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Golden Gates Stakes 2022 Racecard

5:35 Sat 18 Jun GOLDEN GATES STAKES

Distance: 9f 212y Age: 3yo O Prize: £51,540 Going: Good to Firm

Analyst's Verdict

A smashing 3-y-o handicap and it may pay to side with John & Thady Gosden's HONITON. He was an easy winner of a Sandown maiden 7 days ago, and previous form in maiden/novice company is working out very well, so there's plenty to like now his sights are set on handicaps from a handy draw. Falling Shadow and Missed The Cut are similarly upwardly mobile and feared along with Aldous Huxley.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. ALDOUS HUXLEY (IRE)
J: Benoit de la Sayette
T: John & Thady Gosden
3
9-9
Dubawi colt who ran out a ready winner on debut at Kempton (10f) in March and built on that when second under a penalty at Newmarket in April. Took another step forward when second in a Goodwood listed event since and that ought not to prove his limit now handicapping.
2
jockey silks 2. SWEEPING
J: Hollie Doyle
T: Archie Watson
3
9-4
Catterick maiden winner (7f) as a 2-y-o who ran best race to date when second on handicap debut at Wolverhampton (8.6f) in May. Easy enough to put a line through subsequent Epsom run (reportedly finished lame) but others may have greater potential in any case.
3
jockey silks 3. PHANTOM FLIGHT
J: P. J. McDonald
T: James Horton
3
9-3
Improved with each outing for up-and-coming yard, second on debut at Newcastle prior to landing back-to-back turf novice contests (at 1m) latterly at Haydock in May. Bred to be suited by this longer trip now handicapping and highly likely there's more to come.
4
jockey silks 4. MISSED THE CUT (USA)
J: James McDonald
T: George Boughey
3
9-3
Progressed with each start to date, bolting up in a Pontefract maiden (1m) and impressing once more in the way he powered clear to make it 2-3 in a Salisbury novice (9.9f) in May. Well worth considering now handicapping with prospect of more to come.
5
jockey silks 5. HONITON (IRE)
J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
3
9-2
Quickly reached a useful level and readily justified cramped odds over this trip at Sandown 7 days ago, well on top at the finish. Interesting that connections pitch him in here quickly and he's well worth considering with prospect of more to come.
6
jockey silks 6. BLUE TRAIL (IRE)
J: James Doyle
T: Charlie Appleby
3
9-1
Teofilo colt who landed back-to-back AW novice events at 1m earlier this year and arrives here on the back of a career-best display when keeping on for third at Sandown (1m) in April. Looks ready for this step up in trip on that evidence and respected.
7
jockey silks 7. FALLING SHADOW (IRE)
J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
3
9-0
Much-improved from debut when first past post at Wolverhampton (8.6f) in December (subsequently disqualified) and quickly made amends when winning impressively on return at Newbury (1¼m) in May, eased late on. More to come now handicapping and he's a big player.
8
jockey silks 8. PERVADE
J: C. T. Keane
T: Francis-Henri Graffard, France
3
8-13
French raider who showed fairly useful form when landing maiden/handicaps on artificial surfaces earlier this year. Ran up to best to finish in-the-frame in pair of minor events subsequently but others appeal more for win purposes on balance.
9
jockey silks 9. TOLLARD ROYAL (IRE)
J: Kieran Shoemark
T: George Boughey
3
8-12
Successful on 2 of his 3 starts in novices, making light of a 6-month absence at Beverley (8.5f) in April. Not disgraced when fifth pitched in to a hot Haydock handicap (1m) since but this another tough ask stepping up to 1¼m.
10
jockey silks 10. GROUNDBREAKER (GER)
J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Andrew Balding
3
8-12
Still showed signs of greenness but well on top at the line when off the mark in a Doncaster maiden (10.2f) in March. Proved too keen when fourth in 6-runner listed event at Newmarket (10f) and he'll need to settle better now stepping into handicaps.
11
jockey silks 11. CHAIRMAN (FR)
J: Tom Marquand
T: Freddie & Martyn Meade
3
8-12
Promising son of Almanzor who landed a small-field Salisbury maiden (12f) early on last month and had little trouble with drop back to 1¼m to follow up on handicap bow at Bath since, keeping on well. This his toughest assignment yet but likely he's more in his locker.
12
jockey silks 12. SUN KING (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
3
8-11
Galileo colt. Matched previous best when landing 13-runner Roscommon maiden (7.8f) in April but failed to improve for switch to handicaps/step up to 1¼m at Navan subsequently. Tongue tie goes on and yard's runners never underestimated here.
13
jockey silks 13. KNIGHTSWOOD (IRE)
J: Jason Hart
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
3
8-10
Decorated Knight colt. Promise when third on debut at Kempton (1m) in December and much improved to land back-to-back maiden/novice events from the front at Redcar/Chepstow in recent weeks. Very straightforward type who is respected once more now handicapping.
14
jockey silks 14. ASGOODASSOBERGETS (FR)
J: Jim Crowley
T: Tom Ward
3
8-10
Promising sort who tasted success on second of 2 starts in a French minor event in November and perfect start for new yard when landing 8-runner AW novice event (12.2f) in April. However, more needed in this much more competitive enviornment now handicapping.
15
jockey silks 15. JIMI HENDRIX (IRE)
J: Non Runner
T: Ralph Beckett
3
8-9
New Bay colt who ended 2-y-o campaign with success in a Doncaster maiden (7f) and made a winning handicap debut at Haydock (1m) last month, Good third of 30 in Britannia at this course (8f, good to firm, 20/1) 2 days ago. NON RUNNER.
16
jockey silks 16. TROJAN HORSE (IRE)
J: Joe Fanning
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
3
8-6
Dual novice winner who almost certainly progressed again sent handicapping when third of 7 at Chester (12.3f) in May. Similar form from this 2 lb higher mark when fifth of 9 at Musselburgh since but suspicion he will again find a few too good in this even stronger affair.
17
jockey silks 17. BUSHFIRE
J: David Egan
T: Hughie Morrison
3
8-5
Australia colt who stepped up markedly on his debut form when third in a strong Salisbury novice (1m) in September and improved further to take a heavy ground Newbury minor event (1m) when last seen in October. Type to progress again in handicaps this campaign.

Betting Forecast : 5/1 5 MISSED THE CUT, 7/1 7 FALLING SHADOW, 11/1 11 HONITON, 12/1 12 SUN KING, 12/1 12 PHANTOM FLIGHT, 14/1 14 BLUE TRAIL, 14/1 14 CHAIRMAN, 14/1 14 ALDOUS HUXLEY, 18/1 18 GROUNDBREAKER, 18/1 18 KNIGHTSWOOD, 22/1 22 TROJAN HORSE, 22/1 22 PERVADE, 25/1 25 BUSHFIRE, 28/1 28 TOLLARD ROYAL, 33/1 33 ASGOODASSOBERGETS, 40/1 40 SWEEPING, 498/1 498 SPLENDENT, 499/1 499 WAIT TO EXCEL

The Golden Gates Handicap was included in the 2020 Royal Ascot programme as part of the six extra races added due to Covid 19.

After a successful race in 2020 where Rossa Ryan secured the win on the Paul and Oliver Cole trained Highland Chief, Ascot are keeping it on the card for 2021.

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NEXT RACE SMART STATS

£14.70 Tony Carroll's profit to a £1 level stake with horses running in first time headgear (saddles DESTINADO)
41% Benoit de la Sayette's strike rate on favourites (rides TRIBUNA UFFIZI)
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