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2018 Diamond Jubilee Stakes tips – Who will triumph in Royal Ascot’s Saturday showpiece?

A view of Harry Angel (centre) finishing second in last season's Commonwealth Cup.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the feature Group One on the fifth and final day of Royal Ascot and provides readers with his tips on Saturday 23rd June.

The 2018 Royal Ascot meeting will come to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday, with a final day card packed with quality contests. The highlight on day five is undoubtedly the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, an electrifying six-furlong sprint which has been won by some of the finest equine athletes ever to grace the sport.

Sprinters from Britain, Ireland, France, Australia and the United States do battle in a truly global renewal of this historic Group One. Our expert has taken a look through the field and provided readers with his tips.

4:20pm Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 6f



This will be the second time Bound For Nowhere has made the trip to Berkshire, having finished a not-so-distant fourth in a cracking renewal of the Commonwealth Cup last season. The US raider brings good form with him to Ascot, having triumphed by four lengths last time out, but Wesley Ward’s horses haven’t been performing this week and there are others who hold greater appeal.

Last year’s winner, The Tin Man loves it here at Ascot – especially when the ground is firm – and offers punters plenty of each-way value. Librisa Breeze, on the other hand, has shown most of his best form on softer surfaces, but last season’s Champion Sprinter cannot be overlooked.

Redkirk Warrior took his game to a new level at the start of the season, claiming two narrow victories in high quality contests at Flemington. Merchant Navy – who passed the post third behind Redkirk Warrior when they clashed over five furlongs in February – made the move to Aidan O’Brien’s yard in May and made a winning start to life at Ballydoyle by producing a brilliant penalty-carrying display to beat some strong rivals in the Greenlands Stakes.

A winless record around Ascot has led to many punters looking past HARRY ANGEL and placing their faith with the likes of Redkirk Warrior and Merchant Navy. However, the favourite proved last season he was the best sprinter in the business when on his game and it’s about time Harry Angel’s Ascot hoodoo came to an end.

Despite falling to a disappointing defeat on his final start of the season in the Champion Sprint, Clive Cox can look back on Harry Angel’s 2017 campaign with an immense sense of pride. His four-year-old developed into one of the most-feared sprinters in the sport, winning the July Cup before powering to a tremendous triumph in the Sprint Cup on ground many through the favourite would hate.

Harry Angel looked a tired horse at Ascot in October. He couldn’t find the devastating burst of speed that had helped him reach a rating of 125 and faded as Librisa Breeze scored a surprise victory. Yet, that fourth place finish has done nothing to dampen Harry Angel’s aura and he remains the sprinter to beat in 2018.

Cox sent his stable star to York on his reappearance, with Harry Angel carrying a considerable penalty into the Duke Of York Stakes. Despite giving weight away to recent winner Brando, the favourite made light work of the task at hand, needed just a couple of slaps to wake up and put the race to bed.

Intelligence Cross is likely to be used as a pacemaker by Aidan O’Brien. Harry Angel, who also likes to be prominent, has been drawn on the shoulder of Intelligence Cross and he could get the perfect toe into the race. 

This years’ Royal Ascot has been tremendous. However, with many of the expected stars failing to fire and some surprise results in the feature races, the 2018 meeting has lacked a stand-out performance. I’m hopeful Harry Angel will oblige in the final Group One of the meeting.

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2018 Diamond Jubilee Stakes tips – Who will triumph in Royal Ascot’s Saturday showpiece?

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the feature Group One on the fifth and final day of Royal Ascot and provides readers with his tips on Saturday 23rd June.

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