Royal Ascot - At The Races

15:40 Ascot 22 Jun 2017

Ribblesdale Stakes (Fillies' Group 2) (Class 1) (3YO only)

Winner £121,926 - 12 ran

3

1m 3f 211y

Good to Firm (Watered)

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Weighed In

Last year’s race

Even Song
  • Winner: Even Song
  • Jockey: R L Moore
  • Trainer: A P O'Brien
  • Owner: Mrs John Magnier
  • Age: 3 Weight: 9st 0lb
  • Starting Price: 15/8f
  • Season Form Figures: 3
  • Previous Best: 3rd - Pretty Polly Stakes (Listed Race), Newmarket (May 2016)

Not a massively strong trends race and it generally pays to look to a later-developing improver as just six winners in the last 22 years had been contesting Group races as juveniles so the Ribblesdale boasts a very similar pattern in this respect to the colts' equivalent of this race at the Royal Meeting, the King Edward VII Stakes.

Winning form this season is a big bonus as 15 of the last 18 winners had won either of their last two starts during the current campaign and seven of the last nine winners had won at Group or Listed level.

Winning form this season is a big bonus as 15 of the last 18 winners had won either of their last two starts during the current campaign and seven of the last nine winners had won at Group or Listed level.

With regards to a filly’s last run, five winners since 1997 were being turned out again quickly after running the Investec Oaks (three of which finished in the first four) though only two of those came in the last decade. Four winners in the last 14 years won a maiden last time out and two of the last 11 winners won a handicap on their previous start, so no really strong steer there.

The Irish have won the Ribblesdale seven times in the last 15 years (two for Dermot Weld and Aidan O’Brien) including the 1-2 in 2015 so have fared considerably better than in the colt’s equivalent, the King Edward VII, with one win in the last 42 years.

Godolphin had been quiet in this race with no runners between 2006-2008 but they have won two of the last eight renewals thus adding to three previous successes and three seconds from just 13 runners so they clearly know what is required for this race. With a winner and four seconds in the last 13 years we also have to seriously respect John Gosden’s entries. Sir Michael Stoute should be faring a whole lot better and has been responsible for four losing favourites from his last 20 runners. His Mori will be a leading fancy this time. 

At a glance summary

Positives
Won a Group or Listed race
Trained in Ireland
Last time out maiden winner
Ran well in the Oaks
Godolphin-owned
Trained by John Gosden
Did not contest a Group race as a two-year-old
Negatives
Not won either of last two starts
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute

Previous Winners - RIBBLESDALE STAKES

YearWinnerTrainerJockeyAge/WtSPRnrs
2016Even SongA P O'BrienR L Moore3 9-015/8f14
2015CurvyD WachmanR L Moore3 9-09/210
2014BraceletA P O'BrienJ P O'Brien3 9-010/112
2013RiposteLady J CecilT P Queally3 8-129/29
2012Princess HighwayD K WeldP J Smullen3 8-1217/214
2011BanimpireJ S BolgerK J Manning3 8-123/1f12
2010HibaayebS bin SuroorL Dettori3 8-124/1jf11
2009Flying CloudS bin SuroorL Dettori3 8-125/110
2008MichitaJ H M GosdenJ Fortune3 8-1210/3f9
2007SilkwoodMichael Jarvis Philip Robinson 3 8-124/111
2006Mont EtoileW J HaggasM Hills3 8-1225/111
2005ThakafaatJ DunlopW Supple3 8-1122/19
2004PunctiliousS Bin SuroorL Dettori3 8-119/29
2003Spanish SunSir M StouteR Hughes3 8-119/29
2002Irresistible JewelD WeldP Smullen3 8-812/115
2001Sahara SlewJ OxxJ Murtagh3 8-814/114
2000MiletrianM ChannonM Roberts3 8-810/19
1999Fairy QueenS Bin SuroorL Dettori3 8-88/112
1998BahrS Bin SuroorL Dettori3 8-813/8f9
1997YashmakH CecilK Fallon3 8-87/29
1996TulipaA FabreS Guillot3 8-815/210
1995Phantom GoldLord HuntingdonL Dettori3 8-85/17
1994BolasB HillsPat Eddery3 8-83/1f9
1993ThawakibJ DunlopW Carson3 8-85/2f8
1992ArmaramaC BrittainM Roberts3 8-85/2f8
1991Third WatchJ DunlopJ Reid3 8-820/114