14:00 Newbury

Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (Group 3) (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Class 1)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 4f
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £60,000 added
  • Winner: £34,026
  • 2nd: £12,900
  • 3rd: £6,456
  • 4th: £3,216
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 40.21s
  • Off Time: 14:00:11
  • 6 Ran
Silk - Emerald Green, Red stars, Red and Yellow check sleeves, Emerald Green cap, Yellow star
  • Form 142130-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-3
  • Official Rating 112

keen, tracked leader, led well over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, edged right and held on for 2nd but no chance with winner

Silk - Red, white sash, royal blue cap
  • Form 6176-92
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 112

tracked leading pair, pushed along and weakened inside final 2f, eased

Silk - Purple, Gold braid, Scarlet sleeves, Black velvet cap, Gold fringe

Call To Mind

203 C
  • Form 136312-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 107

held up in rear, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out

Silk - Yellow, large Black spots and spots on cap

Defoe (IRE)

217 C
  • Form 0/11110-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 113

held up in 5th, smooth headway on outside over 3f out, led on bit approaching final furlong, pushed along and stayed on well, comfortably

Silk - Black, Red chevron, sleeves and cap
  • Form 210925-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 108

held up in 4th, switched right and headway over 3f out, 2nd over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong pressing for 2nd, no chance with winner

Silk - Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves

Titi Makfi

166 D
  • Form 212631-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-11
  • Official Rating 103

led until well over 2f out, weakened quickly, eased

Previous results

In depth


DEFOE made a winning return at this venue last May and went on to land a four-timer with a victory in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer here in October. He was below par in the St Leger when last in action but is taken to make a winning return and beat Call To Mind at Hamilton last summer. The latter went on to win a Listed race over 1m6f but Danehill Kodiac landed the Group 3 Cumberland Lodge over today’s trip at Ascot last term and look a bigger threat on that form. Autocratic may well improve for the step up in distance though will need to having been beaten in Listed company at Kempton last month while What About Carlo and Titi Makfi may be found wanting in this company.


Danehill Kodiac (IRE) (9-0) 10th of 12, 11 1/4l behind Highland Reel (9-0) at Sha Tin 1m 4f Grp 1 gd in Dec.

Autocratic 7-4 (9-0) Close up in 4th, ridden over 1f out, kept on to go 2nd inside final furlong, no threat, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Fabricate (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2f lst stks (1) pol in Mar.

Call To Mind (9-2) 2nd of 9, shd behind Ice Breeze (9-2) at Chantilly 1m 7f Grp 2 sft in Sep.

Defoe (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 28 3/4l behind Capri (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 7f Grp 1 stks (1) gs in Sep.

What About Carlo (FR) 8-1 (9-4) Oin touch on inner, pushed along and unable to quicken over 2f out, ridden and stayed on towards finish, 5th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Best Solution (8-12) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 stks (1) sft in Oct.

Titi Makfi 12-1 (8-8) Made most, ridden over 1f out, driven and ran on when pressed inside final furlong, won at Kempton 1m 4f lst stks (1) pol in Nov beating Red Verdon (9-4) by hd, 8 ran.