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17:40 Ascot

Good To Firm

Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race)

  • Prize money: £68052
  • 1m 1f 212y
  • Class 1
  • 15 runners
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Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.35

Form: 22-932 D BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Group 2 winner (1m4f) last term; beaten favourite in two runs in Britain with blinkers added this spring but he ran right up to his best when second to Passenger in 1m2f Chester Group 2 (good to firm; also acts on heavy) last time, with the pair well clear; solid chance.

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2nd

3

(3)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:05 Chester

Israr

9st 3lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: John & Thady Gosden

took keen hold, prominent

7/2

3rd

5

(5)

26th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Israr

9st 2lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: John & Thady Gosden

Down the field in Qatar Group 3 in February but much better than that, as evidenced by last July's Group 2 Princess of Wales's win at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) and his close second in the Group 3 Cumberland Lodge at Ascot (1m4f, good) in October; should be suited by this stiff 1m2f and stable has won the last two runnings; leading claims if back to his best now in blinkers.

3/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.55

Form: 84-274 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Placed in some strong 1m2f handicaps for Ed Dunlop last summer; runner-up in the first of two starts for his new yard in Qatar at the beginning of 2024 and achieved a career-best RPR when fourth of 13 in 1m2f Epsom handicap (good to soft) on his British return 18 days ago; another personal best is needed if he's to play a prominent role here.

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100/30

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 1214-3 D BF

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Good fourth in the Group 3 Hampton Court over C&D (good to firm) at last year's Royal meeting; not seen again (gelded) until third of 13 in 1m1f handicap at the Newmarket Guineas meeting in May, shaping very well; subsequently purchased by Wathnan Racing; this low-mileage 4yo should have more to offer after only six starts and is high on the shortlist.

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3rd

2

(9)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:20 Newmarket

Torito

9st 11lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Has run only five times, most notably on last two occasions when winning a handicap at Epsom on Derby day and fourth of 16 in Group 3 at Royal Ascot (both 1m2f on good to firm); gelded in December; it's been a lengthy layoff but he still looked capable of better (which is needed) when last seen.

7/2

4th

14

(9)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Torito

9st 2lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: John & Thady Gosden

Built upon his slow-ground promise when comfortably landing a 1m2f handicap at Epsom (good to firm) on Derby day under Benoit De La Sayette; one of three for his yard and faces a stiffer assignment but he impressed last time and his illustrious pedigree (half-brother to connections' Group 1 winner Journey, among others) provides optimism that his best days remain ahead of him.

4/1

33/1

Form: 00167- D

Last run: 265 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Much improved to win a 1m2f Sandown Listed event (good) last July; had subsequent Group 3 and 2 winner Poker Face behind in second, so there's nothing wrong with that form, but well beaten in his two subsequent starts as 4yo; gelded ahead of this reappearance; not out of it on the Sandown form and his yard is among the winners.

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Form: 3044-4 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Four-time AW winner; has comparable form on turf but he took his record in this sphere to 0-17 when a creditable fourth of 15 in Epsom handicap (8.5f; good to soft) on reappearance 18 days ago; cheekpieces back on; it's unlikely that a first success on the grass will arrive now.

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4th

1

(3)

20th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Notre Belle Bete

10st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Well beaten in 1m2f Listed events on turf when last seen in midsummer; returning to AW (4-8, including C&D, as opposed to 0-16 on turf) a big plus and he can go well after a break; one to take seriously with Oisin Murphy back in the saddle, for all the cheekpieces (worn on last seven starts) are now dispensed with

5/1

Form: 541-58 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Back to winning ways in Newmarket Listed race (1m2f, heavy) last November but down the field in two runs this spring (albeit in a Group 1 latterly) and he was only seventh in this 12 months ago; has a 3lb penalty for the Newmarket success; likely vulnerable.

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5th

2

(7)

26th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Checkandchallenge

9st 2lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: William Knight

Ran some good races in defeat last season prior to Listed win at Newmarket (1m2f, heavy) in November; won a Group 3 in France in 2022 (1m, good); could have a part to play if fully tuned up for this reappearance.

10/1

25/1

Form: 031-11 C

Last run: 123 days

W: 9st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Has rediscovered the winning habit since snapping a losing run when dead-heating in a handicap over the straight 1m here in September, adding handicaps over 1m1f at Meydan in January and February (all good ground); a big career best will be required to make it four in a row, though.

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50/1

Form: 152-48

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Won two fast-ground handicaps over 1m last summer and campaign concluded with 4l second in Group 3 at Newmarket (1m1f, soft); respectable fourth in 7f Haydock Listed race (good to firm) on reappearance but last of eight in Epsom Group 3 since.

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No Results Found

Form: 16-824 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 9st 5lb

7 yo Colt

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Has proved an excellent buy by connections, notably winning the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket (1m1f, good to firm) last September; showed he can mix it at Group level when second in the Group 3 Earl Of Sefton back at Newmarket (1m1f, good) in April; never-dangerous fourth in Group 2 there (1m4f) last month but he ran well enough to think he's still in form; each-way claims.

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No Results Found

Form: 4227-5

Last run: 87 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Won the Horris Hill at Newbury on heavy as a 2yo and underlined his liking for testing turf when second in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood and a 1m Sandown Listed race (wore first-time cheekpieces) at the end of last summer; ended 3yo campaign on a low note at Newmarket and also ran poorly with a visor added on his Doncaster reappearance in March; given time since; no headgear now and also up in trip.

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5th

5

(7)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Doncaster

Knight

9st 2lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Won the Horris Hill at Newbury on heavy as a 2yo and underlined his liking for testing turf when second in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood (Charyn over 1l back in third) and a Sandown Listed race (wore first-time cheekpieces) at the end of last summer; ran poorly in 1m1f Newmarket Group 3 when last seen in October but a bold show is assured if back to anywhere near his best in a first-time visor.

5/2

11th
11 (16)
Mujtaba

16/1

Form: /2-682 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Went close in Chester Group 2 (about 1m2f, soft) on sole outing in 2023; well beaten on first two runs back but revived with first-time blinkers added to his regular tongue-tie (combination retained) when second in 1m2f Goodwood Listed race (good) 25 days ago; another step forward is needed here and he's drawn widest; Jim Crowley prefers Israr.

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8th

8

(2)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Mujtaba

9st 2lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: William Haggas

midfield

11/1

Form: 43114- D

Last run: 262 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Did very well when switched to this yard last summer, following a 1m2f Glorious Goodwood handicap success (good to soft) with a 1m Grade 3 win in the US (firm); no more than a respectable 4l fourth in 1m2f Longchamp Group 2 on final start; shoulders a 5lb penalty on reappearance.

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1st

3

(16)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

14:50 Goodwood

Ancient Rome

9st 7lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

steadied start, held up in rear

20/1

13th
6 (14)
Cemhaan

22/1

Form: 30-413

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Free-goer but he's very classy, producing a really smart handicap performance when making light of top weight in the competitive Rosebery on Kempton AW (1m3f) in April; creditable third in 1m4f Newbury Group 3 (good) since; probably playing for a place at best.

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1st

1

(6)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton (AW)

Cemhaan

9st 12lb

J: Neil Callan

T: George Baker

Very classy despite the near impossibility of getting him to settle; better than ever last season, easily making all over 1m4f here before third to Vauban in Copper Horse at Royal Ascot (1m6f); creditable fourth of nine on 1m4f course reappearance in January; no reason he won't give his running but probably vulnerable for win purposes under his big weight.

14/1

Form: 1567-1

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Reappeared after a gelding operation to win a 1m Group 3 at Leopardstown (good) last month but it wasn't a strong race of its type and he looks vulnerable under a 5lb penalty here; stamina is also not assured (weakened on his previous attempt at about 1m2f).

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1st

1

(4)

12th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

15:00 Leopardstown

Bold Discovery

9st 9lb

J: Wayne Lordan

T: Mrs John Harrington

Highest rated in the field and won a Listed race on quick ground at the Curragh on Derby weekend last summer; not as good after and has been gelded; Foley presumably has to ride lower-rated stablemate due to a retainer; decent record fresh.

6/1

9/2

Form: 1231-1 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Slammed this year's Lincoln winner Mr Professor at Hamilton (1m1f, soft) on final 3yo outing and produced an equally striking performance when readily following up off 10lb higher at the York Dante meeting (about 1m2f, good) on his reappearance in May; there's little doubt he can make his presence felt outside handicaps; player for a yard seeking a third win in this since 2020.

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No Results Found

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Payout
Exacta £334.00
Straight Forecast £397.80
Tricast £1437.50
Trifecta £1889.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Israr

The Times:

Botanical

NEWMARKET:

Torito

Daily Mirror:

Astro King

POSTDATA:

Certain Lad

Daily Mail:

Botanical

D Express:

Botanical

The Star:

Botanical

Telegraph:

Torito

The Guardian:

Torito

RP RATINGS:

Israr

TOPSPEED:

Israr

The Sun:

Israr

Daily Record:

Israr