Sun Maiden is worth a bet, according to Horsebetting.com experts among their Ribblesdale Stakes betting tips, to take a step up in class in her stride and land this 1m 4f Group 2 contest at Royal Ascot on Thursday, 21 June. Wild Illusion has strong form and rates the main danger, whilst Magic Wand looks a solid each-way alternative. Read our 2018 Ribblesdale Stakes betting tips preview to discover why.Sun Maiden the one to be on in Ribblesdale StakesTrainer Sir Michael Stoute has a terrific record with his runners at Royal Ascot and Sun Maiden can further enhance it with victory in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes on Thursday, 21 June (15:40). The Newmarket handler traditionally targets the prestigious five-day meeting, often resisting the lure of other big races to have his inmates fresh and tuned to the minute.
In Sun Maiden, he has a filly who shaped with bags of promise in her sole run as a juvenile when fourth at Wolverhampton before winning her maiden by a wide margin on return to action at Salisbury last month. The beautifully bred daughter of Frankel travelled ominously well throughout and, after taking up the running on the bridle two from home, stretched effortlessly clear to beat White Light by 12 lengths.
Although what she beat is questionable, Sun Maiden clocked a decent time without being asked a serious question. It was visually very impressive and one which suggested she was a high class filly in the making who is well worth a crack at this level. She has reportedly thrived since and and has the potential to be something special.
So, with in-form James Doyle in the saddle, Sun Maiden looks worth a bet to land this en route to even better things.Wild Illusion the leading form contenderOwners Godolphin have a good record in the Ribblesdale and their Wild Illusion brings the strongest form into the contest, so rates the obvious danger. The Charlie Appleby trained filly won two of her three starts as a juvenile, landing the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly on her final start of the campaign. She has had just two runs this season, finishing a fine fourth in the 1000 Guineas before finding only Forever Together four lengths too good in the Investec Oaks at Epsom.
The form of those classic contests read extremely well in relation to this lower grade affair and have earned Wild Illusion an official rating of 113. That puts Wild Illusion 9lb and upwards clear of her rivals, so she sets a very high standard. Even allowing for that fact that she has to shoulder a 3lb penalty for her Group 1 success, she still comes out clear on ratings.
It makes her the one to beat on the book, but whether she has the same potential to improve as Sun Maiden is another matter.Magic Wand the pick of O’Brien quartetBallydoyle maestro Aidan O’Brien has won two of the last four runnings of the race and Magic Wand looks the pick of his four runners this time around. The daughter of Galileo beat subsequent Oaks winner Forever Together by 3 1/2 lengths in the Cheshire Oaks at Chester, but was unable to confirm the form with that rival in the big one itself at Epsom when sent off the 4/1 second-favourite.
Magic Wand could only plug on to finish fourth, but she did get badly hampered three furlongs out when getting slightly outpaced and the soft ground may well have been against her. The return to a better surface looks sure to suit and see her in a much better light. Magic Wand does have work to do turn turn around the form with Wild Illusion who finished 6 1/2 lengths in front of her in second, but she has only had four starts and retains plenty of potential.
Given her powerful connections, it would be folly to underestimate her chances in this, so Magic Wand looks a solid each-way player among 2018 Ribblesdale Stakes betting tips.Your Next Bet