April 22 / 13.30 Newbury

13.30

Soft

Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Group 3)

  • Prize money: £39697
  • 1m 4f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Group 3)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

25/1 (Won)

  • Win: £21.00
  • Place: £5.60

Form: 02853-

Last run: 182 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Had his quirks last term (gelded before final start; wore headgear last four) and going very close in the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot (1m4f) remains clearly his highest rating; first start on softer than good was his respectable third to Max Vega in Group 3 over C&D (heavy) last October; even peak form may not be good enough.
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4th

3

(1)

13th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket (July)

Grand Alliance

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Charlie Fellowes

Quirky sort whose best effort came with clearcut Group 3 win at Newbury (1m4f, soft) in April, despite again hanging badly left in latter stages; no show in Group 2 at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good to firm; ran well with the same conditions there one year earlier) on his only run since; Ryan Moore rides him for the first time; major work to do even on best form.

12/1

6th

4

(2)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Grand Alliance

9st 3lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Fellowes

Quirky sort who might have collared Changingoftheguard in the King Edward VII over C&D 12 months ago had he kept a true line; regained the winning thread in Group 3 at Newbury (1m4f, soft) on sole outing this term, despite again hanging badly left in latter stages; this is a harder task.

28/1

1st

3

(1)

22nd Apr 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Grand Alliance

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Fellowes

Had his quirks last term (gelded before final start; wore headgear last four) and going very close in the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot (1m4f) remains clearly his highest rating; first start on softer than good was his respectable third to Max Vega in Group 3 over C&D (heavy) last October; even peak form may not be good enough.

25/1

50/1

  • Place: £10.90

Form: 45180- D

Last run: 168 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Made a big splash in a few good 1m4f handicaps last two seasons, including on soft; tidy win last term at the York Ebor meeting; sold out of John Butler's for 150,000gns 11 days prior to a muted show in the November Handicap at Doncaster; even on best form, he has a lot to prove at this level.
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2nd

2

(4)

22nd Apr 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Farhan

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Philip Kirby

Made a big splash in a few good 1m4f handicaps last two seasons, including on soft; tidy win last term at the York Ebor meeting; sold out of John Butler's for 150,000gns 11 days prior to a muted show in the November Handicap at Doncaster; even on best form, he has a lot to prove at this level.

50/1

10th

5

(22)

5th Nov 2022

Heavy

1m 3f 197y

Class 2

16:13 Doncaster

Farhan

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Philip Kirby

Flourished when upped to 1m4f for last two starts last season, justifying favouritism in this race (soft; unraced on heavy) in clearcut style; resumed his improvement with a tidy win at York Ebor meeting (good) before put in his place when 33-1 in an Ascot Group 3; sold out of John Butler's for 150,000gns 11 days ago; still looked capable of better in that York win, so not dismissed despite 5lb higher mark.

16/1

10th

5

(22)

5th Nov 2022

Heavy

1m 3f 197y

Class 2

16:13 Doncaster

Farhan

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Philip Kirby

Flourished when upped to 1m4f for last two starts last season, justifying favouritism in this race (soft; unraced on heavy) in clearcut style; resumed his improvement with a tidy win at York Ebor meeting (good) before put in his place when 33-1 in an Ascot Group 3; sold out of John Butler's for 150,000gns 11 days ago; still looked capable of better in that York win, so not dismissed despite 5lb higher mark.

16/1

15/2

Form: 56071- CD

Last run: 182 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Has a good record at Newbury, including winning this race last year (on good ground) and another C&D Group 3 last October (heavy); mostly well beaten in between and conceding weight all round looks tricky this time, but he has each-way claims.
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1st

1

(1)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Max Vega

10st 1lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

raced in third, pushed along 2f out, ridden against rail over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well final 110yds

7/2

2nd

2

(3)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 2

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Max Vega

10st 1lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

in touch with leaders

8/1

6th

3

(5)

13th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 1

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Max Vega

9st 8lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: Ralph Beckett

Won the Zetland Stakes two years before Goldspur landed the same prize; added a couple of Group 3 wins at Newbury last season; 0-5 this term but has posted a few respectable efforts, including third in the September Stakes over C&D; peak form puts him in the picture.

12/1

7/2

Form: 120/2- CD

Last run: 310 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Horse

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Has won just a maiden but runner-up in the Derby and St Leger in 2021 and went close in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on his only outing last season; two of his peak efforts were on good to soft, with a fair show in the 2021 Arc on heavy but withdrawn this month because of soft ground; the one to beat on 2022 form and could have a big shout despite this step back down in trip.
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4th

7

(3)

22nd Apr 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Mojo Star

9st 2lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Richard Hannon

Has won just a maiden but runner-up in the Derby and St Leger in 2021 and went close in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on his only outing last season; two of his peak efforts were on good to soft, with a fair show in the 2021 Arc on heavy but withdrawn this month because of soft ground; the one to beat on 2022 form and could have a big shout despite this step back down in trip.

7/2

3

(5)

12th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Nottingham

Mojo Star

9st 3lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Richard Hannon

Only won a maiden but has high-profile placed form, finishing runner-up in both the Derby and St Leger as a 3yo and on his only sighting last season pushing the mighty Kyprios close in the Ascot Gold Cup; might well give Trueshan a race in receipt of 7lb, provided he's ready to rock after 300 days away; seems fine on all ground.

6/4

Form: 5/357-

Last run: 182 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft; caught close home by Hurricane Lane in the 2021 Irish Derby; however, he wasn't seen again in 2021 after injuring himself in the King George and was way below form in all three starts last term; has since left Freddie and Martyn Meade; blinkers go on for this reappearance.
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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

Form: 4011-4 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Four wins in 2022, notably for new stable in October and he took a Deauville Listed race (12.5f, soft) on final outing; made a creditable reappearance in a 1m2f Group 3 at Saint-Cloud five weeks ago, making most, but this race demands overall improvement.
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6th

4

(15)

17th May 2023

Good

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

13:50 York

Surrey Mist

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

Four wins in 2022, notably for new stable in October over 11.4f at Windsor (good) and 12.5f at Deauville (soft; Listed race); made a creditable reappearance at Saint-Cloud, making most, but ran poorly in another Group 3 at Newbury (soft) five weeks later; needs to resume improvement.

14/1

6th

8

(5)

22nd Apr 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Surrey Mist

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

Four wins in 2022, notably for new stable in October and he took a Deauville Listed race (12.5f, soft) on final outing; made a creditable reappearance in a 1m2f Group 3 at Saint-Cloud five weeks ago, making most, but this race demands overall improvement.

20/1

1st

8

(10)

3rd Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 3f 99y

Class 3

15:12 Windsor

Surrey Mist

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

travelled strongly, prominent, ridden under 2f out, carried head high but went clear from 1f out, comfortably

13/2

OUR TIP

Form: 13/38- C BF

Last run: 293 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Horse

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
2021 saw him win the Irish Derby, Grand Prix de Paris and the St Leger, and finish third when favourite for the Arc; however, last season he was confined to two runs in the summer and took two backward steps; goes well on softer than good; the class act in this field, needing to reaffirm that but another crack at the Arc remains connections' hope for him.
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5th

1

(2)

2nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 1

15:10 Epsom

Hurricane Lane

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Took well to first-time cheekpieces in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket (1m4f, good; Group 2) four weeks ago, bouncing back from a few disappointing efforts and returning to something like his high-class 3yo form; bagged three Group 1 prizes and finished third in the Arc during that solid 2021 campaign; evidently revived, he's respected in the retained headgear.

7/2

1st

2

(2)

5th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Hurricane Lane

9st 5lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

midfield, raced centre after 3f

13/8

7th

4

(6)

22nd Apr 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Hurricane Lane

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

2021 saw him win the Irish Derby, Grand Prix de Paris and the St Leger, and finish third when favourite for the Arc; however, last season he was confined to two runs in the summer and took two backward steps; goes well on softer than good; the class act in this field, needing to reaffirm that but another crack at the Arc remains connections' hope for him.

10/11

Form: 13310- C BF

Last run: 168 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Close third at Royal Ascot in his second handicap and off 105 days before winning at Doncaster (1m4f, heavy) last October; flopped when favourite for the November Handicap (back on heavy) but that's not too hard to forgive and his peak form has to be taken seriously despite this move out of handicaps.
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2nd

1

(6)

7th Oct 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Israr

9st 11lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: John & Thady Gosden

Close third in C&D handicap at last year's Royal meeting; apparently best form when beating the odds-on Adayar (who's not been seen since) in some style to take Group 2 at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) this July, albeit with all three rivals clearly below form; not far away on his other 2023 form.

7/2

6th

1

(6)

9th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 1

13:35 Kempton (AW)

Israr

9st 12lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Highly progressive colt who gained his biggest success so far when beating Adayar by more than 4l in the Group 2 Princess Of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) in July; has a 5lb penalty for that and is unraced on the AW, but he is a half-brother to a dual winner around here and the stable has won five of the last eight runnings (including with the likes of Enable and Mostahdaf); highly respected.

11/4

1st

4

(3)

13th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket (July)

Israr

9st 8lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: John & Thady Gosden

Highly progressive in handicaps last year on various ground; short-headed on reappearance in Group 3 at Newbury (1m4f, good) and another good second in Listed race at York (1m6f, good to firm) last month; needs extra if he's to beat Adayar but he may be best of the rest.

7/2

Non-runners

Israr

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £387.00
Straight Forecast £438.11
Tricast £3382.20
Trifecta £2667.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Hurricane Lane

Telegraph:

Max Vega

SPOTLIGHT:

Israr

The Star:

Mojo Star

TOPSPEED:

Israr

POSTDATA:

Hurricane Lane

NEWMARKET:

Hurricane Lane

The Times:

Hurricane Lane

The Guardian:

Hurricane Lane

D Express:

Hurricane Lane

The Sun:

Hurricane Lane

Daily Record:

Hurricane Lane

Daily Mail:

Max Vega

Daily Mirror:

Max Vega