • 2017 – Qemah – jockey Gregory Benoist, trainer Jean-Claude Rouget
  • 2016 – Usherette – jockey Mickael Barzalona, trainer Andre Fabre
  • 2015 – Amazing Maria – jockey James Doyle, trainer David O’Meara
  • 2014 – Integral – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
  • 2013 – Duntle – jockey Wayne Lordan, trainer David Wachman
  • 2012 – Joviality – jockey William Buick, trainer John Gosden
  • 2011 – Lolly for Dolly – jockey Wayne Lordan, trainer Tommy Stack
  • 2010 – Strawberrydaiquiri – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
  • 2009 – Spacious – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer James Fanshawe
  • 2008 – Sabana Perdida – jockey Christophe Lemaire, trainer Alain de Royer-Dupré
  • 2007 – Nannina – jockey Jimmy Fortune, trainer John Gosden
  • 2006 – Soviet Song – jockey Jamie Spencer, trainer James Fanshawe

Duke of Cambridge Stakes History

This contest is one of the newest races to appear at Royal Ascot and came about as part of an incentive to keep older fillies and mares in training beyond their Classic season. With a dearth of suitable targets, many highly rated fillies were either sent to race abroad or retired to stud at the end of their three year old campaign. Initially titled the Windsor Forest Stakes, the race was renamed in 2013 to honour one of the most popular members of the Royal Family, Prince William Duke of Cambridge.

The contest has certainly proved to be a welcome addition to the Royal Ascot schedule, attracting high class older fillies and proving popular with owners and trainers alike.

Soviet Song was the joint highest rated older filly in the world at the end of 2005, and lived up to that lofty assessment when taking this in fine style in 2006. As of 2015 the James Fanshawe-trained filly remains the oldest winner in the history of the race at six years of age.

2008 was notable as the first year in which the contest was won by a filly not trained in England. Alain De Royer Dupre’s Sabana Perdida had a fine record when crossing the channel, winning a Group 3 at Lingfield and finishing third in the 2008 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in addition to landing this prize for France for the first time.

Ireland had to wait a little longer for their first win in the race when Lolly For Dolly struck for Tommy Stack and Wayne Lordan in 2011.

As of 2015 no filly had managed to win this race more than once. 2009 winner Spacious couldn’t have come much closer though, finishing just a short head behind Strawberrydaiquiri when bidding to follow up in 2010.

Newmarket handler Sir Michael Stoute certainly got off to a flyer here in landing the first two editions of the race, with Favourable Terms in 2004 and Peeress in 2005. Having recorded further success in 2010 and 2014, Stoute leads the way amongst the trainers with four wins.

Stoute’s partner in crime aboard Strawberrydaiquiri in 2010 and Integral in 2014 was the brilliant Ryan Moore. As of 2015 Moore and Wayne Lordan were the only jockeys to have won this race more than once with two victories apiece.

One notable feature of the early editions of the race was the success of runners hailing from the Cheveley Park Stud breeding operation. In the first seven editions of the race, Cheveley Park Stud recorded an impressive three wins and four second place finishes.