IT’S the final day of Royal Ascot 2019, and let’s hope to hit Paddy hard on the last afternoon of top-class action.
I want to get straight to it, and the feature race is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at 4.20pm, the big sprint over six furlongs.
Hero earlier in the week Blue Point has been declared again and may well be back for more. However, this is a very different ball game to the 5f King’s Stand Stakes and I’d be surprised if he pulled off the double.
The one I like each-way is last year’s French-trained runner-up CITY LIGHT, who likes to come from off the pace and stays strongly. He returned to form with a decent comeback at Maisons-Laffitte last time and this time last year went desperately close to winning the big prize. Conditions are ideal for another huge effort.
The day kicks off with the Listed Chesham Stakes over seven furlongs at 2,30pm where we all hope we might see a potential Derby contender. Hard to get away from LOPE Y FERNANDEZ here as he looked really special over this distance at the Curragh first time up. He cost a fortune and there is every chance he will blitz them for Aidan O’Brien.
It’s the Group 3 Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs at 3.05pm. The one I like here is HAPPY POWER, who is improving all the time for Andrew Balding and Silvestre de Sousa. He should get a good gallop to run at and his win at York last time suggested there is even more to come. On ratings, he should be bang there.
We’re over a longer trip at 3.40pm with the 1m 4f Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes. All eyes on the return of the 2018 Derby hero Masar. Dropped in grade he has every chance. However, it’s very hard to win here first time out after a lay-off – as Sea of Class showed earlier in the week – and Charlie Appleby will have to have his four-year-old pretty close to peak form.
Masar can win, but I want to back LAH TI DAR each-way despite a poor effort last time. We have not seen the best of the John Gosden-trained runner this term, as she was far from impressive when scoring at York on her debut. However, she can bounce back after a dismal effort in the Coronation Cup and she has decent track form after a third to Magical and Coronet in the Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes at Ascot in 2018. Frankie Dettori is a plus.
There’s a cavalry charge at 5.00pm with the Wokingham Handicap over six furlongs. I will have a few quid each-way on CAPE BYRON, who runs over six furlongs for the first time in his life. He was a terrific winner of the Victoria Cup at this track for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni and will be coming home strongest of all despite a 4lb rise in the weights for that latest victory.
And finally, as is tradition, Royal Ascot comes to an end with the Queen Alexandra Stakes at 5.35pm over 2m 5f. It might be mad at the age of 10, but I have a feeling the old boy PALLASATOR will hit the frame at reasonable odds for Gordon Elliott. He of course is the defending champion and can send Oisin Murphy home in good form.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
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