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Diamond Jubilee Tips & Predictions
|Date||Saturday June 23, 2018|
|Race Type||Set weights|
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is held on the final day of the Royal Ascot carnival and it's one of Britain's richest sprint races.
Worth £600,000, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes is targeted by connections all around the world and it gained big popularity in the likes of Australia when Black Caviar won in 2012.
It takes a quality sprinter to handle the Royal Ascot conditions and punters are often greeted with an even betting contest.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes betting card 2018
|Race Name||2017 Winner|
|Diamond Jubilee Stakes||The Tin Man|
|Wokingham Stakes||Out Do|
|Queen Alexandra Stakes||Oriental Fox|
Diamond Jubilee Stakes history
The race was initiated in 1868 as the All-Aged Stakes, but the Diamond Jubilee Stakes has been in existence since 1971.
Since then it has been upgraded from Group 3, Group 2 and now Group 1 status, which it will likely stay at given the prestige of the race.
It became a Group 1 in 2002 when named the Golden Jubilee to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and was changed to the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
In 2005 it became a part of the Global Sprint Challenge, which features races such as the King's Stand Stakes, Al Quoz Sprint and the Hong Kong International Sprint.
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes was dominated by jockey Lester Piggott, who recorded 10 wins throughout his lengthy career. Piggott's first win came in 1958 with Right Boy and his last came in 1993 with College Chapel.
No other jockey has had much success in the race, but Tom Queally rode Art Connoisseur in 2009 and The Tin Man in 2017.
Unbeaten Australian sprinter Black Caviar won in 2012 as the raging-hot favourite and the race was almost marred by controversy.
Jockey Luke Nolen eased up on the line aboard Black Caviar and it was almost beaten, but luckily for Nolen and connections, Black Caviar pulled out enough to win.
It was later found that Black Caviar suffered torn muscles during the run, making it even more impressive.
Unlike a lot of Group 1 races in Europe, the Diamond Jubilee isn't dominated by the large breeding stables.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes betting guide
Big upsets aren't very common in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, so punters should stick with the well-fancied runners.
The Tin Man paid 6/1 with bookmakers when winning in 2017 and the trifecta was rounded out with two well-favoured runners (Tasleet and Limato).
The Tin Man had finished eighth in the 2016 edition which was taken out by 4/1 third favourite Twilight Son for trainer Henry Candy.
In behind Twilight Son was Gold-Fun and 2015 winner Undrafted, which caused a minor upset when winning at 10/1.
It finished just ahead of Australian miler Brazen Beau, which would subsequently run poorly in the July Cup a month later.
Slade Power was always a popular pick with punters and it won in 2014 at odds of 7/2. The Edward Lynam-trained runner held off a good field and would later travel to Australia where it would be unsuccessful in the Darley Classic, finishing 11th.
Sticking with the favourites is a good way to target the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Bookmakers often offer good odds for every runner and punters won't be forced to take odds-on for the well-fancied types.
Diamond Jubilee Stakes lead-up races
The Lightning Stakes at Flemington is a good lead-up race for the Australian contingent. Black Caviar dominated that race before winning at Royal Ascot and it's now named in honour of the unbeaten mare.
Meydan hosts the Al Quoz Sprint which could be a good guide for the globetrotting types, but locally the sprinters could run in the King's Stand Stakes on the opening day of the Royal Ascot carnival.
It’s rare to see a Hong Kong runner travel to Europe, but the Chairman's Sprint Prize would be a good form guide.