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Royal Ascot Ultimate Guide - 2019-06-06

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The six-million dollar questions

SATURDAY 5.00 WOKINGHAM STAKES

JAMES STEVENS

Will a favourite finally score in the big handicap? The Wokingham is always one of the trickiest contests for punters with only one winner at a single-figure since 2012 Last season, the strongly backed Dreamfield was denied by 33-1 chance Bacchus and this year’s favourite Tabdeed is another smart prospect. Having won three of his four starts he has the profile of a Group horse in a handicap but those types can be beaten. However, four-year-olds tend to do well in this race and the Owen Burrows team will hope Tabdeed can follow in the path of Deacon Blues, who won this before scoring at Group 2 level. Can Godolphin change their luck? It may not be like their agonising wait for a Derby win but Godolphin have been unlucky in this race after finishing second three times in the decade. Dreamfield joins the unfortunate list of seconds which includes Asset (2009), and Steady Pace (2007). This season they are strongly represented and they have another solid chance in the form of Dubai Legacy, who won a good race on the all-weather at Newcastle before finishing third at Goodwood.

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