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Hampton Court Stakes �V Form Comments

21/06/2017

G3 - 1993m – Turf

1

Larchmont Lad

Making his Ascot debut, his last four runs coming at Newmarket and nearly resulted in a victory last time when he was dropping down in class to Listed level. Much will depend on how he handles this first race beyond 1600m.

2

Bay Of Poets

Has improved significantly from two to three  including a second to the subsequent Epsom Derby runner-up at Chester in May and only three lengths behind Brametot in Chantilly's French Derby, without really threatening. 

3

Benbatl

Race by race improvement on his four career starts and after a second in a G2 at York, he was a strong-finishing fifth in the Derby at Epsom - only 3 1/2L behind the winner in that G1 Classic. He had a tongue tie and was wearing a hood then.

4

Gold Spinner

A lightly raced improver who has won his last two starts and was especially impressive when winning over 1600m at Navan last time. Moving into Group race company for the first time with his trainer expecting this longer trip to suit.

5

Grey Britain

Has already had a busy career and was winning his second race on his 12th start when bravely holding on to his lead in a Listed event over 2000m at Newmarket last month. This looks a little harder to win.

6

Irishcorrespondent

Has a good galloping action and a good attitude. He won his first two starts and it was no disgrace at all finishing 7L third to Churchill in a G1 at The Curragh last time. Possibilities if this extra trip helps.

7

Jake’s Hill

Gained a win at the fourth attempt earlier this month. Prominent from the start in that Sandown Park maiden over a similar trip to this, he fought on well. This will be much harder, however.

8

Kings Gift

A smart three-year-old who has been highly tried on his two starts this year. Most recently when 15L behind subsequent French Derby winner Brametot in a G1 at Deauville last month. This longer trip may help but easy ground may be needed.

9

Mirage Dancer

A good maiden winner and on just his second start he ran 3 1/2L fourth to the subsequent Epsom Derby runner-up over slightly further than this at Chester in May, too keen early but finishing well. The stable have a good record in this event.

10

Mucho Applause

Nearly caused a surprise at Sandown on his 2017 debut. Moving up to this distance he ran another good second - at Newbury - grabbing a lead and fighting hard to the end. This looks his trip.

11

Orderofthegarter

Looks to be Aidan O'Brien's number one hope here with Ryan Moore booked even though stablemate Taj Mahal finished in front when they were fourth and sixth respectively in Chantilly's G1 French Derby last time. A tongue-tie and cheekpieces are applied here.

12

Rodaini

Won his first four starts at two. He made quite a solid start to 2017 at Newmarket but then raced far too freely over 1600m at Sandown, fading out. He won't be able to afford to do that over this longer distance.

13

Savile Row

This German-trained contender looks an unlikely winner considering he hasn't finished in the first two in any of his seven starts. He wasn't beaten far in a G2 at Cologne last time and connections will hope this move up in distance helps.

14

Speedo Boy

Has run well in four starts 2017, including a successful French raid when winning at Fontainebleu and then when second in a Listed event over this distance at Newmarket. Fast ground there and ideally it would be a bit slower here.

15

Taj Mahal

Only beaten 1 1/2L in fourth behind Brametot in the G1 French Derby this month, helping to set the pace and keeping on to the end over Chantilly's 2100m. Stamina clearly won't be an issue though he has only won one race.

16

Tamleek

Favourite to win a Newmarket maiden over this distance in April, and he stylishly surged clear. He couldn't quicken in the closing stages when only fourth in a G3 at Chester but that was over much further and his stamina looked to run out. 

 

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