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Little Big Bear

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Age: 3 years

Owner: D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, M Tabor, Westerberg

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Course Starts Wins Place 2 Place 3
Ascot 2 1 1 0
Curragh 3 2 1 0
Haydock 1 1 0 0
Naas 1 1 0 0
Newmarket 1 0 0 0
Distance Starts Wins Place 2 Place 3
5f 2 2 0 0
6f 4 2 2 0
6f 63y 1 1 0 0
1m 1 0 0 0
Going Starts Wins Place 2 Place 3
Good 2 2 0 0
Good To Firm 3 2 1 0
Soft 1 0 0 0
Yielding 1 0 1 0
Yielding To Soft 1 1 0 0
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8th

8

(4)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:35 Newmarket (July)

Little Big Bear

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Crowned the European champion 2yo last term; it's still not totally clear that he has fully trained on, having taken advantage of a near-side track bias at Haydock (won Group 2) in May then failed to justify favouritism (beaten just over 1l by Shaquille) in the Commonwealth Cup, but those bare performances still represent smart form; brilliant in Curragh Group 1 last August and that power-packed display is not yet forgotten.

4/1

2nd

2

(2)

23rd Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Little Big Bear

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Had a few excuses for his 2,000 Guineas flop; star performer over sprint distances otherwise and subsequently justified favouritism in the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock (6f, good to firm; beat Shouldvebeenaring) where he gained an advantage by racing near the stands' rail but won well enough to think he retains plenty of his juvenile talent; crowned last year's European champion 2yo having been so impressive in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on good ground, and that brilliant success represents the best form in this field; won the Windsor Castle here 12 months ago; has to be greatly feared.

Evs

1st

4

(7)

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

Little Big Bear

9st 2lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: A P O’Brien

Carried all before him as a 2yo, signing off with convincing 7l success in Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh (6f, good; made virtually all); returned sore and wasn't seen again until the 2,000 Guineas when he pulled hard and folded tamely, finishing lame; today's drop back down in distance seems an obvious move, and he's the one to beat if back to his best, but there must be a question mark after such a poor run just three weeks ago.

11/8

14th

10

(13)

6th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:40 Newmarket

Little Big Bear

9st 2lb

J: Wayne Lordan

T: A P O’Brien

Won the last four of his five races as 2yo; 5f Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot (good to firm; earlier won on yielding to soft) emphasises his speed but he scored easily over about 6f on next two starts and drawing 7l clear late on in Group 1 at the Curragh (on good; made most) in August was the top-rated performance by a European juvenile last season; returned a little sore and therefore missed an attempt at 7f in the National Stakes and was not seen again; plenty of stamina on the dam's side, which still leaves settling him as a possible issue but the Guineas must be attempted for one so talented who has a chance of staying.

9/2

1st

4

(2)

6th Aug 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Little Big Bear

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

made virtually all, joined over 2f out, pushed along over 1f out, went clear inside final furlong, ridden out towards finish, impressive

11/4