Royal Ascot - At The Races

15:05 Ascot 24 Jun 2017

Wolferton Handicap (Listed) (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Winner £45,368 - 16 ran

2

1m 1f 212y

Good to Firm

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Weighed In

Last year’s race

Sir Isaac Newton
  • Winner: Sir Isaac Newton
  • Jockey: R L Moore
  • Trainer: A P O'Brien
  • Owner: Mr D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Mr M Tabor
  • Age: 4 Weight: 9st 0lb
  • Starting Price: 7/1
  • Season Form Figures: 23
  • Previous Best: 6th - Jersey Stakes (Group 3), Royal Ascot (June 2015)

A Listed handicap over 1m2f on the round course featuring a double-figure field where they meet a bend after a furlong, so the draw is important. What is a low draw since the switch of stall numbers six seasons ago has been a significant advantage in recent seasons as nine of the last 12 winners at Ascot were drawn in what are now single-figure stalls confirming that the long way round from a high draw is hard to overcome over this trip.

Four-year-olds notched up a 1-2-3-4 last season and have filled 13 of the first 15 positions in the last three years combined helping extend their record in the last 16 years to 13 wins.

Four-year-olds notched up a 1-2-3-4 last season and have filled 13 of the first 15 positions in the last three years combined helping extend their record in the last 16 years to 13 wins. This becomes more significant when we consider that four-year-olds and horses aged five and over have more or less been responsible for a similar number of runners within that time. Look to them first. Being on a lightly-raced horse during the current season is also advisable as 18 of the last 22 winners had run no more than twice earlier in the campaign.

There have been 14 runnings since this race became part of Royal Ascot and Sir Michael Stoute has provided five of the losing favourites and Saeed bin Suroor another three. Stoute did win with the fancied Perfect Stride seven years ago though.

On a more positive note, John Gosden has won the Wolferton Rated Stakes on three occasions in the last six years and four times in total in addition to supplying the runner-up in 2006 but Mark Johnston and Ed Dunlop's runners are also worth a second look. Johnston had the runner-up and third in 2015 in addition to a winner and third in 2006 whilst Dunlop was successful in 2014 and in 1997 plus two of his four other runners have also hit the frame.

At a glance summary

Positives
Four-year-olds
A single-figure draw
Respect John Gosden, Mark Johnston and Ed Dunlop
Negatives
More than two runs this season
Unplaced last time out
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 Good to Soft 15 Sir Isaac Newton 5 4 9 0 102 2164-23 14 days A P O'Brien (399 miles) R L Moore 7/1 2:07.59
2015 Good to Firm 13 Mahsoob 7 4 9 3 106 1-11 38 days J Gosden (88 miles) P Hanagan 7/4 2:05.33
2014 Good to Firm 13 Contributer 15 4 9 5 106 1224-13 56 days E Dunlop (88 miles) G Baker 9/1 2:04.98
2013 Good to Firm 15 Forgotten Voice 7 8 9 2 105 0-11412 77 days N Henderson (27 miles) Johnny Murtagh 12/1 2:06.06
2012 Soft 13 Gatewood 8 4 8 11 98 214-11 21 days J Gosden (88 miles) W Buick 3/1 2:08.00
2011 Good to Soft 14 Beachfire 15 4 8 9 98 111-523 27 days J Gosden (88 miles) W Buick 12/1 2:10.48
2010 Good to Firm 16 Rainbow Peak 16 4 9 4 107 111-2 36 days M Jarvis (88 miles) N Callan 13/8 2:04.50
2009 Good to Firm 15 Perfect Stride 14 4 9 5 108 0160-16 20 days Sir M Stoute (88 miles) R L Moore 8/1 2:03.24
2008 Firm 10 Supaseus 10 5 8 11 100 1490-43 37 days H Morrison (32 miles) S Drowne 12/1 2:06.81
2007 Good to Soft 16 Championship Point 3 4 9 2 105 9-68237 28 days M Channon (34 miles) D Holland 25/1 2:10.84
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