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Top Royal Ascot tips by David Jennings Betting at the big festivals has the potential to be a punter's paradise but you need to know the right way to go about it.

DON'T BE PUT OFF BY BIG PRICES

A 25-1 shot at the Cheltenham Festival or Royal Ascot has a stronger chance of winning than a 25-1 shot at Plumpton or Windsor on a Monday. The reason being that most 25-1 shots who run at the smaller tracks midweek are available at such lengthy odds because they have either shown little or are woefully out of form. There are plenty of 25-1 shots at the big festivals who have top-class back form and/or have the potential to win at the highest level. Take last year’sDuke Of Cambridge Stakes winner, Indie Angel, for example. She came into the race off the back of an encouraging run at Newmarket and had the assistance of Frankie Dettori, but was still allowed to go off a 22-1 chance. On the opening day of last year's meeting, the Ian Williams-trained Reshoun was allowed to go off a 66-1 rank outsider for the Ascot Stakes following plenty of poor runs. There have been plenty of other big-priced winners in recent years - who could forget Nando Parrado winning the Coventry Stakes at 150-1 at Royal Ascot in 2020 - so do not be fooled into thinking big prices cannot do the business at the big festivals. They can. You just need to find the right ones.

BACK EACH-WAY

The contests at Royal Ascot have never been as competitive, especially the handicaps, and you can find many bookmakers offering four or more places on specific races. One of the biggest betting races at Royal Ascot is the Royal Hunt Cup, with last year's running having attracted a full field of 30 runners. Plenty would have been on the favourite, Astro King, who finished second behind Real World, but imagine if you had a stake on 33-1 shot Ouzo, who had the right profile for the race and ran brilliantly to take fourth. If you had backed him win-only, you would not be celebrating at all - even if you had outlined him to run a big race - but there would have been some compensation had you placed an each-way bet on him. A quarter of the odds at 33-1 is just over 8-1, so a healthy profit would still have been made, which is no mean in those fiercely competitive handicaps.

TRUST FESTIVAL FORM

Yeats won four Ascot Gold Cups, Best Mate three Cheltenham Gold Cups and lstabraq three Champion Hurdles. Tiger Roll won two Grand Nationals. It’s clear that festival form has a habit of recurring. Palace Pier won the St James’s Palace as a three-year-old and came back to land the Queen Anne last year, while Campanelle had won the Queen Mary Stakes in 2020 before returning a year later to dramtically land the Commonwealth Cup. Stradivarius completed a hat-trick in the Gold Cup before defeat last year, while Dream Of Dreams had been agonisingly denied twice in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes before making it third time lucky last year. Make sure you do not ignore horses who have previously been beaten at Royal Ascot either. Juan Elcano had only finished fourth in the 2020 Hampton Court Stakes but bounced back to win the Wolferton Stakes last year, while Stratum had finished third in the 2018 Ascot Stakes but returned three years later to get his royal meeting win in the Queen Alexandra Stakes. Those are just a few examples and course form, particularly at the royal meeting, often proves vital.

DON'T BE AFRAID TO HAVE TWO BETS IN ONE RACE

So much value and so many options. It is ludicrous elsewhere but having two bets in the one race is not a bad idea at big festivals like Cheltenham and Royal Ascot. Indeed, it makes perfect sense. With so many places on offer with firms in the big handicaps at the big festivals, having two bets each-way is actually a shrewd move. If firms are offering a quarter the odds the first five places in handicaps, two each-way bets are advised. In last year’s Royal Hunt Cup Astro King went off 11-2 favourite in a race featuring 30 runners. Several firms were offering five places each-way and you would have covered your stake had you backed live fancy Grove Ferry or picked outsiders Ouzo or Beat Le Bon with the extra places. That’s without mentioning what you might have won had you found the 18-1 winner Real World.

USE PEDIGREE TO HELP SOLVE 2YO RACES

Horses often begin their racing careers as a two-year-old, so when it comes to Royal Ascot, many lack experience. With little form to decipher, punters must look for other angles and breeding can often give an indication of the likelier types on paper. As a rudimentary rule of thumb, a stallion's progeny (sons and daughters) will tend to follow in the mould of their sire. Sprinters tend to sire horses whose main attribute is speed, stayers tend to produce horses whose forte is stamina, while milers usually fall somewhere in between.As a rudimentary rule of thumb, a stallion's progeny (sons and daughters) will tend to follow in the mould of their sire. Sprinters tend to sire horse whose main attribute is speed, stayers tend to produce horses whose fore is stamina, while milers usually fall somewhere in between.

Tips to betting on Ascot multiples Our racing experts are the best in the business and spend hours studying the form so you don’t have to. Most frequently our tipsters will select a single horse for a single race, however, Royal Ascot is a unique sporting event which some punters see an opportunity to bet on life-changing multiples. We have published a range of multiple bets or you may want to simply combine some of our Royal Ascot tips yourself. Below is a breakdown of the most popular horse racing multiples you can bet on.

Doubles

One bet consisting of two selections in different races. Both horses must win (or place if the bet is each-way) to guarantee a return. If the first selection wins, everything that would have been returned is then staked on the second selection. This is a good way of multiplying the value of two selections and each-way doubles are popular as the place part of the bet runs on to the second selection even if the first doesn’t win. A place double will often yield enough for the full stake to be returned should both selections make the places, so it’s a solid way of attempting to cover your stake on the win part of the bet.

Trebles

Similar to a double bet but containing three selections rather than two, a treble is a single bet on three horses in different races. All three selections must win (or place if the bet is each-way) to guarantee a win with the returns of the first selection staked on the second, then the returns of the second staked on the third. This is a useful way to multiply the odds on several horses.

Accumulator

An accumulator is a bet that combines four or more selections in one bet. As with doubles and trebles, this is a group of horses in different races and all of them must win (or place if the bet is each-way) to guarantee a return. Due to the high number of selections, the odds are bigger and the risk is greater but, with so much accumulating, the reward for a win is often substantial.

Lucky 15

This is one of the most popular multiple bets among racing punters and the clue is in the name as a Lucky 15 consists of 15 bets on four horses in different races. That equals four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold accumulator. The beauty of the Lucky 15 is that only one selection of four must win to guarantee a return and the majority of bookmakers will offer incentives to play the bet. Most will pay out at double the odds if you select one winner, while several pays a bonus of up to 10 per cent for four winners. The problem is that even if one selection wins at double the odds, it’s highly unlikely the original full stake will be covered and you can still end up losing on the bet despite having had a winner.

Yankee

Basically a Lucky 15 without the four single bets, a Yankee consists of a total of 11 bets on four horses in different races. That equals six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold accumulator. Given we’ve forsaken the singles, a minimum of two selections must win to guarantee a return but that should at least cover the initial outlay and in most cases, two winners will secure a profit.