King’s Stand Preview. (Royal Ascot Day 1) (16/06/2020)

Tuesday 16th June 2020

Author: Jordan Yates

A big welcome to my first Royal Ascot Preview of the week. For the feature race of each day of the Royal Meeting, I’ll be providing you with a Runner Guide on each participant, as well as information surrounding the race and the recent history, which gives you an idea of the trends that have formed through previous winners over the years.

The first race I’ll be taking a look at is the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes which is set to take place on Tuesday at 3.35pm.

Enjoy!


King’s Stand Stakes

Group 1 

Five Furlongs

Winner Prize (2019): £283,550

Tuesday 16th June 2020

3:35pm


Recent Winners:

2015:

Goldream

(Age: 6)

(Jockey: Martin Harley)

(Trainer: Robert Cowell)

Yellow, black chevron, black sleeves, yellow stars, black cap, yellow star


2016:

Profitable

(Age: 4)

(Jockey: Adam Kirby)

(Trainer: Clive Cox)

Red, white sleeves, blue and white striped cap


2017:

Lady Aurelia

(Age: 3)

(Jockey: John Velazquez)

(Trainer: Wesley Ward)

Black, lime green chevrons, black sleeves, lime green stars, lime green cap


2018:

Blue Point

(Age: 4)

(Jockey: William Buick)

(Trainer: Charlie Appleby)

Royal blue


2019:

Blue Point

(Age: 5)

(Jockey: James Doyle)

(Trainer: Charlie Appleby)

Royal blue



Runner Guide:

No. 1

BATTAASH

Trainer: Charles Hills

Jockey: Jim Crowley

Estimated SP: 4/6

Form: 12110-

Overview:

“The class act in the field and one they all have to beat, which is why he is the short-priced favourite. Explosive when on a going day, as we saw when he destroyed a Group 1 field in last year’s Nunthorpe Stakes at York. He can be prone to an off day though, this was the case when he was last seen when flopping in the Prix de l’Abbaye on Arc Day. In the last two runnings of this race, he’s finished second behind Blue Point, and it looks as though he should go very close once again against this field.”

Runner Jacket


No. 2

EQUILATERAL 

Trainer: Charles Hills

Jockey: James Doyle

Estimated SP: 8/1

Form: 616-12

Overview:

“Also trained by Hills, Equilateral is a smart sprinter in his own right. A lot like his stablemate Battaash he is prone to an off day, but when on a going one he can be very impressive. We saw this on his penultimate outing when he was very impressive winning a Listed handicap at Meydan. He was seventh in this race last year and has generally found this level a bit too tough. He’ll be a popular each-way pick with punters though and does have a very solid chance in making the frame.

Runner Jacket


No. 3

HIT THE BID

Trainer: D J Bunyan

Jockey: Oisin Murphy

Estimated SP: 33/1

Form: 76834-

Overview:

Hit The Bid hasn’t been in the winners’ enclosure since 2018, however, he has run some solid races in defeat within that time. Most of those coming in Dubai, he did finish a decent fourth of thirteen on his latest outing in a Dundalk Group 3 where he went off the odds on favourite. Champion jockey Oisin Murphy will be in the saddle.

Runner Jacket


No. 4

ROCKET DREAM

Trainer: Robert Cowell

Jockey: Tom Queally

Estimated SP: 25/1

Form: 41211-

Overview:

Robert Cowell won this race a few years ago with Goldream and has a reputation for being a very shrewd operator with his sprinters. Rocket Dream might not be in the class as that particular horse, however, he’s done nothing wrong to date arriving here in fine form. He was last seen when getting the better of the useful Corinthia Knight at Wolverhampton, which was in handicap company and a huge step up in class awaits him here.

Runner Jacket


No. 5

SERGEI PROKOFIEV

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Ryan Moore

Estimated SP: 40/1

Form: 1406-0

Overview:

It’s certainly a rarity to see Ryan Moore riding a 40/1 outsider in a Group 1 for Aidan O’Brien, but that looks to be the case here with Sergei Prokofiev. A very promising two-year-old finishing third in the Coventry Stakes here behind Calyx but things haven’t gone quite right for him since. He did win a Listed race back in March of last year but was beaten 10 lengths in this last year by Blue Point and was beaten a similar distance by Sceptical on his seasonal reappearance in a Listed race at Naas earlier this month.

Runner Jacket


No. 6

TIS MARVELLOUS

Trainer: Clive Cox

Jockey: Adam Kirby

Estimated SP: 20/1

Form: 21544-

Overview:

Cox & Kirby teamed up to win this race as recently as 2016 with Profitable, and they’re back for more this time around with Tis Marvellous. This horse is somewhat of a course specialist around Ascot having never really run a bad race at the track, his only win of 2019 came here in a valuable handicap and he also finished second at last year’s Royal Meeting in the Wokingham Stakes behind Cape Byron. Most of his form is within handicap company, he’ll be another popular each-way play with punters, though.

Runner Jacket

No. 7

WELL DONE FOX

Trainer: Richard Hannon

Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa

Estimated SP: 40/1

Form: 0/75-4

Overview:

Well Done Fox is a four-year-old who arrives here having won three of his thirteen career starts to date. The highlight of these outings certainly came at Sandown and York where he claimed a couple of wins within Listed company in the Dragon Stakes and Julia Graves Roses Stakes, respectively. He has had a run already this year when he posted a solid effort when finishing fourth in the Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month. 

Runner Jacket


No. 8

GLASS SLIPPERS

Trainer: Kevin Ryan

Jockey: Tom Eaves

Estimated SP: 4/1

Form: 24111-

Overview:

The horse that many see as the main danger to Battaash’s quest for victory in this contest is this Kevin Ryan trained four-year-old Glass Slippers, who will be ridden by Tom Eaves. She was last seen when winning the Group 1 Prix De l’Abbaye at Longchamp when Battaash was a disappointing favourite. She had a very productive season that year, winning a Group 3 and Listed race as well. A very progressive sort who could well prove to be a key player in this division throughout the campaign.

Runner Jacket


No. 9

KURIOUS

Trainer: Henry Candy

Jockey: Harry Bentley

Estimated SP: 25/1

Form: 2011-

Overview:

Kurious arrives here in great form having won both of her most recent outings, which both came at Sandown in the Listed Scurry Stakes and Group 3 Coral Charge. She’s one of the most unexposed in the field and looks to have a fair amount of potential improvement in her. 

Runner Jacket


No. 10

SHADES OF BLUE

Trainer: Clive Cox

Jockey: Liam Keniry

Estimated SP: 33/1

Form: 2220-7

Overview:

Another entry for Clive Cox comes in the form of Shades Of Blue who will be ridden by Liam Keniry. Seemingly the second string for the yard here, she’s a smart sprinter in her own right, having won a Listed race in France last year and was also a neck second behind Glass Slippers in a Group 3. She made her reappearance earlier this month in the Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket where he finished seventh of thirteen.

Runner Jacket


No. 11

LIBERTY BEACH

Trainer: John Quinn

Jockey: Jason Hart

Estimated SP: 7/1

Form: 4112-1

Overview:

Another one of the big players in the field against Battaash, Liberty Beach has developed into a fine sprinter in the last year or so gaining several victories including the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood back in July last year. She got her season off to a perfect start earlier this month when winning a Listed race at Haydock by just shy of a length and will be looking to build on that here. 

Runner Jacket


 

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