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2020 Queen Anne Stakes Tips – 14/1 shot to heal Skars of last season

Last updated: 15 Jun 2020
Jon Vine 15 Jun 2020
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  • The Queen Anne Stakes is the first Group One race at Royal Ascot
  • Circus Maximus is your 3/1 favourite
  • We fancy 14/1 and 16/1 outsiders to mount a challenges
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Circus Maximus (second left) and Skardu (second right) running in last year's St James's Palace Stakes. (Getty)

We take a look through the betting for the 2020 Queen Anne Stakes and provide readers with our tips for day one of Royal Ascot on Tuesday 16th June.

Day one of Royal Ascot opens in thrilling fashion, as the best exponents of a mile do battle in the Queen Anne Stakes. Modern greats like Cape Cross, Solow and Frankel have claimed victory in Royal Ascot’s opener in recent years. 

Although fancied horses have a solid recent record, the last two editions of the Queen Anne have seen upset results, with 33/1 and 16/1 shots coming away victorious. 

Eight of the last 12 winners had previously run in the Lockinge Stakes. However, that race was cancelled in 2020, meaning many of this year’s runners will come into the race fresh.

2020 Queen Anne Stakes Odds

Best Odds
Circus Maximus5/2
Fox Chairman8/1
Duke Of Hazzard10/1

Odds correct as of 11/6/20

2020 Queen Anne Stakes Favourite

At the head of the market for this year’s renewal we find Circus Maximus for Aidan O’Brien. Many felt the drop back to a mile was unwise, considering Circus Maximus looked a stayer when finishing sixth in the Derby. It proved to be a masterstroke, as O’Brien’s colt won the St James’s Palace Stakes last year, before going on to win the Prix du Moulin later in the season.

A sluggish start proved costly as Circus Maximus could only finish fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Aidan O’Brien’s star won first time out last season and boasts course-and-distance winning form here at Ascot. You can see why he’s a popular Queen Anne Stakes tip.

2020 Queen Anne Stakes Form Guide

Fox Chairman progressed nicely during his three-year-old campaign, winning the Listed bet365 Stakes at Sandown on his latest start. Andrew Balding’s charge really improved as he was stepped up over a mile, so I’m not sure dropping back in trip will suit.

The Frankie Dettori factor has seen Terebellum thrown right up towards the head of the betting. This will be the first time John Gosden's colt has tackled a trip shorter than 10-furlongs. While she was impressive when winning the Dahlia Stakes last time out, she took a little while to pick up and was certainly doing her best work in closing quarter of that race. I'm not sure this drop in trip will suit.

Mustashry went into last year’s Queen Anne on the back of an emphatic Lockinge victory, but could only finish an underwhelming seventh. Sir Michael Stoute’s seven-year-old clearly retains a lot of ability, but I’d rather side with a younger rival with more potential.

The ground may be too quick for the likes of Plumatic and Mohaather. While I do think the likes of Duke Of Hazzard and Roseman have more room for improvement at four, there are classier types sitting at more appealing prices.

Skardu winning the 2019 Craven Stakes at Newmarket (Getty Images)

2020 Queen Anne Tips

It’s clear a strong case can be made for Circus Maximus, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the favourite get the job done. At the prices, though, the one who really captures my imagination is SKARDU.

Having earned his strips with a fine victory in the Craven Stakes last year, Skardu ran a cracker to place third in the 2000 Guineas, finishing ahead of Ten Sovereigns and Madhmoon in the group who didn’t come down the stand’s rail. Having finished fourth in the Irish 1000 Guineas, Skardu repeated that results in the St James’s Palace Stakes behind Circus Maximus here at Ascot.

Haggas tried to freshen his mount up ahead of Glorious Goodwood, but Skardu looked a little one-paced in the closing stages as he placed fourth behind Duke Of Hazzard in the Celebration Mile, and he wasn’t seen again after that.

I thought Skardu was unlucky at Ascot last year. Having tracked the leaders on the rail, James Doyle couldn’t tread a straight path to the post, and was forced to peel around Circus Maximus, Phoenix Of Spain and Too Darn Hot before he found some open air. Despite that, Skardu was only beaten just over a length. Haggas’ charge goes well fresh and he’s run really well down a straight mile on a number of occasions.

If I was to have a second punt, I’d go with SPACE TRAVELLER at an even longer price. Richard Fahey’s charge won the Jersey Stakes here last season, and made his Group One debut at the Breeders’ Cup, staying on well over a mile after a slow start ruined any slim hopes the team had of winning.

The form of that Jersey Stakes is working out really well, and Space Traveller beat the hardy Matterhorn in Group Two company over a mile last term. He’ll look to pounce late in the day, and looks well worthy of an each-way punt at his current price.

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Space Traveller crosses the line in the 2019 Jersey Stakes. (Getty)

Queen Anne Stakes FAQs

When is the Queen Anne Stakes held?

The Queen Anne Stakes is the opening race on day one of Royal Ascot.

When was the Queen Anne Stakes first run?

The Queen Anne Stakes was initially called the Trial Stakes, and was first run in 1840.

How can I watch the Queen Anne Stakes?

The race will be shown live on ITV Racing. Visit our Live Streaming page to find out how you can watch every race at Royal Ascot on your mobile or tablet.


Skardu danced many a big dance during his three-year-old campaign, and was far from disgraced. There’s plenty in his breeding to suggest he should improve as a four-year-old, and he looks an excellent each-way punt sitting on 14/1.

As does Space Traveller, who’s achieved more than many of the more prominent horses in the betting, but can be found at a hugely tempting 25/1.

2020 Queen Anne Stakes Tip 1: Skardu Each-Way @14/1 at Ladbrokes - 15 Units
2020 Queen Anne Stakes Tip 2: Space Traveller Each-Way @25/1 at bet365 - 5 Units
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