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Ascot Stakes 2020 Racecard

The Ascot Stakes is a flat handicap race in Great Britain for horses aged four years or older, taking place at Ascot, although the race was moved to York in 2015 as Ascot underwent renovations.

4:40

Tuesday 16 June

Distance: 19f 210y Age: 4yo + Prize: £35000 Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)

FORM
ENTRY
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT

1
Jocket Silks 1. VERDANA BLUE (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Nicky Henderson
8
9-10
Very smart hurdler (Grade 1 winner) and fourth in a Group 3 here on latest Flat start. Unexposed in this sphere and big player with Ryan Moore aboard.

2
Jocket Silks 2. SUMMER MOON
J: Joe Fanning
T: Mark Johnston
4
9-9
Multiple winner last year and terrific effort when third in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket (18f) in October. Gelded during the winter and likely to make an even better 4-y-o, so he needs considering.

3
Jocket Silks 3. FAIR MOUNTAIN (GER)
J: James Doyle
T: Dan Skelton
8
9-7
Smart at his best in Germany for Andreas Wohler and did well over hurdles for this yard in 2018. Lengthy absence an obvious concern, but one to note in the betting with James Doyle booked.

4
Jocket Silks 4. DUBAWI FIFTY
J: Adam Kirby
T: Karen McLintock
7
9-7
Cracking start to last season when going close in the Northumberland Plate. Below par thereafter, but he clearly goes well fresh and found just one too strong in the 2018 renewal of this race.

5
Jocket Silks 5. DIOCLETIAN (IRE)
J: David Probert
T: Andrew Balding
5
9-6
Posted series of solid efforts in defeat before routing the opposition at Chester (14.4f, good) when last seen in September. This is much tougher, but yard going great guns and he's not ruled out.

6
Jocket Silks 6. CARNTOP
J: Jack Mitchell
T: Jamie Snowden
7
9-5
Not seen out on the Flat for almost 3 years. Successful 3 times over hurdles for this yard since, but well held at Exeter on latest start in October (since undergone another wind operation).

7
Jocket Silks 7. YAA SALAAM (IRE)
J: Tom Marquand
T: David Pipe
6
9-4
Useful performer on the Flat in Germany and placed in all but one of his half-a-dozen starts over hurdles for this yard. However, will need to improve for the fitting of a visor if he's to take this.

8
Jocket Silks 8. CLIFFS OF DOONEEN (IRE)
J: Rossa Ryan
T: Ralph Beckett
5
9-4
Made the frame in a couple of AW handicaps earlier this year. Low mileage for a 5-y-o and well worth another crack at a marathon trip, but yard saddles a stronger candidate in Moon King.

9
Jocket Silks 9. MANCINI
J: William Buick
T: Ian Williams
6
9-3
Five-time winner for Jonathan Portman. Beaten just over a length when fourth to Moon King on return/debut for new yard at Haydock and, 2 lb better off with that rival now, he's not without hope.

10
Jocket Silks 10. MOON KING (FR)
J: Harry Bentley
T: Ralph Beckett
4
9-3
Racked up 5-timer in handicaps last year and improved again when narrowly prevailing on return at Haydock (16.2f). More needed under a penalty here, but trip should suit and may have more to offer.

11
Jocket Silks 11. BLUE LAUREATE
J: Cieren Fallon
T: Ian Williams
5
9-2
Ended last season in good form and positive start to this campaign when just edged out by Moon King at Haydock. Lacks the scope of that younger rival, but in with an each-way shout all the same.

12
Jocket Silks 12. LAND OF OZ
J: Luke Morris
T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt
4
9-2
Typical improver in handicaps for this yard last season, winning 6 of his 9 starts. Solid second on recent return at Chelmsford (1¾m) and, with further progress possible, he needs considering.

13
Jocket Silks 13. ROCHESTER HOUSE (IRE)
J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Mark Johnston
4
9-1
Enjoyed a productive 2019 campaign, winning 3 times. Close third behind Moon King and Blue Laureate on reappearance at Haydock 8 days ago and he's another with each-way claims.

14
Jocket Silks 14. COEUR DE LION
J: Thore Hammer Hansen
T: Alan King
7
9-1
Winner of 18.6f Chester handicap last spring and subsequently posted several solid efforts in defeat, including when fifth in this race 12 months ago. Now tried in a visor and not discounted.

15
Jocket Silks 15. CHARLIE D (USA)
J: Richard Kingscote
T: Tom Dascombe
5
9-0
Improving staying handicapper who landed 1¾m event at Southwell before solid second at Wolverhampton when last seen in March. However, stamina to prove and needs to raise his game a notch.

16
Jocket Silks 16. PIANISSIMO
J: Frankie Dettori
T: Anthony Carson
4
9-0
Completed AW hat-trick in 2019 and good second at Kempton in January. However, put firmly in his place at Chelmsford last week and opposable, for all that he has the assistance of Frankie Dettori.

17
Jocket Silks 17. QULOOB
J: Jim Crowley
T: Gary Moore
6
9-0
Made the frame in some decent handicaps at up to 2m last year, and placed both starts over hurdles in November. Should be back in the winning groove before long, but this demands a clear career-best.

18
Jocket Silks 18. SMART CHAMPION
J: Callum Shepherd
T: David Simcock
5
8-11
Best effort yet when striking at Newcastle (16.2f) in February. Shapes as though this extreme stamina test will suit (second to Land of Oz over 2¼m at Newmarket last year), but improvement is needed.

19
Jocket Silks 19. ASHUTOR (FR)
J: Megan Nicholls
T: Paul Nicholls
6
8-11
Won twice on the level in France and belatedly opened hurdles account in Catterick maiden earlier this year. Well beaten next time, though, and opposable back in this sphere.

20
Jocket Silks 20. SAN BENEDETO (FR)
J: Tom Eaves
T: Paul Nicholls
9
8-9
Smart chaser who hasn't run on the level since 2013. Still, he won't fail through lack of stamina and it will be interesting to see if support arrives for this 9-y-o.

Analyst's Verdict

With Willie Mullins unrepresented this year, VERDANA BLUE can strike for fellow leading jumps trainer Nicky Henderson. A top-notch hurdler, she is unexposed in this sphere and the booking of Ryan Moore, who has steered home the winner of this race 3 times since 2012, adds to her appeal. Summer Moon is a big threat judged on his Cesarewitch effort and the progressive Moon King is also feared.

It is run over a distance of 2 miles 3 furlongs and 210 yards (4,014 meters), over two laps of the Ascot Flat Racing Course, and takes place each year in June on the first day of the Royal Ascot meeting (Tuesday).

The race has a long history, having been first run back in 1840. It usually attracts a large field, with many horses coming from stables usually associated with National Hunt racing due to the marathon distance, and is known to be one of the most popular betting races of the Royal Ascot meeting.

The race has been dominated in recent years by Irish trainers, and in particular Willie Mullins, who has won the Ascot Stakes four times since 2012 with Simenon (2012), Clondaw Warrior (2015), Thomas Hobson (2017) and Lagostovegas (2018)

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Ascot Stakes 2020 FAQs

What distance is the Ascot Stakes?

2 miles, 3 furlongs and 210 yards

What day of the Royal Ascot meeting is it on?

Tuesday

What time is the Ascot Stakes?

16:40

What weights are carried in the Ascot Stakes?

It is a handicap race, with weights ranging from 9 st 10 lb to 8 st

What is the purse for the Ascot Stakes?

£35,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Ascot Stakes*?

Fran Berry (3) & Ryan Moore (3)

Who is the leading trainer in the Ascot Stakes*?

Willie Mullins (4) & Martin Pipe (4)

Who won the Ascot Stakes?

You can check out our Ascot Stakes results page here to see a List of previous winners.

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