July 29 / 15.35 Goodwood

15.35

Good To Firm

King George Qatar Stakes (Group 2)

  • Prize money: £170130
  • 0m 5f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 11 runners
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King George Qatar Stakes (Group 2)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £9.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 18-381 C

Last run: 90 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Won the Stewards' Cup here in 2019, taking record to 4-7; strike-rate of just 2-15 since but beat Existent in the Palace House at Newmarket (good) on last proper start; subsequently declared a non-runner in the King's Stand (reared then left the stalls riderless); capable of being involved.
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5th

3

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Khaadem

9st 5lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

Everything fell right when given a tremendous hold-up ride by Jamie Spencer to win at 80-1 in the Group 1 Jubilee Stakes (6f, good to firm) at Royal Ascot in June; that may prove to be a one-off but he kept on for a fair seventh over York's speedy 5f in the Nunthorpe and he should get a suitably strong pace in this big field now back up in trip; not ruled out.

25/1

7th

2

(10)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 York

Khaadem

9st 13lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

Given a tremendous hold-up ride to win the Group 1 Jubilee Stakes (6f, good to firm) at Royal Ascot which was the only time he's been ridden by today's jockey Jamie Spencer; won 5f Group 2 at Goodwood last July and good to soft ground probably wasn't ideal when fifth in the July Cup last time; however, whether Spencer will be able to repeat the Royal Ascot tactics successfully over this speedy 5f is questionable; fourth in this race last year.

20/1

5th

3

(2)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

16:35 Newmarket (July)

Khaadem

9st 8lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Charles Hills

took keen hold

14/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: -51211 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Highly progressive sprinter who beat Mitbaahy by a neck in the Coral Charge at Sandown (good to firm; first Group attempt) most recently, making it eight wins from his last ten starts and taking record under James Doyle to 5-6; he's 9-12 on turf overall and 2-2 at Goodwood (both handicap wins); brings impressive stats and excellent credentials for this next step up the ladder; strongly respected.
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5th

1

(1)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 34y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Raasel

9st 3lb

J: James Doyle

T: Michael Appleby

Tough sprinter who looks better than ever this season; cracking effort to win a Haydock handicap (5f, good) a fortnight ago and he bumped into a rapid improver at Doncaster on Saturday; effective on very soft ground and should make another bold bid.

9/4

2nd

2

(1)

17th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 1

16:10 Doncaster

Raasel

9st 13lb

J: William Buick

T: Michael Appleby

Solid form in Group races this year, notably his Goodwood third, and better than ever with his mighty weight-carrying effort in a good Haydock handicap last week; stayed on strongly off a good pace on that occasion to win with something to spare (good Topspeed figure); fully effective on soft and he's the one to beat on ratings; solid contender.

11/8

1st

1

(3)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Haydock

Raasel

10st 0lb

J: James Doyle

T: Michael Appleby

Yet to win in 2023 but not for a lack of effort, regularly acquitting himself with credit in top sprints; near his best when third in a Group 2 at Goodwood five weeks ago and that form looks rock solid; going back up 6lb does leave him with something to find on this year's handicap runs though.

7/1

3rd
9 (2)
Caturra

16/1

  • Place: £4.90

Form: 5-2538 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Won last year's Flying Childers; has some respectable form this season, without showing any further progress; creditable third to Mitbaahy at Sandown two starts ago but posted a lesser effort at York latest; chance largely depends on how well he takes to first-time headgear.
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14th

8

(1)

11th Sep 2022

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

14:25 Curragh

Caturra

9st 5lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: Clive Cox

raced far side, towards rear, pushed along and switched left towards near side halfway, kept on inside final furlong, never dangerous

20/1

3rd

9

(2)

29th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Caturra

9st 0lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Clive Cox

in touch with leaders up the centre, towards far side when shaken up 2f out, ridden final furlong, ran on

16/1

13/2

Form: 67-219 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Justified favouritism in similar event at Meydan (good) in February, beating Acklam Express and registering his third Group win; however, finished behind that rival and Equilateral in the King's Stand on return from four-month absence; needs to step up on that effort.
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No Results Found

12/1

Form: 635-10 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Trained in the Czech Republic; better than ever in Group 3 at Longchamp (good to soft) in May, making all under Frankie Dettori; has possibilities on that form but was comfortably held (behind several of these opponents) in the King's Stand next time; not sure what to expect.
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No Results Found

Form: -24615 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
All wins in small fields, the most recent at Beverley (good to firm; penultimate start) where he made all to beat two rivals; close second to Raasel in ten-runner handicap over C&D in April but has proved less reliable than that opponent since; bit to prove in this tougher scenario.
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3rd

6

(9)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 4f 214y

Class 1

14:45 Southwell (AW)

Clarendon House

9st 2lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Robert Cowell

taken down early

10/11

1st

1

(2)

21st Dec 2023

Standard

0m 4f 214y

Class 2

16:10 Southwell (AW)

Clarendon House

9st 9lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Robert Cowell

travelled strongly, prominent, led 3f out, pushed along and quickened clear over 1f out, ridden final 110yds, eased towards finish, comfortably

4/1

1

(6)

22nd Nov 2023

Standard

0m 5f 21y

Class 2

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Clarendon House

9st 9lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Robert Cowell

All five wins in fields of six or fewer but ran a mighty race to be third in the Dash this Summer; seemingly amiss in first-time tongue-tie (removed here) when last seen and has a bit to prove on AW debut having been gelded; Luke Morris is 1-1 on him.

7/1

Form: 0-2743 CD

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Readily won 5f nursery at this meeting in 2020; beaten by Lazuli at Meydan early this year but reversed those placings in the King's Stand (good to firm) last month, outrunning his 200-1 odds; that was no fluke as he ran to a similar level in the 2021 Al Quoz Sprint; likely player if he's in the same form again.
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12th

10

(14)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Acklam Express

9st 0lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Clive Cox

Over three years since his last win; placed in Group 1 company over C&D last summer; bitterly disappointing this year, often finishing weakly, but he's plummeted down the weights and he now starts out for a new stable; carries obvious risk but it wouldn't be a bolt from the blue were he to win easily either.

9/1

11th

2

(4)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Ascot

Acklam Express

9st 7lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: Nigel Tinkler

Hasn't won since his 2yo days; twice placed in Group 1 races since but seems to be on the downgrade this season and difficult to recommend despite a plunging mark.

20/1

10th

7

(3)

31st Aug 2023

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

20:45 Newcastle (AW)

Acklam Express

9st 3lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Nigel Tinkler

dwelt start, midfield

20/1

11/2

Form: 14-563 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Ties in with Acklam Express on a few pieces of form, including reappearance effort in the King's Stand; beaten just 2l at Sandown (race won by Raasel) next time despite having no luck, then ran respectably at the Curragh; won Group 2 at Meydan in early 2021; in the mix.
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No Results Found

16/1

Form: 562504 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Record of 2-5 on AW compared to just 1-12 on turf; ran creditably at Newmarket (second to Khaadem) in April and Sandown (fourth to Raasel; good to firm) on latest outing but isn't certain to repeat the same level; inconsistent (form figures 62504) on grass this term.
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7th

7

(10)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Existent

9st 2lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Stuart Williams

Finished second of 12 at Goodwood in August (5f, good to soft) and four defeats later he's dropped 10lb; no doubting he has the ability to go well at this level but slow starts can be a problem and others look more reliable.

16/1

12th

6

(12)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:20 York

Existent

9st 5lb

J: Luke Catton

T: Stuart Williams

On a fair mark based on his second of 12 off 7lb higher at Goodwood (5f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces) last month, but hasn't built on it and finished behind a couple of these in the Portland at Doncaster (5.6f, soft) seven days ago; record of 1-25 on turf another reason to be cautious; no headgear today.

25/1

14th

12

(3)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Existent

9st 1lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Stuart Williams

Has bobbed in and out of form all season and, although the handicapper is letting out the reins, he still doesn't look that well treated; sole turf win was back in 2020 and leaving off the hood is of unknown benefit.

22/1

OUR TIP
10th
10 (4)
Mitbaahy

4/1

Form: 0-2112 D BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Improving 3yo who scored at Hamilton in May and Sandown (Scurry Stakes) in June, then finished only a neck behind Raasel in the Coral Charge (good to firm) where he got trapped for room and met some trouble before finishing well (might well have won with better fortune); has no experience of Goodwood, unlike Raasel, but looks set for a riveting rematch all the same; huge player provided he takes well to the course.
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4th

5

(9)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Mitbaahy

9st 9lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

Record of 5-17 for Roger Varian, winning Listed contest at sharp Chester (6f, soft) on last appearance; all previous wins at 5f and he still has something to prove over this trip on stiff/galloping tracks.

16/1

4th

5

(9)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Mitbaahy

9st 9lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

Record of 5-17 for Roger Varian, winning Listed contest at sharp Chester (6f, soft) on last appearance; all previous wins at 5f and he still has something to prove over this trip on stiff/galloping tracks.

16/1

1st

2

(3)

6th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 17y

Class 1

15:38 Chester

Mitbaahy

9st 5lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: Roger Varian

Three wins last year, the latest in a Group 3 at Newbury (5f, good) in September; not disgraced in the Temple Stakes and King's Stand after reappearing and was hampered at the start when around 2l behind Ehraz back at Newbury (6f, good to soft) 15 days ago, but he is still to prove his stamina over this trip.

7/1

11th
11 (11)
Vertiginous

40/1

Form: 4217-0 D

Last run: 69 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Sole 2yo success came in Listed event at Ayr where she beat Mitbaahy; however, that rival has progressed well since and has no question mark over his current form, whereas this filly failed to beat a rival (in the Sandy Lane) on sole run this season; not solid.
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7th

10

(1)

21st Oct 2022

Standard

0m 5f 0y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Vertiginous

9st 11lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Jack W Davison

prominent, pushed along under 2f out, ridden and weakened from 1f out

20/1

1

(14)

17th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 York

Vertiginous

9st 12lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Brian Meehan

5f 2yo Listed winner last September and today's task is more realistic than the Group 2s she's contested on her two starts this season; however, she's been well beaten each time and has something to prove; blinkers go on.

11/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £43.60
Straight Forecast £32.15
Tricast £532.38
Trifecta £579.60

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Raasel

TOPSPEED:

Acklam Express

Daily Mirror:

Mitbaahy

LAMBOURN:

Khaadem

The Times:

Vertiginous

Daily Express:

Lazuli

Telegraph:

Equilateral

Daily Record:

Mitbaahy

POSTDATA:

Acklam Express

The Star:

Acklam Express

RP Ratings:

Raasel

Daily Mail:

Raasel

The Sun:

Raasel

The Guardian:

Khaadem