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Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Colts & Geldings)

  • Prize money: £61848
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 29 runners
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Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Colts & Geldings)

Runners: 32 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 2-211 CD

Last run: 41 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Finished within 2l of the classy Cicero's Gift on the AW in March and went on to win his next two, including a C&D handicap last month with any amount in hand (on soft); assessor didn't hold back with a 14lb rise but this colt once had an Irish 2,000 Guineas entry and could easily be Group class; has run on only good to soft, soft and AW.

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2nd

1

(5)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:40 Ascot

Docklands

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Harry Eustace

Held up lately; hat-trick last April-June included two C&D handicaps, latter the Britannia at Royal meeting (good to firm); no impact in Group 3 at Goodwood but good third of 20 back in a top C&D handicap (soft) in October and looks capable of further progress; not top on form but he's highly respected.

3/1

3rd

9

(2)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Docklands

9st 3lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Harry Eustace

Impressive on handicap debut (soft) and landed the Britannia (good to firm; clear best form) at the Royal meeting, both over C&D; couldn't carry on the good work in a soft-ground Group 3 in August and returns to work here off 10lb higher than his latest win; not fully exposed but needs to find more against older horses.

6/1

6th

2

(7)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Goodwood

Docklands

9st 3lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Harry Eustace

Form figures read 22111, most recently winning the Britannia at Royal Ascot (1m, good to firm) where he collared a far-side rival late on and finished well clear of the others in his near-side group; acts on soft; improving colt who has clear Group-race potential; respected.

9/2

12/1

  • Place: £7.80

Form: 215-51

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Well backed when sluicing home in a Kempton handicap two weeks ago but that was his second win over 7f on the AW and not only is he 0-4 on grass, he's also unraced at 1m; when also factoring in the 11lb rise since last time, there are a few doubts to overcome; sold for £260,000 on Monday.

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2nd

9

(5)

19th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

New Endeavour

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Roger Varian

Second of 29 in the Britannia Handicap (1m) at Royal Ascot and fair third of six in hot Listed race at Newmarket (1m) last time; this 3yo may have more to offer now back down in trip but a clear career best is needed.

12/1

3rd

4

(1)

13th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:45 Newmarket (July)

New Endeavour

9st 5lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Roger Varian

Stablemate of Embesto; showed useful form in handicaps last month, winning easily at Kempton (7f, AW) then close second in the Britannia at Royal Ascot (1m, good to firm); worth a crack at this level.

8/1

2nd

8

(3)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

New Endeavour

9st 3lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

Well backed when sluicing home in a Kempton handicap two weeks ago but that was his second win over 7f on the AW and not only is he 0-4 on grass, he's also unraced at 1m; when also factoring in the 11lb rise since last time, there are a few doubts to overcome; sold for £260,000 on Monday.

12/1

25/1

  • Place: £14.50

Form: 1-2319 C BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Given a canny ride when dominating from the front at Goodwood (7f, good to firm) on his penultimate run but couldn't repeat the dose under similar conditions at Epsom; will need to improve for 1m (second on his previous attempt) to defy this mark and he smacks of a 7f specialist; seems fine on all ground.

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3rd

5

(2)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Urban Sprawl

9st 8lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Charlie Johnston

pressed leader

11/4

2nd

3

(6)

11th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Urban Sprawl

9st 11lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Charlie Johnston

prominent, led over 1f out, kept on but headed towards finish

3/1

40/1

  • Place: £17.40

Form: 432-01

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Beat a subsequent winner at Newbury (7f novice, good) but that form is unconvincing as it's hard to believe he was a sudden improver on his tenth start, having been beaten in six handicaps previously; could be in trouble after being whacked up 16lb; unraced on turf slower than good.

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10th

3

(6)

3rd May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Thunder Ball

9st 7lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

Acts on soft and good to firm; has acquitted himself well in several major handicaps over 1m/1m1f, fourth in the Spring Cup at Newbury most recently; possibilities provided he's as effective back at 7f.

7/1

4th

3

(8)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newbury

Thunder Ball

9st 6lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

Goodwood win (1m, soft) in October is flanked by respectable efforts in major handicaps, latest at Doncaster four weeks ago where he fared best of the runners who raced prominently; enters calculations off unaltered mark.

8/1

5

(7)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Thunder Ball

9st 3lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

Progressive towards end of last season, finishing first past the post at Goodwood (1m, soft) in August/October, with good seventh in the Cambridgeshire in between (1m1f, good to firm; first of five in the centre group); this 4yo can be in the mix if continuing the good work on this reappearance.

11/1

Form: 4215

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Won his novice comfortably on the AW (1m2f) but still looked up against it in a 1m3f Listed event at Goodwood (good) and duly came up a long way short; it's hard to enthuse over this sort of mark and he's well down the pecking order.

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5th

23

(4)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Tempered Soul

8st 12lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: George Boughey

Won his novice comfortably on the AW (1m2f) but still looked up against it in a 1m3f Listed event at Goodwood (good) and duly came up a long way short; it's hard to enthuse over this sort of mark and he's well down the pecking order.

25/1

5th

7

(6)

26th May 2023

Good

1m 3f 44y

Class 1

16:10 Goodwood

Tempered Soul

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: George Boughey

in rear

12/1

1st

6

(4)

11th May 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Tempered Soul

8st 13lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: George Boughey

Made the frame on debut at Kempton (1m, AW) in March and bettered that performance when close/clear second to useful rival at Nottingham (1m2f, soft) nine days ago; major player here.

4/7

Form: 59-142 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Fourth in last year's Chesham at this meeting; opened his second campaign with a comfortable handicap win at Musselburgh (1m, good to soft) and, returned to front-running tactics, he was second to an impressive winner in the German 2,000 Guineas (good); has some class about him but top weights have a poor record in the Britannia.

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6th

1

(9)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Finns Charm

9st 12lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Had wind and gelding operations since last appearance; has never won away from Musselburgh but is quite interesting on seasonal debut, having won easily (off 4lb lower) on reappearance last term.

8/1

9th

3

(9)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

17:15 York

Finns Charm

9st 7lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Charlie Johnston

raced in second, lost position 2f out, soon weakened quickly

16/1

4th

5

(7)

18th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

20:05 Newmarket (July)

Finns Charm

9st 8lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Started this season with an emphatic front-running win at Musselburgh (1m, good to soft) in April but he's not matched that form since and has been tailed off at Royal Ascot (Britannia) and Goodwood in last two runs; has plenty to prove again and he could have competition for the lead.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 823-22 BF

Last run: 118 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Sole handicap win came off 15lb lower and he was beaten in two small-field events last autumn before jetting off to Dubai, where he was runner-up in both his races (1m1f Listed and 1m2f conditions event); couldn't call him well handicapped; goes on all ground.

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12th

7

(1)

22nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket (July)

One Nation

9st 7lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

Two wins over 7f last summer (including one here) and started off the year with two commendable silver medals at Meydan (1m1f/1m2f), but beaten a very long way when last of the 29 runners in the Britannia at Royal Ascot (1m, good to firm) last month; has plenty to prove after that.

8/1

0

2

(32)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

One Nation

9st 8lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Sole handicap win came off 15lb lower and he was beaten in two small-field events last autumn before jetting off to Dubai, where he was runner-up in both his races (1m1f Listed and 1m2f conditions event); couldn't call him well handicapped; goes on all ground.

22/1

3rd

1

(2)

19th Oct 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newmarket

One Nation

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Charlie Appleby

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, pushed along and headway on outer from over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened final 110yds

4/1

Form: 11-334

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Won two 7f non-handicaps last backend and likeably consistent in defeat this season kept to 7f (Listed race latest); not obviously crying out for 1m and this is a stiff one; will need his best yet to defy highish mark in this hot handicap; effective on good or softer, unraced on good to firm.

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0

3

(26)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Panic Alarm

9st 7lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: Mrs John Harrington

Won two 7f non-handicaps last backend and likeably consistent in defeat this season kept to 7f (Listed race latest); not obviously crying out for 1m and this is a stiff one; will need his best yet to defy highish mark in this hot handicap; effective on good or softer, unraced on good to firm.

22/1

4th

10

(1)

21st May 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

15:15 Naas

Panic Alarm

9st 0lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, prominent on inner under 4f out, nudged along when bit short of room under 2f out, keeping on when ridden and in the clear inside final furlong, no extra when lost third final strides

10/1

3rd

2

(1)

18th Apr 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

16:03 Gowran Park

Panic Alarm

9st 12lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

sweating, pressed leaders on inner, shaken up when outpaced 2f out, keeping on when ridden and disputing second inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

11/8

20/1

Form: 22-333

Last run: 118 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

0-5 since last summer's successful debut and now contesting his first handicap; closely matched with One Nation on their latest piece of Dubai form and, like his stablemate, he has an air of vulnerability in a race of this nature off what appears a tough mark; handles all ground.

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Form: 42-211

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Lost his first seven races but he's 2-3 since gelded and won his last two emphatically (7f/8.3f; good to firm; effective on soft); latest was under Alec Voikhansky; those were Class 4 races, so this represents a severe rise in class, and he was hurled up 12lb since latest.

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2nd

1

(9)

1st Jul 2023

Good

0m 7f 1y

Class 2

15:42 Chester

Starnberg

9st 9lb

J: Sam Hitchcott

T: Richard Hannon

Has improved since being gelded, emphatically winning fast-ground handicaps at York (7f) and Nottingham (extended 1m) at the start of the summer; it was always going to be a tough ask trying to lead all the way in the Britannia at Royal Ascot last week and he should fare better here if he can get across from the outside stall.

9/1

0

5

(21)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Starnberg

9st 5lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Hannon

Lost his first seven races but he's 2-3 since gelded and won his last two emphatically (7f/8.3f; good to firm; effective on soft); latest was under Alec Voikhansky; those were Class 4 races, so this represents a severe rise in class, and he was hurled up 12lb since latest.

20/1

1st

1

(3)

7th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 75y

Class 4

17:10 Nottingham

Starnberg

9st 9lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Hannon

travelled strongly, made all, went clear going easily over 2f out, pushed along over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, easily

3/1

Form: 31-111 C

Last run: 41 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Fast improver who is on a five-timer and has course experience in the bag having dominated a 7f soft-ground handicap last month; beat only three rivals in that and he's getting high in the weights (up 18lb for his wins) but it's difficult to gauge the ceiling of his ability; has won on good but softer is perhaps ideal; stays 1m.

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13th

10

(10)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:40 Thirsk

Racingbreaks Ryder

8st 13lb

J: William Cox

T: Charles Hills

Well treated on his progressive form last spring (won on soft at Ascot off 2lb higher) and he did make some late headway from the rear in the Spring Cup at Newbury on his reappearance a fortnight ago; no shock were he to bounce back to form with a bang.

7/1

11th

14

(9)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newbury

Racingbreaks Ryder

8st 10lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

Progressive spell culminated in comfortable win off 1lb lower at Ascot (soft) last May, completing a four-timer; lost his form afterwards in 2023; gelded since last run and could revive on reappearance.

16/1

Form: 11-424 BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Only 2l behind Finn's Charm when a beaten favourite in last month's German 2,000 Guineas and 5lb better off with his stablemate here; held his own in Listed races prior to that and he's 2-3 in handicaps; scopey sort whom connections might not have got to the bottom of just yet; good or good to soft seems ideal.

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12th

9

(7)

16th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:55 Newmarket

Benacre

9st 1lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Johnston

Having been gelded he returned to form with 1l third on last month's reappearance at Wolverhampton (8.6f, AW); went close in Listed race here (7f, good) last May on sole previous run on the Rowley Mile and could be involved.

9/1

3rd

9

(5)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Benacre

8st 13lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Charlie Johnston

dwelt start, soon prominent, led after 1f, headed 4f out

14/1

9th

3

(2)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:10 Ascot

Benacre

9st 1lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Charlie Johnston

Became a touch exposed over 7f-1m but is unexposed over middle distances and ran well upped to 1m2f on AW two outings ago; soft ground possibly contributed to his subsequent defeat over 1m4f; could go well if aided by first-time headgear.

10/1

20/1

Form: 1523-3

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

His soft-ground 6f nursery win came off 17lb lower and his mark took a further hit for finishing close up in a valuable Irish sales race (7f, soft) on final run at two; gelded prior to this season and ran a solid race in defeat off this mark at York (7f, good; Dark Thirty won); 1m is worth exploring but others are far more intriguing.

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2nd

3

(18)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Ramazan

9st 8lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Richard Fahey

took keen hold, raced in second

12/1

2nd

2

(3)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

17:30 Thirsk

Ramazan

9st 8lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

in rear, headway from 3f out, hung left but went second 1f out, kept on but no match for winner

5/2

2nd

6

(10)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Redcar

Ramazan

9st 0lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Has won Class 2 handicaps over 7f at Haydock and Chepstow this season; better than ever when just missing out in the 6f Ayr Gold Cup two weeks ago and this 3yo is improving steadily; appears to have no ground preferences.

4/1

20/1

Form: 31-243 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

1m winner on the AW in France; third in a respected conditions race last time at Longchamp (good to soft) and his fourth there the time before on soft reads well, having finished just behind Angers who went on to win the German 2,000 Guineas by clear daylight; could be better handicapped than a lot of these; drying ground would be a grey area, though his sire excelled on good and faster.

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0

12

(10)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Bless

9st 1lb

J: Stephane Pasquier

T: F Chappet

1m winner on the AW in France; third in a respected conditions race last time at Longchamp (good to soft) and his fourth there the time before on soft reads well, having finished just behind Angers who went on to win the German 2,000 Guineas by clear daylight; could be better handicapped than a lot of these; drying ground would be a grey area, though his sire excelled on good and faster.

20/1

Form: -74214

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Couldn't lead, was drawn wide and perhaps found good to firm too fast when fourth to Urban Sprawl at Goodwood on latest start (7f); made all for his good-ground win at York (7f; stays 1m) the run before; shade exposed now and perhaps placed at best.

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3rd

4

(11)

3rd May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Dark Thirty

9st 3lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Has form figures of 32311 at the Newmarket tracks, better than ever in competitive 6f contest at the Craven meeting (good; off 3lb lower) most recently; 7f winner on the July course last term; holds very solid claims back up in distance.

11/2

1st

10

(9)

17th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket

Dark Thirty

9st 2lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Often leads; has acted on soft but both handicap wins came on good ground over 7f; respectable efforts in two 6f handicaps last year without looking a natural at the trip and looks one for another day.

14/1

6th

6

(2)

6th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Dark Thirty

9st 2lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Rallied to score at Newmarket (7f, good) in August and ran respectably at Doncaster next time; unlikely to be far away again but today's drop back to 6f isn't certain to suit and the handicapper may have his measure.

14/1

12/1

Form: 51-39

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Confined to 7f thus far; AW maiden winner who ran okay in a Group 3 first time back this season (heavy) but was down the field on his switch to handicaps at the Curragh (good) when connections saw the need for blinkers (retained here); hardly leaps off the page, despite powerful connections.

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4th

9

(5)

29th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

18:45 Dundalk (AW)

Carracci

9st 2lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: A P O’Brien

Won a 7f maiden here last November and several solid efforts in defeat since up to 1m1f; has a fair bit to find on ratings but is suited by this surface.

22/1

11th

13

(22)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

18:10 Curragh

Carracci

9st 3lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

Only win was gained at Dundalk last November; probably capable of better than he showed here in race won by Crystal Black on latest, since two previous Leopardstown runs suggested the possibility of a first turf success.

10/1

Form: 10-031

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Both wins have been at 7f but he needed all of that trip at the Curragh (good) a month ago to be ahead when it mattered; it's debatable whether he's got enough boot under the bonnet to win this much deeper race; best form on good or yielding (below par on softer).

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0

15

(1)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Betterdaysrcoming

9st 0lb

J: W J Lee

T: A Oliver

Both wins have been at 7f but he needed all of that trip at the Curragh (good) a month ago to be ahead when it mattered; it's debatable whether he's got enough boot under the bonnet to win this much deeper race; best form on good or yielding (below par on softer).

25/1

1st

5

(12)

27th May 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

16:15 Curragh

Betterdaysrcoming

9st 6lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: A Oliver

midfield on near side of group, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, headway when ridden up the centre from over 1f out, led towards finish, all out

16/1

3rd

5

(11)

21st May 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

16:45 Naas

Betterdaysrcoming

9st 8lb

J: W J Lee

T: A Oliver

midfield

10/1

Form: 315-11 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Strike-rate of 4-8 and unbeaten in two runs since gelded, winning with a bit in hand at both Newmarket (1m, good to soft) and over a little shorter at Chester (soft); can race freely so this big-field scenario should suit, but whether he'll be good enough is doubtful.

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0

16

(20)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Surely Not

9st 0lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Strike-rate of 4-8 and unbeaten in two runs since gelded, winning with a bit in hand at both Newmarket (1m, good to soft) and over a little shorter at Chester (soft); can race freely so this big-field scenario should suit, but whether he'll be good enough is doubtful.

16/1

1st

6

(6)

11th May 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

14:05 Chester

Surely Not

9st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Dual winner at 2 who took his form up another notch after a gelding operation when making a winning reappearance in a 15-runner Newmarket handicap (1m, good to soft) 22 days ago; may have been helped by being held up in a race where the leaders appeared to go hard but it was still a pleasing performance and his stable's continued good form provides hope for better again.

4/1

1st

11

(3)

19th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Newmarket

Surely Not

9st 3lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Had 7f wins on AW and good ground in his six-race 2yo career; fair fifth of 12 in a York nursery on final outing, when upped to 1m on good to soft; gelded since; needs to resume headway but yard is among the winners.

14/1

Form: 71-557

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Unraced on ground softer than good; 7f novice winner (good to firm) who was close up in a strong 1m2f race at Newbury on handicap debut and perhaps the undulations of Epsom failed to float his boat last time; still looks a minor player in this deep a race, especially back at 1m.

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6th

6

(10)

16th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 3

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Forca Timao

9st 7lb

J: David Probert

T: Richard Hannon

The handicapper has looked on top this winter and although conditions should suit, others appeal as being better treated.

7/1

3rd

5

(5)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 2

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Forca Timao

9st 1lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Richard Hannon

Chased home Storm Catcher at Lingfield in November (1m2f) and he's better off with that rival here but he was put in his place that day and he's since run poorly when well supported back at Lingfield two weeks ago; others appeal more.

9/2

10th

6

(10)

20th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 3

14:00 Lingfield (AW)

Forca Timao

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Richard Hannon

in touch with leaders, outpaced over 2f out, lost position gradually over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

11/1

Form: 21-131 D

Last run: 5 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Coming along nicely having won three of his last four, latterly doing well to defy a wide draw over slightly shorter at Chester (good) on Saturday; penalties are never welcomed in this race but he's versatile in many respects (ground/trip/tactics) and not ruled out.

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4th

6

(2)

8th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Saxon King

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Charles Hills

In good form after returning in May including wins at Newmarket (1m, soft) and Chester (7.7f, good), but out of the frame in his last three starts; may not want the ground to dry out too much and probably needs further than this now in any case.

3/1

5th

9

(7)

26th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Goodwood

Saxon King

8st 4lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Charles Hills

Progressive against his own age group, winning two of his first three starts (1m, soft/about 7f, good) before having a troubled run in the Britannia at Royal Ascot; however, he wasn't the same horse at Newmarket in July and an easy 7f may be a bare minimum for him.

5/1

Form: 211-41 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Signed off as a 2yo with two 6f wins, the second in a heavy-ground handicap; reportedly benefited from the faster surface (good to firm) when going away in the finish at York (first run at 1m) and this stiffer track promises to suit him well; going the right way and Frankie rides for the first time.

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2nd

5

(7)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:50 Newmarket (July)

Quantum Impact

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

raced centre, prominent

6/1

0

19

(6)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Quantum Impact

8st 13lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Ralph Beckett

Signed off as a 2yo with two 6f wins, the second in a heavy-ground handicap; reportedly benefited from the faster surface (good to firm) when going away in the finish at York (first run at 1m) and this stiffer track promises to suit him well; going the right way and Frankie rides for the first time.

6/1

1st

5

(4)

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 3

16:25 York

Quantum Impact

9st 6lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

in touch with leaders, pushed along and steady headway against near rail 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, won going away

6/1

Form: 21-833 BF

Last run: 11 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

7f 2yo winner and he's finished third when returned to that trip (from 1m) in two handicaps at Goodwood (soft/good to firm; tongue tied); worth another crack over 1m but this race demands plenty more from him.

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9th

11

(16)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

17:50 Cork

Physique

9st 3lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: Michael Patrick Fenton

Won a Newmarket novice as a juvenile and some good runs in defeat in Britain last term; bought for 28,000gns in the off-season and failed to beat a rival on last week's return; best watched for now.

25/1

14th

6

(13)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 205y

17:50 Naas

Physique

9st 6lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: Michael Patrick Fenton

A 28,000gns buy out of the Coles' yard for whom he won at Newmarket as a 2yo and placed in Goodwood handicaps this time last year; wouldn't want it much softer.

16/1

Form: 01-1

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Took his time to get on top when penalised in Newbury novice (7f, good) a month ago and none of those who chased him home have done anything for that form; could take another step forward now sent handicapping but he'll have to.

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9th

1

(10)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

11:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Good Karma

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Ferguson

Won an AW maiden on second 2yo start and a 7f Newbury novice on 3yo reappearance; off since a respectable 11th of 29 in the Britannia at Royal Ascot (1m) last June, but evidently capable when fresh and returns as a very much unexposed sort; interesting, particularly if the betting vibes are strong.

6/1

Form: 15-733 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Won twice as a 2yo, the handicap over this trip at Ayr (good) when a stone lower in the weights; nicely progressive this season but he was better positioned from a long way out than runner-up Royal Cape when just behind that one in Haydock's Silver Bowl (1m, good to firm) last time out; may struggle to reverse those placings here.

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1st

15

(6)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newbury

Metal Merchant

8st 10lb

J: David Probert

T: Jack Channon

Form dipped sharply when last seen, totally failing to build on his Ascot classified success; gelded since; not guaranteed to rebound, as record suggests he's likely to need this reappearance run.

14/1

Form: 2-31 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

It's unlikely he was seen to best effect in what developed into a sprint finish when winning a maiden at Killarney (1m, good to yielding) last time and the second has won since; handicap debutants don't have the best of records in this race but his trainer is such a shrewd operator that he's dangerous to dismiss.

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4th

10

(4)

22nd Apr 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 99y

Class 4

18:20 Windsor

Just An Hour

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Rod Millman

Something to prove in terms of stamina, having seemed a non-stayer over 1m3f at Kempton last time (second run for new yard; behind two of these rivals); gained his Irish win at 1m.

14/1

6th

6

(9)

1st Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 4

15:30 Kempton (AW)

Just An Hour

9st 6lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Rod Millman

prominent, switched right soon after start

12/1

Form: 9-212 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Not many win novices by 10l but that was the case with him at Windsor last month (1m, soft) and the horse who beat him on his handicap debut at Haydock (1m, good to firm) is favourite for Saturday's Group 3 Jersey Stakes; should have finished closer that day and he's just the type his trainer improves with experience; player.

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0

27

(2)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Royal Cape

8st 11lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Hughie Morrison

Not many win novices by 10l but that was the case with him at Windsor last month (1m, soft) and the horse who beat him on his handicap debut at Haydock (1m, good to firm) is favourite for Saturday's Group 3 Jersey Stakes; should have finished closer that day and he's just the type his trainer improves with experience; player.

18/1

2nd

8

(5)

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 37y

Class 2

14:25 Haydock

Royal Cape

8st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Hughie Morrison

Went very close at Kempton (1m, AW) last month on his second start then bolted up in Windsor novice (1m, soft) on turf debut; tackles very different ground in this first handicap but his pedigree provides optimism he'll handle it, and it remains to be seen where his limitations lie; respected.

11/2

1st

8

(3)

1st May 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 31y

Class 5

14:44 Windsor

Royal Cape

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Hughie Morrison

Confirmed the promise of his sole 2yo run when missing out narrowly in a 1m maiden at Kempton last month (well backed); open to further progress and there is encouragement for slow ground on pedigree; leading claims.

10/11

28/1

Form: 12-1 D

Last run: 70 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Confined to the AW thus far; maintained his momentum with a clearcut success in the first-time hood in Newcastle novice 70 days ago (1m) but he beat two outsiders who haven't done much for the form subsequently; unexposed, admittedly, but is thrown into the furnace for his handicap/turf debut.

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Form: 8-311 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Had Betterdaysrcoming behind when following up his maiden win (on yielding) in a 1m handicap at Naas (good), beating a Ballydoyle inmate who bolted up the run before; with there talk of tackling Saturday's Group 3 Jersey after that latest win, he's one to be interested in off this sort of mark; shortlisted.

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4th

4

(4)

27th Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 1f 0y

19:22 Leopardstown

Fort Vega

9st 12lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

Nicely progressive in the spring, winning Gowran maiden and Naas handicap; well held however on quick ground in much more competitive Britannia Handicap at Ascot and has had a short break since; upped in trip and could still have more to offer back on easier ground.

7/1

0

29

(33)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Fort Vega

8st 11lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

Had Betterdaysrcoming behind when following up his maiden win (on yielding) in a 1m handicap at Naas (good), beating a Ballydoyle inmate who bolted up the run before; with there talk of tackling Saturday's Group 3 Jersey after that latest win, he's one to be interested in off this sort of mark; shortlisted.

16/1

1st

7

(4)

21st May 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

16:45 Naas

Fort Vega

9st 4lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

travelled strongly, soon raced in second

7/1

Form: 5168-1

Last run: 42 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Won as 2yo on good to soft (probably fine on good); returned with a last-gasp success at Southwell (7f, AW) in his second handicap but the placed horses from that race have struggled since and, on his rise in grade, he might be stranded off a 5lb higher mark.

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13th

14

(4)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Mustajaab

8st 10lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

switched left soon after start, midfield

20/1

1st

2

(2)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

16:15 Southwell (AW)

Mustajaab

9st 10lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

Unplaced in his last four starts on turf and back from 229 days off having been gelded in the meantime, but he made a successful reappearance over C&D from 2lb lower last year after a similar absence; worth a second look.

9/2

5th

2

(5)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

16:32 Newmarket (July)

Mustajaab

9st 6lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

held up in rear, some headway over 2f out, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, weakened quickly final 110yds

5/1

33/1

Form: 512-9

Last run: 36 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Positive 2yo campaign in 7f novices but he finished in the ruck on his handicap debut at York (7f, good) last month and that run was no advertisement for his prospects in this deeper race; connections command respect, admittedly; turf form on good or firmer.

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19th

15

(8)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:55 Ascot

Zu Run

9st 4lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Mark Loughnane

Chelmsford novice winner (7f, AW) for Andrew Balding as a 2yo and ran well when second of nine at Newcastle (6f, AW) for Adrian Nicholls in January, but not built on it since including in both starts for this yard; plenty to prove back on turf.

33/1

13th

15

(15)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:35 Chelmsford (AW)

Zu Run

9st 5lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Mark Loughnane

Won a novice here (7f) as a 2yo and showed the ability remained when second of nine at Newcastle (6f, Polytrack; first-time visor) in January, but well held on his stable debut at Wolverhampton (7f, Tapeta) 13 days ago; opposed from his high draw in the returning cheekpieces.

25/1

Form: 155-06

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

No threat in Group 2/Listed races after impressing in a 6f novice at Windsor last summer (good to firm; has run well on good to soft); comfortably held in two handicaps this season on either side of being gelded and has to rate an unlikely winner here.

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8th

3

(6)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:10 Ascot

Bluelight Bay

9st 11lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

in touch with leaders, weakened from 2f out

8/1

6th

4

(10)

1st Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:40 Kempton (AW)

Bluelight Bay

9st 5lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

steadied start, towards rear

8/1

Form: 210-1 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

His only no-show at two came in a valuable sales race when it's unlikely that he did himself justice; hit the ground running this season in first-time blinkers when coming readily clear off 8lb lower in a 1m Goodwood handicap (good to soft; also won on good); stable's Britannia winner two years ago also won the time before at that same track.

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10th

13

(9)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Skysail

8st 7lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Marcus Tregoning

Won handicap/seasonal debut in May in first-time blinkers and easily the best of his three runs since came when second at Ascot in first-time cheekpieces (kept since); kept to 1m this term and while not disgraced over 1m at Glorious Goodwood last time, he didn't shout that 1m2f is what's needed.

16/1

7th

3

(3)

3rd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Goodwood

Skysail

9st 8lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Marcus Tregoning

Good-ground 2yo maiden winner who scored on his handicap and seasonal debut over C&D (good to soft) in May, and bounced back from a lesser run on quick ground when runner-up at Ascot (1m, good to soft) last month in first-time cheekpieces (retained); his course form is a big plus and he's respected.

10/1

2nd

5

(2)

14th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 213y

Class 3

15:25 Ascot

Skysail

9st 7lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Marcus Tregoning

Made a successful handicap debut after seven months off in first-time blinkers at Goodwood (1m, good to soft) in May, but might not have not handled the ground when fifth of seven at Salisbury (1m, good to firm) 16 days ago; could probably do with rain and he's a player if it does arrive, with cheekpieces given a go this time.

11/1

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Selections

RP RATINGS:

Docklands

POSTDATA:

Saxon King

Daily Record:

Just An Hour

Telegraph:

Royal Cape

SPOTLIGHT:

Bless

The Guardian:

Physique

TOPSPEED:

Betterdaysrcoming

LAMBOURN:

Surely Not

THE NORTH:

Benacre

The Star:

New Endeavour

D Express:

Ramazan

Daily Mirror:

Good Karma

NEWMARKET:

Docklands

The Times:

Docklands

Daily Mail:

Saxon King

The Sun:

Saxon King