Horse Racing
Diamond Jubilee Stakes – Form Comments

21/06/2019 17:36

G1 – 1200m – Turf

1 Blue Point On Tuesday, repeated last year’s victory in the G1 King’s Stand Stakes. At top of the sprinting tree but if turned out again so quickly might struggle on soft ground.
2 Bound For Nowhere US trainer Wesley Ward has won 10 times at Royal Ascot. Bound For Nowhere finished fourth in the 2017 G1 Commonwealth Cup and third in this race last year, both on fast ground. This year just beaten by Imprimis at Keeneland in race he won last year. A serious challenger but soft going would probably ruin chance.
3 City Light Accomplished sprinter who was narrowly beaten in this race last year. On reappearance, just beaten by Inns Of Court in Listed race at Maisons-Laffitte. A sound chance.
4 Donjuan Triumphant Best on soft ground. On his day can be competitive at G1 level, as when fourth to The Tin Man at Haydock and third to Sands Of Mali at Ascot last autumn. Fair second with disappointing Sands Of Mali third at Hamilton this month. Needs a lot of rain to figure.
5 Dream Of Dreams 5-y-o yet to show that up to G1 standard – gone close in G3s and won Listed. That was at Windsor last month, ahead of The Tin Man. May have improved but needs to prove it.
6 Emblazoned Lightly raced 4-y-o progressed rapidly last year, finishing third in G1 Commonwealth Cup. Not seen again until May when satisfactory runner-up in conditions race at Haydock. Needs to return to form.
7 Enzo’s Lad Sporting New Zealand challenger out of depth in G1 King’s Stand Stakes and not good enough.
8 Invincible Army Needs to step up on his form as a 2-y-o and 3-y-o, when very good but short of G1 standard. The way he won the G2 Duke of York Stakes last month, finishing strongly, suggests he has improved. Should relish Ascot’s stiffer finish and has fine chance.
9 Kachy Prolific winner but never above G3. Runner-up in 2016 G1 Commonwealth Cup. Can be forgiven for being well beaten in very hot G2 Temple Stakes last month but suspicion his best may be in the past.
10 Keystroke Lightly raced 7-y-o did all his racing over 1400m to 1700m until joined Stuart Williams this year and switched to sprinting. Shock 66-1 winner of G3 at Newmarket in April, just beating Yafta. Leaders went too fast and unlikely to repeat the feat.
11 Le Brivido Fifth beaten three lengths in G1 Queen Anne Stakes over 1600m on Tuesday. Won G3 Jersey Stakes over 1400m in 2017. Not ruled out over shorter trip but a tough task.
12 Lim’s Cruiser Intriguing Singapore-trained runner. Prolific winner at Kranji where won local G1 over 1200m in 2017 and runner-up in another local G1 last month. Talented but a tough task.
13 Projection Performs particularly well at Ascot, third in Wokingham Handicap and runner-up in G3 both in 2017, fifth in this race, won G3 and sixth in G1 Champions Sprint at Ascot last year. Unlikely to improve on that and last of 10 on sole run this year in G2 at York.
14 Sands Of Mali Excellent runs on both appearances at Ascot, runner-up in G1 Commonwealth Cup last year before winning G1 Champions Sprint. Versatile ground-wise. Disappointing return at Hamilton this month when only third with Donjuan Triumphant second. That is off-putting.
15 Speak In Colours Won G3 at Curragh last year and second in G2 at same course last month. Well beaten in the three G1s he’s contested and is not good enough.
16 The Tin Man A stalwart star of James Fanshawe’s stable. Won three G1 races, two at Ascot including this race in 2017. Best on fast ground. Troubled run in prep race at Windsor when third to Dream Of Dreams. Now seven, chance of a place at least if at his best and copes with ground.
17 Tip Two Win Shock 50-1 runner-up in last year’s 2000 Guineas and then fourth in G1 St James’s Palace Stakes both over 1600m. Well beaten since, not run since December, switch to sprinting unlikely to help and remote chance.
18 Yafta Narrowly beat Projection and Dream Of Dreams when winning G3 at Newbury last year and creditable third to Invincible Army in G2 last month. On balance, only an outside chance.