With less than two weeks remaining until the 2021 renewal of Royal Ascot, excitement is starting to build for the prestigious meeting. It was recently revealed that the course will be welcoming 12,000 racegoers a day through the gates, and after the eerie silence that has defined tracks throughout the pandemic, spectators will be a welcome addition to the top-class five-day meeting.
The Diamond Jubilee, which will take place at 4:20 on Saturday 19th June, is the eighth and final Group 1 race of the meeting. So, with many punters already eagerly scouring the internet for the best horse racing tips, let’s take a look at the favourites for the six-furlong race. Read on to find out more!
Starman – 3/1
Starman made a fine start to his racing career last year, winning his debut at Lingfield in July before further victories at Doncaster and York — where he romped home almost two lengths clear in the Listed Garrowby Stakes. The Ed Walker-trained horse ended the season with a rather disappointing 14th-place finish in the Champions Sprints Stakes at Ascot in October. However, he was back to winning ways in the Duke Of York Stakes at York, beating Nahaar over the line by a neck, and he’ll be well backed to win the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Dream Of Dreams – 5/1
Sir Michael Stoute is the most successful trainer in Royal Ascot history and for that reason there’s no doubt that the punters will be keeping a close eye on Dream Of Dreams. The seven-year-old was beaten by just the head of Hello Youmzain in this race last year, and having since won the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury, the Group 1 Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock and the Listed Weatherbys Stakes at Windsor, which was just last month, Dream Of Dreams looks in good stead heading to Ascot.
Nahaar – 7/1
Nahaar had a fantastic maiden season in 2019, winning his first four races on the trot before finishing third at Newmarket in his final race of the year. However, last season was rather disappointing from the William Haggas-trained horse. He was raced five times throughout the course of the flat season. But, despite starting as the favourite in most of those outings, he won just twice. He started this year finishing last of four at Chelmsford in March. To get within a neck of Starman at York was a promising sign for the horse’s connections and they’ll certainly be hoping for more of the same at Ascot.
Glass Slippers – 10/1
After a fantastic finish to 2019, winning the Prix Moonlight Cloud at Deauville before successive triumphs at Longchamp — including in the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines — Glass Slippers had another good season last year. The Kevin Ryan-trained horse was fifth in the King’s Stand Stakes at Ascot. However, from there, she was second at 14/1 in the Qatar Stakes, won the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh, second as she attempted to defend her crown at Longchamp and rounded off the season with a win in the Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland. Like last year, she’s heading straight for Ascot without a run this season, and whilst another crack at the King’s Stands looks more likely at 4/1, she’ll make a decent each-way bet at 10/1 if her connections do opt for this race.