Ribblesdale Stakes Betting Tips and Offers – 21 June 2018

Ribblesdale Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.40 at Ascot, 21st June 2018

One of the many highlights on an excellent day three at Royal Ascot is the Ribblesdale Stakes. Read on for the best odds and offers as well as our betting tips for the race.

With £200,000 in prize money on offer, a smart field is guaranteed for this Group 1 contest over 1m4f. Restricted to three year old fillies, the race was first run at Ascot in 1919.

Ribblesdale Stakes Betting Tips

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

  • Wild Illusion to win at 5/2 with Bet365
  • Perfect Clarity each way at 11/1 with RaceBets

Ribblesdale Stakes Betting Offers

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Ribblesdale Stakes 2018 Race Preview

The Ribblesdale Stakes is a Group 2 contest for three-year-old fillies. This is the premier middle distance contest at Royal Ascot for members of the Classic generation and as such often sees entries for horses competed in the Oaks run only a few weeks ago. The Oaks winner, Forever Together, will not be competing but Wild Illusion and Magic Wand (second and fourth respectively in the Oaks) will be so this is shaping up to be a cracking renewal.

Wild Illusion’s Experience Makes Her the Pick of the Favourites

The top of the betting for the Ribblesdale Stakes is dominated by two horses – Wild Illusion and Sun Maiden.

Wild Illusion is the top rated horse in the race and there was no disgrace in the way she was beaten by Forever Together in the Oaks even if the Godolphin owned filly was the bookies’ favourite. Although she’s never won over longer than a mile, Wild Illusion was beaten to the stands’ rail by Forever Together at Epsom so things could have easily been different.

Sun Maiden is superbly bread (she’s out of Frankel) and she made light work of the field in a novice stakes at Salisbury when a heavy favourite. It was her ability that got her through that day though as she did look a little green. That’s not great given the stresses that Royal Ascot can put on inexperienced horses.

There is every chance that Sun Maiden will go on to have a more successful career than Wild Illusion but as things stand you’d have to feel more confident about backing a horse who has competed in front of big crowds and at Group 1 level before. So, the recommendation goes to Wild Illusion at a best price of 5/2 with Bet365.

Perfect Clarity Can Show Her Best on Firmer Surface

Perfect Clarity was among the most disappointing competitors at the Oaks. Clive Cox, who is a very big fan of his filly, was happy enough to put that disappointment down to the going at Epsom. The soft ground certainly did not help Perfect Clarity’s chances as she started going backwards whilst her competitors were kicking for home.

If you can forgive Perfect Clarity for that disappointment, she could represent a very good each way play for the Ribblesdale at 11/1 with RaceBets. She won a competitive Listed trial for the Oaks at Lingfield on ground that was officially good to firm and like many previous winners of the Ribblesdale was lightly raced as a two-year-old. She’s a big filly who should be in position to kick come the closing stages at Ascot and if Cox is right about her ability on firm ground, she may even surprise the favourites here.

Sarrocchi One to Keep An Eye On

Sarrocchi looked very green when winning on debut as a two-year-old. Aidan O’Brien therefore wanted to give her plenty of experience as a three-year-old as hopes are high she can be competitive against this sort of competition. She’s steadily improved and while it will take something special to win, a place is not out of the question at 33/1 with BetVictor.

Previous Winners

  • 2017 – Coronet – jockey Olivier Peslier, trainer John Gosden
  • 2016 – Even Song – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
  • 2015 – Curvy – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer David Wachman
  • 2014 – Bracelet – jockey Joseph O’Brien, trainer Aidan O’Brien
  • 2013 – Riposte – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Lady Cecil
  • 2012 – Princess Highway – jockey Pat Smullen, trainer Dermot Weld
  • 2011 – Banimpire – jockey Kevin Manning, trainer Jim Bolger
  • 2010 – Hibaayeb – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Saeed bin Suroor
  • 2009 – Flying Cloud – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Saeed bin Suroor
  • 2008 – Michita – jockey Jimmy Fortune, trainer John Gosden
  • 2007 – Silkwood – jockey Philip Robinson, trainer Michael Jarvis
  • 2006 – Mont Etoile – jockey Michael Hills, trainer William Haggas


Beginning life in 1919, this race was originally a 1 mile contest for three and four year olds. Following a brief absence during the war years the contest returned in 1948 but was now run over its current distance of 1m4f. Two years later and the new conditions which prevail to this day were established with the race being restricted to three year old fillies in 1950.

Unsurprisingly given the conditions of the race, this is regularly contested by those performers to have either run in the Oaks at Epsom, or who subsequently go on to tackle the Irish version at the Curragh.

1959 winner Cantelo was one of the best in the first 50 years of the race, proving classy enough to win the St. Leger in the same year. The fillies’ owner went by the name of William Hill. Yes, that William Hill, founder of one of Britain’s largest bookmaking chains.

In 1967 the race was won by one of the great bargains of the racing world. Park Top didn’t look very good on paper and was resultantly cheap at the sales at just 500 Guineas. None of that stopped her adding to her win here, with further Royal Ascot success in the Hardwicke Stakes, a Coronation Cup win at Epsom and a career highlight triumph in the 1969 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Park Top was certainly something of a one off as having hailed from unpromising stock, her career as a broodmare also yielded little of note.

One of the best winners of the late 20th Century came with Dick Hern’s 1980 heroine Shoot A Line. In a hugely successful three year old campaign the daughter of High Line also landed the Yorkshire, Cheshire and Irish Oaks.

2011 signalled the beginning of an excellent run of form for the Irish with the prize going to an Irish trained runner in four of the next five years, courtesy of Jim Bolger, Dermot Weld, Aidan O’Brien and David Wachman.

It is no surprise to see the renowned trainer of fillies Sir Henry Cecil amongst the list of most successful trainers here. With five wins in the race he sits atop the trainer’s table with John Dunlop and Saeed bin Suroor.

Frankie Dettori rode all five of Saeed bin Suroor’s winners for Godolphin, and having also landed the spoils aboard Phantom Gold for Lord Huntingdon in 1995, it is the Italian of magnificent seven fame who leads the way amongst the jockeys.