January 20 / 16.55 Meydan

16.55

Good

Al Khail Trophy (Listed Race) (Turf)

  • Prize money: £50000
  • 1m 6f 11y
  • 10 runners
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Al Khail Trophy (Listed Race) (Turf)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather:

7/1 (Won)

Form: 5323-5 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Stayed on for fifth (New Comedy second) when dropped out from wide draw in 1m4f handicap here on reappearance; has placed three times over this C&D; possible contender in another switch of headgear; tongue-tie off.
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5th

2

(2)

9th Feb 2024

Good

1m 4f 11y

17:00 Meydan

Global Heat

9st 10lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Saeed bin Suroor

midfield, not much room 2f out, one pace when clear

14/1

9th

3

(1)

26th Jan 2024

Good

1m 6f 11y

18:10 Meydan

Global Heat

9st 3lb

J: Cristian Demuro

T: Saeed bin Suroor

prominent, switched for run 2f out, not quicken

16/1

18th

7

(17)

23rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:40 Ascot

Global Heat

9st 9lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Saeed bin Suroor

Found career-best form over 1m4f/1m6f at Meydan early this year but his two handicaps in Britain recently were back at his former level, suggesting that he will find others better treated.

20/1

Form: /6552-

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Third in Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup and second in Group 1 Goodwood Cup in 2021 (both 2m); not quite the same force now but will appreciate going back up in trip after recent second to Wickywickywheels in 1m3f Abu Dhabi Listed race; could be competitive.
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12th

1

(7)

4th Mar 2023

Good

1m 4f 11y

12:05 Meydan

Away He Goes

9st 0lb

J: Bernardo Pinheiro

T: Ismail Mohammed

slowly into stride, never near to challenge

16/1

5th

2

(2)

17th Feb 2023

Good

1m 6f 11y

16:20 Meydan

Away He Goes

9st 0lb

J: Mickael Barzalona

T: Ismail Mohammed

tracked leaders, ran on same pace final furlong

12/1

2nd

4

(1)

20th Jan 2023

Good

1m 6f 11y

16:55 Meydan

Away He Goes

9st 0lb

J: Mickael Barzalona

T: Ismail Mohammed

near rear, ran on very well final 2f, nearest finish

7/1

OUR TIP

7/2

Form: 21834-

Last run: 125 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced but already quite well travelled; pick of his form came when winning 1m3f Group 2 Italian Derby and third in 1m4f German Group 1 last year; has had only eight starts and he's a big horse, so has potential; up to this trip for the first time; new trainer; being aimed at the Dubai Gold Cup in March.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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7th

1

(6)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Ardakan

9st 3lb

J: James McDonald

T: Marco Botti

Successful in last year's Italian Derby when with a German yard; consistent efforts over 1m6f/2m at Meydan for new stable this year, most recently fourth in Group 2 contest; doesn't shape as if he's crying out for this return to 1m4f; faces a tough assignment on ratings to boot.

18/1

4th

13

(11)

25th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

12:40 Meydan

Ardakan

8st 9lb

J: Damian Lane

T: Marco Botti

never near to challenge but ran on final 2f

10/1

2nd

13

(9)

17th Feb 2023

Good

1m 6f 11y

16:20 Meydan

Ardakan

8st 9lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Marco Botti

tracked leaders, ran on very well final furlong

5/2

Form: 11131-

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 10lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Was useful, progressive handicapper up to this trip in Britain; won 1m3f Abu Dhabi Listed race on recent UAE debut (third-placed New Comedy has boosted that form); needs taking seriously.
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20th

19

(6)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Wickywickywheels

8st 12lb

J: Tadhg O’Shea

T: Jim Goldie

Stays 1m6f; won five handicaps at Hamilton last summer and a Listed race at Abu Dhabi last December; 0-10 in the meantime and has threatened only once in her seven races back in Britain, with a limited response from the handicapper, so she looks low on the list.

66/1

6th

2

(6)

5th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Newmarket (July)

Wickywickywheels

9st 9lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Jim Goldie

Six wins include a Listed success at Abu Dhabi (1m3f, good) last December; 0-9 in the meantime and trailed in well beaten here two weeks back when 22-1 for another Listed event.

20/1

10th

6

(9)

22nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

16:15 Newmarket (July)

Wickywickywheels

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Jim Goldie

Listed winner at Abu Dhabi (1m3f, good) last December, but 0-8 since and finished around 3l behind Time Lock in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock (11.6f, good to firm) a fortnight ago; looks up against it.

16/1

Form: 1202-7 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Useful handicapper up to this trip in Britain; ran okay behind three of these rivals in 1m4f handicap here latest, off four-month break.
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5th

4

(9)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Charging Thunder

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

dwelt start, took keen hold, held up in rear, headway from 3f out, hung left 2f out, no extra when lost action inside final 110yds

18/1

4th

1

(1)

5th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:15 Newmarket (July)

Charging Thunder

10st 4lb

J: William Buick

T: David O’Meara

prominent, led narrowly over 2f out, headed 2f out, soon no chance with winner, weakened and lost two places inside final furlong

8/1

4th

5

(5)

22nd Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:30 Ripon

Charging Thunder

9st 10lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

took keen hold, led

13/2

7/1

Form: 4583-2

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Third behind two of these rivals in 1m3f Abu Dhabi Listed contest, before second in 1m4f handicap here; has to prove he wants this far, and it's a concern that Antonio Fresu put up overweight to ride at 8st 9lb on this horse last time, but on form he's a possible player again.
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Verdict Starting price

10th

5

(2)

26th Jan 2024

Good

1m 6f 11y

18:10 Meydan

New Comedy

9st 1lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: A Al Shemaili

dictated pace, headed 2f out, weakened

33/1

3rd

10

(4)

22nd Dec 2023

Good

1m 4f 11y

17:35 Meydan

New Comedy

8st 5lb

J: Oscar Chavez

T: A Al Shemaili

close up, ridden over 3f out, stuck to task

16/1

8th

5

(5)

24th Nov 2023

Fast

1m 1f 110y

17:00 Meydan

New Comedy

8st 10lb

J: Bernardo Pinheiro

T: A Al Shemaili

.

25/1

Form: /3756-

Last run: 112 days

W: 8st 10lb

5 yo Horse

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Ex-Andre Fabre; twice placed in 1m7f Group races in France in 2021; below form last year while still achieving triple-figure RPRs; might still have more to give for new stable.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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7th

7

(1)

9th Feb 2024

Good

1m 4f 11y

17:00 Meydan

Tides Of War

8st 11lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: David Simcock

close up, folded tamely 2f out

8/1

8th

9

(3)

26th Jan 2024

Good

1m 6f 11y

18:10 Meydan

Tides Of War

9st 1lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: David Simcock

midfield, no room 2f out, unable to recover

25/1

Form: 11555- D

Last run: 111 days

W: 9st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Smart around this trip in Europe, better than ever last year; couldn't quite cut it at Group level but this is a drop in grade.
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5th

3

(3)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

1m 5f 61y

Class 2

14:05 Newbury

Get Shirty

9st 11lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: David O’Meara

slowly away, held up in rear, outpaced 3f out, brief headway 2f out, bumped over 1f out, kept on but no impression inside final furlong

10/1

7th

3

(12)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Get Shirty

9st 7lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Hasn't been at his best in Britain this year but he's dropped down the weights and took a step back in the right direction when mid-division in the Ebor at York, where he had to come from a long way back having been dropped in from his wide draw; has won here and he's not discounted.

12/1

11th

11

(23)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Get Shirty

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Fifth in last year's Ebor; has a 9lb lower mark today, having been out of sorts in his last five runs; return to the form shown at Meydan and Riyadh in February would give him a great chance, but it's hard to predict with any confidence that he will do that.

25/1

16/1

Form: 3524-6

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Useful up to 1m6f in Britain; wasn't fast enough for 1m4f here on reappearance (behind two of these rivals); the step back up in trip is in his favour but fair bit better is needed.
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13th

12

(9)

22nd Dec 2023

Good

1m 4f 11y

17:35 Meydan

Traila

8st 5lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: David Simcock

midfield, ridden 4f out, every chance 2 1/2f out, gradually weakened

16/1

7th

1

(6)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:00 Newmarket

Traila

9st 12lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: David Simcock

Has a mixed record but two of his best efforts were on last two starts when neck second at Newmarket and last-gasp winner at Sandown (both 1m6f on good); back up 4lb but has to be worth a go at 2m+ on that latest evidence.

13/2

1st

6

(8)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

18:45 Sandown

Traila

9st 4lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: David Simcock

Just ten races but a mixed record; neck second at Newmarket (1m6f, good; not proven on softer) in June on latest start was his best show since last September and he rallied in good style; needs to be in 2022 peak form.

10/1

Form: 580/P- D

Last run: 300 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Horse

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Won 1m6f Listed race in Ireland in 2021; absent since pulled up with slipped saddle here last March; same connections had a horse defy a 314-day absence here last week.
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14th

6

(5)

17th Feb 2023

Good

1m 6f 11y

16:20 Meydan

Emperor Of The Sun

9st 0lb

J: Adrie de Vries

T: Fawzi Abdulla Nass

ridden to lead, headed and weakened over 3f out

33/1

9th

4

(7)

3rd Feb 2023

Good

1m 4f 11y

14:35 Meydan

Emperor Of The Sun

9st 8lb

J: Adrie de Vries

T: Fawzi Abdulla Nass

never near to challenge

25/1

10th

1

(2)

20th Jan 2023

Good

1m 6f 11y

16:55 Meydan

Emperor Of The Sun

9st 6lb

J: Adrie de Vries

T: Fawzi Abdulla Nass

tracked leader, ridden and weakened final 2 1/2f

9/1