The final day of Royal Ascot 2020 takes place on Saturday 20 June and we’ve got tips for the Coronation Stakes, Wokingham Handicap, and the Queen Alexandra Stakes.
Coronation Stakes (2.25pm)
An interesting field of seven runners line up for this Group 1 race for fillies over a mile. Ryan Moore has sided with So Wonderful of Aidan O’Brien’s two runners, but it will be disappointing if she wins this after finishing only third in what looked a weak Irish 1,000 Guineas. But she’s, presumably, showing more than O’Brien’s other runner Love Locket.
Alpine Star is another Irish-trained runner and looks the least exposed of the three after winning her last two starts. She could easily find the required improvement, but Jessica Harrington’s runners in both the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas both flopped when well fancied.
Run Wild looked to have improved from two to three when winning over 10-furlongs 13 days ago, but the drop back to a mile is not sure to suit.
Sharing is also hard to weigh-up on her first visit to England, as she’s won her last four but has yet to encounter soft ground.
That means this could be a rematch between the Cloak Of Spirits and Quadrilateral who were separated by just a head when second and third in the English 1,000 Guineas.
Quadrilateral is fancied to come out on top this time, with the rain-softened ground fancied to bring her stamina into play in the closing stages. She’s also proven on the ground after winning her first three starts with a bit of cut and plenty of Frankel’s offspring also appreciate juice in the ground.
Wokingham Handicap (4.10pm)
The Wokingham Handicap run over 6-furlongs and is one of the hardest races to win at Royal Ascot. Last year’s winner was a heavily backed 7/2 favourite, there have also been a couple of 33/1 winners in the last decade.
The two least exposed horses in the field are Bielsa and Kevin Ryan’s 5-year-old has won four of its last five races. He’s 8lb higher than when last winning but could still be improving. The form of the Ryan stable is off-putting though, with its two main horses this week running slightly below expectations.
Highland Dress is the other improving runner after winning its last two races on the all-weather at Southwell and good to firm ground at Newmarket, but he takes another big step-up in class here. That means it could be worth chancing a horse that’s just on a fair mark.
David O’Meara trained the 2017 winner at 25/1 and he sets punters a real poser by saddling three horses this year. Stable jockey Danny Tudhope is aboard Arecibo, but he looks better at five furlongs. He may also not be the stable’s number one hope, as O’Meara has booked Ryan Moore and James Doyle to ride his other two.
Ryan Moore rides Gulliver but he’s looking to win this off top-weight and a career-high mark, which isn’t an easy combination.
That means O’Meara’s best chance could be Summerghand, who was fifth in the race last year off a 1lb lower mark and has run some cracking races on soft ground in other big handicaps. He was beaten by Tinto last time but could be the each-way value in a race that is an obvious target for him.
Queen Alexandra Stakes (4.40pm)
You’re going to have to wait 2 miles 5 furlongs and 143 yards if you need a winner in the last race of Royal Ascot to bail you out, but there shouldn’t be too many hard-luck stories with just 10 runners in this marathon field.
Mekong is the top-rated horse in the field on a mark of 112 but it’s asking a lot of him to bounce back and win this race after running in Thursday’s Gold Cup, be it this is a much weaker race.
Who Dares Wins looks sure to go well for trainer Alan King, who has enjoyed one winner and a second from his two Royal Ascot runners this week, but I do think his stamina might just run out over this trip.
The horse that is fancied to power past them all in the closing stages is The Grand Visir, who wasn’t showing any signs of stopping when winning a marathon handicap off top-weight last year at Royal Ascot, and the fifth won this year’s renewal of that race.