17:00 Royal Ascot Tue 20 June 2017

  • Ascot Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2)
  • 2m 3f 210y, Good to Firm
  • 18 Runners
  • Winner£49,800.002nd£14,912.003rd£7,456.004th£3,728.005th£1,864.006th£936.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:4m 17.62sOff time:17:00:46
1
(1)
89-10OR: 100
66/1
Flat winner when trained in France and ran to a respectable level in Listed company. Won over hurdles at Worcester from last seen and not discounted for a yard who have had success in this contest.
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2
(12)
89-10OR: 100BF
33/1
Finished runner-up to Heartbreak City in the Ebor at York last season and clearly capable off this mark having followed up that effort with a fine third at Newmarket a couple of starts later. Entitled to come on for his most recent run at Musselburgh and solid each-way claims again.
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3
(8)
99-10OR: 100
25/1
Just won once since 2012 but looked a little unlucky not to get his head back in front at Haydock last time when narrowly denied by the re-opposing Yorkidding. No certainty to back that up but versatile ground wise and no stamina concerns at least.
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4
(11)
89-10OR: 100D
4/1
Useful handicapper on the Flat for John Gosden back in 2013 and may have improved since then. Potentially on a lenient mark returned to this sphere and these connections demand respect with their runners here. Faster ground would be the major concern.
5
(6)
69-9OR: 99C
14/1
Typically consistent sort for this yard and deservedly got her head back in front at Haydock last time. This looks more competitive however and she gone up another 1lb in the handicap so looks a little vulnerable this time around.
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6
(5)
59-8OR: 98
33/1
Second run for this yard after leaving Andre Fabre but struggled at Group level when trained in France and shaped as if amiss on first start for this trainer last time at Newmarket. May do better this time around and possible he's on a fair mark so not discounted with the Champion Jockey booked.
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7
(20)
69-8OR: 98
6/1
Does well in big field handicaps but all his best form has come with some cut in the ground and looks a little vulnerable on a firmer surface. Draw not ideal here but the booking of top jockey softens that blow a little and seems to stay this trip okay judged on his run at Chester last time. Interesting runner.
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8
(18)
79-5OR: 95
25/1
Good second at Goodwood on similar ground last time out and not discounted if he settles better in the early stages. Remains on the same mark and not discounted if his talented apprentice jockey can overcome this poor draw.
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9
(2)
69-5OR: 95
20/1
Proved a little disappointing over obstacles this winter but she's a useful handicapper on the Flat, well suited to a faster surface. May have needed the run last time out but holds claims if she is back to her best.
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11
(17)
59-4OR: 94
10/1
Running well on the AW this winter and likely to enjoy faster ground bearing in mind his sire's progeny typically go well in these conditions. Wide draw to overcome but less exposed than most and looks like he could be on a lenient mark.
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12
(4)
69-4OR: 94C
20/1
Course winner who came close to getting his head back in front over 2m here last time. Step up in trip should be in his favour and trainer does well around here; should go well in conditions he's sure to enjoy.
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13
(9)
79-3OR: 93
50/1
Convincing winner at Goodwood last year but failed to follow that up off his revised mark in this contest last year. Starts out for a new yard here and has an absence to overcome; others hold more pressing claims.
14
(10)
69-3OR: 93
5/1
Not beaten far in the Chester Cup last time out and returns off a 1lb higher mark here. Looks well-handicapped in this sphere when taking his Cheltenham festival form into consideration and he would appear to be his trainer's best shot from his three runners.
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15
(19)
59-3OR: 93
50/1
Her Kempton maiden win (1m4f, AW) in August is her sole success to date, but she has performed well in a handicap and two Listed outings since, the latest being on her return in the Daisy Warwick Stakes at Goodwood (1m4f, good to firm ) last time. Half-sister to a 1m5f/1m6f winner although has stamina to prove over this far.
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16
(16)
59-3OR: 93
33/1
Five wins from his last six starts and clearly progressing nicely at present. Doesn't look entirely straightforward and finished well beaten last time but a first-time visor may help and his rivals wouldn't want to let him dictate matters from the front. Interesting runner.
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18
(3)
99-2OR: 92C
5/1
Looks on a lenient mark returned to this sphere after some creditable efforts in Grade 1 company over hurdles and trainer's runners have to be respected when turned out on the Flat. Stamina no issue and well-suited to faster ground so every chance he will be thereabouts.
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19
(14)
69-1OR: 91
33/1
Not seen in this sphere since finishing tenth in this last year and has been out of form over hurdles this winter. Best efforts have come in softer ground and looks up against it here.
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20
(7)
59-1OR: 91
12/1
Progressive sort who won at Newbury last time out over 2m2f but likely to struggle from a 6lb higher mark in a deeper contest. Yard has stronger claims with Who Dares Wins.
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Non-Runners

10
(15)
Cosmelli10
59-5OR: 95
T: Miss Gay KellewayJ: David Egan
17
(13)
Gavlar11
79-2OR: 92
T: W J KnightJ: Callum Shepherd

Last Year's Winner

Last year's winner is unavailable

Betting

Forecast

Thomas Hobson (4/1), Who Dares Wins (5/1), Beyond Conceit (5/1), Magic Circle (6/1), Endless Acres (10/1), Rainbow Dreamer (12/1), Yorkidding (14/1), Star Rider (20/1), Oceane (20/1), Suegioo (25/1), High Secret (25/1), Wolfcatcher (33/1), Cleonte (33/1), Cartwright (33/1), Shrewd (33/1), Gavlar (33/1), Moorside (50/1), Galizzi (50/1), Iniciar (66/1), Cosmelli (100/1)

Verdict

BEYOND CONCEIT looks like the one on a lenient mark and with no stamina doubts or ground concerns, he ought to go well. Who Dares Wins holds the stronger claims of the Alan King trio while Cartwright is a progressive sort who could give them a run for their money if his jockey gets the fractions right on the front end.
  1. Beyond Conceit
  2. Who Dares Wins
  3. Cartwright

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