Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Betting Odds Comparison - Ascot

17/10/2020 15:05:00

Bet On 2020 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

British Champions Day 2020 takes place on Saturday 17 October where we will enjoy many prestigious UK races on the race card and few come bigger than the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes which is run at Ascot.

This one-mile encounter has previously been won by the legendary Frankel, while more recent winners include King Of Change, Roaring Lion and Persuasive. It’s a stiff test of a horse’s speed and stamina and the prize money is substantial.

Palace Pier looks set to go off as strong favourite for the QEII Stakes and it’s hardly a surprise considering that the John Gosden runner boasts an unbeaten record during an impressive couple of years, with the trainer confident this run will continue at Ascot.

The three-year-old has been pleasing punters since winning a Maiden Stakes in August 2019 and the 2020 victories include the recent triumph in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois at Deauville where Palace Pier was able to act on heavy ground to score a victory.

Previously to this, the horse lowered the colours of Pinatubo in the St James’s Palace Stakes, with the latter sent off as the 11/8 favourite, although Palace Pier timed a run to perfection to close the gap in the final furlong and kick on under Frankie Dettori.

As for Pinatubo, it’s not certain that the horse will be aimed at this encounter although the Charlie Appleby-trained charge recently returned to winning ways when claiming victory in the Qatar Prix Jean Prat at Deauville after failing to win his first two outings of the season.

Pinatubo was very much the talking horse of 2019 and it’s plausible that this horse could be a cracking each-way shout if aimed at this encounter, although more likely runners include Siskin, Circus Maximus and Kameko.

Siskin enjoyed a consecutive four wins during 2019 and won the Irish 2,000 Guineas this year, although the most recent outing saw the horse finish third in the Qatar Sussex Stakes despite being sent off as favourite.

Circus Maximus is a well-known horse when it comes to UK flat horse racing, with the Aidan O’Brien charge having collected plenty of prize money over the years and that includes a victory in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp a year ago at Longchamp.

The horse then obliged as 4/1 favourite to win the Queen Anne Stakes, although he’s found one too good for him at Goodwood and Deauville since then so it will be interesting to see how he goes here.

There were high hopes for Circus Maximus when the horse lined up in the Juddmonte International at the Ebor Festival, although the runner’s stamina was badly exposed in the end.

Connections decided to run the three-year-old over one mile and two-and-a-half furlongs, although the Aidan O’Brien horse took the lead before having to be ridden hard from three furlongs out and it was little surprise when several other runners in the race overtook him.

It was a race won by the classy Japan instead, with favourite Crystal Ocean beaten into second place and the plan for Circus Maximus could now be to head to the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Ascot has been a happy hunting ground for this horse, with the horse winning the St James’s Palace Stakes at the Royal meeting in June. That was achieved under jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Aidan O’Brien might look for that pairing again for the QEII.

Alan Cooper, racing manager for part-owners the Niarchos family, said: “I think what we learnt from York is that 10 furlongs is too far, so he will be dropping back to a mile on his next start.

The QEII is definitely a race up for consideration. He’s a course-and-distance winner, and that would be a good objective to have.”

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is run on Champions Day at Ascot, October 19, giving connections plenty of time to get the horse prepared for another run this season, with Circus Maximus trading among the favourites for this run.

Bookmaker bet365 have the horse as joint-second favourite at a price of 9/1, with this layer looking favourably on the runner’s chances of going well when returning to Ascot.

However, King Of Comedy is regarded as the one they all have to beat at the moment, with this horse trading at 7/1 for what looks to be a wide-open contest at this point in time.

Lord Glitters was the winner of the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and this horse is also trading at 9/1, with Aidan O’Brien likely to have a typically strong hand for this high-profile race which will take place on Champions Day.

Circus Maximus made a winning start to the season by winning the Dee Stakes back in May when landing the spoils at Chester and then ran in the Epsom Derby where he finished a creditable sixth place behind the likes of Anthony Van Dyck, Madhmoon and Japan.