Royal Ascot Day 5 Lucky 15 Tips – Saturday 20th June
For the fifth day of the Royal Ascot meeting, there are three Group 1 races featuring mile races for both colts and fillies and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs.
All three contests are previewed for Lucky 15 tip purposes as is the longest and final race of the meeting. Each of these events is on ITV.
Royal Ascot Lucky 15 Tip
2.25pm – Sharing (7/1)
3.00pm – Pinatubo (15/8)
3.35pm – One Master (5/1)
4.40pm – Who Dares Wins (3/1)
Coronation Stakes – 2.25 Ascot
This 1m Group 1 has attracted American horse Sharing trained by Graham Motion and there is much confidence in the 3-year-old filly. She has won her last three races over this distance most recently back in May at Churchill Downs but faces softer ground conditions.
Opponents will include Quadrilateral who finished third in the 1,000 Guineas behind the impressive Love but who was unbeaten in three previous starts. There is also Alpine Star who was a narrow Group 2 winner at the Curragh back in August but has not appeared since that win.
Take note also of Run Wild who was a very consistent juvenile despite winning just once in six outings but who was an impressive winner of the recent Pretty Polly Stakes. Reverting back to one mile may not be ideal while Cloak Of Spirits was runner-up in the 1,000 Guineas but has registered just one victory from four starts.
Tip – Sharing to win.
St James’s Palace Stakes – 3.00 Ascot
Pinatubo bids to redeem his reputation after finishing just third in the 2,000 Guineas and he has been declared for this 1m Group 1 contest. Unbeaten in six races as a 2-year-old, it was unclear whether he failed to stay the Rowley Mile at Newmarket or just needed the race.
The Charlie Appleby trained colt will be re-opposed by Wichita in this contest with the Irish horse finishing one length ahead of Pinatubo in the Guineas but he was beaten by nearly five lengths by the same horse in the Dewhurst Stakes last season.
Among the other contenders, Palace Pier is unbeaten in three starts including a decent handicap at Newcastle earlier this month but this race is a far tougher assignment whereas Threat could be a real danger. He was a winner of the Gimcrack and Champagne Stakes as a juvenile but just did not fire in the Middle Park. His stamina over one mile is uncertain, especially in soft ground.
Tip – Pinatubo to Win.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes – 3.35 Ascot
Another Group 1 race, this time staged over 6f and Irish raider Sceptical will be seeking a five-timer as he stepped very steeply upwards in class. The lightly-raced 4-year-old gelding competed in handicap company for his first two seasons before winning a Listed event at Naas early last week.
He will be opposed by One Master who is twice Group 1 winner at Longchamp and who only just failed to claim the Qipco Champion Sprint Stakes last October. He is an experienced group campaigner over varying distances and can cope with soft ground.
Others worth noting include Hello Youmzain and Khaadem. A winner of Haydock’s Betfair Sprint Cup over 6f last season, the former horse races well at that track but has failed in two previous attempts at Ascot, while the latter was well beaten at Haydock last season as was the Michael Stoute trained Dream Of Dreams.
Tip – One Master to Win.
Queen Alexandra Stakes – 4.40 Ascot
The longest race of the meeting and covering nearly 2m6f, this Class 2 race is often contested by National Hunt trainers and Alan King will be represented by Who Dares Wins. This versatile gelding won the Northumberland Plate last Summer before winning the Pendil Novices’ Chase earlier this year. Although he was well-beaten in Cheltenham’s Ultima Chase, that victory over 2m4f at Kempton is worth noting.
Two other horses to consider are Nate The Great and The Grand Visir. The former gelding is another who is unproven over this extreme trip and raced in decent company last season without winning. He will probably benefit from finishing third in a recent Newmarket contest but may not appreciate any more rain.
Ian Williams trained The Grand Visir won the Ascot Stakes at this meeting last year over 2m4f and while he is not the most reliable of horses, he could be better over longer distances.
Mekong is also entered in this race after finishing fifth in Thursday’s Gold Cup. He campaigned creditably in the Middle East earlier this year but has not won for nearly two years.
Tip – Who Dares Wins to Win.
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