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Chesham Stakes 2020 Racecard

The Chesham Stakes is a Listed contest held over seven furlongs on the third day of Royal Ascot.

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Thursday 18 June

Distance: 7f 0y Age: 2yo O Prize: £40000 Going: Soft

FORM
ENTRY
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT

1
Jocket Silks 1. BATTLEGROUND (USA)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
2
9-3
Green but shaped well when a never-nearer fifth at Naas on debut. Sort to improve markedly and notable that his top handler has picked him out for this race.

2
Jocket Silks 2. BRIGHT DEVIL (IRE)
J: Oisin Murphy
T: Andrew Balding
2
9-3
Knew his job when making all against the rail at Newmarket first time out so, while he's respected, he doesn't have as much scope for improvement as some. He's bred to get the longer trip.

3
Jocket Silks 3. CLARENDON CROSS
J: Pat Dobbs
T: Richard Hannon
2
9-3
Best of those held up when a promising third at Haydock 9 days ago and promises to be suited by this test. Fair chunk of improvement needed to win, however.

4
Jocket Silks 4. FIRST PROPHET (IRE)
J: James Doyle
T: Charlie Fellowes
2
9-3
Quickened clear in impressive style to record a winning start at Newbury (7f) 6 days ago and, provided this quick turnaround doesn't affect him, he's capable of stepping up markedly.

5
Jocket Silks 5. GOLDEN FLAME (IRE)
J: Frankie Dettori
T: Mark Johnston
2
9-3
Golden Horn colt who made a pleasing start when runner-up to Devious Company in what had the look of a good 7f maiden at Haydock, pulling comfortably clear of the others. This stiff track will suit.

6
Jocket Silks 6. MARCH LAW (IRE)
J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Mark Johnston
2
9-3
Green when mid-field at Haydock (behind Golden Flame), so should improve for all it's unlikely to be enough to trouble a few of these rivals.

7
Jocket Silks 7. MODERN NEWS
J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
2
9-3
Shamardal colt who showed a good attitude to see off his expensive stablemate Noble Dynasty in a quality maiden over 6f at Newmarket. Will get this far and boasts solid claims with more to come.

8
Jocket Silks 8. CONCESSIONS
J: Non Runner
T: Richard Hannon
2
8-12
NON RUNNER.

9
Jocket Silks 9. SEATTLE ROCK
J: David Egan
T: Sylvester Kirk
2
8-12
Offered a bit more than the bare form suggests when last of 3 behind Concessions at Chelmsford 9 days ago but still looks out of her depth in this company.

Analyst's Verdict

A wide-open renewal which could go the way of BATTLEGROUND who, although only fifth on debut, will have learned plenty and is set to take a marked step forward. Golden Flame promises to see this stiff 7f out strongly, so he's considered along with the comfortable Newbury scorer First Prophet.

The race is restricted to two-year-olds only, with a 5 lb allowance for any fillies who take their chance; while horses who enter that have previous victories in Listed races and Group races have to carry 3 lb and 5 lb penalties respectively. 

Established in 1919, the race is named after the 3rd Baron Chesham, and was originally contested over five furlongs. The race was then held over six furlongs for a period, before being adjusted to its current distance of seven furlongs in 1997. The race is restricted to two-year-olds whose sires have won at a distance in excess of 1 mile and 1½ furlongs, or in excess of 1,900 metres.

The race has been won by some notable names in recent years, including the Aidan O’Brien-trained Churchill in 2016, who went on to complete a Guineas double in 2017; winning the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh.

The 2005 renewal of the Chesham Stakes, along with the rest of Royal Ascot that year, took place at York due to Ascot racecourse being renovated.

The joint-leading trainers in the Chesham Stakes are Paul Cole and Aidan O’Brien, both with four winners. Cole’s four victories came with Fair Cop (1991), Montjoy (1994), Central Park (1997) and Berkshire (2013), whilst O’Brien’s four wins in the Chesham Stakes were with Bach (1999), Maybe (2011), Churchill (2016) and September (2017).

The leading jockey in the Chesham Stakes is Frankie Dettori, with four winners: Central Park (1997), Rhapsodist (1998), Seba (2001) and Tha’ir (2012).

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Chesham Stakes 2020 FAQs

What distance is the Chesham Stakes?

7 furlongs

What day of the Royal Ascot meeting is it on?

Thursday

What time is the Chesham Stakes?

15:00

What weights are carried in the Chesham Stakes?

9 st 3 lb. 5 lb allowance for fillies. 5 lb penalty for Group winners. 3 lb penalty for Listed winners

What is the purse for the Chesham Stakes?

£40,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Chesham Stakes*?

Frankie Dettori, with four wins

Who is the leading trainer in the Chesham Stakes*?

Paul Cole and Aidan O’Brien, both with four wins

Who won the Chesham Stakes?

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

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