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Royal Ascot 2018 – Day 5 Tips

The international appeal of Royal Ascot is summed up in today’s renewal of the Jubilee Stakes, where some of the best speedsters from Britain, Ireland, France, Australia and America clash in a cracking renewal of this Group 1 sprint.

Diamond Jubilee Stakes     

Almost all of the twelve strong field can be given some sort of chance, but we think honours might go to France as CITY LIGHT looks to be firmly on the upgrade. This is a step up in class, but he doesn’t need to find much more improvement to put himself in the mix here.

We also have to back one of our favourite flat horses in training – LIBRISA BREEZE. Dean Ivory’s grey probably prefers a bit more give underfoot, but he runs his best races here and if there is a fierce early gallop he could easily pass plenty of these on the run to the line.

City Light (ew)4.20 Ascot16/1Bet365
Librisa Breeze (ew)4.20 Ascot14/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Chesham Stakes     

The final day of the meeting kicks off with the Chesham – the longest of the week’s two year old contests.

Plenty of these look set to improve markedly for the step up in trip and there are some interesting runners at big prices.

They include NATE THE GREAT, who is bred to appreciate even further in time, but who had enough speed to win well over 6f on debut. His trainer, Archie Watson, is one of the best up and coming handlers around.

On what could be a good day for France, ON A SESSION looks the main danger. This yard won the Albany last season with a filly who’d trodden the same path as this colt and the way he finished his race over 6f last time out suggested he’d be well at home over this extra furlong.

We also can’t resist having a few quid on DUKE OF HAZZARD as this is a race his handler, Paul Cole, always loves to target. This horse will definitely stay further in time, so whatever he does here he will surely improve on his first two starts to date, both of which have been over an inadequate 5f.  Those races will, at least, have given him some experience before this big test.

San Donato and Beyond Reason are others to consider in a wide open renewal.

Nate The Great (ew)2.30 Ascot14/1Bet365
On A Session (ew)2.30 Ascot12/1Bet365
Duke Of Hazzard (ew)2.30 Ascot40/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Hardwicke Stakes    

The week’s smallest filed looks set to head to post for the Hardwicke, where Crystal Ocean is rightly a red hot favourite. His trainer has won this race an extraordinary ten times before already and it is hard to see him not making it number eleven here.

However, for those wanting to have a bet BARSANTI looks the best value. He was second to Idaho in this last season, but may have more improvement in him and is reported to have had a smoother build up to this year’s race.

Barsanti (ew)3.05 Ascot13/2Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Windsor Castle Stakes      

From one of the smallest fields we go to one of the biggest and the Windsor Castle.

JUNIUS BRUTUS is a stablemate of On A Session and is another French runner who looks to have a big chance this afternoon. He’s shown blistering speed in winning two starts to date and could improve again in a first time tongue tie.

Best of the home contingent may prove to be Mutawaffer, who has won over 6f and so should be suited by a fast run race over this stiff 5f, and KESSAAR who would have won first time out but for being badly hampered at a crucial stage of the race. Preference is for the latter, with there being a slight doubt over the form of Charlie Hills’s yard currently.

Another Watson runner, SOLDIER’S CALL looks pick of those at bigger prices, whilst Queen Of Bermuda was also on the shortlist.

Paddy Power are offering 5 places for each-way bets on this game.

Junius Brutus (ew)3.40 Ascot12/1Bet365
Kessaar (ew)3.40 Ascot14/1Paddy Power
Soldier’s Call (ew)3.40 Ascot16/1Paddy Power

All odds quoted are subject to change

Wokingham Stakes     

As ever, there is also a massive field for the Wokingham.

The unbeaten Dreamfield is an incredibly short price in such a competitive handicap and he has inexperience to overcome too. We’d suggest taking him on with GILGAMESH, UNDRAFTED, ULTIMATE AVENUE and GROWL. Two of them are drawn high, which has seemed to be the place to be all week, whilst two are in the centre and can go either side depending on how earlier races pan out.

For those looking to smash one out of the park, Reckless Endeavour is also worth an interest as he looks massively overpriced for a shrewd handler who has had horses outrun their odds here in the past.

Gilgamesh (ew)5.00 Ascot12/1Betfair
Undrafted (ew)5.00 Ascot20/1Bet365
Ultimate Avenue (ew)5.00 Ascot25/1Betfair
Growl (ew)5.00 Ascot16/1Paddy Power

All odds quoted are subject to change

Queen Alexandra Stakes     

In the final race of the day and the meeting, we like PALLASATOR for the training genius that is Gordon Elliott and NEARLY CAUGHT. Meri Devie is an interesting outsider.

Betfair are offering 4 places for each way bets on this race.

Pallasator (ew)5.30 Ascot10/1Betfair
Nearly Caught (ew)5.30 Ascot12/1Betfair

All odds quoted are subject to change