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14:35 Epsom

Good To Soft

Betfred Diomed Stakes (Group 3)

  • Prize money: £56710
  • 1m 0f 113y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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Betfred Diomed Stakes (Group 3)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

15/2 (Won)

  • Win: £11.10
  • Place: £2.95

Form: /398-9

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Last season's 3yo campaign was cut short in June after two disappointing Group 1 performances and he was well beaten on his reappearance in the Group 1 Lockinge a fortnight ago; needs to prove he's still the force of old but he was third in last season's 2,000 Guineas (1m, soft) and if tapping back into that ability he has a major shout today; versatile ground-wise.

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8th

9

(4)

20th Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Royal Scotsman

9st 2lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

held up in rear

10/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.25

Form: 0-2151 D

Last run: 85 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Improved form for Lucie Botti at Meydan early this year, winning two handicaps (1m1f/1m, good); has shown promise on good to soft; now back with Marco Botti (husband of Lucie); however, needs to take another step forward if he's to pose a threat now back up in grade on British return.

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No Results Found

3/1

  • Place: £1.55

Form: 108-76 D

Last run: 99 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Carries a 3lb penalty for last October's Group 3 Darley Stakes win at Newmarket (1m1f, soft) and he wasn't at his best at Meydan in the winter; however, he also failed to shine in a previous stint in Dubai; runner-up in this race last year (good to firm) and could go well on British return.

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10/1

Form: 2-4236 D

Last run: 77 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Horse

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Ex-German 7yo who went close in Group 3 at Meydan (1m2f, good) in February on second start for this yard and ran another big race when third in Group 2 there next time (1m1f, good; badly hampered final furlong); also effective on soft; below par at Jebel Ali in March when last seen but that was on dirt; one to consider now returned to turf.

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No Results Found

7/2

Form: 1214-5 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Dead-heated in Group 3 Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury (1m, good) last August and good fourth in French Group 2 next time (1m, good to soft); below-par fifth at Newmarket on reappearance but may have needed the run and a first-time hood could help this headstrong sort settle better; remains lightly raced and this 4yo could still have more to offer; one to be interested in.

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5th

4

(9)

17th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Embesto

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Roger Varian

Made his debut only last May but hit the ground running and ended up with three wins from five starts (all 1m) and the form he showed on last three occasions shows he can cut it at Listed/Group level; free-going sort but he battled back to dead-heat for first in Group 3 at Salisbury, so not ruled out over 1m1f; a bit of improvement is needed to win this but he's clearly a candidate for improvement as 4yo.

4/1

1st

6

(4)

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Salisbury

Embesto

8st 13lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

Impressive at Yarmouth (1m, good) in May and odds-on novice winner at Doncaster (1m, good to firm) in June; no match for hot favourite Nostrum in Listed race at Newmarket (1m, good to firm) five weeks ago but kept on well to beat the other four and it was his best form; better is needed against these older rivals but he's a lightly raced 3yo who should still have potential.

11/4

OUR TIP

Form: 1548-5 C

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Well beaten at Ascot on final run last season and same story on reappearance there (having been gelded); however, Ascot doesn't appear to be his course and a case can be made for him judged on last August's Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes win at Goodwood (1m, soft); soft-ground Listed winner here last April; possible player, especially if slow ground prevails.

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5th

2

(2)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:40 Ascot

Epictetus

9st 5lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Nine of his 11 races have been Group events, career highlight a Group 3 win at Glorious Goodwood (soft) last August when dropped back to 1m; not so hot afterwards, ending last term at 100-1 in top C&D race; gelded since; big chance if he resumes in top form.

5/2

8th

6

(4)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Epictetus

9st 3lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Acts on heavy; reappearance win commenced his spell at about 1m2f; proved suited by the drop back to 1m at Glorious Goodwood but has failed to build on that Group 3 success in two subsequent runs; towards the bottom of this pack on the figures.

66/1

Form: 324-43 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

9yo who is a five-time Group 3 winner, the latest this race last year (good to firm); also won one on good to soft in 2022; a slow start proved costly at Chester three weeks ago and he's a key player if breaking better.

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3rd

7

(9)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:05 Chester

Regal Reality

9st 3lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Sir Michael Stoute

slowly away, raced in last

12/1

4th

8

(10)

17th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Regal Reality

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Sir Michael Stoute

walked to post

7/1

Form: 7152-4 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Won two fast-ground handicaps last summer and campaign concluded with 4l second to Highland Avenue in Group 3 Darley Stakes at Newmarket (1m1f, soft); could improve for his reappearance Listed fourth at Haydock three weeks ago but needs a clear career best to win this.

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4th

4

(2)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 212y

Class 1

15:50 Haydock

Silver Sword

9st 10lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Dylan Cunha

Refused to race on his first two outings but things have improved markedly since, and he ended last season with a fine second in a Newmarket Group 3 (1m1f, soft); however, he could find this trip on the sharp side after seven months off and others have more obvious claims on the ratings.

10/1

2nd

10

(7)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

15:50 Newmarket

Silver Sword

9st 1lb

J: G Cheyne

T: Dylan Cunha

Refused to race on his first two outings but things have improved markedly since, and a fifth of eight in a Listed race at Sandown (1m, soft) last time was another step in the right direction; has form over 1m2f so this intermediate trip should be fine, but he has something to find with both Knight and Raadobarg on a strict interpretation of the Sandown form.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £726.00
Straight Forecast £565.40
Tricast £2124.70
Trifecta £3997.00

Selections

NEWMARKET:

Epictetus

POSTDATA:

Embesto

TOPSPEED:

Highland Avenue

RP RATINGS:

Regal Reality

SPOTLIGHT:

Sean

D Express:

Embesto

Daily Record:

Embesto

Telegraph:

Epictetus

Daily Mail:

Epictetus

The Star:

Epictetus

The Guardian:

Highland Avenue

The Sun:

Highland Avenue

The Times:

Regal Reality

Daily Mirror:

Regal Reality