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Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap - 21st June, 2014

Sir Michael Stoute's Arab Spring has been in sensational form of late racking up a hat-trick of wins and the progressive four-year-old will look to build on a recent York success by landing his fourth win on the spin in what is a competitive renewal of the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap on Saturday afternoon.

He has been upped 8lbs for that win on the Knavesmire and he has shaped as if he could be a potential Group performer in the future, but his credentials will certainly be tested in this 1m 4f event which will be one of the many highlights on the final day of Royal Ascot.

Charlie Appleby's Groundbreaking is another at the top of the handicap who could be aiming to use this race as a springboard to Pattern company and he was an eye-catching winner at Newmarket in May, but a 14lbs rise will certainly test out his class.

Mick Channon's Elidor was a winner of the King George V Stakes at last year's Royal meeting and he will be aiming to sparkle at the Berkshire venue again, whilst Lady Cecil's Hamelin is an interesting runner down the lower end of the handicap and has the scope to improve in this event.

David Elsworth's Dashing Star is a consistent performer and will be aiming to get his head in front for the first time this season, whilst the likes of Lahaag and Beacon Lady are another brace of challengers in what is a competitive betting heat.

Latest Betting for 2014 Duke of Edinburgh Handicap

3/1 Arab Spring

5/1 Hamelin

10/1 Elidor

11/1 Groundbreaking

11/1 Wadi Al Hattawi

12/1 Havana Cooler

14/1 Elhaame

16/1 Dashing Star

18/1 Squire Osbaldeston

18/1 Blue Surf

20/1 Beacon Lady

22/1 Lahaag

25/1 BAR

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Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap History

The Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap is a race run at Royal Ascot over one mile, four furlongs for horses aged three years or older.

Taking place on the final day of the five-day meeting, this race always attracts a competitive line-up with trainers hoping that their horses can use it as a springboard to bigger and better things out of the handicap sphere.

Being the penultimate race of the entire Royal festival, trainers can often let their horses who have had a run earlier in the week take their place in the contest, but there are some trainers who have a better record in the race than others.

Sir Michael Stoute is a name that jumps out of the roll of honour as the legendary handler has amassed a brace of victories in the last decade with some placed finishes as well.  4/1 shot Notable Guest was a winner for Stoute and jockey Johnny Murtagh in the 2005 Duke Of Edinburgh, whilst Sugar Ray partnered by Ryan Moore was victorious in the 2008 running.

Mark Johnston eclipses Stoute's recent record in the race and the Scottish trainer has saddled three winners of the race since the turn of the century with Takamaka Bay leading a one-two for Johnston in 2001, whilst Drill Sergeant (2009) and Fox Hunt (2011) were another classy pair of winners in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes.

George Margarson's Young Mick was a surprise 28/1 winner of the 2006 renewal and was close to regain his title in 2008 when finishing fourth to Sugar Ray to continue his fine record in what is a cracking contest.

Recent Winners of Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap

  • 2000 - Katiykha
  • 2001 - Takamaka Bay
  • 2002 - Thundering Surf
  • 2003 - Waverley
  • 2004 - Wunderwood
  • 2005 - Notable Guest
  • 2006 - Young Mick
  • 2007 - Pevensey
  • 2008 - Sugar Ray
  • 2009 - Drill Sergeant
  • 2010 - Cill Rialaig
  • 2011 - Fox Hunt
  • 2012 - Camborne
  • 2013 - Opinion