13:40 Newbury Sat 13 April 2019
- Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (Group 3) (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Class 1)
- 1m 4f, Good to Soft (Soft in places)
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Rounded off last season when, blinkered for the first time, he showed a good attitude to beat Communique in a Group 3 contest at Ascot. Slightly surprising the headgear is left off for his reappearance, but has to be respected.
Tough and likeable sort who won four races last year, but found the challenge of the Derby coming too soon in his career. Likely to be even better this season and cut in the ground would help.
Won his first two races as a three-year-old, but was held later in the season. Still early days, but has plenty to find against some talented rivals.
Stable companion of Aspetar and has a similar sort of chance on official ratings. Last of five behind Laraaib at Ascot on final start of last season, but is better judged on his previous success in a LIsted race at Chester. More needed, however.
Progressed from handicaps to Group 3 comany last year, running Laraaib quite close at Ascot before finishing down the field behind Young Rascal over C&D. May have had enough for the season by then and should get much closer this time.
Looked good when winning this race last season, but was unable to kick on and cut little ice in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. This is much more his grade and he is probably the one to beat.
Progressive stayer who ran a stormer to chase home Cross Counter in the Melbourne Cup in November. Likely to be a strong contender in the Cup races this year, but may find this an insufficient test of stamina.
Regressive hurdler when trained by Paul Nicholls. First run for this yard and looks to have a huge task on his return to the Flat.
Progressive and talented handicapper last season, but found life too tough in the St Leger. Quite a bit to prove at this level, but is lightly raced and may be able to bridge the gap.
Last Year's Winner
|T: R VarianJ: Andrea Atzeni|
Young Rascal (13/8), Defoe (9/4), Marmelo (7/1), Mootasadir (8/1), Proschema (10/1), Communique (11/1), Laraaib (12/1), Aspetar (20/1), Blakeney Point (40/1), Pilansberg (200/1)
- Young Rascal
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