13:55 York Wed 21 August 2019

  • Sky Bet And Symphony Group Handicap (Class 2)
  • 5f 89y, Good
  • 22 Runners
  • Winner£43,575.002nd£13,048.003rd£6,524.004th£3,262.005th£1,631.006th£819.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 1.89sOff time:13:57:51
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1
(19)
69-10OR: 104D
33/1

Prolific in 2018 winning four times at 5f and appears to go on any ground. Out of form so far this year though and the handicapper relatively slow to relent, only now back on his last winning mark. Last of five on return from wind surgery last week.

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2
(17)
79-10OR: 104D
12/1

Losing run is at 23 but unlucky not to have won lately and finished runner-up in a strong renewal of this race last year. Surely only a matter of time before he's back in the winners' enclosure and seemingly first-string on jockey bookings.

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3
(10)
59-10OR: 99CD
4/1

Arrives here bidding for a hat-trick after a win here (6f) and warrants plenty of respect under a 5lb penalty for a dominant display at Ripon last weekend. Drops in trip but any rain would be in his favour and the yard won this in 2009.

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4
(18)
109-9OR: 103BFCD
33/1

Won this in 2015. Group 2 winner at the Curragh in 2017 and getting back down to a workable handicap mark after some below par efforts this term. However, showed no signs of a revival in recent outings and others make more appeal.

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5
(4)
69-7OR: 101
8/1

All of his wins have come over further than this and still 4lb above his last winning handicap mark. Failed to back up a decent effort in the Wokingham at Goodwood last time and probably wants fast ground to be seen at his best.

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6
(6)
49-6OR: 100CD
11/1

Course winner who ran a huge race when returned to this venue at 50/1 earlier in the campaign. Hasn't managed to back that up in three runs since but the handicapper has tried to give him a chance.

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7
(1)
49-5OR: 99D
16/1

In good form this year and posted a career best at Doncaster in June on soft ground. Only sixth behind stablemate Dakota Gold here last time but yard's sprinters often continue to improve throughout the campaign.

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8
(14)
49-5OR: 99D
12/1

Gained a first turf win at Ascot last time when narrowly getting up to deny Final Venture. Had previously shown plenty in competitive handicaps at Goodwood and Ascot and only nudged up 2lb for the latest effort. Leading claims.

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9
(3)
49-4OR: 98D
11/1

Had looked progressive prior to a below par run in the Stewards' Cup last time, though wasn't ideally drawn that day. Career best efforts have come on fast ground but the draw might not be ideal again here, with plenty of pace drawn middle to high.

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10
(2)
79-3OR: 97
80/1

Wants fast ground to be seen at his best and all of his wins have come over 6f. Well beaten last on return in May and hasn't been seen since; opposable.

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11
(15)
99-3OR: 97D
20/1

Won back-to-back handicaps earlier in the campaign but hasn't won from a mark this high since 2014 and might find this test on the sharp side given that most of his best form is at 6f; booking of Dettori a bonus.

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12
(8)
89-3OR: 97D
33/1

Prolific at the start of last season when landing a five-timer at Doncaster. A bit hit and miss since but only narrowly denied from a 1lb higher mark here two runs back. Possible this will be a shade too competitive.

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13
(22)
49-2OR: 96D
25/1

Landed a belated four-timer at Bath on her seasonal reappearance. Wasn't disgraced in a Group 3 here last time out when sixth of 16 but unproven with cut in the ground and probably doesn't hold any secrets from the handicapper here.

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14
(9)
49-2OR: 96D
40/1

Has won two of his four starts this campaign and probably not best suited to a switch to AW last time out. 7lb higher than his last win though and this is a much deeper contest than those he's been competing in.

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15
(12)
59-2OR: 96D
7/1

Produced a solid fifth in the Stewards' Cup last time out and has been dropped 1lb for that effort. Looks well-handicapped on his best form and this could prove to be his optimum trip; fascinating contender with Doyle booked.

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16
(7)
69-1OR: 95D
22/1

Won three races last year including a valuable handicap over a similar trip at Doncaster. Well-handicapped on that form after some below par runs this year but has developed poor starting stalls habits and he's a risky proposition at present.

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(20)
69-0OR: 94D
18/1

In the form of his life this campaign with two wins and five placed efforts. Has a bit to prove at this level with a 7lb rise to cope with but ran well on his sole course appearance two runs back.

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18
(21)
48-12OR: 92D
33/1

Last two wins have come on AW and she's 13lb above her last winning turf mark. didn't manage to get competitive at Ascot last time out and probably a shade vulnerable from this sort of handicap mark.

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19
(13)
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68-12OR: 87D
14/1

Justified market support at Doncaster last time out on soft ground. Still feasibly handicapped under a penalty here on his return, though has never won a race this competitive. Versatile with regards ground and holds each-way claims.

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20
(5)
108-11OR: 91CD
25/1

A three-time course winner (all at 5f) who won back-to-back handicaps from a much reduced mark earlier in the campaign. Looks vulnerable from this sort of mark in a race this competitive but can't be ruled out given his 33% strike-rate here.

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21
(16)
58-10OR: 90CD
40/1

Bolted up at this venue last year and hit some form in July, winning at Ayr before he was only narrowly denied by Arecibo in a follow up bid. Looks held by the handicapper on a pair of subsequent runs.

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22
(11)
48-10OR: 90D
25/1

Rattled off a hat-trick at the start of last year and gained a first win since at Chelmsford earlier in the campaign. Largely running well in defeat since and dropped 2lb for his latest effort. Not ruled out for last year's winning yard.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
18El Astronaute59-612/1Full Result
T: J J QuinnJ: Rossa Ryan

Betting

Forecast

Dakota Gold (4/1), Justanotherbottle (7/1), Gunmetal (8/1), Marnie James (11/1), Arecibo (11/1), Stone Of Destiny (12/1), Final Venture (12/1), Orvar (14/1), Camacho Chief (16/1), Jabbarockie (18/1), Watchable (20/1), A Momentofmadness (22/1), Lord Riddiford (25/1), Duke Of Firenze (25/1), Queen Of Desire (25/1), Tarboosh (33/1), Fool For You (33/1), Caspian Prince (33/1), Foolaad (33/1), Makanah (40/1), Harome (40/1), Mythmaker (80/1)

Verdict

STONE OF DESTINY did well to make up ground late on at Ascot, despite having to make his challenge wide and with just a 2lb rise for that success, he ought to go well again. Final Venture who was only narrowly denied by the selection last time out is clearly in good form this season and it's surely only a matter of time before he gets his head back in front. Dakota Gold is an obvious threat provided he's not caught out by the drop back in trip while Justanotherbottle looks feasibly handicapped on his best form.
  1. Stone Of Destiny
  2. Justanotherbottle
  3. Final Venture

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