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Royal Ascot 2021: Day 4 Preview, Odds and Betting Tips

Royal Ascot is back for another action-packed day and our expert tipster has cast his eye over every race on day four to give you his analysis and views of the highest quality horse racing anywhere in the world.

Royal Ascot Day Four

Friday 18th June

Ascot, Berkshire

Live on ITV

This is the meeting where all trainers and jockeys want to get at least one winner. Whether you are Aiden O’Brien or Ryan Moore or one of the less-heralded jockey and trainer combinations, this is a meeting where everyone wants a piece of the action.

We have the best horse racing odds available at NetBet and as ever, the five days at Royal Ascot look as difficult as ever to predict.

So, with a tough fourth day in prospect, let’s take a closer look at what our expert tipster has picked and get the latest horse racing tips for day four.

2.30pm – Albany Stakes – 6f

This could be the start of a fantastic day for Frankie Dettori in this six-furlong dash down Ascot’s straight. The charismatic Italian rides Flotus in this race and we think she has the edge on her rivals. She was very impressive in her only appearance at Goodwood and it could take a good one to beat her.

We think her main danger could be Prettiest for the Aiden O’Brien-Ryan Moore combination. She won her only start at Navan and shapes as though the softer ground could play to her strengths.

Tip: FLOTUS3/1

Danger: Prettiest – 5/1

3.05pm – King Edward VII Stakes – 1m4f

Just eight runners line-up for this race but there is plenty of quality on show from some of the sport’s top stables. It is an interesting race with it being not much easier to dissect than a field of 30.

We are, however, going to plump for Title, trained by Roger Varian and ridden by David Egan. This horse finished second on his first two starts before winning easily at Yarmouth last time out. He is improving at a rate of knots and could be another big-race success for Varian.

Alenquer is a worthy favourite, though, and will give our selection a tough race. He actually beat Derby winner Adayar on his last start but that was something of a surprise and could be vulnerable to Title.

Tip: TITLE5/1

Danger: Alenquer – 15/8

3.40pm – Commonwealth Cup – 6f

This is one of the highest class races of the week and there are some potential superstars lining up in a race only for three-year-olds. Dettori has some fantastic chances today and we think Campanelle is the best of these.

Trained by Wesley Ward in the USA, she has won at Royal Ascot before, winning the Queen Mary Stakes last season. With that race in mind, she will be a tough nut to crack.

There are plenty of top-class rivals to oppose her with Suesa being the biggest threat. This French-trained filly has won all four of her races and will give Campanelle a hard race all the way to the line.


Danger: Suesa – 9/2

4.20pm – Coronation Stakes – 1m

This race features the best female milers in Europe and has been won by some horse racing legends down the years. This year’s renewal promises to be no different as 1000 Guineas winner, Mother Earth, lines up as favourite.

If she maintains that form that won here that Classic contest at Newmarket, then she will be hard to beat but there is one horse we really like further down the betting.

Potapova has won both her starts in breathtaking fashion and is a fascinating contender for Sir Michael Stoute. She is making a significant step up in class but could give her backers a real run for their money.


Each-way: Potapova – 11/1

5pm – Sandringham Stakes – 1m

Over the course of the five days at Royal Ascot, you have some extremely tricky contests to choose from and study the form of. This, in our opinion, is the toughest of all the races over the week.

With so many in with a shout, we have narrowed it down to one real fancy and one lively outsider. Our main fancy is Belief. This lightly-raced William Haggas-trained horse has improved with each race and won convincingly at Thirsk last time. She has a great opportunity to follow up.

The one we like at longer odds is Professional Widow. Ridden by Hayley Turner, she won at Nottingham on her handicap debut and the hustle and bustle of a big field should be in her favour.

Tip: BELIEF12/1

Each-way: Professional Widow –  20/1

5.35pm – Duke of Edinburgh Stakes – 1m4f

This is the penultimate race of day four and it is another difficult race to study with 19 runners going to post. There is some promising talent in this heat and we think Quickthorn can emerge victorious.

This horse, ridden by the talented Oisin Murphy, absolutely destroyed the field at Haydock on his last start after a 318-day break. The manner of that victory lives long in the memory and he could love the softer conditions.

Aaddeey is the favourite and deserved one at that. He won handsomely at Newmarket in his previous race and should relish the step up in class.


Danger: Aaddeey – 11/2 

6.10pm – Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes – 5f

This sprint to the line will be a tad slower than it has been in recent days due to the deluge of rain forecast to hit Berkshire over the next 24 hours. What you are looking for is a horse than can act on the ground or be able to stay an extra furlong.

Significantly fits the bill. He has decent form on a softer surface and also proves he can stay six furlongs, which could prove absolutely vital. The danger is Boomshalaa. He is an improving sort but has a bit to prove on soft ground. If he can get his toe in, he could be very dangerous at the finish.


Danger: Boomshalaa – 13/2

*Odds subject to change.