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Platinum Jubilee Stakes: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Royal Ascot finish
The Platinum Jubilee Stakes is the feature race on the final day of Royal Ascot

"Successful for the second time in a Group 1 when edging out stablemate Nature Strip"

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Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

Platinum Jubilee Stakes
16:20 Royal Ascot, Saturday
Live on ITV

1. A Case of You (Adrian McGuinness/ Ronan Whelan)
Last season's Prix de l'Abbaye winner who struck again at the top level in Dubai in March, seeing off Happy Romance. Not so good under a penalty in a Group 2 at the Curragh four weeks ago, though, and was well beaten in last year's Commonwealth Cup.

2. Artorius (Anthony & Sam Freedman/ Jamie Spencer)
Smart performer in Australia, successful in a Group 1 three-year-old sprint in February 2021. Plenty of good runs since, including in a Flemington handicap in March when last seen, but more to find with the principals here.

3. Creative Force (Charlie Appleby/ William Buick)
Won on both his visits to Ascot last year, landing the Jersey over seven furlongs, and the Champions Sprint over this trip (kept on well from Glen Shiel and Minzaal). Ran poorly at Meydan when last seen in March but no surprise to see a revival back here.

4. Diligent Harry (Clive Cox/ Adam Kirby)
Quickly made up into a smart sprinter last year, winning three times on the all-weather. Fair return in a listed race at Doncaster, headed close home, but plenty to find to feature at this level.

5. Dragon Symbol (Roger Varian/ David Egan)
Won his first four starts over five and six furlongs last season, and was admirably consistent in the top sprints after, finishing first past the post in the Commonwealth Cup here. Joined a new yard prior to the start of this season but has been below his best on both outings, for all his second at Haydock last time was more encouraging.

6. Emaraaty Ana (Kevin Ryan/ Andrea Atzeni)
Won the Haydock Sprint Cup in September but proved very disappointing in a couple of outings in Dubai earlier this year. First run at Ascot and needs a revival.

7. Garrus (Charles Hills/ Ryan Moore)
Smart sprinter who bagged his second success of 2021 in a Group 3 at Deauville in August. Just failed behind Double Or Bubble in the Abernant at Newmarket in April but ran poorly in blinkers (removed here) behind Highfield Princess at York last time. Hard to fancy.

8. Glen Shiel (Archie Watson/ Hollie Doyle)
Admirable sprinter with a cracking record over C&D. He was successful in the Champions Sprint in 2020, while he finished runner-up in this race and the Champions Sprint last season. Only fourth at the Curragh four weeks ago but no surprise to see a much better performance now.

9. Great Ambassador (Ed Walker/ Richard Kingscote)
One of the most progressive sprinters of last season for this yard, winning three times and running a blinder in the Ayr Gold Cup (second to Bielsa who raced solo on the opposite side of the track). Goes well fresh and could have even more to offer.

10. Grenadier Guards (Mitsumasa Nakauchida/ Cristian Demuro)
Smart Group 1 performer over seven furlongs and a mile in Japan. Not seen to best effect on his return in a six-furlong Group 1 in March but probably has his work cut out here. Hood fitted.

11. Gustavus Weston (Joseph Murphy/ Gary Carroll)
Won Group 2/3 sprints at the Curragh last season. Yet to fully fire this term and up against it even getting back to his best.

12. Happy Power (Andrew Balding/ PJ McDonald)
Registered a hat-trick over seven furlongs in 2020 (including a Group 2) and gained a first success since in a three-runner Leicester event in April. Not in the same sort of form at Haydock and will do well to better last year's fourth in this.

13. Home Affairs (Chris Waller/ James McDonald)
High-class sprinter in Australia, successful for the second time in a Group 1 when edging out stablemate Nature Strip at Flemington in February. That one was an emphatic winner of the King's Stand here on Tuesday under this rider and everything looks in place for a big run.

14. King's Lynn (Andrew Balding/ David Probert)
Better than ever when landing the Temple Stakes at Haydock last month from Twilight Calls, who was second in Tuesday's King's Stand. King's Lynn wasn't best placed in the King's Stand and backs up quickly for the second year running (close third in the Wokingham last season after running in the King's Stand).

15. Kinross (Ralph Beckett/ Frankie Dettori)
Did well last term, winning Group 2/3s over seven furlongs and shaping well in the Champions Sprint on his final start of the campaign (only run over this trip). Should come on for last month's Haydock return and could hit the frame.

16. Minzaal (Owen Burrows/ Jim Crowley)
Not seen much since his Gimcrack win in 2020 but no doubting he's a very good sprinter. He was third behind Creative Force over C&D on Champions Day in October, while he also shaped well behind Highfield Princess at York on his return. Should come on plenty for that and set to go well in first-time cheekpieces.

17. Naval Crown (Charlie Appleby/ James Doyle)
Group 2 winner over seven furlongs in Dubai in January and back to form behind A Case of You and Happy Romance on his first go over six furlongs there 12 weeks ago, keeping on from a wide draw. Unexposed as a sprinter and wouldn't dismiss.

18. Run To Freedom (Henry Candy/ Dane O'Neill)
Proved at least as good as ever to open his account for the season in a six-furlong listed Windsor event last month. This is a whole different test.

19. Alcohol Free (Andrew Balding/ Rob Hornby)
Very smart filly who won the Coronation Stakes at this meeting last year and landed her third Group 1 in the Sussex in July. Well below that level since, however, including in two runs over a mile this season. Drop back to sprint trip an interesting move but still easy enough to have doubts.

20. Campanelle (Wesley Ward/ Irad Ortiz jr)
Defending an unbeaten record at Royal Ascot following victories in the 2020 Queen Mary and 2021 Commonwealth Cup (promoted at the expense of Dragon Symbol). Warmed up with a ready win at Keeneland nine weeks ago and couldn't be dismissed, for all she has a bit to find with an on-song Home Affairs.

21. Double or Bubble (Chris Wall/ Jack Mitchell)
Better than ever when landing the Group 3 Abernant Stakes over this trip at Newmarket on her return in April, just holding on from Garrus. Unlikely to have finished her winning for the year but this is surely a bridge too far.

22. Happy Romance (Richard Hannon/ Sean Levey)
Smart filly who produced yet another likeable display when chasing home A Case of You in a Meydan Group 1 in March, doing best of those drawn low. Has plenty of winning form in big-field sprints and will relish conditions if they stay quick. Place claims.

23. Highfield Princess (John Quinn/ Jason Hart)
Really likeable mare who took a huge step forward when easily winning a York Group 2 last month, everything falling into place but still quickening clear impressively. She'll need to pull out even more to follow up in this.

24. Sacred (William Haggas/ Tom Marquand)
Classy three-year-old who was successful in the Nell Gwyn and Hungerford Stakes over seven furlongs. Remains relatively lightly raced and returns over a sprint trip after ten months off. Was second to Campanelle in the 2020 Queen Mary and she's interesting first time back.

25. Umm Kulthum (Richard Fahey/ Colin Keane)
Got back to winning ways in a six-furlong listed fillies' Newmarket contest on her return seven weeks ago, puttings things to bed in good style. Still relatively lightly raced but this demands a good deal more.

26. Vadream (Charlie Fellowes/ Daniel Tudhope)
Likeable filly who did well on her three visits to Ascot last year, finishing third behind Creative Force and Naval Crown in the Jersey, then winning a Group 3 over C&D from King's Lynn before coming home fifth in the Champions Sprint. Got worked up before low-key York comeback run and can do better.

27. Ventura Diamond (Richard Fahey/ Joe Fanning)
Useful sprinter, with her best two runs last term coming over C&D in October, finishing third to Vadream in a Group 3 and plugging on for seventh in the Champions Sprint. Poor return at Haydock four weeks ago, however, and is up against it now.

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Timeform Analyst Verdict

Home Affairs edged out Tuesday's emphatic King's Stand winner and stablemate Nature Strip for his second Group 1 victory in his homeland earlier this year and ran well from a poor position in a handicap next time. A big performance is surely on the way and he can complete a double for Australia. Minzaal should have come on plenty for his York return and is set to go well in first-time cheekpieces. Glen Shiel has a tremendous record over C&D and should be on the premises again.

1. Home Affairs
2. Minzaal
3. Glen Shiel


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