Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

William Hill Not Afraid Of The First Day Favourites

William Hill are not afraid of the favourites on the opening day of Royal Ascot, with the bookmaker bullish that they can swerve the sting of the well-backed stars.


Solow is a short price to win the opening Queen Anne Stakes, before Round Two lines up as the likely favourite in the Coventry Stakes. Superstar sprinter Sole Power will be strong in the King’s Stand Stakes, while Gleneagles is odds-on for victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes. Despite four particularly popular market leaders, the bookies will be sticking to their guns.


“We’ve been laying a good spread of business across the races and we’re not afraid of the favourites,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


Muthmir is currently the worst result for William Hill in any of the races across Royal Ascot and is currently second-favourite for the King’s Stand at 9-2.


Queen Anne Stakes: 6-4 Solow, 2-1 Able Friend, 5-1 Night Of Thunder, 8-1 Toormore, 16-1 Esoterique, 20-1 Here Comes When, 40-1 Cougar Mountain, 66-1 Glory Awaits, (Best Odds Guaranteed; Non-Runner, Money Back; EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Coventry Stakes: 9-4 Round Two, 9-2 Finnegan, 8-1 Air Force Blue, Buratino, War Department, 12-1 Eltezam, 16-1 Age Of Empire, Ode To Evening, 20-1 First Selection, Maccus, Qeyaadah, 25-1 Beaverbrook, Black Beach, 33-1 Sir Roger Moore, Young John, 50-1 Ocean Eleven, 66-1 Sign Of The Kodiac, 100-1 Destroyer, (Best Odds Guaranteed; Non-Runner, Money Back; EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)


The King’s Stand Stakes: 7-2 Sole Power, 9-2 Muthmir, 7-1 Meccas Angel, Shamal Wind, 12-1 G Force, Pearl Secret, 16-1 Hot Streak, Rangali, 20-1 Goldream, Jack Dexter, Stepper Point, 25-1 Spirit Quartz, Take Cover, Wind Fire, 33-1 Medicean Man, Robot Boy, Steps, 40-1 Justice Day, Lancelot Du Lac, (Best Odds Guaranteed; Non-Runner, Money Back; EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)


St James’s Palace Stakes: 4-7 Gleneagles, 10-3 Make Believe, 11-2 Consort, 20-1 Belardo, 25-1 Latharnach, 40-1 Aktabantay, (Best Odds Guaranteed; Non-Runner, Money Back; EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)


Ascot Stakes: 6-1 Ray Ward, 13-2 Fun Mac, 8-1 Clondaw Warrior, 9-1 Lycidas, 14-1 Asbury Boss, Boite, Digeanta, 16-1 Broxbourne, Hardstone, Hurricane Higgins, Shwaiman, 20-1 Buckland, Elishpour, Rhombus, Statutory, 25-1 Big Thunder, Noble Gift, Noble Silk, Royal Irish Hussar, 33-1 Handazan, (Best Odds Guaranteed; Non-Runner, Money Back; EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)


Windsor Castle Stakes: 5-1 Washington DC, 11-2 Soapy Aitken, 7-1 Orvar, Ruby Notion, 10-1 Steady Pace, 12-1 Ard San Aer, 16-1 Areen, Opal Tiara, 20-1 Harvard Man, Its In The Rain, 25-1 Lathom, Nelspruit, Sahreej, 33-1 Halsall, Ravenhoe, Roll On Rory, Silver Wings, Wedge, 40-1 Archimedes, 50-1 Dream Dreamer, 66-1 Aragon Knight, Just Glamorous, Sir Theodore, Socialites Red, Stamp Hill, 100-1 Hot Stuff, 150-1 Caledonian Gold, (Non-Runner, Money Back; EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)