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Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Classic (Handicap)

  • Prize money: £39344
  • 1m 3f 211y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Classic (Handicap)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 312733

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Both wins on Southwell's Tapeta but he has achieved better RPRs on turf since, posting another solid effort when third (Like A Tiger fifth) in a Racing League handicap at Yarmouth (1m2f, good to soft) 16 days ago; steps back up in trip now.

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3rd

9

(1)

13th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 2

20:45 Southwell (AW)

Regal Empire

8st 9lb

J: Josephine Gordon

T: James Tate

Ran well in Racing League event at Yarmouth (1m2f) in July, then rallied tenaciously to land the Shergar Cup Classic at Ascot (1m4f) last month; 2-3 at Southwell early this year and commands respect back here; this 3yo colt is open to further improvement.

5/1

1st

4

(6)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

15:55 Ascot

Regal Empire

9st 12lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: James Tate

Both wins on Southwell's Tapeta but he has achieved better RPRs on turf since, posting another solid effort when third (Like A Tiger fifth) in a Racing League handicap at Yarmouth (1m2f, good to soft) 16 days ago; steps back up in trip now.

13/2

3rd

9

(3)

27th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 23y

Class 2

20:30 Yarmouth

Regal Empire

8st 3lb

J: Josephine Gordon

T: James Tate

First four runs were on Tapeta this January/February, winning 1m novice and 1m3f handicap; good 4l second to Like A Tiger in handicap at Newmarket (1m2f Rowley Course, good to soft) on turf debut in April; not disgraced in Lingfield Derby Trial (run on AW this year) next time and made a solid return to turf when third of ten on the July Course at Newmarket (good to firm) 27 days ago; each-way claims.

9/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 120336 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Won in the mud at Chester (extended 1m4f, soft) on his reappearance and useful efforts when placed in good-quality handicaps at up to 1m6f since, including over C&D and on good to firm; lesser run at Glorious Goodwood last week but he's capable of bouncing back in first-time cheekpieces.

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2nd

14

(8)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Struth

9st 0lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Won at Chester in May and ran creditably on four occasions in summer; last few efforts have been less good and he looks more exposed than the other 3yos in this field; chance depends on how well he takes to AW.

16/1

4th

8

(4)

13th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newmarket

Struth

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Johnston

led, headed under 3f out, soon lost third and slightly hampered, weakened gradually from over 1f out

20/1

4th

2

(6)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:10 Ascot

Struth

9st 4lb

J: Oliver Stammers

T: Charlie Johnston

Won at Chester in May and has shown useful form on occasions since, including twice over C&D (went very close in Shergar Cup Classic two starts ago); never figured at Hamilton latest but the return to this venue looks a plus.

10/1

7/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 1-73 BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Odds-on winner last season; yard was quiet and he raced freely when disappointing on reappearance at Listed level and he got back on track after a break when third in a 1m2f novice at Chelmsford five weeks ago; wandered around a bit under pressure in the latter but inexperience could still have been a factor; an entry in the Great Voltigeur would suggest he's still well regarded and has to be of interest from an opening mark in the 80s on this first attempt at 1m4f.

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6th

15

(3)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

13:50 York

Intinso

8st 12lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: John & Thady Gosden

Odds-on winner last season; back on track on last two starts when third in both a novice at Chelmsford (1m2f, AW) in July and on handicap debut at Ascot (1m4f); just four starts overall (both on turf were on good to soft) and he lost out only close home last time, so could have more to give and needs considering seriously.

6/1

3rd

7

(10)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

15:55 Ascot

Intinso

9st 8lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John & Thady Gosden

Odds-on winner last season; yard was quiet and he raced freely when disappointing on reappearance at Listed level and he got back on track after a break when third in a 1m2f novice at Chelmsford five weeks ago; wandered around a bit under pressure in the latter but inexperience could still have been a factor; an entry in the Great Voltigeur would suggest he's still well regarded and has to be of interest from an opening mark in the 80s on this first attempt at 1m4f.

7/1

Form: 118142 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Successful three times (on AW and good to firm) this season; ran well at Newbury (1m4f, good) three weeks ago despite finishing lame; drying ground would be in his favour, as he finished last on both his outings on softer than good; raised another 3lb though.

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2nd

11

(3)

27th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Sovereign Spirit

9st 5lb

J: William Carver

T: Andrew Balding

Unsuited by soft ground last time out but a solid contender in 1m4f turf handicaps previously; higher in the weights than when winning his latest two AW races, over 1m4f at Lingfield, but the manner of the most recent win suggests the return to AW will be a good move; respected.

9/1

4th

6

(2)

27th Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 218y

Class 2

15:35 Goodwood

Sovereign Spirit

8st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

raced in third and in touch with leaders, weakened and eased over 1f out

9/2

4th

8

(9)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

15:55 Ascot

Sovereign Spirit

9st 5lb

J: Kazuo Yokoyama

T: Andrew Balding

Successful three times (on AW and good to firm) this season; ran well at Newbury (1m4f, good) three weeks ago despite finishing lame; drying ground would be in his favour, as he finished last on both his outings on softer than good; raised another 3lb though.

20/1

Form: 0-1641

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 2lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Going the right way, seeing off her seven rivals in a 1m3f Killarney fillies' handicap on yielding last month; 1m4f should be within range but she'll need a very useful performance to defy top weight against the boys.

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3rd

1

(6)

13th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newmarket

Satin

9st 9lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Mrs John Harrington

prominent, outpaced when edged left and bumped rival 2f out, kept on but no match for first two

12/1

1st

12

(13)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 180y

17:05 Leopardstown

Satin

8st 9lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

in touch with leaders, pushed along under 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, pushed out and went clear final 110yds

12/1

5th

1

(8)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

15:55 Ascot

Satin

10st 2lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Mrs John Harrington

Going the right way, seeing off her seven rivals in a 1m3f Killarney fillies' handicap on yielding last month; 1m4f should be within range but she'll need a very useful performance to defy top weight against the boys.

10/1

Form: 6-241 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Showed promise in his qualifying runs and took it up another notch when stepped up to 1m4f for his handicap debut at Doncaster (soft) three weeks ago, getting on top towards the finish with the front two 7l clear; 5lb rise looks manageable with further progress likely; Richard Fahey teamed up with Olivier Peslier to win this race in 2014.

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3rd

12

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:40 Taunton

Golden Move

10st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

1m4f soft-ground winner for Richard Fahey and signed off for that yard with two places in handicaps (one on heavy; gelded since); conditions won't faze him on his hurdling debut and he still holds the Triumph entry; joined a top yard for 215,000gns.

10/11

3rd

8

(5)

18th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 50y

Class 3

15:45 Nottingham

Golden Move

8st 11lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Well held in the Melrose over 1m6f; raced at 1m4f otherwise since handicapping, best form when scoring at Doncaster (soft) in July and third at York last time; goes back down in distance but isn't fully exposed.

13/2

12/1

Form: 162111

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Reserve; made it an impressive five handicap wins in his last seven starts when seeing off six rivals at Doncaster (1m2f, soft) 16 days ago; this longer trip asks a different question but no surprise were he to pull out more again.

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3rd

13

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:55 Ludlow

Golden Maverick

10st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Fairly useful on Flat for previous yard, winning five times; joined new connections for 100,000gns; novicey when beaten favourite at Catterick (1m7f, soft) on the switch to hurdles but finished a clear second and should improve for the experience; respected.

5/2

2nd

1

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

14:05 Catterick

Golden Maverick

10st 12lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

led, slowed dramatically and reduced lead 4th, headed 2 out, soon outpaced and no chance with winner

2/1

2nd

1

(8)

26th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 2f 50y

Class 2

16:25 Nottingham

Golden Maverick

9st 12lb

J: William Buick

T: Ian Williams

Has enjoyed a highly fruitful season but it's come at a cost ratings-wise and the handicapper is currently looking well in command; trip/ground fine but perhaps placed at best.

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 31-165 BF

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Had the reopposing Regal Empire 4l back in second when a striking winner of a 1m2f Newmarket handicap (good to soft) on his reappearance in April; the tables were turned in a Racing League handicap at Yarmouth (1m2f, good to soft) 16 days ago but he still performed with credit and it's possible today's longer trip can unlock some improvement.

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8th

3

(4)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

15:55 Ascot

Like A Tiger

9st 13lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: James Ferguson

Had the reopposing Regal Empire 4l back in second when a striking winner of a 1m2f Newmarket handicap (good to soft) on his reappearance in April; the tables were turned in a Racing League handicap at Yarmouth (1m2f, good to soft) 16 days ago but he still performed with credit and it's possible today's longer trip can unlock some improvement.

13/2

5th

8

(10)

27th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 23y

Class 2

20:30 Yarmouth

Like A Tiger

8st 6lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: James Ferguson

Great Voltigeur entry; the ground was good to soft when the striking winner of a 1m2f Newmarket handicap on his reappearance in April but good when well held in a Listed race back there at the Guineas meeting; not seen since (withdrawn from a few intended engagements due to quick ground) but he's proved he's capable when fresh and ground conditions seem likely to be in his favour; big player.

9/2

Form: 1130 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Looked quite useful when winning a pair of AW novices over 1m4f at the start of the year but tailed off on last week's 1m4f Goodwood turf debut (soft) after five months off; can only be watched after that.

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10th

13

(11)

18th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

20:00 Kempton (AW)

French Invasion

9st 4lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Charlie Johnston

in touch with leaders early, led after 2f, headed and prominent after 4f

16/1

8th

7

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:30 York

French Invasion

9st 5lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Charlie Johnston

Couple of AW novice wins early in year; has shown he's effective on turf with creditable efforts at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) and Haydock (1m6f, good) the last twice; could go well again.

8/1

4th

7

(2)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

14:25 Haydock

French Invasion

8st 3lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Two-time AW novice winner who returned to form when second at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) recently; this is tougher but he hung last time so could be better suited by this flat track, and his pedigree provides hope he'll improve for the step up in trip; no surprise to see another good run.

14/1

Form: 32-1

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Well bred and suited by the step up to 1m2f when coming good at the third time of asking on his Salisbury reappearance in June; that was on good to firm but runner-up on soft as 2yo; the Salisbury form doesn't look anything special but he enters the reckoning as a lightly raced sort from a top yard.

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10th

6

(11)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

15:55 Ascot

Rajasthan

9st 8lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: John & Thady Gosden

Well bred and suited by the step up to 1m2f when coming good at the third time of asking on his Salisbury reappearance in June; that was on good to firm but runner-up on soft as 2yo; the Salisbury form doesn't look anything special but he enters the reckoning as a lightly raced sort from a top yard.

7/2

1st

3

(5)

28th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 201y

Class 4

16:10 Salisbury

Rajasthan

9st 4lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

in touch with leaders

10/11

6

(4)

21st Apr 2023

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newbury

Rajasthan

9st 4lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Dante entry; well bred (1m2f should suit) and a short-priced favourite when placed at Yarmouth (7f, good to soft) and Newbury (1m, soft) last autumn; others have done a bit more but, from powerful yard, he needs respect.

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £713.00
Straight Forecast £770.80
Tricast £9757.30
Trifecta £13108.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Golden Move

NEWMARKET:

Intinso

D Express:

Rajasthan

POSTDATA:

Satin

TOPSPEED:

Sovereign Spirit

Telegraph:

Intinso

The Guardian:

Intinso

Daily Mail:

Intinso

RP RATINGS:

Golden Move

THE NORTH:

Golden Move

Daily Mirror:

Golden Move

The Sun:

Golden Move

The Star:

Golden Move

Daily Record:

Rajasthan

The Times:

Satin