Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Group 1, Ascot 16:20
£600,000 added,
3yo plus,
6f, Class 1    
Saturday 22nd June 2019

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Lim’s Cruiser's Kiwi trainer Stephen Gray had hoped to be travelling on the back of a third successive victory in the Lion City Cup at Kranji on May 25, but was given reason to hesitate when he went down by a neck to Aramco in the Singapore Group One.

Nevertheless, with the six-year-old gelding suffering no ill-effects and encouragement from Mick Dittman – one of Australia’s outstanding jockeys of the last century who manages the string of owner Lim Siah Mong – the horse will travel to Britain on Saturday.

Gray said: “The decision is made and we are coming. We were a little bit down and out when he got beat the other day, but I can’t see anything wrong with him and he has probably come through this race better. 

“He might as well have a go because if things go his way, he can gallop.

“Mick was probably more forcible about coming. He said he’s ridden many champions and many good horses that get beat and go out and win their next start.”

Gray has trained approaching 800 winners in Singapore and captured nearly every big race there. He has been to Ascot before, saddling Emperor Max to finish seventh in the 2015 Qipco British Champions Sprint won by Muhaarar

Lim’s Cruiser is an 11-times winner who has bagged more than £1 million in prize-money. 

“I think Lim’s Cruiser probably is a bit better than Emperor Max, but that horse had a bleeding issue. That day at Ascot he would have run third or fourth, but he bled internally,” said Gray.

“Lim’s Cruiser had a very hard race, too hard a race, three weeks before the Lion City Cup. We have to take the races as they come, we can’t wait because there are limited opportunities to run for big money. I think he was a bit over the top from that first hard run. 

“He can go to England, which is only 12 hours on a plane, and if it doesn’t work out, he can come home or stay for the July Cup and Lennox Stakes.

“There is nothing round here for him until September and October. Emperor Max thrived over there because of the fresh air and sun on his back. He came home quite a good horse and won another couple of big races.

“I’ve always wanted a horse that could travel to Royal Ascot. We fully understand it’s very hard to go there and beat those horses. However, plenty have before. He’s a damn good horse and we want to have a crack at it. 

“We’re not coming there just to wear top hats and meet the Queen.”

Trainers Quotes

Trainer Stephane Wattel is to prepare City Light for another crack at the Diamond Jubilee Stakes following his fine effort last summer.

City Light (left)
© Caroline Norris
City Light

Wattel is keen to take City Light back for the Group One over six furlongs after he was only beaten a short head by Merchant Navy, and his campaign for the first half of the campaign will be geared towards that objective. 

“I guess the plan is (Ascot), it was such a wonderful day at Ascot. We’ll try to come back if we manage to have the horse in full condition for this time,” the Deauville handler told Sky Sports Racing. 

“To be at his peak condition we will try to not over-race him before, so he will have a very light programme and, hopefully, if everything goes well, we will be at Ascot in June.”

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Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1)
(British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge)
25 entries
Going: Good to Soft

Form Horse Age Weight Trainer
2255/1-7 Beckford 34 4 9-3 G Elliott
173-111 Blue Point (IRE) 84 5 9-3 C Appleby
11310-2 Bound For Nowhere (USA) 77 5 9-3 Wesley Ward
12520-2 City Light (FR) 57 5 9-3 S Wattel
49431-6 Donjuan Triumphant (IRE) 56 6 9-3 A M Balding
2220-11 Dream Of Dreams (IRE) 33 5 9-3 Sir Michael Stoute
21133-2 Emblazoned (IRE) 42 4 9-3 J H M Gosden
9 Enzo's Lad (AUS) 55 7 9-3 Jane Chapple-Hyam
121/8 Gobi Desert 28 4 9-3 P Twomey
17/25- Houtzen (AUS) 267 5 9-0 Toby Edmonds
1614-11 Imprimis (USA) 77 5 9-3 Joe Orseno
03240-1 Inns Of Court (IRE) 57 5 9-3 A Fabre
1299-11 Invincible Army (IRE) 38 4 9-3 J Tate
951-115 Kachy 28 6 9-3 Tom Dascombe
2/98-181 Keystroke 66 7 9-3 S C Williams
121/6-35 Le Brivido (FR) 35 5 9-3 A P O'Brien
Lim's Cruiser (AUS) 195 7 9-3 Stephen Gray
01119-4 Limato (IRE) 38 7 9-3 H Candy
52316-0 Projection 38 6 9-3 R Charlton
20051-6 Sands Of Mali (FR) 84 4 9-3 R A Fahey
30170-2 Speak In Colours 28 4 9-3 J P O'Brien
58020-9 St Patrick's Day (USA) 28 4 9-3 A P O'Brien
14317-3 The Tin Man 33 7 9-3 J R Fanshawe
1/12406- Tip Two Win 182 4 9-3 R A Teal
2217-23 Yafta 38 4 9-3 R Hannon

THE DIAMOND JUBILEE STAKES
Past Results

2018-WINNER-MERCHANT NAVY

2017-WINNER-THE TIN MAN 5-9-03 Owner-Fred Archer Racing – Ormonde; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-
9/2
2ND-Tasleet 4-9-03 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-William Haggas; Jockey-Jim Crowley; SP-7/1
3RD-Limato 5-9-03 Owner-Paul Jacobs; Trainer-Henry Candy; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-2/1 Fav
19 ran; Time-1m 12.02s; Dist-nk, ¾

2016-WINNER-TWILIGHT SON 4-9-03 Owner-Godfrey Wilson & Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-Henry Candy; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-7/2
2ND-Gold-Fun 7-9-03 Owner-Sutong Pan; Trainer-Richard Gibson HK; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-7/1
3RD-Signs Of Blessing 5-9-03; Owner-I Corbani/Pandora Racing/A Mouknass; Trainer-Francois Rohaut FR; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP- 25/1
9 ran; Time-1m 13.44s; Dist-nk, sh 3/1 Fav Magical Memory (4th)

2015-WINNER-UNDRAFTED 5-9-03 Owner-Wes Welker & Sol Kumin; Trainer-Wesley Ward USA; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP- 14/1
2ND-Brazen Beau 3-9-03 Owner-On Track Racing; Trainer-Chris Waller AUS; Jockey-Craig Williams; SP-7/2 Jt Fav
3RD-Astaire 4-9-03 Owner-Angie Bailey; Trainer-Kevin Ryan; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-25/1
15 ran; Time-1m 12.69s; Dist-1⁄2, 13⁄4 7/2 Jt Fav Mustajeeb (5th)

2014-WINNER-SLADE POWER 5-9-04 Owner-Sabena Power; Trainer-Edward Lynam IRE; Jockey-Wayne Lordan; SP-7/2F
2ND-Due Diligence 3-8-11 Owner-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magner; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien IRE; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-5/1
3RD-Aljamaaheer 5-9-04 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-Roger Varian; Jockey-Paul Hanagan; SP-4/1
14 ran; Time-1m 12.40s; Dist-1½; hd

2013-WINNER-LETHAL FORCE 4-9-04 Owner-Alan Craddock; Trainer-Clive Cox; Jockey-Adam Kirby; SP-11/1
2ND-Society Rock 6-9-04 Owner-Simon Gibson; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-4/1 Fav
3RD-Krypton Factor 5-9-04 Owner-Fawzi Abdulla Nass; Trainer-Fawzi Nass BAH; Jockey-Luke Morris; SP-25/1
18 ran; Time-1m 13.36s; Dist-2, 1¾

2012-WINNER-BLACK CAVIAR 6-9-01 Owner-G J Wilkie, Mrs K J Wilkie et al; Trainer-Peter Moody AUS; Jockey-Luke Nolen; SP-1/6
Fav
2ND-Moonlight Cloud 4-9-01 Owner-George Strawbridge; Trainer-Freddy Head FR; Jockey-Thierry Jarnet; SP-5/1
3RD-Restiadargent 3-8-08 Owner-Guy Pariente; Trainer-Alex Pantall FR; Jockey-Maxime Guyon; SP-40/1
14 ran; Time-1m 14.10s; Dist-hd, nk

2011-WINNER-SOCIETY ROCK 4-9-04 Owner-Simon Gibson; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Pat Cosgrave; SP-25/1
2ND-Monsieur Chevalier 4-9-04 Owner-Valerie Hubbard & Ian Higginson; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-25/1
3RD-Star Witness 4-9-04 Owner-Widden Stud; Trainer-Danny O’Brien AUS; Jockey-Steven Arnold; SP-4/1
16 ran; Time-1m 17.22s; Dist-½, 1¼ 3/1 Fav Bewitched (14th)

2010-WINNER-STARSPANGLEDBANNER 4-9-04 Owner-Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Ms Massey; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien
IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-13/2 Jt Fav
2ND Society Rock 3-8-11 Owner-Simon Gibson; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Pat Cosgrave; SP-50/1
3RD Kinsale King 5-9-04 Owner-Sheehy LLC; Trainer-Carl O’Callaghan USA; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-8/1
24 ran; Time-1m 12.57s; Dist-1¾, hd 13/2 Jt Fav Fleeting Spirit (4th)

2009-WINNER-ART CONNOISSEUR 3-8-11 Owner-Richard Green; Trainer-Michael Bell; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-20/1
2ND-Cannonball 4-9-04 Owner-Ken & Sarah Ramsey; Trainer-Wesley Ward USA; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-11/1
3RD-Lesson In Humility 4-9-01 Owner-Michael Nelmes-Crocker; Trainer-Karl Burke; Jockey-Andrew Elliott; SP-33/1
14 ran; Time-1m 14.90s; Dist-nk, 2½ 5/2 Fav J J The Jet Plane (4th)

2008-WINNER-KINGSGATE NATIVE 3-8-11 Owner-John Mayne; Trainer-John Best; Jockey-Seb Sanders; SP-33/1
2ND-War Artist 5-9-04 Owner-Vintage Thoroughbreds; Trainer-James Eustace; Jockey-Kerrin McEvoy; SP-8/1
3RD-Sir Gerry 3-8-11 Owner-Mrs Gerry Galligan; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-20/1
17 ran, Time-1m 13.33s, Dist-1¼, ¾ 4/1 Fav Takeover Target (4th)

2007-WINNER-SOLDIER’S TALE 6-9-04 Owner-Budget Stable; Trainer-Jeremy Noseda; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-9/1
2ND-Takeover Target 8-9-04 Owner-Joe & Ben Janiak; Trainer-Joe Janiak AUS; Jockey-Jay Ford; SP-8/1
3RD-Asset 4-9-04 Owner-Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXVI; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-14/1
21 ran, Time-1m 14.51s, Dist-hd, ½ 2/1 Fav Miss Andretti (15th)

2006-WINNER-LES ARCS 6-9-04 Owner-Willie McKay; Trainer-Tim Pitt; Jockey-John Egan; SP-33/1
2ND-Balthazaar’s Gift 3-8-11 Owner-Ryder Racing Ltd; Trainer-Kevin Ryan; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-50/1
3RD-Takeover Target 7-9-04 Owner-Joe & Ben Janiak; Trainer-Joe Janiak AUS; Jockey-Jay Ford; SP-7/2 Fav
18 ran, Time-1m 13.12s, Dist-nk, 2

2005-WINNER-CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 7-9-04 Owner-Exors of the late R Carstairs; Trainer-David Oughton HK;
Jockey-Michael Kinane; SP-6/1
2ND-Galeota 3-8-11 Owner-John Lazzari; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-15/2
3RD-Balmont 4-9-04 Owner-Sanford Robertson & Hatta Bloodstock; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-9/2 Fav
15 ran, Time-1m 8.58s Dist-hd, 1½ (run at York)

2004-WINNER-FAYR JAG 5-9-04 Owner-Jonathan Gill; Trainer-Tim Easterby; Jockey-Willie Supple; SP-12/1
2ND-Crystal Castle 6-9-04 Owner-J Raw; Trainer-John Hammond FR; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-8/1
3RD-Cape Of Good Hope 6-9-04 Owner-Exors of the late R Carstairs; Trainer-David Oughton HK; Jockey-Michael Kinane; SP-13/2
14 ran, Time-1m 13.35s Dist-hd, hd 100/30 Fav Avonbridge (5th)

2003-WINNER-CHOISIR 4-9-04 Owner-Terry Wallace and Partners; Trainer-Paul Perry AUS; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-13/2
2ND-Airwave 3-8-08 Owner-Henry Candy and Partners; Trainer-Henry Candy; Jockey-Dane O’Neill; SP-11/8 Fav
3RD-Baron’s Pit 3-8-11 Owner-Jeff and Kath Thomas; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-50/1
17 ran, Time-1m 12.23s Dist-½, 1

2002-WINNER-MALHUB 4-9-04 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Kevin Darley; SP-16/1
2ND-Danehurst 4-9-01 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-Sir Mark Prescott; Jockey-Seb Sanders; SP-13/2
3RD-Three Points 5-9-04 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-4/1
12 ran, Time-1m 14.34s, Dist- 1½, ½ 3/1 Fav Johannesburg (9th)