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He was struggling ever so badly for about the 1st 1000m of the 1200m race, but SOMEHOW Dutch Decoy finds top gear for a remarkable success for Paul Hanagan and Richard Fahey!











The🤴King🤴Tip🤴- Tuesday 30 July 2019

Goodwood (UK)

Race 4 (12:35am AEST)


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$4.33 (Bet 365)

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

10 Best Horse Racing Movies Ever: Ride Like a Girl – The Michelle Payne Story

In what’s promising the be one of the best horse racing, if not sports movies in general, ever made, judging off the two trailers that have been released to date, Ride Like A Girl, is set to hit the big screens this September, ride in the midst of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival / Melbourne Cup, in which jockey Michelle Payne, in 2015, wrote her name forever into Australian cultural folklore beccomming the first ever female jockey to win “The Race that Stops the Nation” the Melbourne Cup.

We take a look at the upcoming All-Aussie filmed & produced feature as well as some of the other all time best horse racing movies ever from across the globe.

Our tip for this movie is that’ll it’ll be a classic & a box-office smash!

Transmission Films has dropped a new trailer for Rachel Griffiths’ directed, Michelle Payne biopic Ride Like A Girl.


As a little girl, Michelle Payne (Teresa Palmer) dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup — horse-racing’s toughest two-mile race.

The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by single father Paddy (Sam Neill). She leaves school at 15 to become a jockey and after early failures she finds her feet, but a family tragedy, followed by her own near fatal horse fall all but ends the dream.

But with the love of her dad and her brother Stevie, Michelle will not give up. Against all the medical advice, and the protests of her siblings, she rides on, and meets the Prince of Penzance. Together they overcome impossible odds for a shot at the dream: a ride in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, at odds of 100 to 1. The rest is history.


Directed by Rachel Griffiths, Ride Like a Girl stars Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Stevie Payne, Sullivan Stapleton and Genevieve Morris.

Ride Like a Girl is in cinemas from September 26, 2019.




10 Best Horse Racing Movies Ever Made

NEW #1 Ride Like A Girl ???


1. Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is loosely based on the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, an undersized and overlooked thoroughbred race horse, whose unexpected successes made him a hugely popular media sensation in the United States during the Great Depression.


2. Secretariat

Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Randall Wallace. The film chronicles the life of thoroughbred race horse Secretariat, winner of the Triple Crown in 1973. Diane Lane portrays Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, and John Malkovich plays the trainer, Lucien Laurin. Filming took place on location in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, and around Lafayette, Louisiana and Carencro, Louisiana. The film was released on October 8, 2010.


3. 50 to 1

50 to 1 is a 2014 American drama film based on the true story of Mine That Bird, an undersized thoroughbred racehorse that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the race. The film received a limited release on March 21, 2014. It was directed by Jim Wilson, who also co-wrote the script with Faith Conroy, and it stars Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane and William Devane. Jockey Calvin Borel, who rode Mine that Bird to his upset Derby win, plays himself in the film.


4. Dreamer

Dreamer is a 2005 American family drama film starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, inspired by the true story of an injured Thoroughbred racehorse named Mariah’s Storm. The film was written and directed by John Gatins, marking his directorial debut.


5. Phar Lap

Phar Lap is a 1983 film about the racehorse Phar Lap. The film starred Tom Burlinson and was written by famous Australian playwright David Williamson.


6. The Black Stallion

The Black Stallion is a 1979 American film based on the 1941 classic children’s novel The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. It tells the story of Alec Ramsay, who is shipwrecked on a deserted island with a wild Arabian stallion whom he befriends. After being rescued, they are set on entering a race challenging two champion horses. The film is adapted by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg and William D. Wittliff. It is directed by Carroll Ballard. The movie stars Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton, and the Arabian horse Cass Ole. The film features music by Carmine Coppola, the father of Hollywood producer Francis Ford Coppola, who was the executive producer of the film.


7. Ruffian

Ruffian is an American made-for-television movie that tells the story of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame Champion thoroughbred filly Ruffian who went undefeated until her death after breaking down in a nationally televised match race at Belmont Park on July 6, 1975 against the Kentucky Derby winner, Foolish Pleasure. Made by ESPN Original Entertainment, the film is directed by Yves Simoneau and stars Sam Shepard as Ruffian’s trainer, Frank Whiteley. The producers used four different geldings in the role of Ruffian. Locations for the 2007 film included Louisiana Downs in Shreveport, Louisiana and Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.


8. Let It Ride

Let It Ride is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Joe Pytka and starring Richard Dreyfuss, David Johansen, Teri Garr, Jennifer Tilly, Cynthia Nixon and Robbie Coltrane. It was written by Nancy Dowd and based on the novel Good Vibes by Jay Cronley. The story’s light comedy is centered on a normally unsuccessful habitual gambler who experiences a day in which he wins every bet he places, and focuses on the personality contrasts and the perpetually upbeat, hopeful attitudes of losers.


9. Racing Stripes

Racing Stripes is a 2005 American sports comedy-drama family film, directed by Frederik Du Chau, produced by Alcon Entertainment, distributed by Summit Entertainment and Warner Bros. and stars Hayden Panettiere, Bruce Greenwood, Wendie Malick, M. Emmet Walsh, Frankie Muniz, Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, Mandy Moore, Steve Harvey, David Spade, Jeff Foxworthy, Joe Pantoliano, Fred Dalton Thompson, Joshua Jackson, Michael Rosenbaum, Snoop Dogg, Jansen Panettiere, Frankie Ryan Manriquez, Kyle Alcazar with Gary Bullock and Michael Clarke Duncan.


10. Dead Cert

Dead Cert is a 1974 crime film directed by Tony Richardson. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Dick Francis.


Frankie Dettori v Lester Piggott – Who is the best UK based jockey of all time?

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Dettori’s famous flying dismount after winning 2019 Gold Cup on Stradivarius

Is Frankie Dettori the best European jockey ever – even surpassing the legendary Lester Piggott – in racing’s Sport of Kings?

Italian maestro Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori, MBE, wowed the 2019 Royal Ascot meeting, underlined by riding the first four winners on Thursday’s June 20 card, including the £500,000 (USD $636,970) Gold Cup, on board Stradivarius, who made it back to back Gold Cup wins in the UK’s most prestigious flat race.

“What a horse Stradivarius is – a horse for the big occasion – people love him,” said Dettori, after completing back to back Gold Cup successes.

Stradivarius, trained by John Gosden was heavily backed to win the £283,550 (USD $361,225) first prize.

“It’s great for everyone connected with the horse – every time he runs he delivers. He doesn’t know how to lose. A fantastic horse,” said Dettori.

Dettori had the bookies running scared on Ladies Day, after winning on A’Ali, Sangarius, Star Catcher, and Stradivarius.“Frankie Dettori rode a beautiful race,” said trainer Gosden, whose star stayer won the 2018 Yorkshire Cup, the Gold Cup, the Goodwood Cup and the Lonsdale Cup – to bag a £1m bonus, through the inaugural Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million.

Going into the 5th and final Day of Royal Ascot 2019 on Saturday, Dettori leads the race to the Champion Jockey’s crown having ridden 7 winner through the 1st four days, 2nd is Ryan Moore who has 5 wins, followed by Daniel Tudehope 1 further back on 4.

So is Dettori the top European Flat jockey ever?

Dettori, 48,  UK’s champion jockey three times, has ridden a total of 712 Group race winners of which 207 have come at the pinnacle Group 1 grade, this includes one of the greatest feats ever, by any jockey, anywhere in the world – riding all seven winners on a memorable British Champions Day at Ascot in 1996.

In 2012 Dettori split from riding with Godolphin racing, after being found guilty of reportedly taking cocaine, of which he was suspended from riding for six months.

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Dettori & Godolphin ended an amazing partnership when they parted company in 2012

Pocket-rocket Dettori, 5′ 4″, and his wife Catherine, live in Stetchworth, Newmarket, with their five children.

Legend Lester Piggott, 83, rode 4,493 career winners, including nine Derby victories, his first being in 1954 on Never Say Die, aged 18.

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Born on November 5, 1935, Piggott certainly lit up the racing world, notching up the British Flat racing champion jockey crown on 11 occasions.

Piggott, who retired in 1985 and became a trainer, was jailed for six months and stripped of his OBE, for tax fraud.

Piggott, who rode his first winner at the age of 12, made a dramatic comeback to the saddle in 1990, prior to officially retiring in 1995.

Piggott was in attendance with Her Majesty The Queen at Epsom Downs earlier this month, where a statue of him was unveiled, in recognition of his services to racing which included a record 9 Derby wins at the famous Epsom track.

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A statue in bronze of legendary flat jockey Lester Piggott was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on Derby Day at Epsom Down in 2019

Trainer Mark Johnston believes Dettori is, at very least, on par with Piggott, who has long been regarded as one of the greatest Flat racing jockeys of all time.

“On the big day, Frankie Dettori is special. No disrespect to Lester Piggott – a superhero – but to not call Frankie on the same terms would not be fair on  him. He has been the most fantastic jockey for British racing,” said Johnston.

Royal Ascot Day 1 Review + Race Replays


1 LORD GLITTERS (FR) 6 9-0 14/1
J: Daniel Tudhope T: David O’Meara
2 nk BEAT THE BANK 5 9-0 20/1
J: Silvestre De Sousa T: Andrew Balding
3 ¾ ONE MASTER 5 8-11 20/1
J: Pierre-Charles Boudot T: William Haggas
4 ¾ ROMANISED (IRE) 4 9-0 25/1
J: William James Lee T: K. J. Condon, Ireland
5 LE BRIVIDO (FR) 5 9-0 11/2
J: Ryan Moore T: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
6 ½ LAURENS (FR) 4 8-11 11/2
J: P. J. McDonald T: K. R. Burke
7 ns MUSTASHRY 6 9-0 11/2
J: Jim Crowley T: Sir Michael Stoute
8 BARNEY ROY 5 9-0 5/1
J: James Doyle T: Charlie Appleby
9 ¾ SHARJA BRIDGE 5 9-0 20/1
J: Andrea Atzeni T: Roger Varian
10 ¾ MATTERHORN (IRE) 4 9-0 14/1
J: Oisin Murphy T: Mark Johnston
11 STORMY ANTARCTIC 6 9-0 20/1
J: Gerald Mosse T: Ed Walker
12 ½ HAZAPOUR (IRE) 4 9-0 12/1
J: Frankie Dettori T: D. K. Weld, Ireland
13 1 MYTHICAL MAGIC (IRE) 4 9-0 50/1
J: Kerrin McEvoy T: Charlie Appleby
14 DREAM CASTLE 5 9-0 20/1
J: Christophe Soumillon T: Saeed bin Suroor
15 nk OLMEDO (FR) 4 9-0 16/1
J: Cristian Demuro T: Jean-Claude Rouget, France
rr ACCIDENTAL AGENT 5 9-0 14/1



1 ARIZONA (IRE) 2 9-1 15/8
J: Ryan Moore T: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
2 ½ THREAT (IRE) 2 9-1 4/1
J: Tom Marquand T: Richard Hannon
3 nk GUILDSMAN (FR) 2 9-1 6/1
J: Oisin Murphy T: Archie Watson
4 1 FORT MYERS (USA) 2 9-1 16/1
J: Donnacha O’Brien T: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
5 sh GOLDEN HORDE (IRE) 2 9-1 33/1
J: Adam Kirby T: Clive Cox
6 ½ ROPEY GUEST 2 9-1 200/1
J: Tom Queally T: George Margarson
7 ROYAL LYTHAM (FR) 2 9-1 16/1
J: Seamie Heffernan T: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
8 hd MAXI BOY 2 9-1 14/1
J: Jamie Spencer T: Michael Bell
9 nk WELL OF WISDOM 2 9-1 16/1
J: James Doyle T: Charlie Appleby
10 sh KUWAIT DIRECTION (IRE) 2 9-1 100/1
J: Pat Dobbs T: Richard Hannon
11 ½ MAKYON (IRE) 2 9-1 25/1
J: Silvestre De Sousa T: Mark Johnston
12 1 LORD OF THE LODGE (IRE) 2 9-1 50/1
J: Ben Curtis T: K. R. Burke
13 ½ KING OF ATHENS (USA) 2 9-1 33/1
J: W. M. Lordan T: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
14 ½ MAJESTIC SANDS (IRE) 2 9-1 66/1
J: Barry McHugh T: Richard Fahey
15 1 LIGHT ANGEL 2 9-1 17/2
J: Frankie Dettori T: John Gosden
16 MONOSKI (USA) 2 9-1 14/1
J: P. J. McDonald T: Mark Johnston
17 2 COASE 2 9-1 25/1



1 BLUE POINT (IRE) 5 9-4 5/2
J: James Doyle T: Charlie Appleby
2 BATTAASH (IRE) 5 9-4 2/1
J: Jim Crowley T: Charles Hills
3 SOLDIER’S CALL 3 8-12 16/1
J: Daniel Tudhope T: Archie Watson
4 ns MABS CROSS 5 9-1 6/1
J: Paul Mulrennan T: Michael Dods
5 nk FAIRYLAND (IRE) 3 8-9 16/1
J: W. M. Lordan T: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
6 IMPRIMIS (USA) 5 9-4 7/1
J: Frankie Dettori T: Joseph F. Orseno, USA
7 EQUILATERAL 4 9-4 20/1
J: James McDonald T: Charles Hills
8 HOUTZEN (AUS) 5 9-1 33/1
J: Kerrin McEvoy T: Toby Edmonds, Australia
9 ns SIGNORA CABELLO (IRE) 3 8-9 66/1
J: Oisin Murphy T: John Quinn
10 SERGEI PROKOFIEV (CAN) 3 8-12 12/1
J: Ryan Moore T: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
11 sh ENZO’S LAD (AUS) 7 9-4 66/1
J: David Egan T: Michael & Matthew Pitman, New Zealand
12 hd JUDICIAL (IRE) 7 9-4 66/1



1 CIRCUS MAXIMUS (IRE) 3 9-0 10/1
J: Ryan Moore T: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
2 nk KING OF COMEDY (IRE) 3 9-0 4/1
J: Adam Kirby T: John Gosden
3 ¾ TOO DARN HOT 3 9-0 2/1
J: Frankie Dettori T: John Gosden
4 ½ SKARDU 3 9-0 7/1
J: James Doyle T: William Haggas
5 2 SHAMAN (IRE) 3 9-0 14/1
J: Maxime Guyon T: C. Laffon-Parias, France
6 nk PHOENIX OF SPAIN (IRE) 3 9-0 5/2
J: Jamie Spencer T: Charles Hills
7 1 FOX CHAMPION (IRE) 3 9-0 25/1
J: Silvestre De Sousa T: Richard Hannon
8 ½ VAN BEETHOVEN (CAN) 3 9-0 66/1
J: Donnacha O’Brien T: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
9 ROYAL MARINE (IRE) 3 9-0 33/1
J: Christophe Soumillon T: Saeed bin Suroor
10 BELL ROCK 3 9-0 33/1
J: Oisin Murphy T: Andrew Balding
11 5 THE IRISH ROVER (IRE) 3 9-0 100/1



1 THE GRAND VISIR 5 9-10 12/1
J: Richard Kingscote T: Ian Williams
J: Ryan Moore T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
3 TIME TO STUDY (FR) 5 9-6 16/1
J: Jim Crowley T: Ian Williams
4 FUN MAC (GER) 8 9-1 11/1
J: P. J. McDonald T: Hughie Morrison
5 1 COEUR DE LION 6 9-3 7/1
J: Thore Hammer Hansen T: Alan King
6 ARCTIC FIRE (GER) 10 9-6 33/1
J: M. Gallagher T: Denis W. Cullen, Ireland
7 2 MANCINI 5 9-1 13/2
J: Silvestre De Sousa T: Jonathan Portman
8 ½ BATTS ROCK (IRE) 6 9-1 8/1
J: Frankie Dettori T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
9 ¾ YABASS (IRE) 4 9-1 50/1
J: Hollie Doyle T: Archie Watson
10 1 NOT NEVER 7 9-5 22/1
J: Harry Bentley T: Gary Moore
11 ¾ KEROSIN (GER) 8 9-3 16/1
J: Oisin Murphy T: Denis Hogan, Ireland
12 10 MENGLI KHAN (IRE) 6 9-6 8/1
J: R. P. Cleary T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
13 7 SNOW FALCON (IRE) 9 9-9 10/1
J: Colin Keane T: Noel Meade, Ireland
14 nk PERCY STREET 6 9-5 66/1
J: Finley Marsh T: David Pipe
15 JUKEBOX JIVE (FR) 5 9-3 33/1
J: Dougie Costello T: Jamie Osborne
16 20 GUNNERY (FR) 6 9-2 16/1
J: Jamie Spencer T: Nicky Henderson
17 7 COSMELLI (ITY) 6 9-2 50/1
J: Daniel Muscutt T: Gay Kelleway
pu MIXBOY (FR) 9 9-2 28/1
J: Paul Mulrennan T: Keith Dalgleish
pu ULSTER (IRE) 4 9-2 20/1



1 ADDEYBB (IRE) 5 9-3 5/1
J: Daniel Tudhope T: William Haggas
2 MAGIC WAND (IRE) 4 8-12 9/2
J: Ryan Moore T: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland
3 ns ELARQAM 4 9-6 5/1
J: Jim Crowley T: Mark Johnston
4 sh LATROBE (IRE) 4 9-3 12/1
J: Donnacha O’Brien T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien, Ireland
5 MOUNTAIN ANGEL (IRE) 5 9-3 11/1
J: Oisin Murphy T: Roger Varian
6 sh RIVEN LIGHT (IRE) 7 9-3 17/2
J: Colin Keane T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7 nk MOUNTAIN HUNTER (USA) 5 9-3 25/1
J: Christophe Soumillon T: Saeed bin Suroor
8 ½ STAR OF BENGAL 4 9-3 13/2
J: Frankie Dettori T: John Gosden
9 OASIS CHARM 5 9-3 20/1
J: Adam Kirby T: Charlie Appleby
10 ¾ ZORION 5 9-3 66/1
J: Kerrin McEvoy T: Charlie Appleby
11 1 ZIHBA (IRE) 4 9-3 66/1
J: Chris Hayes T: J. A. Stack, Ireland
12 6 MASTER THE WORLD (IRE) 8 9-6 100/1
J: Sean Levey T: David Elsworth
13 ½ FIRST NATION 5 9-3 12/1
J: James Doyle T: Charlie Appleby
14 WILLIE JOHN 4 9-3 10/1
J: Andrea Atzeni T: Roger Varian
15 GLOBAL GIANT 4 9-6 50/1
J: Gerald Mosse T: Ed Dunlop
16 ½ DOLPHIN VISTA (IRE) 6 9-6 33/1

Royal Ascot 2019 – Day 1: Tuesday Tips & Best Bets

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Tuesday, June 18th

The exciting opening day includes three Group One races: the Queen Anne Stakes, the King’s Stand Stakes, and the St James’s Palace Stakes.

Time (local) / AEST Race Age / Distance Prize Fund Tip

2:30pm / 11:30pm

The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) 4+ / One mile £600000




3:05pm / 12:05am

The Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 2 / Six furlongs £150000




3:40pm / 12:40am

The King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) 3+ / Five Furlongs £500000




4:20pm / 1:20am

The St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) 3 colts / Old mile £500000




5:00pm / 2:00am

The Ascot Stakes (Handicap) 4+ / Two miles, four furlongs £90000




5:35pm / 2:35am

The Wolverton Rated Stakes (Listed) 4+ / One mile, two furlongs £100000





Race 3 – 2

Blue Point


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Royal Ascot 2019 – Early Look

Royal Ascot 2019

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Tuesday, June 18th
The exciting opening day includes three Group One races: the Queen Anne Stakes, the King’s Stand Stakes, and the St James’s Palace Stakes.

Time Race Age Prize Fund Distance
2:30pm The Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) 4+ £600000 One mile
3:05pm The Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 2 £150000 Six furlongs
3:40pm The King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) 3+ £500000 Five furlongs
4:20pm The St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) 3 colts £500000 Old mile
5:00pm The Ascot Stakes (Handicap) 4+ £90000 Two miles, four furlongs
5:35pm The Wolverton Rated Stakes (Listed) 4+ £100000 One mile, two furlongs

Wednesday, June 19th
Day two is one of the most relaxed of the week but includes one of the most important races, the Group One Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

Time Race Age Prize Fund Distance
2:30pm The Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) 2 fillies £110000 Five furlongs
3:05pm The Queen’s Vase (Group 2) 3 £200000 One mile, six furlongs
3:40pm The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) 4+ fillies & mares £175000 One mile
4:20pm The Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) 4+ £750000 One mile, two furlongs
5:00pm The Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) 3+ £175000 One mile
5:35pm The Jersey Stakes (Group 3) 3 £90000 Seven furlongs

Thursday, June 20th
Gold Cup Day is one of the most popular days at the Royal Ascot. Also known as Ladies Day, the fashion is as much of a highlight as the races themselves.

Time Race Age Prize Fund Distance
2:30pm The Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) 2 £100000 Five furlongs
3:05pm The Hampton Court Stakes (Group 3) 3 £90000 One mile, two furlongs
3:40pm The Ribblesdale Stakes (Group 2) 3 fillies £200000 One mile, four furlongs
4:20pm The Gold Cup (Group 1) 4+ £500000 Two miles, four furlongs
5:00pm The Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) 3 colts & geldings £120000 One mile
5:35pm The King George V Stakes (Handicap) 3 £90000 One mile, four furlongs

Friday, June 21st
The penultimate day of the event features the Group One Coronation Stakes and the Group One Commonwealth Cup.

Time Race Age Prize Fund Distance
2:30pm The Albany Stakes (Group 3) 2 fillies £90000 Six furlongs
3:05pm The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) 3 colts & geldings £225000 One mile, four furlongs
3:40pm The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) 3 £500000 Six furlongs
4:20pm The Coronation Stakes (Group 1) 3 fillies £500000 Old mile
5:00pm The Sandringham Stakes (Listed) (Handicap) 3 fillies £90000 One mile
5:35pm The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) 3+ £90000 One mile, four furlongs

Saturday, June 22nd
The highlight of the day is the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes, one of the world’s most prestigious races.

Time Race Age Prize Fund Distance
2:30pm The Chesham Stakes (Listed) 2 £90000 Seven furlongs
3:05pm The Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) 4+ £225000 One mile, four furlongs
3:40pm The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) 2 £90000 Five furlongs
4:20pm The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) 4+ £600000 Six furlongs
5:00pm The Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) 3+ £175000 Six furlongs
5:35pm The Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions) 3+ £90000 Two miles, six furlongs

2019 Dante Stakes Preview (UK)

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2019 Dante Stakes Preview

As one of the final trial races in preparation for the most coveted Classic of them all – The Derby, the 2019 Dante Stakes, which is a group two over one mile two furlongs ran on the famous York Knavesmire, will hopefully offer some clues and, it is hoped that one of the British challengers will thrust themselves into the forefront of the Irish dominated betting market. In recent years, this has been won by multiple group one winner Roaring Lion, the ill-fated but incredible Permian, Derby winner Golden Horn, The Grey Gatsby, Authorized and Motivator.

There are quite a few horses with lofty reputations in this and none more so than Too Darn Hot. He is currently the most fancied British contender for the Epsom Derby. Evens or shorter on all of his starts, he has won all four of his races by a combined fifteen lengths and he has some of the top two-year-old form of all the contenders as he crossed the line first in the Champagne Stakes and the Dewhurst. The third of the latter contest, Anthony Van Dyck, has subsequently come out and won the Lingfield Derby Trial. Higher rated than all of these, he is out of Dar Re Mi who is a very good broodmare and also a multiple group one winner. His sister Lah Ti Dar stays one mile four and runs earlier in the card. He is sure to stay and a leading player.

His trainer John Gosden also has Turgnev. He won his second and third starts but struggled when chucked into group one company in the Vertem Futurity, which has worked out incredibly well. He was then well beaten in a class three over this trip and finished third in a listed race last time at Epsom. He isn’t high on my shortlist.

Aidan O’Brien is the dominant force in flat racing of late and he has won the majority of the Derby Trials both sides of the Irish Sea. He has Japan in this. Seventh on debut, he then won quite well on heavy going next time. He ran at Naas in September in the Beresford over a mile by a short head. He’s been talked about as a potential Derby winner and one of Aidan’s biggest chances which means that he has to be very very good. He’s a full brother to a 117 peak rated horse called Sir Isaac Newton, who won a group three over this trip, and his dam stayed further so he is thoroughly bred for this.

Line Of Duty will surely be popular as this Godolphin colt shares his name with the popular TV show. He is a very interesting horse and was second on his first two races behind nice horses and then he won a maiden. He won a group three at Chantilly really smartly and was sent over to America where he ran in the Breeders Cup Juvenile over a mile and won well. His dam never raced past a mile but she placed in a group one and his full sister won over one mile two so there could be some stamina in there.

The well-named Surfman, being by Kingman and out of Shimmering Surf, wasn’t beaten far on debut and then won two class five races on his most recent starts. There has been lots of money around for him in the Epsom Derby and the yard is in excellent form, winning the Musidora yesterday. 7/1 looks a good price with all this support.

There was a lot of talk about Telecaster after his procession at Windsor on his second start. That was this trip and the horse he came second to on debut won a group three last time. His half brother won the final race on the opening day of this meeting and he stays one mile four so the stamina is obviously in Telecaster’s pedigree, especially as his dam was second in the Oaks. Very unexposed and could literally be anything.

Almania is by Australia out of a seven-furlong group three winner and the horse himself is yet to run over a trip past seven furlongs. Australia’s offspring run well over this trip so there is stamina on the sire’s side.

Nayef Road is three from seven and won over this trip last time by five lengths at Newmarket in a Handicap. This son of Galileo is the pace in the race but I can’t see him being there at the finish. Saying that his stablemate didn’t run too badly in the Musidora. You pretty much know what you’re dealing with when looking at this colt as he’s so exposed compared to the rest.


I actually prefer the British horses in comparison to the Irish horse Japan in this. I think today could be TOO DARN HOT’s day as he’s extremely speedy and will probably have more speed than Japan over this trip. I’d maybe pick differently if this was the Derby as I’m not convinced that Too Darn Hot is a Derby horse. The fact he missed the 2000 Guineas is a slight worry. It was hard not to be impressed with Surfman last time and the money for him is encouraging but this is a huge step up in grade. Telecaster is a nice big horse and well related for a Derby and was an electric winner over this trip last time. The two latter mentioned horses could be anything.


R1 – Copper Knight

R2 – Lah Ti Dar

R3 – Too Darn Hot

R4 – Hertzadar

R5 – Soldiers Call

R6 – Hong Kong

R7 – October Storm

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