King’s Stand Stakes Betting Tips – Winter Power and Battaash Battle at Ascot

Ascot Betting Tips · Tuesday, 15th Jun 2021 - 15:40

As a feature sprint contest of Royal Ascot, it makes sense for experts to give their King’s Stand Stakes betting tips separately from the rest of the opening day. Read on to see who makes it onto our tipster’s shortlist for the 5f Group 1 race as the action gets underway.

King’s Stand Stakes betting tips – Winter Power could chill rivals

Adjusting official figures for weights carried the best horse in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot this Tuesday (15:40) is WINTER POWER. As a three-year-old filly she gets weight for age and a sex allowance, which in theory bridges the 9lb ratings gap with Battaash. More on him below.

Winter Power heads to the royal meeting seeking a fourth successive win. Trained by Tim Easterby for King Power Racing, this daughter of Bungle Inthejungle ended last season on a high with victories in a Listed event at Ayr and then in Group 3 company on a softer surface at Newmarket. She also handled a sounder surface with a really impressive return to action and three-length win at York.

Despite carrying a penalty for her previous successes, Winter Power completed her hat-trick in another Listed affair at the Dante Festival making all at a good pace. The way in which she won unchallenged really caught the eye, and the form has been advertised in the meantime. Atalis Bay, who chased Winter Power home and pulled five lengths clear of the third, has since taken the Scurry Stakes at Sandown.

In a renewal of the King’s Stand where there aren’t many potential improvers, she could Winter Power could give Battaash plenty to think about. Off bottom weight of 8st 9lb, she comes out 1lb ahead of the favourite. In handicapping terms, then, she could upset the established star. Granted further improvement, the speedy Winter Power is 9/2 with Unibet for the spoils.

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Defending champ Battaash respected and feared

The aforementioned BATTAASH brings leading form claims with two seconds and a victory in this race 12 months ago. It would be foolish of any King’s Stand Stakes betting tips to ignore his obvious claims, then. Trained by Charlie Hills for Shadwell Estates, the seven-year-old Dark Angel gelding chased home Blue Point in 2018 and 2019 before making it third time lucky 12 months ago.

Battaash was arguably better than ever when winning all three of his starts last season. In the past, the criticism levelled at him was handling big occasions. He could get worked up in the preliminaries and benefitted from the absence of a crowd when making all in this for a 2 1/4 lengths victory. As Battaash now meets the re-opposing third home, Liberty Beach, on 7lb better terms, he should confirm the form.

From Royal Ascot, he went on to Glorious Goodwood where he has become a standing dish in the King George Qatar Stakes. That Group 2 race under a penalty served nicely as a prep for Battaash in his bid to retain the Nunthorpe Stakes at York’s Ebor Festival. He did make a successful defence of that crown, prevailing over the game Michael Dods mare Que Amoro by a length.

The only negative with Battaash is he missed the start of the campaign with a slight setback. Hills brought him straight to Royal Ascot without a run last year, however, and he won. It would be no surprise if he did so again, so odds of 15/8 with Betfred command huge respect. Battaash sets a clear and obvious standard, is better value in the market than last year and rates a big danger.

Liberty Beach a solid each-way bet

Many others will fancy their chances of making the frame. The most solid of those could be LIBERTY BEACH, one of two representing trainer John Quinn in the race. She is best caught first time out, but the Cable Bay filly represents the best of the Prix de l’Abbaye form from Arc Weekend last autumn. Liberty Beach ran third there just as she did in this race earlier in the campaign.

In terms of wins, the four-year-old took her form to a new level with Group 2 success in the Temple Stakes at Haydock. Liberty Beach raced in typically keen fashion and made all, holding the outsider Ainsdale gamely by a neck. She again had the beating of stable companion Keep Busy, whose only reverse came at The Curragh in the Flying Five.

There are reasons to oppose July Cup winner Oxted, who hasn’t been his best in three starts this season. American raiders Extravagant Kid and Maven find themselves in deeper waters on this transatlantic trip. All of the best form posted by Michael Dods’ Que Amoro, meanwhile, is up north.

It leaves Liberty Beach as the most reliable of the remainder. Her regular jockey, Jason Hart, gets a good tune out of her and hitting the frame again isn’t a stretch to imagine. Liberty Beach is 9/1 with BetVictor, who pay four places, and completes our King’s Stand Stakes betting tips for this year. Bar those mentioned, it is 20/1 and bigger the rest.

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