May 27 / 13.30 Goodwood

13.30

Good

William Hill Festival Stakes (Listed Race)

  • Prize money: £34026
  • 1m 1f 197y
  • Class 1
  • 7 runners
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William Hill Festival Stakes (Listed Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

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5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 621-11

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced after making successful 2yo debut in August 2021, but has been in fine form in handicaps since returning from nine months off last October, including a battling success in a warm contest at Newmarket (1m1f, good to soft) three weeks ago; well worth a go at this level and respected if handling the likely quicker conditions (unraced on faster than good).
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

3

(4)

9th Jun 2024

Good

1m 3f 218y

Class 1

17:05 Goodwood

King Of Conquest

9st 3lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

1m2f Listed race here (good to firm) last May was the last leg in a four-timer; no joy in his seven races since but he was pipped in Group 3 at Newbury (1m4f, good) on latest, form which gives him a big chance.

6/4

2nd

5

(9)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

King Of Conquest

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Won a 1m2f Goodwood Listed (good to firm) last May and also placed in 1m4f Newmarket Group 3 (heavy) on final 4-y-o start; below that level in his two outings this year, though he suffered interference when 7l fifth of sixth in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket (1m4f) latest.

8/1

2nd

5

(9)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

King Of Conquest

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Won a 1m2f Goodwood Listed (good to firm) last May and also placed in 1m4f Newmarket Group 3 (heavy) on final 4-y-o start; below that level in his two outings this year, though he suffered interference when 7l fifth of sixth in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket (1m4f) latest.

8/1

5/4

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 111- D

Last run: 308 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
3-3 last year, starting with Wood Ditton on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket (1m, good), then a Sandown novice (1m2f, good to firm) and finally an emphatic success in four-runner 0-100 handicap on July Course (1m2f, good to firm); this is tougher after ten months off, but he retains any amount of potential and has nothing to prove if the ground continues to quicken up.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

12th

9

(5)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Francesco Clemente

9st 5lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Unbeaten in three starts as 3yo, producing a smart performance when 9l winner on 1m2f Newmarket handicap debut last July; not seen again until finishing a very promising neck second to King Of Conquest in a Goodwood Listed race (1m2f, good to firm) 24 days ago, not helping his cause by hanging left on the bend; lacks experience but surely has a bigger performance in him and he's weighted to turn the tables on King Of Conquest; has raced only on good/good to firm; cheekpieces are reached for.

9/2

2nd

3

(5)

27th May 2023

Good

1m 1f 197y

Class 1

13:30 Goodwood

Francesco Clemente

9st 3lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

dwelt start, in rear, hung left and raced wide 5f out

5/4

3

(5)

7th May 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

13:15 Newmarket

Francesco Clemente

9st 2lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Has raced only on good/faster; impressively defied top weight in Class 2 handicap on the July course here (1m2f) when last seen, taking record to 3-3; debut win came in the Wood Ditton on this track; looks a potential Group performer; interesting contender.

11/2

Form: 1317-3 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
3-6 last year including an impressive success in 0-105 handicap at York's Ebor meeting (1m2f, good to firm); gave impression he would have finished much closer with clear run when third of seven on his return in a Listed contest at Kempton (1m2f, AW) last month and can't be easily dismissed.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

5

(1)

12th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 100y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

Phantom Flight

9st 7lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Horton

Impressive winner of a 1m2f handicap at last year's York Ebor festival; competitive in Listed events without wining one; first time making the running when creditable second to Al Aasy at Newbury three weeks ago but he's a bit behind a few of these rivals on form.

8/1

2nd

4

(4)

22nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Phantom Flight

9st 8lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Horton

Impressive winner of a 1m2f handicap at last year's York Ebor festival; has found life tougher in Listed company but he's certainly competitive at this level, beaten just over 2l when fourth (Al Aasy well behind in fifth) at Newmarket (1m4f, good) on latest outing three weeks ago.

13/2

4th

5

(3)

1st Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:15 Newmarket (July)

Phantom Flight

9st 2lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Horton

Acts on good to soft and good to firm ground; bagged a 1m2f handicap at last year's York Ebor festival, following an eyecatching effort behind New London here; respectable third in Listed events over the same trip at Kempton (AW) and Goodwood this season; pedigree suggests this extra 2f will eke out further improvement from him; interesting.

7/1

4/1

Form: /25-28 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Raced twice in Group 1 company at Meydan (1m1f, good) in March, going down by a neck on the first occasion but only managing a midfield finish behind Lord North in the Dubai Turf; has been successful in domestic Listed company and twice runner-up at Group level; every chance on these terms, but fast conditions would pose a question (unraced on ground firmer than good).
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 177y

Class 1

13:50 York

El Drama

9st 7lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Below par in a couple of Listed races at the start of the summer but back on track at the first time of asking for new trainer Karl Burke when going down by only a neck in a Haydock Group 3 (extended 1m2f, good to soft) a fortnight ago, collared in the final strides after travelling strongly and quickening to the front inside the final furlong; this shorter trip looks a help if anything (peak RPR achieved over 1m1f) and he looks the chief threat to Nostrum.

3/1

2nd

3

(3)

12th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 100y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

El Drama

9st 7lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

took keen hold, prominent, led over 1f out, headed towards finish

12/1

4th

3

(4)

16th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 1

15:35 York

El Drama

9st 9lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Varian

raced in second, pushed along and challenging 2f out, ridden and weakened final furlong

11/8

Form: 42547- D

Last run: 178 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Won first two novices over 1m/1m2f; good fourth in Group 3 Gordon Stakes here (1m4f, good to firm) and runner-up in Listed race at Deauville (1m2f, good to soft) last summer, but didn't really build on that in three starts in the autumn; returns from six months off with something to prove.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

2

(4)

19th Aug 2023

Good

1m 5f 61y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Jack Darcy

9st 7lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

0-8 since his novice wins but second of seven in Group 3 at Goodwood (1m4f, good to soft) two weeks ago was his best form, dictating the pace and keeping on stoutly; this extra 1f looks manageable but he needs better still to win this.

8/1

2nd

5

(2)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 3f 218y

Class 1

16:10 Goodwood

Jack Darcy

9st 3lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

Not disgraced in Ascot handicap (1m4f, good to soft) last month despite failing to settle; 0-7 since his novice wins but has useful C&D form, having finished fourth in the Gordon Stakes at this meeting last year.

20/1

5th

1

(10)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

16:05 Ascot

Jack Darcy

10st 2lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

took keen hold, held up in midfield, dropped to rear after 2f, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on

14/1

Form: 31322- D

Last run: 195 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
3-7 when trained in France, including a Listed win at Compiegne (1m2f, good to soft; first-time blinkers) last summer, and also finished third of nine in a Group 3 at Longchamp (1m2f, good to soft; in cheekpieces) in September; makes his stable debut (same owners) after 195 days off minus any headgear; interesting to see what the market says (unraced on ground faster than good).
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

1

(10)

17th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

14:45 York

Epic Poet

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

French Listed winner (1m2f) in 2022; well beaten for the Meades last year in Listed race, Group 3 and a top handicap; gelded before the latter; fetched 48,000gns in October and is very well handicapped on 2022 form.

25/1

6th

1

(10)

17th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

14:45 York

Epic Poet

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

French Listed winner (1m2f) in 2022; well beaten for the Meades last year in Listed race, Group 3 and a top handicap; gelded before the latter; fetched 48,000gns in October and is very well handicapped on 2022 form.

25/1

22th

7

(5)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Epic Poet

9st 6lb

J: George Wood

T: Freddie & Martyn Meade

French Listed winner (1m2f) last season and he's on a competitive mark on that form; well beaten this year on two British starts, in Listed and Group 3 company; hopes pinned on the gelding operation sparking a revival.

50/1

Form: 330-65 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Useful form as a 2yo and his best performance so far was when third of nine behind Native Trail in last season's Irish 2,000 Guineas (1m, good to yielding); hasn't matched that form in three outings since, though, failing to beat a rival in either start since returning last month; needs a resurgence and still has stamina to prove.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

12th

5

(2)

15th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:05 Sandown

Imperial Fighter

9st 9lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Jamie Osborne

slowly away

25/1

13th

6

(15)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Imperial Fighter

9st 4lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Jamie Osborne

0-12 for Andrew Balding since debut success at Goodwood (7f, soft) in July 2021 but he was highly tried on occasions (ran in Irish 2,000 Guineas and French Derby); interesting to see whether a change of stable sparks a revival as his mark is certainly lenient judged on his best form.

33/1

Non-runners

Epic Poet, Imperial Fighter

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £8.10
Straight Forecast £7.98
Trifecta £24.50

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Francesco Clemente

TOPSPEED:

Phantom Flight

POSTDATA:

El Drama

The Sun:

King Of Conquest

RP RATINGS:

Francesco Clemente

NEWMARKET:

Francesco Clemente

The Times:

Francesco Clemente

Telegraph:

Francesco Clemente

The Guardian:

Francesco Clemente

Daily Mail:

Francesco Clemente

Daily Mirror:

Francesco Clemente

The Star:

Francesco Clemente

D Express:

Phantom Flight

Daily Record:

El Drama