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When is the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot?

Royal Ascot Friday 18th June at 5.53pm
The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)
Age: 3yo+
Distance: One mile four furlongs
Prize: £90,000

History of the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes race at Royal Ascot
First run in 1914 as the Bessborough Stakes. The name was changed to The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes in 1999 in honour of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The leading jockey (since 1982) with four wins is the late great Pat Eddery.

The leading trainer in recent years has been Sir Michael Stoute with six winners since 1998 the most recent being ARAB SPRING in 2014.

Watch the Stewards enquiry in 2016 which saw Kinema keep it's first place position after a bump in the final furlong.

Royal Ascot Duke of Edinburgh Stakes Trends and Statistics
Here is the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes 12 year Trends and Statistics:

  • Age – Nine of the last twelve winners were aged four and three were aged five.
  • Sex – Five of the last twelve winners were colts, six were geldings, one mare.
  • Country – Six of the last twelve winners were bred in Great Britain, five in Ireland and one in France.
  • Colour – Seven of the last twelve winners were bay (b), two were brown (br), two were grey (gr) and one was chestnut (ch).
  • Starting Price (SP) – Eight of the last twelve winners returned a SP of 8/1 or less.
  • Starting Price Rank – Eight of the last twelve winners were in the first five in the betting, five were favourite.
  • Headgear – Ten of the last twelve winners wore no headgear although two of them had a first-time tongue-tie, one wore cheekpieces and the other a visor.
  • Weight – Ten of the last twelve winners carried between 9st and 9st 7lb.
  • Draw – Ten of the last twelve winners were drawn between stall 10 and stall 16.
Recent Winners of The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes
DateGoingRunnersWinnerAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsDays
Heavy1447/220d
Soft14733/1158d
Good1947/247d
Good To Firm1747/220d
Good To Firm19520/1371d
Good To Soft1958/127d
Good To Firm1746/147d
Good To Firm18411/436d
Good To Firm1648/148d
Good To Soft18411/214d
Soft16412/114d
Good To Firm17516/114d
Good To Firm17414/114d
Good To Firm1948/136d
Soft1458/138d
Good To Firm19428/117d
Firm1644/149d
Firm13515/214d
Good To Firm20414/122d
Good20511/124d
Good20410/12d
Good To Firm20410/113d
Good To Firm1844/145d
Soft20325/121d
Heavy16414/110d

 

 

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

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

This 12f contest has tended to be dominated by four and five year olds over the last decade, although Alan King’s experienced Scarlet Dragon was victorious twelve months ago.

Simon and Ed Crisford’s Aaddeey may only have won two of his first five appearances, however, the convincing nature of his victory at Newmarket over this distance suggests that he will be competitive in a race of this nature. He won by four and a half lengths and James Doyle is likely to take the ride yet again.

Hughie Morrison’s Quickthorn has won two of his last three runs and beat some decent rivals Haydock in a class 3 contest at the end of May.
Last year’s winning trainer Alan King has another decent prospect in the shape of
Tritonic and although he’s been sent over the obstacles recently, he does have some decent victories on the flat and went close in the Old Rowley Cup Handicap back in October 2020.

Grand Bazaar could be an option, after finishing third in a five-runner affair at Newmarket. He came up against some decent rivals at the beginning of May and that display was encouraging enough to suggest he’s up to this task. 

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On the day:

ZABEEL CHAMPION 5.35 – Ascot (14/1 each way) – Another improving handicapper who was completing a hat-trick when just clinging on in a small field at Newmarket last time. More needed in this much deeper race but further progress would come as no surprise.

Leading contenders include DURSTAN, HEREBY, WEST END CHARMER and EL MISK.

Keith's final choice

WEST END CHARMER 16:40 Ascot 6/1 each way – [Quickly out of the stalls and proceeded to make all winning easily. Is likely to be stepped up to Listed class.] Not tried in Listed class yet but this valuable prize is here for the taking. Looks well treated under his penalty. Mark Johnston has a good record in this race.

How it fared

WEST END CHARMER 3RD – They were not hanging around considering this was a middle distance race on softish going. WEST END CHARMER attempted to make all and was caught and passed late on but we got third and a bit of place money.

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

Keith tip went for an each way shout in FUJAIRA PRINCE which was 13/2 when advised.

What our members tipped in the Duke of Edinburgh 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. 

Simon & Ed Crisford's AADDEEY gets the nod with 27.8% of the selections, with QUICKTHORN not too far behind with 16.7%.

It might be the first race of the day, but all eyes are on Final Song for this with over 27% of the votes – Divine Spirit with just over 15% and Ickworth in third with 13.3%.

Royal Ascot Duke of Edinburgh Stakes Results 

1 Quickthorn 7/2F
2 Raymond Tusk 25/1
3 Zabeel Champion 17/2
14 ran

1st Scarlet Dragon 33/1

2nd Deja 9/1

3rd West End Charmer 4/1

4th Le Don De Vie 11/1

1 Baghdad 7/2
2 Ben Vrackie 7/1
3 Fujaira Prince 4/1
4 Corgi 7/1

Our Verdict:
19 ran; sh, 1½l, 1¼l
If you took the advised price of 13/2 you will have seen a small return for your money with Keith’s selection of Fujaira Prince, however it was Baghdad which was in the members choice which went on to win the race by a short head. Fujaira Prince only managed 3rd place, behind Ben Vrackie who was denied the first place by a short head.

Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)
Distance: 1m4f (2631 yards) Prize (winner): £35100 Dir: Right Handed
Runners: 14    Going: Heavy    Class: Class 2     Age Restrictions: 3yo+
Winners Time: 2 mins 41.80s   Avg OR: 100     Median OR: 100.5     Stalls: Inside

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
131st19Quickthorn497Morrison, HMurphy, Oisin7/2 (Fav)5.061.86
tracked leaders, ridden to lead entering final furlong, soon edged right, ran on(hand time) BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 7.2
52nd1.51Raymond Tusk (IRE)6102King, ACrowley, Jim25/143.766.25
towards rear, pushed along and headway 2f out, ridden entering final furlong, ran on to go 2nd towards finish BF IP MIN 4.1 BF IP MAX 900
23rd0.7513Zabeel Champion4103Johnston, MCurtis, B A17/212.782.86
led, ridden 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, stayed on BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 1000
44thHD10Mirann (FR)5102Murtagh, J PCoen, Ben M15/210.502.45
held up, pushed along and headway over 1f out, ran on, nearest finish BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
95th2.512Aaddeey (IRE)4100Crisford, SimonDoyle, James13/29.572.30
close up, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace BF IP MIN 7.8 BF IP MAX 1000
86th2.256Scarlet Dragon8101King, ADoyle, Hollie14/132.124.29
slowly away in rear, good headway over 3f out, pushed along and every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 1000
17thNSE3Alounak (FR)6104Balding, A MSousa, Silvestre De40/152.8511.00
held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace BF IP MIN 18 BF IP MAX 1000
118thSH9Tritonic499King, AMoore, Ryan8/19.742.40
tracked leader, pushed along and every chance 2f out, no extra inside final furlong BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 90
39th0.518Win Oclock4103Charlton, RBuick, William15/28.812.38
tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 8.6 BF IP MAX 1000
610th2.252Favorite Moon (GER)4102Haggas, W JMarquand, Tom16/123.924.40
towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, never near leaders BF IP MIN 12.5 BF IP MAX 170
1411th2.520Jeremiah697Fellowes, CharlieSpencer, Jamie28/133.016.83
keen close up up, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 19 BF IP MAX 42
1912th0.7516Sam Cooke (IRE)594Beckett, R MCrouch, Hector11/26.972.32
raced wide pulled hard, in touch, pushed along and headway 2f out, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 7.2 BF IP MAX 950
1713th0.511Khagan (IRE)596OMeara, DTudhope, Daniel50/195.7113.00
close up, pushed along over 2f out, weakening when short of room inside final furlong BF IP MIN 70 BF IP MAX 1000
1214thHD14Dark Pine (IRE)497Loughnane, DavidCosgrave, Pat40/165.0010.39
towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, never on terms BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000

Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)
Distance: 1m4f (2631 yards) Prize (winner): £38814 Dir: Right Handed
Runners: 14    Going: Soft    Class: Class 2     Age Restrictions: 3yo+
Winners Time: 2 mins 35.40s   Avg OR: 100     Median OR: 99.5     Stalls: Inside

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
171st12Scarlet Dragon797King, ADoyle, Hollie33/152.926.51
held up in rear, headway when not much room over 2f out, switched left over 1f out, soon got through between horses, led final 100 yards, stayed on well BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 55
102nd0.52Deja (FR)5100Chapple-Hyam, P WAtzeni, Andrea9/111.002.52
not that well away, took 2f until prominent on inside, switched left and went 2nd 2f out, edged left over 1f out, led entering final furlong, headed 100 yards out, held close home BF IP MIN 1.65 BF IP MAX 1000
33rd1.53West End Charmer (IRE)4104Johnston, MBuick, William4/1 (Fav)5.902.07
led, ridden over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, 3rd and held final 100 yards, kept on BF IP MIN 3.2 BF IP MAX 1000
84th3.510Le Don De Vie4101Morrison, HMoore, Ryan11/113.503.65
held up towards rear, switched left over 2f out, headway over 1f out, went 4th entering final furlong, kept on BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 1000
145th2.2519Indianapolis (IRE)599Given, J GCurtis, B A7/19.402.22
chased leader, ridden 3f out, lost 2nd 2f out, faded inside final furlong BF IP MIN 7.8 BF IP MAX 1000
196th1.2517Medal Winner (FR)496Watson, ArchieMurphy, Oisin9/114.873.01
chased leaders, not much room and lost place over 8f out, effort over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong BF IP MIN 8.8 BF IP MAX 1000
127th116Protected Guest599Margarson, G GQueally, T P50/180.0010.50
held up in mid-division, ridden on outside over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous BF IP MIN 19 BF IP MAX 1000
98th0.54Durston4100Simcock, D MCrowley, Jim11/27.002.07
held up in rear, pushed along when not much room over 2f out, switched right inside final furlong, kept on, no impression BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
19th0.522Dubai Future4105Suroor, Saeed BinCosgrave, Pat12/114.264.00
chased leaders on outside, steadied slightly after 2f, effort over 2f out, driven over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
1810th218Al Muffrih (IRE)597Haggas, W JMarquand, Tom10/112.603.35
chased leaders, took keen hold, ridden 3f out, not much room over 2f out, losing place when hampered over 1f out BF IP MIN 13 BF IP MAX 1000
1511th3.2520Johnny Drama (IRE)599Balding, A MBryan, Joshua (3)11/113.503.14
chased leaders, ridden 3f out, not much room and weakened over 1f out BF IP MIN 13.5 BF IP MAX 1000
712th1.511Getchagetchagetcha4101Cox, C GKirby, Adam50/172.489.17
held up in touch, driven over 2f out, weakened over 1f out BF IP MIN 22 BF IP MAX 1000
1613th214Good Birthday (IRE)498Balding, A MSousa, Silvestre De9/114.502.94
held up in mid-division, hung right and well beaten over 1f out BF IP MIN 8.6 BF IP MAX 1000
1114th9921Dolphin Vista (IRE)7100Boyle, J RKelly, Shane150/1327.6932.00
steadied start and soon switched right, behind, well beaten over 3f out, tailed off BF IP MIN 230 BF IP MAX 1000

Non Runners  Byron Flyer, Koeman, Universal Order, Dal Horrisgle, El Misk

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