Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Mecca's Angel One To Beat For Bookies

William Hill can report that Mecca’s Angel is the best-backed horse for the opening day of Royal Ascot, with the King’s Stand favourite supported in from 11-2 to 2-1 in recent days. Punters have been keen to back her, with the ground really turning in her favour.

“Michael Dods must have been doing his rain dance for Mecca’s Angel, as she will get her favoured ground and she is easily the worst result for us on the opening day,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

In the Queen Anne, the momentum for Tepin has gone since the Ascot heaven’s opened and it is now Ervedya and Belardo coming for money, although Hills report a good spread of business.

A £2,000 bet on Caravaggio caught the eye for the William Hill odds-compilers on Monday – he’s the 9-4 favourite for the Coventry Stakes and most of the notable business has been for him.

“A punter in one of our shops in Berkshire has had two grand on Caravaggio and you suspect that could be a decent indicator of what is expected of him,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

In the St James’s Palace, Awtaad remains the best-backed runner with William Hill. The Gurkha heads the betting but Awtaad could close on his position as favourite before the race rolls around at 4.20.

Otherwise, Pique Sous and Silver Concorde have both shortened to 6-1 from 7-1 for the Ascot Stakes.


Ascot 2.30 - Queen Anne Stakes: 7-2 Tepin, 4-1 Belardo, Ervedya, 7-1 Endless Drama, 8-1 Esoterique, 14-1 Kodi Bear, Toormore, 20-1 Amazing Maria, Arod, Lightning Spear, 25-1 Cougar Mountain, Mondialiste, 40-1 A Shin Erwin, 500-1 Barchan, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Ascot 3.05 - Coventry Stakes: 9-4 Caravaggio, 5-1 Mehmaas, 13-2 Psychedelic Funk, 7-1 Mokarris, Yalta, 12-1 Broken Stones, 14-1 Silvertoni, 16-1 Thunder Snow, 20-1 Lundy, 25-1 Van Der Decken, 33-1 Grand Coalition, Medieval, 40-1 Monks Stand, 50-1 Nibras Bounty, Parys Mountain, Rusumaat, Stoneyford Lane, 150-1 Dolokhov, Garth Rockett, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Ascot 3.40 - King’s Stand Stakes: 2-1 Mecca’s Angel, 9-2 Profitable, 7-1 Acapulco, 12-1 Goldream, Muthmir, 16-1 Pearl Secret, Waady, 20-1 Jungle Cat, Mongolian Saturday, Take Cover, 25-1 Cotai Glory, Lancelot Du Lac, Move In Time, 33-1 Aeolus, Double Up, Medicean Man, Out Do, Sir Maximilian, 50-1 Goken, 100-1 Hay Chewed, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Ascot 4.20 - St James’s Palace Stakes: 11-8 The Gurkha, 7-4 Awtaad, 11-2 Galileo Gold, 12-1 Emotionless, 14-1 Zonderland, 33-1 First Selection, 50-1 Cymric, Ehtiraas, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Ascot 5.00 - Ascot Stakes: 6-1 Pique Sous, Silver Concorde, 7-1 Sempre Medici, 8-1 Jennies Jewel, 9-1 Galizzi, No Heretic, 10-1 Moscato, 12-1 Eshtiaal, 16-1 Hassle, Le Maitre Chat, 20-1 Mirsaale, Penglai Pavilion, Wolfcatcher, 25-1 Chartbreaker, Mill Springs, Montaly, Qewy, Totalize, 33-1 Saved By The Bell, 40-1 Sunblazer, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Ascot 5.35 - Windsor Castle Stakes: 9-2 Big City Dreamin, Drafted, 7-1 Mister Trader, 10-1 Tomily, 12-1 Kananee, 14-1 Battaash, Yulong Baobei, 16-1 Pedestal, 20-1 Ardad, Top Score, 25-1 Copper Knight, Fayez, Pretty Vacant, Ready To Roc, 33-1 Ambiguity, Full Intention, 40-1 Bective, Bolt Phantom, Callender, 50-1 Savannah’s Dream, 66-1 Big Lachie, Leontes, Stringybark Creek, 100-1 Just An Idea, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)