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Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile (Handicap)

  • Prize money: £39344
  • 0m 7f 213y
  • Class 2
  • 10 runners
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Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile (Handicap)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 9-7017 C

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Won the 1m Britannia over the straight course at Royal Ascot 2021; finally scored again at Sandown (1m) last month when a hood was enlisted and while his credentials on softer than good are more shaky, his soft-ground seventh in both the Victoria Cup here in May and at Goodwood last week weren't too bad; considered.

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

1st

7

(6)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Perotto

9st 7lb

J: Bauyrzhan Murzabayev

T: Roger Varian

midfield, headway and ridden over 1f out, went second inside final furlong, pushed along and ran on well final 110yds, led final stride

11/4

7th

11

(17)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Goodwood

Perotto

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Roger Varian

Course winner at 6f and 7f; had been on a losing run since winning the 1m Britannia at Ascot in 2021 but put an end to it when winning from Ouzo at Sandown last month (1m, good to firm; first-time hood, retained); still below the mark of his big Ascot win but mudlark credentials are shaky.

12/1

1st

9

(4)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Perotto

8st 13lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Roger Varian

Defied a 5lb higher mark in the 2021 Britannia; 0-15 since, most recently beaten favourite (finished tenth) in the Royal Hunt Cup on second run for new yard; however, good chance if taking well to first-time hood.

6/1

16/1

  • Place: £4.10

Form: 4/13-4

Last run: 211 days

W: 9st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Talented but tricky (carries head high) and it was a three-runner race when he belatedly got his head back in front in January 2022 (9.4f, AW); absent 328 days before well below form in an AW race this January and that 1m run was his first over a trip this short since 2018; low on the list despite the return of his hood.

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

7th

1

(7)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:30 Goodwood

Fox Tal

9st 9lb

J: Joshua Bryan

T: Andrew Balding

Clear best effort this year when nearly winning the Shergar Cup Mile at Ascot (good) where he was collared on the wire; capable on his day but remains quirky and has scored only once since 2019.

8/1

6th

2

(6)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

18:50 Windsor

Fox Tal

9st 7lb

J: William Carver

T: Andrew Balding

Quirky customer who carries his head high and whose only win in his last 20 starts came in a three-runner race; went close in one of the handicaps at the Shergar Cup (1m; better at this trip) last time but did have the run of things up front and still couldn't quite finish the job off; others preferred.

10/1

2nd

4

(4)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Fox Tal

9st 10lb

J: Joao Moreira

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, led at steady pace, went clear over 1f out, reduced lead inside final furlong, headed final stride

16/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: -72095 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Last three wins have been over 1m on softer than good, as was his close second at Newmarket this April (1lb lower today); respectable fifth of nine over 1m on the straight course here (good) two weeks ago and probably in serious contention today.

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3rd

6

(5)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 212y

Class 2

16:25 Haydock

Empirestateofmind

9st 10lb

J: Dale Swift

T: John Quinn

Creditable third when favourite for the Shergar Cup Mile at Ascot (good) last month but he could only manage a midfield finish in a Doncaster handicap (1m, soft) since; first-time visor replaces regular blinkers; same connections as Safe Voyage.

9/1

8th

4

(11)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Doncaster

Empirestateofmind

9st 6lb

J: Dale Swift

T: John Quinn

Creditable third when favourite for the Shergar Cup Mile at Ascot (good) five weeks ago; last three wins on soft/good to soft; close second in this race (soft) last year and likely to go well again.

8/1

4th
10 (8)

6/1

Form: 0-5380 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

All four of his runs at Ascot were over 7f, twice running creditably; that includes stable debut at the Royal meeting this term, before never dangerous behind Perotto at Sandown when trying 1m for the first time in over two years; bit to prove.

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No Results Found

Form: -36966 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Can lead; ran a cracker when going close in a Group 3 at Goodwood (1m, good to firm) last July; best efforts since have been on AW but he showed enough when sixth of 20 at Goodwood (1m, soft) last week to be given a second look.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

6

(1)

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Newbury

The Wizard Of Eye

9st 4lb

J: David Egan

T: J S Moore

Listed winner at Kempton (1m, AW) last November and he's run respectably in 1m handicaps the last twice (soft/good); however, he needs to raise his game if he's to bag a second Listed win today.

16/1

5th

1

(7)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

The Wizard Of Eye

9st 12lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: J S Moore

Can lead; ran a cracker when going close in a Group 3 at Goodwood (1m, good to firm) last July; best efforts since have been on AW but he showed enough when sixth of 20 at Goodwood (1m, soft) last week to be given a second look.

8/1

6th

4

(6)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Goodwood

The Wizard Of Eye

9st 10lb

J: David Egan

T: J S Moore

Often leads; ran a cracker when going close in a Group 3 over C&D last July but nearly always kept to good or quicker ground these days and this big-field handicap is a new experiment for him.

12/1

Form: 221-08 D

Last run: 183 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Improved with 4l win at Kempton (1m, AW) last September; struggled in two handicaps at Meydan early this year; cheekpieces (worn on last four starts) are removed; while there are plenty of doubts over his rivals too, he probably needs at least his peak form to take this.

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0

3

(1)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Positive Impact

9st 6lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Has a record of 2-3 on the AW after dominating from the front in a 1m handicap at Chelmsford a month ago; likely to attempt something similar here and he's earned a crack at this level.

7/2

1st

3

(6)

4th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Positive Impact

9st 5lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

made all, increased tempo and 2 lengths ahead 2f out, ran on well and went further clear final furlong, comfortably

8/1

9th

2

(3)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

13:35 Chester

Positive Impact

9st 10lb

J: William Buick

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

prominent

11/2

Form: 1-2108

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Won at Haydock (7f, good) in April; possibly unsuited by soft going in the Victoria Cup here in May and never able to get beyond mid-division in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) four weeks ago but he did stick to his task; return to 1m (last five runs were 7f) is more than plausible and he could be interesting.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

8

(9)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Rainbow Fire

9st 7lb

J: Olivier Peslier

T: Marco Botti

Won at Haydock (7f, good) in April; possibly unsuited by soft going in the Victoria Cup here in May and never able to get beyond mid-division in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) four weeks ago but he did stick to his task; return to 1m (last five runs were 7f) is more than plausible and he could be interesting.

16/1

8th

10

(11)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:00 Newmarket (July)

Rainbow Fire

9st 2lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Marco Botti

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

16/1

18th

11

(17)

13th May 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Rainbow Fire

9st 5lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Marco Botti

Unraced on softer than good; scored at Haydock (7f) two weeks ago, taking record for current yard to 2-3 and turf record to 3-4; low-mileage 5yo who is open to further progress and looks one for the shortlist.

14/1

Form: 344000 C

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Has wormed his way into the front rank in many a top handicap in his time but not this season; now 5lb lower than when taking a big prize here (7f, good to soft) last October; highly familiar face at Ascot and although he's never run on the round course, he's gone well right and left-handed elsewhere; case can be made.

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Verdict Starting price

5th

9

(6)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Escobar

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

steadied start, towards rear

10/1

9th

8

(8)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Escobar

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

sweating, dwelt start, midfield on near side of group

14/1

8th

7

(11)

27th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Escobar

9st 3lb

J: Neil Callan

T: David O’Meara

Veteran who's become hard to win with and been on the downgrade this year, coming 22lb down the weights; late in the day to be making his Tapeta debut in a new form of headgear and will need some luck if dropped in as usual from stall 11.

12/1

Form: 712-66 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Career-best form over about 1m on AW last winter, before a flop in January; refused to enter stalls once in April and well adrift at 40-1 in a Listed race at Pontefract 13 days ago when next seen (first run on softer than good); lots to find on turf form.

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Verdict Starting price

12th

3

(8)

9th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Excel Power

9st 7lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

raced wide, midfield

13/2

2nd

4

(3)

14th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Excel Power

9st 4lb

J: Joshua Bryan

T: Archie Watson

raced in second

10/1

5th

2

(5)

20th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Excel Power

9st 8lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

Running himself back into form after a summer break and his latest Chelmsford third wasn't far shy of last winter's best efforts; each-way claims in this field.

10/1

OUR TIP

16/1

Form: -57867 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Six-time AW winner who is 0-32 on turf; that's hard to ignore and today's run (his second since a 110-day absence) would have to be one of his best to give him any chance.

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3rd

1

(1)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

16:05 Dundalk (AW)

Freescape

10st 7lb

J: Daniel King

T: David Marnane

prominent, challenging on far side of group 2f out, no extra when lost second towards finish

11/2

3rd

2

(3)

26th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

17:00 Dundalk (AW)

Freescape

9st 6lb

J: W J Lee

T: David Marnane

pressed leader, led over 7f out, headed from 4f out, briefly disputed lead from 2f out, ridden 1f out, no chance with winner when lost second inside final 110yds

100/30

1st

2

(8)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

20:00 Dundalk (AW)

Freescape

9st 9lb

J: Luke McAteer

T: David Marnane

travelled strongly, pressed leader, clear with one other before halfway

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £712.00
Straight Forecast £697.40
Tricast £1998.80
Trifecta £2827.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

The Wizard Of Eye

POSTDATA:

Empirestateofmind

NEWMARKET:

Perotto

SPOTLIGHT:

Rainbow Fire

RP RATINGS:

Escobar

LAMBOURN:

The Wizard Of Eye

The Guardian:

The Wizard Of Eye

Daily Mail:

The Wizard Of Eye

D Express:

Empirestateofmind

Daily Mirror:

Empirestateofmind

The Star:

Empirestateofmind

The Times:

Perotto

Telegraph:

Perotto

Daily Record:

Perotto