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Britannia Stakes - 19th June, 2014

Sir Michael Stoute's Idea was a fine winner of a mediocre Kempton Park contest last time out and now he will look to build on that effort on day three of a superb Royal Ascot as he takes on 29 rivals in what is an ultra-competitive renewal of the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday afternoon.

Hors De Combat and Born In Bombay met earlier in the season with the former coming out on top, but the latter will gain a significant weight pull in this 1m handicap and with a featherweight to carry for the Andrew Balding yard will fancy his chances of reversing the places.

Ed Dunlop's Zarwaan has been a model of consistency this season, but has just found it tough to get his head in front, however, if all comes right on the big day then has to be a popular selection amongst punters, whilst Godolphin's First Flight is another who has been running well of late, but is still aiming to get his head in front for the first time this season.

Table Rock has bagged a brace of wins on his last two starts for Aidan O'Brien, but he will now need to defy a tremendous hike in the weights and will need to improve considerably to land a blow here, whilst the likes of Hunters Creek and Bilimbi are just another couple of horses who could be a factor in a real tough assignment for punters.

Latest Betting for 2014 Britannia Stakes

9/1 Idea

10/1 Hors De Combat

11/1 Zarwaan

12/1 Born In Bombay

14/1 Bilimbi

14/1 First Flight

14/1 Table Rock

14/1 Magnus Maximus

14/1 Mindurownbusiness

16/1 Chatez

18/1 Abbey Village

20/1 Third Dimension

20/1 Hunters Creek

20/1 Legend Rising

22/1 Free Code

25/1 BAR

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Britannia Stakes History

The Britannia Stakes is a handicap race run at Royal Ascot over one mile for three-year-old colts and geldings.

It may follow the Ascot Gold Cup on the third day of the five-day meeting, but this has always been one of the most competitive races of the entire week and down the years there have been some big priced winners, as highlighted in 2007 when Eddie Jock won at 33/1 and 12 months later when Fifteen Love won at 28/1 for Roger Charlton.

Renewals of the race have seen 30 horses go to post to battle it out over the straight mile and to win the Britannia Stakes you will need to gain some luck in running and avoid potential traffic problems throughout the race.

John Gosden was the last trainer to bag back-to-back renewals of the Britannia Stakes when he first won the contest in 2000 with the 4/1 shot El Gran Papa, who was expertly ridden by Franny Norton, whilst the pair teamed up 12 months later to win the 2001 running with 14/1 Analyser, who edged out Ecclesiastical.

Barry Hills' Ransom Note was a classy winner of the 2010 running and he went on to become a solid Group performer and it is sometimes used by a trainer as a springboard to bigger and better things and no doubt this contest will continue to unearth future black-type winners.

Recent Winners of Britannia Stakes

  • 2000 - El Gran Papa
  • 2001 - Analyser
  • 2002 - Pentecost
  • 2003 - New Seeker
  • 2004 - Mandobi
  • 2005 - Mostashaar
  • 2006 - Sir Gerard
  • 2007 - Eddie Jock
  • 2008 - Fifteen Love
  • 2009 - Fareer
  • 2010 - Ransom Note
  • 2011 - Sagramor
  • 2012 - Fast Or Free
  • 2013 - Roca Tumu