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bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2)

  • Prize money: £56710
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 9 runners
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bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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11/8 (Won)

  • Win: £1.67
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Looked a smart prospect when making a striking winning debut at the Curragh (7f, good) a fortnight ago, drawing nicely clear in the closing stages; has the potential for lots of improvement and can take the step up to Group level in his stride.

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

9th

2

(2)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

City Of Troy

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Hugely exciting colt who brings high expectations to his 3yo season, having been so impressive during an unbeaten 2yo campaign that featured very powerful displays in the Superlative Stakes (beat Haatem by just over 6l) and Dewhurst (on this track, made all; beat Alyanaabi by just over 3l), earning him the European champion juvenile award for 2023; brilliantly strong at the finish and just keeps on galloping; acts on soft ground; poised to be the next superstar, assuming he trains on well, and sets a tall standard.

4/6

1st

3

(2)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:00 Newmarket

City Of Troy

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Highly exciting Ballydoyle colt who is two from two and looks a potential superstar; hugely impressive in the Superlative Stakes on the July course here (7f, good to soft) when last seen three months ago, galloping on strongly to beat Haatem by just over 6l and recording an excellent RPR; his return to the racetrack has been eagerly anticipated, such is the big impression he has created; now gets the chance to cement his 2024 Classic credentials.

4/7

2nd
4 (10)
Haatem

9/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 3135

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Bath maiden winner who stepped up on his previous efforts when fifth of 20 in the Coventry at Royal Ascot (6f, good; reopposing Spanish Phoenix and Cuban Thunder behind) last month; the way he came back for more on that occasion suggests the extra 1f this afternoon should suit.

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3rd

4

(5)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Haatem

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Richard Hannon

Tough colt whose busy 2yo season included a Vintage Stakes win at Goodwood (Group 2; beat Iberian by 1l); showed he's trained on well with a clearcut success in the Craven Stakes (Group 3) over C&D on reappearance, taking record to 3-10; however, looks vulnerable to numerous promising/classier types in this field and he's comfortably held by City Of Troy on two pieces of form.

25/1

1st

5

(2)

18th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Haatem

9st 2lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Tough and pretty consistent 2yo last season, the highlight his Group 2 Vintage win at Goodwood (7f, good to soft) in August; however, his limitations were exposed subsequently and he was 4l behind third-placed Eben Shaddad when fifth in the Dewhurst here (7f, soft) when last seen; improvement needed.

16/1

5th

5

(8)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:00 Newmarket

Haatem

9st 3lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Ties in with some of these rivals; not far behind Array in the Mill Reef most recently; respectable second, though no match for City Of Troy, in the Superlative then went one better in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood where he beat Iberian; however, looks comparatively exposed after eight outings.

50/1

16/1

  • Place: £4.10

Form: 73

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Left his Yarmouth debut seventh (Quatre Bras third) well behind when dead-heating for third in the Chesham at Royal Ascot (7f, good to firm) three weeks ago; place claims again.

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3rd

4

(3)

18th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:20 Newmarket (July)

Oddyssey

9st 7lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Patrick Owens

prominent

11/10

3rd

7

(3)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:25 Newmarket (July)

Oddyssey

9st 3lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Patrick Owens

took keen hold, in touch with leaders towards near side

16/1

3rd

7

(5)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Ascot

Oddyssey

9st 5lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Patrick Owens

Held by a few of these opponents on Yarmouth 7f form, having finished only seventh in that race, and he gave the impression he's already crying out for further; well down the pecking order in this field.

50/1

11/4

Form: 1 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo

OR:

Form & Verdict

Out of a 2yo Group 2 winner and made a very promising winning start to his career at Leicester (7f, good) 16 days ago, pulling just over 5l clear; definitely more to come and major player for a top stable seeking to win this for the fifth time since 2016.

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5th
9 (6)
Son

16/1

Form: 31

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Built on the strong-finishing third of his 5f Ascot debut in May when comfortably winning a 6.5f Newbury maiden (good to firm) the following month; the second won next time and the fourth wasn't beaten far in the Chesham, so the form has some substance; more to come for a stable that is no stranger to success in this.

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4th

9

(1)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Son

9st 2lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

prominent on outer

14/1

5th

9

(5)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newmarket

Son

9st 2lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

Won at Newbury (6.5f) on second outing and has performed creditably in notable races since, most recent third at Salisbury (1m Listed); however, his limitations are somewhat exposed now.

33/1

3rd

6

(6)

16th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:20 Salisbury

Son

9st 3lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

Scored comfortably at Newbury (6.5f, good to firm) on second start; good fifth (performed well on RPRs) in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket and Vintage Stakes at Goodwood since, both over 7f on good to soft; leading player on the figures and looks ready for a crack at 1m.

3/1

Form: 418

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Easy Leicester win in the spring came in a three-runner race and he achieved more when just over 5l eighth of 20 in the Coventry at Royal Ascot; Haatem holds him on that form but there could be more to come after only three starts and he shapes as if 7f will suit.

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4th

8

(5)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Spanish Phoenix

9st 3lb

J: James Doyle

T: Andrew Balding

Stablemate of Array; recorded a soft-ground win (5f) in the spring; behind Haatem in major 2yo races since but wasn't disgraced in the Coventry (6f) and the 7f trip may partly excuse his Superlative and Vintage efforts; not fully exposed at sprint distances.

25/1

9th

7

(6)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:25 Goodwood

Spanish Phoenix

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Beat just two rivals at Leicester in April (5f, soft); ran quite well in the Coventry but has more than 2l to find with Haatem on that form and he was beaten appreciably further by that rival when not getting home over 7f in the Group 2 Superlative; clearly up against it unless he can find a surge of improvement from somewhere.

14/1

6th

10

(8)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:25 Newmarket (July)

Spanish Phoenix

9st 3lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, led up the centre

12/1

33/1

Form: 01 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

14l behind Iberian on his Newbury debut but totally different proposition when winning 7f Salisbury maiden (good to firm) 13 days later, making virtually all; another big chunk of improvement will be needed to follow up here, though.

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4th

4

(1)

16th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:20 Salisbury

Metallo

9st 3lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Jack Channon

The only course winner in this field, having recorded a 40-1 success here (7f, good to firm) on second start, but is bottom of this pack on bare form; subsequently struggled when 80-1 in the Superlative Stakes.

14/1

7th

6

(7)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:25 Newmarket (July)

Metallo

9st 3lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Jack Channon

in touch with leaders up the centre

33/1

Form: 210

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Built on a promising debut to win York maiden (6f, good to firm) in May but never involved when midfield in the Coventry at Royal Ascot (6f, good) since; early days but the step up to 7f needs to bring about improvement.

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3rd

3

(9)

6th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

Cuban Thunder

9st 5lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: Adrian Murray

Out of his depth in a Group 1 latest; some promising form in Britain earlier in the year but needs to take his form to a new level here.

33/1

4th

3

(4)

10th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

16:00 Curragh

Cuban Thunder

9st 5lb

J: Gary Halpin

T: Adrian Murray

led, headed under 2f out, soon weakened

200/1

8th

2

(9)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:25 Newmarket (July)

Cuban Thunder

9st 3lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

in touch with leaders up the centre

50/1

Form: 3

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

350,000gns yearling; made a promising debut at Yarmouth (7f, good to firm) where he kept on well for close third behind two who went on to finish down the field at Royal Ascot (also, reopposing Oddyssey was seventh at Yarmouth but third at the Royal meeting); can be expected to improve but this is a big jump in class.

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10th

4

(13)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

17:15 Newmarket

Quatre Bras

9st 8lb

J: David Egan

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

took keen hold, prominent up the centre

20/1

9th

9

(10)

17th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newmarket

Quatre Bras

9st 2lb

J: David Egan

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

took keen hold, prominent

33/1

5th

5

(5)

16th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:20 Salisbury

Quatre Bras

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Ties in with Lightning Leo on Yarmouth debut form; hindered by being only partially shod in the Superlative Stakes (well held) next time; off the mark at Kempton (7f, AW) last week and may build on that win.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £69.00
Straight Forecast £62.70
Tricast £983.10
Trifecta £592.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

City Of Troy

LAMBOURN:

Iberian

POSTDATA:

Haatem

The Star:

Iberian

RP RATINGS:

City Of Troy

The Times:

City Of Troy

Telegraph:

City Of Troy

Daily Mirror:

City Of Troy

The Sun:

City Of Troy

D Express:

Haatem