May 18 / 20.05 Newmarket

20.05

Good To Soft

Stradivarius At The National Stud Handicap

  • Prize money: £7851
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Stradivarius At The National Stud Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 644-

Last run: 190 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Fair form on good, soft and AW in three starts as 2yo; brings potential, particularly for 1m2f+, so is one to note on handicap/seasonal debut.
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4th

4

(5)

25th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 3

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Fox Journey

9st 9lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Sir Michael Stoute

in touch with leaders

2/1

3rd

7

(4)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

14:25 York

Fox Journey

9st 0lb

J: William Buick

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Made it 2-4 in handicaps when winning at Newbury (1m4f, good) last month and soft ground may not have suited at Glorious Goodwood; he's just the type his trainer excels with and the step up in trip could prompt further progress, with half-brother Forza Orta having won over 2m here on Wednesday.

12/1

3rd

5

(7)

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 218y

Class 2

13:50 Goodwood

Fox Journey

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Promise on soft on second 2yo start; won seasonal/handicap debut at Newmarket (1m2f, good) in May and best effort when adding a 12-runner handicap at Newbury (1m4f, good; 11-8 favourite) 12 days ago; raised 5lb but may have more to give.

7/1

OUR TIP

9/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 3-1226 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Ran consistently well in AW handicaps up to 1m4f, before a lesser show on soft ground at Doncaster (1m2f) on latest outing; his only two turf runs have been on soft, so perhaps that is not ideal; not ruled out.
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4th

1

(1)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:25 Newmarket (July)

Mighty River

9st 8lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: James Tate

C&D winner (good; 4lb higher today) in June; not so hot back here on good to firm next time, albeit in a better race, and although he wasn't beaten far at Chelmsford (AW) on latest start, that was in only seventh of 11; faces fewer rivals this time but not top of the list.

9/1

7th

9

(10)

15th Aug 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

18:45 Chelmsford (AW)

Mighty River

9st 5lb

J: Neil Callan

T: James Tate

Successful at Wolverhampton (9.5f, Tapeta) and Lingfield (1m2f, Polytrack) last winter and added another win at Newmarket (1m2f, good) in June; not so good back there last time, albeit in a better race, and others are higher up the list.

8/1

9th

9

(3)

14th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket (July)

Mighty River

8st 13lb

J: Neil Callan

T: James Tate

Ten races and usually seriously involved, this season's exception on soft ground; best efforts came in 1m2f handicaps on good ground under Neil Callan at Newmarket on last two starts, the latter a C&D win since which the second and fourth have both won; not harshly treated with 4lb rise.

10/1

7/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 2331-

Last run: 150 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Placed on first three starts, albeit hanging markedly left all the way up the straight at Wolverhampton (9.4f, AW) on last of those; looked set for longer trips that day and won a five-runner race on handicap debut at Kempton (1m3f, AW) in December in first-time cheekpieces, despite this time hanging to his right; plenty of ability but a few quirks with it.
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3rd

6

(7)

20th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 4

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Cavern Club

9st 7lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Marco Botti

Successful in middle-distance events at two and three; however, this 4yo campaign has not started well, leaving a question mark over his current form; opposed unless the market signals foresee a revival.

14/1

10th

5

(10)

10th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Cavern Club

9st 12lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Marco Botti

Unable to justify good market support when only ninth at Southwell (1m3f) last month, after a break, and remains 5lb higher than for last summer's 1m4f turf win; comes here with a point to prove.

8/1

9th

8

(4)

18th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 3

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Cavern Club

9st 3lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Marco Botti

Got back on the scoresheet at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) in August; backed that up with a close call on soft ground at Doncaster and he had an excuse in a valuable 1m6f handicap in his final run in the autumn; still unexposed on AW and he looks interesting back at this trip on his return.

13/2

Form: 31-52

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Made all in novice at Wolverhampton (7f, AW) in October; gelded before handicap debut here (1m, good to soft) four weeks ago and it was an eyecatching performance to be second of 15, given how long he spent on the bridle looking for a clear run; should stay 1m2f and although raised 3lb, he looks better than that.
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1st

6

(5)

17th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 3

13:40 Sandown

Connemara Coast

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Richard Hughes

Wolverhampton novice winner (7f, AW) last autumn and ran well when second of 15 behind a subsequent winner at Newmarket (1m, good to soft) in April; didn't enjoy the best of runs when fourth of seven there (1m2f, good) last month, but it didn't cost him the race; bit more needed.

5/2

4th

2

(3)

18th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Newmarket

Connemara Coast

9st 8lb

J: David Probert

T: Richard Hughes

Made all in novice at Wolverhampton (7f, AW) in October; gelded before handicap debut here (1m, good to soft) four weeks ago and it was an eyecatching performance to be second of 15, given how long he spent on the bridle looking for a clear run; should stay 1m2f and although raised 3lb, he looks better than that.

11/4

2nd

9

(1)

19th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Newmarket

Connemara Coast

9st 5lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Richard Hughes

Late foal; sole turf start was at Ascot (good) on debut, promising; made all at Wolverhampton (7f) in October and creditable fifth of 12 in another novice at Lingfield (1m) on reappearance last month; gelded since; needs improvement on this handicap debut but early days.

10/1

Form: 237-3

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Runner-up on debut, which he didn't really build on until third of eight from off the pace on seasonal/handicap debut at Redcar (1m2f, good to soft) two weeks ago; may have more to give.
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7th

2

(9)

11th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 4

13:30 Southwell (AW)

Power Of Gold

9st 10lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

Stayed on late from difficult position at Wolverhampton (8.5f) last month on debut for new yard; interesting provided this race pans out better, having slipped back to same mark as for turf win last June.

13/2

6th

2

(7)

19th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Power Of Gold

9st 10lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

Best form at 1m for Hugo Palmer, winning on turf and close up on Newcastle Tapeta, but off since October; sold 37,000gns since and gelded; reasonable to think he'll be better for the run on course and yard debut.

12/1

8th

9

(7)

4th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Power Of Gold

9st 7lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Hugo Palmer

Has pulled hard a few times and there's always the danger he will again in first-time headgear; needs to improve a bit on his Polytrack debut (half-brother to a course winner for the yard).

6/1

14/1

Form: 120-57

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Won two novice events last August and runner-up on handicap debut; his three handicaps since have not gone well but stepping up from 1m may well be a plus and his yard is among the winners.
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7th

10

(10)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Pol Roger

9st 2lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

midfield

8/1

7th

10

(10)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Pol Roger

9st 2lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Won twice as a 2yo; winless last year in nine appearances but he's come a long way down the weights and conditions are fine.

8/1

8th

4

(14)

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:00 Ayr

Pol Roger

9st 10lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Michael Dods

in rear

10/1

16/1

Form: 8-49

Last run: 104 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 71

Form & Verdict
Showed ability in three starts at Dundalk (1m, AW) in the winter for Michael Halford, best form on second outing; has since changed hands and stables, also gelded and now fitted with cheekpieces; perhaps best watched this time.
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4

(12)

1st Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

20:30 Dundalk (AW)

Rhythm And Tyne

9st 13lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: C Byrnes

Justified favouritism in a C&D handicap last month; up 5lb but chances are that there could be a bit more to come from him; leading claims.

7/2

1st

7

(5)

15th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

17:40 Dundalk (AW)

Rhythm And Tyne

9st 7lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: C Byrnes

prominent early, in touch with leaders after 3f, headway when switched left 2f out, challenging when ridden over 1f out, led narrowly and ran on inside final furlong

10/1

8th

10

(6)

15th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 110y

16:35 Naas

Rhythm And Tyne

8st 11lb

J: Rory Mulligan

T: C Byrnes

towards rear

12/1

Form: 642-

Last run: 147 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Improved results in his three runs as a 2yo, making most when he took minor honours twice over 1m2f on Lingfield AW; withdrawn from a maiden last week when the ground was soft; makes handicap debut and should be open to progress as 3yo.
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8th

8

(1)

18th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Newmarket

Muir Wood

8st 13lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Improved results in his three runs as a 2yo, making most when he took minor honours twice over 1m2f on Lingfield AW; withdrawn from a maiden last week when the ground was soft; makes handicap debut and should be open to progress as 3yo.

6/1

5

(7)

10th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

16:20 Chester

Muir Wood

9st 7lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie Johnston

Got closer in each of his runs as a 2yo and his latest Lingfield conqueror (1m2f) wasn't far away from following up next time; connections have declined the opportunity to go handicapping off a BHA mark of 75 and others in here should be better than that level.

14/1

2nd

5

(6)

22nd Dec 2022

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

13:20 Lingfield (AW)

Muir Wood

9st 5lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie & Mark Johnston

led, pushed along from over 2f out, ridden when headed inside final furlong, soon no extra

5/1

7/1

Form: 713-

Last run: 211 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Narrowly won a Beverley novice (7f.4f, good) last September and good third of ten here (7f, good) the following month; withdrawn when the ground was soft on two intended outings recently; good chance he can stay 1m2f and he is open to improvement on handicap debut.
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6th

13

(9)

17th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 31y

Class 5

19:40 Windsor

Mindset

9st 4lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Michael Bell

dwelt start

20/1

3rd

4

(2)

26th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

19:40 Windsor

Mindset

9st 6lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Michael Bell

Two good efforts at about 7f in novices in the autumn (both on good), winning one at Beverley, but a weak finisher in two handicaps this year, over 1m2f and 1m; needs to show he's worth his current mark back at 1m2f.

13/2

8th

5

(8)

3rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:10 Doncaster

Mindset

9st 7lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Michael Bell

Promise in novices at around 7f last autumn, but beaten too far out to blame the trip alone on his 1m2f Newmarket handicap debut/reappearance 16 days ago; still early days but hard to be confident about here.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £54.20
Straight Forecast £58.31
Tricast £801.32
Trifecta £494.60

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Connemara Coast

TOPSPEED:

Fox Journey

POSTDATA:

Power Of Gold

NEWMARKET:

Fox Journey

The Times:

Fox Journey

Telegraph:

Fox Journey

RP RATINGS:

Connemara Coast

LAMBOURN:

Connemara Coast

The Guardian:

Connemara Coast

Daily Mail:

Connemara Coast

D Express:

Connemara Coast

Daily Mirror:

Connemara Coast

The Sun:

Connemara Coast

The Star:

Connemara Coast

Daily Record:

Connemara Coast