2024 Windsor Castle Stakes Betting Odds at Ascot racecourse

Wednesday, 19 June 2024

There are some talented two-year-olds lining up for the Windsor Castle Stakes, with Whistlejacket trading among the favourites for a five-furlong encounter. This could be a popular each-way betting race, with Treasure Isle capable of producing a strong performance and Raise The Bar is also a potential contender.

There have been some prominent performers in the race over the past few years including Big Evs in 2023 and Little Big Bear in 2022. The winner might well need to get home in under a minute in order to land a success, with the betting odds suggesting an open encounter between the leading horses in the race.

2024 Windsor Castle Stakes Tips

Whistlejacket is a likely runner in the Windsor Castle Stakes and could go off as favourite, with the two-year-old having run well in his past two outings. The Aidan O’Brien-trained runner was able to oblige as the 5/6 favourite in the GAIN First Flier Stakes at the Curragh, with the horse claiming the spoils over five furlongs on soft ground.

Previously to this, the horse was second in an Irish EBF Maiden having been sent off as the even money favourite. Treasure Isle is another candidate for O’Brien and the latest success came at Naas when fending off four other rivals over five furlongs. This came after finishing second at the Curragh when losing by two lengths.

There’s an American raider in the form of Raise The Bar, with the iconic Wesley Ward training a two-year-old who was last seen claiming a victory at Keeneland. This was a two length triumph in a Maiden Special Weight, with Midnight Strike also trading among the favourites and it’s easy to see why.

The horse was last seen running at the Curragh when finishing third out of seven runners in the Group 3 Marble Hill Stakes, with that coming after a victory at the same track. On that occasion, favourite Treasure Isle was beaten into second, with Rock Hunter and The Actor other potential candidates when it comes to this open race.

2024 Windsor Castle Stakes Tips

Whistlejacket is the early market leader for the Windsor Castle Stakes, with the two-year-old having impressed on his two outings to date. Sent off as the even money favourite to win a maiden race at the Curragh, the horse finished second on soft to heavy ground. However, there was a better effort when winning the First Flier Stakes at the same course.

Treasure Isle could line up for trainer Aidan O’Brien and there was a slender victory at Naas last time out when beating four other rivals over five furlongs. This came after making his debut at the Curragh where the 5/4 favourite could only finish second. However, with Ryan Moore on board again, there’s every chance of a win at Royal Ascot.

Raise The Bar is not without a chance and the American raider was able to produce a smart win at Keeneland last time out. The Wesley Ward-trained runner claimed a victory by two and a quarter lengths in a Maiden Special Weight race, with this trainer having a history of landing Royal Ascot wins with various charges.

Shoot It True and Midnight Strike come next in the betting. The latter is trained by Joseph O’Brien and was able to win his only race to date when appearing at the Curragh. On that occasion, it was a five furlong win against favourite Treasure Isle, with The Actor and Bullet potential other candidates for what should be a thrilling affair.

2023 Windsor Castle Stakes Tips

Aidan O’Brien has previously scored in the Windsor Castle Stakes with horses such as Washington DC, Southern Hills and Little Big Bear. The Irishman will now hope to achieve a further Royal Ascot success with River Tiber. Wins at Navan and Naas mean that the bookmakers are respecting this Irish raider, with the horse favourite on both occasions.

After a ten-length win in a maiden race at Navan, there was a comfortable success at Naas, although this is a more competitive encounter. Barnwell Boy goes for trainer Charlie Johnston and the horse enjoyed a victory by over four lengths when obliging over six furlongs at Goodwood Racecourse in a Novice Stakes race.

If O’Brien isn’t successful with River Tiber, then perhaps The Liffey can oblige and we have seen the two-year-old score a solitary success in his career thus far. Sent off at odds of 8/1 in the Oak Solutions Group Irish EBF Race, the horse was able to win by a neck over six furlongs and he was able to beat stablemate Alabama despite the latter being odds-on.

As for Alabama, perhaps the horse will show his true colours in this Royal Ascot betting race, with the two-year-old having been strong odds-on favourite for the above encounter. That was over six furlongs where the runner struggled to stay the trip although perhaps we’ll see a better performance over a shorter distance when it comes to this five furlong encounter.