Royal Ascot Day 5 latest preview, odds and free bets

If Day 1 at Royal Ascot was all about Frankel, then Day 5 of Royal Ascot might have the headline act that is Black Caviar, with the Australian superstar having landed in Great Britain a fortnight ago and the UK public now look forward to her putting on a show

The Diamond Jubilee Stakes should be a real treat and there are horses such as Moonlight Cloud and Bated Breath which might provide some decent opposition to this Aussie speedball, while the Wokingham Stakes is always a stampede to the line where lots of big-priced horses generally run into the frame.

3.45 Diamond Jubilee Stakes
Twenty-one horses are entered for this six furlong trace which is known as the Global Sprint Challenge and you can’t get further away than Australia where Black Caviar has built up a reputation akin to the one that Frankel has in the UK.

Handler Peter Moody reports the filly to be in great condition ahead of this race and the best odds about a win for the six-year-old are 1/2 (bet365 £200 free bets) with 21 wins coming from 21 starts. The last time Black Caviar was anything near even money was November 2012 when winning the Farm Classic ahead of Star Witness and Ortensia.

Ortensia is entered in this race to have a crack at her compatriot although a poor run in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes suggests she will struggle to live with the pace, although Bated Breath could be worth another chance considering there was less than a length between the runner-up and Little Bridge.

Moonlight Cloud could be the one to end Black Caviar’s unbeaten run and obliging at 11/5 favoritism in the Prix du Palais-Royal earlier this month suggests that the horse comes into this contest with plenty of form. Society Rock finished second behind Bated Breath at Haydock last year before the same thing happened against Moonlight Cloud in August.

4.25 Wokingham Stakes
The field is slowly being trimmed to a maximum of 40 runners for the six furlong dash that is the Wokingham and we are likely to see 10/1 the field in a wide-open contest which often involves a close finish at the line.

Each-way bets are advised for this race and Medicean Man might be the race favourite at odds of around 12/1, with that fourth place behind Little Bridge in the King’s Stand Stakes suggesting another good run is on the cards.

Alben Star is another one to watch, with the Irish raider finishing a creditable fifth behind Maarek at Newmarket in early May, with Maarek also entered in the race and the only downside is that the five-year-old has the most weight out of any horse.

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