17:20 Newmarket

Friday 23 September 2022

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    Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Handicap

  • 3YO plus  |   Class 3  |   1m 1f  |   Good  |   9 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 17:23  |   Winning time: 1m 52.59s
1
(4)
Horse silk
Value Theory6(ex 6)
Age: 3|  Weight: 10-1| J: Daniel Muscutt| T: C & M Johnston| OR:  90| C
5/2
Resumed winning ways at Ripon last month and followed up in good style off 3 lb higher over 1¼m here (good to firm) 6 days ago. 1 lb 'well in' under a penalty and likely to give it a good shot, for all that this is a more competitive race.
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3
(9)
Horse silk
Leuven Powerp135
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-11| J: Andrea Atzeni| T: R Varian| OR:  92
15/2
Clear-cut winner of a 1m Salisbury handicap last month but failed to make an impact under a penalty at York 9 days later and new mark has now kicked in (effectively 5 lb higher than that off which he was competing at York). Cheekpieces applied.
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4
(10)
Horse silk
Colour Imaget21
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-11| J: D Tudhope| T: S bin Suroor| OR:  87
11/1
Got off the mark in handicaps when taking a 4-runner event at Bath in June, bumped last ½f and just holding on. By no means disgraced in a minor event at Ascot (1m, good) last time but his profile is rather patchy and others look stronger here.
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5
(2)
Horse silk
United Front21
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-11| J: Frederick Larson(5)| T: M Appleby| OR:  87
11/1
Enhanced fine AW strike rate during the winter, winning pair of handicaps in December prior to good third in the Lincoln Trial in March. Record stands at 0-12 on turf, but his mark reflects that and he'll be dangerous if, as expected, they go a good gallop here.
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6
(6)
Horse silk
Turntable91
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-10| J: Kaiya Fraser(7)| T: C F Wall| OR:  86| CD
11/1
Good record at Newmarket (form figures on the July Course/Rowley Mile combined read 1412125) and was nicely on top at the finish when landing this race last year. 5 lb higher this time round, though, and needs to bounce back from a below-par effort when last seen in June.
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7
(3)
Horse silk
Stormy Ocean178
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-9| J: W Buick| T: C Appleby| OR:  90| BF
2/1
All-the-way winner of a Newcastle novice in January and shaped better than the result when third on handicap debut at Wolverhampton (8.6f) in March, unable to overcome poor draw. Remains with potential and bold show likely if fully tuned-up for this assignment.
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8
(5)
Horse silk
Absolute Rulert34
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-9| J: Tom Marquand| T: J Candlish| OR:  90
80/1
Initial promise he showed for Donnacha O'Brien as a 2-y-o now seems like a long time ago following a couple of lacklustre performances in handicaps for new connections.
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10
(7)
Horse silk
Coaseh33
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-4| J: N Callan| T: M Wigham| OR:  80| C
9/1
Has largely acquitted himself well since narrowly landing a 10-runner 1m handicap here off a 1 lb higher mark in April. Easy to forgive this 5-y-o for a rare below-par effort at Sandown last time and he's not without each-way hope.
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11
(8)
Horse silk
Cu Chulainnt15
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-1| J: David Egan| T: B J Meehan| OR:  77
22/1
Appeared to be back on the right track when scoring on the AW at Lingfield in June, but has since retreated back into his shell and it's probably best to look elsewhere.
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Non-Runners

2
(11)
Horse silk
The City's Phantom55
Weight: 9-12|  Age: 5
T: R Spencer  J: Hollie Doyle
NR
9
(1)
Horse silk
Fast Medicine7
Weight: 9-9|  Age: 4
T: P W Chapple-Hyam  J: Callum Hutchinson
NR

Forecasts

Stormy Ocean (2/1), Value Theory (5/2), Leuven Power (15/2), Coase (9/1), Turntable (11/1), Colour Image (11/1), United Front (11/1), The City's Phantom (16/1), Cu Chulainn (22/1), Fast Medicine (25/1), Absolute Ruler (80/1)

Verdict

There is almost certainly better to come from the well-bred and unexposed STORMY OCEAN, who did well under the circumstances when a close third on his handicap debut at at Wolverhampton during the spring. He will prove hard to beat provided all is well following a 6-month break. The hat-trick seeking Value Theory needs considering but United Front, who was unsuited by the steady gallop at Ascot last time, is feared most. Coase is also worth a second look.

Previous Winners

2021
Turntable
Weight: 9-5  |Age: 5
18/1

Prize Money

1st: £13,500.002nd: £6,338.003rd: £3,170.004th: £1,585.00

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