The Ascot Stakes

The Ascot Stakes is the opening handicap race of the Royal Ascot meeting.

First raced in 1840, the Class 2 handicap race is run over almost two circuits of the Ascot flat racing course, making it one of the longest races run at the meeting.

The Ascot Stakes is open to horses aged four and older and is run over a distance of 2 miles, 2 furlongs. The race boasts one of the largest fields at the Royal Ascot meeting, and is a favourite amongst punters for the high odds on offer.

Ascot Stakes Betting

Although the Ascot Stakes prize fund is easily dwarfed by the bigger Group 1 races of the day, it remains a favourite amongst punters wishing to exploit some of day one’s best odds. Ascot Stakes betting trends show that short-odds favourites have rarely gone on to win the race in recent years, which means picking the clear favourite according to the Ascot Stakes betting markets rarely yields dividends.

A good Ascot Stakes betting tip is to look out for the horses of trainers active in national hunt racing. These trainers are more familiar with the demands of the distance covered in the Ascot Stakes and the tactical nuances of long distance horse racing.

Ascot Stakes Winners

In 2006 Ascot Stakes winner Baddom caused a sensation when he defied 33-1 odds to take the race – making him one of the longest-odds winners of the entire 2006 Royal Ascot meeting.

Since the turn of the century only one jockey has managed to achieve more than a single Ascot Stakes winners’ title. Controversial Ireland-based jockey Kieran Fallon won two consecutive Ascot Stakes winners’ titles in 2001 and 2002.

Legendary national hunt trainer Martin Pipe has made his presence felt in the Ascot Stakes over recent years, having trained Ascot Stakes winners Riyadh and Sindapour in 2002 and 2003.

Ascot Stakes Odds