We’re finishing off this year’s Royal Ascot tips with seven selections for Saturday’s card, which features the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
With other high-class contests and wide-open handicaps being shown on the box, let’s hope these selections can help punters to bash the bookies.
Andrew Balding’s juvenile handled soft ground well when scoring at Goodwood on debut and that could again prove decisive here after all the recent rain.
The manner of that victory also suggested this step up to seven furlongs should suit and champion jockey Oisin Murphy is the ideal rider to try and get him home after starring this week.
3.05 LIGHT REFRAIN
Owned and bred by The Queen, this daughter of Frankel loves to take her time before coming through in the closing stages and has strong each-way claims in the Jersey Stakes.
It was heavy going when she was a close fourth in the Group Two Sandy Lane at Haydock last month and Tom Marquand remains in the saddle.
3.40 WONDERFUL TONIGHT
David Menuisier has warned that his dual Group One winner will come on for this seasonal reappearance but she still appeals now that the ground has come in her favour.
The Hardwicke Stakes is the first step on a path which could end up with a tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October, but Menuisier said: “That doesn’t mean she won’t put up a lovely performance.”
4.20 GLEN SHIEL
Hollie Doyle hit the target with a big-priced victory on Tuesday and has been backed to do the business on Archie Watson’s star sprinter in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
This seven-year-old gelding relished testing ground when prevailing over the same course and distance on British Champions Day last October.
Simon Turner, racing director for owners Hambleton Racing, said: “Obviously we welcome the rain at Ascot and he’s in great condition at home. He’s come on for his reappearance run in Ireland and we couldn’t be happier with him.”
This fast-improving three-year-old landed a Group Three prize here in April and then showed he handles heavy ground with a Group Two success at Haydock, both at long odds.
The form of that latest triumph was franked when runner-up Dragon Symbol was first past the post in the Commonwealth Cup, so he is taken to prove a class apart in the Wokingham.
5.35 KING FRANKEL
Frankie Dettori rides this typically-tough Mark Johnston colt who is coming off good runs at Newbury and Epsom and may still have scope for a bit more progress.
Willie Mullins won the Queen Alexandra Stakes in 2012 and 2014 when booking Ryan Moore and turns to the same jockey for this marathon finale again this term, so we’re taking the hint.
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