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13:30 Ascot

Soft

Peroni Nastro Azzurro Handicap

  • Prize money: £10800
  • 1m 3f 211y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Peroni Nastro Azzurro Handicap

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £12.00
  • Place: £2.80

Form: 14399-

Last run: 218 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Won at Chester last July; in the frame at Goodwood (1m3f) and Ascot (1m4f) on next two starts but fared far less well in two hot races afterwards; gelded since; unraced this year or in any race on softer than good, so he has some big questions to answer.

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5th

8

(1)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 3f 175y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Sheer Rocks

9st 1lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

2-2 and improved form since being gelded, with wins at Ascot (1m4f, soft) and Epsom (1m4f, good to firm); he's in a tougher race but did it comfortably last time and a 5lb rise could be lenient.

8/1

1st

7

(1)

3rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 2

16:30 Epsom

Sheer Rocks

8st 9lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Won at Chester last July and, having been gelded, never better than when scoring at Ascot (1m4f, soft; acts on good to firm) three weeks ago on reappearance; back up 2lb and should be seriously involved.

7/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 03349- D

Last run: 213 days

W: 8st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

It was his reappearance when he won at Lingfield (1m5f) one year ago off today's mark; good second over 1m6f on soft the following month, so he's one of the most likely to give his running under today's conditions if he's tuned up like he was at same juncture last year; player.

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10th

4

(5)

1st Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

19:15 Kempton (AW)

Ravens Ark

9st 10lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Hughie Morrison

blindfold off late and dwelt start, towards rear

14/1

4th

4

(5)

1st Oct 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 4

15:25 Epsom

Ravens Ark

9st 9lb

J: Rose Dawes

T: Hughie Morrison

Fourth in this 12 months ago off 4lb higher; started this campaign with two good seconds (1m4f/1m6f) but has been tailed off the last twice on good and soft ground; now has more to prove than some of these.

9/1

6th

8

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:55 Goodwood

Ravens Ark

9st 4lb

J: James Doyle

T: Hughie Morrison

Three seconds and two thirds from his six runs at Goodwood; no win since May 2022 but good second at Ascot (1m4f) and Goodwood (1m6f; alongside Vaynor) in his first two appearances this season, before something seemed amiss at Newmarket six weeks ago; has a competitive mark if straight back to form and the cheekpieces (which received a positive initial response when fitted in the last two seasons) get their first airing this term.

13/2

4/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 52-201 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Good second on heavy going last October and he twice ran well on soft last month, winning at Epsom (1m4f) on latest outing; raised 4lb but should be seriously involved again.

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6th

3

(2)

22nd Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:30 Ripon

Sir Rumi

9st 10lb

J: Owen Lewis

T: Richard Hannon

stumbled start, pushed along briefly soon after start, raced in last

11/2

12th

9

(14)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 3f 175y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Sir Rumi

9st 1lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Richard Hannon

Won at Epsom (1m4f, soft) in April and good third at Ascot (1m4f, soft) next time; conditions should have been fine at Goodwood (1m6f, good to firm) last time but he was only sixth of eight and may find this too hot.

14/1

6th

5

(5)

27th May 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:10 Goodwood

Sir Rumi

8st 13lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

Grabbed the favoured stand rail when winning on soft ground at Epsom and a 4lb rise seemed to find him out at Ascot (again 1m4f on soft); may be vulnerable once more, though this faster surface won't faze him.

13/2

Form: 0/03-6 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Horse

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft, probably on heavy; off 360 days before below form at Epsom 18 days ago, but that was only 1m2f and he was on song for his second start last season; well handicapped if the same happens this time.

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5th

11

(1)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

13:30 Ascot

Rhythmic Intent

9st 0lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Stuart Williams

Now a stone below last winning mark; however, he's far from solid on 2024 AW form and losing spell goes back to 2021; by no means certain to take advantage of the drop in weights.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 42140-

Last run: 189 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Upped to 1m6f, first headgear and first run on softer than good when he got up late on in a valuable handicap at Haydock (soft) last July; went as if he possibly needed the race in October when next seen and always behind in the November Handicap at Doncaster (1m4f, heavy) on final outing; headgear is removed; rather mixed messages but he's respected on that win.

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0

11

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

12:35 Ludlow

Nathanael Greene

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Useful on the Flat for William Haggas and was runner-up at Goodwood (1m6f, soft) in August in his final run for that yard; changed hands for 45,000gns in September; stamina won't be an issue at this new discipline and he looks an interesting recruit to hurdling.

11/2

2nd

1

(6)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:55 Goodwood

Nathanael Greene

9st 11lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

His only handicap win came in the mud at Haydock (1m6f) last July, where he also ran well when tongue tied for the first time on latest start (2m, heavy); his two runs on a sound surface this term (on good to firm here and on good) hint that today's ground may not be soft enough.

5/2

5/1

Form: 361/2-

Last run: 396 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Big improvement on final 2yo start, relishing the step up to 1m1f when scoring by 5l in a nursery at Newmarket; raced rather freely, quickened clear but wandered to his left when pipped over 1m2f there (again on good ground) in April on his sole appearance last year, prior to being gelded, changing hands and leaving Ralph Beckett; could still be capable of better if all is well, and there is stamina in the family; needs a close look.

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6th

7

(6)

13th May 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

13:30 Ascot

High Fibre

9st 4lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Harry Fry

Big improvement on final 2yo start, relishing the step up to 1m1f when scoring by 5l in a nursery at Newmarket; raced rather freely, quickened clear but wandered to his left when pipped over 1m2f there (again on good ground) in April on his sole appearance last year, prior to being gelded, changing hands and leaving Ralph Beckett; could still be capable of better if all is well, and there is stamina in the family; needs a close look.

5/1

16/1

Form: 6-9040

Last run: 70 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

With a new trainer (his third) this year and below his best in four runs at Meydan, admittedly way out of his depth on final occasion; this trip should be okay and he ran well on sole start on good to soft, unraced on worse; needs a repeat of his peak form, at the least.

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14th

10

(11)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

16:15 Chester

Green Team

9st 0lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Ian Williams

Some useful form in 2022 and he's dropped down the weights; needs an upturn as he struggled to get competitive last year, including three 2m runs, and was always behind in last month's reappearance; tongue tied first time.

33/1

10th

12

(1)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 3

15:55 Epsom

Green Team

8st 5lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Ian Williams

Some useful form in 2021 and 2022, and he's dropped down the weights; has been gelded since his last run which might prompt an upturn in fortunes, but it needs to as he struggled to get competitive last year.

25/1

11/2

Form: 3068-4 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Fourth of 19 at Royal Ascot (1m4f) off 2lb higher on handicap debut; very in and out in his four races since, for instance tailed off on heavy going (his only race on softer than good) on final 3yo start but good fourth at Kempton (1m3f, AW) on last month's reappearance; wore cheekpieces on final three runs last term; competitive if it's one of his good days.

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1st

2

(13)

15th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Savvy Knight

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: S Woods

slowly into stride, soon prominent, raced wide early, switched right and went second with one circuit to go

6/1

11th

3

(10)

6th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

16:00 Kempton (AW)

Savvy Knight

9st 2lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: S Woods

Won a 1m4f handicap here in June off 2lb lower and suffered a narrow defeat at Newcastle one month later; wasn't at his best at Newcastle last month and unlikely to get things all his own way in this field.

10/1

5th

1

(1)

2nd Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 99y

Class 3

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Savvy Knight

10st 2lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: S Woods

Very patchy since winning his first three last season; has claims on July's C&D second (Chillhi fourth) but was always well placed in a messy affair that day and has since bombed on turf; hard to know what to expect in truth.

6/1

Form: 81114- D

Last run: 216 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

While he's been beaten about 2l in two of his soft-ground handicaps, they weren't among his best form; in barnstorming form when blinkers were enlisted last season, winning on first three occasions and good fourth on final outing; the latter result suggests the handicapper may have caught up but he did win first time out last year.

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5th

7

(12)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 3

15:55 Epsom

Saratoga Gold

9st 3lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Kevin Frost

Disappointing on final few runs last season and sold out of Charlie Hills's yard for 32,000gns in November; however, a break may have helped, he's on his last winning mark and he's 2-2 here; can go well fresh and it will be no surprise to see a big performance on stable debut.

9/1

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Payout
Exacta £1009.00
Straight Forecast £986.80
Tricast £3700.30
Trifecta £4902.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Sir Rumi

WEST COUNTRY:

High Fibre

SPOTLIGHT:

Ravens Ark

NEWMARKET:

Savvy Knight

TOPSPEED:

Green Team

LAMBOURN:

Saratoga Gold

The Times:

High Fibre

Telegraph:

High Fibre

The Guardian:

High Fibre

D Express:

High Fibre

Daily Mail:

Sir Rumi

Daily Mirror:

Sir Rumi

The Sun:

Sir Rumi

The Star:

Sir Rumi

Daily Record:

Sir Rumi

RP RATINGS:

Ravens Ark