When Is The Gordon Richard Stakes 2021?
The Gordon Richard Stakes takes place at 14.25 on Friday 23 April at Sandown Park Racecourse. It is the third race on a seven-race card.
History Of The Gordon Richard Stakes
The Gordon Richard Stakes was first run in 1987 and it is currently a Group 3 race that takes place over 1 mile 1 furlong and 209 yards. It was originally called the Westbury Stakes but was renamed to celebrate the life of the brilliant jockey Sir Gordon Richards who passed away in 1986.
The race is part of a two-day fixture at Sandown Park that features flat racing on the Friday and jumps racing on the Saturday.
Gordon Richard Stakes 10-Year-Trends 2021
High-profile trainers have saddled the winners of most of the last 10 winners of the Gordon Richard Stakes, but it’s Sir Michael Stoute that has by far the best record. He’s won four of the last 10 editions, including the last three. Other winning trainers with a runner this year include John Gosden (two) and Roger Charlton (one).
Ryan Moore has ridden three of Sir Michael Stoute’s last four winners. William Buick, Andre Atzeni, and Frankie Dettori are other jockeys with a ride this year that have also ridden a winner in the last decade.
Field sizes have varied between five and seven runners, with the draw looking to have little significance. But stall-5 has produced the most winners, which is three.
Six 4-year-olds, three 5-year-olds, and one 7-year-old have been successful. Two of the 5-year-olds had enjoyed a prep run, but the other eight winners were all making their seasonal debuts. 8/1 (9.00) is the biggest price of any winner, with the other nine returned at odds ranging from 5/6 (1.83) to 5/1 (6.00).
Gordon Richards Stakes Runners 2021
A 9-year-old who is officially the highest-rated horse in the field. However, a winless season last year suggests he’s regressive, despite some decent performances in defeat. Other negatives are his record of one win from 10 starts over distances of around 10-furlongs and the fact he’s been beaten in both previous runs at Sandown. He’s normally also much better later in the season.
A 6-year-old trained by Roger Charlton that has a decent chance on official ratings, though it will be disappointing if one of the 4-year-olds can’t improve past him. He’s run well on both his previous visits to Sandown on good-to-firm ground, finishing third and second in decent races. But the poor form of the Charlton stable over the last two weeks is a big negative.
A Frankel-sired 4-year-old that runs for the formidable combination of Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. Highly regarded after winning his first two races but was just caught in a Group 2 ay York by the reopposing Thunderous. Flopped on his final run of last year but may have been over the top by then. The Stoute Stable has also been a bit quiet so far this season, but he is drawn in stall five.
A 4-year-old that started last season by winning a Royal Ascot handicap in impressive fashion before winning a Group 3 at Newbury. Contested the St Leger after that and finished a respectable fifth. Those three runs all came over longer distances so, though he’s the second-highest rated horse, he may not be as suited by the distance of this race as much as some of his rivals.
Won all three starts as a 2-year-old and, after suffering a disappointing defeat on last year’s seasonal debut, he got up late to beat Highest Ground at York on his next start. Missed the remainder of last season and must overcome an absence of 288 days, with his stable also having less winners than normal of late.
A 4-year-old trained by John Gosden (and son Thady) that won his only start as a 2-year-old. He was beaten twice last season, with that second defeat coming at the hands of Highest Ground, despite being sent off a short-priced favourite. Has had the benefit of a run, when winning a handicap, and he’s now pitched back into Group company.
The only one of the five 4-year-olds to have been gelded so far, suggesting that the connections of the other four all think their horses still have the potential to be stallions. The form book also suggests he has plenty to find.
Who Will Win The Gordon Richards Stakes 2021?
Winter Reprise would be the only shock winner of the 2021 Gordon Richard Stakes. But it’s easy to make the case that Hukum and Desert Encounter have been better over further so far in their careers, and they may find things happening too quickly on their seasonal debuts.
No 6-year-old has won the race in the last decade which, combined with the poor form of the Roger Charlton Stable, suggests it could be worth overlooking the chances of Extra Elusive.
That leaves us with three lightly raced 4-year-olds that have the potential to improve this season. Waldkonig has already had the benefit of a winning run this season, but that form didn’t suggest he could overturn last year’s defeat by Highest Ground, despite his stable going well.
Thunderous beat Highest Ground at York last year, suggesting he holds both that horse and Waldkonig on form. However, Thunderous must overcome a longer absence than his rivals, and he needed the extra half a furlong of that race at York to get past Highest Ground.
Back at just short of 10-furlongs on faster ground that is expected to suit, Highest Ground is expected to make a winning start to the season for connections that have won this race with plenty of similar types in the past.
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