May 18 / 13.50 Newbury

13.50

Good

Sky Sports Racing Aston Park Stakes (Group 3)

  • Prize money: £56710
  • 1m 4f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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Sky Sports Racing Aston Park Stakes (Group 3)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.25

Form: 21171- D

Last run: 225 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Won the highly competitive Melrose Handicap at last year's Ebor meeting (1m6f, good to firm); well behind Desert Hero in the St Leger next time (only time he's tackled soft ground) but resumed his progression with success in a 1m6f Ascot Listed race (good) on his final 3yo start; everything about his profile points to him doing even better at four.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

8

(8)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Middle Earth

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: John & Thady Gosden

Won the Melrose Handicap at York (1m6f, good to firm) last August and bounced back from soft-ground St Leger flop for Listed win here (1m6f, good) last October; returned with win in Group 3 Aston Park Stakes at Newbury (1m4f, good) last month, when clear with one who readily went one better in Listed race next time; this 4yo is firmly on the up for his top yard; player.

5/2

1st

7

(5)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Middle Earth

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: John & Thady Gosden

Won the highly competitive Melrose Handicap at last year's Ebor meeting (1m6f, good to firm); well behind Desert Hero in the St Leger next time (only time he's tackled soft ground) but resumed his progression with success in a 1m6f Ascot Listed race (good) on his final 3yo start; everything about his profile points to him doing even better at four.

4/1

1st

7

(5)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Middle Earth

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: John & Thady Gosden

Won the highly competitive Melrose Handicap at last year's Ebor meeting (1m6f, good to firm); well behind Desert Hero in the St Leger next time (only time he's tackled soft ground) but resumed his progression with success in a 1m6f Ascot Listed race (good) on his final 3yo start; everything about his profile points to him doing even better at four.

4/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 423-45

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
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.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

(4)

29th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Newmarket (July)

King Of Conquest

9st 5lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

towards rear, switched left over 4f out, nudged along and headway over 3f out

11/8

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

OUR TIP

16/1

  • Place: £7.25

Form: 130-41 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Free-goer but he's very classy, producing a really smart handicap performance when making light of top weight in the competitive Rosebery at Kempton (1m3f) six weeks ago; equally as effective on turf but he'll require another career best here.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

13th

6

(14)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Cemhaan

9st 5lb

J: Pat Cosgrave

T: George Baker

Free-goer but he's very classy, producing a really smart handicap performance when making light of top weight in the competitive Rosebery on Kempton AW (1m3f) in April; creditable third in 1m4f Newbury Group 3 (good) since; probably playing for a place at best.

22/1

3rd

2

(8)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Cemhaan

9st 2lb

J: Pat Cosgrave

T: George Baker

Free-goer but he's very classy, producing a really smart handicap performance when making light of top weight in the competitive Rosebery at Kempton (1m3f) six weeks ago; equally as effective on turf but he'll require another career best here.

16/1

3rd

2

(8)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Cemhaan

9st 2lb

J: Pat Cosgrave

T: George Baker

Free-goer but he's very classy, producing a really smart handicap performance when making light of top weight in the competitive Rosebery at Kempton (1m3f) six weeks ago; equally as effective on turf but he'll require another career best here.

16/1

Form: 3/1-11 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Made it 3-3 since joining this yard (absent for a year after first win) when landing a good-ground handicap at the Newmarket Guineas meeting, looking well suited by the step up to 1m4f; could be more to come but this is a big jump in class.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

5

(1)

11th Jul 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket (July)

Maxi King

9st 8lb

J: David Egan

T: Raphael E Freire

prominent, raced near side from 8f out

25/1

15th

4

(8)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:15 Ascot

Maxi King

9st 11lb

J: David Egan

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Made it 3-3 for this yard when upped in trip in Newmarket handicap (1m4f, good) last month; fair fourth in Group 3 at Newbury (1m4f, good) since; ran well on fast ground early in career; he's 14lb higher than two starts ago and further improvement is needed, but he has a progressive profile.

12/1

4th

6

(2)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Maxi King

9st 2lb

J: David Egan

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Made it 3-3 since joining this yard (absent for a year after first win) when landing a good-ground handicap at the Newmarket Guineas meeting, looking well suited by the step up to 1m4f; could be more to come but this is a big jump in class.

25/1

Form: 8113-2 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Most progressive at three, winning Royal Ascot handicap and Group 3 Gordon at Goodwood (both 1m4f) before fine third in the St Leger (gelded after); excellent effort when only narrowly denied in 1m2f Sandown Group 3 on reappearance; the return to 1m4f looks sure to see him in a better light and he'll be tough to beat for a yard with good recent record in this.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

4

(4)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Desert Hero

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Won C&D handicap (good) at this meeting 12 months ago and followed up in Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood (1m4f, soft); campaign concluded with third to Continuous in the St Leger (1m6f, soft) and returned with near-miss over inadequate 1m2f in Group 3 Gordon Richards at Sandown (good to soft); disappointing at Newbury since but the Sandown effort firmly indicated he was set for a very good year, and he can play a leading role if bouncing back.

13/2

5th

3

(7)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Desert Hero

9st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Most progressive at three, winning Royal Ascot handicap and Group 3 Gordon at Goodwood (both 1m4f) before fine third in the St Leger (gelded after); excellent effort when only narrowly denied in 1m2f Sandown Group 3 on reappearance; the return to 1m4f looks sure to see him in a better light and he'll be tough to beat for a yard with good recent record in this.

11/8

5th

3

(7)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Desert Hero

9st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Most progressive at three, winning Royal Ascot handicap and Group 3 Gordon at Goodwood (both 1m4f) before fine third in the St Leger (gelded after); excellent effort when only narrowly denied in 1m2f Sandown Group 3 on reappearance; the return to 1m4f looks sure to see him in a better light and he'll be tough to beat for a yard with good recent record in this.

11/8

11/2

Form: 7427-3

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Best effort of last season came here and he returned from a gelding operation to finish a good close third to Hamish in the John Porter over C&D (good to soft) four weeks ago; still low mileage and possible he can build on that for last year's winning stable.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

6

(3)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:45 York

Salt Bay

9st 0lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

in touch with leaders

7/2

2nd

5

(6)

15th Jun 2024

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:00 York

Salt Bay

9st 2lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Best effort last season came over 1m5f on heavy ground at Newbury, where he went close in 1m4f Group 3 (good to soft) in April on reappearance this term; good ground may well have been against him at same track four weeks ago; needs to find a bit extra but 1m6f has to be worth a go.

7/1

6th

8

(1)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Salt Bay

9st 2lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Best effort of last season came here and he returned from a gelding operation to finish a good close third to Hamish in the John Porter over C&D (good to soft) four weeks ago; still low mileage and possible he can build on that for last year's winning stable.

11/2

Form: 1/423/ BF

Last run: 685 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Horse

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Progressive for Markus Klug in Germany but not seen since finishing a close third in the 2022 German Derby at Hamburg (1m4f, good); can only really be watched setting out for a new yard after such a long absence.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

9

(6)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

So Moonstruck

9st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: Owen Burrows

Progressive for Markus Klug in Germany but not seen since finishing a close third in the 2022 German Derby at Hamburg (1m4f, good); can only really be watched setting out for a new yard after such a long absence.

11/1

7th

9

(6)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

So Moonstruck

9st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: Owen Burrows

Progressive for Markus Klug in Germany but not seen since finishing a close third in the 2022 German Derby at Hamburg (1m4f, good); can only really be watched setting out for a new yard after such a long absence.

11/1

Form: 31/0-7

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Very promising at two (Listed/Group 3 winner) but well beaten in the Dante at York on sole 3yo start and fared no better in 1m2f Sandown Group 3 (Desert Hero second) on reappearance three weeks ago; has lots to prove at present.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

4

(4)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Flying Honours

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

Very promising at two (Listed/Group 3 winner) but well beaten in the Dante at York on sole 3yo start and fared no better in 1m2f Sandown Group 3 (Desert Hero second) on reappearance three weeks ago; has lots to prove at present.

20/1

8th

4

(4)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Flying Honours

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

Very promising at two (Listed/Group 3 winner) but well beaten in the Dante at York on sole 3yo start and fared no better in 1m2f Sandown Group 3 (Desert Hero second) on reappearance three weeks ago; has lots to prove at present.

20/1

7th

4

(3)

26th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Flying Honours

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Ran just once last year, when well beaten in the Dante at York in May (finished lame); gelded since; very promising 2yo in 2022, landing the Group 3 Zetland Stakes at Newmarket (1m2f, good) that October, and it will be no surprise if he returns with a big performance for his leading yard.

7/2

Non-runners

Bolster

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £38.40
Straight Forecast £34.40
Tricast £787.17
Trifecta £478.60

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Desert Hero

The Guardian:

So Moonstruck

RP RATINGS:

Desert Hero

TOPSPEED:

Desert Hero

POSTDATA:

Desert Hero

NEWMARKET:

Desert Hero

The Times:

Desert Hero

Telegraph:

Desert Hero

Daily Mail:

Desert Hero

D Express:

Desert Hero

Daily Mirror:

Desert Hero

The Sun:

Desert Hero

The Star:

Desert Hero

Daily Record:

Desert Hero