Wokingham Stakes Tips and Betting Offers, 5:00 at Royal Ascot, 22 June 2019
The Wokingham Stakes is the penultimate race of Royal Ascot. It is up there with one of the most competitive handicaps of the entire meeting and is certainly a race worth sticking around for. A maximum field of 28 horses will compete over this 6 furlong contest which is sure to produce a thrilling finish.
Wokingham Stakes Tips
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Stamina Can Separate the Contenders
Royal Ascot is a special meeting for all sorts of different reasons. The track itself is one of those. It is known as one of the most challenging courses on the flat which is fitting for the incredibly high level of races held during the five days.
The nature of Ascot’s course means that races often demand a higher level of standard than contests run over the same distance at other courses. That’s the case with the Wokingham Stakes which is borne out by the number of recent winners who had previous strong form over 7 furlongs.
Can Foxtrot Lady Win From the Front?
Many of those in the field for the Wokingham Stakes will provide their trainer and jockey with a big challenge in terms of getting the tactics right. That is not the case with Foxtrot Lady who is a very straightforward type.
She likes to get out in front early and try to win with a dominant display of racing. Clearly, those tactics don’t always work in the sort of competitive handicap that she’s running in but they served her well last season where she made some pretty fast and significant improvement. She’ll need to continue with those improvements after some so-so performances thus far this season but Foxtrot Lady looks well treated by the handicapper and has the grit to hold on in this stern test.
Vanbrugh Can Defy the Weights
Vanbrugh is one of those in the Wokingham Stakes who has previously won over 7 furlongs. Indeed, he did that in his first performance for new trainer Charlie Hills at Thirsk. Some judges believed that performance was of sufficiently high calibre to suggest that the four-year-old will, in time, be able to improve enough to be a genuine challenger at the Group level.
Given that he is available at 20/1 with Coral, nobody will surprised to hear that there are concerns about Vanbrugh. One of those is his most recent performance in a Listed race at Haydock. He can forgiven for that given he is still improving and getting used to racing in British conditions. The other concern is that he will be carrying 9 stone 10 pounds but he’s carried a fair amount of weight before and has the stamina to suggest that he’ll be able to do so again over 6 furlongs.
The full field for the Wokingham Stakes has provided yet another highly competitive betting field, containing several horses with genuine chances of winning. Any punter who gets it right will be celebrating a handsome return and a combination of a straight win bet on Foxtrot Lady at 12/1 with Ladbrokes with an each way bet on Vanbrugh at 20/1 with Betfred may be the key to unlocking the profit available.