Royal Ascot day five tips: King’s Lynn to give Queen a Royal winner in Wokingham Stakes?
The curtain comes down on the 2021 royal meeting with a fifth day which could deliver a big race win for its biggest supporter.
The Queen has stayed away from the first three days of the meeting and watched the action from Windsor Castle.
But if she needed an excuse to get out this weekend then why not for the final day of her meeting when she will have four runners, including the favourite for the Wokingham Stakes.
King’s Lynn ran on the opening day when he ran a blinder in the King’s Stand Stakes, a Group 1 no less, and now reverts to a handicap.
There would be no more popular winner but before we get to that the schedules works through the pattern, from the Listed Chesham Stakes, through the Group 3 Jersey Stakes and Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes.
They are followed by the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, in which new kid on the block Starman will try to prove himself against established top level sprinters such as Dream Of Dreams and Glen Shiel.
That’s not all. After the Wokingham there is the Golden Gates Stakes climaxing in the week’s longest race, the 2m6f Queen Alexandra Stakes.
It all unfolds on ITV from 13:25pm until it moves to ITV4 at 15:55pm and we have previewed the three most significant races of the day in our Royal Ascot day five tips.
There is a second chance here for those that can’t quite cut the mustard in top level 1m races. The notable participants are Naval Crown and Mutasaabeq, fourth and seventh in the 2000 Guineas.
The Queen has two solid candidates in Tactical, who beat Naval Crown in the Free Handicap at this distance and Light Refrain, moving back up from 6f, and then there is Creative Force, a Godolphin stablemate of Naval Crown who has won four out of five.
Though it looks like an open race, you can’t beat Classic form and after Poetic Flare’s demolition of his rivals in the St James’s Palace Stakes there are good reasons to think Naval Crown could sail home.
Starman’s victory in the Duke of York Stakes, his fourth win out of five career starts, was impressive enough to earn promotion to favouritism for this Group 1 prize.
In the end he only had a neck to spare over Nahaarr. But this is a level the Ed Walker-trained colt has only tackled once and then he finished down the field in the British Champions Sprint, won by Glen Shiel, on soft ground. He had excuses but with plenty of rain having fallen more solid credentials belong to Dream Of Dreams.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained sprinter has lost out by a head in the last two editions of this race but after a change to more positive tactics he won the Hungerford Stakes and Haydock Sprint Cup. If those are repeated here he could get the job done, rather than arriving just too late.
This is a supposedly competitive contest that now looks at the mercy of a so-called ‘handicap good thing’. The Queen’s King’s Lynn ran an excellent seventh in the King’s Stakes Stakes on Tuesday and was unlucky not to finish closer to winner Oxted after he was denied a clear run. He will be turned out again quickly to take advantage of a weight 7lb lower than he should be carrying.
The field will no doubt split but King’s Lynn’s trainer Andrew Balding will have both sides of the track covered. Chil Chil raced to an impressive win at Newmarket over Guineas weekend and is a previous course and distance winner. So if King’s Lynn fails to land the spoils from his far side draw, his stablemate Chil Chil could come to the stable’s rescue from the stands side.
ITV Racing Schedule, Saturday, 19th June
14:30 Ascot – Chesham Stakes
15:05 Ascot – Jersey Stakes
15:40 Ascot – Hardwicke Stakes
16:20 Ascot – Diamond Jubilee Stakes
17:00 Ascot – Wokingham Stakes
17:35 Ascot – Golden Gates Stakes
18:10 Ascot – Queen Alexandra Stakes
All odds and markets are correct as of the date of publishing.