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14:15
ASCOT
Saturday 11th August

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge (Handicap) (Class 3)

Distance: 1m 3f 211y Going: Good
Analysis

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Verdict

Preference is for KOEMAN (nap), who scored over C&D on King George day. Second choice is Twin Star, ahead of Humble Hero.

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Koeman
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1
(5)
Eddystone Rock
J: Pat Cosgrave
T: John Best
Form: 900509
Age: 6
Weight: 9-13
Well below his best this term, with a fifth at Newmarket his only effort of note. He's now two pounds below his last winning mark and a drop in grade will help, but a leap of faith is certainly required.
Drops back in grade off an exploitable mark, 2lb lower than for York win last August
2
(12)
Majeed
J: Yutaka Take
T: David Simcock
Form: 504261
Age: 8
Weight: 9-13
Capitalised on his sliding mark with a win at Windsor in June, helped by a strong early pace. He should get that once again and he's effectively only a pound higher. That said, he's only 2/21 since 2016 and he's far from consistent.
Won at Windsor six weeks ago; close fourth in this race in 2015; thereabouts
3
(11)
Twin Star
J: Josephine Gordon
T: Andrew Balding
Form: 55-355
Age: 4
Weight: 9-11
Just the one win in his tenure in Ireland, that being a maiden (form is strong). He's had five winless runs for his new yard, not disgraced the last twice but unable to get competitive. Interesting mark but more to prove than some.
Ex-Irish gelding who is 0-5 for current yard but has slipped to a handy-looking mark
4
(9)
Machine Learner
J: Fran Berry
T: Joseph Tuite
Form: 270-01
Age: 5
Weight: 9-10
Back to form with a 1m 6f success, well on top and a five-pound rise is far from harsh. He won't be fazed by a drop in trip as he should get a strong pace here, with softer ground no concern. Connections arrive in great form.
1m6f winner here last month; may cope with this return to 1m4f granted a strong pace
5
(8)
Koeman
J: Joao Moreira
T: Mick Channon
Form: 274741
Age: 4
Weight: 9-9
Continued his mainly progressive campaign with a course and distance success two weeks ago, defeating two improving younger horses. A four-pound rise is fair, but he needs the rain to stay away (0/4 on ground with soft in the description).
C&D winner on King George day, beating a pair of improving 3yos; greatly respected
6
(3)
Nicholas T
J: Per-Anders Graberg
T: Jim Goldie
Form: 020229
Age: 6
Weight: 9-9
Hold-up horse who can be slowly away, in mainly good form this year over the mile. Back up in trip last time, he was safely held at Ayr and his stamina for a strongly run 1m 4f has to be questioned.
Second in the Shergar Cup Mile on this card last year; stamina to prove back at 1m4f
7
(10)
Humble Hero
J: Corey Brown
T: William Haggas
Form: -92334
Age: 4
Weight: 9-9
Consistent four-year-old, in the frame on all of his runs since a disappointing return. As a result, he remains on a tricky looking mark and a change of headgear needs to have a very positive effect. Yard in great form.
Consistent of late and has a competitive shout on form; change of headgear
8
(2)
Maori Bob
J: Hollie Doyle
T: Michael Bell
Form: 933113
Age: 4
Weight: 9-8
Just fell short on his hat-trick bid when falling foul to two progressive three-year-olds last time. That was in a lower grade though and this does look tougher, with more required off this mark. Fine with rain as long as it doesn't go truly 'soft'.
In decent form in small-field handicaps last month; this looks slightly tougher
10
(7)
West Coast Flyer
J: Gerald Mosse
T: David Simcock
Form: 80-515
Age: 5
Weight: 9-8
Five wins from nine All-Weather starts, safely held in four turf attempts. A win two starts ago at Kempton has put him onto a difficult mark and back on the grass, his rivals look far more compelling.
Five wins on AW; turf record isn't compelling
12
(1)
Genetics
J: Andrasch Starke
T: Andrew Balding
Form: 364121
Age: 4
Weight: 9-2
Reserve; Unbeaten in two runs at this trip, beating four rivals at Brighton on his latest outing. That did come in a much lower grade, however, and both those victories came at Brighton. More required off four pounds higher.
Reserve; 2-2 over 1m4f, both wins gained at Brighton within the last two months
9
(4)
Reshoun
T: Ian Williams
Form: 31-600
Age: 4
Weight: 9-8
11
(6)
Theglasgowwarrior
T: Jim Goldie
Form: 128123
Age: 4
Weight: 9-5
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1 (5) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/c/7/8/217087c.png Eddystone Rock
2 (12) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/e/8/2/10928e.png Majeed
3 (11) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/d/1/1/252211d.png Twin Star
4 (9) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/c/8/8/224988c.png Machine Learner
5 (8) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/2/2/237422b.png Koeman
6 (3) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/6/9/252696b.png Nicholas T
7 (10) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/c/3/5/231453c.png Humble Hero
8 (2) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/8/7/235378b.png Maori Bob
10 (7) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/d/3/3/23733d.png West Coast Flyer
12 (1) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/9/2/241629b.png Genetics
9 (4) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/9/0/233709b.png Reshoun
11 (6) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/c/1/8/118781c.png Theglasgowwarrior
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