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Queen Alexandra Stakes

18:10 Royal Ascot

2022-06-18

Winner: £54000

Runners: 12

Going:Good To Firm

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 24th June, which is the fifth 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(14)
33-456
silk
Timour

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J: James McDonald
T: A Fabre
4
9-3
101
118
Has won only a maiden in France and that was over 1m2f, while he's not raced beyond the 1m4f over which he was close up in last season's Group 2 Prix Niel; has yet to hit the same heights this campaign and this trip is a complete unknown, but his French trainer doesn't send horses to England for the fun of it and this colt is his only runner here all week.
3(3)
5140-0
silk
Stratum

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J: William Buick
T: W P Mullins
9
9-7
109
110
A battle-hardened old pro who has been paying his way under both codes for years and he was a clearcut winner of this 12 months ago (soft), beating Calling The Wind (who is now 3lb better off); this is far more suitable than the 1m4f Listed race he contested four weeks ago but, unlike last year, he's not the top-rated this time and he could do with the showers turning heavy.
5(1)
4/19-5
silk
Falcon Eight

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J: Tom Marquand
T: D K Weld
7
9-4
108
124
Won last year's Chester Cup on good to soft ground but anything softer spells danger, as he showed when a disappointing favourite in this race 12 months ago; put up a decent defence of his Chester crown last month but that form would fall short of the standard required to win this and he was fit from hurdling, so it would be unwise to bank on any physical improvement.
9(7)
8-4055
silk
Reshoun

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J: Richard Kingscote
T: Ian Williams
8
9-4
97
115
Did well from his wide draw to finish a close fifth in Tuesday's Ascot Stakes (2m4f), a race he won 12 months earlier; not entirely reliable, however, and even if on his game this is a good deal tougher.
NR(6)
231119
silk
Earlofthecotswolds

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T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
8
9-10
102
109
Useful handicap hurdler who has done surprisingly well since switched to the AW, beating Tuesday's Ascot Stakes winner Coltrane (off level weights) before making all in a valuable conditions race at Newcastle (again over 2m); however, his limitations were ruthlessly exposed in the Gold Cup on Thursday and a similar scenario probably awaits him here; non-runner.
6(4)
silk
Highway Companion

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J: Callum Rodriguez
T: Keith Dalgleish
8
9-4
0
Dual winning hurdler at a fair level but way inferior to some of today's rivals in that scene and he's hurled into the deep end for a belated Flat debut; it's a struggle to envisage him getting competitive.
8(10)
231412
silk
Nate The Great

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: Andrew Balding
6
9-4
106
120
Races prominently; now a 6yo with 29 starts behind him but seems to have unearthed some improvement from somewhere, as it was career-best form in running away with a Newmarket 1m6f handicap (good) and he raised the bar again to finish second in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes at Sandown, which is a respected trial for the Gold Cup; he's evidently a better horse now than when fourth in this two years ago.
4(9)
232-34
silk
Calling The Wind

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J: David Egan
T: Richard Hughes
6
9-4
104
120
Ran as well as he was entitled to in a 1m4f Listed race at Goodwood four weeks ago and that should have teed him up nicely for this, in which he ran second to Stratum 12 months ago before going on to win a 2m4f handicap at Glorious Goodwood (good); perhaps vulnerable for win purposes once more, but he won't be a million miles away.
12(2)
7570-6
silk
Dinard Rose

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J: Andrew Slattery
T: Nina Walsh
6
8-13
82
103
Exposed mare who was well held in a 1m6f Curragh handicap last month and she's a worthy outsider.
NR(8)
6111-1
silk
Trueshan

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T: Alan King
6
10-0
120
122
A renowned class act at the highest level of the staying division so very much the one to beat on these terms should he take his chance, though that's entirely dependent on whether the ground softens up having missed many an engagement due to fast surfaces, including Thursday's Gold Cup; proven at 2m4f.
14(11)
3268-2
silk
Urban Artist

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J: P J McDonald
T: Hughie Morrison
7
8-13
100
123
Another for whom rain would be a blessing, as she returned to form on good to soft with an excellent second at York (1m6f Group 3) and she'd be suited by even softer than that ideally; unraced beyond 1m6f on the Flat but she was smart in bumpers and there should be improvement lurking in a race of this nature; has each-way claims.
7(5)
411-52
silk
Master Milliner

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J: Sean Levey
T: Emma Lavelle
6
9-4
89
105
Represents a jumps-orientated yard but has raced only on the Flat; had a ball last year in progressing through the handicap ranks with four wins and his latest York second (2m; unraced beyond) is right up there with his best form; however, he has to rate a very unlikely winner on these demanding terms.
13(13)
443-04
silk
Single

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J: Rob Hornby
T: Mick Channon
5
8-13
78
105
Infrequent winner at the best of times (2-33) and, on what are unfavourable terms, she'll do well to improve on last season's mid-division finish.
11(12)
55-143
silk
Wordsworth

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
4
9-3
109
119
Came of age last summer, finishing second in the 1m6f Queen's Vase here, then third in the Irish Derby and second in Grand Prix de Paris; has yet to recapture that form this season, though his close fourth in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes here (2m, good to firm) was a reminder of his potential as a stayer; brother to 2m winner Kew Gardens; goes on all ground.

Verdict

Trueshan would take the world of beating should the ground turn on the soft side but as things stand preference is for WORDSWORTH.

Past 10 Winners

Key race stats

  • Officially rated 90-plus, 10/10
  • Adjusted RPR at least 117, 8/10
  • Aged five to eight, 8/10 (both exceptions older)
  • Contested a Group or Listed race since last season, 8/10
  • Top-six finish in race over 2m2f-plus, 8/10
  • Rated within 7lb of RPR top-rated, 7/10
  • Drawn ten or higher, 7/10
Other factors
  • Only two winners had tasted victory on the Flat that season.

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