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The Diamond Jubilee Stakes

3.00pm Ascot

SP
  • Distance 6f
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £600,000

History

The third race in the QIPCO British Champions Series Sprint category, Ascot’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes (renamed in 2012 in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee) is run on the last day of the Royal Meeting.

It boasts Lester Piggott as its most successful jockey and Vincent O’Brien as its most successful trainer. You can’t get much better than that. In a vote for the greatest figure in the history of horseracing conducted by the Racing Post newspaper, O’Brien came first, with his long-standing stable jockey Piggott coming second.

O’Brien was the sort of man best described by what he did not achieve rather than what he did. The Irishman, in short, dominated National Hunt racing – three Grand Nationals in a row – dominated Flat racing – training six Derby winners – then helped set up the legendary Coolmore Stud. But even he could not claim to be associated with the Golden Jubilee’s most successful horse, Prince Charlie, who won the race three times in a row from 1872.

The Diamond Jubilee is run just four days after the Kings Stand Stakes on the first day of Ascot’s Royal  Meeting, but some horses contest both races and the brilliant Australian-trained sprinter, Choisir, memorably wrote his name into the record books by winning them both in 2003. Blue Point then followed suit most recently in Godolphin blue in 2019.

Established in 1868 and originally known as the Cork and Orrery Stakes, the race was upgraded to Group 1 status and renamed to mark The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, before taking on its new title of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012.  It is open to three-year-olds or older horses and is run over 6 furlongs (1,200 metres).

In 2014 Irish trainer Edward Lynam saddled both the winner of the King’s Stand Stakes (Sole Power) and the Diamond Jubilee with Slade Power, a remarkable achievement.

2020 was a year of firsts in the race. Hello Youmzain was victorious with jockey Kevin Stott aboard. Kevin was not only riding his first Group 1 winner but also his first Royal Ascot winner as well. A memorable double to tick off the list.

Current leading jockey: Tom Queally (2009 and 2017), Ryan Moore (2016 and 2018)
Current leading trainers: Aidan O’Brien (2010 and 2018)

Previous winners

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Hello Youmzain sticks neck out to win DIamond Jubilee

Hello Youmzain landed the second Group 1 sprint of his career when taking the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, handing jockey Kevin Stott a first Royal Ascot winner.

The four-year-old Kodiac colt, who is owned by Haras d’Etreham and Cambridge Stud and trained by Kevin Ryan, landed the Group 1 Sprint Cup in 2019 and was also third at the 2019 Royal Meeting in the Commonwealth Cup.

This time, Hello Youmzain blasted from the stalls and took the 10-strong field along. He was headed by 2/1 favourite Sceptical entering the final furlong but rallied to regain the lead and held off the late challenge of Dream Of Dreams by a head.

Adam Ryan, son of Kevin Ryan, said: “Hello Youmzain has done it the hard way. So much credit to the horse going into this without a run he is a very big horse, he has dug deep when I needed him, all credit to the horse.”

 

“He jumped well and Kevin [Stott] did the right thing, let him find his stride and where he was happy, and when it came to the business end, he battled on hard. He is a very game, very tough horse, and especially to do that on his first run of the season was very impressive.

“It’s fantastic, particularly given the times we have gone through. For everyone in racing, to get it back and win on the biggest stage of all is fantastic.”

Speaking from Cambridge Stud in New Zealand, owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay said: “This is the most amazing thing ever for us. We were so nervous, and we have been out for dinner tonight with some friends, and they are back home watching the race back home.

“I think it feels like half of New Zealand is up watching the race tonight the amount of phone calls and messages we have had! I don’t know if any New Zealander has won a Group One at Royal Ascot before, it is just amazing.”

A joyous Stott said: “Unbelievable. Listen, fair play to the horse – he dug very deep when I needed him. All credit to him more than me.

“I am blessed to be put back on him with the change of ownership and I can’t describe in words how thankful I am that they put me back on him. It means everything

“Kevin gave me a lot of confidence going out riding him, I have ridden him a handful of times before and Kevin said ‘Ride him like the best horse in the race’. Like I say he dug deep when I needed him, I am very delighted.”

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The Course

British horseracing can lay claim to plenty of blue-blooded connections, but none rival those of Ascot. The Berkshire racecourse’s roots go back 300 years to Queen Anne, who recognised the potential of a stretch of heath land while out riding just a few miles from Windsor Castle.

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The royal link has endured ever since. Today, Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family attend the world-famous ‘Royal Ascot’ meeting each year, arriving in a horse drawn carriage. Royal Ascot, meanwhile, has earned iconic status as a centrepiece of the social calendar, when the world’s best thoroughbreds face fierce competition from the world’s most extravagant fashion designs.

Ascot, which underwent a £200 million redevelopment between 2004-6, also hosts the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO in July, the most prestigious open-age Flat race staged in Britain.

It will also host the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day in October which will be the richest raceday ever staged in Britain with over £4.2m in prize money and the climax to the QIPCO British Champions Series.  Including the five category finales on QIPCO British Champions Day, Ascot stages no less than 13 of the 35 QIPCO British Champions Series races.

What sort of horses like Ascot? Horses that like right-handed courses. And what sort of people? People who like champagne and scones, apparently. During the five-day Royal Ascot meeting in 2010, 60,000 bottles of champagne and 40,000 scones were consumed. Lobsters, meanwhile, don’t like Royal Ascot – 1,500 of them were eaten over that same period.

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