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13:30 Newbury

Soft

Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Group 3)

  • Prize money: £39697
  • 1m 4f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Group 3)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

25/1 (Won)

  • Win: £21.00
  • Place: £5.60

Form: 02853-

Last run: 182 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Had his quirks last term (gelded before final start; wore headgear last four) and going very close in the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot (1m4f) remains clearly his highest rating; first start on softer than good was his respectable third to Max Vega in Group 3 over C&D (heavy) last October; even peak form may not be good enough.

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4th

3

(1)

13th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket (July)

Grand Alliance

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Charlie Fellowes

Quirky sort whose best effort came with clearcut Group 3 win at Newbury (1m4f, soft) in April, despite again hanging badly left in latter stages; no show in Group 2 at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good to firm; ran well with the same conditions there one year earlier) on his only run since; Ryan Moore rides him for the first time; major work to do even on best form.

12/1

6th

4

(2)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Grand Alliance

9st 3lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Fellowes

Quirky sort who might have collared Changingoftheguard in the King Edward VII over C&D 12 months ago had he kept a true line; regained the winning thread in Group 3 at Newbury (1m4f, soft) on sole outing this term, despite again hanging badly left in latter stages; this is a harder task.

28/1

1st

3

(1)

22nd Apr 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Grand Alliance

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Fellowes

Had his quirks last term (gelded before final start; wore headgear last four) and going very close in the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot (1m4f) remains clearly his highest rating; first start on softer than good was his respectable third to Max Vega in Group 3 over C&D (heavy) last October; even peak form may not be good enough.

25/1

50/1

  • Place: £10.90

Form: 45180- D

Last run: 168 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Made a big splash in a few good 1m4f handicaps last two seasons, including on soft; tidy win last term at the York Ebor meeting; sold out of John Butler's for 150,000gns 11 days prior to a muted show in the November Handicap at Doncaster; even on best form, he has a lot to prove at this level.

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2nd

2

(4)

22nd Apr 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Farhan

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Philip Kirby

Made a big splash in a few good 1m4f handicaps last two seasons, including on soft; tidy win last term at the York Ebor meeting; sold out of John Butler's for 150,000gns 11 days prior to a muted show in the November Handicap at Doncaster; even on best form, he has a lot to prove at this level.

50/1

10th

5

(22)

5th Nov 2022

Heavy

1m 3f 197y

Class 2

15:13 Doncaster

Farhan

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Philip Kirby

Flourished when upped to 1m4f for last two starts last season, justifying favouritism in this race (soft; unraced on heavy) in clearcut style; resumed his improvement with a tidy win at York Ebor meeting (good) before put in his place when 33-1 in an Ascot Group 3; sold out of John Butler's for 150,000gns 11 days ago; still looked capable of better in that York win, so not dismissed despite 5lb higher mark.

16/1

8th

4

(2)

1st Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Farhan

9st 6lb

J: Jason Watson

T: John Butler

held up in midfield, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened final furlong

33/1

15/2

Form: 56071- CD

Last run: 182 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Has a good record at Newbury, including winning this race last year (on good ground) and another C&D Group 3 last October (heavy); mostly well beaten in between and conceding weight all round looks tricky this time, but he has each-way claims.

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9th

7

(9)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Max Vega

9st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

prominent

20/1

8th

1

(12)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Max Vega

9st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Dual Group 3 winner at 1m4f on turf; opened his AW account in handicap over that trip at Wolverhampton (off just 2lb lower) six weeks ago; has the ability to remain competitive, provided he's as effective back at 2m (third attempt).

6/1

1st

1

(1)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Max Vega

10st 1lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

raced in third, pushed along 2f out, ridden against rail over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well final 110yds

7/2

7/2

Form: 120/2- CD

Last run: 310 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Has won just a maiden but runner-up in the Derby and St Leger in 2021 and went close in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on his only outing last season; two of his peak efforts were on good to soft, with a fair show in the 2021 Arc on heavy but withdrawn this month because of soft ground; the one to beat on 2022 form and could have a big shout despite this step back down in trip.

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4th

7

(3)

22nd Apr 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Mojo Star

9st 2lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Richard Hannon

Has won just a maiden but runner-up in the Derby and St Leger in 2021 and went close in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on his only outing last season; two of his peak efforts were on good to soft, with a fair show in the 2021 Arc on heavy but withdrawn this month because of soft ground; the one to beat on 2022 form and could have a big shout despite this step back down in trip.

7/2

3

(5)

12th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Nottingham

Mojo Star

9st 3lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Richard Hannon

Only won a maiden but has high-profile placed form, finishing runner-up in both the Derby and St Leger as a 3yo and on his only sighting last season pushing the mighty Kyprios close in the Ascot Gold Cup; might well give Trueshan a race in receipt of 7lb, provided he's ready to rock after 300 days away; seems fine on all ground.

6/4

1st

7

(6)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Mojo Star

9st 3lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Richard Hannon

prominent, pushed along to lead under 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra when carried right over 1f out

13/8

Form: 5/357-

Last run: 182 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft; caught close home by Hurricane Lane in the 2021 Irish Derby; however, he wasn't seen again in 2021 after injuring himself in the King George and was way below form in all three starts last term; has since left Freddie and Martyn Meade; blinkers go on for this reappearance.

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6th

4

(2)

3rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:25 Newmarket

Lone Eagle

9st 6lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Went close in the 2021 Irish Derby; not so good since and soundly beaten in this race last year on his sole run on heavy going; second to Hamish at Chester (1m5f, soft) in May is clearly the best of his five runs for new yard this season; his next two runs were admittedly Group 1s but Chester Listed race last time gives him lots to find.

10/1

3rd

1

(6)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 6f 87y

Class 1

15:20 Chester

Lone Eagle

9st 7lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Went close in the 2021 Irish Derby for previous yard; not so good since but second of six in the 1m5f Group 3 Ormonde here (soft) in May was clearly his best result this term; tried 2m4f in the Gold Cup at Ascot next time and 2m in the Goodwood Cup on latest; good form chance.

3/1

Form: 4011-4 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Four wins in 2022, notably for new stable in October and he took a Deauville Listed race (12.5f, soft) on final outing; made a creditable reappearance in a 1m2f Group 3 at Saint-Cloud five weeks ago, making most, but this race demands overall improvement.

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6th

4

(15)

17th May 2023

Good

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

13:50 York

Surrey Mist

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

Four wins in 2022, notably for new stable in October over 11.4f at Windsor (good) and 12.5f at Deauville (soft; Listed race); made a creditable reappearance at Saint-Cloud, making most, but ran poorly in another Group 3 at Newbury (soft) five weeks later; needs to resume improvement.

14/1

6th

8

(5)

22nd Apr 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Surrey Mist

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

Four wins in 2022, notably for new stable in October and he took a Deauville Listed race (12.5f, soft) on final outing; made a creditable reappearance in a 1m2f Group 3 at Saint-Cloud five weeks ago, making most, but this race demands overall improvement.

20/1

1st

8

(10)

3rd Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 3f 99y

Class 3

15:12 Windsor

Surrey Mist

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

travelled strongly, prominent, ridden under 2f out, carried head high but went clear from 1f out, comfortably

13/2

Form: 13/38- C BF

Last run: 293 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

2021 saw him win the Irish Derby, Grand Prix de Paris and the St Leger, and finish third when favourite for the Arc; however, last season he was confined to two runs in the summer and took two backward steps; goes well on softer than good; the class act in this field, needing to reaffirm that but another crack at the Arc remains connections' hope for him.

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5th

1

(2)

2nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 1

15:10 Epsom

Hurricane Lane

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Took well to first-time cheekpieces in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket (1m4f, good; Group 2) four weeks ago, bouncing back from a few disappointing efforts and returning to something like his high-class 3yo form; bagged three Group 1 prizes and finished third in the Arc during that solid 2021 campaign; evidently revived, he's respected in the retained headgear.

7/2

1st

2

(2)

5th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Hurricane Lane

9st 5lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

midfield, raced centre after 3f

13/8

7th

4

(6)

22nd Apr 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Hurricane Lane

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

2021 saw him win the Irish Derby, Grand Prix de Paris and the St Leger, and finish third when favourite for the Arc; however, last season he was confined to two runs in the summer and took two backward steps; goes well on softer than good; the class act in this field, needing to reaffirm that but another crack at the Arc remains connections' hope for him.

10/11

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Payout
Exacta £3870.00
Straight Forecast £4381.10
Tricast £33822.00
Trifecta £26670.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Hurricane Lane

Telegraph:

Max Vega

SPOTLIGHT:

Israr

The Star:

Mojo Star

TOPSPEED:

Israr

POSTDATA:

Hurricane Lane

NEWMARKET:

Hurricane Lane

The Times:

Hurricane Lane

The Guardian:

Hurricane Lane

D Express:

Hurricane Lane

The Sun:

Hurricane Lane

Daily Record:

Hurricane Lane

Daily Mail:

Max Vega

Daily Mirror:

Max Vega