Royal Ascot Day 5 Tips and Previews
ROYAL ASCOT DAY 5 TIPS AND PREVIEWS! It’s the final day of Royal Ascot where the Platinum Jubilee Stakes takes centre stage.
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Royal Ascot Friday 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 Platinum Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) 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 (Conditions Race) Class 2 2m51/2f
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Royal Ascot 2.30 Chesham Stakes
With Aidan O’Brien winning the Albany and the King Edward VII Stakes yesterday to take his number of winners to 4 for the week Alfred Munnings will likely prove all the rage here. He justified cramped odds to win on debut at Leopardstown and could be very promising. The yard have won 4 of the last 6 renewals too so he has plenty going for him bar the price. At odds-on I’d rather play something each way and CRYPTO FORCE makes most appeal. This colt by Time Test was also an impressive winner on debut at the Curragh and that maiden had a strong feel to it. He ran green when asked to settle it and then quickened again so it was very taking to my eye. He was bought by new owners for £900,000 on Monday and looks set to go close.
Plenty of potential on show with Frankie Dettori opting to ride Alzahir over Faisal Road. The former was beaten just a short head on debut at Yarmouth and the winner Naval Power looks potentially useful for Godolphin. Dark Thirty knuckled down well to make a winning start at Newbury and that form has been well advertised since so he is another one in with a shout. Legend Of Xanadu won the Woodcote takingly at Epsom but might just prove vulnerable late on at this stiff track.
Royal Ascot 3.05 Jersey Stakes
A wide open Jersey Stakes now that the favourite is drawn 14 which won’t make it easy for him. It is worth having a couple of each way bets again with 4 places available. DUBAWI LEGEND could be overpriced after his disappointing Guineas run but he looked very buzzy that day combined with being drawn on the wrong side and we will see a better horse at this trip. His form behind Native Trail would see him go very close here and he is around 11/1 at the time of writing so definitely looks worth including as I can see those odds contracting.
At a bigger price HELLO YOU could bounce back from a poor Guineas run down to a trip she does well at on her favoured fast ground. She has good form with Guineas winner Cachet and if she runs to the level of her Breeder’s Cup run she will go very well. Like the favourite a horse that caught the eye behind Homeless Songs, Star Girls Aalmal has drawn stall 13 and that will be tough but she could be improving all the time and rates a big danger. Monaadah is another who could go well from a better draw.
This race clearly revolves around Hurricane Lane as he was an outstanding 3yo for Charlie Appleby last year winning the Irish Derby and the St Leger before finishing a close third in the Arc. He is top rated in the field and will likely take a lot of beating. Most of the field have a fitness-edge on him though and I’m just not keen to take odds-on at the time of writing so I’m chancing MOSTAHDAF each way for John Gosden. I’ve always been a bit of a fan of this horse and he was thoroughly progressive last season and I didn’t think there was a lot wrong with his second to Bay Bridge in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes. He has to prove he can stay this far but with headgear applied I can see him being smuggled into the race and he may well be one of those finishing best.
Hurricane Lane is obviously the one to beat so I might play the without the favourite market as well. Other than those two Third Realm deserves a mention after winning easily at Goodwood. I think he’d want the rain to get in the ground though to have a serious chance here and the forecast isn’t certain at the moment. Broome was a good second in this last year but didn’t look too interested on return at the Curragh and I have my reservations about him for now.
Royal Ascot 4.20 Platinum Jubilee Stakes
This looks set to be a rattling quick Platinum Jubilee with so much speed drawn between 15 and 20. HOME AFFAIRS will be one of those blasting off at the front and you can see why Chris Waller’s colt is so popular in the market. He beat stablemate Nature Strip who has put up one of the performances of the week so far. They could have easily ran him again so they must be confident in their horse here and he will go very close. He is around 9/4 at the time of writing but even that might come under pressure given how well punters did yesterday.
I always like to have a nice each way saver in this race and HIGHFIELD PRINCESS looks a good price. Her last run at York represents a run that would see her go very close in this and with plenty of course form on her side she will go well. Creative Force is right up there in the market but is drawn in 1 which could make things difficult. Earlier in the week I did like Campanelle but I favour the Aussie horse who is drawn right near her but she could still prove a danger under Irad Ortiz Jr.
Royal Ascot 5.00 Wokingham Stakes
With the forecast uncertain this is a bit of a nightmare to try and work out. I’m going to favour those drawn high though and while I like Fresh as a horse he won’t find it easy from 7 and if the rain doesn’t come he could end up drifting in the run up to the race. My main play is going to be BLACKROD for Michael Dods. I’ve had him on my radar for a while now and he is definitely starting to look like a progressive colt. He ran on well to win a big handicap at Newmarket last time and that looks really solid form. He is up 5lb but looks the type to keep improving and drawn 25 I think he is going to run a big race under Connor Beasley.
My second play in the race is last year’s winner ROHAAN who is 3lb lower this time around. He beat Fresh that day by a neck and while he will likely need some rain to get in the ground to be seen at his best he did win here on fast ground so is versatile. I like his high draw and with Ryan Moore up it wouldn’t surprise you to see him bounce back. At an even bigger price I’ve also had a saver on POPMASTER for Ed Walker. He is also a past C&D winner who was back to form going down just half a length at Chelmsford last month. He will be suited by this test and again from a high draw he could get a lovely toe into this before poking through late. Plenty of dangers likely headed by Fresh and Silver Samurai.
Royal Ascot 5.35 Golden Gates Stakes
This looks a race in which Godolphin have a very strong hand in with the second favourite Falling Shadow drawing best of them. That said I quite like HONITON who has ran behind 3 horses who have all have won or placed at Royal Ascot already (Eldar Eldarov, Secret State and My Prospero). He followed those runs up with a routine win at Sandown in a maiden and I think he is really stepped forward. If he has bounced back quickly from last weeks run he will go close at a nice price.
Missed The Cut plus the other Godolphin horses rate big dangers but I do have a suspicion the selection is better than a mark of 94. Aldous Huxley was only denied a neck by a horse I rate in Lionel at Goodwood so if I had to pick he would likely be the main threat but he might want the rain to get into the ground as well (if it comes that is). If the rain doesn’t arrive perhaps Missed The Cut could have most to say.
Royal Ascot 6.10 Queen Alexandra Stakes
Trueshan is trading as favourite for this at the time of writing but if the rain doesn’t arrive surely he will be pulled out? He obviously missed the Gold Cup on Thursday because of that so it could be further frustration for connections here. At the odds I’m willing to oppose anyway as I can see FALCON EIGHT going well here. He was sent off favourite for this 12 months ago but just found conditions too testing. I can’t get his Chester Cup win from 2021 out my mind and I still feel he has unfinished business here. He didn’t shape badly in that race behind Cleveland last month making ground from an unpromising position and that is form that has obviously been well advertised since with Coltrane winning the Ascot Stakes and Cleveland going close in the Copper Horse Stakes.
Wordsworth is unlikely to be far away but he is a horse that finds winning tough and if Trueshan comes out he will likely go off too short for my liking. Nate The Great has been mightily consistent and will likely fare best of the rest but he still has stamina over this extreme trip to prove. Urban Artist is also worth touching on if stepping forward again for this step up in trip.