2017 Ascot Queen’s Vase Ante-Post Betting Preview

The G2 Queen’s Vase takes place on Friday, at Royal Ascot. It certainly looks like being a very-competitive encounter. Our ante-post market is already live and here are 3 horses that are likely to be in the shake-up…

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Time To Study (FR)

Age: 3 (Foaled February 11th, 2014)

Sex: Chestnut Colt

Breeding: Motivator – Dissertation (FR) (Sillery (USA))

Trainer: M Johnston

Owner: Mr Abdulla Al Mansoori

Mark Johnston’s French colt has won 3 of his 5 races and shed his maiden tag on debut at Carlisle. He made all at Chelmsford City, on the polytrack back in November, before narrowly beating Alabaster in the Edinburgh Cup Handicap earlier this month.

Iron Mountain (USA)

Age: 3 (Foaled April 26th, 2014)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: War Front (USA) – Along (IRE) (Smart Strike (CAN))

Trainer: A P O’Brien

Owner: Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Aidan O’Brien’s American colt is very-lightly raced, having only made his debut at Dundalk in October. That race was won by stablemate War Secretary and Iron Mountain (4th) didn’t put up much of a fight. He looked a different horse at The Curragh, in May though. With Ryan Moore on-board, he destroyed the field in a pretty-hot maiden and can be expected to progress further.

Count Octave

Age: 3 (Foaled April 21st, 2014)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Frankel – Honorine (IRE) (Mark of Esteem (IRE))

Trainer: A M Balding

Owner: Qatar Racing Limited

The Frankel colt, trained by Andrew Balding, is also still fairly wet behind the ears having only appeared 3 times on the track. 3rd on debut, in a race won by Monarchs Glen, Count Octave won next time out at Wolverhampton in what did look a very-modest contest. He was 5th of 8, in the G3 Chester Vase. Place chance, at least.

Others to consider include Belgravia, Venice Beach, Haripour and Roger Varian’s Defoe.

Race History

This historic encounter was first run in 1838. In recent years, it has twice been relegated to Listed status, but with European races for stayers now well and truly back in fashion it has been made a G2 event for the first time this year.

Notable winners include Mamool, Mahler, Estimate and Leading Light – one of 3 Aidan O’Brien horses to have won since 2013. Sword Fighter landed the spoils for the Irish trainer, last season.

Betting With RaceBets

This is just one of Friday’s Royal Ascot races that you can already bet on in our ante-post section. Others include the Albany Stakes, the Commonwealth Cup, the Coronation Stakes, the King Edward VII Stakes and the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes.

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