15:00 Newmarket 12 Oct 2018

Godolphin Stud And Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (3YO plus)

Winner £68,052 - 8 run - Draw Advantage: None

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No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
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Timeform says (star rating)
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Printouts
Data quality85%
Position
1 (7)
0-53348
iT
Purple and white (quartered), white sleeves (Mr John Cook)

Breton Rock (IRE)  27 

b g Bahamian Bounty - Anna's Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar)

8 9-3
111
8 9-3
111

Credit to connections over the years and seemingly as good as ever when placed in Lennox Stakes and Hungerford Stakes this season. However, needs to bounce back from 2 lesser efforts.

Credit to connections over the years and seemingly as good as ever when placed in Lennox Stakes and Hungerford Stakes this season. However, needs to bounce back from 2 lesser efforts.

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Breton Rock Score: 377

4
2 (4)
165642
iT
Royal blue (Godolphin)

D'bai (IRE)  27 

b g Dubawi - Savannah Belle (Green Desert)

4 9-3 t b
111
4 9-3 t b
111

Better than ever this season, narrow winner of Group 3 at Haydock (7f) and even better form when close second in Park Stakes at Doncaster latest. Respected.

Better than ever this season, narrow winner of Group 3 at Haydock (7f) and even better form when close second in Park Stakes at Doncaster latest. Respected.

D'bai Score: 444

1
3 (6)
522244
iT
Royal blue and yellow (halved), sleeves reversed, red cap, yellow star (Dr Cyrus Poonawalla/morgan J Cahalan)

Gordon Lord Byron (IRE)  12 

b g Byron - Boa Estrela (Intikhab)

10 9-3
110
10 9-3
110

Veteran performer who was third in this race last year (at 66/1). Good second in City of York Stakes in August but below par since.

Veteran performer who was third in this race last year (at 66/1). Good second in City of York Stakes in August but below par since.

Gordon Lord Byron Score: 381

3
4 (3)
1-00011
iT
Dark green, black chevron, white cap (Mr Paul G Jacobs)

Limato (IRE)  33 

b g Tagula - Come April (Singspiel)

6 9-3
114
6 9-3
114

Classy performer at his best and back on-song with victories in 6f listed races at Newmarket and York the last twice. Impressive winner of this last year and should make another bold bid.

Classy performer at his best and back on-song with victories in 6f listed races at Newmarket and York the last twice. Impressive winner of this last year and should make another bold bid.

Limato Score: 384

2
5 (5)
6-71191
iT
Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap (Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum)

Mankib 21 

ch c Tamayuz - Natagora (Divine Light)

4 9-3
110
4 9-3
110

Smart colt who's won 3 of last 4 starts, notably when impressive winner of listed event at Newbury last month. Up to making presence felt at this level.

Smart colt who's won 3 of last 4 starts, notably when impressive winner of listed event at Newbury last month. Up to making presence felt at this level.

Mankib Score: 281

6 (2)
243224
iT
White, gold braid, green sleeves, green cap with gold tassel (Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah)

Salateen 13 

ch h Dutch Art - Amanda Carter (Tobougg)

6 9-3 t p1
103
6 9-3 t p1
103

Smart front runner who has been kept busy this term but career best required to play any sort of prominent role here. Headgear applied.

Smart front runner who has been kept busy this term but career best required to play any sort of prominent role here. Headgear applied.

Salateen Score: 258

7 (8)
8-00344
iT
Red, white sash, royal blue cap (Cheveley Park Stud)

Zonderland 14 

ch h Dutch Art - Barynya (Pivotal)

5 9-3
109
5 9-3
109

Smart on his day and has confirmed that ability remains intact when fourth in Celebration Mile at Goodwood. However, only fourth of 5 in Joel Stakes here since.

Smart on his day and has confirmed that ability remains intact when fourth in Celebration Mile at Goodwood. However, only fourth of 5 in Joel Stakes here since.

Zonderland Score: 333

8 (1)
302421
iT
Purple, light blue chevron, light blue cap (Mr J C Smith)

Dancing Star 28 

b m Aqlaam - Strictly Dancing (Danehill Dancer)

5 9-0
105
5 9-0
105

Stewards' Cup winner in 2016 and back to that level last 2 starts, ending losing run in Group 3 at Doncaster 4 weeks ago. More needed back against the males, however.

Stewards' Cup winner in 2016 and back to that level last 2 starts, ending losing run in Group 3 at Doncaster 4 weeks ago. More needed back against the males, however.

Dancing Star Score: 332

Verdict

Last year's winner Limato has returned to form, after struggling in the first half of the season, winning in Listed company the last twice here on the July course and at York last month. He is top rated in the field and, if running to his best, would undoubtedly be tough to beat. That said, the level of form in those victories this year doesn't amount to much, and D'BAI arguably brings the strongest recent piece of form to the table. His second in the Park Stakes to Mustashry at Doncaster was backed up by that rival going on to win the Joel Stakes here, and Charlie Appleby's gelding can continue the excellent form of the stable. Mankib and Dancing Star both come into this at the top of their game and cannot be discounted up in class.

Verdict

Last year's winner LIMATO is clear on ratings and should prove hard to beat after his back-to-form wins at Newmarket and York. Mankib has made good progress since joining his new yard this season and is feared most ahead of D'bai.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2017 Good 11 Limato 9 5 9 3 - 16-0324 73 days H Candy (119 miles) H Bentley 6/4 1:22.24
2016 Good to Firm 12 Aclaim 8 3 9 1 - 367511 21 days M Meade (138 miles) L Dettori 6/1 1:23.92
2015 Good to Soft 10 Cable Bay 7 4 9 3 - 134464 6 days C Hills (116 miles) L Dettori 8/1 1:24.45
2014 Soft 13 Here Comes When 13 4 9 7 - 40-1501 44 days A Balding (110 miles) J Crowley 8/1 1:26.53
2013 Good to Soft 9 Fiesolana 3 4 9 0 - 111615 35 days W McCreery W J Lee 3/1 1:24.24
2012 Good to Soft 11 Fulbright 4 3 9 1 - 110216 7 days M Johnston (200 miles) J Fanning 15/2 1:24.03
2011 Good 8 Strong Suit 4 3 9 5 - 32-6131 74 days R Hannon (134 miles) R Hughes 13/8 1:22.74
2010 Good to Soft 14 Red Jazz 7 3 9 1 - 222853 21 days B W Hills (116 miles) R Winston 5/1 1:26.04
2009 Good 9 Arabian Gleam 8 5 9 3 - 641-373 35 days J Noseda (1 miles) Johnny Murtagh 7/1 1:23.81
2008 Good 15 Stimulation 12 3 9 1 - 172423 41 days H Morrison (116 miles) D Holland 9/2 1:22.48