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18:10 Ascot

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Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap)

  • Prize money: £51540
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 29 runners
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Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap)

Runners: 32 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

33/1 (Won)

  • Win: £51.00
  • Place: £10.65

Form: 202025 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Had some good results on the AW in recent months but a narrow defeat in a 6f conditions stakes cost him dear from a weights perspective and it would be surprising if he broke his turf duck in this top handicap.

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3rd

5

(6)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 212y

Class 1

15:50 Haydock

Witch Hunter

9st 10lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Finished a head behind Pogo in 1m Group 2 at Sandown two weeks ago but 7f is more his trip and he may well come on plenty for that run; led inside the final 1f when winning the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury last August and a repeat of that form would make him a leading contender.

4/1

5th

7

(7)

26th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Witch Hunter

9st 3lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Similar type to Pogo, being best known as a 7f performer; successful in Royal Ascot handicap and Newbury Group 2 over that distance last term; below best in races won by Poker Face on last two attempts at 1m; not the percentage call.

25/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.65

Form: 151-01 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Copes with good to soft at a push but suited by good or quicker and the AW, the one defeat in 7f and 1m handicaps under those conditions coming after a layoff; only just made it at York in May but a strongly run 7f might well be in his repertoire; not done with from a handicapping viewpoint.

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2nd

15

(23)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Croupier

9st 6lb

J: William Buick

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Copes with good to soft at a push but suited by good or quicker and the AW, the one defeat in 7f and 1m handicaps under those conditions coming after a layoff; only just made it at York in May but a strongly run 7f might well be in his repertoire; not done with from a handicapping viewpoint.

10/1

1st

7

(6)

18th May 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:00 York

Croupier

9st 5lb

J: William Buick

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

in touch with leaders

12/1

4

(3)

12th May 2023

Soft

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Croupier

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Finished last in heavy-ground Lincoln six weeks ago; steadily progressive otherwise, including two wins over a sharp 1m (good/AW) last season, and could well bounce back; still of interest.

6/1

16/1

  • Place: £4.90

Form: 76-513 D BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Ahead of his mark when winning at York last June (7f, good) but had every chance when fourth in a similar race to this over C&D in July; has taken another step forward over 1m of late, arguably unfortunate not to add to Thirsk win (soft) when a fast-finishing third to Croupier at York; now needs to prove equally effective back at 7f on this track.

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7th

1

(9)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:40 Thirsk

Northern Express

9st 12lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

Beat Pisanello to win this race on soft ground last year; 9lb higher in his bid for a repeat but that's fully justified as he's advanced his form since and he should be spot on for this after an encouraging reappearance at Newmarket (7f) 16 days ago; bold show likely.

5/1

5th

2

(2)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Newmarket

Northern Express

9st 7lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

in touch with leaders towards far side, briefly went fourth over 1f out, kept on

15/2

20/1

  • Place: £7.40

Form: 072-79 D

Last run: 118 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Has course form at 6f; five wins at up to 7f in 2022 but he exhausted the handicapping options later in the year and this is a more competitive race than he's used to; tongue tied at Meydan early in 2023 but not today.

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1st

1

(7)

10th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Newcastle (AW)

Spangled Mac

9st 10lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

Prolific last summer and he got off the mark for this campaign with a cosy win in a Class 2 at Newbury in August (7f, good to soft), weaving his way through the field and picking up smartly (cheekpieces on for the first time); disappointed at Ascot next time (reportedly unsuited by getting no cover); still feasibly treated but taking on some fast horses on his first 5f run for some time.

8/1

12th

5

(4)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Ascot

Spangled Mac

9st 7lb

J: William Buick

T: George Boughey

Couple of respectable efforts at this year's Royal Ascot; took well to first-time cheekpieces at Newbury (7f) last month, beating Popmaster, and could have more to offer in the retained headgear; shortlisted.

7/1

Form: 0-6121 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Heroic 8yo who has been a great advertisement for his trainer; incredibly, he seemed to run his best race yet when winning at Epsom 20 days ago (7f, good to firm; has won on all surfaces) but his defeats on this track have come in lesser races than this; others look more likely.

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4th

1

(7)

3rd May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:15 Goodwood

Spanish Star

9st 9lb

J: David Probert

T: Patrick Chamings

took keen hold, dwelt start, towards rear, outpaced 2f out, switched left over 1f out, hung left but ran on against near rail inside final furlong, not reach leaders

7/2

4th

7

(9)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:12 Newbury

Spanish Star

9st 4lb

J: David Probert

T: Patrick Chamings

Better than ever as an 8yo last year, winning handicaps at Goodwood (6f) and Epsom (7f); 6f on slow ground ideal but he's returning to action off a 2lb higher mark then when sixth in this race last year.

20/1

6th

2

(10)

15th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:00 Goodwood

Spanish Star

9st 10lb

J: David Probert

T: Patrick Chamings

dwelt start, bumped soon after start, midfield

6/1

25/1

Form: -81762 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Suited by big-field handicaps at 7f and 1m in Ireland and was a staying-on eighth in the Hunt Cup here for previous trainer in 2022; first win for this yard when successful at Newmarket in April (1m, good to soft; has won on good to firm) but needs improvement on overall handicap form.

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8th

4

(16)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:20 Newmarket

Bopedro

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Won here in April 2023 (good to soft) and third in the C&D Cambridgeshire (good to firm; 2lb lower today) in September; he's been a notch of two below that level this year, however, and although not beaten far, he managed only eighth of 17 here 18 days ago.

12/1

8th

1

(14)

16th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:55 Newmarket

Bopedro

9st 9lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: David O’Meara

Below best the last twice on first two AW starts but the return to turf could be a plus and he has an excellent record on the two Newmarket courses, winning this last year (good to soft) and finishing fourth in the Cambridgeshire (1m1f, good to firm) last September; could play a leading role.

9/1

Form: 194-35 BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Often leads; started the 2022 season with two wins at about 1m (good to firm/good) but vulnerable since winning at Chester in August and is too high in the weights to attract attention for a race like this.

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1st

3

(13)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Percys Lad

9st 11lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Record at Chester includes a success in 2022 and respectable third (off 3lb higher from wide draw) in this contest last year; solid second at Newmarket on reappearance; not ruled out.

9/1

2nd

7

(5)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Newmarket

Percys Lad

8st 13lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

prominent, briefly disputed lead over 2f out, soon pressed winner, kept on

12/1

3rd

2

(7)

27th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Percys Lad

9st 9lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Keen-going front-runner who's had a couple of wide stalls to deal with on turf lately, running well at Chester (likes it there) before being taken on and bombing at York; a lot will hinge on how he settles and whether he gets his own way.

10/1

9th
14 (3)
Biggles

8/1

Form: 112-32 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Unraced on good to firm; has won on good and soft; a role model in 7f handicaps, winning five in the last two years and right up to his best when runner-up in the Victoria Cup over C&D in May; this mark will take some overcoming but Ryan Moore is up for the first time so you never know.

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7th

1

(11)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Newmarket

Biggles

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

midfield, outpaced over 2f out, rallied final furlong, not pace to challenge

12/1

16th

2

(8)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Biggles

9st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Below par at Group/Listed level the last twice; has a largely productive record in 7f handicaps, notably a good second in the Victoria Cup here (soft) in May and success in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket (good to soft) in July; not dismissed back in similar scenario.

12/1

11th
25 (15)
Tylos

33/1

Form: 226410 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Front-runner; excelled himself when beating Gorak by a wide margin in a four-runner race at Leicester in April (7f, heavy) but back to earth with a bump when fading in the Victoria Cup over C&D since; high in weights now.

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11th

25

(15)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Tylos

9st 2lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Front-runner; excelled himself when beating Gorak by a wide margin in a four-runner race at Leicester in April (7f, heavy) but back to earth with a bump when fading in the Victoria Cup over C&D since; high in weights now.

33/1

16th

17

(19)

13th May 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Tylos

9st 1lb

J: Taylor Fisher

T: Archie Watson

Possibly flattered by his winning margin (11l) on heavy going at Leicester last month and beat only three rivals in that race; unexposed on slow ground but faces a stiffer task off new mark in this much deeper field.

20/1

1st

3

(1)

14th Apr 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Leicester

Tylos

9st 10lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

made all, going easily and 3 lengths ahead 2f out, went further clear from over 1f out, unchallenged

3/1

33/1

Form: 172214 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Two 7f handicap wins (soft and good to firm) this year but he sabotaged his handicap mark by finishing a close fourth in a recent Group 3 and will do well to play a part off 22lb higher than his latest success in May.

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4th

6

(1)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Newmarket

Gorak

9st 2lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charlie Fellowes

led towards far side, headed over 2f out, no extra and lost third inside final 110yds

25/1

19th

11

(11)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Gorak

9st 8lb

J: Mikkel Mortensen

T: Charlie Fellowes

Blew mark when a close fourth at Haydock (Group 3; 7f, good to firm) in June; subsequent handicap efforts suggest another struggle is on the cards.

66/1

13th
22 (1)
Great Max

33/1

Form: 059-40

Last run: 47 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Won 2yo debut on good to firm, then third in the Listed Chesham (7f, soft) at this meeting; never really got his bearings as 3yo and has not done enough for new yard in 2023 to be fancied today; cheekpieces fitted.

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7th

1

(6)

5th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 4

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Great Max

9st 11lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Bell

His last two runs haven't been too bad (C&D latest) but he's still to add to his debut win and today's drop in class may not be enough to see him resume winning ways.

8/1

5th

1

(11)

25th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 3

18:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Great Max

9st 11lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Michael Bell

Took a step back in the right direction when fourth of nine at Yarmouth (1m1f) in September on his second start back with this yard; another 2lb lower today; yard is firmly in the winners and he's not ruled out on AW debut.

7/1

14/1

Form: 052304 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Both wins in UAE and down the field in both C&D handicaps, including this one last summer; however he showed what can be done when a close third, after being slightly checked, to the subsequent Victoria Cup winner and Vafortino at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) in April; needs to show he can act on this track but might not be far away back at 7f.

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6th

5

(11)

10th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 16y

Class 2

20:30 Chepstow

Spirit Of Light

9st 1lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Ian Williams

Yet to win in Britain and comes here after finishing well down the field in three valuable, big-field handicaps at Ascot this summer (6f-7f); on a good mark now but needs a good boost from the first-time visor.

20/1

0

11

(16)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

Spirit Of Light

9st 3lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Ian Williams

Capable of useful form but came up well short in two handicaps at Royal Ascot (7f/6f) last month, taking record for current yard to 0-15; opposed in another hot contest.

50/1

18th

11

(1)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Spirit Of Light

9st 2lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Ian Williams

Both wins in UAE but he ran to a useful level over 7f at Newmarket in April and did well to get as close as he did when a hampered fourth to Bielsa at York in May (6f, good); raced in the disadvantaged group when well adrift here on Thursday; still one to be interested in.

33/1

10/1

Form: 42-041 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Things didn't unfold quite as they might have when favourite for this race last year but he still ran well in fifth and another sound effort followed in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket (both on good to firm; has won on soft); rather becalmed in subsequent starts but his defeat of Star Of Orion at Newmarket in May (7f, good) was more like it; can still do better.

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1st

3

(5)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 2y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Montassib

9st 10lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Raced mainly at 7f/1m until last autumn when the drop to 6f seemed to suit him and he posted a career best to win a big-field handicap at York (soft) in October in emphatic style; well worth his place in this higher grade, and a leading contender if ready to roll after a break.

4/1

1st

3

(7)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Montassib

9st 9lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

dwelt start, raced far side, in rear

11/1

12/1

Form: 6131-1 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Winner of 6f events on turf (maiden and a handicap); has improved for 7f since and best effort when returning from a break and being gelded to win in good style on Kempton AW in May; up 7lb but is on the rise for his leading yard; one of the more interesting ones.

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4th

10

(13)

21st Sep 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Lir Speciale

9st 2lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

Improved again to win 7f Kempton handicap on his reappearance in May but his form has slumped in three runs since, including back on AW a fortnight ago; has questions to answer for now.

20/1

9th

1

(2)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 3

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Lir Speciale

9st 12lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Roger Varian

Improved his record to 4-8 when landing a Kempton handicap (7f, Polytrack) on his return in May, but his form has slumped in two runs over 7f at Ascot since; now drops back in grade but he has some questions to answer at this new trip.

8/1

20/1

Form: 354-01 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

The court jester of these races as he is rarely a win bet yet has often distinguished himself at this level, finishing second in this race 12 months ago (good to firm) and later close up over C&D in September (good to soft); down the field on reappearance in the Victoria Cup but the worm turned at Goodwood last month where he won cosily; place chance again.

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5th

7

(16)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 4lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

prominent

20/1

2nd

13

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 1lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Has run some superb races in top 7f handicaps, including here, and he richly deserved the valuable prize at York in August (1m, good to firm); combination of this trip and testing ground does not look ideal, however.

33/1

6th

9

(5)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 6lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Raced in the unfavoured group in the C&D contest last time won by Quinault, when bidding to follow up his 40-1 York success (his second win this season); a regular in these big-field Ascot handicaps and sometimes on the premises but he's yet to win here in 18 attempts.

25/1

50/1

Form: 08-570 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Three wins in France, the latest a 7f Listed event on good to soft last May (the other wins at 6f on soft and heavy); has not yet come up to any sort of scratch for new yard, including in the Victoria Cup over C&D in May; first-time headgear needs to be a massive help.

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8th

2

(9)

21st Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 15y

Class 3

18:15 Musselburgh

Toimy Son

9st 7lb

J: Kyle Strydom

T: David Menuisier

Useful in his younger days in France before proving tough to place for this yard last year during a limited campaign; gelded since and showed enough on his AW comeback from nine months off to suggest he's on a competitive mark now.

5/1

3rd

1

(2)

3rd Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Toimy Son

9st 9lb

J: Kyle Strydom

T: David Menuisier

towards rear but in touch with leaders

12/1

19th
19 (10)
Baradar

16/1

Form: 081-36 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Best on soft and heavy and down the field on good to firm in this race last June; won on yard debut over 7f at Doncaster in November but he couldn't improve on his third in the Lincoln in April when sixth in the Victoria Cup over C&D in May (soft; first-time tongue-tie, retained); up against it.

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4th

1

(4)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

17:30 Thirsk

Baradar

9st 8lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: George Boughey

in rear

7/2

5th

1

(7)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 2y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Baradar

9st 10lb

J: David Egan

T: George Boughey

Campaigned in handicaps in 2023, hitting a peak with wins at Ascot (7f International Stakes) and on this course (6.5f, soft); presumably amiss when tailed off back at Ascot on final start; came to hand early last year (third in the Lincoln) and should be fully effective over a bare 6f (first attempt today); bids to enhance an already-excellent record at Doncaster.

9/4

Form: 901-78 D BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Unable to do himself justice in the Hunt Cup over 1m here last June, after coming into the race in fine form (on AW/good ground), but he ended the year with an impressive 7f win at Doncaster (heavy); slow to find form in 2023, including when favourite for the Victoria Cup here in May, but there should be a nice prize in him at some stage; yard won the race in 2022.

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20th

7

(28)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Totally Charming

9st 8lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

Unable to do himself justice in the Hunt Cup over 1m here last June, after coming into the race in fine form (on AW/good ground), but he ended the year with an impressive 7f win at Doncaster (heavy); slow to find form in 2023, including when favourite for the Victoria Cup here in May, but there should be a nice prize in him at some stage; yard won the race in 2022.

12/1

8th

7

(13)

13th May 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Totally Charming

9st 7lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

Faded into seventh when favourite for the Irish Lincoln (1m) seven weeks ago; 1-1 over 7f (heavy-ground win last October) and looks interesting back at this trip with star apprentice Billy Loughnane booked.

6/1

7th

2

(22)

25th Mar 2023

Soft To Heavy

1m 0f 0y

15:25 Curragh

Totally Charming

9st 13lb

J: Colin Keane

T: George Boughey

towards rear early, headway into midfield on far side of group over 4f out

5/1

20/1

Form: -56811

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Had a spell when things didn't go too well but refitting blinkers may have made a difference when winning his two recent starts in Ireland (about 6f, good); asked a much bigger question back up the weights in his first attempt at 7f.

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3rd

3

(3)

3rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 7f 110y

15:10 Tipperary

Warrior Brave

9st 13lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Ross O’Sullivan

led, faced challenge 2f out, headed and lost two places final 110yds, soon no extra

13/8

1st

6

(6)

26th Jul 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

20:00 Naas

Warrior Brave

9st 10lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Ross O’Sullivan

made virtually all, ridden clear 1f out, ran on well and went further clear inside final furlong

9/1

22th

10

(11)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Warrior Brave

9st 7lb

J: W J Lee

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Had a spell when things didn't go too well but refitting blinkers may have made a difference when winning his two recent starts in Ireland (about 6f, good); asked a much bigger question back up the weights in his first attempt at 7f.

20/1

16/1

Form: 00-800 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Some way off his best form this year and he didn't seem entirely happy on the Epsom camber at the recent Derby meeting (acts well at Goodwood); however, this honest 5yo is well suited by strongly run races at 7f, as seen by his strong-finishing third in this race 12 months ago (good to firm); his weights chance is there for all to see off 10lb lower.

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16th

11

(8)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Rhoscolyn

9st 1lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

in rear

22/1

4th

4

(8)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 212y

Class 2

14:45 Haydock

Rhoscolyn

9st 3lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

midfield

11/1

12/1

Form: 7/1114 D BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Missed the Victoria Cup here because of soft ground but highly progressive at 7f on Kempton AW previously, giving weight to a subsequent big winner in April; the race didn't unfold in his favour when upped to 1m at Newbury in May but he remains one to be interested in.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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4th

3

(3)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:40 Ascot

Kingdom Come

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Clive Cox

4-7 on AW, in career-best form last month, compared to 0-5 on turf; his best turf efforts are still very useful but he's unraced on softer than good, so that poses a question mark over whether he can make the most of the good form chance arising from his latest AW run.

10/1

2nd

3

(12)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Kingdom Come

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Clive Cox

dwelt start, in rear on far side of group, headway and joined leader over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, headed towards finish

7/1

1st

3

(8)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Kingdom Come

9st 8lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Clive Cox

ducked sharply left start, in rear

7/2

Form: 978-50 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Effective on most surfaces; has a fine record on this track and he gave Vafortino a run for his money off 8lb higher in the Victoria Cup over C&D last May; not impossible that he will rise above his recent form, including here last time out, but an unlikely winner.

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7th

1

(6)

25th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Accidental Agent

10st 2lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

towards rear

12/1

7th

2

(6)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Accidental Agent

9st 12lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Course winner at 6f and 7f; had a distinguished career and it's not over yet judged on a hampered fifth of 15 in Bunbury Cup in July (good to soft; handles most ground); fair fifth in a Racing League race at Chepstow since; handicapper cautiously dropping him in the weights; involved.

7/1

Form: /11203 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Sparingly raced and first six runs on the AW, showing progressive form in 1m handicaps; modest first attempt on turf in April (good to soft) but his latest third, on good ground at Newbury, was more reassuring; proven stamina can stand him in good stead back at 7f and he should have more to give for top yard.

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26th

17

(18)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Unforgotten

9st 4lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Sparingly raced and first six runs on the AW, showing progressive form in 1m handicaps; modest first attempt on turf in April (good to soft) but his latest third, on good ground at Newbury, was more reassuring; proven stamina can stand him in good stead back at 7f and he should have more to give for top yard.

5/1

3rd

10

(2)

20th May 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Newbury

Unforgotten

9st 1lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Progressive on AW, including this year since a long absence; close second to Alrehb at Wolverhampton (8.6f) in March; however, last of 13 at Newmarket (good to soft) last month when he finally had a turf race.

8/1

13th

4

(8)

18th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Unforgotten

9st 6lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Progressive on AW, latterly since returning this year from long absence; close second in the Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton (8.5f) most recently; yet to finish out of the first two; still has low mileage; big player provided he's just as good on turf.

9/2

27th
29 (2)
Redarna

66/1

Form: 32240- CD

Last run: 258 days

W: 9st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

C&D winner who also has form at 1m on this track; popped up at a big price on his return at Thirsk last April but this reappearance could hardly be more demanding.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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4th

9

(6)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:40 Thirsk

Redarna

8st 13lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Dianne Sayer

Won this on his 2022 reappearance; this veteran might not be quite the force of old but his mark reflects that and his reappearance fifth of 11 at Musselburgh (7f, good to soft) wasn't without promise.

16/1

5th

6

(8)

21st Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 15y

Class 3

18:15 Musselburgh

Redarna

9st 5lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Dianne Sayer

Veteran who's done most winning in the summer/autumn; resumes 3lb above his last successful mark, has his favourite tracks elsewhere (only run here once) and is entitled to need this after such a break at his age.

20/1

40/1

Form: 518-53 CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Retains his form really well and a close fifth in a similar C&D race to this last July (good to firm; drying ground a help) shows he could still play the game at the top table; while a win looks unlikely he could go well at a price.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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3rd

7

(11)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Documenting

9st 10lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Kevin Frost

Last-time-out success at Chelmsford (7f, AW) shows he retains a useful level of ability aged 11; still well treated on historical data but his turf form took a turn for the worse in 2023.

14/1

1st

4

(6)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

11:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Documenting

9st 8lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Kevin Frost

prominent

14/1

6th

3

(12)

16th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 3

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Documenting

9st 11lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Kevin Frost

dwelt start, took keen hold, in rear

7/1

OUR TIP

16/1

Form: 1726-2 D

Last run: 85 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Finished fourth in the Group 3 Jersey over C&D in 2021 (soft; acts on good); had few chances in handicaps but he did win on debut at this level last June (AW) and ran right up to his best on Polytrack reappearance in March; needs new skills in this race.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

2

(7)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 6f 111y

Class 2

16:45 Doncaster

Rhythm Master

9st 9lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Horton

He has struggled in hot 7f handicaps at Ascot on his last two starts but he began this campaign with a good second at Kempton (7f, AW); won't mind the ground but he'll need to be at his very best to defy top weight in this company.

16/1

0

4

(17)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

Rhythm Master

9st 7lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Horton

Useful on his day; possibly unsuited by the surface (good to firm) in 7f handicap at Royal Ascot most recently but finished last of 29 and is hard to support after that poor effort.

40/1

29th

3

(26)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Rhythm Master

9st 10lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Horton

Finished fourth in the Group 3 Jersey over C&D in 2021 (soft; acts on good); had few chances in handicaps but he did win on debut at this level last June (AW) and ran right up to his best on Polytrack reappearance in March; needs new skills in this race.

16/1

Form: /15416 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Had course form as 2yo; missed 2022 but in good form this year, winning twice at 7f (AW and good), albeit with his latest sixth behind Montassib at Newmarket leaving him with something to prove in this stronger race.

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6

(17)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

The Gatekeeper

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

He was kept busy last year and won four of his 15 starts, most recently the Balmoral Handicap (1m, soft) at Ascot in October; this 4lb higher mark is a career-high but this 5yo is not ruled out on his reappearance.

11/1

15

(4)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

The Gatekeeper

8st 12lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

2

(6)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:30 Goodwood

The Gatekeeper

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Form: 496-22 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Rock-solid form over C&D, most recently when involved in a tight finish in September (good to soft; acts well on good to firm); has run well in small fields at Newmarket of late and a strongly run race back here will suit better; headgear still left off.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

(13)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

Star Of Orion

9st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Won at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) in July and has run consistently well in defeat over 7f since (various ground); hasn't shone over 1m in the past but his last attempt was in 2021 and recent evidence suggests he well worth another go at this trip; he's on the shortlist.

7/1

4th

3

(10)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Star Of Orion

9st 10lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Three wins split between both Newmarket courses but versatile regarding tracks and ground; continued in fine form in highly competitive 7f handicaps since winning on the other course in July; big run expected.

100/30

4th

4

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Ascot

Star Of Orion

9st 8lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: Ralph Beckett

raced near side, midfield, headway over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 4th of 10 in group

9/1

Form: 2120-1

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Fair run in 7f novice last June on sole attempt at this trip; progressive at 1m for Roger Varian and his Sandown win last month (good) was quite takingly gained; sold for £125,000 on Monday; can continue on the upgrade but has some adapting to do back at 7f from new surroundings.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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3rd

1

(1)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

13:50 Sandown

Indemnify

10st 1lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Won a 1m handicap here (good ground) in May on his final start for Roger Varian and has shaped well back here (1m again) on two of his three subsequent starts for current yard; may need to get the breaks from the inside stall but he's one to be interested in from his mark and the drop to 7f shouldn't pose a problem for one who tends to race freely.

5/1

4th

6

(2)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:45 Sandown

Indemnify

9st 8lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Below par at Newmarket last time but the hood adopted that day is now left off, and he'd previously run two good races in a row over this C&D, with a win and a good fifth of 15 (the latter on stable debut); not ruled out.

11/1

6th

5

(10)

22nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket (July)

Indemnify

9st 9lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Unexposed 4yo who won twice for Roger Varian, the latest on his Sandown reappearance (1m, good; first start since being gelded) in May; not beaten far into fifth of 15 on stable debut over the same C&D (good to firm) a fortnight ago, but needs to find a bit more from the same mark; hood given a go; yard also runs Maysong.

8/1

50/1

Form: 09-870 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 8st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Useful effort when sixth of 18 in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last July (7f, good to firm); this year's efforts aren't too inspiring but he's 9lb lower than his Newmarket run so there are hopes of a revival.

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

12th

8

(13)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:40 Thirsk

Cruyff Turn

9st 1lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

Back on a good mark after losing his form in the autumn but he was only eighth to Northern Express in this on his 2023 reappearance; could be using this as a prep for the York Dante meeting handicap he won in 2022.

20/1

8th

7

(6)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

Cruyff Turn

8st 13lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Two-time C&D winner who exploited a reduced mark at Redcar in June; however, he's failed to threaten since and others are preferred.

33/1

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Selections

RP RATINGS:

Rhoscolyn

LAMBOURN:

Kingdom Come

Daily Mail:

Totally Charming

SPOTLIGHT:

Montassib

The Guardian:

Baradar

POSTDATA:

Croupier

Daily Record:

Warrior Brave

TOPSPEED:

Spanish Star

Daily Mirror:

Kingdom Come

D Express:

Totally Charming

NEWMARKET:

Montassib

The Times:

Rhoscolyn

Telegraph:

Rhoscolyn

The Star:

Rhoscolyn

The Sun:

Baradar