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Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Stayers (Handicap)

  • Prize money: £39344
  • 1m 7f 209y
  • Class 2
  • 10 runners
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Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Stayers (Handicap)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 210-42 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

9yo who's been highly competitive again in Ireland this year over hurdles and on Flat; made up a lot of ground late on when close second of 20 at Galway (2m) 12 days ago; questionable over whether he's the best handicapped of these but on the evidence of recent starts he's by far the most reliable with proven stamina.

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17th

2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

The Very Man

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Mrs John Harrington

Won the stayers' contest at the Shergar Cup meeting on the Flat last year before lesser efforts in both the Irish and Newmarket Cesarewitch; ran well when last seen over timber at the Punchestown festival, finishing runner-up to the well treated Seddon; while he's a point winner, he hasn't shown much over this sort of trip under rules and was ninth in this race off the same mark last season.

40/1

0

7

(33)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

The Very Man

9st 7lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Mrs John Harrington

Made up a lot of ground when close second of 20 at Galway (2m1f, heavy) in July and came from last to first in authoritative style at Ascot's Shergar Cup (2m, good to soft); form dipped when seventh in the Irish Cesarewitch and to win this demands a career best but the test may well suit him.

28/1

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9/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 250004 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in the St Leger in 2020 and won on Southwell AW (2m) this January on third start back after an absence; his form has subsided somewhat since, however, and third-placed Prydwen comfortably had his measure on latest start; 6lb lower than at start of the year.

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4th

1

15th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 44y

Class 2

18:40 Salisbury

Berkshire Rocco

9st 11lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Andrew Balding

Runner-up in St Leger in 2020 and won on Southwell (2m, AW) this January on third run after an absence; has mixed record since but he was runner-up at Ascot (2m) on penultimate run and was a good fifth in the Ebor (1m6f; first-time visor) last time; this looks tough on these terms but he's in good form and it wouldn't be a surprise if he ran a big race.

100/30

5th

21

(8)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Berkshire Rocco

8st 12lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Runner-up in the St Leger in 2020 and won on Southwell AW (2m) this January on third start back after an absence; his form subsided somewhat afterwards but he's 6lb lower than at start of the year and his Ascot second (2m) two weeks ago was more like it; frequent cheekpieces are replaced by first-time visor; case can be made.

20/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: -98295 C

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Has a very good record at Ascot, prompting hope that he'll be back in the sort of form he showed twice at this year's Royal meeting; major player if so, and he was not discredited at Goodwood last week; usually wears visor or cheekpieces but today's blinkers are a first.

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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

0

15

(14)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

The Grand Visir

9st 0lb

J: Paddy Bradley

T: Ian Williams

Has never run in the Cesarewitch but he's a familiar face contesting other major long-distance races, with a fine record at Royal Ascot; very well handicapped on peak ratings, with last month's Doncaster Cup (soft) one of those but recorded in a muddling race; tailed off behind Tashkhan latest and, with no win since 2019, does not look the percentage call.

66/1

Form: 042400

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Started the British season for new stable with good runs in the Chester Cup, at Haydock and Royal Ascot; had form earlier in his career with cheekpieces but tailed off in them in the Northumberland Plate (reportedly struck into) and at Goodwood on last two outings and they are dispensed with now; his big Chester run was on soft but trainer blamed tacky ground for last week's performance; big shout if surging back to form.

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0

18

(23)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Law Of The Sea

8st 12lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Ian Williams

Good start for new stable in the Chester Cup, at Haydock and Royal Ascot and he was reportedly struck into on his next start; fair fourth at Ascot on penultimate start but tailed off either side of that, last time in the C&D Trial; player if only he could recapture initial British 2023 efforts.

40/1

10th

2

(10)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:00 Newmarket

Law Of The Sea

9st 12lb

J: David Egan

T: Ian Williams

Started the British season for new stable with good runs in the Chester Cup, at Haydock and Royal Ascot; tailed off in cheekpieces on next two outings but fair fourth without them at Ascot on latest; big player if recapturing those initial British 2023 efforts.

11/1

4th

8

(6)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 2

14:10 Ascot

Law Of The Sea

9st 6lb

J: Joao Moreira

T: Ian Williams

Started the British season for new stable with good runs in the Chester Cup, at Haydock and Royal Ascot; had form earlier in his career with cheekpieces but tailed off in them in the Northumberland Plate (reportedly struck into) and at Goodwood on last two outings and they are dispensed with now; his big Chester run was on soft but trainer blamed tacky ground for last week's performance; big shout if surging back to form.

10/1

9/1

Form: 186323

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

No turf win this season but he's never been better than in recent starts for his placed efforts at Haydock (1m4f), Ayr (1m5f) and Newmarket (1m6f); has a career-high mark too, plus another step up in trip but it's not out of the question that he'll stay.

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1st

3

(11)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Prydwen

9st 3lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: George Scott

Record of 4-11 on AW; good second in the Marathon Trial at Lingfield (2m; off 3lb lower) most recently, splitting Spartan Army and Vaguely Royal; still not fully exposed over staying distances; possibilities despite being on career-high mark.

12/1

2nd

3

(13)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

15:47 Lingfield (AW)

Prydwen

9st 10lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Scott

Ended his 2023 campaign with a 1m6f success (led close home) at Wolverhampton; behind a couple of these rivals at Kempton (2m) on reappearance but made some late headway and still isn't fully exposed over staying distances; remains of interest.

8/1

5th

4

(3)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

19:15 Kempton (AW)

Prydwen

9st 12lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: George Scott

Solid performer who got back to winning ways when leading towards the finish over 1m6f at Wolverhampton in November; had three subsequent winners behind him on that occasion (including the reopposing Zealandia) so still looks nicely handicapped off 2lb higher; respectable fifth at Ascot last summer on his previous attempt at 2m; key player.

5/1

Form: 65-080

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Ran well at Royal Ascot 2022; has not fired on all cylinders in his three runs this season, sold out of Keith Dalgleish's stable before latest, but is now well handicapped on his 2022 form.

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0

1

(1)

6th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 209y

Class 3

16:30 Ascot

Alright Sunshine

10st 4lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Mike Murphy & Michael Keady

Multiple winner, including off higher marks, for previous yard; steadily finding his form for current stable until blotting his copybook by refusing to race last time; comes with risk.

20/1

0

1

(11)

13th Sep 2023

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 3

19:45 Southwell (AW)

Alright Sunshine

10st 0lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Mike Murphy & Michael Keady

Yet to win on AW but acts on Tapeta elsewhere; down weights and he didn't look a lost cause on third run for yard when third to Sea Stone at Newmarket last time (1m6f; regular visor left off, as today); stays 2m and this is easier than some of his more recent staying races.

14/1

3rd

1

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:45 Newmarket (July)

Alright Sunshine

10st 0lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Mike Murphy & Michael Keady

His mark continues to fall and he drops back down in grade, but he's struggled to get competitive this year and has to raise his game.

20/1

Form: 331-09

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

More potent upped to 1m6f when cheekpieces were initially enlisted (they've been kept since) for his last two starts last season; underwhelming in the Northumberland Plate (raced a bit freely) on reappearance and tailed off on heavy going at Goodwood one week ago, but he should stay 2m.

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1st

9

(11)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Post Impressionist

9st 0lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Underwhelming on first three runs this year but not beaten far in ninth in the Ebor (1m6f, good to firm) a fortnight ago and he may be able to build on that, having come good around this time of year last season.

13/2

9th

23

(1)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Post Impressionist

8st 12lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: William Haggas

More potent upped to 1m6f (with Adam Farragher) when cheekpieces were initially enlisted for his last two starts last season, notably for a clearcut win over C&D (good to soft); 8lb higher today and has not fired in the same way in his three starts this term; headgear now removed.

25/1

7th

6

(8)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 2

14:10 Ascot

Post Impressionist

9st 7lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

More potent upped to 1m6f when cheekpieces were initially enlisted (they've been kept since) for his last two starts last season; underwhelming in the Northumberland Plate (raced a bit freely) on reappearance and tailed off on heavy going at Goodwood one week ago, but he should stay 2m.

8/1

3/1

Form: 34-260 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

A success story returned to the Flat last term and he carried on the good work on first two outings this season when neck second in the Chester Cup and sixth of 19 over 2m4f at Royal Ascot; perhaps his run in the Northumberland Plate 11 days later came too soon (also drawn wide); player if he bounces back from that.

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5th

6

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

15:32 Newbury

Zoffee

11st 1lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, headway before 2 out, disputing third last, weakened final 110yds, lost fourth towards finish

5/1

11th

7

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

15:00 Taunton

Zoffee

11st 5lb

J: James Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Not seen over hurdles since pulled up on handicap hurdle for Philip Hobbs at Cheltenham Festival in March 2020 and was well beaten in a chase on latest start over jumps in November 2021; however, has run commendably well in some major staying handicaps on the Flat for Hugo Palmer in the meantime, perhaps most notably when close second in last May's Chester Cup; now makes his debut for Olly Murphy off a very tempting mark.

3/1

0

14

(13)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Zoffee

9st 0lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Hugo Palmer

Fourth in this race last year off the same mark; career-best Flat form when pipped in the Chester Cup (soft) this May, followed by a creditable sixth at Royal Ascot (good); big player on those performances but he has not fired on his last two outings; the two-month break may help.

25/1

Form: 2320-0

Last run: 53 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Finished no better than tenth in his four visits to Ascot, albeit with some respectable efforts including at this year's Royal meeting (perhaps stretched by 2m4f); tailed off when blinkered in a handicap hurdle in July and now returns to cheekpieces; none too solid.

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3rd

3

(3)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 5y

Class 4

14:15 Pontefract

Throne Hall

9st 4lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Goes well at Doncaster where he perhaps handled the testing conditions better than his rivals when storming to a 10l success there last week (1m4f); clearly a strong contender under a penalty if as good again, and he's the only runner with some recent match practice.

8/11

1st

5

(5)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 3f 197y

Class 4

13:20 Doncaster

Throne Hall

10st 7lb

J: Miss Brodie Hampson

T: Archie Watson

Has never won on the Flat for current yard but looks interesting back at Doncaster, having defied a 12lb higher mark on this card three years ago (1m2f, good); has form at 1m4f.

11/2

4th

6

(9)

23rd Jan 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 4

16:30 Southwell (AW)

Throne Hall

10st 11lb

J: Miss Brodie Hampson

T: Archie Watson

Latest Flat win nearly three years ago; taken time to get his eye in on the AW this winter but on a useful mark now and he did well to finish as close as he did at Wolverhampton (about 1m) before Christmas; the return to further can suit; of interest despite lack of course experience.

9/2

20/1

Form: 208-58 D

Last run: 126 days

W: 9st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Four wins (1m4f-2m) on turf in 2021 during first campaign for this yard; lightly raced since and there's a serious question whether enough ability remains, as his last serious impact was at Meydan in February 2022, but his stable (runs plenty in this field) is one to note in major staying handicaps.

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7th

3

(4)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:45 Newmarket (July)

East Asia

9st 10lb

J: Sam Hitchcott

T: Ian Williams

On a reduced mark but he returned from an absence in March and has failed to shine on his three starts this year; major turnaround needed.

20/1

10th

10

(7)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 2

14:10 Ascot

East Asia

9st 6lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Ian Williams

Four wins (1m4f-2m) on turf in 2021 during first campaign for this yard; lightly raced since and there's a serious question whether enough ability remains, as his last serious impact was at Meydan in February 2022, but his stable (runs plenty in this field) is one to note in major staying handicaps.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £201.00
Straight Forecast £156.30
Tricast £1234.90
Trifecta £1383.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

The Very Man

Telegraph:

Law Of The Sea

Daily Mail:

Zoffee

RP RATINGS:

The Grand Visir

NEWMARKET:

Post Impressionist

D Express:

Law Of The Sea

The Sun:

Zoffee

TOPSPEED:

The Very Man

The Times:

The Very Man

The Guardian:

The Very Man

Daily Mirror:

The Very Man

The Star:

The Very Man

Daily Record:

The Very Man

POSTDATA:

The Grand Visir