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Windsor Castle Stakes 2020 Racecard

The Windsor Castle Stakes is a Listed race held over five furlongs on the second day of Royal Ascot, Wednesday, in June.

4:10

Wednesday 17 June

Distance: 5f 0y Age: 2yo O Prize: £40000 Going: Good

FORM
ENTRY
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT

1
Jocket Silks 1. ASTIMEGOESBY (IRE)
J: Ben Curtis
T: George Boughey
2
9-3
Knew his job and headed only late when third at Newmarket 10 days ago. Hard to see him improving enough to make a similar impact in this better company, though.

2
Jocket Silks 2. CHIEF LITTLE HAWK (USA)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
2
9-3
Has a speedy American pedigree and was in control from halfway when making all cosily at Navan on debut. Stable pick on jockey bookings, so expect a bold showing.

3
Jocket Silks 3. FAST START
J: William Buick
T: Saeed bin Suroor
2
9-3
Has an excellent pedigree and, while firmly put in her place by Lauded on debut, his yard rarely have their representatives fully tuned up for their debut, so more is expected.

4
Jocket Silks 4. FOOLS RUSH IN (IRE)
J: Richard Kingscote
T: Tom Dascombe
2
9-3
£60,000 Mehmas colt who made a pleasing start when third to Muker at Newcastle but would need a marked step forward if he was to compete in this grade.

5
Jocket Silks 5. GET IT
J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
2
9-3
Knew his job when touched off only by a good prospect at Newmarket 13 days ago. Time was good that day and tenacious attitude he showed should stand him in good stead here.

6
Jocket Silks 6. HYDE PARK BARRACKS (USA)
J: Sean Levey
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
2
9-3
Expensive Air Force Blue colt who shaped nicely behind his stablemate when third at Navan and can be expected to step up plenty for the run. Not discounted.

7
Jocket Silks 7. MACHO PRIDE (IRE)
J: Non Runner
T: Ben Haslam
2
9-3
NON RUNNER.

8
Jocket Silks 8. MIGHTY GURKHA (IRE)
J: Hollie Doyle
T: Archie Watson
2
9-3
Sent off odds on prior to an emphatic debut at Lingfield, soon in front and clearing away easily in the straight. Top yard will have him geared up for a bold showing, so very much considered.

9
Jocket Silks 9. MUKER (IRE)
J: Paul Mulrennan
T: Phillip Makin
2
9-3
Made all with little to spare at Newcastle 15 days ago, so doesn't have much scope relative to the bulk of his rivals. He's likely to struggle.

10
Jocket Silks 10. SELECTED (IRE)
J: Joe Fanning
T: Richard Fahey
2
9-3
Looks well up against it having finished only fourth in a novice at Newcastle on debut, although he should have learned plenty from that.

11
Jocket Silks 11. SHERIFF BIANCO (USA)
J: Oisin Murphy
T: Wesley A. Ward, USA
2
9-3
Considerably better than the result (rushed up after a slow start) when second at Churchill Downs last month and should be primed for this with Oisin Murphy booked. Demands respect.

12
Jocket Silks 12. STAY SMART
J: David Nolan
T: David O'Meara
2
9-3
Quite a cheap purchase but quickened up nicely to make a winning start at Wolverhampton 8 days ago. Had a bit in hand, so improvement expected if the race doesn't come too soon.

13
Jocket Silks 13. STEADMAN (IRE)
J: Daniel Tudhope
T: David O'Meara
2
9-3
Quite clued up when second to The Lir Jet in novice at Yarmouth first time out a fortnight ago, travelling well up with the pace. Not open to as much improvement as some of his rivals.

14
Jocket Silks 14. TACTICAL
J: James Doyle
T: Andrew Balding
2
9-3
Nicely bred colt who made a solid start when third (met trouble) in a strong race at Newmarket 13 days ago. More to come with the benefit of that experience, so likely to take a big hand.

15
Jocket Silks 15. TANTASTIC
J: Ben Robinson
T: Brian Ellison
2
9-3
Showed something to work on when denied by Macho Pride at Newcastle on debut, pressing on a bit too soon. This looks a bit beyond him, though.

16
Jocket Silks 16. TENTH CENTURY
J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Michael Bell
2
9-3
Cheap yearling who knew his job when finding only one too good in a 5-runner event at Lingfield 6 days ago. Needs a lot more to compete in this.

17
Jocket Silks 17. VICTORY HEIGHTS (IRE)
J: P. J. McDonald
T: James Tate
2
9-3
Overcame inexperience to make a winning start in a 12-runner maiden at Newcastle, staying on well from off a strong pace. Circumstances that day should have taught him plenty.

18
Jocket Silks 18. YAZAMAN (IRE)
J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
2
9-3
Speedily-bred Kodiak colt who took a while to get the hang of things before powering to the front in a 4-runner maiden at Yarmouth 6 days ago. Can do better, but certainly needs to if he's to figure.

19
Jocket Silks 19. HONEYDEW (IRE)
J: Luke Morris
T: Sylvester Kirk
2
8-12
Only fifth at Lingfield on debut, so looks firmly out of her depth in this.

20
Jocket Silks 20. SUNSHINE CITY (USA)
J: Frankie Dettori
T: Wesley A. Ward, USA
2
8-12
Made a ready winning debut in a maiden claimer at Gulfstream 48 days ago and likely to be more forward than the bulk of her rivals given the circumstances. Definte player.

Analyst's Verdict

MIGHTY GURKHA landed only a modest contest at Lingfield first time out but the way he kicked clear in the straight marked him down as a really classy colt, so he's capable of making a serious impact at this higher level. Fellow impressive debut winners Chief Little Hawk and Sunshine City also warrant plenty of respect for their powerful stables.

The race is for two-year-olds only, with a 5 lb allowance for fillies who take their chance.

The race isn’t shy to a surprise or two, throwing up several big-priced winners over the last few years, including the 2009 Windsor Castle winner, the Wesley Ward-trained Strike The Tiger, who was sent off as a 33/1 shot. The last favourite to win the Windsor Castle Stakes was the Wesley Ward-trained Hootenanny, who returned home at 7/2.

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

The leading trainer in the Windsor Castle Stakes is Mick Channon, with three winners: Great Deeds (1993), Kalindi (1999) and Holborn (2003).

The leading jockey in the Windsor Castle Stakes is Pat Eddery, with six winners. Eddery’s six victories in the Windsor Castle Stakes came on Barrys Gamble (1988), Pharaoh’s Delight (1989), Gipsy Fiddler (1990), Satank (1992), Autumnal (2000) and Irony (2001).

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Windsor Castle Stakes 2020 FAQs

What distance is the Windsor Castle Stakes?

5 furlongs

What day of the Royal Ascot meeting is it on?

Wednesday

What time is the Windsor Castle Stakes?

16:10

What weights are carried in the Windsor Castle Stakes?

9 st 3 lb. 5 lb allowance for fillies

What is the purse for the Windsor Castle Stakes?

£40,000 (2020)

Who is the leading jockey in the Windsor Castle Stakes*?

Pat Eddery, with six wins

Who is the leading trainer in the Windsor Castle Stakes*?

Mick Channon, with three wins

Who won the Windsor Castle Stakes?

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

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