Royal Ascot - At The Races

17:35 Ascot 23 Jun 2017

Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) (3YO plus)

Winner £49,800 - 19 ran


1m 3f 211y

Good to Firm (Watered)

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Weighed In

Last year’s race

  • Winner: Kinema
  • Jockey: F M Berry
  • Trainer: R M Beckett
  • Owner: The Ashes
  • Age: 5 Weight: 9st 4lb
  • Starting Price: 8/1
  • Season Form Figures: 1
  • Previous Best: 1st - Handicap race, Goodwood (May 2016)

Horses drawn wider in double-figure stalls have won all six runnings since the switch of stall numbers which is total contrast to the Wolferton Handicap over 2f shorter where the bend comes up much quicker and there is less time for jockeys to get organised, so don’t be put off arguments suggesting the higher-drawn horses are up against it over this 1m4f trip. In fact last season’s 1-2-3 were drawn 19, 13 and 15.

Last-time-out winners hold the call having been responsible for 50% of the last 22 winners which is an excellent return given they supply, on average, around 25% of the total runners. Given the handicap has become much more condensed of late, weight stats have started to become irrelevant in a race where it usually paid to oppose those towards the lower end of the handicap.

Horses drawn wider in double-figure stalls have won all six runnings since the switch of stall numbers.

It was a 1-2-3-4 for five-year-olds last year but just two horses older than five have been successful in the last 28 years and it is the four-year-olds that hold the edge over five-year-olds in terms of winners. In fact, four-year-olds supplied seven of the first eight places in 2015, the first eight horses home two years ago and six of the first seven in 2013, so the 5yo domination last year came as a surprise.

Arab Spring gave Sir Michael Stoute his sixth winner of this all-aged 1m4f handicap three years ago and he has also saddled three runners-up from his last 17 runners and the majority view was that his Kings Fete (close-up third) would have won last season but for being squeezed up. Mark Johnston has claimed this prize on three occasions including a 1-2 in 2009 and the 2014 runner-up so his is also a name very much to look out for. John Oxx’s two runners have produced a winner and a third, look twice should be bring over a contender.

Up until 2006, the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes had been a punter’s handicap with 14 consecutive winners going the way of a contender from the front six in the betting but it has got tricky lately as four of the last 11 winners have started at 12/1+. However, the last two of the last favourites, Arab Spring and Arab Dawn (joint-favourite), justified that market support and last season’s favourite only found one too good. Especially note those hunting up the market leader, notably the second, third and fourth favourites that have won 13 of the last 23 runnings.

At a glance summary

Last-time-out winners
The second, third and fourth favourite
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Mark Johnston or John Oxx
Aged six or older

Previous Winners - QUEEN'S VASE

2016Sword FighterA P O'BrienC O'Donoghue3 9-333/118
2015AloftA P O'BrienR L Moore3 9-35/2f13
2014HartnellM JohnstonJ Fanning3 9-37/210
2013Leading LightA P O'BrienJ P O'Brien3 9-45/4f15
2012EstimateSir Michael StouteR L Moore3 8-123/1f10
2011NamibianM JohnstonS De Sousa3 9-17/2f11
2010Mikhail GlinkaA P O'BrienJ P Murtagh3 9-12/1f12
2009HolbergM JohnstonJ Fanning3 9-17/114
2008PatkaiSir Michael StouteR L Moore3 9-16/4f12
2007MahlerAidan O'Brien Michael Kinane 3 9-1 7/115
2006Soapy DangerM JohnstonK Darley3 9-1 4/111
2005Melrose AvenueM JohnstonK Darley3 8-114/110
2004Duke Of VeniceS Bin SuroorL Dettori3 8-119/210
2003Shanty StarM JohnstonK Darley3 8-117/2f12
2002MamoolS Bin SuroorL Dettori3 8-119/114
2001And BeyondM JohnstonK Darley3 8-1111/116
2000DalampourSir M StouteK Fallon3 8-113/1f13
1999EndorsementH CecilK Fallon3 8-65/111
1998MaridpourSir M StouteW Swinburn3 8-116/18
1997Windsor CastleP ColeT Quinn3 8-119/211
1996GordiD WeldM Kinane3 8-117/114
1995StelvioH CecilM Kinane3 8-117/4f11
1994Silver WedgeG LewisM Hills3 8-1120/112
1993InfrasonicA FabrePat Eddery3 8-113/1f8
1992LandownerJ GosdenR Cochrane3 8-118/111
1991JendaliH CecilS Cauthen3 8-1115/214