The first day of racing at Royal Ascot is just hours away. The Queen Anne Stakes kicks things off at 14:30 with Palace Pier looking hard to beat, while Battaash has some international challengers plus a rapidly improving filly to see off in the King's Stand Stakes.
For our Royal Ascot day one best bets, plus Placepot Pointers for Tuesday's action, take a look at our Ascot tips page.
World Pool at Royal Ascot
One thing to remember is that Royal Ascot is a global event. The interest from around the globe brings the betting potential to take on punters from other countries, with June’s showpiece set to be a World Pool event.
That means punters from a number of jurisdictions betting into the same Tote pools, culminating in multi-million pound pots waiting to be one.
At the meeting in 2020, there was a total of £137 million bet into the pools, and that figure is predicted to increase yet again.
World Pool ensures there will be greater liquidity in the pools, meaning more robust markets, less susceptible to big players shifting the dividends.
Plus, with different punters from around the globe having differing ideas, there are often striking differences with the fixed odds markets.
Tote value at Royal Ascot
Increasing value is something we’ve been determined to do at Tote over the last few years, and Royal Ascot is the opportune moment to showcase that.
Not only will Tote Guarantee provide a promise that you’ll never be paid less than SP on Win bets, but Tote+ is on hand to reward punters who bet directly with Tote by boosting dividends by 10%.
Even without that boost, in 2020 Tote beat SP on 19 of the 36 winners across the week, including:
- Coeur De Lion - Ascot Stakes - £24.25 vs 16/1
- Dark Vision - Royal Hunt Cup - £11.40 vs 15/2
- Dandalla - Albany Stakes - £9.55 vs 13/2
- Scarlet Dragon - Duke Of Edinburgh - £51.40 vs 33/1
It’s not just the Win pools that we saw some top results last year either, with some huge exotic overpays.
The Ascot Stakes Trifecta paid more than four times the bookmakers Tricast, while the Exacta was more than double the Straight Forecast.
In the Coventry Stakes, the Tote Trifecta returned a mammoth £15,792.70 to a £1 stake compared to a Tricast return of £8,063.26.
With the overseas pools particularly partial to these exotic bets there’s set to be huge liquidity to play with again.
Check back when we have declarations for day one of Royal Ascot for Tote's top bets for Royal Ascot, including race tips, dark horses and Placepot pointers for each day of the meeting.