Race of The Day Saturday June 23
16:206 furlongs (1200m)

Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)

Ascot

  • Current Favourite  Harry Angel
  • Current Odds 11/4
Race Analysis Runners 12 Going Good to Firm Distance 6 furlongs (1200m)

Race Overview

One of the world’s great six furlong sprints that always brings together superb speedsters from Britain, Ireland and far beyond. With £600,000 up for grabs and the prestige of winning one of the showcase races of the whole week, it is a race for which trainers plan meticulously to have their top sprinters at the peak of their powers on the big day.

Although this is a sprint and only a very fast horse can win, the testing nature of the Ascot straight course with it’s steep uphill climb to the line means that horses who stay seven furlongs can often go well in what is always a strongly run race.

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Horse racing Clive Cox

Favourite Harry Angel

Clive Cox’s star found only the high-class Caravaggio too good for him in the Commonwealth Cup over course and distance last year and has since won the July Cup, Haydock Sprint Cup and already this season, the Duke of York Stakes. He is one of the world’s highest rated sprinters

Horse racing Aidan O'Brien

Other Contenders

Ex-Australian star Merchant Navy hacked up on his Irish debut last month for Aidan O’Brien, while Redkirk Warrior represents Australia and is a Group 1 winner there too. Last year’s winner The Tin Man loves this course, while US star Bound For Nowhere and French flyer City Light are among a host of other potential challengers for the crown.

Race Analysis

(Published 08.35, June 22) – An absolutely superb renewal of this great race. Harry Angel ticks just about all the boxes having been beaten by a very good horse over course and distance at Royal Ascot 2017 in the three-year-old race. He’s went on to win the two other big Group 1 British six furlong sprints at Newmarket and Haydock last summer, and has already shown himself to be in rude health with an easy win in the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes at York last month. He’s going to be a very tough nut to crack.

Merchant Navy and Redkirk Warrior both essentially represent the Aussies, although the former is now temporarily under the care of Aidan O’Brien for whom he bolted up on his debut in this hemisphere at the Curragh four week ago when reportedly only half fit. He looks a fine horse but this will be tough for a three-year-old against top older horses. Redkirk Warrior has narrowly won his last two Group 1 races  Down Under – both by small margins – and is possessed of a fine turn of foot. He’s come a long way so connections must fancy their chance, and his countrymen have a fine record in this race with the likes of Choisir and Black Caviar having landed the spoils.

Last year’s winner THE TIN MAN represents the James Fanshawe yard that have won this twice in the last seven runnings. He is three from three over course and distance on good or faster ground, winning this race in brave fashion last year having also won the Group 1 Qipco British Champions Sprint in 2016. He loves this track and fast ground, and he was impressive in winning his only start so far this campaign at Windsor. Although he has a few pounds to find on official figures with Harry Angel, he looks the each-way value at odds of around 8/1.

Wesley Ward’s Bound For Nowhere has been kept fresh after winning a Grade 2 in the US in April and his trainer is already on the board at this fixture, French star City Light is on a four-timer but there is a big doubt about him handling the quick ground, while the likes of 2017 British Champion Sprint winner Librisa Breeze and the in-form Charlie Appleby’s D’bai are others who cannot be ruled out of the equation.

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Betting.net Selection

The Tin Man
8/1
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Betting.net Danger

Harry Angel
11/4

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Written by Paul Alster

Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.