Even though the football world cup is now well underway and gambling on football is expected to reach record levels over the tournament, many sports gambling fans in Ireland will still be following their favourite sports gambling activity horse racing. They will also know that Tuesday sees the start of one of the most prestigious horse race meetings in the world, Royal Ascot. Although not quite as popular among Irish horse race gambling enthusiasts as Cheltenham, Royal Ascot does have a huge following all over the world. The standard of racing at the Royal Ascot meeting is second to none, as demonstrated by the fact that the first day alone features three Group one races. First up is the Queen Ann Stakes, with Toronado a clear favourite with Paddy Power at 5/4. The Kings Stand Stakes is a much closer affair for fans of gambling on horse racing who follow the form book, with Hot Streak, Shea Shea and Sole Power all fancied to show. The feature race on day 1 is of course the St James Palace Stakes, another race with what appears to be a firm favourite with Kingman at even money. Anyone who enjoys gambling on horse racing will of course know that the form book even in flat racing is no guarantee of success and every day of the meeting will undoubtedly throw up surprise winners. Feature races over the next four days include the Prince of Wales Stakes, the Gold Cup, the Coronation Stakes and the King Edward V11 Stakes. Real horse race gambling enthusiasts will of course know that the latter was originally known as the Ascot Derby, and that reminds us that June also features the Irish Derby which is one of the biggest horse race gambling events of the season in Ireland. We wish all sports gambling fans the best of luck whether it be football results or horse race winners.