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G3 – 1000m – Turf



Now that she settles better she has developed into a potent sprinting force, winning two Listed races last season before climaxing with a relentless  finish to win the prestigious G1 Prix de L'Abbaye, at Chantilly last October.


Cotai Glory

Seems best on a slowish surface, though has won on fast. Only just beaten by Profitable in a G1 at Royal Ascot last June, he gained a well-deserved first win of 2016 in a G3 at Newbury last September. Tends to race near the speed.


Just Glamorous

Very effective at this pure speed trip, and he's won three handicaps and then a G3 at Chantilly last September, quick from the gates and leading throughout. His sire's offspring tend to like slow ground, but he is versatile surfacewise.


Alpha Delphini

From a stable that have won this twice in recent years. This gelding started last season with a rating of 79, but after some terrific performances is now 110. He finished off 2016 with a close second on ground softer than ideal in a G3 sprint at Newbury.



Some sharp speed saw him win this race in 2015, also landing a G1 dash at Longchamp. Last season was not so good but the fact he likes this track is a plus and quick ground is ideal. First start for 197 days but he's won off a break before.


Gracious John

Has been competing mostly on a sand surface lately but is a four-times winner on grass. He came close to landing a valuable prize over 1200m on the all-weather at Lingfield last month despite racing too freely so seems to arrive here in good form.



It may be significant that he ran one of his best races at this time last year, winning a good handicap over 1000m at Chester, also finishing second in a 1200m G1 at Royal Ascot though he did run much less well on his last three 2016 starts.



Facts and figures suggest he has improved since moving stables winning both starts - on the sand at Lingfield - latterly when a potent late surge saw him land a valuable 1200m prize despite a difficult trip. He's also a seven-times turf winner.



Can be too eager in the gates but he wins his share including twice at G2 level, on very different turf surfaces. Back in the winning groove at Bath last time when he didn't need to be at his best but still left a good impression.



Just once a winner but the figures from mid 2016 onwards  suggests continuous improvement. Gelded and with a new stable he made a fine start to 2017 when making a higher rated rival have to work for his money at Newmarket last month.



Not at his very fast best on his last few 2016 starts. A very different story earlier on when he had won this race in good style, followed by a G2 win at Haydock and a G1 at Royal Ascot. If at his best after a 216-day absence, he will be tough to beat.


Royal Birth

Has had more success on the sand than the grass, and a fast late swoop saw him winning a nice Listed prize over 1005m at Lingfield in February, not having any luck in running back there subsequently. He wants fast ground on turf.


Washington DC

His last four wins have come in Listed company (including at Navan recently) but he's been placed at a G1 and G2 level, most notably when only failing to catch Marsha after a flying finish in the Prix de L'Abbaye at Chantilly last October.


Dancing Star

Survived increasing rises in her rating to win four handicaps in the UK last summer, including a defeat of 26 rivals in a prestigious dash at Goodwood last July. All last season's runs came over 1200m but this is quite a testing 1000m.



Very speedy indeed and has won 1000m and 1010m Listed races on her last two starts, most recently with a rampant 5 length winning verdict at Bath last month, despite having to give weight to all her rivals with the very fast ground also not considered ideal.



Her rating has continued to soar upwards after some good performances even though she hasn't won since landing a York handicap back in August 2015. Hard to fancy against some electric opposition on this 2017 debut.


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