Royal Ascot Day 5 Preview
ROYAL ASCOT DAY 5! It’s the final day of Royal Ascot and like all week we have some cracking racing to get stuck into on Saturday. The Diamond Jubilee is the highlight.
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Royal Ascot Day 5 Schedule
2.30 Ascot Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) Class 1 7f
3.05 Ascot Jersey Stakes (Group 3) Class 1 7f
3.40 Ascot Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) Class 1 1m4f
4.20 Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Class 1 6f
5.00 Ascot Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Class 2 6f
5.35 Ascot Golden Gates Stakes (Handicap) Class 2 1m2f
6.10 Ascot Queen Alexandra Stakes Class 2 2m51/2f
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Royal Ascot 2.30 Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) Class 1 7f
Aidan O’Brien has a good record in this race winning it with Churchill, September and more recently Battleground. He saddles another potentially smart colt in POINT LONSDALE. This son of Australia and full brother to smart stablemate Broome (runs in the Hardwicke next) made a striking start winning impressively on debut at the Curragh. He stayed on strongly and that performance was backed up by the clock (comfortably the best speed figure in this field). With further improvement to come I think he’ll be hard to beat here.
Don’t get me wrong some nice types line-up here in opposition but the suspicion is he is pretty smart. This race could easily work out well so keep an eye on a few. New Science is probably the most interesting of the rest as I liked the way he won on debut too. He can improve so looks the danger. At a bigger price Great Max has a bright future but this is a tough ask.
Royal Ascot 3.05 Jersey Stakes (Group 3) Class 1 7f
This is a classy Jersey Stakes considering it is a Group 3 with some top class horses lining up. MUTASAABEQ was last seen running behind Poetic Flare in the 2000 Guineas. He was only 5 lengths off the winner that day and back down to 7 furlongs should see him at his best. He seems like he will go on anything after a heavy ground win on debut and he should go very close in this race.
Creative Force is the main danger after 3 very good wins at 6 furlongs. He is bred to stay this trip with no issues but he does have to prove himself on this ground. Naval Crown like the main danger has a lot of good form in the book and even finished in-front of the selection in the Guineas but may need it quicker.
Royal Ascot 3.40 Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) Class 1 1m4f
Any of 3 or 4 of these could win this but I’ve decided to stick with ILARAAB seeing as he just keeps winning. He was so progressive last season bringing up the five-timer in fine style at York in October. I thought he looked as though he needed the run on return but still managed to muscle his way to the front and win by 3 lengths at the line. He is unexposed at this trip and he handles softer conditions so looks to have plenty going for him again. Tom Marquand is in the saddle again and he is by far and away one of the most likely winners of this.
Albaflora looks a solid each way play seeing as she goes well at this track. She was only fourth in the Coronation Cup behind Pyledriver but that was a top race and I can see her holding her own here. Hukum is an impressive colt and he travelled powerfully en route to winning at Goodwood last month and looks the biggest danger. Wonderful Tonight and Broome complete the shortlist.
Royal Ascot 4.20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Class 1 6f
A race that has been turned on its head due to the rain and it favours DREAM OF DREAMS who has lost out on the last two renewals by a head. This is setup perfectly to get his head in-front. He prepared for the race with an easy win at Windsor on soft ground and is rightly favourite for this now and will take all the beating.
Starman would be my bet in the race if ground was fast but it is too wet to see him at his best and the main danger could well be Glen Shiel who needed the run on comeback and has great form at Ascot and on this ground. At a bigger price Sonaiyla could be improving still and outrun her odds.
Royal Ascot 5.00 Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Class 2 6f
Another tough race with several jumping off the page. After much deliberation I’ve come down on the Royal runner KING’S LYNN for Andrew Balding. He improved again after a couple of big runs in defeat to win a Listed race at Haydock last month. He met trouble up to the top level in the King’s Stand on Tuesday and was much better than the bare result suggests there. He is officially 7lb well-in under his penalty and is proven in soft ground. If he takes his chance here he looks the class angle. He’ll need a bit of luck given the nature of the race but it’s no surprise to see him figure prominently in the betting as he has a great chance of coming out on top.
I was just going to have the one selection in the race but given LAMPANG is trading at around 40/1 at the time of writing I’ve opted for an each way saver as well. This colt left a poor run at Doncaster well behind when winning at Hamilton last time and while a 5lb penalty doesn’t make things easier stepping into a fiercely competitive race like this I just think he is a bit overpriced and will run better than his odds suggest. The Doyler has been booked and he has a good draw too.
Royal Ascot 5.35 Golden Gates Stakes (Handicap) Class 2 1m2f
It is 5/1 bar the field at the time of writing for a 16 runner handicap which shows how competitive this race is. KING FRANKEL is a horse I love and I think he has plenty to come off a mark of 91. His run behind Bay Bridge reads well before us missing out at Epsom. On another day he would have won that race and is more than capable of a big run off just 3lb higher.
My other pick is VISUALISATION who has been running so well in strong Irish handicaps with 3 wins and a 2nd. He is proven on heavy ground and is clearly improving. The only thing he needs to prove is his ability to stay the trip and I think he will see it out fine and is a fair each-way bet.
Seasett is my idea of the main danger to the two selections after running very well on soft ground and stepping up in trip should be fine for him. Alfaadhel is the joint favourite at the time of writing but this is his handicap debut so it interesting but a mark of 98 leaves very little wiggle room.
Royal Ascot 6.10 Queen Alexandra Stakes (Class 2) 2m51/2f
Another race I found tough to call but STAG HORN must have a decent shout with Hollie Doyle in the saddle. This son of Golden Horn is a tough horse who likes to go hard off the front. I know there will probably be a fair bit of pace on so hopefully he doesn’t go too hard early but if Hollie gets the fractions right he could string these out. This extreme test promises to suit and if he gets into a nice rhythm it’s going to take a good one to come and pass him late. He was last seen finishing fourth to Stradivarius in the Sagaro Stakes but prior to that had reeled off 3 in a row. If he starts enjoying himself out there his in-running odds will collapse and he might not come back to them.
If the main selection does get taken on early I thought it might be worth having a bit of insurance on one held up so BARBADOS is worth covering. This horse looks all about stamina and he showed himself in good form when keeping on well at the Curragh at the start of the month. He should strip fitter now and if there is a pace burn up I can see him picking up the pieces late on under Shane Foley. If Stratum stays the trip he is the main danger but Falcon Eight is also worthy of plenty of respect following that Chester Cup win on return. The Grand Visir is another one that is rarely too far away.
Royal Ascot ITV Racing Each Way Trixie
With 7 races live on ITV Racing again from Royal Ascot on Saturday we have included an Each Way Trixie which includes 3 of our best bets on the channel this afternoon. If 2/3 win we’ll still lock in some decent profit.
Royal Ascot ITV Racing Each Way Double
With so much competitive racing again on Saturday live on ITV Racing we’ve also included an Each Way Double. These are two horses at decent odds we can see running big. If both place we should still make a return.