How to bet £20 on the second day of Royal Ascot: Hunt over for 25-1 chance

By Andy Stephens@StevoGG
Tue 20 Jun 2017

By Andy Stephens

Give any punter the power to glimpse into the future at one result on the second day of Royal Ascot on Wednesday and all eyes would be on the Royal Hunt Cup (5.00).

Bookmakers are going 10-1 the field for the 30-runner handicap and the race usually helps fund their summer holidays. Since 1990, there have been only two winning favourites and 11 of the victors have ranged between 20-1 and 50-1.

Every year I tell myself to give it a swerve and focus on the races that are easier to solve (the word “easier” used in the loosest terms) but always get sucked in.

This year has proved no exception but I’m hoping to have found an edge because finding any potential pace among those drawn low is nigh on impossible. That could spell bad news for leading fancies George William (drawn one) and Banksea (seven).

I can see the race unfolding middle to high because Cote D’Azur (16), GK Chesterton (19), Early Morning (21) and Zhui Feng (26) usually like to get on with it.

Bossy Guest, drawn in 13, should be among those close enough to get a good tow and, with Silvestre De Sousa on his back, looks a cracking bet at a general 25-1 to improve on the sixth place he managed 12 months ago.

Mick Channon’s charge was rated 114 a couple of years ago when a close third to Dutch Connection in the Jersey Stakes, having previously finished an excellent fourth to Gleneagles in the 2,000 Guineas.

Since then, to put it mildly, he has been frustrating to follow and at end of last season he looked to have completely lost the plot when all but refusing to race at Ascot on Champions Day.

However, he has been gelded since the end of last campaign and his two efforts this term - when not beaten far in either the Spring Cup or Victoria Cup when each time running on well after meeting trouble - suggest strongly that his turn is close.

The form of the Spring Cup, in particular, has worked out a treat and he is weighted to turn the tables on the four who finished ahead of him -  Banksea, Another Touch, Fastnet Tempest and George William - regardless of the fact that he did not enjoy the rub of the green.

Nobody is riding better than De Sousa and if anyone can persuade Bossy Guest to put his best foot forward then it is the champ.

De Sousa had been due to partner Nezwaah in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes but she is out because of a bad blood count.

Jack Hobbs is the most likely winner after his imperious display on Dubai World Cup night but 3-1 is about the right price, whereas the 16-1 offered against Queen’s Trust looks way too big.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly has her optimum trip and ground - unlike several of her rivals - and shaped really well on her return at York until lack of a run/softish going found her out in the closing stages.

I expect her to take a big jump forwards under Olivier Peslier and the pick of her efforts last season - when bustling up Minding in the Nassau Stakes and when winning the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf - put her firmly in the mix. On official ratings, she is rated 2lb superior to her stablemate, Ulysses, who is no bigger than 7-2.

A third fancy at double-figure digits is Queen Of Time, a general 14-1 to land the Sandringham Handicap (5.35).

The Henry Candy-trained filly showed herself to be firmly on the upgrade when winning easily on her handicap bow at Salisbury last time, despite subsequently being found to be heavily in season.

She has to cope with an 11lb higher mark but the daughter of Harbour Watch, who will be ridden by Harry Bentley, is clearly well served by a mile and is open to more improvement.

Banker of the day for many will be Happy Like A Fool, an easy winner on her debut at Keeneland who seeks to provide Wesley ward with a third consecutive success in the Queen Mary Stakes.

She has her work cut out emulating Lady Aurelia, who was an astonishing seven-length winner of the race last year, but stable confidence seems similarly high and her task has been made easier by Main Desire, the principal British contender, being ruled out by injury.  Neola looks the pick of the home team and can chase Happy Like A Fool home.

It could be  a truly international day because two French raiders, Le Brivido and Qemah, stand out in their respective races.

Le Brivido, trained by Andre Fabre, surrendered his unbeaten record when pipped a short head by Brametot in the French 2,000 Guineas last time but there was no disgrace in that as the winner, who has since followed up in the French Derby, is top class and the pair strung the opposition out.

Qemah was an impressive winner of the Coronation Stakes and I would not get too hung up by her below-par run when beaten on her return over 7f at Lingfield. She was clearly expected to need the run and just about everything which could go wrong in the race did.

How to bet £20 on the second day of Royal Ascot:


5.00: Bossy Guest £10 each-way on at a general 25-1


£1.50 win doubles and a £1.50 win treble on

(general odds in brackets)

2.30: Le Brivido (7-2)

3.05: Happy Like A Fool (7-4)

3.40: Qemah (3-1)


4.20: Queen’s Trust £1.50 each-way at 16-1 with BetVictor and Boylesports

5.00: Bossy Guest £3.50 each-way at a general 25-1

5.35: Queen Of Time £2 each-way at a general 14-1


70p Super Yankee and 90p each-way fivefold

(general odds in brackets)

2.30: Le Brivido (7-2)

3.05: Happy Like A Fool (7-4)

3.40: Qemah (3-1)

5.00: Bossy Guest (25-1)

5.35: Queen Of Time (14-1)

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