15:40 Ascot

Saturday 8 May 2021

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  • tote+ Victoria Cup (Heritage Handicap)
  • Class 2  |   7f  |   29 Runners  |   Turf
Extra PlacesSKY BET EXTRA PLACE RACESky Bet paying SEVEN places instead of four
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(13)
Motakhayyel21
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-11| J: Jim Crowley| T: R Hannon| OR:  111| BF| CD
Smart C&D winner who returned from gelding op with good second of 6 in 7f Thirsk conditions event 21 days ago. Not ruled out if building on that encouraging return.
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(26)
Raising Sand203
Age: 9|  Weight: 9-4| J: Saffie Osborne(7)| T: J A Osborne| OR:  104| CD
Course specialist who shaped better than bare result both starts here last term, never able to challenge from unpromising position latter time. Shouldn't be underestimated with conditions to suit.
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3
(27)
Symbolize25
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-3| J: David Probert| T: A M Balding| OR:  103
Useful sort who returned from gelding op/six months off with excellent second of 12 in handicap at Newmarket (7f, good to firm, 9/1) 25 days ago. Firmly in the mix nudged up just 1 lb.
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4
(25)
Escobart14
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-3| J: R Kingscote| T: D O'Meara| OR:  103| C| D
Failed to fire in Dubai at the start of the year but got back on track when third in 1m Haydock handicap 14 days ago, not having run of race. Course winner and not taken lightly.
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5
(22)
Greenside203
Age: 10|  Weight: 9-0| J: Marco Ghiani(3)| T: H Candy| OR:  100| D
Very useful and consistent handicapper who ended 2020 with good third of 18 in 1m handicap here on soft in October. Goes well fresh, and he can't be discounted on his return.
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6
(24)
River Nymph42
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-0| J: A Kirby| T: C G Cox| OR:  100| CD
Very much on the up last summer, winning over C&D, and shaped better than position suggests when fourteenth in Lincoln at Doncaster on his return, prominent to 2f out. In the mix back in trip now.
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7
(15)
Chiefofchiefsv42
Age: 8|  Weight: 8-13| J: J P Spencer| T: C Fellowes| OR:  99| C
Won the Silver Wokingham here last summer and has generally held his form well since, not enjoying best of runs when fifth of 10 in 6f listed race at Doncaster on return. One for the shortlist.
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8
(23)
Ropey Guest190
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-12| J: T P Queally| T: G G Margarson| OR:  98| BF| D
Opened his account in 7f novice at Chelmsford and signed off for season with good second in first-time cheekpieces at Newmarket. Headgear left off but no forlorn hope on his reappearance.
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9
(12)
Jack's Point239
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-11| J: Andrea Atzeni| T: Tom Clover| OR:  97| D
Useful 7f winner for William Muir last term, ending campaign with good third in 7f Sandown handicap. No surprise to see him make his presence felt for his new yard.
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10
(4)
Tinto7
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-11| J: Rossa Ryan| T: Mrs A J Perrett| OR:  97| C
Course winner who arrives on back of good fifth of 8 in 7f handicap at Goodwood 7 days ago. Can give another good account off 1 lb lower mark.
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11
(9)
History Writer20
Age: 6|  Weight: 8-9| J: K Shoemark| T: D Menuisier| OR:  95
Big improver around 1m in 2019. Lightly raced since and failed to build on promise shown in Lincoln when last of 16 in Spring Cup at Newbury. Needs to bounce back.
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12
(2)
Fox Champion14
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-9| J: S De Sousa| T: R M Beckett| OR:  95| BF| D
German 2000 Guineas winner. Disappointing last season for Richard Hannon but caught the eye on yard debut when third of 13 in 7f Haydock handicap fortnight ago. Well worth considering off handy mark.
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13
(8)
Magical Wish7
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-9| J: Thore Hammer Hansen(3)| T: R Hannon| OR:  95| D
Useful handicapper who arrives in decent nick, fourth of 8 in handicap at Goodwood (7f) 7 days ago. More is needed here though.
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14
(6)
Kaeso8
Age: 7|  Weight: 8-8| J: Rowan Scott| T: N Tinkler| OR:  94| D
Dual 7f winner in 2019 but very lightly raced since. Off 11 months before tenth of 11 to Zip in 7f handicap (40/1) at Newcastle 8 days ago. Others make plenty more appeal.
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15
(28)
On A Session7
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-6| J: Connor Beasley| T: T D Barron| OR:  92
Useful in Ireland for Aidan Fogarty and he has the ground running for his new yard, good fourth of 15 in Thirsk Hunt Cup 7 days ago. Much respected.
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16
(21)
Full Authorityt206
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-6| J: S P Davis| T: R A Fahey| OR:  92| BFWS
Progressive sort last term for Sir Michael Stoute, landing 6f handicap at Wolverhampton before suffering poor run when fifth at Kempton. Since had wind op and interesting up in trip for new yard.
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17
(7)
Lethal Luncht11
Age: 6|  Weight: 8-6| J: Alex Jary(7)| T: M L W Bell| OR:  92| C| D
Has started 2021 well for his new handler, scoring at Lingfield and second of 4 in 7f Yarmouth handicap 11 days ago. Course winner, and no forlorn hope.
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18
(20)
Acquitted42
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-6| J: Tom Marquand| T: H Palmer| OR:  92
Failed to go on as a 3-y-o but got himself firmly back on track when strong-travelling runner-up in Spring Mile at Doncaster in March. That form has been franked, and he's one to be interested in.
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19
(18)
Karibana231
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-5| J: George Rooke(3)| T: R Hughes| OR:  91| BF| D
Dual 7f winner in 2020 who signed off with very good second of 17 in 7f handicap at Newbury in September. Still low mileage, and he needs considering.
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20
(29)
Sunset Breeze239
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-5| J: L Morris| T: Sir Mark Prescott| OR:  91
Progressed really well last term, bagging 6f hat-trick before posting two excellent placed efforts over C&D and at Doncaster. Has more to offer this season, so rates an interesting contender.
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21
(16)
Harrison Pointp18
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-4| J: Hollie Doyle| T: A Watson| OR:  90| D
Three-time 7f winner last year who got back on track when third of 8 in 7f handicap at Wolverhampton (14/1) 18 days ago. This demands more, however.
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22
(10)
Walhaan194
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-4| J: Hayley Turner| T: J Tate| OR:  90| D
Ex-French 7f winner who failed to build on promising second over 1m here for Ian Williams in September. Needs to hit the ground running for his new handler.
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23
(1)
Keyser Soze10
Age: 7|  Weight: 8-3| J: Angus Villiers(5)| T: R Spencer| OR:  89| C| D
Tricky customer yet highly capable when on song and he ended a long losing run in 1m handicap here 10 days ago. Back up 2 lb now but he's still not taken lightly in his current mood.
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24
(5)
Cold Staret14
Age: 6|  Weight: 8-3| J: J F Egan| T: D O'Meara| OR:  89| D
Useful 7f winner at his best but he failed to build on Redcar reappearance fifth when only 11th at Haydock 14 days ago. In excellent hands though and sort to bounce back.
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25
(3)
Marshal Dan14
Age: 6|  Weight: 8-3| J: M Dwyer| T: H Main| OR:  89| D
Three-time 7f winner last term. Turned in rare poor run though when ninth of 13 at Haydock (7f) 14 days ago but he shouldn't be written off.
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26
(11)
Jumaira Bay197
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-3| J: Ray Dawson(3)| T: R Varian| OR:  89| D
Opened his account in 7f Chepstow maiden before posting some solid runs in handicaps last term, second in 7f Newbury handicap final run. Still low mileage, and a solid contender for leading yard.
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27
(17)
Eaglewayh1164
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-2| J: Jane Elliott| T: I Furtado| OR:  88| D
Useful ex-French winner who got off the mark at the first attempt for current yard in 7f Chantilly claimer. Not disgraced at Deauville both starts after but this is no easy return. Hood goes on.
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28
(14)
Zipp8
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-2| J: Laura Pearson(5)| T: R A Fahey| OR:  88| D
Ended 2020 with 7f Doncaster win and followed up on his return at Newcastle (7f) 8 days ago, just holding on. 4 lb rise demands another step forward here, though.
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29
(19)
Stone Soldierp35
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-2| J: Georgia Dobie(5)| T: A Watson| OR:  88| BF| D
Much improved on AW for current yard, winning 3 times at Southwell (7f/1m) over the winter. Went with little fluency back on turf however when only eighth at Musselburgh so others appeal more.
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Forecasts

Acquitted (7/1) Sunset Breeze (17/2) Chiefofchiefs (10/1) Jumaira Bay (10/1) River Nymph (11/1) Raising Sand (12/1) Symbolize (12/1) Escobar (12/1) Motakhayyel (14/1) Fox Champion (14/1) Stone Soldier (14/1) Jack's Point (18/1) Walhaan (18/1) Ropey Guest (22/1) Kaeso (22/1) On A Session (22/1) Karibana (22/1) Harrison Point (22/1) Zip (22/1) Greenside (28/1) Keyser Soze (28/1) Cold Stare (28/1) Full Authority (33/1) History Writer (40/1) Tinto (50/1) Magical Wish (50/1) Lethal Lunch (50/1) Marshal Dan (50/1) Eagleway (50/1)

Verdict

A fiercely competitive Victoria Cup. ACQUITTED really caught the eye when second in Doncaster's Spring Mile and Hugo Palmer's strong traveller looks sure to have a big say over this stiff 7f trip. Sir Mark Prescott's Sunset Breeze went from strength to strength last term and appeals as the sort to go on again so is feared most on his return, with River Nymph and Fox Champion 2 more to consider.

  1. ACQUITTED (IRE)
  2. SUNSET BREEZE
  3. RIVER NYMPH

Prize Money

1st: £38,655.002nd: £18,128.003rd: £9,068.004th: £4,530.005th: £2,265.006th: £1,132.00
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