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Queen Alexandra Stakes

18:10 Royal Ascot

2021-06-19

Winner: £35100

Runners: 15

Going:Soft

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 2m5f143yy

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The Queen Alexandra Stakes is a conditions contest run over 2m5f. It takes place at 18:10 on Saturday 19th June, which is the fifth 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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3(16)
6-6260
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Who Dares Wins

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J: Tom Marquand
T: Alan King
9
131
102
117
Has plenty more on his plate than when edging out The Grand Visir to justify even-money favouritism in this 12 months ago, but assured stamina is never to be underestimated in this race and forget his latest effort in the Chester Cup (in which he has a good record generally), as he got no luck at all; the recent rain is a blessing; respected.
NR(10)
/7250/
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Kloud Gate

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T: Gary Moore
9
128
90
Has won his last two races over hurdles, the visor assisting in good-ground handicaps at about 2m3f; hasn't raced on the Flat since finishing stone-cold last in the 2018 Cesarewitch and time is not on his side; effective on all ground.
12(7)
247-43
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Morando

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J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Andrew Balding
8
128
107
123
Has plenty of class about him as a triple Group 3 winner on slow ground and it was a decent Listed race (1m4f) in which he was close up at Goodwood last time; he will be entering unknown territory beyond 2m but was keeping on when fourth over that trip here last October (soft) and he holds his own on all the figures; interesting.
16(13)
8-6822
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To Be Wild

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J: Robert Tart
T: Jane Chapple-Hyam
8
128
87
108
Career-best form was in 2016 and 2017 when smart at 1m4f (on good and soft); belatedly competitive again off his much reduced mark the last twice (1m6f/2m handicaps) but this is a very different test altogether, and he's no good thing to see out this extreme distance.
7(4)
-52147
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Cleonte

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J: William Buick
T: Andrew Balding
8
128
90
108
Won a good-ground renewal of this two years ago when in career-best form that season; has been running respectably since nearly a year out without quite firing as he can; needed the rain to stay away and the owner's retained rider prefers Morando.
14(20)
/20-15
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Stratum

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J: Ryan Moore
T: W P Mullins
8
128
112
127
Pays his way under both codes; third in the 2018 Ascot Stakes here, won the following season's Cesarewitch (2m2f, soft) and very nearly won the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup (2m, good) at last year's Ebor festival at York, underlining his class; has run over inadequate trips this season and yet still won at Gowran in April before getting outpaced in a 1m6f Group 3; massive chance now the rain has come as he'd be giving weight all round in a handicap.
15(1)
432-23
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The Grand Visir

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J: Richard Kingscote
T: Ian Williams
7
128
105
121
Won the 2m4f Ascot Stakes (good to soft; placed both Flat starts on soft) at this meeting two years ago and last year he might well have beaten Who Dares Wins in this race had he not raced so freely in the early stages; as good as ever when second to Falcon Eight in the Chester Cup and it was always going to be tough in a French Group 2 last time, especially over a trip just shy of 2m; strong stayer and the rain has aided his chance no end.
NR(19)
1622-8
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Withhold

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T: Roger Charlton
8
133
107
120
Made it 0-7 at Group level when tailed off at Chester in May (Morando fourth); he does have high-profile handicap/Listed wins on the board and he was close to his best at times last year, but that reappearance effort was a shocker; handles all ground.
8(5)
5/34-1
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Falcon Eight

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: D K Weld
6
128
110
124
Lightly raced 6yo with a strike-rate of 4-10 (ran respectably sole start on soft); didn't appear to stay 2m4f in a French Group 1 two seasons ago but this former Listed winner (on good to firm) was having his first run since being gelded (and after 314 days off) when circling the field to ultimately run away with the Chester Cup (2m2f, good to soft), in spite of his bad draw and a big weight; that was taking and it marks him down as a serious contender here on what are very favourable terms with most of the field.
NR(8)
40/0/0
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Lethal Steps

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T: Mrs Denise Foster
6
128
99
101
His third comprehensive defeat at this meeting when, under Jamie Spencer, he beat only one home in the 2m4f Ascot Stakes on Tuesday for which he was 100-1; makes no appeal on the back of that and conditions have gone against him (suited by good ground or faster).
NR(6)
485-16
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Mildenberger

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T: Mark Johnston
6
131
108
119
Smart 6yo with competitive form in Group 2/3 races from 1m2f to a shade over 2m (unraced beyond); entitled to win a minor race on the AW in January before faring respectably in valuable 1m7f handicap in Saudi Arabia the following month on final sighting; below best on soft ground here in October; each-way claims if he's on his game.
5(9)
246-03
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Barbados

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J: Shane Foley
T: Mrs John Harrington
5
128
110
123
Flashes of smart form (second in a soft-ground Queen's Vase here for Aidan O'Brien) but from 16 starts he still has only a fast-ground maiden win to show for his efforts; on and off the bridle when boxing on into third under top weight in a strong 1m6f handicap at the Curragh last time and, while that performance didn't smack of a potential Royal Ascot winner, it did suggest he wanted to go further (previous attempts inconclusive); possibilities.
NR(2)
/4325-
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Scaramanga

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T: Paul Nicholls
6
128
86
104
Has won both his starts over hurdles this year in handicaps at 2m and 2m4f; remains a maiden on the Flat, though, after ten attempts and he was beaten in a 1m6f handicap at Bath in the latest of those last October; would be receiving plenty of weight off the principals were this a handicap; effective on good to soft but didn't want it going any softer; big ask.
6(18)
842-36
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Calling The Wind

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J: David Egan
T: Richard Hughes
5
128
91
110
Has progressed well from modest beginnings and better than ever when second in a 2m soft-ground handicap here last October; heading back up in trip from 1m4f (well held this season) looks the right move but whether he'll stay this far is a shot in the dark and, even if he did see it out, these terms are tough.
9(3)
3-1326
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Global Heat

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J: Oisin Murphy
T: Saeed bin Suroor
5
128
106
118
His wins have come at 1m2f/1m4f; they didn't go any great pace when narrowly beaten in a 1m6f Group 3 at Meydan in February and he appeared simply to run out of steam when raised to 2m for a Group 2 there next time; there have to be serious doubts about him seeing out this extreme distance and especially after all the rain (kept mostly to good ground).
17(17)
623-16
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Green Book

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J: Ben Curtis
T: Venetia Williams
4
127
86
105
Off the mark at the 15th attempt when never headed in a 2m2f handicap at Chester's May meeting (good to soft) where he got first run on the strong-finishing second; 10lb higher mark presumably found him out at Haydock (2m) as the heavy ground was no excuse; looks outclassed at this level.
19(14)
443212
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Single

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J: George Bass
T: Mick Channon
4
122
73
95
Consistency and a willing attitude very evident this season during her steady progress in staying handicaps (1m6f-2m); should give her running irrespective of ground conditions but this is a huge rise in class for her.
4(15)
4111-4
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Stag Horn

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: Archie Watson
4
130
108
117
Had a ball last season once fitted with cheekpieces, completing a hat-trick with an all-the-way win in 2m2f conditions event on soft at Pontefract (9l second The Grand Visir conceded 9lb); gave notice that there might be further improvement in him this season (now gelded) when about 10l off Stradivarius in a Group 3 here in April on good to firm ground that he handles but is not ideal; this thorough stamina test looks just the ticket.
20(12)
42144-
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Table Mountain

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J: Laura Pearson
T: Tom Symonds
4
122
91
110
2m winner here on fast ground for Andrew Balding; running okay in defeat over hurdles for this yard but at a fairly ordinary level and, even on her best old form, this is too big an ask; ideally wants the ground good or quicker, so the rain hasn't helped; change of headgear (tongue-tie and visor replace cheekpieces).
18(11)
/2632-
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Monete

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J: Ray Dawson
T: Max Young
4
122
71
88
Ten defeats divided between the Flat (1m-1m3f in Germany) and hurdling; on all known form she has next to no chance of shedding her maiden status here.

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Stag Horn
Royal Ascot closes with the Flat season's longest race. Who Dares Wins and The Grand Visir were first and second favourites when dominating 12 months ago and this is a way deeper renewal. Stratum is a battle-hardened old pro with crystal-clear claims at the weights, Morando should go close if seeing out the trip and not many Chester Cups are won with the authority that Falcon Eight took his last month. However, the prospect of softening ground brings STAG HORN strongly into the equation. Archie Watson's contender made giant strides as a raw 3yo stayer last season and, considering the fast surface, he ran as well as he was entitled to behind Stradivarius in his comeback race here.

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