July 22 / 15.40 Ascot

15.40 Ascot

Good To Firm

John Guest Racing Handicap

  • Prize money: £15462
  • 1m 3f 211y
  • Class 2
  • 6 runners
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John Guest Racing Handicap

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 70-410 CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
With new yard this term and he asserted in no uncertain fashion in a 16-runner C&D handicap (good) in May; not disgraced off this 9lb higher mark in 1m6f race at the Royal meeting (first run on good to firm) last month; should be competitive again.
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1st

1

(4)

22nd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:40 Ascot

Juan De Montalban

10st 2lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

prominent, went second over 8f out, led over 3f out, clear with one other from over 2f out, ridden and faced strong challenge over 1f out, kept on strongly

11/4

9th

11

(13)

14th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Juan De Montalban

9st 6lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

midfield on outer, steady headway and pushed along over 2f out, ridden and outpaced when short of room over 1f out, soon weakened

16/1

1st

7

(4)

7th May 2022

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

13:45 Ascot

Juan De Montalban

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

Below best last August-October on his three runs for David O'Meara but, having been gelded, he returned to form with a fair fourth on last month's stable debut at Thirsk (1m4f, soft); capable of building on that run having been second in last May's Italian Derby (1m3f, good); interesting.

15/2

15/8

  • Place: £1.40

Form: -61111

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Won three races at 1m2f in May and raised his game again when comfortably obliging in five-runner 11.4f race at Windsor on latest outing, racing freely in rear but travelling much the best to lead 2f out; raised another 6lb but 1m4f may now be viable and he's going from strength to strength.
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6th

7

(8)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

The Whipmaster

9st 9lb

J: Antonio Fresu

T: Gary Moore

held up in rear, shaken up and not clear run 2f out, switched right and headway over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong

4/1

2nd

5

(2)

22nd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:40 Ascot

The Whipmaster

9st 6lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Gary Moore

held up in midfield, headway and disputing third over 6f out, chased winner over 3f out, went clear with winner from over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final 110yds

15/8

Form: 1-5123 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Usually races prominently; racked up a four-timer over 11.6f-1m6f last year and resumed improvement this year with a Lingfield AW win and turf places at Newbury (1m4f) and Chester (2m); highly respected.
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1st

6

(3)

11th Aug 2022

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 3

19:40 Lingfield (AW)

Merlin’s Beard

9st 7lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Richard Hughes

held up in midfield, ridden and headway over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, ran on to lead towards finish

9/1

3rd

6

(5)

22nd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:40 Ascot

Merlin’s Beard

9st 3lb

J: George Rooke

T: Richard Hughes

steadied start, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and went modest third when edged right over 1f out, no match for first two

6/1

3rd

8

(6)

11th Jun 2022

Good

1m 7f 196y

Class 2

15:55 Chester

Merlin’s Beard

8st 7lb

J: George Rooke

T: Richard Hughes

raced in second, joined leader and going easily over 2f out, ridden and led over 1f out, 2 lengths ahead inside final furlong, ran on well

5/1

Form: 132100 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Carries his head high but won twice over 1m4f on AW early this year and also scored over 1m6f at Nottingham in April; however, while he's been generally consistent over the last two years and 2m4f may forgive his run here on latest outing, he's now 0-11 at Ascot and has a shocking record in this race, having finished second last in 2019 and last in 2020 and 2021.
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4th

2

(3)

22nd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:40 Ascot

Protected Guest

9st 11lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

slowly away, in rear, headway and went modest third over 2f out, soon ridden, weakening when lost third over 1f out

16/1

7th

12

(11)

14th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Protected Guest

9st 6lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

disputed lead, left in lead after 7f, soon slowed tempo, shaken up and headed over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out

20/1

14th

5

(10)

7th May 2022

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

13:45 Ascot

Protected Guest

9st 8lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Admirably consistent 7yo who has won twice on the AW this year (both 1m4f) and was also on the scoresheet when back on turf at Nottingham (1m6f, good to firm) 11 days ago; that six-runner race fell apart somewhat but he did it in good style and a 4lb rise isn't harsh; could be in the mix.

10/1

Form: 7-1212

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Made the running for one of his 2021 wins; this term he's won at Chepstow (1m2f) and Carlisle (1m3f) and went down by just a neck in his other two races; wandered but overall kept on gamely at Newmarket last time on first attempt at 1m4f; raised another 4lb but exciting apprentice Harry Davies returns (he was on board at Chepstow) and another bold show looks on its way.
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5th

4

(1)

22nd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:40 Ascot

Commonsensical

9st 9lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Hugo Palmer

led, headed but prominent after 1f, shaken up over 7f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out

7/2

2nd

2

(2)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 3

17:00 Newmarket (July)

Commonsensical

10st 1lb

J: James Doyle

T: Hugo Palmer

tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed when ridden and hung right over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, just held (jockey said gelding hung both ways)

5/1

1st

2

(4)

22nd Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 39y

Class 4

15:25 Carlisle

Commonsensical

9st 11lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Hugo Palmer

Has done his winning in small fields, most recently at Chepstow (1m2f, good) on seasonal debut; clear second of four at Ripon last week; now goes into a deeper race but arrives in good form.

10/1

8/1

Form: 5/30-9 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Formerly with Charlie Fellowes for whom he won two of 15 starts, notably this race by a nose in 2020 off today's mark; lightly raced since and had a year off before his 1m2f race three weeks ago at Sandown, where he was 40-1 and travelled well to over 2f out (challenged briefly); it's possible he has come on since that run and could get more seriously involved this time.
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6th

3

(6)

22nd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:40 Ascot

Jeremiah

9st 10lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Alan King

prominent, led after 1f, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out

8/1

9th

2

(11)

2nd Jul 2022

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

16:10 Sandown

Jeremiah

10st 0lb

J: James Doyle

T: Alan King

raced wide, midfield, steady headway going easily over 2f out, ridden when hung right and lost position from over 1f out, soon beaten

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £80.00
Straight Forecast £69.20
Trifecta £261.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Commonsensical

Telegraph:

The Whipmaster

NEWMARKET:

Juan De Montalban

LAMBOURN:

Merlin's Beard

RP Ratings:

Jeremiah

TOPSPEED:

Protected Guest

The Sun:

The Whipmaster

The Star:

The Whipmaster

Daily Mail:

Juan De Montalban

Daily Express:

Juan De Montalban

POSTDATA:

Commonsensical

The Times:

Commonsensical

The Guardian:

Commonsensical

Daily Mirror:

Commonsensical

Daily Record:

Commonsensical