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When is the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot?

Royal Ascot Thursday 16th June at 3.40pm
The Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2)
Age: 3yo fillies
Distance: One mile four furlongs
Weights – 9st 0lbs
Penalties – 3lbs penalty for Group 1/2 winners at 10f or more
Prize: £215,000

History of the Ribblesdale Stakes race at Royal Ascot

First run in 1919, the race is named in honour of the 4th Baron Ribblesdale, a former Master of the Buckhounds. Originally open to all horses aged three or four. It was restricted to three-year-old fillies in 1950. This race generally attracts top-class runners some of which will have run in the Oaks at Epsom.

Frankie Dettori is the most successful jockey with seven wins on his CV the latest being in 2020.

Four trainers have won the race three times; Henry Cecil, John Dunlop, Saeed Bin Suroor and John Gosden.

Royal Ascot Ribblesdale Stakes Trends and Statistics

Here are the Ribblesdale Stakes 12 year Trends and Statistics 2003 -2020

  • Age – This race is for three-year-olds only.
  • Sex – Restricted to fillies.
  • Country – Six of the last twelve winners were bred in Great Britain, five in Ireland and one in the USA.
  • Colour – Ten of the last twelve winners were bay (b), one was brown (br) and the other grey (gr).
  • Starting Price (SP) – Ten of the last twelve winners returned a SP of 5/1 or lower.
  • Starting Price Rank – Nine of the last twelve winners were in the first three in the betting but only four went off as the favourite.
  • Headgear – Ten off the last twelve winners wore no headgear although two of these had a tongue tie. One was wearing a first-time hood and the other cheekpieces.
  • Draw – Ten of the last twelve winners were drawn between stall 1 and stall 6.
  • Last Run Form – Five of the last twelve winners won on their most recent run. Eight finished in the first three.
  • Day’s since last run –  All of the last twelve winners had their latest run within 48 days.
  • Course Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had never run at Ascot previously. The other one had won at the course.
  • Distance Form – Nine of the last twelve winners had never won at one mile four furlongs.
  • Flat Form – ALL of the last twelve winners had run at least twice and won at least once.
  • Official Rating – Of the eleven recent winners with a BHA rating eight of them had a rating between 98 and 110.
  • Group Wins – Six of the last twelve winners previously won a group race.
  • Current Season Form – Ten of the last twelve winners had run at least twice during the current season. Nine of the last twelve winners had recorded at least one win during the season.
Recent Winners of The Ribblesdale Stakes
DateGoingRunnersWinnerAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsDays
Good To Firm13318/140d
Good To Soft11311/815d
Good To Firm103100/3020d
Good To Firm1239/120d
Good To Firm1039/225d
Good To Firm12310/146d
Good To Firm939/234d
Good To Soft14317/236d
Good To Soft1233/14d
Good To Firm1134/146d
Good To Firm1035/1
Good To Firm93100/3013d
Good To Firm1234/155d
Good To Firm11325/143d
Good To Firm9322/129d
Good To Firm939/213d
Good To Firm939/2269d
Good To Firm15312/117d
Good To Firm14314/115d
Good To Firm9310/113d
Good To Firm1238/113d



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What's Our Ribblesdale Stakes Tips for Royal Ascot?

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

The Ribblesdale is a race which has been kind to those at the top of the market. Five of the last six winners have started the race in the top two of betting and Aidan O’Brien’s Santa Barbara is this year’s jolly.
He is yet to race beyond 1mile, although he didn’t look out of place in the 1,000 Guineas at the beginning of May.

Teona is an interesting candidate and although she got upset in the stalls and started slowly in the Musidora at York, she still finished strongly over the 10f.

However, Roger Varian’s Zeyaadah looks the one to stick with in 2021. She ran second in a fillies listed at Chester at the beginning of May, but was unable to improve her position after getting stuck on the heels of a rival.
With a clearer run, she could be a force to be reckoned with. 

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On the day:

ESHAADA 3.40 – Ascot (6/1) – There are plenty of progressive fillies in with a chance, not least Roger Varian's unbeaten ESHAADA, who improved in a big way when winning a listed contest at Newbury on reappearance and with the promise of better to come, can bring up an impressive hat-trick. 

John Gosden has trained two of the last three winners of the Ribblesdale and he has a strong hand again this year with two of the market leaders FRANKLY DARLING and MISS YODA, both of them have already scored this season. Jockey bookings suggest that FRANKLY DARLING a daughter of Frankel is their more favoured runner but MISS YODA who took a listed race last time is no back number. The other leading contenders are TREFOIL and BORN WITH PRIDE.

Keith's final choice

14:25 MISS YODA 6/1 each way – This race looks to be between the Gosden pair and while FRANKLY DARLING is the talking horse (see The Notebook) the value lies with Lingfield Oaks Trial winner MISS YODA who brings decent form to the table.

How it fared

MISS YODA faded in the closing stages and the winner was… You have guessed it FRANKLY DARLING who was a Notebook horse.

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This is what Keith said about the 2019 Ribblesdale Stakes:

Leading Contenders
MEHDAAYIH 4/1 – Pretty impressive winning the Cheshire Oaks at Chester. Would prefer the going on the softer side of good so any rain will be in her favour.
PINK DOGWOOD 4/1 – Not extended when just doing enough to win at Navan under a hands and heels ride by Ryan Moore. Another that may be better with juice in the ground.
ANAPURNA 8/1 – Won the Oaks trial at Lingfield very comfortably under Frankie Detorri. Won’t want conditions to be too fast.
ENTITLE 10/1 – Kept on well when just failing in the Musidora at York, on that evidence this extra two furlongs will be ideal.

With the line up of the race set to change depending on the result of the Oaks, it is hard to be confident about who will be racing let alone who will win. ENTITLE 10/1 each way is my tentative selection.

Entitle didn’t take part in this race, instead, Keith went for an each way selection of SHAMBOLIC at 25/1.

What our members tipped in the Ribblesdale 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.  Here's how our member's voted for the Ribblesdale Stakes:

Race Three | 3:40pm – Ribblesdale Stakes

Almost neck and neck here but it's NOON STAR that just pips ESHAADA with 25.9% of your selections.  ESHAADA next best with 24.1%.
DUBAI FOUNTAIN one not to forget for the Johnston yard and has 20.7% of the votes.  Currently in to 13/2 from 10/1 overnight.

Huge support again for Frankie and Frankly Darling looks to be the NAP of the day with 52% of the selections. Miss Yoda getting the rest of the votes with a decent 18% of the selections.

Passion and Trefoil worth a mention of the best of the rest.

Last years winning duo, AP O Brien and Ryan Moore take the chunk of the picks for Fleeting with just short of 30%.  Queen Power takes 18% and Frankelina receives just short of 17%

Royal Ascot Ribblesdale Stakes Results

1 Loving Dream 18/1
2 Eshaada 17/2
3 Nicest 28/1
13 ran

1 Frankly Darling 11/8F
2 Ennistymon 11/1
3 Passion 13/2
11 ran NR: Born With Pride Distances: 1¾l, 2½l, ¾l
Time: 2m 33.29s (slow by 4.79s)

Rewatch the race which saw Frankly Darling powering home!

1 Star Catcher 4/1
2 Fleeting 7/4F
3 Sparkle Roll 11/1
11 ran Distances: 1½l, 1¼l, 1¼l

Our Verdict

Shambolic by name, Shambolic sums up the performance, finishing 8th in a field of 11 runners. Star Catcher even turned over the our members and bookies favourite Fleeting by over a length. The other horses our members shortlisted in our Pick 6 competition also finished out of the winning spots, with Queen Power in 4th and Frankellina in 6th place.

Watch the replay of the 2019 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot


Ribblesdale Stakes (Fillies Group 2)
Distance: 1m4f (2631 yards) Prize (winner): £98335 Dir: Right Handed
Runners: 13    Going: Good To Firm    Class: Class 1 Group 2    Age Restrictions: 3yo
Winners Time: 2 mins 33.18s   Avg OR: 73     Median OR: 94     Stalls: Inside

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
91st12Loving Dream394Gosden, John and ThadyHavlin, Robert18/118.036.20
tracked leaders, went 2nd 8f out, led over 2f out, ridden and stayed on from over 1f out, held on well BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 42
62nd0.7511Eshaada399Varian, RogerCrowley, Jim17/212.683.78
held up towards rear, switched left inside 2f out, headway over 1f out, edged right and chased winner inside final furlong, unable to get on terms, stayed on BF IP MIN 1.1 BF IP MAX 1000
103rd1.751Nicest (IRE)394Obrien, DonnachaRyan, Gavin28/133.097.18
led 1f, chased leaders, ridden and effort over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out until inside final furlong, held but kept on BF IP MIN 2.22 BF IP MAX 1000
44thNK6Divinely (IRE)397OBrien, A PMoore, Ryan7/19.093.09
held up in mid-division, not much room over 3f out, headway over 1f out, went 4th inside final furlong, kept on BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 1000
55th110Dubai Fountain (IRE)3108Johnston, MBuick, William9/25.802.30
prominent, led 10f out, pushed along over 3f out, headed over 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong BF IP MIN 3.9 BF IP MAX 1000
116thNK8Noon Star (USA)3101Stoute, Sir MichaelDoyle, James2/1 (Fav)3.171.56
in touch in mid-division, raced keenly, headway on outside over 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong BF IP MIN 2.5 BF IP MAX 1000
77th2.252Gloria Mundi (IRE)398Gosden, John and ThadyDettori, L9/113.153.59
raced keenly, prominent early, tracked leaders, pushed along 2f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 5.3 BF IP MAX 1000
38th2.255Aristia (IRE)392Hannon (Jnr), RichardDoyle, Hollie25/136.007.40
prominent, led after 1f, headed 10f out, chased leaders, driven 2f out, switched left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 18.5 BF IP MAX 1000
129thSH9Taslima30Gosden, John and ThadyEgan, David33/150.0010.50
broke well but soon steadied into mid-division on outside, headway 5f out, ridden 3f out, one pace and held over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
210th0.7513Annerville (IRE)30Murtagh, J PCoen, Ben M16/123.686.80
slowly away, held up towards rear, well beaten final 2f BF IP MIN 21 BF IP MAX 1000
111th0.754Ad Infinitum30Simcock, D MSpencer, Jamie20/131.078.00
edged right start, held up in rear, raced freely, well beaten final 2f BF IP MIN 25 BF IP MAX 1000
812th1.57Gwenhwyvar (IRE)374Morrison, HMarquand, Tom150/1211.5739.97
held up in rear, outpaced 3f out, well beaten final 2f BF IP MIN 200 BF IP MAX 1000
1313th4.53Twisted Reality394Beckett, R MMurphy, Oisin12/118.654.50
inconvenienced and slowly away, always in rear, well beaten final 2f BF IP MIN 17.5 BF IP MAX 1000

Ribblesdale Stakes (Fillies Group 2)
Distance: 1m4f (2631 yards +11 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £65120 Dir: Right Handed
Runners: 11    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Group 2    Age Restrictions: 3yo
Winners Time: 2 mins 33.29s   Avg OR: 74     Median OR: 90     Stalls: Inside

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
51st6Frankly Darling390Gosden, John and ThadyDettori, L11/8 (Fav)2.441.41
keen tracked leader, led entering final 2f, kept up to work final furlong BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 3.05
42nd1.7510Ennistymon (IRE)30OBrien, A PDoyle, James11/115.003.75
held up, wide and headway over 1f out, ridden and ran on, no threat to winner BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 1000
93rd2.57Passion (IRE)399OBrien, A PMoore, Ryan13/211.002.64
in touch, headway 3f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong BF IP MIN 5.4 BF IP MAX 990
24th0.755Bharani Star (GER)371Chapple-Hyam, P WAtzeni, Andrea100/1114.1616.50
steadied start, held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, nearest finish BF IP MIN 16 BF IP MAX 1000
65th3.754Golden Lips (IRE)399Dunlop, H J LGordon, Josephine100/1160.3115.80
led, ridden and headed entering final 2f, no extra inside final furlong BF IP MIN 85 BF IP MAX 1000
86thHD11Miss Yoda (GER)3102Gosden, John and ThadyHavlin, Robert4/15.801.89
raced wide close up, pushed along to chase leaders over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace BF IP MIN 3.15 BF IP MAX 1000
17thSH12Anastarsia (IRE)387Gosden, John and ThadyMcDonald, P J66/165.4910.38
in rear, ridden and switched right 2f out, never nearer BF IP MIN 46 BF IP MAX 1000
108th2.252So I Told You (IRE)390Hughes, RichardKelly, Shane100/1300.9832.00
in touch, ridden and headway 2f out, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 38 BF IP MAX 1000
119th43Trefoil30Beckett, R MBentley, Harry4/15.912.08
slow into stride, held up, weakened 2f out BF IP MIN 6.8 BF IP MAX 1000
1210th51West End Girl399Johnston, MMurphy, Oisin33/125.394.90
keen tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000
711th159Hold Fast (IRE)374Balding, A MProbert, David28/136.475.36
always towards rear BF IP MIN 23 BF IP MAX 1000

Non Runners  Born With Pride (IRE)

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