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It ends here, unfortunately. A week of superb performances – some affirming, others revelatory – ends with Saturday's Ascot card, where we might well get to see more of the same.
Expect high expectations on whatever wins the opening Chesham (2.30), 12 months on from Churchill. In the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes (3.40), Dartmouth is out for a second win of his own and an 11th in the race for his trainer Sir Michael Stoute. He also brings the seemingly unifying hope of a royal winner at the meeting.
The main race of the day is the Diamond Jubilee (4.20), where nowadays the older sprinters get to answer the excitement whipped up by the previous day's Commonwealth Cup. The ever-popular Limato has to prove he's still the horse to beat in the July Cup.
The last big betting heat of the week is the Wokingham (5.00). With 30 runners at 9-1 the field, it is in essence the Diamond Jubilee on expert mode for punters.
Ascot Good to firm, firm in places (straight course) Good to firm (round course)
Ayr Good, good to firm in places
Haydock Good to firm
Lingfield Good to firm, good in places
Newmarket Good to firm (watered) 3mm of water applied after racing on Friday
Redcar Good to firm, good in places
Today's big races
Ascot 2.30 Chesham Stakes (Listed)
Ascot 3.05 Wolferton Handicap (Listed)
Ascot 3.40 Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)
Ascot 4.20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)
Ascot 5.00 Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
Ascot 5.35 Queen Alexandra Stakes
2.30 Learn By Heart
3.40 Second Step (going), My Dream Boat (going)
5.00 Culturati (vets cert)
5.35 Grumeti (self cert), Montaly (self cert), Big Thunder (self cert)
3.05 Pacify 9-1 (from 10s)
3.40 Idaho 5-1 (from 11-2)
3.20 Angels Quest 7-2 (from 9-2)
3.5 Kamra 10-1 (from 18s)