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When is the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot 2022?

Royal Ascot Wednesday 15th June at 3.40pm
The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2)
Age: 4yo+ fillies & mares
Distance: One mile
Weights – 9st 0lbs Penalties – 5lbs for Group 1 winners, 3lbs for Group 2 winners
Prize: £175,000

Crystal Ocean winning the 2019 Prince Of Wales' Stakes at Royal Ascot

History of the Duke of Cambridge Stakes race at Royal Ascot

Originally the Windsor Forest Stakes, this race was established in 2004 for older fillies and mares as an incentive to keep them racing. In 2014, the race was renamed the Duke of Cambridge Stakes in honour of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

In its relatively short history, the Duke of Cambridge Stakes has heralded three jockeys who have won the race twice each, Wayne Lordan, Ryan Moore, and William Buick.

The Leading Trainer is Sir Michael Stoute with four wins the most recent being INTEGRAL in 2014 under Ryan Moore.

Royal Ascot Duke of Cambridge Stakes Trends and Statistics

Here are the Duke of Cambridge Stakes 12 year Trends and Statistics 2009 – 2020.

  • Age – Eleven of the last twelve winners were aged four the other one was five.
  • Sex – Restricted to fillies and mares, there have been eleven winning fillies in the last twelve years.
  • Country – Over the last twelve years, seven horses bred in Great Britain and five bred in Ireland have won.
  • Colour – Domination again by bays (b) who have won nine of the twelve renewals the other three winners were two greys (gr) and a chestnut (ch).
  • Starting Price (SP) – Seven of the last twelve winners returned a SP of 9/2 or less and the other five were between 9/1 and 25/1.
  • Starting Price Rank – Six of the last twelve winners were in the top two in the betting but all of them came from the top six in the betting.
  • Headgear – Ten of the last ten winners wore no headgear. One winner wore blinkers and the other one a hood. 
  • Draw – No winner has been drawn higher than 11 in the last twelve years.
  • Last Run Form – All of the last twelve winners finished in the first three on their last run.
  • Days since last run – Eleven of them had run between 11 and 54 days ago
  • Course Form – Nine of the last twelve winners had at least one previous run at Ascot. Three of the last twelve winners had at least one previous win at Ascot.
  • Distance Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least two previous runs over one mile, ten of them had at least one previous win over one mile.
  • Flat Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least six previous flat runs and ten of them at least three previous flat wins.
  • Official Rating – All of the last twelve winners had a rating of between 104 and 117 with six of them rated 112 or higher.
  • Group Wins – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least one previous win in a group race.
  • Current Season Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least one run during the current season, six of them had won at least once during the season.

Recent Winners of The Duke of Cambridge Stakes

DateGoingRunnersWinnerAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsDays
Good To Firm12422/145d
Good To Firm1159/254d
Good To Firm1445/239d
Good To Firm6425/125d
Good To Firm1449/445d
Good To Firm94100/3038d
Good To Firm1049/245d
Good To Firm9410/111d
Good To Firm1354/139d
Good To Firm943/119d
Good To Firm10611/832d
Good To Firm8414/112d
Good To Firm10413/2256d



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What's Our Duke of Cambridge Stakes Tips for Royal Ascot?

We've been studying the cards, form, stats, trends and more for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot, and here's our thoughts ahead of the race:

This mile contest is always one of the trickiest contests on day 2 of Royal Ascot and with the pre-race favourite having only obliged in three of the last 12 renewals, it’s often advised to look beyond the market leader.

However, William Jarvis’ Lady Bowthorpe does look a strong contender for this year’s renewal and she was last seen coming second in the Lockinge.
Sir Michael Stoute has a good record in this race and
Queen Power, who finished behind Lady Bowthorpe at Newmarket is perhaps more effective over a slightly longer trip.

However, Andre Fabre’s Queen of Love is an exciting unknown quantity and having won both its trips over the mile, and beaten a subsequent winner (in a listed race), this could be the one to power home in Berkshire. 

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On the day:

LADY BOWTHORPE 3.40 – Ascot (9/4) – There was a lot to like about how LADY BOWTHORPE pulled clear of the remainder when runner-up to Palace Pier in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month and she can take advantage of this good opportunity back against her own sex.

Horses at the head of the market tend to shine in this race and the ones to concentrate on are Newcastle Listed winner NAZEEF, JUBILOSO who has Group 3 placed form, Miss O'CONNOR Group 2 winner last Autumn and LAVENDERS BLUE.
Keith's final choice

16:10 NAZEEF 100/30 – My initial selection for this race was going to be MISS O CONNOR but she was scratched this morning so I had to have a rethink. I narrowed it down to JUBILOSO and NAZEEF but plumped for the latter because of the good recent win which was cosier than the bare result suggests.

How it fared

NAZEEF Won – Swooped late got up on the line but the photograph was just a formality the result was never in doubt.

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This is what Keith said about the 2019 Duke of Cambridge Stakes:

 Leading Contenders

I CAN FLY 3/1  – Second to ROARING LION in the Queen Elizabeth II on Champions Day in October that was on soft going. Only win this season has come on the All Weather at Dundalk. Struggled in top company since both in Meydan and at Newmarket in the Lochinge. Will be better if there is rain.

VERACIOUS 3/1  – Group 3 winner last season. Shaped up like she needed the run first time out this season in the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket. Will strip fitter for the run and should be involved.

RAWDAA 7/2  – Was handicapping last season but has stepped up to Class 1 races this year. Gave LAH TI DAH a scare when chasing her home in the Group 2 Middleton at York. Further progression will put her right on the premises in this.

PRETTY BABY 6/1  – Has won back to back Group 3 races over seven furlongs. Goes on any going. Every chance if handling this extra furlong.

Despite the lack of a Group race win the stand out filly in this race for me is RAWDAA 7/2. She is sure to improve again after that fine run behind LAH TI DAH at York.

What our members tipped in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes

Each day we ask our members to select their Pick 6, their NAP for each race of the day.  We then collate all the picks, and present the top selections to our VIP members.  This is our member's selection for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes:

Lady Bowthorpe and Queen Power look to be the ones to battle it out here, and it's LADY BOWTHORPE that wins the battle on Pick 6 with 34.2%.

Queen Power next best with 21.9% and Champers Elysees in third with 12.3%.

The final race of our Pick 6, and the penultimate of the day, sees quite a mixed bag of selections, but Jim Crowley’s ride Nazeef gets the nod here with 23.7%. Jubiloso and Magic Lily pretty much neck & neck for 2nd and 3rd place with 15% of the selections each.

21% of our members believed I Can Fly can fly during this race and pipped Rawdaa (17.4%) and Pretty Baby (16.3%).

Royal Ascot Duke of Cambridge Stakes Results

1 Indie Angel 22/1
2 Lady Bowthorpe 7/2
3 Queen Power 11/4F
12 ran

1 Nazeef 10/3
2 Agincourt 28/1
3 Queen Power 3/1JF
10 ran NR: Miss O Connor Distances: hd, 2½l, 2½l
Time: 1m 40.57s (slow by 1.97s

1 Move Swiftly 9/1
2 Rawdaa 4/1
3 I Can Fly 7/2F
4 Veracious 8/1
17 ran Distances: nk, 1¾l, 1l
Time: 1m 42.63s (slow by 4.03s)

Our Verdict:

Favourite, I Can Fly stayed at the rear of the field but left itself too much to do come the finish line. Move Swiftly made a claim for the race 7 furlongs out, and fiercely fought for the win in the race from Keith's tip Rawdaa who came a very close second. I Can Fly finished in third, but was well beaten. Our members favoured I Can Fly, so was left disappointed by Ryan Moore’s ride which could have seen a different outcome, if not seemingly held up at the back for so long.

Watch Move Swiftly battle for first place in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2019:


Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Fillies & Mares Group 2) (Str)
Distance: 1m (1760 yards +11 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £82880 Dir: Straight
Runners: 12    Going: Good To Firm    Class: Class 1 Group 2    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 1 mins 39.92s   Avg OR: 108     Median OR: 108     Stalls: Centre

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
81st12Indie Angel (IRE)4103Gosden, John and ThadyDettori, L22/124.387.00
raced near side, held up in 6th, good headway near side of group 2f out, led inside final furlong, quickened clear, easily BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 29
22nd2.57Lady Bowthorpe5117Jarvis, WShoemark, Kieran7/24.902.00
always prominent near side, led inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner BF IP MIN 2.26 BF IP MAX 1000
33rdSH2Queen Power (IRE)5113Stoute, Sir MichaelSousa, Silvestre De11/4 (Fav)4.101.80
steadied start, raced centre, held up and behind, headway 2f out, led that group over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, almost snatched 2nd, no chance with winner BF IP MIN 3.75 BF IP MAX 1000
14th0.758Champers Elysees (IRE)4111Murtagh, J PCoen, Ben M10/112.503.60
close 4th near side, ridden inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace of winner BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 950
95th0.751Lavenders Blue (IRE)5106Perrett, Mrs A JCrowley, Jim10/113.503.93
held up last of five in centre, headway and went 2nd in group inside final furlong, stayed on but not pace of near side leaders, weakened towards finish BF IP MIN 5.5 BF IP MAX 1000
76th1.253Fooraat (IRE)4100Varian, RogerAtzeni, Andrea25/127.998.29
chased leaders in centre, pushed along 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, no impression final furlong BF IP MIN 27 BF IP MAX 1000
137th0.59Valeria Messalina (IRE)4109Harrington, Mrs JohnFoley, Shane22/126.006.12
raced keenly, prominent near side, pushed along over 2f out, hung right and no extra inside final furlong BF IP MIN 18 BF IP MAX 1000
48th0.511Agincourt (IRE)6108OMeara, DTudhope, Daniel22/124.995.91
fly jumped leaving stalls, held up and behind near side, headway between horses inside final 2f, stayed on until weakened towards finish BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 1000
69th1.754Double Or Bubble (IRE)4101Wall, C FDoyle, James7/110.003.37
tracked leader in centre, led group 2f out until ridden over 1f out, not on terms with near side leaders, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 9 BF IP MAX 1000
1010th0.755Onassis (IRE)4107Fellowes, CharlieTurner, Hayley16/121.005.54
wore hood to post, held up in 5th near side, headway centre of group chasing leaders 2f out, weakened over 1f out BF IP MIN 2.2 BF IP MAX 1000
1111th1.7510Parents Prayer (IRE)4108Watson, ArchieDoyle, Hollie10/112.274.06
overall leader near side, ridden and headed inside final 2f, weakened quickly and soon behind BF IP MIN 7.6 BF IP MAX 1000
1212th66Posted5108Hannon (Jnr), RichardBuick, William33/148.0011.50
led centre group and prominent overall, pushed along 3f out, headed in group 2f out, weakened quickly soon after and behind BF IP MIN 30 BF IP MAX 1000

Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Fillies Group 2) (Str)
Distance: 1m (1760 yards) Prize (winner): £59200 Dir: Straight
Runners: 10    Going: Good    Class: Class 1 Group 2    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
Winners Time: 1 mins 40.57s   Avg OR: 103     Median OR: 103     Stalls: Centre

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
81st5Nazeef4105Gosden, John and ThadyCrowley, Jim100/304.801.89
in touch, pushed along and headway 2f out, ridden and ran on to lead close home BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 7
22ndHD6Agincourt (IRE)5100OMeara, DTudhope, Daniel28/134.206.56
towards rear, pushed along and headway 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, headed close home BF IP MIN 1.6 BF IP MAX 1000
103rd2.54Queen Power (IRE)4107Stoute, Sir MichaelSousa, Silvestre De3/1 (JFav)4.661.69
in touch, headway 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong BF IP MIN 1.52 BF IP MAX 1000
34th2.53Iconic Choice495Dascombe, TomMurphy, Oisin125/1192.4128.22
towards rear, pushed along and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace BF IP MIN 160 BF IP MAX 1000
95th2.7510Posted497Hannon (Jnr), RichardLevey, S M66/185.0011.82
taken to post early, slowly away in rear, ridden over 1f out, never nearer BF IP MIN 80 BF IP MAX 1000
116th0.57Wasmya (FR)4101Graffard, F-HDettori, L10/113.843.47
slowly away, towards rear, ridden 2f out, never nearer BF IP MIN 12.5 BF IP MAX 990
67thNSE2Lavenders Blue (IRE)4110Perrett, Mrs A JHavlin, Robert11/26.702.29
close up, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 1000
48th0.59Invitational498Varian, RogerAtzeni, Andrea66/186.4213.50
led, 3 lengths clear 3f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, soon weakened BF IP MIN 2.6 BF IP MAX 1000
19th4.251Magic Lily5110Appleby, CharlieBuick, William17/210.882.96
prominent, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out BF IP MIN 7 BF IP MAX 1000
510th5.511Jubiloso4110Stoute, Sir MichaelMoore, Ryan3/1 (JFav)4.511.98
tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened BF IP MIN 2 BF IP MAX 1000

Non Runners  Miss O Connor (IRE)

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