Queen Anne Stakes, Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 2.30 at Ascot, 18 June 2019
One of the highlights on a spectacular opening day at Royal Ascot is the Queen Anne Stakes. Read on for the best odds, offers, betting tips and more.
Run over the straight mile at Ascot, this Group 1 contest open to runners aged four and older first took place in 1840. Prize money has grown steadily over time with the race receiving a big cash injection in recent years, resulting in a bumper total purse of £600,000.
Queen Anne Stakes Betting Offers 2019
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Queen Anne Stakes Betting Tips
Queen Anne Stakes Tips and Betting Offers, 2:30 at Royal Ascot, 18 June 2019
The Queen Anne Stakes plays its traditional role as the Royal Ascot opener once again. This Group 1, mile long contest always attracts one of the strongest fields of the entire meeting and this year’s contest is as interesting a betting heat as ever.
Barney Roy Not Your Average Five-Year-Old
The Queen Anne Stakes has always been a great chance for stars of the Classics from the previous season to win at the highest level. Leading contenders from the 1000 and 2000 Guineas in particular have a good record in the race which has produced seven four-year-old winners in the last decade.
The record of the youngest horses (the Queen Anne is open only to horses aged four and older) is often reflected in the betting but it’s different this year. Each of the top three most fancied horses are aged five or six and of them it’s Barney Roy who makes the most appeal at 6/1 with Coral.
Barney Roy has fewer miles on the clock than most five-year-olds as he was retired to stud at the end of a successful three-year-old campaign. Fertility issues put paid to his stud hopes and Godolphin decided to get him back into training to see how he fared. Some impressive work at home saw Barney Roy return to the track where he has already scored at the Listed level and top level wins look to be just around the corner.
How Much Will Conditions Dictate the Outcome?
Trainers of every horse heading to Royal Ascot have been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. Apart from the odd shower the meeting should be dry but the very wet conditions around Britain in the last couple of weeks have had an impact. The going is forecast to be soft come the first day which will ruin the chances of several well fancied horses. The question is whether that will be the case in the Queen Anne or not.
There aren’t too many horses with proven soft ground form in the running which means it could pay to have Matterhorn onside. Mark Johnson’s four-year-old has made two performances on turf this season and didn’t seem concerned by the cut in the ground when finishing second in a Group 2 at Chester so is a tempting option.
At his best, Barney Roy should be better than all of his competitors in the Queen Anne. There are obviously questions about whether we’ll see the best of him given his extended time off but he’s a Royal Ascot winner who won’t be put off by the huge crowds. Charlie Appleby has had plenty of success coaxing the best out of older horses and Barney Roy is one with plenty to give so Coral’s 6/1 does look generous.
Although Matterhorn doesn’t have the class of the speed of the Queen Anne favourites he does have extra stamina reserves which may be put to good use if the ground doesn’t dry out and suggests a speculative each way bet is in order at 25/1 with bet365.
Queen Anne Stakes Previous Winners
- 2018 – Accidental Agent – jockey Charlie Bishop, trainer Eve Johnson Houghton
- 2017 – Ribchester – jockey William Buick, trainer Richard Fahey
- 2016 – Tepin – jockey Julien Leparoux, trainer Mark Casse
- 2015 – Solow – jockey Maxime Guyon, trainer Freddy Head
- 2014 – Toronado – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Jr.
- 2013 – Declaration Of War – jockey Joseph O’Brien, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2012 – Frankel – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Sir Henry Cecil
- 2011 – Canford Cliffs – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.
- 2010 – Goldikova – jockey Olivier Peslier, trainer Freddy Head
- 2009 – Paco Boy – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.
- 2008 – Haradasun – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2007 – Ramonti – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Saeed bin Suroor
- 2006 – Ad Valorem – jockey Kieren Fallon, trainer Aidan O’Brien
Queen Anne Stakes History
This contest has been with us in one form or another since back in 1840, but only took on its current conditions as recently as 2003. Initially going under the moniker of the Trial Stakes, it was only given its current title in 1930. Having founded Ascot racecourse, it certainly seems fair that Queen Anne should have a high class race named in her honour. Not that it was always quite so prestigious an affair.
Having initially been granted Group 3 status only in 1971 it took another 32 years for it to be recognised as a Group 1. It was not only the class of the race which was altered in this year but also the type of horse allowed to compete. Three year olds had previously been permitted to take part, but now only those aged four and older may be entered.
The earliest winners of this race aren’t the types of horse to feature prominently in a history of racings brilliant milers, but the standard has certainly risen over time, particularly since the race was granted Group 2 status in 1984. Barathea, Intikhab, and Cape Cross all won this in the 90’s. Smart performers one and all who have gone on to make their mark at stud. Spectacularly so in the case of Cape Cross who has already sired, Sea The Stars, Golden Horn and Ouija Board.
Any doubts about whether the race would attract the quality of runner to do justice to its new Group 1 status in 2003 were quickly dispelled, as the previous year’s 2000 Guineas hero Refuse To Bend took the prize in 2004. With Paco Boy, Goldikova, Canford Cliffs, Solow and Frankel counting amongst the winners since then, the race is now firmly established as one of the premier one mile contests of the season.
Godolphin and Saeed bin Suroor top the leading owners and trainers tables respectively, courtesy of a golden period between the years of 1996 and 2007, where the powerful combination accounted for seven of the twelve winners of this race. Frankie Dettori was the man doing the steering on five of those occasions, with his win aboard Ramonti, which was his sixth in the race in all, putting him into a tie with Sir Gordon Richards as the leading jockey here.
Amongst the horses there are four to have posted two wins in the race. It’s fair to say the fifth to do so has been a long time in coming, as not since Dean Swift in 1906 and 1907 has the double been achieved.