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King’s Stand Stakes

15:40 Royal Ascot

2022-06-14

Winner: £283550

Runners: 18

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 20th June, which is the first 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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15(7)
1131-6
silk
Tis Marvellous

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J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
8
9-7
112
121
Acts very well here but his latest C&D win came at Listed level in the autumn (soft; has won on good to firm) and he's unlikely to improve on his fourth in this race two years ago.
2(3)
843-73
silk
Arecibo

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J: Rossa Ryan
T: Robert Cowell
7
9-7
104
122
All British wins have come in 5f handicaps but the strong pace in this race last year (good to firm) played into his hands and he was an excellent second; pulling off a similar feat looks unlikely in this stronger field.
3(8)
3/114-
silk
Equilateral

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J: Kieran Shoemark
T: Charles Hills
7
9-7
108
122
Runner-up to stablemate Battaash in this race two years ago and was a Group 2 winner at Meydan in February 2021 (5f, good); off with an injury since that March and although he goes well fresh and has been pleasing in his home work, this is a weighty task.
12(10)
11-231
silk
Nature Strip

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J: James McDonald
T: Chris Waller
7
9-7
124
133
Superb Australian 8yo who is officially the highest rated sprinter in the world, 3lb ahead of Golden Pal (they're level on RPRs); eight Group 1 wins at 5f-6f and highly adaptable regarding tactics, type of track and the going; hard to find a fault as this stiff 5f is likely to suit but he has never raced outside Australia and that great champion Black Caviar left her best form Down Under when just scrambling home at this meeting; a massive player if he's on song.
6(4)
18-381
silk
Khaadem

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J: Jamie Spencer
T: Charles Hills
6
9-7
108
118
Good efforts in two Group 1s during 2020 when fourth in the Diamond Jubilee at this meeting and the July Cup (both 6f on good), but overall he hasn't quite delivered on his early promise; ran his best race for a while when just holding on against Existent in a Group 3 at Newmarket in April but has no obvious prospects up in class.
7(2)
521-21
silk
King's Lynn

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J: David Probert
T: Andrew Balding
5
9-7
111
121
Listed winner at 6f but is better at 5f and he would have recorded a big career best in this race 12 months ago (good to firm) with a trouble-free run; just scraped home from Twilight Calls in a Group 2 at Haydock last month but a strongly run race back here will be just the ticket; good contender among the home contingent.
8(15)
167-21
silk
Lazuli

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J: James Doyle
T: Charlie Appleby
5
9-7
112
121
Suited by good or quicker ground; took another step up the ladder when winning a Group 3 at Newmarket in May 2021 but no real progress since and his defeat of Acklam Express back over 5f in a Group 2 at Meydan in February was of a much lower order than today's race requires.
10(5)
88-113
silk
Man Of Promise

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J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
5
9-7
118
128
Ran well here on debut; slow burner in a light career but was much improved over 6f in Dubai this spring, especially when all over his rivals in a Group 3 in March (good); lacked the same sparkle three weeks later but is best with more time between his races; having his first run over 5f but is a strong traveller who could be well suited by this test, remembering also that former stablemate Blue Point had had just the one 5f run before winning his first King's Stand; intriguing prospect.
16(6)
46-152
silk
Twilight Calls

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J: Ryan Moore
T: Henry Candy
4
9-7
110
120
Ran creditably here as 2yo; looked good when winning a handicap on return and has shown better form in Group races since (5f, good), having to sit tight for a gap to appear when only just failing against King's Lynn at Haydock 24 days ago; has a daunting task but is likely to raise his game further at some stage.
17(14)
10-232
silk
Mooneista

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J: Colin Keane
T: Jack W Davison
4
9-4
112
125
Unsuited by 6f on heavy in the Commonwealth Cup 12 months ago before winning a 5f Group 2 in July (good); this demanding 5f will suit but her form is not up to what will be needed today.
5(13)
1711-1
silk
Golden Pal

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J: Irad Ortiz Jr
T: Wesley A Ward
4
9-7
121
133
The best sprinter in the US; lost out late on in the Norfolk here in 2020 and was beaten for the only time since when having his only off day at York in August; has taken form to new level on last two starts, out of the gates like a rocket when making all in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (5f, firm) and again on his return at Keeneland (about 5f, good); multiple Royal Ascot-winning trainer Wesley Ward says this one is the best he's brought to the meeting but the 4yo does need to bring his home brilliance to Britain.
18(1)
1108-8
silk
Winter Power

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J: David Allan
T: Tim Easterby
4
9-4
116
129
Leads or races prominently; proved her mettle as a Group 1 sprinter when winning the Nunthorpe at York in August (5f, good to firm) but she hasn't repeated the form since and was a fading ninth in this race last year.
14(16)
293-36
silk
Saint Lawrence

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J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Roger Varian
4
9-7
104
114
Both wins at 7f, more recently in a Listed Newbury race in August 2020; promising first attempt over 5f when a staying-on third to Khaadem and Existent in a Group 3 at Newmarket in April (good) but lesser effort in France since and a mighty task awaits this time; first-time blinkers on.
4(18)
115625
silk
Existent

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J: Marco Ghiani
T: Stuart Williams
4
9-7
107
117
Smart at 5f on AW for new yard and nearly snatched a Group 3 from Khaadem on turf at Newmarket in April (5f, good); lesser effort behind King's Lynn at Haydock since and although in a normal year he would have a squeak at a price, this is a particularly strong renewal.
11(9)
523784
silk
Mondammej

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J: Cam Hardie
T: Antony Brittain
5
9-7
104
114
Very tough 5yo who has been on the go more or less constantly since making his debut in November 2020, winning six times and running as well as he ever has on turf when about 2l behind King's Lynn in a Group 2 at Haydock last month (5f, good); this race should be out of reach.
1(11)
80-274
silk
Acklam Express

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J: Rowan Scott
T: Nigel Tinkler
4
9-7
104
114
Runner-up in 5f Group 2 at Meydan for the last two years, to Equilateral in 2021 and Lazuli in February (both on good) but his biggest win came in Listed race in 2020 and he was a fading tenth in this race 12 months ago (22-1).
9(17)
115-72
silk
Logo Hunter

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J: Seamie Heffernan
T: Michael J Browne
4
9-7
110
123
Dual Listed winner at about 5f (soft and yielding) in the first half of 2021 but well held in a Group 2 last July and this year's form is not up to scratch.
13(12)
1635-1
silk
Ponntos

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J: Tomas Lukasek
T: Miroslav Nieslanik
4
9-7
109
123
Did not slot easily into Group company initially but was suited by the return to front-running when showing much improved form to win a Group 3 at Longchamp (good to soft) in May; deserves his place in the field but this will test him.

Verdict

Nature Strip and Golden Pal are the world's top sprinters but MAN OF PROMISE, impressive in Dubai, is fascinating dropped to 5f.

Past 10 Winners

Year Horse [Draw] Age Weight SP Trainer Jockey
2021 Oxted [14] 5 9-5 4/1 Roger Teal Cieren Fallon
2020 Battaash [10] 6 9-4 5/6F Charles Hills Jim Crowley
2019 Blue Point [1] 5 9-4 5/2 Charlie Appleby James Doyle
2018 Blue Point [10] 4 9-4 6/1 Charlie Appleby William Buick
2017 Lady Aurelia [18] 3 8-9 7/2 Wesley A Ward
2016 Profitable [8] 4 9-4 4/1 Clive Cox Adam Kirby
2015 Goldream [3] 6 9-4 20/1 Robert Cowell Martin Harley
2014 Sole Power [8] 7 9-4 5/1 Edward Lynam Richard Hughes
2013 Sole Power [14] 6 9-4 8/1 Edward Lynam Johnny Murtagh
2012 Little Bridge [7] 5 9-4 12/1 C S Shum Zac Purton

Key race stats

  • Adjusted RPR of at least 125, 10/10
  • Rated within 7lb of RPR top-rated, 10/10
  • Ran at least twice that season, 8/10
  • Drawn seven or higher, 8/10
  • Won that season, 7/10
  • Group winner over 5f, 7/10
Other factors
  • In 2020, Battaash became the first successful favourite since Scenic Blast in 2009.
  • Seven beaten favourites had won a Group race last time (includes both joint-favourites from 2012).
  • The record of Palace House winners is 1111334.

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