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Chesham Stakes - 21st June, 2014

Aidan O'Brien's Dick Whittington finally broke his maiden tag at the third time of asking when landing a Navan maiden and now the Rip Van Winkle colt will look to build on that effort on Saturday afternoon when he bids for glory in the Listed Chesham Stakes, which kicks off the final day of Royal Ascot.

Sent off a warm favourite for that Navan event he comfortably landed the spoils bu four-and-a-quarter lengths and will now attempt to step up on that effort and will be a popular contender amongst punters in what is an intriguing 7f renewal at the weekend.

Wesley Ward has already saddled a winner this week and he saddles the interesting Crown The Kitten who was second behind Sunset Glow who lines up earlier in the week in another juvenile event, so he has to be held in high regard from a strong American operation.

Mick Halford's Toscanini is still a maiden, but his second to Kool Kompany in a Listed event last time out is smart form and he is entitled to be a leading player here, whilst the likes of Cordero and Justice Well are another couple of potentially progressive youngsters doing battle in this 7f curtain-raiser.

Latest Betting for 2014 Chesham Stakes

7/4 Dick Whittington

6/1 Toscanini

6/1 Crown The Kitten

7/1 Cordero

12/1 Justice Well

12/1 Juventas

16/1 Richard Pankhurst

16/1 Via Via

16/1 Jaganory

20/1 Nafaqa

20/1 Loretta Martin

25/1 BAR

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Chesham Stakes History

The Chesham Stakes is a Listed race run at Royal Ascot over seven furlongs for two-year-old horses.

Now the opening race on the final day of the five-day meeting, this race was originally run over five furlongs when it was established in 1919, but having been extended to its current distance in 1996 it is now one of the leading contest for the juveniles and can occasionally unearth a potential Classic candidate for the following season.

Aidan O'Brien's Maybe was an impressive winner of the 2011 Chesham Stakes and she used this race as a catalyst for Group One glory and she in fact was sent off a short-priced favourite for the 1000 Guineas the following season, but was unable to grab victory when finishing third.

However, it just highlighted that this race can be a stepping stone for top class races and down the years there have been some notable winners of the Chesham Stakes.  O'Brien's Bach was another cracking Ballydoyle winner in 1999, whilst Mick Channon's Championship Point stormed to victory in 2005.

Frankie Dettori has a terrific record in the Listed contest and the Italian enigma has bagged the winner three times in this event partnering Central Park (1997), Rhapsodist (1998) and Seba (2001) to victory to highlight that he is certainly a rider to keep an eye on when it comes to working out this ultra-competitive contest.

Recent Winners of Chesham Stakes

  • 2000 - Celtic Silence
  • 2001 - Seba
  • 2002 - Helm Bank
  • 2003 - Pearl Of Love
  • 2004 - Whazzat
  • 2005 - Championship Point
  • 2006 - Champlain
  • 2007 - Maze
  • 2008 - Free Agent
  • 2009 - Big Audio
  • 2010 - Zaidan
  • 2011 - Maybe
  • 2012 - Tha'ir
  • 2013 - Berkshire