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Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) (Colts)

  • Prize money: £155952.5
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) (Colts)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 114211 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 2lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Beaten favourite twice in June, including in the Coventry; has subsequently regained the winning thread in major French races, beating stablemate The Antarctic by 3l in the Prix Robert Papin then beating Persian Force by half a length in the Morny (both 6f, good); tough colt who has been on the go since April and is now 5-7 with mostly progressive form; big player.

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

1st

1

(2)

24th Sep 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Blackbeard

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

unruly at the post, in touch with leaders, headway from 3f out, pushed along 2f out, led over 1f out, drifted right but ridden and kept on well inside final furlong

11/4

2

(5)

6th Aug 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Blackbeard

9st 5lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

No Nay Never colt has been kept busy, two wins here including Marble Hill and only just touched off by Shartash in Railway Stakes over C&D; fourth success of the season came in last month's Group 2 Prix Robert Papin when beating stablemate The Antarctic (Group 3 winner this week) under a positive ride; progressing well but Ryan Moore prefers Little Big Bear.

5/1

2nd

3

(6)

25th Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

15:05 Curragh

Blackbeard

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

unruly at the post, prominent towards near side, led narrowly before halfway, pushed along when faced challenge over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well but headed final strides

5/4

12/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 173213 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 2lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Brother to Battaash; scored twice over 5f in the spring; has shown useful form in France since upped to 6f, with Group 3 success at Deauville (good to soft) flanked by creditable efforts in bigger races won by stablemate Blackbeard; needs some improvement to land this prize but that is by no means out of the question.

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

14th

13

(16)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

The Antarctic

9st 3lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: A P O’Brien

Ran well in defeat in 2yo Group 1s on final two runs last season (6f, good) and won 3yo Group 3 at Naas (6f, good) this May; he's better than he showed in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot but others are more compelling.

40/1

13th

2

(14)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

The Antarctic

9st 6lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Runner-up in Group 1 Middle Park (6f, good) on final 2yo start and left reappearance run behind when making all in Group 3 at Naas (6f, good) last month; carries 3lb penalty here and this brother to 5f superstar Battaash goes beyond a sprint trip for the first time, but there were some strong hints last year that he would be suited by 7f and he's firmly in calculations.

9/2

1st

5

(2)

21st May 2023

Good

0m 5f 205y

15:45 Naas

The Antarctic

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

raced far side, made all, pushed along from under 2f out, ridden when faced challenge 1f out, edged right but kept on well inside final furlong, just did enough

15/8

6/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 112122 D BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 2lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Impressive in the Brocklesby (good to soft) on debut and has subsequently proved a very solid performer (on good/firmer), most recently running well behind Blackbeard in the Morny and taking his overall form figures to 112122; had that rival behind him in the Coventry, then won the July Stakes on the other course here; very likely to go well again.

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

3rd

6

(7)

24th Sep 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Persian Force

9st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Richard Hannon

prominent, led over 4f out, pushed along 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, drifted right inside final furlong, lost second towards finish

6/1

2nd

5

(1)

6th Aug 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Persian Force

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Richard Hannon

pressed winner, joined winner over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon held, no chance with winner inside final furlong

9/2

3rd

7

(4)

7th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newmarket (July)

Persian Force

9st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Richard Hannon

disputed lead up the centre, pushed along 2f out, ridden and drifted right over 1f out, kept on well final 110yds

6/1

OUR TIP

5/2

Form: 112 D BF

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 2lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Fast-improving colt who was very impressive at Thirsk on second start; ran well when favourite for the Gimcrack seven days later, still looking green under pressure but finishing a clear second behind Noble Style whose absence from this race makes his assignment that bit easier; all three runs at 6f on good/faster; should have more to offer and commands major respect.

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

13th

3

(3)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Marshman

9st 9lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

Group 3 winner in 2023; went close at Doncaster (6f, soft; Listed) on reappearance, despite taking a good hold, and should build on that effort; combination of the return to forecast better ground and first-time hood looks beneficial; respected.

6/1

2nd

2

(4)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 2y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Marshman

9st 10lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Lightly raced 4yo; successful first time out in 2022 and 2023, latterly in Group 3 Prix Sigy at Chantilly (5.5f, soft) in April; didn't build on that in higher-grade events afterwards but drops in class for his return to action (in first-time tongue-strap) and looks to have conditions in his favour.

7/2

Form: 717230 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 2lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Stablemate of Never Just A Dream; record is 1-6, the win gained in Ffos Las maiden (6f); placed twice last month but subsequently came up well short in Doncaster sales race; bottom of this pack on ratings.

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

1st

2

(2)

20th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket

Once More For Luck

9st 3lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Ismail Mohammed

Ffos Las maiden winner (6f, good) who fared better than could have been expected when a near-8l sixth of eight at 250-1 in the Group 1 Middle Park over C&D (good) last September; however, that form may flatter him and he's been hit with a 10lb rise; well beaten both runs on slow ground.

20/1

6th

5

(4)

24th Sep 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Once More For Luck

9st 2lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Ismail Mohammed

in touch with leaders, ridden and outpaced 2f out, soon held

100/1

12th

2

(2)

8th Sep 2022

Good

0m 6f 111y

Class 2

14:00 Doncaster

Once More For Luck

9st 4lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Ismail Mohammed

midfield, pushed along over 2f out, chased leaders when ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong

50/1

11/1

Form: 1 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 2lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Zoustar colt who created a highly favourable impression with his debut performance at Yarmouth (6f, good to soft) last week, making all and running on strongly for a 4l win; quickly goes into markedly deeper waters but he looks a smart prospect who has Group-race potential; very promising and very interesting.

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

0

8

(7)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 37y

Class 1

13:50 Haydock

Zoology

9st 0lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: Harry Eustace

The sole 3yo in the field and he showed he's smart on just his fifth career start when 1l second of 15 in the Group 3 Jersey at Royal Ascot (7f, good to firm) in June, although it probably wasn't a vintage renewal of that race; Australian interests subsequently acquired a 50% share in him and he's moved from James Ferguson to Harry Eustace ahead of this first outing for 11 weeks.

9/2

2nd

14

(7)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Zoology

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: James Ferguson

Beat Covey, albeit with that rival was making his debut, in Southwell novice (7f, AW) in April when making it two wins from three starts; soft ground may not have been ideal when 9l fourth in the Group 3 Greenham at Newbury last time and he retains potential, but others look more compelling.

20/1

4th

11

(3)

22nd Apr 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Zoology

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: James Ferguson

Found the Group 1 Middle Park too much too soon; that defeat is flanked by two novice wins, latest at Southwell (7f, AW) where he beat a colt who franked the form at Newmarket on Tuesday; could go well for in-form stable.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £245.00
Straight Forecast £503.30
Tricast £2960.00
Trifecta £1243.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Marshman

TOPSPEED:

Blackbeard

NEWMARKET:

Zoology

RP Ratings:

Marshman

Telegraph:

Marshman

Daily Mail:

Marshman

Daily Mirror:

Marshman

Daily Express:

Blackbeard