Undrafted and Frankie Dettori win last year’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Keith Melrose 10:43AM 16 JUN 2016
LAST year’s Commonwealth Cup runner-up Limato was not among the ten declared runners for Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee Stales at Royal Ascot, having also been taken out of the Queen Anne on Tuesday at the same stage due to the prevailing soft ground.
The declared field of ten is easily the smallest in the race this century. It is headed by Magical Memory, this year’s 6f sensation who has already won the Abernant and Duke Of York Stakes. He is bidding to follow King’s Stand winner Profitable’s perfect hat-trick by winning a Group 3, Group 2 and Group 1 in successive starts.
Magical Memory was available at 3-1 post-declarations, with The Tin Man at 9-2. Twilight Son, winner of last year’s Haydock Sprint Cup and stablemate of Limato, is 9-2 while last year’s winner Undrafted and Hong Kong raider Gold-Fun are both available at 10-1.
The field is completed by Holler, Jungle Cat, Mattmu, Signs Of Blessing and Suedois. Sole Power, twice a winner of the King’s Stand Stakes, was also taken out at the declaration stage.
Exosphere heads Hardwicke field
There is also a field of ten declared for the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes, though that is much more in line with the usual size of line-up for what is often an indicative King George trial.
Exosphere heads the betting at 5-2 for Sir Michael Stoute, who is the race’s dominant trainer with nine wins, including the last two renewals. Royal runner Dartmouth, joint-second favourite with John Gosden’s Eagle Top at 5-1, is also in Stoute’s care.
Godolphin’s Elite Army, available at 8-1 shortly before declaration time, is the most high-profile absentee.
Exosphere’s owner Khalid Abdullah will also have a strong interest in the opening Chesham Stakes, even though his colours will not be on show. Cunco and Frankuus both go for his superstar racehorse turned stallion Frankel, in what will be the greatest test yet of his progeny’s excellent start.