If six-furlong sprinters are your thing, then the last day of Royal Ascot is definitely for you. The £600,000 Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes is a bona-fide championship race while the Wokingham is one of the most competitive and most punted-on races of the whole year.
Day 5 Schedule
|14:30||Chesham Stakes (Listed Race)|
|15:05||Jersey Stakes (Group 3)|
|15:40||Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)|
|16:20||Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)|
|17:00||Wokingham Stakes (Handicap)|
|17:35||Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race)|
Chesham Stakes – 14:30
The last two-year-old race of the week and also the longest at seven furlongs, this race has Listed status and can be used by trainers to test out those expected to go over at least a mile next year, such was the case with 2016 winner and future champion Churchill.
It’s cruel to call this race an after-thought, but those entered for the Coventry Stakes whose trainers eventually feel didn’t have enough speed or enough ability can often end up in the field and the final entries will not be known until Thursday, though Lope Y Fernandez has been well punted in advance of the meeting.
Jersey Stakes – 15:05
Only worth the same as the week’s handicaps at £90,000, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Group 3 Jersey Stakes is not a top-class race but such a view would be wide of the mark.
At this time of year, not all three-year-olds bred for a mile have shown the valour to see out that trip making this stiff seven furlongs just about ideal, as it was last year for Expert Eye who scored here before winning over a mile at the Breeders’ Cup.
Bookmakers also tend to overlook this race in advance, but rest assured certain horses are aimed specifically at the event with Godolphin’s Space Blues a likely runner with a great chance.
Hardwicke Stakes – 15:40
Not a top level race strictly speaking given its Group 2 status, this mile-and-a-half test for the older horses remains extremely popular with trainers, especially Sir Michael Stoute who has won it 11 times including in four of the last 5 seasons.
Stoute’s Crystal Ocean has held sway as the ante-post favourite for this race, but it appears likely he will go for the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes instead, leaving the way clear for the below four runners to corner the market.
Hardwicke 2019 Favourites
He really shouldn’t have been 16/1, which he was in advance of the race, before taking his maiden Group 1 in the Coronation Cup at Epsom and his ante-post price of 5/1 will tumble down if Crystal Ocean doesn’t take part.
Much relies on whether Godolphin choose to run Masar in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, but if he does run here Ghaiyyath may well end up going off favourite at sub 3/1.
Sir Michael may yet have a prominent runner in the shape of this 5yo Group 3 winner and he is definitely in with a shout.
Aidan O’Brien’s 4yo son of Galileo is creeping closer to a big win, but may want further than this 1½ mile trip.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes – 16:20
The feature race of the day and the last Group 1 of the week. This high quality six-furlong event is a proper championship race and, including when it was known as the Cork and Orrery Stakes (Group 2), has been won in the past by such stars as Danehill, Royal Applause, Choisir and Black Caviar.
Diamond Jubilee 2019 Favourites
This French raider has won on British soil before and possesses a lot of speed, with bookmakers taking no chances on him at around 8/1 ante-post.
Inns Of Court
The French have a strong hand this time around which is somewhat unusual, this colt having beaten City Light last time out at Chantilly and looking ready to peak now. He is a great price against the chief British challenger at a best-priced 6/1 making him many a pro punter’s ante-post value bet.
Installed as the general 3/1 favourite having really matured this year and winning two from two including the Duke of York Stakes, James Tate’s horse is the form choice and he has been bullish but his price is a little skinny.
Wokingham Stakes – 17:00
A handicap but an early closing one worth £175,000, the Wokingham will be the final big-betting race of the week with a capacity field of 30 runners and millions being wagered on it.
Once more the trip is six furlongs and much will depend on where the fancied runners are drawn as the week will no doubt show a bias towards one side of the track or the other.
Wokingham 2019 Favourites
A winner of six races already; just bear in mind that the ante-post favourite is 8 years old now and his best form, including at Ascot, has been over 5 furlongs.
Only a four-year-old with plenty of improvement to come, Andrew Balding’s filly will be heavily punted for certain.
Queen Alexandra Stakes – 17:35
At 2 miles, 5½ furlongs the last race of this great week is also the longest. Naturally this race has been the domain of dour stayers often trained by National Hunt handlers, though the likes of Sir Michael Stoute, Mark Johnston and Andrew Balding have also registered wins in recent years.
At the time of writing entries have not been received, but look out for any horses sent by Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins before the race and keep tabs on any serious money being planted on a specific runner in the lead-up to the off.
Betting on Day 5 of Royal Ascot
Given the stiff nature of this track, the Jersey Stakes is likely to be won by a horse that on paper should be a miler so keep that in mind, while despite this topography the two sprint races will be taken by horses with serious speed.
Prices in advance are looking tempting with no real shorties dominating the markets, so value should be easy to come by so long as you properly research the runners, the history of the respective races and keep the right trainers and jockeys onside.
A fabulous week comes to a great end with one of the most important Group 1 races and one of the most bet on races of the year taking place. Make sure you grab ‘best odds guaranteed’ on any selections and collect as many Royal Ascot betting offers as you can to enhance your wagering.