Copper Horse Stakes

The Copper Horse Stakes is a new handicap race for four-year-olds and upwards at Royal Ascot.

It was added to the programme as the final race on the opening day and is over the St Leger distance of a mile and three-quarters.

The inaugural running was won by the well-backed Fujaira Prince who went on to the win the Ebor Handicap at York.

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Copper Horse Stakes

Famous Copper Horse Stakes Winners

Fujaira Prince set a high standard for the Copper Horse Handicap when successful for Roger Varian in 2020. He had finished second in a valuable handicap at York the previous season before finishing third to Baghdad in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Unfortunately injury kept him off the track for 362 days but that did not deter punters who sent him off a well-backed favourite. He was raised 9lbs by the handicapper for the Ebor Handicap but was driven out to a half a length success by Andrea Atzeni.

Fujaira Prince showed his class by finishing second in the Irish St Leger. He probably found two miles too far when third to Trueshan in the British Champions Long Distance Cup.

If punters were on top in the 2020 Copper Horse Stakes, the bookmakers most certainly were in 2021. The race featured a gamble on the Willie Mullins-trained Saldier who was sent off 15-8 favourite. It was obvious a long way from home that Ryan Moore was far from happy on the gelding and the race was fought out by two 33-1 outsiders.

Hollie Doyle emerged victorious on Amtiyaz, trained by John and Thady Gosden. She just held off the late challenge of Jamie Spencer aboard Dubious Affair to win by a head. It was only a second start on turf for the winner having won staying handicaps at Wolverhampton and Kempton.

Copper Horse Stakes 2022 Odds

The odds for the Copper Horse Stakes are listed below:

  • Cleveland – 2-1
  • Juan De Montalban – 5-1
  • Stowell – 13-2
  • Okita Soushi – 7-1
  • Bandinelli – 14-1

Copper Horse Stakes Tips

Our Copper Horse Stakes tips are below:

  • 2 points to win for JUAN DE MONTALBAN at odds of 5-1
  • 1 point each way for STOWELL at odds of 13-2

Many of the horses in the Copper Horse Stakes will go on to compete in other events in the future. Keep up with the horses and, if you want to bet on them, place ante-post bets.

Key Copper Horse Stakes Trials

It is too soon to highlight any significant trials for the Copper Horse Handicap. Fujaira Prince was off the course for a year prior to his victory while Amtiyaz had been plying his trade on the all-weather. Fujaira Prince next ran in and won the Ebor Handicap at York and that could be a trend for future winners. Amtiyaz ran in the Bet365 Trophy at the Newmarket July festival next time where he finished a creditable third.

Copper Horse Stakes Betting Trends

Similarly, it is impossible to identify trends based on two renewals. What we can say is that the first two results cover the full spectrum with a winning favourite and a rank outsider! The race was well supported with 21 and 15 runners respectively so it looks set to become a competitive event. Fujaira Prince (aged six) won off an official rating of 99 with Amtiyaz (aged four) just 4lbs lower on 95.

Copper Horse Stakes – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Roger Varian pulled off a masterful piece of training with the inaugural winner, overcoming a 362-day absence. He was ridden by Andrea Atzeni. John and Thady Gosden produced Amtiyaz to win in 2021, a very rare occurrence for them to saddle a 33-1 winner. Hollie Doyle was riding her second Royal Ascot winner having broken the ice with another 33-1 outsider with Scarlet Dragon in the 2020 Duke of Edinburgh Stakes.

Betting on the Copper Horse Stakes

The Copper Horse Stakes looks set to become a regular feature as the closing race on the opening day of Royal Ascot. It has produced two very competitive races with the score standing at 1-1 between punter and bookmaker. This race will be on the radar for National Hunt trainers, particularly if the going is soft.

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