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15:15 York

Soft

Sky Bet York Stakes (Group 2)

  • Prize money: £70887.5
  • 1m 2f 56y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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Sky Bet York Stakes (Group 2)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 02111- C

Last run: 294 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Slow starter who was highly progressive last year, with a Listed win (1m, good) last July being followed by Group 3 wins here (1m1f, good to firm) and at Newmarket (1m1f, good); absent since last October but fitness unlikely to be an issue with one from this yard; shapes as though this new trip will suit and he's a major player if handling conditions (unraced on slow ground).

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

5th

1

(7)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:20 Leopardstown

Alflaila

9st 9lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Owen Burrows

dwelt start, in rear, detached under 3f out, headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, never near to challenge

5/1

1st

1

(5)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 2f 56y

Class 1

15:15 York

Alflaila

9st 8lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Owen Burrows

took keen hold, held up in rear, pushed along 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, pushed out and drifted left towards finish

4/1

1st

9

(8)

8th Oct 2022

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

17:20 Newmarket

Alflaila

9st 4lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Owen Burrows

slowly away, raced in last, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead final 110yds, ran on

3/1

11/10

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 313-44 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Won French Group 2 (1m2f, good to soft) last July and close third in Group 1 Champion Stakes (1m2f, good to soft) in October; reappeared with close fourth over inadequate 1m in Group 1 Lockinge (good) in May and, although below par in the Prince of Wales's at Royal Ascot (1m2f, good) last time, he was one of a few who didn't totally fire; leading claims if back to best.

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

7th

4

(4)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

My Prospero

9st 7lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

took keen hold, soon led, headed 2f out

12/1

1st

3

(6)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:40 Goodwood

My Prospero

9st 4lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Hasn't made the expected further progress this season, though the bare form is still respectable, second in York Group 2 (dropped back from Group 1 level) most recently; close third in the 2022 Champion Stakes the last time he raced on softer than good; now returns to Listed grade for first time since winning last year's Heron Stakes; clear top on ratings.

5/6

Form: 319-51 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Listed winner at Ayr (1m2f, good) last September and scored in the same grade in the Wolferton at Royal Ascot (1m2f, good) last month; has run well on good to soft, unproven on soft; tackles tougher opposition here but he has a progressive profile and could be up to the task.

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

3rd

5

(4)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 2f 56y

Class 1

15:15 York

Royal Champion

9st 8lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Varian

prominent, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

4/1

1st

4

(12)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Royal Champion

9st 8lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Varian

Listed winner over this trip at Ayr (good) last autumn; respectable reappearance fifth in Group 2 Huxley at Chester (extended 1m2f, soft) 39 days ago; has raced only on good or softer; stable tasted success in this race in 2020 but this 5yo will need a career best to overcome his penalty.

20/1

5th

6

(6)

12th May 2023

Soft

1m 2f 70y

Class 1

14:40 Chester

Royal Champion

9st 3lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Varian

Completely tailed off in the Champion Stakes when last seen; won well at Ayr (1m2f Listed) the time before but his closest pursuers were a couple of 9yos and this looks harder; all wins on good ground.

10/1

Form: 34-487

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Won French Group 3 (1m, good) last August and versatile ground-wise; not at very best this year but had to come from a long way back when respectable seventh of 16 to Royal Champion in the Listed Wolferton at Royal Ascot on his first crack at 1m2f; not ruled out in a first-time visor.

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

1st

1

(5)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

15:22 Newmarket

Checkandchallenge

9st 6lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: William Knight

in rear, shaken up and headway from 3f out, led over 1f out, idled inside final 110yds, just held on

7/2

4th

2

(11)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Checkandchallenge

9st 6lb

J: William Buick

T: William Knight

Yet to win above Group 3 level; fourth in this race last year (also ran well on very soft in France the time before) but the balance of his 2023 form, latterly over 1m2f, suggests that effort is far from certain to be repeated; came up short in the Lockinge when last seen over 1m.

50/1

4th

2

(2)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 2f 56y

Class 1

15:15 York

Checkandchallenge

9st 8lb

J: Jason Watson

T: William Knight

held up in rear, headway towards far side 2f out, hung left over 1f out, weakened final furlong

12/1

5th
3 (3)
Mashhoor

5/1

Form: 0-0111 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Two handicap wins this year (1m2f, good to yielding) and has added Listed (1m4f, good) and Group 3 (1m2f, good) victories at the Curragh the last twice; showed promise on yielding to soft in April; benefited from an easy lead when impressive last time but could have the same advantage here; this highly progressive Irish challenger could make another bold bid.

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

8th

2

(6)

20th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

15:55 Curragh

Mashhoor

9st 8lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

took keen hold, midfield

10/1

6th

3

(6)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

16:30 Leopardstown

Mashhoor

9st 12lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

raced in second, outpaced over 1f out, weakened final furlong

9/1

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Exacta £80.00
Straight Forecast £100.40
Trifecta £233.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

My Prospero

TOPSPEED:

Royal Champion

SPOTLIGHT:

Alflaila

Daily Mirror:

Mashhoor

POSTDATA:

My Prospero

NEWMARKET:

My Prospero

The Times:

My Prospero

Telegraph:

My Prospero

Daily Mail:

My Prospero

D Express:

My Prospero

The Sun:

My Prospero

Daily Record:

My Prospero

LAMBOURN:

Alflaila

The Guardian:

Royal Champion

The Star:

Royal Champion