Sea Siren to grab Diamond Jubilee glory for Australia
The feature race on the closing day of Royal Ascot is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at 3.45, won last year in nail-biting fashion by the great mare Black Caviar. Sea Siren may not be in her league but John O’Shea’s filly has three group one victories under her belt and may have been underestimated.
Her last victory was in October last year but she recently finished a good second at Doomben and is expected to provide Ryan Moore with a good ride. Society Rock will be a popular choice having won this race in 2011 and finished an unlucky fifth after missing the break 12 months ago.
Hawkeyethenoo has a good each-way chance after a good effort at York and there has been plenty of support for Gordon Lord Byron as well as outsiders Slade Power and Mince.
The opening race on the card is the Chesham Stakes (2.30) for two-year-olds and Richard Hannon will be hoping Bunker can provide him with another success following Sky Lantern on Friday. Seven-length Musselburgh winner Somewhat would be a third juvenile winner this week for Qatar Racing whilst Godolphin have chances with Autumn Lily and Ihtimal.
Ektihaam is likely to set a good gallop in the Hardwicke Stakes (3.05) with Luca Cumani’s Mount Athos being held up for a late challenge. Aiken could also be in the shake up on last season’s form whilst Sir John Hawkwood steps out of handicap company for the first time.
Opinion is divided as to the best place to be drawn in the Wokingham Handicap (4.25) after low numbers bucked the trend in the last race on Friday. Low numbers had previously been thought to have a clear advantage over the straight course.
The ante-post favourite Duke Of Firenze is drawn 31 and is certain to be popular after producing a devastating late burst to win the Epsom Dash. Gabriel’s Lad and Rex Imperator are other market movers whilst Nocturn’s form took a bit of a dent with the poor run of Enrol in the last race on Friday.
Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore are also likely to have the favourite in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (5.00) when Rye House bids to follow up his York success. Caravan Rolls On has been the subject of significant support and Lahaag and Ustura are others with progressive form.
The last race on the card is the Queen Alexandra Stakes (5.35) in which French raider Shahwardi bids to go one better than last year when second to Simenon. A win in Australia through the winter suggests that he can outclass this field and send the punters home happy after a fantastic week’s racing.