Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot 2016...
"Created a tremendous impression when winning 10-runner listed race at Windsor last time. Major player."
Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Saturday June 18, 16:20
Gold-Fun - Richard Gibson, Hong Kong
Hong Kong-trained runner and comes into this race on the back of a smart effort behind Chautauqua in last month's Group 1 Chairman's Sprint Prize at Sha Tin, a race he won with Christophe Soumillon aboard in 2015. Extremely consistent performer on the typically competitive sprint scene in Hong Kong for a couple of years now and raiders from the Far East need to be taken very seriously in races of this nature.
Holler - John O'Shea, Australia
Australian sprinter who won Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley in January and Group 1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick in March, before a short-head second of 12 to Flamberge in Group 1 William Read Stakes later that month, making most of running but joined in last 180 yards. Hugely respected.
Jungle Cat - Charlie Appleby
Better than ever at Meydan this year, scoring on return before beaten a nose in Group 3 (Sole Power and Sir Maximilian directly behind) and good fourth in Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint (Muthmir just behind). Transferred that improvement back to Britain when a half-length second to Profitable in Palace House, but remains to be seen how much Tuesday's King Stand-fourth will have taken out of him.
Magical Memory - Charlie Hills
Last year's Stewards' Cup winner returned better than ever this campaign and produced a career-best to deny Suedios in a warm renewal of the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes last time. He did have the advantage of race fitness over some of his rivals that day, but it was still a performance that marked him out as a strong contender for top honours on the domestic sprint scene this year.
Mattmu - Tim Easterby
Third in Abernant Stakes at Newmarket (½ length behind Magical Memory) in April, but well below form when much further back behind same rival in Duke of York Stakes at York last time. Something to prove.
Signs of Blessing - Francois Rohaut, France
In good form first two starts this year, winning minor event at Chantilly (by 5½ lengths) and listed race at Fontainebleau (by 6 lengths from Finsbury Square), both in March. Beaten only 1¾ lengths, but below form when fifth of 10 to same rival in Prix de Saint-Georges at Deauville last time. Needs to improve.
Suedois - David O'Meara
Won three times in 2015, including Prix de Meautry at Deauville, but better still for new yard this year when a half-length second of 12 to Magical Memory in Duke of York Stakes at York last time, travelling well close up and headed only late on.
The Tin Man - James Fanshawe
Very progressive last season, with wins at Doncaster (twice) and here. Improved again when three and three-quarter lengths fourth in British Champions Sprint Stakes on final start and created a tremendous impression when winning 10-runner listed race at Windsor last time. Major player.
Twilight Son - Henry Candy
Could only manage fifth on his return from seven months off the track at York, but had beaten Magical Memory in all three of their previous encounters on the track and was forced to carry a penalty for his victory in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock in September (Magical Memory third). Should prove much sharper with that outing under his belt.
Undrafted - Wesley Ward, USA
Last year's winner showed that he retains all of his speed when winning a Grade 2 over five and a half furlongs at Keeneland last time and he should get the strong pace that he requires in his follow-up bid here. Fourth in the 2014 July Cup, he produced a high-class level of form to get the better of Australian speedball Brazen Beau in the final furlong 12 months ago.
Timeform Diamond Jubilee Stakes 1-2-3
1. The Tin Man
2. Magical Memory
3. Twilight Son
Timeform Analyst's Verdict
The 4-y-os look strong and it is The Tin Man who has created the most striking impression with his commanding reappearance win at Windsor last month. He could be the answer. Magical Memory has also improved further this year, and isn't passed over lightly, while Twilight Son is likely to be much more competitive than he was on his return at York last month.