15:35 Newmarket Wed 17 April 2019

  • bet365 Craven Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1)
  • 1m, Good to Firm (Good in places)
  • 8 Runners
  • Winner£34,026.002nd£12,900.003rd£6,456.004th£3,216.005th£1,614.006th£810.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:1m 37.89sOff time:15:39:24
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2
(6)
39-0OR: 97
20/1

Won first two starts in 7f Kempton novice contests, the second under a penalty before making a profitable trip to Qatar where he won a valuable 1m event. Big step up in class here but passed every test so far.

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3
(3)
39-0OR: 90C
10/1

Off for 11 months after winning early season novice contest here last season but showed no ill effects as he won very readily at Wolverhampton three weeks ago. This will be a huge step up in class but worthy of taking his chance.

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4
(5)
39-0OR: 90BF
28/1

Winner of an 18-runner Newbury novice contest last July but rather disappointing that he was then beaten at 1/7 at Ffos Las when last seen. Can do better than that but looks a tough ask here.

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6
(4)
39-0OR: 113BFD
13/8

Certainly sets the standard based on his Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere win last season (runner up won Irish 2000 Guineas trial by 8L last week). Disappointing UAE return but that on dirt and back on turf here he could be a different proposition.

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7
(2)
39-0OR: 86D
14/1

Unbeaten Dansili colt won 1m contests at Kempton and Newcastle last winter showing his aptitude for AW surfaces. No reason he can't be as effective on turf and jockey booking catches the eye ahead of this big step up in class.

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8
(1)
39-0OR: C
3/1

Shamardal colt easy to back in a typically informative backend maiden here last September but won with plenty in hand despite 33/1 odds. In the could be anything category after that but this obviously a huge step up in class.

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9
(8)
39-0OR: 105
12/1

Dual 6f winning two-year-old also finished second in the Acomb (7f) before being well held by Too Darn Hot (fifth) where Confiding finished third. Will need another step up in class if he's to go close.

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10
(10)
39-0OR:
7/2

Shamardal colt from family of outstanding Australian performer Lonhro made a big impression when comfortably beating a smart previous winner on debut last season. Yard won this with Derby winner Masar 12 months ago so this colt merits huge respect.

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Non-Runners

1
(7)
Confiding228
39-0OR: 101
T: M MeadeJ: Rob Hornby
5
(9)
Prince Eiji175
39-0OR: -
T: R VarianJ: Non Runner

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
3Masar39-07/2Full Result
T: C ApplebyJ: W Buick

Betting

Forecast

Royal Marine (13/8), Skardu (3/1), Zakouski (7/2), Jackstar (10/1), Watan (12/1), Prince Eiji (12/1), Set Piece (14/1), Confiding (14/1), Global Spectrum (20/1), Momkin (28/1)

Verdict

There is plenty of hype around Zakouski at present with reports that he is considered of similar ability to last year's impressive winner Masar who went on to win the Derby. His price however is more reflective of that speculation than what he achieved on debut so Godolphin's other runner ROYAL MARINE represents far better value as an un-penalised Group One winner in this Group Three. That form has been crabbed by some but Broome's demolition job at Leopardstown dispels fears that was a substandard Jean Luc Lagardere. Prince Eiji was disappointing last autumn but could yet live up to his incredible pedigree and is an intriguing runner.
  1. Royal Marine
  2. Prince Eiji
  3. Zakouski

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