Royal Ascot Tip: Gabriel's Lad For Wokingham
Royal Ascot’s final day places the emphasis on speed with the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes the highlight but the big betting heat is another 6f contest in the shape of the 28 runner Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) at 4.25pm. The historic cavalry charge, run for the first time in 1813 when won by the Duke Of York’s Pointers, is one of the few big sprint handicaps to have so far eluded jockey Kieren Fallon but that record can be put straight this afternoon when he partners the Denis Coakley-trained Gabriel’s Lad.
The 4-year-old son of Dark Angel is very well handicapped on 8st 12lb and providing being drawn high in stall 24 does not prove a disadvantage the course and distance winner looks the one they all have to beat and rates a fair bet at the 10-1 available with Betfred and William Hill. A three quarters of a length winner over fellow rival Khubala at Ascot last October and now 3lb better off with Frankie Dettori’s mount. Even further back in fifth place on that occasion was today’s 8-1 favourite Duke Of Firenze who is also 3lb worse off with Kieren Fallon’s mount after earning a 5lb penalty for his dramatic last-gasp win in Epsom’s big sprint on Derby day.
Gabriel’s Lad went to Newmarket for his seasonal reappearance where he finished an excellent second to Hamza with Poole Harbour and Shropshire back in third and fourth places and once again those two horses, along with the unplaced Ladyship, will be worse off at the weights with the selection. There are of course plenty of potential dangers with Nocturn the most feared, but it will be a surprise if Gabriel’s Lad fails to go close in the valuable handicap worth over £93k to the winner.