Royal Ascot’s last day has an eight-race card and includes five Group races. The two Group 2s are both for two-year-olds. They are the 5f Queen Mary Stakes for fillies at 1.15 and the 6f Coventry Stakes at 1.50. Aidan O’Brien trains the favourite in each.
Miss Beautiful, a half-sister to 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior, will be a short price for the Queen Mary. She looked sharp when winning over 5f at Naas last week and can follow up here. Mark Johnston’s Sands Of Time won nicely at Lingfield, though the third has been beaten since. For those seeking an each-way longshot, Kevin Ryan’s Star Of Emaraaty, at around 50/1, could just sneak into a place.
O’Brien runs Admiral Nelson, an easy Curragh winner eight days ago, in the Coventry Stakes. Dangers include Creative Force, who had a couple of today’s rivals behind him when making all at Newmarket. Qaadar, an impressive Newbury winner, holds a good chance, as does Talbot, who won going away at Lingfield. But it may be worth taking a chance with Tom Dascombe’s Haydock winner Lauded, who is drawn well in stall 16.
Three Group 1 races on last day
The Coronation Stakes (2.25) sees the rematch of 1000 Guineas second and third Cloak Of Spirits and Quadrilateral. Just a head separated them at Newmarket. The latter may gain her revenge here. US trainer Graham Motion sends his Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Sharing to add further spice.
It’s a similar story in the St James’s Palace Stakes (3.00), which sees the clash of 2000 Guineas second and third Wichita and Pinatubo. Again, the latter may gain revenge. John Gosden opted not to run the unbeaten Palace Pier in the Guineas in favour of a 0-100 all-weather handicap at Newcastle, which he won with ease. This is a huge step up in class but Gosden knows a good horse when he sees one.
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes at 3.35 is the third Group 1 on Ascot’s last day. This looks a weak race for the grade with no standout horse. At least six of the ten runners have good chances. At around 10/1, Andrew Balding’s Shine So Bright is the each-way choice.