Arabian Star safer bet than Ant and Dec’s runner for Royal Hunt Cup

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With a couple of the market leaders for the Royal Hunt Cup by no means certainties to run and others going against some of the top trends, Arabian Star may be the best bet at the ante-post Royal Ascot prices at 14/1.

Primaeval currently heads the market at 10/1 and comes from a yard with a fine record in the race, with James Fanshawe responsible for two of the last nine winners.

However, Fanshawe insists that the horse, which is owned by TV hosts Ant and Dec, is at its best over 7f given that he has finished inside the first two on his last five efforts over this distance.

This means that the Buckingham Palace Stakes over this distance at Royal Ascot, rather than the Royal Hunt Cup over 1m, may be a more likely target.

The trip may be too long for Primaeval and the opposite problem may exist for 12/1 fancy Sagramor.

Sagramor chased home last season’s Epsom Derby favourite Carlton House on his last start and although entered for the Royal Hunt Cup, trainer Hughie Morrison may instead opt for another race over a minimum distance of 1m2f.

Therefore, of those towards the top of the Royal Ascot betting, Arabian Star looks one of the more certain runners and fits in with trends that have been common with the majority of the more recent Royal Hunt Cup winners.

In the last 16 years, only two winners have carried more than 9st to victory and Arabian Star looks to have a nice racing weight of 8st8lb.

Meanwhile, 14 of the last 15 winners have been aged either four or five and 12 of the last 14 victors had already won or finished second in the season before arriving at Royal Ascot.

Arabian Star is a four-year-old and won a strong race at Newmarket on his only start so far this season.

A victory for Arabian Star would also offer a small measure of compensation to trainer Andrew Balding after his Bonfire failed to spark when unplaced in the Epsom Derby.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.