Queen Mary Stakes Tips, Free Bets, Betting Offers – 20 June 2018

Queen Mary Stakes Betting Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.05 at Ascot, 20th June 2018

Day two at Royal Ascot (Royal Ascot offers and free bets) sees the flying fillies take to the track in the Queen Mary Stakes. Read on for the best odds, offers and betting tips surrounding this historic contest.

First run at the course in 1921, this Group 2 event for two year old fillies is held over Ascot’s flying 5f and now offers £100,000 in total prize money. Read on for our preview or alternatively grab a free bet for the race to boost your odds of success!

Queen Mary Stakes Betting Offers and Free Bets

Betfair Royal Ascot Through the Card Offer 2018

  • BETFAIR – BET £20 ON QUEEN MARY STAKES, GET A £10 FREE BET THROUGH THE CARD – New customer offer, place a single €/£20 (or €/£10 e/w) Sportsbook bet in the 14:30 Ascot, 20th June and get a €/£10 free bet for each of the subsequent races on the Card. Deposits using credit/debit cards or PayPal only. Free bets are only valid for the specified race and are awarded when the qualifying bet has been settled. Free bet stakes not returned with winnings. T&C’s Apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
  • RACEBETS – Money back if your selection finishes 2nd to the SP fav in any race during Royal Ascot – Place a bet on any of the Royal Ascot Festival’s races and get your stake back as bonus cash (max £/€25) if your selection comes in 2nd at RaceBets – Customers from UK, IE, UAE, IN and MU.Money back paid as bonus money Max £/€25 3 x wagering at 1.5+ before withdrawal. Win/win parts of each-way bets. Full terms apply. 18+, BeGambleAware.org.
  • Betting offers coming soon… check out the main Royal Ascot betting offers page for what the bookies have the meeting as a while.

Queen Mary 2018 Betting Tips

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

  • Shades of Blue To Win at 6/1 with Coral
  • Gossamer Wings Each Way at 25/1 with Bet365

Betting Tips and Race Preview

The Queen Mary Stakes take place on Day Two of Royal Ascot, as the race approaches its 100th year. It’s 97 years since the first running, meaning there’s plenty of history behind this one ahead of Wednesday afternoon’s renewal. Just who will be scooping the £62,000 top prize on this Class 1 race? Ahead of the race, here’s our preview and predictions on who will lead the way across the five furlongs.

Queen Mary Stakes Favourites

Chelsea Cloisters is the favourite ahead of Wednesday’s race, coming in priced at 15/8 with Ladbrokes. There’s a pretty big jump to second favourite Shades of Blue after that, who can be found as a 6/1 chance with Coral. There’s little difference in the contenders after that, with So Perfect sitting at 6/1 with BetVictor, and Just Wonderful best priced at 7/1 with Betfair.

Outside of the favourite, there’s a pretty open battle to claim victory here. The fact that the favourite is out at around 2/1 suggests that there’s a chance for an upset here, especially given the inexperience of the field. Settling on a clear choice between these two-year-old fillies would be difficult, so that gives us the chance to find some value in this field.

Queen Mary Stakes Main Tip

There are clearly plenty of options lining up to challenge favourite Chelsea Cloisters this week. Trainer Wesley Ward is believed to have the favourite in shape for a strong run here, but we prefer the Clive Cox trained Shades of Blue in this race. Her odds of 6/1 with Coral certainly seem like value when compared to the favourite. She already has experience of this track and this distance.

Shades of Blue won the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes back in May at Ascot, across five furlongs. We expect that to count across Wednesday’s race, and given the value available, we think the best way to go on the Queen Mary Stakes is to stick with Shades of Blue for more Ascot success.

Queen Mary Stakes Outside Tip

Of course, if you’re looking for a bigger priced selection for Wednesday’s renewal, then we have you covered there too. Aidan O’Brien’s Gossamer Wings is our outside selection for the Queen Mary, as she’s made a solid start. Two top three finishes from three races isn’t a bad way to go, especially as she’s improved in every race.

She finished third behind one of the favourites here – Just Wonderful – back in May at Curragh. That was followed by a commanding win at Navan earlier this month, which makes us see Gossamer Wings as an outside choice for Wednesday. We’re backing her at the big price of 25/1 with Bet365, which looks like good value on this occasion.

Queen Mary Stakes Previous Winners

  • 2017 – Heartache – jockey Adam Kirby, trainer Clive Cox
  • 2016 – Lady Aurelia – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Wesley Ward
  • 2015 – Acapulco – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Wesley Ward
  • 2014 – Anthem Alexander – jockey Pat Smullen, trainer Edward Lynam
  • 2013 – Rizeena – jockey James Doyle, trainer Rizeena
  • 2012 – Ceiling Kitty – jockey Richard Kingscote, trainer Tom Dascombe
  • 2011 – Best Terms – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.
  • 2010 – Maqaasid – jockey Richard Hills, trainer John Gosden
  • 2009 – Jealous Again – jockey John Velazquez, trainer Wesley Ward
  • 2008 – Langs Lash – jockey Alan Munro, trainer Mick Quinlan
  • 2007 – Elletelle – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Ger Lyons
  • 2006 – Gilded – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.

Race History and Facts

This contest first made an appearance on the Royal Ascot scene in 1921 and was named in honour of Queen Mary, wife of the reigning Monarch of the day, King George V.

Greatest Horses

One of the most notable winners in the early years of the race was 1923 heroine Mumtaz Mahal. Sired by The Tetrarch, who was one of the most remarkable two year olds to ever set foot on the track, Mumtaz Mahal clearly inherited a fair portion of her father’s blistering speed. In addition to her win here, the filly also won the Molecomb Stakes and Champagne Stakes in an excellent juvenile season. The one mile trip of the 1000 Guineas proved too much, but she did add the Nunthorpe Stakes to her haul as a three year old, before embarking on a highly successful career as a broodmare.

1941 saw King George VI win the race named in honour of his mother with the superstar filly Sun Chariot. Brilliant at two, Sun Chariot then refused to race on her first start at three! That, however, proved to be only a momentary blip, as the daughter of Hyperion subsequently went on to famously claim the fillies’ Triple-Crown.

The flow of quality winners continued with the introduction of modern race grading in 1971, with the smart Forest Flower (1986) and Dead Certain (1989) being amongst the scorers. Whilst Forest Flower went on to land the Irish 1000 Guineas, Dead Certain went the way of a number of the other winners here, achieving little of note beyond her precocious two year old campaign.

1991 winner Marling certainly did deliver on the promise she showed in winning this, going on to take the Irish 1000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes and Sussex Stakes in her three year old campaign. Even better was to follow 12 years later in the form of a most unlikely looking racing star.

It remains something of a mystery how Attraction’s legs managed to move in the right direction at such speed, despite having the appearance of going in all directions at once. No matter how they looked though, those legs propelled Mark Johnston’s filly to victory here as part of her Champion Two Year Old campaign in 2003, as well as wins in both the English and Irish 1000 Guineas as a three year old. The achievements of Attraction no doubt had some bearing on the upgrading of this race to Group 2 status in 2004.

Best Jockeys and Trainers in the Race

Champion a remarkable 26 times, and still considered by many to be the greatest jockey of all time, it is Sir Gordon Richards who, with five victories who has won this race more times than any other.

Fred Darling was the trainer to provide Sir Gordon with each of his five winners. Having also won the race twice without the assistance of Richards, Darling’s seven wins represent the best training performance here.