17:35 Royal Ascot

Saturday 18 June 2022

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    Golden Gates Stakes (Handicap)

  • 3YO only  |   Class 2  |   1m 1f 212y  |   Good to Firm  |   13 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 17:36  |   Winning time: 2m 6.0s
2
(18)
Horse silk
Sweeping14
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-4| J: Hollie Doyle| T: A Watson| OR:  96
40/1
Catterick maiden winner (7f) as a 2-y-o who ran best race to date when second on handicap debut at Wolverhampton (8.6f) in May. Easy enough to put a line through subsequent Epsom run (reportedly finished lame) but others may have greater potential in any case.
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4
(13)
Horse silk
Missed The Cut37
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3| J: James McDonald| T: G Boughey| OR:  95| D
5/2
Progressed with each start to date, bolting up in a Pontefract maiden (1m) and impressing once more in the way he powered clear to make it 2-3 in a Salisbury novice (9.9f) in May. Well worth considering now handicapping with prospect of more to come.
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5
(7)
Horse silk
Honiton7
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-2| J: L Dettori| T: J & T Gosden| OR:  94| D
7/2
Quickly reached a useful level and readily justified cramped odds over this trip at Sandown 7 days ago, well on top at the finish. Interesting that connections pitch him in here quickly and he's well worth considering with prospect of more to come.
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6
(4)
Horse silk
Blue Trail57
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: James Doyle| T: C Appleby| OR:  93| BF
16/1
Teofilo colt who landed back-to-back AW novice events at 1m earlier this year and arrives here on the back of a career-best display when keeping on for third at Sandown (1m) in April. Looks ready for this step up in trip on that evidence and respected.
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7
(14)
Horse silk
Falling Shadow36
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: W Buick| T: C Appleby| OR:  92| D
13/2
Much-improved from debut when first past post at Wolverhampton (8.6f) in December (subsequently disqualified) and quickly made amends when winning impressively on return at Newbury (1¼m) in May, eased late on. More to come now handicapping and he's a big player.
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8
(16)
Horse silk
Pervadet142
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-13| J: C T Keane| T: F H Graffard| OR:  91| D
28/1
French raider who showed fairly useful form when landing maiden/handicaps on artificial surfaces earlier this year. Ran up to best to finish in-the-frame in pair of minor events subsequently but others appeal more for win purposes on balance.
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9
(11)
Horse silk
Tollard Royalh28
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-12| J: K Shoemark| T: G Boughey| OR:  90
40/1
Successful on 2 of his 3 starts in novices, making light of a 6-month absence at Beverley (8.5f) in April. Not disgraced when fifth pitched in to a hot Haydock handicap (1m) since but this another tough ask stepping up to 1¼m.
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10
(3)
Horse silk
Groundbreakerh35
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-12| J: Andrea Atzeni| T: A M Balding| OR:  90| D
25/1
Still showed signs of greenness but well on top at the line when off the mark in a Doncaster maiden (10.2f) in March. Proved too keen when fourth in 6-runner listed event at Newmarket (10f) and he'll need to settle better now stepping into handicaps.
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12
(15)
Horse silk
Sun Kingt121
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-11| J: R L Moore| T: A P O'Brien| OR:  89| BF
12/1
Galileo colt. Matched previous best when landing 13-runner Roscommon maiden (7.8f) in April but failed to improve for switch to handicaps/step up to 1¼m at Navan subsequently. Tongue tie goes on and yard's runners never underestimated here.
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13
(12)
Horse silk
Knightswood8
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-10| J: Jason Hart| T: M Johnston| OR:  88| D
25/1
Decorated Knight colt. Promise when third on debut at Kempton (1m) in December and much improved to land back-to-back maiden/novice events from the front at Redcar/Chepstow in recent weeks. Very straightforward type who is respected once more now handicapping.
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14
(19)
Horse silk
Asgoodassobergets67
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-10| J: Jim Crowley| T: T Ward| OR:  88| D
40/1
Promising sort who tasted success on second of 2 starts in a French minor event in November and perfect start for new yard when landing 8-runner AW novice event (12.2f) in April. However, more needed in this much more competitive enviornment now handicapping.
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16
(2)
Horse silk
Trojan Horse28
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-6| J: J Fanning| T: M Johnston| OR:  84
33/1
Dual novice winner who almost certainly progressed again sent handicapping when third of 7 at Chester (12.3f) in May. Similar form from this 2 lb higher mark when fifth of 9 at Musselburgh since but suspicion he will again find a few too good in this even stronger affair.
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17
(17)
Horse silk
Bushfire239
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-5| J: David Egan| T: H Morrison| OR:  83
28/1
Australia colt who stepped up markedly on his debut form when third in a strong Salisbury novice (1m) in September and improved further to take a heavy ground Newbury minor event (1m) when last seen in October. Type to progress again in handicaps this campaign.
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Rule 4

Rule 4 applies to all bets - deduction 20p in the pound

Non-Runners

1
(1)
Horse silk
Aldous Huxley29
Weight: 9-9|  Age: 3
T: J & T Gosden  J: Benoit D L Sayette
WD
3
(9)
Horse silk
Phantom Flight29
Weight: 9-3|  Age: 3
T: James Horton  J: P J McDonald
WD
11
(10)
Horse silk
Chairman25
Weight: 8-12|  Age: 3
T: M Meade  J: Tom Marquand
NR
15
(6)
Horse silk
Jimi Hendrix2
Weight: 8-9|  Age: 3
T: R M Beckett  J: Non Runner
NR

Forecasts

Missed The Cut (5/2), Honiton (7/2), Aldous Huxley (11/2), Falling Shadow (13/2), Sun King (12/1), Chairman (12/1), Phantom Flight (14/1), Jimi Hendrix (14/1), Blue Trail (16/1), Groundbreaker (25/1), Knightswood (25/1), Pervade (28/1), Bushfire (28/1), Trojan Horse (33/1), Asgoodassobergets (40/1), Tollard Royal (40/1), Sweeping (40/1)

Verdict

A smashing 3-y-o handicap and it may pay to side with John & Thady Gosden's HONITON. He was an easy winner of a Sandown maiden 7 days ago, and previous form in maiden/novice company is working out very well, so there's plenty to like now his sights are set on handicaps from a handy draw. Falling Shadow and Missed The Cut are similarly upwardly mobile and feared along with Aldous Huxley.

Previous Winners

2021
Weight: 8-11  |Age: 3
13/2

Prize Money

1st: £51,540.002nd: £24,170.003rd: £12,090.004th: £6,040.005th: £3,020.006th: £1,510.00

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