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15:35 York

Good To Firm

Sky Bet Ebor Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £300000
  • 1m 5f 188y
  • Class 2
  • 22 runners
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Sky Bet Ebor Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 23 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £8.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 3127-2

Last run: 67 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Ex-French and unraced on officially firmer than good; won a novice hurdle in May on debut for Willie Mullins but disappointed at 4-6 at Galway this month on second hurdles start; it's his run in 1m6f handicap at Royal Ascot (good) in between which prompts major interest because he was second favourite but raced freely and got messed around in the pack before passing most of the field in the straight, finishing second to the runaway winner, the red-hot favourite Vauban from same stable; up 3lb and drawn wide but one to note.

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1st

9

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Absurde

10st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

High class on the Flat, winning the Ebor (1m6f, good to firm) last August; yet to transfer that ability fully to hurdles and the forecast soft ground may be a hindrance, but his Grade 1 fourth at Leopardstown (2m, soft) last month behind Ballyburn and Slade Steel was a step in the right direction (King Of Kingsfield third); has potential off this mark in view of his Flat form.

6/1

4th

1

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Absurde

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

High class Flat horse, winning the Ebor Handicap and seventh in the Melbourne Cup last season; hurdles form is not so easy to assess, winning a Killarney novice last May and pulled up in the 2m Grade 1 here at Christmas; looks the third or fourth string of the Mullins quintet here.

25/1

0

1

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Absurde

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

towards rear, brief headway before 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up approaching last

9/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 2-2111 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Sported headgear from the outset (also ridden by Rab Havlin all starts) but steadily progressive and his biggest steps forward came on last two starts when travelling smoothly before dominating the closing stages of useful handicaps at Newbury (2m, good) and Goodwood (1m6f, heavy; from Adjuvant); this is less of a slog but he's well in with just a 4lb penalty (due to go up another 4lb) and may well have had more in the tank.

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3rd

5

(3)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Sweet William

9st 9lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Sported headgear from the outset (also ridden by Rab Havlin all starts); travelled smoothly before dominating the closing stages of useful handicaps at Newbury (2m) and Goodwood (1m6f, heavy); close second in the Ebor at York (1m6f) and gave Trueshan plenty to think about, beaten by just over 1l, in Doncaster Cup (2m2f); highly progressive and makes each-way appeal.

8/1

2nd

3

(2)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Sweet William

9st 7lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Sported headgear from the outset (also ridden by Rab Havlin all starts) but highly progressive; travelled smoothly before dominating the closing stages of useful handicaps at Newbury (2m, good) and Goodwood (1m6f, heavy); his winning sequence ended in the Ebor at York (1m6f, good to firm) but that close second was another fine effort; unraced over this far and four of these rivals have better 2023 form but he could easily have more to give.

7/2

2nd

15

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Sweet William

9st 2lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Sported headgear from the outset (also ridden by Rab Havlin all starts) but steadily progressive and his biggest steps forward came on last two starts when travelling smoothly before dominating the closing stages of useful handicaps at Newbury (2m, good) and Goodwood (1m6f, heavy; from Adjuvant); this is less of a slog but he's well in with just a 4lb penalty (due to go up another 4lb) and may well have had more in the tank.

7/2

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9/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 20/231 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

609 days off before this season but placed efforts (1m4f on good to firm) at Haydock and Royal Ascot were up with his previous form; his last five starts in 2021 were over 1m6f-2m2f and he took his form to a new level when returned to 1m6f at Newmarket (good) six weeks ago, winning in tidy style; up 5lb and this race is much more competitive but he needs respect.

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3rd

1

(15)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Live Your Dream

9st 12lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Saeed bin Suroor

609 days off before this season but placed efforts (1m4f on good to firm) at Haydock and Royal Ascot were up with his previous form; his last five starts in 2021 were over 1m6f-2m2f and he took his form to a new level when returned to 1m6f at Newmarket (good) six weeks ago, winning in tidy style; up 5lb and this race is much more competitive but he needs respect.

9/1

1st

1

(4)

14th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket (July)

Live Your Dream

9st 12lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Saeed bin Suroor

609 days off before this season but he's run very well to be placed at Haydock and Royal Ascot 13 days later, both at 1m4f on good to firm; cheekpieces returned in the latter; made most that day and his last five starts in 2021 were over 1m6f-2m2f, including a win in this race; has a 10lb higher mark two years on but looks set to run well.

5/2

3rd

5

(18)

23rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:40 Ascot

Live Your Dream

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Saeed bin Suroor

609 days off when co-second favourite for ten-runner handicap at Haydock (1m4f, good to firm) 13 days ago, in which he raced in touch and closed all the way to the line but was beaten half a length; wore cheekpieces on final two starts in 2021 (ran well over 2m2f first occasion) and they return today; a longer trip may be ideal.

14/1

33/1

  • Place: £7.50

Form: 404083 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Admirable veteran who was fifth, eleventh and seventh in the last three Ebors; no win since July 2021 but has his lowest mark since 2018 and several performances this term demand some respect, including when third to Sweet William and Adjuvant at Glorious Goodwood last time; held up these days, which can lead to trouble in running but place chance if he gets the breaks.

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10th

3

(5)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 2f 43y

Class 3

15:40 Doncaster

Euchen Glen

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Showed last year that he still retains a useful level of ability; well capable of being involved, provided he returns in similar form aged 11, but it's a very long time since last success.

12/1

11th

4

(12)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Euchen Glen

9st 8lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Retains a useful level of ability aged ten and went close at Ayr three starts back; however, on a long losing sequence and looks unlikely to regain the winning thread in this major handicap.

25/1

4th

2

(8)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 43y

Class 2

15:50 Doncaster

Euchen Glen

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

10yo who is without a win since July 2021 but, having dropped down the weights, he went very close at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) last month; respectable run in Ascot Group 3 since and he handles heavy ground; contender.

5/1

Form: 500042 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 12lb

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 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.

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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

Form: 0-2205

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Often front-runs; second in the 1m6f Melrose at this meeting (good to firm) last year; commenced 2023 with two excellent seconds at Epsom (1m2f/1m4f); disappointed in a Listed race in June and although her never-nearer fifth over 1m2f at Goodwood was a healthy step back in the right direction, she needs to resume overall improvement.

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2nd

4

(2)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Caius Chorister

9st 6lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David Menuisier

Having been short of room she did very well to rally for sixth in the Ebor at York (1m6f, good to firm) a fortnight ago, when back up in distance; she's unexposed at this trip and is one to consider off the same mark.

9/2

6th

14

(13)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Caius Chorister

9st 2lb

J: Kyle Strydom

T: David Menuisier

Often front-runs; second in the 1m6f Melrose at this meeting (good to firm) last year; commenced 2023 with two excellent seconds at Epsom (1m2f/1m4f); disappointed in a Listed race in June and although her never-nearer fifth over 1m2f at Goodwood was a healthy step back in the right direction, she needs to resume overall improvement.

25/1

5th

6

(6)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

14:50 Goodwood

Caius Chorister

9st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: David Menuisier

towards rear

10/1

14/1

Form: 064-16 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Last of 19 at Royal Ascot 2022 on his only foray to Britain (sole start on good to firm); finished well in his Irish 1m2f/1m4f handicaps last season and reappeared with markedly improved form to win a 1m6f Group 3 at Leopardstown (good) in May; that promised better still, which did not materialise in a soft-ground Group 2 last time but he remains one with potential.

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4th

4

(3)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

16:35 Curragh

Yashin

9st 11lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

led, headed 2f out, weakened from over 1f out

12/1

7th

6

(18)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Yashin

9st 8lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Last of 19 at Royal Ascot 2022 on his only foray to Britain (sole start on good to firm); finished well in his Irish 1m2f/1m4f handicaps last season and reappeared with markedly improved form to win a 1m6f Group 3 at Leopardstown (good) in May; that promised better still, which did not materialise in a soft-ground Group 2 last time but he remains one with potential.

14/1

6th

6

(10)

22nd Jul 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 6f 0y

16:20 Curragh

Yashin

9st 11lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Narrowly got the better of Point King in a Group 3 at Leopardstown on his sole start this term; could come on for that run but probably doesn't want the ground to get testing.

15/2

12/1

Form: /51-72

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Ex-Aidan O'Brien; has seen more action for current yard, mostly in a hurdles campaign but he's also made advances on the Flat; 10-1 for a five-runner Group 3 over C&D (good to soft, unraced on firmer than good) on latest start and he gave the odds-on favourite Hamish a scare, just in front of Tashkhan; up 3lb but he's a rising force.

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8th

3

(20)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Scriptwriter

9st 9lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Milton Harris

Ex-Aidan O'Brien; has seen more action for current yard, mostly in a hurdles campaign but he's also made advances on the Flat; 10-1 for a five-runner Group 3 over C&D (good to soft, unraced on firmer than good) on latest start and he gave the odds-on favourite Hamish a scare, just in front of Tashkhan; up 3lb but he's a rising force.

12/1

2nd

3

(1)

15th Jul 2023

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:45 York

Scriptwriter

9st 0lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Milton Harris

Useful turf form for Aidan O'Brien; better when winning a 1m4f AW handicap in late December, in the midst of a higher-profile hurdles campaign; held up from wide draw in handicap at Royal Ascot and never got into it, probably running creditably; others in this Group 3 field have better form but he's considered for second.

16/1

7th

5

(15)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Scriptwriter

9st 11lb

J: David Egan

T: Milton Harris

Promise at up to 1m2f during short Flat career for Aidan O'Brien; all but one of his runs for this yard have been over hurdles (won juvenile Grade 2), the exception a 1m4f AW win last December; this is tougher but he may have untapped potential at 1m6f; handles good/soft, unraced on good to firm.

25/1

Form: 31-097 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

10th
18 (11)
Scampi

10/1

Form: 165261 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Held up; smooth win in big field here (1m4f) in May and knuckled down to score on the nod in a head-to-head at the Shergar Cup at Ascot (1m4f) two weeks ago; has just a 4lb penalty (due to go up another 2lb) and even though his 1m5f run at Ayr in June did not shout that he needs 1m6f, there's more than enough stamina in the pedigree to make it very plausible; serious contender.

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4th

5

(10)

14th Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

15:35 York

Scampi

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Andrew Balding

dwelt start, in touch with leaders

7/1

6th

3

(8)

13th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 2

20:45 Southwell (AW)

Scampi

9st 4lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

Won on Tapeta in 2022; successful in two useful 1m4f handicaps on turf this term and went close in the Old Newton Cup; didn't quite see out 1m6f in the Ebor most recently; back down in trip, he remains of interest.

7/2

10th

18

(11)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Scampi

8st 13lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Andrew Balding

Held up; smooth win in big field here (1m4f) in May and knuckled down to score on the nod in a head-to-head at the Shergar Cup at Ascot (1m4f) two weeks ago; has just a 4lb penalty (due to go up another 2lb) and even though his 1m5f run at Ayr in June did not shout that he needs 1m6f, there's more than enough stamina in the pedigree to make it very plausible; serious contender.

10/1

25/1

Form: 306995 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Fifth in last year's Ebor; has a 9lb lower mark today, having been out of sorts in his last five runs; return to the form shown at Meydan and Riyadh in February would give him a great chance, but it's hard to predict with any confidence that he will do that.

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5th

3

(3)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

1m 5f 61y

Class 2

14:05 Newbury

Get Shirty

9st 11lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: David O’Meara

slowly away, held up in rear, outpaced 3f out, brief headway 2f out, bumped over 1f out, kept on but no impression inside final furlong

10/1

7th

3

(12)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Get Shirty

9st 7lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Hasn't been at his best in Britain this year but he's dropped down the weights and took a step back in the right direction when mid-division in the Ebor at York, where he had to come from a long way back having been dropped in from his wide draw; has won here and he's not discounted.

12/1

11th

11

(23)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Get Shirty

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Fifth in last year's Ebor; has a 9lb lower mark today, having been out of sorts in his last five runs; return to the form shown at Meydan and Riyadh in February would give him a great chance, but it's hard to predict with any confidence that he will do that.

25/1

8/1

Form: 1/5/34 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Group 3 winner over 1m7f for Harry Dunlop back in 2018 (acted on good to firm); absent four years before resuming this summer for Willie Mullins with two good runs at about 1m4f, catching the eye with his late progress in a Listed race before every chance when fourth of 17 in a big handicap at Galway; needs better than that but the return to this longer trip holds hopes.

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0

3

(31)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Jackfinbar

9st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: W P Mullins

Absent four years before looking as good as ever for new yard this term, best of that form when coming from off the pace, and he tried to come from way back when eighth at 50-1 in the Irish Cesarewitch (2m1f, soft) three weeks ago; not totally ruled out despite currently looking on a tough mark.

25/1

8th

1

(18)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Jackfinbar

10st 2lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

towards rear

16/1

14th

1

(9)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 180y

17:05 Leopardstown

Jackfinbar

10st 0lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: W P Mullins

soon led, headed but prominent after 2f

10/1

13th
22 (9)
Adjuvant

12/1

Form: 8-2152 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Third in C&D Melrose one year ago; reliable and progressive, this year with a Newmarket win and big-race form in defeat; went head to head with Sweet William at Goodwood (1m6f) last time before seen off on the heavy ground from over 1f out, still a fine second and future mark is 2lb higher; this much less testing ground looks to his advantage and a bold show is on its way.

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4th

1

21st Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

12:20 Hereford

Adjuvant

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Michael Bell

Useful handicapper at up to 2m on Flat; showed promise over 2m at Ludlow on the switch to hurdles and that bare form can be marked up (would have been much closer but for losing ground by sprawling on landing at final flight); respected.

15/8

4th

8

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Adjuvant

11st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Michael Bell

Very useful Flat stayer with 4-18 strike-rate; not at his best in hot handicaps in last couple of outings but it will be very interesting to see how he fares on today's hurdling debut.

100/30

10th

6

(9)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Adjuvant

9st 4lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Michael Bell

Progressive this year, with a win at Newmarket (1m6f, good) in May and a good second at Glorious Goodwood (1m6f, heavy); merely mid-division in the Ebor recently which dents confidence in his claims today, but he could produce a bigger run if settling better and he's not written off.

7/1

25/1

Form: 3-3438 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

No win since July 2021; while still a smart stayer, as shown by his front-running third in C&D Group 3 (good to soft) two starts back, the combination of firmer ground and trip this short make this look a tough task.

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3rd

1

(15)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Tashkhan

10st 2lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Kept mostly to Listed/Group races for two years but he broke his long losing run in handicap at Chester (2m2f, soft) two weeks ago, wearing down Emiyn; 4lb penalty in this much more competitive race demands another step back up the ladder but the return to winning way still rates a positive, especially as it showed he can still grind out a good performance in the mud.

20/1

1st

1

(6)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

14:05 Chester

Tashkhan

9st 12lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

soon prominent, went second over 7f out, ridden over 3f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well

5/1

14th

5

(7)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Tashkhan

9st 9lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

No win since July 2021; while still a smart stayer, as shown by his front-running third in C&D Group 3 (good to soft) two starts back, the combination of firmer ground and trip this short make this look a tough task.

25/1

33/1

Form: -3U169 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

A revelation in blinkers, including when winning three in a row last August-September (1m4f, good/good to firm) and storming 7l clear at Kempton (1m4f, AW) last month; came up well short off revised turf marks on last two outings, however, the latest when back at 1m6f (won over it in April 2022) last Sunday, so now the blinkers give way to first-time cheekpieces.

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

8th

4

(4)

28th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newmarket

Saratoga Gold

9st 10lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Charles Hills

always behind

25/1

11th

6

(2)

13th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 2

20:45 Southwell (AW)

Saratoga Gold

9st 0lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charles Hills

Useful performance to beat Protected Guest by 7l at Kempton (1m4f) in July, taking AW record to 2-5; now only 4lb higher and looks quite interesting back in this sphere, despite underwhelming turf form since.

14/1

15th

20

(5)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Saratoga Gold

8st 12lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Charles Hills

A revelation in blinkers, including when winning three in a row last August-September (1m4f, good/good to firm) and storming 7l clear at Kempton (1m4f, AW) last month; came up well short off revised turf marks on last two outings, however, the latest when back at 1m6f (won over it in April 2022) last Sunday, so now the blinkers give way to first-time cheekpieces.

33/1

50/1

Form: 128550 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Smart form in 2022 and early 2023 but went off the boil this spring and tailed-off last when 200-1 in the Goodwood Cup over two months later; also below form when 14th in this race last year; best form gives him a shout but there's a sizeable question mark over whether that will be forthcoming.

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

1st

3

(5)

25th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 2

13:00 Southwell (AW)

Enemy

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ian Williams

Really smart effort to win a 1m4f Meydan handicap last January and not far off that level when runner-up in 2m handicaps at Kempton and Newcastle this winter; his very best form has come over further so a slight worry if this gets tactical.

8/1

2nd

2

(5)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

14:00 Newcastle (AW)

Enemy

9st 7lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Ian Williams

took keen hold, held up in rear

11/2

2nd

1

(11)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Enemy

9st 12lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

A very useful stayer at his best who wasn't discredited when sixth to Sir Chauvelin over C&D four weeks ago; shortlisted off an easing mark.

16/1

17th
4 (10)
Cemhaan

25/1

Form: 10-013 D

Last run: 67 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Very classy despite the near impossibility of getting him to settle; three wins last term and one this season, all dominant performances, and easily the best of his displays when in a sizeable field came on latest start when third of 16 at Royal Ascot (1m6f); up another 2lb but still progressing.

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

1st

1

(6)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton (AW)

Cemhaan

9st 12lb

J: Neil Callan

T: George Baker

Very classy despite the near impossibility of getting him to settle; better than ever last season, easily making all over 1m4f here before third to Vauban in Copper Horse at Royal Ascot (1m6f); creditable fourth of nine on 1m4f course reappearance in January; no reason he won't give his running but probably vulnerable for win purposes under his big weight.

14/1

4th

1

(8)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 2

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Cemhaan

10st 1lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: George Baker

disputing second

9/1

17th

4

(10)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Cemhaan

9st 9lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: George Baker

Very classy despite the near impossibility of getting him to settle; three wins last term and one this season, all dominant performances, and easily the best of his displays when in a sizeable field came on latest start when third of 16 at Royal Ascot (1m6f); up another 2lb but still progressing.

25/1

33/1

Form: 223/30

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Horse

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Well handicapped judged on peak effort but that came when smart stayer in April 2021; absent more than two years before creditable third of six in Listed race at Sandown (2m) this July, followed by a heavy defeat in the Goodwood Cup but that was a stiff task (66-1); the blinkers worn this season are replaced by a visor.

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

0

4

(28)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Ocean Wind

9st 9lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Roger Teal

Probably no ground worries; C&D Trial winner in 2020; over two years off before this season and his smart form of 2021 has not been recaptured, with reappearance offering plenty of hope but well beaten since in the Goodwood Cup, Ebor and a good Salisbury conditions stakes; needs a big revival.

40/1

3rd

2

15th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 44y

Class 2

18:40 Salisbury

Ocean Wind

9st 7lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Roger Teal

Smart stayer in 2021 and he returned from a massive absence with a creditable third in a Listed race at Sandown (2m, good) in July; had tough task in the Goodwood Cup next time but he finished tailed off and it was a similar story in the Ebor three weeks ago; has some questions to answer and he needs a major upturn in form.

4/1

18th

7

(19)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Ocean Wind

9st 8lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Roger Teal

Well handicapped judged on peak effort but that came when smart stayer in April 2021; absent more than two years before creditable third of six in Listed race at Sandown (2m) this July, followed by a heavy defeat in the Goodwood Cup but that was a stiff task (66-1); the blinkers worn this season are replaced by a visor.

33/1

7/1

Form: 51-131 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Won on good to firm on final 3yo start (June), given wind and gelding operations afterwards; got going much too late here (1m4f, good) in May but had the widest draw and that close third of 15 to Scampi looked promising for 1m6f; duly scored with the minimum of fuss over this trip at Ascot (good to soft) six weeks ago; raised 8lb in this much stronger race and again drawn wide but he could still have hidden depths as a stayer.

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

3rd

1

(2)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Real Dream

10st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Sir Michael Stoute

dwelt start, in rear

11/4

19th

13

(22)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Real Dream

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Won on good to firm on final 3yo start (June), given wind and gelding operations afterwards; got going much too late here (1m4f, good) in May but had the widest draw and that close third of 15 to Scampi looked promising for 1m6f; duly scored with the minimum of fuss over this trip at Ascot (good to soft) six weeks ago; raised 8lb in this much stronger race and again drawn wide but he could still have hidden depths as a stayer.

7/1

1st

2

(7)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 34y

Class 3

15:30 Ascot

Real Dream

9st 12lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

prominent, dropped to midfield after 3f, headway over 3f out, shaken up to lead over 1f out, edged left and ran on well inside final furlong, comfortably

5/2

Form: 856706

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Stays 1m6f; won five handicaps at Hamilton last summer and a Listed race at Abu Dhabi last December; 0-10 in the meantime and has threatened only once in her seven races back in Britain, with a limited response from the handicapper, so she looks low on the list.

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

20th

19

(6)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Wickywickywheels

8st 12lb

J: Tadhg O’Shea

T: Jim Goldie

Stays 1m6f; won five handicaps at Hamilton last summer and a Listed race at Abu Dhabi last December; 0-10 in the meantime and has threatened only once in her seven races back in Britain, with a limited response from the handicapper, so she looks low on the list.

66/1

6th

2

(6)

5th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Newmarket (July)

Wickywickywheels

9st 9lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Jim Goldie

Six wins include a Listed success at Abu Dhabi (1m3f, good) last December; 0-9 in the meantime and trailed in well beaten here two weeks back when 22-1 for another Listed event.

20/1

10th

6

(9)

22nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

16:15 Newmarket (July)

Wickywickywheels

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Jim Goldie

Listed winner at Abu Dhabi (1m3f, good) last December, but 0-8 since and finished around 3l behind Time Lock in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock (11.6f, good to firm) a fortnight ago; looks up against it.

16/1

33/1

Form: 2-2445

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Regular in Group and Listed races but his sole win remains a maiden in 2019; fourth of six in 1m5f Group 3 at Chester in May was good and he ran respectably when next seen 19 days ago, but he has far more to prove on firmer than good and this first-time headgear needs to spark a career best.

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

1st

4

(5)

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 98y

14:35 Naas

Sunchart

9st 7lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

Record of 1-26 on the Flat but has faced plenty of stiff tasks and run well in the face of them, including when runner-up in this last year; was a close second in a Leopardstown Listed race on penultimate start of last season; a repeat of that will see him run well.

5/1

8th

5

(9)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

15:35 Curragh

Sunchart

9st 7lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Andrew Slattery

midfield, good headway on outer and prominent 4f out, outpaced under 2f out

13/2

2nd

5

(5)

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

15:20 Leopardstown

Sunchart

9st 7lb

J: Andrew Slattery

T: Andrew Slattery

held up in midfield, headway 2f out, ridden and went second over 1f out, kept on well inside final 110yds, no match for winner

14/1

22th
12 (17)
HMS President

16/1

Form: 20-212 D

Last run: 64 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Mostly highly competitive last term and has surged to new heights this season; won a valuable 16-runner race at Newmarket (1m6f, soft) in May and beaten a neck at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good to firm) nine weeks ago; raised another 5lb but needs respect.

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

2nd

3

12th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

15:15 Plumpton

HMS President

11st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

prominent

4/11

22th

12

(17)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

HMS President

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

Mostly highly competitive last term and has surged to new heights this season; won a valuable 16-runner race at Newmarket (1m6f, soft) in May and beaten a neck at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good to firm) nine weeks ago; raised another 5lb but needs respect.

16/1

Form: 3312-1

Last run: 63 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Reserve; five wins at up to 1m4f in Britain for the Johnston yard and she also scored by a nose in 10.3f handicap at Down Royal in June on her only Flat run for new connections; added a maiden hurdle at Galway three weeks ago; unraced beyond 1m4f on Flat but it's worth a go and she's not dismissed.

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

2nd

3

(1)

12th Sep 2023

Yielding

1m 4f 42y

18:25 Galway

Enfranchise

9st 9lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Won a valuable fillies handicap at Down Royal in June and successful in a maiden hurdle here at the festival; has run in two handicaps since then; big price when towards the rear in the Petingo over 1m5f at Leopardstown on Saturday; cheekpieces now.

25/1

12th

3

(11)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 180y

17:05 Leopardstown

Enfranchise

9st 3lb

J: Gavin Ryan

T: John Joseph Hanlon

prominent

12/1

4th

1

(1)

27th Aug 2023

Good

1m 2f 110y

17:00 Naas

Enfranchise

10st 0lb

J: Gavin Ryan

T: John Joseph Hanlon

led, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, weakened and lost third towards finish

11/2

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Payout
Exacta £418.00
Straight Forecast £243.40
Tricast £2129.00
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Selections

TOPSPEED:

Scampi

RP RATINGS:

Sweet William

The Times:

Real Dream

Telegraph:

Jackfinbar

Daily Record:

Yashin

SPOTLIGHT:

Adjuvant

LAMBOURN:

Saratoga Gold

POSTDATA:

Live Your Dream

NEWMARKET:

Sweet William

The Star:

Sweet William

The Sun:

Real Dream

The Guardian:

Scampi

Daily Mail:

Scampi

Daily Mirror:

Scampi

D Express:

Jackfinbar