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When is the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot 2020?
Please note the day and/or time of this race has been changed for 2020
Royal Ascot Wednesday 19th June 4.10pm
The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed)
Age: 2yo
Distance: Five Furlongs
Prize: £90,000
Crystal Ocean winning the 2019 Prince Of Wales' Stakes at Royal Ascot
History of the Windsor Castle Stakes race at Royal Ascot
First run in 1879. The Windsor Castle Staked generally attracts a large field of runners. They spread across the Ascot heath in a veritable cavalry charge down this flying five furlongs.
Royal Ascot Windsor Castle Stakes Trends and Statistics

Here are the Windsor Castle Stakes 12 year Trends and Statistics 2009 – 2020.

  • Age – This race is restricted to two-year-olds only.
  • Sex – Eleven colts and one gelding have won this race in the last twelve years and of the thirty-seven fillies that have run only two have been placed.
  • Country – Six of the last twelve winners have been bred in Great Britain four from Ireland and two from the USA.
  • Colour – We have seen nine bays (b), one bay/brown (b/br) and two chestnuts (ch) win this race in the last twelve years.
  • Starting Price (SP) – Six winners in the last twelve years have returned a SP of between 12/1 and 33/1. The other six winners were 7/1 or less.
  • Starting Price Rank – Thee favourites have won in the last twelve years. Six winners have come from the first three in the betting.
  • Headgear – Nine of the last twelve winners wore no headgear, two had blinkers on and one wore cheekpieces. 
  • Draw – Eight of the last twelve winners have been drawn between stall 13 and stall 24 inclusive.
  • Last Run Form – Seven of the last twelve winners won last time out. All of them finished in the first four last time out and nine of them were within two lengths of the winner.
  • Days since last run – Ten of the last twelve winners last ran between 6 and 34 days ago.
Recent Winners of The Windsor Castle Stakes
The runners in the Windsor Castle Stakes

217Chief Little Hawk (USA)2yo C9-3Moore, RyanOBrien, A PAbroad209/2205D
17115Victory Heights (IRE)2yo C9-3McDonald, P JTate, James884040/1184D
9115Muker (IRE)2yo C9-3Mulrennan, PaulMakin, Phillip23310033/1183D
1816Yazaman (IRE)2yo C9-3 BlnkMarquand, TomHaggas, W J885018/1183D
1218Stay Smart2yo C9-3Nolan, DOMeara, D2393025/1180D
8112Mighty Gurkha (IRE)2yo C9-3Doyle, HollieWatson, Archie281107/1178
637Hyde Park Barracks (USA)2yo C9-3Levey, S MOBrien, A PAbroad17011/1155
5213Get It2yo C9-3Kirby, AdamCox, C G431011/1148
4315Fools Rush In (IRE)2yo C9-3Kingscote, RichardDascombe, Tom18514040/1148
15211Tantastic2yo C9-3Robinson, BenEllison, B227150100/1147
329Fast Start2yo C9-3Buick, WilliamSuroor, Saeed Bin888028/1143
1310Astimegoesby (IRE)2yo C9-3Curtis, B ABoughey, George886014/1138
14313Tactical2yo C9-3Doyle, JamesBalding, A M332004/1138
1626Tenth Century2yo C9-3Sousa, Silvestre DeBell, M L W88190125/1130
10411Selected (IRE)2yo C9-3Fanning, JoeFahey, R A227130125/1116
19510Honeydew (IRE)2yo F8-12Morris, LukeKirk, S2890150/1104
20none-Sunshine City (USA)2yo F8-12 Blnk1Dettori, LWard, WesleyAbroad12013/21
11none-Sheriff Bianco (USA)2yo C9-3 Blnk1Murphy, OisinWard, WesleyAbroad16013/20
What's Keith's Windsor Castle Stakes Tips for Royal Ascot 2020?

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

A bad race for fillies, no winners in the last 12 years and only two have been placed in that time from 41 runners. Favourites also tend to struggle too and there have been some big priced winners over the years.

The Wesley Ward raider SUNSHINE CITY is the current favourite with CHIEF LITTLE HAWK, SHERIFF BIANCO and TACTICAL all at the top of the market.

Keith's final choice

16:10 CHIEF LITTLE HAWK 4/1 – Blazed the trail when making all Navan on sole start. Should improve dramatically for that run and will be difficult to catch in this.

How it fared

CHIEF LITTLE HAWK jumped out pretty swiftly but was unable to maintain the pace and ended up a well-beaten seventh of eighteeen.

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This is what Keith said about the 2019 Windsor Castle Stakes:


SOUTHERN HILLS 8/1 each way – Travelled strongly at Navan last time and looked to have the race in the bag before getting headed in the closing strides. A similar run will see him involved here.
What our members tipped in the 2019 Windsor Castle 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.  Our member's selections for the Windsor Castle Stakes:

The final race of our Pick 6 for today and hopefully the only one we’re waiting for – which will be Mighty Gurka who just stands out on a smidge over 19% of your selections. Chief Little Hawk breathing down the neck of Mighty Gurka though with 18.8%.
Sunshine City is one to note on 17% for you fans of Frankie!

We’ll be in heaven if Temple of Heaven comes in for the final race of the day and plenty of support for it. Southern Hills and Platinum Star are miles behind in the selections.

Royal Ascot Windsor Castle Stakes Results

1 Tactical 7/2F
2 Yazaman 20/1
3 Muker 40/1
18 ran

1 Southern Hills 7/1
2 Platinum Star 8/1
3 Glasvegas 25/1
4 Symbolize 6/1JF
Distances: ½l, hd, hd
Time: 1m 3.05s (slow by 4.05s)


Our Verdict:
Keith made the right choice in this race, plumping for Southern Hills in his each-way shout. Our members, however, saw things differently with Temple of Heaven – which for them was the wrong shout, but as a joint-favourite, you couldn’t blame them for their selection. Southern Hills was chased along by Platinum Star who just pipped Glasvegas for second position in this race of 21 runners.

NoPlaceDist BtStallHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
141st20Tactical29-30Balding, A MDoyle, James7/2 (Fav)4.91.94
chased leaders near side rail, challenged 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to lead towards finish
182nd1.255Yazaman (IRE)29-3Blnk0Haggas, W JMarquand, Tom20/130.086.6
raced near side, well off the pace towards rear, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, not clear run and switched right inside final furlong, strong run well inside final furlong, went 2nd post, not reach winner
93rdSH10Muker (IRE)29-30Makin, PhillipMulrennan, Paul40/110017
raced in centre, led going well 3f out, still travelling on bit 2f out, headed and no extra towards finish, lost 2nd post
54th21Get It29-30Cox, C GKirby, Adam20/1225.5
raced centre, chased leaders, ridden and hung left final furlong, no extra in 4th towards finish
85th0.511Mighty Gurkha (IRE)29-30Watson, ArchieDoyle, Hollie6/17.62.72
chased leaders in centre, pushed along over 2f out, soon every chance, ridden and hung left over 1f out, no extra towards finish
176thNK4Victory Heights (IRE)29-30Tate, JamesMcDonald, P J28/1449.6
raced in centre, outpaced in rear, good headway towards near side over 1f out, not clear run and switched left approaching final furlong, ran on, never nearer
27th0.752Chief Little Hawk (USA)29-30OBrien, A PMoore, Ryan4/15.832.57
prominent in centre, one pace and no impression inside final furlong
118thHD16Sheriff Bianco (USA)29-3Blnk0Ward, WesleyMurphy, Oisin13/28.373.3
raced near side, led group, every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong
209thNK12Sunshine City (USA)28-12Blnk0Ward, WesleyDettori, L9/116.715.35
prominent in centre, pushed along halfway, weakened inside final furlong
410th0.7514Fools Rush In (IRE)29-30Dascombe, TomKingscote, Richard40/19514.65
raced near side, outpaced towards rear, some headway over 1f out, never troubled leaders
611th0.517Hyde Park Barracks (USA)29-30OBrien, A PLevey, S M8/19.773.3
chased leaders near side, pushed along 2f out, weakened entering final furlong
1011thDH13Selected (IRE)29-30Fahey, R AFanning, Joe125/1224.1132
towards rear near side, some headway when not clear run and switched right inside final 2f, no chance badly hampered and snatched up inside final furlong
313th1.258Fast Start29-30Suroor, Saeed BinBuick, William33/148.4510.25
quickly away, prominent in centre, weakened final furlong
1214th13Stay Smart29-30OMeara, DNolan, D33/111018.6
raced in centre, held up towards rear, never on terms
1515th115Tantastic29-30Ellison, BRobinson, Ben100/1130.1322
prominent near side, every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong
116th0.756Astimegoesby (IRE)29-30Boughey, GeorgeCurtis, B A20/124.717.4
raced in centre group, held up, never involved
1617th719Tenth Century29-30Bell, M L WSousa, Silvestre De100/1106.323.27
raced keenly chasing leaders near side, weakened 2f out
1918th49Honeydew (IRE)28-120Kirk, SMorris, Luke200/1759.31100
raced in centre, raced keenly chasing leaders, pushed along halfway, soon weakened

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