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Nic Ladds 18th Jun 2009 - 16:44

Go Greek in the Golden Jubilee

The market for The Golden Jubilee Stakes is this year dominated by foreign raiders with South Africa's J J The Jet Plane currently favourite at odds of 3/1.

This prestigious race offers a huge prize pool and is therefore ultra competitive every year meaning it is very rare a horse wins this twice or indeed no trainer has won this more than once in recent history.

Interestingly no favourite has won here in the last 10 years and six of the last 10 winners have obliged at odds of 10/1 or bigger.

Scenic Blast, Strike The Tiger, Vision D'Etat and Jealous Again have already obliged for trainers from foreign shores and with the market leaders in here from overseas, it may be hard to see past more foreign joy.

J J The Jet Plane has tasted defeat just one in seven runs and that was on dirt in Dubai.

His preparation run at Windsor was impressive and trainer Mike De Kock sends him here knowing he has potentially one of the best sprinters in the world in his care.

Given how hot this race is, some may feel the 3/1 on offer is a little skinny especially as there is very little between J J The Jet Plane and 10/3 second favourite Sacred Kingdom.

Sacred Kingdom has been competing at the very top level in Hong Kong for a few years now and is a multiple Group 1 winner and has beaten pretty much everything the Far East has to offer.

He may be a little older than the favourite at the age of six, but six-year-olds have won two of the last three runnings of this race and it is fantastic that he now tries his hand taking on the best on our shores.

At odds of 9/1, Ialysos who is now trained by Luca Cumani had previously won all seven of his starts in Greece before taking a Listed race at Haydock on his English debut.

He was slow out of the stalls on that day and took his time to get in to stride but picked up brilliantly then finished strongly to cross the line first.

The horse he beat in to second that day Anglezarke finished an excellent third in the Kings Stand as Ascot on Tuesday, giving the form of Ialysos' Haydock run a strong look.

While he has not achieved as much as the two market leaders, at triple the price he could be a cracking each way bet and as he is yet to taste defeat we just don't know how could he could be.

King's Apostle is also 9/1 and looked one to keep an eye out for after his close second in the Duke Of York Blue Square Stakes.

It is another near miss to add to his tally of unlucky runs but with a little luck, combined with his obvious liking for Ascot, has him in with a good shout.

Takeover Target's love affair with Ascot began in 2006 when he won the Kings Stand here and he has been back for trainer Joe Janiak every year since.

While it would be great to see him capture another prize, at 10-years-old this looks too hot for the old boy and a place is the best he can hope for.

Last year's winner Kingsgate Native takes his chance again and is priced at 11/1 to take this valuable prize again for Sir Michael Stoute.

He finished third in the Nunthorpe which was a solid run considering he probably prefers 6f now to 5f and this race looks a good deal hotter than last year and you can be sure he will give it his best shot.

Given the lack of dual winners of this race though it could pay to look elsewhere although you will certainly get a run for you money with Kingsgate Native.

Two others to look for at 18/1 Lesson In Humility who takes a big step up in class but could easily improve enough to get involved.

The other one is American raider Cannonball who is ridden by John Velazquez who has already ridden two winners at the meeting, and like Kingsgate Native last year he ran and was beaten the Kings Stand on Tuesday.

Given also that four-year-olds have a good record in this race and it is dangerous to discount this 25/1 chance.

One of the hottest renewals of this race in some time and while J J The Jet Plane is a worthy favourite, given the recent record of the more fancied runners, preference is for Ialysos.

He has beaten everything put in front of him so far and won well last time despite doing everything wrong and the 9/1 looks highly appealing.

Those who fancy something even longer, Cannonball look at great each way bet at 25/1.

Recommendation:
Ialysos - 9/1

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