The 6f Diamond Jubilee Stakes is the second Group 1 sprint of Royal Ascot for older horses. It is often contested by horses that ran in the King’s Stand Stakes over 5f on the opening day (4.20pm Saturday).
Indeed, this year Pearl Secret (16/1) makes a quick reappearance after finishing fourth, beaten just a length, in the King’s Stand Stakes and warrants respect on that score alone. However, David Barron’s six-year-old has raced just once, without success, over 6f and appears to have his work cut out against a field full of seasoned specialists at this trip.
That said, the favourite, Brazen Beau (11/4) is only a three-year-old. Trainer Chris Waller’s Australian raider has won four times over 6f and looked better than ever when readily accounting for subsequent winner Chautauqua in the Lexington Newmarket Handicap at Flemington in March. He has been off the course since, which is a cause for concern, but has 4lb and upwards in hand of his rivals on official ratings. As his handler is pretty shrewd and the Aussie sprinters have a great record at Royal Ascot, Brazen Beau looks a must for any shortlist.
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Mustajeeb (5/1) ran in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita last November but, dropped back to 6f for the first time since his racecourse debut, stayed on strongly to beat Maarek by a length in the Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh four weeks ago. That form, in itself, probably wouldn’t be good enough, but he’s entitled to improve for that run and remains unexposed as a sprinter, so can’t be written off.
Trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore (pictured), Due Diligence (11/1) finished second in this race last year. Despite running poorly when only seventh of 11, beaten 6l, behind Flight Risk in the Gladness Stakes over 7f on his reappearance at the Curragh in April, a return to form would not be a surprise. He has a slight question mark against him after an absence of 62 days, but his powerful and in-form connections aren’t sending him across the Irish Sea for the benefit of the Berkshire air and he could represent some each-way value.
Of those at longer prices, Glass Office (25/1) could finish only seventh of nine beaten 5½l behind subsequent King’s Stand Stakes winner Goldream in the Palace House Stakes over 5f at Newmarket last month. Then he scraped home in a bunch finish to the Duke of York Stakes over 6f at York less than two weeks later. David Simcock’s five-year-old hasn’t stood much racing in recent seasons, but if he can go on from his most recent effort he could belie generous odds by running well.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes Preview betting Tips Conclusion
Brazen Beau looks a solid favourite from a continent that does well here but in search of value for money our Diamond Jubilee betting tip is to back DUE DILIGENCE each-way at best odds of 10/1 with Boylesports. The combination of trainer Aidan O’Brien and red-hot jockey Ryan Moore is attractive enough. More importantly, in a race that appears to lack strength in depth, this comparatively lightly-raced colt’s course and distance form should stand him in good stead and he should prove difficult to keep out of the first three at the very least. It would be no surprise to see Due Diligence’s odds shorten the nearer the race it gets.