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Britannia Stakes (Handicap) �V Form Comments

21/06/2017

1600m – Turf

1

Rusumaat

In great form and left his rivals gasping when leading from the gate to win over 1634m at Haydock. The handicapper has hiked him 8lb for that which is understandable. His best form has all come on fast ground.

2

Leshlaa

Never travelling as a favourite should when disappointing on slow ground over 2000m at Newmarket last time though he had won a handicap over the same course and distance on quick ground previously.

3

Tricorn

Four of his five starts have been on the all-weather but he produced a strong finish to win on fast ground over this distance two starts back. His handicap mark is beginning to look tough but there could easily be more improvement to come.

4

Masham Star

Well beaten on his only previous Ascot start. He ran a good second in a handicap at Chester last month but hasn't shown much in three starts since.

5

Executive Force

His three turf runs have all been on slow ground and he could improve for a quicker surface and recent gelding operation. He reared leaving the gates when fourth of five in a Listed race at Maisons-Laffite though finished only 1 length behind the winner.

6

Medieval

Stays this distance well, winning over slightly longer at Epsom last September. A dismal last of ten at Newmarket on his 2017 return last month and eased 4lb by the handicapper since then.

7

Omran

Moves up to 1600m but easily won a 1413m handicap on the all-weather on his penultimate start. However he didn't show much at Newmarket 12 days ago.

8

Sea Fox

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9

Capezzano

Last seen in early March when third in a Listed event on the dirt at Meydan, having won a minor race on the dirt there last December. Interesting to see how he gets on over this straight 1600m on turf.

10

Hyde Park

A beaten favourite several times before winning a maiden last October. He made an encouraging seasonal debut when third in a 1400m Goodwood handicap despite not appearing to handle that undulating track very well.

11

Naval Warfare

Looks to be a potential smart three-year-old and he improved for a fast surface and step up to 1648m when easily winning a Leicester handicap last month. A sharp rise in his handicap mark might not prevent another big run.

12

Ronald R

Made a very promising start to 2017, winning a Newmarket handicap over this distance last month, just fending off a rival who is very well regarded and was unbeaten in two previous starts. Raised 7lb for that which looks fair.

13

Medahim

Ran poorly on his penultimate start but much better last time when - despite racing too keenly early on and also meeting traffic - he kept on strongly to finish a close second in a classy-looking 1400m handicap at Goodwood last month.

14

Son Of The Stars

Won his first two starts, both on the all-weather over this distance. On fast turf at Newmarket last time, he didn't appear that happy on the undulations but still very nearly won. He's highly regarded and very smart.

15

Leader’s Legacy

Gerald Mosse's mount has won both his starts this season in efficient style, most recently in a handicap over a similar distance to this at Haydock. He has a 5lb higher handicap mark but that looks fair for this progressive colt.

16

City Of Joy

All his three wins have been gained narrowly and he looks the type of gelding who does just enough, so he may be ahead of the handicapper. He has won both starts this season, both at this distance. He's proven on quick ground.

17

Thomas Cranmer

A three-times winner who ran a stinker at Newmarket last time. Better judged on two previous winning visits to Musselburgh this season. He likes to dominate though that may be very difficult here.

18

Sabador

Has won two of his three starts this season, and, dropping back to 1445m showed a sharp change of gear for an easy victory at Ayr late last month. One of plenty of progressive types who will have had this race on his agenda for some time.

19

Sultan Baybars

Won an all-weather maiden last September but didn't show much in an all-weather handicap on his only start this season, his first run since being gelded.

20

Colibri

Ended last season with a 12 lengths maiden win and looked to start his handicap career on quite a challenging rating but he ran really well when a close fourth over 1613m at Sandown in April. Fast conditions are expected to suit.

21

Keyser Soze

Has won both starts this season, a maiden on turf and a handicap on the all-weather. Stamina will be required with a furious gallop likely over this 1600m, and he's not proven at the distance yet.

22

Afaak

Has won his last two starts - on a fast and slow surface - and both at this distance. He got the better of a well-regarded rival and 10 others at Doncaster last time and looks on the upgrade though he faces an 8lb rise in the weights.

23

Moritzburg

Had struggled to win his maiden but he did that in rampant style recently when storming to a 7 lengths winning margin at Listowel. Clearly improving, this trip suits whilst good ground looks most suitable.

24

The Grape Escape

Landed a betting plunge first time out at Sandown last September. He's run well in both starts this season and looks handicapped for a big show here, especially if he handles faster predicted ground than he's encountered before.

25

Indian Dandy

He's been on the go since January, winning three of his five starts, though the figures suggest that his best effort was when runner-up in a tough firm-ground handicap over 1634m at Haydock last time.

26

Gilgamesh

Has won all three starts this season, sometimes looking beaten, but finding plenty for pressure each time, latterly when a narrow winner of a 1400m Redcar handicap. His pedigree suggests that this extra distance should suit.

27

Senator

Won his first two starts. Gelded before his 2017 return when he ran fifth in a soft-ground handicap last month, a good effort from a wide gate and getting no cover. Up in trip but some close relations have won over further than this.

28

Lightening Fast

Had a bad trip at Naas on his 2017 debut but things went nicely last time - on his first start in a handicap - when scoring with plenty to spare at Navan. Improving and with no distance worries whilst good or fast ground suits.

29

Via Serendipity

Ran respectably in a G3 at Newbury on his 2017 return but beaten a long way in a Newmarket handicap subsequently. Capable of better surely especially with the stable in much better form now than it was then.

30

Maths Prize

Twice a two-year-old winner and though beaten 8 ¾ lengths fifth on his return in a 2005m conditions' race at Newbury in April that has turned out to be a super-strong race with the third placed filly going on to win the G1 Oaks at Epsom.

31

Horroob

Won his first two starts this season, both on Lingfield's all-weather track. Most recently he ran a close fourth in a 1400m Goodwood handicap, a good effort having to race wide with little cover. This 1600m should suit.

 

Reserves

 

32

Bless Him

Meets some of the horses who finished in front of him in a Goodwood handicap on his last start. However nothing went right for him that day and he still wasn't beaten far in fifth place. He has already won over this longer distance.

33

Naseem

Visored for the first time, he ran a respectable fourth in a Sandown handicap over further than this back in April. The rain-softened ground was not thought to help him that day and he remains open to more progress on a quick surface.

 

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