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15:00 Sandown

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bet365 Mile (Group 2)

  • Prize money: £70887.5
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 7 runners
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bet365 Mile (Group 2)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Abandoned

Form: 23241- D

Last run: 217 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Bit frustrating on occasions but took well to first-time blinkers at Newmarket (1m, good; Group 2) when last seen, making all; headgear retained today; has won on soft/heavy; close second (shade unlucky) in this contest 12 months ago and should go well again.

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1st

1

(2)

29th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Mutasaabeq

9st 9lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Charles Hills

Made all in this last year (good) and did likewise on reappearance in another C&D Group 2 in May (good); below par at Royal Ascot and York the last twice and carries a 3lb penalty today, but five runs on the Rowley Mile have yielded four wins and he could bounce back to his best now returned here.

7/2

7th

5

(7)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:00 York

Mutasaabeq

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Charles Hills

Does most of his racing at 1m and made all in small fields for Newmarket Group 2s last autumn and this spring; has found the higher grade of the Lockinge at Newbury and Queen Anne at Royal Ascot beyond him since; now drops back in distance; enough to prove.

8/1

11th

8

(10)

20th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Mutasaabeq

9st 2lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Charles Hills

took keen hold, towards rear

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 395-26 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Productive 2yo campaign ended with a couple of French Group 1 wins; mixed results since and disappointing back on optimal ground in France most recently (4-4 on softer than good previously).

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7th

1

(1)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Angel Bleu

9st 6lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Two Group 1 wins on French soil as a 2yo; led close home in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood eight weeks ago, taking record on going softer than good to 6-8; faces a stiffer task in this field but slow ground would boost his chance.

25/1

1st

2

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Goodwood

Angel Bleu

9st 6lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

midfield, waiting for room over 2f out, ridden and switched left against near rail 1f out, headway final furlong, ran on well to lead towards finish

10/1

4th

3

(4)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:20 Ascot

Angel Bleu

9st 3lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Added to his good record on softer than good when resuming winning ways in 7f Haydock Listed race last month; shaped better than the result after meeting trouble when seventh of 12 in the Queen Anne over the straight 1m here (good) at the Royal meeting; big run on the cards if the ground eases.

9/2

Form: 27134- D

Last run: 195 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Good second in useful C&D handicap on Eclipse day last year; bagged Group 3 honours in France in August and ran creditably in the QEII at Ascot (good to soft) on final outing; may have more to offer this season; one for the shortlist.

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5th

2

(7)

26th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Checkandchallenge

9st 2lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: William Knight

Ran some good races in defeat last season prior to Listed win at Newmarket (1m2f, heavy) in November; won a Group 3 in France in 2022 (1m, good); could have a part to play if fully tuned up for this reappearance.

10/1

1st

1

(5)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

15:22 Newmarket

Checkandchallenge

9st 6lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: William Knight

in rear, shaken up and headway from 3f out, led over 1f out, idled inside final 110yds, just held on

7/2

Form: /330-6 BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Gelded prior to poor effort on heavy ground at Doncaster on reappearance; 0-7 since debut success but ran well in the Irish 2,000 Guineas last season and could bounce back.

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4th

2

(7)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Ayr

Imperial Fighter

9st 5lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Andrew Balding

towards rear of midfield, headway 3f out, weakened from 2f out

33/1

Form: /9226- BF

Last run: 181 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced and largely progressive colt; absent since his close sixth in valuable race in Australia six months ago; Group 1 form last summer when second in the Jean Prat and the Marois, both at Deauville (7f/1m, good to soft); 1-1 at Group 3 level (soft-ground win); leading contender.

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2nd

4

(5)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 37y

Class 1

13:50 Haydock

Light Infantry

9st 5lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David Simcock

No win since his 2yo days but that doesn't really tell the story as he's regularly performed well at the very highest level, including when third to Inspiral in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville (1m) last month; raced only on good or softer so drying ground a slight concern but he's the one to beat on form with his sights lowered.

7/4

3rd

5

(2)

20th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Light Infantry

9st 2lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David Simcock

led, headed 2f out, lost second over 1f out

16/1

7th

6

(11)

20th May 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Light Infantry

9st 2lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David Simcock

Lightly raced colt; Newmarket reappearance (behind Mutasaabeq) didn't pan out ideally; this looks more suitable and he's 1-1 at Newbury (soft-ground Group 3 win as a 2yo); good second in two Group 1 races at Deauville (7f/1m, good to soft) last summer; capable of a big run.

10/1

Form: /284-1 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Defied top weight in the Lincoln on seasonal debut, producing a smart handicap performance and taking his record on heavy ground to 2-2; that form suggests he's well worth a crack at Group level; close second in the Esher Cup on this card in 2019; possibilities.

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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

Abandoned

Form: 27714- CD

Last run: 217 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Fourth to Mutasaabeq at Newmarket on last appearance; best performance came over C&D (Group 3 win last August) and her connections won this race with a mare last year; something to prove on slow ground but otherwise interesting.

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2nd

4

(5)

7th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 1

13:12 Lingfield (AW)

Potapova

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Won a Group 3 at Sandown (1m, good) in August last year and often there or thereabouts in Pattern company, as when just beaten in a Listed contest at Newmarket (1m, good to firm) last time; handles Polytrack, but she isn't the easiest and a couple of the others are more convincing.

7/2

2nd

6

(5)

29th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newmarket

Potapova

9st 4lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Sir Michael Stoute

led, headed and prominent after 1f, led again 2f out, headed over 1f out, rallied and briefly led final 110yds, just held

11/2

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Verdict

Lightly raced LIGHT INFANTRY (nap) has a good chance on the figures and is taken to regain the winning thread. Checkandchallenge, who may be capable of further progress this season, is second choice ahead of Mutasaabeq who ran well in this race 12 months ago.[Steve Boow]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Light Infantry

POSTDATA:

Angel Bleu

The Guardian:

Migration

LAMBOURN:

Mutasaabeq

NEWMARKET:

Potapova

RP Ratings:

Light Infantry

TOPSPEED:

Light Infantry

Daily Mail:

Light Infantry

D Express:

Light Infantry

Daily Mirror:

Light Infantry

The Sun:

Light Infantry

Daily Record:

Light Infantry

The Times:

Angel Bleu

Telegraph:

Angel Bleu

The Star:

Migration