Royal Ascot Saturday tips – Through the card selections for the final day
Royal Ascot Saturday tips – Through the card selections for the final day
We enter the fifth and final day of what has been another top-class Royal Ascot Festival and the closing Saturday card boasts seven more races. We’ve picked out our Royal Ascot Saturday tips through the card for the final day.
Saturday sees the fifth and final day of the 2021 Royal Ascot Festival going to post and another top-class racecard awaits punters where seven races will unfold including the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the typically competitive cavalry charge that is the Wokingham Handicap.
Ed Chamberlain and the ITV Racing team will be on hand again with all their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on what promises to be a thrilling final day and we’ve picked out our Royal Ascot Saturday tips and best bets through the card.
ROYAL ASCOT SATURDAY TIPS – THROUGH THE CARD SELECTIONS FOR THE FINAL DAY
2:30 Ascot – Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 7f
NEW SCIENCE looked a colt of real potential when making a winning debut at Yarmouth last month and Charlie Appleby’s charge can improve on that performance with the experience sure to have brought him on.
The son of Lope De Vega made all the running to score readily by the best part of two lengths from Reach For The Moon who ran green; but William Buick was able to ease him close home and there’s surely more in the locker to come.
The ground was on the easy side that day which offers hope he can cope with the likely deeper ground and with further progress likely he can double up here.
3:05 Ascot – Jersey Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 7f
MUTASAABEQ could be worth chancing to bounce back from his 2000 Guineas defeat where he could only finish seventh behind Poetic Flare although he ran better than the bare result that day and could progress with the softer conditions holding no fears for Charlie Hills’ charge.
The Invincible Spirit colt was ridden prominently in the colts’ Classic, keeping on well but unable to find a change of gear on the quicker ground. This softer surface will suit and he won his debut on heavy ground so can do better.
He also struck a good win over three rivals at Newmarket in April on his return, running out a six lengths’ winner in a good time and looking a colt of real potential. He can do better dropping back into a Group Three from the top level he contested last time and with the return to seven furlongs another plus he can go close here.
3:40 Ascot – Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 1m4f
Although she lacks a recent run it might be worth chancing on the fitness of WONDERFUL TONIGHT who handled soft ground very well and ran to a very good level last term with three wins which included a brace of Group One victories at Longchamp and here latterly when winning the Fillies and Mares’ Championship.
David Menuisier’s charge ran out a two lengths’ victor over Dame Malliot that day, ploughing through the mud to register a solid win and his earlier Prix de Royallieu victory came in heavy ground so these conditions will certainly hold no fears for her.
Her fitness has to be taken on trust, but she represents a very shrewd operation and has to be respected if fully wound up so there’d be no surprise to see her in the mix.
4:20 Ascot – Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (4yo+) 6f
DREAM OF DREAMS finished runner-up in this in 2019 behind Blue Point and again twelve months ago when denied a head by Hello Youmzain; the Dream Ahead gelding can make it third time lucky in the race and follow up his recent Windsor success on his reappearance.
Sir Michael Stoute’s cahrge did win twice last term, scoring in a Group Two at Newbury before landing the Haydock Sprint Cup where he beat subsequent Champion Sprinter Glen Sheil although that one reversed the form next time over course and distance.
He didn’t aid his cause by racing freely where the draw may not have helped and he perhaps failed to last home; but he showed age was not blunting his speed or ability when readily winning a Listed contest on his reappearance and he’s likely to be all the straighter for that outing which will have brought him on.
Softer ground is no problem and Ryan Moore has a good record on the seven-year old so he could be worth chancing to finally get his hooves on this prize having found only one too good in the past two years.
5:00 Ascot – Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-110) 6f
Tough to know how the heavy rain will affect the draw for this cavalry charge with higher numbers having had the best of the week. However it might be worth chancing on ROHAAN continuing his remarkable progress to win for the fourth time in five starts.
David Evans’ charge has now won six times since joining from George Scott and finds himself 57lbs higher in the weights since registering the first of those victories at Newcastle last December. His most recent victory came when holding on to the line to deny Dragon Symbol in the Group Two Sandy Lane Stakes and back in a handicap there could still be more to come.
He’ll need things to drop right for him given his style of running, but he’s sure to get a strong pace to aim at and assuming the draw works in his favour he continue his improvement to land this valuable handicap prize.
5:35 Ascot – Golden Gates Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m2f
IRISH LEGEND won on soft ground on debut at Nottingham last October before following up on the all-weather and his run on his reappearance in the Sandown Classic Trial is best overlooked having shaped as if amiss.
Hugo Palmer’s charge however bounced back to winning form equipped with cheekpieces at Newcastle last month, beating Chase The Dollar by a head and the Sea The Stars colt could continue his improvement with blinkers now replacing that headgear.
That last win came on his handicap debut but he could have more to come and he’s only been raised 3lbs while the booking of Colin Keane for this assignment suggests there could be a big run in the pipeline.
He will need to show improvement on his form to date but that is certainly possible and boasting winning form in the mud he could be worth an interest to run a good race at a big prize.
6:10 Ascot – Queen Alexandra Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 2m5½f
The longest race of the week at Royal Ascot and it could take some getting in the conditions; it might be worth siding with STRATUM to close out the meeting with a winner for Willie Mullins and the 2019 Cesarewitch winner can bounce back from a lacklustre run in the Vintage Crop Stakes when last seen.
The Dansili gelding has been mixing hurdling with outings on the flat, finishing a good seventh in last season’s Guinness Hurdle at the Galway Festival and runner-up to Enbihaar in the Lonsdale Cup among his better runs last year.
Never a factor in either the Melbourne Cup or Ladbrokes Hurdle he returned to the level to score at Gowran Park in April but ran flat latest and has been given another break. He does however handle soft ground and it was testing when he won the Cesarewitch a couple of seasons ago and he should have no issue with this longer trip given his hurdling background.
The handicapper has eased him 2lbs for his last outing at Navan and with Ryan Moore up he looks set for a big performance in the Royal Ascot finale.