Royal Ascot Races Culminate with Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee StakesPublished June 20, 2020 by Florin P
Saturday is the busiest day at the Royal Ascot, with three major events scheduled in the afternoon in front of the British Royal family.
This weekend is special for horse racing fans, as one of the most important events of the year is underway. The Royal Ascot races have started midweek and will conclude on Saturday with three of the most important events. The day begins with the Coronation Stakes, continues with the St. James' Palace Stakes and finishes in a memorable way with the the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Quadrilateral is Favorite to win the Coronation Stakes
The Coronation Stakes is a top-tier flat horse race that takes place in the Great Britain as a part of the Royal Ascot. Three-year-old fillies are scheduled to run over a distance of 1603m and this year, we have a clear favorite to win the trophy. Quadrilateral has enjoyed exceptional performances so far and it is credited with the first chance and odds of 5/2 by bet365 Sports.
Competition is intense and there are plenty of horses capable of challenging the favorite, but two of them stand out from the crowd. Run Wild and Alpine Star are the most likely challengers, both of them priced at 4/1 by the same bookmaker. The Coronation Stakes is the first important race of the day and it is scheduled to start at 2:25 PM UK time.
Wichita and Pinatubo Fight for St. James' Palace Stakes Glory
The St. James's Palace Stakes is the second most important race of the day, also open to three-year-old colts. Participants will be running over a distance of 1603m and will compete for a share of the massive purse that has been growing every year. The competition is made after the St. James Palace, the famous royal residence and it was founded in 1834.
Wichita and Pinatubo have emerged as the top favorites to win the race which is scheduled to start at 3 PM UK time. bet365 Sports only offers odds of 2/1 on each of these horses, but the event is nothing like a coin flip. Granted the difference between the top two favorites and the rest of the field is significant, punters should keep an eye on Palace Pier. This is a formidable horse priced at 4/1 by the sports book.
Sceptical vs the Field in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is the last and most important race of the Royal Ascot, listed for Saturday afternoon at 3:35 PM UK time. This Group 1 flat horse race is open to any horse aged four years or above and it is run over a distance of 1207m. The first race took place back in 1868 and it went by the name of All-Aged Stakes, while being renamed in 2012 to commemorate the Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.
The most anticipated race of the entire event, it has Sceptical as the main favorite with odds of 2/1 offered by 888 Sport. There is a big gap separating him from the field, so the question that punters are asking is whether it’s worth taking a leap of faith with this top horse. Betting on the underdogs has certain merits, with odds of 4/1 on Hello Youmzain 6/1 for One Master and 8/1 on Khaadem and Dream of Dreams.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, June 18 at 1 pm UK time.