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Britannia Stakes

17:00 Royal Ascot

2021-06-17

Winner: £40500

Runners: 29

Going:Good To Firm

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Distance: 1m0f0yy

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The Britannia Stakes is a heritage handicap run over a mile. It takes place at 17:00 on Thursday 17th June, which is the third 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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28(14)
4-11
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George Peabody

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J: Callum Shepherd
T: George Scott
3
119
89
110
It was impressive how he put daylight between himself and the rest at Doncaster (7f, good) and he wasn't hard pressed to defy a penalty in another novice at Thirsk (1m, good to firm); no knocking an unbeaten start to the season but neither race has worked out strikingly well and he'll need a good jolt of improvement to bring up the hat-trick.
8(19)
93-241
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Perotto

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J: Oisin Murphy
T: Marcus Tregoning
3
129
94
109
Confined to 5f/6f for his first nine starts, winning twice; proved his stamina for 7f when getting up in the nick of time at Goodwood 11 days ago (good) but whether he'll stay this far is debatable and he's unlikely to be good enough anyway with his penalty; fine on soft.
5(24)
6-111
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Raadobarg

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J: Jack Mitchell
T: Roger Varian
3
129
99
113
Represents last year's winning stable; unbeaten this season and it's hard not to be impressed in how he made a successful handicap debut at Haydock (1m, heavy) where he travelled, quickened and won nicely; when the next five home had all won their previous race it's hard to grumble with an 11lb rise; has also won on good to firm; a must for any shortlist.
17(22)
25-3
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Dinoo

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J: David Egan
T: Roger Varian
3
123
93
113
With Richard Hughes last season when narrowly beaten in a Newmarket maiden (good to firm) before running okay in a Group 3 (good); wasn't seen to best effect when beaten at odds-on in a Wolverhampton maiden last month but such excuses fall on deaf ears now he's hurled into the deep end for his handicap debut; probably best to look elsewhere.
2(2)
2-1733
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Horoscope

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
3
131
101
113
Since winning his maiden at the Curragh (7f, soft to heavy) he's come up short in two 7f Listed affairs and a 1m handicap, though held his own in all of them (in this headgear combination the last twice); this mark doesn't look overly lenient but so many horses from this yard improve on the job; dangerous to discount.
22(32)
39-611
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Siam Fox

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J: David Probert
T: Richard Hannon
3
122
87
114
Front-running winners at Nottingham can be flattered but he then accepted a lead before digging deep to follow up at Doncaster (1m, good to firm) on Sunday; well drawn if the tactics are to race prominently once more but the penalty he picked up for last time may find him out when it matters; all his turf form is on good or faster.
16(5)
6-0232
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Laelaps

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J: John R Velazquez
T: Mrs John Harrington
3
123
93
112
Strike-rate of 1-9 (1m maiden winner on soft) but he's consistent and, although a beaten favourite in a non-handicap at Navan last time, the winner has some useful form to his name; already beaten in two handicaps, though, and will probably be placed at best if he's lucky.
7(7)
530-21
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Qaader

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J: Jim Crowley
T: Mark Johnston
3
129
99
114
Second in last season's Coventry after a winning debut but that was as good as it got in six starts as a 2yo; returned to winning ways in a small-field conditions race at Goodwood (1m, good to firm) but that narrow defeat of Legal Attack may not be any great advertisement for his prospects in this; ran poorly on sole start on soft ground.
NR(20)
1-74
silk
Royal Air Force

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T: Simon & Ed Crisford
3
123
93
111
Hammered his only two rivals in Yarmouth novice last term; didn't disgrace himself in the Group 3 Craven first time back and best to forgive his laboured effort on heavy ground at Haydock (1m handicap); remains an unknown quantity and stable is highly respected in races of this nature.
19(17)
229-11
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Summa Peto

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J: Joe Fanning
T: Keith Dalgleish
3
122
92
113
Promising at two (including on soft) and has hit the ground running this season, coming home clear in an Ayr maiden (1m, good to firm) before winning an 8.6f AW handicap at Wolverhampton with plenty in hand; 9lb rise is fully warranted and the potential is there to outrun his odds.
24(18)
16-125
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Longlai

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J: Pat Dobbs
T: Richard Hannon
3
120
90
115
2yo winner but better for being gelded this year until going off too hot for his own good when a weakener behind Perotto at Goodwood (7f); not easily recommended on the back of that run and rain wouldn't be welcomed.
26(11)
41211-
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Ataser

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J: Ray Dawson
T: T J Kent
3
120
90
112
Won three of his five starts as a 2yo, including nurseries on his final two appearances; further improvement is possible this year but absolutely necessary in this company; won his last race by a head and is 4lb higher; ground softer than good would be a first.
11(6)
12325-
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Star Of Orion

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J: Rob Hornby
T: Ralph Beckett
3
126
96
109
Never ran a bad race last season after his successful debut at Newmarket, winding up with a 3l defeat in a Group 3 (7f, heavy; fine on faster); probably has further progress in him but it's asking a lot to win this without the benefit of a prep race.
1(9)
2-6252
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Emporio

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J: Gavin Ryan
T: Donnacha Aidan O'Brien
3
133
103
108
Beaten just under 8l in the Irish 2,000 Guineas (soft to heavy) but it was his seventh defeat when turned over at odds of 1-2 in a 1m maiden at Listowel only 11 days ago, which blows a rather large hole in his credentials; a bad race for topweights as well.
21(16)
434-31
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Grid

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J: Seamie Heffernan
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
3
122
92
111
11lb higher than when beaten on his handicap debut on good ground at Naas (1m) but he stepped up plenty on that form to win a Cork maiden (1m, yielding to soft) that was never in much doubt; needs to climb another couple of rungs up the ladder to threaten here but he could be progressive enough to do so.
15(25)
217-42
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Liffey River

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J: Shane Crosse
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
3
125
95
116
Limitations soon exposed since winning a Punchestown maiden (1m, soft) in September and he's 2lb higher than when beaten by an improver on his handicap debut at the Curragh (7f, soft to heavy); probably needs conditions to turn testing as he evidently goes well in the mud.
29(8)
2-2411
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Air To Air

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J: Jamie Spencer
T: George Boughey
3
119
89
117
After three odds-on defeats he finally got the job done in a 7f soft-ground novice at Newmarket and soon followed up returned to handicap company at Doncaster (1m, good to firm) under a typical Spencer masterclass from off the pace; won that well enough to earn an 8lb rise and this race will play to his strengths; needs considering.
13(29)
4-152
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Big Narstie

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J: Hayley Turner
T: Richard Spencer
3
125
95
112
Just ahead of Beautiful Bertie when neither could lay a glove on a handicap snip over 7f here (good to soft; first-time tongue-tie) last month; it's a bit mean on him to go up 3lb given how comfortable it was for the winner, and it's not a given that he'll improve for stepping up to 1m.
4(27)
144-54
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Royal Scimitar

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J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
3
129
99
110
His 2yo form reads well but this campaign hasn't got off the ground, last time finishing behind two of today's rivals when bringing up the tail at Goodwood; well down the pecking order with cheekpieces turned to; all starts on good or faster ground.
27(30)
21-417
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Tawleed

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J: Robert Havlin
T: John & Thady Gosden
3
120
90
116
First-time blinkers did the trick when winning a 7f handicap on 1,000 Guineas day at Newmarket (good to firm) and it was perhaps a combination of soft ground (handles good to soft) and the headgear failing to inspire a second time when well beaten at Goodwood; easier to make stronger cases elsewhere.
6(13)
24-422
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Legal Attack

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J: Mark Crehan
T: Simon & Ed Crisford
3
129
99
116
Closely matched with Qaader on their domination of a 1m conditions race at Goodwood in April (good to firm) and he was up against it at the weights with his latest Listed conqueror at Epsom (7f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces); compiling a solid profile but has an air of vulnerability in a race of this nature; won his novice on soft.
10(1)
251-11
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Aerion Power

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J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Sir Michael Stoute
3
127
97
114
3-3 since sent into handicaps and appears to do only just enough in his races, having won none of them by far; has gone up 22lb for his troubles but as a well-bred Kingman colt for top connections, and with confidence sky-high, he's one to take seriously; unraced on ground softer than good.
9(15)
441-15
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Mithras

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
3
128
98
117
Massive eyecatcher on his debut at Sandown last season and came good once the tongue-tie went on, winning a novice at Newcastle before leading close home in a deep 7f handicap on his Newbury reappearance (good); raced freely in a small-field Listed affair at Sandown (1m) and didn't get home on the soft ground; best not to knock him for that failure and better was expected judging by the support he attracted; middle draw not ideal but he could yet be Group class.
23(10)
4214-
silk
Dubai Honour

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J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
3
121
91
113
It's a big ask to win this first time out but William Haggas is a great target trainer and, after winning his novice over 1m on good ground last season, this representative didn't get the breaks when a close fourth on his handicap debut at York (1m, soft); now gelded and in a tongue-tie; not ruled out.
3(31)
15-9
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Akmaam

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J: Dane O'Neill
T: Brian Meehan
3
130
100
111
Rare debut winner for this yard here last September (7f, good) and fared best of the prominent racers when fifth in a Group 3 (1m, soft); however, to consider seriously for this he needed to put up a better show in the Craven (Group 3) on his return and Jim Crowley presumably agrees having jumped ship to Qaader; now blinkered.
14(21)
311-93
silk
Beautiful Bertie

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J: Jason Watson
T: Roger Charlton
3
125
95
111
Wound up 2yo season with two easy wins on AW but he's come up well short in two turf handicaps this year (good/good to soft) and is strictly held by both Mithras and Big Narstie; has others to worry about as well.
20(28)
41-48
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Quintillus

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J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
3
122
92
111
By Dubawi; looked a nice prospect when breezing home on the AW (7f) last October and there were positives to take from his reappearance in a conditions race (3l behind Qaader off level weights); however, raced freely and hung under pressure when taking a marked backward step on his handicap debut (1m) and has subsequently been gelded; ground softer than good would be an unknown; risky.
30(12)
321-2
silk
Emperor Spirit

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J: Andrea Atzeni
T: John & Thady Gosden
3
119
89
113
Progressive as 2yo and plenty of positives to take from his handicap debut at Ripon (1m, good; first turf run) where he pulled hard and perhaps struck the front too soon (2f out) yet was still beaten under a length; suspicion that he might be better treated than some in here if finding the anticipated improvement; makes the shortlist.
12(23)
6-14
silk
Gioia Cieca

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J: Callum Rodriguez
T: Keith Dalgleish
3
126
96
113
Topspeed figure was way inferior to the RPR when appearing to show improved form in 7f Listed race at Lingfield latest, suggesting it probably flatters him having dictated the pace; makes turf debut; would have a bit to prove off this opening mark in any handicap, let alone one this competitive.
25(3)
12-12
silk
Royal Pleasure

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J: Luke Morris
T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt
3
120
90
115
All runs at 7f on AW; made it 2-3 on Tapeta when readily winning a Wolverhampton handicap on his return and didn't settle behind a slow pace when second to an unbeaten Mark Johnston 3yo at Kempton; easy to envisage him leaving that form behind in this very different test and his trainer doesn't have runners here for the fun of it.

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Mithras
This presents the typical Britannia conundrum with potential Group horses lurking within the shadows. The suggestion is MITHRAS, who appeared to be going places before failing to do himself justice at Listed level last time and should thrive in this very different environment. John and Thady Gosden also saddle Emperor Spirit, for whom Ripon last time did not go to plan and whose current mark may underestimate his ability. Jamie Spencer will no doubt play it late aboard Air To Air and he's definite shortlist material, while the Sir Mark Prescott factor heightens interest in Royal Pleasure. At greater odds, Summa Peto could also have some say.

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