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Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes Handicap

18:10 Royal Ascot

2021-06-18

Winner: £33501

Runners: 24

Going:Soft

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 0m5f0yy

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes is a handicap run over 5f. It takes place at 18:10 on Friday 18th June, which is the fourth 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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20(9)
321-36
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Hey Mr

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J: David Egan
T: Roger Varian
3
117
82
108
Progressive form at two, all on good to soft or slower, and won a Nottingham nursery on final outing (off 5lb lower); beaten favourite in races won by Bedford Flyer and Dream Composer this season; needs a clear personal best.
10(11)
-37312
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Rebel At Dawn

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J: Ben Curtis
T: K R Burke
3
126
91
109
Positives include proven ability on ground slower than good and some progress in recent weeks, following his Nottingham win this month with a close second at Chester (collared in only the final strides); 1lb ahead of his mark but stable may hold stronger claims with Significantly.
7(22)
5-11
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Boomshalaa

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J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Roger Varian
3
128
93
108
Created a very positive impression when running away with a 6f novice event at Kempton on reappearance in April; got loose before the start ahead of his next intended race; drew clear with another promising sort in a Windsor novice 18 days ago (6f, good), running a fast closing furlong; could prove suited by an end-to-end gallop over 5f and he retains plenty of potential; ground slower than good would ask a new question but he's promising.
15(19)
4-21
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Equality

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J: Kieran Shoemark
T: Charles Hills
3
123
88
111
In need of the experience on his 2yo debut (5f, soft); encouraging reappearance at Lingfield in April (6f, AW) and stepped up on that when running away with a 5f novice event at Wolverhampton 55 days ago; bare form of that win can't be rated highly but the final-furlong sectional was quick; makes handicap debut in a deep race but he's hugely unexposed.
8(24)
31-622
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Significantly

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J: Clifford Lee
T: K R Burke
3
127
92
111
First seven starts saw him beaten at odds ranging from 4-9 to 3-1, with five of them as favourite; won small-field conditions event at Newcastle in October (6f); best run came on his second start this year, over 6f at Newmarket (good to firm) where he took lengths out of a good field before succumbing to the late thrust of one who has since proved himself to be very smart; bumped into another classy rival at Hamilton last month; the Newmarket run suggests this mark is manageable and he should have a big run in him; handles soft but best efforts so far on quicker.
NR(6)
240-1
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Get It

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T: Clive Cox
3
127
92
102
Pick of three 2yo runs came when fourth in the Windsor Castle over C&D 12 months ago; had a wind operation after a lesser display in the Super Sprint; unimpressive when justifying long odds-on favouritism at Wolverhampton last month; trainer is greatly respected with this type but this one is untested on slower than good and needs to find improvement for it.
12(7)
11-322
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Popmaster

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J: Tom Marquand
T: Ed Walker
3
125
90
111
Has raced exclusively at 6f; two wins in Kempton novice events to start his career; progressed in defeat with each subsequent handicap run and latest was by just a nose (good to firm); gelded afterwards; not fully exposed but the forecast rain would ask new questions and he will need to break more smartly now dropping to 5f for the first time.
24(20)
14-204
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Fantasy Master

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J: Ray Dawson
T: Michael Appleby
3
112
77
108
Two 5f wins (on good and soft) at Nottingham last autumn but finished behind Hey Mr in hat-trick bid; respectable effort behind Rebel At Dawn last time; looks stable second string.
25(25)
25-221
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Cooperation

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J: Paddy Mathers
T: Richard Fahey
3
112
75
106
Didn't have to match previous best to get off the mark in a 6f novice at Hamilton 15 days ago (good to firm); not proven on softer than good; 2lb out of the handicap today and looks up against it.
13(1)
74-349
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Dense Star

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J: Marco Ghiani
T: Stuart Williams
3
125
90
106
Easy winner of a 5.5f Navan maiden (good to yielding) for Joseph O'Brien in September but that is her only win from 14 attempts; regressive RPRs in three Listed runs this year; she will be 3lb lower in future handicaps and the addition of cheekpieces isn't enough to tempt.
22(5)
9284-5
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Wings Of A Dove

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J: Hayley Turner
T: Richard Spencer
3
115
80
109
Nine-race maiden but she has run some good races in the face of stiff tasks, including when close fifth in Listed event at Bath in April; best form has come on good or faster.
4(3)
23133-
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Caroline Dale

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J: Pat Cosgrave
T: David Loughnane
3
130
95
106
Placed in the Queen Mary 12 months ago before readily breaking her maiden in a 5f novice at Windsor (5f, good to firm); confirmed her liking for this track when third behind a stablemate and the reopposing Hala Hala Hala in a 6f Group 3 last July; Listed placed on final 2yo outing (5f, soft); makes handicap debut in a hot race and after ten-month absence but she has a touch of class.
16(23)
3-3211
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Dream Composer

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J: Laura Pearson
T: James Evans
3
123
82
107
Low-key stable debut but he's shown that to be all wrong in three runs since, runner-up at Goodwood (5f, soft) before decisive come-from-behind wins at Carlisle (5f, good to soft) and Kempton (6f, AW); 2lb wrong under a penalty but, as a thriving sprinter for whom rain would be a bonus, it might not be insurmountable; could be capable of even better granted the test that this will present.
11(16)
11-255
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Charlie Fellowes

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J: Mark Crehan
T: George Scott
3
126
91
108
Form took off when cheekpieces were applied in September, as he recorded three wide-margin successes in novice auction events (good to firm/AW); progress has ground to a halt in handicaps since and hopes today are pinned on new headgear reviving his fortunes.
18(8)
-68122
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Noorban

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J: Chris Hayes
T: David O'Meara
3
120
85
113
First win since debut came at Ayr last month, when narrowly landing Class 4 handicap (good to firm); both runs since have strongly suggested she's still well handicapped, notably when travelling powerfully in 6f fillies' handicap at York last week (headed close home); on fast ground she would have excellent claims back at 5f but there is a question mark on slower than good.
1(2)
426-42
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Nomadic Empire

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: David O'Meara
3
133
98
108
Boasted some useful 2yo form, notably placed efforts over 5f in Listed races at York (soft) and Ayr (good to soft); low-key return to action at Sandown but latest second to Bedford Flyer at York (good) represented a career-best effort (good Topspeed figure); the forecast rain won't hurt his chance but it will almost certainly require a Group-class effort to win this off topweight.
5(4)
5209-6
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Hala Hala Hala

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J: James Doyle
T: Kevin Ryan
3
130
95
107
Highly tried after winning on her debut at Thirsk (6f, good) when fifth in a Newmarket Group 2 on second start and runner-up on good over 6f here last July (just under 1l ahead of Caroline Dale on same terms); had wind surgery afterwards but went on to finish well held in Group races at York and Kempton; underwent another wind operation before finishing sixth in 6f Group 3 here in April; first-time cheekpieces need to prompt improvement.
6(13)
2-1512
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Warrior Brave

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J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Michael Appleby
3
128
93
115
Ex-Irish; two minor AW wins over the winter (5f-6f); held on his turf reappearance at Nottingham in April but cheekpieces were added after that and he's shown much better form, winning small-field handicap at Goodwood and taking form to the next level when second in a Listed race at Sandown on Saturday (all 5f on good to firm); 7lb ahead of his mark as a result and has to be of interest from a handicapping perspective, for all that he has to prove that both the likely slower ground and new headgear are as suitable.
23(18)
2-4614
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Baba Reza

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J: Nicola Currie
T: Mohamed Moubarak
3
114
79
106
Won with more authority than the winning margin suggests at Lingfield in April (6f, AW); similar form at the same track last time; more on his plate dropping to 5f for the first time; sole turf run was debut (behind).
2(15)
11-421
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Bedford Flyer

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J: Lewis Edmunds
T: Les Eyre
3
132
97
108
Exciting front-runner; three wins as a 2yo, notably a blistering effort at Lingfield (5f, AW) in November; solid start to this campaign with excuses on first two runs (trip at Lingfield and then racing away from main rival at Thirsk); showed his true colours with a powerful display to win 13-runner handicap at York (good) five weeks ago, keeping on strongly; has aspirations of becoming a Group-class performer but there's just a nagging concern that this will place more emphasis on stamina than ideal.
17(17)
8110-4
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Operatic

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J: William Buick
T: Simon & Ed Crisford
3
122
87
107
Two 6f wins as a 2yo last September; ended juvenile campaign with heavy defeat in the mud at Newmarket (Listed); didn't look a straightforward ride at Goodwood on her recent reappearance and looks vulnerable dropping to 5f for the first time.
3(21)
735-24
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First Company

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J: Harrison Shaw
T: Declan Carroll
3
132
97
106
Placed in a Listed race at Ayr (5f, good to soft) last September; second, from an advantageous draw, at Chester (good to soft) on his reappearance but put in his place back in Listed event at York last month; this looks a hot race in which to try to shed his maiden tag.
21(10)
-42358
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Shalaa Asker

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J: Cieren Fallon
T: Adrian Paul Keatley
3
115
80
111
Sole win from 11 starts came in an AW novice last September; went close off this mark at Nottingham (good to firm; probably acts on soft) in April but held since and looks up against it in this line-up; gelded since last start and tongue-tie is removed.
19(14)
14-36
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Desert Gulf

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: William Knight
3
119
84
108
Won debut (6f); not beaten far on last month's handicap debut (6f; raced freely); still has potential but is thrown into a deep race for his first start at 5f and first on turf; Hollie Doyle takes over for the first time.
14(12)
611111
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Mo Celita

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J: Oisin Murphy
T: Adrian Nicholls
3
125
90
109
No indication of what was to follow when she scrambled home in 6f seller in April on stable debut; bloomed in May, however, with two wide-margin selling-race wins (one at 5f) followed by two impressive successes in Haydock handicaps (6f, heavy/good to soft); latest win is backed up by the Topspeed figure and the runner-up has since run well in defeat; the forecast rain will be in her favour and another 8lb rise isn't sure to handicap her out of things; it would be quite a story were she to complete the six-timer but it is not far-fetched.

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Dream Composer
The prospect of thunderstorms ahead of racing, and the subsequent effect on the ground, adds further uncertainty to a tricky puzzle. It is slightly surprising that Warrior Brave isn't a clear favourite after last weekend's improved showing at Sandown and he is greatly respected, for all that slow ground would ask a new question of him. Noorban would have been very high on the list on fast ground but, with conditions set to change, it may pay to look elsewhere. Unexposed pair Equality and Boomshalaa will rightly have their supporters but the three who appeal most are Mo Celita, Significantly and DREAM COMPOSER. Significantly's Newmarket second offers plenty of hope but Dream Composer is thriving, won't mind the ground changing and leaves the impression that a well-run race at this trip could produce another surge of improvement. There is plenty of speed drawn middle to high and his talented apprentice may be able to produce him with a strong late burst.

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