April 20 / 14.40 Newbury

14.40

Soft

Watership Down Stud Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings)

  • Prize money: £51039
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 11 runners
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Watership Down Stud Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £17.80
  • Place: £4.60

Form: 126-

Last run: 175 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Won on debut at Hamilton (6f, good to soft) last September then went close in Listed race at York (6f, soft); disappointing at Doncaster (6f, heavy) last October when last seen but he's much better than that and his attractive pedigree provides hope that he'll have more in the tank; not ruled out.
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6th

4

(1)

25th May 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Haydock

Esquire

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Ran three times last year, posting a Listed second in October (6f, soft; behind Purosangue), and reappeared with a win in the Group 3 Greenham at Newbury (7f, good to soft) last month, showing pace; surplus stamina will be no bad thing in today's conditions and he can give another good account.

9/1

6th

4

(1)

25th May 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Haydock

Esquire

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Ran three times last year, posting a Listed second in October (6f, soft; behind Purosangue), and reappeared with a win in the Group 3 Greenham at Newbury (7f, good to soft) last month, showing pace; surplus stamina will be no bad thing in today's conditions and he can give another good account.

9/1

1st

5

(7)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Esquire

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

prominent towards near side

16/1

25/1

  • Place: £6.90

Form: 21-

Last run: 303 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict
Second on debut at Yarmouth (6f, good to firm) last May and went one better at Lingfield (6f, AW) in June; looked a useful prospect back then but this is his first run since and others have far more substance to their form.
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18th

6

(4)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

16:25 Ascot

El Bodon

9st 3lb

J: David Egan

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Sole win came at Lingfield (6f, AW) last June; excelled himself when joint runner-up in the 7f Greenham at Newbury (good to soft) on reappearance, but disappointing in the 6f Pavilion Stakes here next time; plenty to find.

50/1

9th

2

(4)

1st May 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Ascot

El Bodon

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Won at Lingfield (6f, AW) last June on second start, then absent until Newbury 11 days ago when runner-up in the Group 3 Greenham (7f, good to soft); kept on well last time but there's speed on the dam's side of his pedigree; unexposed and respected now back down in trip.

8/1

9th

2

(4)

1st May 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Ascot

El Bodon

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Won at Lingfield (6f, AW) last June on second start, then absent until Newbury 11 days ago when runner-up in the Group 3 Greenham (7f, good to soft); kept on well last time but there's speed on the dam's side of his pedigree; unexposed and respected now back down in trip.

8/1

15/8

  • Place: £6.90

Form: 111- D

Last run: 155 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Won all three 2yo starts, namely a Kempton novice (7f, AW), a warm Newmarket novice (7f, heavy; under a penalty) and Listed race at Saint-Cloud (7f, heavy); did it comfortably the last twice and he holds strong form claims on this reappearance outing.
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5th

18

(12)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

16:25 Ascot

Zoum Zoum

9st 3lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

All runs at 7f; unbeaten 2yo campaign culminated in comfortable success in Saint-Cloud Listed race (heavy); reappeared with joint second in Greenham at Newbury, but that form has taken some knocks since and he was well beaten in Listed race at Epsom (again good to soft) last time; others preferred.

40/1

4th

1

(3)

31st May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 3y

Class 1

17:10 Epsom

Zoum Zoum

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

All runs at 7f; unbeaten 2yo campaign culminated in a comfortable success in a Saint-Cloud Listed race (heavy), for which he carries a penalty; reappeared with second in the Greenham at Newbury (good to soft) but it would be fanciful to suggest some early interference cost him that race and the form has taken some hefty knocks; a contender nonetheless.

9/4

2nd

11

(3)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Zoum Zoum

9st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

bumped start, midfield but in touch with leaders on outer

15/8

4th
9 (1)
Son

14/1

Form: 15535- C

Last run: 203 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Won maiden here (6.5f, good to firm) last June on second start and some respectable runs in Group 2/Listed races subsequently (7f/1m, including on good to soft); represents stable that has enjoyed lots of success in this race but improvement is needed if he's to threaten on this reappearance.
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13th

15

(2)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

16:25 Ascot

Son

9st 3lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

Just one success from eight attempts and looked a tricky ride when last of six in Sandown Listed race on latest start; would be a surprise winner.

66/1

6th

6

(1)

23rd May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

20:12 Sandown

Son

9st 2lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

took keen hold, led at steady pace, hung left and raced extremely wide on turn over 5f out, soon headed and dropped to last

13/2

6th

6

(1)

23rd May 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

20:12 Sandown

Son

9st 2lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

took keen hold, led at steady pace, hung left and raced extremely wide on turn over 5f out, soon headed and dropped to last

13/2

20/1

Form: 33172-

Last run: 175 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Ran five times last year, winning a Carlisle novice (6f, good) on his third start and displaying major improvement in a first-time visor when pushing Ballymount Boy close in a Listed race at Doncaster (6f, heavy) when last seen; each-way shout on that form but reappears without any headgear.
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4th

3

(6)

25th May 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Haydock

Alaskan Gold

9st 2lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Listed runner-up at Doncaster (6f, heavy) last October and close fifth to Esquire on reappearance in Group 3 Greenham at Newbury (7f, good to soft); however, he needs something extra today and also has to bounce back from a below-par run at Newmarket (7f, good) three weeks ago.

33/1

4th

3

(6)

25th May 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Haydock

Alaskan Gold

9st 2lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Listed runner-up at Doncaster (6f, heavy) last October and close fifth to Esquire on reappearance in Group 3 Greenham at Newbury (7f, good to soft); however, he needs something extra today and also has to bounce back from a below-par run at Newmarket (7f, good) three weeks ago.

33/1

4th

1

(1)

3rd May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Alaskan Gold

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: K R Burke

raced in last throughout

7/1

Form: 212-

Last run: 210 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Very impressive at Salisbury (6f, good) last August on his second start then went close in the Group 2 Mill Reef here (6f, heavy); there's every chance he'll stay 7f and continue to progress this year; William Buick has 23% strike-rate for yard in last five seasons; could have a part to play.
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3rd

5

(4)

25th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

18:30 Salisbury

Mister Sketch

8st 12lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

prominent

7/1

3rd

5

(4)

25th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

18:30 Salisbury

Mister Sketch

8st 12lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

prominent

7/1

14th

8

(1)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Mister Sketch

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Ended promising 2yo campaign with close second in the Group 2 Mill Reef over C&D (heavy), and he shaped better than the bare result when sixth in the Greenham here on his seasonal debut (short of room/faded); dropping back to 6f could be just the ticket, and he remains unexposed; big chance.

7/1

15/2

Form: 1331-

Last run: 219 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Built upon the promise of first three starts (5f-6f, good/good to firm) when winning Doncaster sales race (6.5f, soft) with something to spare last September; not fully exposed on softer than good and could be in the mix.
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6th

10

(14)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Room Service

9st 2lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Enjoyed his finest hour when winning Doncaster sales race (6.5f, soft) last September with plenty to spare; only seventh of 11 in the Greenham here on return but he met trouble on two occasions and that run is best ignored; should not be inconvenienced by today's drop back to sprinting and any softening of the ground would count in his favour; strongly considered.

9/1

6th

10

(14)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Room Service

9st 2lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Enjoyed his finest hour when winning Doncaster sales race (6.5f, soft) last September with plenty to spare; only seventh of 11 in the Greenham here on return but he met trouble on two occasions and that run is best ignored; should not be inconvenienced by today's drop back to sprinting and any softening of the ground would count in his favour; strongly considered.

9/1

7th

8

(6)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Room Service

9st 2lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

held up in rear towards near side

15/2

OUR TIP

13/2

Form: 12-2 BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Impressed on debut at Ayr (6f, good) last May and went very close in Group 2 Coventry at Royal Ascot (6f, good) next time; then absent until last month, when turned over at 2-9, and that defeats dents confidence in his claims today; however, he may have needed the run and remains a colt to be interested in given last year's abundant promise; wears first-time cheekpieces.
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8th

2

(8)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Army Ethos

9st 2lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

led against near rail

13/2

8th

2

(8)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Army Ethos

9st 2lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

led against near rail

13/2

2nd

1

(3)

3rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Army Ethos

9st 9lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Impressed at Ayr on his debut last May and went down narrowly in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot (6f, good), doing best of the larger central group; subsequent absence is the obvious concern but he returns at a realistic level and sets an extremely high standard for a race of this nature.

2/7

Form: 1435-1 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Didn't really progress last year after winning on debut here (6f, good to soft) in July, but he reappeared at Pontefract (6f, heavy) recently having been gelded and bolted up in that small-field handicap; if confirming that latest promise he might not be far away.
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1st

1

(1)

15th Jun 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 York

Jamess Delight

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Clive Cox

held up in last, outpaced and pushed along halfway, rallied and headway on far side of group 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, drifted right but kept on well final 110yds, comfortably

10/1

11th

5

(11)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Jamess Delight

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Clive Cox

C&D debut scorer; probably didn't stay 7f in the Greenham here in April but his 6f wins either side of that have been impressive; had something in hand when beating ten rivals in Newmarket handicap (good ground) two weeks ago; won't be inconvenienced if the ground softens; leading candidate.

5/1

11th

5

(11)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Jamess Delight

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Clive Cox

C&D debut scorer; probably didn't stay 7f in the Greenham here in April but his 6f wins either side of that have been impressive; had something in hand when beating ten rivals in Newmarket handicap (good ground) two weeks ago; won't be inconvenienced if the ground softens; leading candidate.

5/1

Form: 7193-1 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Two novice wins (6f, good to firm/good) from his five 2yo starts and he reappeared with narrow Listed win at Lingfield (AW) last month on first crack at 7f; slow ground is an unknown (non-runner due to unsuitable soft going last August); further improvement is needed but possible.
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24th

7

(10)

20th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Watch My Tracer

9st 5lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: George Scott

Career best when getting up late on in a 7f Listed event on the AW in March but he has beaten just one rival in his two subsequent appearances, in the Group 3 Greenham (7f) and a 6f handicap at Newmarket; not a lot went right last time but this stiff 1m could trouble him, as might a tough-looking mark; hood added.

40/1

6th

1

(5)

19th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Newmarket

Watch My Tracer

9st 9lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: George Scott

Dual 6f winner on turf last term and 7f Listed scorer on AW this season; comfortably held in Group 3 most recently; ran well (off 2lb lower) at York on sole handicap attempt but this looks a harder task.

16/1

6th

1

(5)

19th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Newmarket

Watch My Tracer

9st 9lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: George Scott

Dual 6f winner on turf last term and 7f Listed scorer on AW this season; comfortably held in Group 3 most recently; ran well (off 2lb lower) at York on sole handicap attempt but this looks a harder task.

16/1

Form: 12281-

Last run: 175 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in two 7f Group races last August (soft/good to firm) and bounced back from French flop to land Listed win at Doncaster (6f, heavy) in October, not enjoying a clear run but finding enough to beat Alaskan Gold; 7f could be his optimum trip and he's firmly in calculations.
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11th

3

(11)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Ballymount Boy

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

held up in rear towards near side

11/2

11th

3

(11)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Ballymount Boy

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

held up in rear towards near side

11/2

1st

3

(4)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 2y

Class 1

14:45 Doncaster

Ballymount Boy

9st 3lb

J: James Doyle

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

held up in rear

5/2

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £203.10
Straight Forecast £194.54
Tricast £977.44
Trifecta £1633.80

Selections

The Guardian:

Zoum Zoum

Telegraph:

Mister Sketch

SPOTLIGHT:

Ballymount Boy

The Times:

Room Service

RP RATINGS:

Army Ethos

NEWMARKET:

Watch My Tracer

POSTDATA:

James's Delight

Daily Mirror:

Son

Daily Mail:

Zoum Zoum

D Express:

Zoum Zoum

The Star:

Zoum Zoum

Daily Record:

Mister Sketch

TOPSPEED:

Ballymount Boy

The Sun:

Room Service

LAMBOURN:

Army Ethos