Final day of Royal Ascot and as it has been all week, the going is the primary factor for many. Clerk of the course Chris Stickels said this morning, “It is good to soft here and we’ve been dry since a little bit of rain on Friday night. We may see a further change to the going on the straight course later to reflect the drying conditions.”
We are looking at two races today.
3.05 Ascot Wolferton Handicap (Listed Race)
Maleficent Queen is progressive and is expected to figure in a wide open affair. Comes here on a winning run of five, including both her starts this season. Both victories achieved on Good to Soft.
The market is headed by another 4y.o. – the Godolphin owned Best Of Times. Currently priced at around 4/1 with Maleficent Queen second best at 8/1.
4.20 Ascot Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)
Just the nine to post, but a truly global challenge with entries from Australia, America, France and Hong Kong contesting for the £600,000 prize money. My preference is for the Newmarket trained, The Tin Man. Just one outing this season when smartly winning a good quality race at Windsor last month.
The Tin Man is a highly progressive horse, with conditions to suit and winning form at the track.
I go 3/1 on my private tissue whilst the books are a general 7/2 – 4/1. It is very tight at the head of the market.
Fantastic afternoon of racing and I hope you have a good day.