‘Patriotic’ punters back Queen’s Reach For The Moon at Royal Ascot as bookies fear cost

Queen arrives at Royal Ascot for final day

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Reach For The Moon, a three-year-old horse trained by John Gosden, 71, has seen his odds shorten from 11-4 a little over a week ago to a 4-5 favourite with Ladbrokes. The bay colt emerged victorious in two races in 2021 when Italian jockey Frankie Dettori, 51, placed first in Newbury and Sandown Park.

Mr Dettori finished in second-place last month when Reach For The Moon returned to Sandown Park after a nine-month break.

Reach For The Moon will lead a strong team for the 96-year-old monarch across the five-day racing festival.

Royal Ascot will kick-off on Tuesday and races will continue until Saturday.

Looking ahead to race day, Mr Gosden said: “He is in great form and must have a big chance.”

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However, Ladbrokes’ Nicola McGeady also claimed the bookies could take a hit after Brits rallied behind the Queen’s lead horse.

Ms McGeady said: “Punters’ patriotism is at an all-time high with the Platinum Jubilee.

“Reach For The Moon is the horse they all want. He is now 4-5.

“He has everything going for him and is a very strong favourite.

“The corgis have been barking about him for a few weeks now.

“A win would be the icing on the royal cake — but it would cost us dear.”

She added: “A win for him will be a disaster for us.

“He is 4-5 now and one of our worst results of the week. We don’t want to take a penny more.”

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The ground is currently good to firm, good in places but track bosses have turned on the taps in a bid to stop it getting too quick, according to the Sun.

The Queen is expected to watch much of the meeting at home after Her Majesty missed the Epsom Derby over the four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend.

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