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Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (Group 3)

  • Prize money: £85065
  • 1m 0f 177y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (Group 3)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 6-1021

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Has given his opponents head-starts on his last three runs and could do with breaking smarter, but he was a good Listed second behind Mighty Ulysses at Newmarket (1m, good to firm) last month and finished well for a Listed win at Pontefract (1m, good) most recently; this 3yo shapes as though today's extra yardage will prompt further improvement and he's a strong contender.

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

5th

1

(7)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:20 Leopardstown

Alflaila

9st 9lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Owen Burrows

dwelt start, in rear, detached under 3f out, headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, never near to challenge

5/1

1st

1

(5)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 2f 56y

Class 1

15:15 York

Alflaila

9st 8lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Owen Burrows

took keen hold, held up in rear, pushed along 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, pushed out and drifted left towards finish

4/1

8/1

  • Place: £5.50

Form: 3-2631

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Won a conditions race in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Thirsk a fortnight ago despite the unsuitable 7f trip; third in a 1m1f Group 3 at Newmarket last October (good) and runner-up over the same trip in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan (good) in March; however, that was a relatively weak Group 1 and he needs a career best if he's to come out on top here.

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

Form: 504028

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Horse

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Group 3 and dual Listed winner in his prime; Listed runner-up at 33-1 behind Alflaila at Pontefract last month but enjoyed the run of the race in front and has since been well beaten at Haydock; others preferred.

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

6th

2

(6)

14th Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 4

16:45 York

Maries Diamond

10st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

led, headed under 3f out, kept on until no extra inside final 110yds

20/1

10th

2

(4)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 3

19:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Maries Diamond

9st 8lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Ran a cracker from the front at York in May (extended 1m2f) and he turns up here off a 7lb lower mark after some struggles in classy company; ran well in one start at this track and a more positive showing is expected in this weaker race.

14/1

14/1

Form: 4-2459

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

7f 2yo Listed winner who was a creditable fourth in the Derby in June; however, he's finished down the field in 1m5f/1m4f Group 3s the last twice and is probably best watched now back down in trip.

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

4th

5

(1)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 2f 43y

Class 2

16:10 Doncaster

Masekela

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Thrown in on best form but a long way below it this season, cheekpieces failing to stop the slide at York last time on his first run after wind surgery; impossible to dismiss from a plunging mark but carries obvious risks.

12/1

10th

9

(11)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

17:20 York

Masekela

9st 3lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Capable of useful form at two and three; however, badly out of sorts this season; chance depends on whether the combination of wind surgery and first-time headgear prompts a revival.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: -51251

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Very close fifth in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot before a Listed win at Newmarket (1m, good to firm) where he had something to spare over runner-up Alflaila; he wasn't stopping at the line at Newmarket and this extra furlong should be fine; leading claims.

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

6th

4

(4)

29th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Mighty Ulysses

9st 6lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: John & Thady Gosden

C&D novice winner who was a Listed scorer on the other Newmarket course (1m, good to firm) last July; back to form when dead-heating in Group 3 Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury (1m, good) last month in first-time cheekpieces (retained) and he's respected for his top stable (one of two for yard).

9/2

1st

3

(2)

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Salisbury

Mighty Ulysses

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: John & Thady Gosden

Rapidly developed into a smart miler last summer, very close fifth in Group 1 St James's Palace before a Listed win at Newmarket, but disappointing on final 3yo start and on his only run this term; good to soft ground and some ring-rustiness might help explain the latter but connections also now turn to cheekpieces.

7/2

5th

7

(7)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:20 Ascot

Mighty Ulysses

9st 3lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Rapidly developed into a smart miler last summer, very close fifth in Group 1 St James's Palace over C&D before a Listed win at Newmarket; a touch disappointing when stepped up to 1m1f at York on final 3yo start but his overall profile is positive and he could easily have more to come in 2023; contender but he was keen in quite a few of his races last year and wouldn't want to be too fresh back from 11 months off; raced only on good/good to firm.

6/1

Form: 17-215 D BF

Last run: 66 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Filly who carries a 3lb penalty now back against males and wasn't at her best at Royal Ascot when last seen; however, that run may have come too soon, just 11 days after she won a Group 3 at Epsom (8.5f, good), and she looked highly progressive at that point; retains potential and not written off.

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

12th

7

(19)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:40 Ascot

Bashkirova

9st 7lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

slowly away, in rear, towards near side until switched to far side over 6f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms

9/1

6th

1

(7)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 0f 177y

Class 1

13:50 York

Bashkirova

9st 7lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

dwelt start, held up in behind leaders, pushed along 4f out, ridden over 2f out, made no impression

7/1

5th

3

(8)

15th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Bashkirova

9st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

slowly into stride, ducked left start, towards rear but in touch with leaders, ridden and outpaced when edged left and dropped to last over 2f out, rallied final 110yds, kept on, not pace to challenge

9/2

Form: 1-4303

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

He was making just his fifth start when third in a Group 3 at Goodwood (1m, good to firm) three weeks ago and that was a career-best effort; further improvement is possible but necessary in what looks a better race.

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

6th

3

(9)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Sonny Liston

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Ralph Beckett

Solid marker in highly competitive 1m handicaps for this yard, including when first home in his group in the Royal Hunt Cup over C&D in June; touched off at Doncaster last month (1m, soft) and although back up 4lb he should be involved again.

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £496.00
Straight Forecast £598.90
Tricast £10222.10
Trifecta £4625.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Mighty Ulysses

SPOTLIGHT:

Alflaila

TOPSPEED:

Bashkirova

Daily Express:

Sonny Liston

The Guardian:

Cadillac

POSTDATA:

Mighty Ulysses

NEWMARKET:

Mighty Ulysses

The Times:

Mighty Ulysses

Daily Mail:

Mighty Ulysses

Daily Mirror:

Mighty Ulysses

The Sun:

Mighty Ulysses

The Star:

Mighty Ulysses

LAMBOURN:

Alflaila

Telegraph:

Alflaila

Daily Record:

Alflaila