July 26 / 13.50 Goodwood

13.50

Good

Coral Chesterfield Cup Handicap

  • Prize money: £38655
  • 1m 1f 197y
  • Class 2
  • 18 runners
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Coral Chesterfield Cup Handicap

Runners: 18 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: /3-255 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced; gave powerful front-running displays in his only two 1m2f handicaps (good to firm/good), most recently in 2020, and has run well in C&D Listed races since; drawn high but last year's winner came from this stall and others have defied double-figure berths; could be hard to peg back if reverting to making the running back in a handicap for yard that has won this six times, four in the last ten runnings.
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3rd

3

(4)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

West End Charmer

9st 7lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Charlie Johnston

led, set steady pace

7/1

3rd

5

(1)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 2

19:30 Kempton (AW)

West End Charmer

9st 8lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Charlie Johnston

Smart earlier in his career (including Listed placed); met trouble at a crucial stage when seventh (Teumessias Fox fifth) of 13 in 1m2f Newcastle handicap on his recent AW debut after another long absence, showing enough to suggest a good chunk of his ability remains; fine at 1m4f; no surprise were he to go well.

8/1

7th

2

(10)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

15:10 Newcastle (AW)

West End Charmer

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Charlie Johnston

Smart middle-distance handicapper in his youth; the handicapper was in charge when last seen, however, and he's only been dropped 6lb after a 524-day absence.

33/1

Form: 1-7125 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Yard won this 12 months ago; acts well downhill and is a course winner over 1m4f but he took a significant rise in the weights for a narrow win over a useful one at Epsom in April (1m2f, good; first-time cheekpieces, retained); has run well in defeat there since but needs a bit more back in a handicap after recent Listed fifth.
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6th

2

(10)

3rd Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:10 Newmarket

Soto Sizzler

9st 12lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Gary Moore

midfield, weakened from 2f out

12/1

2nd

2

(1)

1st Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 3

16:00 Epsom

Soto Sizzler

9st 12lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Gary Moore

Creditable third in City And Suburban Handicap over C&D (soft) in April and now 6lb lower but has very mixed record for new stable this season and it's hard to know what to expect from him after last month's poor AW run.

8/1

12th

5

(7)

13th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 2

20:45 Southwell (AW)

Soto Sizzler

9st 2lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Gary Moore

Inconsistent results for new stable this term; respectable second of four at Goodwood (1m4f) most recently but now returns to a deeper field and is 0-5 on AW; not certain to back up latest effort.

12/1

Form: 55-150 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Usually runs in Listed and Group races but he did return successfully to handicap company when winning on AW in January (1m2f; when 2lb lower) and has also won at this level on turf (about 1m2f, good); this looks more competitive than either of those races.
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4th

2

(5)

25th Sep 2022

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 3

14:50 Epsom

Palavecino

9st 12lb

J: Thomas Greatrex

T: Brian Meehan

took keen hold, towards rear, headway on outer over 3f out, ridden and hung left under 2f out, outpaced inside final furlong

13/2

8th

6

(12)

17th Sep 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Newbury

Palavecino

9st 3lb

J: Thomas Greatrex

T: Brian Meehan

prominent, led after 4f, 4 lengths ahead 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened gradually final furlong

40/1

Form: 20-433

Last run: 46 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Best handicap form when winning over 1m1f at Newmarket in May 2021 (good to firm) and has run only once over 1m2f, when beaten about 5l in this race in 2020; needs to improve for the belated return to this trip, albeit promising Harry Davies relieves him of 5lb.
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2nd

11

(19)

24th Sep 2022

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Bell Rock

8st 13lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

in touch with leaders, raced near side, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and made challenge over 1f out, kept on, no extra and headed towards finish, went second post, 2nd of 20 in group

12/1

3rd

2

(4)

7th Sep 2022

Good

1m 2f 43y

Class 2

17:20 Doncaster

Bell Rock

9st 13lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Andrew Balding

prominent, ridden over 2f out, led narrowly over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, soon drifted left, kept on

7/1

Form: 886211

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Dual 7f winner on turf; has improved in blinkers of late, winning on last two AW starts at 1m, but he went up a further 9lb for the latest of them and has never raced beyond that trip so has serious stamina queries.
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1

(4)

25th Aug 2022

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:45 Chelmsford (AW)

Karibana

10st 2lb

J: George Rooke

T: Richard Hughes

Three of his five wins have come here including twice over 1m this summer; failed to beat a rival off this 9lb higher mark at Goodwood (1m2f, good) last time and will be happier back under these conditions, but this looks a stiff task.

8/1

Form: 364-61 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Handicap wins have been at 1m2f on soft and good, most recently when beating a subsequent good winner at Sandown in June; may yet do better but a drying day would probably do more for others than him.
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12th

4

(7)

14th Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

15:35 York

Lord Protector

9st 7lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

prominent

25/1

11th

4

(11)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Lord Protector

9st 9lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Returned to form when runner-up here in June and went one better in another C&D race in July, which makes it two wins and a second from his three appearances at Sandown; below form at Glorious Goodwood on latest start but no shock if he bounces back and he remains on a competitive mark.

11/2

6th

7

(5)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

14:50 Goodwood

Lord Protector

9st 0lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

midfield

7/1

Form: 105-20

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
All three wins at 1m and 7f, the most recent turf success a Group 3 in 2019; was a close second of three at 1m1f on AW in January, and things didn't pan out for him when attempting 1m4f at Royal Ascot in June, but his stamina in a strongly run race at this trip has still to be proved.
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8th

12

(2)

15th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Kenzai Warrior

9st 3lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Roger Teal

Useful on his day but has a disappointing strike-rate and is far from solid judged on 2023 form (Flat/hurdles); others preferred.

20/1

Form: 7-9902

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Won 7f Group 3 as 2yo (good; also won on good to firm); has yet to live up to that promise in just a handful of runs since and his stamina wasn't tested back over 1m2f at Ascot recently (made running in muddling race) to the same extent as it will be here.
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No Results Found
OUR TIP

Form: -47145 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Back from Meydan with 1m2f Ripon win and has run with credit in warm handicaps at Ascot (1m4f) and York (about 1m2f; good to firm); should have a big run in him off the same mark in a less taxing race.
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No Results Found

Form: 2/1-10 BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Yet to race over 1m2f but won a 1m4f novice last summer and impressed in minor company back in a handicap at Newmarket in April (1m, good); made short-priced favourite for the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot but the cupboard was bare when asked for an effort 2f out; has potential still but something to prove at this trip.
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No Results Found

Form: 4-1200

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Acts downhill; started 2022 with a Newmarket win (1m1f, good) before runner-up to Baryshnikov at Chester but he might have done better at Epsom in June and was beaten before the 1m4f trip could have been blamed at Royal Ascot; has a query for now.
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13th

7

(3)

31st Aug 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 3

19:45 Newcastle (AW)

Cap Francais

9st 3lb

J: David Egan

T: Ian Williams

in touch with leaders

12/1

Form: 452180 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Often leads; won three handicaps at 1m1f-1m2f (good) but went up to career-high mark after the latest of them at Redcar in June and there was no sign of him at York 17 days ago; Frankie Dettori up for the first time and yard has a great record in this race but he needs extra.
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No Results Found

Form: 2-1160 CD

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Winning debut for yard in a big field at Newbury, then got to the front with very little effort against Caradoc over C&D in April (good to firm); hampered and also failed to handle the track at Epsom in June before failing to stay 1m4f on quick return at Royal Ascot; of more interest back here.
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6th

2

(10)

20th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 4

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Moktasaab

9st 8lb

J: J F Egan

T: Phil McEntee

Useful middle-distance handicapper on turf; 0-4 in Bahrain over the winter for new stable; something to prove back at 1m but he's attractively treated off a reduced mark; good chance on peak form.

12/1

14th

15

(9)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

14:50 Goodwood

Moktasaab

8st 6lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: William Knight

prominent

11/1

11th

7

(10)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

16:15 Sandown

Moktasaab

9st 6lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: William Knight

Good progress in 2022, winning twice at 1m2f and runner-up in a good 1m4f Newbury handicap in September; close fifth at York (1m2f) this May but below form when tried in a visor (retained today) on AW one month ago and tended to hang early in the straight that day; that rather dents his appeal.

12/1

Form: 42-386 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Ran out of steam in handicaps after wide-margin Sandown win last July (1m2f, good to firm) but he has run creditably in valuable 1m4f events this year and didn't get the best of luck at York 17 days ago (about 1m2f, good to firm); has similar chance to Brilliant Light on that form but he should have been closer; respected.
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1st

3

(9)

4th Oct 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

15:10 Leicester

Just Fine

9st 12lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Sir Michael Stoute

held up in rear, ridden and headway on outer over 2f out, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, ran on well

9/4

6th

7

(6)

7th Sep 2022

Good

1m 2f 43y

Class 2

17:20 Doncaster

Just Fine

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Sir Michael Stoute

midfield, ridden and pressed leaders over 1f out, outpaced inside final furlong

5/1

Form: -52478 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Virtually all best form is on good or quicker so he did well to take second on heavy in this race last July; has weights turnaround with Moktasaab on C&D form in April (good to firm) but the latter went clear in good style; creditable effort at York 17 days ago and he shouldn't be far away.
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5th

4

(8)

21st Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 4f 0y

16:35 Listowel

Caradoc

9st 5lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: E McNamara

Four-time winner in UK and 4th in Cambridgeshire last year; way below that level in two Flat starts for this yard and not great over hurdles either.

20/1

Form: 3-1130 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Multiple winner at about 1m2f on ground ranging from good to firm to soft, the latest two this spring; high in the weights now and finished behind several of these rivals at York recently; soundly beaten when favourite for only previous run here in 2019.
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4th

7

(3)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 2f 43y

Class 3

15:40 Doncaster

Baryshnikov

8st 12lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: David & Nicola Barron

Soundly beaten in this contest on reappearance last term but is attractively treated off 8lb lower this time; began his 2022 campaign with two wins and has possibilities if back in similar form.

8/1

5th

10

(6)

14th Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

15:35 York

Baryshnikov

8st 9lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: David & Nicola Barron

dwelt start, in rear

11/1

Form: -35301 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
This trip is still relatively new territory in Britain but he came from off the pace to win without being hard pressed over 1m2f at Sandown recently (good to firm); has to prove he can handle this awkward track but could well have more to come off just 4lb higher.
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2nd

9

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

17:05 Ascot

Arqoob

10st 11lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

Well beaten when upped in trip at Doncaster (3m, soft) three weeks ago but prior to that he kept on for a good third of 16 here (2m3f, good to soft) and is one to consider now back down in distance.

7/1

5th

8

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

14:05 Doncaster

Arqoob

10st 5lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

in touch with leaders

5/2

3rd

16

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Arqoob

10st 2lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Lucy Wadham

Gained clearcut success at Sandown (2m, soft) in November and ran just as well when third of six to Rare Edition at Kempton (2m, good to soft) last month; however, he's 2lb out of the handicap in this more competitive race and he's moving into unknown territory trip-wise.

20/1

Form: 5-1594 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Triple handicap winner for Michael Bell in Britain and Bahrain, including at 1m2f on good to firm, but well held when last seen on AW in June and looks up against it on debut for new yard.
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9th

2

(1)

5th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

15:05 Lingfield (AW)

Ace Rothstein

10st 1lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Dylan Cunha

Creditable fourth in quite valuable series final at Nottingham (1m6f, soft) in September but disappointing on his next Flat start and reverts to this sphere after heavy defeat on last month's handicap hurdle debut; too inconsistent to trust.

20/1

12th

4

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Kempton

Ace Rothstein

11st 13lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Dylan Cunha

Useful on the Flat in his prime and seemed to be getting his act together over hurdles when close second in Huntingdon novice (2m, good) in March, but has rather mixed record on the Flat since switching to current stable in May and is not an easy one to predict on this handicap hurdle debut.

8/1

6th

3

(1)

15th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Goodwood

Ace Rothstein

11st 11lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Dylan Cunha

took keen hold, soon led at slow pace, increased tempo 4f out, headed 2f out, soon weakened

14/1

Betting Forcast

11/1 West End Charmer, 11/1 Soto Sizzler, 33/1 Palavecino, 8/1 Bell Rock, 16/1 Karibana, 16/1 Lord Protector, 33/1 Kenzai Warrior, 12/1 Etonian, 6/1 , 13/2 , 33/1 Cap Francais, 20/1 , 12/1 Moktasaab, 11/2 Just Fine, 6/1 Caradoc, 25/1 Baryshnikov, 16/1 Arqoob, 50/1 Ace Rothstein

Verdict

Things haven't gone his way at Epsom or over 1m4f at Royal Ascot on his last two starts but MOKTASAAB was impressive when beating Caradoc over C&D previously and he could still be ahead of his mark back under conditions that suit. Just Fine has a good form chance on his recent York run over slightly further when close behind Brilliant Light, who had a clearer run, and can prove the biggest danger. The Johnston yard has a fantastic record in this race and West End Charmer is not passed over lightly back in a handicap despite his big weight. Arqoob won with something to spare at Sandown but needs to show he can handle this very different track.[Emily Weber]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Moktasaab

Telegraph:

Etonian

RP Ratings:

Bell Rock

TOPSPEED:

Arqoob

The Times:

Legend Of Dubai

Daily Mail:

Brilliant Light

POSTDATA:

West End Charmer

LAMBOURN:

Caradoc

The Guardian:

Moktasaab

Daily Mirror:

Moktasaab

Daily Express:

Etonian

The Star:

Etonian

The Sun:

Bell Rock

Daily Record:

Bell Rock