The Royal Hunt Cup

The Royal Hunt Cup is a heritage handicap run on the second day of the Royal Ascot meeting.

The Royal Hunt Cup was first run in 1843 when it was won by Lord Chesterfield’s horse Knight of the Thistle. Today the event has a reputation for attracting large fields.

The Royal Hunt Cup is open to horses aged three and older and is run over the mile course at Ascot. Although the horses involved in the race are not the best on display at the Royal Ascot, the race does provide one of the spectacles of the tournament with up to 30 racehorses thundering over the Ascot turf at full speed.

Royal Hunt Cup Betting

Making a smart Royal Hunt Cup bet is all about paying attention to recent trends in the race. Although long odds racehorses rarely win the Royal Hunt Cup, neither does the short odds favourite. In fact, in the last decade seven Royal Hunt Cup winners have had 11/1 odds or higher, with the longest-odds winner being Norton in 2002. Also keep a watch on the weights – the handicap has a real impact on this race, with only one horse in the last decade winning the race whilst carrying over nine stone.

Royal Hunt Cup Winners

Despite the fact that racehorses can compete in successive Royal Hunt Cups, the handicaps enforced mean that the race has a tendency to produce a new winner with each year of running.

The Royal Hunt Cup winners’ title has proven to be equally slippery for England’s top jockeys. Although crowd favourites Kieran Fallon and Frankie Dettori have both won the race in the last decade, they have been unable to achieve additional wins.

The handicap and large field make fielding even the strongest runner something of a lottery. James Fanshawe is the only trainer to have succeeded in producing two Royal Hunt Cup winners in recent years.

Royal Hunt Cup Odds