Through The Card: Royal Ascot, Saturday June 18

It's the final day of Royal Ascot on Saturday, featuring the Diamond Jubilee and Wokingham Handicap
It's the final day of Royal Ascot on Saturday, featuring the Diamond Jubilee and Wokingham Handicap

Timeform take you through the card on the fifth and final day of Royal Ascot 2016.

"Oriental Fox was an impressive winner of this race 12 months ago and holds sound claims of a repeat on the back of a good reappearance over shorter at this track last month."

2.30pm Royal Ascot - The card kicks off with the listed Chesham Stakes for two-year-olds over seven furlongs. It's a competitive renewal but there's a strong feeling that Churchill will improve markedly for this longer trip being by Galileo, and he's narrowly preferred to Cunco, another who was learning on the job when winning first time at Newbury and will relish the extra emphasis on stamina. Cunco was the first runner and first winner for Frankel, who is also the sire of Frankuus who made his own winning debut at Haydock and also looks open to improvement.

3.05pm Royal Ascot - The listed Wolferton Handicap is probably more open than the Chesham, but Godolphin look to have a strong hand and its runners could be the ones to concentrate on. Oceanographer is narrowly top rated on the Timeform figures based on his defeat of Barye at Kempton last December and shaped well on his reappearance, when doing too much too soon, but preference goes to Best of Times who boasts some strong form and caught the eye when meeting trouble on his return from a year off at Chester. Maleficent Queen and Revolutionist are thriving winners who can't be discounted, though the Godolphin duo should see us through in the Placepot.

3.40pm Royal Ascot - Sir Michael Stoute has won the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes a record nine times, including four of the last six, and he has good claims of making it to double figures this year. The the progressive Dartmouth is considered, but preference is for Exosphere who was stepped up to this trip on his return in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket and looked a totally different proposition, powering home in the final furlong to score by four lengths from Simple Verse. Exosphere escapes a penalty for that Group 2 success and is fancied to follow up. The globe-trotting Highland Reel from Ballydoyle and fast-improving Almodovar also make the shortlist, but Exosphere looks a genuine Placepot banker.

4.20pm Royal Ascot - Four-year-olds have won half of the last six renewals of the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes and that group looks strong this year, represented by such as Group 1 winner Twilight Son, Magical Memory and The Tin Man. It is The Tin Man who created the most striking impression this year with his commanding reappearance win at Windsor last month and he could be the answer. Magical Memory finished ahead of Twilight Son when winning the Duke of York Stakes at York last month and, while the latter colt was returning that day, the former may be able to finish in front of him again. Undrafted won this race 12 months ago and warmed up for his defence with win in a Grade 2 at Keeneland in April, though soft ground is a worry for his connections.

5.00pm Royal Ascot - The Wokingham Handicap will make or break the Placepot for a lot of players. While very few can be ruled out, it's the Robert Cowell-trained pair Outback Traveller and Toofi who make most appeal. Outback Traveller shaped well when fourth in a seven-furlong handicap here last September when trained by Roger Varian, and he's caught the eye when mid-field in handicaps at Haydock and this track (Victoria Cup) for his new yard this term. He's a fascinating contender back over six furlongs, while Toofi is also returning to this distance after meeting trouble over the minimum trip on his reappearance. Lightly-raced four-year-old Brando is another who'll be suited by the return to six furlongs and heads the shortlist, which also contains Spring Loaded, Ninjago, Buckstay and Salateen.

5.35pm Royal Ascot - Oriental Fox was an impressive winner of this race 12 months ago and holds sound claims of a repeat on the back of a good reappearance over shorter at this track last month, particularly as soft ground won't hinder him. The Willie Mullins pair Clondaw Warrior and Simenon, who won this race in 2012, are a couple of obvious threats, while Amour de Nuit and Commissioned are also considered, the latter having his first run for Gordon Elliott.

Placepot permutation:
Leg 1 2:55 Royal Ascot - 2, 3
Leg 2 3:05 Royal Ascot - 6, 12
Leg 3 3:40 Royal Ascot - 5
Leg 4 4:45 Royal Ascot - 4, 8
Leg 5 5:00 Royal Ascot - 11, 21
Leg 6 5:35 Royal Ascot - 1, 5

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Recommended bets

Back Exosphere in the 3.40pm at Royal Ascot
Back Outback Traveller in the 5.00pm at Royal Ascot

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