Ascot Day 5

This looks to be an excellent final day to this strange meeting.

Royal Ascot.
Royal Ascot. Picture: Edward Whitaker/Pool via Getty Images

And one of the great things about this day is that all the jockeys are giving their riding fees to the NHS.

The Wokingham comes in two divisions this year and as usual the best guides is a sharp pin but for what it's worth here's the market leaders for the Silver Wokingham.  Aplomb is 5/1 for William Haggas and Tom Marquand and he'll come out of gate 13 in the 22 runner start.

Swindler and Blue Mist are on 11/2 with Blue Mist to come from gate 20.  We have two Roughies here – Open Wide 16/1 (we are going to the dentist this week) and Vintage Brut 40/1( which we may need after).

The Queen Mary is G2 over 1000m for the 2yo fillies and there are 19 of them lining up.  More Beautiful is 5/4 for Aidan and Ryan.  She's by War Front out of the lovely mare Maybe and has gate 18.  Sacred is by Exceed and Excel and is on 5/1 for William Haggas and James Doyle.  Wesley Ward's Kodiac filly Campanelle is 6/1 and it will be interesting to see where Frankie Dettori goes with her as she's got gate 1.  Our roughie here is Starspangledbanner's daughter Dickiedooda for Jessica Harrington and Tom Marquand on 14/1 – we liked her recent win at the Curragh.

The Coventry Stakes G2 is over 1200m for the 2yo boys with 15 to run.  Admiral Nelson is by Kingman and O'Brien has Ryan Moore on board.  He's got gate 10.  Qaader is 4/1 for Jim Crowley and Mark Johnston, Creative Force 6/1 for Appleby-Buick and Dark Lion 8/1 Varian-David Egan.

The Coronation Stakes is G1 over 1600m round course for 3yo fillies.  There's only 7 of them and Quadrilateral is on top on 5/2 for Roger Charlton and Jason Watson.  She ticks a lot of boxes. Jessica Harrington's Alpine Star is on 3/1 with Dettori riding and we will put in the American raider Sharing from Graham Motion's yard with Oisin Murphy riding – she's won her last four outings in the US.

The St James's Palace Stakes is G1 over 1600m round course for the 3yo boys and again 7 to run.  Here we see the exciting Pinatubo on 13/8 for Godolphin's Appleby-Buick team.   O'Brien-Moore have Wichita on 9/4 and we still like Threat – arguably a bit disappointing last time but 10/1 is tempting.

The Diamond Jubilee is the last of the Group races and has Sceptical on top on 3/1 with Dettori riding for DG Hogan.  He certainly looks promising but much of his form is on All Weather tracks.  Hello Youmzain is on 4/1 for the Kevins - Ryan and Stott, and then we are looking at The Tin Man who is in this race for the 5th time.  He is so honest and although he is getting on in years we'll give him a little each-way help at 12/1.  Speak In Colours is another interesting runner for Joseph O'Brien on 16/1-  William Buick to ride.

And the Wokingham proper – also 22 runners.  Bielsan is on 9/2, Summerghand 8/1, Highland Dress 9/1 and we like Tinto here – won at Newmarket recently beating Summerghand that day.  And anything else you like.


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