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Royal Ascot 2021: Royal Hunt Cup runners, odds and verdict

The Royal Hunt Cup provides a thrilling cavalry charge down the mile straight at Ascot
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Part of Royal Ascot's unique appeal is its big-field handicaps, and Wednesday's Royal Hunt Cup (5.00) is an enthralling cavalry charge over a straight mile. With so many runners involved, it often pays to look beyond the favourite.

5.00 Ascot Wednesday: Royal Hunt Cup racecard and betting

1Bell Rock

Won at Newmarket on reappearance then ran creditably at Epsom; sixth in this last year

Trainer:Andrew Balding
Jockey: William Carver
Odds: 20-1

2 Haqeeqy

Beaten favourite here last time but progressive otherwise; impressive in the Lincoln

Trainer: John and Thady Gosden
Jockey:Jim Crowley

3 Bowerman

Recent Listed/Group efforts suggest he's unlikely to run to his current mark

Trainer:Ado McGuinness
Jockey:Ronan Whelan


Won similar event over C&D in 2019; close third in the Victoria Cup here three runs ago

Trainer:David O'Meara
Jockey:Danny Tudhope

5 What's The Story

Form figures in this contest read 400; looks unlikely to make it fourth time lucky

Trainer:Keith Dalgleish
Jockey:Joe Fanning

6 Brunch

Good second in the Lincoln and the Hambleton Handicap this term; should go well again

Trainer:Michael Dods
Jockey:Callum Rodriguez

7 Beat Le Bon

Strong finisher at Doncaster 12 days ago; due to go up 2lb in future; not ruled out

Trainer: Richard Hannon
Jockey:Hollie Doyle

8 Maydanny

Sole runner for last year's winning yard; may well build on reappearance effort

Trainer:Mark Johnston
Jockey:Dane O'Neill

9 Grove Ferry

Chester success is working out well; has progressive RPRs in the main; one to consider

Trainer:Andrew Balding
Jockey:David Probert

10 Power Of States

Did well on AW in autumn/winter; now 25lb higher than when last seen on turf

Trainer:Hugo Palmer
Jockey:James Doyle

11 Ascension

Bounced back to form with Newbury win but he ideally needs slow ground

Trainer:Roger Varian
Jockey: David Egan

12 Trais Fluors

8lb higher than for Sandown success last Saturday but remains well treated on best form

Trainer:Mick Channon
Jockey:Silvestre de Sousa

13 Lucander

Has the ability to take a serious hand but could have done with slower ground back over 1m

Trainer:Ralph Beckett
Jockey:Rob Hornby

14 Magical Morning

Second to Matthew Flinders at Doncaster when last seen; open to further improvement

Trainer:John and Thady Gosden
Jockey:Frankie Dettori

15 Matthew Flinders

Best to forgive latest run; still unexposed over 1m; remains the type to land a big prize

Trainer:Ed Walker
Jockey: Oisin Murphy

16 Finest Sound

Second in last year's Britannia; also in good form this season; major contender

Trainer:Simon and Ed Crisford
Jockey:Andrea Atzeni

17 Eastern World

Disappointing in two races won by Haqeeqy; needs to show form of Meydan win in February

Trainer:Charlie Appleby
Jockey:William Buick

18 Fame And Acclaim

Good second at the Curragh on last two starts for Joseph O'Brien; debut for new stable

Trainer:Les Eyre
Jockey:Lewis Edmunds

19 Astro King

Narrowly beat Finest Sound at Nottingham then ran well in Thirsk Hunt Cup; shortlisted

Trainer:Sir Michael Stoute
Jockey:Ryan Moore

20 Bugle Major

Ex-French gelding; only fifth of six at Newmarket on British debut

Trainer:Richard Hannon
Jockey: Pat Dobbs

21 Cliffs Of Capri

Form figures at Ascot read 1513424; however, he's weighted to the hilt

Trainer:Jamie Osborne
Jockey:Dougie Costello

22 Layfayette

Won notable handicap at the Curragh in March; good effort next time; enters calculations

Trainer:Noel Meade
Jockey:Colin Keane

23 Irish Admiral

The race didn't go his way at Epsom last time; still unexposed and can't be dismissed

Trainer:William Haggas
Jockey:Tom Marquand

24 Hortzadar

Had the run of things when second at Epsom 12 days ago; this is a much harder task

Trainer:David O'Meara
Jockey:Jamie Spencer

25 Ouzo

Has finished behind some of these rivals in two good handicaps this term

Trainer:Richard Hannon
Jockey:Sean Levey

26 Teston

Mixed results since his Doncaster success 12 months ago; others preferred

Trainer:Ivan Furtado
Jockey:Jason Hart

27 Revich

Respectable efforts this season but needs to find some improvement in new headgear

Trainer:Richard Spencer
Jockey:Hayley Turner

28 Real World

Consistent form on Polytrack/dirt; bit to prove in hot race on turf debut

Trainer:Saeed bin Suroor
Jockey:Marco Ghiani (3)

29 Fantasy Believer

Record of 3-6 on AW compared to 0-11 on turf; opposed

Trainer:Charlie Hills
Jockey:Kieran Shoemark

30 Pepperoni Pete

Has shot up the weights this term and may be in the grip of the assessor now

Trainer:Jessica Harrington
Jockey:Shane Foley

The verdict

The vote goes to Matthew Flinders, who remains the type to win a race of this nature. Second choice is Magical Morning.

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