We’re posting Royal Ascot 2019 tips for every race at this year’s five-day spectacular and have six selections for another superb card on Saturday.
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is the feature event on the final afternoon of this great festival and here are some pointers from PA Sport’s Nick Grant.
2.30 LOPE Y FERNANDEZ (nap)
Sent off favourite for his maiden at the Curragh earlier this month, he won with real authority and there was a notable enthusiasm in the post-race comments of his trainer Aidan O’Brien.
It usually speaks volumes for the ability of O’Brien’s youngsters when they win in that manner first time up and it will be disappointing if he is beaten for our Royal Ascot 2019 tips.
3.05 SPACE BLUES
Always highly regarded by the Charlie Appleby team, he is starting to fulfil his potential and has looked very good in his last two outings.
This is a step up in class, but with his confidence high at the moment, he is the one to beat in the Jersey Stakes.
He looked a potential top-notcher in his three-year-old season, heading to the St Leger with an unblemished record, but ultimately finished down the field in the Doncaster Classic.
His four-year-old efforts were generally solid, but he could not quite bag a Group One, despite twice going close in Germany, and not being beaten far in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
Roger Varian’s charge took a couple of runs to hit his stride this year, but finally put it all together to surprise the heavily-fancied Kew Gardens in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.
Unpenalised for that success, if he is in the same sort of mood, he must surely go close, with underfoot conditions unlikely to be of any concern.
4.20 INVINCIBLE ARMY
James Tate’s sprinter (pictured above) can top what has been a faultless first half of the campaign with a Group One victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
The four-year-old has always been a good horse waiting to happen – and this year it certainly has.
He kicked off the season in the Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster, readily putting his rivals to the sword for Listed honours, before going on to York for the Duke of York Stakes.
That offered much more of a test, but it was one he passed with flying colours, finding plenty when asked to quicken and running out a smooth winner.
Although beaten in last year’s Commonwealth Cup, things did not quite go to plan that day, so it is worth forgiving him that, especially as he does have winning form over this course and distance – significantly, with some cut in the ground.
5.00 CAPE BYRON
Goes really well at Ascot and the fact he stays seven furlongs is no bad thing in a helter-skelter sprint such as the Wokingham Handicap.
John Gosden’s stoutly-bred four-year-old was just tapped for toe late on when a good second to Baghdad at Newmarket and can close our Royal Ascot 2019 tips on a high note if coping with a marathon trip in the Queen Alexandra Stakes.
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