June 19 Racing Tips: Art Power can thrive at rainy Royal Ascot

The final day of Royal Ascot promises to be an exciting one with the Diamond Jubilee Stakes beginning at 4.20pm. The Planet Sport tipsters are here to provide hot selections on Saturday June 19.

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14:30 Chesham Stakes - New Science

New Science can follow in the hoofprints of Pinatubo by winning the Chesham Stakes for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin.

Obviously the Lope De Vega colt has some work to do if he is to match the juvenile exploits of his trainer's former star, but he showed plenty of promise in winning on his debut at Yarmouth last month.

He made virtually all the running over seven furlongs at the seaside track, and William Buick did not have to apply too much pressure to win by a length and a half.

On what should be a fine afternoon for the Appleby team, Naval Crown can also strike gold in the Jersey Stakes.

Fourth behind Poetic Flare in the 2000 Guineas when last seen, the merit of that run is clear given the winner's subsequent exploits - particularly because Naval Crown raced a bit freely on the Rowley Mile.

Switching back to seven furlongs might help to negate his keen-going nature.

15:40 Hardwicke Stakes - Ilaraab

Wonderful Tonight will love the mud in the Hardwicke, but her trainer David Menuisier has warned she may not be quite at her best first time out.

With that in mind, it is worth chancing that William Haggas' Ilaraab can overcome the step up from handicap company.

A rapid improver, he has won six of his seven races, progressing from an opening mark of 84 to his current perch of 111.

That puts him bang in contention. He has a win in good company on soft ground to his name, and he tore a red-hot handicap at York apart on his return last time out.

Few horses are good enough to defy a handicap mark in three figures, but he did - and then some.

16:20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes - Art Power

Torrential rain at Royal Ascot has completely changed the complexion of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes - in which Art Power is one of only a few guaranteed to handle conditions.

Tim Easterby's grey was a winner at the meeting 12 months ago, admittedly in much calmer waters.

He ran in the inaugural Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap over five furlongs, and absolutely bolted up from a mark of 97.

Since then, he has been in Group company - winning a Group Three in Ireland before seemingly coming up short in Group Ones.

However, he found things happening too fast in the Nunthorpe and was not beaten far in either the Sprint Cup at Haydock or the Champions Sprint at Ascot as fourth in both.

On his return at York, he was mildly disappointing in the Duke of York. But Easterby will have left plenty to work on with this race in mind, and crucially he is a year older now and should be stronger.

With conditions to suit, he simply must be on the premises or his supporters will be running out of excuses.

17:00 Wokingham Stakes - Pendleton

Pendleton could be the solution to the ultra-competitive Wokingham Stakes.

First and second on two starts so far this term, he looks better than ever and should be in the mix here.

Dermot Weld's Falcon Eight was a stylish winner of the Chester Cup, and the Queen Alexandra Stakes looks a fine opportunity to follow up.

The six-year-old made a mockery of top-weight in that competitive handicap, staying on strongly in the final furlong after a waiting ride from Frankie Dettori to triumph by a very cosy two lengths.

The near two-mile-six-furlong trip he faces here is an unknown. But what he does have is class and a change of gear at the finish, which could prove useful.

It is best to put a line through Stay Well's last run on what was a pretty grim day weather-wise at Goodwood. He might be better judged on his previous win at Windsor, for the Golden Gates Stakes.

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