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17:20 Newmarket

Curragh 'home Of The Irish Classics' Handicap (Class 3)

  • 11 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 2f
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
  • £15,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 2.69s
  • Off Time: 17:21:33
  • 11 Ran
2nd
Silk -
15/8

    3rd
    Silk -
    15/2

      1(10)
      Silk - Royal Blue and Yellow diabolo, hooped sleeves, Yellow cap
      16/1
      • Form 4451-
      • Age 3
      • Weight 9-4
      • Official Rating 92

      keen, held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong

      3(9)
      Silk - PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap

      Imposing

      194
      15/8
      • Form 210-
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-10
      • Official Rating 84

      keen, held up, headway 2f out, squeezed through over 1f out, soon every chance, ridden to lead inside final furlong, edged left, driven and headed post

      4(3)
      Silk - Emerald green and white diamonds, emerald green sleeves, white armlets and diamond on cap
      100/1
      • Form 1-33413
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-9
      • Official Rating 83

      in rear, ridden over 2f out, switched right approaching final furlong, never nearer

      5(1)
      Silk - Dark green, red chevrons on sleeves, red cap, dark green diamond
      • Form 1-
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-9
      • Official Rating 83

      tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, driven over 1f out, stayed on under strong pressure, edged right and led post

      6(11)
      Silk - Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap
      13/2
      • Form 5-1
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-9
      • Official Rating 83

      tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, every chance 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong

      7(4)
      Silk - Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves
      15/2
      • Form 83-1
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-7
      • Official Rating 81

      led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra when not much room towards finish

      8(7)
      Silk - Rose Pink, Navy Blue sleeves, Gold cap
      14/1
      • Form 0031-
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-7
      • Official Rating 81

      keen, towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden and weakened 2f out

      9(6)
      Silk - Beige and Red (quartered), Beige sleeves, Red stars, Red cap
      10/1
      • Form 4-1
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-7
      • Official Rating 81

      keen, mid-division, ridden and weakened 2f out

      10(2)
      Silk - Royal blue, white epaulets, black cap

      Zaaqya

      174
      14/1
      • Form 61615-
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-5
      • Official Rating 79

      mid-division, ridden and weakened over 2f out

      11(5)
      Silk - Red, Grey stars on sleeves
      • Form 87226-1
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-5
      • Official Rating 79

      held up in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

      12(8)
      Silk - Royal blue, white epaulets, pink cap
      8/1
      • Form 1-6
      • Age 3
      • Weight 8-4
      • Official Rating 78

      pulled hard, tracked leaders, pushed along 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

      2(12)
      NR

      Dialogue

      125
      • Form 541811-
      • Age 3
      • Weight 9-0
      • Official Rating 88

      Nonrunner

      Previous results

      In depth

      Verdict

      Bronze Cannon, Metaphoric and Papal Bull have been the last three winners but none was at the head of the market and pinpointing which of these twelve runners has the ability to follow in their footsteps is far from easy. Dialogue, Everynight and MURAWEG are the three that we'll concentrate on and we'll put our faith in Richard Hills in the hope that he's chosen the right one of the Hamdan Al Maktoum trio. Imposing is interesting given his big race entries and was probably over the top on his final start; he's bred to come into his own over middle distances. Nawaadi didn't shape too badly at Kempton and Zaaqya should improve for the trip but the owner's retained jockey partners Muraweg who won cosily at Lingfield and shapes as though he'll stay this far. The form of the maiden in which he ran on debut has worked out well. Dialogue was behind Zaaqya in October but has been well placed to win twice over the winter and should continue to improve. Perpetually did the job well enough on debut even though the form is nothing out of the ordinary and stronger claims on the limited evidence are held by Everynight who knuckled down to the task in hand in admirable fashion at Doncaster. The first three all attracted support and pulled clear of the field so the form could well stack up. Few are ruled out but Muraweg is the one that we've plumped for.

      Formwatch

      Tudor Key (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Keen, held up in touch, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn aut (4) gf in Sep beating Charlie Tiger (9-3) by 3/4l, 17 ran.

      Imposing 25-1 (9-3) Held up, pushed along over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms, 14th of 24, 7l behind Donativum (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) gf in Oct.

      Doncosaque (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on one pace, last of 3, 4l behind Akhenaten (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (3yo) (4) pol in Mar.

      Perpetually (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, switched right inside final furlong, stayed on to lead last 100 yards, won at York 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf in Jul beating Cosmic Sun (8-10) by nk, 10 ran.

      Muraweg (IRE) 4-9fav (8-10) Made all, driven over 2f out, kept on well, won at Lingfield 1m mdn auc stks (6) pol in Mar beating Carbon Hoofprint (8-10) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.

      Legislate 3-1 (8-10) Made all, ridden 2f out, joined inside final furlong, driven and found extra near finish, won at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (4) pol in Mar beating Jesse James (8-10) by hd, 9 ran.

      Oasis Knight (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, driven and headway over 1f out, soon edged right, ridden and ran on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Newmarket 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep beating Fastnet Storm (8-12) by nk, 10 ran.

      Everynight (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, headway over 3f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, just held on, won at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Mar beating Above Average (9-3) by shd, 13 ran.

      Zaaqya 11-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 5th of 18, 2 1/2l behind Henderson Park (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp (3) gd in Oct.

      State General (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Close up 4th, pressed leaders well over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ran on, driven out, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Jan beating Barwell Bridge (9-1) by 3/4l, 5 ran.

      Nawaadi (USA) 11-4fav (8-6) Started slowly, held up in rear, reminders and under pressure over 2f out, headway over1f out, kept on final furlong, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 6l behind Saint Arch (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) pol in Mar.

      Dialogue 2-5fav (9-3) Made all, ridden well over 1f out, clear final furlong easily, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo stks (3) pol in Dec beating Head Down (9-0) by 5l, 3 ran.