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Ascot Stakes Handicap

17:00 Royal Ascot

2022-06-14

Winner: £51540

Runners: 19

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 2m3f210yy

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The Ascot Stakes is a handicap run over 2m4f. It takes place at 17:00 on Tuesday 20th June, which is the first day of Royal Ascot 2023. View the runners here, and also make sure to check out the odds and tips on offer for this race.

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NR(8)
60070-
silk
Who Dares Wins

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T: Alan King
10
9-7
95
106
10yo; third in this race in 2017 and won the 2m5f Queen Alexandra here in 2020; well beaten in the latter last year, when he was generally not at his best, but he placed twice off reduced marks as a hurdler early this year and now has a reduced mark to work with on the Flat as well.
11(17)
213210
silk
Protected Guest

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J: Tom Queally
T: George Margarson
7
9-6
94
107
Carries his head high but an admirably consistent 7yo who won twice over 1m4f on AW this year and gave one of his best displays when scoring over 1m6f at Nottingham (good to firm) in April; 0-10 at Ascot (well held in warm 1m4f race on latest outing) and easily best of those was in 2019; runner-up on Lingfield AW this April on sole attempt at 2m but this is a new test.
6(19)
78-405
silk
Reshoun

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J: Richard Kingscote
T: Ian Williams
8
9-9
97
111
Won once in each of the last four seasons, last term always very close up and having his nose in front where it mattered when 66-1 in this race (good to firm); back to the same mark today and ran with credit on two of three runs this term, including last time considering the inadequate 1m4f; has stall 19 today, compared to 3 last year, but he has to be considered seriously.
1(18)
83369/
silk
Proschema

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J: James Doyle
T: Dan Skelton
7
9-12
100
111
Unraced on Flat since summer 2019 (when he was smart over 1m6f) and has been dropped 4lb since; has improved as a hurdler for going up to 3m, which boosts hope for this trip on Flat, and he ran creditably last month after six-month absence; case can be made.
19(20)
113-00
silk
Just Hubert

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J: Nicola Currie
T: William Muir & Chris Grassick
6
9-2
90
110
11th when third favourite for this last year but he had a 2m4f win at Goodwood in 2020; 2m wins at Ascot and Goodwood last August under Nicola Currie (who's kept the ride since) and he's back to last winning mark; needs to put a poor show at Haydock behind him and he does not always look in the mood, but well capable of a prominent finish if it's one of his good days.
2(13)
/322-6
silk
Rock Eagle

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J: Rob Hornby
T: Ralph Beckett
7
9-11
99
106
Very reliable and the trip will suit, judged on his fifth in the 2020 Cesarewitch over 2m2f; absent 421 days before his very satisfactory recent run over inadequate 1m4f; dropped 2lb since but he's still only 3lb off his highest mark and a career best will probably be needed; tongue tied first time.
16(1)
5/190-
silk
Scaramanga

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: Paul Nicholls
7
9-4
92
106
Useful hurdler who had a notable 2m Flat win at Newbury (good to firm) last July; while running creditably at York next time, that was good enough for only ninth to Arcadian Sunrise; has since finished tailed off in the Cesarewitch in October and last of four in a hurdle race in April, whereas this race almost certainly demands a career best; rare run with cheekpieces.
20(4)
/1896/
silk
Moon King

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J: Liam Keniry
T: Charlie Longsdon
6
9-2
90
109
Unraced on firmer than good; fair eighth in this race in 2020 and has not raced on the Flat since that August; ran mostly with credit in 3m handicap hurdles last term, albeit failing to win one; others are more convincing.
5(16)
130-04
silk
Themaxwecan

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J: Adam Kirby
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
6
9-9
97
109
Effective here and best on good or good to firm; has a mixed record at 2m2f+ (one run rather stands out from the other four) and his muted start to this season (without and with cheekpieces, now tries blinkers) has not prompted much reaction from the handicapper.
18(12)
161/22
silk
Make My Day

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J: Rhys Clutterbuck
T: Gary Moore
6
9-3
91
110
Long absence before trying hurdling for new connections early this year; much more potent back on the Flat with seconds under Rhys Clutterbuck over 2m on good ground (unraced on firmer) here and at Goodwood; not the most straightforward (hung right on penultimate start) and cheekpieces return, having won a maiden in them in 2019; well handicapped, could be bit better than the last two results and shapes as if he has reserves of stamina.
17(10)
46216-
silk
Lydford

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J: Saffie Osborne
T: George Boughey
5
9-4
92
102
Disappointed over 2m at Goodwood last June and that was his only appearance on Flat beyond 1m4f when with Roger Varian; had wind surgery before a solid start over hurdles for Dan Skelton but well beaten on last two runs in that sphere; bought for £20,000 in March and credentials aren't the most solid.
4(5)
/319-4
silk
Arcadian Sunrise

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J: Harry Davies
T: John Queally
8
9-9
97
109
Held up; won over hurdles at the Galway Festival and followed up at the York Ebor meeting (2m) last August on the Flat; those were on good ground (unraced on firmer) and so was the 2m2f Chester Cup after six-month break, where he had a troubled run before the home straight and lacked the pace to challenge but finished a creditable fourth; exciting claimer Harry Davies is booked; should relish every yard and have a huge shout if this is a thorough stamina test.
8(9)
35331-
silk
Pied Piper

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J: Jamie Spencer
T: Gordon Elliott
4
9-7
96
107
Useful on Flat for the Gosdens last term, starting it at 1m6f and ending at 1m2f (acted on good to firm); smart juvenile hurdler last season, looking best (settling better) when held up; tongue tied first time; with so many hurdlers making their mark in staying handicaps on the Flat as well, he needs a close look.
15(2)
8861-2
silk
Surrey Gold

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J: Sean Levey
T: Hughie Morrison
4
9-4
93
107
Wore down the leader close home at York (1m6f, soft) in October and stayed on well to nearly get to the front at Goodwood (1m6f, good to soft) on return; will stay at least 2m but he's run just once on good ground (below form) and was withdrawn the only time he was due to race on good to firm.
13(3)
811/
silk
Bring On The Night

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J: Ryan Moore
T: W P Mullins
5
9-5
93
Won twice at 1m4f (on heavy and AW) early in 2020 from three starts in France for Andre Fabre; not seen again until winning his hurdles debut at Naas this February, before tongue tied for a remote fourth in the Supreme Novices' at Cheltenham and well-beaten fifth at Punchestown (he's not the most fluent hurdler); Willie Mullins has an incredibly good record in this race, particularly when teaming up with Ryan Moore, so he's on the shortlist.
12(11)
201-72
silk
Golden Flame

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J: Joe Fanning
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
4
9-6
95
108
Made all three times in small fields last season and very nearly did the same in a useful 12-runner handicap at Haydock (2m) on latest outing; going back up 2lb is not harsh and this new trip is plausible; needs respect.
3(6)
26-422
silk
Coltrane

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J: Callum Hutchinson
T: Andrew Balding
5
9-10
98
108
Won in 2020 on both his starts on good to firm; missed nearly all of last season but his old ability remains and he went very close when always prominent from a good draw in the 2m2f Chester Cup (joint-favourite) on latest outing; raised 3lb but this trip should suit, 5lb-claiming rider is recruited and they are firmly in the mix.
14(7)
161-13
silk
Going Gone

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J: Pat Cosgrave
T: Jim Boyle
4
9-5
94
108
Often front-runner; kept on well for his three 1m4f wins on good going, the latest in a right scrap at Epsom on reappearance; stoutly bred but below form on both attempts at 1m6f, including latest start, which gives him a great deal to prove over 2m4f.
10(14)
0-1323
silk
Tribal Art

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J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
4
9-7
96
109
Had wind and gelding operations over the winter and seems all the better for it; rallied very well for short-head win at Wolverhampton (1m6f, AW) in April and made most for good placings at Hamilton (1m5f/1m4f, on softer than good) on last two outings; won last summer on his only two starts on good to firm; looks worth a go beyond 1m6f but this trip is something of a guess.
7(15)
9422-2
silk
Marshall Plan

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
4
9-8
97
103
Won a three-runner novice in March 2021 on his second start; 0-11 otherwise but he's had some close calls, including when front-running late last year and when narrowly kept at bay by Gold Cup outsider Earlofthecotswolds at Newcastle in April; moved up to 2m for the latter and may well stay 2m4f; cheekpieces last three starts; seen mostly on AW but ran respectably sole run on good to firm; needs a second look.

Verdict

This could be won by ARCADIAN SUNRISE (nap) turning the tables on Coltrane. Bring On The Night is highly respected.

Past 10 Winners

Key race stats

  • Previously ran over hurdles, 9/10
  • Raced no more than once on the Flat that season, 9/10
  • Won a Flat handicap, 9/10 (exception was Group placed)
  • Won within last five Flat starts, 9/10 (exception had won last time out over hurdles)
  • Officially rated 91-97, 7/10
Other factors
  • Four winners shouldered top weight of 9st 10lb.
  • Only three winners had scored beyond 2m on the Flat.

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