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Windsor Castle Stakes

17:35 Royal Ascot

2022-06-15

Winner: £59200

Runners: 24

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 0m5f0yy

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The Windsor Castle Stakes is a listed contest run over 5f. It takes place at 17:35 on Wednesday 21st June, which is the second 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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24(14)
51
silk
Yahtzee

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J: Jamie Spencer
T: George Scott
2
9-0
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84
Fifth of nine on her Lingfield debut (5f, good to firm; 8-1) last month and improved to win a four-runner maiden at Hamilton (5f, good) seven days ago; needs to find a whole lot more in order to play a part here, though.
23(18)
11
silk
Union Court

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J: Richard Kingscote
T: Ed Walker
2
9-0
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102
Made a successful debut when getting the better of a subsequent winner at Leicester (5f, good) last month and maintained her unbeaten record with an easy win in a five-runner Chepstow novice (5f, good) 11 days ago; remains open to further progress and is not one to take lightly.
22(1)
1161
silk
Star Of Lady M

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J: Colin Keane
T: David O'Meara
2
9-0
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101
Didn't take to Chester when last of six in the Lily Agnes on her penultimate start (5f, good to soft) but has won her other three outings, including a valuable conditions event at Beverley last time (5f, good to firm); needs more but she looks a tough sort and cannot be dismissed easily.
10(19)
11
silk
Knebworth

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J: Pat Cosgrave
T: Richard Hughes
2
9-5
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101
Both starts at Lingfield (5f, AW), justifying market support in impressive fashion on his debut in April and following up in a four-runner novice last month when beating Edgar Linton and Rocking Ends (both winners since); it's hard to know how he will cope with turf but the stiff 5f ought to suit and he shouldn't be passed over at all lightly.
4(9)
12
silk
Eddie's Boy

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: Archie Watson
2
9-5
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98
Justified market strength when making a winning debut at Southwell (5f, AW) in April and probably progressed when beaten a length in a four-runner conditions event at Musselburgh (5f, good) last month; cheekpieces now given a go, but he needs further improvement if he is to make an impact in this company; stable (won this in 2018) is also represented by Edgar Linton.
19(23)
127
silk
Whistle And Flute

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J: Charles Bishop
T: Eve Johnson Houghton
2
9-5
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99
Won comfortably at Bath (5f, good to soft) in April and probably put up an even better performance under his penalty when second of five in a conditions event over this C&D (good to firm) 13 days later; however, he failed to beat a rival when behind Chateau at Beverley (5f, good to firm) last month and has plenty to prove after that; stable won this last year.
16(20)
031
silk
Rocking Ends

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J: William Carson
T: Brett Johnson
2
9-5
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93
Off the mark at the third attempt when beating Silencer by 2l in a five-runner Salisbury novice (5f, good to firm) last time, but had finished behind both Knebworth and Edgar Linton when third of four at Lingfield (5f, AW) the time before; plenty to find.
3(10)
3216
silk
Democracy Dilemma

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J: George Downing
T: David Evans
2
9-5
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98
Improved in his first three starts, getting off the mark with a convincing success in the first-time visor in a Chester novice (5f, good to soft) early last month; found a Listed race too much at Sandown (5f, good to soft) last time, though, dropping away after making much of the running; likely to find this a bit too demanding as well.
9(16)
216
silk
Kaasib

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J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
2
9-5
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100
May have been unfortunate not to win when beaten a neck on his Windsor debut (5f, good) in April, but made no mistake when comfortably landing a Salisbury novice (5f, good to firm) later in month; disappointing favourite when sixth of 11 at Goodwood last time (not appearing to see out the extra furlong in the good to soft ground) but no surprise if he fares better back at this trip with a tongue-tie now fitted.
21(3)
13
silk
Jumbeau

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J: Hayley Turner
T: Tom Clover
2
9-0
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101
Cost 2,000gns as a yearling and that's money well spent, as she won with more in hand than the margin suggests on Brighton debut (5f, good to firm) in April and put up a much better performance when third of 15 in a fillies' Listed contest at York (5f, good; 33-1) last month; could sneak into the frame.
12(2)
21
silk
Little Big Bear

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
2
9-5
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115
320,000euros yearling; beaten a short head into second of 13 on Curragh debut (6f, yielding) in April and did it in impressive fashion when going one better by 3l at Naas (5f, yielding to soft; 4-9) last month; likely to face different ground this time but he has looked a classy sort and, provided his low draw isn't a major issue, seems sure to play a big part for the stable that took this in 2015 and 2019; holds a Group 1 Phoenix Stakes entry.
20(13)
5231
silk
Wodao

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J: Gavin Ryan
T: Donnacha Aidan O'Brien
2
9-5
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99
260,000euros yearling; looked good when off the mark at the fourth attempt in a Navan maiden (5f, good) 18 days ago, in front by almost 4l; however, he had finished about 6l behind Little Big Bear on Curragh debut and was a short head behind Mehmar at Naas last month; needs to step forward again.
15(21)
21
silk
Rocket Rodney

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J: Daniel Muscutt
T: George Scott
2
9-5
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97
Promising debut when second of eight at Nottingham (5f, good) in April and impressive when taking a Goodwood novice (5f, good) 13 days later by just over 4l; more is needed from him but he looked good last time and he could go well at a price; stable also runs Yahtzee.
5(6)
321
silk
Edgar Linton

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: Archie Watson
2
9-5
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90
Improved in his first three starts, culminating in an all-the-way success in a Redcar novice (5f, good) 13 days ago; this is much tougher and he has a bit to find with Knebworth on last month's Lingfield running.
7(24)
3
silk
Finn Russell

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J: Jim Crowley
T: Iain Jardine
2
9-5
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85
22-1 but caught the eye when third of six on his Musselburgh debut (5f, good to firm) last month; should find a race in due course and he has the stands' rail draw, but faces a tough task at this level and is bred to need further than this in time.
14(22)
41
silk
Ramazan

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J: Oisin Orr
T: Richard Fahey
2
9-5
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87
130,000euros yearling; last of four at Pontefract (5f, good to firm) in April but proved a different proposition when just getting the better of a subsequent winner at Beverley (5f, good to firm) last month; visor is now given a go but he will need to find plenty more improvement to figure here; stable won this in 2010.
2(7)
31
silk
Chateau

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J: William Buick
T: Andrew Balding
2
9-5
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103
Showed promise when third of five on Salisbury debut (5f, good) last month and again didn't enjoy a clear run when narrowly winning a valuable conditions event at Beverley (5f, good to firm) 16 days later; quite possible he is even better than he has been able to show so far, so no surprise if he puts in a big run; holds a Group 1 Phoenix Stakes entry; stable won this in 2020.
11(8)
41
silk
Kuwait City

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J: James Doyle
T: John Butler
2
9-5
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91
Encouraging debut when fourth of 13 in a Windsor novice (6f, good; form worked out well) last month and did it in good style when off the mark at Yarmouth (5f, soft) 15 days later; still needs to find a good deal more in order to make an impact at this level.
13(5)
232
silk
Mehmar

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J: Leigh Roche
T: M D O'Callaghan
2
9-5
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99
£200,000 2yo; placed in all three starts last month, including when third of five behind Blackbeard in the Group 3 Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh (6f, good to yielding) on his second outing; again ran well when second of ten in a conditions event at Tipperary (5f, good to firm) last time, but he appeared to find that on the sharp side which would be a concern under these likely similar conditions.
18(4)
26
silk
Silencer

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J: Cieren Fallon
T: Richard Hannon
2
9-5
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84
£160,000 2yo; beaten 2l by Rocking Ends in a five-runner novice at Salisbury (5f, good to firm) last month and stumbled at the start when sixth of 12 in an Epsom conditions event (6f, good) 12 days ago; tongue-tie is now given a go but he makes little appeal.
8(17)
2
silk
Guiteau

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J: Rossa Ryan
T: David Loughnane
2
9-5
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88
5-1 when beaten a short head into second of 11 on Windsor debut (6f, good to firm) last month; may have won with a clearer run and that was a promising start, but plenty more will be needed at this level and both the way he performed on debut and his pedigree suggest the drop in trip may not be ideal.
1(12)
1
silk
Bolt Action

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J: David Egan
T: Roger Varian
2
9-5
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100
£160,000 2yo; 9-4 second favourite when making a successful debut in a Leicester novice (5f, good) 15 days ago, pulling right away from an odds-on shot with previous experience and winning by 4l; visually impressive and although he will need to improve in order to win a race like this, that is entirely possible; one for the shortlist.
6(15)
1
silk
Far Shot

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
2
9-5
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96
£160,000 2yo; 1-2 for debut in five-runner Yarmouth maiden (5f, soft) a week ago, but he had to work for it and managed to prevail by less than a length; eventually seemed to win a shade cosily, though, and it's interesting that he has been raised in grade so soon; quite possible that he will be able to show his true worth on the likely faster ground and is much respected; stable won this in 2016.
17(11)
2
silk
Seismic Spirit

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J: Irad Ortiz Jr
T: Wesley A Ward
2
9-5
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98
100,000euros yearling; showed plenty of early speed before just caught and beaten a head on his debut in a seven-runner maiden special weight at Churchill Downs (5f, firm) last month; likely to blaze a trail again and it wouldn't be a great surprise if he lasted all the way; trainer won this in 2009 and 2014.

Verdict

This can go to the classy LITTLE BIG BEAR who was so impressive last time. Chateau is second choice, ahead of Seismic Spirit.

Past 10 Winners

YEAR WINNER [DRAW] AGE WGT SP TRAINER JOCKEY
2021 Chipotle [1] 2 9-3 22/1 Eve Johnson Houghton Charles Bishop
2020 Tactical [20] 2 9-3 7/2F Andrew Balding James Doyle
2019 Southern Hills [24] 2 9-3 7/1 A P O’Brien Ryan Moore
2018 Soldier’s Call [22] 2 9-3 12/1 Archie Watson Daniel Tudhope
2017 Sound And Silence [12] 2 9-3 16/1 Charlie Appleby William Buick
2016 Ardad [1] 2 9-3 20-1 John Gosden Robert Havlin
2015 Washington DC [6] 2 9-3 5/1 A P O’Brien Ryan Moore
2014 Hootenanny [25] 2 9-3 7/2F Wesley A Ward Victor Espinoza
2013 Extortionist [28] 2 9-3 16/1 Olly Stevens Johnny Murtagh
2012 Hototo [18] 2 9-3 14/1 Kevin Ryan Phillip Makin

Key race stats

  • By a sire with a stamina index of 6.5f-8.1f, 9/10
  • Lost maiden tag, 8/10
  • Adjusted RPR of at least 97, 7/10
  • Ran two or three times, 8/10
Other factors
  • Fillies won five in a row (1996 to 2000), but only one has placed in the last ten years.
  • No winner was RPR top-rated, while seven were between 7lb and 14lb off top.

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