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Windsor Castle Stakes

17:35 Royal Ascot

2021-06-16

Winner: £38480

Runners: 27

Going:Good To Firm

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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 16th June, which is the second 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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10(1)
116
silk
Chipotle

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J: Charles Bishop
T: Eve Johnson Houghton
2
129
0
99
Beat his main market rival in a conditions race over C&D (good to firm) last month, following up his Brocklesby win; that was a bright start to his career and a switch to soft ground may have blunted his weapons when only sixth of seven in the Listed National Stakes at Sandown 20 days ago; could resume his progress back on fast ground at this track and he's not ruled out.
3(13)
521
silk
Amalfi Coast

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J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
2
129
0
101
Promising second behind a smart rival at Cork (5f, good) on second start and landed the odds with an all-the-way win over 6f there (yielding to soft) last time; tongue-tie is now added on this drop back in trip but he still has potential and is respected for top yard that has won this race twice in the last six years.
11(25)
611
silk
Dig Two

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J: James Doyle
T: Hugo Palmer
2
129
0
99
Left his Windsor debut form well behind when forging clear at Newmarket (5f, good to firm) last month and took another major step forward with his comfortable front-running win in a 6f Chelmsford novice; that form puts him firmly in the picture and he's respected on this drop back in trip.
7(20)
1
silk
Bicep

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J: Kieran Shoemark
T: Archie Watson
2
129
0
85
Made a winning start when scoring by a nose in an AW novice at Lingfield (6f) three weeks ago; showed plenty of speed in that race but they finished in a bunch and he has a lot to find on this switch to a 5f Listed event; one of three runners for Archie Watson.
13(27)
1
silk
Ernie's Valentine

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J: Seamie Heffernan
T: Paul & Oliver Cole
2
129
0
92
Half-brother to three winners including Montatham (7f-1m; RPR 114) and Troubador (6f 2yo; 102); strong in the market at Leicester (5f, good to firm; 11-2) on his recent debut and stayed on strongly to score with a bit in hand; that was a good start from this well-bred colt but this is a big step up in class and plenty of progress is needed.
4(8)
224
silk
Amazonian Dream

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J: David Probert
T: Rod Millman
2
129
0
92
Runner-up at Newbury (good) and Nottingham (good to soft) in his first two starts and he got squeezed out when beaten about 2l at Salisbury last time; promising type but he's not really progressed so far and looks opposable on this big step up in class.
27(24)
72
silk
Guilded

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: K R Burke
2
124
0
99
Left her 6f York debut form a long way behind when a close second in the Hilary Needler at Beverley (5f, also on soft) 18 days ago; has more to do in this event but she pulled clear of the third last time and is open to further progress.
17(14)
315
silk
Lord Gorgeous

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J: Ben Coen
T: J P Murtagh
2
129
0
92
Made all when justifying favouritism at Dundalk (5f, AW) on his second start but well-held fifth of seven with his sights raised in a Listed event at the Curragh (5f, yielding; 10-1) last month; blinkers are now added on this switch to fast ground.
22(9)
41
silk
Spring Is Sprung

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J: Oisin Murphy
T: Michael Bell
2
129
0
95
Made a promising start when fourth at Windsor (5f, good) in April and stepped up on that when justifying favouritism over same C&D (good to firm) two weeks later; mixed messages about the strength of that form but the third has finished runner-up in a Listed event since and this well-bred colt is open to further progress.
12(10)
16
silk
Dusky Prince

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J: Luke Morris
T: Archie Watson
2
129
0
92
Justified favouritism with a clearcut win at Brighton (5.2f, good to firm) in April but never dangerous after a slow start in the Woodcote at Epsom (6f, good; behind Flaming Rib) 12 days ago; not many got involved in that race but he finished a well-held sixth and has plenty to find on this drop back in trip.
9(3)
12
silk
Boonie

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J: Adam Kirby
T: Kevin Ryan
2
129
0
103
Lots of stamina on the dam's side but he was impressive over 5f at Beverley (good to firm) on his debut and was only just caught in a conditions event at Musselburgh (5f, good) 11 days ago; latter was at odds-on in a small field but he pulled clear with the winner and recorded a pretty useful RPR; respected for yard that won this race in 2012.
14(16)
312
silk
Flaming Rib

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J: Richard Kingscote
T: Tom Dascombe
2
129
0
105
Big improvement when making all at Nottingham (5f, good to soft) last month on second start and he gave it a good shot upped to 6f when runner-up in the Woodcote at Epsom (good); has leading form claims on those last two efforts and could kick on again on this drop back in trip.
18(11)
329
silk
Poderoso

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J: Colin Keane
T: Charles Hills
2
129
0
91
Good placed efforts at Newbury and Bath (both 5f on good) in his first two starts and 6f seemed to stretch him on AW at Lingfield last time; now drops back in trip but this is a tough assignment and he has plenty to find.
2(22)
921
silk
Albion Square

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J: Shane Foley
T: Mrs John Harrington
2
129
0
95
Has improved with each of his three runs and got off the mark under a positive ride in a Navan maiden (5f, yielding) 17 days ago; open to further progress but he needs another major step forward to make a serious impact in this hot race.
5(4)
1
silk
Armor

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J: Pat Dobbs
T: Richard Hannon
2
129
0
103
Justified favouritism on debut when knuckling down well to land a Doncaster maiden (good to firm) in April; that was in a four-runner race and this is a very different scenario but he beat two subsequent winners and has plenty of scope for progress.
19(6)
232
silk
Robasta

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J: William Buick
T: Andrew Balding
2
129
0
89
Has shaped with promise in all three starts, most recently when a close second on AW at Newcastle (5f) three weeks ago; showed plenty of speed in that race but has a lot to find on this switch back to turf.
26(21)
1
silk
Golden Bell

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J: John R Velazquez
T: Wesley A Ward
2
124
0
101
Odds-on in a fillies' maiden on dirt at Keeneland (4.5f; blinkers applied) in April and she made all to score by just over 5l; now switches to grass in this Listed event but she showed plenty of speed on her debut and is a half-sister to turf winners in US; top trainer also runs Ruthin and it will be very interesting to see the market moves.
6(7)
12
silk
Barging Thru

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: Archie Watson
2
129
0
91
Made a winning start in a novice at Chelmsford (AW; favourite) in April, running green but getting up close home; went close under a penalty at Redcar (5f, good) but he didn't look entirely straightforward (hung left) and has much more to do in this company; yard also runs two others.
8(17)
15
silk
Bond Chairman

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J: Graham Lee
T: Bryan Smart
2
129
0
100
120,000gns yearling; won in smooth style at Musselburgh (good) on debut but he got tapped for speed at a crucial stage when fifth of seven in the Listed National Stakes at Sandown (5f, soft) last month; that was improved form but he was beaten about 4l and this race is tougher.
NR(18)
11
silk
Tipperary Sunset

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T: John Quinn
2
129
0
105
Made all at Hamilton (5f, good to soft; 4-1) on his debut last month and he repeated the trick in the Two Year Old Trophy at Beverley (5f, soft) 15 days later; allowed to set a steady pace in latter race but he won going away and is a key player on form here; made £200,000 on Monday; respected on his switch to quicker ground.
23(5)
12
silk
Superior Force

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J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: George Boughey
2
129
0
97
£88,000 half-brother to ten winners, several of them useful; made a good start when finishing well to win at Salisbury (5f, soft) last month but he came up a bit short when stepped up to 6f at Newmarket (soft); the extra furlong didn't look an issue in that race and he has work to do on this drop back in trip.
25(28)
27
silk
Freyabella

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J: David Egan
T: Jane Chapple-Hyam
2
124
0
83
Went close at Lingfield (5f, AW) on her debut but was disappointing over 6f there 11 days ago; left Robert Eddery for £14,000 since; now drops back in trip but this is a daunting task on her stable/turf debut.
20(26)
63
silk
Royal Emerther

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J: Tom Marquand
T: K R Burke
2
129
0
83
Stepped up on his Newcastle debut effort when a promising third at Ripon (5f, good to firm) two weeks ago but that form is a long way below the standard here and he can only be watched; cheekpieces added.
21(19)
1
silk
Silks Pass

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J: Jim Crowley
T: Darryll Holland
2
129
0
87
Travelled well for a long way when justifying favouritism at Redcar (5f, good) on his debut 16 days ago but that form is not strong and a lot more will be needed from him; looks up against it.
1(2)
41
silk
Admiral D

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J: Leigh Roche
T: M D O'Callaghan
2
129
0
90
Promising fourth at Fairyhouse (6f, soft to heavy) on debut last month and he built on that when justifying favouritism in a Listowel maiden (6.2f, soft) 11 days ago; open to more improvement but this is a tough task and he has very different conditions to deal with on this drop to 5f.
15(23)
6
silk
Home City

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J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Saeed bin Suroor
2
129
0
79
Well backed into 5-1 at Salisbury (5f, good to soft) on his recent debut but he ran green before finishing sixth of nine; should know much more this time but he needs a transformation to get involved in this company.
28(12)
1
silk
Ruthin

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: Wesley A Ward
2
124
0
106
US raider who ran green out in front at Keeneland (5.5f, good) on her debut in April but that didn't stop her putting in a dominant display to win by 6l; that was an impressive start from this imposing filly and she's a fascinating contender for Wesley Ward; tongue-tie added; yard also runs Golden Bell.
16(15)
silk
Kaboo

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J: Clifford Lee
T: K R Burke
2
129
0
Second foal; dam once-raced half-sister to US 5.5f-6f dirt stakes winner More Moonlight (by this one's sire More Than Ready) out of unraced half-sister to dam of US 1m turf Grade 2 winner Night Patrol; thrown in at the deep end on his debut and is best watched.

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Ruthin
The hat-trick-seekers Tipperary Sunset and Dig Two are key form contenders, along with Woodcote runner-up Flaming Rib who looks interesting on his drop back in trip. Aidan O'Brien's Amalfi Coast is respected, while Richard Hannon's Armor recorded a good first RPR when scoring at Doncaster and has plenty of scope for progress on his second start. However, there are also two fascinating US contenders in the line-up in Wesley Ward's pair Golden Bell and RUTHIN, and the vote goes to the latter. She looked inexperienced on turf at Keeneland in April but still managed to win by 6l under a positive ride and that was a striking debut.

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