The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is a 6-furlong Group-1 race that has been run under a variety of names since it was first established in 1868. Its name was changed to the Golden Jubilee Stakes in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, then renamed again in 2012 to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.
It has been a truly global affair in recent seasons, with horses from England, Ireland, America and Australia winning it in the last 4 years, and horses have again travelled from around the world to try and claim the honour of winning this prestigious race.
10 runners are set to go to post for the 2016 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Australian trained horse who was twice runner-up in the Hong Kong Mile before dropping in trip to fill the same spot in the Hong Kong Sprint. Travelling to Britain and soft ground are negatives, but not insurmountable.
Another Australian trained horse who was runner-up in a Group-1 last time, but has also won a Group-1 in his native country, but has the same question marks as his compatriot.
Not beaten far when fourth in the Kings Stand on Tuesday, and the way he was staying on there suggests this is worth a go as he has won over the trip, despite his best form being at 5-furlongs.
Top-class handicapper last year who has taken a step forward by winning a Group-3 and a Group-2. Beaten by Twilight Son on good-to-soft last year, but Frankie Dettori maintains the partnership despite having ridden the re-opposing Undrafted to victory last year.
Should love the ground, but this Group-2 winner has yet to show that he can hack-it at Group-1 level.
Signs Of Blessing
French Listed winner who flopped here on previous visit in a Group-3, and has no chance on form.
Got within ½ a length of Magical Memory at York last time on his second run for David O’Meara, and not out of this on that form. Not sure soft ground will suit as much as good ground though.
The Tin Man
Closely rated to Deacon Blues who liked this course and distance, and his two runs at Ascot so far have produced a top-class handicap victory and a decent fourth in last year’s Champion Sprint, two places behind Twilight Son. Impressive victory on seasonal reappearance, and still got room to improve.
Must put a disappointing seasonal reappearance behind him, but this was always likely to be his main early-season aim. Trainer stated he needed a bit of cut, and it’s possible he’s the one in field who could improve for a genuine soft surface.
Won last year’s race on fast ground, but this may well be a better contest, and Frankie Dettori deserts him for Magical Memory.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes Summary
It’s hard to know what to expect of the American and Australian horses on a soft surface, and the British runners may be more at home on it. The improving Tin Man is respected, as is Magical Memory, but it’s Twilight Son who gets the vote as he may be the one who handles the soft ground best.