13:10 Ascot

John Doyle Buckhounds Stakes (listed) (Class 1)

  • 10 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 4f
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
  • £30,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 30.87s
  • Off Time: 13:11:16
  • 10 Ran
Silk -

    Silk -
    Silk - Purple, Light Blue chevron, Light Blue cap
    • Form 115277-
    • Age 5
    • Weight 9-1
    • Official Rating 110

    tracked leader, ridden 3f out, lost 2nd 2f out, weakened over 1f out

    Silk - Chocolate, Gold braid and sleeves, quartered cap
    • Form 15432-4
    • Age 5
    • Weight 9-1
    • Official Rating 110

    held up in touch, injured 4f out and pulled up

    Silk - Black, Yellow disc, Black and Red 'A', Black sleeves, two Red armlets, Black cap, Red peak

    Lion Sands

    219 D
    • Form 4/14531-
    • Age 4
    • Weight 9-1
    • Official Rating 110

    held up in touch, headway 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, unable to quicken final furlong

    Silk - Black, Light Blue armlets
    • Form 150610-
    • Age 7
    • Weight 9-1
    • Official Rating 111

    led at decent pace, edged left from 2f out, soon ridden, headed approaching final furlong, one pace

    Silk - White, Orange spots, striped sleeves, Orange cap
    • Form 31696-8
    • Age 4
    • Weight 8-12
    • Official Rating 104

    slowly away, rousted along and soon in touch in last trio, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten

    Silk - Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap


    42 b CDD
    • Form 13022-5
    • Age 6
    • Weight 8-12
    • Official Rating 108

    held up last, good headway on inside over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed final 50 yards, just held on for 2nd

    Silk - Pink and White check
    • Form 10/170-0
    • Age 4
    • Weight 8-12
    • Official Rating 102

    raced in 4th, went 3rd 3f out, chased leader 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure

    Silk - Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves
    • Form 1/6-
    • Age 4
    • Weight 8-12
    • Official Rating 103

    held up in last trio, badly hampered 4f out, switched left and driven on outside over 2f out, sustained run and stayed on to lead final 50 yards

    Silk - PINK, BLACK sleeves, LIGHT GREEN cap

    Young Mick

    189 v BFCDD
    • Form 31/8825-
    • Age 6
    • Weight 8-12
    • Official Rating 108

    took keen hold, raced wide in touch, effort 3f out, hard ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

    Silk - Emerald Green, White spots, Yellow sleeves, Emerald Green and White striped cap
    • Form 2116/12-
    • Age 5
    • Weight 8-7
    • Official Rating 80

    tracked leaders, pushed along 5f out, weakened before straight


    Regal Flush

    238 D
    • Form 268114-
    • Age 4
    • Weight 8-12
    • Official Rating 112


    In depth


    Lion Sands is marginally preferred to Regal Flush and Spanish Moon in a fascinating contest. The selection hails from the in-form Cumani yard whose runners haven't been tending to need their reappearances. He's clearly well regarded as the trainer eschewed handicaps with this colt following his maiden success and this Listed winner will surely win Group races this season. Spanish Moon's connections clearly have a lot of faith in him but this is a big ask for this lightly raced colt. It took some time for Regal Flush to get the hang of things but he improved in leaps and bounds in the second half of last season culminating with a 2 length fourth in the Leger; I'm just not convinced that this race will be run to his strengths. Classic Punch has made winning reappearances for the last two years and has every chance on his best form, as does Ivy Creek although he's looked a little quirky on occasion, Munsef will be expected to be in the mix too but it's hard to see him winning and we believe that Lion Sands can land this heat before being stepped back up in class.


    Classic Punch (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 2f out, soon weakened, eased heavily 2f out, tailed off, 7th of 8, 37l behind Ask (9-3) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gs in Sept.

    Ivy Creek (USA) 7-1 (8-12) In touch, effort 3f out, edged left under pressure over 1f out, stayed on, 4th of 14, 1 1/2l behind Royal And Regal (9-0) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) sft in Apr.

    Lion Sands 6-4fav (9-0) Held up in rear, pushed along 4f out, ridden and headway over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 6f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in Oct beating Spanish Hidalgo (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.

    Tungsten Strike (USA) 50-1 (8-7) Set steady early pace, led to well over 3f out, weakened quickly, last of 21, 22l behind Efficient (8-8) at Flemington 2m Grp 1 hcp (1) gd in Nov.

    Big Robert 50-1 (8-11) Slowly away, switched left soon after start, behind, ridden and some headway over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 8th of 14, 7l behind Royal And Regal (9-0) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) sft in Apr.

    Munsef 11-4 (9-4) Towards rear, pushed along over 5f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Soapy Danger (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 4f stk (2) sft in Mar.

    Petara Bay (IRE) 40-1 (8-11) Mid-division, weakened 2f out, 13th of 14, 25l behind Royal And Regal (9-0) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) sft in Apr.

    Spanish Moon (USA) 3-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 5f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 6l behind Fairmile (9-2) at York 1m 2f stk (3) gd in Oct.

    Young Mick 9-4fav (9-3) Mid-division, chased leaders, 2f out, no extra over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Dansant (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4f lst stk (1) pol in Nov.

    Hanella (IRE) 5-2 (9-4) Held up in 4th, headway to chase winner 3f out, ridden over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Vale de Lobo (8-9) at Chepstow 1m 4f fll hcp (4) gs.

    Regal Flush 13-2 (9-0) Held up, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 10, 2l behind Lucarno (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 7f Grp 1 (1) gf in Sept.