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16:40 Ascot

Good To Soft

Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By Qipco)

  • Prize money: £103080
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 20 runners
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Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By Qipco)

Runners: 23 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

10/1

  • Place: £3.35

Form: 2138-2 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Progressive filly who scored three times (on good/firmer) in 2021; ran well in Listed event at Sandown (1m, soft) last month on belated seasonal debut, earning a 5lb rise that is offset today by Adam Farragher's useful claim; fresher than most and enters calculations.

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3rd

5

(11)

5th Nov 2022

Heavy

1m 2f 43y

Class 1

13:30 Doncaster

Sweet Believer

9st 4lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: William Haggas

towards rear

4/1

2nd

12

(20)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:40 Ascot

Sweet Believer

9st 5lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: William Haggas

took keen hold, towards rear, towards near side until switched to far side over 6f out, ridden and headway on outer 2f out, hung right and led from over 1f out, kept on but headed towards finish

10/1

5

(6)

7th Oct 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

17:50 Newmarket

Sweet Believer

9st 5lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Generally progressive last season, including third to Ville De Grace in 1m2f Listed race at Yarmouth; had an 11-month absence before good second of five in Listed race at Sandown (1m, soft) last month, so she may build on that, but she does need to.

12/1

14/1

  • Place: £7.60

Form: 012525

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Narrow winner at Haydock (7f, soft) in July then held his form well in cheekpieces until a below-par effort last time; sole 3yo in the field but doesn't appear to be ahead of his mark and chance largely depends on how well he takes to new headgear.

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10th

3

(14)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Tacarib Bay

9st 10lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Hannon

towards rear on near side of group

8/1

7th

2

(10)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 212y

Class 2

14:45 Haydock

Tacarib Bay

9st 8lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

in rear

8/1

9th

1

(4)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Tacarib Bay

9st 12lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

midfield

11/1

16/1

Form: 508620 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Retains a good deal of ability aged nine, without quite being the horse he once was; however, didn't perform well here two weeks ago, failing to back up his close second at Leopardstown the time before; has form at 1m but best known for his 7f exploits.

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11th

1

(4)

27th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Safe Voyage

10st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

Done most winning round easy, turning courses, so has that in his favour; isn't as consistent now, which is no surprise given his age, but retains most of his ability and is fine on Tapeta; the harder they go the better for him.

8/1

4th

2

(9)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 212y

Class 2

16:25 Haydock

Safe Voyage

10st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

Veteran now but he ran really well in the Thirsk Hunt Cup (1m) and the Victoria Cup at Ascot (7f) in the spring and took advantage of a slight drop in grade at Chester (7.5f) last time, underlining how well he goes on soft ground; has an excellent course record and should remain very competitive after a 5lb rise.

11/2

12/1

Form: 281142 C BF

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Readily beat stablemate Blue For You in the Golden Mile at Goodwood then followed up in a classified event here on Shergar Cup day; sound efforts at York (fourth to Blue For You having met trouble) and Goodwood (went very close) since; in great form and should go well again.

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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

16/1

Form: /3650- D

Last run: 364 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Absent since beating just one rival in this contest 12 months ago when 100-1; however, he's useful on his day (second in 2020 Royal Hunt Cup) and returns on a workable mark; reappearance winner on two occasions; check the market signals.

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5th

2

(9)

12th Nov 2022

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 2

14:00 Lingfield (AW)

Montatham

9st 9lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: William Haggas

Was returning from a year off when sixth of the 20 runners in the Balmoral handicap at Ascot (1m, good to soft) four weeks ago, finishing just over a length behind Tacarib Bay; may not come on that much for it as he has a fine record fresh, but he ran well in his one start on Polytrack as a 3yo so may still have more to offer on the surface.

11/4

6th

9

(4)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:40 Ascot

Montatham

9st 5lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: William Haggas

midfield, headway 2f out, ridden and led narrowly over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened final 110yds

16/1

19th

3

(16)

16th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ascot

Montatham

9st 7lb

J: Dane O’Neill

T: William Haggas

Progressive form (on good or quicker) last summer included a good second in the Royal Hunt Cup over C&D; stopped improving last autumn and Jim Crowley prefers Aldaary today; absent since July.

25/1

Form: 277709 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Has contested this event twice, finishing fourth in 2017 and well held in 2021; loads of other Ascot form includes a win in the 2018 Queen Anne; went close in this year's Victoria Cup but hasn't quite matched that effort subsequently.

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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: 4117-2 D

Last run: 182 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced in the last few years; bagged 1m2f handicaps at two major festivals (heavy/good) in 2021; close second in the Spring Cup at Newbury (good) on sole run this season, proving as effective back over 1m; largely progressive and looks interesting on return from another layoff.

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1

(11)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Migration

9st 13lb

J: Paddy Bradley

T: David Menuisier

Ran four times last year and struggled on final three; however, he's run mighty races on his reappearances in each of the last two seasons, defying top weight in this contest 12 months ago (heavy); 4lb higher today; a major player if back to his best on this return to action; tongue-tie goes on.

12/1

18th

1

(11)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Migration

10st 1lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: David Menuisier

Didn't have the ideal passage in this race last October (good to soft; back from break) but he showed what could be done when making up a lot of late ground to win the Lincoln at Doncaster in April (heavy); up 6lb to career-high mark in first handicap since (absent since a Group 3 in May) but this type of race suits him so well, he may yet do even better.

8/1

16/1

Form: 036340 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Raced mainly on good/firmer; has seemed difficult to place, mostly in Listed/Group races, since winning last year's Britannia over C&D (off just 1lb lower); however, looks quite interesting back in this scenario with Harry Davies taking off a useful 3lb.

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1st

7

(6)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Perotto

9st 7lb

J: Bauyrzhan Murzabayev

T: Roger Varian

midfield, headway and ridden over 1f out, went second inside final furlong, pushed along and ran on well final 110yds, led final stride

11/4

7th

11

(17)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Goodwood

Perotto

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Roger Varian

Course winner at 6f and 7f; had been on a losing run since winning the 1m Britannia at Ascot in 2021 but put an end to it when winning from Ouzo at Sandown last month (1m, good to firm; first-time hood, retained); still below the mark of his big Ascot win but mudlark credentials are shaky.

12/1

1st

9

(4)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Perotto

8st 13lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Roger Varian

Defied a 5lb higher mark in the 2021 Britannia; 0-15 since, most recently beaten favourite (finished tenth) in the Royal Hunt Cup on second run for new yard; however, good chance if taking well to first-time hood.

6/1

12/1

Form: 923381 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Has form figures of 216 in this race, the win gained in 2019 (on heavy ground); recent 7f win here (good to soft) sets him up nicely for another Balmoral attempt, though 6lb penalty makes life harder; the 8yo runs off a career-high mark.

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5th

9

(6)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Escobar

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

steadied start, towards rear

10/1

9th

8

(8)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Escobar

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

sweating, dwelt start, midfield on near side of group

14/1

8th

7

(11)

27th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Escobar

9st 3lb

J: Neil Callan

T: David O’Meara

Veteran who's become hard to win with and been on the downgrade this year, coming 22lb down the weights; late in the day to be making his Tapeta debut in a new form of headgear and will need some luck if dropped in as usual from stall 11.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 142435 D BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Quickly developed into a useful sort on AW last winter/spring; good third to Blue For You in handicap at the York Ebor festival (1m, good) on second turf attempt, then didn't fare badly last time considering the soft ground possibly wasn't ideal; not fully exposed; remains of interest.

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3rd

5

(6)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 1

15:20 Southwell (AW)

Tyrrhenian Sea

9st 3lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Varian

held up in rear

4/1

1st

3

(6)

31st Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

13:54 Lingfield (AW)

Tyrrhenian Sea

9st 10lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Varian

Smart performer on AW and his last two runs over this C&D have seen him finish second in the Winter Derby and in last month's Churchill Stakes; looks booked for another prominent showing.

2/1

2nd

6

(5)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

14:36 Lingfield (AW)

Tyrrhenian Sea

9st 4lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

dwelt start, in rear

11/1

9/1

Form: 7-2156 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Useful filly who bagged Group 3 honours at Epsom (8.5f, good) on Derby day; couple of below-par efforts back on faster ground since, including at Royal Ascot; has won on soft; conditions aside, has the class to play a big role off this mark provided she's back on song; 1-1 in handicaps.

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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

33/1

Form: 276034 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Started his career in Britain; trained in Ireland since early 2021; has performed well in some competitive handicaps this year; however, he's on a 13-race losing run and this looks a difficult task.

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3rd

10

(11)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

14:45 Curragh

Casanova

9st 5lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: Adrian McGuinness

Long losing run but reappeared with fine fourth in Irish Lincoln here last month, having raced prominently; down to a competitive mark and has to enter calculations.

10/1

Form: -01050 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Capable of useful form but has shown it only once in five runs this term, when scoring at Doncaster in June; therefore far from certain to repeat his third-place finish in this contest last year; headgear enlisted.

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20

(22)

23rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:40 Ascot

Magical Morning

9st 3lb

J: James McDonald

T: Amy Murphy

First reserve; 9lb lower than when winning for the Gosdens at Doncaster (1m, good) last June; with new yard this term, twice runner-up (1m2f and sole run at 1m4f) abroad early in the year; below form on both outings back in Britain, given wind surgery in between; mostly wears cheekpieces these days but it was blinkers last time; others are more convincing.

40/1

6th

1

(4)

17th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:15 Sandown

Magical Morning

10st 2lb

J: David Egan

T: Amy Murphy

9lb lower than when winning for the Gosdens at Doncaster (1m, good) last summer and twice runner-up abroad in five starts for this yard this year; has undergone wind surgery since last seen and first-time blinkers replace cheekpieces, but others are more convincing.

20/1

Form: 322217 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Only seventh to Escobar over 7f here two weeks ago; however, has form figures of 32221 in 1m races for current yard, most recently overcoming traffic issues to beat Escobar and Tyrrhenian Sea at the York Ebor festival (on good ground); open to further improvement back at this trip; respected.

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19th

8

(20)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Blue For You

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: David O’Meara

Lost chance when hampered in this race last year (under Danny Tudhope, now on Bopedro); best form in 2023 when coming clear over 1m at York in July (good to soft); still looked to be in form over 7f here recently but weighted to his best and there's little to suggest he welcomes soft ground.

25/1

7th

4

(4)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Blue For You

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: David O’Meara

Scored readily at York (1m, good to soft) in July, looking better than ever; however, has failed to repeat that form in three subsequent runs and he's yet to defy a triple-digit mark; opposed.

20/1

16th
5 (3)
Johan

18/1

Form: 00-168 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Successful in the Lincoln (off 3lb lower) on stable/seasonal debut; below that form in his two starts since, latest back at Doncaster; only midfield in this race 12 months ago; percentage call is to oppose him.

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2

(12)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Johan

9st 8lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Jack Channon

Won this in 2022 (good to soft) on his first run of the year and landed the Golden Mile at Goodwood (1m, soft) last August on last season's belated return to action (one of just two runs last season); his reappearance record very much catches the eye and he's one to consider on today's 2024 comeback.

9/1

5th

4

(9)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Redcar

Johan

9st 2lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Jack Channon

Had 64 days off since defying a wide draw (a rare achievement) in Goodwood's Golden Mile (soft) but that came after 293 days away and he also won his Lincoln after an absence; commands plenty of respect, especially if there's rain about.

4/1

1st

6

(18)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Goodwood

Johan

9st 8lb

J: James Doyle

T: Jack Channon

Probably effective on soft; creditable fourth in the 2021 running and superb start for this yard when winning the Lincoln on reappearance in 2022 (1m, good to soft); just above that winning mark; not ruled out just because he makes a belated return.

25/1

Form: -20260

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Beat only one rival here a fortnight ago in the race won by Escobar; however, finished second (off this mark) in this event last year and holds obvious each-way claims if repeating that effort; headgear enlisted.

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7th

5

(6)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Symbolize

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

in touch with leaders in centre of group

20/1

7th

2

(5)

13th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 3

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Symbolize

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Just one win in 25 starts since his successful debut despite a sliding mark and well held on his return from four months off at Thirsk (7f, good; first since since wind surgery) in September; needs to improve for the different surface on AW debut.

7/1

6th

4

(6)

1st Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Thirsk

Symbolize

9st 8lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Julie Camacho

C&D winner for Andrew Balding but raced just twice for his current yard and came in only 11th of 15 in 1m handicap here in May; a subsequent wind op needs to spark improvement.

12/1

Form: 26-353 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Multiple Listed/Group winner who is making his belated handicap debut aged nine; retains enough ability to think he could go well off this mark, though is vulnerable to younger legs in such a competitive field.

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18th

8

(6)

15th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:40 Ascot

Stormy Antarctic

9st 6lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ed Walker

prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out

18/1

5th

5

(1)

27th Aug 2022

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Stormy Antarctic

9st 6lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Ed Walker

held up in last, shaken up over 2f out, ridden and no impression from over 1f out

9/1

3rd

7

(6)

21st May 2022

Good

1m 1f 197y

Class 1

14:15 Goodwood

Stormy Antarctic

9st 3lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ed Walker

Successful in this contest (on soft ground) last year but beat only three rivals and faces a deeper field this time round; furthermore, that's his only win on home soil since 2016 and has even older legs now (returns as a 9yo this term); however, still hard to dismiss on ratings.

11/2

14/1

Form: 078350

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Ran well in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot but he's 0-11 this term and going back up to a stiff 1m is far from sure to help, having gained all wins at about 7f; ninth in this contest 12 months ago.

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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

14/1

Form: 30-946 D

Last run: 83 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Raced mainly on good/firmer; suited by this C&D having made the frame in the last two Royal Hunt Cups; form dipped in Listed grade when last seen but he has each-way possibilities back in this scenario, provided he takes to first-time headgear.

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4th

1

(6)

3rd May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Newmarket

Astro King

9st 5lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Stays 1m2f and suited by good/firmer; has two notable pieces of 1m1f form at this course, namely success in the 2023 Cambridgeshire and creditable second in the Earl of Sefton last month; major player on ratings but has stamina to prove over this new trip.

13/2

2nd

1

(2)

17th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Astro King

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Hit new highs in major handicaps last term, notably with his win in the Cambridgeshire over C&D (good to firm) in September; not disgraced in mid-division since when seeking big money in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia; this is a different scenario to those larger-field handicaps last term but he is well worth his place at this level.

10/1

1st

1

(35)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Astro King

9st 12lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Made the frame in two Royal Hunt Cups for Sir Michael Stoute and better than ever for new yard this year, winning a competitive handicap at York (10.2f, good to firm) last month; he's up 5lb to a career-high mark and is back down in trip, but he'll relish the strong pace and could be bang there.

14/1

Form: 410222 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

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

4th

6

(1)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Newmarket

Mums Tipple

9st 1lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Richard Hannon

Unlucky in running at Lingfield in March (behind Chipstead) and after a flop at Wolverhampton he returned to form with a close second at Kempton 38 days ago; has a lower mark on turf and looks well treated on form such as his Wokingham fourth; Ryan Moore booked; not ruled out.

12/1

2nd

4

(6)

27th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Mums Tipple

9st 6lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Useful on his day, such as when winning off this mark at Chelmsford (7f) last March; inconsistent since and latest effort doesn't augur well; however, has a fighting chance granted a rebound.

9/1

4

(3)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 1

14:40 Wolverhampton (AW)

Mums Tipple

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Richard Hannon

Ready winner of this race in 2021 (2-3 at Wolverhampton); only eighth home at Lingfield eight days ago but he couldn't find a gap in the straight and would surely have gone close had he seen daylight; major player for a yard that also runs Shouldvebeenaring.

11/2

Form: 115442

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

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

1st

3

(5)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 2y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Montassib

9st 10lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Raced mainly at 7f/1m until last autumn when the drop to 6f seemed to suit him and he posted a career best to win a big-field handicap at York (soft) in October in emphatic style; well worth his place in this higher grade, and a leading contender if ready to roll after a break.

4/1

1st

3

(7)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Montassib

9st 9lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

dwelt start, raced far side, in rear

11/1

Form: 084830 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

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

8th

4

(16)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:20 Newmarket

Bopedro

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Won here in April 2023 (good to soft) and third in the C&D Cambridgeshire (good to firm; 2lb lower today) in September; he's been a notch of two below that level this year, however, and although not beaten far, he managed only eighth of 17 here 18 days ago.

12/1

8th

1

(14)

16th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:55 Newmarket

Bopedro

9st 9lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: David O’Meara

Below best the last twice on first two AW starts but the return to turf could be a plus and he has an excellent record on the two Newmarket courses, winning this last year (good to soft) and finishing fourth in the Cambridgeshire (1m1f, good to firm) last September; could play a leading role.

9/1

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