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King’s Stand Stakes

15:40 Royal Ascot

2021-06-15

Winner: £198485

Runners: 16

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 0m5f0yy

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The King's Stand Stakes is a Group 1 contest run over 5f. It takes place at 15:40 on Tuesday 15th June, which is the first 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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7(11)
441480
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Ornate

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J: Adam Kirby
T: David C Griffiths
8
131
97
113
Regularly leads; beaten a long way in this race in 2018; more often seen in handicaps and although he was a very creditable third to Battaash in a Group 2 at Goodwood last July, the gap between them widened considerably at York after; cheekpieces discarded.
2(9)
0/111-
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Battaash

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J: Jim Crowley
T: Charles Hills
7
131
123
132
The most memorable 5f sprinter of recent times; unbeaten in three 2020 starts but he didn't need to be at his best to win this on return and his defeat of Que Amoro in the Nunthorpe at York in August lacked the dashing brilliance of his win there in 2019, when beating a longstanding course record; this dry weather has been ideal but he has had an interrupted preparation following an injury so it will be pretty special if he is at his best on a stiff track that has never seemed the perfect fit for him.
3(5)
4-2221
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Extravagant Kid

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: Brendan P Walsh
8
131
114
126
US challenger; has put up some big performances in recent outings, having the worst draw of those in the frame when fourth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint in November (extended 5f, good; acts well on good to firm) then winning a lesser Group 1 at Meydan in March (6f); looks to have a bit to find back at a bare 5f on first run in Britain.
1(15)
77-161
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Arecibo

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J: Jamie Spencer
T: Robert Cowell
6
131
104
120
Has C&D Listed form and handles most surfaces though is ideally suited by good or slower; needs more than he has achieved so far but is in peak form for his new yard (hampered in a Group 3 in between two 5f handicap wins) and the likely strong pace will suit.
9(13)
10-923
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Stone Of Destiny

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J: William Buick
T: Andrew Balding
6
131
103
118
Needs everything to be picture-perfect but his smart course form includes a fourth in the Commonwealth Cup in 2018 (good to firm) and a C&D handicap win in 2019; ran well in the Dash over 5f at Epsom recently but this clearly asks a lot more of him.
13(4)
/1320-
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Que Amoro

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J: Paul Mulrennan
T: Michael Dods
5
128
112
128
Usually leads; has made excellent progress and although she couldn't contain Battaash in the Nunthorpe at York last August (5f, good) the latter was never able to slack off against her; has a good chance of further improvement this year but is well suited by sharp tracks and this is a tough lead-in to the season.
4(12)
-10362
silk
Harry's Bar

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J: Ronan Whelan
T: Adrian McGuinness
6
131
106
121
Multiple AW winner who raced rarely on turf for previous trainer who has done so well with the family; his second in a Naas Listed event in April (5f, good) was much better than anything else he has achieved on grass but another giant step forward is needed.
8(14)
15-723
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Oxted

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J: Cieren Fallon
T: Roger Teal
5
131
117
129
Made up into a top 6f sprinter in 2020 with his wins on the two Newmarket courses, in a Group 3 (good to firm) and then the Group 1 July Cup (good) before just outstayed in the Champions Sprint on soft here in October; below best since a fruitless trip to Saudi Arabia but has had excuses and this free-racer looks well worth a go over a bare 5f; respected.
5(16)
02-321
silk
King's Lynn

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J: Oisin Murphy
T: Andrew Balding
4
131
107
124
His form is not up to this level as yet but he is only lightly raced and his recent improved Listed win at Haydock (5f, good to soft; acts well on good to firm) argues that he is only now reaching his full potential for yard that has a fine record with sprinters.
6(6)
/160-1
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Maven

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J: John R Velazquez
T: Wesley A Ward
4
131
105
114
Often leads; winner of a Group 3 in France at two (5f, good to soft; has won on good) and cannot be judged too harshly on a subsequent Goodwood defeat on his only British run; stays further than 5f but will still do well to hang on here.
12(10)
2473-1
silk
Liberty Beach

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J: Jason Hart
T: John Quinn
4
128
109
122
No match for Battaash in this race last year when still a creditable third (good to soft; handles good); checked in her run when finishing behind Keep Busy at the Curragh in September but ended the year with a close third in the Abbaye (5f, heavy) and shouldn't be far away following a winning reappearance at Haydock.
11(3)
2325-5
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Keep Busy

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J: Ryan Moore
T: John Quinn
4
128
108
125
Best of the rest behind a handicap blot in 5f event at this meeting last June and she raised her game in Group 1s in the autumn with a close second at the Curragh (good) followed by her fifth in the Abbaye (heavy); has won on good to firm but best form on good or slower.
10(2)
6467-7
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Glamorous Anna

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J: William Cox
T: Christopher Mason
4
128
92
111
Pace-setter who excelled herself when a close fourth on promotion to Group company at Newbury in September (5f, good); however, she couldn't reproduce the form in two AW runs after, nor on her return in a Group 3 at Newmarket last month, and this is even more daunting.
16(7)
1011-1
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Winter Power

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J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Tim Easterby
3
121
114
130
Has thrived since early defeats by Acklam Express and Ubettabelieveit at two, winning a Listed race before impressing in Group 3 at Newmarket (soft); she was soon away and gone when successful under a penalty at York in May (5f, good; first-time tongue-tie, retained) but she doesn't have to lead, which is just as well as this isn't the easiest track on which to make all; plenty to be excited about despite the rise in class.
15(1)
1913-8
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Ubettabelieveit

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J: Rowan Scott
T: Nigel Tinkler
3
124
110
120
Smart as 2yo with Listed and Group 2 wins at 5f (good) before running a stormer in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (extended 5f); however, disappointing favourite on reappearance at Chantilly in April (good to soft) which leaves him with more to prove than many.
14(8)
0-2338
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Acklam Express

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J: Tom Marquand
T: Nigel Tinkler
3
124
110
126
Some good results in Meydan this year, including when a close third to Extravagant Kid in a Group 1 (6f, good); however, he was described as never travelling in his two most recent British starts on final run at two and behind Winter Power at York recently; more needed even if back to best.

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Oxted
This should be run at a tremendous pace with several fast front-runners in the field. The horse with the best form is again Battaash who wasn't seriously troubled to win this last year but is returning from an injury and has been in a race against time to get here. It will be fascinating to see what Winter Power comes up with on this much stiffer track than when so impressive at York but the free-racing OXTED, who beat some big names over 6f last summer, is an interesting contender back on a track that suits as he has shaped as though he will be fully effective at 5f and the return to fast ground is in his favour. Liberty Beach, third in this race last year, has fair claims again, along with the US-trained Extravagant Kid.

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