Royal Ascot

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes Tips: Timeform's expert verdict

Horse racing at Royal Ascot
The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes is the feature on the final day

"...proved better than ever when successful in a Group 1 over six and a half furlongs at Randwick in March."

Timeform on Artorius

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide and 1-2-3 verdict for the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes
15:40 Royal Ascot, Saturday
Live on ITV

1. Al Suhail (Charlie Appleby/ William Buick)
Has his quirks but was good as ever at Meydan earlier in the year, winning twice before finishing a close third in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint (a neck behind The Astrologist). Has a bit to find with some of these, however.

2. Artorius (Anthony & Sam Freedman/ James McDonald)
Smart performer in Australia who proved better than ever when successful in a Group 1 over six and a half furlongs at Randwick in March. Went close when third in this last year and is likely to make another bold bid.

3. Art Power (Tim Easterby/ Oisin Murphy)
Very smart gelding whose last three wins have come at the Curragh, including when producing a career-best performance in the Greenlands Stakes four weeks ago, scoring by four and three-quarter lengths. He has gone well at this track before so is not taken lightly.

4. Big Invasion (Christophe Clement/ Jim Crowley)
Has proved prolific in the US and ran very well stepped up to this level when runner-up at Belmont two weeks ago, finishing well from much further back than the other principals. He's probably still improving so is not to be underestimated.

5. Cannonball (Peter & Paul Snowden/ Daniel Tudhope)
Smart Australian sprinter who won the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (Handicap) at Rosehill in March. However, he was well held in the King's Stand here on Tuesday so it's easy to look elsewhere. Cheekpieces replace the blinkers.

6. Coeur de Pierre (Mauricio Delcher Sanchez/ Tony Piccone)
Proved better than ever last season, winning a listed event at Deauville and a Group 3 at Chantilly, while he was also a close third in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp. Had excuses on his return but this is probably too demanding.

7. Emaraaty Ana (Kevin Ryan/ Neil Callan)
Won the Group 1 Betfair Sprint Cup over six furlongs at Haydock in 2021 and was placed three times at the highest level last season, including in the Nunthorpe and Sprint Cup. Probably needed his comeback run at York last month but was well held in this 12 months ago and a lesser test at this trip is perhaps ideal.

8. Khaadem (Charles Hills/ Jamie Spencer)
Smart gelding who was a good half-length third to Run To Freedom in a six-furlong listed race at Salisbury four weeks ago, but is probably not up to this level, nowadays.

9. Kinross (Ralph Beckett/ Frankie Dettori)
Thrived last season, completing the four-timer in the Champions Sprint over this course and distance on good to soft ground in October. Was only eighth in this last year when the ground was fast, however, so may prove vulnerable unless there's rain.

10. Rohaan (David Evans/ Adam Kirby)
Very smart gelding who has an excellent record here (four-time course-and-distance winner), and has won the Wokingham at this meeting for the last two seasons. Also won a Group 3 in October before finishing a good fourth to Kinross in the Champions Sprint. Was well held at Salisbury on his return but is expected to leave that behind him.

11. Run To Freedom (Henry Candy/ Dane O'Neill)
Smart horse who proved all the better for his return when a narrow winner of a listed race at Salisbury four weeks ago. His limitations have been exposed at this level before, however, and he was only tenth in this last year.

12. The Astrologist (Leon & Troy Corstens/ Damian Lane)
Group 3 winner in Australia who ran a screamer when runner-up in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in March, just failing by a head. Was a bit disappointing in the Duke of York Stakes but got back on track when second in a Group 3 over seven furlongs at Haydock a couple of weeks ago. Likely to find a few too strong here, however.

13. Wellington (Richard Gibson/ Ryan Moore)
High-class sprinter at his best in Hong Kong, winning four Group 1s (three at six furlongs and the other at seven furlongs), with the most recent top-level success coming in the Hong Kong Sprint in December under this rider. Not quite hit those heights this year but still a major player here.

14. Highfield Princess (John Quinn/ Jason Hart)
High-class mare who won five times during a brilliant campaign in 2022, with three of them at Group 1 level, including the Nunthorpe at York. Has made a decent start to this campaign, finishing runner-up under a penalty in a Group 2 at York before filling the same spot in the King's Stand here on Tuesday, but was only sixth in this last year, however.

15. Sacred (William Haggas/ Tom Marquand)
Smart mare who made a winning return in good style in a seven-furlong Group 3 at Lingfield six weeks ago. beating Sandrine by two and a quarter lengths. Is probably best at seven furlongs but ran a screamer when a close fifth in this last year and is respected.

16. Sandrine (Andrew Balding/ David Probert)
Smart filly who won Group 2 over seven furlongs at Goodwood last season and was a respectable runner-up to Sacred in Chartwell Stakes at Lingfield on her return last month. Looked unsuited by the drop back to six furlongs at Salisbury last time, though.

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Timeform's Analyst Verdict

With conditions likely to be on the quick side, Australian-raider Artorius makes the most appeal. He was a strong-finishing third in this race last year and looked better than ever when successful in a Group 1 at Randwick in March. Wellington is another from overseas who is high on the shortlist, while everything is in place for another big run from Rohaan at this meeting.

1. Artorius
2. Wellington
3. Rohaan

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