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Windsor Castle Stakes 2022 Racecard

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

5:35 Wed 15 Jun WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES

Distance: 5f 0y Age: 2yo O Prize: £59,200 Going: Good to Firm

Analyst's Verdict

Not only is LITTLE BIG BEAR's form 10 lb+ clear of the opposition on Timeform ratings, he also has the scope for plenty of progress so there's no desire to look elsewhere. John Gosden used the same Yarmouth maiden won by Far Shot last week to introduce the 2016 winner of this race and he is feared, with Union Court completing the shortlist following a faultless start to her career.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. BOLT ACTION (IRE)
J: David Egan
T: Roger Varian
2
9-5
Six-figure breeze-up buy who looked a good prospect when making a winning start in 6-runner novice at Leicester 15 days ago. Sure to leave bare form of that behind.
2
jockey silks 2. CHATEAU (IRE)
J: William Buick
T: Andrew Balding
2
9-5
Shaped well on debut at Salisbury and turned out 16 days later, built on that when overcoming a troubled passage to score at Beverley 3 weeks ago. No surprise were he to progress again.
3
jockey silks 3. DEMOCRACY DILEMMA (IRE)
J: George Downing
T: David Evans
2
9-5
Continued theme of race-by-race progress when landing a Chester maiden equipped with a first-time visor in May. Upped in grade and was fairly readily brushed aside in the National Stakes at Sandown.
4
jockey silks 4. EDDIE'S BOY
J: Hollie Doyle
T: Archie Watson
2
9-5
Bred to be very sharp and well backed, had a bit in hand when making a winning debut in 5f novice at Southwell (5f). Left that form well behind when second to a useful rival at Musselburgh and cheekpieces now on.
5
jockey silks 5. EDGAR LINTON (FR)
J: Daniel Tudhope
T: Archie Watson
2
9-5
Put his experience to good use when landing 9-runner novice at Redcar a fortnight ago. No obvious reason to think he's capable of much better, though.
6
jockey silks 6. FAR SHOT (IRE)
J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
2
9-5
£160,000 Kodiac colt who was nicely on top when landing 5-runner maiden at Yarmouth. Turned out a week later but in top hands and yard did the same with 2016 winner of this race, Ardad.
7
jockey silks 7. FINN RUSSELL (IRE)
J: Jim Crowley
T: Iain Jardine
2
9-5
Bred to stay well and kept on for third after a slow start at Musselburgh. Hard to see him making the necessary leap forward kept to the minimum trip.
8
jockey silks 8. GUITEAU (IRE)
J: Rossa Ryan
T: David Loughnane
2
9-5
Closely-related to Pearl Glory (placed in Group company as a 2-y-o) and would probably have made a winning start had he not dwelt/ran green at Windsor 16 days ago (6f). Drop to 5f isn't an obvious move.
9
jockey silks 9. KAASIB (IRE)
J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
2
9-5
Went close on debut at Windsor and subsequently landed the odds in a 5f Salisbury novice (form boosted by the second). Step up to 6f perhaps to blame for disappointing effort at Goodwood but a tongue tie now reached for.
10
jockey silks 10. KNEBWORTH
J: Pat Cosgrave
T: Richard Hughes
2
9-5
Knew what was required and outclassed 6 rivals on debut at Lingfield (AW) in April. Wasn't fully extended to defy a penalty over same C&D and likely has a bigger effort in him.
11
jockey silks 11. KUWAIT CITY (IRE)
J: James Doyle
T: John Butler
2
9-5
Clearly derived plenty from his debut when a smooth winner of 6-runner novice at Yarmouth 15 days ago. Probably didn't beat a great deal but did it readily.
12
jockey silks 12. LITTLE BIG BEAR (IRE)
J: Ryan Moore
T: Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
2
9-5
Ran to a high level for a newcomer when second at the Curragh in April. That form worked out well and he landed the odds with plenty in hand at Naas, recording a good timefigure in the process. Very much the one to beat.
13
jockey silks 13. MEHMAR (IRE)
J: L. F. Roche
T: M. D. O'Callaghan, Ireland
2
9-5
Placed all 3 starts, just about recording best effort yet back at 5f when second of 10 at Tipperary. No reason to think he's much better than that level.
14
jockey silks 14. RAMAZAN (IRE)
J: Oisin James Orr
T: Richard Fahey
2
9-5
Derived plenty from his Pontefract debut when landing 9-runner novice at Beverly a month ago, asserting near finish. Form nothing to get excited about so visor needs to prompt another jolt of progress.
15
jockey silks 15. ROCKET RODNEY
J: Daniel Muscutt
T: George Scott
2
9-5
Plenty of speed in his pedigree and having finished runner-up on debut at Nottingham he outclassed 5 rivals at Goodwood a fortnight later.
16
jockey silks 16. ROCKING ENDS
J: William Carson
T: Brett Johnson
2
9-5
Put experience to good use when causing an upset in 5-runner novice at Salisbury 18 days ago. Represents first-season sire going great guns but this represents a different ask.
17
jockey silks 17. SEISMIC SPIRIT (IRE)
J: Irad Ortiz Jr
T: Wesley A. Ward, USA
2
9-5
€100,000Y: first foal: dam 7f winner out of useful 7f/1m winner One Spirit. Blinkered and showed plenty when head second of 7 to Cadillac Candy in maiden at Churchill Downs, leading until near line. Sure to improve and yard's runners always feared.
18
jockey silks 18. SILENCER (IRE)
J: Cieren Fallon
T: Richard Hannon
2
9-5
Woodcote a week after his debut may have come too soon but this is a very tough race to bounce back in.
19
jockey silks 19. WHISTLE AND FLUTE (IRE)
J: Charles Bishop
T: Eve Johnson Houghton
2
9-5
Created a fine impression when winning at Bath and good second under a penalty at Ascot. Can't have been right at Beverley and likely to bounce back. Represents last year's winning connections.
20
jockey silks 20. WODAO (FR)
J: G. M. Ryan
T: Donnacha Aidan O'Brien, Ireland
2
9-5
€260,000 Showcasing colt. Took 4 goes to get off the mark, responding well under a positive ride at Navan 18 days ago. Wouldn't be open to as much improvement as some of these.
21
jockey silks 21. JUMBEAU
J: Hayley Turner
T: Tom Clover
2
9-0
Very cheap yearling but came in for support and made a winning start in good style at Brighton, knowing what was required but doing it all very smoothly. Excelled herself when third in a York listed race since.
22
jockey silks 22. STAR OF LADY M
J: C. T. Keane
T: David O'Meara
2
9-0
Clearly wasn't 100% at Chester and unbeaten aside from that, finding plenty for third win in the Hilary Needler at Beverley 18 days ago. Well worth a shot at this level.
23
jockey silks 23. UNION COURT
J: Richard Kingscote
T: Ed Walker
2
9-0
Faultless start to her career, supplementing her Leicester win under a penalty in novice company at Chepstow. Likely has more to offer and looks the best of her sex in this.
24
jockey silks 24. YAHTZEE (IRE)
J: Jamie Spencer
T: George Scott
2
9-0
Found a weak race to get off the mark at Hamilton a week ago and this a totally different assignment.

Betting Forecast : 11/4 2.75 LITTLE BIG BEAR, 9/1 9 FAR SHOT, 12/1 12 CHATEAU, 14/1 14 BOLT ACTION, 14/1 14 SEISMIC SPIRIT, 18/1 18 UNION COURT, 20/1 20 WODAO, 25/1 25 EDDIE's BOY, 25/1 25 KNEBWORTH, 25/1 25 MEHMAR, 28/1 28 KAASIB, 33/1 33 ROCKET RODNEY, 40/1 40 STAR OF LADY M, 40/1 40 JUMBEAU, 50/1 50 WHISTLE AND FLUTE, 50/1 50 KUWAIT CITY, 50/1 50 GUITEAU, 66/1 66 RAMAZAN, 80/1 80 YAHTZEE, 80/1 80 ROCKING ENDS, 125/1 125 DEMOCRACY DILEMMA, 125/1 125 EDGAR LINTON, 125/1 125 SILENCER, 200/1 200 FINN RUSSELL

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 2022 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?

17:35

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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