Familiar Foes Meet Again in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes
The final Group 1 contest at Royal Ascot 2017 gets underway on Saturday afternoon with a competitive looking Diamond Jubilee Stakes at 4:20pm. The field is full of six furlong specialists who are set to re-oppose one another in a fascinating renewal of the race.
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Racing fans are salivating at the thought of this year’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes with 22 runners set to do battle over the six furlongs. Limato has been priced up as the favourite but the Henry Candy trained sprinter is likely to find this tough going with a number of talented competitors vying for success. Punters are set to put their faith in the five year old as they hunt for the winner in a competitive looking betting heat which can be found alongside all Royal Ascot races in online live betting with Guts.com – a UK licensed sportsbook website.
Limato disappointed in the Al Quoz Sprint despite plenty of optimism amongst connections prior to the race. Candy’s charge could only finish 10th in the 12 runner race but his below-par performance was put down to the rain-softened ground in Meydan. The Berkshire track is set to be more suitable with conditions likely to be firm underfoot.
French raider The Right Man was the winner in Meydan back in March and lines up against a number of familiar faces once more. The Didier Guillemin trained sprinter relished the softer conditions earlier in the year and may require more cut in the ground this time around. Any rainfall would play into the hands of the Group 1 winner.
Jungle Cat is another one of the usual protagonists and will be aiming for significant improvement on the final day of the festival. The Godolphin runner was declared for this contest 12 months ago but connections opted to compete in the Kings Stands Stakes putting in a pleasing performance to finish fourth. Charlie Appleby’s runner was once again hindered by the damp conditions in the UAE with the heavy rainfall around the region putting pay to his chances of success in the prestigious race.
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James Fanshawe sends The Tin Man to Royal Ascot for another tilt at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. The five year old was sent off favourite for the contest in 2016 but raced too keenly in the early stages and tamely crossed the line beating just one home. He emphatically made amends at the Berkshire track in October with victory in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint despite being drawn wide.
Of the other competitors, Magical Memory ran a big race in this contest just 12 months ago but narrowly missed out on the winners podium with Twilight Son for Henry Candy taking the honours. Frankie Detorri has been stood down from the ride following injury at Yarmouth and is set to be replaced by James Doyle.
Long On Value came second in the aforementioned Al Quoz Sprint and is quietly creeping up the betting for this contest. The six year old travels from the USA for this renewal and trainer Bill Mott is confident of a big run. He has never competed in the UK before and it’ll be interesting to see how it takes to the Ascot turf on Saturday.
A number of these horses re-oppose once again as they aim to reward their owners by landing the huge prize-pot in the final Group 1 at the festival. It’s a competitive looking field with a number of runners in with a chance of success but previous racecourse experience and the ability to handle firm ground could be the key to success over the six furlongs.