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Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes: Runners and Riders

Royal Ascot's five-day run comes to an end on Saturday afternoon and the final centrepiece is the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes, the last Group 1 of a stunning week.

The six-furlong sprint for horses aged four-plus is one of the undoubted highlights of the week and one of the key contests in the British Champions Series for the speedsters.

Here's a look at the contenders in the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes and a reminder that every race from Ascot across the five days of the meeting can be watched on the bet365 Sports Live Streaming platform.


Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes


Ascot Racecourse


3.40, Saturday 24th June

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Artorius 10/3, Wellington 11/2, Highfield Princess 11/2, Kinross 8/1, Sacred 9/1, Rohaan 12/1, Al Suhail 14/1

The contenders

Artorius @ 10/3
Trainer: Anthony & Sam Freedman 
Jockey: James McDonald

This Australian raider was a fast-finishing third in this race a year ago and filled the same slot in the July Cup.

Landed the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick in March and narrowly denied since in the George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill. Looks a solid contender once more and lacks for nothing with James McDonald on board.

Wellington @ 11/2
Trainer: Richard Gibson
Jockey: Ryan Moore

Hails from Hong Kong and was a Group 1 scorer at Sha Tin over this distance with Ryan Moore piloting in December.

Has continued to go well in early 2023 campaign, latest when third in the Chairman's Sprint in late April, his fourth time on the trot in a race won by superstar Lucky Sweynesse.

This is the first time racing away from Sha Tin and the booking of Moore looks a definite plus.

Highfield Princess @ 11/2 
Trainer: John Quinn
Jockey: Jason Hart 

An outstanding mare who scaled the heights last summer with wins in York's Nunthorpe and the Flying Five at the Curragh to go with Maurice De Gheest success in France.

Second on both starts this season, including on Tuesday here when hampered late on by King's Stand winner Bradsell over 5f. A major player if the quick turnaround doesn't catch her out.

Kinross @ 8/1
Trainer: Ralph Beckett
Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Gelded son of Kingman ended 2022 very much on the up, winning four on the spin including a Group 1 double via the Foret at Longchamp and Champions Sprint over C&D in October.

Good third in Breeders' Cup Mile on his final start when a wide draw was against him and he can go well fresh. Has man of the moment Frankie Dettori in his corner.

Sacred @ 9/1
Trainer: William Haggas
Jockey: Tom Marquand

A consistent mare with five wins and four more placed efforts in a 14-race career. Beaten only a length in this race a year ago on her seasonal bow, potentially having got into full cry just too late from the rear of the field.

She looked good in her comeback when readily winning a Group 3 on Lingfield's Polytrack last month and that should leave her spot-on for this target. Rider Tom Marquand has been seen to excellent effect already at Ascot this week.

The outsiders

A field of 16 were declared for this race, down from 24 last summer when Naval Crown led home a one-two for Charlie Appleby with plenty of these back in the pack.

If the Godolphin maestro is going to repeat the win it will fall to Al Suhail (14/1), the 6YO is in fine fettle with two wins and a close-up Group 1 third in Meydan earlier in the year.

He stays further, but remains unexposed at this 6f trip and he is a key component for the stable that won this twice in the last four years.

Rohaan (12/1) excels himself here, winning the Wokingham in 2021 and 2022 and showing last season that he belongs in elite company with a near miss in the Maurice De Gheest and good runs in Haydock's Sprint Cup and the Champions Sprint here.

Looked in need of the run at Salisbury last month on return, but that isn't out of character.

Art Power (16/1) won a handicap at this meeting in 2020 and has four group-race wins since then, including wide-margin Greenlands Stakes success at the Curragh last month.

That was a weak race for the grade and while he's smart at his best, he hasn't really shaped as though he will bag a Group 1 prize.

French interest comes with Coeur De Pierre (16/1) for Mauricio Delcher-Sanchez. He's proved very useful on the continent, but needs a personal best in this and fast ground poses a question for him.

Keeping the international feel going is Big Invasion (20/1), a prolific winner in the US for Christophe Clement who could relish this stiff test if he's good enough – he gets Jim Crowley for assistance too.

Run To Freedom (22/1) had Rohaan behind last month, but may do well to confirm those placings now, while Sandrine (20/1) was no match for Sacred at Lingfield and the 2021 Albany winner was behind those two rivals at Salisbury since.

Emaraaty Ana (28/1) is a Group 1-winning sprinter, but was out of sorts on his comeback and has undergone a wind op since.

Cannonball (40/1) was last over the finish line in the King's Stand on Tuesday and the Aussie raider would be a real turn-up in this, while the third raider from Down Under is The Astrologist (33/1) and he could outrun a big price.

Khaadem (40/1) won a Glorious Goodwood Group 2 over five furlongs last summer, though it wasn't strong by any means.

He was third as Run To Freedom won the Cathedral Stakes last month and a similar outcome now would surely delight his connections.

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