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14:50 Doncaster

Carling Extra Cold Conditions Stakes (Class C) (Class C)

  • 8 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 2f 60y
  • Going: Good (Straight course Good to Firm)
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 1m 9.86s
  • 8 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
7/1

    3rd
    Silk -
    1(5)
    Silk - Royal blue, white epaulets, black cap
    33/1
    • Form 0133/56-
    • Age 4
    • Weight 9-2

    always behind

    2(2)
    Silk - Pink, Maroon chevrons, Pink sleeves, Pink cap, Maroon star
    7/1
    • Form 1525/26
    • Age 5
    • Weight 9-2

    behind, headway over 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden and one pace final furlong

    3(3)
    Silk - PURPLE and WHITE diamonds, striped sleeves and cap
    12/1
    • Form 0-60464
    • Age 5
    • Weight 9-2

    led, pushed along and headed over 2f out, ridden, no extra final furlong

    4(4)
    Silk - Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap
    Evs
    • Form 10234-0
    • Age 4
    • Weight 9-2

    held up, smooth progress over 3f out, led on bit over 2f out, driven out final furlong easily

    5(1)
    Silk - Emerald Green and Yellow diamonds, Emerald Green and White halved sleeves
    • Form 0/02400-
    • Age 7
    • Weight 9-2

    prominent, pushed along over 3f out, effort over 2f out, soon behind

    6(7)
    Silk - Silver, Dark Green sleeves
    14/1
    • Form 212/34-3
    • Age 4
    • Weight 9-2

    prominent, pushed along 3f out, ridden and stayed on, same pace final furlong

    7(6)
    Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow chevron, Yellow cap, Royal Blue spots
    5/1
    • Form 41-
    • Age 3
    • Weight 8-6

    towards rear, effort over 2f out, never near to challenge

    8(8)
    Silk - Royal blue
    11/2
    • Form 102-53
    • Age 3
    • Weight 8-3

    tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out

    In depth

    Verdict

    The John Dunlop-trained Muqbil sets the standard here and edges the vote over the lightly raced Kingsword and Bayeux, who look to be the most dangerous out of the rest. That said, King's Thought and Silver Gift still have plenty to offer and it may be a little early to be writing them off completely. However, Muqbil, winner of the Greenham Stakes last year, had his excuses when dropping out on his debut and looks well worth persevering with today. The faster conditions will help to bring the best out of the son of Swain and a much better effort is anticipated here. Sir Michael Stoute is a past master at getting the best out of horses like Kingsword and he will no doubt have an interesting campaign mapped out for his charge this term. However, the Dynaformer colt has a few questions to answer regarding the trip and this does look to be something of a scouting mission for future reference. Therefore, it can pay to stick with the proven form of Muqbil, who will rarely be presented with a better chance to shine than this.