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Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes

17:35 Royal Ascot

2021-06-18

Winner: £35100

Runners: 17

Going:Soft

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 1m3f211yy

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The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes is a handicap run over 1m4f. It takes place at 17:35 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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8(6)
754-35
silk
Scarlet Dragon

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: Alan King
8
133
101
115
Won this in 2020 on soft off 4lb lower; has a lower draw this time but the task for Hollie Doyle has not changed, to plot a path from the rear which she did to such good effect 12 months ago; not in the best form over hurdles this spring (ran on AW in the winter) but considered seriously today.
1(3)
5685-7
silk
Alounak

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J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Andrew Balding
6
136
104
119
40-1 second in last year's Group 2 Hardwicke over C&D (soft) at this meeting; very well handicapped on that form but has not repeated it, with most of those runs also on testing ground; gelded before this season; might have needed the run on C&D reappearance but he looks hard to trust.
14(20)
1805-3
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Jeremiah

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J: Jamie Spencer
T: Charlie Fellowes
6
129
97
114
Game effort when blinkers replaced cheekpieces to land C&D handicap (good) last July by a nose from Sam Cooke; easily his most competitive show in four starts since came last time when he had his first go in a visor; more to prove if the ground is soft and he needs a career best.
19(16)
5203-6
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Sam Cooke

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J: Hector Crouch
T: Ralph Beckett
5
126
94
116
Soft-ground win on handicap debut in 2019; no joy since but has had only five attempts and went very close against Jeremiah over C&D (good) last July; flopped when co-favourite for the November Handicap at Doncaster on soft; could have come on since reappearance five weeks ago, as he needs to.
5(1)
7-6232
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Raymond Tusk

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J: Jim Crowley
T: Alan King
6
134
102
113
Ex-Richard Hannon; whether he can recapture smart form of summer 2019 remains to be seen but latest second to the highly progressive Ilaraab at York (1m4f) was as good as anything he's done since; acts on good to firm, probably on soft; stall 1 can make for a troubled progress in big-field 1m4f handicaps here.
NR(17)
142-31
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Pirate King

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T: Charlie Fellowes
6
133
101
112
Sole turf win (eight starts) was a maiden and his two runs on good to soft give cause for concern if it's rained; confined to Polytrack in his two years with this stable, improving in each of the last two winters but he's handicapped on that and therefore has a lot to prove back on turf today.
16(7)
2-110
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Lost Eden

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J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Richard Hannon
4
128
96
109
Not seen until last October and first three starts were 1m2f on Polytrack, firmly in charge from the front twice at Lingfield; irregular heartbeat was diagnosed when virtually pulled up in C&D Listed race (soft) on turf debut; still something to prove in this hot race for handicap debut and was withdrawn at Epsom recently when the ground softened.
18(4)
14-511
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Valyrian Steel

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J: David Egan
T: Roger Varian
4
127
95
112
Creditable fourth of 14 on soft on handicap debut on final 3yo start, having won on good time before; resumed progress with two successful late challenges at Kempton (1m4f, AW) recently, awarded the race after interference from Protected Guest on first occasion; up another 6lb but has more to give if effective on this surface.
17(11)
235/00
silk
Khagan

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: David O'Meara
5
128
96
110
Useful at 1m4f for Andre Fabre in France in 2019, including on soft; outsider when only tenth in his two 1m2f starts (on good) for new connections last month but beaten just 4l in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar in the latter and led over 2f out to just over 1f out; now tongue tied; needs a second look.
4(10)
74-872
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Mirann

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J: Ben Coen
T: J P Murtagh
5
134
102
112
Held up; edged back down the weights before his unlucky second of 11 at the Curragh (1m2f, soft to heavy) last time out, denied room before mounting a strong finish; back up the weights but this step back up in trip should suit (showed he stayed 1m5f last year on good) and he's on the shortlist.
10(21)
191-49
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Tyson Fury

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J: Adam Kirby
T: Richard Spencer
4
132
100
111
Won twice (C&D on soft on second occasion) from three starts last term, in the other finding the St Leger much too tough; good fourth in Group 3 at Newbury (good) on reappearance; much better could have been expected of him in C&D Listed race three weeks later, notwithstanding his front-running role; needs to bounce back from that but has still had just five races.
11(9)
2624-4
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Tritonic

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J: Ryan Moore
T: Alan King
4
131
99
115
Runner-up in 1m2f handicap at this meeting (soft; acts on good to firm) last year and ran well up to 11.4f after; made a big impression initially as hurdler (then well beaten in the Triumph) before respectable return to Flat on AW in April; needs to improve but is not fully exposed at this sort of trip.
12(14)
7-1191
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Dark Pine

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J: Pat Cosgrave
T: David Loughnane
4
129
97
112
0-9 in Ireland but 3-4 for new connections, adding to two AW wins when he came from off the pace to lead on post at Chester (10.3f, good to soft) six weeks ago; ran badly over 1m3f on AW on penultimate start, not because of the trip but he still has a big question over his stamina today; trainer tasted Royal Ascot success on Wednesday.
2(13)
6-2111
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Zabeel Champion

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J: Ben Curtis
T: Mark Johnston
4
135
103
113
Can make the running; won at Ripon (twice) and Newmarket last three starts; led final stride in a three-way photo to five-runner race (good to firm) last time and his mark has gone up 10lb this season, so needs further progress, but he won a good race last July on his only start on soft and a return to testing ground might just help him; respected either way.
NR(15)
2510-3
silk
Grand Bazaar

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T: John & Thady Gosden
4
129
97
113
Often front-runner; won in three small fields last season and was pipped in one of his two C&D races; again went very close on reappearance at Newmarket but needs better still; ground softer than good would be a worry.
13(19)
6/13-1
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Quickthorn

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J: Oisin Murphy
T: Hughie Morrison
4
129
97
113
Ran twice on soft as 2yo; better on AW twice last summer and a lot better when smooth as you like on reappearance at Haydock (1m4f, good to soft; unraced on firmer when on turf) three weeks ago; raised 13lb for this much better race but major enthusiasm for him is still required.
6(2)
018-10
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Favorite Moon

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J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
4
134
102
107
His three wins have all been in the last 12 months on soft ground, over 1m6f on first two occasions but also taking a 1m4f handicap in Australia this March; well beaten on good ground there two weeks later; the cheekpieces worn in Australia are now dispensed with; needs to resume progress but proficiency on soft will be vital if the rains have come.
3(18)
211-54
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Win O'Clock

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J: William Buick
T: Roger Charlton
4
135
103
114
Had a particularly good second half to last season and goes well in the mud; back-to-form fourth of 15 when 20-1 at York (1m4f, good to soft) on latest outing and has each-way claims.
9(12)
213-21
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Aaddeey

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J: James Doyle
T: Simon & Ed Crisford
4
132
100
116
Third on soft ground on handicap debut last October was his best form at the time; better this season when second of 16 at Newbury (1m2f, good) and winning very smoothly in a seven-runner race at Newmarket (1m4f, good); raised another 13lb, which demands more again but he has had just five races and progressed well so far.

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Quickthorn
No horse drawn in single figures has won this race in the last ten years. Stylish last-time-out winners Aaddeey and QUICKTHORN headed the early betting this week and the vote goes to Quickthorn who registered his deeply impressive win on good to soft and probably has a bit less to prove if the rain has come in large quantities. Irish challenger Mirann, unlucky last time, is second on the list ahead of the redoubtable Zabeel Champion who is on a four-timer. Last year's winner Scarlet Dragon will need the breaks again but he could put up another bold show, as could the lightly raced hat-trick seeker Valyrian Steel and mud-loving Win O'Clock.

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