Friday, 22nd Jun 2018
Get Windsor Castle Stakes betting tips for Royal Ascot 2018 from Horsebetting.com experts, which include Queen Of Bermuda and American filly Moonlight Romance for the 5f Listed juvenile sprint contest on Saturday, 23 June. Van Beethoven also looks an each-way bet; so, to find out why, read our 2018 Windsor Castle Stakes betting tips preview.Queen Of Bermuda can reign supreme over Windsor CastleWilliam Haggas’s Queen Of Bermuda has placed form over course and distance and duly improved for it, so is taken to win the 5f Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday (15:40).
The filly was a 1 1/4 lengths runner-up to Shades Of Blue at the track on debut when outpaced in the closing stages by the winner. The rival has come out and gone down by just a head when third in a blanket finish in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes earlier this week. It gives the form of Queen Of Bermuda’s bow a solid look, as does the fact she herself has come out and won twice since. She landed a Thirsk maiden when ridden over a furlong out and keeping on well to beat Key To Power by 2 1/2 lengths.
Queen Of Bermuda followed up on that victory when making all impressively at Windsor less than three weeks ago. Duke of Hazzard, who goes for the other Listed juvenile race – the Chesham Stakes – on this card, trailed in 3 3/4 lengths behind her. Provided she can handle the large field in the Windsor Castle,there is every chance that Queen Of Bermuda will land the hat-trick because, as a filly, she gets a 5lb sex allowance from the colts that’s always handy.Moonlight Romance a definite dangerTop US trainer Wes Ward has already had a Royal Ascot winner this week in Shang Shang Shang, so the filly who chased that sprinter home on debut, Moonlight Romance, commands respect here. Although no match to the 2 1/4 lengths winner at Keeneland, she followed up with an easy victory next time out at Belmont Park. Moonlight Romance bolted up by 5 1/2 lengths from Andrea’s Pride.
That margin of victory on just her second start highlights her potential. If taking another step in the right direction, as Shang Shang Shang did when making all and hanging on gamely be a nose to land the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes on Thursday, Moonlight Romance is going to be there or thereabouts at the finish.
If there is a chink in the armour, then it’s that Ward’s other fillies Lady Aurelia and Chelsea Cloisters have run below part at the meeting when well-supported. Moonlight Romance remains a definite threat among Windsor Castle Stakes betting tips though, as her handler has twice saddled the winner of this before.Van Beethoven each-way value dropping backBallydoyle trainer Aidan O’Brien has three entrants in this cavalry charge, and Listed runner-up Van Beethoven is the most interesting of them now dropping down in trip. Although third on debut at Newmarket over this distance, this son of Scat Daddy landed a race at Naas next time out when making all in comfortable fashion. Van Beethoven beat his half-brother California Daddy by 3 1/2 lengths, with the re-opposing North Wind a further head behind in third.
Connections were so taken with his display that the colt was pitched into Listed company in the Marble Hill Stakes at The Curragh last time out. Van Beethoven was part of an O’Brien 1-2-3 sandwiched between Fairyland – a filly we tipped for the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot – and Land Force, who was a neck back in third and placed behind the aforementioned Shang Shang Shang at the meeting.
It’s very interesting connections have dropped Van Beethoven backed in trip down to the flying five furlongs here as he was only beaten 2 1/4 lengths. Should the form of the Marble Hill continue to work out well, then there is definite each-way value in siding with him in the Windsor Castle. Your Next Bet