2017 Ascot Hampton Court Stakes Ante-Post Betting Preview

Punters hoping to find the winner of the G3 Hampton Court Stakes are faced with something of a maze, this year. It certainly looks a competitive renewal, but here are 3 horses that could well be on path for success…

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Mirage Dancer

Age: 3 (Foaled April 18th, 2014)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Frankel – Heat Haze (Green Desert (USA))

Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute

Owner: Mr K Abdullah

Sir Michael Stoute’s Frankel colt is lightly raced, having only graced the track on a couple of occasions. He made a very-late debut, as a 2-year-old, winning narrowly at Doncaster over 7f. Stoute then mothballed him for the Winter and his seasonal reappearance came in the Listed Dee Stakes. There were certainly signs of inexperience, as the horse dwelt at the start, but Mirage Dancer looked game enough at the business-end of the encounter and there were positives to extract from his 4th-place finish.

Orderofthegarter (IRE)

Age: 3 (Foaled March 19th, 2014)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Galileo (IRE) – Kitty Kiernan (Pivotal)

Trainer: A P O’Brien

Owner: Mr D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Mr M Tabor

Impressed in Ireland, shedding his maiden tag at Naas before winning the Listed 2000 Guineas trial at Leopardstown. Found the company a little too hot to handle, in both the G1 Essai Poulains and the G1 Prix Du Jockey Club, but the fact that Aidan O’Brien felt the Galileo colt was worthy of representing him in both of those blue-riband contests should put punters on alert here for what is a significant drop back down in class.


Age: 3 (Foaled February 15th, 2014)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Dubawi (IRE) – Nahrain (Selkirk (USA))

Trainer: S bin Suroor

Owner: Godolphin

Won on debut at Doncaster, before coming 3rd in the Craven Stakes and runner-up in the Dante Stakes. Benbatl then outperformed expectations, in the Epsom Derby, finishing 5th as a 20/1 shot and ahead of stablemates Dubai Thunder and Best Solution. Like Orderofthegarter, this Dubawi colt can be expected to benefit from racing in less-elite company.

Race History

This is an encounter that initially struggled to become established, after being launched in the 1980s. Initially known as the Churchill Stakes, when it took place during the Ascot Heath meeting, it was ungraded until 1999.

It then remained Listed until 2011, at which time G3 status was awarded, but even then the contest was still getting messed about with and it was renamed the Tercentenary Stakes. The title Hampton Court Stakes was reverted to, this year, but don’t be surprised if it has found another name by next Summer! The most-famous winners include Sadeem, Collection and Charlie Appleby’s Hawkbill.

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