Royal Ascot: Day Five: Free Bets to Claim

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Mark LeachMark Leach
June 18th, 2022
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Royal Ascot will draw to a conclusion for another year on Saturday with seven more top-class races, including two Group 1s.

The favourites took both Group 1 races on Friday in what turned out to be a very profitable day for punters.

As we look ahead to the fifth and final day of the meeting, we'll provide the best odds and excellent free bet offers from our partners at BoyleSports.

14:30 - Chesham Stakes

Day five gets underway with the Listed Chesham Stakes. Raced over seven furlongs, the Chesham Stakes is open to two-year-olds sired by a winner at least one mile two furlongs.

Established in 1919, the late Lester Piggott rode seven Chesham Stakes winners between 1960 and 1982. Ryan Moore has six previous wins and has an opportunity to match the all-time record on board Alfred Munnings on Saturday.

The Even money favourite looked to have bags of potential when winning comfortably at Leopardstown on his only previous run. Trainer, Aidan O'Brien has won this race in each of the last two years and four times in the past six.

Crypto Force could be his nearest challenger having impressed in a maiden at the Curragh. Point Lonsdale had won that Curragh maiden twelve months earlier before going on the land this race.

Gosden duo, Alzahir and Faisal Road both pose a real danger after impressing on their respective debut runs at Yarmouth. Faisal Road beat a couple of useful looking horses home on his first run last month.

Race Odds

  • Evens: Alfred Munnings
  • 8/1: Alzahir, Crypto Force
  • 11/1: Faisal Road
  • 14/1: Dark Thirty, Legend Of Xanadu, The Foxes
  • 16/1: Finn's Charm
  • 18/1: One World
  • 33/1: Pearling Path, Sunningdale, Lakota Sioux
  • 80/1: Shahbaz 
  • 100/1: Holloway Boy

15:05 - Jersey Stakes

The Jersey Stakes is another that was established in 1919. The Group 3 race is contested over seven furlongs and open to horses aged three-year-old.

Last year's winning jockey/trainer partnership both return this year but not together. Charlie Appleby trained 2021 winner, Creative Force and is represented this year by Noble Truth. William Buick will ride Noble Truth whilst last year's winning jockey, James Doyle is set to ride Dubawi Legend for Hugo Palmer.

Noble Truth is the overnight favourite thanks to a six-length win in a Listed contest at Newmarket in April.

Star Girls Aalmal will also feature prominently in the betting following some encouraging recent runs. A couple of wins at seven furlongs were followed by a fourth place finish over one mile in the Irish 1000 Guineas.

Monaadah steps up in class on Friday but remains unbeaten after three races and the son of Giants Causeway has to be taken seriously.

Race Odds

  • 4/1: Noble Truth
  • 9/2: Monaadah
  • 5/1: Star Girls Aalmal 
  • 7/1: Samburu
  • 8/1: Alflaila
  • 9/1: Dubawi Legend
  • 12/1: Rocchigiani, Audience
  • 16/1: Toimy Son
  • 20/1: Hello You, Tacarib Bay, Tuscan
  • 25/1: Mise Le Meas
  • 33/1: Dubai Poet, Find

15:40 - Hardwicke Stakes

The Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes is up next and a first opportunity to see some more experienced horses run. Open to horses aged four years and over, the race has long been a part of the meeting, first being contested in 1879.

The Hardwicke Stakes is run over one mile three furlongs and has been won a record eleven times by trainer, Sir Michael Stoute.

Sir Michael Stoute's impressive record in the race means that this year's entry, Solid Stone has to be taken seriously. Arrived here having won the Huxley Stakes at Chester. Now up in trip but has every chance.

Hurricane Lane is the odds-on favourite for trainer, Charlie Appleby. Hurricane Lane enjoyed a stellar 2021 winning five times including three Group 1s. Winner of the Irish Derby, Grand Prix de Paris and the St Leger, last seen when finishing third in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. On last year's form, Hurricane Lane is going to take some stopping.

Race Odds

  • 4/5: Hurricane Lane
  • 11/2: Broome 
  • 8/1: Solid Stone, Third Realm
  • 9/1: Mostahdaf
  • 16/1: Layfayette
  • 33/1: Living Legend
  • 50/1: Away He Goes

16:20 - Platinum Jubilee Stakes

The feature race on the final day of Royal Ascot is the Platinum Jubilee Stakes. The Group 1 race is open to horses aged four years and over and contested over a distance of six furlongs.

The race was established in 1868 but has been known under various names. Originally known as the All-Aged Stakes before being renamed as the Cork and Orrery Stakes in 1926.

Prior to this year's race it was known as the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and before that the Golden Jubilee Stakes.

Ryan Moore won the race in 2021 riding Dream Of Dreams for Sir Michael Stoute. Moore has now won the Platinum Jubilee Stakes three times in the past six years.

Ryan Moore seems unlike to make it four wins in seven years as he saddles 40/1 shot, Garrus.

Australian four-year-old, Home Affairs heads the market at 15/8. Has won two Group 1 races Down Under with Nature Strip behind him in the most recent win. The manner of Nature Strip's win in the King's Stand Stakes earlier this week has certainly enhanced the reputation of Home Affairs.

Highfield Princess looks somewhat overpriced at 12/1. The John Quinn-trained five-year-old won the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last year and was equally impressive when winning the Duke Of York Stakes last month. This is undoubtedly a step up in class but Highfield Princess cannot be ignored at 12/1.

Race Odds

  • 15/8: Home Affairs
  • 8/1: Sacred
  • 9/1: Creative Force
  • 10/1: Artorius, Campanelle 
  • 12/1: Minzaal, Highfield Princess 
  • 14/1: A Case Of You
  • 20/1: Alcohol Free, Happy Romance
  • 25/1: Great Ambassador, Grenadier Guards
  • 28/1: Kinross
  • 33/1: Diligent Harry, Dragon Symbol, Emaraaty Ana, King's Lynn, Naval Crown
  • 40/1: Garrus, Glen Shiel, Double Or Bubble, Umm Kulthum
  • 50/1: Happy Power, Vadream
  • 66/1: Gustavus Weston, Run To Freedom
  • 100/1: Ventura Diamond

17:00 - Wokingham Stakes

The Wokingham Stakes is a six furlong handicap race established way back in 1813. Open to horses aged three years and older, this year's renewal is one of the toughest to predict all week.

Rohaan is looking to become a two-time winner of the race having won in 2021. The booking of jockey, Ryan Moore is a major positive and he runs off 3lbs lower than last year. However, this form since landing this twelve months ago has been underwhelming making him easy to oppose.

Fresh was beaten by a neck in 2021 and could only managed fourth in the Victoria Cup here last month.

Preference on Saturday is for Blackrod. The Michael Dods-trained four-year-old has not finished outside of the top three in any of his last five races. Up 5lbs after winning at Newmarket in April but showing signs of further improvement.

Race Odds

  • 11/2: Fresh
  • 8/1: Quarantine Dreams, Blackrod
  • 10/1: Rohaan
  • 11/1: Silver Samurai 
  • 12/1: Jumby
  • 14/1: First Folio
  • 16/1: Tabdeed, Popmaster, Chairmanoftheboard
  • 18/1: Asjad 
  • 20/1: Prince Lancelot, Summerghand, Lampang, Gulliver, Bielsa
  • 25/1: Commanche Falls, Mr Wagyu
  • 33/1: Royal Commando, Urban Beat, Volatile Analyst, Warrior Brave, Batwan, Tiger Crusade, Dubai Station, Fivethousandtoone, Apollo One
  • 40/1: Ventura Tormenta

17:35 - Golden Gates Stakes

Following on from the Wokingham Stakes is another wide-open handicap with the Golden Gate Stakes set to be contested over one mile one furlong. Open to three-year-olds, Missed The Cut is the bookies' favourite at 5/2. Having finished fourth at Newmarket in April on debut, Missed The Cut has won two for two since.

His nearest challenge is likely to come from Honiton. Far from disgraced when third behind Eldar Eldarov winner at Newcastle two runs ago before landing subsequent nine-length win at Salisbury last time out.

Race Odds

  • 5/2: Missed The Cut
  • 4/1: Honiton
  • 11/2: Falling Shadow
  • 8/1: Aldous Huxley
  • 12/1: Phantom Flight, Chairman, Sun King
  • 14/1: Blue Trail
  • 16/1: Knightswood, Bushfire
  • 18/1: Groundbreaker 
  • 20/1: Pervade
  • 22/1: Trojan Horse
  • 25/1: Asgoodassobergets 
  • 28/1: Tollard Royal 
  • 40/1: Sweeping 

18:10 - Queen Alexandra Stakes

We wrap up this year's meeting with the Queen Alexandra Stakes. Run over 2 miles five furlongs, this handicap is contested over the longest distance of any of the 35 races held at Royal Ascot. In fact, it is the longest distance of any Flat race held anywhere in the world.

Open to horses aged four years and up, the Queen Alexandra Stakes was established in 1864 as the Alexandra Plate.

Ryan Moore won a record fourth renewal in 2021 and has an excellent chance on Wordsworth this year. Brother of Kew Gardens, Wordsworth has only won once in his last nine races but has shown some encouraging form in several. Second in the Group 2 Queen's Vase here twelve months ago before being placed in back-to-back Group 1 races; the Irish Derby and Grand Prix de Paris. Versatile horse that should take to this unprecedented distance.

Trueshan is the classiest horse in the field and will relish the softening ground. Pulled out of the Gold Cup on Thursday due to the firm ground, but Saturday is set to provide far more suitable conditions. Two-time winner of the Long Distance Cup here on Champions Day over two miles.

Race Odds

  • 11/8: Trueshan
  • 9/4: Wordsworth
  • 5/1: Falcon Eight
  • 12/1: Stratum, Nate The Great, Urban Artist
  • 14/1: Calling The Wind
  • 16/1: Timour
  • 25/1: Reshoun
  • 50/1: Master Milliner
  • 66/1: Single
  • 100/1: Highway Companion, Dinard Rose

Royal Ascot Predictions

  • 14:30 - Alfred Munnings (Evens)
  • 15:05 - Star Girls Aalmal (5/1)
  • 15:40 - Hurricane Lane (4/5)
  • 16:20 - Highfield Princess (12/1)
  • 17:00 - Blackrod (8/1)
  • 17:35 - Honiton (4/1)
  • 18:10 - Trueshan (11/8)

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