15:05 Royal Ascot

Tuesday 15 June 2021

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  • Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
  • 2YO only  |   Class 1  |   6f  |   Good to Firm (Good in places)  |   17 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:06  |   Winning time: 1m 13.55s
1
(9)
Horse silk
Angel Bleu18
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-1| J: Hector Crouch| T: R M Beckett| D
28/1
Continued run of marked race-by-race progress when landing 6f novice event at Pontefract 18 days ago, relishing the step up to 6f. Hard to rule out further improvement.
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2
(17)
Horse silk
11/1
Overcame inexperience (missed break) when making winning start in 9-runner maiden at Newbury in April. That race worked out well and step up in trip bound to suit (dam won up to 1m and stayed 1¼m).
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3
(13)
Horse silk
Caturra25
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-1| J: A Kirby| T: C G Cox
22/1
Showed why he was heavily backed to win on debut (managing only fourth) when a decisive winner at Bath (5f) 3 weeks ago. No surprise were he to leave bare form of that behind.
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4
(15)
Horse silk
Dashing Rat22
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-1| J: Marco Ghiani| T: W Stone| BF
200/1
Stuck to the task when runner-up over 6f at Brighton 3 weeks ago but he's now had 4 goes without success and is right up against it.
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5
(11)
Horse silk
Dhabab14
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-1| J: R Havlin| T: J & T Gosden| D
4/1
Fetched £200,000 as a breeze-up buy and looked a good prospect when a 2-length winner of a 12-runner maiden at Leicester a fortnight ago (6f). That form yet to be tested but he's one to note.
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6
(1)
Horse silk
Ebro River19
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-1| J: James Doyle| T: H Palmer
12/1
Clearly isn't a straightforward type given he has hung both ways already, but evidently has more than his share of talent, supplementing his Doncaster success in the National Stakes. Up in trip.
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7
(2)
Horse silk
Eldrickjones12
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-1| J: D Tudhope| T: R Fell| BF
66/1
Heavily backed to land a big-field maiden at Thirsk 12 days ago only to find one too strong. That was a promising first effort but this a totally different assignment.
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8
(7)
Horse silk
Gisburn32
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-1| J: P J Dobbs| T: R Hannon| D
6/1
Half-brother to smart 6f performer Encrypted. Showed plenty when fourth to Berkshire Shadow in an extended 5f maiden at Newbury and built on that markedly back there over 6f a month ago. Big player.
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9
(8)
Horse silk
Golden War25
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-1| J: J P Spencer| T: C Hills
80/1
Bred to stay well and made a pleasing debut when second of 6 at Goodwood 3 weeks ago. Stiff 6f clearly up his street but needs to leave that level behind.
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10
(10)
Horse silk
Masseto24
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-1| J: G M Ryan| T: Donnacha O'Brien| BF| D
15/2
Overcame inexperience and unpromising track position to make winning debut in 11-runner maiden at Navan (5.8f). Still not the finished article when runner-up in Group 3 Marble Hill Stakes.
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11
(14)
Horse silk
50/1
Displayed a willing attitude when landing 5-runner novice at Musselburgh 10 days ago (5f). Well worth another shot at 6f but others possess more scope.
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12
(4)
Horse silk
The Acropolis9
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-1| J: R L Moore| T: A P O'Brien| D
6/1
Eye-catching debut under a considerate ride at the Curragh and looked much more the finished article when justifying strong support at Listowel (6.3f) last week. Sure to progress again.
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13
(12)
Horse silk
125/1
Well prepared to win a Musselburgh novice on debut in April. In danger of going the wrong way based on last couple of starts, but drying ground may aid his cause. Plenty to find, though.
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14
(6)
Horse silk
The Organiser24
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-1| J: David Egan| T: J Tuite| D
20/1
Travelled with plenty of purpose and was very impressive when landing 8-runner novice at York on debut 24 days ago. That wasn't a deep race for the track but he's a useful prospect in his own right.
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15
(5)
Horse silk
Tolstoy27
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-1| J: L Dettori| T: J & T Gosden| D
11/1
Kingman colt who got off to a winning start in 11-runner novice at Yarmouth a month ago (6f). Form isn't anything special (steadily-run race) but he's open to progress for top yard.
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16
(16)
Horse silk
25/1
Derived plenty from his debut in the Brocklesby when landing 10-runner novice at Beverley and was impressive when dominating 3 rivals at Ayr. Tries 6f for the first time and he may improve for it.
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17
(3)
Horse silk
Kaufymakerb161
Age: 2|  Weight: 8-12| J: John Velazquez| T: Wesley Ward| OR:  106
8/1
Blinkered when impressively winning 6-runner maiden at Keeneland by 6¼ lengths from Bode By You, drawing clear final 1f. Sure to progress and much depends on whether she sees out 6f fully.
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Forecasts

Dhabab (4/1), The Acropolis (6/1), Gisburn (6/1), Masseto (15/2), Kaufymaker (8/1), Berkshire Shadow (11/1), Tolstoy (11/1), Ebro River (12/1), The Organiser (20/1), Caturra (22/1), Vintage Clarets (25/1), Angel Bleu (28/1), Secret Strength (50/1), Eldrickjones (66/1), Golden War (80/1), The Gatekeeper (125/1), Dashing Rat (200/1)

Verdict

GISBURN was taking on exclusively newcomers at Newbury last month, but it's hard to find fault in a 6.5-length victory backed up by the clock. His strength at the finish was most impressive and he's fancied to wear down Kaufymaker, who, like many Wesley Ward-trained representatives, comes with a big reputation. The Acropolis will go on improving and completes the shortlist.

  1. GISBURN (IRE)
  2. KAUFYMAKER (USA)
  3. THE ACROPOLIS (IRE)

Previous Winners

2020
Nando Parrado
Weight: 9-1  |Age: 2
150/1

Prize Money

1st: £59,200.002nd: £22,390.003rd: £11,190.004th: £5,590.00

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