The Royal Ascot Festival will come to an end on Saturday, with one final day of high-octane action on the track. It has been another memorable week in a surreal atmosphere, with Stradivarius’ win in the Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday likely to be remembered for years to come. However, which stars will be able to close the final day of the festival with success?
When: Saturday 20th June
Where: Ascot Racecourse
How To Watch: ITV Racing
Royal Ascot Day 5: Coronation Stakes (Group 1)
|Cloak Of Spirits||+600|
The first of three Group 1 races to take place on the final day at Royal Ascot will see the latest instalment of the Coronation Stakes. The race is run over seven furlongs and 213 yards and it is open to three-year-old fillies. This race was introduced in 1840 as a way to honour the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign. Famous winners of the race from yesteryear include Banks Hill, Indian Ink and Winter. Last year’s winner was Watch Me for Pierre-Charles Boudot.
Quadrilateral will lead the betting for the race for trainer Roger Charlton. This will be her first run at Ascot, but has a progressive record of three wins in four stars. The 3-year-old recently finished third in 1,000 Guineas and will be hoping to prove quality in this. However, the preference would be for Run Wild, who has wins at Group 2 standard and recently won at Newmarket.
Royal Ascot Day 5: St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1)
The penultimate Group 1 race of the festival will come in the form of the St James’s Palace Stakes. This race is also run over seven furlongs and 213 yards, but is open to three-year-old colts. The race was introduced in 1834, and became a Group 1 affair in 1988. Aidan O’Brien is the leading trainer for this race having had success with Circus Maximus and Gleaneagles over the past five years.
O’Brien’s leading chance in this years event will be Witchita. The three-year-old produced a brilliant performance to finish second in the 2,000 Guineas, which was a place ahead of the favourite in this race. However, the preference would be for the favourite Pinatubo, who has won six from seven.
Royal Ascot Day 5: Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)
|Dream Of Dreams||+800|
The final Group 1 action from the festival this will see the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. It is run over six furlongs and the race is open to horses aged four and over from Great Britain. The race is named after the reign of Queen Elizabeth, with it becoming the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012. Previous winners of the race include Black Caviar, The Tin Man and Soldier’s Tale.
Sceptical will begin the race as favourite, but there could be value elsewhere in the market with Hello Youmzain one of the leading chances. The Kevin Ryan trained four-year-old has enjoyed a progressive couple of years and was the winner of the Haydock Sprint Cup last year. He was disappointing last time out at Ascot, but he will be the preferred choice to win this race.
Other Ascot Tips For Day 5
|Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2)||Sands Of Time (+1400)|
|Coventry Stakes (Group 2)||Creative Force (+650)|
|Workingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)||Highland Dress (+1100)|
All of the best prices for the races at Royal Ascot can be found at Bet365.