Royal Ascot Results 2020 – Day 5
After four days of top-notch horse racing action at Royal Ascot, we entered the final day of the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting with a bumper 8-race card.
Royal Ascot Day Five – Saturday 20th June 2020
We’ve the newly-added Silver Wokingham Handicap as the first race – a contest for the horses that didn’t make it into the main Wokingham Handicap later on the card. It was also a day to see some potential stars of the future with top 2 year-old races that included the Queen Mary and Coventry Stakes, but the day was highlighted with three Group One contest – the Coronation Stakes, The St James’s Palace Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
12.40 – Silver Wokingham Handicap (3yo+) 6f
|1st||Chiefofchiefs||20/1||C Fellowes||W Buick|
|2nd||Burmese Waltz||22/1||Archie Watson||D Tudhope|
|3rd||Nahaarr||4/1||W J Haggas||James Doyle|
|4th||Louie de Palma||25/1||C G Cox||A Kirby|
We got going on the final day at Royal Ascot with a new race – the Silver Wokingham Handicap – a contest for some of the horses that failed to qualify for the main Wokingham Handicap at 4.10. With 19 runners heading to post it was always going to be a tricky opener for Royal Ascot punters, but it was the Roger Charlton runner – Blue Mist – that backers latched onto. They supported this 5 year-old near the off into 7/2 favourite, but in the end that support didn’t reward followers as the horse could only manage 9th. Another of the well-backed horses was Nahaarr, and this one ran better to be third at 4/1, but the race went to the Charlie Fellowes-trained CHIEFOFCHIEFS (33/1), who came with a great late run under jockey William Buick to win with a bit to spare (1 ¼ lengths). It was the second win at the 2020 Royal Ascot meeting for trainer Charlie Fellowes, after Onassis landed the Sandringham Stakes on Thursday. Burmese Waltz took second, while the Clive Cox-trained Louie de Palma filled fourth.
1.15 – Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 5f
|1st||Campanelle||9/2||Wesley Ward||L Dettori|
|2nd||Sacred||5/1||W J Haggas||James Doyle|
|3rd||Caroline Dale||100/1||David Loughnane||David Egan|
We had a chance to see some of the future filly stars of the future here as some promising 2 year-olds lined up for the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes. It was a race that US-based trained Wesley Ward had done well in recently – winning the prize in 2015 and 2016 – so his CAMPANELLE (9/2) was sure to be popular. The horse was also ridden by top jockey Frankie Dettori, who rode Ward’s 2016 winner of this race, so it wasn’t a surprise to see this speedy filly priced near the head of the market. It was, however, the Aidan O’Brien runner – More Beautiful – that was backed into Evs favourite. For whatever reason though, the O’Brien yard are yet to train the winner of this Royal Ascot race and that bad run continued here with this 2 year-old only managing 9th. Sacred, for trainer William Haggas, ran well to be second and looked the winner in the final stages after travelling so well in the race. But – as mentioned – the Ward camp love to target this race – and in the end they managed to take it for a third time with Campanelle, who fought bravely to give Frankie Dettori his fourth 2020 Royal Ascot winner and his fourth win in the race overall. Caroline Dale outran her odds to fill third at a massive 100/1.
1.50 – Coventry Stakes (Group 2) (CLASS 1) (2yo) 6f
|1st||Nando Parrado||150/1||C G Cox||A Kirby|
|2nd||Qaader||3/1||M Johnston||Jim Crowley|
|3rd||Saeiqa||25/1||J H M Gosden||M Dwyer|
It was the turn of the 2 year-old colts in the Group Two Coventry Stakes next and being it was a race trainer Aidan O’Brien has won nine times since 1997, then it was no shock to see his Admiral Nelson backed into 5/2 favourite. But this 2 year-old failed to live up to those odds and could only manage eighth under jockey Ryan Moore. The other main fancy in the race – Qaader – ran much better and only just failed to get up for Jim Crowley, who had already had six Royal Ascot winners this week. But it was a bookmaker’s dream result in the end as NANDO PARRADO (150/1) landed the prize at a massive price. This promising colt gave trainer Clive Cox and jockey Adam Kirby their first winners in the race and having returned at 150/1 it also become the biggest-priced Royal Ascot winner – ever! Saeiqa, for trainer John Gosden, filled third.
2.25 – Coronation Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Fillies) (CLASS 1) (3yo) 1m
|1st||Alpine Star||9/2||Mrs J Harrington||L Dettori|
|2nd||Sharing||16/5||H Motion||Oisin Murphy|
|3rd||Quadrilateral||2/1 Fav||R Charlton||Jason Watson|
We had the first of the day’s three Group One races next as some of the best 3 year-old fillies lined-up for the Coronation Stakes. The Roger Charlton runner – Quarilateral – who was third in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier this month, was supported into favourite at 2/1, but despite running a solid race seemed to lack a turn-of-foot and could only manage third. It will be interesting to see where connections head next with this horse. Sharing, from France, ran a nice race to be third, but the Irish raider – ALPINE STAR (9/2) – stayed on too powerfully to win the under Frankie Dettori. It was Frankie’s first ever win in this Group One Royal Ascot race and by taking this top prize it also meant the pocket Italian has now won ALL the Group One races at Royal Ascot. Trained by Jessica Harrington, it was also her second win in the race after landing the prize in 2018 with Alpha Centauri, who also ran in the same Niarchos Family colours. This win also gave jockey Frankie Dettori his fifth 2020 Royal Ascot winner.
3.00 – St James´s Palace Stakes (Group 1) (Entire Colts) (CLASS 1) (3yo) 1m
|1st||Palace Pier||4/1||J H M Gosden||L Dettori|
|2nd||Pinatubo||11/8 Fav||C Appleby||W Buick|
|3rd||Wichita||9/4||A P O’Brien||R L Moore|
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The next of the Group One races was the St James’s Palace Stakes – a race that saw the 2020 2,000 Guineas second and third – Wichita and Pinatubo – lock horns again. With Wichita trained by Aidan O’Brien he was looking for his ninth win in the race and his second in as many years, while the ‘boys in blue’ of Godolphin were hoping for their fourth success in the contest. However, another yard that have done well in the race in recent times was John Gosden – they’ve won the prize in 2014 and 2018 – and they added to those wins with PALACE PIER (4/1). It was another win for jockey Frankie Dettori too – his sixth at the 2020 Royal Ascot meeting and his fourth in this race. This exciting 3 year-old is now unbeaten in four races and looks a very exciting prospect for connections. Pinatubo ran on well to take second, with Wichita third. This win also later turned out to be the one that was to make jockey Frankie Dettori the 2020 Royal Ascot top jockey with 6 wins – that equalled Jim Crowley’s haul of wins, but Dettori had more place finished to secure the title.
3.35 – Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (CLASS 1) (3yo+) 6f
|1st||Hello Youmzain||4/1||K A Ryan||Kevin Stott|
|2nd||Dream Of Dreams||8/1||Sir Michael Stoute||R L Moore|
|3rd||Sceptical||2/1 Fav||Denis Hogan||L Dettori|
The final Group One on the day and also the last of the 2020 Royal Ascot Meeting was the Diamond Jubilee Stakes – a race that brought together some of the best sprinters in the world. With Frankie Dettori having won the last two races, then it wasn’t a surprise to see his mount – Sceptical – backed into 2/1, with bookmakers running scared with thoughts of Frankie’s Ascot ‘mega-win’ days in the past. However, luckily for the bookmakers Dettori’s mount could only manage third. It was left for the Kevin Ryan runner – HELLO YOUMAIN (4/1) – to pick up the pieces and give up-and-coming jockey Kevin Stott his first Royal Ascot winner. Dream Of Dreams fought hard to be a close second under Ryan Moore – the second time this horse has been runner-up in this race after taking the silver medal in 2019.
4.10 – Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (CLASS 2) (3yo+ 0-110) 6f
|1st||Hey Jonesy||18/1||K A Ryan||Kevin Stott|
|2nd||Summerghand||15/2||D O’Meara||James Doyle|
|3rd||Spanish City||16/1||R Varian||Andrea Atzeni|
|4th||Gulliver||12/1||D O’Meara||R L Moore|
Next up was the ultra-competitive Wokingham Stakes Handicap – a race that saw 22 runners head to post. All the talk pre-race was for the Kevin Ryan-trained Bielsa, who was supported into 5/1 favourite to win the race. However, it was another Kevin Ryan runner – HEY JONESY (18/1) – that spoilt the party for favourite backers. This was also jockey Kevin Stott’s second winner on the card and after leading for much of the way just did enough to hold off the late charge of Summerghand, who surely would have won in another half a stride. Spanish City took third for Roger Varian, who had already had a great 2020 Royal Ascot, while Gulliver filled fourth for trainer David O’Meara.
4.40 – Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race) (CLASS 2) (4yo+) 2m5f159y
|1st||Who Dares Wins||Evens Fav||A King||Tom Marquand|
|2nd||The Grand Visir||11/4||Ian Williams||R Kingscote|
|3rd||Mukha Magic||40/1||Miss Gay Kelleway||B A Curtis|
The final race on the 2020 Royal Ascot card and the longest flat turf races run in the Britain. Being over such an extreme trip it’s a race that often attracts a lot of National Hunt trainers too. The market was all about the Alan King-trained – WHO DARES WINS (Evs) – who is a versatile sort that plies his trade well over both codes. He didn’t let his supporters down either and managed to hold the late charge of his main challenger in the betting – The Grand Visir – by a neck. This win gave trainer Alan King his third win at the 2020 Royal Ascot meeting after Coeur De Lion and Scarlet Dragon – were earlier winners in the week at the meeting. Third was left for the Gay Kelleway runner – Muka Magic – at 40/1.
*Odds for future races subject to change.