Diamond Jubilee Stakes preview – Sprint stars take centre stage at Royal Ascot 2020
The Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes keeps its usual position as the highlight of the final day at Royal Ascot. Contested over six furlongs on the straight course, it is the third Group 1 sprint race of the meeting and superstars such as Blue Point and Australian legend Black Caviar have been successful. Christopher Loader has cast his eye over some key contenders as he marks your card with the likely winner. . .
Diamond Jubilee 2020 – favourite looks solid
Hello Youmazin is favourite with every bookmaker for this race. The son of Kodiac developed nicely last season as a three-year-old and won the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup for Kevin Ryan. After that performance, he went to Ascot on Champions Day but could muster only a sixth-place finish on the testing ground which can be overlooked. He is definitely on the shortlist and could progress further in Royal Ascot 2020, but my only concern would be his record at Ascot which is far from convincing.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes 2020 – plenty of dangers
For those looking for winning Royal Ascot betting tips, One Master is prominent in the betting and she finished second behind Donjuan Triumphant in the same race as Hello Youmazin disappointed in at the end of last season. The daughter of Fastnet Rock has been a delight for connections but the trip is an issue as her ideal distance is seven furlongs. Her career-best efforts have come the Group 1 Prix De La Foret at Longchamp, winning that race twice. She could have a massive chance if the rain comes as she relishes soft ground. It will be key to monitor the weather throughout the week.
Godolphin’s best chance in the race appears to be Space Blues, who boasts some useful form from last season behind the likes of Too Darn Hot and Advertise in Group 1 company. The son of Dubawi did venture out to Meydan for one race in the spring but finished in a disappointing seventh place. He is due a prep run at Haydock ahead of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
On paper. Cape Byron would have a great chance and represents massive value at this year’s Royal Ascot. The son of Shamardal has a terrific record at this track, winning there on four occasions. His best trip seems to be six furlongs and he landed a massive gamble at Royal Ascot last year in the Wokingham Handicap. The six-year-old would not want the ground too soft but he will be a major contender despite not being a Group 1 winner.
The Tin Man will have his supporters on the day for James Fanshawe. The son of Equiano is another Ascot specialist, winning at the course three times during his career. He is an admirable horse who still can produce high-quality performances as demonstrated last year by finishing second in the Haydock Sprint Cup but he could be vulnerable to younger types.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes 2020 – Big-race verdict
I will be hugely tempted to back up my wagers by using plenty of Royal Ascot free bets on Cape Byron as he’s likely to run a big race at a track he loves, bu if the ground was to get testing I would be tempted to keep One Master on side