17:00 Royal Ascot Thu 21 June 2018

  • Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Str) (Class 2)
  • 1m, Good to Firm (Watered)
  • 30 Runners
  • Winner£74,700.002nd£22,368.003rd£11,184.004th£5,592.005th£2,796.006th£1,404.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 38.85sOff time:17:02:20
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1
(21)
39-7OR: 102C
66/1

Won three races as a juvenile and went close to winning a valuable Lingfield contest on return when just caught late on. Hasn't built on that though and created little impression when only fifth of 11 at Newmarket earlier this month.

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2
(28)
39-7OR: 102
9/1

Won a decent looking Yarmouth maiden on debut but she was a beaten odds on favourite on next couple of AW runs. Returned to form with a Kempton win but his run in the French Guineas was a shade disappointing and he has a bit to prove at present.

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3
(14)
39-7OR: 102D
40/1

Won his first two starts but well beaten on all recent runs including the Derby Trial at Leopardstown last time. Needs to re-find his form for his new stable here and others look more likely.

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4
(16)
39-5OR: 100
40/1

Not won since his debut but returned to form with a fair effort in Handicap Listed contest at Newmarket on seasonal bow. Well beaten twice since though, including in a handicap last time and needs to improve to play a part from his mark.

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5
(30)
39-5OR: 100
11/1

Two wins from three starts and only defeated by a small margin on his sole loss. Handicapper taken no chances with his handicap mark but there could be more to come up in trip here.

6
(18)
39-4OR: 99
33/1

Won a maiden on debut and a distant runner up to U S Navy Flag in a Group 3 at the Curragh on final start of 2017. Didn't make any impression in the Irish 2,000 Guineas last time but this is easier and looks on a fair mark for handicap debut.

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7
(7)
39-3OR: 98BF
33/1

Only narrowly defeated on debut and has progressed well since winning his next three starts. Beaten favourite at Haydock last time out when up in the handicap and this looks no easier. Others preferred.

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8
(25)
39-2OR: 97D
20/1

Smart prospect early in his career but failed to handle the step up in class this year, disappointing in the Derby Trial at Epsom before finishing well beaten at York last time in the Dante. Handicap debut though and mark looks fair down in trip.

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9
(22)
39-2OR: 97
50/1

Won at Sandown on second start last year but failed to make his presence felt in Group 3 company for the remainder of the campaign and he's disappointed in two starts in Listed class this time around. Hard to fancy from this sort of mark at present.

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10
(31)
39-1OR: 96D
8/1

Consistent sort who belatedly got his head in front in a Dundalk maiden last month and followed that with two placed efforts and a win at Leopardstown when last seen. This looks tougher and opposable from a 7lb higher mark.

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11
(26)
39-1OR: 96D
16/1

Won a maiden at Newcastle at the start of the year and got his head back in front at Redcar. Only just touched off in a competitive Haydock field last time and not ruled out here despite him being nudged 4lb for that effort.

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12
(1)
39-0OR: 95
25/1

Has run all his best races on AW so far and disappointed at Newbury on his return. Only narrowly beaten at Chelmsford last time and faster ground likely to see him to better effect as far as his return to turf is concerned. Should run well.

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13
(10)
39-0OR: 95
100/1

All four wins have come on AW and well beaten in two recent turf handicaps. Others likely to be better handicapped for this.

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14
(29)
38-13OR: 94D
66/1

Got his head back in front at Doncaster last time and while the runner-up has franked the form, he's more exposed than many of these and others highly likely to be better handicapped for this.

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15
(20)
38-12OR: 93
80/1

Career best effort came when only narrowly beaten in a Listed race but his form has tailed off since then and it's hard to imagine he's well handicapped in any fashion. Wears cheekpieces and others preferred.

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16
(33)
38-12OR: 93C
14/1

Won two of his first three starts and given plenty of time off after a couple of disappointing efforts last summer. Returned with a promising effort at Newmarket last time and a live contender here if he comes on for that run.

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17
(5)
38-12OR: 93D
33/1

Sole win came at Dundalk and handicap mark looks a bit stiff and what he's achieved so far. Often misses the break and others preferred.

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18
(17)
38-12OR: 93D
13/2

Won a competitive handicap at Haydock last time out making it two wins from his last two starts. Clearly going the right way at present and there's a suspicion he may still be ahead of his mark despite 7lb rise.

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19
(32)
38-11OR: 92
7/1

Won a maiden at Chelmsford on his first start since his wind operation and the horse he finished runner-up to on his latest start has franked the form in impressive fashion twice since. Not one to underestimate here.

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20
(19)
38-11OR: 92
66/1

Progressive on AW this winter and finished runner-up behind a progressive sort at Chelmsford here. Will need more here but the return to turf could be a source for more improvement.

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21
(23)
38-11OR: 92BF
25/1

Won three of his first four starts but handicapper seemingly has his measure at present and he was a beaten favourite at Chelmsford last time.

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22
(9)
38-10OR: 91
33/1

Yet to win in six starts but has looked a little unlucky to still be a maiden and he's improving with each start. Only narrowly denied at Doncaster last time but handicapper has pushed him up 6lb for that and this is much tougher.

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23
(8)
38-10OR: 91
25/1

Progressive sort who destroyed a field at Lingfield last time by 6L. There's a fair chance that a 9lb rise for that may underestimate him but he's the second string on jockey bookings.

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24
(11)
38-10OR: 91D
14/1

Didn't need to improve to win a handicap at Doncaster last time and handicapper has given him a real chance only putting him up 5lb for that run. Unexposed and first-time cheekpieces may see him improve.

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25
(12)
38-10OR: 86D
25/1

Gained his first win of the season at Haydock last time out but he has plenty more on his plate here and 5lb penalty ought to be enough to stop him. Yard did win this last year though.

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26
(13)
38-9OR: 90
66/1

Won twice as a juvenile but the form of his most recent defeats would suggest he's going to struggle in a race as strong as this. Others preferred.

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27
(24)
38-9OR: 90CD
10/1

Arrives here in fine form and won his third race in as many starts over C&D last time out. This is deeper but he still looks well-handicapped from just 4lb higher and he has each-way claims.

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28
(2)
38-9OR: 90D
33/1

Just one win from 10 starts and well beaten behind a few of these last time out. Others less exposed and better handicapped in here.

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29
(15)
38-9OR: 90D
10/1

Runner-up behind a subsequent Group 1 winner here on his penultimate run and justified favouritism last time out at Newmarket. 6lb rise for that effort perfectly fair and there's still a fair chance of more to come. Leading claims.

30
(6)
38-9OR: 90D
100/1

Won on debut and returned this year with a 5L success at Chepstow. That came on soft ground though and he disappointed when well beaten from a higher mark at Goodwood last time and has a bit to prove after that.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
3Bless Him38-925/1Full Result
T: D M SimcockJ: J P Spencer

Betting

Forecast

Crack On Crack On (13/2), George Of Hearts (7/1), Bond Street (8/1), Il Primo Sole (9/1), Ostilio (10/1), Corrosive (10/1), First Contact (11/1), Curiosity (14/1), Sam Gold (14/1), Completion (16/1), James Cook (20/1), Stylehunter (25/1), Vale Of Kent (25/1), Maverick Officer (25/1), Moqarrar (25/1), Magnificent (33/1), Landshark (33/1), Full Moon (33/1), Simpson (33/1), Qaysar (33/1), Lethal Steps (40/1), Finniston Farm (40/1), Petrus (50/1), Desert Wind (66/1), Alfa McGuire (66/1), Ventura Knight (66/1), Rufus King (66/1), Ballymount (80/1), Statuario (100/1), Desert Doctor (100/1)

Verdict

Simon Crisford's OSTILIO was runner-up behind a subsequent Group 1 winner here on his penultimate run and has since landed a win at Newmarket in fine style, shaping as if here will be more to come from him. He's open to defying his latest penalty and should run well. Il Primo Sole found things tough in the French 2000 Guineas but there's a suspicion he could be on a decent mark dropped back in to handicap company here. Unexposed Doncaster winner Sam Gold gets first-time headgear and is open to further progress.
  1. Ostilio
  2. Il Primo Sole
  3. Sam Gold

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