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Golden Gates Stakes Handicap

17:35 Royal Ascot

2022-06-18

Winner: £51540

Runners: 15

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 1m1f212yy

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The Golden Gates Stakes is a handicap run over 1m2f. It takes place at 17:35 on Saturday 24th June, which is the fifth 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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2(18)
130-20
silk
Sweeping

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: Archie Watson
3
9-4
96
111
Fourth in the Listed Chesham at Royal Ascot (7f, soft) on second start as 2yo; failed to live up to that form except when front-running second of five on handicap debut at Wolverhampton (8.6f, AW) on reappearance; 22-1, raced freely and reportedly finished lame when last of 13 at Epsom (good) two weeks ago on step up to 1m2f (should stay); risky.
12(15)
32-216
silk
Sun King

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
3
8-11
89
113
Placed in four maidens before he landed one when evens at Bellewstown (1m, good; unraced on firmer) in April; favourite for warm handicap at Navan (upped to 1m2f, good) three weeks ago but disappointed in sixth of 13; needs to bounce back with tongue tied first time.
9(11)
15-15
silk
Tollard Royal

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J: Kieran Shoemark
T: George Boughey
3
8-12
90
110
All four starts have been at about 1m, with both turf outings on good; clearcut front-running wins at Kempton and Beverley in two of his three novice events; unable to lead when below best but not disgraced in warm 1m handicap at Haydock on latest outing; hooded on last two starts; worth a go at 1m2f (dam won at up to 1m4f) but others are more persuasive.
17(17)
731-
silk
Bushfire

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J: David Egan
T: Hughie Morrison
3
8-5
83
106
Slowly away first two starts, with big improvement when third at Salisbury (1m, soft); had to battle when justifying favouritism in Newbury novice (1m, heavy) in October when last seen; very different ground for this handicap/seasonal debut and he needs further improvement but the extra 2f will help.
NR(6)
51-313
silk
Jimi Hendrix

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T: Ralph Beckett
3
8-9
87
111
Won two from four; upped from 7f to 1m but the first under pressure when he came from pretty much last place to make a successful handicap debut in ten-runner race at Haydock (1m, good) three weeks ago; that may have pointed to 1m2f but he was an excellent front-running third of 30 over 1m in the Britannia here (good to firm) on Thursday.
10(3)
42-14
silk
Groundbreaker

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J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Andrew Balding
3
8-12
90
110
Third attempt at a maiden when he won by 4l at Doncaster (1m2f, good to soft) in March; creditable fourth of six in Listed race at Newmarket (1m2f, good to firm) on latest outing; races freely (particularly last time) and that's despite a hood on those last two starts; it can be argued that a more strongly run race in big field will help with that tendency.
16(2)
31-135
silk
Trojan Horse

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J: Joe Fanning
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
3
8-6
84
110
Late foal; ended last season and began this one with soft-ground novice wins over 1m1f and 1m4f; has run creditably since in two handicaps over about 1m4f, albeit wilting late on at Musselburgh (good; unraced on firmer) last time which might encourage this drop back in trip.
5(7)
7-3231
silk
Honiton

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
3
9-2
94
113
His placed efforts this season were against very talented rivals and he then won by 9l when 1-2 for 11-runner maiden at Sandown (1m2f, good to firm) last Saturday; respected on handicap debut.
14(19)
61-1
silk
Asgoodassobergets

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J: Jim Crowley
T: Tom Ward
3
8-10
88
107
Ran twice in France in the autumn, readily winning at Lyon Parilly (1m2f, soft) on second occasion; 5-4 favourite and travelled smoothly when making winning debut for new connections in eight-runner novice at Wolverhampton (1m4f, AW) in April, going on to win by only half a length but perhaps better than that result; needs to be, in a big way, on this handicap debut.
8(16)
6-1132
silk
Pervade

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J: Colin Keane
T: F-H Graffard
3
8-13
91
104
Started this year with AW wins in a 10.5f maiden (made the running) and 9.5f handicap (always close up); placed on good to soft in two conditions events since, hanging left in the closing stages on first occasion and running on well from off the pace behind a very promising rival on latest; this step back up from 1m should suit but he probably needs marked improvement.
7(14)
8D1-1
silk
Falling Shadow

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J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
3
9-0
92
112
First past the post in a novice at Wolverhampton (8.6f, AW) in December on second start but was disqualified after testing positive for a prohibited substance; 11-8 favourite, again looked green once taking it up but finished very well in charge in maiden at Newbury (1m2f, good; form boosted) five weeks ago; gelded soon afterwards; makes handicap debut in an extremely hot race but there could be a lot more ability in him.
13(12)
3-11
silk
Knightswood

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J: Jason Hart
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
3
8-10
88
112
Made debut in December; won from the front by 5l in a maiden at Redcar (1m2f, good) on recent reappearance and by a neck in novice at Chepstow (1m4f, good) 11 days later; brought out quickly again for this very hot race on handicap debut; did it gamely last time and has more to offer.
6(4)
21143
silk
Blue Trail

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J: James Doyle
T: Charlie Appleby
3
9-1
93
110
Late foal; progressive in a hood on AW this year for first three starts; no hood for his two races since but third of ten on handicap/turf debut at Sandown (good) was improved form, in a manner suggesting (as does pedigree) that going beyond 1m would suit; duly completed the course in front when joint-favourite at Epsom (1m2f) two weeks ago but had lost his injured jockey in the stalls and was deemed a non-runner; considered.
NR(10)
2211
silk
Chairman

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T: Freddie & Martyn Meade
3
8-12
90
110
Improving steadily, gamely making all in a maiden at Salisbury (1m4f, good to firm) and always prominent when following up on handicap debut at Bath (1m2f, good to soft); both were in very small fields and he's been raised 7lb but that was a taking performance last time and he has more to give.
3(9)
211
silk
Phantom Flight

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J: P J McDonald
T: James Horton
3
9-3
95
112
Close second in March on debut before keeping on dourly to win 1m novice events at Redcar (good to soft) and Haydock (good); pedigree backs up the impression that further than 1m will suit him well, so he brings potential to this handicap debut.
1(1)
122
silk
Aldous Huxley

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J: Benoit De La Sayette
T: John & Thady Gosden
3
9-9
101
114
Late foal; dominated a novice at Kempton (1m2f, AW; 10-11) in March on debut; runner-up in a novice at Newmarket (1m2f, good) and Listed race at Goodwood (1m3f, soft), in the latter leading until final strides after seeing off other challengers; he's come up against highly regarded opposition on last two starts and looks capable of improvement himself; no surprise if he's better than this mark and good claimer Benoit De La Sayette is recruited.
4(13)
411
silk
Missed The Cut

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J: James McDonald
T: George Boughey
3
9-3
95
115
Fourth at Newmarket in April on debut; improved when hugely on top at 4-7 in a maiden at Pontefract (1m, good to firm) and novice at Salisbury (1m2f, good); the form has been boosted and he surely has more to give, so he is one of many who need to be taken seriously.

Verdict

One of the most promising may well be FALLING SHADOW, who gets the vote ahead of Knightswood and Aldous Huxley.

Past 10 Winners

YEAR WINNER [DRAW] AGE WGT SP TRAINER JOCKEY
2021 Foxes Tales [13] 3 8-11 13/2 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy
2020 Highland Chief [16] 3 9-7 20/1 Paul & Oliver Cole Rossa Ryan

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