17:00 Royal Ascot Tue 19 June 2018

  • Ascot Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2)
  • 2m 3f 210y, Good to Firm
  • 19 Runners
  • Winner£56,025.002nd£16,776.003rd£8,388.004th£4,194.005th£2,097.006th£1,053.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:4m 31.75sOff time:17:00:32
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1
(5)
59-10OR: 100
5/1

Has won his last two Flat starts at the Galway Festival and has proved to be progressive over hurdles for this yard. 9lb rise for his latest win in this sphere may be enough to stop him though and all his form is on softer ground.

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2
(17)
59-9OR: 99
50/1

Lightly raced useful sort on the Flat who went close in a maiden hurdle at Punchestown last month. Handicapper has made it tough for him though returned to this sphere and others make more appeal.

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3
(3)
99-7OR: 97C
50/1

Progressive on the Flat for Clive Cox but well beaten on only Flat start for this yard when last in this race last year. In good heart after a win at Market Rasen last time at least and his handicap mark looks fair based on his form from 2015.

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5
(8)
59-7OR: 97
6/1

Progressive sort who produced a fine effort in the Chester Cup last time from a wide draw. Hasn't stopped improving yet and there's a chance the extreme distance could bring about more improvement. Not dismissed with the Champion Jockey on board.

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6
(16)
69-6OR: 96
100/1

Useful on the Flat when trained in France, winning four in a row until joining Paul Nicholls and has been sent over hurdles until now. Debuts for new yard but handicapper wouldn't appear to have given him much of a chance from this mark.

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7
(15)
59-6OR: 96
5/1

First outing since joining this yard for €160,000 in 2016. Won three races in France and interesting that Moore gets the ride given his good strike-rate for the yard. Trainer renowned for having them ready after an absence.

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8
(13)
69-5OR: 95
10/1

Won the consolation race for the Northumberland Plate in 2016 and ran well enough on return from a significant absence at Goodwood last time. Interesting connections have persevered with him and must be of interest from a workable handicap mark.

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9
(20)
59-5OR: 95
100/1

Running well over middle distances on the Flat when last seen in this sphere. Inconsistent for Nicky Henderson but interesting that he's starting here for his new connections.

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10
(2)
89-3OR: 93
66/1

In good form in both spheres of late but handicap mark starting to look stiff as a result. Often starts slowly and that's a negative from his low draw.

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11
(14)
49-3OR: 93
16/1

Just held on to record a career best performance in the Chester Plate last time out. Needs to prove he stays this far but clearly thriving at present and handicapper has left him on the same mark.

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12
(1)
69-3OR: 93
10/1

Ran a huge race in last year's Cesarewitch and followed it up with a placed effort in Listed class. Left on the same mark for that run and in good form over hurdles when last seen. Wears first-time hood.

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13
(7)
59-3OR: 93
40/1

Listed winner at Deauville for Andre Fabre but yet to get off the mark for this yard. Would probably want some rain to fall to be of interest and well beaten in this race last year.

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14
(6)
69-2OR: 92
66/1

Not won since 2015 but he was running well for his previous yard in some French staying races towards the end of last season and handicapper would appear to have given him a chance for UK Flat debut.

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15
(11)
59-2OR: 92
10/1

Running well in middle distance races for John Gosden and has run with promise over hurdles for his new yard. Hard to assess how well-handicapped he is on return to this sphere but jockey bookings would suggest they have stronger claims with others.

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16
(4)
89-2OR: 92
100/1

Barely beaten a rival home in his last three starts and hard to imagine he has the stamina for this. Very well-handicapped on his form from 2016 at least.

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17
(18)
59-1OR: 91D
12/1

Got his head in front in a handicap hurdle last time out at Punchestown and placed in Listed company on the Flat in 2016. Interesting runner on return to this sphere and she's on a workable handicap mark if translating her hurdles form to the level.

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18
(19)
59-1OR: 91C
50/1

Won here over 2m when last seen but has never won from a mark this high and will need some luck from his wide draw. Stamina over this far is an unknown too and others preferred.

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19
(9)
49-1OR: 91
10/1

Impressive when winning at Wolverhampton last time out and while he's taken a 9lb hike in the weights, he can't be dismissed given that he's lightly raced. Stamina an unknown but not ruled out.

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20
(10)
59-1OR: 91
11/2

Not the most straightforward sort and has narrowly failed to get up on each of his last two starts. Only 3lb higher here but nature of this race might suit him and he's a player if he handles the quicker ground.

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Non-Runners

4
(12)
Cayirli39
69-7OR: 97
T: S DurackJ: S W Kelly

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
11Thomas Hobson79-104/1Full Result
T: W P MullinsJ: R L Moore

Betting

Forecast

Chelkar (5/1), Whiskey Sour (5/1), Coeur de Lion (11/2), Dubawi Fifty (6/1), Lagostovegas (10/1), Stratum (10/1), Dannyday (10/1), White Desert (10/1), Meri Devie (12/1), Look My Way (16/1), Cleonte (40/1), Hassle (50/1), Sam Missile (50/1), Daybreak Boy (50/1), Cayirli (50/1), Kloud Gate (66/1), Mirsaale (66/1), Percy Street (100/1), Garo De Juilley (100/1), Battalion (100/1)

Verdict

Willie Mullins won this last year and he has some fascinating contenders for this year's renewal. While Chelkar would appear to be the first string with Ryan Moore on board, MERI DEVIE is a fascinating contender and is likely to be in good heart after her win at Punchestown last time. Lagostovegas is another mare who would appear to be on a workable mark. Coeur De Lion has only been narrowly beaten on each of his last two starts and he couldn't be ruled out in his current form.
  1. Meri Devie
  2. Lagostovegas
  3. Coeur de Lion

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