The Wokingham Stakes is a flat race open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run over a distance of six furlongs and the event is now contested on the final day of the five-day Royal Ascot meeting.
Run over six furlongs, this race really is a punters dream and one which requires a long hard study of the Royal Ascot form book. Given the size of the field, the odds on the field tend to be very appealing with even the favourite often close on a double figure price.
Draw advantage can play a vital role also and with its short six furlong trip, there is often tight finishes in this race, including a dead heat in 2003.
In all honesty, this contest can be a bit of a free-for-all and there are many, many contenders to consider. One of the ante-post favourites is 14/1 chance Maarek and trainer David Nagle is hoping for soft ground in the Wokingham Stakes.
He won a competitive 24-runner affair at Newmarket on 1,000 Guineas day and the Royal Ascot dash could be the last handicap Maarek contests while he is in his present form.
Palace Moon is currently available at around the 20/1 mark with the likes of Pearl Ice (16/1) and Alben Star (14/1) also prominent in the market.
Palace Moon has been victorious on three of his five starts, including when close to his very best last time out in a handicap at Newbury.
The Timeform 114 rated performer has received a 5lb increase in the weights and he will race off a BHA Mark of 105 for the Wokingham.
This isn’t the easiest race to predict – far from it – but it will be an entertaining contest and we’re going to tip Palace Moon to record another victory.