GLEN SHIEL can sparkle in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (British Champions Series) (4.20pm) on the final day of Royal Ascot 2021 on Saturday afternoon.
With Starman likely to be a non-runner due to the testing ground at Ascot, Glen Shiel can land another course and distance victory in the Group One feature on the final day of the meeting.
Archie Watson’s seven-year-old won the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot in the autumn on soft ground, having been a good second in similar conditions in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park last September.
The gelded son of Pivotal was beaten by Dreams Of Dreams – who has been second in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes for the past two season – on Merseyside, but turned the tables on that rival back at Ascot under Hollie Doyle the following month.
Glen Shiel finished fourth on his return in the Group Two Weatherbys Ireland Greenland Stakes at Naas last month. That should have put him spot on for this return to Ascot and in the conditions he has showed he likes in the past, Glen Shiel can get the better of Dreams Of Dreams again to score.
Royal Commando is another who may run well, while top-class six-furlong handicapper, while Summerghand may be able to make the frame at double-figure odds.
Scouser Franny Norton may be able to land the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes (3.40pm) aboard the Mark Johnston-trained SIR RON PRIESTLEY.
The Group Two is a contest that three trainers have generally done well in – Johnston, Aidan O’Brien and Sir Michael Stoute.
And all three appear to have a big chance of another victory with O’Brien’s Broome and Japan and the Stoute-trained Highest Ground all possibles to come out on top.
But Sir Ron Priestley may provide Johnston and Liverpool FC fan Norton with another big-race success.
The five-year-old, who was runner-up in the St Leger in 2019, had his progress curtailed when miising all of 2020.
But he has returned to action in fine form this season. The son of 2014 Epsom Derby winner Australia followed up his comeback success at Nottingham when comfortably beating Pyledriver in the Group Two Betfair Exchange Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket. Pyledriver – ridden by fellow Scouser Martin Dwyer – franked that form when landing the Group One Coronation Cup at Epsom earlier this month.
Sir Ron Priestley couldn’t do the same when only third stepped up to 1m6f in a messy Yorkshire Cup. He is better than that and although he stays very well, he showed at Newmarket he can cut it over this 1m4f at this level.
Sir Ron Priestley will probably lead and will try to put it up to rivals and may just have the class to hang on for another Group Two win.
The Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (5pm) is one of the toughest sprint handicaps of the season and with 28 runners sometimes it pays to throw a few darts at it.
Raaeb has a good chance but will need luck in running being drawn in one, when many of the recent winners have been drawn in higher numbers.
Of those drawn higher recent Haydock Park winner Punchbowl Flyer (19), veteran Danzeno (29) and the Kevin Ryan-trained Hey Jonesy (12) – who won the Wokingham last year – make some appeal and should be in the firing line.
But David O’Meara’s GULLIVER may be able come out on top from stall 11.
The seven-year-old finished third in last year’s Wokingham off a 3lb higher mark and landed a similar contest, the Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap, in soft conditions at York in the autumn.
He failed to fire on the all-weather but shaped as if he was coming to hand with a sixth-placed finish in another big-field handicap back on the Knavesmire last month.
With conditions ideal he can go a couple of places better than last year.
Godolphin appear to hold the key to the Group Three Jersey Stakes (3.05pm) with Creative Force and NAVAL CROWN, with preference for the latter.
Charlie Appleby’s three-year-old – who will be ridden by another Liverpool FC fan William Buick – drops back in trip having been a decent fourth to this week’s St James’s Palace Stakes hero Peotic Flare in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
That drop in trip looks a wise move, despite scoring over a mile in Meydan back in February.
The son of Dubawi can return to winning ways ahead of his stable-mate Creative Force, who is unbeaten in three starts so far this season.
Another son of Australia, POINT LONSDALE, can win the Listed Chesham Stakes (2.30pm) for Ballydoyle handler O’Brien.
The juvenile made a comfortable winning start to his career in a maiden at the Curragh at the start of the month. He can make it two from two.
Johnston’s KING FRANKEL, has been second three times times this season, most recently when just touched off at Epsom.
Under Frankie Dettori, he may land a deserved success in the Golden Gates Stakes (Handicap) (5.35pm).
Dermot Weld’s recent Chester Cup winner FALCON EIGHT may go in again, also under Dettori, stepped up to an extended 2m5f in the finale of the meeting, the Queen Alexandra Stakes (6.10pm).
At Haydock Park on Saturday evening recent Ayr winner, the Tom Dascombe-trained RED POWER, can go in again in the Join Casumo Today EBF Fillies’ Handicap (6.35pm).
While the Simon and Ed Crisford-trained MAKASHI may land the Casumo Proud To Support British Racing Handicap (7.35pm); David O’Meara’s course and distance winner STAR SHIELD can take the in the Casumo Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap (8.05pm); and BILLY ROBERTS can win the finale, the Download The Casumo App Today Handicap (8.35pm).
At Newmarket on Saturday afternoon Chris Wall’s CASTANA DIA can win the MansionBet’s Betstival Beaten By A Head Fillies’ Handicap (2.45pm); and DIFFIDENT SPIRIT may take the finale, the Follow MansionBet This Betstival Season Handicap (5.05pm).
ROYAL ASCOT (DAY FIVE)
2.30pm Point Lonsdale
3.05pm Naval Crown
3.40pm Sir Ron Priestley
4.20pm Glen Shiel
5pm Gulliver (NAP)
5.35pm King Frankel
6.10pm Falcon Eight
1.40pm Noble Truth
2.10pm Spanish Kiss
2.45pm Castana Dia
3.55pm Isle Of Lismore
4.30pm Yorkshire Pirlo
5.05pm Diffident Spirit
3pm Cruyff Turn
3.35pm Navajo Spring
4.10pm Tequila Royale
4.45pm Ella Jo
1pm Art Man
1.30pm Lucky Flight
2pm Billy The Squid
3.10pm Lissen To The Lady
4.15pm Genever Dragon
6.35pm Not On Your Nellie
7.05pm Red Power
8.05pm Star Shield
8.35pm Billy Roberts
6.15pm Beat The Storm
6.45pm Beat The Heat
8.45pm Molly Mai
SUNDAY’S NAP: Penny Pot Lane (5.25pm Pontefract)