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Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes Handicap

18:10 Royal Ascot

2022-06-17

Winner: £51540

Runners: 27

Going:Good To Firm

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 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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10(25)
-51453
silk
Saliteh

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J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Adrian Murray
3
9-0
96
108
Failed to win in six runs for Richard Hannon and was officially rated just 67 when making a successful stable debut in a Naas handicap in March (5f, good to yielding); she has since run with great credit in a Cork Listed event (behind Ladies Church) and a Naas Group 3 but she looks vulnerable off her revised mark; tongue-tie added for the first time.
7(18)
411-16
silk
Tippy Toes

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J: Joe Fanning
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
3
9-2
98
112
Ended 2yo campaign with two front-running 6f novice wins at Chelmsford; returned from five months off to win a Listed race over the same C&D, earning a 16lb rise in the process; impressed with how well she travelled in the Sandy Lane Stakes four weeks ago (50-1) but she was left behind in the closing stages; this may prove more suitable but it is still a tough assignment.
3(27)
6208-5
silk
Khunan

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J: Barry McHugh
T: Richard Fahey
3
9-6
102
114
Smart as 2yo, notably with a second-place finish in the Group 2 Richmond at Goodwood (6f, good to soft) and a close sixth in the Norfolk at this meeting (5f, good to firm); ended his juvenile campaign with a couple of lesser runs and finished down the field in a York Listed race on his reappearance last month; others are open to greater progress.
16(6)
-52842
silk
Navello

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J: Saffie Osborne
T: George Boughey
3
8-8
90
116
Useful early 2yo, winning three races before finishing down the field in last season's Norfolk Stakes here; has run some good races in defeat this year but it would be a surprise if there weren't a few better treated in today's field.
22(8)
410-13
silk
Spring Is Sprung

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J: David Egan
T: Michael Bell
3
8-5
87
112
Easy winner of 5f novice at Windsor (good to firm) on second start as 2yo; struggled in the Windsor Castle here next time and was then absent until a ready defeat of Fearless Angel over 6f at Southwell in January; couldn't build on it at the same track one month later and has since been gelded; something to prove.
28(11)
5-3431
silk
Latin Lover

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J: Hayley Turner
T: Harry Eustace
3
8-2
78
113
Three good 6f runs on turf to kick off his 2022 campaign and confirmed his wellbeing when having a 6f Kempton handicap in safekeeping some way out nine days ago; penalty demands more and he's back at 5f but he's likely to give it another good shot.
11(21)
4577-2
silk
Nymphadora

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J: Harry Davies
T: Andrew Balding
3
9-0
96
113
Won a York Listed event on her second 2yo start; unable to add to her tally and although she ran creditably at Chester on her reappearance, she is far from certain to confirm those placings with third-placed Shamlaan who suffered a wide trip; rider's 5lb claim is a bonus though.
8(10)
213-27
silk
Canonized

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J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
3
9-2
98
112
Tough and consistent as a 2yo, winning four times (notably York Listed event over 6f); creditable reappearance in February and 7f probably too far latest; vulnerable to less exposed rivals.
26(9)
5-2568
silk
Amber Dew

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J: Jack Duern
T: Scott Dixon
3
8-2
84
110
Ran well on her stable debut at Southwell in February but it has been tough going since and she would be a surprise winner.
13(28)
54684-
silk
Bond Chairman

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J: Graham Lee
T: Bryan Smart
3
8-11
93
113
Six runs at two, winning at Musselburgh on debut and running his best race when fourth in the Windsor Castle at this meeting (second home in stands' side group; ahead of Ruthin and 17lb better off with that rival today); gelded over the winter; it's not out of the question that there is more to come from him this year and he is interesting at big odds.
15(29)
17-604
silk
Romantic Time

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: William Stone
3
8-10
92
113
Progressive juvenile who enjoyed her finest hour when smoothly winning a 6f Group 3 at Salisbury last September; her limitations have been exposed since and hopes here are pinned on the return to 5f having a positive effect; handles most ground but best on fast.
2(24)
012-51
silk
Korker

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J: Clifford Lee
T: K R Burke
3
9-8
104
118
Three 5f wins as a 2yo, rounding his campaign off with a good second at York in October (5.5f, soft); disappointed when favourite at Sandown on his return in April but he showed his true colours when powering home to win a 15-runner York handicap (5f, good) five weeks ago; greatly respected for last year's winning stable despite the handicapper's 9lb imposition.
27(16)
334-20
silk
Catch Cunningham

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J: Jimmy Quinn
T: Kevin Ryan
3
8-2
84
113
Prominent racer; good second to Edward Cornelius on reappearance at Thirsk in April (5f, soft) but dropped away behind Korker at York five weeks ago; the addition of cheekpieces isn't enough to tempt.
20(12)
71-411
silk
Sterling Knight

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J: David Probert
T: Ed Dunlop
3
8-5
87
117
A wind operation in September has turned around his fortunes and, having got off the mark at Wolverhampton in December (7f), he has taken his form to new levels in winning competitive 6f handicaps at Windsor and here on his last two starts; pitched in at the deep end for his first 5f run but the manner in which he surged to the front here six weeks ago doesn't suggest it will be an issue; greatly respected despite latest 6lb rise.
24(19)
42-630
silk
Josies Kid

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J: Kieran O'Neill
T: Alice Haynes
3
8-4
86
114
Seen off by Shamlaan at Goodwood on penultimate start and well behind Korker at York last time; new headgear is not enough to tempt.
NR(5)
4217-0
silk
Vertiginous

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T: Brian Meehan
3
9-5
101
111
Front-runner; plenty of promise in defeat last season prior to her Listed win at Ayr (5f, good to firm; runner-up now smart) in September; 50-1 when dropping away to finish last of ten in Group 2 on her return at Haydock (6f, good); should last longer today but other options look stronger.
9(14)
1132-2
silk
Ladies Church

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J: Ben Coen
T: J P Murtagh
3
9-2
98
117
Two wins as 2yo, including Listed event at Naas (5f, good); made a most encouraging return to action in Listed race at Cork six weeks ago (5.5f, good; this combination of accessories for the first time) when coming from the back to pose a serious threat to the odds-on favourite; more is needed to defy her mark but there's a suspicion that a furious gallop at the trip will spark a surge of improvement.
19(15)
273-91
silk
Dynamic Force

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J: Ray Dawson
T: Robert Cowell
3
8-6
88
113
Didn't build on his debut win as a 2yo; well beaten on his seasonal debut, after which he was gelded; back on track when coming out on top at Nottingham 16 days ago but they finished in a heap in a five-runner event and he will need a jolt of improvement to follow up in this deep race.
12(1)
18-113
silk
Shamlaan

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J: Jack Mitchell
T: Kevin Philippart De Foy
3
8-11
93
112
Won twice when in the care of David O'Meara but his form has taken off for his new trainer, winning 5f handicaps at Lingfield, Wolverhampton and Goodwood (good Topspeed figures for last two successes); could manage only third at Chester last time (behind Nymphadora) but he was too free and caught out wide throughout so it was still a meritorious display in the circumstances; his wins have come in small fields but this scenario could see him take another step forward; stall 1 perhaps not ideal but he is still considered.
6(31)
3164-7
silk
Manaccan

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J: Adam Kirby
T: John Ryan
3
9-4
100
107
Made good progress as a 2yo, winning a 6f novice at Newmarket in August (good to firm) before two solid runs in Group races; looked to need the run when midfield on his return at Newmarket seven weeks ago; strongly run 5f could prompt an improved showing but he will certainly need it.
1(17)
17-1
silk
Ruthin

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J: Irad Ortiz Jr
T: Wesley A Ward
3
9-9
105
109
Unexposed US raider; bolted up on her 2yo debut before a close seventh in last season's Windsor Castle Stakes (3-1 favourite), showing plenty of speed but tying up inside the final furlong (fourth home in the stands' side group); made all in a Listed fillies' race at Keeneland nine weeks ago, again showing plenty of speed; stable's runners are always of some interest but it will be some effort to make all off top weight in a race of this nature.
23(3)
8-4711
silk
Lil Guff

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J: Luke Morris
T: Daniel & Claire Kubler
3
8-4
86
115
Chasing a hat-trick after 6f wins at Haydock (good) and Yarmouth (soft; narrowly); the latest win was backed up by the clock and she's probably still well handicapped, but she has her first 5f run in a red-hot race.
29(7)
183-72
silk
Swayze

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J: Thore Hammer Hansen
T: William Muir & Chris Grassick
3
8-2
83
112
Behind Korker at York and just held by Dynamic Force at Nottingham 16 days ago; this race is a very different kettle of fish.
NR(20)
6-1277
silk
Edward Cornelius

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T: Keith Dalgleish
3
8-8
90
116
Musselburgh winner on 2yo debut (5f, good); improved performer this season, winning a Thirsk handicap on his return (5f, soft) before a good second on unfavourable terms behind smart winner at Hamilton; neither of his subsequent runs suggests he is a likely winner today though.
5(13)
51-220
silk
Fearless Angel

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J: Rossa Ryan
T: David Loughnane
3
9-4
100
106
Three runs at two, winning 5f novices at Pontefract (good to firm) and Wolverhampton either side of a close fifth in a Newbury Listed event (5f, good); beaten in a 6f handicap at Southwell in January but then went desperately close in a heavy-ground Listed event in France in March (5.5f); well backed at Bath (Listed; first-time cheekpieces, left off today) latest but she was repeatedly short of room and the run can safely be discounted; needs a career best but she does still have some potential.
21(22)
01-180
silk
Designer

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J: Tyler Heard
T: John Butler
3
8-5
87
116
Promise prior to winning a Chester novice (5f, soft) in October; marked improvement to win 6f Kempton handicap on reappearance in April; struggled in Listed races on her last two starts though and looks up against it.
18(23)
115-24
silk
Loves Me Likearock

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J: Kieran Shoemark
T: Charles Hills
3
8-7
89
113
Won twice on AW last season (5f and 6f) and she has run with great credit in competitive 6f handicaps at Newmarket this time around; the drop to a well-run 5f shouldn't be an issue and she still has time to deliver a bigger performance; one to consider.
14(2)
1537-
silk
Fai Fai

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J: Jamie Spencer
T: Charlie Fellowes
3
8-10
92
109
Well-bred colt but he found life tough after a winning debut for Andre Fabre in France last August (6.5f, good); the quicker ground could prompt some improvement but it will be needed if he is to make a winning start for Charlie Fellowes.
25(26)
18-68
silk
Peggy Sioux

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J: Josephine Gordon
T: Kevin Ryan
3
8-2
84
112
Impressive when seeing off Edward Cornelius at Hamilton on debut last September (5f, good); came up short in Listed events on next two starts and she was 7l behind Korker when in midfield at York five weeks ago; still early days but needs improvement.

Verdict

Korker and Shamlaan look best of the home team but LADIES CHURCH should relish the test that this will provide.

Past 10 Winners

Year Horse [Draw] Age Weight SP Trainer Jockey
2021 Significantly [24] 3 9-1 10/1 K R Burke Clifford Lee
2020 Art Power [19] 3 9-0 6/4F Tim Easterby

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