Ascot 2020: The Ultimate Guide to Hampton Court Stakes

Juan Elcano

Trainer: Kevin Ryan

Jockey: Andrea Atzeni

He went off a huge price for the 2000 Guineas but ran a respectable race, fighting on well and finished fifth and wasn’t beaten far at all and on that form, he comes here with a live chance.

He seems to have improved from two to three but was group placed on two occasions as a two-year-old and could take another step forward here and should appreciate the slight step up in trip.

First Receiver

Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute

Jockey: Frankie Dettori

He’s only had the three starts and broken is median in taking fashion when bolting up at Kempton a fortnight back and looks like he could be a smart horse.

He represents last year’s winning jockey and trainer combination and is one the most unexposed in the field.

Russian Emperor

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Ryan Moore

He was eye-catching when just getting home to break his median in March before racing was bought to a halt and subsequently well backed for last week's Derrinstown Derby trail, in which he finished second.

On the basis of that run, it looks like he may need a trip, and this could prove on the short side for a horse who has Derby aspirations but clearly has class.

Berlin Tango

Trainer: Andrew Balding

Jockey: Oisin Murphy

He was somewhat of a surprise winner of the Classic trial at Kempton two weeks ago but is another who looks to have improved at three and there still could be more to come.

Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy are both in fine form and it reamins to be seen how good he is but it could be argued he should be shorter in the market with proven group form.

Kenzai Warrior

Trainer: Roger Teal

Jockey: Jason Watson

Nothing really went right for him in the 2000 Guineas, breaking awkwardly and almost losing Jason Watson and probably did well to finish ninth.

He clearly has ability after winning a Group three in November on just his second start and his Guineas run can be forgotten about albeit he did make small headway after that difficult start.

It’s hard to gauge just how good he is but again he’s already a group winner and could run a big race.


Trainer: Ralph Beckett

Jockey: Harry Bentley

He broke is median at Newmarket in September and hasn’t raced since and that could prove difficult with many of his opponents having already had a run this season.

On his first start at Sandown, he was second to the highly touted Palace Pier, who has won twice since and looks exciting for John Gosden and that would be a huge compliment to him if he was to win this but this looks hard.

King Carney

Trainer: Charlie Fellows

Jockey: Danny Tudhope

He was well beaten when seven of eight in the Lingfield Derby trial and it’s no surprise to see him at such big odds here.

He was a listed winner at two, winning the Tankard Stakes on soft ground at Pontefract and may prefer them conditions. This seems hot enough and it’s difficult to see him getting involved.

New World Tapestry

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Adam Kirby

The second of the Ballydoyle runners and the whole outsider of the lot and it would be no surprise to him try and set the race up for his stablemate.

He’s quite exposed already and has had the two starts this year already, finishing third at Kempton in March and was ninth in the 2000 Guineas when never involved and has a difficult task here.