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King George V Stakes (Handicap) �V Form Comments

21/06/2017

2392m – Turf

1

Homesman

Blinkered again today as he was when winning a G3 at The Curragh (2000m) in a tight finish on yielding ground last month. He's got plenty of weight but from this stable he can't be ruled out.

2

Sofia’s Rock

From a stable who have won this before, and he comes here fresh off a Haydock win at 2385m, dominating from the start and gliding happily over the very fast ground. A 6lb rise may not end his progress.

3

Twin Star

Finished 2 ¼ lengths fourth to today's rival Homesman in a 2000m G3 at The Curragh last time and is 5lb better off at the weights. Some hopes that he will last this longer trip and fast ground would probably help.

4

Utah

Jockey bookings don't point in his direction with Ryan Moore on Homesman who finished 4 lengths ahead of him at The Curragh (2000m) last time. He seems versatile groundwise and hard to tell how he will cope over this longer distance.

5

Master Singer

Although it was only a maiden on Newcastle's all-weather surface, the manner in which he drew clear of his rivals was eye-catching in that, his third and latest start. Chances if he thrives over this longer distance.

6

Majoris

This son of Frankel is proving disappointing, despite two wins last summer. Most recently he raced too freely in a 2000m Listed race at Newmarket with his jockey allowing him to go clear, only to fade fast late on.

7

Tartini

Has run respectable races on all his starts without showing anything exciting for his top stable. He travelled smoothly in an Epsom handicap last time but couldn't quicken late on. He'll need to improve for this longer distance.

8

Good Omen

Twice a two-year-old winner but a Meydan venture early this year proved expensive with two poor efforts. However after a break he was a decisive Doncaster winner, though on soft ground. He should last this longer trip.

9

First Nation

Has run two good races out of three this season, having had a 55-day break since running a second in a Sandown handicap. He probably doesn't want very fast ground but should stay this trip.

10

Bin Battuta

Fought hard to win a handicap at Doncaster in April but hasn't matched that in two starts since, also at around 2000m. Well beaten at Newmarket last time and no great surprise to see a visor fitted here.

11

Drochaid

Goes up in distance again but this tough horse kept finding for pressure last time at Epsom holding on well. If he lasts this longer trip and if there is still some improvement in him despite a 5lb rise in the weights he's got a chance.

12

Atty Persse

Won his first two starts - both at around 1600m - earning himself quite a  reputation. Over further at Haydock last month he launched what looked a winning challenge but couldn't go through with it. Up in distance again and visored.

13

Shymkent

Has won two of his three starts this season, always travelling nicely when landing a soft-ground Carlisle handicap last time for which he has been raised 5lb. He's apparently lazy and doesn't want to lead too soon. Up in distance.

14

Reachforthestars

Like so many here he is going into unfamiliar territory regarding distance but he had no problem staying 2091m on soft ground when landing a Haydock handicap 12 days ago. Any easing in the Ascot ground conditions would help.

15

Mister Manduro

Silvestre de Sousa's mount has proven stamina unlike many of his rivals, and was galloping all the way to the line when a good fourth over further than this at Musselburgh 19 days ago. Fast ground suits.

16

Janszoon

A very decisive maiden race winner on good to soft ground at Lingfield last month but very disappointing on his subsequent handicap debut at Haydock when the ground was very fast. Maybe that was the excuse.

17

Oasis Charm

All his three starts have been at around 2000m, winning a maiden at Leicester but running poorly in a Newmarket handicap more recently. Obviously more is required though he remains an unknown quantity.

18

Never Surrender

This race was named as his target after he won a maiden at Chester (the second has won since) in May. He likes quick ground and could easily thrive over this longer distance.

19

Bear Valley

Has won twice but perhaps ran his best race last time - his first start since being gelded when a close second at Goodwood - leading and only headed late on. He runs off an identical handicap mark over this longer distance.

 

Reserves

 

20

Daawy

French ace Gregory Benoist has been booked for Daawy who was an easy maiden race winner in April. Heavily backed to win after a break, he was run out of it by rival here Good Omen, at Doncaster. The soft ground may have been against him.

21

Weekender

Has improved on each of his three starts, just coming across two well-handicapped rivals when third at Haydock last time. An interesting colt from a top stable who may be suited by this longer journey.

22

Monticello

Twice a winner at around 1400m earlier in his career. On his first start since being gelded he attempted to dominate at Doncaster but faded at the end. His pedigree raises worries about this distance.

 

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