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18:10 Ascot

Good To Firm

Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap)

  • Prize money: £51540
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 29 runners
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Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap)

Runners: 29 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £18.10
  • Place: £3.70

Form: 4-2311 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Has improved for new yard since being gelded but his Windsor and Hamilton wins were over 6f (good) and his one previous 7f run, on Tapeta, didn't go far enough towards guaranteeing stamina for this searching test.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

2

(3)

11th Oct 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:50 Leicester

Inver Park

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: George Boughey

midfield, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened

7/2

7th

8

(12)

3rd Sep 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:10 Ascot

Inver Park

9st 1lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: George Boughey

in touch with leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on

11/2

8th

17

(15)

30th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:20 Goodwood

Inver Park

9st 0lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: George Boughey

raced far side, ridden and outpaced when groups merged 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, kept on final 110yds, not pace to challenge

9/1

33/1

  • Place: £12.85

Form: 045-54 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Two solid efforts in the last two runnings of the Victoria Cup over C&D (soft/good) but he didn't feature in this race last year and is desperately hard to win with; this should be beyond him.

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2nd

13

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 1lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Has run some superb races in top 7f handicaps, including here, and he richly deserved the valuable prize at York in August (1m, good to firm); combination of this trip and testing ground does not look ideal, however.

33/1

6th

9

(5)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 6lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Raced in the unfavoured group in the C&D contest last time won by Quinault, when bidding to follow up his 40-1 York success (his second win this season); a regular in these big-field Ascot handicaps and sometimes on the premises but he's yet to win here in 18 attempts.

25/1

11th

2

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 10lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Has plenty of good form, including close fifth in this race last year; however, has never had the best of strike-rates and looks an unlikely candidate to follow up last month's 40-1 York success (1m).

14/1

33/1

  • Place: £8.60

Form: 59-346 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Did well at 7f-1m for new yard in 2021 but there were signs that the handicapper had caught up; creditable efforts from the front in conditions and Group races in 2022 but he needs to improve for the fitting of a tongue-tie; all wins at 7f on good to soft/soft but acts on good to firm.

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5th

3

(2)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

17:30 Thirsk

Rhoscolyn

9st 8lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

raced in third, outpaced over 2f out, dropped to last over 1f out, soon no impression

12/1

13th

12

(15)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Rhoscolyn

9st 2lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Has had a terrific spell but those three most recent wins at Goodwood, at 7f and 1m (on heavy and soft) came in less competitive races; a mighty effort if he can defy a penalty in this company (due to race off 2lb lower in future).

14/1

5th

7

(17)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Rhoscolyn

9st 7lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

In-form 5yo who recorded three wins at Goodwood (7f/1m, soft/heavy) in August/September; however, combination of 6lb penalty and return to forecast faster ground looks a reason to oppose him; future mark is 4lb lower.

20/1

14/1

  • Place: £5.25

Form: 456-30 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Has form on most ground and has relished strongly run handicaps at 6f and 7f here, albeit had no luck in running in the Victoria Cup over C&D in May; is not easily ruled out but will do well to win a top prize like this off his current mark.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

1

(1)

9th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:00 Goodwood

Chiefofchiefs

9st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Charlie Fellowes

towards rear, shaken up and some headway 3f out, ridden and no response from over 1f out

7/2

10th

18

(4)

17th Sep 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Ayr

Chiefofchiefs

8st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Charlie Fellowes

towards far side, held up in rear, going easily over 2f out, ridden and headway when groups merged over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong

16/1

15th

13

(15)

23rd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

Chiefofchiefs

8st 12lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Charlie Fellowes

raced near side, held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never on terms, 6th of 9 in group

10/1

5/1

Form: 1/11 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Unbeaten 4yo who missed 2021 but returned with a smooth 7f novice win (good to firm) then impressed with the way he got out of a tight corner to win on handicap debut at Goodwood in May when soft ground was thought to be against him; up 10lb but is a very bright prospect.

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

1st

3

(5)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 2y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Montassib

9st 10lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Raced mainly at 7f/1m until last autumn when the drop to 6f seemed to suit him and he posted a career best to win a big-field handicap at York (soft) in October in emphatic style; well worth his place in this higher grade, and a leading contender if ready to roll after a break.

4/1

1st

3

(7)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Montassib

9st 9lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

dwelt start, raced far side, in rear

11/1

5th

6

(10)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Montassib

9st 9lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Unraced at 6f since a narrow debut success three years ago; ready winner of a small-field handicap at Newmarket in May (7f, good) off 3lb lower; unplaced three times since but all in top handicaps and he ran well at Ascot eight weeks ago, doing second best of those to race on the far side (those just behind him on that side have done well since); his stamina will be an asset and the ground is unlikely to be an excuse; chance.

18/1

12/1

Form: 7575-0 C

Last run: 47 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Winner of Group 2 as a juvenile and 7f Listed race at Newmarket (good) on reappearance in 2021 but unable to find his niche at that level or in Group company after; never showed with a chance in 6f handicap at Newmarket on his return and although 7f will suit better he has to improve to be involved.

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Distance / Class
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Verdict Starting price

10th

6

(9)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 6f 111y

Class 2

16:45 Doncaster

Tactical

9st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Julie Camacho

On a losing run but he's down in the weights and there have been glimmers of promise this season, either side of a wind operation; had to wait for a gap in a 6f handicap at York last time and stayed on steadily when in the clear; trip and ground won't be an issue and he could have a big run in him.

12/1

10th

12

(12)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

16:10 York

Tactical

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Julie Camacho

dwelt start, in rear

25/1

21th

11

(24)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Goodwood

Tactical

9st 3lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Julie Camacho

Group 2 winner as a 2yo; ran some good races in defeat last season before changing hands for 150,000gns last October; not so good in his two runs this year but he has undergone wind surgery since his latest start and wears cheekpieces for the first time; edging down the weights but others are more appealing.

33/1

Form: 060-41

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Horse

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

All wins at about 6f, including at Hamilton two weeks ago (good; other wins on slower); is having his first run over 7f since the autumn of 2020 and this is a very tough contest in which to prove stamina.

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9th

1

(12)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Thirsk

Snazzy Jazzy

9st 11lb

J: Dale Swift

T: Seb Spencer

3lb lower than when fifth in the Ayr Silver Cup last September; not in the same form on his final run last year and this drop to 5f isn't sure to suit on his reappearance (first 5f run since 2021).

14/1

16/1

Form: 440-03 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Was an unexposed handicapper at the time of his Victoria Cup win over C&D in 2021 (soft); has never really gone on from that but he put in good late work when third in the same race this year (good); needs more for the win but may well be thereabouts.

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Verdict Starting price

9th

8

(9)

13th May 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

River Nymph

9st 7lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: Clive Cox

Landed this prize (off 1lb lower; soft ground) in 2021 and finished third last year; made the frame in two other C&D handicaps on last two starts in 2022; suited by this scenario and should go well again.

16/1

4th

9

(13)

1st Oct 2022

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:36 Ascot

River Nymph

9st 6lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: Clive Cox

towards rear of midfield, switched left and not clear run over 1f out, ridden and ran on well inside final furlong, not reach leaders, did well in the circumstances

15/2

3rd

5

(3)

3rd Sep 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:10 Ascot

River Nymph

9st 5lb

J: John Fahy

T: Clive Cox

midfield on outer, in touch with leaders halfway, pushed along under 2f out, ridden and made challenge 1f out, kept on

16/1

33/1

Form: 2212-0 CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Useful C&D win in September 2020 (good) but was well beaten in two top 7f handicaps at the track here last summer and his second here in the autumn came in a lesser event; is up against it.

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1st

4

(6)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

11:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Documenting

9st 8lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Kevin Frost

prominent

14/1

6th

3

(12)

16th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 3

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Documenting

9st 11lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Kevin Frost

dwelt start, took keen hold, in rear

7/1

2nd

4

(5)

6th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 7f 1y

Class 3

14:10 Lingfield (AW)

Documenting

9st 4lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Kevin Frost

10yo who has ten wins on his CV and was a good third in a similar race at Wolverhampton last month; has record of 4-11 on AW here and he should be in the mix again back on Polytrack.

15/2

Form: 35-848

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Sole turf win from 14 starts came at 6f but has run several excellent races in big-field handicaps at 7f-1m1f in Ireland and Britain; not ruled out but this is the first time he's gone without aids in nearly two years.

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4th

4

(9)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

18:10 Curragh

Fastnet Crown

9st 12lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: M D O’Callaghan

Won a premier handicap over C&D last season; hard to be confident on the basis of early-season course form after a Dundalk win and a spell in Dubai.

25/1

11th

2

(10)

27th May 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

16:50 Curragh

Fastnet Crown

10st 0lb

J: W J Lee

T: M D O’Callaghan

Best form has come at 7f including a placed effort in a Meydan handicap earlier in the year; last of five in a C&D Group 3 here last month; quicker ground may help but others hold strong claims.

16/1

5th

2

(4)

16th Apr 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

15:10 Curragh

Fastnet Crown

9st 5lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: M D O’Callaghan

Useful handicapper whose best form has been over 7f/1m; won over at 7f Dundalk in December; had four runs in Meydan before finishing down the field in the Irish Lincoln; faces a stiff tack in this company.

20/1

20/1

Form: 553155 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Has won at 7f on AW but best form is at 6f and he was found wanting in a lesser C&D handicap in September 2020; up against it.

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12th

4

(17)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Ejtilaab

9st 12lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Charlie Fellowes

taken down early, midfield in centre of group, ridden and headway under 2f out, held when hampered inside final 110yds

20/1

5th

3

(9)

11th May 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 York

Ejtilaab

9st 10lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Charlie Fellowes

Made all for useful performance in Kempton AW handicap in March but couldn't dominate in the same manner when unplaced favourite at Newcastle on Good Friday; faces a stiffer assignment back on turf.

5th

3

(12)

15th Apr 2022

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Newcastle (AW)

Ejtilaab

9st 5lb

J: David Egan

T: Charlie Fellowes

Won C&D handicap last June on sole course visit and, after a solid spell in Dubai, he made all in fine style in a handicap at Kempton (6f, AW) last month; enjoyed the run of the race last time but that form gives him strong claims today and he can make another bold bid.

5/1

25/1

Form: 2877-8 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Suited by good to firm and has had just two 7f handicap runs under ideal conditions, winning at Newmarket before running a screamer to go close in a major C&D race last July; never involved on return in the Victoria Cup here in May but has a big run in him with the weather smiling on him.

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3rd

2

(13)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

Star Of Orion

9st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Won at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) in July and has run consistently well in defeat over 7f since (various ground); hasn't shone over 1m in the past but his last attempt was in 2021 and recent evidence suggests he well worth another go at this trip; he's on the shortlist.

7/1

4th

3

(10)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Star Of Orion

9st 10lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Three wins split between both Newmarket courses but versatile regarding tracks and ground; continued in fine form in highly competitive 7f handicaps since winning on the other course in July; big run expected.

100/30

4th

4

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Ascot

Star Of Orion

9st 8lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: Ralph Beckett

raced near side, midfield, headway over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 4th of 10 in group

9/1

25/1

Form: 028-45 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Front-runner; versatile ground-wise and had a profitable season last year with four wins at 6f-7f; however, much of his best form has come at Chester and has a lot on his plate with this very different test.

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13th

5

(6)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Fools Rush In

9st 8lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Ruth Carr

On a losing run but he's tumbled down the weights and he looked to retain a fair level of ability last year; sold for 21,000gns in October and given a wind op; handles bad ground well and he's a fascinating contender dropped back in trip on his first run for Ruth Carr; has often worn cheekpieces but they're absent today.

10/1

5th

7

23rd Oct 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 4

16:05 Wolverhampton (AW)

Fools Rush In

9st 9lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Jim Goldie

Running with credit lately as when fourth of eight at Newcastle (1m, Tapeta) ten days ago, but losing run up to 18 despite having dropped 15lb below his last winning mark; others more convincing.

11/1

4th

7

(7)

13th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Fools Rush In

9st 8lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Jim Goldie

He should be making a big impact at this level and he hasn't run badly on Tapeta and turf on his last two starts; 9lb lower than when fifth of 25 at Ascot in July; cheekpieces return today.

8/1

15th
24 (26)
Pistoletto

66/1

Form: 571054

Last run: 3 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Four AW wins at 1m-1m4f since the autumn but it will be hard to absorb an 11lb higher mark than when last seen in a British turf handicap in September, especially as he hasn't run over 7f since August.

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6th

7

(5)

11th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

20:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Pistoletto

9st 5lb

J: Jack Gilligan

T: John Ryan

dwelt start, in rear

33/1

50/1

Form: 4005-0 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Won 6f maiden here as 2yo before landing a valuable sales race; often highly tried since and although his mark has dropped he needs to improve a good deal on mid-division finish in the Victoria Cup over C&D in May.

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2nd

4

(6)

27th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Mums Tipple

9st 6lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Useful on his day, such as when winning off this mark at Chelmsford (7f) last March; inconsistent since and latest effort doesn't augur well; however, has a fighting chance granted a rebound.

9/1

4

(3)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 1

14:40 Wolverhampton (AW)

Mums Tipple

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Richard Hannon

Ready winner of this race in 2021 (2-3 at Wolverhampton); only eighth home at Lingfield eight days ago but he couldn't find a gap in the straight and would surely have gone close had he seen daylight; major player for a yard that also runs Shouldvebeenaring.

11/2

8th

3

(12)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:12 Lingfield (AW)

Mums Tipple

9st 10lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Hannon

Won twice on AW last winter (6f-7f), the latter win coming off 2lb lower; absent since a disappointing effort at Wolverhampton in September; vulnerable from the widest stall.

12/1

19th
23 (15)
Above

20/1

Form: 41-722 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Dual 7f winner as 2yo but is better known as a sprinter; showed useful form when runner-up on return to 6f at Newmarket in April (good) but improvement is needed on his two 7f handicap runs.

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9th

13

(8)

16th Apr 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:50 Newmarket

Above

8st 9lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Robert Cowell

Good and bad last season, as is often the case with exposed sprinters; does have a fair record on both Newmarket tracks and he's another on a perfectly good mark if putting his best foot forward.

16/1

6th

6

(1)

21st Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

19:15 Chelmsford (AW)

Above

9st 4lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Robert Cowell

Raced mainly over 5f for current stable, winning on turf last August and respectable second at Southwell most recently; defied a higher mark over C&D in 2021 and can't be dismissed.

10/1

2nd

2

(3)

29th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 4f 214y

Class 4

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Above

9st 8lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Robert Cowell

midfield

14/1

20th
19 (31)
Dance Fever

20/1

Form: 6-7030 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

On much the same mark for nearly a year now but he did run a fine race when third in a valuable C&D handicap last July (good to firm); nothing special about his Victoria Cup run here last month but would not be out of this contest on his best form.

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7th

2

(2)

30th Sep 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

14:00 Ascot

Dance Fever

11st 1lb

J: Mr Freddie Mitchell

T: Clive Cox

slowly into stride, in rear, ridden and some headway on outer over 1f out, never dangerous

8/1

13th

12

(4)

3rd Sep 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:10 Ascot

Dance Fever

8st 10lb

J: William Cox

T: Clive Cox

ducked sharply right start, raced freely, towards rear, switched left and towards near side 6f out, pushed along 2f out, ridden 1f out, never on terms

16/1

2nd

3

(2)

13th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newbury

Dance Fever

9st 6lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: Clive Cox

held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon every chance, kept on

7/2

Form: -39600 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Group 3 winner who landed a valuable 7f handicap at Galway in August (good); however, has made no great impression over this trip and 1m this year and now has plenty to prove; often wears a hood but not today.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

16th

6

(3)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Curragh

Current Option

9st 7lb

J: Cian MacRedmond

T: Adrian McGuinness

Seasoned handicapper yet to win beyond 7f and hasn't won since July 2022; too keen in Lincoln on seasonal return and remains opposable despite reduced mark.

20/1

18th

8

(20)

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

16:10 Curragh

Current Option

8st 11lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: Adrian McGuinness

Trainer runs three and 8yo has been a fine servant, particularly at Galway; didn't manage even a placed effort last year despite declining mark; has form on heavy but a revival called for.

20/1

Form: /720-2 D BF

Last run: 105 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Progressive 7f handicapper in 2020 (AW/good to firm) but little to suggest he has improved in a handful of starts since; needs to come on plenty to win the most competitive handicap he has attempted.

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Verdict Starting price

10th

4

(5)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:05 Lingfield (AW)

Al Rufaa

9st 8lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Only recent blip came in a race here that didn't pan out for him; free to post and in the race last time at Wolverhampton, so deserves credit for pushing Wadacre Gomez so close; hold-up performer who could have this run to suit with lots of pace on.

4/1

2nd

5

(4)

16th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 3

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Al Rufaa

9st 7lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Back on the up when running away with an 8.5f handicap here in November, his second run for this yard; similar form at Southwell one week later and his subsequent defeat at Lingfield is easily excused (held up off a slow pace and then forced wide in the straight); should stay this far and he still has some mileage in his mark; big chance.

4/1

6th

7

(11)

20th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 3

14:00 Lingfield (AW)

Al Rufaa

9st 3lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

took keen hold, towards rear, headway into midfield but pushed along over 2f out, raced wide home turn, outpaced over 1f out, kept on but no impression inside final furlong

13/2

25/1

Form: 645212 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 8st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Three 7f AW wins but he surpassed those efforts with a 6f win at Kempton in April; fair second to one with potential over 7f there since but has much to prove back on turf for the first time since a C&D seventh in October.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

5

(6)

15th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Soar Above

9st 7lb

J: Neil Callan

T: John Butler

All eight AW wins have come over 6f/7f here; losing run up to 17, but he has twice finished runner-up over C&D since December and will find this easier than the 0-105 he contested here last time; possibilities.

11/2

6th

6

(5)

27th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Soar Above

8st 4lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John Butler

Eight wins at Kempton; creditable second in Class 4 contest over C&D two months ago; however, this 9yo looks vulnerable from 4lb out of weights back up in grade and he's on a two-year losing spell.

25/1

4

(3)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Soar Above

9st 6lb

J: Jack Enright

T: John Butler

21 months since the last of his nine wins but he's slipped down the weights and he shaped well when runner-up over C&D in December; does need to shrug off a poor run at Wolverhampton since, though.

7/1

Form: 620903 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Has raced mainly in the UAE; modest form in final two starts there in the spring and for new yard in the Victoria Cup over C&D in May but he put up a better show when a running-on third at Chester 19 days ago (about 7f, good); the bar is much higher today.

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

6th

5

(11)

10th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 16y

Class 2

20:30 Chepstow

Spirit Of Light

9st 1lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Ian Williams

Yet to win in Britain and comes here after finishing well down the field in three valuable, big-field handicaps at Ascot this summer (6f-7f); on a good mark now but needs a good boost from the first-time visor.

20/1

0

11

(16)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

Spirit Of Light

9st 3lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Ian Williams

Capable of useful form but came up well short in two handicaps at Royal Ascot (7f/6f) last month, taking record for current yard to 0-15; opposed in another hot contest.

50/1

18th

11

(1)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Spirit Of Light

9st 2lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Ian Williams

Both wins in UAE but he ran to a useful level over 7f at Newmarket in April and did well to get as close as he did when a hampered fourth to Bielsa at York in May (6f, good); raced in the disadvantaged group when well adrift here on Thursday; still one to be interested in.

33/1

Form: 0340-3 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Has strong 6f handicap form, as when beaten about 1l in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood last July (soft; has won on good to firm), but has shaky credentials at 7f and he found little when tenth in this race last year.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

(5)

15th Dec 2022

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 4

16:35 Southwell (AW)

Total Commitment

9st 7lb

J: William Carver

T: Simon Hodgson

Yet to score in 2022 but he's knocking on the door, edged out when runner-up in 6f Lingfield handicap eight days ago; he's firmly in the picture off the same mark.

2/1

2nd

4

(6)

7th Dec 2022

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 3

13:25 Lingfield (AW)

Total Commitment

9st 2lb

J: William Carver

T: Simon Hodgson

Prominent racer; on a losing run but he has slipped down the weights and recent efforts have been encouraging; might face competition for the lead this time but capable of a big effort.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 810-52 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Well held on heavy over C&D on final 3yo start but had progressed well at 7f on soft/good to soft previously; has returned with two good efforts at Haydock (good to firm) and York (under Harry Davies, switches to Fools Rush In) but more is asked of him here and quick ground may not be ideal.

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6th

12

(5)

1st Oct 2022

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:36 Ascot

Oo De Lally

9st 5lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final 110yds

25/1

4

(7)

24th Sep 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Oo De Lally

9st 10lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Suited by good to soft or slower but handles most surfaces; comes into it on a close second at York in May (7f) and although he didn't pick up the way he can at Goodwood recently (has won there) he is still one to be interested in with a tongue-tie fitted.

14/1

28th
14 (13)
Baradar

25/1

Form: 09-300 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Ended 2yo career with a third in a Group 1 at Doncaster (1m, heavy) but 3yo season never got going; encouraging start for new yard at Tipperary in April but beaten about 14l in two runs since, on Cork handicap debut (7f, good) and a French Listed race; lots to prove on the face of it but he does represent a highly respected trainer.

Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

(4)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

17:30 Thirsk

Baradar

9st 8lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: George Boughey

in rear

7/2

5th

1

(7)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 2y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Baradar

9st 10lb

J: David Egan

T: George Boughey

Campaigned in handicaps in 2023, hitting a peak with wins at Ascot (7f International Stakes) and on this course (6.5f, soft); presumably amiss when tailed off back at Ascot on final start; came to hand early last year (third in the Lincoln) and should be fully effective over a bare 6f (first attempt today); bids to enhance an already-excellent record at Doncaster.

9/4

20th

4

(12)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Baradar

9st 7lb

J: William Buick

T: George Boughey

Flying high with cheekpieces added on last two starts, winning at 7f on this track and over the extended 6f at Doncaster (soft); now 8lb higher than most recent attempt at 1m, when third of 22 in the Lincoln in April (heavy), and this will be a thorough test at the trip.

9/1

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