Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore will take Due Diligence in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot

US import Due Diligence will look to make it a third win in the row this season when he lines up in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes. The successful partnership of jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Aidan O’Brien will team up in the six furlong sprint, hoping to defeat the fourteen rivals made up of a number of quality horses coming down in trip.

Aljamaaheer was third at Newmarket when being tried over a shorter distance and was doing his best work at the finish. If he gets it right today he will be a very strong danger to Due Diligence. Another threat to the Moore ride will be his stablemate Darwin (again another ex-American contender) who has always been well respected. The globe-trotting Gordon Lord Byron and Slade Power will set the standard in this. Montiridge if regaining his form should not be discounted. But Due Diligence of the entries suggests that Moore and O’Brien will pick up the prize.

US trainer Ashley Ward will look to continue his rich vein of form at the meeting with Crown The Kitten in the opener and Ninjago is well placed for a bold attempt in the Wokingham.


Always highly regarded by connections this one time Derby favourite has had a brace of decent efforts this season.  Both at Sandown and Chester he was beaten by the in-form Noble Mission who certainly provides a strong franking to Telescope’s form.


Earlier this week Hootenanny continued US trainer Ashley Ward’s excellent form at the Royal meeting. Expect this another bold show from another of his American raiders.

Crockford’s Royal Ascot Gambles on Day Five:

Duke of Edinburgh (3.05) – Aussie Reigns e/w and Havana Cooler e/w

Diamond Jubilee (4.25) – Due Diligence e/w

Wokingham (5.00) – Ninjago e/w and Sirius Prospect e/w

Queen Alexandra (5.35) – Whiplash Willie

Crockford’s other gambles around the courses:

Ayr – Pretzel (2.20), Norse Blues e/w (2.55), Bear Behind (4.15) and Valonia e/w (4.50)

Newmarket – Soul Brother (4.40) and Dutch Art Dealer e/w (5.50)

Redcar – Heavy Metal e/w (3.15)


(Featured Photograph – Ascot on Champions Day 2012 by Stuart Rice)