When Does The 2021 Fielden Stakes Take Place?
The 2021 Fielden Stakes takes place on Tuesday 13 April at 15.20. It is the fifth race on the opening day of the Bet365 Craven Meeting.
History Of The Fielden Stakes
The Fielden Stakes was first run in 1978, and this Listed race is open to the Classic generation. It takes place over 1 mile and 1 furlong on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Course and is traditionally run in the middle of April.
The Fielden Stakes derives its name from the former Newmarket senior steward, Randle Fielden, who passed away in 1981. Before Fielden’s death, the Fielden Stakes had been known as the Heath Stakes.
Early famous winners of the Fielden Stakes include Ela-Mana-Mou, Kalaglow, and Zoffany, while the 1994 Derby winner Erhaab finished runner-up in the race. But the most famous winner of the Fielden Stakes is the 2015 winner Golden Horn, who went on to win many big races as a 3-year-old, including The Derby, The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Fielden Stakes 10-Year-Trends
There was no edition of the Fielden Stakes in 2020, but there are a variety of interesting statistics that you may want to consider when trying to pick the winner of this year’s race.
Field sizes in the last 10 renewals have varied between four and ten runners, but the winner has only been drawn wider than stall-6 once, while seven winners were drawn between stalls two and four.
All 10 winners had won at least once, and they had run between one and five times, while nine winners were making their seasonal debut.
It doesn’t often pay to look beyond the first few horses in the betting, with nine winners returned between 6/4 (2.50) and 7/2 (4.50), while the other winner was only 8/1 (9.00).
Jockeys Oisin Murphy, James Doyle, and Ryan Moore all have rides and have won the race once each in the last decade, while trainer Richard Hannon saddles a runner having won the race in 2016. But it’s trainer John Gosden that boasts the best record in the Fielden Stakes, having won it three times in the last five years.
Fielden Stakes 2021 Runners Form
Represents trainer Richard Hannon and he comes into the race as the highest-rated horse on a mark of 106. The big negative for the horse is his draw in stall-nine, which is a wider draw than any winner this century has overcome.
Beautifully bred Galileo Colt from the stable of Aidan O’Brien that looks sure to relish middle distances this season. Hard to gauge the form of his win in his only race so far, as that came on heavy ground, but he’s in the ‘could be anything bracket. The negatives are that Aidan O’Brien is still looking for his first win in the race, he wears a first-time tongue-tie, and he’s drawn wider than ideal in stall-six.
The most experienced horse in the field with nine runs under his belt but his two wins on the all-weather have only earned him a mark of 75. Those wins both came over today’s trip, but he’s unplaced in two runs on turf and stall-one has only produced one of the last 20 winners.
Finished eight on his sole start as a 2-year-old but stepped up on that effort when winning on this year’s seasonal debut on the all-weather 27 days ago. That effort suggested he’s going the right way, but even an advantageous draw in stall-4 probably won’t be enough to see him hit the line in front.
One of two representatives for trainer Charlie Appleby but he’s already had two runs this season and he looks the stable second string on jockey bookings. Stall-7 is also unlikely to be a help for this promising but opposable type.
Group 3 winner in Ireland as a 2-year-old and sent to race-specialist trainer John Gosden for his 3-year-old career. He’s already hit the frame in both the Dubai Derby and the Saudi Derby and, while many winners of this race win on their seasonal debut, Gosden did win the 2017 renewal with Khalidi who had already had a run. Gosden’s winner in 2019 also came from stall five.
Once-raced son of top sire Sharmadal, and he won that race here at Newmarket. Highly regarded enough to be entered in the Derby, and his stable is in excellent form, but stall-8 must be a worry for one so inexperienced.
Looks the first string for Charlie Appleby with William Buick in the saddle and Buick was aboard when he won a decent race in Dubai over a similar trip last time. Stall three looks ideal and it’s easy to see why he’s vying for favouritism.
Raced only at 7-furlongs so far but this son of Camelot could be a useful tool over this trip and further this season. He caught the eye on his final start last season when third to the useful Battleground, as he met plenty of trouble in running before finishing strongly. He’s also got a good draw in stall two.
Free Fielden Stakes 2021 Tip
Bodroy looks the least likely winner, while Fancy Man, Arturo Toscanini, Highland Avenue, and Royal Champion all look to be drawn wider than ideal.
Gentleman Joe needs to improve if he’s to beat the three 100+ rated rivals that all look favourably drawn. Secret Protector and New Treasure have obvious chances but only one of the last nine winners wasn’t making his seasonal debut.
Youth Spirit gets the vote, as he’s the second highest-rated horse, he’s well-drawn, and he’s making his seasonal debut, making him look the best each-way value with his trainer among the winners.
Tip – Youth Spirit (Each-Way)