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Norfolk Stakes

14:30 Royal Ascot

2022-06-16

Winner: £65120

Runners: 10

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 0m5f0yy

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The Norfolk Stakes is a Group 2 contest run over 5f. It takes place at 14:30 on Thursday 22nd June, which is the third 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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6(1)
331
silk
Redemption Time

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J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
2
9-3
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96
£220,000 yearling who was third on first two starts (3l behind Walbank over C&D latterly) before making it third time lucky with a tongue-strap added in a small-field race at Bath (5f, good to firm) 13 days ago; has potential for better again but it would still be a bit of a surprise were he to provide his yard with a second win in this after Reckless Abandon in 2012.
3(4)
122
silk
Crispy Cat

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J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: M D O'Callaghan
2
9-3
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109
Made all at Cork (good) on debut and narrowly denied in Listed races at the Curragh (yielding; short-headed by Blackbeard) and Sandown (good to soft; beaten a neck by Maria Branwell); Rossa Ryan seemingly prefers Walbank but this one is firmly in the mix on form.
8(2)
413
silk
The Ridler

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J: Paul Hanagan
T: Richard Fahey
2
9-3
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102
First two starts at Ripon on good, winning 5f novice on second occasion; better form when third to Chateau in 5f Beverley conditions event (good to firm) since, finishing off well from further back than ideal; trainer/jockey combination won this last year and also had a close second in 2019.
7(10)
11
silk
The Antarctic

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
2
9-3
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108
Brother to crack sprinter Battaash and has looked a smart prospect when winning 5f events at Tipperary (soft) and Naas (good) this spring; more to come and major player for a stable seeking a third success in this since 2015.
9(11)
61
silk
Thunder Moor

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: Kevin Ryan
2
9-3
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101
Coltish in the preliminaries when well-beaten favourite on his Musselburgh debut in April but better behaved beforehand and showed his true colours with ready all-the-way York success (5f, good) last month; that form was boosted by the subsequent wins of the second and third (twice); interesting that Danny Tudhope is on him rather than Pillow Talk; trainer sent out Bapak Chinta to take this in 2011.
1(3)
1
silk
Bakeel

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J: Jack Mitchell
T: Andrew Balding
2
9-3
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105
Successful debut in five-runner C&D conditions event (good to firm) seven weeks ago; those in behind haven't done much for the form but he remains a very useful prospect.
2(9)
1
silk
Brave Nation

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J: James Doyle
T: Michael Bell
2
9-3
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104
Bred for speed and he displayed plenty of it when making all by 6l on 5f Doncaster debut (good to firm) in April, drawing right away despite hanging to his right; the runner-up has finished second again since and the third has won, so the form isn't too bad; one to note for a stable whose last two runners in this were Hoh Mike (unlucky second in 2006) and The Lir Jet (won in 2020).
11(8)
21
silk
Pillow Talk

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J: Kieran Shoemark
T: K R Burke
2
9-0
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112
Second at 18-1 on debut and left that well behind when responding generously to pressure to edge out stablemate Yahsat in Listed Marygate Stakes at York (5f, good) five weeks ago; same connections ran Dramatised in yesterday's Queen Mary (impressive winner) so this one heads to this race instead; likely capable of better again but Danny Tudhope, who rode her at York, seemingly prefers Thunder Moor.
4(5)
51
silk
Jungle Fever

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J: Joe Fanning
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
2
9-3
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88
Brother to very smart sprinter Winter Power; faded after showing speed on Musselburgh debut but saw things out a lot better when making all over the extended 5f at Brighton (good to firm) 18 days later; his bare form is some way removed from the standard required to win this but he's capable of better.
10(6)
21
silk
Walbank

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J: Rossa Ryan
T: David Loughnane
2
9-3
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113
525,000gns purchase at the breeze-ups and went down to only the exciting Noble Style on C&D debut (good); easily made all in four-runner novice at York (5f, good) since; exciting prospect for connections who had one pipped on the post in this last year.
NR(7)
silk
My First Rodeo

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T: John Ryan
2
9-3
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30,000euros breeze-up purchase who is a half-brother to winners Mumayaz (7f 2yo; RPR 77) and Saatty (5f/6f AW; 75); surely firmly up against it pitched into this Group 2 on debut.

Verdict

The Antarctic should make a bold bid to remain unbeaten but narrow preference is for WALBANK, who was impressive last time.

Past 10 Winners

Key race stats

  • By a sire with a stamina index between 6.7 and 8.3f, nine winners in last ten runnings
  • Lost maiden tag, 9/10
  • Won last time out, 8/10
  • Adjusted RPR of at least 100, 7/10
  • Recorded a Topspeed figure of at least 74, 6/10 (two exceptions were unrated US winners)
Other factors
  • Five were once-raced winners. The other five were all beaten on their debuts.
  • Only five winners had scored over 5f. Two winners who had yet to score over the trip had won over 4½f and were trained by Wesley Ward.
  • Six winners had prevailed on their most recent start by at least two lengths.

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