Diamond Jubilee 2017: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Limato is favourite for Saturday's Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Limato is favourite for Saturday's Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the Diamond Jubilee on Day Five of Royal Ascot.

"With a strongly-run 6f on quick ground probably his ideal conditions, this likeable 5-y-o has to be the call."

Diamond Jubilee
Royal Ascot
Saturday 24th June, 16:20

1. Aclaim (Martyn Meade/Jamie Spencer)
Successful four times in 2016, culminating with Challenge Stakes at Newmarket (by length from Lumiere). No impact when sixth to Ribchester in Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on return, but 1m on soft ground may have stretched him there. Lively outsider if running here rather than in Queen Anne.

2. Comicas (Charlie Appleby/William Buick)
Won handicap at Meydan (by length from Dundonnell) in February and bettered that with second in Dubai Golden Shaheen there (3 lengths behind Mind Your Biscuits) in March. Shaped encouragingly when 4 lengths third of 12 to Tasleet in Duke of York Stakes at York last time, perhaps just needing the run.

3. Finsbury Square (F Chappet/Olivier Peslier)
Successful in 2016 in Prix de Saint-Georges and Prix de Meautry (by short head from Walec), both at Deauville before good 1½ lengths fourth to Marsha in Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly next time. Won minor event at Chantilly on reappearance in March by head from Saon Secret, and creditable length second of 10 to Muthmir in Prix du Gros-Chene at Chantilly last time, leading 1f out till well inside final 1f. Effective at 5f and 6f but something to find with principals here.

4. Growl (Richard Fahey/Paul Hanagan)
Transformed by new stable in 2016, wins including listed race at Doncaster as well as finishing second in Ayr Gold Cup (length and a quarter behind Brando) and Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot (length behind The Tin Man). Below form in John of Gaunt Stakes (7f) last time, but drop in trip here will suit.

5. Kachy (Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote)
Two of three wins at Chester, though as good as ever when length second to Quiet Reflection in Commonwealth Cup at this meeting last year. Not so good since, best effort when creditable fourth in Palace House Stakes at Newmarket (two and a quarter lengths behind Marsha) in May.

6. Librisa Breeze (Dean Ivory/Robert Winston)
Most impressive when winning big-field 7f events here in July (International Stakes) and October (Challenge Cup) last season, near-last to first both times. Finished well but too much to do when three lengths sixth to The Tin Man in Champions Sprint Stakes Ascot final outing. Not seen since.

7. Limato (Henry Candy/Ryan Moore)
High-class performer who was better than ever over sprint trips in 2016, winning July Cup at Newmarket (by two lengths from Suedois, Quiet Reflection third) and Prix de la Foret at Chantilly in October, finishing second in Nunthorpe (5f) in-between. Not at best in Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita in November, and well-held last time, but likely to have been targeted at this race. Big player.

8. Long On Value (William Mott/Joel Rosario)
Smart performer who won listed race at Saratoga in 2016, but improved on that when nose second to The Right Man in Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan last time. Needs to progress again.

9. Magical Memory (Charles Hills/James Doyle)
Won Abernant Stakes and Duke of York Stakes last term, and not seen to best effect when fourth in this race. Went backwards afterwards, in July Cup at Newmarket and Sprint Cup at Haydock, but took step back in the right direction when two and a half lengths second to Tasleet in latest Duke of York.

10. Mobsta (Mick Channon/Pat Smullen)
Wins in listed race at Doncaster and Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh in 2016 both on testing going and will probably find this ground too lively.

11. Suedois (David O'Meara/Daniel Tudhope)
Placed in July Cup at Newmarket (two lengths second to Limato) and Sprint Cup at Haydock (best of prominent racers when third to Quiet Reflection) in 2016. Better than result in Duke of York on reappearance and step nearer best when third in Greenlands Stakes Curragh last time. Fifth last year.

12. Tasleet (William Haggas/Jim Crowley)
Won rerouted three-runner Greenham Stakes at Chelmsford in April but failed to fire when upped in trip to 7f in Challenge Stakes at Newmarket six months later. Much improved in first-time cheekpieces when winning Duke of York Stakes last time by two and a half lengths from Magical Memory (The Tin Man fifth), however, and repeat of that form would put him firmly in the mix here.

13. The Right Man (D Guillemin/Francois-Xavier Bertras)
Prolific in France, wins last term including Prix de Seine-et-Oise at Maisons-Laffitte. Better than ever when winning Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in March by nose from Long On Value, and not too much improvement needed to play a hand.

14. The Tin Man (James Fanshawe/Tom Queally)
Beat only one home in this race 12 months ago, but produced career-best when winning most recent Champions Sprint Stakes by a length here (Brando third, Signs of Blessing fourth, Quiet Reflection seventh) in October. Ran as well as could be expected when fifth to Tasleet under a penalty in Duke of York on reappearance last month and looks a major contender back off level weights.

15. Tupi (Richard Hannon/Sean Levey)
Career-best effort to take listed race at Doncaster (by 4 lengths from Captain Colby) in April but produced laboured effort when 8¼ lengths sixth of 12 to Tasleet in Duke of York Stakes at York last time, merely passing beaten rivals. Plenty to find at this level.

16. Windfast (Brian Meehan/Silvestre De Sousa)
Listed winner at Newmarket (by neck from Buying Trouble) in 2016 and posted respectable 3 lengths third of 6 to Brando in Abernant Stakes there last time, though never posed a threat to the winner. Vulnerable up in grade.

17. Al Jazi (F Rohaut/Gregory Benoist)
Smart filly who was successful in minor event at Maisons-Laffitte and Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood (by 1¾ lengths from Mise En Rose) in 2016. Won 6-runner listed race at Maisons-Laffitte on reappearance in April by nose from City Money, but this much tougher.

18. Dancing Star (Andrew Balding/David Probert)
Fast progress in 2016, successful four times, including beating Orion's Bow by one and three quarter lengths in 27-runner Stewards' Cup last July. Stepped up on reappearance when neck second in listed race at Windsor last time, running on, but needs to progress again.

19. Kassia (Mick Channon/Graham Lee)
Excellent 2016 ended with win in listed race at Newmarket (by head from Gravity Flow), her fourth win of the campaign. Should sharpen up for return in Abernant Stakes last time, but still has plenty to find with principals.

Timeform Diamond Jubilee 1-2-3
1. Limato
2. The Tin Man
3. Suedois

Timeform Analyst's Verdict:
LIMATO's Prix de la Foret success last autumn is the best piece of form on offer, and with a strongly-run 6f on quick ground probably his ideal conditions, this likeable 5-y-o has to be the call. It would come as no surprise were The Tin Man to emerge as the best of those who raced in the Duke of York last month, while Suedois could be a lively outsider sporting a visor for the first time.

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