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Golden Gates Stakes Handicap

17:35 Royal Ascot

2021-06-19

Winner: £33501

Runners: 16

Going:Soft

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 19th June, which is the fifth 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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3(18)
14-413
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River Alwen

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J: Jamie Spencer
T: Richard Hannon
3
131
101
113
Resumed improvement when he won on handicap debut at Newmarket (1m2f, good to firm) in May, gamely working his way to the front close home under Jamie Spencer; good third in London Gold Cup at Newbury (1m2f, good to soft) 13 days later; useful form on soft as 2yo; going the right way.
8(11)
4121
silk
Sir Rumi

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J: David Egan
T: Richard Hannon
3
124
94
111
All three turf starts on good to firm, winning a novice at Nottingham (1m) and six-runner handicap at Haydock (1m2f; never in much doubt) either side of his second to Alfaadhel on Lingfield AW; raised 5lb but progressive.
16(1)
631-35
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Dingle

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: Richard Hannon
3
118
88
116
Improved when third of 17 in handicap at Newbury (7f, good) on reappearance; disappointing favourite off that same mark at Sandown (1m) one week later, perhaps with the race coming too soon, and there's a bit for him to prove at 1m2f too, for all that he won a 2yo race over 1m; withdrawn from London Gold Cup when ground was good to soft.
7(12)
33-125
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Baton Rouge

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
3
126
96
116
Brother to high-class Magician; front-runner this season, winning AW maiden on reappearance in March and best form when second in a conditions event at Naas (1m2f, yielding to soft) next time; sweating and underperformed in cheekpieces (retained here) on latest outing, however.
17(4)
65-512
silk
Seasett

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T: Richard Fahey
3
118
88
113
Greatly improved to win handicap debut at Nottingham (1m, soft) in May, coming from well off the pace; again stayed on well when clear second in good race at Haydock (1m, heavy) two weeks later and, although now up another 7lb, it looks as if he will be well suited by this longer trip.
2(3)
131-46
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Pythagoras

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J: Paul Hanagan
T: Richard Fahey
3
131
101
110
Concluded 2yo campaign with a Listed win at Pontefract (1m, soft); while he ran with credit in Listed and Group 2 races (both 1m2f on good) on his first two starts this term, some limitations were exposed.
11(6)
2-2122
silk
King Frankel

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: Mark Johnston
3
121
91
117
Second in the London Gold Cup at Newbury on handicap debut; contrastingly, he was soon ridden along in rear at Epsom (again 1m2f on good to soft) two weeks ago and looked booked to finish last of seven for a long way but ended up beaten a nose; raised 3lb but there has to be a strong suspicion that the Epsom display can be improved on.
19(7)
221-25
silk
Skycutter

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J: Ben Curtis
T: Philip Kirby
3
118
88
116
1-8 in France, the win coming in a heavy-ground maiden at Compiegne (1m2f) last October; creditable fifth of eight in Listed race at Chantilly (1m2f, good) in May when last seen, which makes this mark look plausible for British debut even if he could hardly have found a warmer race.
13(9)
2-15
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Stay Well

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J: Tom Marquand
T: Hughie Morrison
3
120
90
111
Second on debut at Doncaster (1m, good) last September and easily made all on reappearance in Windsor maiden (1m2f, good to firm); early days but he made a big backward step in Listed race at Goodwood (1m3f, soft) and needs to bounce back from that.
12(10)
751-31
silk
Without Revenge

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J: Jason Watson
T: Roger Charlton
3
120
90
114
Well held on soft as 2yo; won on AW next time and resumed his improvement in a big way when he drew just over 4l clear in seven-runner handicap at Newmarket (1m2f, good) last month; up 10lb but unlikely to have reached his limit yet.
15(8)
212
silk
Glentaneous

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J: Martin Dwyer
T: Brian Meehan
3
119
89
106
All three starts over 1m on Polytrack, making all to justify long odds-on at Lingfield in February; narrowly beaten on his other two outings, off two months before gamely making most in a novice event there early in May; dam's side suggests he will be crying out for 1m2f+, so he has more to give on this handicap debut.
14(14)
11-01
silk
Irish Legend

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J: Colin Keane
T: Hugo Palmer
3
120
90
113
Won last autumn on soft (1m) and AW (1m2f) in his only two starts as 2yo; trailed home last in the Sandown Classic Trial (good) on reappearance but resumed winning ways, by a head, when wearing cheekpieces for handicap debut at Newcastle (1m2f, AW); that's three out of four but, with different headgear given a go, he needs to find a fair bit extra in this hot race.
9(2)
3-31
silk
Fantastic Fox

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J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Roger Varian
3
124
94
114
Third on soft ground on sole 2yo start; much better behind Snow Lantern at Newbury (good) on reappearance and he scored easily at Hamilton (good to firm) two weeks later, as odds of 1-5 suggested he would; from a speedy family but sire gives plenty of hope for 1m2f; hard to dismiss as the best of him is surely yet to come.
1(17)
1-55
silk
Isle Of Sark

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J: Adam Kirby
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
3
133
103
107
Won 7f Dundalk maiden (AW) in good style on debut last November; fifth of eight in Group 3 at Leopardstown was a solid reappearance but disappointing favourite at Cork 12 days later in April, both 1m2f on good; now tongue tied; unexposed but he has top weight.
6(15)
311
silk
Alfaadhel

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J: Jim Crowley
T: Roger Varian
3
128
98
113
Third to Foxes Tales on debut; won a warm maiden at Chester (1m2f, good to soft) in May and showed useful form when he followed up from Sir Rumi in novice at Lingfield (1m2f, AW) three weeks later; he's increasingly looking the part, so is one to consider despite his lofty opening handicap mark.
18(16)
91-24
silk
Possible Man

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J: Richard Kingscote
T: Sir Michael Stoute
3
118
88
113
Progressive RPRs in three novice events, including an AW win and when second on seasonal debut at Leicester (1m2f, good to firm) despite racing freely; looked type to improve further but that did not happen when last of four on handicap debut at Sandown (1m2f, soft) one month ago.
4(5)
-31121
silk
Visualisation

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J: Declan McDonogh
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
3
130
100
112
Much better moving into handicaps this spring with a win at Gowran, second at Naas and a win in 16-runner race at the Curragh, all when racing close up over 1m on soft or heavy, and he battled back very well when making most last time; there's hope for 1m2f in those performances and he has stamina on the dam's side; respected.
5(19)
1115
silk
Tamborrada

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J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
3
129
99
113
Two 1m2f AW wins at Lingfield in January and he completed the hat-trick when 11-10 favourite in five-runner handicap at Doncaster (1m2f, good) in March; looked the type to make further progress but he underperformed in the London Gold Cup at Newbury (1m2f, good to soft) five weeks ago.
10(13)
2-15
silk
Foxes Tales

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J: Oisin Murphy
T: Andrew Balding
3
123
93
116
Snatching a maiden at Newbury (1m, good) in April pointed to major improvement at 1m2f+, which didn't exactly materialise when fifth of seven in Listed race at Chester (1m2f, good to soft) but he was struggling from an early stage and can do better back on a more conventional course; makes handicap debut in a hot race but he's one to consider.

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King Frankel
Mark Johnston's KING FRANKEL can be described as setting the standard, as he has already finished second in two major 1m2f handicaps, and the manner in which he so nearly grabbed victory at Epsom last time suggested he can raise his game again. Visualisation has shown his mettle in Irish 1m handicaps in the mud, with a good chance that he can run just as well over this longer trip. However, the field also includes plenty of lightly raced types who bring plenty of promise. Alfaadhel and Fantastic Fox are high up that list, while Glentaneous could be a very big improver now that he moves up from 1m and he may be the selection's chief threat. Foxes Tales is better than he showed at Chester and Seasett could be a major player if he gets in.

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