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Good To Firm

Moet & Chandon International Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £77310
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 22 runners
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Moet & Chandon International Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 22 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.70
  • Place: £2.65

Form: 30-249 C BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Has some good form at Ascot, including second in last year's Wokingham and fourth in this year's Victoria Cup; best to forgive his effort when favourite for the latest running of the Wokingham (unfavourably drawn); remains of interest in major handicaps.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

12th

4

(16)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:12 Newbury

Fresh

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: James Fanshawe

Classy handicapper in his time but just flashes of his former glory in a quiet 2023 campaign; now 8lb lower than when a close fifth in the Wokingham and his Kempton return should have blown away the cobwebs; all ground comes alike to him and he's capable of a big run.

8/1

5th

2

(7)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:55 Kempton (AW)

Fresh

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: James Fanshawe

This is the fourth year in succession that he's returned to action in this race (downgraded to a 0-95 this year), finishing fifth twice and a close second in 2022; showed only flashes of his old spark in a disappointing 2023 campaign but he is down to a good mark if a five-month break has piqued his interest; stable have made a quiet start to 2024 but he has too much talent to be ignored at this level.

10/1

12th

2

(11)

8th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Fresh

9st 8lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: James Fanshawe

midfield, switched right after 1f

11/2

12/1

  • Place: £5.20

Form: 513771 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Bagged the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket (7f, good to firm) two weeks ago, confirming that he's well suited by coming from off the pace on straight tracks under Jamie Spencer; well treated under a penalty (future mark 3lb higher); dual Ascot winner; shortlisted.

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3rd

10

(13)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Bless Him

9st 1lb

J: Pat Cosgrave

T: David Simcock

dwelt start, towards rear

18/1

15th

6

(3)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Bless Him

9st 7lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: David Simcock

Last success came in the 2022 Bunbury Cup; retains plenty of ability aged nine and latest effort can be marked up but chance depends on how the race pans out; hold-up performer who needs the cards to drop perfectly.

16/1

5th

1

(7)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Bless Him

10st 0lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: David Simcock

Tough task in Listed company in one previous course start; cracking handicapper in top 7f races over the years and his fourth of 15 in the Bunbury Cup on the July course (good to soft was slower than ideal) shows how capable he still is; however, he hasn't sparked on last two runs at Ascot (slightly hampered latest) and may not be in peak form here either.

7/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 11-011 CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Progressive colt who has a record of 4-6 at Ascot, the wins gained over 6f, 7f and 1m; landed the Royal Hunt Cup back here (good to firm) last time, following up his Nottingham success; big player provided he's as effective back down in trip.

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2

(1)

3rd Sep 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 37y

Class 1

13:45 Haydock

Dark Shift

9st 5lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Charles Hills

Progressive colt who has added to his excellent Ascot record with a win in the Royal Hunt Cup (1m) and third of 21 in the 7f International Handicap (7f) on his last two outings; has achieved a level of form which suggests he can make his presence felt outside handicaps.

5/1

3rd

6

(10)

23rd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

Dark Shift

9st 4lb

J: William Buick

T: Charles Hills

raced centre, prominent, led group over 2f out, ridden and led overall over 1f out, headed inside final 110yds, kept on, 3rd of 11 in group

5/1

9th

28

(20)

15th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Dark Shift

9st 1lb

J: James McDonald

T: Charles Hills

raced near side, held up in rear, pushed along when groups merged over 2f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, not reach leaders

12/1

25/1

  • Place: £6.05

Form: -22612 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Mostly in good form over 7f this term, including at York the last twice (won then close second); now goes into deeper waters but he's ahead of the assessor (future mark 3lb higher) and can't be dismissed.

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7th

1

(9)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:40 Thirsk

Northern Express

9st 12lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

Beat Pisanello to win this race on soft ground last year; 9lb higher in his bid for a repeat but that's fully justified as he's advanced his form since and he should be spot on for this after an encouraging reappearance at Newmarket (7f) 16 days ago; bold show likely.

5/1

5th

2

(2)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Newmarket

Northern Express

9st 7lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

in touch with leaders towards far side, briefly went fourth over 1f out, kept on

15/2

33/1

Form: 12-093 CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Respectable ninth in 7f handicap at Royal Ascot, then finished third at York; however, he's a vulnerable-looking 9yo who was comfortably held in this contest in 2019 and 2021; opposed.

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3rd

7

(11)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Documenting

9st 10lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Kevin Frost

Last-time-out success at Chelmsford (7f, AW) shows he retains a useful level of ability aged 11; still well treated on historical data but his turf form took a turn for the worse in 2023.

14/1

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

6th
9 (16)
Aratus

11/1

Form: 11-390 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Very progressive over 7f in 2020 and 2021; unable to sustain his improvement this season, most recently tenth in the Royal Hunt Cup upped to 1m; based on 2022 form, he needs to raise his game.

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5th

2

(1)

7th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Aratus

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Clive Cox

No win since 2021 but has good recent form, having been placed at Kempton in three of his last four races (7f/1m; the hood worn each time is now removed); thereabouts provided he continues in similar vein.

7/2

3rd

2

(5)

31st Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Aratus

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Clive Cox

Off the track for 381 days prior to his return in October and he's run two good races and two lesser ones since reappearing; the two good efforts have both come at this track, latterly over 1m 25 days ago; looks a key player back at 7f with Rossa Ryan retaining the ride.

11/4

2nd

1

(3)

6th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:45 Kempton (AW)

Aratus

9st 9lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Clive Cox

took keen hold, towards rear early, headway into midfield after 1f

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 8-1277 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Finished seventh to Bless Him in the Bunbury Cup two weeks ago; close second in the Victoria Cup in May, confirming that he's suited by Ascot, but he's 3lb higher and shoulders a bigger weight this time.

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7th

1

(6)

25th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Accidental Agent

10st 2lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

towards rear

12/1

7th

2

(6)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Accidental Agent

9st 12lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Course winner at 6f and 7f; had a distinguished career and it's not over yet judged on a hampered fifth of 15 in Bunbury Cup in July (good to soft; handles most ground); fair fifth in a Racing League race at Chepstow since; handicapper cautiously dropping him in the weights; involved.

7/1

Form: 009322

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Somewhat knocking on the door having been placed in last three races, latest at Ayr (1m Class 3); however, faces a stiffer assignment in this field and losing spell goes back two years.

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6th

1

(7)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

16:15 Southwell (AW)

Orbaan

9st 11lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Unexposed on the AW and well treated on the pick of his turf form (last win came from 8lb higher), but unplaced in his last 14 starts despite a sliding mark and returns from six months off; others preferred.

7/1

11th

10

(3)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

Orbaan

8st 10lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: David O’Meara

8yo who has been regressive this year and is back to having something to prove having been soundly beaten at Ascot last Saturday; however, prior to that he kept on for an encouraging fifth of 17 here (7f, good to soft) in first-time cheekpieces and perhaps he'll get another boost today now in a visor.

10/1

9th
15 (18)
Lion Tower

25/1

Form: -53210 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Running well prior to his York success (7f) last month; form dipped at Sandown three weeks ago; remains on career-high mark and faces a tough task at this level.

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7th

9

(1)

21st Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 15y

Class 3

18:15 Musselburgh

Lion Tower

9st 1lb

J: Sam James

T: Grant Tuer

Currently 2-2 over C&D (both in 2021) and arrives in form and on a handy mark off the back of a couple of absences in recent times; it's hard to find any negatives and he has to enter calculations.

6/1

2nd

6

(3)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

16:15 Southwell (AW)

Lion Tower

9st 8lb

J: Sam James

T: Grant Tuer

Dual Fibresand winner here who was well held in the Spring Mile at Doncaster (1m, soft) last month, but had previously run well when beaten a neck into second of 13 at Newcastle (7f, Tapeta), making his effort on the disadvantaged part of the track; races off the same mark and a major player.

6/1

11th

1

(4)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Lion Tower

9st 12lb

J: Sam James

T: Grant Tuer

Showed a form revival at Newcastle (7f, AW; close second) on reappearance but the forecast slow ground is a negative returned to turf; below-par ninth on heavy in this contest last year; best efforts on good/firmer.

20/1

Form: 5-5422 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Has run well in big 7f handicaps the last twice, finishing second in the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot and Bunbury Cup at Newmarket; however, he's far from guaranteed to go one better (turf strike-rate is 1-28).

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5th

7

(16)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 4lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

prominent

20/1

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

8/1

Form: 1972-1 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Beaten favourite (finished only ninth) in last year's Britannia at Royal Ascot but generally progressive otherwise and looks interesting back in a major handicap, having scored nicely at Yarmouth (7f, good to firm) on reappearance; one to consider.

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4th

3

(5)

1st Jul 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

14:40 Newcastle (AW)

Air To Air

9st 6lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

Second to Zip over C&D in January two starts ago and can't be ruled out; however, following his return to action at Newmarket in May he's now finished last in three of his last four races so his claims are hardly solid.

8/1

7th

3

(2)

20th May 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Newmarket

Air To Air

9st 3lb

J: David Probert

T: George Boughey

Better record on turf than AW so his second of six at Newcastle (7f, Tapeta) early in the year has to be viewed positively in the circumstances; only 3lb higher than when making impressive winning reappearance at Yarmouth (7f, good to firm) last June; big player if ready to roll after five months off in a first-time tongue-strap.

7/1

2nd

2

(6)

2nd Jan 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Air To Air

9st 2lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: George Boughey

slowly away, raced in last, headway on far side of group and went second over 1f out, kept on final 110yds, no match for winner

9/1

10/1

Form: 75-064 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Won the Windsor Castle here as a 2yo; best effort this term when sixth in 7f handicap back at Royal Ascot two starts ago, doing well considering he raced on the unfavoured side and met a spot of trouble; possibilities off a handy mark, granted better fortune.

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14th

14

(10)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Newmarket

Tactical

8st 7lb

J: David Egan

T: Julie Camacho

Group 2 winner for Andrew Balding in his prime; never really threatened in five runs for this yard last season (wind surgery after the second run) but he dropped 13lb for his troubles; may revive this term but he's not easily recommended.

25/1

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

14/1

Form: -34630 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

On a 12-race losing sequence but something looked amiss in the Bunbury Cup most recently; creditable third in 7f handicap at Royal Ascot (good to firm) the time before; holds each-way claims on that effort.

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16th

11

(8)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Rhoscolyn

9st 1lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

in rear

22/1

4th

4

(8)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 212y

Class 2

14:45 Haydock

Rhoscolyn

9st 3lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

midfield

11/1

11/2

Form: 1-3633 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Very useful 6f/7f colt who has run well in major handicaps (on fast ground) the last twice, finishing third in the Wokingham here and Bunbury Cup at Newmarket; solid contender, assuming he takes well to first-time headgear.

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18th

2

(5)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Jumby

9st 10lb

J: William Buick

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

slowly away, switched left soon after start, took keen hold, midfield on outer

12/1

9th

3

(3)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Jumby

9st 7lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

6f scorer in 2021 but he's better known as a very useful 7f performer, the winner of two notable races over that trip; below best, albeit having blown the start, on last attempt at this distance.

18/1

5th

3

(2)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Jumby

9st 6lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Won Group 3 John of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock (7f, good to firm) in June and second under 3lb penalty behind Audience in Group 3 at Newmarket (7f, good) in July; could be thereabouts if at the top of his game but he was below form at York last time and tends to be kept away from slow ground.

12/1

10/1

Form: 56-304 C

Last run: 37 days

W: 8st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Creditable fourth in 7f handicap at Royal Ascot last time and retains plenty of ability aged nine; filled the same position in this race in 2020 (won at Royal Ascot two starts earlier); in the mix.

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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

16th
5 (8)
Asjad

20/1

Form: 0-1010

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Raced exclusively at about 6f; has been all or nothing for new yard this term, as form figures of 1010 reflect; comfortably held in the Wokingham most recently and now has something to prove over new trip.

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4th

1

(11)

1st Apr 2023

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Asjad

9st 10lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: James Horton

Progressive 5yo with an impressive strike-rate; enhanced an excellent record at Doncaster with a career-best short-head second of six in C&D handicap (soft) last autumn; goes well fresh, open to further improvement and high on the list.

9/2

2nd

1

(1)

21st Oct 2022

Good To Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Asjad

9st 12lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Horton

towards rear, good headway under 2f out, pushed along over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, joined leader final 110yds, kept on, just failed

5/2

3rd

3

(12)

1st Oct 2022

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:36 Ascot

Asjad

9st 8lb

J: Stevie Donohoe

T: James Horton

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway and not clear run over 1f out, shaken up and ran on well inside final furlong, not reach leaders

12/1

16/1

Form: 77-800 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Has finished behind several of today's rivals in major 7f handicaps this season; however, went very close off 1lb higher in this event 12 months ago and has a fighting chance if back to that form.

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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

Form: 10-209 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 8st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Has a record of 2-3 at Ascot but returns here under a cloud, having badly underperformed in two runs since going close at Newbury on seasonal debut; needs a big revival.

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

11th

1

(1)

18th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Top Secret

9st 9lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

Successful in three consecutive starts here (7f/1m) between November 2022 and last December, but not so good in either outing over C&D so far this year; still 5lb higher than for his latest win and others are preferred.

12/1

7th

5

(6)

7th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Top Secret

9st 2lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

3-6 at Kempton, the most recent success in December; disappointing favourite here last month and has not been dropped for that effort, being still on career-high mark; others preferred on balance.

8/1

7th

2

(5)

6th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:45 Kempton (AW)

Top Secret

9st 7lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

led, headed and raced in second from over 5f out

5/2

19th
18 (17)
Eagleway

40/1

Form: -14605 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

AW winner in January; outran his 100-1 odds (finished sixth) in the Lincoln in March but hasn't backed up that effort in two subsequent runs; change of headgear; not solid.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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5th

8

(5)

22nd Oct 2022

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 3

13:20 Doncaster

Eagleway

9st 6lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Ivan Furtado

taken down early, dwelt start, ducked right start, soon midfield in centre of group, ridden and edged right when outpaced over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, no extra inside final 110yds

12/1

2nd

2

(8)

15th Sep 2022

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

19:15 Newcastle (AW)

Eagleway

9st 10lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Ivan Furtado

taken down early and mounted in chute, took keen hold, towards rear of midfield on far side of group, going easily over 2f out, pushed along over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, ridden final 110yds, went second towards finish

33/1

Form: 554-21 D

Last run: 80 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

In good form at Kempton (for new stable) in the spring when last seen; however, he's 2-4 on AW compared to just 1-6 on turf; faces a stiffer task off new mark in this hot handicap returned to grass.

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20th

7

(21)

23rd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

King Zain

9st 4lb

J: James Doyle

T: Harry & Roger Charlton

raced near side, led, headed but raced in second 6f out, ridden and every chance under 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 9 in group

14/1

1st

1

(2)

4th May 2022

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

20:00 Kempton (AW)

King Zain

9st 9lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Harry & Roger Charlton

Likes it here, winning first time out as a 2yo (C&D) and going close on his recent comeback (1m), when coming right away with a progressive winner; should be able to get his own way again into tonight's smaller field and holds leading claims upped 4lb.

7/4

2nd

6

(4)

18th Apr 2022

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:40 Kempton (AW)

King Zain

8st 7lb

J: William Buick

T: Harry & Roger Charlton

40/1

Form: 447149 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Listed scorer in France in 2019; opened his British account at Redcar (7f Class 3) last month but has regressed in two starts since; something to prove in this hot handicap.

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

11th

16

(2)

7th Oct 2022

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

14:40 York

Tammani

8st 11lb

J: Mark Winn

T: David O’Meara

never better than mid-division

33/1

1

(5)

3rd Sep 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 37y

Class 4

17:14 Haydock

Tammani

10st 2lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Listed scorer in France in 2019; opened his British account at Redcar (7f, good to firm) in June but hasn't reproduced it in two outings since, albeit this is this is clearly easier than the ultra-competitive International Handicap at Ascot he contested last time.

16/1

21th

19

(4)

23rd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

Tammani

8st 6lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: David O’Meara

raced far side and alone, prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

40/1

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Payout
Exacta £2923.00
Straight Forecast £1055.90
Tricast £4142.30
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Selections

The Sun:

Dark Shift

POSTDATA:

Jumby

The Times:

Air To Air

NEWMARKET:

Fresh

RP Ratings:

Bless Him

LAMBOURN:

Aratus

The Guardian:

King Zain

SPOTLIGHT:

Tactical

TOPSPEED:

Orbaan

Telegraph:

Jumby

Daily Mirror:

Air To Air

Daily Express:

Fresh

The Star:

Dark Shift

Daily Record:

Dark Shift

Daily Mail:

Bless Him