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13:40
ASCOT
Saturday 11th August

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Stayers (Handicap) (Class 2)

Distance: 1m 7f 209y Going: Good
Analysis

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Verdict

Hassle and Byron Flyer are respected but CLEONTE gets the vote after good runs in better company the last twice.

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Cleonte
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Runner
Form
Age
Weight
Best Odds
1
(6)
Jukebox Jive
J: Adam Kirby
T: Anthony Honeyball
Form: 4-4483
Age: 4
Weight: 10-0
Progressive stayer, producing a career best when third in Listed company at Sandown last time. A four-pound rise does demand more, but he's been mainly consistent and will be suited if this turns into a pure slog in softer conditions.
Good effort from front in 2m Listed race in July; raised 4lb; solid enough to be involved
2
(2)
Lord George
J: Fran Berry
T: James Fanshawe
Form: 4-1420
Age: 5
Weight: 10-0
Two-mile winner at Kempton in January, inconsistent since. He was never better than midfield and weakened tamely when ridden, with little signs of his usual spark last time. A return to the turf is a big worry, with his best form on the All-Weather.
Fair 1m4f third here last May; good 2m AW form since but lifeless latest in June
4
(4)
Hassle
J: Yutaka Take
T: Dr Richard Newland
Form: 32/0/8
Age: 9
Weight: 9-12
Rarely seen on the flat these days, with much more focus on his hurdling career. He wasn't disgraced in the Ascot Stakes, on his last flat start, however, and a drop to this trip should suit given he weakened late. Very good jockey has been drawn to ride.
Mostly hurdles now; ran well for long way over 2m4f at Royal meeting; 2m can suit better
5
(1)
Stars Over The Sea
J: Gerald Mosse
T: Ian Williams
Form: 4120-0
Age: 7
Weight: 9-12
Formerly smart for Henry De Bromhead, though his best form came over shorter. He was tailed off on his stable/seasonal reappearance last time and he won't be allowed a soft-lead here, rain wouldn't be ideal either.
Latest Flat win over 1m6f last July; unproven stamina at 2m; beaten miles on reappearance
6
(5)
Byron Flyer
J: Hayley Turner
T: Ian Williams
Form: 7-5200
Age: 7
Weight: 9-9
Very capable stayer who has his quirks, more often than not outbattled in a finish, as he was when second at Haydock in May. Two runs since have been disappointing though and he's three pounds higher than when third in this race last year.
Chance on best staying form, including close 2nd in this last year; 3lb higher this time
7
(12)
Manjaam
J: Corey Brown
T: Ed Dunlop
Form: -26106
Age: 5
Weight: 9-9
Course winner over 1m 4f, rarely seen over further. He was second over 1m 6f at Wolverhampton in April, though that was a rare good effort over further. His stamina remains a query and rain would be a big negative.
1m4f winner here; mixed record over further; dropped right out latest; first 2m run
8
(7)
Soldier In Action
J: Andrasch Starke
T: Mark Johnston
Form: 668700
Age: 5
Weight: 9-9
Recent form has left a huge amount to be desired, finishing down the field in the Summer Handicap at Glorious Goodwood last time. He's now eleven pounds below his last winning mark, but he remains risky.
Has won at 1m6f (turf) and 2m (AW); out of sorts this year; big drop in weights but risky
9
(8)
Cleonte
J: Per-Anders Graberg
T: Andrew Balding
Form: 6-2496
Age: 5
Weight: 9-6
In good form this year, pitched into the Ascot Stakes and the JLT Cup the last twice. His latest sixth in the latter was a very good performance and this is much easier, with his mark left unchanged. Ground versatility another big plus.
Two decent staying performances of late (2m4f/2m); stronger the pace the better; respected
10
(10)
Fire Jet
J: Josephine Gordon
T: John Mackie
Form: -52473
Age: 5
Weight: 9-4
Has been mainly consistent this term, beaten eight lengths at Newmarket on her latest outing. Her best form has come over shorter and a strongly-run two miles isn't sure to suit her strengths. Wouldn't mind rain, but that is a small positive.
Only just lost out over 1m6f at Newmarket in May; needs more on balance of 2m form
11
(3)
Aussie Reigns
J: Hollie Doyle
T: Gary Moore
Form: 685-66
Age: 8
Weight: 9-2
Eight-year-old who has been well-below his best in two runs this year, tailed off at Kempton in February. This race is no easier and despite this being a lenient mark, all hopes are pinned on a wind operation.
Formerly decent at 2m; serious defeats in 3 of 4 starts back in Britain; wind op since
3
(9)
Saunter
J: NON-RUNNER
T: Ian Williams
Form: 21-481
Age: 5
Weight: 9-12
12
(11)
Berrahri
T: John Best
Form: 898828
Age: 7
Weight: 8-9
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1 (6) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/c/0/2/35720c.png Jukebox Jive
2 (2) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/4/7/232574b.png Lord George
4 (4) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/5/7/212275b.png Hassle
5 (1) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/h/4/3/11234h.png Stars Over The Sea
6 (5) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/9/5/230359b.png Byron Flyer
7 (12) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/d/3/6/61763d.png Manjaam
8 (7) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/g/3/4/4643g.png Soldier In Action
9 (8) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/e/1/1/252211e.png Cleonte
10 (10) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/6/6/176366b.png Fire Jet
11 (3) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/c/6/5/168656c.png Aussie Reigns
3 (9) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/2/8/254182b.png Saunter
12 (11) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/3/9/246893b.png Berrahri
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