Royal Ascot Day 5 Tips - Race times & Fixtures
Royal Ascot Day 5 Tips 2020 – Saturday 20th June
There has never been a better day of racing at Royal Ascot than this “Super Saturday”, with eight compelling races keeping punters on their toes and the action fiercely competititve. It is now dominated by juveniles, with the Queen Mary and Coventry Stakes providing a brilliant guide to who are among the best two year olds as the season belatedly gets underway.
There are three Group 1s, with the Coronation Stakes for fillies, the St James Palace Stakes for colts and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes all providing a feast for punters and purists to saviour.
Royal Ascot Day 5 2020 – Race Times & Fixtures
Royal Ascot Day 5 2020, Saturday 20th June, Schedule
|12:40 PM||Silver Wokingham Handicap||3+||6f|
|O1:15 PM||Queen Mary Stakes||2||5f|
|01:50 PM||Coventry Stakes||2||6f|
|02:25 PM||Coronation Stakes||3+||1m|
|03:00 PM||St James Palace Stakes||3||1m|
|03:35 PM||Diamond Jubilee Stakes||4+||6f|
|04:10 PM||Wokingham Handicap||3+||6f|
|04:40 PM||Queen Alexandra Stakes||4+||2.75m|
Best Day 5 Offers
Silver Wokingham Handicap 2020
Race 1, Saturday, June 20th, 12:40pm
Saturday at Royal Ascot 2020 promises to be an extravaganza, with eight races to test the judgement and stamina of punters and bookmakers alike. A new six furlong handicap starts the day off, and is sure to be extremely popular with trainers whose original entries did not make the cut for the Wokingham handicap (run as race seven later in the afternoon).
This now provides lower rated three year olds and upwards with a great opportunity to land some hefty prize money (and the prestige of taking part at the meeting). The effect of the draw on the straight course will be vital, and a blistering gallop is assured with a maximum field of 24 certain to line up.
The Queen Mary Stakes 2020
Race 2, Saturday, June 20th, 01:15pm
A red hot five furlong sprint confined to two year old fillies only who all carry nine stone in pursuit of £110,000 in prize money (£62,381 to the winner in 2019).
This prestigious prize was first inaugurated in 1921 (with its status upgraded to a Group 2 from Group 3 in 2004), and it has seen some fantastic fillies in its relatively short history. Wesley Ward has a brilliant record in recent years with his American raiders, taking the race three times in the last decade. Jealous Again (springing a big shock in 2009) began his sequence and first caught the attention of the British public, while Acapulco in 2015 and Lady Aurelia in 2016 established him as one of the top trainers in the world (particularly with juveniles who often look far more physically advanced that their northern hemisphere rivals).
The 2020 renewal could have a completely different shape to normal with the global pandemic curtailing the turf season so far around the world, and racing experience seems sure to be at a premium among the impeccably bred field of unexposed fillies.
The Coventry Stakes 2020
Race 3, Saturday, June 20th, 01:50pm
One of the highlights of the week for juveniles, with the best 2-y-o’s from around the world taking each other on over six furlongs. This Group 2 has been staged at Royal Ascot since 1890 and is always a very strong betting heat, with formlines from Britain, Ireland, France and America all thrown into the melting pot in recent years. The 2020 renewal seems sure to have a very different feel because of the global pandemic, with very few of the runners likely to have much racing experience in the build up the betting moves are likely to provide a very accurate guide to expectations.
The juveniles all carry 9st 1lb, with a 3lb allowance for fillies, and the prize money in 2019 was £150,000 (£85,065 for the winner). Aidan O’Brien proved to be the punters savior in the latest renewal, with his heavily backed 15/8f Arizona storming home under Ryan Moore. This was remarkably the stables ninth win in the race, and they are sure to have a beautifully bred juvenile laid out for the race again in 2020.
The Coronation Stakes 2020
Race 4, Saturday, June 20th, 02:25pm
The highlight of Friday at Royal Ascot, run over a mile and confined to three year old fillies only, with prize money of £500,000 (over £305,000 to the winner) meaning this attracts a top class field.
This prestigious prize has a long history dating back to 1840, with the race name commemorating the coronation of Queen Victoria two years earlier. International raiders add colour and complexity in the battle to find the winner, with French trained winners in three of the last four years.
In 2019 the bookmakers enjoyed a real boilover when the unfancied 20/1 chance Watch Me turned over the heavily backed Evensf Hermosa, positively ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot and in command over a furlong out from the reluctant looking runner-up.
The St James’s Palace Stakes 2020
Race 5, Saturday, June 20th, 03:00pm
A Group 1 contest over seven furlongs and 213 yards, confined to three year olds colts only and boasting prize money in 2019 of £538,750 (winner collecting £305,525). All of the runners race carrying 9 stone and has seen some top class winners over the years. Perhaps the most memorable of all was Frankel in 2011 who landed the odds in breathtaking style under Tom Queally, providing another landmark success at the Royal meeting for Sir Henry Cecil.
In 2019 the globetrotting Circus Maximus took the prize for the all-conquering O’Brien/Moore combination, and this race is usually a brilliant way of comparing the merits of the English 2000 Guneas, the Irish 2000 Guineas and the French Poule d’Essai des Poulins. Runners from all over the world usually come together for this explosive clash, though it does seem likely that the shape of the race will look a lot different to usual in 2020.
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes 2020
Race 6, Saturday, June 20th, 03:35pm
This six furlong Group 1 is the best race of the final day, confined to four year olds and upwards chasing the £600,000 in prize money (over £340,000 to the winner alone). All runners are allotted to carry 9 stone 3lb (with the fillies and mares allowance of 3lb).
With a rich history dating back to 1868, this race has produced some crack sprinters over the years, with perhaps Black Caviar’s hard fought win back in 2012 the most memorable (prolific Australian superstar who was sent off long odds-on, but only just scrambled home after an almost calamitous jockey error close home). In 2019 Blue Point pulled off the very unusual feat of winning twice in a week at the Royal meeting, supplementing his win four days earlier in the Kings Stand. He seems sure to be a leading contender again in 2020 if all is well physically after a long absence.
The Wokingham 2020
Race 7, Saturday, June 20th, 04:10pm
A terrific six furlong handicap for horses aged three years old and upwards, with prize money of £175,000 (over £108,000 to the winner). This prestigious prize dates back to 1813 and is always a fierce betting heat (both on the day and in the ante-post market in the weeks ahead of Royal Ascot).
Luck in running always plays a big part, with space at a premium in a huge field of sprinters fanning out across the straight, and in 2019 Roger Varian’s Cape Byron proved a class apart (landing quite a gamble down to 7/2f in the process).
The Queen Alexandra Stakes 2020
Race 8, Saturday, June 20th, 04:40pm
This 2m5f marathon test is one of the most extreme in the entire turf season, with stamina at a premium and runners better known as national hunt performers coming to the fore. There is £90,000 in prize money on offer, with the race open to four year olds and upwards. The weights carried are 4-y-o 9st, 5-y-o+ 9st 2lb (with 5lb allowance for fillies and mares, and penalties of 5lb for each Class 1 win, 3lb for each Class 2 or 3 win (upto a cumulative maximum of 10lb).
National Hunt trainers understandably have a good record in this event, with the proven staying abilities of their runners coming to the fore, and both Gordon Elliot and Willie Mullins have landed the prize twice in the past decade. In 2019 Andrew Balding’s Cleonte pulled off a very popular win at 7/2 under Silvestre de Sousa, and he seems sure to be aimed at this prize again in 2020 (superb record at two miles and beyond at Ascot).
Royal Ascot 2020 Day 5 Races
The biggest crowd of the week traditionally gathers on the Saturday of the 5 day Royal meeting, but 2020 seems sure to have a very different subdued feel as all the action takes place behind closed doors. However, the racing remains high class and the betting sure to be vast online, with punters trying to solve a combination of Group races and top level handicaps on an unprecedented eight race card. Racing’s version of a “Super Saturday” and sure to attract record breaking levels of turnover off course from punters who have long been starved of betting action in this extraordinary year.
The Group 1 Coronation Stakes is one of the highlights on an afternoon dominated by top class performers. This race for fillies brings together the best of the three year old generation over a mile, and has produced some outstanding performances over the years. A large number of international raiders add excitement to the occasion, with recent winners coming from France and Ireland. In 2015 Jean-Claude Rouget produced Ervedya at the peak of her powers to land the spoils, and he was back again in 2016 with the top class filly Qemah quickening up smartly. Jessica Harrington’s Alpha Centauri was a memorable winner in 2018, while Watch Me gave the bookmakers a proper “result” in 2019 when springing a 20/1 surprise for Francis- Henri Graffard.
Fans of juveniles are very well served the the rearranged meeting, meaning The Queen Mary and the Coventry are staged on the Saturday for the first time in their history. The meeting concludes with a marathon test in the Queen Alexandra Stakes, run over the unusual trip of 2m5f (an extreme test of stamina on the flat). This provides an opportunity for some runners from the jumps yards to take a hand, with Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliot both winning the prize twice in the last decade.