A flurry of bets from staff at Buckingham Palace has gone on the Queen’s horse Four Winds in the Hampton Court Stakes to be run at the Royal Ascot race meeting on Friday. The Queen’s first runner at the meeting will be Instalment which is 20/1 in the pre-post market for the Jersey Stakes. The London Daily Telegraph reports that the Monarch is known to put wagers on her own horses.
Personally I would rather get a tip from Her Majesty’s personal staff about what she will wear on Ladies Day than what is expected of her six horses entered over the carnival which dates back to 1711 when Queen Anne drove from nearby Windsor Castle to Ascot with her entourage for a day’s sport organised at her command. Bookmakers have framed a market on the colour of Queen Elizabeth’s Ladies Day hat with yellow being the current favourite at 4/1.
Overnight, Australian speedster Scenic Blast, ridden by Steven Arnold, triumphed in the King’s Stand Stakes ahead of Fleeting Spirit and Anglezarke.