Shortlist: Royal Ascot 2019

Royal Ascot 2019 is here again and Timeform will be proving expert analysis across the full 5 days of the carnival.

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Chesham Stakes (Listed) (1) 7f

Analyst’s Verdict

The debut win of Lope Y Fernandez was perhaps more about style than substance, but he’s an exciting prospect however you look at it and this looks the logical next step before he tackles Group company. Pinatubo clearly isn’t shy on ability either given he won the Woodcote despite failing to really handle Epsom and is second choice, though Highland Chief shouldn’t be underestimated.

Jersey Stakes (Group 3) (1) 7f

Analyst’s Verdict

Space Blues has clicked since dropped back to this trip and he has the potential to go even higher than this level in time, so he’s a confident choice ahead of Happy Power, another one who is heading firmly in the right direction. So Perfect’s penalty make things tougher for her but she’s still very much one to consider.

Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) (1) 1m3f211y

Analyst’s Verdict

Southern France gave dual Gold Cup winner Stradivarius a fright in the Yorkshire Cup, and with the drop back in trip holding no fears given the way he travelled at York, as well as the potential for more to come, his claims look to be bright. Defoe commands plenty of respect on the back of his Coronation Cup success, while 2018 Derby winner Masar also has to enter calculations despite his absence.

Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (1) 6f

Analyst’s Verdict

Blue Point is allowed to take his chance again after his King’s Stand success on Tuesday and can emulate Choisir in 2003 and complete the Royal Ascot sprint double. Invincible Army looked really good in the Duke of York and is the one most likely to profit should the selection’s exertions earlier in the week catch up with him. Last year’s runner-up City Light may prove best of the remainder.

Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (2) 6f

Analyst’s Verdict

Hey Jonesy has been far from disgraced in listed/pattern company, including when fifth in last month’s Duke of York Stakes. Yet, the overriding feeling is top-end handicaps will suit him ideally, particularly from what rates a fair mark, and he gets the nod to come out on top. Plenty in opposition make appeal, with Spring Loaded, Perfection, Vanbrugh and Soldier’s Minute heading the dangers.

Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions) (2) 2m5f143y

Analyst’s Verdict

A strong-looking renewal of this unique finale to Royal Ascot and Cleonte gets the vote. He wasn’t stopping when third in last season’s Cesarewitch and has returned in good form. This test could be ideal for him. Last year’s winner Pallasator looks set for a big run again, while Younevercall and Black Corton, both winners on the final day of the jumps season at Sandown, are intriguing runners.

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