The concluding day of Royal Ascot features one of the world’s premier sprint races with the Diamond Jubilee over six furlongs the feature race on the card. Blue Point is the story of the race as he bids to complete an impressive double having won the King’s Stand on Tuesday.
Only one horse, Choisir, has ever achieved that in the same year but if he puts up a similar performance as he did earlier in the week then nobody will get near him.
There’s an international feel to the race with last year’s second and third, City Light from France and Bound For Nowhere from America reopposing as well as Lims Cruiser from Singapore and Enzos Lad from New Zealand both declared. Le Brivido makes the rather unconventional drop in trip having run in the Queen Anne on Tuesday while Invincible Army has been impressive in both his wins this year so far.
A fascinating renewal of the Hardwicke Stakes includes 2018 Derby winner Masar who has not been seen since that success on the Epsom Downs. He will need to be near that best to see off Defoe, winner of the Coronation Cup at Epsom three weeks ago. Lah Ti Dar was back in the field that day but she is capable of better and could be involved while Southern France was second to Stradivarius at York last month. Mirage Dancer strikes as a typical Sir Michael Stoute improver and he could well be up to winning this after a Listed success at Goodwood on his seasonal reappearance.
Opening the card is the seven furlong Chesham Stakes for two-year-olds where the hype horse is Coolmore’s Lope Y Fernandez who made a winning start to his career at the Curragh and will be a short order to follow up here. There are plenty with potential though and Pinatubo looked a strong stayer at Epsom so this extended trip should suit while Sun Power might improve again after getting off the mark on his second start.
The Group Three Jersey Stakes includes Space Blues and Urban Icon who contested the finish at Epsom last time in a Listed race and could be to the fore again while Momkin would be a player on his second in the Craven. Happy Power was a Listed winner a week ago at York and he would be right there if reproducing that form.
The six furlong Wokingham Handicap is wide open with bookmakers betting 8/1 the field at the time of writing as Cape Byron, Danzeno and Gunmetal head the field. The later of those caught the eye when running on well at York while Cape Byron won the Victoria Cup at Ascot in May and showed plenty of pace that day so the drop in trip won’t be an issue. Hey Jonesy drops to handicap company and he might well have enough class for this having finished fifth in the Commonwealth Cup last year.
The concluding race of Royal Ascot 2019 is the Queen Alexandra Stakes and it’s Max Dynamite who looks the one to beat. Rich Ricci’s colours are more regularly seen in the National Hunt sphere but the Willie Mullins trained gelding has an excellent chance here under Ryan Moore. Cleonte ran well behind Dee Ex Bee at Ascot in May and should hold every chance while last year’s winner Pallasator can’t be discounted.
The battle for top jockey could go right down to the wire as Ryan Moore heads into the final day with five winners on the board and Frankie Dettori has seven. Between them they have won 50% of races this week and it was fitting to see them both fight out the finish to the final race today. Aidan O’Brien is well clear in the leading trainer standings with five winners and John Gosden, William Haggas, Sir Michael Stoute and Mark Johnston all have two.