July 29 / 15.35 Goodwood

15.35 Goodwood

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.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

6

(7)

19th Aug 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 York

Khaadem

10st 1lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Charles Hills

prominent, ridden over 1f out, soon lost second, weakened final 110yds, lost third towards finish

10/1

1st

6

(7)

29th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Khaadem

9st 4lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Charles Hills

midfield up the centre, headway towards far side over 1f out, led 1f out, ridden and ran on final furlong

13/2

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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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

5

(9)

11th Sep 2022

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

14:25 Curragh

Raasel

9st 6lb

J: Jason Watson

T: Michael Appleby

raced far side, midfield, ridden but still plenty to do 1f out, ran on well towards finish, never near to challenge

10/1

8th

8

(9)

19th Aug 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 York

Raasel

10st 1lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Michael Appleby

prominent, ridden 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

14/1

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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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

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 Gelding

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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7th

7

(3)

19th Aug 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 York

Lazuli

10st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

prominent, lost ground but in touch with leaders after 2f, ridden 2f out, no impression final furlong

18/1

4th

1

(9)

29th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Lazuli

9st 7lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

in touch with leaders towards near side, up the centre over 3f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, ran on

13/2

Form: 635-10 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

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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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

7

(6)

29th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Ponntos

9st 4lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Miroslav Nieslanik

led up the centre, drifted right and ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, lost second and weakened towards finish

12/1

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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2nd

1

(6)

20th Sep 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

15:27 Beverley

Clarendon House

9st 5lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: Robert Cowell

pressed leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, hung right and headed inside final 110yds, no match for winner

6/1

11th

3

(10)

19th Aug 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 York

Clarendon House

10st 1lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: Robert Cowell

in touch with leaders, pushed along halfway, soon outpaced and lost position, weakened gradually final furlong

40/1

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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4th

2

(3)

5th Oct 2022

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Acklam Express

9st 4lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Nigel Tinkler

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, going okay 3f out, pushed along 2f out, ridden and went third 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, lost third towards finish

5/1

5

(9)

1st Oct 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

13:51 Ascot

Acklam Express

9st 3lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Nigel Tinkler

3rd

2

(5)

20th Sep 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

15:27 Beverley

Acklam Express

9st 2lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Nigel Tinkler

sweating, prominent, ridden and hung left over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra inside final 110yds

15/8

Form: 14-563 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

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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8th

4

(1)

29th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Equilateral

9st 4lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charles Hills

sweating, prominent towards far side and alone, joined by main group 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon lost position and held

11/2

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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10th

4

(2)

27th Aug 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Beverley

Existent

9st 4lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Stuart Williams

midfield, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened final furlong

7/1

9th

5

(5)

29th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Existent

9st 4lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Stuart Williams

in rear up the centre, pushed along halfway, made no telling impression

16/1

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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10th

10

(4)

29th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Mitbaahy

9st 0lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

slowly away, in rear up the centre, ridden 2f out, made no impression (jockey said colt was never travelling)

4/1

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