Royal Ascot is upon us and offers racing fans one of the best weeks in the sport. A truly global event with stories created that will stay with us for years. We are going to look at five horses running this week that you need to be backing.

Chelsea Cloisters

Chelsea Cloisters has been one of the ante post punts of the week already having moved from an opening price of 5/1 into 2/1. The two year old was very impressive on her only start over four and a half furlongs at Keenland. Trainer Wes Ward knows how to travel horses from the States, comparisons to his brilliant horse Lady Aurelia are understandable given she won the same race before blowing away everyone in the Queen Mary. The scary thing is Chelsea Cloisters actually won that race in a quicker time to Lady Aurelia. We could see something very special once again in the Queen Mary on Tuesday.

Brother Bear

The Jersey Stakes is always a tough race to try and dig out the winner of, at a double figure price Brother Bear from the Jessica Harrington yard could prove a great each way suggestion. In his four runs on good to firm ground he has won twice and finished fourth here last year in the Coventry. Last time out at Naas he won with ease and that looked a perfect prep race before he arrives at the Royal meeting.

Order Of St George

Order of St George will run once again in the Ascot Gold Cup, the course winner ran a very brave second to Big Orange in an epic renewal of the race last year. Big Orange is out of the race which looks to leave the long distance showpiece between Aiden O’Brien horse and Stradivarius. Order Of St George is just favourite over John Gosden’s four year old by Sea The Stars. Ryan Moore should have a great week at Ascot and this horse can supply him with at least one winner in what should be a good renewal of the long distance race.


The Ascot Stakes has often offered jumps trainers the chance for a big race winner at the Royal meeting. Willie Mullins has won the race three times since 2012. He has a few options in this years renewal but the one that interests me is Statum, owned by famous gambler Tony Bloom Willie Mullins has done very well with the select bunch of horses he has been sent by the Brighton chairman. The horse has plenty of Flat experience in his days with John Gosden and was a decent second to Mengli Khan over hurdles back in November. The 5/1 ante post favourite could give his connections yet another Ascot Stakes win.

Crystal Ocean

It would not be Royal Ascot without a Sir Michael Stoute winner, Crystal Ocean is unbeaten this season and looks set to go off a short price in the Hardwick stakes. At Newbury did the horse look in any bother of being beaten and claimed the race at short odds. The predicted good to firm going will be ideal for the four year old by Sea The Stars.