13:05 Ascot 11 Aug 2018

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash (Handicap) (Class 2) (3YO plus)

Winner £22,131 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: High

1

5f

Good (Good to Firm in places)

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Weighed In
No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1 (11)
16722-0
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke (Heart Of The South Racing 102)

Sir Robert Cheval 49 

b g Green Desert - Aunt Ruby (Rubiano)

7 10-0
101
7 10-0
101

Infrequent winner but form figures on last 5 visits here read 13220, including a near miss in this race last year. Ought to be sharper following reappearance in the Wokingham and he's one to consider.

Infrequent winner but form figures on last 5 visits here read 13220, including a near miss in this race last year. Ought to be sharper following reappearance in the Wokingham and he's one to consider.

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2 (12)
123442
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Mr Ross Harmon Racing)

El Astronaute (IRE)  11 

ch g Approve - Drumcliffe Dancer (Footstepsinthesand)

5 10-0
101
5 10-0
101

Tough and consistent type who gave another good account of himself when runner-up in a competitive handicap at Goodwood (5f) 11 days ago. Bold bid anticipated off same mark.

Tough and consistent type who gave another good account of himself when runner-up in a competitive handicap at Goodwood (5f) 11 days ago. Bold bid anticipated off same mark.

3 (7)
8-60540
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Miss J Deadman & Mr S Barrow)

Tis Marvellous 7 

b g Harbour Watch - Mythicism (Oasis Dream)

4 9-13 t
100
4 9-13 t
100

Winless since 2-y-o days but shaped well in valuable 6f handicaps on first 2 starts this year, including at the Royal meeting here in June. Misfired at Goodwood last time but claims if bouncing back.

Winless since 2-y-o days but shaped well in valuable 6f handicaps on first 2 starts this year, including at the Royal meeting here in June. Misfired at Goodwood last time but claims if bouncing back.

4 (10)
103535
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke (Mr Terry Reffell)

Gracious John (IRE)  15 

b g Baltic King - Dorn Hill (Lujain)

5 9-12
99
5 9-12
99

Resumed winning ways off 1 lb lower at Newbury in April and largely acquitted himself well since, including when fifth in 10-runner C&D handicap last time. Couldn't rule out.

Resumed winning ways off 1 lb lower at Newbury in April and largely acquitted himself well since, including when fifth in 10-runner C&D handicap last time. Couldn't rule out.

5 (2)
127-500
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Robert & Nina Bailey)

Just Glamorous (IRE)  11 

ch g Arcano - Glamorous Air (Air Express)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Back to something like his best when landing a C&D listed race in October but hasn't come close to matching that form in 3 starts so far this season.

Back to something like his best when landing a C&D listed race in October but hasn't come close to matching that form in 3 starts so far this season.

6 (8)
702310
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Taylor's Bloodstock Ltd)

Line Of Reason (IRE)  28 

br g Kheleyf - Miss Party Line (Phone Trick)

8 9-12
99
8 9-12
99

Proved that ability remains intact when regaining the winning thread at Ayr (5f) last month. Below par here next time but it's worth noting that he was runner-up in this race off 6 lb higher in 2016.

Proved that ability remains intact when regaining the winning thread at Ayr (5f) last month. Below par here next time but it's worth noting that he was runner-up in this race off 6 lb higher in 2016.

7 (1)
260544
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke (Mrs Morley,g Johnson,newsells Park Stu)

Encore D'or 15 

b g Oasis Dream - Entente Cordiale (Ela-Mana-Mou)

6 9-12 p
99
6 9-12 p
99

Clearly more of a force on AW but turf mark takes that into account, and efforts in C&D handicaps the last twice have been solid. Like stablemates Sir Robert Cheval and Evergate, he merits respect.

Clearly more of a force on AW but turf mark takes that into account, and efforts in C&D handicaps the last twice have been solid. Like stablemates Sir Robert Cheval and Evergate, he merits respect.

8 (9)
111207
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke (Mr K Nicholls)

Foolaad 14 

ch g Exceed and Excel - Zayn Zen (Singspiel)

7 9-11 t
98
7 9-11 t
98

Progressive 4-time AW winner during the winter and continued good work back on turf when narrowly outpointing El Astronaute at Pontefract (5f) in June. Below par last 2 starts but claims nonetheless.

Progressive 4-time AW winner during the winter and continued good work back on turf when narrowly outpointing El Astronaute at Pontefract (5f) in June. Below par last 2 starts but claims nonetheless.

9 (6)
063210
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Hambleton Racing Ltd Xxxix & P Bamford)

Watchable 7 

ch g Pivotal - Irresistible (Cadeaux Genereux)

8 9-10 p
97
8 9-10 p
97

Notched second success of the campaign at Pontefract (5f) last month. However, struggled in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood since and minor place money may be the best he can hope for.

Notched second success of the campaign at Pontefract (5f) last month. However, struggled in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood since and minor place money may be the best he can hope for.

10 (3)
203202
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, White cap (The Ever Hopefuls)

Evergate 15 

b g Exceed and Excel - Lion Forest (Forestry)

4 9-8 v
95
4 9-8 v
95

Hasn't got his head in front for a while but has found just one too good on 2 of his last 3 starts, including over C&D last time (Encore d'Or and Gracious John behind). Needs considering.

Hasn't got his head in front for a while but has found just one too good on 2 of his last 3 starts, including over C&D last time (Encore d'Or and Gracious John behind). Needs considering.

11 (4)
69-1215
iT
white (The W H O Society)

The Daley Express (IRE)  85 

b g Elzaam - Seraphina (Pips Pride)

Non Runner (Reserve)

Non Runner (Reserve)

Gelded during winter and seemingly all the better for it, victorious at Bath either side of a good effort in defeat there in April. Not disgraced at Newbury latest but on a tough mark now. RESERVE.

Gelded during winter and seemingly all the better for it, victorious at Bath either side of a good effort in defeat there in April. Not disgraced at Newbury latest but on a tough mark now. RESERVE.

12 (5)
173171
iT
white (Johnnie Delta Racing)

Tommy G 7 

ch g Makfi - Primo Heights (Primo Valentino)

5 8-12
85
5 8-12
85

Gained first victory away from Ayr when landing a big-field Goodwood handicap (6f) last weekend. Drop back in trip fine and 4 lb rise seems fair, so he'll be a player if getting a run. RESERVE.

Gained first victory away from Ayr when landing a big-field Goodwood handicap (6f) last weekend. Drop back in trip fine and 4 lb rise seems fair, so he'll be a player if getting a run. RESERVE.

Verdict

El Astronaute can never be discounted in these type of events and the speedy five-year-old arrives here on the back of a solid effort at Goodwood 11 days ago. That said, he will have plenty of competition for the lead early on with Gracious John, Just Glamorous and Watchable also in the field. With that in mind, the preference is for ENCORE D'OR, who should appreciate the likely fast pace. He has finished fourth over this C&D on his last two starts and he should be capable of winning off his current mark. Evergate finished a couple of places in front of the selection last time out but may not confirm that form off 3lb worse terms today.

Verdict

The vote goes to FOOLAAD, who edged out El Astronaute on his latest start over this trip at Pontefract in April and is actually 5 lb better off with that rival now. The latter has to be feared all the same but Evergate, who has improved since equipped with a visor and was runner-up over C&D recently, may be a bigger threat. Evergate's stablemates Sir Robert Cheval and Encore d'Or also have claims.

13:40 Ascot 11 Aug 2018

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Stayers (Handicap) (Class 2) (4YO plus)

Winner £22,131 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: High

2

1m 7f 209y

Good (Good to Firm in places)

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Weighed In
No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1 (6)
14-4483
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Mr R W Huggins)

Jukebox Jive (FR)  35 

b g Jukebox Jury - Sweetheart (Sinndar)

4 10-0 t
100
4 10-0 t
100

Multiple winner in 2017 and also scored over hurdles in November. Solid third in Sandown listed race (16.2f) back from a break last month and should go well, for all that he's on a career-high mark.

Multiple winner in 2017 and also scored over hurdles in November. Solid third in Sandown listed race (16.2f) back from a break last month and should go well, for all that he's on a career-high mark.

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2 (2)
24-1420
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke (Fred Archer Racing - Bend Or)

Lord George (IRE)  42 

gr g Sir Percy - Mahima (Linamix)

5 10-0 v
100
5 10-0 v
100

Decisive winner at Kempton (2m) in January. Ran no sort of a race in the Northumberland Plate last time but 5 lb lower back on turf and no surprise if he's involved in the finish.

Decisive winner at Kempton (2m) in January. Ran no sort of a race in the Northumberland Plate last time but 5 lb lower back on turf and no surprise if he's involved in the finish.

3 (9)
821-481
iT
White (Michael Watt And Billy Slater (aus))

Saunter (FR)  18 

gr g Myboycharlie - Marie Des Fleurs (Smart Strike)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Resumed winning ways over 13.9f in France recently and any rainfall would aid his cause. One of 3 representing Ian Williams, who saddled the winner of this handicap in 2011 and 2012.

Resumed winning ways over 13.9f in France recently and any rainfall would aid his cause. One of 3 representing Ian Williams, who saddled the winner of this handicap in 2011 and 2012.

4 (4)
34320/8
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke (Mark Albon & Chris Stedman)

Hassle (IRE)  53 (21J) 

b g Montjeu - Canterbury Lace (Danehill)

9 9-12 b
98
9 9-12 b
98

Missed whole of 2017 but won over hurdles in June and performed with credit back in this sphere at the Royal meeting here (2½m) 18 days later. Still, others make more appeal on this occasion.

Missed whole of 2017 but won over hurdles in June and performed with credit back in this sphere at the Royal meeting here (2½m) 18 days later. Still, others make more appeal on this occasion.

5 (1)
4/4120-0
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Mr R S Brookhouse)

Stars Over The Sea (USA)  21 

b g Sea The Stars - Exciting Times (Jeune Homme)

7 9-12 h
98
7 9-12 h
98

Useful gelding who ended the drought in minor event at Killarney last summer. However, well beaten on return/debut for new yard at Newbury and hopes pinned on first-time hood doing the trick.

Useful gelding who ended the drought in minor event at Killarney last summer. However, well beaten on return/debut for new yard at Newbury and hopes pinned on first-time hood doing the trick.

6 (5)
27-5200
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Anchor Men)

Byron Flyer 42 

b g Byron - Nursling (Kahyasi)

7 9-9 p
95
7 9-9 p
95

Has struggled the last twice but solid effort when third off 1 lb higher at Haydock in May, and he went down narrowly in this race 12 months ago. Claims if bouncing back.

Has struggled the last twice but solid effort when third off 1 lb higher at Haydock in May, and he went down narrowly in this race 12 months ago. Claims if bouncing back.

7 (12)
0-26106
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Mr Mohammed Jaber)

Manjaam (IRE)  29 

ch g Tamayuz - Priory Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar)

5 9-9
95
5 9-9
95

Arrived late on the scene when resuming winning at York (1½m) in May. Well beaten both starts since, though, and stamina for this new trip has to be taken on trust.

Arrived late on the scene when resuming winning at York (1½m) in May. Well beaten both starts since, though, and stamina for this new trip has to be taken on trust.

8 (7)
668700
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke (Mr A D Spence)

Soldier In Action (FR)  7 

ch g Soldier of Fortune - Ripley (Platini)

5 9-9
95
5 9-9
95

Has failed to fire so far this year but it would be unwise to rule this 5-y-o out, given that he's 11 lb lower compared to when getting the better of Lord George at Kempton (2m) in November.

Has failed to fire so far this year but it would be unwise to rule this 5-y-o out, given that he's 11 lb lower compared to when getting the better of Lord George at Kempton (2m) in November.

9 (8)
46-2496
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (King Power Racing Co Ltd)

Cleonte (IRE)  21 

ch g Sir Percy - Key Figure (Beat Hollow)

5 9-6 p
92
5 9-6 p
92

Gelded following low-key 2017 campaign and has done little wrong this year, best work at the finish when sixth of 16 in a valuable Newbury handicap (16.5f) last time. Major player off the same mark.

Gelded following low-key 2017 campaign and has done little wrong this year, best work at the finish when sixth of 16 in a valuable Newbury handicap (16.5f) last time. Major player off the same mark.

10 (10)
8-52473
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke (Ladas)

Fire Jet (IRE)  29 

ch m Ask - Lightning Jet (Dutch Art)

5 9-4
90
5 9-4
90

Progressive in 2017, winning 3 times, and went close over 1¾m at Newmarket in May. Subsequent efforts have been respectable but career best needed if he's to emerge on top here.

Progressive in 2017, winning 3 times, and went close over 1¾m at Newmarket in May. Subsequent efforts have been respectable but career best needed if he's to emerge on top here.

11 (3)
0/685-66
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Mr Nick Peacock)

Aussie Reigns (IRE)  171 

b g Aussie Rules - Rohain (Singspiel)

8 9-2 v
88 WS
8 9-2 v
88 WS

Little spark in 4 runs since joining this yard and has undergone wind surgery since latest start in February.

Little spark in 4 runs since joining this yard and has undergone wind surgery since latest start in February.

12 (11)
898828
iT
white (White Turf Racing Uk)

Berrahri (IRE)  9 

b g Bahri - Band of Colour (Spectrum)

Withdrawn

Withdrawn

Went close at Sandown on penultimate start but otherwise below par this season. RESERVE.

Went close at Sandown on penultimate start but otherwise below par this season. RESERVE.

Verdict

CLEONTE stayed on to finish sixth in a very competitive handicap over this trip at Newbury last month and that followed a respectable effort in the Ascot Stakes here at the Royal meeting. He may be a touch high in the ratings at the moment but this is not the strongest of races and he should be hard to keep out of the frame. Manjaam is not the most reliable of geldings but he could go well if seeing out the trip. Byron Flyer was only beaten a neck by the subsequent John Smith's Cup winner Euchen Glen in this race 12 months ago and he cannot be discounted.

Verdict

LORD GEORGE needs to bounce back following a disappointing effort in the Northumberland Plate but there's a good chance that he'll do just that. Indeed, his profile is pretty solid on the whole, this mark should be within reach and he should get a decent pace to aim at. Cleonte is next on the list ahead of Byron Flyer, who went close in this race last year, and Jukebox Jive.

14:15 Ascot 11 Aug 2018

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge (Handicap) (Class 3) (4YO plus)

Winner £22,131 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: High

3

1m 3f 211y

Good (Good to Firm in places)

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Weighed In
No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1 (5)
900509
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Curtis, Malt & Williams)

Eddystone Rock (IRE)  50 

ch g Rock Of Gibraltar - Bayberry (Bering)

6 9-13
95
6 9-13
95

Did well last season and appeared to be coming back to the boil when fifth of 15 at Newmarket in May. Hasn't troubled the judge in 2 subsequent starts but lurking on a dangerous-looking mark now.

Did well last season and appeared to be coming back to the boil when fifth of 15 at Newmarket in May. Hasn't troubled the judge in 2 subsequent starts but lurking on a dangerous-looking mark now.

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2 (12)
504261
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke (Mr Khalifa Dasmal)

Majeed 42 

b g Mount Nelson - Clever Millie (Cape Canaveral)

8 9-13
95
8 9-13
95

Snapped a losing run when getting on top close home at Windsor (11.4f) last month. However, things rather went his way on that occasion and he's not the most reliable of types.

Snapped a losing run when getting on top close home at Windsor (11.4f) last month. However, things rather went his way on that occasion and he's not the most reliable of types.

3 (11)
055-355
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke (King Power Racing Co Ltd)

Twin Star (IRE)  61 

ch g Tagula - Chronicle (Observatory)

4 9-11
93
4 9-11
93

Best effort since joining this yard when fifth in a 14-runner C&D handicap in May. Badly hampered at Windsor next time, so that run can be overlooked, but others preferred all the same.

Best effort since joining this yard when fifth in a 14-runner C&D handicap in May. Badly hampered at Windsor next time, so that run can be overlooked, but others preferred all the same.

4 (9)
4270-01
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke (Mr Michael Geoghegan)

Machine Learner 29 

b g Sir Percy - My First Romance (Danehill)

5 9-10
92
5 9-10
92

Failed to fire when returning to action here in May but looked better than ever when striking back at this course (14.2f) last month. 5 lb rise tolerable and he has to enter calculations.

Failed to fire when returning to action here in May but looked better than ever when striking back at this course (14.2f) last month. 5 lb rise tolerable and he has to enter calculations.

5 (8)
274741
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Taplin & Bunney Partnership)

Koeman 14 

b c Dutch Art - Angelic Note (Excellent Art)

4 9-9
91
4 9-9
91

Had a few of these behind when runner-up over C&D in May, and went one better back at this venue a fortnight ago. 4 lb rise elevates him to a career-high mark but likely to give another good account.

Had a few of these behind when runner-up over C&D in May, and went one better back at this venue a fortnight ago. 4 lb rise elevates him to a career-high mark but likely to give another good account.

6 (3)
020229
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Mr W M Johnstone & Mr J S Goldie)

Nicholas T 12 

b g Rail Link - Thorntoun Piccolo (Groom Dancer)

6 9-9
91
6 9-9
91

Has hit the crossbar 3 times this season and not seen to best effect at Ayr last time. Runner-up in the Mile at this meeting 12 months ago but stamina for this trip needs to be taken on trust.

Has hit the crossbar 3 times this season and not seen to best effect at Ayr last time. Runner-up in the Mile at this meeting 12 months ago but stamina for this trip needs to be taken on trust.

7 (10)
0-92334
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Mr Isa Salman)

Humble Hero (IRE)  28 

b g High Chaparral - Alamouna (Indian Ridge)

4 9-9 t b1
91
4 9-9 t b1
91

Largely creditable efforts in handicaps over a variety of trips this year but again didn't look the most hearty of battlers when fourth at York (16.2f) last time. Now tried in blinkers.

Largely creditable efforts in handicaps over a variety of trips this year but again didn't look the most hearty of battlers when fourth at York (16.2f) last time. Now tried in blinkers.

8 (2)
933113
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Mr P Philipps Mr C Philipps Mr T Redma)

Maori Bob (IRE)  14 

b g Big Bad Bob - Tekhania (Dalakhani)

4 9-8
90
4 9-8
90

Displayed a good attitude when shading tight finishes at Windsor and Doncaster last month. By no means disgraced off this mark at Newmarket (1¼m) recently but more needed if he's to prevail here.

Displayed a good attitude when shading tight finishes at Windsor and Doncaster last month. By no means disgraced off this mark at Newmarket (1¼m) recently but more needed if he's to prevail here.

9 (4)
231-600
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke (Michael Watt & Roy David)

Reshoun (FR)  21 

b g Shamardal - Radiyya (Sinndar)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Decisive winner of Doncaster handicap over this trip on final 2017 start. However, has failed to build on encouraging reappearance in 2 subsequent runs this season and needs to bounce back.

Decisive winner of Doncaster handicap over this trip on final 2017 start. However, has failed to build on encouraging reappearance in 2 subsequent runs this season and needs to bounce back.

10 (7)
0/80-515
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Mr Ali Saeed)

West Coast Flyer 38 

b h Cape Cross - La Felicita (Shareef Dancer)

5 9-8
90
5 9-8
90

Winner of 5 of his 9 starts on the AW, including a 1½m Kempton handicap in June. Creditable effort off this mark over 2m there last time but all the evidence suggests he's not so good on turf.

Winner of 5 of his 9 starts on the AW, including a 1½m Kempton handicap in June. Creditable effort off this mark over 2m there last time but all the evidence suggests he's not so good on turf.

11 (6)
128123
iT
white (Mrs Lucille Bone)

Theglasgowwarrior 14 

b g Sir Percy - Sweet Cando (Royal Applause)

Non Runner (Reserve)

Non Runner (Reserve)

Notched fourth victory of the year at Hamilton last month and has lost little caste in defeat in handicaps there and at Chester subsequently. One to consider if making the cut. RESERVE.

Notched fourth victory of the year at Hamilton last month and has lost little caste in defeat in handicaps there and at Chester subsequently. One to consider if making the cut. RESERVE.

12 (1)
364121
iT
white (Djt Racing Partnership)

Genetics (FR)  32 

b g Manduro - Garmerita (Poliglote)

4 9-2
84
4 9-2
84

Good second at Epsom last month, either side of which he has landed handicaps over this trip at Brighton. Still, further progress will be needed here, if indeed he gets a run. RESERVE.

Good second at Epsom last month, either side of which he has landed handicaps over this trip at Brighton. Still, further progress will be needed here, if indeed he gets a run. RESERVE.

Verdict

Koeman won by a neck over C&D two weeks ago and he can be expected to go well off just 4lb higher in the ratings today. That said, the preference is for NICHOLAS T, whose last few performances have suggested that he is worth another go over this trip. The six-year-old unseated his rider on his sole previous starts over this distance but he was a staying-on second to Big Country in the Zetland Gold Cup over 1m2f back in May. Since then he has hit the crossbar on multiple occasions over 1m/1m2f and his breeding suggests that he could find some improvement today. Machine Learner and Majeed are other recent winners to note, while Twin Star has a solid each-way shout.

Verdict

It's worth chancing EDDYSTONE ROCK, who wasn't disgraced when mid-field in the Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal meeting here last time. The 6-y-o is now 2 lb lower in the weights and this is a less-demanding assignment. Theglasgowwarrior will be a live danger if getting a run but, as things stand, the selection may have most to fear from last-time-out course winners Koeman and Machine Learner.

14:50 Ascot 11 Aug 2018

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile (Handicap) (Rnd) (Class 2) (4YO plus)

Winner £22,131 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: None

4

7f 213y

Good (Good to Firm in places)

Weather: View Course Guide

Weighed In
No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1 (2)
4-54041
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke (Al Shaqab Racing)

Medahim (IRE)  10 

b g Kodiac - Novel Fun (Noverre)

4 10-0
100
4 10-0
100

Strong at the finish when resuming winning ways in a big-field Goodwood handicap (7f) recently. 5 lb rise fair enough and another bold show could be on the way.

Strong at the finish when resuming winning ways in a big-field Goodwood handicap (7f) recently. 5 lb rise fair enough and another bold show could be on the way.

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2 (5)
006200
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Moukey)

Shady Mccoy (USA)  8 

b g English Channel - Raw Gold (Rahy)

8 9-13
99
8 9-13
99

Won 2 big-field 7f handicaps during the autumn, including here, and back to form when going close in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last month. Not at his best at Goodwood last time, though.

Won 2 big-field 7f handicaps during the autumn, including here, and back to form when going close in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last month. Not at his best at Goodwood last time, though.

3 (12)
9-21771
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Mr K & Mrs I Read Mrs S Tucker T Logan)

Red Tea 21 

ch m Sakhee - Maimoona (Pivotal)

5 9-12
98
5 9-12
98

Bounced back from a couple of inauspicious displays when emerging on top at Newbury (1m) 3 weeks ago. However, 6 lb rise may be enough to anchor her in this tougher race.

Bounced back from a couple of inauspicious displays when emerging on top at Newbury (1m) 3 weeks ago. However, 6 lb rise may be enough to anchor her in this tougher race.

4 (4)
665155
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke (Mr J C G Chua)

Mythical Madness 8 

b g Dubawi - Miss Delila (Malibu Moon)

7 9-12 p
98
7 9-12 p
98

Ended long losing run at Haydock last month and creditable efforts in defeat since, most recently when fifth of 17 in the valuable Golden Mile at Goodwood. Solid each-way claims.

Ended long losing run at Haydock last month and creditable efforts in defeat since, most recently when fifth of 17 in the valuable Golden Mile at Goodwood. Solid each-way claims.

5 (1)
451460
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Weldspec Glasgow Limited)

What's The Story 11 

b c Harbour Watch - Spring Fashion (Galileo)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Resumed winning ways at Newcastle in June prior to finishing a fine fourth in the Royal Hunt Cup on the straight course here. Didn't get the rub of the green in first-time blinkers at Galway recently.

Resumed winning ways at Newcastle in June prior to finishing a fine fourth in the Royal Hunt Cup on the straight course here. Didn't get the rub of the green in first-time blinkers at Galway recently.

6 (6)
515-693
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Qatar Racing Limited)

Bless Him (IRE)  28 

b c Sea The Stars - Happy Land (Refuse To Bend)

4 9-11 h
97
4 9-11 h
97

Superbly ridden when landing the Britannia at the Royal meeting here last season. Creditable third in a competitive York handicap latest and, now 1 lb lower, he needs considering.

Superbly ridden when landing the Britannia at the Royal meeting here last season. Creditable third in a competitive York handicap latest and, now 1 lb lower, he needs considering.

7 (10)
31-0028
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (The Fitzrovians)

Fire Brigade 44 

b g Firebreak - Island Rhapsody (Bahamian Bounty)

4 9-11
97 WS2
4 9-11
97 WS2

Four-time winner last year and posted solid efforts in defeat both starts here during 2017 campaign. Not knocked about when denied a clear run at Newcastle last time and he's one for the shortlist.

Four-time winner last year and posted solid efforts in defeat both starts here during 2017 campaign. Not knocked about when denied a clear run at Newcastle last time and he's one for the shortlist.

8 (8)
156-530
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke (Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum)

Across Dubai 28 

b g Cape Cross - Saadiah (Dubai Destination)

4 9-11
97
4 9-11
97

Winner of 3 of his 8 starts but doesn't always find a great deal when push comes to shove, and failed to fire when tried in cheekpieces (omitted here) at York (10.2f) last time. Others look stronger.

Winner of 3 of his 8 starts but doesn't always find a great deal when push comes to shove, and failed to fire when tried in cheekpieces (omitted here) at York (10.2f) last time. Others look stronger.

9 (11)
178502
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Kingsley Park 9)

Poet's Society 8 

ch g Poet's Voice - Rahiyah (Rahy)

4 9-10
96
4 9-10
96

Nearer last than first in Goodwood handicap won by Medahim at the beginning of the month but bounced back with a big run when second of 17 in the Golden Mile there 2 days later. Leading contender.

Nearer last than first in Goodwood handicap won by Medahim at the beginning of the month but bounced back with a big run when second of 17 in the Golden Mile there 2 days later. Leading contender.

10 (9)
352134
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Happy Valley Racing & Breeding Limited)

Via Serendipity 14 

b g Invincible Spirit - Mambo Light (Kingmambo)

4 9-9 t
95
4 9-9 t
95

Consistent and progressive type, who regained the winning thread at Sandown in June. Solid fourth in valuable 7f handicap here a fortnight ago and should be in the mix once again.

Consistent and progressive type, who regained the winning thread at Sandown in June. Solid fourth in valuable 7f handicap here a fortnight ago and should be in the mix once again.

11 (3)
414-425
iT
white (King Power Racing Co Ltd)

Zwayyan 56 

ch g Pivotal - Mail The Desert (Desert Prince)

5 9-9 b
95
5 9-9 b
95

Winner on the straight course here in October and has acquitted himself well the last twice, not beaten far when fifth in the 11-runner Sandown handicap won by Via Serendipity last time. RESERVE.

Winner on the straight course here in October and has acquitted himself well the last twice, not beaten far when fifth in the 11-runner Sandown handicap won by Via Serendipity last time. RESERVE.

12 (7)
044246
iT
white (Ahamed Farook & Partners)

Majestic Moon (IRE)  14 

b g Majestic Missile - Gala Style (Elnadim)

Non Runner (Reserve)

Non Runner (Reserve)

Form has been rather in-and-out this year and will probably find this too competitive if making the cut. RESERVE.

Form has been rather in-and-out this year and will probably find this too competitive if making the cut. RESERVE.

Verdict

BLESS HIM has steadily improved with every start in 2018 and the form of his latest run could hardly have worked out any better. On that occasion he finished third to an unexposed three-year-old at York and the second, fourth and fifth all won next time out. Prior to that he had run with promise in the Hunt Cup at the Royal meeting and this former Britannia winner merits the utmost respect under Joao Moreira. The consistent Via Serendipity is an obvious threat following his fourth-placed finish in the International Stakes over 7f here two weeks ago. Poet's Society only found one too good in the Golden Mile last time out but he is not the most reliable of geldings and is unlikely to be progressing given that this is his 55th career start. Medahim got his head in front at Goodwood but a 5lb rise makes life tougher for him today and his Ascot record is a concern.

Verdict

FIRE BRIGADE caught the eye on his first run following a wind operation at Newcastle and he could be the answer to what looks a very competitive renewal of this handicap. Any rainfall would aid his cause, a remark which also applies to Medahim, who seemingly had a bit left up his sleeve when winning at Goodwood. Poet's Society and Via Serendipity both command respect, too, as does Bless Him.

15:25 Ascot 11 Aug 2018

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Classic (Handicap) (Class 3) (3YO only)

Winner £22,131 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: High

5

1m 3f 211y

Good (Good to Firm in places)

Weather: View Course Guide

Weighed In
No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1 (1)
61-13
iT
White (Mr George Strawbridge)

Corelli (USA)  91 

b c Point Of Entry - Vignette (Diesis)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Rapid improver, scoring at Wolverhampton and Yarmouth before a very respectable third in the Lingfield Derby Trial (11.6f) when last seen in May. May have more to offer.

Rapid improver, scoring at Wolverhampton and Yarmouth before a very respectable third in the Lingfield Derby Trial (11.6f) when last seen in May. May have more to offer.

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2 (11)
417
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Berkshire Parts & Panels Ltd)

Berkshire Blue (IRE)  30 

b c Champs Elysees - Lemon Rock (Green Desert)

3 9-10
90
3 9-10
90

Confirmed debut promise when routing opposition in minor event at Wolverhampton. Flying too high in Group 3 company since and while this assignment is more realistic, his opening mark is no gift.

Confirmed debut promise when routing opposition in minor event at Wolverhampton. Flying too high in Group 3 company since and while this assignment is more realistic, his opening mark is no gift.

3 (8)
121141
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke (Dr Marwan Koukash)

Gossip Column (IRE) (ex3)  6 

b g Arcano - Monicalew (Refuse To Bend)

3 9-10
90 3
3 9-10
90 3

Progressive for new connections this year, notching fourth success of the campaign when making all at Chester (12.3f) recently. Should give it a good shot under a 3 lb penalty.

Progressive for new connections this year, notching fourth success of the campaign when making all at Chester (12.3f) recently. Should give it a good shot under a 3 lb penalty.

4 (2)
211413
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Kingsley Park Owners Club)

Bayshore Freeway (IRE)  7 

b f Declaration Of War - Thewaytosanjose (Fasliyev)

3 9-5
85
3 9-5
85

Won for the third time this year when prevailing in a match at Bath last month. By no means disgraced off this mark at Chelmsford (1¾m) since but improvement needed if she's to bag this prize.

Won for the third time this year when prevailing in a match at Bath last month. By no means disgraced off this mark at Chelmsford (1¾m) since but improvement needed if she's to bag this prize.

5 (9)
4-50072
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Mr A Dale)

Blue Laureate 15 

b g Poet's Voice - Powder Blue (Daylami)

3 9-5
85
3 9-5
85

Runner-up in a 3-runner affair at Newmarket last time but this is more demanding.

Runner-up in a 3-runner affair at Newmarket last time but this is more demanding.

6 (4)
467122
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Chelsea Thoroughbreds-a Few Dollars Mo)

Sergio Leone (IRE)  8 

b c Acclamation - Elizabelle (Westerner)

3 9-4
84
3 9-4
84

Back to form when striking at Newbury (1m) and has finished runner-up in handicaps over 1¼m/11f the last twice. This further step up in trip should be in his favour and another bold show anticipated.

Back to form when striking at Newbury (1m) and has finished runner-up in handicaps over 1¼m/11f the last twice. This further step up in trip should be in his favour and another bold show anticipated.

7 (5)
773331
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Mr Abdullatif M Al-abdulrazzaq)

Jazeel (IRE)  16 

b c Roderic O'connor - Simla Bibi (Indian Ridge)

3 9-4
84
3 9-4
84

Consistent type who appeared to benefit from the step up to 1¼m when landing a Sandown handicap 16 days ago. 4 lb rise by no means harsh and claims if coping with this stiffer test.

Consistent type who appeared to benefit from the step up to 1¼m when landing a Sandown handicap 16 days ago. 4 lb rise by no means harsh and claims if coping with this stiffer test.

8 (7)
2-01132
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke (Patrick B Doyle (construction) Ltd)

Bajan Gold (IRE)  14 

ch g Lope De Vega - Charmgoer (Nureyev)

3 9-2 t
82
3 9-2 t
82

Improved when bagging 1¼m handicaps at Windsor and Lingfield in June. Proved that this trip is within his range when runner-up over C&D a fortnight ago and should be on the premises once again.

Improved when bagging 1¼m handicaps at Windsor and Lingfield in June. Proved that this trip is within his range when runner-up over C&D a fortnight ago and should be on the premises once again.

9 (10)
121875
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Mr Abdulla Al Mansoori)

Technological 33 

gr c Universal - Qeethaara (Aljabr)

3 9-2
82
3 9-2
82

Dual AW winner this year but has struggled back on turf since.

Dual AW winner this year but has struggled back on turf since.

10 (6)
23-5103
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Chris Wright,holly Wright,chloe Forsyt)

Bubble And Squeak 28 

b f Mastercraftsman - Comeback Queen (Nayef)

3 9-2
82
3 9-2
82

Shed maiden tag when getting up close home in a 7-runner handicap at Goodwood (1m) in May. Solid third off this mark here last time but stamina to prove (untried beyond 1¼m).

Shed maiden tag when getting up close home in a 7-runner handicap at Goodwood (1m) in May. Solid third off this mark here last time but stamina to prove (untried beyond 1¼m).

11 (3)
4463
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Mr James Fyffe & Mr Scott Fyffe)

Sarvi 31 

br f Intello - Crystal Swan (Dalakhani)

3 8-9
75 5
3 8-9
75 5

Maiden who will need to take a significant step forward if she's to emerge on top here for new yard from 5 lb out of the weights.

Maiden who will need to take a significant step forward if she's to emerge on top here for new yard from 5 lb out of the weights.

Verdict

SERGIO LEONE arrives here on the back of a second-placed finish in a very competitive handicap at Goodwood eight days ago. A 4lb rise in the ratings for that performance will make life tougher for him but he is unexposed over this trip and may have some more improvement left to come. The in-form Gossip Column has to be respected based on his four wins in 2018 to date, with the most recent of which coming at Chester last Sunday. Bajan Gold and Jazeel are others whose recent form mean that they make the shortlist.

Verdict

SERGIO LEONE was doing all his best work at the finish when runner-up over 11f at Goodwood recently, leaving the impression that this trip may well be the catalyst for further improvement. Richard Hannon's charge is 4 lb higher now but nevertheless makes plenty of appeal. Gossip Column, Jazeel and Bajan Gold are others to consider.

16:00 Ascot 11 Aug 2018

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint (Handicap) (Class 2) (3YO only)

Winner £22,131 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: High

6

6f

Good (Good to Firm in places)

Weather: View Course Guide

Weighed In
No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1 (2)
111-80
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Mrs Olive Shaw)

Snazzy Jazzy (IRE)  56 

b c Red Jazz - Bulrushes (Byron)

3 10-0
100
3 10-0
100

Signed off unbeaten 2-y-o campaign by landing a valuable sales race at the Curragh. No show in 2 starts so far this season, though, and bit to prove now.

Signed off unbeaten 2-y-o campaign by landing a valuable sales race at the Curragh. No show in 2 starts so far this season, though, and bit to prove now.

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2 (1)
2-00076
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke (Martin Hughes & Nick Robinson)

Tangled (IRE)  7 

b g Society Rock - Open Verse (Black Minnaloushe)

3 9-9
95
3 9-9
95

Useful dual winner as a juvenile, including a valuable sales event at Doncaster. However, not in same form this year, for all that his latest effort at Goodwood was a step back in the right direction.

Useful dual winner as a juvenile, including a valuable sales event at Doncaster. However, not in same form this year, for all that his latest effort at Goodwood was a step back in the right direction.

3 (11)
6-44708
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Nino's Partnership)

Green Power 9 

b c Kheleyf - Hakuraa (Elnadim)

3 9-8
94
3 9-8
94

Couple of good efforts at York earlier in the season but has failed to fire the last twice.

Couple of good efforts at York earlier in the season but has failed to fire the last twice.

4 (9)
0-14413
iT
Cerise, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Leeds Plywood And Doors Ltd)

Roundhay Park 30 

ch g Mayson - Brave Mave (Daylami)

3 9-6
92
3 9-6
92

Successful twice in 5f Ripon handicaps this season and posted best effort yet by some way when third in a valuable event at Newmarket (6f) last month. Place possibilities off same mark here.

Successful twice in 5f Ripon handicaps this season and posted best effort yet by some way when third in a valuable event at Newmarket (6f) last month. Place possibilities off same mark here.

5 (4)
335034
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Box 41)

Helvetian 9 

b c Swiss Spirit - Lucky Dip (Tirol)

3 9-6
92
3 9-6
92

In good form on AW earlier this year, not beaten far in valuable conditions race at Lingfield (6f) in March. Creditable fourth over 5f at Goodwood recently and he's in with an each-way shout.

In good form on AW earlier this year, not beaten far in valuable conditions race at Lingfield (6f) in March. Creditable fourth over 5f at Goodwood recently and he's in with an each-way shout.

6 (5)
42-1297
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Mr David Campbell & Mr Danny Waters)

George Of Hearts (FR)  14 

gr c Kendargent - Bugie D'amore (Rail Link)

3 9-5
91
3 9-5
91

Winner of 6f AW maiden in March prior to finishing second on handicap bow here (7f). Not disgraced over a mile back at this course on his last 2 starts and drop back in trip is an interesting move.

Winner of 6f AW maiden in March prior to finishing second on handicap bow here (7f). Not disgraced over a mile back at this course on his last 2 starts and drop back in trip is an interesting move.

7 (3)
1046-80
iT
Light blue, black inverted triangle and yoke, black stars on sleeves, white cap (Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum)

Ertiyad 50 

b f Dark Angel - Lily Again (American Post)

3 9-4 t1 p1
90
3 9-4 t1 p1
90

Haydock maiden winner last year but hasn't gone on as hoped this season, well beaten over a mile on handicap bow (blinkered) at the Royal meeting here in June. Now tried in cheekpieces/tongue strap.

Haydock maiden winner last year but hasn't gone on as hoped this season, well beaten over a mile on handicap bow (blinkered) at the Royal meeting here in June. Now tried in cheekpieces/tongue strap.

8 (7)
912121
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke (Al Shaqab Racing)

Shaheen (IRE) (ex3)  5 

b g Society Rock - La Chicana (Invincible Spirit)

3 9-3 t
89 3
3 9-3 t
89 3

Progressive young sprinter who again showcased a good turn of foot when getting on top close home at Windsor (6f) on Monday. Possible there's more to come and strong claims here under a 3 lb penalty.

Progressive young sprinter who again showcased a good turn of foot when getting on top close home at Windsor (6f) on Monday. Possible there's more to come and strong claims here under a 3 lb penalty.

9 (10)
413323
iT
Emerald green, black inverted triangle and yoke, hooped sleeves, black cap (Mr Ronald Davies & Mrs Candida Davies)

Bungee Jump (IRE)  5 

b f Canford Cliffs - Starchy (Cadeaux Genereux)

3 9-2
88
3 9-2
88

Done nothing wrong since joining this yard, decisive all-the-way winner at Chepstow (6f) in May and thereabouts on each of her 4 starts since, including when third to Shaheen at Windsor on Monday.

Done nothing wrong since joining this yard, decisive all-the-way winner at Chepstow (6f) in May and thereabouts on each of her 4 starts since, including when third to Shaheen at Windsor on Monday.

10 (6)
974028
iT
Yellow, black inverted triangle and yoke (Nick Bradley Racing 15 & Sohi)

Consequences (IRE)  24 

b c Dandy Man - Originate (Oasis Dream)

3 9-1 t
87
3 9-1 t
87

Back to form when chasing home Shaheen at Doncaster in June but largely disappointing this year, and subsequently failed to beat a rival home at Pontefract.

Back to form when chasing home Shaheen at Doncaster in June but largely disappointing this year, and subsequently failed to beat a rival home at Pontefract.

11 (8)
7-50124
iT
white (Mr J C Smith)

Rebel Streak 25 

b g Dark Angel - Siren's Gift (Cadeaux Genereux)

Non Runner (Reserve)

Non Runner (Reserve)

Kept on well to open his account in 12-runner novice event at Windsor (6f) in June. Runner-up in 5f Newmarket handicap next time but latest effort at Bath was underwhelming. RESERVE.

Kept on well to open his account in 12-runner novice event at Windsor (6f) in June. Runner-up in 5f Newmarket handicap next time but latest effort at Bath was underwhelming. RESERVE.

Verdict

GEORGE OF HEARTS broke his maiden tag over this trip back in March and was then a close second to the subsequent Jersey second Society Power over 7f at this venue. His last two starts have come over 1m and, while he has run well, the son of Kendargent has clearly failed to see out that trip. He is certainly well enough handicapped to win this race but he will obviously have to be sharper over this distance. Shaheen is a progressive type and he only has to carry a 3lb penalty for his victory at Windsor on Monday. Roundhay Park accounted for a subsequent winner at Ripon in June and he was far from disgraced in a competitive contest at Newmarket's July meeting last time out. Bungee Jump is a likeable type and she could find herself in the mix once again, especially if she gets an easy lead.

Verdict

Judged on his effort over 1m here a fortnight ago, dropping back to this trip should suit GEORGE OF HEARTS. He gets the nod ahead of the progressive Shaheen, who was nicely on top at the finish at Windsor on Monday and may well have more to offer. Helvetian also enters calculations on the back of his recent Goodwood effort and Roundhay Park shouldn't be far away.