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18:10 Ascot

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Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race)

  • Prize money: £54000
  • 2m 5f 143y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

3/1 (Won)

Form: /412/3

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Went missing for two years after finishing runner-up in a 1m5f Group 3 when trained by Aidan O'Brien; did well over hurdles on his resumption, including victory in a 2m4f Grade 3 and third in a 2m4f Grade 1 this winter (both on soft but has form on good and good to firm); not beaten far into third on his Flat return in a recent Group 3 at Leopardstown (1m6f, good; ahead of Stratum) when a steady pace was no help to him; this test could be right up his alley.

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7th

2

(2)

27th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 6f 0y

16:00 Navan

Dawn Rising

9st 6lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Enjoyed a fine season last year, winning the Queen Alexandra Stakes and rounding off the year when a very close third in the Irish Cesarewitch; the likeliest alternative should the favourite run below par.

8/1

3rd

8

(2)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Dawn Rising

9st 12lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

in touch with leaders towards far side, headway and prominent under 2f out, ran on well disputing lead final 110yds, kept on but lost second post

10/1

Form: /69-98 C

Last run: 4 days

W: 9st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Has a notable record at this meeting, having won the 2m4f Ascot Stakes (handicap) in 2019 and been placed in back-to-back editions of this race (2020 and 2021); likely to have a part to play again as he was beaten only 5l in Tuesday's Ascot Stakes despite meeting trouble at crucial stages of the race.

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9th

16

(14)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

The Grand Visir

8st 6lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Ian Williams

Second, ninth and ninth in the last three Chester Cups; today's mark is his lowest since 2017 and plenty of efforts last June-September give him a cracking chance, so the case can be made for him despite his latest three outings (one this term) and the lack of any win since Royal Ascot 2019.

50/1

14th

4

(7)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

20:00 Kempton (AW)

The Grand Visir

9st 1lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Ian Williams

Veteran stayer who is without a victory since 2019, but he wasn't disgraced when 12th in the Cesarewitch when last seen so can't be dismissed off a falling mark.

20/1

7/2

Form: 0311-5

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Won last season's Cesarewitch at Newmarket (2m2f, good) and by clear daylight; just okay during a light campaign over hurdles during the winter but this may have been a plan, and a small-field Listed race over 1m4f four weeks ago was never likely to suit; big chance.

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5th

6

(7)

27th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 6f 0y

16:00 Navan

Run For Oscar

9st 6lb

J: Sean Davis

T: C Byrnes

in touch with leaders, nudged along over 3f out, soon lost position, kept on but no impression inside final furlong

14/1

2nd

2

10th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 2f 0y

15:00 Punchestown

Run For Oscar

11st 2lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

disputed lead, not fluent and raced in second 3rd, led before 4th, joined after 3 out, headed after last, soon no extra

5/4

10/1

Form: 37-644

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Has struggled to get her head in front since winning twice as a 2yo, having mixed handicaps with Listed and Group races; has not been far off her best the last twice (1m4f handicap and 1m6f Group 3) but, unraced beyond about 1m6f, she'll be entering unknown territory a long way from home.

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7th

7

(2)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Typewriter

9st 6lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Andrew Balding

prominent, went second after 2f, weakened quickly over 3f out, eased from 1f out, tailed off

16/1

0

13

(27)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Typewriter

9st 0lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

No win since handicap debut two years ago; solid runs this year include her fourth in the 2m5f Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot (good to firm) and third over 1m6f at Goodwood (soft) last time, but career best is needed.

33/1

3rd

1

(5)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:50 Goodwood

Typewriter

10st 1lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Has won on soft; absent since finishing midfield in the 2m4f handicap at Glorious Goodwood; some creditable efforts otherwise this term, including in York Group 3 and the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot; on a ten-race losing sequence and doesn't seem the easiest to place but has possibilities dropped back in trip/grade.

8/1

Form: 2- BF

Last run: 434 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Runner-up over 1m4f in Germany on his only Flat run (last April); bumper/hurdle winner but has been competing at just a fair level over jumps this year (most recent form figures of 122) and he looks out of his depth.

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8th

10

27th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Kempton

Estacas

10st 11lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: David Bridgwater

held up in rear, always behind

20/1

8th

6

4th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 4

12:55 Ascot

Estacas

11st 5lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: David Bridgwater

Useful Flat form when fifth of nine in the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot (2m5f, good to firm; 40-1) this June; won soft-ground bumper here in 2021 and 2m novice handicap hurdle this May; improvement is needed but the step back up in trip offers some hope.

14/1

13/2

Form: 6518-0

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Although beaten in the last two editions of this won by Stratum, he was under 2l away 12 months ago and drying ground will aid his cause no end; good and bad under both codes in the meantime but he's one who won't be fazed by this unique test.

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7th

1

(15)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Falcon Eight

9st 12lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: D K Weld

First, fifth and 15th in the last three Chester Cups, all from well off the pace but never going well last year; ended last year with close second to Magellan Strait in Irish Cesarewitch before winning a Group 3; well held in French Listed race on return; has to be in serious calculations back here but it's likely that others are better handicapped.

20/1

1st

1

(1)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Falcon Eight

9st 9lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

prominent on inner, pushed along and went second over 2f out, ridden to lead up the centre under 2f out, clear inside final furlong, kept on well

7/4

2/1

Form: 0164-8 CD

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

A battle-hardened old pro who for years has paid his way under both codes and now seeks a hat-trick in this race after winning the past two on soft and good to firm (defied a penalty 12 months ago); warmed up for his return with a satisfactory run in a 1m6f Group 3 at Leopardstown that was never likely to bring the best out of him; with stamina to burn, he looks nailed on to be involved once more.

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8th

4

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Stratum

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: W P Mullins

Acts on soft, bit more to prove on heavy; two of the highlights in his long and admirable career were 2021 and 2022 wins in the 2m5f Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot; only seventh in that race this year and his powers are seemingly on the wane, so he will do very well to match last year's fourth in this event on the only other time he's worn either tongue-tie or blinkers, both of which now return.

66/1

25th

7

(22)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Stratum

9st 13lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

towards rear

50/1

2nd

7

12th Aug 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

18:55 Kilbeggan

Stratum

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Smart dual-purpose sort has won 11 races under all codes; has run mostly on the Flat in the last two years and ran a corker when second at Galway last week; couldn't handle testing ground at Auteuil when last seen over hurdles in November but this will suit better; the pick of Paul Townend.

6/4

OUR TIP

Form: 05-342

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Capable dual-purpose performer who bounced back from disappointing efforts under both codes to finish runner-up in a 2m handicap at Beverley 13 days ago (good to firm; blinkers returned); this race is a whole lot tougher; should at least stay the distance.

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4th

2

(3)

17th Sep 2023

Good

1m 7f 217y

Class 4

17:10 Musselburgh

Coltor

10st 1lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Useful winning hurdler who wasn't disgraced given he was harried for the lead when third of four in 2m Beverley handicap in July; he's one to consider after a break.

5/1

3rd

3

(4)

18th Jul 2023

Soft

2m 0f 32y

Class 3

16:55 Beverley

Coltor

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

led but pestered

2/1

50/1

Form: 238513

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Likeably consistent 4yo who stays 2m well and comes here in form after finishing first and third in two Goodwood handicaps; however, whether he'll stay this far remains to be seen and, in any case, he faces an uphill task at the weights.

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9th

7

(10)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

15:15 Lingfield (AW)

First Emperor

9st 6lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: John Ryan

Some creditable efforts over 2m this year and he wasn't far behind Red Flyer in a Class 2 over C&D (sixth of 13) last time; his losing run is mounting up but he's edging down the weights and could go well on this drop back in grade.

14/1

6th

13

(7)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

15:47 Lingfield (AW)

First Emperor

8st 11lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John Ryan

pushed along soon after start, towards rear after 2f

16/1

3rd

5

(4)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 3

17:05 Southwell (AW)

First Emperor

9st 9lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John Ryan

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, headway over 3f out, soon outpaced, rallied from 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, went third towards finish, not pace to challenge

16/1

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Payout
Straight Forecast £208.20
Tricast £538.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Dawn Rising

TOPSPEED:

Stratum

Telegraph:

Run For Oscar

RP RATINGS:

Falcon Eight

Daily Mail:

The Grand Visir

The Guardian:

Run For Oscar

D Express:

Run For Oscar

The Times:

Dawn Rising

The Sun:

Dawn Rising

Daily Record:

Dawn Rising

POSTDATA:

Stratum

Daily Mirror:

Stratum

The Star:

Stratum