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King Edward VII Stakes

15:05 Royal Ascot

2022-06-17

Winner: £142058.55

Runners: 6

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 1m3f211yy

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The King Edward VII Stakes is a Group 2 contest run over 1m4f. It takes place at 17:35 on Friday 24th 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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2(4)
23-144
silk
Dark Moon Rising

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J: Kevin Stott
T: Kevin Ryan
3
9-2
102
116
Beaten in Listed and Group 2 races the last twice and others probably have more potential; however, he was rallying in the final furlong when a near-8l fourth of eight to subsequent Derby winner Desert Crown in the Dante at York (1m2f, good) and it's possible that he will improve again for the step up to 1m4f (his dam won over this trip); not ruled out.
1(3)
52-115
silk
Changingoftheguard

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
3
9-2
110
126
Easily made all in four-runner Group 3 Chester Vase (1m4f, soft) before finishing fifth of 17 in the Derby (1m4f, good); possibly deserves extra credit for his Epsom performance as he used up early energy in order to lead; this comes just 13 days after that hard race but he holds leading form claims and this front-runner may have a tactical advantage in today's small field; unraced on fast ground; no cheekpieces today (wore them at Epsom).
6(2)
32-133
silk
Savvy Victory

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J: James Doyle
T: S Woods
3
9-2
95
109
Off the mark at the fifth attempt in Pontefract maiden (1m2f, soft) in April prior to well-beaten third behind Changingoftheguard in the Chester Vase (1m4f, soft); better effort when staying-on third to Ottoman Fleet in Newmarket Listed race (1m2f, good to firm) last time and he's worth another go at 1m4f, but the need for improvement is obvious and others are preferred.
4(6)
3-13
silk
Lysander

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J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
3
9-2
100
115
Promising third on sole 2yo run (1m, heavy) and made a winning return at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) in April; close third of six in Goodwood Listed race (1m3f, soft) last month and, although improvement is needed, he's lightly raced and open to further progress for last year's winning trainer.
3(1)
-31120
silk
Grand Alliance

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: Charlie Fellowes
3
9-2
98
111
Made his debut in December and progressed swiftly, going close in Epsom Listed race (1m2f, good) in April; well-beaten 11th of 17 at 40-1 in the Derby (1m4f, good) 13 days ago but, despite having run well at Epsom previously, he didn't look comfortable when running downhill and made some headway in the straight; retains potential and not written off in first-time visor.
5(5)
21
silk
Ottoman Fleet

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J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
3
9-2
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113
Went close on debut (1m3f, good) then kept on well for Listed win at Newmarket (1m2f, good to firm) last month, defying an early stumble; this demands another step forward but he's in top hands and there can be considerable optimism that he will improve further, especially now at 1m4f; player.

Verdict

Derby fifth Changingoftheguard is very much respected but preference is for the lightly raced Godolphin Listed winner OTTOMAN FLEET

Past 10 Winners

Key race stats

  • Won within last three starts, 10/10
  • Adjusted RPR of at least 118, 9/10
  • Yet to win over 1m4f, 9/10
  • Within 5lb of RPR top-rated, 7/10
  • Ran in a recognised Derby trial, 7/10 (three won)
  • Top-three finish last time out, 7/10
Other factors
  • The only two winners who had run in Group company as juveniles were Japan and Pyledriver (Japan won a Group 2).

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