July 07 / 14.30 Sandown

14.30

Good To Soft

Dragon Stakes (Listed Race)

  • Prize money: £22684
  • 0m 5f 10y
  • Class 1
  • 7 runners
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Dragon Stakes (Listed Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP
1st
3 (3)
Kylian

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 321 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 4lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Beaten favourite but ran creditably in 5f novices at York (good) and Carlisle (good to firm) on his first two starts; showed his true colours with an emphatic win at Newcastle 16 days ago (5f, AW), powering home in the final 2f; still has more to come and the booking of Ryan Moore is an obvious plus; leading claims for a yard rich in 2yo talent.
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4th

3

(6)

16th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

16:15 York

Kylian

9st 4lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Trained by Karl Burke last season and finished behind Big Evs in August/September; however, he receives 5lb from that rival on today's stable debut (remains in same ownership) and could be a serious player if tapping back into the abundant promise of his commanding Listed win at Sandown last July.

4/1

4th

3

(6)

16th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

16:15 York

Kylian

9st 4lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Trained by Karl Burke last season and finished behind Big Evs in August/September; however, he receives 5lb from that rival on today's stable debut (remains in same ownership) and could be a serious player if tapping back into the abundant promise of his commanding Listed win at Sandown last July.

4/1

12/1

  • Place: £5.90

Form: 3130 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 4lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Promise on his Newmarket debut and put that experience to good use when easily landing a small-field event at Chester in May; solid third in the National Stakes over C&D but he was well short of that level in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot last time; others have greater potential.
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2nd

2

(7)

16th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 12y

Class 4

14:15 Windsor

Hackman

9st 8lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Hugo Palmer

Sole win came over 5f at Chester (soft) in May and ran well returned to that C&D (good to soft) last month; not disgraced in 6f sales race at York two starts ago; hard to dismiss at this level.

7/1

3rd

3

(8)

16th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 15y

Class 3

15:52 Chester

Hackman

9st 7lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Hugo Palmer

Highly tried since winning a maiden over C&D (soft) in May, but twice placed in Listed company and not disgraced when seventh of the 22 runners in the valuable sales contest at York (6f, good to firm) last time; makes his nursery debut, but the outside stall does make things a bit tricky.

11/2

3rd
4 (4)
Nazalan

6/1

Form: 31 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 4lb

2 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict
Inexperience evident on his Nottingham debut last month but shaped well; put that experience to good use with a dominant front-running display over C&D three weeks ago, his rider never required to get too serious; that form boosted by the subsequent win of the second; in deeper today but remains with potential; both runs on good to firm.
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4th

4

(6)

27th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Nazalan

9st 3lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: S Woods

Limitations became somewhat exposed over sprint trips last term, following Sandown success in June; gelded since last run; something to prove in this new scenario (upped to 7f for AW debut).

20/1

4th

2

(3)

10th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:15 York

Nazalan

8st 13lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: S Woods

Touch exposed since his Sandown novice success but has been keeping good company, most recently eighth (two places behind Media Shooter) in 6f sales race at the Ebor festival here; has a more realistic chance on handicap debut and could go well.

8/1

8th

14

(19)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Nazalan

9st 2lb

J: David Egan

T: S Woods

Perhaps not seen to best effect on soft ground at Glorious Goodwood (6f Group 2) and he should reverse previous Sandown placings with Hackman on these better terms; has plenty of others to worry about, however, and 5f might be his trip.

22/1

Form: 117 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 4lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
He made a winning debut at Ripon in May (5f, soft) and followed up when giving 3lb to subsequent Royal Ascot winner Big Evs at Redcar later that month (good to firm); couldn't confirm those placings when only seventh in the Windsor Castle but it was still a fair run and this isn't so competitive; one to consider.
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5th

6

(5)

9th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:25 Kempton (AW)

Hala Emaraaty

9st 3lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Alice Haynes

Beat the smart Big Evs on his second run but was behind that rival at Royal Ascot and has since had his limitations further exposed; while he didn't run at all badly in the Gimcrack, others appeal more here.

12/1

Form: 1 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 8st 13lb

2 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Prominent in the market prior to blitzing her rivals in a 5f fillies' maiden at Yarmouth in May (good to firm), settling matters quickly and eased in the closing stages; missed the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot; the debut form has taken several knocks but she was in a different league and remains one to keep on the right side of.
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7th

7

(1)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Lingfield

Born To Rock

8st 8lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Lightly raced 3yo; easy winner at Yarmouth (5f, good to firm) on debut last spring; ran about as well as could have been expected when sixth of ten in Nell Gwyn at Newmarket (7f, good; 66-1) on reappearance; appears to face another uphill task here.

40/1

7

(1)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Lingfield

Born To Rock

8st 8lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Lightly raced 3yo; easy winner at Yarmouth (5f, good to firm) on debut last spring; ran about as well as could have been expected when sixth of ten in Nell Gwyn at Newmarket (7f, good; 66-1) on reappearance; appears to face another uphill task here.

40/1

6th

1

(6)

17th Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Born To Rock

9st 2lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Both starts over 5f, winning easily at Yarmouth (good to firm) then disappointing favourite in Sandown Listed event; may still do better in due course but has enough to prove in this grade upped 2f in trip.

33/1

66/1

Form: 5714 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 8st 13lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Took a big step forward fitted with blinkers for the first time when making all at Windsor (5f, good) last month; the second and third there have since run well but she was well beaten under a penalty at Lingfield on Saturday; looks to be flying too high today.
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1st

3

(2)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 4

17:35 Wolverhampton (AW)

Queues Likely

9st 4lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: J S Moore

made all, pushed along 2f out, clear when ridden over 1f out, kept on

8/1

1st

1

(8)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 4

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Queues Likely

9st 8lb

J: Taylor Fisher

T: J S Moore

made all, ridden and 4 lengths ahead 2f out, kept on well

6/1

1st

2

(12)

11th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

17:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Queues Likely

9st 7lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: J S Moore

5f maiden winner on turf in June; ran as well as she ever has when a front-running third in a Goodwood nursery four weeks ago (7f, soft); more will be needed to defy her penalty here.

16/1

12/1

Form: 210 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 4lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Confirmed the promise of his debut second in April by making all to record a ready success at Thirsk two weeks later (5f, soft); 25-1 and well beaten in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot last time; can do better but such progress is a requirement at this level.
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4th

4

(7)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

16:20 Thirsk

Sergeant Wilko

9st 5lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

carried right start, in touch with leaders, niggled along after 2f, headway against near rail over 2f out, disputing second 1f out, weakened final 110yds

9/2

4th

4

(7)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

16:20 Thirsk

Sergeant Wilko

9st 5lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

carried right start, in touch with leaders

9/2

1st

3

(4)

23rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

Sergeant Wilko

9st 8lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

made virtually all, pushed along over 1f out, ridden and kept on well inside final furlong, unchallenged

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £34.70
Straight Forecast £31.29
Trifecta £145.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Born To Rock

SPOTLIGHT:

Kylian

TOPSPEED:

Hala Emaraaty

The Times:

Born To Rock

Telegraph:

Born To Rock

The Guardian:

Born To Rock

Daily Mail:

Born To Rock

D Express:

Born To Rock

Daily Mirror:

Born To Rock

The Sun:

Born To Rock

NEWMARKET:

Hala Emaraaty

POSTDATA:

Kylian

The Star:

Kylian

Daily Record:

Kylian