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Wokingham Stakes

17:00 Royal Ascot

2022-06-18

Winner: £94500

Runners: 26

Going:Good To Firm

No. of hurdles:

Distance: 0m6f0yy

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The Wokingham Stakes is a heritage handicap run over 6f. It takes place at 17:00 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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16(6)
4400-3
silk
Gulliver

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J: Adam Kirby
T: David O'Meara
8
9-3
100
120
Beaten less than 2l in the last two runnings of this (good/soft) and also went close against Commanche Falls in the Stewards' Cup last July; encouraging return behind Asjad at York in May (minus regular aids, refitted here) and he is primed for another stalwart display; has won on good to firm but very best form on good or slower.
14(28)
6-8001
silk
Mr Wagyu

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J: Jason Hart
T: John Quinn
7
9-4
96
115
Four early 6f successes in 2021 (good to firm/good) and just when the handicapper looked to have caught up he won the Stewards' consolation at Goodwood; slow start to 2022 but he was back on song to win at Epsom recently; has a penalty to carry on first run here and although flexible regarding tracks he needs to have another trick up his sleeve off this mark.
11(27)
-08006
silk
Summerghand

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J: James Doyle
T: David O'Meara
8
9-4
101
123
Only just lost out in the 2020 running of this but later won the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood (6f, good to firm); has since won a Group 3 and a Listed event; the Meydan venture didn't go well this year but the embers stirred at York last month (visor left off, refitted here) and he is 7lb lower than his big Goodwood win; not ruled out.
3(1)
1338-8
silk
Urban Beat

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J: Frankie Dettori
T: J P Murtagh
7
9-9
106
117
Won 6f handicaps at the Curragh in 2018 but best form at 5f, when making most to win on that track last June (good to firm) then third in a York Listed race; no headgear for his heavy defeat on reappearance but cheekpieces are refitted; others runners are higher up the list but trainer respected.
9(14)
23-533
silk
Tabdeed

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J: Hollie Doyle
T: Archie Watson
7
9-5
102
122
C&D handicap winner in 2018 whose latest success came in a Group 3 in 2020 (good); has often run well in defeat since but lesser effort back in a handicap (AW) on debut for this yard in April and a good recent run came over 5f; needs to prove he has the wherewithal for this test.
12(16)
56-117
silk
Batwan

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J: Andrea Atzeni
T: N Caullery
7
9-4
101
117
Losing run in France goes back to Group 3 win in May 2020 (5f, very soft) but he found Meydan to his liking when a narrow winner of two 6f events there (good) for new yard early in 2022; has work to do with Prince Lancelot on Listed form since (6f, good to soft) but might have needed a sharpener; still has something to prove in this type of race.
28(12)
214-03
silk
Chairmanoftheboard

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J: Rob Hornby
T: Mick Channon
6
8-12
95
117
Needs to be at his very best to have any chance but he does have form at this level, having been beaten under 2l in the 2020 Stewards' Cup (good to firm); closely matched with Blackrod on recent Newmarket form (6f, good) but still looks up against it for win purposes.
NR(30)
70-547
silk
Bielsa

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T: Kevin Ryan
7
9-3
100
121
Finally came up with the goods in the Ayr Gold Cup in September (6f, good; has form on good to firm); only 2lb higher here but there's a suspicion that a lot went his way that day; soundly beaten in three starts on this course, including when favourite for this in 2020.
13(20)
0800-1
silk
Lampang

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J: James McDonald
T: Tim Easterby
5
9-4
101
119
Useful 6f winner at Hamilton last June (good to firm) but made no impact in this race next time and his form in double-figure fields since leaves something to be desired (his winning return at Ayr came against four rivals).
2(24)
/194-4
silk
Royal Commando

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J: Kieran Shoemark
T: Charles Hills
5
9-10
107
118
Creditable fourth in the Commonwealth Cup over C&D in 2020; excelled himself when winning a useful Listed event at Doncaster (good) in March 2021 and his Haydock return from a layoff was encouraging; outside squeak in his first handicap.
21(11)
222-61
silk
Dubai Station

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J: Rossa Ryan
T: Robert Cowell
5
9-3
95
115
Sole turf win from 17 runs came in a 2yo novice but he won a Group 3 on AW debut as a 3yo and maintained his unbeaten record on sand at Chelmsford recently; now needs to show that a stiff 6f on turf is what's wanted.
8(13)
170-20
silk
Commanche Falls

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J: David Probert
T: Michael Dods
5
9-6
103
119
A dream since switched to handicaps, winning six before topping them all with his Stewards' Cup success off 2lb lower at Goodwood last July (6f, soft; also acts on good to firm); no impact in double-figure fields since but horses that have gone well at this level often do so again.
4(4)
5-1810
silk
Volatile Analyst

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J: Callum Rodriguez
T: Keith Dalgleish
5
9-8
105
114
Has won on good to firm but very best turf form on good to soft/soft; had a slow spell last summer but the first-time hood helped when beating a big field at York in October (6f) and he was a Listed winner in March (both on good to soft); high in the weights now and has a ground query, too.
17(10)
8281-6
silk
Tiger Crusade

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J: Jamie Spencer
T: David Simcock
5
9-3
100
118
Useful 7f form here in 2020; raced over that trip and 1m until successfully reverting to 6f on Kempton Polytrack in October; ran as though better for the outing behind Dubai Station on AW last month and, with his proven stamina, he is not dismissed back here.
27(5)
-28311
silk
Silver Samurai

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J: Ben Curtis
T: Marco Botti
5
9-0
92
124
Has won over 1m (good to firm) but is settling in as a sprinter now, getting his eye in when third over C&D in May in his first 6f turf handicap but much better form when winning at Newbury and Haydock since; impressive in the latter and a repeat would make him very interesting despite the penalty and rise in class.
6(9)
20-101
silk
Asjad

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J: P J McDonald
T: James Horton
4
9-7
99
116
Up-and-coming 6f sprinter; had excuses for Newmarket defeat in April (unsuited by track; race came too soon after Redcar win) but he was produced late and won quite neatly in a big field at York in May (good); has a penalty to carry but is not yet at the top of his curve; unraced on firmer than good.
24(29)
07-902
silk
Popmaster

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J: Tom Marquand
T: Ed Walker
4
9-1
98
121
Just so-so form in final two starts of 2021 but he ran respectably in the 5f handicap at this meeting last June and won with authority over C&D in September (good to firm); back to form behind Dubai Station on the AW recently and, without being obviously ahead of his mark, he could be competitive.
25(7)
330-24
silk
Fresh

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J: Daniel Tudhope
T: James Fanshawe
5
9-1
98
121
Had a wobble at the end of 2021 but is a very solid marker here, winning over C&D last May before only just losing out to Rohaan in this race last June (soft); returned with a useful AW run but was just caught out for stamina in the 7f Victoria Cup here (good) since; that was the firmest ground he's raced on, so he's still to prove that drying ground can suit.
22(15)
044-52
silk
First Folio

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J: Daniel Muscutt
T: James Ferguson
4
9-2
99
117
Has the beating of Blackrod on York form last June (6f, good to firm) but their paths have diverged since and it's that victim who comes here as the progressive one; however, this 4yo did run encouragingly in a Listed race at Windsor last month and fast ground will suit him better than many.
NR(17)
51066/
silk
Ventura Tormenta

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T: Richard Hannon
4
9-3
100
Can lead; Group 2 winner over 6f in France as a juvenile (good to soft; has won on good to firm) but absent since September of that year; has plenty to prove in such a strong handicap after his time off.
10(3)
200-43
silk
Warrior Brave

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J: Colin Keane
T: Ross O'Sullivan
4
9-4
101
113
His two handicap wins for previous trainer came at 6f (AW) and 5f (good to firm); went up the weights for a 5f Listed second last June and unable to make his mark in handicaps since, albeit running well in Listed and conditions races for new yard of late; this presents a new challenge.
7(18)
105-11
silk
Prince Lancelot

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J: Stephane Pasquier
T: F Chappet
4
9-6
103
120
Has raised his game at Chantilly in 2022, most recently when winning a Listed event in May, but the biggest fields he's faced have been half this size and although he has won on good, his other four wins have been on good to soft or slower; drying conditions raise a query.
5(31)
311-36
silk
Jumby

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J: William Buick
T: Eve Johnson Houghton
4
9-8
105
119
Won 7f debut here and heavy ground was against him in the Commonwealth Cup last June on only subsequent Ascot run; has had a few goes off similar marks in handicaps and although he took a lesser one at Newmarket in September (7f, good to firm) this asks for so much more.
26(22)
4-4983
silk
Apollo One

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J: Benoit De La Sayette
T: P Charalambous & J Clutterbuck
4
9-1
98
119
Can lead; Listed AW winner over 7f who showed he can hack it in big-field 6f sprints when dividing Blackrod and Popmaster at Newmarket last July (good to firm; led his group); has a big weights turnaround in his favour this time but has not done as well in two turf handicaps since.
23(23)
7393-5
silk
Fivethousandtoone

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J: William Carver
T: Andrew Balding
4
9-1
98
117
Handicap mark took a hammering after his good second in a Group 2 in 2020 and only now is getting back on an even keel; however he may need a further drop in the weights as he's only 4lb lower than when ninth in the Ayr Gold Cup; gelded since last seen.
20(25)
2113-1
silk
Blackrod

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J: Connor Beasley
T: Michael Dods
4
9-3
100
119
Won his first nice prize over 6f at Newmarket last summer (good to firm) and had no problem with the drop to 5f at York next time; has come on over the winter judged on his Newmarket win in May (6f, good) and a 5lb rise may not be enough to check his progress; holds a July Cup entry.
1(19)
50-878
silk
Rohaan

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J: Ryan Moore
T: David Evans
4
9-12
109
115
Rags to riches story, his seven wins starting with a modest one on the AW in late 2020; however, he had two Group successes (including on good to firm) under his belt before a mighty performance to win this race last June from Fresh; not in the same form this term but he returns to a handicap off 3lb lower than 12 months ago and this could have been the aim.
15(2)
535-54
silk
Quarantine Dreams

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J: W J Lee
T: K J Condon
4
9-3
100
115
Lightly raced 4yo whose sole win came in a 5f Cork maiden; campaigned in Listed events since and has had some excuses since a very good third at the Curragh last June (6f, good); tough start to handicap career but the return to 6f can suit and the visor (absent this term) is refitted.

Verdict

Blackrod, Asjad and Fresh are respected but SILVER SAMURAI won in rare style at Haydock and can defy his penalty.

Past 10 Winners

Key race stats

  • Distance winner, 9/10
  • Officially rated between 99 and 106, 8/10
  • Aged four to six, 8/10 (six aged five)
  • Top-four finish last time out, 8/10
  • Rated within 6lb of RPR top-rated, 8/10
  • Won over 7f, 7/10
Other factors
  • Four winners were drawn between 12 and 22, four in one to 11 and two between 23 and 31.
  • Five winners had won or placed in a field of at least 18 runners.

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