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Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes

17:35 Royal Ascot

2022-06-17

Winner: £51540

Runners: 18

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 1m3f211yy

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The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes is a handicap run over 1m4f. It takes place at 15:40 on Friday 23rd June, which is the fourth 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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7(15)
8/28/0
silk
Kelly's Dino

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J: Clifford Lee
T: K R Burke
9
9-4
97
111
His eight wins include a C&D contest in 2018 (sole visit here) and major 17-runner handicap at Haydock in July 2019, both 1m4f on good to firm; had only two races in 2020 and missed 2021, before well beaten at Haydock (weakened over 2f out) three weeks ago, so even though he's 8lb below his last winning mark, it's hard to be confident that enough ability remains.
5(6)
04-120
silk
Cap Francais

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J: David Probert
T: Ian Williams
6
9-5
98
113
Dropped down the weights last term and reappeared with a win at Newmarket (1m1f) this April; finished well when second off this mark at Chester (1m2f, good to soft; acts on good to firm) six days later but disappointed at Epsom two weeks ago; unraced over this sort of trip since 2019.
12(8)
1203-2
silk
Longbourn

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J: J M Sheridan
T: Ross O'Sullivan
6
9-3
96
114
Often front-runner; reliable and largely progressive on good ground and AW last season, including when second over 1m4f at the Galway festival, and he resumed with a very good second when back to 1m at Naas last month; win strike-rate is only 2-19 but a bold show seems likely.
4(19)
P105-2
silk
Kenzai Warrior

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J: Jack Mitchell
T: Roger Teal
5
9-6
99
112
Not proven on fast ground (one attempt as 3yo); lightly raced 5yo who's been useful at his best for the last four seasons, close second of three in a conditions stakes at Wolverhampton (9.4f, AW) in January when last seen; has tried 1m2f twice but this trip is something new and he probably needs to improve significantly for it.
14(12)
3/00-5
silk
Gold Maze

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J: Saffie Osborne
T: Jamie Osborne
5
9-2
95
111
Useful in 2020 for Jessica Harrington, including once on good to firm; not at his best here on either run for Roger Varian last May/June but more competitive for new connections when staying-on fifth of 16 back at Ascot (1m4f, good; 50-1) six weeks ago after 326-day absence; needs to build on that.
2(13)
210-36
silk
Chichester

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J: Richard Kingscote
T: Keith Dalgleish
5
9-10
103
110
Ran right away with 12-runner race at Ayr (1m2f, good to firm) in September but he is 15lb higher today; close third in Listed race at Kempton (1m2f, AW) on reappearance was good, but he never figured when 25-1 in a 1m1f Group 3 at Newmarket in April; unraced beyond an extended 1m2f but brother Jamil won up to 1m4f on Flat; needs to resume progress.
16(9)
219-11
silk
Cemhaan

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J: Pat Cosgrave
T: George Baker
5
8-13
92
116
Races very freely but has won three of his last four starts; asserted in grand style on good to firm ground this season at Salisbury (1m4f; easily overcame trouble in running) and Newmarket (1m6f); raised another 5lb but it looks as if he has a mighty engine and there is plenty more improvement in him; big chance to make it 3-3 this term.
11(4)
04-471
silk
Brilliant Light

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: Saeed bin Suroor
5
9-3
96
113
Last of 15 over 1m6f at this meeting last year; mixed form since but winning at Ripon (1m2f, good to firm) on latest outing was up with his best; back up 4lb but returning to 1m4f isn't a problem and he's capable of being seriously involved.
8(7)
0142-3
silk
Just Fine

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J: Ryan Moore
T: Sir Michael Stoute
4
9-4
97
115
Acts on good to firm; had a mixed season in handicaps last year; reappearance at York last month saw his second attempt at 1m4f (first came when below form at Royal Ascot 2021) and he ran creditably in third of 11, coming from the rear after a slow start; has same mark today and could have come on from that run.
19(10)
222
silk
Ajero

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J: David Egan
T: Kim Bailey
7
8-10
89
110
Pretty useful hurdler who's been transferred to Flat this season and showed plenty of ability when runner-up over 1m2f in two novice events (Chepstow and Sandown) and a maiden (Chepstow), the first two of which were on good to firm; looks capable of better in this sphere (had to wait for daylight last time, finishing well) and 1m4f will surely help, so he needs a close look.
15(17)
24-244
silk
Sir Rumi

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J: Rossa Ryan
T: Richard Hannon
4
9-0
93
114
Acts on good to firm; good front-running second in a Doncaster conditions event (1m4f) on reappearance and has run respectably in both starts since, last time when fourth of nine to Cemhaan at Newmarket (1m4f) but he needs to be back at his peak.
18(14)
-58175
silk
State Of Bliss

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J: Joe Fanning
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
4
8-12
91
113
Probably fine on good to firm; won well over C&D last August; ended last term with some mixed results and has started 2022 in the same vein, but he staged a rallying win at Ripon (1m4f) in April and was thwarted by bad interference at Epsom last time; probably needs a career best.
13(16)
44-211
silk
Contact

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J: Ben Curtis
T: David & Nicola Barron
4
9-3
96
115
Won on good to firm one year ago; has raised his game again this season, on last two starts making the most of a good mark in no uncertain terms at Newmarket and following up in tidy style at Haydock (both 1m4f on good); raised another 6lb but going great guns and should have a major say again.
3(1)
234-41
silk
Mashhoor

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J: Ben Coen
T: J P Murtagh
4
9-6
99
111
1-5 for Sir Michael Stoute, the win on good to firm; close fourth of 17 in handicap at Cork on return for new connections and he improved on that when winning a 19-runner race at the Curragh (1m2f, good to yielding) four weeks ago; fair chance he'll stay 1m4f and although it remains to be seen whether he's worth this higher mark, there's no denying he did it well last time.
9(5)
42-116
silk
Moktasaab

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J: Callum Shepherd
T: William Knight
4
9-4
97
115
Big start for new connections when he won a 20-runner race at Newbury (1m2f, good) and six-runner race at Goodwood (1m2f, good to firm); travelled strongly and impressed with the way he did it but he was then all at sea at Epsom two weeks ago when bidding for the hat-trick; this trip (tried once in 2021, below form) poses a question but he still looks on a winning mark.
10(2)
971-22
silk
Stay Well

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J: James Doyle
T: Hughie Morrison
4
9-4
97
113
Maiden win came on good to firm; 1m4f handicap winner last summer who improved in two runs on Kempton Polytrack before carrying that form over to the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar (1m2f, good) 15 days ago when always-prominent second of ten; trainer has a superb record in this race, including with four wins, the latest of which was last year.
17(18)
1D2331-
silk
Candleford

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J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
4
8-12
91
113
Second past the post (disqualified after jockey weighed in light) on good to firm ground over C&D last September on handicap debut; better form in his three starts in the autumn, winning well at Kempton (AW) on final occasion; raised 6lb but he's very much the type to find improvement in this second campaign.
6(3)
/316-1
silk
Trawlerman

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
4
9-5
98
118
Hammered a notable rival in 1m4f Pontefract maiden (good to firm) but never dangerous in the Sandown Classic Trial (1m2f) later last April and that was the last sight of him as a 3yo; gelded and reappeared with 1m2f handicap win at Chelmsford (1m2f, AW) two months ago, knuckling down well; up 5lb but still promises to be better than that, particularly now back up in trip.
NR(11)
1121-
silk
Ever Present

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T: Mrs John Harrington
6
10-0
107
112
Bumper winner who switched to Flat rules last year with three wins and a close second from four attempts (the first on good to firm, rest on good); first three of those Flat runs were over 1m7f/2m but he showed smart form when dropped to 1m5f for a major 23-runner handicap at Leopardstown on final outing, having to come from some way back from wide draw but taking it with a strong finish; could easily have more to offer and is highly respected.

Verdict

Trawlerman is a danger but CEMHAAN (nap) keeps on winning and leaves the strong impression that he has a good deal more to give.

Past 10 Winners

Key race stats

  • Drawn in double figures, 10/10
  • Aged four or five, 9/10
  • Achieved best RPR in a Class 2 or 3 handicap, 9/10
  • Officially rated between 95 and 99, 8/10
  • Top-three finish last time, 8/10 (six won)
Other factors
  • Five of the last nine winners started favourite, including one joint-favourite.

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