13:40 Newmarket Sat 14 July 2018

  • bet365 Bunbury Cup Handicap (Class 2)
  • 7f, Good to Firm (Watered)
  • 18 Runners
  • Winner£74,700.002nd£22,368.003rd£11,184.004th£5,592.005th£2,796.006th£1,404.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 24.36sOff time:13:40:37
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2
(7)
49-8OR: 106CD
20/1

Not the most consistent sort but has won twice this season, producing a career best effort at Goodwood in May. Hasn't beaten many home in three subsequent starts though and while he's better than that, he made need some relief from the handicapper.

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3
(6)
49-8OR: 106BFD
8/1

Not disgraced when tried at Group level last year and ran well in defeat in a Listed race at Haydock last time. Likely he has a big race in him from this sort of handicap mark and gets his optimum trip and conditions here.

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5
(8)
59-5OR: 103CD
9/1

C&D winner whose latest success came on the Rowley Mile course here in September. Well below form in two starts in Listed class this campaign though, last on each occasion and has a bit to prove from this sort of handicap mark.

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6
(14)
Cardsharp14(ex 6)
39-5OR: 105C
20/1

Listed winner at Salisbury in impressive fashion last month. Efforts either side of that run have been disappointing though, including when well beaten in a Group 3 at Newcastle on latest start and he has a tough ask from this sort of handicap mark.

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7
(9)
59-3OR: 101D
50/1

Inconsistent sort who has won just once in 10 starts for this yard. His return to turf last time out at Royal Ascot had some promise when back over 6f but he looks vulnerable back up at 7f here.

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8
(3)
69-3OR: 101
12/1

Losing run now stands at 17 and he's been very disappointing this campaign in his four starts. Still well above his last winning mark and probably better at 1m.

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9
(11)
69-2OR: 100CD
25/1

Failed to fire in Meydan this winter but ran with some credit at Windsor last time. Propensity to miss the break is off-putting and he's won just once since 2015.

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10
(10)
69-2OR: 100D
20/1

Running well in defeat in handicaps this year and it's no surprise that the handicapper is refusing to relent. Capable from this sort of mark but his best form has come with plenty of cut in the ground and he's probably vulnerable here.

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11
(13)
49-2OR: 100D
5/1

Progressive as a three-year-old and produced a solid effort in a valuable handicap at Ascot in May before confirming the promise of that run by justifying favouritism at York. Ran well at Royal Ascot last time and should be thereabouts.

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12
(16)
69-1OR: 99D
7/1

Won twice last year but he's been below form this time around and all his best turf form has come with cut in the ground. May need relief from the handicapper but the yard are in form at least.

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13
(5)
88-13OR: 97D
25/1

Progressive towards the end of last year and shaped like a return to form may be imminent at York last time. Probably wants softer ground than what he will get here though and he's still 6lb above his highest winning handicap mark.

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14
(4)
48-13OR: 97D
6/1

Produced a career best effort in a Class 3 Handicap at Ascot towards the back end of last year. Well beaten on return from an absence on first starts since a wind operation last time out but entitled to need it and we're yet to see the best of him.

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15
(2)
58-13OR: 97D
50/1

Useful when trained in France and won a decent handicap on soft ground at Longchamp in April. It's hard to imagine he would want this sort of ground but yard do well with these types and he's hard to put a line through.

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16
(19)
68-12OR: 96CD
20/1

Won on the Rowley Course here in May and his prior win came over C&D. Not without each-way claims over his optimum trip on ground he favours.

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17
(18)
48-12OR: 90D
12/1

Inconsistent sort, particularly on turf and while he won at Windsor two starts back, he looks poorly treated as a result and it's hard to imagine him mixing it at this level.

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18
(17)
58-11OR: 95CD
20/1

Course winner in 2016 for John Gosden and gained his first success since on return at Newcastle in January. Has been in a poor run of form since that effort and hard to fancy in his current mood.

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19
(1)
68-7OR: 91
33/1

Gained a first win for this yard over 6f at Ascot last year on soft ground. Below form in a pair of efforts this year though and probably wants a return to ease in the ground and a shorter trip to be seen at his best.

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20
(15)
58-7OR: 91BFD
7/1

Likable sort who is still progressing. Couldn't justify favouritism last time out but the winner from that race has won a Group 3 since. All his best effort have come on fast ground and yard are flying at present. Should be thereabouts.

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Non-Runners

1
(12)
Speculative Bid210
79-10OR: 108
T: D R C ElsworthJ: G Mosse
4
(20)
Mjjack77
49-7OR: 105
T: K R BurkeJ: Charles Bishop

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
19Above The Rest69-112/1Full Result
T: T D BarronJ: C Lee

Betting

Forecast

Gilgamesh (5/1), Mukalal (6/1), Burnt Sugar (7/1), Spanish City (7/1), Mubtasim (8/1), Makzeem (9/1), Firmament (12/1), Masham Star (12/1), Speculative Bid (14/1), Mjjack (14/1), Cardsharp (20/1), Muntadab (20/1), Mountain Rescue (20/1), Von Blucher (20/1), Love Dreams (20/1), Shady Mccoy (25/1), Tupi (25/1), Ice Lord (33/1), Borderforce (50/1), Reckless Endeavour (50/1)

Verdict

MUKALAL is an interesting runner here and he was entitled to need his return at Royal Ascot last time. Still lightly raced, he could prove to be the one to beat here if he's improved for wind surgery in the off-season. Spanish Steps is a consistent sort who represents a yard flying and he couldn't be ruled out from the bottom of the weights. Gilgamesh was far from disgraced at Royal Ascot last time and it's likely he's more than capable of winning races from this sort of mark.
  1. Mukalal
  2. Spanish City
  3. Gilgamesh

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