Diamond Jubilee Stakes – 23rd June, 2012
Black Caviar has been installed as a short-priced favourite for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes as the Australian-trained wonder mare looks to maintain her unbeaten record on British soil and cement her place as one of the leading horses in the world.
Peter Moody’s six-year-old has been simply unbeatable Down Under and he is now bringing her over for the final day of Royal Ascot to line up in the 6f Group One and the bookmakers are certainly not taking any chances and have chalked up at an extremely short price.
Work rider Paddy Bell signs the Black Caviar Wall at Vicky Ward’s famous guesthouse in Newmarket - pic.twitter.com/m4D61mfo
However, her form certainly means she deserves to start a warm order and with the current crop of sprinters around the globe and especially on these shores being fairly mediocre in comparison, then there will surely have to be a shock on June 23, if she is to lose her unbeaten record.
Roger Charlton’s Bated Breath was a gutsy winner of the Temple Stakes on his reappearance and he has shown that he can be a player in top class events over six or five furlongs, but Charlton has already eluded to the fact that weather permitting he will let his improving speedster line up in the King’s Stand Stakes on the opening day and bypass a clash with Black Caviar.
Society Rock was a fantastic winner of the event 12 months ago and he could well line up again for James Fanshawe, whilst Hoof It could be another of the homegrown stars, who could lock horns with Black Caviar, but they will both need to build on recent efforts.
Moonlight Cloud could well represent the French and Freddy Head’s Group One winning mare could be another female looking to sparkle at the Berkshire venue and can be magical on her day and could be a feasible danger if sent down this route, but all eyes will be on Black Caviar who expected to lead home and Aussie procession on the final day of Royal Ascot.
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Diamond Jubilee Stakes History
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is a Group One race run at Royal Ascot over six furlongs for horses aged three years or older.
Established in 1868, it was originally known as the Cork and Orrey Stakes, but was changed to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth in 2002 and is now one of the sprinting highlights of the flat racing calendar.
Having gained Group One status the same year it became part of the Global Sprint Challenge which attracts the leading speedsters from all over the world and joins the July Cup and King’s Stand Stakes in the challenge.
Contested on the final day of Royal Ascot it often attracts a plethora of horses who haev contested the King’s Stand Stakes on the opening day of the five-day meeting, Right Boy won the 1958 and 1959 Golden Jubilee Stakes after previously winning the King’s Stand a year earlier, whilst there have been a whole of host top sprinters to take the crown.
Australian superstar Choisir won the 2003 event after winning the King’s Stand Stakes earlier in the week and then nearly grabbed more Group One glory when finishing a narrow second in the July Cup.
More recently Aidan O’Brien‘s Starspangledbanner was an emphatic winner of the 2010 Golden Jubilee Stake to notch up the Ballydoyle master’s win in the prestigious sprint.
Recent Winners of Diamond Jubilee Stakes
- 2000 – Superior Premium
- 2001 – Harmonic Way
- 2002 – Malhub
- 2003 – Choisir
- 2004 – Fayr Jag
- 2005 – Cape of Good Hope
- 2006 – Les Arcs
- 2007 – Soldier’s Take
- 2008 – Kingsgate Native
- 2009 – Art Conossieur
- 2010 – Starspangledbanner
- 2011 – Society Rock