14:30 Royal Ascot Fri 22 June 2018

  • Albany Stakes (Fillies' Group 3) (Class 1)
  • 6f, Good to Firm (Watered)
  • 18 Runners
  • Winner£51,039.002nd£19,350.003rd£9,684.004th£4,824.005th£2,421.006th£1,215.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 13.67sOff time:14:31:11
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1
(6)
29-0OR: D
8/1

Progressed from her Newmarket debut third (6f) to land the odds at Haydock (6f maiden); runner up beaten at Thirsk on Tuesday. Ground conditions perfect but this rates as a big step up in class for this €390,000 yearling.

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2
(14)
29-0OR: D
12/1

French raider (€100,000 yearling) who ran out a ready 2½L winner on debut in a Chantilly maiden (6f good) in May. Experienced rider Mickael Barzalona back aboard, and that form has some substance (fourth/fifth have won lesser races since).

3
(1)
29-0OR: D
20/1

Took the scalp of subsequent Cork winner Invasion Day when scoring on debut at Dundalk in early May (6f) and ran well when second in a Listed race at Naas (6f good to firm) latest; more required but certainly worthy of her place in the race.

4
(2)
29-0OR:
66/1

2,500 gns foal who picked up a 5f heavy ground Fillies' Conditions Stakes at Salisbury in April, but has come up short in stronger races since (Marygate and Woodcote) and this race is even more competitive; likely outsider.

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5
(5)
29-0OR: D
5/2

One of two runners for Aidan O'Brien, this Kodiac filly (925,000 gns yearling) is a full sister to the smart 5f-6f handicapper Atletico. Unbeaten in two starts in Ireland (6f), including in the Listed Marble Hill Stakes at The Curragh last month.

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6
(7)
29-0OR:
100/1

Dandy Man filly who took a step forward on her second start at Kempton (6f) earlier this month, but was still no match for the 4L winner Beyond Reason; surely out of her depth at this level.

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7
(13)
29-0OR: D
100/1

Made all, and kept on out of the Redcar gloom to run out a narrow head winner on her first attempt at this 6f trip latest (second and fourth have won minor races since); faces a much sterner test here.

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8
(10)
29-0OR: D
2/1

Once raced Dansili filly; dam a juvenile Group 2 winner (7f) and also a sister to an Irish Oaks winner. Convincingly kept at bay a couple of subsequent maiden winners when scoring by a neck at The Curragh (6f) in late May.

9
(11)
29-0OR: D
12/1

€52,000 foal (280,000 gns juvenile); made no mistake when dictating the pace throughout and scoring readily by 3L on debut at Kempton (6f) last month (runner up Chaleur has won since); up markedly in class for turf debut.

10
(15)
29-0OR: D
7/1

Well-related Zoffany filly (62,000 gns yearling) who is unbeaten in two starts so far (both 6f). Ground versatile and has the required speed/size to lay up prominently in her races; form not startlingly strong, but much respected given her trainer.

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11
(12)
29-0OR:
66/1

A winner on debut in France for D.Guillemin at La Teste De Buch (5f v.soft) in March, but narrowly beaten in a good ground claimer at Maisons-Laffitte latest. With new connections off a break but this is a whole different level of opposition.

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12
(16)
29-0OR:
100/1

Picked up a soft ground 5½f maiden at Nantes in April, but held in better races since including the 5f Listed National Stakes at Sandown (good); likely outsider who is also untested on very quick ground.

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13
(9)
29-0OR:
33/1

Bought for £130,000 on behalf of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and was a winner of a minor event (5½f maiden) at Chateaubriant in late May; well held second in a 6f Listed race in Italy latest; trainer saddled 2017 winner.

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14
(17)
29-0OR: D
20/1

A stablemate of Main Edition, she was a debut AW winner at Lingfield in May (6f), but was simply blown away by the ultra-talented subsequent Coventry Stakes winner Calyx at Newmarket; fairly solid and does merit each-way consideration.

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15
(18)
28/1

Oasis Dream filly who is a half-sister to the 7f winners Roulette and Preobrajenska. Started 14/1, but despite showing greeness made a winning debut in a 6f fillies maiden at Yarmouth last week (good to firm); quick turnaround in a deep race.

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16
(8)
33/1

Rajsaman filly (€85,000 juvenile) who is a half-sister to the 1m-1m2f AW winner Pouvoir Magique. Showed plenty of pace and stayed on strongly to win cosily on debut at Maisons-Laffitte (5½f maiden) last weekend; up in class on quicker ground.

17
(3)
29-0OR:
66/1

Three race maiden who has shown a consistent level of 5f-6f form; albeit well below this level of competition. Mountain to climb in order to reverse placings with her 3¾L 6f Windsor conqueror Main Edition.

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18
(4)
29-0OR:
25/1

Looked to be the stereotypical Wesley Ward-trained juvenile when showing blistering early pace to win narrowly on debut at Keenland (4½f dirt); absent since, her pedigree implies that she'll stay further but does need to curb her initial enthusiasm.

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
13Different League29-020/1Full Result
T: M PalussiereJ: A Hamelin

Betting

Forecast

Just Wonderful (2/1), Fairyland (5/2), Main Edition (7/1), Angel's Hideaway (8/1), La Pelosa (12/1), Byron Bay (12/1), Chicas Amigas (20/1), Octave (20/1), Stillwater Cove (25/1), Pretty Pollyanna (28/1), Reponse Exacte (33/1), No More Regrets (33/1), Satisfying (66/1), Cotubanama (66/1), Merry Go Round (66/1), Nakakande (100/1), Jensue (100/1), Hawayel (100/1)

Verdict

Mark Johnston launches a two-pronged attack on the Albany, and whilst he mightn't have the strength in-depth of Aidan O'Brien, his two fillies (Main Edition and Octave) tick plenty of boxes. The pace will be cut-throat throughout with a number of these fillies having shown strong early fractions; none more so than the Wesley Ward-trained dirt winner Stillwater Cove. Ryan Moore no doubt took time to choose his mount, with Just Wonderful and FAIRYLAND very tough to split. The former remains unexposed, but the latter is already a Curragh Listed winner; so Seamie Heffernan is taken to notch a second success in this race after winning aboard Brave Anna in 2016.
  1. Fairyland
  2. Chicas Amigas
  3. Just Wonderful

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