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Norfolk Stakes 2020 Racecard

The Norfolk Stakes is a Group 2 Flat horse race, and is the first race run on the Friday of Royal Ascot – the fourth day of the five-day meeting.

2:25

Friday 19 June

Distance: 5f 0y Age: 2yo O Prize: £50000 Going: Good to Soft

FORM
ENTRY
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT

1
Jocket Silks 1. ANDRONICUS BEAU (IRE)
J: Richard Kingscote
T: Tom Dascombe
2
9-1
Only fourth at Newacastle on debut, so needs a whole lot more if he's to make any sort of impact against much classier rivals.

2
Jocket Silks 2. COOPERATION (IRE)
J: Sean Levey
T: Richard Hannon
2
9-1
Similar form in a couple of novices, having an experience edge when second at Newmarket 5 days ago, and likely he's out of his depth in this grade.

3
Jocket Silks 3. EMIRATI DIRHAM (IRE)
J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: John Quinn
2
9-1
Unable to open his account in two goes to date, so hard to imagine he'll figure upped markedly in class.

4
Jocket Silks 4. EYE OF HEAVEN
J: Frankie Dettori
T: Mark Johnston
2
9-1
Arrived with a tall reputation (sent off a short price) when landing a novice at Newmarket with a bit in hand, so boasts excellent claims with a good deal of improvement forthcoming.

5
Jocket Silks 5. GET IT
J: Non Runner
T: Clive Cox
2
9-1
Clued up when touched off only by Eye of Heaven at Newmarket 13 days ago. Respectable fourth of 18 to Tactical in listed Windsor Castle Stakes at this C&D (good to firm, 20/1) 2 days ago. NON RUNNER.

6
Jocket Silks 6. GOLDEN PAL (USA)
J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Wesley A. Ward, USA
2
9-1
Narrowly beaten at odds on at Gulfstream a couple of months ago but was doing his best work at the finish and is likely to be more forward than the bulk of his rivals. Warrants respect.

7
Jocket Silks 7. IMPERIAL FORCE (IRE)
J: James Doyle
T: Andrew Balding
2
9-1
Runner-up to Creative Force in a race at Newmarket that's already been boosted a couple of times. Knew his job that day and should put his speed to good use once more.

8
Jocket Silks 8. JOJO RABBIT
J: Hollie Doyle
T: Archie Watson
2
9-1
Built on promising debut when comfortably landing a novice at Wolverhampton a week ago. Lacks the ability of some but his professionalism will stand him in good stead.

9
Jocket Silks 9. LIPIZZANER (USA)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
2
9-1
Yet to get off the mark in two outings but impressed with the way he quickened to lead when eventually second at Naas 11 days ago. Drop in trip should help and he has more experience than most.

10
Jocket Silks 10. MACHO PRIDE (IRE)
J: Harrison Shaw
T: Ben Haslam
2
9-1
Speedily-bred colt who knew his job when making a winning start at Newcastle 13 days ago but needs a lot more if he's to get competitive in this.

11
Jocket Silks 11. NELSON GAY (IRE)
J: Shane Kelly
T: Richard Hughes
2
9-1
Sent off a warm order when an encouraging third behind the Lir Jet at Yarmouth first time out. Entitled to improve but unlikely to reverse form with aforementioned.

12
Jocket Silks 12. PAPAL BEE (IRE)
J: Cieren Fallon
T: Miss Katy Brown, Ireland
2
9-1
Foaled March 8. €6,000 yearling, Estidhkaar colt. Half-brother to 3 winners, including winner up to 9f Arnad and 7f/1m winner Red Thunder, both in Italy. Very stiff task.

13
Jocket Silks 13. THE LIR JET (IRE)
J: Oisin Murphy
T: Michael Bell
2
9-1
Is by an ex winner of this race and made a big impression when scoring at Yarmouth first time out, knowing his job but well on top at the finish. Should go well.

14
Jocket Silks 14. VENTURA TORMENTA (IRE)
J: Pat Dobbs
T: Richard Hannon
2
9-1
Foaled February 10. £95,000 yearling, Acclamation colt. Closely related to smart 6f winner George Bowen and half-brother to several winners. Tough assignment for a newcomer.

Analyst's Verdict

THE LIR JET was a convincing debut scorer at Yarmouth and his first-season sire landed this race back in 2016, so he's likely to run a big race provided a draw on the wing doesn't inconvenience him too much. Comfortable Newmarket scorer Eye of Heaven looks the main danger ahead of Golden Pal.

The race is open exclusively to two-year-old horses (juveniles), and is a sprint race run over a distance of 5 furlongs. This is the shortest permitted distance for Flat horses under UK rules.

The race has been run annually since 1843, although it only gained its current name in 1973, having previously been known as the New Stakes. It has also been upgraded within that time, being raised from a Group 3 to a Group 2 contest in 2006.

As of 2018, it is also part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, as a ‘Win and You’re In’ qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, which has a $1million purse. This means that the winner will gain free entry and travel allowance to the Breeders’ Cup, held at the end of the American season in early November.

For all that the race’s status as a Breeders’ Cup qualifier has added to its status, the prestige of the contest itself shouldn’t be underestimated; after all, it commonly features entries who cross the Atlantic in the opposite direction. In the past decade, US trainer Wesley Ward – a man best-known here for his ability in training juveniles – has become a recognised face at Ascot, and has had plenty of success at the fixture, saddling ten winners. They include the 2013 and 2018 Norfolk Stakes winners No Nay Never and Shang Shang Shang.

There have been several jockeys to have won the race multiple times, with Frankie Dettori managing three wins (1995, 1999 and 2014).

Meanwhile, Aidan O’Brien is amongst the trainers who’ve won the Norfolk Stakes on three occasions (2001, 2015, 2017) and he and retained rider Ryan Moore (2015, 2017) will no doubt be bidding to add to their respective tallies in this year’s race, for the Ballydoyle yard. Another trainer and jockey team who could have a big chance at the Norfolk hattrick will be Wesley Ward and Joel Rosario (2013, 2018), should they again decide to bring an entry over from California.

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Norfolk Stakes 2020 FAQs

What distance is the Norfolk Stakes?

5 furlongs

What day of the Royal Ascot meeting is it on?

Friday

What time is the Norfolk Stakes?

14:25

What weights are carried in the Norfolk Stakes?

9 st 1 lb for colts. 8 st 12 lb for fillies

What is the purse for the Norfolk Stakes?

£50,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Norfolk Stakes*?

Of those still riding, Frankie Dettori has the most wins with three

Who is the leading trainer in the Norfolk Stakes*?

The leading active trainers are Aidan O’Brien and Sir Michael Stoute, with three apiece

Who won the Norfolk Stakes?

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

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