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Copper Horse Stakes Handicap

18:10 Royal Ascot

2021-06-15

Winner: £33501

Runners: 15

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 1m6f34yy

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The Copper Horse Stakes is a handicap run over 1m6f. It takes place at 18:10 on Tuesday 15th June, which is the first 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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NR(19)
2217-2
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On To Victory

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T: Alan King
7
136
104
113
Durable dual-purpose campaigner; won last season's November Handicap (1m4f, soft) and ran right up to his best when second in Listed race at Goodwood on his return to the Flat; stays 1m6f well but today's quicker ground is a slight concern and he'll need to find extra to defy top weight.
11(5)
381235
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Hochfeld

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J: Ben Curtis
T: Mark Johnston
7
131
99
113
Tough 7yo who regularly contests some of the top staying handicaps; good third in Chester Cup (2m2f, good to soft) in May but followed that with a well below-par run at Goodwood; no great surprise if he puts that behind him but a poor effort in this race last year sounds a note of caution.
2(7)
1665/1
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Saldier

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J: Ryan Moore
T: W P Mullins
7
135
99
108
Two-time Grade 1-winning hurdler, best recent effort when seventh in this year's Champion; first Flat outing for over four years when winning a qualified riders' event at Listowel (1m5f, good to yielding; evens favourite) nine days ago by 7l; today's opposition is far more taxing but he represents powerful connections and warrants plenty of respect, with Ryan Moore (6-25 for Willie Mullins in Britain) a positive booking.
6(13)
7238-1
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Sleeping Lion

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J: Kieran Shoemark
T: Roger Charlton
6
133
101
117
Three-time winner for James Fanshawe; showed plenty of improvement on his first start for his new yard when scoring at Kempton (2m, AW) on reappearance ten weeks ago; has a solid record at Ascot (placed all three starts), won't be inconvenienced by today's drop in distance and has gained both his turf wins on good to firm ground; up 7lb but still a big player.
4(12)
443-65
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Sextant

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J: Callum Rodriguez
T: Keith Dalgleish
6
134
102
116
Useful and consistent at around 1m4f in 2019 for Sir Michael Stoute and has since won over hurdles for his current yard, but well held in Group 3 and Listed events (visored both times) this year; headgear left off today; difficult to recommend until showing some spark.
13(14)
528-53
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Hyanna

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J: Rob Hornby
T: Eve Johnson Houghton
6
128
96
117
Useful mare who has run creditably on both her attempts at 1m6f, most recently when third of six at Goodwood (soft) last month; handles quicker ground too and has a solid record at Ascot; likely to give her running but she's on a losing sequence of nine and has no secrets from the handicapper.
3(18)
852-13
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Themaxwecan

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J: James Doyle
T: Mark Johnston
5
134
102
114
Better than ever when winning at Musselburgh (1m6f, good; had been gelded) on his reappearance; bit below form in a small field next time but he was fourth of 16 in this race last year (from today's mark) and could well make the frame again; has an impressive record (three wins and three seconds from nine outings) on good to firm ground.
10(11)
2-1120
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Cardano

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J: Richard Kingscote
T: Ian Williams
5
131
99
115
Prominent racer who registered a big career best when beaten a neck by Themaxwecan at Musselburgh (1m6f, good) in April, keeping on gamely; without usual cheekpieces and possibly failed to stay 2m2f in Chester Cup (15-2) next time; type to bounce back under optimum conditions and should go well.
7(4)
11240-
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Dubious Affair

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J: Jamie Spencer
T: Charlie Fellowes
5
132
100
112
Joined Charlie Fellowes and showed progressive form last season, winning three handicaps at 1m5f-1m6f on good/good to firm ground; wasn't up to Group 2 events on her last two starts and she needs to improve some more after an absence, her mark having risen 15lb since her last win.
12(3)
36-721
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Global Storm

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J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
4
130
98
114
Out of a strong stayer and he proved well suited by stepping up to 1m6f when winning seven-runner race at Newmarket (soft) 24 days ago; just as effective on good to firm ground and he showed his liking for Ascot with a good third in the Golden Gates Handicap at this meeting in 2020; up to a career-high mark but has excellent credentials and looks a leading contender.
8(6)
12-123
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Throne Hall

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J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Kevin Ryan
4
132
100
114
Lightly raced 4yo with a very solid profile, yet to run a poor race; won a warm event at Doncaster (1m2f, good) in March and has posted good efforts off higher marks since, doing his best work late on when third of 15 at York (1m4f, good to soft) last time; today's extra yardage could elicit further improvement and he ought to be in the thick of things again.
9(8)
9143-0
silk
Gold Maze

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J: David Egan
T: Roger Varian
4
131
99
112
Useful form (ninth in the 2020 Derby) but has just one win to his name from nine outings; first run since leaving Jessica Harrington when tailed off over 1m4f here (soft; 12-1) last month; subsequently gelded; represents last year's winning stable but others have more pressing claims.
15(1)
1240-4
silk
Arthurian Fable

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J: Jim Crowley
T: Brian Meehan
4
128
96
116
Just one success (sole run on good to firm ground) from 11 outings but he performed well several more times last year, close fifth in the King George V Handicap at this meeting and second in the Melrose at York (1m6f); might have needed the run when fourth of seven to Global Storm at Newmarket on reappearance; should be in the mix again.
14(2)
1110-2
silk
Galata Bridge

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: Dr Richard Newland
4
128
96
112
Won three in a row over 1m4f on Tapeta in 2020 for Sir Michael Stoute before sold for 75,000gns in October; gelded and had wind surgery before creditable second at Kempton (1m4f) on stable debut two weeks ago; still relatively lightly raced and could have more to offer but he has to prove he's as effective on turf (0-2) and some of these boast stronger form.
5(16)
6-4334
silk
Brilliant Light

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J: Oisin Murphy
T: Saeed bin Suroor
4
133
101
109
Made the frame four times at Meydan (1m2f-1m6f) early this year, creditable fourth of seven in Group 2 event when last seen in March; has relatively few miles on the clock and could benefit from today's switch in headgear (has worn cheekpieces last two starts); best efforts so far on good/good to soft ground (unraced on firmer); one for the shortlist.
16(9)
13-216
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Amtiyaz

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: John & Thady Gosden
4
127
95
113
Frankel colt who has won three of his eight races (1m4f-2m) on the AW; stiff task when only sixth of seven in valuable conditions race at Lingfield last time; finished fifth at that venue (good ground) on his only run on turf; needs to improve on the return to grass to defy a career-high mark.

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Global Storm
The inaugural running of this event last year went to an unexposed 6yo and Sleeping Lion has a similar profile, in his case having scored on his debut for Roger Charlton at Kempton in April. With a solid course record he should give a good account of himself. Brilliant Light, Throne Hall and Arthurian Fable are others with strong each-way claims but the vote goes to GLOBAL STORM (nap), who ran so well at this meeting last year and seemed very well suited by stepping up to 1m6f when winning at Newmarket. The fly in the ointment is smart hurdler Saldier, who is hard to weigh up after an easy Listowel success but very dangerous on just his second Flat outing for his powerful connections.

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