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15:35 Sandown

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bet365 Classic Trial (Group 3)

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  • 1m 1f 209y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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bet365 Classic Trial (Group 3)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: 3112- C BF

Last run: 188 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Frankel colt who put up a good fight in the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud (1m2f, heavy) on final 2yo start, taking his form figures to 3112; won here in August; could well improve further this term and commands respect.

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

2nd

2

(6)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 5f 84y

Class 1

15:40 Chester

Arrest

9st 2lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

3yo campaign featured wins in the Chester Vase and Geoffrey Freer, plus good second in the St Leger; appeared to need his Newbury reappearance run and should be spot-on for this return to the Roodee; leading player provided there's no jar in the ground (underperformed on good to firm last year).

15/8

7th

4

(10)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Arrest

9st 2lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

ducked right start and slowly away, raced wide early, towards rear early, headway and prominent after 4f, led over 3f out

11/8

2nd

2

(6)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Arrest

9st 3lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Reappeared with an easy win in the Chester Vase (1m4f, soft) in May; disappointing on good to firm in both the Derby (favourite) and at Royal Ascot, before restating his effectiveness with more give in the ground when making all at 5-6 in Group 3 at Newbury (extended 1m5f, good to soft) four weeks ago; may well have his ground again, brings among the best form with those two wins (particularly Chester) and this trip looks within reach.

3/1

Form: 31-

Last run: 239 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Twice-raced colt who represents notable connections; won well at Salisbury (1m, good to firm) in September on last appearance, looking potentially useful; should relish middle distances; interesting upped in class.

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

3rd

2

(5)

21st Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 15y

Class 1

19:40 Hamilton

Circle Of Fire

9st 7lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

1m winner as a 2yo (good to firm); he has run to a fair level in his three starts this season but he's untested on slower than good and he has something to find with Chesspiece on their Royal Ascot run.

7/2

4th

3

(5)

21st Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Circle Of Fire

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Won at Salisbury (1m, good to firm) last September on second start and reappeared with good Listed second at Newmarket (1m2f, good); no match for the first two when third in Lingfield Derby Trial (1m4f, AW) last month, but is in excellent hands to progress and today's extra distance could help.

6/1

3rd

1

(7)

13th May 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Lingfield (AW)

Circle Of Fire

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Big-race entries; upped to 1m when justifying favouritism in novice at Salisbury (good to firm) in September, asserting in good style; second of seven in last week's Listed Newmarket Stakes (1m2f, good) was another sizeable step forward and his dam was a 1m4f AW winner; more to come.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 41131- C

Last run: 202 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Has raced only on good/firmer; turned over at short odds in slowly run Royal Lodge; progressive otherwise last term and bagged Group 3 honours at Newmarket (1m2f) on final appearance; big player on form.

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

7th

4

(3)

26th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Flying Honours

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Ran just once last year, when well beaten in the Dante at York in May (finished lame); gelded since; very promising 2yo in 2022, landing the Group 3 Zetland Stakes at Newmarket (1m2f, good) that October, and it will be no surprise if he returns with a big performance for his leading yard.

7/2

Form: 22-1

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

The only runner who is not entered in the Derby; easily opened his account at Kempton (1m4f, AW) on seasonal debut, after which his trainer said the Italian Derby is the aim; opposed on balance.

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

3rd

1

(9)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Newmarket

Relentless Voyager

9st 12lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Best form when third in the Italian Derby (1m3f, heavy) last May; not seen since a heavy defeat at Royal Ascot (1m4f Group 2, good to firm) last June; gelded in August; none too solid compared to some of these but he is lightly raced.

9/2

6th

6

(4)

23rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Relentless Voyager

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Listed fourth at Newmarket (1m2f, good) last month and third in the Group 2 Italian Derby (1m3f, heavy) last time; has improved with each of his five runs and could continue to progress, but he needs to take a sizeable step forward if he's to win this.

25/1

4th

5

(6)

5th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

13:15 Newmarket

Relentless Voyager

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

held up in rear, ridden and headway on far side of group from over 1f out, disputing third final 110yds, kept on

8/1

Abandoned

Form: 13-

Last run: 188 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Overcame greenness to win at Haydock on debut, then finished third in Group 1 at Saint-Cloud (1m, heavy) on the same card that saw Arrest also perform well; should have plenty more to offer; appealing candidate.

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

3rd

10

(8)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Salt Bay

9st 2lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

awkward start, in rear

40/1

7th

7

(8)

13th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 1

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Salt Bay

9st 4lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Much less exposed than stablemate Max Vega; ran well in French Group 1 as a 2yo; steadily back to form this year, most recently clear second in useful 1m5f handicap at Newbury in September; has very low mileage and could well rate higher still; possibilities, provided he takes well to AW.

8/1

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Verdict

Flying Honours and Circle Of Fire are respected on certain counts but they have something to prove on the forecast slow ground, while Relentless Voyager goes into deeper waters back on turf. That leaves SALT BAY and Arrest who both ran well on heavy going at Saint-Cloud last October and bring Group 1 form. Slight preference is for Salt Bay, who represents last year’s winning yard and is open to plenty of further progress having raced just twice.[Steve Boow]

Selections

RP Ratings:

Arrest

TOPSPEED:

Flying Honours

SPOTLIGHT:

Salt Bay

The Times:

Salt Bay

POSTDATA:

Arrest

Telegraph:

Arrest

Daily Mail:

Arrest

D Express:

Arrest

Daily Mirror:

Arrest

The Sun:

Arrest

The Star:

Arrest

Daily Record:

Arrest

NEWMARKET:

Flying Honours

The Guardian:

Flying Honours