The Queen Anne Stakes is a Group 1 flat turf race in Britain that is open to all thoroughbreds aged four years old and over. The race is run over one mile at the Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, Berkshire in England and was first held in 1840.

This race is popular among punters because as the traditional curtain raiser for the Royal Ascot, it is the first race of a five-day meeting and bettors are always excited to get off to a winning start.

Last year, Accidental Agent defeated a strong international field and won the 2018 Queen Anne Stakes at 33/1 odds. This year’s race is scheduled for June 18, 2019 and here are the odds to win the 2019 Queen Anne Stakes. Odds taken from Bet365 as of 5/20/19:

Horse Odds
Mustashry +500
Laurens +700
Polydream +1000
Magical +1000
Auxerre +1200
Imaging +1200
Accidental Agent +1400
Le Brivido +1400
Dream Castle +1400
Barney Roy +1400
I Can Fly +1600
Plumatic +1600
Lord Glitters +1600
Hazapour +1600
Hey Gaman +1600
Century Dream +2000
Beat The Bank +2000
Zabeel Prince +2000
Without Parole +2500
Ostilio +2500

“Trophy" Who Are The Favorites?

Mustashry is a six-year old bay gelding owned by Mr. Hamdan Al Maktoum and trained by Sir Michael Stoute. In 15 flat turf races started, Mustashry has won seven times, placed second twice and third once. Last month, he placed third in the bet365 Earl of Sefton Stakes (Group 3) which was won by Zabeel Prince. But just last May 18th, Mustashry gave trainer Sir Michael Stoute and 8th victory at the Lockinge Stakes (Group 1).

Ridden by John Crowley, Mustashry finished two and a half lengths ahead of joint favorite Laurens. The win comes 33 years after Stoute’s first win in the one-mile Lockinge Stakes. Stoute is key for Mustashry as the trainer has won the Queen Anne Stakes a record 79 times.

Laurens is a four-year old bay filly who is trained by Karl Burke and owned by John Dance. She has won seven times and finished second thrice in a total of 15 flat turf races. As stated earlier, Laurens finished second to Mustashry in the Lockinge Stakes (Group1) at Newbury. Her last win was at the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Group 1) British Champion series for fillies and mares.

Polydream is the four-year old bay filly owned by Wertheimer and Frere and trained by Freddie Head. She has won four out of eight flat turf races with one second place finish. Entering 2019, Polydream won two out of her last three races, taking victory at the Du Palais Royal Stakes (Group 3) in February 2018 and emerging victorious at the De Ghest (Group 1) Stakes in May 2018. However, Polydream finished 6th in her last start at the Prix Du Muguet (Group 2).

Magical is the four-year old bay filly owned by Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor and trained by the popular Aidan O’Brien. She has won six times and placed second three times in a total of 14 flat turf races ran. Last year, Magical won the Kilboy Estate Stakes (Group 2) and the British Champion Fillies and Mares Stakes (Group 1) before being narrowly beaten in the Breeder’s Cup Turf at Churchill Downs. This year, Magical is two for two with wins at the Alleged Stakes (Group 3) last month and the Coolmore Ireland Reel Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes ( Group 2) last May 6th.

Auxerre is a four-year old bay gelding from Ireland who is owned by Godolphin Racing stable and trained by Charlie Appleby. In five lifetime flat turf races ran, Auxerre has won four times and finished second in the only time he hasn’t won a race. In his last start, Auxerre won the Unibet Lincoln Heritage Handicap last March. He was also the winner of last October’s Handicap at Kempton.

“Trophy" Who Wins?

The Queen Anne Stakes is still a month away and there are still a lot of things that can happen in between races still to be run. But as of now, the 1-2 finish of Mustashry and Laurens at the Lockinge Stakes in Newbury stands as the last gauge of which horses are in top form and hence they are the top two favorites in the 2019 Queen Anne Stakes antepost betting.

Between the two, I think Mustashry has the edge not only because he beat Laurens by two-and-a-half lengths in their latest meeting, but also because his trainer has won the Queen Anne Stakes more than any trainer has. As to which horse has the best betting value right now, I think it Auxerre who is trained by Charlie Appleby and has won 80% of his races so far.

I don’t want to make my pick final right now with still a month to go before the race but if forced to pick right now, I’d go with Mustashry and maybe pick Auxerre as my second bet in the race.

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