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Duke Of Cambridge Stakes

15:40 Royal Ascot

2021-06-16

Winner: £82880

Runners: 12

Going:Good To Firm

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Distance: 1m0f0yy

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The Duke Of Cambridge Stakes is a Group 2 contest run over a mile. It takes place at 15:40 on Wednesday 16th June, which is the second 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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4(11)
2500-2
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Agincourt

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: David O'Meara
6
126
108
127
Opposable on the vast majority of her form but the return to today's C&D could be a key factor as she went very close in this race last year (good); had wind surgery prior to last month's reappearance at Goodwood (1m, good to firm) and returned to form, beaten a nose in that Listed race in a first-time tongue-tie (retained); interesting contender now back here.
12(6)
2515-5
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Posted

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J: William Buick
T: Richard Hannon
5
126
108
125
Made most for comfortable Listed win at Sandown (1m, good) last September and enters calculations on that bare form; she might have needed last month's reappearance at Newmarket but she may well be flattered by that career-best Sandown effort and is opposable on the rest of her form.
2(7)
166-12
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Lady Bowthorpe

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J: Kieran Shoemark
T: William Jarvis
5
129
117
130
Commanding winner of Group 3 here (1m, good; round course) last July and better than ever this year, narrowly beating the subsequently impressive York winner Queen Power at Newmarket (1m1f, good to firm) then second against males in Group 1 Lockinge (1m, good to soft); there may not be much pace on today, which wouldn't be ideal for this hold-up mare, but she coped with such a scenario at Newmarket and has leading form claims under 3lb penalty.
3(2)
343-21
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Queen Power

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J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Sir Michael Stoute
5
129
113
126
Third in this race last year (good) and, after pushing subsequent Lockinge runner-up Lady Bowthorpe close on their reappearances at Newmarket (1m1f, good to firm), she bolted up in a Group 2 at York (1m2f, good) last month; that was her first win since May 2019 and she may have more to offer having now turned that corner, but this is a much hotter race, the drop back in trip isn't an obvious plus and she's been expensive to follow.
9(1)
302-13
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Lavender's Blue

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J: Jim Crowley
T: Amanda Perrett
5
126
106
123
AW Listed winner (1m) in April and as good as ever when close up behind Lady Bowthorpe and Queen Power in Newmarket Group 2 (1m1f, good to firm) last time; now 3lb better off with the front two, who have franked the form, but they improved in the process whereas this 5yo's limitations are likely to be exposed unless the first-time cheekpieces prompt something extra.
10(5)
17416-
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Onassis

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J: Hayley Turner
T: Charlie Fellowes
4
126
107
121
Won reappearance in Sandringham Handicap over C&D (soft) at this meeting last year and added two Listed wins (good/heavy) later in campaign; the step back up in trip is a plus on this return and there's every chance she'll be at the top of her game, but she needs a clear career best to win.
1(8)
114-44
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Champers Elysees

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J: Ben Coen
T: J P Murtagh
4
131
111
124
Completed four-timer when winning Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown (1m, good) last September and good fourth in Group 1 Sun Chariot (1m, heavy) next time; of interest on those runs, even under a 5lb penalty, but she's failed to shine on her two starts this year and needs to up her game.
6(4)
2/11-1
silk
Double Or Bubble

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J: James Doyle
T: Chris Wall
4
126
101
122
Very lightly raced 4yo who showed promise on sole 2yo run (6f, good to firm) and, after winning both starts at three (7f, good; including here), she reappeared with an impressive handicap win at Newmarket (7f, good) in April; this is much tougher and she's untested at 1m, but she's a strong stayer at 7f and it remains to be seen where her limitations lie; respected.
13(9)
9126-6
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Valeria Messalina

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J: Shane Foley
T: Mrs John Harrington
4
126
109
127
Not at her best when sixth to Champers Elysees in Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown (1m, good) last September and same story on last month's reappearance (1m, soft to heavy); however, the ground was an obvious excuse last time and she enters calculations on last year's best performance, a close second under a 3lb penalty behind high-class mare One Master in a Group 3 at Goodwood (7f, good to firm); should stay 1m.
7(3)
1545-2
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Fooraat

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J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Roger Varian
4
126
100
115
Second to Lavender's Blue in Kempton Listed race (1m, AW) on reappearance in April; improvement needed and there's a slight doubt about the return to turf but her trainer's horses can get better with age and this lightly raced 4yo is a sister to three-time Group 1 winner Benbatl, who showed his peak form at four and older; not ruled out.
8(12)
871-54
silk
Indie Angel

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
4
126
103
119
AW Listed winner (1m) last October who was behind three of these when fourth in Newmarket Group 2 (1m1f, good to firm) last month; has work to do today but raced solo for much of the race last time and fillies from this top yard often progress well with age; not written off each-way.
11(10)
31-241
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Parent's Prayer

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: Archie Watson
4
126
108
125
Progressive 4yo who made the most of an uncontested lead to win Group 3 at Epsom (8.5f, good to soft) 11 days ago; it's possible she won't face much pressure in front today but it's open to question whether things will again work out so favourably; has shown promise on good/good to firm.
NR(13)
132-52
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Bounce The Blues

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T: Andrew Balding
4
126
107
125
Last September's Listed second at Newmarket (1m, good) reads well as she was clear with a half-length winner who was third in a Group 1 next time; back to form when second in Lingfield Group 3 (7f) latest, when she'd probably have won with a clear run; unraced on fast ground; each-way claims.

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Valeria Messalina
Lady Bowthorpe holds leading claims on the back of her excellent second to Palace Pier in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. If there is a negative today it's the possible lack of a strong pace for this hold-up mare, and at the forecast prices it's worth siding with VALERIA MESSALINA instead. Her short-head second to One Master in the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last year is form that reads well in today's context and the soft to heavy ground excuses her reappearance defeat at the Curragh. Agincourt was second in this race last year and is next on the list, with the very lightly raced Double Or Bubble another interesting contender. Group 1 winner Champers Elysees needs to bounce back from two substandard efforts, while Queen Power impressed at York but the drop back to 1m may not be ideal for her.

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