Queen Anne Stakes 2018 Tips & Predictions - Is Benbatl the worthy favourite?

Back Benbatl in the 2018 Queen Anne Stakes
Jockey Oisin Murphy rides Benbatl across the finish line to win the Dubai Turf horse race at the Dubai World Cup. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Tips & Predictions for the 2018 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot where Benbatl will be looking to justify favouritism.

The four-year-old colt by Dubawi has won two of his seven career starts which included a win in the Dubai Turf at Meydan.

Winning on the big stage is going to give the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained colt plenty of confidence heading back to Royal Ascot where he won in the Hampton Court Stakes before running fifth behind Enable in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The horses that finished in front on Benbatl on that occasion were Enable, Ulysess, Idaho and Highland Reel - all champion thoroughbreds in their own right and bettors should take nothing away from the performance of Benbatl.

Bookmakers are offering odds of 5/1 for the talented colt, which could well head if he wins the Queen Anne Stakes. Those odds will likely be taken by punters and we're predicting another world class performance from the Godolphin runner this June.

The main threat to Benbatl could come from French runner Le Brivido, which was a winner at Royal Ascot last year and hasn't been since.

Trained by Andre Fabre, the four-year-old colt defeated a field of 20 in the Jersey Stakes last year and he has shown that he doesn't need much race fitness in order to show his best.

He is entered at Newbury on May 19 as his main preparation for the Queen Anne Stakes and if he comes through that run well, expect bookmakers to trim his current odds of 7/1 significantly.

Our third tip is Thunder Snow at 8/1.

A stablemate to Benbatl, the son of Australian stallion Helmut has won only one of his eight career starts in Britain but he was simply outstanding when winning the Dubai World Cup at Meydan.

The six-time winner for Saeed Bin Suroor returns to Ascot to avenge his 15th place finish in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes last October and he has shown good improvement since that defeat.

If he can show the same form at Ascot as he has overseas, expect Thunder Snow to be in the thick of the finish.
Bill Rosenthal 14 June 2018

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