The slog is nearly over. Five days of punting bliss is nearly over as we come to the end of Royal Ascot 2014. Saturday is the busiest day in terms of attendance but unfortunately the racing does drop a level or two.
Saying that, we have a Group One sprint to get our teeth stuck into with the six furlong dash of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes the clear feature on the card.
It’s not a vintage renewal by any means but that opens the door for the unexposed sprinter in form of Aljamaaheer to announce himself as the top dog of the six furlong division. This will be only his second start over this trip after being dropping back from a mile by his trainer Roger Varian.
The selection finished third in the Lockinge, second in the Queen Anne and won the Summer Mile last season but without question has the class and pace to compete at the highest level over six furlongs despite finishing third on his first start.
He was given a shocking ride by Paul Hanagan when beaten that day by Hamza, getting far too back against such a tough front runner and therefore was unable to make up the ground in the final furlong.
There was a lot to like regarding the way the horse stayed on powerfully though and with a better ride and race fitness more on his side, you’ve got to think that he’ll have improved from that outing for his foray into Group One company.
In a race that lacks a true sprinting superstar, I’m more than happy to take 9/2 in the each-way market for the selection to run a screamer.
Slade Power looks the only real threat to our chances of landing a full return but he is short enough in the betting on what he has achieved so far in his career. Get on with three point each-way stakes.
Smaller stakes are advised on the chances of Dandino in the Hardwicke Stakes around the 8/1 mark. This doesn’t look a strong renewal this year with the two Sir Michael Stoute horses, Telescope and Hillstar, very beatable at the head of the betting. Dandino loves the fast ground at Ascot and despite his ageing limbs can run a sound race at a price which is a bit of an insult to his ability.
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