16:25 Ascot Fri 8 September 2017

  • Victoria Racing Club Handicap (Class 3)
  • 1m 3f 211y, Soft
  • 7 Runners
  • Winner£9,704.002nd£2,888.003rd£1,443.004th£722.005th£699.006th£351.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:2m 41.86sOff time:16:26:01
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1
(4)
79-12OR: 95CD
9/1

Scored under today's rider over C&D on Shergar Cup day beating Gawdawpalin by 1¼L with Niblawi in fourth. A 3lb rise makes things tighter and he may not get the race run to suit this time.

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3
(6)
49-8OR: 91BFCD
9/2

Has produced career bests over C&D on his two starts since being gelded. Third to Great Hall a month ago but the sprint that developed then would not have been ideal. There promises to be more pace today and that makes him one to consider.

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4
(3)
49-7OR: 90D
25/1

Made all to land an uncompetitive race in this grade at Pontefract and was subsequently beaten 20L there next time. Has plenty to prove off his current mark.

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5
(1)
89-5OR: 88D
50/1

Record of 4-14 but without a win since May 2014. Has clearly been difficult to train over the past year but was not too far off his best when reappearing at Newbury. Feasibly treated at present but ideally would want further.

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6
(5)
38-10OR: 87D
10/11

Showed some nice form as a juvenile and cheekpieces made a big difference when hacking up at York on his reappearance. Mid-division in the Queen's Vase and gelded since. Rider 3-7 for the stable when partnering three-year-olds.

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7
(7)
38-7OR: 84BF
5/1

Landed two races as a juvenile and was first past the post at Newmarket last month only to be demoted. Beaten since by an improved type and finished clear of the third who won by a wide margin on Wednesday. Up in the weights and faces a stiff task.

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8
(8)
38-4OR: 78BF
9/1

Potential pacemaker who landed a lower grade race at Newmarket before failing to dominate a small field at Ripon over this trip. Races from 3lb out of the handicap and that sets him a difficult task.

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Non-Runners

2
(2)
Niblawi1
59-10OR: 93
T: N P MulhollandJ: S De Sousa

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
8William Hunter49-45/2Full Result
T: A KingJ: William Twiston-Davies

Betting

Forecast

Alqamar (10/11), Gawdawpalin (9/2), Niblawi (9/2), Star Of The East (5/1), Great Hall (9/1), Roar (9/1), Mutadaffeq (25/1), Poyle Thomas (50/1)

Verdict

Great Hall, Gawdawpalin and Niblawi clashed here in a tactical race on Shergar Cup day when the former got first run on his rivals. On these terms and in what ought to be a more truly run affair, a different outcome has to be considered a real possibility. ALQAMAR showed some decent form last year and accordingly made short work of his rivals on his handicap debut. A fair run in the Queen's Vase leaves him on a viable mark and the rider's record for the stable suggests he is worth following.
  1. Alqamar
  2. Niblawi
  3. Gawdawpalin

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