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
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 Soft 14 Even Song 5 3 9 0 - 31-3 46 days A P O'Brien (399 miles) R L Moore 15/8 2:39.74
2015 Good to Firm 10 Curvy 3 3 9 0 - 478-111 25 days D Wachman (399 miles) R L Moore 9/2 2:30.04
2014 Good to Firm 12 Bracelet 3 3 9 0 - 81-10 46 days A P O'Brien (399 miles) J P O'Brien 10/1 2:30.92
2013 Good to Firm 9 Riposte 5 3 8 12 - 21 34 days Lady Jane Cecil (88 miles) T Queally 9/2 2:29.41
2012 Good to Soft 14 Princess Highway 12 3 8 12 - 8-11 36 days D K Weld (266 miles) P J Smullen 17/2 2:33.67
2011 Good to Soft 12 Banimpire 2 3 8 12 - 311151 4 days J S Bolger (343 miles) K J Manning 3/1 2:37.06
2010 Good to Firm 11 Hibaayeb 7 3 8 12 - 3221-03 25 days S bin Suroor (88 miles) L Dettori 4/1 2:31.18
2009 Good to Firm 10 Flying Cloud 2 3 8 12 - 11 48 days S bin Suroor (88 miles) L Dettori 5/1 2:30.67
2008 Good to Firm 9 Michita 5 3 8 12 - 1-917 13 days J Gosden (88 miles) J Fortune 10/3 2:31.87
2007 Good 12 Silkwood 2 3 8 12 - 121 55 days M Jarvis (88 miles) P Robinson 4/1 2:30.23
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