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As we move further from the excitement which comes from starting a new year, we also push towards some of horse racing’s top events, and Royal Ascot sits at the top of the rankings as one of the UK’s most celebrated festivals.

It works as a strong advert to other countries over what we have to offer, and The Winners Enclosure are a website that are fully aware of that. They’ve already begun to release their recommended bets and predictions for the five-day festival and even have specially created Royal Ascot tips pages to focus on every horse in every run over every day.

The Ascot Gold Cup serves as arguably the most anticipated race in the entire event, as with any Gold Cup run that takes place in a festival such as this one, so we’re taking an early look at who the bookies see as early favourites:

Order Of St George 

Sitting ahead of all others by quite a lead, Order Of St George is gifted odds of 5/2, which sees odds narrowly increasing after previously being priced up at odds of 3/1. This is mostly down to the fact that it’s had such a successful time over the past three years, winning the Irish St Leger Trial Stakes, the Irish St Leger as well as awards for Top Rated Irish Racehorse and World’s Top-Rated Racehorse in 2015 alone.

2016 and 2017 only saw further glory, with successive wins being seen in both the Irish St Leger Trial Stakes, the Saval Beg Stakes and in being crowned Cartier Champion Stayer.

Big Orange + Capri 

It’s a close push for the second favourites, as both Big Orange and Capri find themselves priced up at 6/1 odds. It would be assumed that both horses share a similar record but, while Big Orange has run twenty runs, winning in nine, Capri has run just nine, but winning in five. This is enough to make Capri the more desirable of the two but it’s then that the placing statistics come into play, Big Orange finishing second or third in three of the remaining 11 runs but Capri finishing second or third in two of four.

Many would be tempted by Capri based on the five wins from nine runs, racking up seven places from nine, but the experience that comes from a horse who’s run more than twice as many runs, as Big Orange has, makes for more reliability on the track.


After fourth favourite, the odds fluctuate from 12/1 all the way down to 50/1, so there’s plenty of reasoning as to why Stradivarius is priced as low as 7/1. Many horse racing punters would jump on a 7/1 price but considering the sixteen other nags competing, it all weights up, as there’s a mass of competition.

Only playing out nine runs presents a similar record to Capri, as Stradivarius has won four, finished second once and resulted at third on two occasions. It’s arguably strong enough to compete with the records of all horses with weaker odds than them, and the four wins from nine runs is enough to surely see some punters include Stradivarius in their own royal ascot tips.