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When is the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot 2022?

Royal Ascot Wednesday 15th June 2022 at 5.00pm
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

DateGoingRunnersWinnerAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsDays
Good To Firm30418/1235d
Good23415/215d
Soft28520/1263d
Good To Firm30416/138d
Good To Firm29425/139d
Soft28410/111d
Good To Firm3048/132d
Good To Firm28720/1263d
Good To Firm28533/160d
Good30616/134d
Good28412/120d
Good To Firm29428/120d
Good To Firm2544/144d
Good To Firm29425/112d
Good To Firm2649/145d
Good To Firm30514/188d
Good To Firm22511/139d
Good To Firm31616/125d
Good To Firm3248/19d
Good To Firm30525/140d
Good To Firm3058/125d
Good To Firm32511/235d
Good To Firm32514/118d
Good To Soft32420/112d
Good To Firm32416/134d

 

 

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

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

The Royal Hunt Cup is always one of the most competitive races on the card and this year’s renewal is no exception. In the last three years, this race has produced 16/1, 20/1 and 25/1 winners, so picking a winner isn’t easy.

Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Handicap is often a good race to follow when it comes to clues and has produced two recent winners of this race. Majestic Dawn put in its best lifetime performance to land the 26-runner contest in September and is well-worth looking at once again. Lucander, who finished second may also give another good account.

However, Bell Rock may be the one to take a chance on here.
The 5-year old hasn’t been the most consistent, but he was very impressive in the Suffolk Stakes at Newmarket at the beginning of May. 

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On the day:

ASTRO KING 5.00 – Ascot (7/1 each way) – Made it 3 wins in 5 starts when digging deep to fend off Finest Sound on Nottingham reappearance. Then was a good third in Thirsk Hunt Cup since, keeping on from further back than ideal. One for the shortlist and a really solid contender.

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.

LORD TENNISON, BELL ROCK, ALRAJAA, MONTATHAM and AFAAK head the betting market.

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:

Fairly wide open this but it's ASTRO KING that pips the rest with 17.8% of your selections.

Beat Le Bon & Matthew Flinder equally the next best with 8.2% apiece.  Finest Sound the only other worthy mention.

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 Real World 18/1
2 Astro King 11/2F
3 Grove Ferry 12/1
4 Ouzo 33/1
5 Beat Le Bon 28/1
30 ran

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.

Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Str)
Distance: 1m (1760 yards +11 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £64800 Dir: Straight
Runners: 30    Going: Good To Firm    Class: Class 2     Age Restrictions: 3yo+
Winners Time: 1 mins 38.04s   Avg OR: 99     Median OR: 99     Stalls: Centre

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
281st4Real World (IRE)494Suroor, Saeed BinGhiani, Marco (3)18/120.006.48
wore hood to post, chased far side leader, led group and overall 2f out, came well clear from over 1f out, easily BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 21
192nd4.7527Astro King (IRE)498Stoute, Sir MichaelMoore, Ryan11/2 (Fav)8.202.50
chased leaders near side, led group 1f out, ran on well but never any chance with winner far side BF IP MIN 2.4 BF IP MAX 1000
93rd1.530Grove Ferry (IRE)4101Balding, A MProbert, David12/115.674.23
mid-division near side, headway chasing leaders 2f out, ran on and went 2nd in group inside final furlong, never going pace of winner far side BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 1000
254thNK33Ouzo596Hannon (Jnr), RichardLevey, S M33/138.7010.00
mid-division near side, headway over 1f out, ran on and 3rd in group inside final furlong, no chance with winner far side BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 830
75th12Beat Le Bon (FR)5103Hannon (Jnr), RichardDoyle, Hollie28/135.757.00
raced keenly, held up towards rear far side, headway chasing leaders inside final 2f, went 2nd in group 1f out, plugged on but never any chance with impressive winner BF IP MIN 17 BF IP MAX 910
226thSH22Layfayette (IRE)496Meade, NoelKeane, C T20/136.945.86
held up off the pace towards rear near side, headway chasing leaders over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace of winner far side BF IP MIN 21 BF IP MAX 980
67th0.7525Brunch4104Dods, MRodriguez, Callum9/112.503.30
held up towards rear near side, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not quite enough pace to reach leaders BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 36
148th0.7526Magical Morning499Gosden, John and ThadyDettori, L12/117.504.47
wore hood to post, chased leaders near side, led group inside final 2f until ridden 1f out, no extra inside final furlong BF IP MIN 12.5 BF IP MAX 1000
109thNSE23Power Of States (IRE)5101Palmer, HugoDoyle, James100/1158.3924.99
tracked leaders near side, pushed along over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 130 BF IP MAX 970
1210thNK28Trais Fluors7100Channon, M RSousa, Silvestre De28/141.868.88
slowly into stride, held up towards rear near side, headway between horses and plugged on inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved BF IP MIN 26 BF IP MAX 110
211thHD21Haqeeqy (IRE)4107Gosden, John and ThadyCrowley, Jim9/112.003.45
wore hood to post, held up towards rear near side, headway and plugged on inside final furlong, never going pace to get involved BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 1000
2012thHD12Bugle Major (USA)698Hughes, RichardDobbs, Pat150/1296.0729.62
raced near side, held up towards rear, some late headway, never involved BF IP MIN 130 BF IP MAX 310
1813thNSE32Fame And Acclaim (IRE)499Eyre, J LEdmunds, Lewis50/160.5613.50
raced near side, chased leaders, ridden and weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 34 BF IP MAX 60
1114thSH29Ascension4100Varian, RogerEgan, David33/135.299.76
mid-division near side rail, plugged on late, never going pace to get involved BF IP MIN 17.5 BF IP MAX 1000
2115thHD20Cliffs Of Capri797Osborne, J ACostello, Dougie40/181.1714.29
held up towards rear near side, headway chasing group leaders over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong BF IP MIN 65 BF IP MAX 980
2416th1.2518Hortzadar696OMeara, DSpencer, Jamie80/1126.4319.93
switched left after start and held up in rear near side, switched right inside final furlong, never involved BF IP MIN 100 BF IP MAX 1000
417th0.7514Escobar (IRE)7106OMeara, DTudhope, Daniel40/150.9210.84
held up and behind near side, never involved BF IP MIN 30 BF IP MAX 960
2918th15Fantasy Believer (IRE)493Hills, CharlesShoemark, Kieran150/1220.0023.02
raced far side, held up, headway, plugged on in modest 3rd in group inside final furlong, never any chance BF IP MIN 160 BF IP MAX 200
2719th116Revich (IRE)595Spencer, RichardTurner, Hayley66/191.7018.08
raced near side, held up, never involved BF IP MIN 70 BF IP MAX 230
1520thNSE15Matthew Flinders499Walker, EdMurphy, Oisin7/19.303.30
chased leaders near side, ridden and weakened over 1f out BF IP MIN 9.4 BF IP MAX 65
2621st117Teston (FR)695Furtado, IvanHart, Jason150/1397.1342.30
led near side group until inside final 2f, chased leaders, weakened quickly over 1f out BF IP MIN 180 BF IP MAX 1000
3022nd0.753Pepperoni Pete (IRE)593Harrington, Mrs JohnFoley, Shane100/1121.9122.36
chased far side leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 85 BF IP MAX 160
2323rd16Irish Admiral (IRE)496Haggas, W JMarquand, Tom18/124.005.78
went to post early, raced far side, held up, never in the race BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000
1724thHD8Eastern World (IRE)499Appleby, CharlieBuick, William20/125.987.40
led far side group and overall, headed in group 2f out, lost 2nd 1f out, weakened quickly final furlong BF IP MIN 14 BF IP MAX 1000
525thHD10Whats The Story7105Dalgleish, KeithFanning, Joe40/158.3311.50
raced far side, held up, never involved BF IP MIN 55 BF IP MAX 95
826th0.524Maydanny (IRE)5101Johnston, MONeill, Dane12/115.694.30
chased leader near side, every chance in group 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 22
327th1.2513Bowerman7106McGuinness, AdrianWhelan, R P80/1130.0022.79
switched left to race near side, held up and always behind BF IP MIN 120 BF IP MAX 170
1628th29Finest Sound (IRE)499Crisford, SimonAtzeni, Andrea11/114.853.80
raced far side, held up, never involved BF IP MIN 13 BF IP MAX 1000
1329th411Lucander (IRE)499Beckett, R MHornby, Rob50/170.6615.00
chased far side leaders, weakened over 2f out, soon behind, tailed off BF IP MIN 60 BF IP MAX 100
130th0.757Bell Rock5109Balding, A MCarver, William (5)50/169.9912.00
chased leaders far side, weakened over 2f out, soon behind, tailed off BF IP MIN 95 BF IP MAX 940

Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Str)
Distance: 1m (1760 yards) Prize (winner): £48518 Dir: Straight
Runners: 23    Going: Good    Class: Class 2     Age Restrictions: 3yo+
Winners Time: 1 mins 38.32s   Avg OR: 103     Median OR: 105     Stalls: Centre

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
161st11Dark Vision (IRE)4100Johnston, 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 BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 16
222nd1.255Montatham497Haggas, 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 BF IP MIN 1.37 BF IP MAX 1000
123rd0.523Pogo (IRE)4105Hills, 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 BF IP MIN 2.92 BF IP MAX 1000
44th1.2512Vale Of Kent (IRE)5108Johnston, MFanning, Joe22/128.605.75
led main group centre to near side and overall, headed inside final furlong, weakened and lost 2 places towards finish BF IP MIN 7 BF IP MAX 500
215th3.2519Baltic Baron (IRE)597OMeara, 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 BF IP MIN 40 BF IP MAX 920
146thNK10Bell Rock4103Balding, 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 BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 1000
117thNK18Afaak6106Hills, CharlesFallon, Cieren (3)11/112.693.50
raced keenly, tracked leaders centre to near side, pushed along over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 11.5 BF IP MAX 1000
28th0.53Raising Sand8108Osborne, 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 BF IP MIN 38 BF IP MAX 990
89th222Qaysar (FR)5107Hannon (Jnr), RichardMoore, Ryan16/124.334.95
raced centre to near side, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never reached leaders BF IP MIN 16 BF IP MAX 1000
110th0.513Alrajaa4109Gosden, John and ThadyCrowley, Jim15/29.603.15
tracked leaders centre to near side, raced keenly, ridden inside final 2f, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 6.2 BF IP MAX 1000
611th0.7514Lord Tennyson4107Gosden, John and ThadyDettori, L6/1 (Fav)9.202.78
tracked leaders centre to near side, hung right inside final 2f, weakened over 1f out BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 950
1812th0.57Fox Power (IRE)499Hannon (Jnr), RichardDobbs, Pat66/1130.0012.65
raced centre to near side, held up towards rear and keen, outpaced over 2f out, ridden and no headway over 1f out BF IP MIN 80 BF IP MAX 230
1013thHD15Kynren (IRE)6107Barron, T DCurtis, B A16/124.044.49
tracked leaders centre to near side, weakened inside final furlong BF IP MIN 19 BF IP MAX 160
714th0.517Fox Champion (IRE)4107Hannon (Jnr), RichardLevey, S M40/175.0010.97
raced centre to near side, held up towards rear, never on terms BF IP MIN 65 BF IP MAX 320
515thHD1Cardsharp5107Johnston, MKirby, Adam100/1248.7421.46
led far side quartet towards far side, headed in group over 1f out, soon weakened BF IP MIN 26 BF IP MAX 1000
316thNK16Whats The Story6108Dalgleish, KeithRodriguez, Callum50/159.5811.30
raced centre to near side, mid-division, weakened inside final 2f BF IP MIN 30 BF IP MAX 820
1917thNSE2Beatboxer (USA)499Gosden, John and ThadyDoyle, James33/136.388.05
tracked leaders in quartet towards far side, weakened over 1f out BF IP MIN 38 BF IP MAX 1000
2018thNSE20Petrus (IRE)598Meehan, B JDwyer, Martin33/155.009.80
raced in centre to near side, held up and behind, ridden and no chance when hampered inside final furlong BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 95
1319th1.54Willie John5104Varian, RogerAtzeni, Andrea25/134.636.00
tracked leader towards far side until ridden inside final 2f, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 24 BF IP MAX 1000
920th1.258Indeed5107Davis, D J S FfrenchKeniry, L P28/142.007.40
tracked leaders centre to near side, weakened final furlong BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 75
2321st2.59Walhaan (IRE)497Williams, IanKingscote, Richard80/1243.6624.00
mid-division centre to near side, headway chasing leaders 3f out, weakened 2f out BF IP MIN 120 BF IP MAX 380
1522nd3.2521Wargrave (IRE)4102Baker, GeorgeCosgrave, Pat66/1150.0018.63
prominent near side rail, ridden and weakened over 2f out BF IP MIN 100 BF IP MAX 590
2423rd1324Fox Premier (IRE)497Balding, A MSousa, Silvestre De10/111.003.10
dwelt, raced keenly, soon tracking leaders on near side rail, pushed along over 3f out, weakened and eased inside final 2f BF IP MIN 9.2 BF IP MAX 1000

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