Turf Talk: Diamond Jubilee Stakes contenders Limato and The Tin Man drawn on opposite sides of the stalls

Limato ridden by Harry Bentley to victory in last year's The Darley July Cup at Newmarket. PIC: Simon Cooper/PA Wire
Limato ridden by Harry Bentley to victory in last year's The Darley July Cup at Newmarket. PIC: Simon Cooper/PA Wire
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Limato and The Tin Man star in a 19-strong field declared for tomorrow’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Trainer Henry Candy won the Group One prize with Twilight Son 12 months ago and this year sends Limato into battle from a high draw in stall 15.

The Tin Man ridden by Tom Queally to victory in The QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot last year. PIC: Julian Herbert/PA Wire

The Tin Man ridden by Tom Queally to victory in The QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot last year. PIC: Julian Herbert/PA Wire

The five-year-old struck at the highest level in the July Cup and the Prix de la Foret last season and is strongly fancied to bounce back from a disappointing run in Dubai.

James Fanshawe also knows what it takes to win the race, having struck gold in 2011 with Society Rock, and The Tin Man is a major contender for the trainer this year.

The Equiano gelding won the British Champions Sprint over the course and distance last October and can be expected to improve from his comeback run when fifth in the Duke of York Stakes.

He is drawn on the other side of the track in stall three.

Other leading hopes for the home team include the Charlie Hills-trained Magical Memory (stall 18), William Haggas’ Tasleet (12) and Librisa Breeze (10) from Dean Ivory’s stable.

The Right Man (two), Finsbury Square (seven) and Al Jazi (16) all travel from France, while Long On Value (14) represents American handler Bill Mott.

Elsewhere on the card, Thomas Hobson will try to emulate stablemate Simenon by adding the Queen Alexandra Stakes to his Ascot Stakes victory earlier in the week at the Royal meeting.

Fellow Willie Mullins inmate Simenon claimed both races in 2012 and Thomas Hobson will be aiming to repeat the feat following his effortless success over two and a half miles on Tuesday.

He will tackle an extra furlong and a half on Saturday, with Aidan O’Brien’s 2016 Epsom Derby-second US Army Ranger another fascinating contender in the conditions race.

SOBOT’S SELECTIONS

ROYAL ASCOT: 2.30 September (next best), 3.05 Khairaat, 3.40 Dartmouth (treble), 4.20 Magical Memory, 5.00 Culturati, 5.35 THOMAS HOBSON (NAP).

REDCAR: 1.35 Gangland, 2.05 Midnight Warrior, 2.40 Horsted Keynes, 3.15 Desert Sport, 3.50 Monsieur Jimmy, 4.30 Subjective, 5.10 Dapper Man.

AYR: 1.50 Royal Liberty, 2.20 Navarone, 2.55 Dance King, 3.30 Nicholas T, 4.10 Cosmopolitan Girl, 4.50 Orvar, 5.25 Dandy Highwayman.

NEWMARKET: 2.10 Yafta, 2.45 Daisy Boy, 3.20 Ghadaayer, 4.00 Mafaaheem, 4.40 Jumira Bridge, 5.20 Diamond Lady, 5.55 Farook.

HAYDOCK: 6.30 Showdaisy, 7.00 Suspect Package, 7.35 Albishr, 8.05 Anif, 8.35 Sante, 9.05 Thornton.

LINGFIELD: 5.45 Lord E, 6.15 Gabrial The Thug, 6.45 Rum Swizzle, 7.20 Mrs Teasdale, 7.50 Palawan, 8.20 Napping, 8.50 Tailwind.

Trainer Hugo Palmer.

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