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2019 Royal Ascot day five tips – Race by race tips on Diamond Jubilee day

City Light (near) and Bound For Nowhere (far, left) try to catch Merchant Navy in last year's Diamond Jubilee.

Our expert takes a look through the ante-post betting for every race on day five at Royal Ascot and provides readers with his tips on Saturday 22nd June.

The curtain is drawn on Royal Ascot 2019 in fitting fashion on Saturday, with the day five card featuring some excellent races. The Hardwicke Stakes will be the first Grouped race to wow fans on day five, before the final Group One, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes brings this year’s Royal meeting to a thrilling conclusion.

Our expert has taken a look through all six race on the final day of Royal Ascot and provides readers with his ante-post tips.

2019 Royal Ascot Day Five Tips

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



Aidan O’Brien boasts a strong record in the Chesham and he’ll be hopeful that Lope Y Fernandez can follow in the footsteps of recent winners, September and Churchill. Any juvenile out of Ballydoyle who wins first time out has to be regarded as a serious prospect. Yet, I don’t think O’Brien would have learnt much from his charge’s easy win in a weak race and I’ll happily take the jolly on at his current price.

Highland Chief is an interesting entrant over this trip, considering Paul Cole’s youngster won his maiden over five furlongs. Sun Power came on nicely between runs, winning on the all-weather last time out and could challenge off an even bigger price. While both are worthy of a mention, I was really impressed with the way PINATUBO (4/1 Totesport) dealt with diversity at Epsom and I fancy Charlie Appleby’s colt may have the favourite’s number.

On the back of an impressive maiden victory at Wolverhampton, where Pinatubo swept two subsequent winners aside, James Doyle’s mount carried a short price into the Woodcote Stakes on Oaks day. Things went badly from the get-go, as Pinatubo slithered out of the stalls and, turning for home, the favourite found himself some 15 lengths adrift of the runaway leader.

Neither horse nor jockey panicked. Under a brilliantly patient ride, Pjnatubo steadily ate into the leader’s advantage, swooping to the front with a furlong to travel before cruising home in the closing stages. Pinatubo needed little encouragement in putting that race to bed and his breeding suggest this son of Shamardal will only improve for the step up in trip. 

Main Bet – PINATUBO (4/1 Totesport)
Next Best – SUN POWER e/w (20/1 Coral)

3:05pm Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 7f



Space Blues and Urban Icon renew rivalries after a thrilling battle in Surrey Stakes at Epsom. While I’m a fan of Richard Hannon’s charge, I’d favour Space Blues to stay ahead of his rival, as he’s a proven stayer over further than seven furlongs and the uphill finish at Ascot can catch some horses out.

Happy Power looks set for a quick turnaround, having won a Listed race at York just last week and he could give the favourite a run for his money. So Perfect is a consistent sort with plenty of talent and could go well against the colts. At a much longer price, however, I fancy the overlooked DUKE OF HAZZARD (40/1 Totesport) could run well beyond his odds.

Paul Cole’s colt enjoyed a solid two-year-old campaign, breaking his maiden tag in a hot contest at Glorious Goodwood, before claiming Listed glory over in France on his final juvenile start. Cole sent Duke Of Hazzard into battle with Persian King twice during the early stages of this season, running respectably on both occasions, before finishing seventh under top-weight in the Amix Silver Bowl Handicap on his return to British soil.

A five-length defeat in the French version of the Guineas is a result not to be sniffed at and Duke Of Hazzard was giving plenty of weight to several well-handicapped rivals at Haydock, on fast ground which wouldn’t have suited, so his results this season are much more encouraging than the bare form figures suggest. Cole’s charge ran really nicely at Royal Ascot last year, finishing third behind Arthur Kitt in the Chesham Stakes and Christophe Soumillon knows this hardy three-year-old well, having guided him to the Prix Isonomy back in October. 40/1 looks a huge price to me!

Main Bet – DUKE OF HAZZARD e/w (40/1 Totesport)

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



Crystal Ocean's defection to the Prince Of Wales' Stakes had blown this year’s renewal of the Hardwicke Stakes wide open. Moving in the opposite direction to Crystal Ocean is Masar, who will now make his comeback from injury in the Hardwicke, instead of the much-tougher Prince Of Wales's Stakes. I tipped Masar to win the Derby, so he will always have a place in my affections, but it's worth taking the market leader on as he makes his first start in well over a year.

Southern France is a very capable challenger who always seems to find at least one rival too good. I still think there's more to come from Lah Ti Dar, despite an underwhelming start to her campaign, but the best bet in this year's Hardwicke must now be DEFOE (4/1 Coral)

I had all-but written Roger Varian's gelding off heading into the Coronation Cup at Epsom, after Defoe had been comfortably beaten in two winnable races during the spring. All eyes were on Kew Gardens that day, as Ryan Moore's mount came with a withering run down the outside of the pack. Just when it seemed the St Leger winner had that race sewn up, Defoe sprung from the chasing pack in the final furlong and pipped Kew Gardens to the post.

That was a career-best effort in a very competitive Group One and Defoe will carry no penalty for that top-level success at Royal Ascot. Maybe it just took Andrea Atzeni's mount a little more time to recover from a gelding operation during the summer. Whatever the reason for those underwhelming showings earlier in the year, Defoe looks back to his best now and he's favoured to follow up in the Hardwicke.

Main Bet – DEFOE (4/1 Coral)
Next Best – LAH TI DAR e/w (10/1 Totesport)

4:20pm Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group One) (British Champion Series) 6f



Four days after securing back-to-back victories in the King's Stand Stakes, Blue Point will attempt a famous double when he carried the tag of favouritism into the Diamond Jubilee. Charlie Appleby's colt is easily the best sprinter in the race and he clearly loves this famous venue. Yet, there must be a reason why Appleby has prioritised five furlongs over six at the two previous Royal Ascot's and I'm keen to take Blue Point on as he appears for the second time at the meeting.

Invincible Army announced himself as a leading contender at Ascot by running away with the Duke Of York Stakes. James Tate’s colt was my best bet of the meeting in the Commonwealth Cup last year but failed to land a blow. Invincible Army is much more mature now, but I'm struggling to get last year's dismal effort out of my head and fancy taking the market leaders on with an each-way poke.

City Light ran a blinding race to finish second here last year and could be involved again. Yafta could be a player if he finally nails his start, but Saturday’s main event looks wide open to me and the value could lie with US raider, BOUND FOR NOWHERE (12/1 Totesport)

This lightly-raced five-year-old has been an integral part of Wesley Ward’s Ascot team for the past two seasons. Bound For Nowhere ran a mighty race to place fourth behind Caravaggio, Harry Angel and Blue Point in the 2017 Commonwealth Cup, bettering that result in last year’s Diamond Jubilee, where he hung on well to finish third - despite running a solo effort for much of the race and hanging badly left when Joel Rosario tried to find some company in the closing stages.

After ending last season running over a mile, Ward dropped Bound For Nowhere back to sprinting distances in the Shakertown Stakes on his reappearance, where the favourite was pipped to the post by Imprimis after cutting out the running. Bound For Nowhere has plenty of Ascot experience and performed superbly in this race 12 months ago. If he is better drawn this time around and finds a bit of early cover, he could give the market leaders a real headache.

Main Bet – BOUND FOR NOWHERE e/w (12/1 Totesport)
Next Best – CITY LIGHT e/w (8/1 Coral)

Tis Marvellous (fourth right, dark blue) finishing fourth behind Bacchus in last year's Wokingham.

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



Only one favourite has managed to claim victory in the Wokingham since 2005, with the previous two winners carrying odds of 25/1 and 33/1 into the winners’ enclosure. So, while names like Danzeno and Cape Byron stand out near the head of the market, looking for a dangerous, overlooked contender is clearly the way to go and there are a couple of names that stand out.

HEY JONESY (25/1 Coral) may be carrying 9-8 on his back, but Kevin Ryan’s sprinter has danced many a big dance over the past 18 months and has the ability to run well beyond his odds. As a two-year-old, Hey Jonesy placed fourth behind US Navy Flag in the Middle Park Stakes. Two further Group One outings followed in 2018, with Kevin Stott’s mount running a mighty race to cross the line just two lengths behind Eqtidaar in the Commonwealth Cup.

Ryan’s charge kicked off this season with a narrow defeat to Dream Of Dreams on the all-weather, before running a decent race in the Duke Of York Stakes. It looked for a little while like Hey Jonesy was going to stay with Invincible Army as the winner strode out for home, only for Stott’s mount to fade out of contention in the final furlong and eventually finish fifth. Hey Jonesy has run well on both his previous outings at Ascot and remains completely unexposed in handicap company. He represents good each-way value.

As does Clive Cox’s TIS MARVELLOUS (33/1 Coral) who clearly enjoys the challenges posed by this tricky track and looks to be dropping back towards a winnable mark. Tis Marvellous finished a length-fourth off a mark of 99 in this race 12 months ago, before following up with a solid victory over course-and-distance during the Shergar Cup.

Cox’s five-year-old has been beaten on all three of his outings this term, finishing fourth behind Invincible Army on his reappearance in the Cammidge Trophy before a decent effort under 10-00 in a competitive handicap at Goodwood. Tis Marvellous is now rated just one pound higher than the mark he carried to victory in the Shergar Cup and a bit of luck in running could see this experienced handicapper go close once again.

Bet One – HEY JONESY e/w (25/1 Coral)
Bet Two – TIS MARVELLOUS e/w (33/1 Coral)

5:35pm Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) 2m5½f


Horses from National Hunt stables boast an excellent record in this race, so it's easy to see why Max Dynamite is the favourite. Willie Mullins' charge has taken part in huge staying handicaps all over the world, winning some big races over jumps too, but recent results suggest this likeable nine-year-old is well past his best.

Gordon Elliott has won two of the three previous runnings of this race and has a couple of arrows to fire, with last year's winner, Pallasator his most likely winner. Black Corton could strut his stuff at Royal Ascot for the first time and could mount a challenge, as could Sue Gardener’s Couer Blimey. Yet, a flat racer got the better of the jumpers in the Ascot Stakes earlier in the week and I feel the group of flat racers entered into this curtain closer are better than their National Hunt counterparts.

Coreli has been running well in big handicaps over a mile-and-a-half over the past six months and, even though this race is over a mile longer than any trip he's ever faced, John Gosden mustn't be worried about his staying ability. Lucky Deal is a hardy handicapper who shouldn't be ignored either, I just feel CLEONTE (6/1 Coral) has more class than any of his rivals on the level and boasts valuable course form to bolster his chances.

Andrew Balding's charge made the headlines during the Shergar Cup here at Ascot, edging out three rivals who all went on to win big staying handicaps later in the season. Despite that victory, Cleonte was an overlooked 25/1 shot heading into the Cesarewitch, but proved he could cut it at the highest level by finishing a very close third behind two of Willie Mullins' raiders.

On his first start of the new campaign, Cleonte finished just four lengths adrift of this week's Gold Cup runner-up, Dee Ex Bee in the Sagaro Stakes here at Ascot. Silvestre De Sousa's mount was then very well-backed heading into the Chester Cup, only to find himself too far back on testing ground as Making Miracle poured on the pressure and Cleonte was eased down late on as he finished a distant eighth.

This being a conditions race, Cleonte will carry just 9-2 into battle, despite being the second-highest rated horse in the field. Balding hasn't tasted success at this year;s Royal meeting yet, but Cleonte has the class and experience to claim victory in Ascot final race.

Main Bet –  CLEONTE (6/1 Coral)
Next Best – COEUR BLIMEY e/w (25/1 Totesport)


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2019 Royal Ascot day five tips – Race by race tips on Diamond Jubilee day

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