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Windsor Castle Stakes - Form Comments


Listed - 1000m – Turf



From a trainer who has had an amazing start to his career. Three good runs out of three for this colt. Although soundly beaten in third in a Listed event at The Currragh last month, that looked a strong event.



Only made his debut last week, accelerating well from midfield to win a maiden - packed with other newcomers - over this distance. His trainer thinks he enjoyed the fast ground there, but it will be much slower today.



A well-bred expensive purchase but unloved in the betting prior to his only start. However after playing up in the stalls, he totally outclassed his eight rivals in that 1010m Bath maiden.



Ran modestly in two maidens, but did much better when fourth in a 1200m Listed event at Naas last time. Still, this looks much too big a challenge.


Big Lachie

Considering he raced much too keenly he did well to finish third of eight in a minor 1200m maiden at Windsor last week. Much more needed here however.


Bolt Phantom

Positive in the betting prior to his first start, over this distance at Nottingham last month.  Slow from the gates he 
ran on nicely into second.



Though beaten as an odds-on favourite on his second start the figures suggest that he has improved race by race and most recently he was always travelling smoothly prior to winning a 1000m maiden at Navan.


Copper Knight

He showed an impressive change of gears when winning two starts back, but ran poorly in Listed company last time. He hung left each time and no surprise to see blinkers applied here.



An interesting Godolphin-owned US challenger who easily disposed of a red-hot favourite on his debut over 900m on the dirt at Keeneland in April. He also reportedly did a very stylish workout before flying from the US to the UK.



Although the lesser fancied stablemate on his debut in a 1200m maiden earlier this month, he surged through late to win. A good display against some more experienced rivals.


Full Intention

A beaten favourite on both his starts though on the second occasion - when third at Chester last month - the winner has subsequently turned out to be Group class so there was no disgrace.


Just An Idea

Ran quite an encouraging third in a soft ground novices' event on his debut. However the form of that has been let down since plus Just An Idea's stable have been struggling for winners lately.



Has shown plenty of speed and a fighting attitude to win both starts, and the horse he narrowly beat into second at York last time has boosted the form with an easy success since.



Two decent runs so far, though not much improvement from his first to his second. His trainer says he has a great attitude, but the facts suggest he's unlikely to be fast enough to win this.


Mister Trader

Despite starting at 25-1 for his debut he showed far too much speed for his rivals. Although failing to make an impact on Caravaggio on his second start - in a Listed race over 1000m at The Curragh - that horse is considered star quality so it can still be considered a very good run.



From the top Irish stable that won this last year and Ryan Moore's mount - a big strong colt - won a 1000m maiden in style on his second career start. He deserves respect.


Pretty Vacant

His pedigree is all speed and he also looks pretty quick judging on his two starts latterly winning over 1000m at Leicester despite showing his inexperience. He looks suited by good or faster ground.


Ready To Roc

Surged through late to land a shock 20-1 victory on his debut on the all-weather at Dundalk. However he struggled to cope with much stronger turf company and softer ground at The Curragh subsequently.


Stringybark Creek

Won a small event on an all-weather surface on his second start, but he's has not shown enough on two starts since to think he has much chance here.



Has progressed race by race, and has won both of his last two starts by 6L, being fast from the gates each time and demolishing modest opposition. From a stable packed with good juveniles, and this guy looks worth a shot at this bigger challenge.


Top Score

Moved from 1000m to 1200m for his second start, gaining a fluent victory last month. The return to 1000m does not look ideal but he is likely to be open to plenty of further improvement.


Big City Dreamin

Showed a lot of pace to win a 900m maiden (dirt) at Keeneland on his only start. His stable's representatives have a formidable record in Royal Ascot's two-year-old races, though his dirt pedigree does cause some concern.


Savannah's Dream

From a stable whose two-year-olds are having an excellent season. This filly was doing some good late work – despite showing inexperience - when third on her debut earlier this month.


Yulong Baobei

Two good starts from an astute Irish stable. She bounded to a runaway victory on her first start and then ran a really good second in a Listed race when moving up to 1200m. Back down in distance but she has plenty of speed in her pedigree.


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