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Thursday 20 June 2024

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Britannia Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Str)

  • 3YO only  |   Class 2  |   1m  |   Good to Firm  |   29 Runners  |   Turf  |   Weighed In
  • Off time: 17:09  |   Winning time: 1m 38.62s
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King's Gamble19
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-9| J: D Tudhope| T: R M Beckett| OR:  102| BF
8/1
Kingman colt who was third in Gimcrack on the back of a winning debut at Newmarket. Only second when odds-on favourite for a 7f Doncaster novice on reappearance 19 days ago but he's entitled to come on for the outing.
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(28)
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Whip Cracker48
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-8| J: Jim Crowley| T: R Hughes| OR:  101
22/1
AW novice winner at 2. Returned with a very useful effort when second in 9f Newmarket listed race in April but not in anything like the same form when a well-held third in a 1¼m listed event back there 16 days later. The drop to 1m looks a good move but he'll require a smart effort from his mark.
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(27)
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Follow Me26
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-7| J: S Foley| T: R O'Sullivan| OR:  100
28/1
Drew a blank in 5 outings in France last year but has quickly developed into a useful performer for his new stable, winning a 6f maiden (heavy) and 7f handicap (good) at the Curragh in recent months. Not discounted now stepping up to 1m.
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(22)
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Starlore26
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5| J: R Kingscote| T: Sir Michael Stoute| OR:  98
16/1
Very much caught the eye when 2 lengths seventh of 13 to Qirat in a valuable 7f handicap at Goodwood last month, travelling strongly but not getting a run until it was all too late. Will stay 1m. Interesting runner.
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(6)
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Cuban Tiger55
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5| J: C Lee| T: K R Burke| OR:  98| D
50/1
Won a 1m AW listed race at Newcastle on Good Friday but no obvious excuses when last of 5 in Esher Cup on Sandown handicap debut 8 weeks ago and a 1lb drop in his mark certainly isn't enough to tempt.
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(10)
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Watch My Tracerh132
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5| J: Hayley Turner| T: George Scott| OR:  98
150/1
Improved again when making a winning reappearance in 7f Lingfield listed race but down the field in the Greenham and a 6f Newmarket handicap since. Remains to be seen whether a step up to 1m is what's required. Also fitted with a first-time hood.
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(8)
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Blue Lemons26
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5| J: J P Spencer| T: R Hannon| OR:  98
33/1
Useful form in defeat since his debut win last autumn. Went down by only a neck in Esher Cup on 1m Sandown handicap debut and respectable fourth of 12 in the valuable Silver Bowl at Haydock since. Raced only on going softer than good on turf.
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(19)
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Involvement26
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3| J: Callum Shepherd| T: S & E Crisford| OR:  96
11/1
Debut winner at Redcar last September and useful form in defeat since, notably second of 12 in Silver Bowl at Haydock (1m, good to soft) 26 days ago, pulling well clear of the rest. Likely capable of even better.
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(18)
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Bobsleigh302
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3| J: Charles Bishop| T: Eve Johnson Houghton| OR:  96
80/1
Useful at the start of his 2-y-o career but had lost his way by the end of the summer. This a very tough starting point for his 3-y-o campaign and stamina is also an unknown up 2f in trip.
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(17)
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Dragon Leader26
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-2| J: K Shoemark| T: C G Cox| OR:  95
80/1
Went 4-5 at 2, notably valuable 6f events at York and Redcar. Made a creditable return to action when third of 5 on 7f course handicap debut but well beaten at Goodwood (7f again) since. First attempt at 1m. Others are more obvious.
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(9)
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Son Of Man11
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: David Egan| T: Jane Chapple-Hyam| OR:  93
40/1
Useful performer who stepped up markedly on his reappearance when second of 8 over 7f at Goodwood 11 days ago, shaping as if this return to 1m will suit.
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(20)
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Watcha Matey19
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: C T Keane| T: H Palmer| OR:  93| D
22/1
Looked exposed after 7 outings as a juvenile but has returned an improved performer, landing handicaps at Newmarket (1m) and Musselburgh (9f). Another 7 lb higher in a stronger race now so he'll need a big career best to extend his winning sequence to 3.
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(21)
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Vercorsp130
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: Aurelien Lemaitre| T: F Chappet| OR:  93
150/1
Quite useful form in France, winning a conditions race over just short of 7f at Angers at the end of May. Hard to argue his mark looks lenient, though.
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Cogitate92
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: Hollie Doyle| T: C Hills| OR:  93
33/1
Looked a good prospect when making a winning debut in a Newbury novice (7f) last July but he has looked quite a tricky ride when meeting with defeat on both starts since. In his defence he likely bumped into a smart prospect at Southwell last time but others are still preferred.
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(5)
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Cracking Gold55
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-13| J: Rossa Ryan| T: C G Cox| OR:  92
40/1
Won 7f novices at Kempton and Lingfield on first 2 starts. Creditable efforts in defeat in small-field handicaps since but he'll require improvement to come out on top in this ultra-competitive race.
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(33)
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Mission To Moon20
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-13| J: Oisin Murphy| T: R Varian| OR:  92| BF
25/1
From a family which improves with age and he impressed when making a winning reappearance at Goodwood (7f, soft) in early May. Just as good when second of 12 over 7f at Epsom 4 weeks later. Likely to stay 1m.
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(25)
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Dashing Darcey12
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-13| J: S De Sousa| T: R Varian| OR:  92| D
9/1
Won a pair of 1m Lingfield novices on AW in December and has progressed again in handicaps, reaching the frame 3 times before scoring with a bit to spare at Haydock (1m, good to firm) 12 days ago.
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(29)
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Qirat26
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-13| J: Hector Crouch| T: R M Beckett| OR:  92
13/2
Progressive Showcasing colt who came with a strong run from off the pace to land a valuable 7f Goodwood handicap last month. The style of that success suggests that 1m will be within range. Big player.
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Arctic Thunder41
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-13| J: David Probert| T: A M Balding| OR:  92| C
40/1
Took his career record to 2-4 when shading a tight finish on his 7f course handicap debut last month. 7 lb rise demands improvement but he has the potential for better again now returning to 1m.
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(3)
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Volterra48
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-12| J: N Callan| T: K A Ryan| OR:  91| D
13/2
Redcar novice winner last autumn and left that form well behind when following up in 1m Newmarket handicap on his reappearance in May, pulling 2¾ lengths clear of the reopposing Skukuza, who boosted the form by winning back at Newmarket since. Could still be ahead of his mark.
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Air Commanderv132
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-11| J: R L Moore| T: A P O'Brien| OR:  90| BF
25/1
Winner at Dundalk in April. Better effort in 1m Naas handicaps since when third of 10 latterly. Not obviously well handicapped but it's dangerous to rule out anything from this stable. Fitted with a first-time visor.
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(15)
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Mickley20
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-11| J: Callum Rodriguez| T: E Bethell| OR:  90
15/2
Has progressed with each run, storming clear in a Southwell maiden in March before making light of a mark of 83 at Doncaster (both 7f). The step up to 1m looks sure to suit. High on the shortlist with further progress likely.
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(16)
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Skukuza34
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-11| J: W Buick| T: E A L Dunlop| OR:  90| D
16/1
Progressive, building on his handicap debut second to Volterra at Newmarket (1m) when seeing off 5 rivals back there a fortnight later. The form of the win has been boosted so he could still be fairly treated up 5 lb.
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(31)
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Native Warrior30
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-11| J: James Doyle| T: K R Burke| OR:  90| D
22/1
Quite useful form, getting off the mark at the fourth time of asking in 1m Nottingham maiden last month. Tough to argue he looks well handicapped off 90 but he has the potential for better.
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(13)
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Safwan43
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-10| J: Edward Greatrex| T: R M Beckett| OR:  89
100/1
Fairly useful 2-time winner in France for Edouard Monfort earlier in the year. Very much pitched in at the deep end on his first outing for Ralph Beckett. Probably best watched.
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(26)
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The Camden Colt48
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-10| J: S M Levey| T: R Hannon| OR:  89
20/1
Has returned with good placed efforts in competitive 1m handicaps at Newmarket this spring, latterly 3 lengths third of 8 to reopposing Volterra and Skukuza.
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(12)
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Monkey Island34
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-10| J: Harry Davies| T: B J Meehan| OR:  89
40/1
Left his 2 efforts as a juvenile well behind when springing an 80/1 surprise in 7f Newbury novice on reappearance, making all in determined fashion. Similar tactics will be hard to pull off here, though.
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(11)
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Sir Les Patterson26
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-9| J: Billy Loughnane| T: Harry Eustace| OR:  88
80/1
Won a pair of 7f AW novices but dropped away tamely to finish last of 12 in the Silver Bowl at Haydock on his handicap and turf debut. Not an obvious one to provide his yard with back-to-back wins in this race.
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Lautrecb134
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-9| J: Benoit D L Sayette| T: J & T Gosden| OR:  88| D
28/1
Winning debut on AW in November. Faded on 1¼m Chelmsford reappearance but quickly back on the up when 1¼ lengths second of 6 to Skukuza in 1m Newmarket handicap debut last month. The first-time cheekpieces worn on the Rowley Mile are now replaced by blinkers. RESERVE.
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Non-Runners

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(24)
Horse silk
Bergamasco75
Weight: 9-6|  Age: 3
T: J Davison  J: Non Runner
NR
27
(4)
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Miletus45
Weight: 8-10|  Age: 3
T: C Hills  J: Non Runner
NR
32
(7)
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Grey Cuban19
Weight: 8-9|  Age: 3
T: H Palmer  J: Tom Marquand
NR

Forecasts

Qirat (13/2), Volterra (13/2), Mickley (15/2), King's Gamble (8/1), Dashing Darcey (9/1), Involvement (11/1), Skukuza (16/1), Starlore (16/1), The Camden Colt (20/1), Native Warrior (22/1), Watcha Matey (22/1), Whip Cracker (22/1), Mission To Moon (25/1), Air Commander (25/1), Bergamasco (25/1), Lautrec (28/1), Follow Me (28/1), Cogitate (33/1), Blue Lemons (33/1), Miletus (33/1), Arctic Thunder (40/1), Monkey Island (40/1), Cracking Gold (40/1), Son Of Man (40/1), Cuban Tiger (50/1), Grey Cuban (50/1), Dragon Leader (80/1), Bobsleigh (80/1), Sir Les Patterson (80/1), Safwan (100/1), Vercors (150/1), Watch My Tracer (150/1)

Verdict

Kevin Ryan's VOLTERRA has had the form of his Newmarket handicap debut success boosted and might prove the answer to a typically wide-open renewal. The way Qirat stormed home to land a valuable 7f event at Goodwood last month suggests he'll be suited by the step up to 1m and he's second choice. Mickley is another who promises to benefit from 1m and is also shortlisted along with Starlore, who was a big eyecatcher behind Qirat at Goodwood.

Previous Winners

2023
Weight: 9-2  |Age: 3
6/1
2022
Weight: 8-11  |Age: 3
14/1
2021
Weight: 9-3  |Age: 3
18/1

Prize Money

1st: £61,848.002nd: £29,004.003rd: £14,508.004th: £7,248.005th: £3,624.006th: £1,812.00

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