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King George V Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £51540
  • 1m 3f 211y
  • Class 2
  • 19 runners
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King George V Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 21 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £23.85
  • Place: £7.30

Form: 131-8 BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Sole defeat from three starts as 2yo came in a Group 3; made a solid handicap/seasonal debut in the London Gold Cup at Newbury (1m2f, good; unraced on firmer) last month, making most and finishing eight of 14 but beaten only 3l; looks bred more for 1m4f and his dam's brother Dartmouth won the Group 2 Hardwicke over C&D; the best of him is still to come.

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2nd

3

(4)

26th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Desert Hero

9st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Won Royal Ascot handicap (1m4f, good) last June and followed up in Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood (1m4f, soft); fine third in the St Leger (1m6f, soft) when last seen and gelded since; drops back in trip for reappearance and this may be a stepping stone to bigger targets over further, but he may evolve into a top-notch 4yo and he's entitled to considerable respect.

7/2

3rd

6

(1)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Desert Hero

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

The dam's brother Dartmouth was a Group 2 winner over 1m4f and 1m6f; emerged narrowly ahead in 19-runner handicap at Royal Ascot (good) and he had to bide his time before finding daylight when coming from last to first in Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood (soft; beat Chesspiece by a neck) 44 days ago; both were over 1m4f and whether today's trip will help is not clear but there's no doubt he's been improving and still looks capable of better.

5/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 34-21

Last run: 40 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Entered in Irish Derby and Irish St Leger; showed promise on good ground last summer and stayed on strongly from off the pace, but a fraction too late, in handicap at Leopardstown (1m2f, heavy) on reappearance; no difficulty when 4-9 in maiden at Navan (1m2f, soft) on his only start since; into a hot race but he's a striking candidate for 1m4f.

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5th

6

(3)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

16:30 Leopardstown

Valiant King

9st 1lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent, soon went third, outpaced under 2f out, no extra final furlong

15/2

2nd

8

(3)

7th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 202y

16:35 Naas

Valiant King

8st 13lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

in touch with leaders, headway on outer and went second over 2f out, hung left 1f out, kept on, no match for winner

8/1

2nd

11

(8)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:05 Ascot

Valiant King

8st 11lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Entered in Irish Derby and Irish St Leger; showed promise on good ground last summer and stayed on strongly from off the pace, but a fraction too late, in handicap at Leopardstown (1m2f, heavy) on reappearance; no difficulty when 4-9 in maiden at Navan (1m2f, soft) on his only start since; into a hot race but he's a striking candidate for 1m4f.

10/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 21-21

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Useful form on reappearance; built on that when winning his handicap debut at Newbury (1m2f, good; unraced on firmer) one month later, rather scraping home and in a bunched finish but that was the London Gold Cup which is so often a strong race; up 5lb but 1m4f is calling loudly now (his dam is sister to the 2018 Oaks winner) and he can make further improvement.

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3rd

1

(16)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:05 Ascot

Bertinelli

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Useful form on reappearance; built on that when winning his handicap debut at Newbury (1m2f, good; unraced on firmer) one month later, rather scraping home and in a bunched finish but that was the London Gold Cup which is so often a strong race; up 5lb but 1m4f is calling loudly now (his dam is sister to the 2018 Oaks winner) and he can make further improvement.

6/1

1st

2

(10)

20th May 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newbury

Bertinelli

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

midfield, pushed along towards near side 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, led inside final 110yds, just did enough

7/1

2nd

2

(1)

21st Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 2f 30y

16:18 Cork

Bertinelli

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Staying-on second in easy ground Leopardstown maiden before workmanlike (rider felt he briefly lost action) when going one better as 1-5 fav in AW contest; well entered up in the Classics; steps up from 1m and bred to stay.

100/30

Form: 51-434

Last run: 33 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Irish Oaks entry; won a novice at Newmarket (7f, good to firm) last July on final start as 2yo; this season's minor honours in a novice, handicap and Listed race do not suggest she will be good enough even though she's due to go up another 4lb; tries new trip (sire gives hope) and headgear.

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7th

1

(7)

7th Oct 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Cloudbreaker

9st 11lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charlie Fellowes

Fourth of 19 when upped in trip in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) in 1m4f 3yo handicap at Royal Ascot (good) and another big run when Listed second on July course here (1m4f, good; no match for the winner); this progressive 3yo could again go well now back in a handicap after a break.

5/1

2nd

8

(6)

22nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

16:15 Newmarket (July)

Cloudbreaker

8st 9lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Charlie Fellowes

Course winner who has performed well in her last two starts, finishing fourth of eight in a Listed contest at Newbury (1m2f, good) in May and filling the same position in the 19-runner King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good) last month; needs a bit more to trouble a few of these.

10/1

4th

18

(22)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:05 Ascot

Cloudbreaker

8st 8lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charlie Fellowes

dwelt start, switched right soon after start, in rear

20/1

Form: 211 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Made debut in April; better the further he went in his 1m2f win on heavy at Nottingham on second start and there was lots to like about the way he travelled and knuckled down to deal with Inquiring Minds at Doncaster (1m4f, good to firm) in another novice three weeks ago; promising handicap debutant.

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11th

5

(7)

3rd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

13:50 Goodwood

Perfuse

8st 13lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Made debut in April; won novices at Nottingham (1m2f, heavy) in May and Doncaster (1m4f, good to firm) in June; well-backed favourite for handicap at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good) and did well to finish fifth of 19 considering how close he raced to the strong pace, leading 2f out to 1f out; probably fine back at 1m2f and should go very well.

11/4

5th

6

(10)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:05 Ascot

Perfuse

8st 13lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Made debut in April; better the further he went in his 1m2f win on heavy at Nottingham on second start and there was lots to like about the way he travelled and knuckled down to deal with Inquiring Minds at Doncaster (1m4f, good to firm) in another novice three weeks ago; promising handicap debutant.

8/1

1st

3

(4)

2nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 197y

Class 5

19:15 Doncaster

Perfuse

9st 11lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

towards rear but in touch with leaders, headway 3f out, pushed along to lead when hung left 1f out, drifted left but went clear inside final furlong, readily

10/11

4/1

Form: 13-1 D

Last run: 66 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Won the first of two AW novice races late last year; favourite, big step forward when scooting clear in a handicap at Kempton (1m4f, AW) in April, in just a four-runner race but the other three (headed by Maasai Mara) have bolstered the form; late foal with a smart pedigree, so lots of potential.

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7th

1

(11)

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 218y

Class 2

13:50 Goodwood

Tagabawa

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Won at Kempton (1m4f, AW) in April; 6-1, good sixth of 19 in handicap at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good) on turf debut, racing in sixth or seventh before challenging over 2f out in a very strongly run race; failure to improve on that when second favourite at Newmarket last month came in a hot 1m2f race on good to firm, so this is a different test, but he now has a bit to find.

8/1

7th

4

(13)

14th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket (July)

Tagabawa

9st 5lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Scooted clear in a handicap at Kempton (1m4f, AW) in April, in just a four-runner race but useful form; 6-1, good sixth of 19 in handicap at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good) on turf debut, racing in sixth or seventh before challenging over 2f out in a very strongly run race; lightly raced and well related, he still has significant potential.

7/2

6th

3

(13)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:05 Ascot

Tagabawa

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Won the first of two AW novice races late last year; favourite, big step forward when scooting clear in a handicap at Kempton (1m4f, AW) in April, in just a four-runner race but the other three (headed by Maasai Mara) have bolstered the form; late foal with a smart pedigree, so lots of potential.

4/1

16/1

Form: 90-212

Last run: 35 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Irish St Leger entry; gelded before winning smoothly on handicap debut at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) in March; came from well off the pace when second of 11 to yesterday's Queen's Vase third Chesspiece at York (1m4f, good) five weeks ago, continuing his steady improvement; up 2lb but could have his say.

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5th

3

(2)

13th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newmarket (July)

Land Legend

9st 3lb

J: James Doyle

T: James Ferguson

Goodwood Cup and Great Voltigeur entry; steady improvement, this season's in handicaps; second at York (1m4f, good to firm) on turf debut; again slowly away at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good) where he came from last to seventh in a 19-runner contest, aided by the front-runners going too fast but getting hampered 1f out may have cost him a place chance; will stay and should improve again but he is bottom of the list on form.

14/1

7th

15

(4)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:05 Ascot

Land Legend

8st 8lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: James Ferguson

slowly away, in rear, pushed along early

16/1

2nd

6

(11)

18th May 2023

Good

1m 3f 188y

Class 3

17:20 York

Land Legend

9st 1lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Ferguson

dwelt start, in rear

11/2

Form: 5-211

Last run: 55 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Narrowly off the mark in battling style over 8.6f in April on his third attempt on AW; came smoothly from off the pace and strode well clear in 1m2f handicap at Doncaster (soft) late that month, since which he's been put up 13lb but he looked an exciting prospect and is likely to stay 1m4f.

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6th

2

(4)

4th May 2024

Heavy

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

16:30 Goodwood

Wonder Legend

9st 8lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Ferguson

Won twice last April, running away with a 1m2f handicap (soft) at Doncaster on the second occasion; finished in midfield at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good) before ending his 3yo campaign with a fair fifth at Chelmsford; gelded soon after; open to further progress this year; accessories now reached for.

7/2

5th

7

(1)

15th Aug 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

18:45 Chelmsford (AW)

Wonder Legend

9st 8lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Ferguson

Lightly raced 3yo who won at Wolverhampton (8.6f, Tapeta) and Doncaster (1m2f, soft) in April; ran better than it looked when in midfield in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good) and no surprise if he makes his presence felt back in trip/grade.

9/4

8th

7

(12)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:05 Ascot

Wonder Legend

8st 13lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Ferguson

Narrowly off the mark in battling style over 8.6f in April on his third attempt on AW; came smoothly from off the pace and strode well clear in 1m2f handicap at Doncaster (soft) late that month, since which he's been put up 13lb but he looked an exciting prospect and is likely to stay 1m4f.

7/1

Form: 131

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Well related, bred to get 1m4f; 10-11 but green when winning in February on debut; failed to find the improvement anticipated next time but it arrived with a pretty smooth win in novice at Redcar (1m2f, good to firm) late last month; this opening mark should be manageable at some stage soon.

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3rd

6

(3)

1st Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 3

16:00 Epsom

Burglar

9st 5lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: John & Thady Gosden

Dual novice winner in early part of this year (1m/1m2f); yet to make his mark in handicaps but contested two hot races before chasing home an exciting prospect at Newmarket (1m2f, good to firm; first-time hood) in August; not a straightforward ride but could still have a bigger run in him.

9/2

2nd

3

(4)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:25 Newmarket (July)

Burglar

9st 7lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Won two of three novice events, latterly in pretty smooth fashion at Redcar (1m2f, good to firm) in May; racing so freely has not helped when well held in hot handicaps at Royal Ascot (1m4f) and Newmarket (1m2f; made most) and he's better than those results; has his sights lowered but still needs to settle with the new hood.

6/1

Form: 182

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Made debut at the start of May, winning by 5l at Newcastle (1m2f, AW); last of eight in Lingfield Derby Trial (1m4f, AW) 11 days later but then asked odds-on Perfuse some serious questions in a novice at Doncaster (1m4f, good to firm); has a 5lb pull for 2l with that rival and should still be capable of better.

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9th

7

(3)

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 218y

Class 2

13:50 Goodwood

Inquiring Minds

9st 2lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: John & Thady Gosden

5l win at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) in May on debut and useful form when runner-up in a novice at Doncaster (1m4f, good to firm) on third start; his other two runs were in warm races when well beaten in the Lingfield Derby Trial (AW) and 1m4f handicap at Royal Ascot (good; 33-1) and in the latter he did not have the excuse of racing close to the strong pace; lightly raced but something to prove.

20/1

10th

16

(3)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:05 Ascot

Inquiring Minds

8st 8lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: John & Thady Gosden

took keen hold

20/1

2nd

2

(2)

2nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 197y

Class 5

19:15 Doncaster

Inquiring Minds

9st 11lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Did it well when winning by 5l on his Newcastle debut (1m2f, AW) a month ago, but looked unsuited to the tight circuit when last of eight behind Military Order in the Listed Derby Trial at Lingfield (1m4f, AW) 11 days later; should be more at home on this more galloping track on turf debut and likely to play a part.

9/4

Form: 624-44

Last run: 25 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

2-7 as 2yo, the first win on good to firm; not totally discredited when well-held fourth this season over 1m2f in a Listed race at Newmarket and Group 3 in Germany, but she needs much better than that and others have more striking potential.

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5th

5

(1)

14th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 1f 35y

Class 3

19:40 Hamilton

Crackovia

9st 9lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

led, headed but prominent over 3f out

10/1

5th

4

(1)

21st Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 15y

Class 1

19:40 Hamilton

Crackovia

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Listed-placed in Germany as a 2yo; yet to make a significant impression this season and she faces a stiff task in this field.

25/1

11th

9

(1)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:05 Ascot

Crackovia

8st 11lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Charlie Johnston

2-7 as 2yo, the first win on good to firm; not totally discredited when well-held fourth this season over 1m2f in a Listed race at Newmarket and Group 3 in Germany, but she needs much better than that and others have more striking potential.

50/1

Form: 557-01

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 6lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

25-1, upped to 1m2f for handicap debut at Newbury (good; unraced on firmer) five weeks ago and led over 1f out to win easily, despite 16 rivals; 1m4f should be manageable and although she's been handed a 15lb rise, those in behind her have boosted the form on multiple occasions.

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13th

1

(9)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 3

15:55 Epsom

Greysful Storm

9st 10lb

J: Jason Watson

T: Darryll Holland

Won in fine style at Newbury (1m2f, good) last May and continued to progress when runner-up three times in the second half of the year (1m4f-1m6f, good to soft/soft); absent since tailed off in AW Listed race last November but not discounted on her reappearance.

14/1

13th

11

(11)

7th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 5f 0y

Class 1

13:47 Lingfield (AW)

Greysful Storm

9st 0lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Darryll Holland

Impressive when making a successful handicap debut at Newbury (1m2f, good) in May and runner-up three times since, including at around this sort of trip the last twice; finished 3l behind Divine Jewel in a Chester Listed contest (1m6f, good to soft) in September, though, and still to prove herself on the AW.

4/1

25/1

Form: 135-12 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Won on good to firm on debut; won handicap at Chester (1m4f, soft) with what looked a strong-staying performance on reappearance and front-running second to yesterday's Queen's Vase second Saint George in a useful 14.5f handicap at Doncaster (good) over three weeks later; up another 4lb but finished clear of the third last time and is on the upgrade.

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9th

7

(8)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Struth

9st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Charlie Johnston

took keen hold, prominent, raced far side after 4f

10/1

2nd

14

(8)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Struth

9st 0lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Won at Chester in May and ran creditably on four occasions in summer; last few efforts have been less good and he looks more exposed than the other 3yos in this field; chance depends on how well he takes to AW.

16/1

50/1

Form: 71-60

Last run: 33 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Got up close home at Kempton (7f, AW) on second 2yo start; although his runs in a hot conditions stakes there (1m) and the London Cup at Newbury (1m2f, good) were both okay in form terms, he didn't beat many and they suggest limitations; may well stay; tongue-tie and cheekpieces are enlisted.

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8th

8

(4)

1st Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:40 Kempton (AW)

Lieber Power

9st 1lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, midfield early

14/1

14th

14

(9)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:05 Ascot

Lieber Power

8st 9lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Andrew Balding

switched right soon after start, in rear, pushed along early

50/1

28/1

Form: 321-41 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 8st 6lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Close on good to firm on second 2yo start; back to turf with a bang in eight-runner handicap here (1m2f, soft) nearly six weeks ago, coming from off the pace to score comfortably; 7lb rise looks merited but she's not as stoutly bred as some in this.

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0

6

(6)

7th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

12:55 Chelmsford (AW)

Double March

9st 5lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: S Woods

refused to race

25/1

0

5

(2)

12th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

16:35 Leicester

Double March

9st 11lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: S Woods

Successful start to turf handicap career at Ascot in May (1m2f, soft) but things have not gone well since and although Listed company asked plenty last time she was well adrift in her latest 1m2f handicap.

16/1

Form: 114 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Won AW novice events at Chelmsford (1m2f) in March and Wolverhampton (1m4f; impressively) in April; 16-1, showed little in the Group 3 Chester Vase (1m4f, soft) another month on; early days but others look more obviously primed for a big run.

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11th

13

(16)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Duke Of Oxford

8st 7lb

J: David Egan

T: Michael Bell

Remote this time last year in the Chester Vase (soft), also no show at Royal Ascot (good) next time and those have been his only two races on turf; that poses a huge question but he's progressed well coming from off the pace on AW, including for two 2m wins late last year and a fine second at AW Championships six weeks ago; big shout on that form but is drawn wide.

14/1

2nd

10

(4)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Duke Of Oxford

8st 5lb

J: Tyler Heard

T: Michael Bell

Boasts a 50% strike-rate (4-8) on AW; has form figures of 113 since upped to 2m, the wins gained at Kempton in late 2023; absent since running creditably in Class 2 at this course on New Year's Day; each-way claims off unaltered mark.

12/1

3rd

10

(10)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

14:00 Newcastle (AW)

Duke Of Oxford

8st 2lb

J: Tyler Heard

T: Michael Bell

took keen hold, midfield

7/2

40/1

Form: 051-67

Last run: 33 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

66-1 sixth of seven in the Group 3 Craven at Newmarket (1m, good) on reappearance; that earned him his opening mark when he never threatened to get in a serious blow in the London Gold Cup at Newbury (1m2f, good; 33-1) but he seemed to have running left in him at the end in that bunched finish; his claims are less obvious than most but he needs a second look.

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3rd

3

(1)

1st May 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Mr Mistoffelees

9st 8lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Hughie Morrison

C&D winner as a 2yo; ran well in the face of stiff tasks on his first two runs as a 3yo but things have nosedived since, including when tailed off at Newbury 11 days ago (first run since gelded); down in the weights and now tried in blinkers so a revival isn't out of the question.

20/1

17th

5

(5)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Newbury

Mr Mistoffelees

9st 8lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Hughie Morrison

Won a Kempton novice (1m, AW) at the end of 2022, but faced stiff tasks subsequently and wasn't up to them; back in much calmer waters on this return from nine months off (has been gelded), but may be best watched for now.

20/1

Form: 414-P5

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Irish Oaks entry; reportedly lost her action on the testing ground when pulled up in the Cheshire Oaks (1m3f) on reappearance; returned to form when fifth of 11 in Listed race at Goodwood (1m2f, good) four weeks ago but needs to resume her 2yo improvement.

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5th

3

(3)

14th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 43y

Class 2

16:10 Doncaster

Sisyphus Strength

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Has taken her form to a new level in 1m2f handicaps the last twice, winning at Newmarket (good) then close second at York Ebor festival (good to firm); open to further progress at this distance; in the mix.

9/2

2nd

3

(1)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Sisyphus Strength

9st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Folded over 1m4f at Royal Ascot having gone off too fast in the early stages; benefited from the return to 1m2f and economical tactics at Newmarket (good) since; still unexposed in handicaps and may build on that win.

9/1

1st

3

(1)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Newmarket (July)

Sisyphus Strength

9st 5lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

Reportedly lost her action on the soft ground when pulled up in the Cheshire Oaks (1m3f) on reappearance; returned to form when fifth of 11 in Listed race at Goodwood (1m2f, good) 16 days later but overdid it up front when tailed off in 1m4f handicap at Royal Ascot (40-1); unfair to judge her on that latest run but she needs overall improvement.

12/1

19th
8 (19)
Davideo

9/1

Form: 02-1

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Big improvement through his three races; made all in a 13-runner maiden at Newmarket (1m2f, good; unraced on firmer) when reappearing five weeks ago, challenged but galloping on very stoutly and well on top; 1m4f looks sure to suit for this handicap debut.

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7th

5

(12)

13th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newmarket

Davideo

9st 4lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

raced wide early, midfield, niggled along 7f out, brief headway over 3f out, soon weakened

25/1

7th

3

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

14:25 Haydock

Davideo

9st 6lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Good-ground maiden winner who landed a six-runner handicap at Newmarket (1m4f, good to soft) in July; he was slowly away and failed to settle when well beaten in the Melrose at York (1m6f, good to firm) a fortnight ago, and is better than that, but it's hard to be confident in his claims today.

8/1

Form: 4-1214 C

Last run: 19 days

W: 8st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Second reserve; blinkered this year, winning twice; the second of those came at Ascot (1m2f, soft) where he hung on narrowly after being sent for home entering the straight; creditable, never-nearer fourth of 13 at Epsom (1m2f, good to firm) latest and he also ran creditably over 1m4f when second to impressive Tagabawa in April, so conditions look fine but he needs improvement from somewhere.

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19

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

13:50 Sandown

Maasai Mara

10st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: John O’Shea

Useful on Flat for the Gosdens; beat a dual subsequent winner in a maiden at Catterick (soft) and appeared to run just as well when penalised at Hereford (good to soft; runner-up); has further races in him and the 4yo allowance comes in handy; not discounted in first-time cheekpieces.

14/1

2nd

11

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:22 Hereford

Maasai Mara

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: John O’Shea

Fairly useful on Flat for the Gosdens; clear second over C&D on debut over hurdles, then went one better at Catterick (1m7f, soft) where he comfortably beat a subsequent dual scorer; should have more to offer.

3/1

40/1

Form: 59-753

Last run: 26 days

W: 8st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Third reserve; 2-2 on AW and 0-7 on turf; however, he ran respectably at Ascot (1m2f; behind Maasai Mara) on penultimate outing and caught the eye with his late progress at Chester (1m4f, good) on latest; more to give at this trip.

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2nd

1

(1)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 63y

Class 4

16:50 Chester

Chillhi

9st 9lb

J: William Pyle

T: Brian Ellison

Won twice on AW as a 2yo; best turf run came over C&D last May, third of ten having made up a lot of ground in the straight; mixed record since but he's dropped a long way in the weights and he should be sharper with his reappearance behind him.

7/2

6th

1

(3)

9th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 4

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Chillhi

9st 11lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Dual Newcastle winner (7f/1m) as a 2yo, but not seen since beating one home back there (1m4f) last October; down in grade, but others still more solid.

6/1

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Selections

RP RATINGS:

Perfuse

TOPSPEED:

Burglar

POSTDATA:

Bertinelli

SPOTLIGHT:

Valiant King

D Express:

Davideo

Daily Mail:

Struth

The Times:

Cloudbreaker

NEWMARKET:

Perfuse

Daily Record:

Perfuse

The Sun:

Burglar

The Star:

Burglar

Telegraph:

Bertinelli

Daily Mirror:

Bertinelli

The Guardian:

Valiant King