Diamond Jubilee Stakes Guide

1. Blue Point

T - Charlie Appleby

J - James Doyle

Won the King's Stand here on Tuesday for a second time, and trainer has opted to keep him in this Group One sprint over a furlong extra.

Top class individual for Godolphin, who made it four out of four for the season just a few days ago, with all other three victories in Meydan.

Often switches between five and six, and has a leading chance to win here again.

2. Bound For Nowhere

T - Wesley Ward

J - Tyler Gaffalione

Wesley Ward horse who has been at Ascot the last couple of years, and finished a good third in this contest twelve months ago.

Finished an excellent fourth to Caravaggio in the 2017 Commonwealth Cup (Blue Point 3rd), and has every chance on building on his neck second to Imprimis at Keeneland on seasonal comeback.

Should make the frame.

3. City Light

T - S Wattel

J - Christophe Soumillon

French raider, who split Merchant Navy and Bound For Nowhere last year in this when finishing a close second, and should be ready for another big run.

One appearance this season saw him just pipped at Maisons-laffitte by Godolphin's Inns Of Court who misses this race.

Strong form angle, and should be in the mix.

4. Donjuan Triumphant

T - Andrew Balding

J - Silvestre De Sousa

Ground drying all the time would be the first of many issues he faces here, and 50/1 shot based on his opposition.

Finished third to Sands Of Mali in the big sprint here on Champions Day on soft back in October, before ending the season with a victory at Doncaster.

Looks set to struggle in this field though, and will fare better in lower grade targets.

5. Dream Of Dreams

T - Sir Michael Stoute

J - Daniel Tudhope

Two from two this term including winning a Listed contest at Windsor latest, but attempts over a hat-trick do look rather slim.

Finished a neck second here to Projection here in October before finishing last but one on Champions Day, but with ground probably against him.

Could have turned a corner perhaps; trainer and jockey currently flying separately.

6. Emblazoned

T - John Gosden

J - Frankie Dettori

Third in last year's Commonwealth Cup to Eqtidaar, and perhaps should be given an each-way squeak in what will be first-time headgear.

Lightly raced son of Invincible Spirit, who finished second to Shabaaby on return and just could not see it out.

Close effort in a Conditions contest; should come on for the run but may be outclassed in this.

7. Enzo's Lad

T - Michael Pitman

J - Fergus Sweeney

Michael Pitman gives Enzo's Lad another go at Ascot, even after struggling in the King's Stand Stakes earlier in the week.

Classy performer in New Zealand; despite finishing last to Beat The Clock in the Chairman's Sprint Prize in Sha Tin, he has won two Group One's over six furlongs on home soil.

Another tough task beckons.

8. Invincible Army

T - James Tate

J - PJ McDonald

Best season to date, winning on both starts this season - most recently scorching away in a Group Two at York last time.

Won at Ascot earlier in career when winning the Pavilion Stakes ahead of future Commonwealth Cup winner Eqtidaar.

Bang in form, but biggest test to date under a jockey seeking first ever Royal Ascot winner.

9. Kachy

T - Tom Dascombe

J - Richard Kingscote

Essentially a Group One performer on the all-weather, and has not always been disgraced on the turf.

Others better though, and usually shows his best in sprints that feature a bend, with a poor strike rate on straight tracks.

Fifth of six to Battaash on turf return in Group Two, so game needs to be raised back at Ascot once more.

10. Keystroke

T - Stuart Williams

J - Adam Kirby

Absolutely flew home at Newmarket in a Group Three at odds of 66/1 under this jockey, and will be hoping for the same upset here.

No good in Meydan earlier last year and finally made his return in Britain this January, winning a Conditions race at Kempton.

May not get everything his own way here.

11. Le Brivido

T - Aidan O'Brien

J - Ryan Moore

Finished fifth here in the Queen Anne here on Tuesday, and trainer drops him back to six furlongs - just short of the distance of the Jersey Stakes that he won here for Andre Fabre back in 2017.

Does have plenty to prove, and finished sixth of eight when last racing over this distance at Newmarket.

How tired is he?

12. Lim's Cruiser

T - Stephen Gray

J - Vlad Duric

Singapore recruit, trained by Stephen Gray, who definitely has the talent to perform.

Question marks however over if he is good enough against some of Europe's best, and will need to improve from his two good seconds at Kranji this term.

Bit of an unknown with most punters, so maybe best left.

13. Projection

T - Roger Charlton

J - Jason Watson

Decent fifth in this race twelve months ago, but nothing inspiring about his return run at York behind Invincible Army.

Last of ten and never figured, his form has dipped in the last twelve months but did win here in a small field back in October ahead of Dream Of Dreams.

Tough to make up so much ground in a race like this.

14. Sands Of Mali

T - Richard Fahey

J - James McDonald

Never saw a rival here on soft ground in the Sprint Stakes on Champions Day back in October, and has not done badly since.

Connections gave the Group One Al Quoz Sprint a go in Meydan on return in March of which he came home sixth, but could not justify favouritism on British return when third to Brando at Hamilton.

More needed here, but he does love Ascot.

15. Speak In Colours

T - Joseph O'Brien

J - Donnacha O'Brien

Runner-up in Group Two at the Curragh last time out on reappearance to old favourite Mr Lupton.

Proved inconsistent in the last twelve months, and despite winning an Novice Auction Stakes for Marco Botti here back in 2017, has not figured in two big fields at this venue in 2018.

Not at this grade.

16. The Tin Man

T - James Fanshawe

J - Oisin Murphy

Won this in 2017 and fourth last year, The Tin Man was third on reappearance at Windsor last month.

Great old boy with a tremendous record at Ascot over the years, and seems to pick up on all sorts of ground.

Murphy keeps the ride, overpriced?

17. Tip Two Win

T - Roger Teal

J - David Probert

First start of the season for last year's Guineas runner-up at Newmarket.

Best form has come over further and most recent run came over 1m2f, so lots to prove back in sprinting company.

Best watched in all honesty.

18. Yafta

T - Richard Hannon

J - Jim Crowley

Bar one bad run at Newbury in August, this four-year-old son of Dark Angel has failed to finish outside the top three in all eleven starts since his debut fourth at Chester.

Two efforts this term - second to Keystroke when going down by a head at Newmarket, before third to Invincible Army at York.

Should be very much on the premises.

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