April 23 / 14.45 Epsom

14.45

Good

Betfred Blue Riband Trial (Listed Race)

  • Prize money: £28355
  • 1m 2f 17y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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Betfred Blue Riband Trial (Listed Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

OUR TIP

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £11.10
  • Place: £3.10

Form: 5241-

Last run: 208 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Built upon his previous promise to win big-field Newmarket maiden (1m, good to firm) last September on his fourth start; this Sea The Stars colt is in good hands to continue to progress and could be suited by the step up in trip, but others have more substance to their form.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

(6)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 1

14:45 Epsom

Bellum Justum

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Built upon his previous promise to win big-field Newmarket maiden (1m, good to firm) last September on his fourth start; this Sea The Stars colt is in good hands to continue to progress and could be suited by the step up in trip, but others have more substance to their form.

12/1

1st

2

(6)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 1

14:45 Epsom

Bellum Justum

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Built upon his previous promise to win big-field Newmarket maiden (1m, good to firm) last September on his fourth start; this Sea The Stars colt is in good hands to continue to progress and could be suited by the step up in trip, but others have more substance to their form.

12/1

1st

2

(16)

28th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Newmarket

Bellum Justum

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Cost 375,000gns as a yearling; went close on fast ground on the July course (1m) and perhaps not seen to best effect on soft at Doncaster; has the Group 1 entry at Doncaster and he's clearly useful.

8/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 16-

Last run: 206 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Got up in final strides on debut at Sandown (1m, good to soft) last August before another creditable run when 4l sixth of nine in Group 2 at Newmarket (1m, good to firm); his dam is from a classy family and this Camelot colt could relish the step up in trip on today's reappearance; contender.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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7th

4

(5)

11th May 2024

Good

1m 3f 133y

Class 1

15:00 Lingfield

Defiance

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Roger Varian

Big-race entries include the Derby; got up in final strides on debut at Sandown (1m, good to soft) last August before 4l sixth of nine in Group 2 Royal Lodge at Newmarket (1m, good to firm); 10-1, finished strongly from the rear when second of six in Listed race at Epsom (1m2f, good) 18 days ago, which looked promising for this test over a longer trip.

9/4

7th

4

(5)

11th May 2024

Good

1m 3f 133y

Class 1

15:00 Lingfield

Defiance

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Roger Varian

Big-race entries include the Derby; got up in final strides on debut at Sandown (1m, good to soft) last August before 4l sixth of nine in Group 2 Royal Lodge at Newmarket (1m, good to firm); 10-1, finished strongly from the rear when second of six in Listed race at Epsom (1m2f, good) 18 days ago, which looked promising for this test over a longer trip.

9/4

2nd

5

(5)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 1

14:45 Epsom

Defiance

9st 3lb

J: James Doyle

T: Roger Varian

Got up in final strides on debut at Sandown (1m, good to soft) last August before another creditable run when 4l sixth of nine in Group 2 at Newmarket (1m, good to firm); his dam is from a classy family and this Camelot colt could relish the step up in trip on today's reappearance; contender.

5/1

Form: 2122-

Last run: 192 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Won Leopardstown maiden (1m, good) last August and runner-up in Group races at the Curragh (1m, yielding to soft) and Newmarket (1m, soft) the next twice; he's a brother to 1m4f Royal Ascot winner Okita Soushi and there's plenty to like about his claims now up in trip on reappearance.
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3rd

4

(4)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 1

14:45 Epsom

Chief Little Rock

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Won Leopardstown maiden (1m, good) last August and runner-up in Group races at the Curragh (1m, yielding to soft) and Newmarket (1m, soft) the next twice; he's a brother to 1m4f Royal Ascot winner Okita Soushi and there's plenty to like about his claims now up in trip on reappearance.

5/4

3rd

4

(4)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 1

14:45 Epsom

Chief Little Rock

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Won Leopardstown maiden (1m, good) last August and runner-up in Group races at the Curragh (1m, yielding to soft) and Newmarket (1m, soft) the next twice; he's a brother to 1m4f Royal Ascot winner Okita Soushi and there's plenty to like about his claims now up in trip on reappearance.

5/4

2nd

4

(5)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:25 Newmarket

Chief Little Rock

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Appeared to do only enough when off the mark at Leopardstown (1m, good) and duly found plenty on that form to finish runner-up in the Group 2 Beresford at the Curragh (1m, yielding to soft), defying market vibes that had him the outsider of his stable's three runners; respected, for all that he doesn't appear to do much in a hurry.

7/2

3/1

Form: 126- BF

Last run: 192 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Well beaten in Group 3 at Newmarket last October when last seen, but soft ground may not have suited on that final run for Andrew Balding; before that he was a Listed runner-up at Salisbury (1m, good) behind a winner who followed up in a Group 3, and his dam was a 1m2f Canadian Grade 1 winner so there's optimism regarding this trip; interesting contender on stable debut.
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8th

2

(8)

11th May 2024

Good

1m 3f 133y

Class 1

15:00 Lingfield

Arabic Legend

9st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: K R Burke

Big-race entries include the Derby; won debut and Listed second at Salisbury (1m, good) was his best form; flopped in a Newmarket Group 3 (1m, soft) on final 2yo start and although fourth in Listed race at Epsom (1m2f, good) 18 days ago was a great deal better, he was 2l behind Defiance that day and that rival finished more strongly.

8/1

8th

2

(8)

11th May 2024

Good

1m 3f 133y

Class 1

15:00 Lingfield

Arabic Legend

9st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: K R Burke

Big-race entries include the Derby; won debut and Listed second at Salisbury (1m, good) was his best form; flopped in a Newmarket Group 3 (1m, soft) on final 2yo start and although fourth in Listed race at Epsom (1m2f, good) 18 days ago was a great deal better, he was 2l behind Defiance that day and that rival finished more strongly.

8/1

4th

1

(1)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 1

14:45 Epsom

Arabic Legend

9st 3lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Well beaten in Group 3 at Newmarket last October when last seen, but soft ground may not have suited on that final run for Andrew Balding; before that he was a Listed runner-up at Salisbury (1m, good) behind a winner who followed up in a Group 3, and his dam was a 1m2f Canadian Grade 1 winner so there's optimism regarding this trip; interesting contender on stable debut.

3/1

Form: 11-

Last run: 181 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Won by a head on debut at Newbury (7f, heavy) last September and followed up by a nose in Newmarket novice (1m, soft) in October; goes up in grade and others have better form but his dam was a Listed-placed 1m4f winner and he could have plenty more left in the tank, especially now up in trip.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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5th

6

(2)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 1

14:45 Epsom

Feigning Madness

9st 3lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Won by a head on debut at Newbury (7f, heavy) last September and followed up by a nose in Newmarket novice (1m, soft) in October; goes up in grade and others have better form but his dam was a Listed-placed 1m4f winner and he could have plenty more left in the tank, especially now up in trip.

9/2

5th

6

(2)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 1

14:45 Epsom

Feigning Madness

9st 3lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Won by a head on debut at Newbury (7f, heavy) last September and followed up by a nose in Newmarket novice (1m, soft) in October; goes up in grade and others have better form but his dam was a Listed-placed 1m4f winner and he could have plenty more left in the tank, especially now up in trip.

9/2

1st

1

(7)

25th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:45 Newmarket

Feigning Madness

9st 10lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

carried right and hampered rival soon after start, in touch with leaders, pushed along over 4f out, not clear run under 3f out, ridden and headway 1f out, kept on well to lead post

4/1

Form: 343-

Last run: 126 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
All three starts were on AW towards end of last year; displayed ability in defeat each time, finishing third on stable debut at Wolverhampton (8.6f) when last seen, and the step up in trip may be a plus for this half-brother to a 1m4f/1m6f winner, but bundles of improvement is needed.
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2nd

5

(3)

1st May 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

21:00 Kempton (AW)

Bur Dubai

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

Broadly similar efforts in a trio of 1m maidens on synthetics last backend, and remains to be seen whether the RPR of 90 for last week's 5l sixth of six in a slowly run Blue Riband Trial (good) flatters him; winning exploits of one half-sibling at 1m4f and beyond offer encouragement.

7/2

2nd

5

(3)

1st May 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

21:00 Kempton (AW)

Bur Dubai

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

Broadly similar efforts in a trio of 1m maidens on synthetics last backend, and remains to be seen whether the RPR of 90 for last week's 5l sixth of six in a slowly run Blue Riband Trial (good) flatters him; winning exploits of one half-sibling at 1m4f and beyond offer encouragement.

7/2

6th

3

(3)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 1

14:45 Epsom

Bur Dubai

9st 3lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

All three starts were on AW towards end of last year; displayed ability in defeat each time, finishing third on stable debut at Wolverhampton (8.6f) when last seen, and the step up in trip may be a plus for this half-brother to a 1m4f/1m6f winner, but bundles of improvement is needed.

66/1

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Payout
Exacta £86.00
Straight Forecast £84.53
Trifecta £175.60

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Chief Little Rock

NEWMARKET:

Defiance

Daily Mail:

Feigning Madness

SPOTLIGHT:

Arabic Legend

Telegraph:

Bellum Justum

The Star:

Feigning Madness

The Times:

Defiance

Daily Mirror:

Defiance

TOPSPEED:

Chief Little Rock

POSTDATA:

Chief Little Rock

The Guardian:

Chief Little Rock

Daily Record:

Chief Little Rock

D Express:

Arabic Legend