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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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Dream Of Dreams finally lands the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the third time of asking

In a wide-open renewal of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes it was Dream Of Dreams, Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute who combined for victory in one of the seasons premier sprints.

A runner up to Hello Youmzin in 2020 and Blue Point in 2019, Dream Of Dreams finally found his way into the winners enclosure with a superb performance on his third attempt.

The majestic grey Art of Power set the early pace in the Group 1 six-furlong sprint with last years QIPCO British Champions Sprint winner Glen Shiel also very prominent in the early stages. Split out across the track, the eventual winner Dream Of Dreams sat in the group away from the stands tracking the leaders early.

The race began to unfold as they passed the three-furlong marker with Art Power showing plenty of speed out front in the group closest to the stands. Ryan Moore though was never panicked as he eased his mount forward before pressing the button and allowing him to show off his electric pace. He cruised to the front, finding a stiff challenge in the form of Glen Shiel and Hollie Doyle.

Showing exceptional grit and determination though he fought off the challenge to extend clear and win the race by a length. Hollie Doyle fought hard on Glen Shiel but the syndicate owned horse didn’t have enough left in the tank, despite producing what Archie Watson described as a career best performance.

Following the race Moore said: “Any winner here is important, but especially a prestigious race like this.

“(Sir) Michael has been great to me my whole career, but he’s got this horse to perform in this race three times in a row so fair play to him.

“He’s been a great horse, he’s got better every year but a stiff six furlongs with cut in the ground is perfect.”

Sir Michael Stoute, last won the race in 1985 with Dafayna so this will no doubt be an incredibly special victory for the 75-year-old trainer. The win was his 82nd Royal Ascot winner, a remarkable achievement for the trainer.

Stoute said: “The horse really deserved it. He’s a top-class sprinter and the previous two years one more stride and he wins, but that is not what it’s about. You’ve got to get there first. I’m really happy for him today. I was pretty hopeful from two out. He finishes well and he’s very effective at seven furlongs as well.

Results

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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 £4m 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.

Getting there

Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7JX

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