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When is the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot 2020?
Please note the day and/or time of this race has been changed for 2020
Royal Ascot Wednesday 19th June 3.35pm
The Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap)
Age: 3yo+
Distance: One mile
Prize: £175,000
History of the Royal Hunt Cup race at Royal Ascot
First run in 1843, and it was originally contested on a round course over 7 furlongs and 166 yards. It was shortened a little in 1930 and was then extended to 1m in 1956.

The most successful jockeys on four wins are Charles Wood (1875-1887) and Lester Piggott (1963-1976). The leading trainer so far has been James Jewitt who saddled five winners between 1882 and 1897.

Take a trip down memory lane as we look back at the 1959 Royal Hunt Cup vintage racing at it's best, with members of the Royal Family, including a very young Queen Elizabeth, the Queen's mother:


Royal Ascot Royal Hunt Cup Trends and Statistics

Here are the Royal Hunt Cup 12-year Trends and Statistics 2009 – 2020

  • Age – Eight of the last twelve winners have been aged four, there have been two five-year-olds, one aged six and one aged seven.
  • Sex – The winners have all been male, five colts, six geldings and one horse.
  • Country – Horses bred in Great Britain and Ireland have dominated in the last twelve years with six from Ireland and five from Great Britain, there has been one French-bred winner.
  • Colour – Ten of the last twelve winners have been bay (b) and one each grey (gr) and chestnut (ch).
  • Starting Price – Nine of the last twelve winners have returned a starting price between 10/1 and 33/1.
  • Starting Price Rank – Only one winner in the last twelve years have started as favourite.
  • Headgear – Seven of the last twelve winners wore no headgear, three of them were fitted with cheekpieces, one of those three also had a tongue tie. two also wore blinkers one of them with the addition of a hood.
  • Weight – Nine of the last twelve winners carried between 9st and 9st 5lb.
  • Draw – Seven of the last twelve winners have been drawn in stall 19 or higher. 
  • Last run form – Nine of the last twelve winners finished in the first four last time. Nine of the last twelve winners finished within 3½ lengths of the winner last time. Eleven of the last twelve winners ran in a handicap last time. 
  • Days since last run – Ten of the last twelve winners last ran between 11 and 60 days ago.
  • Official Rating – Eleven of the last twelve winners had an official rating between 95 and 105.
Recent Winners of The Royal Hunt Cup Stakes
The runners in the Royal Hunt Cup

61212Lord Tennyson4yo G9-8Dettori, LGosden, J H M88141076/1234D
15221111214Alrajaa4yo G9-10Crowley, JimGosden, J H M881310912/1231D
4810224312Vale Of Kent (IRE)5yo G9-9Fanning, JoeJohnston, M2431210825/1222D
8116118311Qaysar (FR)5yo G9-8Moore, RyanHannon (Jnr), Richard522210716/1216D
22311324111Montatham4yo G8-12ONeill, DaneHaggas, W J885976/1216D
33103012272Whats The Story6yo G9-9 CkPcRodriguez, CallumDalgleish, Keith3911610866/1212D
1665630215Dark Vision (IRE)4yo C9-1Buick, WilliamJohnston, M2431110015/2207
141606110Bell Rock4yo G9-4Murphy, OisinBalding, A M33101037/1205D
26431309242Raising Sand8yo G9-9Currie, NicolaOsborne, J A28310822/1205CD
12109108211Pogo (IRE)4yo C9-6Shoemark, KieranHills, Charles272310528/1204D
9211023228Indeed5yo G9-8Keniry, L PDavis, D J S Ffrench27810722/1198D
183214624102Fox Power (IRE)4yo C9-0Dobbs, PatHannon (Jnr), Richard5279950/1196D
10253216910Kynren (IRE)6yo G9-8Curtis, B ABarron, T D2321510718/1190C D
245261192321Fox Premier (IRE)4yo G8-12Sousa, Silvestre DeBalding, A M33249712/1188
152142027260Wargrave (IRE)4yo C9-3Cosgrave, PatBaker, George262110266/1177
116301500263Afaak6yo G9-7Fallon, Cieren (3)Hills, Charles271810612/1174CD
5301074810Cardsharp5yo G9-8Kirby, AdamJohnston, M243110780/1164
21925030710Baltic Baron (IRE)5yo G8-12 CkPc1 TTTudhope, DanielOMeara, D239199733/1160
201140300263Petrus (IRE)5yo G8-13 CkPcDwyer, MartinMeehan, B J54209833/1158D
7111777010Fox Champion (IRE)4yo C9-8Levey, S MHannon (Jnr), Richard521710733/1154
191174105312Beatboxer (USA)4yo G9-0 Hood TTDoyle, JamesGosden, J H M8829933/1149D
13114205280Willie John5yo H9-5Atzeni, AndreaVarian, Roger88410418/1137
23none-Walhaan (IRE)4yo G8-12Kingscote, RichardWilliams, Ian10499780/12

What's Keith's Royal Hunt Cup Tips for Royal Ascot?

Keith Bond is our resident pro tipster here at FRT Towers.  He's been studying the cards, form, stats, trends and more for the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, and here's his thoughts ahead of the race:

Like the Silver Royal Hunt Cup earlier in the day this will be a tricky race to workout but a couple of stats that might help are; Weight – Nine of the last twelve winners carried between 9st and 9st 5lb. Draw – Eight of the last twelve winners have been drawn in stall 19 or higher.


Keith's final choice

15:35 BELL ROCK 13/2 each way – Stayed on really strongly to get up at Newmarket 10 days ago and is certain to progress from that. Will put up another bold show carrying a penalty.

How it fared

BELL ROCK finished sixth some bookmakers paid out on this.

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This is what Keith said about the 2019 Royal Hunt Cup:


For this race, Keith went for an each way outsider in the form of Beringer at 25/1 when advised.

What our members tipped in the Royal Hunt Cup

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 what our members went for in the Royal Hunt Cup:

For Fox Sake watch out for your Foxes in this race, with not one but three running in the shape of Fox Champion, Fox Power and Fox Premier.

It’s Fox Champion that is the one to watch from those three, but the main selection here is Lord Tennyson with 17.3% of the selections. Alrajaa on 12.8% in 2nd place and after his 2nd at Newcastle, Dark Vision is good looking contender in 3rd with 11% of the selections.

New Graduate heads the selections here in the penultimate race of Day Two and is a clear favourite by a long way with Pick Sixers!  Raising Sand and Kynren the best of the rest.

Royal Ascot Royal Hunt Cup Stakes Results

1 Dark Vision 15/2
2 Montatham 8/1
3 Pogo 25/1
4 Vale Of Kent 22/1
23 ran

1 Afaak 20/1
2 Clon Coulis 16/1
3 Raising Sand 8/1
4 Stylehunter 22/1


Our Verdict:

This race was wide open, hence Keith tipping an each way outsider. As you can see from the results the favourites didn’t get a look in. Keith’s tip Beringer finished in 13th position. Afaak stole the bragging rights and the first prize from Clon Coulis by a nose, Raising Sand came in 2 lengths behind, but being chased along by Style Hunter, Kynren, Roc Angel and Vale of Kent who were all very tight just a length between them all.

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
161st11Dark Vision (IRE)49-1100Johnston, MBuick, William15/29.863.04
held up in rear in centre, headway going well when not clear run and switched left 2f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, soon clear
222nd1.255Montatham48-1297Haggas, W JONeill, Dane8/110.473.21
raced centre to near side, held up, headway centre of group chasing leaders over 2f out, kept on disputing 2nd over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong
123rd0.523Pogo (IRE)49-6105Hills, CharlesShoemark, Kieran25/131.466.27
held up towards rear centre to near side, headway towards near side rail chasing leaders and switched left 2f out, ran on in 3rd towards finish
44th1.2512Vale Of Kent (IRE)59-9108Johnston, MFanning, Joe22/128.65.75
led main group centre to near side and overall, headed inside final furlong, weakened and lost 2 places towards finish
215th3.2519Baltic Baron (IRE)58-12CkPc TT97OMeara, DTudhope, Daniel33/147.039.33
slowly into stride, raced near side to centre, held up and behind, headway near side of group and driven over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong
146thNK10Bell Rock49-4103Balding, A MMurphy, Oisin13/29.892.88
held up in mid-division centre to near side, headway chasing leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong
117thNK18Afaak69-4106Hills, CharlesFallon, Cieren (3)11/112.693.5
raced keenly, tracked leaders centre to near side, pushed along over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong
28th0.53Raising Sand89-9108Osborne, J ACurrie, Nicola40/184.4611.11
raced towards far side and 4th in group of 4, pushed along and went 3rd in group 3f out, led group over 1f out and went clear in group inside final furlong, no chance with leaders near side
89th222Qaysar (FR)59-8107Hannon (Jnr), RichardMoore, Ryan16/124.334.95
raced centre to near side, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never reached leaders
110th0.513Alrajaa49-10109Gosden, J H MCrowley, Jim15/29.63.15
tracked leaders centre to near side, raced keenly, ridden inside final 2f, weakened inside final furlong
611th0.7514Lord Tennyson49-8107Gosden, J H MDettori, L6/1 (Fav)9.22.78
tracked leaders centre to near side, hung right inside final 2f, weakened over 1f out
1812th0.57Fox Power (IRE)49-099Hannon (Jnr), RichardDobbs, Pat66/113012.65
raced centre to near side, held up towards rear and keen, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and no headway over 1f out
1013thHD15Kynren (IRE)69-8107Barron, T DCurtis, B A16/124.044.49
tracked leaders centre to near side, weakened inside final furlong
714th0.517Fox Champion (IRE)49-8107Hannon (Jnr), RichardLevey, S M40/17510.97
raced centre to near side, held up towards rear, never on terms
515thHD1Cardsharp59-8107Johnston, MKirby, Adam100/1248.7421.46
led far side quartet towards far side, headed in group over 1f out, soon weakened
316thNK16Whats The Story69-9CkPc108Dalgleish, KeithRodriguez, Callum50/159.5811.3
raced centre to near side, mid-division, weakened inside final 2f
1917thNSE2Beatboxer (USA)49-0Hood TT99Gosden, J H MDoyle, James33/136.388.05
tracked leaders in quartet towards far side, weakened over 1f out
2018thNSE20Petrus (IRE)58-13CkPc98Meehan, B JDwyer, Martin33/1559.8
raced in centre to near side, held up and behind, ridden and no chance when hampered inside final furlong
1319th1.54Willie John59-5104Varian, RogerAtzeni, Andrea25/134.636
tracked leader towards far side until ridden inside final 2f, weakened final furlong
920th1.258Indeed59-8107Davis, D J S FfrenchKeniry, L P28/1427.4
tracked leaders centre to near side, weakened final furlong
2321st2.59Walhaan (IRE)48-1297Williams, IanKingscote, Richard80/1243.6624
mid-division centre to near side, headway chasing leaders 3f out, weakened 2f out
1522nd3.2521Wargrave (IRE)49-3102Baker, GeorgeCosgrave, Pat66/115018.63
prominent near side rail, ridden and weakened over 2f out
2423rd1324Fox Premier (IRE)48-1297Balding, A MSousa, Silvestre De10/1113.1
dwelt, raced keenly, soon tracking leaders on near side rail, pushed along over 3f out, weakened and eased inside final 2f

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