Royal Ascot Day 5 Tips | 24th June 2017
Graeme Johnston has been in solid form this week at Ascot, here are his Day 5 fancies.
Royal Ascot 15:40 – Hardwicke Stakes
The Hardwicke Stakes is Ascot’s big mile-and-a-half race and this is a really good renewal.
There is quite a big field here and some top horses have turned up, but on this ground there is one here who could potentially be a Group 1 winner in the making and I’ve backed him accordingly.
Dartmouth won this last year and is the one to beat here but this is very different ground and the stable hasn’t quite hit top gear so far this term.
Idaho could be interesting if returning to his best but he’s not quite looked the same since his tumble in the St Ledger and is best watched.
The one I have backed is the John Gosden-trained Wings Of Desire. He won the Dante last season on his third start before coming third in the Derby.
The most important piece of form however was his second in the King George on firm ground where he beat Dartmouth. It’s his first start of the season but I feel he is over priced and is each-way value.
Royal Ascot 16:20 – Diamond Jubilee Stakes
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is one of Europe’s most important sprints and this looks a good renewal without being top class.
Nineteen line-up so there should be a furious pace from the beginning, but it also adds a potential draw bias to the equation. Limato on firm ground is a fantastic horse and his record is tremendous when he gets his conditions.
On his day he can look as good as any sprinter in recent memory, but he can also throw in a stinker. Last time Ryan Moore sat on him he blew the start and my gut tells me to avoid him even though he is the probable winner.
I’ve always liked The Tin Man and for whatever reasons he flopped in this race last year. He returned to the track to win the British Champion Sprint and is a top class sprinter.
I feel his return effort was very good, especially when you take in to account his penalty that day and I think he stands out as a great each-way bet.
Graeme Johnston’s Day 5 Picks
15:40 – Wings Of Desire each-way
16:20 – The Tin Man each-way