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Cazoo Diomed Stakes (Group 3)

  • Prize money: £56710
  • 1m 0f 113y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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Cazoo Diomed Stakes (Group 3)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

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6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 015-23 D BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Won similar event at Salisbury (1m, good) last August and ran creditably in the Earl Of Sefton on seasonal debut; possibly unsuited by the track and/or had an off-day at Chester last time; bit to prove on another idiosyncratic course (first run here) but has major claims if bouncing back.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

3

(2)

4th Jun 2022

Good

1m 0f 113y

Class 1

15:10 Epsom

Megallan

9st 8lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

made all, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, always doing enough

6/1

3rd

4

(4)

6th May 2022

Soft

1m 2f 70y

Class 1

14:40 Chester

Megallan

9st 3lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

2nd

7

(4)

12th Apr 2022

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Megallan

9st 0lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

5/2

Form: 018-12

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Similar type to Modern News having shown a respectable strike-rate (4-8) thus far; all wins over 7f, the most recent at Thirsk (soft) on reappearance, but finished well for close second in Group 2 at Sandown (good) returned to 1m last time; open to further improvement and he's the only runner who currently has a Group 1 entry (Sussex Stakes); big player.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

1

(2)

29th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Mutasaabeq

9st 9lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Charles Hills

Made all in this last year (good) and did likewise on reappearance in another C&D Group 2 in May (good); below par at Royal Ascot and York the last twice and carries a 3lb penalty today, but five runs on the Rowley Mile have yielded four wins and he could bounce back to his best now returned here.

7/2

7th

5

(7)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:00 York

Mutasaabeq

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Charles Hills

Does most of his racing at 1m and made all in small fields for Newmarket Group 2s last autumn and this spring; has found the higher grade of the Lockinge at Newbury and Queen Anne at Royal Ascot beyond him since; now drops back in distance; enough to prove.

8/1

11th

8

(10)

20th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Mutasaabeq

9st 2lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Charles Hills

took keen hold, towards rear

14/1

14/1

Form: 2296-1

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Evidently retains plenty of ability aged eight, having defied a mark of 104 in York handicap on reappearance (first win since 2019); only fifth of seven in this race last year, however, and 0-15 at Group level overall.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

9

(6)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Escobar

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

steadied start, towards rear

10/1

9th

8

(8)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Escobar

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

sweating, dwelt start, midfield on near side of group

14/1

8th

7

(11)

27th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Escobar

9st 3lb

J: Neil Callan

T: David O’Meara

Veteran who's become hard to win with and been on the downgrade this year, coming 22lb down the weights; late in the day to be making his Tapeta debut in a new form of headgear and will need some luck if dropped in as usual from stall 11.

12/1

10/1

Form: 119-30 D

Last run: 91 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

CV includes two Group 2 wins at Meydan and two Listed successes at Newmarket; ran respectably back in Dubai on penultimate start, then was hindered by a wide trip in the Jebel Hatta; smart sort but has probably already reached his ceiling, whereas stablemate Modern News is still improving.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

6

(3)

4th Jun 2022

Good

1m 0f 113y

Class 1

15:10 Epsom

Zakouski

9st 8lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

pressed leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, lost fourth inside final 110yds

10/1

1st

5

(7)

30th Oct 2021

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:08 Newmarket

Zakouski

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Toughed it out well when fending off first one challenger, then another in this race last year (heavy); had good spells at Meydan either side of that and likely to find good ground more to his liking than last year's going now back in Britain; sound claims with no penalty for Group 2 win in February.

11/8

Form: 4313-2 D

Last run: 91 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Brings Group 1 form having bagged a silver medal in the Jebel Hatta at Meydan (1m1f, good) three months ago, albeit he probably ran to the same level as when third in Newmarket Group 3 last October (useful handicapper previously); generally consistent and should go well again.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

4

(7)

8th Oct 2022

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

17:20 Newmarket

Finest Sound

9st 5lb

J: David Egan

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

held up in midfield, headway 5f out, led over 2f out, ridden when edged left and headed over 1f out, weakened final 110yds

11/2

2nd

2

(4)

27th Aug 2022

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Finest Sound

9st 6lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

led, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and hard pressed from over 1f out, soon drifted right, kept on but headed towards finish

15/2

2nd

3

(3)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 0f 177y

Class 1

13:50 York

Finest Sound

9st 7lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

in touch with leaders, pushed along and headway over 2f out, ridden and led narrowly over 1f out, headed inside final 110yds, soon no chance with winner

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £236.00
Straight Forecast £169.30
Trifecta £412.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Mutasaabeq

The Times:

Megallan

TOPSPEED:

Escobar

LAMBOURN:

Mutasaabeq

Daily Mirror:

Mutasaabeq

The Star:

Mutasaabeq

Daily Record:

Mutasaabeq

Daily Express:

Megallan