Royal Ascot - At The Races

17:00 Ascot 24 Jun 2017

Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Class 1) (3YO plus)

Winner £108,938 - 27 ran

5

6f

Good to Firm (Firm in places)

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Weighed In

Last year’s race

Outback Traveller
  • Winner: Outback Traveller
  • Jockey: M Harley
  • Trainer: R M H Cowell
  • Owner: Lordship Stud & Mrs J Morley
  • Age: 5 Weight: 9st 1lb
  • Starting Price: 10/1
  • Season Form Figures: 70
  • Previous Best: 1st - Handicap race, Ascot (Oct 2014)

The quality of horse require to run in the Wokingham keeps rising (the loss of the Buckingham Palace Stakes being a contributory factor in the last two years) so previous weight and official rating stats are rendered pretty much irrelevant as we are no longer dealing with like for like.

On the age front, stick to four and five-year-olds as they have won 16 of the last 18 runnings. A three-year-old has not won since Bel Byou triumphed in 1987 though, in fairness, they only average a couple of runners per renewal, if that. Looking at the older horses, although many sprinters improve as they get older, only Selhurstparkflyer in 1997 has struck for horses aged over six since the race's inception in 1896 so the elder brigade can easily be overlooked.

On the age front, stick to four and five-year-olds as they have won 16 of the last 18 runnings.

In-form horses have very much held sway with 17 of the last 20 winners finishing in the first four last time (and one of those that didn’t was Laddies Poker Two who was arriving here off a 610-day absence) and it has also proven wise to look to lightly-raced types as far as the current season is concerned with 11 of the last 15 winners running no more than twice earlier in the campaign.

Roger Charlton’s record catches the eye having supplied a winner, second and four other top-six finishes in recent seasons and his Projection will be a leading fancy running in the colours of The Royal Ascot Racing Club but Paul Cole has the best record of current-day trainers in terms of winners saddling the victor in 1977, 1980 and 1987.

No strong race guides but it is worth noting the 6f handicap at Newmarket on 2000 Guineas Day featuring three of the last 16 winners and the 6f handicap at Epsom’s Derby Meeting featuring three of the last 18 winners. Two of the last four winners finished second in a sprint handicap at the Dante Meeting at York on their previous start.
 
In the last 29 years only six winners were drawn in the middle segment in stalls 10-19.

At a glance summary

Positives
Four and five-year-olds
Ran no more than twice earlier in the season
Ran in the 6f sprint handicap at Epsom on Derby Day or 6f sprint handicap at Newmarket on 2000 Guineas Day
Ran well in a sprint handicap at the Dante Meeting
Trained by Roger Charlton or Paul Cole
Negatives
Aged older than six
Unplaced last time out

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 Good to Soft 28 Outback Traveller 28 5 9 1 100 3040-70 42 days R Cowell (88 miles) M Harley 10/1 1:14.05
2015 Good to Firm 25 Interception 21 5 9 3 102 32413-2 28 days D Lanigan (88 miles) G Baker 10/1 1:13.20
2014 Good to Firm 28 Baccarat 27 5 9 5 105 6150-22 38 days R Fahey (227 miles) G Chaloner 9/1 1:12.09
2013 Good to Firm 26 York Glory 22 5 9 2 100 456142 28 days K Ryan (240 miles) J P Spencer 14/1 1:13.79
2012 Good 28 Dandy Boy 15 6 9 8 106 07-5992 28 days D Marnane (399 miles) P Dobbs 33/1 1:13.87
2011 Soft 25 Deacon Blues 11 4 8 13 98 82230-2 42 days J Fanshawe (88 miles) Johnny Murtagh 15/2 1:16.90
2010 Good to Firm 29 Laddies Poker Two 2 5 8 10 94 1316 610 days J Noseda (88 miles) Johnny Murtagh 9/2 1:12.27
2009 Good to Firm 26 High Standing 28 4 8 12 91 1122-11 21 days W Haggas (88 miles) R L Moore 6/1 1:14.19
2008 Good to Firm 27 Big Timer 28 4 9 2 100 782202 21 days Miss L Perratt (396 miles) T Eaves 20/1 1:14.37
2007 Good to Soft 28 Dark Missile 27 4 8 11 96 19190-4 49 days A Balding (33 miles) W Buick 22/1 1:14.91