Royal Ascot Runners

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The final list of Royal Ascot runners 2021 won’t be announced until right before the race. However, we already have some clear clues as to which horses are running at Ascot 2021.

In this article, we’ll discuss our favourites and see why we believe they are the current Royal Ascot favourites.

Which Horses Are Running at Royal Ascot 2021?

Royal Ascot has been the centrepiece of the UK racing calendar for well over a century.

In the following segment, we’ll go through some of the top Royal Ascot runners 2021. We’ll see what makes them Royal Ascot favourites and take a look at their performance so far:

Queen Anne Stakes - Royal Ascot Runners Day 1 Odds

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Palace Pier flag

Race: Queen Anne Stakes / Day: Day 1 / Age: 4 / Jockey: L. Dettori / Trainer: John & Thady Gosden
Now the leading miler in the world, Lockinge Stakes winner Palace Pier will take a lot of stopping in the opening event. A winner last year as a three-year-old, it is expected that Frankie Dettori will once again take the ride with the pair set to go off at long odds-on.
Palace Pier to win 2/5*
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Order Of Australia flag

Race: Queen Anne Stakes / Day: Day 1 / Age: 4 / Jockey: R L Moore / Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Last November’s shock 40/1 winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland can get better yet, but has some way to go to catch an on-form Palace Pier. Aidan O’Brien has done well in this race before and this horse should be straight forward on the day.
Order of Australia to Win 7/1*
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Lope Y Fernandez flag

Race: Queen Anne Stakes / Day: Day 1 / Age: 4 / Jockey: J A Heffernan / Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Began the race with a quick pace, leading the field momentarily. Though Circus Maximus and Terebellum got the better of the Mark Johnston horse from 2f out.
Lope Y Fernandez to win 10/1*

King's Stand Stakes - Royal Ascot Runners Day 1 Odds

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Race: King’s Stand Stakes / Day: Day 1 / Age: 7 / Jockey: J. Crowley / Trainer: Charlie Hills
The fastest horse on the planet is now fit after a winter setback and looks set fair to go off a strong favourite for the race he won last year. He’s not getting any younger, but by all accounts retains all of his speed making him hard to peg back, especially if he gets a good lead in the first two furlongs.
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Winter Power flag

Race: King’s Stand Stakes / Day: Day 1 / Age: 3 / Jockey: S De Sousa / Trainer: Tim Easterby
This would be a very hard task for a three-year-old, especially a filly but there is no better target for Tim Easterby’s flying filly. She was so impressive at York last time, is very tough and in receipt of 12lbs from Battaash can give the champ something to think about.
Winter Power To Win 4/1*

St James's Palace Stakes Runners - Day 1

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Poetic Flare flag

Race: St James’s Palace Stakes / Day: Day 1 / Age: 3 / Jockey: K Manning / Trainer: Jim Bolger
Jim Bolger’s star three-year-old has already won the 2000 Guineas this season at Newmarket as well as filling the runner-up spot behind his stablemate in the Irish equivalent. He’s had a run in France in between, so while he is undoubtedly good enough, he’s already had a busy time and we know what level he is at.
Poetic Flare TO WIN 7/2*
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Mostahdaf flag

Race: St James’s Palace Stakes / Day: Day 1 / Age: 3 / Jockey: J Crowley / Trainer: John & Thady Gosden
Unlike Poetic Flare, we don’t know where Mostahdaf’s ceiling is yet. John Gosden used the Heron Stakes as a stepping stone to this race very successfully in the past and Mostahdaf’s win in that race last time from Highland Avenue is effectively some of the best form on offer.
Mostahdaf TO WIN 7/1*
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Highland Avenue flag

Race: St James’s Palace Stakes / Day: Day 1 / Age: 3 / Jockey: W Buick / Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Behind Mostahdaf last time, but only just and with the soft ground not in his favour. It would be a brave man after this son of Dubawi’s previous performance at Newmarket to say for certain he can’t turn the tables on the Gosden horse now.
Highland Avenue TO WIN 7/1*

Ascot Gold Cup - Royal Ascot Runners Day 3

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Stradivarius flag

Race: Gold Cup / Day: Day 3 / Age: 7 / Jockey: L. Dettori / Trainer: John & Thady Gosden
The greatest stayer of his generation is looking for an amazing fourth Gold Cup win on the bounce. The seven-year-old wonder horse is as good as ever this season and reappeared with a comfortable win around this course in late April. He’ll be tough to beat.
Stradivarius to win 10/11*
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Subjectivist flag

Race: Gold Cup / Day: Day 3 / Age: 4 / Jockey: J. Fanning / Trainer: Mark Johnston
Mark Johnston is an excellent trainer of tough stayers and this one certainly has his best days ahead of him. The four-year-old was a runaway winner at Group 2 level in Dubai back in March, is a Group 1 winner and should be there or thereabouts.
Subjectivist to win 11/2*
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Trueshan flag

Race: Gold Cup / Day: Day 3 / Age: 5 / Jockey: H. Doyle / Trainer: Alan King
Officially rated among the best, Trueshan won the British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot last back end and just natural improvement is needed from four to five for him to go very close in a race of this nature.
Trueshan to win 7/1

Commonwealth Cup Runners - Day 4 Runners

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Campanelle flag

Race: Commonwealth Cup / Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: L. Dettori / Trainer: Wesley Ward
Last year’s Queen Mary Stakes winner is back for more and she should cope even better with the six-furlong course here. The American-trained runner was a good winner of the Prix Morny in France last year, is a genuine Group 1 type and has all the speed required.
Campanelle to win 4/1*
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SUESA flag

Race: Commonwealth Cup / Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: W. Buick / Trainer: Francois Rohaut
Continuing the international flavour is the unbeaten French-trained Suesa. Two easy Group 3 wins at Chantilly this term have put her spot-on for this, and there’s a whole lot of improvement to come from her yet.
SUESA to win 11/2
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Dragon Symbol flag

Race: Commonwealth Cup / Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: O. Murphy / Trainer: Archie Watson
With two fillies at the head of the market, the colt with the best chance on paper is Archie Watson’s Dragon Symbol. His easy wins over both five and six furlongs marked him out as a potential star, while his narrow defeat in Group 2 company last time was as much the result of the soft ground as anything else.
Dragon Symbol to win 8/1*

Coronation Stakes Runners - Day 4

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Mother Earth flag

Race: Coronation Stakes / Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: R. Moore / Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
The 1000 Guineas winner at Newmarket was subsequently beaten in France, but the slower pace and soft ground were definitely not to her advantage there. She’ll be much happier here and brings in the strongest form on offer so far.
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Primo Bacio flag

Race: Coronation Stakes / Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: A Atzeni / Trainer: Ed Walker
Ed Walker suddenly unearthed a new stable star in Primo Bacio when the daughter of Awtaad won by three lengths at York during the Dante meeting. She doesn’t have to improve much to get to Mother Earth’s level now, with the switch to Ascot being in her favour the last remaining pertinent question she has to answer.
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Potapova flag

Race: Coronation Stakes / Day: Day 4 / Age: 3 / Jockey: TBC / Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
A lack of experience doesn’t always prove to be too crucial when they’re good enough, which many expect Potapova to be. Unbeaten in two runs, her easy wins at Chelmsford and Redcar didn’t teach us much other than how easily she won and we have no idea what level the Invincible Spirit filly can get to.

Diamond Jubilee Runners Day 5

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Starman flag

Race: Diamond Jubilee Stakes / Day: Day 5 / Age: 4 / Jockey: TBC / Trainer: Ed Walker
Ed Walker’s young sprinter realised his considerable promise when winning the Duke of York Stakes in May. In theory there is plenty of improvement left in this four-year-old, though his only career defeat came at Ascot and it remains to be seen whether that was because of soft ground or the track itself.
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Dream Of Dreams flag

Race: Diamond Jubilee Stakes / Day: Day 5 / Age: 7 / Jockey: R Moore / Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
Second in the last two renewals of this race, Sir Michael Stoute’s runner returned to the track this year with a very nice win at Windsor. He retains all of his ability and has nothing to prove at this level which makes him very solid.
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Nahaarr flag

Race: Diamond Jubilee Stakes / Day: Day 5 / Age: 5 / Jockey: TBC / Trainer: William Haggas
Last year’s Ayr Gold Cup winner ran a neck second to Starman in the Duke of York. At five he is older than his Knavesmire rival, but is improving just as quickly and comes from a yard that knows exactly how to produce Group 1 winners – every chance on a track like this.

*Odds updated 14/6/2021. All subject to change.

You should, however, be aware that changes in the lineup can happen even on the day of the race. That is why you should use the information on Royal Ascot horses only as an indication.

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Regularly attended by the members of the British Royal Family, the event has also had the status of a major social event. It’s no wonder then that every year there is a ton of interest in Royal Ascot favourites. It’s because the event is a clash of some of the biggest names in horse racing.

Additionally, it will allow a huge number of people, to bet on Royal Ascot runners. Taking into account how monumental the event is, there will be many well-known names vying for the top spot.

Royal Ascot Runners 2021

As Royal Ascot 2021 draws closer we get ever nearer to knowing who will take part for certain. The big race of the week is the Gold Cup, run on Thursday over two-and-a-half miles at Group 1 level.
This is the prize they all want to win, with these five horses being the ones we consider to be among the favourites for the best staying race of the year – the 2021 Ascot Gold Cup.


Age: 7 / Jockey: L. Dettori / Trainer: John & Thady Gosden

The champ is back for more. Having landed an incredible four Goodwood Cup victories, the brilliant seven-year-old son of Sea The Stars is looking to match that feat in the Gold Cup.
His third win last year was the highlight of his impeccable racing career, despite being achieved on unfavourable soft ground. The competition is definitely better this year, but having reappeared with a cosy win in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot over two miles he seems ready for the task.


Age: 4 / Jockey: J Fanning / Trainer: Mark Johnston
From the elder statesman to the new kid on the block. Four-year-old Subjectivist looks sure to take over wherever and whenever Stradivarius leaves off, trainer Mark Johnston hoping he can get to the top early by knocking the champ off his perch.

Subjectivist was an excellent winner of the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak last autumn and ran away with a Group 2 event in Dubai back in March. Natural improvement would make him dangerous here.


Age: 5 / Jockey: H Doyle / Trainer: Alan King
In beating Withhold at Salisbury before taking down the British Champions Long Distance Cup last season Trusehan announced himself as one of the best stayers around.

Since then, he has chased Japan home at Chester, is improving all the time, likes most ground conditions and has handled Ascot well in the past.

Spanish Mission

Age: 5 / Jockey: W Buick / Andrew Balding
Overlooked by many, Spanish Mission comes into this as the current Doncaster Cup and Yorkshire Cup winner which is form that is very hard to ignore. Very soft ground would be a problem, so good weather is hoped for.


Age: 4 / Jockey: TBC / Andrew Balding
This is a very dangerous horse to overlook. Aidan O’Brien can call on his experience of having trained the great Yeats to a similar level of Stradivarius in years gone by. An Irish Derby winner, fourth in the St Leger and second last time to Spanish Mission this horse could yet be on the premises.

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Royal Ascot 2020 Gold Cup Results

There are eight Group 1 races at Royal Ascot each year with the entire breeding and training community pinning their hopes on this week. The central race in among all of this is the historic Gold Cup.

The Gold Cup is legendary, easily the most prestigious event of the week and the one they all want to win. There is more than just prize money at stake in this race every season.

The 2020 Gold Cup was held in front of empty grandstands on Thursday, June 18. Stradivarius was sent off the 4/5 favourite to win his third renewal in a row, only the soft ground planting doubts of the minds of punters and his trainer, John Gosden.

In the end, Strad got the job done with the minimum of fuss. Having come into the race smoothly, Frankie Dettory afforded himself some cheeky looks around with a couple of furlongs to go when he pressed the button and waited for the response underneath. That response was electric.

Despite the unfavourable going, Stradivarius and Frankie pulled an incredible 10 lengths clear of Nayef Road and 18 clear of Cross Counter back in third to record an historic win.

Here’s how they all finished in the 2020 Gold Cup:

  • 1 Stradivarius (Frankie Dettori) (4/5F)2 Nayef Road (Ryan Moore) (11/1)
  • 3 Cross Counter (James Doyle) (7/1)
  • 4 Withhold (Jason Watson) (40/1)
  • 5 Mekong (Jim Crowley) (33/1)
  • 6 Prince Of Arran (Andrea Atzeni) (33/1)
  • 7 Technician (Oisin Murphy) (4/1)
  • 8 Moonlight Spirit (William Buick) (10/1)

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