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Tuesday 18 June 2024

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King Charles III Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

  • 3YO plus  |   Class 1  |   5f  |   Good to Firm  |   17 Runners  |   Turf  |   Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:45  |   Winning time: 58.6s
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(7)
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Diligent Harryp34
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-7| J: Rossa Ryan| T: C G Cox| OR:  113| D
14/1
Smart gelding who has returned as good as ever this year, winning listed events at Lingfield/Southwell before third in a Group 1 at Meydan and Group 2 Duke of York. One of 2 contenders for Clive Cox, who won this with Profitable in 2016.
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(10)
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Emaraaty Anap,t80
Age: 8|  Weight: 9-7| J: Saffie Osborne| T: J A Osborne| OR:  110| CD
33/1
Smart gelding. Didn't need to be at best when winning 9-runner local Group 3 at Doha in February and he was only a respectable seventh of 14 in a Meydan Group 1 the following month. Probably best to look elsewhere.
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(13)
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Equality24
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-7| J: J P Spencer| T: C Hills| OR:  108| D
40/1
Translated smart handicap form to Group 3 company when landing the Coral Charge at Sandown last summer. Another really good handicap performance when seeing off 14 rivals at Musselburgh (5f, good to soft) in April but he finished behind a few of these in the Temple at Haydock since.
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(8)
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Kerdos24
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-7| J: R Kingscote| T: C G Cox| OR:  111| D
14/1
Much improved when proving ½ length too strong for last year's Nunthorpe winner Live In The Dream in the Group 2 Temple at Haydock (5f, good to soft) last month. Likely to be bang there if he can reproduce that level of form.
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(15)
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Regionalt24
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-7| J: Callum Rodriguez| T: E Bethell| OR:  114| D
6/1
Took his form to a new level last season, making it 3 wins from 4 starts when taking Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup in September. Shaped well when ¾-length second of 12 to Mitbaahy in Group 2 Greenlands at the Curragh (6f, good) on reappearance 24 days ago. Not taken lightly.
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(11)
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Rogue Lightning24
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-7| J: James Doyle| T: Tom Clover| OR:  111| CD
16/1
Progressive sprinter last year, meeting trouble and unlucky not to finish closer when fifth of 18 in Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp final start. Type to do better again at 4 and he likely needed the run when behind a few of these in the Temple on Haydock reappearance. Should strip fitter now.
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(4)
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Twilight Calls45
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-7| J: R L Moore| T: H Candy| OR:  106| D
14/1
Smart gelding who was second in this in 2022 and a good 3¼ lengths fourth of 17 to Bradsell last year. His ¾-length fourth of 8 to Seven Questions in Palace House at Newmarket (5f, good) on reappearance suggests he's as good as ever. Can go well in this race again.
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(17)
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Asfoora24
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-4| J: Oisin Murphy| T: Henry Dwyer| OR:  112| BF| D
5/1
Very smart sprinter and multiple Group winner from Australia who warmed up for this by finishing 2¾ lengths fourth of 9 to Kerdos in Temple Stakes at Haydock (5f, good to soft) last month. Should be sharper with that under her belt. Respected.
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(1)
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Believingt10
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-4| J: D Tudhope| T: G Boughey| OR:  111| D
9/1
Smart filly who won 2 listed races and a Group 3 last year. Shrugged off a disappointing reappearance in Hong Kong when successful again at listed level at Haydock (5f, good to firm) 10 days ago. Placed in a Group 1 last autumn.
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Makarovab,t37
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-4| J: P Mulrennan| T: E Walker| OR:  106| D
20/1
Landed a listed contest at Ayr last summer and held her own when fourth in the Nunthorpe at York and sixth in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp. Respectable efforts in defeat both starts this term but she has a bit to find with the principals here.
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Vadreamp24
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-4| J: K Shoemark| T: C Fellowes| OR:  103| C| D
100/1
Smart mare who wasn't far off her best when just edged out by Seven Questions in Palace House at Newmarket (5f, good) in April but well held in the Temple at Haydock since.
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(6)
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Big Evs33
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: Tom Marquand| T: M Appleby| OR:  113| CD
11/4
Enjoyed a terrific first season, scoring 4 times, notably in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Santa Anita (5f, firm) in November. Impressively made light of a 5 lb penalty in 5f York listed race on reappearance and can make a bold bid to become the second successive 3-y-o to win this.
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(16)
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Kylian33
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: Hollie Doyle| T: A Watson| OR:  99| D
40/1
Useful but behind Big Evs on the 3 occasions they've clashed, most recently 3 lengths fourth to Mick Appleby's charge in a listed race at York (first run for Archie Watson). Needs big improvement to get heavily involved.
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(9)
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Purosangue24
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: David Probert| T: A M Balding| OR:  102| D
80/1
Ended solid juvenile campaign with a ¾-length success in a 6f listed event at York. Creditable third in 6f course Group 3 on reappearance but well held in Sandy Lane at Haydock since. Outsider.
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Seven Questionsp24
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: Callum Shepherd| T: George Scott| OR:  107| D
80/1
Not the most straightforward but he took his form to another level in first-time headgear when 33/1 winner of Palace House at Newmarket (5f, good) in April. Respectable 2¾ lengths third of 9 to Kerdos in Temple at Haydock (5f, good to soft) since.
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Valiant Force94
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: David Egan| T: A Murray| OR:  111| CD
12/1
Won Norfolk over C&D at last year's Royal meeting before ending his 2-y-o campaign with an excellent ½-length second to Big Evs in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Not in the same form in 2 outings at Gulfstream Park earlier this year but he might fare better having rejoined Adrian Murray.
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(2)
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Crimson Advocateb31
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-12| J: W Buick| T: J & T Gosden| OR:  108| CD
25/1
Won the Queen Mary over C&D (good to firm) 12 months ago. Behind Big Evs and Valiant Force in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on only subsequent start at 2 but reappeared to win a Gulfstream Park conditions race last month (final start for George Weaver).
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Forecasts

Big Evs (11/4), Asfoora (5/1), Regional (6/1), Believing (9/1), Valiant Force (12/1), Kerdos (14/1), Twilight Calls (14/1), Diligent Harry (14/1), Rogue Lightning (16/1), Makarova (20/1), Crimson Advocate (25/1), Emaraaty Ana (33/1), Kylian (40/1), Equality (40/1), Purosangue (80/1), Seven Questions (80/1), Vadream (100/1)

Verdict

The first running of this Group 1 since being renamed the King Charles III Stakes can go to BIG EVS, who showed he's trained on well when comfortably giving weight away on his York reappearance and can prove too strong for the older brigade, headed by last year's Sprint Cup winner Regional. Third choice is very classy Australian sprinter Asfoora, who should be all the sharper for her run behind Kerdos (who should also go well) in the Temple at Haydock last month.

Previous Winners

2023
Bradsell
Weight: 9-1  |Age: 3
14/1

Prize Money

1st: £390,094.002nd: £147,893.003rd: £74,015.004th: £36,870.005th: £18,504.006th: £9,286.00

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