2:25pm Newbury Racecard & Odds - Al Rayyan Stakes (Registered As The Aston Park Stakes) (Group 3) - 18/05/2019
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18 May 2019
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Al Rayyan Stakes (Registered As The Aston Park Stakes) (Group 3) (Class 1)

  • Channel: ITV
  • Distance: 1m 4f
  • Going: Good
Newbury
Runners
7

Type
Flat

Surface
Turf

Stalls
Inside

Weather
Cloudy

Selection

No myracing analysis available for this race

No.(Draw)
Runner
Best Odds
1
(7)
Silk colours for Raymond Tusk
C
D
Raymond Tusk
J: Jamie Spencer
T: Richard Hannon
C
Course Winner - Won before at this course
D
Distance Winner - Won before at this distance
Italian Group 2 winner in October; chased home the useful Dee Ex Bee in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot last time out. The drop back to this trip does not look an obvious plus for his chances, however, and he has to give weight to some smart rivals today.
Very good 2nd over 2m at Ascot last time but he now gives weight all round
261-62
Age: 4
Weight: 9-5
OR: 111
Days: 17
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
1 May 19 Asc Ascot 16f GF G3 9-6 2/7 Dee Ex Bee (3¼L) 20/1 111 114
23 Feb 19 Doh Doha 12f Gd L 9-0 6/14 French King (4L) - 104
21 Oct 18 Ssi San Siro 12f Gd G2 8-13 1/5 Walsingham (½L) 2/1 - 111
15 Sep 18 Don Doncaster 14.5f Gd 3yG1 9-1 6/12 Kew Gardens (11½L) 25/1 107 106
18 Aug 18 Nby Newbury 13.5f Gd G3 8-10 2/6 Hamada (2½L) 100/30 106 109
20 Jul 18 Ham Hamilton 11f GF 3yL 9-5 1/5 Austrian School (2½L) 7/4F 106 108
2
(2)
Silk colours for Crystal Ocean
CD
D
Crystal Ocean
J: Ryan Moore
T: Sir Michael Stoute
CD
C&D Winner - Won before on this course at this distance
D
3 x Distance Winner - Won 3 times before at this distance
Top-class five-year-old who looked as good as ever when landing the Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown last month. Comfortable winner of this last year and he is now officially rated seven-pound higher; impossible to oppose.
High-class form; won this last year and has easily the form pick in this line-up
1222-1
Age: 5
Weight: 9-3
OR: 125
Days: 22
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
26 Apr 19 San Sandown 10f GF G3 9-0 1/7 Knight To Behold (2¼L) 5/6F 125 123
20 Oct 18 Asc Ascot 10f Sft G1 9-5 2/8 Cracksman (6L) 11/4 129 118
8 Sep 18 Kem Kempton (AW) 12f St/Slw G3 9-10 2/4 Enable (3½L) 6/4 129 127
28 Jul 18 Asc Ascot 12f GF G1 9-7 2/7 Poet's Word (nk) 6/4F 122 127
23 Jun 18 Asc Ascot 12f GF G2 9-1 1/5 Red Verdon (2½L) 4/7F 122 121
19 May 18 Nby Newbury 12f GF G3 9-3 1/5 Second Step (6L) 2/5F 118 124
3
(5)
Silk colours for Laraaib
D
Laraaib
J: Jim Crowley
T: Owen Burrows
D
Distance Winner - Won before at this distance
Group 3 winner at Ascot on his final start last season; form has worked out well since. Should strip fitter for last month’s reappearance over today’s course and distance, but he likely has forecast claims at best here behind Crystal Ocean.
3rd in C&D Group 3 on return; bit to prove on good to firm, otherwise good chance for 2nd
2961-3
Age: 5
Weight: 9-3
OR: 112
Days: 35
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
13 Apr 19 Nby Newbury 12f GS G3 9-3 3/9 Marmelo (3L) 12/1 112 116
6 Oct 18 Asc Ascot 12f Sft G3 9-2 b1 1/5 Communique (½L) 11/2 112 114
12 Jul 18 Nmk Newmarket (July) 12f GF G2 9-6 6/7 Best Solution (48L) 9/1 113 39
19 Jun 18 Asc Ascot 10f GF L 9-3 9/16 Monarchs Glen (7L) 6/1 113 101
24 May 18 San Sandown 10f Gd G3 9-0 2/5 Poet's Word (2¼L) 8/1 102 114
12 Aug 17 Hay Haydock 10.5f GS G3 8-9 3/11 Frankuus (5¾L) 2/1F 103 101
4
(3)
Silk colours for Count Calabash
D
BF
Count Calabash
J: Charles Bishop
T: Eve Johnson Houghton
D
2 x Distance Winner - Won 2 times before at this distance
BF
Beaten Favourite - Losing favourite last time out
Distance Specialist - 2 wins from 3 starts at this distance (67%)
Six-length Kempton handicap winner in February, but he has not been seen since finishing a beaten favourite back at that venue in March. This looks a tough assignment on his return to turf this afternoon, and he is best watched for now.
Even improved AW form this winter makes this first Group-race venture look a stiff task
02-516
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
OR: 102
Days: 49
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
30 Mar 19 Kem Kempton (AW) 11f St/Slw 2Hc 9-10 6/16 Forbidden Planet (7½L) 3/1F 102 99
16 Feb 19 Kem Kempton (AW) 12f St/Slw 2Hc 9-12 1/6 Caspar The Cub (6L) 7/2 97 109
5 Jan 19 Kem Kempton (AW) 16f St/Slw 2Hc 9-5 5/11 Amade (5¾L) 9/2 97 98
14 Dec 18 Kem Kempton (AW) 11f St/Slw 3Hc 9-7 2/9 Caspar The Cub (1¼L) 6/1 95 102
22 Jun 18 Asc Ascot 12f GF 2Hc 9-1 17/17 Dash Of Spice (25L) 10/1 96 66
12 May 18 Asc Ascot 12f GF 3Hc 9-2 1/14 Koeman (1¾L) 9/2F 90 98
5
(1)
Silk colours for Pivoine
Pivoine b
J: Silvestre De Sousa
T: Andrew Balding
Has failed to match his best form in two starts so far this season; eight lengths behind Crystal Ocean at Sandown last time. Shapes as though the step up to this trip will suit, but it is still tough to see him reversing form with the aforementioned Crystal Ocean.
8l behind Crystal Ocean last time; quite an interesting prospect for 1m4f
610-66
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
OR: 104
Days: 22
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
26 Apr 19 San Sandown 10f GF G3 9-0 b 6/7 Crystal Ocean (8L) 28/1 104 105
4 Apr 19 Cfd Chelmsford (AW) 10f St 2Hc 9-11 v 6/8 Nonios (7L) 7/2 106 101
29 Sep 18 Nmk Newmarket 9f GF 2Hc 9-9 b 10/33 Wissahickon (9½L) 16/1 106 99
25 Aug 18 Yor York 10.5f GF 2Hc 9-4 b1 1/15 Alfarris (2½L) 6/1 98 110
31 Jul 18 Goo Goodwood 10f Gd 2Hc 9-3 v 6/15 Alfarris (4½L) 9/1 98 98
6 Jul 18 San Sandown 10f GF 2Hc 9-12 v 4/8 Melting Dew (1L) 7/2 98 105
6
(4)
Silk colours for Red Verdon
D
Red Verdon b
J: Oisin Murphy
T: Ed Dunlop
D
5 x Distance Winner - Won 5 times before at this distance
Winner of a conditions race at Doncaster on his return to action, but he came up short in a Group 2 at Newmarket afterwards. That brought his record in Group company to 0-14; difficult to see him playing a major part in the finish this afternoon.
Plenty of form in defeat suggests he's chief threat to Crystal Ocean; latest run a worry
500-15
Age: 6
Weight: 9-0
OR: 108
Days: 14
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
4 May 19 Nmk Newmarket 12f Gd G2 9-1 b 5/7 Communique (13½L) 20/1 110 95
31 Mar 19 Don Doncaster 12f Gd 2 9-5 b 1/6 Indianapolis (2¼L) 5/2 110 107
9 Dec 18 Sha Sha Tin 12f Gd G1 9-0 b 13/14 Exultant (23L) 125/1 - 84
20 Oct 18 Cau Caulfield 12f GS HcG1 8-7 b 11/18 Best Solution (6½L) 15/1 - 101
24 Aug 18 Yor York 16.5f GF G2 9-3 5/9 Stradivarius (8¾L) 8/1 112 104
3 Aug 18 Goo Goodwood 12f GF G3 9-1 b 2/7 Mirage Dancer (3½L) 6/1 113 113
7
(6)
Silk colours for Top Tug
D
Top Tug
J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Alan King
D
Distance Winner - Won before at this distance
Without a win since landing a Goodwood handicap back in May 2017; last seen finishing down the field in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October. Lowest rated in this line-up, and therefore he looks set for a struggle this afternoon.
Has good record after a break, in handicaps but he has chance for minor honours here
50630-
Age: 8
Weight: 9-0
OR: 101
Days: 217
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
13 Oct 18 Nmk Newmarket 18f GF 2Hc 9-4 10/33 Low Sun (14½L) 66/1 102 97
1 Sep 18 Chs Chester 14.5f Gd L 9-3 3/6 Duretto (1½L) 14/1 103 105
3 Aug 18 Goo Goodwood 12f GF G3 9-1 6/7 Mirage Dancer (12L) 20/1 104 99
30 Jun 18 Ncs Newcastle (AW) 16.5f St/Slw 2Hc 9-7 15/20 Withhold (27L) 20/1 105 83
22 Jun 18 Asc Ascot 12f GF 2Hc 9-10 5/17 Dash Of Spice (4¼L) 8/1 105 109
26 May 18 Goo Goodwood 14f Gd 2Hc 9-7 2/8 Platitude (1L) 7/2F 105 110
Verdict

With a string of fine efforts to his name at the top level, CRYSTAL OCEAN cannot be opposed in this Group 3.

Verdict silk image
Crystal Ocean

Betting Forecast:

2/5 Crystal Ocean,

9/2 Laraaib,

10/1 Raymond Tusk,

16/1 Red Verdon,

25/1 Pivoine,

33/1 Count Calabash,

50/1 Top Tug

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