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Huge Royal Ascot gamble on The Queen's runner Reach For The Moon

By Jon Vine
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11 Jun 2022
  • Betting update ahead of Royal Ascot 2022
  • Reach For The Moon will represent her majesty, The Queen at Royal Ascot next week
  • John Gosden's star will run in the Hampton Court Stakes
  • Ladbrokes report that Reach For The Moon has been backed into 5/4 favouritism
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Frankie Dettori riding Reach For The Moon comfortably win The bet365 EBF Novice Stakes (GBB Race) (Div 2) at Newbury last season. (Getty)
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A huge gamble is materialising on one of Her Majesty, The Queen's runners at Royal Ascot next week.

John Gosden disappointed racing fans at the start of the season when he revealed that Reach For The Moon would not be ready to carry The Queen's colours into the Epsom Derby. A leading juvenile last year, Reach For The Moon made his return to action at Sandown last month, running well behind the impressive My Prospero in the Heron Stakes.

Gosden handed his colt two Royal Ascot entries, the 10-furlong Hampton Court Stakes on day three and the 12-furlong King Edward VII Stakes on the Friday. When the betting opened, Reach For The Moon could have been backed at 11/4 for the Hampton Court Stakes, but that price has disappeared as punters pile on The Queen's Ascot runner.

Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes told RacingInsider.com: “Nobody is quite sure yet if the Queen will attend Royal Ascot next week, but one thing we are sure of and that is the popularity of her runners. Of her runners, it looks like Reach For The Moon will be her best chance of a winner and the Hampton Court Stakes favourite has already started to gather momentum.”

Reach For The Moon is now the 5/4 favourite ahead of Epsom Derby runner-up Hoo Ya Mal, who has been supplemented for the King Edward VII Stakes today. Charlie Appleby's Ottoman Fleet is a 13/2 shot, ahead of Irish raiders Buckaroo and Aikhal. 

*Hampton Court Stakes betting with Ladbrokes*
5/4 Reach For The Moon, 4/1 Hoo Ya Mal, 13/2 Ottoman Fleet, 8/1 Aikhal, Buckaroo, 14/1 bar

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