18:10 Royal Ascot

Saturday 18 June 2022

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    Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 2  |   2m 5f 143y  |   Good to Firm  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 18:10  |   Winning time: 4m 54.69s
3
(3)
Horse silk
Stratum28
Age: 9|  Weight: 9-7| J: W Buick| T: W P Mullins| OR:  109| CD
10/1
Showed deep stamina reserves to come out on top in this race 12 months ago but hasn't hit the same heights in this code since, running poorly after 4 months off at the Curragh last time. Wouldn't be a complete shock if he bounced back but others look more solid.
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4
(9)
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Calling The Wind28
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-4| J: David Egan| T: R Hughes| OR:  104| C
13/2
Smart and consistent gelding who posted some excellent efforts in 2021, including when runner-up in this corresponding event. Respectable efforts both starts back this season and will benefit from this return to further. Solid each-way contender.
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5
(1)
Horse silk
Falcon Eightv43
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-4| J: Tom Marquand| T: D K Weld| OR:  108| BF
10/3
Smart gelding who swept through from off the pace to land the Chester Cup in good style in 2021. Far from disgraced off a 5 lb higher mark in latest renewal of that race and, with that form franked earlier this week, he has to be considered a big player.
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6
(4)
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80/1
Fairly useful jumper who added to his tally at Perth in May but set a very stiff task on Flat debut.
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7
(5)
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Master Milliner37
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-4| J: S M Levey| T: Miss E C Lavelle| OR:  89
28/1
Useful gelding. Six wins from 19 Flat runs and bounced back to something like his best when second in 7-runner handicap at York (16.2f, good) 37 days ago, staying on well. Shapes as if he'll stay beyond 2m but this is a big ask.
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8
(10)
Horse silk
Nate The Great23
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-4| J: Hollie Doyle| T: A M Balding| OR:  106
15/2
Looked better than ever when a wide-margin winner of a 6-runner Newmarket handicap in May. Even better form when second in Henry II Stakes at Sandown (16.2f) 23 days ago, though was well positioned. Fourth in this contest 2 years ago but he's still to prove he's an out-and-out stayer.
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9
(7)
Horse silk
Reshounp4
Age: 8|  Weight: 9-4| J: R Kingscote| T: Ian Williams| OR:  97| C
20/1
Useful gelding who landed Ascot Stakes in 2021. Not seen to best effect in latest renewal of that race but faces a stiffer task on these terms.
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10
(14)
Horse silk
Timour42
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-3| J: James McDonald| T: A Fabre| OR:  101
12/1
Useful colt who won 10.4f maiden at Saint-Cloud in 2021 and in frame numerous times since. Upped significantly in trip.
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11
(12)
Horse silk
Wordsworth28
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-3| J: R L Moore| T: A P O'Brien| OR:  109| BF
7/4
Smart colt who made a winning reappearance for the second successive year in minor event at Gowran in April. Ran well in the Sagaro Stakes here next time and then clearly unsuited by the drop in trip at the Curragh (12f) 4 weeks ago. Has to be respected on his first go at an extreme distance.
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12
(2)
Horse silk
Dinard Rosep29
Age: 6|  Weight: 8-13| J: Andrew Slattery| T: Nina Walsh| OR:  82
80/1
Fairly useful mare. Entitled to step up on her reappearance at the Curragh (14f)) 29 days ago but is flying too high in this grade.
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13
(13)
Horse silk
Single13
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-13| J: Rob Hornby| T: M R Channon| OR:  78
50/1
Fairly useful mare who stepped up on her reappearance run when fourth in 2m Goodwood handicap 13 days ago but is firmly up against it on these terms.
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14
(11)
Horse silk
Urban Artist28
Age: 7|  Weight: 8-13| J: P J McDonald| T: H Morrison| OR:  100
18/1
Useful mare who ran very close to her best after 7 months off when 1¼ lengths second of 6 in Bronte Cup at York (13.8f, good to soft) 28 days ago, staying on. Holds solid each-way claims if seeing out this much longer trip.
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Non-Runners

1
(8)
Horse silk
Trueshan73
Weight: 10-0|  Age: 6
T: A King  J: Hollie Doyle
NR
2
(6)
Horse silk
Earlofthecotswolds2
Weight: 9-10|  Age: 8
T: N A Twiston-Davies  J: Non Runner
NR

Forecasts

Trueshan (11/8), Wordsworth (7/4), Falcon Eight (10/3), Calling The Wind (13/2), Nate The Great (15/2), Stratum (10/1), Timour (12/1), Earlofthecotswolds (12/1), Urban Artist (18/1), Reshoun (20/1), Master Milliner (28/1), Single (50/1), Dinard Rose (80/1), Highway Companion (80/1)

Verdict

FALCON EIGHT disappointed in this race 12 months ago but had a clear excuse given the ground and, having shaped well from an unpromising position in the Chester Cup last time (form franked earlier this week), he could be the way to go. Wordsworth boasts smart form too and is an interesting contender on his first try at an extreme distance. Trueshan sets the standard but it bears repeating he's still be to tried on ground firmer than good.

Previous Winners

2021
Weight: 9-2  |Age: 8
4/1

Prize Money

1st: £54,000.002nd: £25,350.003rd: £12,680.004th: £6,340.00

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