As you were … the going for day five of Royal Ascot is Good to Firm (again).
GoingStick readings at 8am:
Stands side: 9.0
Far side: 9.0
I’ll let Jim explain
Good morning from Ascot and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the final day of the 2022 Royal meeting, when the Queen will have a runner in the feature event – the Platinum Jubilee Stakes – and the prizes for the leading trainer and jockey at the meeting are (just about) still up for grabs.
King’s Lynnthe Queen’s runner in the big race, is a 40-1 shot and it will be a big surprise if he proves to be good enough to emerge at the front of a record 27-runner field which includes top-class sprinters from four countries , but stranger things have already happened at this meeting, with a 50-1 shot winning the opening race on Thursday.
There are much likelier winners, though, including Home Affairsone of Australia’s top sprinters, whose recent form was franked when Nature Stripa stable companion at the Chris Waller yard, took the King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday. Campanellea Royal Ascot winner for trainer American trainer Wesley Ward in each of the last two seasons, is also in the field, while William Haggas’ lightly-raced filly, Sacredis another fancied runner.
Ryan Moore emerged as a clear favorite to be the meeting’s top jockey on Friday, when he rode a double on Meditate and Changingoftheguard which also put Aidan O’Brien, their trainer, in pole position to lift the trainers’ prize.
Moore has five winners over the first four days, and a big chance to put the contest to bed when he rides Alfred Munnings (again for O’Brien) in today’s openers. William Buick – who is on three winners alongside Danny Tudhope – has yet to win the prize, but has a hot favorite of his own in Hurricane Lane, last year’s Irish Derby and St Leger winner, in the Hardwicke Stakes (3.40). He also has decent chances on Noble Truth (3.05) and Creative Forcein the feature at 4.20, so all is not lost for Charlie Appleby’s stable jockey.
Appleby himself is one of four trainers on two winners this week, alongside Richard Fahey, Jane Chapple-Hyam and William Haggas, which puts them all one behind O’Brien. A good day for Buick could therefore be a very good day for Appleby, who has less ground to make up to top his table.
So there’s plenty to play for on the final day, and who knows, perhaps the Queen will decide to make the trip down from Windsor Castle, as she did on the final day 12 months ago.
You can, as ever, follow all the action live on the blog, from the first at 2.30 to the last knockings in the Queen Alex at 6.10 at the end of a blistering and memorable week.