June 18 / 17.40 Ascot

17.40

Good To Firm

Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race)

  • Prize money: £68052
  • 1m 1f 212y
  • Class 1
  • 15 runners
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Wolferton Stakes (Listed Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.35

Form: 22-932 D BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Group 2 winner (1m4f) last term; beaten favourite in two runs in Britain with blinkers added this spring but he ran right up to his best when second to Passenger in 1m2f Chester Group 2 (good to firm; also acts on heavy) last time, with the pair well clear; solid chance.
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1st

9

(8)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Israr

9st 5lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: John & Thady Gosden

Group 2 winner (1m4f) last term; beaten favourite in two runs in Britain with blinkers added this spring but he ran right up to his best when second to Passenger in 1m2f Chester Group 2 (good to firm; also acts on heavy) last time, with the pair well clear; solid chance.

7/2

2nd

3

(3)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:05 Chester

Israr

9st 3lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: John & Thady Gosden

took keen hold, prominent, led over 1f out, headed final 110yds

7/2

2nd

3

(3)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:05 Chester

Israr

9st 3lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: John & Thady Gosden

took keen hold, prominent

7/2

12/1

  • Place: £3.55

Form: 84-274 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Placed in some strong 1m2f handicaps for Ed Dunlop last summer; runner-up in the first of two starts for his new yard in Qatar at the beginning of 2024 and achieved a career-best RPR when fourth of 13 in 1m2f Epsom handicap (good to soft) on his British return 18 days ago; another personal best is needed if he's to play a prominent role here.
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17th

4

(24)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

15:10 York

Haunted Dream

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: H Al Jehani

Finished third in two competitive C&D handicaps last summer (including this) and better than ever the last twice, when close fourth in Epsom handicap (1m2f, good to soft; despite early stumble) then second of 15 in the Listed Wolferton at Royal Ascot (1m2f, good to firm); firmly in calculations.

13/2

2nd

8

(4)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Haunted Dream

9st 5lb

J: Christophe Soumillon

T: H Al Jehani

Placed in some strong 1m2f handicaps for Ed Dunlop last summer; runner-up in the first of two starts for his new yard in Qatar at the beginning of 2024 and achieved a career-best RPR when fourth of 13 in 1m2f Epsom handicap (good to soft) on his British return 18 days ago; another personal best is needed if he's to play a prominent role here.

12/1

4th

3

(13)

31st May 2024

Soft

1m 2f 17y

Class 2

15:45 Epsom

Haunted Dream

9st 10lb

J: James Doyle

T: H Al Jehani

Reliable sort who has raised his game for Ed Dunlop in each of his previous seasons; faced a stiff task in Qatar in February when last seen and probably needs to resume improvement; unraced on worse than good to soft.

12/1

100/30

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 1214-3 D BF

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Good fourth in the Group 3 Hampton Court over C&D (good to firm) at last year's Royal meeting; not seen again (gelded) until third of 13 in 1m1f handicap at the Newmarket Guineas meeting in May, shaping very well; subsequently purchased by Wathnan Racing; this low-mileage 4yo should have more to offer after only six starts and is high on the shortlist.
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3rd

16

(2)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Torito

9st 5lb

J: James Doyle

T: John & Thady Gosden

Good fourth in the Group 3 Hampton Court over C&D (good to firm) at last year's Royal meeting; not seen again (gelded) until third of 13 in 1m1f handicap at the Newmarket Guineas meeting in May, shaping very well; subsequently purchased by Wathnan Racing; this low-mileage 4yo should have more to offer after only six starts and is high on the shortlist.

100/30

3rd

2

(9)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:20 Newmarket

Torito

9st 11lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Has run only five times, most notably on last two occasions when winning a handicap at Epsom on Derby day and fourth of 16 in Group 3 at Royal Ascot (both 1m2f on good to firm); gelded in December; it's been a lengthy layoff but he still looked capable of better (which is needed) when last seen.

7/2

3rd

2

(9)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:20 Newmarket

Torito

9st 11lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Has run only five times, most notably on last two occasions when winning a handicap at Epsom on Derby day and fourth of 16 in Group 3 at Royal Ascot (both 1m2f on good to firm); gelded in December; it's been a lengthy layoff but he still looked capable of better (which is needed) when last seen.

7/2

33/1

Form: 00167- D

Last run: 265 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Much improved to win a 1m2f Sandown Listed event (good) last July; had subsequent Group 3 and 2 winner Poker Face behind in second, so there's nothing wrong with that form, but well beaten in his two subsequent starts as 4yo; gelded ahead of this reappearance; not out of it on the Sandown form and his yard is among the winners.
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5th

3

(4)

20th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Savvy Victory

9st 8lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: S Woods

Came from last to first in a four-runner 1m2f Listed race at Sandown last July and best effort since when runner-up in the same event 15 days ago; a bit extra may well be needed to win this.

9/1

2nd

7

(3)

5th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

16:15 Sandown

Savvy Victory

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: S Woods

Came from last to first in a four-runner renewal of this race 12 months ago and that was also on the back of contesting the Listed Wolferton at Royal Ascot, in which last year he suffered bad interference (dropped out) and this time finished a highly respectable fourth; may strip fitter for that first run of the campaign and a bold defence looks on the cards.

9/2

4th

14

(7)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Savvy Victory

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: S Woods

Much improved to win a 1m2f Sandown Listed event (good) last July; had subsequent Group 3 and 2 winner Poker Face behind in second, so there's nothing wrong with that form, but well beaten in his two subsequent starts as 4yo; gelded ahead of this reappearance; not out of it on the Sandown form and his yard is among the winners.

33/1

Form: 3044-4 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Four-time AW winner; has comparable form on turf but he took his record in this sphere to 0-17 when a creditable fourth of 15 in Epsom handicap (8.5f; good to soft) on reappearance 18 days ago; cheekpieces back on; it's unlikely that a first success on the grass will arrive now.
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5th

12

(6)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Notre Belle Bete

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Four-time AW winner; has comparable form on turf but he took his record in this sphere to 0-17 when a creditable fourth of 15 in Epsom handicap (8.5f; good to soft) on reappearance 18 days ago; cheekpieces back on; it's unlikely that a first success on the grass will arrive now.

33/1

4th

1

(2)

31st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 113y

Class 2

14:35 Epsom

Notre Belle Bete

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Four-time AW winner; has comparable form on turf but he's 0-16 in this sphere and lacks recent match practice having been absent since last November; not the percentage call in this competitive handicap.

11/1

4th

1

(3)

20th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Notre Belle Bete

10st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Well beaten in 1m2f Listed events on turf when last seen in midsummer; returning to AW (4-8, including C&D, as opposed to 0-16 on turf) a big plus and he can go well after a break; one to take seriously with Oisin Murphy back in the saddle, for all the cheekpieces (worn on last seven starts) are now dispensed with

5/1

Form: 541-58 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Back to winning ways in Newmarket Listed race (1m2f, heavy) last November but down the field in two runs this spring (albeit in a Group 1 latterly) and he was only seventh in this 12 months ago; has a 3lb penalty for the Newmarket success; likely vulnerable.
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5th

2

(7)

5th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

16:15 Sandown

Checkandchallenge

9st 9lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: William Knight

Only sixth in the Wolferton (behind Savvy Victory) when penalised for last season's Listed win at Newmarket (1m2f, heavy); although that was a respectable run, this season remains underwhelming compared with past achievements.

4/1

6th

3

(9)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Checkandchallenge

9st 8lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: William Knight

Back to winning ways in Newmarket Listed race (1m2f, heavy) last November but down the field in two runs this spring (albeit in a Group 1 latterly) and he was only seventh in this 12 months ago; has a 3lb penalty for the Newmarket success; likely vulnerable.

18/1

5th

2

(7)

26th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Checkandchallenge

9st 2lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: William Knight

Ran some good races in defeat last season prior to Listed win at Newmarket (1m2f, heavy) in November; won a Group 3 in France in 2022 (1m, good); could have a part to play if fully tuned up for this reappearance.

10/1

25/1

Form: 031-11 C

Last run: 123 days

W: 9st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Has rediscovered the winning habit since snapping a losing run when dead-heating in a handicap over the straight 1m here in September, adding handicaps over 1m1f at Meydan in January and February (all good ground); a big career best will be required to make it four in a row, though.
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7th

13

(5)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Ouzo

9st 5lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Jamie Osborne

Has rediscovered the winning habit since snapping a losing run when dead-heating in a handicap over the straight 1m here in September, adding handicaps over 1m1f at Meydan in January and February (all good ground); a big career best will be required to make it four in a row, though.

25/1

50/1

Form: 152-48

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Won two fast-ground handicaps over 1m last summer and campaign concluded with 4l second in Group 3 at Newmarket (1m1f, soft); respectable fourth in 7f Haydock Listed race (good to firm) on reappearance but last of eight in Epsom Group 3 since.
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7th

2

(9)

6th Jul 2024

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

16:47 Sandown

Silver Sword

10st 2lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Dylan Cunha

Difficult tasks at Listed/Group level this season, latest in Royal Ascot event; has form figures of 2171 in handicaps, winning at the York Ebor festival on last occasion; interesting back down in class.

11/1

8th

15

(15)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Silver Sword

9st 5lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Dylan Cunha

Won two fast-ground handicaps over 1m last summer and campaign concluded with 4l second in Group 3 at Newmarket (1m1f, soft); respectable fourth in 7f Haydock Listed race (good to firm) on reappearance but last of eight in Epsom Group 3 since.

50/1

8th

8

(4)

1st Jun 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 113y

Class 1

14:35 Epsom

Silver Sword

9st 8lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Dylan Cunha

Won two fast-ground handicaps last summer and campaign concluded with 4l second to Highland Avenue in Group 3 Darley Stakes at Newmarket (1m1f, soft); could improve for his reappearance Listed fourth at Haydock three weeks ago but needs a clear career best to win this.

10/1

Form: 16-824 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 9st 5lb

7 yo Horse

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Has proved an excellent buy by connections, notably winning the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket (1m1f, good to firm) last September; showed he can mix it at Group level when second in the Group 3 Earl Of Sefton back at Newmarket (1m1f, good) in April; never-dangerous fourth in Group 2 there (1m4f) last month but he ran well enough to think he's still in form; each-way claims.
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12th

1

(14)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

15:10 York

Astro King

9st 13lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Has a very lofty mark and hasn't been at his best the last twice but he excelled in big-field handicaps last year, finishing second in this (good to soft) and posting wins over C&D (good to firm) and in the Cesarewitch (1m1f, good to firm; off 4lb lower); not necessarily handicapped out of things.

14/1

9th

4

(12)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Astro King

9st 5lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Has proved an excellent buy by connections, notably winning the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket (1m1f, good to firm) last September; showed he can mix it at Group level when second in the Group 3 Earl Of Sefton back at Newmarket (1m1f, good) in April; never-dangerous fourth in Group 2 there (1m4f) last month but he ran well enough to think he's still in form; each-way claims.

10/1

Form: 4227-5

Last run: 87 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Won the Horris Hill at Newbury on heavy as a 2yo and underlined his liking for testing turf when second in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood and a 1m Sandown Listed race (wore first-time cheekpieces) at the end of last summer; ended 3yo campaign on a low note at Newmarket and also ran poorly with a visor added on his Doncaster reappearance in March; given time since; no headgear now and also up in trip.
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6th

3

(1)

5th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

16:15 Sandown

Knight

9st 9lb

J: James Doyle

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Group 3 2yo winner on heavy and best form has an older horse has also come in the mud, notably seconds in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood and a 1m Listed race here (wore first-time cheekpieces that now return); having his first run on fast ground and over 1m2f when never dangerous in the Wolferton at Royal Ascot; there are reservations on a couple of counts.

12/1

10th

10

(11)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Knight

9st 5lb

J: Mickael Barzalona

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Won the Horris Hill at Newbury on heavy as a 2yo and underlined his liking for testing turf when second in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood and a 1m Sandown Listed race (wore first-time cheekpieces) at the end of last summer; ended 3yo campaign on a low note at Newmarket and also ran poorly with a visor added on his Doncaster reappearance in March; given time since; no headgear now and also up in trip.

25/1

5th

5

(7)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Doncaster

Knight

9st 2lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Won the Horris Hill at Newbury on heavy as a 2yo and underlined his liking for testing turf when second in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood (Charyn over 1l back in third) and a Sandown Listed race (wore first-time cheekpieces) at the end of last summer; ran poorly in 1m1f Newmarket Group 3 when last seen in October but a bold show is assured if back to anywhere near his best in a first-time visor.

5/2

11th
11 (16)
Mujtaba

16/1

Form: /2-682 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Went close in Chester Group 2 (about 1m2f, soft) on sole outing in 2023; well beaten on first two runs back but revived with first-time blinkers added to his regular tongue-tie (combination retained) when second in 1m2f Goodwood Listed race (good) 25 days ago; another step forward is needed here and he's drawn widest; Jim Crowley prefers Israr.
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11th

11

(16)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Mujtaba

9st 5lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Went close in Chester Group 2 (about 1m2f, soft) on sole outing in 2023; well beaten on first two runs back but revived with first-time blinkers added to his regular tongue-tie (combination retained) when second in 1m2f Goodwood Listed race (good) 25 days ago; another step forward is needed here and he's drawn widest; Jim Crowley prefers Israr.

16/1

2nd

4

(6)

24th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Mujtaba

9st 3lb

J: William Buick

T: William Haggas

dwelt start, midfield, pushed along briefly after 1f, in touch with leaders 7f out, headway from 3f out, briefly led 1f out, kept on

5/1

2nd

4

(6)

24th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Mujtaba

9st 3lb

J: William Buick

T: William Haggas

dwelt start, midfield, pushed along briefly after 1f, in touch with leaders 7f out, headway from 3f out, briefly led 1f out, kept on

5/1

Form: 43114- D

Last run: 262 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Did very well when switched to this yard last summer, following a 1m2f Glorious Goodwood handicap success (good to soft) with a 1m Grade 3 win in the US (firm); no more than a respectable 4l fourth in 1m2f Longchamp Group 2 on final start; shoulders a 5lb penalty on reappearance.
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2nd

1

(9)

13th Jul 2024

Soft

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:20 Ascot

Ancient Rome

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Charles Hills

held up in rear, headway on outer 2f out

16/1

12th

1

(3)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Ancient Rome

9st 10lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

Did very well when switched to this yard last summer, following a 1m2f Glorious Goodwood handicap success (good to soft) with a 1m Grade 3 win in the US (firm); no more than a respectable 4l fourth in 1m2f Longchamp Group 2 on final start; shoulders a 5lb penalty on reappearance.

16/1

1st

3

(16)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

14:50 Goodwood

Ancient Rome

9st 7lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

steadied start, held up in rear

20/1

13th
6 (14)
Cemhaan

22/1

Form: 30-413

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 5lb

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 on Kempton AW (1m3f) in April; creditable third in 1m4f Newbury Group 3 (good) since; probably playing for a place at best.
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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: 1567-1

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Reappeared after a gelding operation to win a 1m Group 3 at Leopardstown (good) last month but it wasn't a strong race of its type and he looks vulnerable under a 5lb penalty here; stamina is also not assured (weakened on his previous attempt at about 1m2f).
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6th

1

(7)

18th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

18:50 Leopardstown

Bold Discovery

9st 12lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Keen-going sort likes a sound surface; beat Tarawa on the round mile at the Curragh just over a year ago and, after being gelded over the winter, made winning reappearance in five-runner Group 3 over that trip here in May; penalty means he's 3lb worse off with runner-up Real Appeal; down the field over 1m2f at Royal Ascot where he probably didn't stay; not an obvious candidate for headgear but cheekpieces are fitted.

6/1

14th

2

(10)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Bold Discovery

9st 10lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Reappeared after a gelding operation to win a 1m Group 3 at Leopardstown (good) last month but it wasn't a strong race of its type and he looks vulnerable under a 5lb penalty here; stamina is also not assured (weakened on his previous attempt at about 1m2f).

20/1

1st

1

(4)

12th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

15:00 Leopardstown

Bold Discovery

9st 9lb

J: Wayne Lordan

T: Mrs John Harrington

Highest rated in the field and won a Listed race on quick ground at the Curragh on Derby weekend last summer; not as good after and has been gelded; Foley presumably has to ride lower-rated stablemate due to a retainer; decent record fresh.

6/1

9/2

Form: 1231-1 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Slammed this year's Lincoln winner Mr Professor at Hamilton (1m1f, soft) on final 3yo outing and produced an equally striking performance when readily following up off 10lb higher at the York Dante meeting (about 1m2f, good) on his reappearance in May; there's little doubt he can make his presence felt outside handicaps; player for a yard seeking a third win in this since 2020.
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2nd

2

(6)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

15:10 York

Botanical

9st 9lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Roger Varian

Disappointing in Listed Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m2f, good to firm) last month but perhaps the ground was too lively (wins on good-soft); prior to that he was very impressive in a handicap over this C&D (good) and on that evidence today's 10lb higher mark may not be beyond him.

7/1

15th

5

(13)

18th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:40 Ascot

Botanical

9st 5lb

J: William Buick

T: Roger Varian

Slammed this year's Lincoln winner Mr Professor at Hamilton (1m1f, soft) on final 3yo outing and produced an equally striking performance when readily following up off 10lb higher at the York Dante meeting (about 1m2f, good) on his reappearance in May; there's little doubt he can make his presence felt outside handicaps; player for a yard seeking a third win in this since 2020.

9/2

1st

2

(2)

17th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

14:45 York

Botanical

9st 8lb

J: James Doyle

T: Roger Varian

Scored twice during his first season last year and put up a striking performance at Hamilton (1m1f, soft) on final outing, easily beating the subsequent Lincoln winner; 10lb higher today and back on less testing ground but could be a smart prospect.

3/1

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