November 03 / 13.25 Newmarket

13.25

Heavy

Betfred St Simon Stakes (Group 3)

  • Prize money: £34026
  • 1m 4f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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Betfred St Simon Stakes (Group 3)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

10/11 (Won)

  • Win: £2.25
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 12-111 D

Last run: 91 days

W: 9st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Pipped by Max Vega at level weights in this race at Newbury (unraced at Newmarket) last year on heavy; six Group 3 wins in total now following three more in an unbeaten 2023 campaign at Chester (1m5f), York (1m6f) and Goodwood (1m4f) and he looks set for another bold show.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

(3)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Hamish

9st 5lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

taken down early, steadied start, in rear

11/4

4/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 5-0011 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Often used to front-run but hasn't since last July; absent nearly six months before career-best form on last two starts, winning a Listed race at Chester (1m4f, good to soft) and Group 3 at Ascot (1m4f, good); best form last term was in France on officially very soft; probably needs to find a bit extra still but he needs plenty of respect.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

2

(6)

17th May 2024

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:45 York

Al Qareem

9st 3lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

took keen hold, pressed leader on outer, led after 4f, soon edged left, headed under 3f out, weakened over 1f out

7/1

4th

2

(6)

17th May 2024

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:45 York

Al Qareem

9st 3lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Can front-run; ended last term in career-best form and reappeared with another big run when neck second in Group 3 at Newbury, rallying well; all those peak displays were over about 1m4f but this return to further is most unlikely to be a problem and may well suit him; in the mix.

7/1

2nd

1

(1)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Al Qareem

9st 5lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

led, headed over 3f out

5/1

Form: 111642 C

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Goodwood Listed win (1m2f, good to firm) in May is his peak form; off the bridle some way out at Royal Ascot when failing to complete a five-timer; cheekpieces on both starts since, back near his best when second in another Goodwood Listed race (1m2f, soft) on latest; needs to be in top form and not having raced beyond 10.4f gives him a bit to prove, but there's a fair chance he'll stay on pedigree and he ran on well last time; form player.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

5

(9)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

King Of Conquest

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Won a 1m2f Goodwood Listed (good to firm) last May and also placed in 1m4f Newmarket Group 3 (heavy) on final 4-y-o start; below that level in his two outings this year, though he suffered interference when 7l fifth of sixth in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket (1m4f) latest.

8/1

2nd

5

(9)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

King Of Conquest

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Won a 1m2f Goodwood Listed (good to firm) last May and also placed in 1m4f Newmarket Group 3 (heavy) on final 4-y-o start; below that level in his two outings this year, though he suffered interference when 7l fifth of sixth in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket (1m4f) latest.

8/1

5th

3

(2)

3rd May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Newmarket

King Of Conquest

9st 5lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

Stablemate of Castle Way; acts on any ground; below best in Bahrain on sole outing this year; has two pieces of very useful form at this venue, namely a success in major 1m1f handicap on 2,000 Guineas day last year and respectable third in 1m4f Group 3 in November; possibilities back here.

9/2

12/1

Form: 1-3639 C

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
The latest of his three Group 3 wins was this race at Newbury last year on heavy going by a head from Hamish at level weights; not quite at the same level this term but much the same could have been said going into last year's St Simon (he started 22-1) and he needs a close look.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

7

(9)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Max Vega

9st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

prominent

20/1

9th

7

(9)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Max Vega

9st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

prominent

20/1

8th

1

(12)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Max Vega

9st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Dual Group 3 winner at 1m4f on turf; opened his AW account in handicap over that trip at Wolverhampton (off just 2lb lower) six weeks ago; has the ability to remain competitive, provided he's as effective back at 2m (third attempt).

6/1

Form: -33824

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Hasn't added to her soft-ground 2yo win; ran very well in Group 3 at Newbury (1m5f, good to soft) in August, coming from off the pace to finish a clear second behind the subsequent St Leger runner-up Arrest; 1m6f seemingly did not help on latest start but her form case rests solely on the Geoffrey Freer run and even that leaves her with work to do.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

2

(3)

4th May 2024

Heavy

1m 3f 218y

Class 1

15:20 Goodwood

Ching Shih

9st 2lb

J: Luke Morris

T: David Simcock

towards rear throughout

5/1

6th

2

(3)

4th May 2024

Heavy

1m 3f 218y

Class 1

15:20 Goodwood

Ching Shih

9st 2lb

J: Luke Morris

T: David Simcock

towards rear throughout

5/1

10/1

Form: -52993 C

Last run: 62 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Went close in the 2021 Irish Derby; not so good since and soundly beaten in this race last year on his sole run on heavy going; second to Hamish at Chester (1m5f, soft) in May is clearly the best of his five runs for new yard this season; his next two runs were admittedly Group 1s but Chester Listed race last time gives him lots to find.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

4

(2)

3rd Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:25 Newmarket

Lone Eagle

9st 6lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Went close in the 2021 Irish Derby; not so good since and soundly beaten in this race last year on his sole run on heavy going; second to Hamish at Chester (1m5f, soft) in May is clearly the best of his five runs for new yard this season; his next two runs were admittedly Group 1s but Chester Listed race last time gives him lots to find.

10/1

3rd

1

(6)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 6f 87y

Class 1

15:20 Chester

Lone Eagle

9st 7lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Went close in the 2021 Irish Derby for previous yard; not so good since but second of six in the 1m5f Group 3 Ormonde here (soft) in May was clearly his best result this term; tried 2m4f in the Gold Cup at Ascot next time and 2m in the Goodwood Cup on latest; good form chance.

3/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £4.60
Straight Forecast £4.40
Trifecta £9.20

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hamish

TOPSPEED:

Al Qareem

POSTDATA:

King Of Conquest

The Times:

Max Vega

D Express:

Al Qareem

The Star:

Al Qareem

Daily Record:

King Of Conquest

RP RATINGS:

Hamish

Telegraph:

Hamish

The Guardian:

Hamish

Daily Mail:

Hamish

Daily Mirror:

Hamish

The Sun:

Hamish