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Lavazza & Ascot 10 Year Anniversary Victoria Cup (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £51540
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 21 runners
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Lavazza & Ascot 10 Year Anniversary Victoria Cup (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 21 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

Form: 96657-

Last run: 232 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Capable of useful form, including at Group level, for Stan Moore; gelded since last run 232 days ago; has proved hard to win with (strike-rate is just 2-21) but that may change in 2024; starts life with Charlie Fellowes on a good mark.

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

1st

8

(12)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

The Wizard Of Eye

9st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Charlie Fellowes

slowly away, in rear

8/1

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

OUR TIP
2nd
3 (18)
Ramazan

12/1

Form: 9122-2 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Consistent in the main; went close over 6f in the 2023 Ayr Gold Cup on last handicap attempt and he is just as effective at 7f; on a career-high mark but Joe Leavy takes off a handy 5lb; visor (worn once as a 2yo) is reapplied; each-way hopes.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

(18)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Ramazan

9st 8lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Richard Fahey

took keen hold, raced in second

12/1

2nd

2

(3)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

17:30 Thirsk

Ramazan

9st 8lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

in rear, headway from 3f out, hung left but went second 1f out, kept on but no match for winner

5/2

2nd

6

(10)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Redcar

Ramazan

9st 0lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Has won Class 2 handicaps over 7f at Haydock and Chepstow this season; better than ever when just missing out in the 6f Ayr Gold Cup two weeks ago and this 3yo is improving steadily; appears to have no ground preferences.

4/1

18/1

Form: 40750- C

Last run: 217 days

W: 9st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Hold-up performer who landed the Bunbury Cup and went close in the International (over C&D) in July 2022; ran creditably in last year's Bunbury but below par subsequently; may struggle to recapture his peak form now a 10yo.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

10

(13)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Bless Him

9st 1lb

J: Pat Cosgrave

T: David Simcock

dwelt start, towards rear

18/1

15th

6

(3)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Bless Him

9st 7lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: David Simcock

Last success came in the 2022 Bunbury Cup; retains plenty of ability aged nine and latest effort can be marked up but chance depends on how the race pans out; hold-up performer who needs the cards to drop perfectly.

16/1

5th

1

(7)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Bless Him

10st 0lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: David Simcock

Tough task in Listed company in one previous course start; cracking handicapper in top 7f races over the years and his fourth of 15 in the Bunbury Cup on the July course (good to soft was slower than ideal) shows how capable he still is; however, he hasn't sparked on last two runs at Ascot (slightly hampered latest) and may not be in peak form here either.

7/1

9/1

Form: 0230-2 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 8st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Career started with a hat-trick of wins; 0-8 since but has useful form, including two placed efforts over C&D (in visor) last term, close second in the International the first time; ran well behind Zero Carbon at Kempton (AW) on reappearance; headgear reapplied; there are clear signs that he can win a big prize.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

18

(6)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Hickory

8st 6lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: James Fanshawe

ducked right start, switched left soon after start, took keen hold, held up in rear

9/1

2nd

3

(5)

3rd Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Hickory

9st 6lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: James Fanshawe

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

5/2

12th

18

(2)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Hickory

8st 10lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: James Fanshawe

Still has low mileage; solid placed efforts in good handicaps over C&D since wearing a visor, namely close second to Baradar then 2l third to Quinault; should go well in the retained headgear.

9/1

Form: 01062- D

Last run: 203 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Has some good form at Ascot, most recently runner-up in the Balmoral over 1m last October; however, he's now a frustrating 0-20 here and has been beaten in this race for the last three years (form figures 650).

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

5th

7

(16)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 4lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

prominent

20/1

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

Form: 3305-9 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Stablemate of Jumby; 5-5 as a 2yo in 2022; 0-6 since but produced his peak RPR in last year's Jersey Stakes (Group 3) over C&D, finishing a close third, and has each-way possibilities back here; third handicap attempt (won the first).

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

6th

4

(23)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Streets Of Gold

9st 8lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

midfield on inner

14/1

9th

11

(14)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Streets Of Gold

9st 9lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Unbeaten as a 2yo in 2022 but was unable to extended the winning sequence last season and, despite running well in the Jersey, can be treated as exposed now; faces a difficult task on 4yo reappearance.

33/1

11/1

Form: 2212-6 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Last four attempts over 7f have resulted in form figures of 2212, including two good efforts here; currently on a career-high mark but Brandon Wilkie takes off a useful 5lb; likely player with Newmarket reappearance (6f) under his belt.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

1

(17)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Popmaster

9st 12lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Ed Walker

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

11/1

6th

6

(10)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Popmaster

9st 9lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Ed Walker

Better than ever in 7f races (soft/good) the last twice, winning at Newbury (Listed) then going very close at Ascot (major handicap); multiple 6f scorer but may not be crying out for the return to this distance.

16/1

2nd

1

(11)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Popmaster

9st 13lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Ed Walker

Respectable record at Ascot includes a close second to Quinault on penultimate start (7f, good to firm); bagged Listed honours at Newbury (7f, soft) later in September and holds leading claims under a 6lb penalty back here; future mark is 3lb higher.

15/2

12/1

Form: 14-313

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Productive over 1m on AW since September, winning three times then running creditably on finals day; may cope with the drop to 7f on this stiff track but whether he'll cope with current mark is another matter; 9lb higher than last turf start.

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

8th

9

(20)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Fantastic Fox

9st 1lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Roger Varian

dwelt start, midfield on inner

12/1

3rd

6

(3)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Fantastic Fox

8st 13lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Roger Varian

midfield, headway on far side of group over 1f out, went third inside final furlong, kept on, no match for first two

9/1

1st

3

(3)

20th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 3

14:00 Lingfield (AW)

Fantastic Fox

9st 6lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Roger Varian

in touch with leaders, pushed along and steady headway from over 1f out, ridden to lead final 110yds, ran on well

6/1

12/1

Form: /193-5 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 8st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced colt; ran well in Newmarket Listed event (7f, good) last May on most recent turf attempt; finished 6l behind Mostabshir at Kempton on reappearance but may do better with that outing under his belt; not fully exposed.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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9th

13

(21)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Arabian Storm

8st 10lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

dwelt start, soon led

12/1

5th

5

(4)

27th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Arabian Storm

8st 13lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Lightly raced colt who has been absent since running well (close third) in 7f Listed event at Newmarket last May; impressive at Newcastle (AW) on 2023 reappearance; the type to progress further this term and looks interesting on return to action.

3/1

3rd

2

(3)

5th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newmarket

Arabian Storm

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

led, ridden under 2f out, headed final 110yds, kept on but lost second final stride

7/1

Form: 1313-0 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Progressive in his 7f races last season; has form figures of 213 over this C&D, first home in the far-side group on final occasion; respected back here with Newmarket reappearance under his belt and usual hood reapplied (it was left off last time).

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

10th

17

(14)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Pearle Dor

8st 7lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: David O’Meara

took keen hold, held up in midfield

13/2

10th

13

(14)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Newmarket

Pearle Dor

8st 9lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David O’Meara

bumped rival start, took keen hold, held up in rear

5/1

3rd

17

(9)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Pearle Dor

8st 11lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: David O’Meara

In great form (on ground softer than good) since returned to 7f, notably for wins at this track and Newbury; however, the issues are a 6lb penalty and return to forecast faster surface; future mark is 2lb lower.

16/1

Form: 6475-3

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Well bred; twice impressive over 1m at novice level; mixed results, including in Group races, since last win but ran well (close third) over 7f in Kempton AW handicap most recently and may well build on that effort; unexposed at this trip; major player off same mark.

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

11th

5

(19)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Mostabshir

9st 6lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: John & Thady Gosden

in touch with leaders

7/1

3rd

3

(3)

27th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Mostabshir

9st 7lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: John & Thady Gosden

Impressive over 1m on two occasions at novice level, including here; mixed results, including in Group races, since last win but gives the impression this return to 7f is worth exploring; blinkers reapplied (second attempt); may yet fulfil his early promise.

100/30

5th

1

(1)

4th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Mostabshir

9st 12lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: John & Thady Gosden

in touch with leaders, outpaced over 1f out, no chance with winner but kept on inside final furlong, lost fourth post

7/2

12th
21 (11)
Caragio

25/1

Form: 6187-4 D BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 8st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Won on turf in 2022 and on AW in 2023; beaten favourite at Kempton on reappearance but ties in with Zero Carbon and Hickory on that bare form; bit to prove in this particularly hot contest back on grass, however.

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

12th

21

(11)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Caragio

8st 3lb

J: J F Egan

T: Roger Teal

in touch with leaders

25/1

4th

4

(3)

3rd Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Caragio

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Roger Teal

prominent

11/2

Form: 0745-1 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 8st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Gelded prior to justifying favouritism in Class 4 contest at Southwell (7f) on seasonal debut, taking AW record to 2-2; faces a stiffer task off new mark in this major handicap returned to turf; only 1-8 and exposed in this sphere.

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

13th

14

(4)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Mustajaab

8st 10lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

switched left soon after start, midfield

20/1

1st

2

(2)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

16:15 Southwell (AW)

Mustajaab

9st 10lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

Unplaced in his last four starts on turf and back from 229 days off having been gelded in the meantime, but he made a successful reappearance over C&D from 2lb lower last year after a similar absence; worth a second look.

9/2

5th

2

(5)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

16:32 Newmarket (July)

Mustajaab

9st 6lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

held up in rear, some headway over 2f out, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, weakened quickly final 110yds

5/1

14th
15 (10)
Londoner

66/1

Form: 352-00

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Useful for Aidan O'Brien, albeit managed to win just once; pair of duck eggs (over 1m3f/5f) for new stable this year; may be better suited by this trip (first go at 7f) but still needs to prove he retains ability.

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

14th

15

(10)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Londoner

8st 9lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Jim Goldie

midfield

66/1

15th

7

(12)

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 1y

Class 2

18:45 Musselburgh

Londoner

9st 1lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Raced only at 1m-1m3f; useful for Aidan O'Brien; down the field at Kempton on stable/seasonal debut; likely to struggle for pace dropped sharply in distance.

25/1

10th

6

(4)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton (AW)

Londoner

9st 3lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Jim Goldie

Useful for Aidan O'Brien, finishing second in 1m2f AW handicap at Dundalk handicap on final 3yo start; sold for 35,000gns in October and gelded ahead of this return for new trainer Jim Goldie; the betting should help guide to expectations.

28/1

28/1

Form: 3266-9 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Useful for Johnny Murtagh; possibly needed the run at Newmarket last month on stable/seasonal debut; however, hasn't won since 2021 and seems unlikely to end the losing run in this fiercely competitive handicap.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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15th

6

(7)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Carrytheone

9st 4lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Michael Bell

slowly away, switched left soon after start, in rear

28/1

9th

3

(6)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Newmarket

Carrytheone

9st 7lb

J: James Doyle

T: Michael Bell

dwelt start, took keen hold, in rear

20/1

22/1

Form: 150-54 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Respectable fourth at Haydock two weeks ago; has the ability to get involved but may be more interesting when back at Goodwood, having gained four of his last five wins there; mixed record (930000050) at Ascot.

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

16th

11

(8)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Rhoscolyn

9st 1lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

in rear

22/1

4th

4

(8)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 212y

Class 2

14:45 Haydock

Rhoscolyn

9st 3lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

midfield

11/1

5th

3

(2)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

17:30 Thirsk

Rhoscolyn

9st 8lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

raced in third, outpaced over 2f out, dropped to last over 1f out, soon no impression

12/1

25/1

Form: 5-120 D

Last run: 83 days

W: 8st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Raced too freely over 1m on latest AW start and should benefit from this drop back in distance; 7f winner in January; now goes into deeper waters but has a turf pedigree and could go well; unexposed type, having raced only four times.

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17th

23

(2)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Kings Vanity

8st 2lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Andrew Balding

carried right start, switched left soon after start, took keen hold, prominent on outer

25/1

10th

5

(11)

18th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Kings Vanity

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Successful in what was basically a match at Lingfield (7f, Polytrack) last month and, despite pulling hard, he ran well enough under his penalty when second of seven in a novice here (7f) later in month; return to this trip should suit and is open to further progress now handicapping.

4/1

2nd

1

(1)

31st Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

18:00 Kempton (AW)

Kings Vanity

9st 11lb

J: William Carver

T: Andrew Balding

Twice-raced gelding who posted a solid effort at Newcastle (form has substance) then justified favouritism at Lingfield where he beat Alexandretta by 1l with something left up his sleeve; bred to do much better still, being the first foal of a Group 3 winner for his connections; incurs a penalty but William Carver takes off a useful 3lb; respected.

6/4

Form: 2959-9 CD

Last run: 77 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Best on good/firmer; smart 7f performer on his day, winning Group races in 2022 and 2023; returns to handicap level off a workable mark and, granted suitable ground, looks interesting with William Buick back on board; 3-7 under this rider.

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18th

2

(5)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Jumby

9st 10lb

J: William Buick

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

slowly away, switched left soon after start, took keen hold, midfield on outer

12/1

9th

3

(3)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Jumby

9st 7lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

6f scorer in 2021 but he's better known as a very useful 7f performer, the winner of two notable races over that trip; below best, albeit having blown the start, on last attempt at this distance.

18/1

5th

3

(2)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Jumby

9st 6lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Won Group 3 John of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock (7f, good to firm) in June and second under 3lb penalty behind Audience in Group 3 at Newmarket (7f, good) in July; could be thereabouts if at the top of his game but he was below form at York last time and tends to be kept away from slow ground.

12/1

19th
19 (15)
Abduction

40/1

Form: 0421-0 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Gained his last three turf wins in lower grades at Ayr and this is a much stiffer assignment; well held at Musselburgh on seasonal debut and remains on career-high mark; readily opposed.

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

19th

19

(15)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Abduction

8st 6lb

J: Ethan Jones

T: Jim Goldie

midfield

40/1

10th

5

(12)

21st Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 15y

Class 3

18:15 Musselburgh

Abduction

9st 5lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Has done most winning in the autumn and boasts a better strike-rate on the AW; like Quest For Fun he resumes from six months off on a career-high mark at the age of six having closed out last year with a win, and he too is drawn wide.

10/1

Form: 11510- D

Last run: 224 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Yet to race on ground softer than good; ran badly, not beaten entirely by the 1m1f trip, in the Cambridgeshire on last appearance; progressive at 7f-1m otherwise, winning three times, and may have more to offer; still of interest.

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

20th

12

(9)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Merlin The Wizard

8st 13lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Harry Charlton

pulled hard, never better than midfield

11/1

33th

19

(34)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Merlin The Wizard

8st 10lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Harry & Roger Charlton

Readily beat four rivals to win on handicap debut at Ffos Las (7.3f, good) in June and bounced back from Sandown fifth to win on the other Newmarket course (1m, good) last month; stayed on well to do it cosily last time and this unexposed 3yo is open to further improvement now tackling 1m1f.

14/1

1st

3

(6)

12th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:50 Newmarket (July)

Merlin The Wizard

9st 7lb

J: William Buick

T: Harry & Roger Charlton

Favourite when taking a Kempton novice event (7f, AW) and Ffos Las handicap (7.4f, good; comfortably) during June; a 6lb higher mark found him out when upgraded at Sandown (7f) but didn't run badly and returning to 1m looks a good move.

100/30

20/1

Form: 1254-1 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 8st 3lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Beat a couple of these rivals at Kempton (7f) on seasonal debut, taking AW record to 5-10; however, record suggests he's not guaranteed to transfer the form back to turf; just 1-9 and inconsistent in this sphere.

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

21th

22

(3)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Zero Carbon

8st 3lb

J: George Rooke

T: Richard Hughes

ducked right start, switched left soon after start

20/1

1st

6

(8)

3rd Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Zero Carbon

9st 1lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Richard Hughes

ducked left start, soon led, headed 5f out, soon raced in second, pushed along and led again over 1f out, ridden and kept on final furlong

11/2

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hickory

NEWMARKET:

The Wizard Of Eye

D Express:

Merlin The Wizard

The Times:

Streets Of Gold

Daily Record:

Ramazan

TOPSPEED:

Rhoscolyn

POSTDATA:

Popmaster

Daily Mirror:

Merlin The Wizard

The Guardian:

Streets Of Gold

Telegraph:

The Wizard Of Eye

Daily Mail:

The Wizard Of Eye

RP RATINGS:

Hickory

The Sun:

Hickory

The Star:

Hickory