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16:25 Ascot

Soft

Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By Qipco)

  • Prize money: £103080
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 20 runners
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Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By Qipco)

Runners: 23 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

33/1

  • Place: £12.55

Form: 020106 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Has run some superb races in top 7f handicaps, including here, and he richly deserved the valuable prize at York in August (1m, good to firm); combination of this trip and testing ground does not look ideal, however.

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2nd

13

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 1lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Has run some superb races in top 7f handicaps, including here, and he richly deserved the valuable prize at York in August (1m, good to firm); combination of this trip and testing ground does not look ideal, however.

33/1

6th

9

(5)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 6lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Raced in the unfavoured group in the C&D contest last time won by Quinault, when bidding to follow up his 40-1 York success (his second win this season); a regular in these big-field Ascot handicaps and sometimes on the premises but he's yet to win here in 18 attempts.

25/1

11th

2

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 10lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Has plenty of good form, including close fifth in this race last year; however, has never had the best of strike-rates and looks an unlikely candidate to follow up last month's 40-1 York success (1m).

14/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.55

Form: -21116 CD

Last run: 78 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Impressive on handicap debut (soft) and landed the Britannia (good to firm; clear best form) at the Royal meeting, both over C&D; couldn't carry on the good work in a soft-ground Group 3 in August and returns to work here off 10lb higher than his latest win; not fully exposed but needs to find more against older horses.

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3rd

9

(2)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Docklands

9st 3lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Harry Eustace

Impressive on handicap debut (soft) and landed the Britannia (good to firm; clear best form) at the Royal meeting, both over C&D; couldn't carry on the good work in a soft-ground Group 3 in August and returns to work here off 10lb higher than his latest win; not fully exposed but needs to find more against older horses.

6/1

6th

2

(7)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Goodwood

Docklands

9st 3lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Harry Eustace

Form figures read 22111, most recently winning the Britannia at Royal Ascot (1m, good to firm) where he collared a far-side rival late on and finished well clear of the others in his near-side group; acts on soft; improving colt who has clear Group-race potential; respected.

9/2

1st

9

(18)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Docklands

9st 2lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Harry Eustace

Finished within 2l of the classy Cicero's Gift on the AW in March and went on to win his next two, including a C&D handicap last month with any amount in hand (on soft); assessor didn't hold back with a 14lb rise but this colt once had an Irish 2,000 Guineas entry and could easily be Group class; has run on only good to soft, soft and AW.

8/1

14/1

Form: 300193 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Excellent third of 34 in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket recently (1m1f, good to firm) despite having to delay his challenge; has run well here without being a course specialist and, although he's won on soft, he is well suited by good or quicker; hard to discount even so, with yard having won three of the last six runnings of this race; due a 2lb rise.

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7th

2

(5)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 2

16:57 Lingfield (AW)

Bopedro

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Won 1m handicaps on both Newmarket tracks last season and he finished third in the Cambridgeshire off today's mark; only fourth behind Dear My Friend over C&D last month but that was his first run after a short break and he could be seen to better effect here.

10/1

4th

1

(1)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 1

14:37 Lingfield (AW)

Bopedro

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: David O’Meara

Useful on turf and made the frame in major handicaps at Newmarket/Ascot the last twice; worth his place back at Listed level but he's the only runner who has no AW form; makes belated debut in this sphere aged eight.

5/1

18/1

Form: 1-1413

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Progressive since winning a 1m novice on return, notably when taking a 7f Listed fillies' race at Carlisle in June (soft; tongue-tie added); fair third in another fillies' race, a Group 3 at Doncaster, when back from a break five weeks ago, but this is an altogether different ball game.

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7

(9)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Vetiver

9st 0lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

Won 3yo Listed fillies' race at Carlisle (7f, soft) last June and campaign concluded with solid fifth of 20 behind The Gatekeeper in the Balmoral Handicap at Ascot (1m, soft); improvement needed today but she's a lightly raced 4yo who has won three of her seven starts; could still have more to offer.

14/1

5th

19

(3)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Vetiver

8st 11lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Andrew Balding

Progressive since winning a 1m novice on return, notably when taking a 7f Listed fillies' race at Carlisle in June (soft; tongue-tie added); fair third in another fillies' race, a Group 3 at Doncaster, when back from a break five weeks ago, but this is an altogether different ball game.

18/1

3rd

12

(4)

17th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Vetiver

9st 1lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Andrew Balding

Showed promise on good ground on debut, raced on softer since; progressive filly who beat Dandy Alys by half a length in 7f Listed contest at Carlisle (with tongue-tie added) in June when last seen, taking record under P J McDonald to 3-3 and overall record to 3-5; has an attractive profile and her trainer has won this race three times in the last five years; strong credentials.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 920542 BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Solid marker in highly competitive 1m handicaps for this yard, including when first home in his group in the Royal Hunt Cup over C&D in June; touched off at Doncaster last month (1m, soft) and although back up 4lb he should be involved again.

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6th

3

(9)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Sonny Liston

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Ralph Beckett

Solid marker in highly competitive 1m handicaps for this yard, including when first home in his group in the Royal Hunt Cup over C&D in June; touched off at Doncaster last month (1m, soft) and although back up 4lb he should be involved again.

7/1

2nd

2

(4)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Doncaster

Sonny Liston

9st 10lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Ralph Beckett

Appears to have a good prize in him, having performed nicely in three major 1m handicaps for new yard this season, close fourth off this mark at York Ebor festival latest; seems to handle soft going; respected.

9/2

4th

3

(12)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:00 York

Sonny Liston

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Ralph Beckett

dwelt start, in rear

8/1

14/1

Form: 121035 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Beat a big field in the Irish Lincoln on reappearance (1m, soft to heavy) but subsequent runs under similar conditions suggest he has his work cut out for win purposes unless first-time cheekpieces spur him on.

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12

(14)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Lattam

8st 11lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Won the Irish Lincolnshire (1m, soft to heavy) on last season's reappearance and also on the scoresheet at Newcastle (1m, AW) in June; failed to progress subsequently and sold out of William Haggas's yard for 50,000gns in October, but an each-way case can be made on his stable and seasonal debut.

8/1

7th

18

(8)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Lattam

8st 11lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Beat a big field in the Irish Lincoln on reappearance (1m, soft to heavy) but subsequent runs under similar conditions suggest he has his work cut out for win purposes unless first-time cheekpieces spur him on.

14/1

5th

3

(4)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

Lattam

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: William Haggas

Won the Irish Lincolnshire (1m, soft to heavy) in March and back on the scoresheet at Newcastle (1m, AW) in June; returned to form with good third of seven at Goodwood (1m, soft) recently and he should get a suitably stronger pace in this bigger field; rain would aid this lightly raced 4yo's cause.

9/2

8th
11 (14)
Coeur Dor

16/1

Form: 213118 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 9st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Couldn't sustain his effort returned to 1m2f at the Curragh last month but in peak form previously, winning valuable events at about 1m for two wins in August (yielding to soft and good); should be suited by the way this is run and could have a say.

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8th

11

(14)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Coeur Dor

9st 2lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

Couldn't sustain his effort returned to 1m2f at the Curragh last month but in peak form previously, winning valuable events at about 1m for two wins in August (yielding to soft and good); should be suited by the way this is run and could have a say.

16/1

8th

1

(17)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

17:45 Curragh

Coeur Dor

10st 0lb

J: Jake Coen

T: D K Weld

midfield

8/1

1st

3

(1)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

18:10 Curragh

Coeur Dor

9st 12lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

towards rear of midfield, switched left soon after start

13/2

10/1

Form: 513583 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Relished 1m on heavy ground on final 3yo start, looking better the further he went at Haydock; didn't run up to market expectations on return behind Migration in the Lincoln but added another wide-margin win in April and looked to have more to offer in handicaps when hampered in the big race at Glorious Goodwood in August on latest run at 1m; can go well.

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6th

1

(9)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Al Mubhir

9st 6lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: William Haggas

Has won a maiden and two handicaps (at 1m); not his first placing at Listed level when a 3l third at Saint-Cloud (heavy) 19 days ago and has each-way claims in the new cheekpieces; AW debut.

5/1

9th

5

(23)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Al Mubhir

9st 7lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Relished 1m on heavy ground on final 3yo start, looking better the further he went at Haydock; didn't run up to market expectations on return behind Migration in the Lincoln but added another wide-margin win in April and looked to have more to offer in handicaps when hampered in the big race at Glorious Goodwood in August on latest run at 1m; can go well.

10/1

3rd

2

(3)

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Newbury

Al Mubhir

9st 4lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Improved form when easily winning Leicester handicap (1m, soft) in April and fair third of six in Haydock Listed race (7f, good to soft) in May; endured trouble in running when creditable eighth in Golden Mile Handicap at Glorious Goodwood (1m, soft) and could be involved now back in a Listed race.

9/2

12/1

Form: 393533 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Can lead; some excellent efforts at up to about 1m1f in Group and Listed races in 2023, including over C&D and on soft ground, but this looks even harder than when winning his latest handicap, the Irish Lincoln in March 2022 (1m, yielding).

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3rd

1

(15)

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

16:10 Curragh

Raadobarg

10st 0lb

J: David Egan

T: George Boughey

Won this off 7lb lower in 2022 on his seasonal debut when with Johnny Murtagh; that was on yielding but he handles heavy; no wins for this yard last term but lots of creditable runs in Listed and Group company.

8/1

10th

2

(6)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Raadobarg

9st 9lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: George Boughey

Can lead; some excellent efforts at up to about 1m1f in Group and Listed races in 2023, including over C&D and on soft ground, but this looks even harder than when winning his latest handicap, the Irish Lincoln in March 2022 (1m, yielding).

12/1

3rd

4

(8)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

15:50 Newmarket

Raadobarg

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: George Boughey

Continued a solid run of form when third of eight in Listed race at Sandown (1m, soft) three weeks ago, no extra late on, and he also ran creditably over this C&D in the spring; each-way claims once more.

8/1

Form: 467115 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Two good AW wins in August and September but turf mark has risen in tandem and he made no impact back on grass at Haydock (1m, heavy) 21 days ago; up against it.

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8th

2

(8)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Helm Rock

9st 6lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Has recorded RPRs of 103, 105 and 104 in his last three AW starts, one of them a C&D win; should be sharper for last month's promising third at Chelmsford; one to take seriously.

7/1

3rd

2

(4)

14th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Helm Rock

9st 5lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

midfield

9/1

11th

10

(13)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Helm Rock

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Two good AW wins in August and September but turf mark has risen in tandem and he made no impact back on grass at Haydock (1m, heavy) 21 days ago; up against it.

25/1

8/1

Form: 293303 D BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Has weights turnaround with Migration on Lincoln form in April (1m, heavy) when they were first and second; has run with credit in top handicaps at 1m (over C&D) and 7f since, and while not obviously ahead of his mark, his ability to handle testing ground makes him of some interest.

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12th

6

(22)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Awaal

9st 6lb

J: James Doyle

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Has weights turnaround with Migration on Lincoln form in April (1m, heavy) when they were first and second; has run with credit in top handicaps at 1m (over C&D) and 7f since, and while not obviously ahead of his mark, his ability to handle testing ground makes him of some interest.

8/1

3rd

1

(3)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Redcar

Awaal

9st 2lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Didn't appear to take to cheekpieces (raced keenly) when well behind Johan at Goodwood but ran well in three big-field handicaps earlier in the season and his BHA mark entitles him to a crack at this level; hard to rule out.

3/1

14/1

Form: 101715 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Has had a terrific spell but those three most recent wins at Goodwood, at 7f and 1m (on heavy and soft) came in less competitive races; a mighty effort if he can defy a penalty in this company (due to race off 2lb lower in future).

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13th

12

(15)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Rhoscolyn

9st 2lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Has had a terrific spell but those three most recent wins at Goodwood, at 7f and 1m (on heavy and soft) came in less competitive races; a mighty effort if he can defy a penalty in this company (due to race off 2lb lower in future).

14/1

5th

7

(17)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Rhoscolyn

9st 7lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

In-form 5yo who recorded three wins at Goodwood (7f/1m, soft/heavy) in August/September; however, combination of 6lb penalty and return to forecast faster ground looks a reason to oppose him; future mark is 4lb lower.

20/1

1st

4

(5)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:30 Goodwood

Rhoscolyn

9st 0lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Has done all his winning at about 7f, including twice here (soft/heavy) last month; ran creditably in warm Irish event since; has some good form over 1m but it remains to be seen whether he'll ever score at this trip; still one to consider seriously in this field, back at Goodwood.

4/1

20/1

Form: 450010

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

All three turf wins at 1m2f on good going but has run solid races in the last two runnings of the Cambridgeshire over 1m1f (good and good to firm); the return to soft ground is a worry.

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14th

16

(10)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Dual Identity

8st 11lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: William Knight

All three turf wins at 1m2f on good going but has run solid races in the last two runnings of the Cambridgeshire over 1m1f (good and good to firm); the return to soft ground is a worry.

20/1

10th

15

(16)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Dual Identity

9st 0lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: William Knight

Having dropped down the weights he returned to form with a commanding win at Sandown (1m2f, good) four weeks ago; he's back up 8lb and has a good record at Sandown, but he ran really well when third in this last year (good; first home on far side) and he has to be respected.

10/1

1st

11

(10)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Dual Identity

8st 12lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: William Knight

Third (first home in his group) in the Cambridgeshire last September; 4lb lower today, having not been in the same form this year; first and second in two consecutive C&D races last summer, the latter in this race, but the recent recommendations aren't so strong this time round.

11/2

33/1

Form: -74420

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Useful in France, including when not far away in 1m Listed event (very soft) in the spring but, following a 110,000euros sale, he had a remote finish on debut for this yard at Haydock last month; best watched for now.

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15th

14

(16)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Bennetot

8st 13lb

J: Neil Callan

T: David O’Meara

Useful in France, including when not far away in 1m Listed event (very soft) in the spring but, following a 110,000euros sale, he had a remote finish on debut for this yard at Haydock last month; best watched for now.

33/1

11th

5

(2)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 212y

Class 2

16:25 Haydock

Bennetot

9st 11lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Useful in France, including a 1m1f win on soft last autumn; last seen finishing second in a 1m conditions race at Nantes (good to firm) in June and changed hands for 110,000euros the following month; very good new yard has enjoyed lots of success with French recruits and it'll be interesting to see what the market makes of him.

12/1

14/1

Form: -30854

Last run: 65 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Maiden after ten starts who has raced in Listed and Group races since last September; outpointed in a Group 1 on heavy last October, otherwise kept to good or quicker; tongue tied on last three starts but just the hood is kept today on first start since wind surgery; others have less to prove.

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16th

17

(18)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Dancing Magic

8st 11lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Roger Teal

Maiden after ten starts who has raced in Listed and Group races since last September; outpointed in a Group 1 on heavy last October, otherwise kept to good or quicker; tongue tied on last three starts but just the hood is kept today on first start since wind surgery; others have less to prove.

14/1

4th

5

(5)

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Salisbury

Dancing Magic

8st 13lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Roger Teal

Still a maiden after nine races; third in Group 3 Craven over 1m at Newmarket on reappearance and racing freely has not helped over 1m2f since, including wearing a hood and tongue-tie on last two outings; while return to 1m may well help, even his best form leaves him with plenty to find.

20/1

5th

5

(5)

22nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Dancing Magic

8st 13lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Roger Teal

Good third in 1m Newmarket Group 3 on his reappearance but too free for his own good stepped up to 1m2f on his two outings since, latterly at Royal Ascot with a hood added (reopposing Oviedo just behind him); needs to settle better.

8/1

17th
20 (21)
Eilean Dubh

40/1

Form: 313080 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 11lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Latest win when tongue-tie was first fitted at Hamilton (1m, good to soft) in July but it's been hard work for him in major 1m and 1m1f handicaps since; cheekpieces replace tongue-tie; up against it.

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17th

20

(21)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Eilean Dubh

8st 11lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Latest win when tongue-tie was first fitted at Hamilton (1m, good to soft) in July but it's been hard work for him in major 1m and 1m1f handicaps since; cheekpieces replace tongue-tie; up against it.

40/1

25th

13

(26)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Eilean Dubh

9st 0lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: K R Burke

Won four times last year and he was back on the scoresheet at Hamilton in July; finished third at York next time but he's been unplaced the last twice and looks vulnerable in this red-hot handicap.

50/1

Form: 284-15 D

Last run: 167 days

W: 10st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Didn't have the ideal passage in this race last October (good to soft; back from break) but he showed what could be done when making up a lot of late ground to win the Lincoln at Doncaster in April (heavy); up 6lb to career-high mark in first handicap since (absent since a Group 3 in May) but this type of race suits him so well, he may yet do even better.

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1

(11)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Migration

9st 13lb

J: Paddy Bradley

T: David Menuisier

Ran four times last year and struggled on final three; however, he's run mighty races on his reappearances in each of the last two seasons, defying top weight in this contest 12 months ago (heavy); 4lb higher today; a major player if back to his best on this return to action; tongue-tie goes on.

12/1

18th

1

(11)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Migration

10st 1lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: David Menuisier

Didn't have the ideal passage in this race last October (good to soft; back from break) but he showed what could be done when making up a lot of late ground to win the Lincoln at Doncaster in April (heavy); up 6lb to career-high mark in first handicap since (absent since a Group 3 in May) but this type of race suits him so well, he may yet do even better.

8/1

Form: 010007 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Lost chance when hampered in this race last year (under Danny Tudhope, now on Bopedro); best form in 2023 when coming clear over 1m at York in July (good to soft); still looked to be in form over 7f here recently but weighted to his best and there's little to suggest he welcomes soft ground.

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19th

8

(20)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Blue For You

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: David O’Meara

Lost chance when hampered in this race last year (under Danny Tudhope, now on Bopedro); best form in 2023 when coming clear over 1m at York in July (good to soft); still looked to be in form over 7f here recently but weighted to his best and there's little to suggest he welcomes soft ground.

25/1

7th

4

(4)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Blue For You

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: David O’Meara

Scored readily at York (1m, good to soft) in July, looking better than ever; however, has failed to repeat that form in three subsequent runs and he's yet to defy a triple-digit mark; opposed.

20/1

15th

1

(3)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Doncaster

Blue For You

9st 12lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Scored readily at York (1m, good to soft) in July, looking better than ever; however, has failed to repeat that form in two subsequent runs and he's yet to defy a triple-digit mark; opposed.

10/1

9/1

Form: -36011 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Flying high with cheekpieces added on last two starts, winning at 7f on this track and over the extended 6f at Doncaster (soft); now 8lb higher than most recent attempt at 1m, when third of 22 in the Lincoln in April (heavy), and this will be a thorough test at the trip.

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5th

1

(7)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 2y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Baradar

9st 10lb

J: David Egan

T: George Boughey

Campaigned in handicaps in 2023, hitting a peak with wins at Ascot (7f International Stakes) and on this course (6.5f, soft); presumably amiss when tailed off back at Ascot on final start; came to hand early last year (third in the Lincoln) and should be fully effective over a bare 6f (first attempt today); bids to enhance an already-excellent record at Doncaster.

9/4

20th

4

(12)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Baradar

9st 7lb

J: William Buick

T: George Boughey

Flying high with cheekpieces added on last two starts, winning at 7f on this track and over the extended 6f at Doncaster (soft); now 8lb higher than most recent attempt at 1m, when third of 22 in the Lincoln in April (heavy), and this will be a thorough test at the trip.

9/1

Form: 220104 D BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

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6

(17)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

The Gatekeeper

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

He was kept busy last year and won four of his 15 starts, most recently the Balmoral Handicap (1m, soft) at Ascot in October; this 4lb higher mark is a career-high but this 5yo is not ruled out on his reappearance.

11/1

15

(4)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

The Gatekeeper

8st 12lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

2

(6)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:30 Goodwood

The Gatekeeper

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Form: 040080 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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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

22 (17)
Maywake

Form: 241510

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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3rd

1

(3)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 6y

Class 3

16:25 Doncaster

Maywake

9st 12lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

in rear, headway from 3f out, went third over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong

11/2

22

(17)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Maywake

8st 9lb

T: Richard Fahey

13th

12

(6)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Maywake

9st 0lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Last two attempts over 7f have resulted in Class 3 wins at Thirsk (soft) and Sandown (good) by an aggregate of 10l; goes into this stronger race off a career-high mark but he's better than ever and is not ruled out.

14/1

Form: 112320 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

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10th

2

(2)

6th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

16:00 Kempton (AW)

Graignes

9st 5lb

J: William Buick

T: George Baker

Midfield finish in the Cambridgeshire five weeks ago wasn't a bad run (beaten less than 5l); 17lb higher than for his easy C&D win in June but he's still not fully exposed on AW; Wiliam Buick back on board today.

5/1

23

(1)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Graignes

8st 9lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Baker

15th

18

(3)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Graignes

8st 11lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: George Baker

Rejuvenated this year and won two in a row (1m3f AW/1m2f, good) before solid efforts in defeat on his last three starts; there remains mileage in his mark judged on his 2020 form but if he's to win this hot race he'll need to produce a bigger performance than he's managed on his last few starts; tongue-tie refitted.

50/1

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Selections

D Express:

Migration

NEWMARKET:

Docklands

THE NORTH:

The Gatekeeper

The Guardian:

Lattam

Daily Mail:

Dancing Magic

SPOTLIGHT:

Al Mubhir

Telegraph:

Sonny Liston

LAMBOURN:

Helm Rock

POSTDATA:

Blue For You

TOPSPEED:

Bopedro

RP RATINGS:

Escobar

Daily Record:

Docklands

The Times:

The Gatekeeper

Daily Mirror:

Migration

The Sun:

Migration

The Star:

Migration