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June 24: Hayley Turner's Royal Ascot Picks

by Hayley Turner, GBI Racing

June 24, 2017

GBI Racing Ambassador and former leading jockey, Hayley Turner, gives her expert insight on Saturday's racing.

2.30 (9:30AM ET) – Chesham Stakes (Listed Race)
Trained by Michael Bell, he ran first time out at Lingfield in June, finishing second by ½ length, after having to switch in from a wide draw on to worse ground. I always find Michael’s horses improve from their first to second run so this is one to keep an eye on at a big price.  
3.05 (10:05AM ET) – Wolferton Handicap (Listed Race)
This is a lightly-raced horse, who made an impressive start to the year winning at Chester by four and a half lengths in May. He has done well going from a three- to a four-year-old and looks ready to take the step up to Listed company.
3.40 (10:40AM ET) – Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2)
Owned by The Queen, this is a tough cookie of a horse and last time out won the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup in May. He is a course and distance winner, having won this race last year beating Highland Reel. He also boats a very impressive 50% strike-rate, winning eight of his 16 runs and has Ryan Moore on board.
4.20 (11:20AM ET) – Diamond Jubilee Stakes  (Group 1)
Trained by James Fanshawe, whom I ride out for, this horse has been going well of late and his prep work has been perfect. He had a debut run at York this year and he will kick on from that. He also loves Ascot.
5.00 (12:00PM ET) – Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)
This horse is in great form and will love the big field in this race. He is a strong traveller and Robert Cowell is great with sprinters.
5.35 (12:35PM ET) – Queen Alexandra Stakes
THOMAS HOBSON – bet of the day
I was really impressed with his victory in the Ascot Stakes earlier in the week and I fancy him to complete the double by winning this race. He won with a lot in hand on Tuesday.