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Queen Mary Stakes - Royal Ascot 2017

Published on: 21/06/2017

Queen Mary Stakes - Royal Ascot 2017

June 21, 2016 15:05pm - Ascot, Berkshire

Royal Ascot 2017

Category: Fillies Group 2, Class 1

Distance: 5f

Going: Good to firm

Runners: 23

Winner: £62,381.00

At first glance, Happy Like A Fool looks like the obvious choice for this 5f fillies race. She won over half-a-furlong less on her debut and comes from a stable that has triumphed in the last two renewals of this event. Both of her career performances so far have offered reasons to suggest that she can follow in the hoof steps of fellow Wesley Ward-trained horses Acapulco and Lady Aurelia. She comes with a glowing report card and should prevail if she can live up to her early promise.

Heartache is unexposed and has strong credentials, coming from a yard whose youngsters are performing well, while Oasis Dream filly, Mrs Gallagher, already has a course and distance win in the bag (Godfrey Tabiner British EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes) and should go well on this ground. In fact, she could be the value bet amongst the front runners.

Betting odds and tips

Happy Like A Fool is attracting all the early interest and will head off at close to Evens. While that looks like a safe money bet, those looking for a better return might want to take a chance on Mrs Gallagher in the each-way market.

You can back Happy Like A Fool at a best price of 11/10, while Mrs Gallagher can be backed at 14/1 with Bet365.

Remember, Bet365 are offering guaranteed best odds on all Royal Ascot races and a 100% deposit bonus up to £200 for new accounts.

Queen Mary Stakes - Last three years:

2014: Anthem Alexander - Pat Smullen (Edward Lynam)

2015: Acapulco - Ryan Moore (Wesley Ward)

2016: Lady Aurelia - Frankie Dettori (Wesley Ward)

By Neil Morris

Published on: 21/06/2017

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (21/06/2017 09:13:33) but are subject to change.