King's Stand Stakes 2018 Tips and Predictions: Lady Aurelia to go back-to-back

Three-year-old filly can repeat her victory at Royal Ascot
Lady Aurelia and Frankie Dettori finished second at York. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

King's Stand Stakes Tips and Predictions


Lady Aurelia was a winner of this race last year and the three-year-old filly is looking to repeat the effort a year later at Royal Ascot.

Since taking out the King's Stand Stakes, the daughter of Scat Daddy has finished second in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York before running well down the track in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar in November.

Looking to rebound off that poor performance as the 8/11 favourite, Lady Aurelia heads back to a track where she is undefeated in two runs having captured the Queen Mary Stakes in her two-year-old season.

Having had only four runs is a concern but she's a high-quality filly which should be tough to beat again this year. Bookmakers are offering 4/1 for Lady Aurelia and those odds are well worth taking.

Current favourite Battaash is the form runner who is coming off a win in the Prix De L'Abbaye De Longchamp in France. The four-length win was a good example of how good the three-year-old gelding can be when he puts his mind on the job.

A son of Dark Angel, Battaash has been a good horse for punters to follow, returning £27 for every £1 invested and that's a great record for a runner which has had only nine career starts.

The only concern would be his record at Ascot. He has had one run on the track where he finished 12th in the Windsor Castle Stakes, but he has improved significantly since and bettors should be confident backing Battaash going forward.

Blue Point is an interesting runner at 10/1 in the betting. The Charlie Appleby-trained colt finished second in the Group 2 Meydan Sprint in February and his form at Ascot reads well, with a win coming in the Bengough Stakes and Pavilion Stakes.

He defeated the likes of Harry Angel when winning the Pavilion Stakes in 2017 and his form has tapered off much since. Blue Point is the value runner in an open race.

Best Bet: Lady Aurelia to win at 4/1

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Bill Rosenthal 14 June 2018

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