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2019 Royal Ascot tips - Through-the-card picks for the final day of the Royal Meeting

Brian Healy 21 Jun 2019
Saturday plays host the fifth and final day of the 2019 Royal Ascot Festival.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for the final day of the 2019 Royal Ascot Festival, featuring the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

The fifth and final day of the 2019 Royal Ascot Festival goes to post on Saturday, and another top-class racecard awaits punters with the feature Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes taking centre stage on the afternoon.

In addition to the feature race, there is also classy Group Two support taking place with the Hardwicke Stakes; while the famous Wokingham Stakes cavalry charge also heads to post.

2:30 - Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
3:05 - Jersey Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
3:40 - Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f
4:20 - Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 6f
5:00 - Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-110) 6f
5:35 - Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5½f

Saturday’s race-by-race action will be televised live on ITV Racing in its’ entirety, with Ed Chamberlain and the rest of the team on-hand again to deliver their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the action.

And Brian Healy takes a look at the final day’s racecard for the 2019 Royal Ascot Festival, and he gives his race-by-race selections for Saturday’s action.

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

PINATUBO (7/2, Coral) stepped up on an impressive debut success at Wolverhampton in May to follow up next time at Epsom, winning the Woodcote Stakes in good style; Charlie Appleby’s charge could land the hat-trick here.

The form of his debut effort has worked out quite well with the runner-up winning next time before running second in the Windsor Castle Stakes; while the third horse home has also won since.

The Shamardal colt hinted that a step up in trip could unlock further improvement when successful at Epsom, as he took a little while to get going before ultimately winning a shade cosily; while the performance was all the more creditable as he was worked up prior to the start and then he broke slowly away from the stalls.

He has the potential to do better still after his two wins to date, and with the potential for significant further improvement to come then he gets the vote to land the three-timer assuming the softer ground doesn’t inconvenience.

3:05 - Jersey Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 7f

BYE BYE HONG KONG (14/1, Totesport, each-way) perhaps didn’t act on the track at Epsom last time when a shade disappointing behind Zaaki in the Group Three Diomed Stakes, but Andrew Balding’s charge is taken to bounce back despite being overlooked by Sylvestre De Sousa for this assignment.

The Street Cry colt had shown progressive form last term, winning at Windsor on his second start before acquitting himself well behind Too Darn Hot in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, and then getting to within one length of Arctic Sound in the Group Three Somerville Tattersall stakes at Newmarket.

Returning from a break, he registered further wins at Chelmsford and Windsor in a Listed race, beating Oh This Is Us, prior to his Epsom disappointment. But back on a more conventional track he could be capable of better here, and he has soft ground form as a juvenile so shouldn’t be inconvenienced by the underfoot conditions.

Dropping back to seven furlongs for this outing, he could be worth chancing to leave the form of his Epsom run behind, and he could post a big effort here.

3:40 - Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f

Masar will be hard to keep out of the frame if returning fully wound up ahead of his reappearance, and this looks a fairly winnable renewal if last year’s Epsom Derby winner is somewhere near his best.

But it could be worth chancing on SOUTHERN FRANCE (9/2, Coral) to build on his excellent second behind Stradivarius in the Yorkshire Cup last month, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can get off the mark for the season.

The Galileo colt was a dual-winner last term, winning a Listed race at Navan before chasing home stablemate Kew Gardens in the Queen’s Vase. Third to the same rival subsequently in the St Leger, he ran a fair race in the Cesarewitch, finishing seventh behind Low Sun.

Placed in both starts this term, including behind the Ascot Gold Cup winner, he travelled really strongly in that race before being outgunned by Sir Michael Stoute’s star, and he could be worth chancing dropping back to this shorter trip.

The form of his Vintage Crop Stakes win on his reappearance is decent; but his run behind Stradivarius where he pulled five lengths clear of the third certainly puts him the frame here, and with the yard in good form this week he ought to give a good account if the lesser distance doesn’t catch him out.

4:20 - Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 6f

Blue Point is interesting lining up again following his win in the King’s Stand Stakes earlier in the week, and Charlie Appleby’s charge could be tough to beat given his excellent record here. He could be best when fresh however, and he is taken on with the improving DREAM OF DREAMS (16/1, Coral, each-way) who is getting better with age, and he arrives here 2-2 for the season having run out a convincing winner of a Listed contest at Windsor last month.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge acquitted himself well in Group company last term, making the frame on four consecutive starts which included a trio of silver medal finishes, and he might have found the run coming too soon when disappointing in the Champion Sprint.

He was impressive latest at Windsor, winning with more in hand than the official margin might suggest, overcoming trouble in running in the process to win readily. This will demand more from the Dream Ahead entire, but ground is unlikely to inconvenience him and he is proven over seven furlongs while showing plenty of speed to cope with this trip.

The step back into Group One company will demand more from the five-year old, but he is progressing well and may have more to offer given his improvement already this term. He can give a good account, and no surprise to see him in the frame under the in-form Danny Tudhope.

5:00 - Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-110) 6f

PERFECTION (16/1, Totesport, each-way) won three times last term when trained by John Gosden, with his victories counting the Listed Boadicea Stakes among them. The Dutch Art filly had also finished a good fifth behind Agrotera in the Sandringham earlier in the campaign, and she could be capable of bouncing back to form here.

Now with David O’Meara, there was a lot to like about her reappearance near-miss behind Pretty Baby at Lingfield over seven furlongs, scoring by a head, and she may just have found six furlongs on fast ground too much when disappointing latest in the Listed Cecil Frail Stakes at Haydock.

The steady pace there wouldn’t have helped, but there’ll be no hanging about in this contest and she has the speed to cope with six furlongs, while a slower surface will be more in her favour. 

She could be worth forgiving that Haydock run, and so long as the ground doesn’t turn up to be fast then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see her getting competitive from this sort of mark and she can go close in this competitive handicap contest.

5:35 - Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5½f

PALLASATOR (9/1, Totesport) is taken to successfully defend the crown he won in good style ast term, and Gordon Elliott’s Motivator gelding could take plenty of beating.

The veteran was a classy performer in his heyday for Sir Mark Prescott, but his precocious temperament perhaps held him back from fully realising his potential. Despte a tendency to boil over in the preliminaries, he did rack up wins at Group Two level, as well as make the frame on several occasions in Pattern company.

Having moved to Gordon Elliott, he looked a potentially high-class hurdler in racking up a pair of wins over timber which included a Grade Two, and he returned to the level here twelve months ago to deliver a thumping defeat of Renneti and others before finding the trip of the Irish St Leger too short.

He disappointed again on his reappearance over 1m 6f at Leopardstown last month, beating only one home behind Twilight Payment; but stepping up markedly in trip and likely to come on for that reappearance then he could prove a different proposition now with the ground no issue.

He only has 3lbs more on his back than when romping to victory twelve months ago, and if back to his best then he ought to take plenty of beating.


2:30 - PINATUBO (7/2, Coral)

3:05 - BYE BYE HONG KONG (14/1, Totesport, each-way

3:40 - SOUTHERN FRANCE (9/2, Coral)

4:20 - DREAM OF DREAMS (16/1, Coral, each-way)

5:00 - PERFECTION (16/1, Totesport, each-way)

5:35 - PALLASATOR (9/1, Totesport)

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