15:20 Ascot

Saturday 6 August 2022

All13:0013:3514:1014:4515:2015:5516:3017:05

    Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge (Handicap)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 2  |   1m 3f 211y  |   Good to Firm (Good in Places)  |   10 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:20  |   Winning time: 2m 35.88s
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(3)
Horse silk
Angel Powerp143
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-2| J: Hayley Turner| T: R Varian| OR:  97
16/1
Useful mare who shaped as if retaining plenty of ability when third of 4 on return at listed level in April. Hasn't kicked on subsequently though. no impression when sixth of 9 in Newcastle Group 3 in June. Others arrive with more pressing claims.
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2
(4)
Horse silk
Charging Thunderp21
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-2| J: Rene Piechulek| T: D O'Meara| OR:  97| D
9/1
4-y-o who is enjoying a productive campaign, making it 3 wins from 4 starts since cheekpieces went on at Newmarket (14f) 3 weeks ago. headed last ½f but leading again close home. May not have reached his limit yet.
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3
(11)
Horse silk
Onesmoothoperator42
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-0| J: Joanna Mason| T: B Ellison| OR:  95
12/1
Gained second career success at Southwell (11f) in December. Hit frame next 4 starts on AW and not disgraced despite finishing last of 6 in York listed event penultimate start. Below best in Northumberland Plate latest so bounce back called for now.
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4
(5)
Horse silk
Pride Of Priory14
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-11| J: K Shoemark| T: W J Haggas| OR:  92| D
3/1
Two wins from 4 starts as a 3-y-o and, having finished well held first 2 starts on turf during the spring, he's resumed progress on AW recently, scoring at Kempton and doing well in circumstances to follow-up at Newcastle (12.5f) 2 weeks ago. Serious player in hat-trick bid.
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5
(10)
Horse silk
Pretty Sweetp7
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-9| J: Jason Collett| T: G Boughey| OR:  90| D
11/1
Not out of the first 3 during a busy second half of 2021 and give her running more often than not in defeat this term, fourth of 7 in face of stiff task at listed level at Newmarket (12f) 7 days ago. Return to handicaps rates more suitable.
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6
(2)
Horse silk
Danehill Kodiac21
Age: 9|  Weight: 9-9| J: C P Lemaire| T: J Tickle| OR:  90| CD
40/1
Very lightly raced in recent seasons and, having shaped as if retaining plenty of ability on his belated return for new yard over C&D in May, he's been unable to match that level in 2 starts subsequently.
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7
(8)
Horse silk
The Whipmaster15
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-9| J: A Fresu| T: G L Moore| OR:  90| BF
11/4
4-y-o who comes here at the top of his game, completing 4-timer at Windsor (11.5f) in June and losing little caste in defeat behind a smart sort over C&D 15 days ago. Only 1 lb higher now and expected to be in the mix again.
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8
(1)
Horse silk
State Of Bliss50
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-8| J: L Dettori| T: C & M Johnston| OR:  89| CD
8/1
Capitalised on sliding mark to land 7-runner Ripon handicap (12f) in April, keeping on well and in command near line. Exploits have been mixed in 3 starts since, including at the Royal Meeting latest but wouldn't be first from this yard to bounce back.
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9
(9)
Horse silk
Southern Voyage29
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-8| J: N Callan| T: A Watson| OR:  89| BF| CD
10/1
Useful handicapper who rattled off hat-trick at Thirsk (12f) last September, winning cosily. Never got competitive in Old Rowley Cup final start and ran to bad to be true when last of 8 on return at York (11.8f) 4 weeks ago. Needs to step up plenty on that.
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10
(12)
Horse silk
Celtic Art45
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-8| J: Takeshi Yokoyama| T: J Scott| OR:  89| D
12/1
Bright start for new yard on AW this winter landing pair of 12f Lingfield handicaps prior to good third at Wolverhampton (12.2f) in March. Feasible to think first start for 4 months was needed at Salisbury (14f) in June but his mark looks about right.
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Non-Runners

11
(6)
Horse silk
Faylaq14
Weight: 9-6|  Age: 6
T: Ewan Whillans  J: Reserve 1
NR
12
(7)
Horse silk
Bad Company2
Weight: 9-4|  Age: 5
T: J R Boyle  J: Reserve 2
NR

Forecasts

The Whipmaster (11/4), Pride Of Priory (3/1), State Of Bliss (8/1), Charging Thunder (9/1), Southern Voyage (10/1), Pretty Sweet (11/1), Onesmoothoperator (12/1), Celtic Art (12/1), Bad Company (12/1), Angel Power (16/1), Faylaq (33/1), Danehill Kodiac (40/1)

Verdict

PRIDE OF PRIORY has got firmly back on the up on all-weather in recent months, successful at Kempton in June and doing well to overcome trouble-in-running to reel in another progressive sort at Newcastle 2 weeks ago. He gets the vote to complete the hat-trick, with The Whipmaster and Charging Thunder, who also continue to thrive, next best.

Previous Winners

2021
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Weight: 9-5  |Age: 7
18/1

Prize Money

1st: £36,885.002nd: £12,915.003rd: £5,902.004th: £4,605.005th: £4,058.006th: £2,955.007th: £2,400.008th: £1,845.009th: £1,290.0010th: £922.00

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