So we’ve made it! The final day of Royal Ascot 2020 is upon us, and considering at one stage the meeting might never have taken place it’s been a good job done by all.
As for finding winners, well it hasn’t been easy, particularly with the ground changing mid-week, but we’ve found some decent victors along the way and banged in a nice treble on Wednesday.
So, let’s get straight to it and see what we can do on a marathon Day 5 with eight races.
We kick off with the Silver Wokingham Handicap over 6f. So hard this, but SWINDLER could be different class to this lot for the in-form Ed Walker. He’s proven at the track and goes with cut in the ground so much in his favour.
Next up we are back with the juveniles with the Group 3 Queen Mary over 5f. Aidan O’Brien hasn’t dominated all the juvenile races this week but I think he will have the winner here with MORE BEAUTIFUL. The daughter of War Front looked a machine at Naas on debut and is out of the terrific mare Maybe.
Back with the youngsters here with the Group 2 Coventry Stakes over 6f. I was impressed with the Godolphin colt CREATIVE FORCE at Newmarket first time and the Dubawi colt stayed on powerfully that day. He could be very useful for the Pinatubo team of Charlie Appleby and William Buick.
It’s Group 1 company here with the Coronation Stakes for fillies over nearly 1m. Roger Charlton has suggested QUADRILATERAL is getting faster and I think she’s a good thing here and will be my Nap of the day. Juice in the ground is no issue and her third in the 1000 Guineas is decent form. Jason Watson has a big chance here of being as Royal Ascot hero and more importantly landing my Paddy Power good thing.
Next the colt’s version of the Coronation with the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes over nearly 1m. I’m keeoing the faith with PINATUBO, who was far from disgraced just behind Wichita when both were placed in the 2000 Guineas won by Kameko. James Doyle tells me Pinatubo has improved masses since then and I think he will bounce back for Appleby and Buick.
Yet another Group 1, although this time over 6f with the Diamond Jubilee Stakes for the speedsters. I’ll be having a decent eachway bet on ONE MASTER in this. The mare stays a bit further but has fantastic Ascot form for William Haggas and will be finishing off very strongly. Whether she gets there in time we’ll just have to see. Doyle a good booking.
We stay at 6f now, but it’s handicap company with the super hot Wokingham. Hard to sort this race out. SUMMERGHAND, who was fifth last year, is going to be very hard to kick out the frame for David O’Meara and Doyle again. A horse who stays a bit further and goes with cut in the ground, my hope is not badly handicapped and should run a cracker.
And we close Royal Ascot 2020 as ever with the Queen Alexandra Stakes over nearly 2m6f. WHO DARES WINS is a Northumberland Plate hero who stays well on the Flat and has been campaigned with great credit over jumps by Alan King. He should be bang there at the death.
So, once again pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?