Five days of scintillating action end not with a whimper, but with a bang. There are plenty of Royal Ascot Day 5 tips to get excited about as the meeting concludes with a card crammed with intriguing races, so let’s look at the top tips for Royal Ascot today.
The card for the final day opens, appropriately, with a race that looks to the future. The Chesham Stakes often throws up a horse that goes off favourite for the Guineas the following spring and Aidan O’Brien has a stellar record in this race. The master Irish trainer has been responsible for three of the last five winners, all of them ridden by Ryan Moore. That combination is represented this year by POINT LONSDALE, and there is plenty of confidence that he could be the latest of the stable’s juveniles to be destined for great things.
Point Lonsdale got off the mark in pleasing style in a Curragh maiden over the same seven-furlong trip as today at the start of June. He raced prominently throughout and, even though some of his rivals appeared to be going better a couple of furlongs from home, stretched away impressively to win by five-and-a-half lengths. However, he faces several UK-trained juveniles who have also shown promise in their racecourse visits so far. New Science got off the mark very comfortably at York, while Masekela came home in front after a game performance at Goodwood.
This race is always one of the most hotly contested juvenile contests of the season, with punters eager to see which one of the Royal Ascot tips should be followed in advance of the big three-year-old races in the spring. But O’Brien’s and Moore’s record in the Chesham, and the style with which Point Lonsdale obliged on his debut, make him one of the most confident tips for Royal Ascot today.
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The final race of the meeting is also its longest. Over its two miles and six furlongs, the Queen Alexandra Stakes always offers an entertaining final chance to land the Royal Ascot odds. This is a contest for tough, old stayers, and only one horse under the age of six has won in the last ten years. It’s also an event that attracts plenty of interest from Irish trainers. Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott have trained two winners each in the last decade. Mullins is represented here by Stratum, who showed his appetite for a bruising battle of attrition when he landed the 2019 Cesarewitch at odds of 25/1. But his form has been patchy since and it’s another Irish raider, FALCON EIGHT, who appeals as one of the best Royal Ascot horse racing tips today.
Trained by the experienced Dermot Weld – and only his second runner of the week here – Falcon Eight advertised his wellbeing with an eye-catching run in the Chester Cup. He drew clear there in a style that suggested there was plenty more in the tank and there is a lot to like about the six-year-old’s profile and his chances today under Frankie Dettori, who piloted him to victory at Chester. Given its extreme distance, the Queen Alexandra often features horses who are more used to the jumping game. Paul Nicholls, the champion jumps trainer, fields an intriguing contestant in Scaramanga, last seen winning over hurdles at Sandown in April.
The Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes is one of the highlights of the final day of the meeting and there are a host of good horses who will attract Royal Ascot tips in this year’s renewal. Aidan O’Brien has trained the winner twice in the last decade and he has four horses entered in the mile-and-a-half contest. Regular jockey Ryan Moore has chosen to partner likely favourite Broome, who would be coming here looking for a five-timer had he not been narrowly beaten in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last time out. O’Brien is also due to saddle Japan and Mogul, who have each become familiar figures in high-class middle-distance races. But it is his fourth entry, TIGER MOTH, who is the pick of the Royal Ascot outsider tips today.
Tiger Moth is a four-year-old, the same age as nine of the last ten winners, and he boasts an interesting profile. Back in November he was denied victory in the Melbourne Cup by only half a length by fellow Irish raider Twilight Payment. Tiger Moth has run only once since, when finishing last of eight in the Tattersalls Gold Cup. He was heavily eased late on, and the fact that his jockey reported he gurgled suggests he was far from full fitness and should come on plenty for the run. He has won over today’s trip in the last year and if he does step up from that Curragh disappointment he could be one of the most compelling Royal Ascot tips today.
POINT LONSDALE is one of the most popular Royal Ascot tips today, with many experts picking him to get punters off to a flying start in the Chesham Stakes. The Racing Post analysis says he “has the strongest credentials and looks the one to beat”, while the paper’s tipster Tom Collins also expects Aidan O’Brien’s charge to justify his short Royal Ascot odds. The Diamond Jubilee Stakes, over six furlongs, is the only Group 1 race on the final day of the meeting and is sure to be a fiercely competitive battle.
DREAM OF DREAMS, now seven years old, has been close to landing the Royal Ascot odds in this race in the last two years and the Racing Post is tipping him to go one better this time. So is their Irish tipster David Jennings, while Collins suggests an each-way wager on ART POWER. However, At The Races’ ante-post expert Gary Nutting believes the favourite in this race, STARMAN, will live up to his name and take all the beating. This horse is progressive, lightly raced compared to his rivals and, says Nutting, “could justifiably be regarded as banker material”.
In the previous race, the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes, Nutting looks past the favourites and believes HIGHEST GROUND can follow up quickly on his victory at Leicester – provided the going doesn’t become too soft. The Racing Post, however, goes for HUKUM in the Hardwicke. The four-year-old landed the Royal Ascot odds over the same distance in the George V Stakes last year.
The seven-furlong Jersey Stakes looks as competitive as ever, but the Racing Post selects the favourite, CREATIVE FORCE, describing him as “highly progressive”. He was particularly impressive in victory last time out at Newbury. His main danger looks likely to be Mutasaabeq, who looked hugely promising before throwing away his chance in the 2,000 Guineas by running too freely. The Wokingham Stakes, a 28-runner six-furlong handicap, is not one for the faint-hearted punter, and often throws up a winner at decent Royal Ascot odds. Gary Nutting and the Racing Post, however, agree that FRESH – who has sneaked in at the foot of the handicap – will be suited by a race run at a strong pace, which this is sure to be. This horse remains open to a fair bit of improvement, says Nutting. Fresh could be one of the most intriguing Royal Ascot day 5 tips.
How long is Royal Ascot?
Royal Ascot takes place over five days between June 15 and June 19. It traditionally begins on a Tuesday in the middle of June, and the meeting was extended from four days to five in 2002. That means there are 35 opportunities to find Royal Ascot tips to win at the meeting.
What time does Royal Ascot finish?
The last race each day starts at 6.10. The last chance to follow Royal Ascot horse racing tips will be in the Queen Alexandra Stakes, at two miles and five-and-a-half furlongs the longest race of the week, which concludes the racecard on Saturday June 19.
Is Royal Ascot flats or jumps?
All races at Royal Ascot take place on the flat. Jump racing has taken place in the winter at Ascot since 1965 but jumps races have never been part of the programme at Royal Ascot. However, many horses who excelled over the sticks have taken part at the meeting – including Looks Like Trouble, the 2001 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, who ran in the Queen Alexandra Stakes two years later.
When is the Royal Ascot Gold Cup?
The Ascot Gold Cup is the most prestigious prize across the five days of the meeting. It is the highlight of ladies day, traditionally staged on the Thursday, the third day of Royal Ascot. The Gold Cup will take place at 4.20 that day and there will be plenty of Royal Ascot tips in the countdown to the two-and-a-half-mile race.
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