15:40 Royal Ascot Sat 23 June 2018

  • Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) (Class 1)
  • 5f, Good to Firm (Watered)
  • 28 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 0.25sOff time:15:51:12
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1
(26)
29-3OR: D
66/1

Has won two of his four starts, getting his head in front at Wetherby last time. Needs to take his form to a new level to be involved here.

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2
(9)
29-3OR: D
16/1

Improved from his first couple of starts to land a comfortable success in a decent looking contest at the Curragh last time. Improvement on the cards here and ought to run well

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3
(5)
33/1

Breeze-up purchase who improved from his debut to win a Lingfield turf maiden last time out with the front two pulling clear. The form has not been done any favours since though and others preferred.

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4
(14)
20/1

Well bred sort and fully brother to Group 1 winner Sioux Nation. Slowly away on both starts but improved from debut to stay on well to finish runner-up at Navan last time and while he will need to improve on that form, he's in good hands.

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5
(20)
29-3OR: D
25/1

Unbeaten in two starts and gave the impression there was still a fair bit of improvement to come at Windsor last time. Plenty more needed but not one to put a line through.

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6
(8)
25/1

Two wins from three career starts. Plenty to like about the way he won at Beverley last time and the third has franked the form since. Yard flying with their juveniles and ought to run well.

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7
(10)
29-3OR: D
17/2

Impressive winner of both his races in France so far and cost connections £300,000 at the sales on Monday. Yard had a juvenile winner here last year and not one to underestimate here. Wears a tongue-tie.

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8
(3)
29-3OR: D
50/1

Took a big step forward from his debut when finishing behind James Watt to win at Goodwood by 3L. Another sizable chunk of improvement needed but not ruled out here.

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9
(18)
29-3OR:
8/1

Ran well on debut at York last time, still green in the early stages and may have won if he hadn't have been hampered in the closing stages. Winner has franked the form and given he may want further, the stiff nature of this track should suit.

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10
(25)
29-3OR: D
33/1

Improved from debut to win at Ripon on second start but has 3L to find with Jungle Inthebungle on their Beverley run last time out. Yard really hitting form no so not one to dismiss.

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11
(1)
29-3OR: D
66/1

Defied a poor start to win at Kempton in April but shaped like he may want a step up in trip when runner-up at Chester last time out.

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12
(23)
29-3OR: D
100/1

Third behind James Watt at Windsor on debut and filled that same spot again at Goodwood before getting up late to win at Catterick last time out. It's unlikely that level of form will be good enough to see him land a blow here.

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13
(24)
29-3OR: D
100/1

Won a three-runner Musselburgh contest on debut but he's failed to match that level of form in two runs since. Down the order on jockey bookings and has a bit to prove at present.

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14
(12)
29-3OR:
66/1

Looked a shade unlucky to get caught on the line at Doncaster two starts back and may have won if he had settled better early. Refused to settle again at Leicester last time when fourth of eight but may do better if he settles.

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15
(7)
29-3OR:
8/1

Improved from debut to win at Goodwood last time and the two that finished directly in behind have franked the form since. Gives the impression he has the speed for this test and shouldn't be underestimated here.

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16
(16)
29-3OR:
50/1

Some promise in his debut run behind a useful stablemate and perhaps there to ensure a strong gallop for his stablemates next time out. No obvious signs in his pedigree that he wants this drop back in trip though.

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17
(11)
29-3OR: D
66/1

Winner on debut and only just touched off on his third start last time at Carlisle. That level of form leaves him plenty to find here however.

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18
(13)
29-3OR: D
20/1

Won by 2L over this trip on debut but failed to justify favouritism behind his stablemate last time out. More to come but yard perhaps have stronger claims with Junius Brutus.

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19
(27)
29-3OR: D
12/1

Impressive winner on debut and runner-up in Listed class at Sandown last time. The winner and third from that race didn't do much for the form here on Thursday though and that's off-putting enough in a race this competitive.

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20
(22)
29-3OR: D
12/1

Fair effort on debut and confirmed the promise of that run with a win at Haydock last time out. Needs more at this level but improvement on the cards.

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21
(19)
50/1

Got his head in front on his third start when winning at Brighton but there's unlikely to be much depth in that contest and he's already a shade more exposed than several of these.

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22
(6)
29-3OR: D
50/1

Won at Brighton on his second start but he's finished in behind a couple of these since and it's hard to imagine him reversing that form and then improving enough to trouble several of the remainder.

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23
(2)
29-3OR: BF
6/1

Green on debut but improved when winning at Naas two starts back. Went off odds-on when runner-up in a Listed race last time but not disgraced and the third was beaten just ½L here in a Group 2 on Thursday; that's amongst the best form on offer.

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24
(17)
29-3OR: D
40/1

Beaten favourite on his first two starts but he made no mistake when winning at Salisbury when long odds-on last time. Still shapes like there's more to come but he'll need to raise his game significantly here.

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25
(4)
29-3OR: BF
50/1

Runner-up on each of his first two starts and not beaten far on either occasion, making some minor progress at York last time. Needs more here though.

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26
(21)
28-12OR: D
16/1

Unbeaten in both starts and stayed on gamely to win last time out at York. May give her rivals a bit to think about from the front here but it would be a surprise if she were good enough to see them all off.

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27
(28)
28-12OR: 108D
7/1

Took a big step forward from her debut to win by 5½L at Belmont Park last time out and yard have sent some smart sprinters to this meeting before, including Thursday's Group 2 winner. Likely to run well. Wears blinkers.

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28
(15)
28-12OR: D
11/2

Ran well when runner-up here on debut and has justified favouritism twice since, particularly impressively last time out at Windsor, doing it from the front. No surprise to see her run a big race here.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
12Sound And Silence29-316/1Full Result
T: C ApplebyJ: W Buick

Betting

Forecast

Queen Of Bermuda (11/2), Van Beethoven (6/1), Moonlight Romance (7/1), Mutawaffer (8/1), Kessaar (8/1), Junius Brutus (17/2), Soldier's Call (12/1), Sabre (12/1), Dom Carlos (16/1), Chapelli (16/1), Rolling King (20/1), Isle Of Innisfree (20/1), James Watt (25/1), Jungle Inthebungle (25/1), Life of Riley (33/1), Hit The Track Jack (33/1), Well Done Fox (40/1), Tin Hat (50/1), North Wind (50/1), World Order (50/1), Thegreatestshowman (50/1), Kapono (50/1), Rockin Roy (66/1), Lihou (66/1), Cococabala (66/1), Murqaab (66/1), Mayson Mac (100/1), Li Kui (100/1)

Verdict

Wesley Ward knows what it takes to win this race having won two previous renewals and the US trainer got on the board here on Thursday. MOONLIGHT ROMANCE may be able to give him another win after her impressive success at Belmont Park last time. Van Beethoven certainly shouldn't be dismissed after the form of his recent second in Listed company was franked by the third running a big race here on earlier in the week. Junius Brutus is another foreign raider not to be underestimated after his comfortable 5L success at Maisons-Laffitte last time.
  1. Moonlight Romance
  2. Van Beethoven
  3. Junius Brutus

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F: 1

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F: 110-452

T: A P O'Brien

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T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

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F: 2-19

T: Owen Burrows

Pretty Pollyanna

F: 15

T: M L W Bell

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