16:10 Newbury 21 Apr 2017

Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Handicap (Class 2) (3YO only)

Winner £12,450 - 15 run - Draw Advantage: None

5

7f

Good to Firm (Good in places)

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No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
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Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
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Position
1 (11)
51268-
iT
Pink and purple (quartered), halved sleeves (G P M Morland,d J Erwin,john G S Woodm)

Bacchus 211 

ch g Kheleyf - Rumbled (Halling)

3 9-7 p1
92
3 9-7 p1
92

Pretty useful form as a juvenile but well held in nursery final start and will require a smart effort to defy top weight here. Has cheekpieces on for the first time.

Pretty useful form as a juvenile but well held in nursery final start and will require a smart effort to defy top weight here. Has cheekpieces on for the first time.

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Bacchus Score: 401

2 (8)
811124-
iT
Purple, white sleeves, black armlets, hooped cap (Mr Tim Dykes, Mrs G Buchanan & E Burke)

Mutahaady (IRE)  155 

b g Elzaam - Midnight Oasis (Oasis Dream)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Racked up hat-trick of nursery wins last autumn bit form levelled off towards the end of the campaign and suspicion he'll be vulnerable to less-exposed types here.

Racked up hat-trick of nursery wins last autumn bit form levelled off towards the end of the campaign and suspicion he'll be vulnerable to less-exposed types here.

Mutahaady Score: 374

3 (3)
610-
iT
Maroon, grey epaulets (Prince A A Faisal)

Solomon's Bay (IRE)  195 

ch c Exceed and Excel - Gentle On My Mind (Sadler's Wells)

3 9-3
88
3 9-3
88

Confirmed debut promise when taking 7f Yarmouth maiden in September. Can't have been right when well held in Newmarket Group 3 final start and remains with potential.

Confirmed debut promise when taking 7f Yarmouth maiden in September. Can't have been right when well held in Newmarket Group 3 final start and remains with potential.

Solomon's Bay Score: 389

4 (13)
21-
iT
Light blue, beige seams, light blue sleeves, beige stars, light blue cap (H E S Al-kaabi)

Omran 127 

ch c Choisir - Ruff Shod (Storm Boot)

3 9-3
88
3 9-3
88

Built on encouraging debut second at Doncaster last autumn when scoring by 6 lengths at Chelmsford (7f) in December. Useful prospect.

Built on encouraging debut second at Doncaster last autumn when scoring by 6 lengths at Chelmsford (7f) in December. Useful prospect.

Omran Score: 414

5 (15)
1-
iT
Light blue and red (quartered), white sleeves, red cap (Treasure Trove Partnership)

Chessman (IRE)  156 

b c Acclamation - Dulcian (Shamardal)

3 9-2
87 1
3 9-2
87 1

Looked potentially very useful when overcoming unfavourable circumstances to make a winning debut at Kempton (7f) in November. Entered in 2000 Guineas. This opening mark could underestimate him.

Looked potentially very useful when overcoming unfavourable circumstances to make a winning debut at Kempton (7f) in November. Entered in 2000 Guineas. This opening mark could underestimate him.

Chessman Score: 428

3
6 (1)
141-
iT
Light blue, orange epaulets (Middleham Park Racing XVII)

Sterling Silva (IRE)  315 

ch c Sakhee's Secret - Silicon Star (Starborough)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Won 2 of 3 starts early last season but form nothing special and will need to improve a fair bit to defy this mark on his return from 10 months off.

Won 2 of 3 starts early last season but form nothing special and will need to improve a fair bit to defy this mark on his return from 10 months off.

Sterling Silva Score: 439

2
7 (10)
011-
iT
White, royal blue seams and sleeves, yellow cap (Mrs Olive Shaw)

Graphite Storm 216 

gr c Delegator - Ice Haven (Verglas)

3 9-1
86
3 9-1
86

Left debut behind when scoring at Windsor in August and benefited from the step up to 7f when following up in C&D nursery in September. Yet another promising sort in this line-up.

Left debut behind when scoring at Windsor in August and benefited from the step up to 7f when following up in C&D nursery in September. Yet another promising sort in this line-up.

Graphite Storm Score: 384

8 (5)
6140-2
iT
Emerald green, black sleeves, emerald green armlets, emerald green cap, black star (Mr M Stewkesbury)

Jule In The Crown 10 

b f Harbour Watch - Jules (Danehill)

3 9-0
85 1
3 9-0
85 1

Missed second half of 2016 but the fact she contested Queen Mary at Royal Ascot shows she's well regarded and she made a promising return when second at Pontefract (6f) last week. 7f should suit.

Missed second half of 2016 but the fact she contested Queen Mary at Royal Ascot shows she's well regarded and she made a promising return when second at Pontefract (6f) last week. 7f should suit.

Jule In The Crown Score: 421

4
9 (4)
60-1
iT
Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap (Highclere T'bred Racing- Rudyard Kipli)

Abatement 83 

b g Bated Breath - Iwunder (King's Best)

3 8-12
83
3 8-12
83

Left his 2 runs as a juvenile behind (gelded after) when impressively landing a 7f Lingfield maiden on return in January. In good hands and major surprise if there isn't more to come.

Left his 2 runs as a juvenile behind (gelded after) when impressively landing a 7f Lingfield maiden on return in January. In good hands and major surprise if there isn't more to come.

Abatement Score: 360

10 (2)
31-
iT
Pale blue, white and yellow check cap (Ballymacoll Stud)

Pivoine (IRE)  184 

b c Redoute's Choice - Fleur De Cactus (Montjeu)

3 8-11
82
3 8-11
82

Built on debut promise when keeping on well to win 1m Kempton maiden in October. Drop in trip on return perhaps not the obvious move given his dam won over 13f but he's still much respected.

Built on debut promise when keeping on well to win 1m Kempton maiden in October. Drop in trip on return perhaps not the obvious move given his dam won over 13f but he's still much respected.

Pivoine Score: 395

11 (14)
41-
iT
Pink, dark blue stars, dark blue and pink diabolo on sleeves, pink cap, dark blue star (Pineapple Stud, Amanda Turner & Ptnr)

Warrior's Spirit (IRE)  216 

b c Requinto - Sandbox Two (Foxhound)

3 8-10
81
3 8-10
81

Stepped up on debut fourth over 6f here in July when winning over C&D (good to soft) in September. Likely has more to offer.

Stepped up on debut fourth over 6f here in July when winning over C&D (good to soft) in September. Likely has more to offer.

Warrior's Spirit Score: 371

12 (9)
421-V37
iT
Red, white stripe, striped sleeves (Mr Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah)

Zamjar 30 

b c Exceed and Excel - Cloud's End (Dubawi)

3 8-10
81
3 8-10
81

Dual winner over 6f last season. Creditable return to action when third at Newcastle (6f) last month but well held back there since. Blinkers off. Needs to improve for step up to 7f.

Dual winner over 6f last season. Creditable return to action when third at Newcastle (6f) last month but well held back there since. Blinkers off. Needs to improve for step up to 7f.

Zamjar Score: 401

13 (12)
04347-1
iT
Royal blue, maroon sash and star on cap (David Little The Links Partnership)

Glory of Paris (IRE)  16 

b g Sir Prancealot - Paris Glory (Honour And Glory)

3 8-9
80
3 8-9
80

Left last year's efforts on turf well behind when making a successful return to action on AW at Kempton 16 days ago. This a big step up in class and also needs to prove he can do it on the grass.

Left last year's efforts on turf well behind when making a successful return to action on AW at Kempton 16 days ago. This a big step up in class and also needs to prove he can do it on the grass.

Glory of Paris Score: 283

14 (16)
24-14
iT
Dark blue, white chevron, red sleeves and cap (Mr P Makin)

Winning Ways (IRE)  71 

b c Lope De Vega - Sahara Sky (Danehill)

3 8-9 t h
80
3 8-9 t h
80

First run since leaving William Haggas when justifying short odds in Lingfield maiden in this headgear combination in January. Better than result in minor event there since and more to come.

First run since leaving William Haggas when justifying short odds in Lingfield maiden in this headgear combination in January. Better than result in minor event there since and more to come.

Winning Ways Score: 500

1
15 (17)
380-211
iT
Royal blue, light blue stars, white sleeves, light blue stars and cap (Mr P Gleeson & Goldrush Thoroughbreds)

Dark Destroyer (IRE)  24 

b c Helmet - Oeuvre d'Art (Marju)

3 8-9
80
3 8-9
80

Off mark at fifth time of asking in maiden at Kempton in February and improved to follow up in 7f handicap at Wolverhampton since. May have more to offer but this a much better race

Off mark at fifth time of asking in maiden at Kempton in February and improved to follow up in 7f handicap at Wolverhampton since. May have more to offer but this a much better race

Dark Destroyer Score: 354

16 (7)
2-31152
iT
Red and emerald green diabolo, red sleeves, emerald green armlets, white cap (Threes Company)

Espresso Freddo (IRE)  21 

b c Fast Company - Spring Bouquet (King's Best)

3 8-9 p
80
3 8-9 p
80

Dual winner over 7f for Sir Mark Prescott at the start of the year and solid start for new yard last month. Has a lot more on his plate here, though.

Dual winner over 7f for Sir Mark Prescott at the start of the year and solid start for new yard last month. Has a lot more on his plate here, though.

Espresso Freddo Score: 338

17 (6)
7251-
iT
Emerald green, yellow stripe, yellow cap (Thurloe Thoroughbreds Xxxix)

Intimate Art (IRE)  198 

ch g Dutch Art - Intimacy (Teofilo)

3 8-8
79
3 8-8
79

Improved when making it fourth time lucky in maidens at Kempton (7f) in October. Handicap mark looks workable but not as obviously progressive as some of these rivals.

Improved when making it fourth time lucky in maidens at Kempton (7f) in October. Handicap mark looks workable but not as obviously progressive as some of these rivals.

Intimate Art Score: 350

Verdict

CHESSMAN put in a strong performance on debut to win at Kempton in November and the three-year-old is in the best possible hands to continue his progression now ridden by Frankie Dettori. The second from that contest has won since and he might be capable of account for the likes of Pivoine, who looks sure to hold his own this season for powerful connections, and Graphite Storm, who won here last season and will get further than this in time. Winning Ways, Intimate Art and Sterling Silva are others to note in an open contest.

Verdict

Usually a really strong 3-y-o handicap and this year's renewal looks no exception. CHESSMAN looked a good prospect when making a winning debut at Kempton in November and gets the nod for a yard which has won this with the smart pair Gregorian and Muwaary in recent years. Winning Ways, Pivoine and Abatement head the many possible dangers.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2015 Good to Firm 12 Desert Force 2 3 8 9 83 4210 187 days R Hannon (19 miles) P Dobbs 14/1 1:22.79
2014 Good to Soft 10 Muwaary 8 3 8 8 82 1 266 days J Gosden (112 miles) P Hanagan 2/1 1:26.48
2013 Good to Soft 10 Baltic Knight 6 3 9 3 95 5121 198 days R Hannon (19 miles) R Hughes 9/2 1:26.56
2012 Soft 10 Gregorian 8 3 9 3 88 071 182 days J Gosden (112 miles) W Buick 3/1 1:31.65
2011 Good to Firm 11 Sikeeb 6 3 9 1 86 210 195 days C Brittain (112 miles) P Robinson 8/1 1:24.91
2010 Good 13 Meezaan 4 3 8 12 87 01 184 days J Gosden (112 miles) Richard Hills 5/1 1:23.82
2009 Good to Soft 16 Makaamen 15 3 9 0 90 2-1 19 days B W Hills (1 miles) T O'Shea 10/1 1:29.45
2008 Good to Soft 14 Huzzah 3 3 8 9 86 225134 174 days B W Hills (1 miles) Michael Hills 14/1 1:26.09
2007 Good 16 Phoenix Tower 12 3 8 11 88 1 172 days Sir H Cecil (112 miles) R Hughes 9/2 1:23.35
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