Diamond Jubilee Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 4.20 at Ascot, 24th June 2017
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot is one of the big sprint races of the season. Here we provide our betting tips for this blistering contest and highlight some of the best odds and offers available.
First run at the track in 1868, this 6f Group 1 contest is open to runners aged four and older and offers a whopping £600,000 in total prize money. With around £300k for the winner, it’s no surprise to see the best in the business lining up here and we can’t wait!
Diamond Jubilee Stakes Betting Tips
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Betting Tips and Race Preview
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is the feature race on the final day of Royal Ascot. It pits together the best sprinters aged four and older, offering one of them the chance to become the dominant horse of the division.
So far this season, no horse has taken that mantel but we do have a clear favourite with the bookies for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in the shape of Limato. The four-year-old had some good wins last year including at the July Cup and Prix De La Foret but he wasn’t able to turn that into any form of doiminance. Perhaps it will be different as a four-year-old.
Henry Candy had tried Limato out in some testing one milers but he’s always looked better when dropped back in trip. That’s solidified Candy’s plans for Limato who seems to have been targeted at this race and at odds of 7/2 with Ladbrokes he is set to live up to the billing.
A horse who finished dead last in his last appearance doesn’t exactly jump out as one to back but it may be worth going against the grain when it comes to Brando. The five-year-old looked bang out of form at York but according to reports he bled after that race which gives him a justifiable excuse. Now fit and well, connections are hopeful that Brando can repeat the sort of form that saw him win the Ayr Gold Cup. At 16/1 with RaceBets, those chances look well worth an each way bet.
- 2016 – Twilight Son – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Henry Candy
- 2015 – Undrafted – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Wesley Ward
- 2014 – Slade Power – jockey Wayne Lordan, trainer Edward Lynam
- 2013 – Lethal Force – jockey Adam Kirby, trainer Clive Cox
- 2012 – Black Caviar – jockey Luke Nolen, trainer Peter Moody
- 2011 – Society Rock – jockey Pat Cosgrave, trainer James Fanshawe
- 2010 – Starspangledbanner – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2009 – Art Connoisseur – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Michael Bell
- 2008 – Kingsgate Native – jockey Seb Sanders, trainer John Best
- 2007 – Soldier’s Tale – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Jeremy Noseda
- 2006 – Les Arcs – jockey John Egan, trainer Tim Pitt
Diamond Jubilee Stakes History
Initially being run as the All-Aged Stakes in 1868, the title of the contest was later changed to give its first nod to Royalty in 1926. The Cork and Orrery was the moniker given in order to pay homage to one Richard Edmund St Lawrence Boyle, also known as the 9th Earl of Cork. The title of the race remained as such until 2002 when it became known as the Golden Jubilee Stakes. That change was to commemorate the 50 year reign of renowned racing fan Queen Elizabeth II. As Queen Elizabeth II was still going strong on the throne in 2012, the name was altered yet again and currently goes by the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. We’re not ruling out another name change with evergreen Liz going strong!
Whatever the title, this has always been one of the premier sprinting events of the season. Being granted Group 3 status when grading began in 1971, it was elevated to a Group 2 in 1998 and finally became recognized as a Group 1 contest in 2002. The major alteration to the conditions of this race came in 2015, when the race was closed to three year olds. The reason for this change was the addition of the Commonwealth Cup to the Royal Ascot Offering, which is open only to three year olds.
The prestige and value of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes attracts the crack sprinters not just from Britain and Ireland but also much further afield. Undrafted took the prize for Wesley Ward and the U.S.A in 2015. Then, in 2012, the race was one by one of the most famous Australian racehorses of all time, the 25 race-unbeaten superstar, Black Caviar.
Only a handful of horses have managed to win back to back editions of this most competitive of sprint contests over the years. Moreover, only one has won three in a row. For a race so long associated with royalty it is the aptly named Prince Charlie who achieved this feat between the years of 1872 and 1874.
Best Jockeys and Trainers
This race serves as an excellent reminder as to the longevity at the top level of Lester Piggott, the King of Royal Ascot. First taking the race in 1958 aboard Right Boy, Lester scored his last success some 35 years later when steering College Chapel to victory in 1993. With a total of nine wins in all, The Long Fellow is the most successful jockey in the history of the race.
It is not only among the ranks of the jockeys where the best record here belongs to one of the all-time legends of the game. Irish maestro Vincent O’Brien leads the way amongst the trainers with five wins. So all-encompassing were O’Brien’s talents that not only could he win sprint contests such as this, but also managed to record six wins in the Derby and three Grand Nationals in a row.