May 18 / 14.40 Newmarket

14.40

Good

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  • Prize money: £51540
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 15 runners
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Runners: 15 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

33/1 (Won)

Form: 266-90 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Useful for Johnny Murtagh; hasn't threatened in two runs for new stable, again missing the break when 15th in Victoria Cup at Ascot last week; his losing sequence now stretches back to September 2021, but he's beginning to slip in the weights and can't be ruled out entirely.
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4th

3

(6)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:00 Newmarket (July)

Carrytheone

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Michael Bell

Ex-Irish 7yo; got up late to beat Gorak at Newmarket (7f, good; third run for new yard) in May; eyecatching third at Royal Ascot (7f, good to firm) since, meeting significant traffic issues then finishing well once in the clear; big player in current form.

7/2

3rd

5

(23)

20th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:15 Ascot

Carrytheone

9st 10lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Michael Bell

Two minor efforts on first starts for new yard, slowly away and nearer last than first in the Victoria Cup over C&D in May, but refitting the hood helped at Newmarket (7f, good) since, where he shrugged off some interference to get the verdict in a tight finish; back up 2lb but not out of it.

20/1

1st

5

(5)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Carrytheone

9st 6lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Michael Bell

Useful for Johnny Murtagh; hasn't threatened in two runs for new stable, again missing the break when 15th in Victoria Cup at Ascot last week; his losing sequence now stretches back to September 2021, but he's beginning to slip in the weights and can't be ruled out entirely.

33/1

15/2

Form: 7090-4 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
7f specialist; might have needed the run but still performed respectably when fourth of 15 over C&D (good) in April, making most; dropped 2lb since; solid win-and-place option.
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19th

10

(2)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:00 Newmarket (July)

Gorak

9st 6lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charlie Fellowes

Acts on soft and good to firm; ties in closely with Carrytheone on Newmarket form in May; better than bare result at Royal Ascot since (7f; second home on far side); respectable seventh in this contest last year and he's now 9lb lower; attractively handicapped.

8/1

12th

17

(3)

20th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:15 Ascot

Gorak

9st 5lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Charlie Fellowes

In fine form over 7f on good to firm last summer, out-running his mark in a Group 3 at Haydock and giving a bold show from a hopeless draw in this race; looked to be running into form when involved in a close finish with Carrytheone and Divine Libra at Newmarket (7f, good) last month and has a good run in him off 9lb lower than last June.

25/1

7/2

Form: 323-91 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Has gradually got better and his clearcut Chester success (7f, good) last week was a career-best effort; a 7lb higher mark demands still more, but he may not have reached his ceiling just yet and he shaped better than the bare result on his only go over this C&D; respected.
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10th

12

(18)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:00 Newmarket (July)

Divine Libra

9st 5lb

J: William Buick

T: Charles Hills

Appears to handle any ground; better than ever this season and ties in with some of these rivals on Royal Ascot (7f) running last time; involved in a very tight finish with Carrytheone and Gorak at Newmarket in May; enters the reckoning.

7/1

6th

18

(28)

20th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:15 Ascot

Divine Libra

9st 4lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Charles Hills

Capable over 6f but has improved for the return to 7f of late, gaining an emphatic win at Chester and involved in a tight finish with two of these rivals at Newmarket (both on good); up a total of 8lb for those runs but there may be more to come from him at the trip.

8/1

3rd

10

(14)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Divine Libra

9st 1lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Charles Hills

Has gradually got better and his clearcut Chester success (7f, good) last week was a career-best effort; a 7lb higher mark demands still more, but he may not have reached his ceiling just yet and he shaped better than the bare result on his only go over this C&D; respected.

7/2

8/1

Form: 87-543 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Arrives here fit and in form after a third of nine at Haydock (7f, soft; unraced on firmer than good) three weeks ago; C&D winner earlier in career; should be in the thick of things again.
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4th

7

(10)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Rainbow Fire

9st 2lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Marco Botti

took keen hold

8/1

4th

7

(10)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Rainbow Fire

9st 2lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Marco Botti

Arrives here fit and in form after a third of nine at Haydock (7f, soft; unraced on firmer than good) three weeks ago; C&D winner earlier in career; should be in the thick of things again.

8/1

3rd

6

(4)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 212y

Class 2

14:45 Haydock

Rainbow Fire

9st 0lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Marco Botti

midfield

8/1

9/1

Form: 035-06 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Hardly a frequent winner since coming to Britain, but he's on an attractive mark (5lb lower than when third over C&D last autumn) and shaped well when sixth of 16 over 1m at the Guineas meeting here; returning to 7f should be ideal and he won't be inconvenienced if there's rain; might be the answer.
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5th

16

(14)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:00 Newmarket (July)

Darkness

9st 1lb

J: Neil Callan

T: David O’Meara

Acts on soft and good to firm; 0-14 in this grade but has the ideal scenario, being 2-2 at this course, including a 3l win on latest start; even with a penalty he's still well treated on peak form; possibilities.

14/1

1st

8

(7)

27th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

16:30 Newmarket (July)

Darkness

9st 2lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Hasn't been at his best during an inconsistent 2024 but he ran well when third at Goodwood (7f, good) last time; continues to edge down the weights and his last win came here (1m, good to firm) last July; chance.

6/1

Form: 13-950 D

Last run: 71 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Better than ever in Britain in 2023, winning over 8.6f at Wolverhampton, but he failed to make the frame in three outings at Meydan this winter; bit to prove after that, but his mark has dropped and he'd be a threat if bouncing back to his best after a ten-week break.
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23th

19

(31)

20th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:15 Ascot

Koy Koy

9st 4lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

Infrequent winner since 2yo success but he wasn't beaten far in the 1m Britannia here in 2022 and he would have have finished closer in his most recent 7f run, behind Carrytheone at Newmarket (good), had he not been hampered; has more to do here but fitting a tongue-tie could help.

16/1

6th

9

(6)

31st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 113y

Class 2

14:35 Epsom

Koy Koy

9st 0lb

J: William Buick

T: George Boughey

Last win came at 8.6f; ran respectably at Newmarket two weeks ago and the bare form needs marking up (hampered); trainer and jockey teamed up to win this contest two years ago; one for the shortlist.

11/2

6th

8

(8)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Koy Koy

9st 2lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

Better than ever in Britain in 2023, winning over 8.6f at Wolverhampton, but he failed to make the frame in three outings at Meydan this winter; bit to prove after that, but his mark has dropped and he'd be a threat if bouncing back to his best after a ten-week break.

7/1

Form: 528580 C

Last run: 3 days

W: 9st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Tremendously durable 10yo with 17 wins to his name, and a well-held run at York on Wednesday must be ignored as he was badly hampered after a furlong; had earlier shaped well at the Craven meeting here in April; capable of going close off this sort of mark, although today's trip is an unknown as he has done virtually all his racing at 6f.
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3rd

13

(8)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:00 Newmarket (July)

Summerghand

9st 3lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: David O’Meara

Veteran who has done all of his winning over 6f; placed in lower grade at Thirsk last week; behind some of these opponents in two 7f attempts this term and can be opposed.

25/1

3rd

1

(2)

3rd Jul 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:55 Thirsk

Summerghand

10st 0lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Veteran who has spent most of his career in better races, winning numerous times (6f); first home in the centre group in Royal Ascot handicap (7f) most recently; 3-4 in Class 3 events in 2018 and looks interesting off a reduced mark returned to this level.

4/1

14th

22

(13)

20th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:15 Ascot

Summerghand

9st 2lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: David O’Meara

He could hardly have had a finer career over 6f and he added to the list of big wins when dead-heating at York (good to firm) in August; winless since which leaves him 9lb lower today and he's not entirely ruled out on a rare 7f run, having gone well over C&D earlier in his career when the ground was unsuitably soft; still a stretch to see him winning but it would be nice.

25/1

7/1

Form: 11310- C

Last run: 224 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
One of the success stories of last season, when he won seven handicaps including two over C&D; made all under Luke Catton at Ascot in September and he was probably over the top when only tenth there on his final 3yo start; raced only on good ground or firmer on turf; will need further progress to defy his current mark but after last term's heroics he's not dismissed lightly.
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9th

3

(8)

20th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

Quinault

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Stuart Williams

Hugely progressive handicapper last year with seven wins but he hasn't made the frame in three runs this season, admittedly facing a stiff task in Group 1 at Royal Ascot last time; needs to get back on track.

28/1

11th

7

(9)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

Quinault

9st 5lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Stuart Williams

Hugely progressive handicapper last year, with seven wins (6f/7f, including here on fast ground); his usual hood is left off today and his form has to go to a new level if he's to make an impact, but he showed bundles of pace when 3l sixth in the Group 3 John Of Gaunt at Haydock (7f, good) recently and could benefit from this drop back to 6f; may make a bold bid at big odds.

25/1

6th

8

(3)

8th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 37y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Quinault

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Stuart Williams

Highly progressive handicapper last year, winning seven times (6f/7f); encouraging reappearance at Newmarket three weeks ago but tackles a Group race for the first time and others have stronger claims.

25/1

OUR TIP

14/1

Form: 525-54 D

Last run: 85 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
2-11; campaigned in France and UAE until today; good fourth of 14 in Meydan Group 2 (1m1f, good; 66-1) when last seen in February; should be effective back down in trip (most recent win came over this distance) but looks to have his share of weight on his handicap debut.
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1st

2

(6)

29th Jun 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

15:40 Newcastle (AW)

Make Me King

9st 13lb

J: James Doyle

T: H Al Jehani

Ex-French 4yo who has bits of useful form for new yard, most recently eighth to the Wathnan first string in the 7f handicap at Royal Ascot; possibilities in this less taxing event; acts on AW.

8/1

8th

1

(32)

20th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:15 Ascot

Make Me King

9st 12lb

J: William Buick

T: H Al Jehani

Two wins in France were at 1m on turf (good to soft) and 7f AW; in good form in Dubai either side of Christmas for new yard but a mid-division finish on handicap debut behind Carrytheone at Newmarket (7f, good) in May shows he has work to do off current mark; first-time cheekpieces fitted.

25/1

9th

2

(7)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Make Me King

9st 11lb

J: Harry Burns

T: H Al Jehani

2-11; campaigned in France and UAE until today; good fourth of 14 in Meydan Group 2 (1m1f, good; 66-1) when last seen in February; should be effective back down in trip (most recent win came over this distance) but looks to have his share of weight on his handicap debut.

14/1

Form: 390-07 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Last year's Wokingham winner and likely to be heading to Royal Ascot again in June; below par this season, fading when seventh of ten over C&D (22-1) two weeks ago; on balance he's probably best opposed again.
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19th

7

(17)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Saint Lawrence

9st 8lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

Won this race on yard debut last June (good to firm) and close up in a French Group 1 next time; not in the same form in 2024 (without regular headgear latest; blinkers refitted today) but now just 3lb higher than 12 months ago which suggests a good run could be forthcoming; Hollie Doyle switches to the yard's other runner Albasheer.

12/1

10th

1

(1)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Saint Lawrence

9st 12lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Last year's Wokingham winner and likely to be heading to Royal Ascot again in June; below par this season, fading when seventh of ten over C&D (22-1) two weeks ago; on balance he's probably best opposed again.

25/1

10th

1

(1)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Saint Lawrence

9st 12lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Last year's Wokingham winner and likely to be heading to Royal Ascot again in June; below par this season, fading when seventh of ten over C&D (22-1) two weeks ago; on balance he's probably best opposed again.

25/1

Form: 706-01 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Poorly drawn on reappearance, then surged back to form to win 15-runner event at the Guineas meeting here (6f, good; 22-1) two weeks ago; has a chance off 5lb higher, although clearly his best form is at sprint distances.
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8th

17

(8)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Desert Cop

9st 4lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Flits up and down in class and did well against top sprinters in 2023, including sixth in the Group 1 King's Stand (5f, good) here; hadn't been the safest pair of hands in handicaps but he staked a claim for this when having some of these rivals behind at Newmarket (6f, good) in May and a later 7f defeat there is best forgiven; possibilities.

20/1

11th

4

(12)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Desert Cop

9st 6lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Poorly drawn on reappearance, then surged back to form to win 15-runner event at the Guineas meeting here (6f, good; 22-1) two weeks ago; has a chance off 5lb higher, although clearly his best form is at sprint distances.

8/1

11th

4

(12)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Desert Cop

9st 6lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

awkward start

8/1

20/1

Form: 1645-9 CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Never the slightest threat over C&D two weeks ago but he might have needed the run after seven months off and he saw plenty of daylight from a draw on the flank; often runs the Newmarket tracks well and he's 1lb lower than his last winning mark, so he makes some each-way appeal.
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6th

8

(9)

12th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Newmarket (July)

Final Watch

9st 9lb

J: Neil Callan

T: William Stone

Safely held in two valuable 7f handicaps on the Rowley Mile in May and needs to up his game today but it's worth noting he's now 3lb lower than when winning this race by a neck under Neil Callan a year ago (good to soft).

8/1

12th

14

(9)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Final Watch

8st 6lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: William Stone

Never the slightest threat over C&D two weeks ago but he might have needed the run after seven months off and he saw plenty of daylight from a draw on the flank; often runs the Newmarket tracks well and he's 1lb lower than his last winning mark, so he makes some each-way appeal.

20/1

Form: 55004- D

Last run: 238 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
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.
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14th

9

(6)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

14:00 York

Imperial Fighter

9st 6lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Jamie Osborne

Third in Irish 2,000 Guineas in 2022 for Andrew Balding but unable to match that form last year and well beaten this season on first two runs for new yard; major revival required.

25/1

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

16/1

Form: 621-48 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Finished 2023 with a 5l win on heavy ground at Catterick (7f); hasn't quite matched that form, although he faded only late on when eighth in the 1m Thirsk Hunt Cup last time and should be suited by this drop back in distance; impossible to rule out, especially if rain materialises.
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4th

10

(16)

12th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

14:05 York

Quest For Fun

9st 1lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

midfield, in touch with leaders 2f out, pressed leader briefly over 1f out, lost position gradually inside final furlong

13/2

2nd

13

(20)

15th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

14:25 York

Quest For Fun

9st 8lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Tim Easterby

took keen hold, held up in last, still plenty to do halfway

20/1

8th

8

(12)

1st Jun 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 3

18:50 Doncaster

Quest For Fun

9st 4lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

Ended last season with an easy success off 3lb lower at Catterick (7f, heavy); regressive results in 2024 but this drop back in class may prompt a turnaround.

16/1

28/1

Form: 6-2216 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 8st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Does most of his racing over this trip on the AW, and he notched win number three at Southwell in March; however, he seemed beaten fair and square off his revised mark at Kempton next time and now has enough to prove on turf and from out of the handicap.
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5th

1

(4)

17th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 3y

Class 4

17:07 Yarmouth

Chola Empire

10st 2lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: David Simcock

in touch with leaders

5/1

3rd

3

(4)

4th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:55 Newbury

Chola Empire

10st 0lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: David Simcock

Similar type to Woodstock, being a triple AW scorer who is 0-7 on grass; faced a difficult task in Class 2 at Newmarket last time, especially as he raced in the smaller group; this looks more suitable.

10/1

15th

15

(4)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Chola Empire

8st 2lb

J: George Rooke

T: David Simcock

Does most of his racing over this trip on the AW, and he notched win number three at Southwell in March; however, he seemed beaten fair and square off his revised mark at Kempton next time and now has enough to prove on turf and from out of the handicap.

28/1

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Payout
Straight Forecast £154.81
Tricast £723.72

Selections

POSTDATA:

Desert Cop

SPOTLIGHT:

Darkness

NEWMARKET:

Gorak

TOPSPEED:

Rainbow Fire

The Sun:

Divine Libra

Daily Mail:

Quinault

Telegraph:

Koy Koy

D Express:

Summerghand

Daily Mirror:

Desert Cop

Daily Record:

Desert Cop

The Guardian:

Gorak

RP RATINGS:

Darkness

The Star:

Darkness

The Times:

Rainbow Fire