Diamond Jubilee Stakes Tips, Offers and Odds – 23 June 2018

Diamond Jubilee Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 4.20 at Ascot, 23rd June 2018

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 Betting Offers 2018

Ladbrokes 33/1 Harry Angel Diamond Jubilee Offer Royal Ascot 2018

Diamond Jubilee Stakes Betting Tips

Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

  • Redkirk Warrior to win at 5/1 with Bet365
  • Sir Dancelot each way at 33/1 with Coral

Betting Tips and Race Preview 2018

The introduction of the Commonwealth Cup in 2015 – a six furlong sprint for the Classic generation – had an impact on the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. The feature race on the final day of Royal Ascot is now only open to horses aged four and older but don’t think that’s had a negative impact on the race. The Group 1 contest is as competitive as ever with a high class, international field set to go to post on Saturday.

Is Another Favourite About to Get Beaten?

Half of the last 10 renewals of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes were won by horses who had a starting price in double figures. That says a great deal about the competitiveness of this race and it is no surprise that the same 10 races have provided just three winning favourites.

Harry Angel is given the dubious honour of being the bookies’ favourite for this year’s renewal but with no wins from any of his four starts at Ascot, the Godolphin owned colt could be another favourite who fails to live up to the billing.

Redkirk Warrior Looks the Value Bet on Return to Ascot

Redkirk Warrior is a sprinting sensation in Australian racing. The seven-year-old is actually a British bred horse whose second win came over one mile, two furlongs at Ascot. That was the last time that British racing fans saw Redkirk Warrior who only began competing in sprints after he arrived Down Under.

He would be the first seven-year-old winner of this race since Cape Of Good Hope’s triumph in 2005 but Redkirk Warrior showed he is still very competitive at the very top level when winning the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap last time out. Trained by the successful trio of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Redkirk Warrior has won each of his last three starts when fresh off a break so he looks to be very good value at odds of 5/1 with Bet365.

Can Sir Dancelot’s Improvement Continue at Group 1 Level?

After scoring a few wins in some decent races as a two-year-old, Sir Dancelot was more than a little disappointing last season as he failed to deliver on the promise he’d shown. His performance in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot 12 months ago was among those disappointments but things could go much better on his return to the Berkshire course.

Sir Dancelot underwent a gelding operation over the winter and returned to action a much improved horse. He got close to Brando and Harry Angel in his first two performances of 2018 and then won a race which did not go to plan for him last time out in Hamilton. He has a very strong kick for home so should be better suited to the extra pace around him in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Sir Michael Stoute is an absolute master when it comes to getting improvement out of older horses so an each way bet on Sir Dancelot at 33/1 with Coral (who are paying five places) looks tempting to say the least.

Previous Winners

  • 2017 – The Tin Man – jockey Tom Queally, trainer James Fanshawe
  • 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.