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Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2)

  • Prize money: £58014.33
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.75
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 2213 D BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Raced only at 6f; a nicely bred and improving colt whose form stacks up well; easily took advantage of a good opportunity at Newmarket (good) on third outing, then ran well (close third, half a length behind Seven Questions) when favourite for Kempton AW Group 3; strong contender back on turf.

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7th

2

(7)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:00 Newmarket

Array

9st 3lb

J: James Doyle

T: Andrew Balding

Progressive over 6f; dug deep to win the Mill Reef at Newbury (on heavy ground) most recently but the principals finished in a heap and it looked a substandard edition of that Group 2; unlikely to follow up, unless the extra furlong somehow prompts a much bigger step forward.

20/1

1st

2

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Array

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Raced only at 6f; a nicely bred and improving colt whose form stacks up well; easily took advantage of a good opportunity at Newmarket (good) on third outing, then ran well (close third, half a length behind Seven Questions) when favourite for Kempton AW Group 3; strong contender back on turf.

5/1

3rd

1

(4)

9th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:25 Kempton (AW)

Array

9st 3lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Andrew Balding

Out of a half-sister to Frankel and has a Middle Park entry; runner-up at Newbury (to Starlust who had experience) and Goodwood before strolling home in an easier race at Newmarket (6f, good); strong suspicion that there's more to come from him.

5/1

5/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 21 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Twice-raced colt who is open to any amount of further progress; close second over C&D (good to soft) then went one better with an impressive wide-margin win at Salisbury (6f, good); bought by Wathnan Racing since; trainer won a notable 2yo race last month with similar type; interesting prospect.

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6th

7

(10)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Mister Sketch

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

held up in rear towards near side

15/2

3rd
7 (8)
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7/2

Form: 211132 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft ground; consistent and steadily progressive gelding whose form figures read 4211132; ran well in Ripon Listed contest (neck behind Matters Most) and Kempton AW Group 3 (half a length in front of Array) the last twice; holds solid claims and looks sure to be involved.

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No Results Found

Form: 41869

Last run: 53 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Stablemate of Array; recorded a soft-ground win (5f) in the spring; behind Haatem in major 2yo races since but wasn't disgraced in the Coventry (6f) and the 7f trip may partly excuse his Superlative and Vintage efforts; not fully exposed at sprint distances.

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4th

8

(5)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Spanish Phoenix

9st 3lb

J: James Doyle

T: Andrew Balding

Stablemate of Array; recorded a soft-ground win (5f) in the spring; behind Haatem in major 2yo races since but wasn't disgraced in the Coventry (6f) and the 7f trip may partly excuse his Superlative and Vintage efforts; not fully exposed at sprint distances.

25/1

9th

7

(6)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:25 Goodwood

Spanish Phoenix

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Beat just two rivals at Leicester in April (5f, soft); ran quite well in the Coventry but has more than 2l to find with Haatem on that form and he was beaten appreciably further by that rival when not getting home over 7f in the Group 2 Superlative; clearly up against it unless he can find a surge of improvement from somewhere.

14/1

6th

10

(8)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:25 Newmarket (July)

Spanish Phoenix

9st 3lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, led up the centre

12/1

OUR TIP

9/2

Form: 135219

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 6lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Yet to race on soft/heavy; form dipped sharply in the Gimcrack at York (dropped back to 6f) last month; has otherwise been a solid performer at up to 7f and may well bounce back; Vintage winner at Goodwood the time before, beating subsequent Champagne scorer Iberian; major player on ratings.

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3rd

4

(5)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Haatem

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Richard Hannon

Tough colt whose busy 2yo season included a Vintage Stakes win at Goodwood (Group 2; beat Iberian by 1l); showed he's trained on well with a clearcut success in the Craven Stakes (Group 3) over C&D on reappearance, taking record to 3-10; however, looks vulnerable to numerous promising/classier types in this field and he's comfortably held by City Of Troy on two pieces of form.

25/1

1st

5

(2)

18th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Haatem

9st 2lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Tough and pretty consistent 2yo last season, the highlight his Group 2 Vintage win at Goodwood (7f, good to soft) in August; however, his limitations were exposed subsequently and he was 4l behind third-placed Eben Shaddad when fifth in the Dewhurst here (7f, soft) when last seen; improvement needed.

16/1

Form: 31512 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Debut promise came on soft ground at this venue; largely progressive form includes wins over 5f/6f at novice/nursery level; good second to shorter-priced stablemate in Ripon Listed event (6f, good; neck ahead of Seven Questions) most recently; could go well again.

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9th

6

(7)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 2y

Class 1

14:45 Doncaster

Matters Most

9st 3lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

led

12/1

6th

3

(1)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Matters Most

9st 3lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Debut promise came on soft ground at this venue; largely progressive form includes wins over 5f/6f at novice/nursery level; good second to shorter-priced stablemate in Ripon Listed event (6f, good; neck ahead of Seven Questions) most recently; could go well again.

8/1

2nd

3

(1)

28th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Ripon

Matters Most

9st 5lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Ralph Beckett

Won at Salisbury (5f, good to soft) on second start before a Listed fifth at Sandown, then made all in a nursery at Windsor (6f, good) last time; further improvement is possible but necessary in this line-up.

9/1

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Payout
Exacta £69.00
Straight Forecast £62.80
Tricast £217.40
Trifecta £237.00

Selections

The Times:

Mister Sketch

POSTDATA:

Seven Questions

TOPSPEED:

Matters Most

SPOTLIGHT:

Array

RP RATINGS:

Haatem

The Guardian:

Mister Sketch

Daily Mail:

Mister Sketch

D Express:

Mister Sketch

Daily Mirror:

Mister Sketch

The Sun:

Mister Sketch

The Star:

Mister Sketch

Daily Record:

Seven Questions

Telegraph:

Matters Most