ASCOT ROYAL ADVICE – DAY FIVE: One master in great shape will challenge the Diamond Jubilee Stakes


ROYAL ASCOT ADVICE – DAY FIVE: A fit One Master will challenge the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and Qaader remains a foal capable of winning at the highest level

  • Master will challenge the Diamond Jubilee Stakes if he’s almost in good shape
  • There is no doubt about the class and ability of Qaader displayed during the Newbury debut.
  • Sportsmail examines the best bet and the dangers of the fifth day at the Royal Ascot

There are slight concerns that One Master will not be ready and impatient to leave after an eight month absence, but anything close to full fitness will mean she will show up for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday.

It is well suited to the site, having finished in the Queen Anne Stakes last season and finished second in the Champion Sprint last fall.

Our team of experts presents its selections below …

A master (left) will challenge the Diamond Jubilee Stakes if it is close to full form

A master (left) will challenge the Diamond Jubilee Stakes if it is close to full form

12.40 – WOKINGHAM H’CAP SILVER

APLOMB took advantage of a good preparatory race for this race on improperly fast terrain in Newmarket earlier this month and should appreciate the return to Ascot and six stadiums. This race seems much more appropriate for a horse that was narrowly beaten by Tinto in a highlight on the course and the distance last fall. It looks well drawn in 13 and disabled to display a large screen. Blue Mist is another one to consider since it has more than six stadiums, which is often handy on this straight line. He ran a Blinder in a Heritage handicap on 7f here last summer and should finish his race in style.

Selection: APLOMB Danger: BLUE MIST

1.15 CHALLENGES OF THE QUEEN MARY

You have to be sure that PLUS BEAU will manage the conditions underfoot. However, she created such an impression on Naas at the start that it could be a chance. Half-sister of the Guinean winner Saxon Warrior (won on soft at two years), the selection propelled the victory at the start, with a very fast time. She looks the best filly in this area provided the soil does not deny its quality. Campanelle and Sacred are to be feared, especially if a weak draw is favored, while Pelekai could exceed his chances on this side of the track.

Selection: MORE BEAUTIFUL Danger: PELEKAI

1.50 COVENTERY CHALLENGES

There was no doubt about the class and ability that QAADER demonstrated when he started in Newbury and, although his effectiveness on easy terrain remains to be confirmed, he remains a colt capable of winning at the highest level. It was encouraging to see the third house in its first effort gaining good energy at Goodwood to improve fitness and there seemed to be a lot of improvement to come as it showed signs of inexperience. Admiral Nelson, on the other hand, was very professional at Curragh and considered a danger, while John Gosden’s two riders, Existent and Saeiqa, seemed too expensive.

Best bet: QAADER Danger: SAEIQA

There was no doubt about the class and ability that Qaader demonstrated when he started in Newbury.

There was no doubt about the class and ability that Qaader demonstrated when he started in Newbury.

2.25 CORONATION CHALLENGES

It is remarkable that SO WONDERFUL has not yet won a race in nine career starts. However, there is no doubt that she is doing her best and there is again evidence of her undeniable talent in the Irish Guineas last week when she finished third honorable for her stable mate Peaceful. Certainly, she must win a race to dispel the myth that she is a thinker but where better than an Ascot Group One. The quadrilateral, a minor disappointment when it is third of the 1000 Guineas, should find conditions to its liking if it settles down better and it seems a bit early to dismiss it.

Selection: SO WONDERFUL Danger: QUADRILATERAL

3.00 CHALLENGES OF THE ST JAMES PALACE

The previously unbeaten PINATUBO may have disappointed its legions of fans in the 2000 Guineas, but it may be premature to strike it out as a potential champion. Admittedly, the third place of the first Classic of the season would not have been the position that the connections would have chosen, but the selection was only beaten by 1¼l after having seemed to be in the mix at furlong. Notoriously lazy at home, Pinatubo may have been slightly undercooked at the seat and we could see a cleaner model a fortnight later. Wichita last year reversed Dewhurst’s (4¾l beat) run at Newmarket and could do so again, while his run at Doncaster last September behind Molatham received a boost on Thursday. It’s a draw between the two but Pinatubo, who won last year’s Chesham Stakes here on the right track, tipped the vote in his favor.

Selection: PINATUBO Danger: WICHITA

3.35 CHALLENGES OF THE DIAMOND JUBILEE

There is a slight concern: ONE MASTER may not be ripe after an absence of eight months, but if it is almost in good shape, this race may well be organized for it. Placed in the Queen Anne Stakes of last season after a late fading, the selection was also a finalist in the Champion Sprint last fall to show that it is adapted to today’s site. With a lot of rhythm around her, One Master should win a good tow in the race and is a very fair bet in each direction for a court whose horses have run well all week. Hello Youmzain, third in the Commonwealth Cup 12 months ago, is just one of the many dangers.

Best bet: A MASTER Danger: HELLO YOUMZAIN

4.10 CHALLENGES OF WOKINGHAM

The ability to stay seven stages and do well with a cut in the ground could be two major attributes here, so SUMMERGHAND is the choice in a typically open race. David O’Meara is rarely too far in races of this nature and the six-year-old was honorable fifth in this race last year. He finished fourth in the Stewards ’Cup and Ayr Gold Cup before passing an extra length blinder in a hot ascot handicap. His recent effort behind Tinto was a good comeback and he should start in the middle. Bielsa loves soft soil and there is a lot of rhythm to help her luck.

Best bet: SUMMERGHAND Danger: BIELSA

4.40 CHALLENGES OF THE QUEEN ALEXANDRA

Coach Ian Williams clinched the remaining handicap in last year’s meeting with THE GRAND VISIR and Frankel’s son appears to have been prepared for a tilt in the final. Although he has not been seen since an obstacle rotation in October, the selection has already won a long absence and he finds Richard Kingscote who associated him with the victory 12 months ago. Who Dares Wins, third in the 2017 Ascot Stakes in his previous track race, participated in more festivals than Ed Sheeran and his coach lifted the long distance handicap earlier this week.

Best bet: THE GRAND VISIR Danger: WHO DARE WIN

CAPTAIN HEATH AND FORMAST

ONE MASTER saw its race blocked at a crucial stage in the second place of the Champion Sprint at Ascot in October. She did most of her run and won further, but it should be very useful given the soil softened by the rain.

12.40 – Hyperfocus

1.15 – Sacred

1.50 – Admiral Nelson

2.25 – Cloak of Spirits

3.00 – Pinatubo

3.35 – A master (nap)

4.10 – Air raid

4.40 – The Grand Visir

By Marcus Townend

12.40 – Blue Mist

1.15 – more beautiful

1.50 – Qaader

2.25 – Quadrilateral

3.00 – Pinatubo

3.35 – Skeptical

4.10 – Bielsa (nap)

4.40 – Mekong

By Nigel Taylor

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

12.40 Balance

1.15 M more beautiful

1.50 Qaader

2.25 So wonderful

3.00 Pinatubo

3.35 A master (nb)

4.10 Summerghand (nap)

4.40 The Grand Visir

OF PACOTILLE

12.40 Balance

1.15 M more beautiful

1.50 Qaader

2.25 So wonderful

3.00 Pinatubo

3.35 A master (nb)

4.10 Summerghand (nap)

4.40 The Grand Visir

New market – 3.00 Pinatubo (nap); 3.35 A master (nb).

Northerner – 1.50 Qaader (nb); 4.10 Bielsa (nap).

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