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17:05 Ascot

Good To Firm

Ascot Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £56694
  • 2m 3f 210y
  • Class 2
  • 20 runners
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Ascot Stakes (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 20 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

Form: 031-31

Last run: 25 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Has mostly run well since handicapping, one of the exceptions on his sole visit to this track but that was on soft ground and the only time he's had a visor (usually wears cheekpieces); three front-running wins on turf at up to 2m last season and renewed his progress this term, always prominent when scoring from Temporize at Goodwood (2m) last time; whether he can get a good enough early position from stall 1 is a worry, as he's not been quick to find his stride this term, but otherwise he should run very well.

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3rd

8

(2)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 2

15:40 Southwell (AW)

Pledgeofallegiance

8st 4lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt

Kicked off his career with five runs on AW, best of those on final occasion; has left that form way behind on turf since, including with three front-running wins and latest was over 2m; raised another 3lb for this reappearance but no surprise if he still has more to offer.

4/1

Form: 313-31

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Nearly always ridden these days by Kaiya Fraser; last season went well, including winning on varied ground in three of her five turf starts, doing so easily by 10l on good to firm on second occasion; improved again when impressive winner of a quite valuable handicap at Haydock (2m, soft) last month; 9lb higher today but she's far from fully exposed at 2m and could be a serious proposition at this trip as well.

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3rd

1

(6)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 3f 197y

Class 3

19:10 Doncaster

Divine Comedy

10st 2lb

J: Kaiya Fraser

T: Harry Eustace

held up in rear

9/1

Form: 311-01

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Moving up to 1m5f did the trick at Newbury (good) last July and he also won going away twice over 1m6f at Chelmsford (AW) late last year; never figured after starting slowly in valuable AW race when upped to 2m at Newcastle in March, but he asserted in grand style to score easing down at Salisbury (1m6f, soft; up 10lb today) last month to suggest he could still develop into a very useful stayer; he was also declared for the 1m6f race at 6.15, but eliminated as a reserve.

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40/1

Form: 75-536 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Won the Copper Horse over 1m6f (stays at least 2m) at this meeting in 2022 and was in blinding form that spring/summer, but he's lacked the same punch since back in Britain from May 2023 onwards; now 20lb below his peak mark and finished much closer again on the first two of his three starts this term, but plenty of others are still more persuasive.

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5th
15 (12)
Temporize

20/1

Form: 2103-2 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

The Cesarewitch was his only disappointment for new yard last season and his win came at Glorious Goodwood (2m4f, soft); 7lb higher today, nudged up another 1lb following his second to Pledgeofallegiance at Goodwood (2m, good; acts on good to firm) on reappearance last month; went close at this track last July and should again be seriously involved.

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Form: 3/07-3

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Four Flat wins in France up to 10.5f on softer than good; failed to get his head in front where it matters in his nine races for the now-suspended Tony Martin but he's started to knock on the door very loudly; seemed to be outbattled in 2m3f maiden hurdle here in March, but travelled strongly in rear and flew home all too late when close third of 16 in the Chester Cup (2m2f, good to firm; 2lb higher today) on return to Flat; that puts him high on the list and William Buick won this race in 2021 and 2023.

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3rd

7

(10)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Zanndabad

8st 9lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: A J Martin

Four Flat wins in France up to 10.5f; yet to get his head in front where it matters for current stable (eight races); best of his six hurdling efforts came on last two outings when second at Musselburgh (handicap) and Ascot (maiden); in the latter he led on the run-in before outbattled, but there's a lingering suspicion that he has a good prize in him.

9/1

2nd

15

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 3f 58y

Class 3

13:35 Ascot

Zanndabad

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: A J Martin

Four Flat wins in France; yet to get his head in front for current stable but the best of his five hurdling efforts was last time at Musselburgh (good to soft) when making up late ground to finish close behind last week's County Hurdle fifth Afadil; gives the impression there's more to come and brings strong form claims back into a maiden; regularly wears the tongue-tie.

5/2

25/1

Form: 7/605-

Last run: 256 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Two wins at about 1m as 2yo, one on good; his three Flat races last term saw him well beaten in two Listed events and tailed off at Royal Ascot in the Group 2 Queen's Vase, but he went on to be a pretty useful juvenile hurdler in the mud for new yard, including when third of 22 in the 4yo handicap at Cheltenham Festival (2m); has to be considered seriously.

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Form: 324531

Last run: 9 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Ran just once on good to firm (not disgraced); has run every month since last August, winning the first and latest of those 13 handicaps and performing pretty consistently; last four races have been over about 2m and the Goodwood win (on good) under James Doyle nine days ago reaffirmed that he's a strong candidate for this sort of trip; the front two were 6l clear that day and he's not ruled out by today's 5lb penalty.

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No Results Found

Form: 254-63 C

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 6lb

7 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in the 2020 St Leger and won on AW (2m) in January 2023; has a mixed record since, the best of which were his two good runs last August when second here (2m; will stay further) and fifth in the Ebor (good to firm); that form gives him a shout (1lb lower today) and his latest start was a step back in the right direction, but he does not look the percentage call.

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6th

6

(10)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Berkshire Rocco

9st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, raced wide early, in touch with leaders, switched to centre after 4f

10/1

Form: /6/32-

Last run: 248 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Met lots of trouble in running when sixth in this race on good to firm in 2022; high-class hurdler (placed in last two editions of the County Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival) who showed that he's still a force on the Flat when staying on relentlessly for a close second of 31 in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket (2m2f, soft) last October; big-race performer, still just a 6yo but more exposed than some in this.

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3rd

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Pied Piper

12st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Third in the 2022 Triumph Hurdle over C&D (good to soft) and beaten a head by Faivoir in this race last year (soft); ran okay behind State Man in Punchestown Grade 1 in November last time out and he's just 2lb higher than 12 months ago; every chance he'll be in the mix once more.

10/1

4th

2

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:35 Punchestown

Pied Piper

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in third, squeezed through on inner and disputing second before 2 out, hit and lost position last, weakened and dropped to last run-in

11/2

Form: 0/160-

Last run: 268 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Grade 1 placed as a juvenile hurdler in April 2023 and won a 1m6f Flat handicap at the Curragh that June; while his hurdles performances in December and this April were satisfactory, he appears to be much more interesting today away from soft ground (ran on good to firm just once, creditably) and with this new stamina test, which could be just his cup of tea.

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5th

4

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Nusret

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Very useful dual-purpose 4yo; ran to form on return from short break when second to an improver in Grade 3 at Fairyhouse in December but ground against him on handicap debut at Leopardstown subsequently; remains potential improver on better ground.

14/1

7th

3

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Nusret

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield

15/2

Form: 2170-5 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Very solid sequence last spring/summer on ground ranging from good (unraced on firmer) to heavy, including a dominant display from the back over 2m at this track; 7lb higher mark today demands a career-best Flat performance but he was bang there in blanket finish to a good handicap hurdle last month and it's not hard to think that this trip will suit.

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No Results Found

Form: 4700-9 CD

Last run: 39 days

W: 8st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Triumphed in this race in 2019; no win since but he was placed in the Queen Alexandra at this meeting in 2020, 2021 and 2023, and hampered on his way to a never-nearer eighth in this race last year; today's mark is his lowest since July 2017 and plenty of efforts last June-September give him a cracking chance; warmed up satisfactorily in the Chester Cup and enters each-way calculations, even though there are more likely winners.

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9th

16

(14)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

The Grand Visir

8st 6lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Ian Williams

Second, ninth and ninth in the last three Chester Cups; today's mark is his lowest since 2017 and plenty of efforts last June-September give him a cracking chance, so the case can be made for him despite his latest three outings (one this term) and the lack of any win since Royal Ascot 2019.

50/1

14th

4

(7)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

20:00 Kempton (AW)

The Grand Visir

9st 1lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Ian Williams

Veteran stayer who is without a victory since 2019, but he wasn't disgraced when 12th in the Cesarewitch when last seen so can't be dismissed off a falling mark.

20/1

OUR TIP

14/1

Form: 810-11

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Unraced on firmer than good; fairly useful hurdler who's won from the front in three of his last four Flat starts, including at Navan (1m5f, good to yielding) and Killarney (2m1f, soft; Almuhit fourth) in his two runs this season; the latter was in fine style and a major step forward with the step up in trip, so this improving 5yo is one to take seriously despite his rise in the weights and a much stronger race.

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1st

13

(15)

27th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 5f 0y

17:10 Navan

Boher Road

9st 0lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: Jarlath P Fahey

Front-running and sometimes headstrong type, won a 1m2f handicap here last summer and landed a Wexford maiden hurdle after that; still travelling when running out in front at Fairyhouse over Easter; dangerous to give too much leeway to but might not get an easy lead here.

14/1

25/1

Form: 400-30

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Started last season well on varied ground, including when fourth in this race; went off the rails later in 2023 and although he was nearly back with a bang in the Chester Plate last month, doubts return following a poor show at Haydock on latest outing; well handicapped on best 2023 efforts.

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3rd

2

(2)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

16:15 Chester

Law Of The Sea

9st 11lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Ian Williams

Good start for this stable last year in the Chester Cup (unlucky fourth), at Haydock and Royal Ascot and he was reportedly struck into on his next start; however, fair fourth at Ascot is far and away the best of his last five outings; big player if only he could recapture initial British 2023 efforts.

8/1

Form: 44732- BF

Last run: 297 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Ran creditably in defeat last spring/summer for William Haggas, including when fourth in the 2m Northumberland Plate; changed hands for 45,000gns in September and pulled up (bled from the nose) in a maiden hurdle in November on his only run since; return of headgear may help but his only win in a handicap was in July 2022.

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0

11

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

12:35 Ludlow

Nathanael Greene

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Useful on the Flat for William Haggas and was runner-up at Goodwood (1m6f, soft) in August in his final run for that yard; changed hands for 45,000gns in September; stamina won't be an issue at this new discipline and he looks an interesting recruit to hurdling.

11/2

17th
14 (3)
Almuhit

20/1

Form: 019-54

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Does not look straightforward but he delivered some solid runs on the Flat last summer, including a last-gasp win in small field over 2m1f, and has run respectably behind Boher Road in both Flat runs this term; still early days with Emmet Mullins, who's pulled a few rabbits from the hat, and this 5yo holds each-way interest with major stamina test away from soft ground.

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66/1

Form: 01199/ D

Last run: 640 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Surged to new heights in July 2022 when winning at Kempton (2m, AW) and Glorious Goodwood (2m4f, good to firm); the latter display would make him a player (2lb higher today) but he's unraced since that September, which poses a big question.

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3

(1)

6th Sep 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Goodwood

Master Milliner

9st 12lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Emma Lavelle

Progressive 6yo; surged to new heights when winning at Kempton (2m, AW) and at the Glorious meeting here (2m4f, good to firm) in July, but he was unable to land a blow off his revised mark when only ninth of 12 at York last time; this race is a bit less competitive and he may bounce back.

9/2

19th
3 (16)
My Lyka

5/1

Form: 2/134-

Last run: 380 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Has had just seven races and is now tongue tied first time; won over 1m4f (soft) and 10.5f (AW) in France; 110,000euros buy last July and pretty useful at the first attempt over hurdles when pipped at Killarney (2m4f) five weeks ago; there's plenty of the stayer about this Irish St Leger entry who comes from a yard which requires maximum attention in this race.

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20th
7 (6)
Tritonic

14/1

Form: 040-54

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Won four-runner chase in November; third in this race last year (on good) is the clear pick of his seven Flat starts in 2023 or 2024 and he's now 5lb lower, giving him a great chance if he were back to that level; beaten about 5l in two useful AW races this term, battling on; the cheekpieces (last used in May 2023) are of uncertain benefit but he can't be dismissed lightly.

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4th

2

(4)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 2

15:40 Southwell (AW)

Tritonic

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Alan King

prominent

8/1

5th

2

(13)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Tritonic

9st 13lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Alan King

Third of 19 at Royal Ascot (2m4f) last June is easily the pick of his last six Flat starts and he's now 3lb lower; won four-runner chase debut in November but well beaten next time and absent 113 days since; ran creditably on sole AW start but that was 2021; others look more solid.

10/1

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Selections

RP RATINGS:

Kyle Of Lochalsh

POSTDATA:

My Lyka

SPOTLIGHT:

Nusret

Daily Mail:

Zanndabad

Telegraph:

Divine Comedy

NEWMARKET:

Pledgeofallegiance

Daily Record:

Boher Road

WEST COUNTRY:

Temporize

The Star:

Tritonic

TOPSPEED:

The Grand Visir

Daily Mirror:

Kyle Of Lochalsh

The Times:

My Lyka

D Express:

Nusret

The Sun:

Zanndabad

The Guardian:

Divine Comedy