16:30 Ascot Sat 20 October 2018

  • Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By Qipco) (Str) (Class 2)
  • 1m, Soft
  • 20 Runners
  • Winner£155,625.002nd£46,600.003rd£23,300.004th£11,650.005th£5,825.006th£2,925.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 43.5sOff time:16:33:40
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1
(22)
69-10OR: 110D
14/1

Yet to place in five starts at this course but has run well in defeat on occasions. A 6lb rise for a Goodwood success made him vulnerable here last time out when fifth of 15 and needs a clear career best to land this.

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2
(3)
69-9OR: 109D
16/1

Hasn't won since a Group 3 success in 2016 but returned to form with a good second in Listed class here last time out. Feasibly handicapped and goes on this ground.

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3
(7)
49-9OR: 109
20/1

Each of his last four wins have come over 7f on soft or heavy ground. Disappointed last time out from his career high mark and needs to prove he can be effective over this new trip.

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4
(21)
69-7OR: 107D
33/1

Performed with great credit when third of 30 at the Royal meeting here and proved he can be effective in this sort of ground at Haydock two starts back when placed. May need a bit of relief from the handicapper though.

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5
(8)
49-5OR: 105BFD
8/1

Only has a maiden win to his name but has run well in a number of competitive handicaps since. His best form is with cut in the ground and ran well in defeat in the Cambridgeshire last time. Each-way claims.

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6
(2)
69-4OR: 104BFD
11/1

Has fallen to a workable handicap mark and produced a big effort in the Lincoln at the start of the campaign. Beaten favourite at Haydock last time but a return to very testing ground could suit and that may have been a prep for this.

7
(4)
59-3OR: 103
9/1

Has won five of his last nine starts and bids for a hat-trick here after a game effort in a competitive Galway. Leading claims if he can settle better than he did that day, up just 4lb in the handicap.

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8
(9)
Aquarium7(ex 6)
39-3OR: 100D
33/1

Very consistent in recent starts and ran a huge race at York last time having refused to settle in the early stages. 6lb rise demands more in what has to be considered a more competitive race.

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9
(15)
49-2OR: 102D
33/1

Won at Haydock earlier in the campaign and has shaped like a well-handicapped horse in some of his runs since without winning. Probably wants faster ground than what he gets here.

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10
(11)
49-2OR: 102BF
12/1

Winner of his first three career starts, the last of which came in a Group 3 at Sandown. That was over two years ago now but gave the impression his turn may be near again at Goodwood last time and first-time cheekpieces could see him improve.

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11
(20)
Raising Sand14(ex 6)
69-2OR: 96CD
6/1

Has two C&D wins to his name and very impressive when winning over 7f here last time out after a creditable effort in the Cambridgeshire the time before. Carries a penalty but worthy of plenty of respect.

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12
(5)
69-1OR: 101
10/1

Has found some form in his last two starts, a creditable second at Newmarket before a fine effort back at that course in the Cambridgeshire. Up 2lb for that but can't be ruled out in current form.

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13
(16)
49-1OR: 101D
25/1

Yet to win this year but relatively lightly raced and some of his better efforts have come at this course. Has a bit to prove on this sort of ground and Dettori prefers Argentello.

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14
(17)
39-1OR: 104D
66/1

Winner of a Turkish Group 3 last year and got a fine ride by the Champion Jockey to win at Chester earlier in the campaign but hasn't looked like a winner in waiting in two starts since and others likely better handicapped.

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15
(23)
Argentello4(ex 6)
39-1OR: 98D
9/2

Very lightly raced and has won four of his last five starts. Rates as the type to carry on progressing for this outfit and he's the first-string on jockey bookings.

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16
(10)
59-0OR: 100D
25/1

A winner of four of his last eight starts and not beaten far in a competitive race at York last time. Effective on this sort of ground and capable of running well.

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17
(13)
48-13OR: 99D
25/1

In fine form on AW over the winter and replicated that on turf on his next three starts. Not seen at his best last time out but too keen and he has form on soft ground. Should run well.

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18
(18)
48-13OR: 99BFD
6/1

Has been in fine form throughout this campaign and his wins last year came on soft ground. Drop back in trip probably in his favour after a solid effort in the Cambridgeshire last time and he has leading claims here.

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19
(19)
38-13OR: 102C
50/1

Won twice as a juvenile including a Listed success here over 7f but hasn't been in the same form in four starts in 2018. May need relief from the handicapper and second string on jockey bookings.

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20
(12)
58-12OR: 98BFCD
14/1

C&D winner and well suited to some cut in the ground. One of his better efforts came here two starts ago when runner-up over C&D but disappointed a little in the Cambridgeshire last time.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
3Lord Glitters49-33/1Full Result
T: D O'MearaJ: D Tudhope

Betting

Forecast

Argentello (9/2), Kynren (6/1), Raising Sand (6/1), Sharja Bridge (8/1), Safe Voyage (9/1), Via Via (10/1), Mitchum Swagger (11/1), South Seas (12/1), Flaming Spear (14/1), Zwayyan (14/1), Hathal (16/1), Mjjack (20/1), Waarif (25/1), Tricorn (25/1), Humbert (25/1), Escobar (33/1), Circus Couture (33/1), Aquarium (33/1), Raydiance (50/1), Another Batt (66/1)

Verdict

RAISING SAND is a rock solid contender after his win here on similar ground last time and the step back up in trip won't be an issue given his previous course and distance form. Sharja Bridge has been in good form in recent times and shouldn't be far away after another respectable effort in the Cambridgeshire last time while first-time headgear may see South Seas to better effect.
  1. Raising Sand
  2. Sharja Bridge
  3. South Seas

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