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Albany Stakes

14:30 Royal Ascot

2021-06-18

Winner: £38480

Runners: 15

Going:Heavy

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Distance: 0m6f0yy

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The Albany Stakes is a Group 3 contest run over 6f. It takes place at 14:30 on Friday 18th June, which is the fourth day of Royal Ascot 2021. View the runners here, and also make sure to check out the odds and tips on offer for this race.

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14(1)
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Sows

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J: Sean Levey
T: Richard Hannon
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126
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101
£100,000 yearling; took a walk in the betting (16-1) at Nottingham but she was never far off the pace and quickened up well to assert in the closing stages on good to firm; there could be any amount of improvement lurking but she'll need some.
3(3)
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Elliptic

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J: Gavin Ryan
T: Donnacha Aidan O'Brien
2
126
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104
Beat Wednesday's Queen Mary winner Quick Suzy to score on debut at Tipperary (5f, yielding) and she probably bumped into one at the Curragh (6f, yielding) in a well-backed newcomer (unraced since) from a top yard; however, she had no excuses and RPR of 87 wasn't much of a step up on her initial figure.
1(7)
13
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Anadora

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J: Adam Kirby
T: Kevin Ryan
2
126
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90
Won only narrowly at Newcastle (AW; 13-2) so it was no surprise to see her come up short under a penalty in the stronger company at Newmarket (good), where she was left for dead by the impressive Cachet; a good bit of imagination is needed to envisage her reversing those placings, even on 6lb better terms with the winner.
10(4)
511
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Lady Ayresome

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J: Tom Eaves
T: Kevin Ryan
2
126
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100
It was not the strongest Hilary Needler she won at Beverley (5f, soft) but her heart is in the right place and, having opened her account on good to firm, she's versatile ground-wise; no great surprise should she outrun her odds with improvement likely over this extra furlong.
5(13)
31
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Eve Lodge

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J: Jamie Spencer
T: Charlie Fellowes
2
126
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100
Withdrawn from Wednesday's Queen Mary on account of fast ground so any rain would be welcomed; the ground was soft when she made light work of four rivals at Lingfield (5f) a month ago and, while this represents a far sterner assignment over an additional furlong, if it did get wet her proven ability to handle conditions could count for plenty.
7(15)
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Gypsy Lady

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: Gay Kelleway
2
126
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91
Took three goes to get off the mark and it wasn't a strong maiden she won at Chelmsford (6f AW) in the first-time cheekpieces; up against it, surely no matter what effect the new blinkers might have; appeared to cope okay with soft ground on her second run.
13(2)
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Sandrine

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J: David Probert
T: Andrew Balding
2
126
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102
Will stay further than this and it was her stamina that won the day over this trip when getting up in the closing stages at Kempton (AW), where dual subsequent winner Oscula was back in third; this stiffer track should play to her strengths and stablemate Berkshire Shadow won Tuesday's Coventry after the solitary debut win; pedigree bodes for the softened ground.
2(8)
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Cachet

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J: Nicola Currie
T: George Boughey
2
126
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104
Bought for 60,000gns at the breeze-ups and was tuned into the job in hand when coming home just over 5l to the good at Newmarket a month ago (6f, good; 4-1); hard to fault a debut performance like that and she's strongly considered for a most progressive trainer who runs three; sire won a Group 1 on soft ground.
6(5)
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Flotus

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: Simon & Ed Crisford
2
126
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109
125,000gns yearling; 7-4 favourite at Goodwood (6f, soft) and, after a slow start, she warmed to her task and came home very easily in the end, scoring by a little under 5l; co-trainer Ed Crisford was very complimentary afterwards and immediately nominated this as a likely target, also stressing that she might be even better on a quicker surface; very interesting under Frankie Dettori, who has ridden a Royal Ascot 2yo winner for this yard.
11(12)
311
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Oscula

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J: Mark Crehan
T: George Boughey
2
126
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109
Behind Sandrine on AW debut but has won both her starts since and she was particularly impressive (again ridden prominently) in the Woodcote at Epsom (6f, good) two weeks ago; armed with more experience than some of the shorter-priced fillies and Mark Crehan retains the ride; early indications suggest her rookie sire will produce soft-ground winners; one to consider.
15(14)
41
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Sunstrike

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J: Oisin Murphy
T: John & Thady Gosden
2
126
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94
390,000gns yearling; did well to overcome a slow start and get up in the nick of time at Kempton (6f, AW) but it won't be easy reversing debut Wolverhampton placings with impressive winner Hello You.
12(11)
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Prettiest

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
2
126
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106
First foal out of three-time Group 1 winner Alice Springs; made all to beat two fillies who had the benefit of experience in a maiden over slightly shorter at Navan (yielding), and winning newcomers from this yard usually turn out to be decidedly smart; her dam did have a marked preference for fast ground, which adds a note of caution with the recent storms; much respected otherwise.
9(6)
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Hello You

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J: James Doyle
T: Ralph Beckett
2
126
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110
Cost 350,000euros as a yearling and she could not have impressed more when making a successful start at Wolverhampton (6f, AW) last month; holes can be picked in what she beat but the time was good and she looks potentially high class; sire gets winners on all ground and she's out of a Pivotal mare, so hopes are high that she would handle softish ground.
4(10)
1
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El Maga

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J: Rowan Scott
T: Phillip Makin
2
126
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91
Has a Queen Mary winner in the family; didn't go unbacked when a narrow winner at Redcar (6f, good; 17-2) but it wasn't a strong race and she has bundles to find on the figures.
8(9)
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Hellomydarlin

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: George Boughey
2
126
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102
Left it late to book her ticket as she made her debut only last week at Goodwood (6f, good to firm; 7-1), where she narrowly prevailed in a sustained duel with the second (fellow newcomer); not easy to evaluate what she achieved but Topspeed/RPR figures bode fairly well and her trainer's 2yos have been on fire all season; stable runs three.

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Hello You
This has the makings of a hot Albany with an array of unexposed winners locking horns, but the debut win of HELLO YOU takes some beating. It may have been only Wolverhampton but that venue has produced many a budding star down the years and she fairly whistled home in a good time. Prettiest wasn't half as impressive at Navan but winning debutantes from her yard usually turn out to be smart and she's bred to be something special. Flotus looked a prospect in turning some heads at Goodwood and Frankie rode a Norfolk winner for the yard two seasons ago, while Cachet and Sandrine can give their supporters some excitement.

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