By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 17th June 2019
After laying down the law in the Group 2 Prix de Gros-Chene at Chantilly, Andre Fabre’s Inns Of Court makes a strong case for ante-post support in Royal Ascot’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes betting.
Trading at odds of 7/1, the five-year-old has amassed the kind of form across his two runs to date in 2019 to suggest he’s more than capable of taking out the Royal Meeting’s Saturday feature.
With 6/1 ante-post second favourite Blue Point half that price to win the King’s Stand on the first day of festivities, you don’t need to be Ally McBeal to judge it wise to back him before that one defects.
Inns Of Court – Diamond Jubilee Stakes betting – Exhibit A
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First time out this term Fabre’s son of Invincible Spirit got the better of Stephane Wattel’s City Light in a 6f Listed affair at Maisons-Laffitte.
The Wattel horse missed out on Diamond Jubilee glory by a short head to Merchant Navy at last year’s Royal Ascot and was also making his seasonal debut in the clash.
Inns Of Court – Diamond Jubilee Stakes betting – Exhibit B
Royal Ascot ready!
INNS OF COURT will target the Diamond Jubilee this month after winning readily in Chantilly earlier today!
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Since then Inns Of Court has added another feather to his cap with a ready victory in a 5f Group 2 contest at Chantilly.
On the day he came home two-and-a-half lengths clear of Sestilio Jet, a Group 3 scorer on his previous start, and three lengths ahead of Major Jumbo.
The latter named finished two-and-a-quarter lengths behind 10/3 Diamond Jubilee ante-post betting favourite Invincible Army over 6f on his previous start.
Inns Of Court – Diamond Jubilee Stakes betting – Exhibit C
Form students would be right to point to the fact that the Chantilly conquest was Inns Of Court’s first score at so much as Group 2 level – and it that it came over 5f rather than over the extra furlong he’d face in the Diamond Jubilee.
However, his short-head silver medal spot in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret over 7f on Arc day at Longchamp last term should go some way to dispelling queries about both class and staying power. It also suggests that he possesses a potent mix of minimum-trip pace and the stamina required for Ascot’s uphill finish.