August 06 / 15.20 Ascot

15.20 Ascot

Good To Firm

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge (Handicap)

  • Prize money: £36885
  • 1m 3f 211y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
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Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge (Handicap)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1-0011 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Ended 2021 with two turf wins and sprang back to life in winning AW handicaps at Kempton (1m3f) in June and Newcastle (1m4f) two weeks ago; mounted strong finishes for those last two wins, latterly after he was forced to switch just under 2f out, and there's a good chance he is better than his latest 5lb rise.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

4

(5)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Pride Of Priory

9st 11lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: William Haggas

held up in rear, stumbled halfway, shaken up 2f out, good headway on outer and led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, comfortably

7/2

1st

2

(5)

23rd Jul 2022

Standard To Slow

1m 4f 98y

Class 3

16:32 Newcastle (AW)

Pride Of Priory

9st 13lb

J: Paul Hanagan

T: William Haggas

in rear, outpaced 3f out, pushed along and headway when short of room against near rail under 2f out, soon switched left, rallied and went third inside final furlong, went second final 110yds, kept on strongly to lead final strides

7/2

15th

2

(14)

22nd May 2022

Good

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

15:30 York

Pride Of Priory

9st 12lb

J: Elisha Whittington

T: William Haggas

Won his last two races as 3yo in a maiden at Ripon (good) and two-runner handicap at Haydock (good to firm); again about 1m2f when favourite for reappearance at Chester (good to soft) 17 days ago but he took his first backward step, racing too freely before pushed along 4f out; moves up in trip and needs to settle but these are relatively early days.

9/1

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9/2

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 221511 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Kicked off 2022 with three seconds and, with cheekpieces enlisted, he's won at Pontefract, Ayr and Newmarket in three of his four starts since; those wins came in small fields (1m4f, 1m5f and 1m6f, by a neck last time) but he's a rising force and it's hard to rule out further progress.
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

(4)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Charging Thunder

10st 2lb

J: Rene Piechulek

T: David O’Meara

in touch with leaders, not clear run 2f out, ridden and switched left over 1f out, chased winner but no impression final furlong, just held second

9/2

1st

2

(2)

16th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:57 Newmarket (July)

Charging Thunder

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: David O’Meara

chased leader, lost second but prominent after 2f, shaken up over 2f out, ridden to lead when hung left and faced sustained challenge from over 1f out, just held on

6/4

1st

3

(3)

4th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 5f 26y

Class 3

15:35 Ayr

Charging Thunder

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

tracked leaders, smooth headway over 2f out, shaken up and led over 1f out, ridden briefly inside final furlong, kept on, comfortably

5/2

12/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 222360

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Improved at 1m3f-2m on AW in December-April; tried cheekpieces on turf debut in Listed race at York (1m6f) in June after nearly two months off, which was an improved effort on the figures but he came last of six; work to do on all other form and suffered a heavy defeat from wide draw in Northumberland Plate six weeks ago but the return to 1m4f is quite interesting.
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

(11)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Onesmoothoperator

10st 0lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Brian Ellison

held up in rear, pushed along 2f out, headway on outer over 1f out, ridden and went third inside final furlong, ran on

12/1

14th

15

(17)

25th Jun 2022

Standard To Slow

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

15:30 Newcastle (AW)

Onesmoothoperator

8st 11lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, made no impression and never on terms

15/2

6th

6

(3)

11th Jun 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:05 York

Onesmoothoperator

9st 2lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

held up in last, held up in behind leaders 8f out, pushed along over 3f out, waiting for room over 2f out, ridden and no impression from over 1f out

12/1

Form: 1110-8 CD BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Won last July/September in his first two handicaps (1m4f, good/good to firm) before major backward steps at Newmarket in October and York four weeks ago; gelded before that latest start, in which he started favourite but ran too poorly to have any confidence placed in him today.
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Verdict Starting price

4th

9

(9)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Southern Voyage

9st 8lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Archie Watson

took keen hold, prominent, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon headed and lost second, held inside final furlong

9/1

8th

1

(2)

8th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 3

14:05 York

Southern Voyage

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Archie Watson

sweating, took keen hold, led, headed halfway, ridden 4f out, soon lost ground, dropped to rear 2f out, soon detached, tailed off (trainer's rep could offer no explanation for the poor form shown; vet said post-race examination failed to reveal any abnormalities)

5/1

10th

8

(10)

8th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:10 Newmarket

Southern Voyage

8st 7lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Archie Watson

Tenacious prominent-racer; has gained narrow-margin wins at Redcar, Ascot and Thirsk (1m4f, good) on his last three starts, and a 3lb rise for the last of them should not prevent another bold bid, for all that this race undoubtedly represents a tougher assignment.

10/1

14/1

Form: 7-3306

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Close third of four in 1m2f Listed event on reappearance but not so good in her three runs since; 1m was a possible excuse at Royal Ascot (sole race here) and her only start since was in a Group 3, but she has a fair bit to prove in first-time headgear on this first venture beyond 10.5f.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

(3)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Angel Power

10st 2lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Roger Varian

towards rear of midfield, not clear run on inner 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on inside final furlong, not reach leaders

14/1

6th

2

(6)

24th Jun 2022

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 42y

Class 1

19:10 Newcastle (AW)

Angel Power

9st 7lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: Roger Varian

taken down early, towards rear, ridden from over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out

10/1

16th

3

(23)

15th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 213y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Angel Power

9st 10lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Roger Varian

raced wide, prominent, ridden over 2f out, hung right over 1f out, no extra final 110yds

14/1

Form: 611112 BF

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 90

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 penultimate outing; had a second crack at 1m4f two weeks ago and although outstayed by the winner, he finished a long way clear of the third, so that too was improved form; raised 1lb since, he's one for the shortlist.
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Verdict Starting price

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: -30054 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Has run in ten handicaps, winning one last December; wore cheekpieces on last three starts; last two were creditable efforts over C&D and in Listed race at Newmarket (25-1) but she does not look the best handicapped.
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Verdict Starting price

7th

5

(10)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Pretty Sweet

9st 9lb

J: Jason Collett

T: George Boughey

midfield on outer, headway over 2f out, ridden and briefly went second over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

10/1

4th

2

(4)

30th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newmarket (July)

Pretty Sweet

9st 9lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: George Boughey

midfield, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong

20/1

5th

1

(7)

8th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

16:00 Ascot

Pretty Sweet

10st 2lb

J: Harry Davies

T: George Boughey

held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and kept on from over 1f out, not pace to challenge

10/1

Form: 581750 CD

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Won well in the C&D Classic on this card last August off 2lb lower; mixed results since include modest shows in two further C&D races (including at the Royal meeting on latest outing) along with his Ripon win in April; others look more solid.
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Verdict Starting price

8th

8

(1)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

State Of Bliss

9st 8lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Charlie & Mark Johnston

took keen hold, in touch with leaders on inner, not clear run 2f out, soon lost position and ridden, weakened gradually final furlong

12/1

1st

19

(10)

17th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:40 Ascot

State Of Bliss

8st 12lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie & Mark Johnston

pressed leader, shaken up and led over 2f out, soon hung right, ridden when headed 1f out, weakened gradually inside final furlong, no match for winner

6/1

5th

7

(2)

4th Jun 2022

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 2

17:15 Epsom

State Of Bliss

8st 12lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Charlie & Mark Johnston

midfield, pushed along and some headway over 3f out, steadied and waiting for room against far rail 3f out, soon not clear run repeatedly and lost ground quickly, ridden 2f out, not recover

12/1

10/1

Form: -13136 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Often leads; had his ups and downs on turf for previous yard but in good form for this one on AW last winter; last of six at Salisbury in June latest but he might have come on since that run (it was his first for 107 days) and 1m6f may have been too far; case can be made.
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Verdict Starting price

9th

10

(12)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Celtic Art

9st 8lb

J: Takeshi Yokoyama

T: Jeremy Scott

took keen hold, prominent, ridden 2f out, lost position and hampered over 1f out, soon in rear

10/1

6th

2

22nd Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 6f 44y

Class 3

16:50 Salisbury

Celtic Art

9st 9lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Jeremy Scott

Often leads; had his ups and downs on turf for previous yard but in good form for this one on AW, winning two of his last four starts at 1m4f; however, he returns to turf with stamina to prove over this far (previous well-held attempt came in a Group 3 in 2020) and lacking a recent run.

6/1

3rd

5

(1)

7th Mar 2022

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 2

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Celtic Art

8st 10lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Jeremy Scott

5yo who has form figures of 2131 for his new yard this winter and his latest success was a brave front-running win in a Class 2 at Lingfield (1m4f); only 2lb higher here and another bold bid is expected back on Tapeta.

7/2

Form: 22/607 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Smart in 2017, 2018 and 2019; almost nothing to write home about in his light career since, the one exception being his sixth of 16 over C&D this May (7lb lower today) but he did little on either run since.
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Verdict Starting price

10th

6

(2)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Danehill Kodiac

9st 9lb

J: Christophe-Patrice Lemaire

T: Joe Tickle

led, headed and ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

40/1

7th

3

(3)

16th Jul 2022

Good

1m 4f 10y

Class 2

15:28 Ripon

Danehill Kodiac

9st 12lb

J: Taylor Fisher

T: Joe Tickle

led, ridden and headed over 3f out, lost position over 2f out, weakened from over 1f out

20/1

12th

17

(11)

14th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Danehill Kodiac

9st 4lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Joe Tickle

led, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, lost touch and eased inside final furlong, tailed off

9/1

33/1

Form: 48-456 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Reserve; rather lost his way for William Haggas last year; first two runs this year showed that significant ability remained for new connections but he then suffered a heavy defeat when 50-1 at Newcastle two weeks ago; no win since 2019 but he's now 20lb below his peak mark.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

4

(6)

16th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 1f 35y

Class 3

16:45 Hamilton

Faylaq

9st 13lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Ewan Whillans

slowly away and lost many lengths start, in rear, shaken up 3f out, some headway but not clear run from over 2f out, pushed along and no response from under 2f out, no extra inside final furlong (jockey said gelding missed the break)

33/1

11

(6)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Faylaq

9st 6lb

J: Reserve

T: Ewan Whillans

Reserve; rather lost his way for William Haggas last year; first two runs this year showed that significant ability remained for new connections but he then suffered a heavy defeat when 50-1 at Newcastle two weeks ago; no win since 2019 but he's now 20lb below his peak mark.

33/1

3

(5)

1st Aug 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:48 Ayr

Faylaq

9st 8lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Ewan Whillans

Lost his way for William Haggas last year before being picked up for 40,000gns in October; the handicapper is easing off but this trip is a bare minimum round here and he again only holds outside claims.

16/1

10/1

Form: 641543

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Reserve; front-runner; won at Newmarket in May; runner-up in 1m2f amateurs' race at Sandown on Thursday but there is something for him to prove over this new trip, having been upped to 11.4f when third of five at Windsor 12 days ago.
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12

(7)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Bad Company

9st 4lb

J: Reserve

T: Jim Boyle

Reserve; front-runner; won at Newmarket in May; runner-up in 1m2f amateurs' race at Sandown on Thursday but there is something for him to prove over this new trip, having been upped to 11.4f when third of five at Windsor 12 days ago.

10/1

2nd

1

(2)

4th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 4

17:36 Sandown

Bad Company

11st 4lb

J: Miss Serena Brotherton

T: Jim Boyle

took keen hold, led, briefly headed halfway, pushed along 3f out, hung left and headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

5/1

3rd

2

(3)

25th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 99y

Class 3

19:35 Windsor

Bad Company

9st 13lb

J: Pat Cosgrave

T: Jim Boyle

led at steady pace, shaken up and increased tempo 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon headed, no impression from over 1f out

6/1

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Non-runners

Faylaq, Bad Company

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Payout
Exacta £255.00
Straight Forecast £295.40
Tricast £2808.80
Trifecta £2148.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Pride Of Priory

The Guardian:

The Whipmaster

Telegraph:

Pretty Sweet

LAMBOURN:

Southern Voyage

TOPSPEED:

State Of Bliss

The Sun:

Angel Power

WEST COUNTRY:

Celtic Art

RP Ratings:

Pride Of Priory

POSTDATA:

Pride Of Priory

NEWMARKET:

Pride Of Priory

The Times:

Pride Of Priory

Daily Mail:

Pride Of Priory

Daily Express:

Pride Of Priory

The Star:

Pride Of Priory

Daily Mirror:

The Whipmaster

Daily Record:

The Whipmaster