Houtzen the best backed runner heading into Day One of Royal Ascot

Australian sprinter Houtzen is holding the most money with TAB heading into Day One of the Royal Ascot Carnival on Tuesday night.

Houtzen is a $15 chance for the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m), race three on the card which will jump at 12:40am Wednesday morning, and is nearly twice as popular as the next best supported horse which is Godolphin’s Blue Point ($3.30). Battaash ($3) is the current favourite.

TAB customers have embraced the opening day of the carnival with healthy betting activity on the six races on this evening's programme.

“We aren’t surprised that Houtzen is holding the most money on the card tonight because she is the lone Australian representative,” TAB’s Andrew Georgiou said.

“Punters have really embraced the meeting as a whole though and there has been good turnover on most of the races.

“It is a realistic expectation that we will see similar betting activity throughout the five-day carnival as there are horses that many of our customers would be familiar with including Melbourne Cup winner, Cross Counter.”

Cross Counter, which is part of the powerful Godolphin racing conglomerate, is aiming at the Group 1Ascot Gold Cup (4000m) which is to be run on Friday morning (AEST). He is a $5 chance in TAB’s ‘All In’ market behind Stradivarius ($2.50).

All five days of the Royal Ascot Carnival will be showcased on SKY Racing1 and SKY Thoroughbred Central with SKY’s Lizzie Jelfs trackside for the duration while Marc Ohlmus and Andrew Hawkins will be in the studio helping viewers and punters find a winner.

RACE ONE - Queen Anne Stakes
Le Brivido $4.60-$6.50-$6 (30% of total invested on race so far)
Laurens $7.50-$7 (17%)
Others (53%)

RACE TWO - Coventry Stakes
Arizona $3.40-$3.20-$3.60 (50%)
Threat $4.60-$3.80 (17%)
Others (33%)

RACE THREE - King's Stand Stakes
Houtzen $16-$17-$15 (48%)
Blue Point $3.60-$3.70-$3.30 (31%)
Others (21%)
BETS: Houtzen $500 e/w @ $16/$3.60 
BETS: Blue Point $2,500 @ $3.70, $800 x $500 e/w @ $3.40/$1.55

RACE FOUR - St James's Palace Stakes
Too Darn Hot $3.30-$3.10 

RACE FIVE - Ascot Stakes
No bets or movements of note

RACE SIX - Wolferton Stakes
Latrobe $8.50-$8 (20%)
Magic Wand $5-$5.50 (46%)
Others (34%)

Ascot, picture Liesl King