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17:00 Ascot

Good To Firm

Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £90195
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 28 runners
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Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 31 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £23.00
  • Place: £3.85

Form: 600-60

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Listed 2yo winner, also Group placed; retained plenty of ability in subsequent seasons for Roger Varian, including over C&D, but his two most recent handicap runs leave much to be desired; guesswork involved on debut for new yard with blinkers refitted.

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7th

1

(4)

3rd May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Saint Lawrence

10st 0lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Never figured in the Abernant here on seasonal debut; landed the Wokingham (6f) on last handicap attempt but he's now 7lb higher and back over 7f for first time in three years; not the percentage call.

14/1

12th

8

(4)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Saint Lawrence

9st 9lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Career-best form last summer, winning the Wokingham at Royal Ascot then third in French Group 1; however, he finished behind several of these rivals back on home soil the last twice; not the percentage call.

16/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.25

Form: 321-32 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Can lead; couldn't sustain effort when eighth in the 2022 running of this and although 3lb well-in this time following a close second at Epsom recently (6f, good to firm) it probably won't be enough to compensate for having more to do today.

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2nd

4

(5)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Newmarket

Apollo One

9st 4lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: P Charalambous & J Clutterbuck

Better than ever last year with four excellent efforts in defeat in hot 6f handicaps, including this one on his reappearance; close third in a Beverley Listed event in September and his final outing in 2023 can be safely ignored as he was drawn on the wrong side at York; back from 203 days off but he's not out of this if fully wound up for his return.

9/1

12th

2

(22)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Apollo One

9st 10lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: P Charalambous & J Clutterbuck

ducked left start

9/1

3rd

1

(2)

2nd Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Beverley

Apollo One

9st 4lb

J: Graham Lee

T: P Charalambous & J Clutterbuck

raced in second, challenging 2f out, no extra and lost second inside final 110yds

3/1

18/1

  • Place: £6.55

Form: 73-501 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 8st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Having first start here but his staying-on third to Summerghand in the Ayr Gold Cup (6f, good; has won on good to firm) in September could hardly be stronger form and it suggests this stiffer test will be up his street; penalised for a lesser Nottingham win last week (1lb well-in today) but a live contender.

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7th

1

(13)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Juan Les Pins

9st 12lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Michael Appleby

mounted in chute and taken down early, dwelt start, raced in last

16/1

3

(16)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Juan Les Pins

9st 7lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Michael Appleby

Progressed again last season, placed in the Wokingham before a series of good runs in Listed/Group 3 events; fine run to finish second over 5f at Southwell last month and last time easy to strike a line through (an administrative error meant he was forced to run over 1m4f in order to be eligible for this race); big chance back at 6f.

7/1

14/1

  • Place: £3.75

Form: 1-6145 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Effective on most surfaces and has held his own in competitive handicaps on this track, most recently when second of 17 over 7f in October (off 1lb lower); 1-2 under Frankie Dettori but others likely to be better treated.

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4th

6

(1)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Newmarket

Mums Tipple

9st 1lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Richard Hannon

Unlucky in running at Lingfield in March (behind Chipstead) and after a flop at Wolverhampton he returned to form with a close second at Kempton 38 days ago; has a lower mark on turf and looks well treated on form such as his Wokingham fourth; Ryan Moore booked; not ruled out.

12/1

2nd

4

(6)

27th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Mums Tipple

9st 6lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Useful on his day, such as when winning off this mark at Chelmsford (7f) last March; inconsistent since and latest effort doesn't augur well; however, has a fighting chance granted a rebound.

9/1

4

(3)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 1

14:40 Wolverhampton (AW)

Mums Tipple

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Richard Hannon

Ready winner of this race in 2021 (2-3 at Wolverhampton); only eighth home at Lingfield eight days ago but he couldn't find a gap in the straight and would surely have gone close had he seen daylight; major player for a yard that also runs Shouldvebeenaring.

11/2

16/1

Form: 100-50 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

No strong ground preferences; has been an exceptional performer in top 6f and 7f handicaps on this track and he lost out only narrowly to an outstanding winner in this race in 2021; poorly drawn when only ninth last June but he added to the coffers with two big 7f wins after and is 1lb lower than the latest of them in September; should step up plenty on two defeats this year.

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12th

4

(16)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:12 Newbury

Fresh

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: James Fanshawe

Classy handicapper in his time but just flashes of his former glory in a quiet 2023 campaign; now 8lb lower than when a close fifth in the Wokingham and his Kempton return should have blown away the cobwebs; all ground comes alike to him and he's capable of a big run.

8/1

5th

2

(7)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:55 Kempton (AW)

Fresh

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: James Fanshawe

This is the fourth year in succession that he's returned to action in this race (downgraded to a 0-95 this year), finishing fifth twice and a close second in 2022; showed only flashes of his old spark in a disappointing 2023 campaign but he is down to a good mark if a five-month break has piqued his interest; stable have made a quiet start to 2024 but he has too much talent to be ignored at this level.

10/1

12th

2

(11)

8th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Fresh

9st 8lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: James Fanshawe

midfield, switched right after 1f

11/2

6/1

Form: 30/611 CD

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Useful Listed form as 2yo (good); missed 2022 but has more than fulfilled early promise since back on turf of late, beating Probe, who represented useful spring form, with something to spare at Newmarket (6f, good to soft) before having his rivals strung out behind over C&D in May (soft); up 9lb but looks the type to make his mark in better company in due course.

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17th

2

(10)

17th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket

Orazio

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Charles Hills

Looked a likely type for a big prize when winning this in 2023 (good to soft) and one at Ascot (soft) but expensive to follow in the best 6f handicaps after, albeit he didn't have his ground in two of them; gelded since and returned with a solid third to higher-rated rivals in a Listed race at Doncaster; mark unchanged and this looks the right race so should go well.

4/1

3rd

4

(3)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 2y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Orazio

9st 10lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Charles Hills

Looked set for the top when winning useful 6f handicaps on slow ground last spring, but then came unstuck when a beaten favourite for the Wokingham, Stewards' Cup and Ayr Gold Cup afterwards; needs to get back on track but he's been gelded since his last run and may still have more to offer; stable won this race in 2021.

3/1

7th
24 (18)
Mr Wagyu

20/1

Form: -08739 D BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

A regular on the shortlist for these races and finished fourth in this one last June (good to firm; off 5lb higher) then 2l behind the winner Summerghand in the Ayr Gold Cup; still a shade high in the weights relative to what will be needed and his latest defeat was a head scratcher.

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2nd

3

(4)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

17:50 Ripon

Mr Wagyu

9st 2lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John & Sean Quinn

towards rear

9/1

13th

14

(5)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Mr Wagyu

9st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

raced far side, prominent

16/1

20/1

Form: 72-794 D

Last run: 2 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Won debut last May and added four handicaps at 7f or 6f last July (AW and good to firm); useful effort in defeat over C&D in August and his fourth in the 7f Buckingham Palace here on Thursday was a cracking effort; shouldn't be far away if turning out again.

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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

18/1

Form: 040-82 D BF

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Versatile ground-wise; hasn't perhaps gone on quite as hoped since running a blinder in the Group 1 King's Stand here in 2021 before again denied a clear run when a close third in this race four days later; however, he finished close up in his first handicap since, at Chester in May, and his earlier form at this meeting makes him of interest.

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3rd

8

(4)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Kings Lynn

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

slightly awkward start, soon in touch with leaders

5/1

2nd

2

(1)

3rd May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Goodwood

Kings Lynn

8st 12lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

prominent, outpaced and lost ground under 2f out, rallied and went second final furlong, kept on

9/2

9th

6

(7)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 10y

Class 2

15:43 Bath

Kings Lynn

9st 4lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

More modest efforts than good ones to his name last year; starts this campaign off a reduced mark as a consequence but although he handles soft, he may not want it this deep any more.

11/1

10th
10 (25)
Bielsa

18/1

Form: 500-21 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Has not yet done himself justice on this track and was a beaten favourite in the 2020 running of this, but he's pretty capable at this level, even if he was helped by racing on the stand rail for an Ayr Gold Cup win (good) in 2021; first success since came under Oisin Murphy at York in May but going back up 5lb should clip his wings.

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5th

2

(6)

16th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Newcastle (AW)

Bielsa

9st 2lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

raced in second, hung right over 1f out, lost second 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, eased towards finish

11/4

2nd

2

(10)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle (AW)

Bielsa

9st 5lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Kevin Ryan

Smart handicapper who made a flying start to the season, second at Redcar before seeing off 20 rivals at York's Dante meeting; ran to form in the Wokingham, Stewards' Cup and Ayr Gold Cup before a more subdued effort at York four weeks ago (raced on the favoured far side); third, albeit well beaten, over C&D in Group 3 company in one AW start; shouldn't be far away.

11/2

7th

8

(9)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Bielsa

9st 6lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

re-shod, raced far side, towards rear

14/1

40/1

Form: /29/67

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in 7f Group 2 as 2yo; seen only five times since and inconclusive form since missing all of 2022; wore cheekpieces last month on latest start (now blinkered); has it to prove at present.

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1

(8)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Albasheer

9st 12lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

Taken well to Tapeta, third in a Listed event over C&D in November before impressive wins over 6f and 5f here the last twice (both backed up by the clock); surged to the front over the shorter trip two weeks ago and a 5lb rise is fair enough; it would be a huge effort to defy top weight but he threatened to be top class as a 2yo and he couldn't be coming here in better form.

11/2

1st

1

(10)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Newcastle (AW)

Albasheer

9st 9lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

dwelt start, towards rear, pushed along and headway from over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and went clear inside final furlong, impressive

3/1

1st

3

(12)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:15 Newcastle (AW)

Albasheer

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Has a few ideas of his own but he's blessed with stacks of raw ability and he hasn't always had the rub of the green since dead-heating with Summerghand at the Ebor meeting; only third behind Tacarib Bay in Listed company here in November but he was too keen early and didn't find as much as may have been expected once coming off the bridle; likely to be ridden more patiently this time and he's of serious interest.

7/1

18/1

Form: -46700 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Age really is just a number with older handicappers from this yard, this one being a prime example, and he showed again how strong he is at this level when lifting the Ayr Gold Cup last September; just 1lb higher now and his best effort in this race, when touched off in 2020, shows he can do it here, too; most of his best form on good or quicker; on the premises.

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8th

10

(9)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Newmarket

Summerghand

8st 13lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

No sign of age dampening his enthusiasm this year, running well behind Chipstead at Lingfield in March and running a cracker over C&D 17 days ago when doing much the best of those held up and that despite having to wait for room at a crucial stage; more than capable off this mark provided those held up aren't at a marked disadvantage.

9/2

40/1

Form: 0770-0 CD

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

C&D winner; nearer last than first in this last June but showed his mettle for these races when touched off in the Stewards' Cup (6f, good to firm) at Goodwood last July; has not come up to scratch since but horses that run well once in these big-field handicaps often do so again.

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9th

2

(9)

7th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 3

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Tabdeed

10st 0lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

Smart in his time (Group 3 winner), but losing run up to 19 despite plummeting down the weights; best watched for now.

16/1

6th

1

(3)

21st Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 3y

Class 3

15:55 Yarmouth

Tabdeed

10st 0lb

J: Joshua Bryan

T: Archie Watson

Without a win in three years; this season is turning into a struggle and not sure his recent fifth of seven at Thirsk offered sufficient encouragement that he's about to turn a corner; soft ground is unlikely to be ideal.

7/1

5th

1

(3)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:25 Thirsk

Tabdeed

9st 13lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Archie Watson

Over three years since his last win; down the field in two hot handicaps this season but last season's peak effort came when a close second in the Stewards' Cup and he's now 4lb lower; not straightforward but more than enough ability to contend.

13/2

15th
13 (10)
Lethal Levi

14/1

Form: 196-02 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Four 6f wins in 2022 (good to firm/good to soft); started to look as though the handicapper had caught up towards the end of that campaign but a close second to Bielsa at York in May suggests he could get the bit between his teeth again in the coming weeks; this does ask for extra though.

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8th

5

(5)

3rd May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Lethal Levi

8st 13lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

All wins at 6f but made the frame in major 7f handicap at Ascot (good) on last appearance and starts this 5yo campaign looking nicely treated, having finally slipped back to last winning mark; not dismissed.

16/1

33/1

Form: 08-065 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Front-running 6f Listed win last August (good to firm); not in the same form since and although on a more manageable mark now she still doesn't look ready to pounce back in a handicap; first-time hood fitted.

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10th

3

(7)

8th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 1y

Class 3

16:45 Chester

Princess Shabnam

9st 8lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: S Woods

towards rear

12/1

5th

3

(8)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

11:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Princess Shabnam

9st 8lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: S Woods

led

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 48-107 D

Last run: 55 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Very good second of 20 in Group 1 Commonwealth Cup over C&D (good to firm) last June; has had some excuses since but he picked up a valuable prize at Doha in February and the return to this track on drying ground is in his favour; carrying top weight is still a big ask.

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10th

1

(10)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:12 Lingfield (AW)

Flaming Rib

9st 12lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Hugo Palmer

Smart 3yo (Group 1 runner-up at Royal Ascot) and he made a winning return as a 4yo when landing a big pot in Qatar last February; found it tougher going afterwards but he's tackling lesser opposition than he's used to today and he returns with his stable going well; respected on AW debut.

11/2

7th

4

(2)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Newmarket (July)

Flaming Rib

9st 3lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Hugo Palmer

Progressive at two and he ran a blinder when second of 20 in last season's Commonwealth Cup; picked up a valuable prize in Qatar in February but further globetrotting in the spring brought no reward; tough task off top weight in the Wokingham last time but better expected at this level.

8/1

17th

1

(12)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Flaming Rib

9st 12lb

J: Pierre-Louis Jamin

T: Hugo Palmer

Very good second of 20 in Group 1 Commonwealth Cup over C&D (good to firm) last June; has had some excuses since but he picked up a valuable prize at Doha in February and the return to this track on drying ground is in his favour; carrying top weight is still a big ask.

22/1

Form: 523040

Last run: 2 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

50/1

Form: 005-70 D

Last run: 127 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Placed in 6f Group races on AW/turf as 2yo; useful return over C&D in 2022 but he disappointed in a Newmarket handicap on final turf run that year and below best for new yard at Meydan early in 2023; blinkers added.

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8th

3

(3)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:57 Newmarket

Hierarchy

9st 12lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Jamie Osborne

Had a useful mark to play with after a quiet start for new yard and was suited by soft when winning over 6f at Goodwood, then a close third there last month; has gaping hole in his record in that he's never run beyond 6f.

7/1

Form: -37113 C BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Course winner at 5f (good to soft; also successful on good to firm); has won over a sharp 6f and risen to new heights this year but he needs to show his stamina is up to this job.

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

8th

9

(4)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:30 Ascot

Dream Composer

9st 2lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: James Evans

Stays 6f but a stiff 5f is probably ideal for him; he was finishing well at Goodwood last week (5f, heavy) but the leaders had gone off quickly and he was perhaps flattered by his proximity at the finish having been outpaced at halfway; well treated on last year's best but this race might place too much emphasis on stamina.

5/1

3rd

4

(4)

3rd May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Goodwood

Dream Composer

8st 6lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: James Evans

dwelt start, towards rear, outpaced halfway, good headway over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, did well in the circumstances

15/8

21th
21 (17)
Probe

7/1

Form: 6-1215 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Best on good to soft or slower so far; has done really well over 6f for new yard, the only defeat in his first three starts when chasing home Orazio at Newmarket in April; his clearly favourable mark is a thing of the past but he can be forgiven his Epsom defeat last time now he's back on a more conventional track and Ryan Moore rides for the first time.

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

6th

5

(6)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Probe

9st 0lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jennie Candlish

Was back off his last winning mark when beating Baldomero by just under 2l at Chelmsford (6f, Polytrack) last month, making it 2-2 on the AW in the process; has a 5lb higher mark to overcome but may still have more to offer on the surface, so is much respected.

11/4

1st

3

(3)

21st Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Probe

9st 7lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Jennie Candlish

Back to the same mark as when beating 20 rivals in a Class 2 handicap at Newmarket on 2000 Guineas Day; not so good in top sprints since and the drop to a Class 3 didn't spark a return to form at Goodwood five weeks ago; revival not out of the question but others appear safer.

7/1

9th

1

(2)

15th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:00 Goodwood

Probe

9st 12lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jennie Candlish

dwelt start, always behind

15/2

Form: 9-3153 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Smart for William Haggas in 2021, finishing a close second in a hot 5f handicap here (good), then later won the Portland (off 1lb lower) and a Group 3; last season passed in a blur but he took advantage of a generous mark when winning for new connections over 6f at the Curragh in April (heavy) and has since gone close there in May; down the field in both runs on good to firm but in the thick of it if the ground proves suitable.

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

10th

2

(10)

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

15:45 Naas

Hurricane Ivor

9st 13lb

J: Scott McCullagh

T: Mrs John Harrington

Six career wins, the most recent off 96 over 6f at the Curragh last April; down to 88 now after his form tailed off last year; could be interesting.

16/1

25/1

Form: 355-40 D BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Useful 6f handicap form on good to firm as 3yo and came out best of the middle numbers when sixth in this race last year; runs off the same mark today and the chances are that others will be better treated; has worn cheekpieces, first-time visor today.

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

5th

10

(5)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

First Folio

8st 13lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

prominent

16/1

7th

1

(2)

7th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 3

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

First Folio

10st 0lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Ferguson

Suggested a return to form when third of 12 at Thirsk (6f, good) early last month and soft ground an excuse for a lesser effort at Yarmouth (6f) last time; 5lb below his last winning mark, but this still looks a tough ask.

10/1

3rd

2

(2)

21st Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 3y

Class 3

15:55 Yarmouth

First Folio

9st 13lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: James Ferguson

Won this 12 months ago (making it 2-2 at the track) and this campaign took a turn for the better when placed at Thirsk three weeks ago (6f, good); handicapped to be very competitive but his best form is on good or faster ground.

13/8

12/1

Form: 219-01

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Has got into his stride as a handicapper since the autumn, first past the post in the Portland (extended 5f, soft; demoted for interference), and his York win in May (5f, good to firm) suggests the handicapper hasn't touched him yet; stays 6f at a lower level but this race is a different matter; taken out of the King's Stand on Tuesday with a vet's certificate.

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

9th

5

(11)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Newmarket

Chipstead

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Roger Teal

He'd been in good form on AW this winter prior to his midfield finish over C&D 17 days ago (race not run to suit); work to do with a couple of reopposing rivals but he did enough there to think he's still in top form; has the ability to play a leading role.

16/1

7th

4

(19)

17th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket

Chipstead

9st 8lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Roger Teal

Has had some good results in competitive 6f AW races over the winter and fitness counts for plenty at this time of the year, but his best turf form has come at trips short of 6f so this may not be quite his race.

20/1

5

(4)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Chipstead

9st 2lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Teal

Enjoying a revival on AW this winter, winning at Kempton in December and having a few of today's rivals behind him when seeing off 11 rivals at Lingfield four weeks ago; should run his race but this looks more demanding.

14/1

25/1

Form: 4-1342 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Has had a say in 6f Listed races on last two starts (good to soft/good to firm) but now 15lb higher than her latest handicap defeat, at Epsom in April, which surely puts the brakes on in this company.

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

25th

23

(5)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Kape Moss

8st 12lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: David Loughnane

Has had a say in 6f Listed races on last two starts (good to soft/good to firm) but now 15lb higher than her latest handicap defeat, at Epsom in April, which surely puts the brakes on in this company.

25/1

2nd

4

(8)

26th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Kape Moss

9st 7lb

J: David Egan

T: David Loughnane

4yo who has been progressive this year and ran a cracker when fourth in Listed race at Newmarket (6f, good to soft) three weeks ago; effective on fast ground in the past and could be thereabouts.

13/2

4th

6

(2)

6th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:15 Newmarket

Kape Moss

9st 8lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: David Loughnane

In good form in 5f handicaps at Southwell (AW; won) and Epsom (close third) this season, while shaping as if this return to 6f will suit; however, has the worst chance at the weights in this higher grade.

40/1

Form: 1271-1

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Norwegian sprinter with a strike-rate that his rivals can only dream of, 21-34 (7f to about 1m), including Group 3 and multiple Listed wins; hard to weigh up against the local specialists in his first 6f run for two years but his stamina will stand him in good stead and hopefully he can do himself justice in refitted tongue-tie despite the unfamiliar conditions.

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

26th

4

(14)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Duca Di Como

9st 7lb

J: Elione Chaves

T: Cathrine Erichsen

Norwegian sprinter with a strike-rate that his rivals can only dream of, 21-34 (7f to about 1m), including Group 3 and multiple Listed wins; hard to weigh up against the local specialists in his first 6f run for two years but his stamina will stand him in good stead and hopefully he can do himself justice in refitted tongue-tie despite the unfamiliar conditions.

40/1

28/1

Form: 0179-0 C

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Had many happy days here, winning four at 5f (on a variety of ground) and beaten about 1l in this race in 2018 and 2019; well held on reappearance in a Group 3 but has more going for him back on this track; regular rider Adam Kirby switches to Summerghand but Kevin Stott is 1-1 on him.

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

4th

5

(6)

2nd Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Beverley

Tis Marvellous

9st 4lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Clive Cox

in touch with leaders

6/1

7th

3

(12)

12th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

13:35 Ascot

Tis Marvellous

9st 10lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Clive Cox

Magnificent record here and won this race in 2018 and 2021; however, he hasn't beaten a rival in his two runs this year, in a Group 3 and the Wokingham here (twice in the frame in earlier runnings) and is an unknown quantity at present.

5/1

27th

5

(3)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Tis Marvellous

9st 7lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Clive Cox

Had many happy days here, winning four at 5f (on a variety of ground) and beaten about 1l in this race in 2018 and 2019; well held on reappearance in a Group 3 but has more going for him back on this track; regular rider Adam Kirby switches to Summerghand but Kevin Stott is 1-1 on him.

28/1

28/1

Form: 54-010

Last run: 2 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

First reserve; versatile ground-wise; close up in Group 2 Coventry over C&D as 2yo but rarely runs over 6f now and only mid-division in this race in 2021; down the field over his best trip of 7f in the Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

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

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

30 (11)
Aramis Grey

28/1

Form: -22123 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Second reserve; in good form on AW this year; had few goes on turf but did well back on grass when a very creditable third, despite being unable to burrow her way through, in a 6f Haydock Listed race (good to firm) in May; has much more to prove in a big-field handicap like this.

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

8th

3

(2)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

15:00 Newcastle (AW)

Aramis Grey

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Rae Guest

Finished second in the corresponding (non-handicap) race 12 months ago and she's been as good as ever in defeat this winter, running into Shades Of Summer on her last two starts; no obvious reason why she wouldn't be involved once again.

13/2

2nd

1

(8)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 1y

Class 2

14:02 Lingfield (AW)

Aramis Grey

9st 12lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Rae Guest

Useful performer on turf and AW with the latest of her ten wins coming over C&D last February; couldn't quite get past Shades Of Summer at Wolverhampton when last seen in December but she's 5lb better off with that rival today and should be in the thick of the action.

6/1

2nd

1

(1)

4th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 3

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Aramis Grey

9st 9lb

J: George Rooke

T: Rae Guest

in touch with leaders

2/1

25/1

Form: 1458-0 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 8st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Third reserve; has a query about his track form after having a very rare off day over C&D last July but his fourth to Summerghand in the Ayr Gold Cup in September (6f, good) showed him in his true light; wasn't spot on for reappearance last month, though, and this may be needed, too.

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

19th

2

(15)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Ayr

Lucky Man

9st 12lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Richard Spencer

In full flow in the second half of 2022, a fourth of 24 in the Gold Cup (good; handles good to soft) showing how effective he is in this type of race; soft and heavy ground probably hasn't helped in two of his four turf starts this year but the other two defeats need excuses; even so, too well treated to ignore, 6lb lower than last September.

25/1

8th

1

(7)

31st Aug 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:25 Chelmsford (AW)

Lucky Man

10st 0lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Richard Spencer

prominent

12/1

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Probe

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Saint Lawrence

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Summerghand

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Flaming Rib

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Apollo One

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