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Royal Ascot Day 5 Tips and Preview - Race-by-race guide to the final day of Royal Ascot

Racingbase Staff in UK Racing 17 Jun 2016
  • Six races take place on the final day of Royal Ascot
  • The Diamond Jubilee features Holler
The fifth and final day of Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot reaches the fifth and final day on Saturday and we preview all six races.

The closing day’s programme features a further six quality contests, including the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the ultra-competitive cavalry charge of the Wokingham Stakes.

Here is our guide to all six races.

2:30 Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 7f

An intruiging opening race in which two of Frankel’s winning progeny oppose, with slight preference for Newbury scorer CUNCO who took plenty of time to get going off a steady pace over the six furlong trip last time, but won going away. John Gosden’s charge looked inexperienced in that race, but learnt quickly as the race developed before showing a good turn of foot to challenge and pass the re-opposing Isomer to win a shade cosily, and there is surely better to come from him now he faces a stiffer test of stamina. Underfoot conditions shouldn’t pose much of a problem, as that Newbury run came in some fairly demanding conditions, and he boasts solid claims of following up that success here.

3:05 Wolferton Handicap (Listed Race) Cl1 1m2f

BEST OF TIMES was entitled to need his first run in more than one year when finishing ninth on his return to action at Chester last month, finishing just five lengths behind Sound Advice having endured numerous traffic problems trying to deliver a challenge. Saeed bin Suroor’s charge was a dual-winner as a juvenile, and he won on his return to action last term when beating Balios to land the Listed Newmarket Stakes, prior to pushing subsequent Group Two winner Storm The Stars hard at Goodwood in the Cocked Hat Stakes on his last run last term. The Dubawi gelding should be sharper for that return, where he showed he retains all his ability as he travelled well for much of the race before being denied a clear run as the field turned in over a trip arguably short of his best, and while he wouldn’t have won that race he would meet with further interference later in the race which would cost him all chance of making the frame. While he would likely prefer better ground, the return to this trip will suit and he could be leniently treated off this mark if able to build on that return.

3:40 Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 1m4f

EXOSPHERE was impressive at Newmarket on his return to action at Newmarket when upped to this distance in April, running out a ready four-length victor over the re-opposing Simple Verse. Sir Michael Stoute’s charge was a three-time winner last term, scoring at Lingfield, Doncaster and Sandown prior to running another solid race when third to Scottish in the Doonside Cup at Ayr. He looked a different proposition at Newmarket last time, always travelling strongly to beat the St Leger heroine who has subsequently run well in defeat in the Coronation Cup. That form looks the strongest on offer in this contest, and the Beat Hollow colt escapes a penalty for that Newmarket success, so can be fancied to run another big race here. With improvement likely to come with that outing under his belt, he can confirm that form over the Classic winner to register another success here.

4:20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1) Cl1 6f

TWILIGHT SON will have no issue with the conditions underfoot here, and Henry Candy’s sprint star could be the one to side with in this competitive contest. The Kyllachy colt won each of his first five starts, showing marked improvement each time to progress from handicaps to beat Strath Burn when winning the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock in September by a short head, with Magical Memory back in third. Henry Candy’s charge showed plenty of determination to hold off all-comers once he got to the front, and the run catapulted him into the picture for the Champion Sprint where he found only Muhaarar too strong. The Tin Man was back in fourth that day, and he shaped encouragingly on his return at York when seemingly needing the outing behind Magical Memory, where he finished fifth under a considerate ride, and he should be much sharper for the outing now. There are few better trainers of sprint types than Candy, and the Kyllachy colt remains open to plenty of progress with that run under his belt; and a return to the sort of form that saw him win at Haydock last term will put him firmly in the mix.

5:00 Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 6f

This could take some getting given the field will go hard in some testing conditions, so the proven stamina over further of MUTAWATHEA could win the day in a hugely competitive contest. Simon Crisford’s charge was a dual-winner on the all-weather last time over one mile, and subsequently went close at Goodwood in July when beaten just a half-length behind Pastoral Player. The Exceed and Excel gelding won on his last start over this trip, which came at Lingfield back in 2014, but having held his form well this year on the all-weather with a pair of placed efforts from three starts, he showed turf to be no problem when beaten less than one length behind Flash Fire in the Victoria Cup here in May. Upped 3lbs for that, he is better off at the weights with the Godolphin runner now, and his stamina could prove a significant asset in these conditions providing the usually prominent racer can go with what will likely be a strong early pace.

5:35 Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) Cl2 2m5f159y

The longest race of the five-day festival and a competitive event can go the way of FROSTY BERRY despite Ed de Giles’ charge having to prove stamina for this trip. The Proclamation mare has thrived for the switch to this yard and the application of a hood, racking up four straight wins towards the end of last year on the turf at Redcar, and on the fibresand at Southwell; and she bounced back from a poor effort at Lingfield in February to post a shock win over the classy Clever Cookie in a Nottingham Listed event. Although she has been hammered by the handicapper as a result of that success, which will make life tougher taking on some stiff opposition; she will relish these conditions and hasn’t looked to be stopping at the end of two miles on Southwell’s punishing fibresand surface so there is reason to be optimistic she’ll get this far. While she does need to improve again, she is still relatively unexposed as a stayer and could have more to offer over this extreme distance, so no surprise if she were to give another good account of herself in a competitive finale.

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