The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Sat 22nd June) is a Group 1 Race run over 6 furlongs that is the highlight of the final day of the five-day Royal Ascot Meeting. It was established in 1868, when it was named the All-Aged Stakes. It was later renamed the Cork and Orrery Stakes and the Golden Jubilee Stakes, before taking its current name in 2012.
It has been won by some of the best sprinters of the modern era including Danehill, Polish Patriot, Owington, and Twilight Son, whilst Australian raiders Choisir and Black Caviar have also won this prestigious race.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes Trends
Since the inception of the Commonwealth Cup in 2015, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes has been confined to horses aged four and older. Half of the last 10 editions have been won by that age group, with three winners being aged five, and the other aged six. The other winner in this time was a three-year-old.
If you’re betting on the day of the race, the draw is worth considering, with seven of the last 10 winners being drawn between stalls three and six. Two have come out of stall-15, whilst the 2018 winner came from stall-11.
The last 10 winners had all had a break of at least 28 days prior to their success, with the longest absence from the track being 66 days. Aidan O’Brien has trained two of the last nine winners, whilst Ryan Moore has ridden two of the last three winners.
Black Caviar was the shortest-priced winner at odds of just 1/6, with five other winners being returned at odds of between 7/2 and 13/2. Bigger priced winners are quite common though, with four of the last 10 winners being returned at 11/1, 16/1, 20/1, and 25/1.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes Interesting Contenders 2019
Has started the season impressively with wins in Listed and Group 2 company but it was a similar case last year before he flopped in the Commonwealth Cup at this meeting. He may have improved from three to four, but it has to be a worry that he’s yet to make his mark in Group 1 company.
Inns Of Court
Five-Year-old that is trained by Andre Fabre in France but owners Godolphin haven’t had a winner of this race since So Factual in 1995. However, it’s easy to see why the bookmakers have him near the head of the market as he’s beaten last year’s second City Light this season and also beat Major Jumbo further than Invincible Army did. Yet to win a Group 1.
Would have to be of interest if Godolphin run this classy five-year-old here but he reportedly bids for a repeat win in the Kings Stands Stakes over five furlongs.
Arrived at Royal Ascot on a roll last year having won his previous three races and nearly made it four when finishing just a short head second to Merchant Navy. More lightly-raced this season but could easily turn around the form with Inns Of Court, as it’s likely that this race is his main target for the season.
The Tin Man
Three-time Group 1 winner in his career including over course and distance. He could only finish fourth behind Merchant Navy in last year’s race, but he did finish ahead of the runner-up City Of Light when they next met in France. He also won the Group 1 Sprint at Haydock in September but disappointed back here when only seventh on Champions Day. He’s now seven and it was also slightly disappointing that he couldn’t win a Listed Race on his seasonal debut at Windsor.
Bound For Nowhere
Five-year-old that is trained by regular Royal Ascot winning American trainer Wesley Ward. He’s run well at the last two Royal Ascot meetings, when fourth in an excellent renewal of the Commonwealth Cup in 2017 and when third in this race last year. There’s no reason why he can’t go close again this year.
Another American-trained five-year-old that couldn’t cut it at Grade 1 level in the USA last year but was good enough to give 2lb and a beating to Bound For Nowhere in a Grade 2 Race in the USA last time he ran. Has to prove he can travel, and that he likes Ascot, but he can’t be ruled out on that form.
Sands Of Mali
Hit and miss performer that has not run up to his best at Meydan or at Hamilton in two races so far this season. However, he did beat Invincible Army at Haydock on his second start last year and also accounted for the ante-post favourite when running a cracking race to finish second in the Commonwealth Cup.
Won the Group 1 Qipco British Champions Sprint on his only other run at Ascot and it’s hard to see why he’s four-times the price of the favourite on that form, especially as his trainer Richard Fahey has said this is his first big target of the season.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes Summary 2019
The draw may yet have a significant part to play in the outcome of the 2019 Diamond Jubilee Stakes but the ante-post market looks to have two potential drifters at its head in the shape of Invincible Army and Inns Of Court, who have both yet to prove themselves at Group 1 level.
Blue Point is likely to run elsewhere, but the foreign raiders City Light, Bound For Nowhere, and Imprimis could all go close.
However, the real value in the ante-post market looks to be Sands Of Mali who has beaten Invincible Army twice. More importantly, he’s run his best two races at Ascot, including when winning a Group 1, and he deserves support at 16/1 in what doesn’t looks to be a vintage edition.