December 26, 2014
This well trained 5yo and 2 time World Cup winner has had the
3 starts this season with its only win in the local Cup the Vermillion.
Previous winner of previous short Cups Sphinx
will now aim to take out the Emerald. Kitty qualified with 5th
in her Heat one would suspect Angel will of kept plenty in
reserve for the final.
Has had 16 starts for 3 wins and 6 placings one of which was the
stallion best result in a Cup the 3yo Sphinx so is no stranger
to the track. Had a moderate 4th
in his Heat but in the stable of a consistent Cup runner so
improvement can be expected from the well bred stallion.
Here we see a very consistent performer in both stakes and Cup
racing with her best result 3rd
in last season Epona. With 16 starts under the belt and never
been out of the money one would suspect this mare will again feature
strongly in this hotly contested final.
The son of Prince Charming, Alpha Prince has always shown some
potential but has only just recently started to show it more often
on the track by stringing together a win and 5 placings from his
last 6 starts. One would suspect with his experience and improved
form he may finally show what hes made of in this final.
Very well performed runner is Augustus Approval qualified with
win in her Heat so carries in some nice form into the final.
She has already built a strong Cup record with 2 local Cup wins
as well as a 3rd
in the Sphinx and a 4th
in last seasons Epona Cup so has some good form in the World
Cups as well. So this daughter of Bossy Ruby looks capable of
adding to his offspring list of Cup winners. Qualified with a
win in her Heat so takes in some good form into the final.
Very lightly raced mare with with only the 5 starts yet high experience.
Has raced in a couple of class 2 league races and placed and ran
in last season Epona Cup so based on what we have seen to
date we have to give heartbreakers some serious consideration
in this final that appears to be one of high quality.
Gloster Meteor has built a solid solid record with 11 starts and
6 wins but is yet to strike a blow in the Cups to date. Is in
the hands of a very experienced trainer so you can be sure he
will be trying all he can to turn around Gloster Meteor form in
Cups and look for a improved showing.
On face value built up a strong record with 6 wins from 11 starts
but not always in the strongest of company. Until the Emerald
Shoe Heat last week so maybe this stallion may step up to
be a contender for a top finish in what appears a tough Cup to
Very experienced stallion with 21 starts and 6 wins and run everything
from Cup races to league races with some moderate success in both,
but this is a World Cup on the line and Cool Dancer did qualify
with a 2nd
in Saturday Heat so deserves some consideration even given
Cool Dancer draw.
Dot Com (djs
Well you can't say this 5yo stallion has not had a few runs 23
in all with a win. Qualified
with a 7th and looks very much underdone and unlikely to be
fit for the final so I suspect the trainer will be hoping his
charge does not cop an injury.
Another runner not short on race experience with 24 starts but
is yet to score a win. Talzanna Hand best result in Cups is a
in the 4yo Breeders Sprint so has some ability. The biggest
battles this stallion might have is firstly being fit and then
the gate so in this Emerald Talzanna Hand may find the going very
Does Mcqueen a winner
of the 2yo Limited Breeders crown and has 6 wins to her credit
from 9 starts. Other than a 13th in this seasons 3yo breeders.
Does Mcqueen has very good form coming into this season Sphinx
final and given her good draw the trainer could not of done more
so one to consider.
Of Puppets (Bristol
This colt has been very consistent to date has the 2 wins from
his 7 starts and has form in the 2 previous Cups finals a 4th
in the 2yo Breeders and a 3rd
in the 3yo Short Breeders so puts Master of Puppets in the
frame for a tilt at glory in this very competitive Sphinx final.
Yet another quality runner from a barn that has started to reap
the rewards of having great persistence, Lamba Provoke has had
just the 6 starts for a couple of wins. This colt does have cup
some form a 2nd
in the 2yo Sprint Breeders and 4th
in this season's 3yo Short Breeders as well a good 4th so
another in the frame to be a contender this weekend.
No real form to go off as unplaced in all 3 starts to date so
hard to get a line on this filly. That said I do know the stable
always seems to train his horses well and kalamata may not contend
this weekend but one maybe to keep a eye on in Cups later on.
Very talented filly here shows fantastic speed but in recent starts
yet has been very much out of sorts with her last win
in the Short Breeders Heat. Has also placed
in the 2yo Sprint Breeders so one must think on her day could
take out this weeks Sphinx final .
Wind Stables) Dominick
This 3yo filly has had 5 starts for the one win does have some
form in the Cups with a 2nd
in the recent 3yo Short Breeders Heat followed by a 5th
in the final. As for the Sphinx Heats ran a 2nd
last week so shows she has some ability to be in the mix for
at least a top in this seasons final.
Well bred filly very tall and shown to be very versatile has the
one win the green apprentice was impressive that day and has been
up to 2100m what all that mean search me means this horse
can run has no Cup form as far as the World Cups go so one to
consider if you like value.
My Dirty Love (Ezulwini)
Has the 5 starts for the one win and what a win
the 2yo Sires so this colt can run. I would think the trainer
would be hoping the ground stays dead as on good may find the
others a bit to slick for him but definate a colt of some ability.
Red Lion (Greatest
Stable Ever) Reta
A nice 3yo colt here that's yet to show his true ability, but
is in the hands of a very experienced trainer who knows how to
win so Isuspect the run of outs won't go on for too much longer
and Great-Da Red Lion will chalk up a win just maybe not in this
Young Boy has been a bit up and down, but did save his best for
this seasons 3yo
Short Breeders and took out the crown so best judge this colt
ability on that. Has done enough in other starts to as well to
consider young boy among the contenders this weekend .
Steppin' Ella well bred colt that's been a work in progress, but
in recent starts has shown he has some ability and I am sure the
trainer has some growing confidence that his colt will perform
well in seasons to come. With further improvement a top 5 maybe
with reach for the son of Repeated Beauty.
Sisters Stable) Devorah
2 starts for Kushiel a 2nd
in a Guineas Heat followed by a win
in last week's Heats so the trainer has been very patient
with the colt. Big step up in this final and the draw is a bit
of a issue but i am sure the trainer will instruct her jockey
to do all he can to give Kushiel some chance in this final that
runs deep for talent.
This stable has shown plenty in recent seasons in the sprint short
ranks and I can assume Canus Sharif maybe another to shine in
seasons to come has a win
over 800m so can run. Was paired with Gerry Daulton for the
first time in the Sphinx Heats and if the colt and jockey can
make a better connection we might yet see a solid result from
Milk Stables) Breann
Well bred filly that has a bit of form to her name has run up
to epic distance, but looks to be carrying a injury and looks
more likely than not to be out of racing a long time if she starts.
N' Nasty (Angel's
Well trained 4yo again out of the in form Angel Flight barn this
talented mare was last season Sphinx winner to add to his horses
chances is she is being ridden by very experienced Cup winning
jockey. So does carry in some very consistent form so expect Hot
N' Hasty again be a true contender in this season Epona.
Here we have the very ultra consistent Flying Kaori and looks
to of improved by quite a lot since last seasons Sphinx has the
19 starts and 6 wins so knows were the winning post is so going
on both recent form and the impressive Heat win so maybe Flying
Kaori may still be at some value so consider for a top 3 finish.
Another in form stable and winner of some recent Cups and I know
this trainer has done all he can to give. Seething Rain every
chance and from what we see other than the
one hiccup in the last Sphinx Final this talented mare knows
nothing bar the winning post so looks the one to beat based on
a number of factors.
Been consistent over a number of distances, but may find this
field a little too much even taking into account a Sunday
Heat win so the connections will be hoping for a good result
Bella Stables) January
Has some good form on the board with 7 wins and placed in 6 other
starts, but yet to run in the best of company and this Epona has
some quality so will be pushing to get a top 5 in this particular
And Let Die (Bristol
Talented 4yo stallion that has 6 wins and been placed in all bar
one start. Bristol Turks will be aiming to turn around last
season Sphinx Final and go one better in this Epona Final
so big watch on Live And Let Die in this final will be right in
the finish and Ifeel it will be a very tight finish.
Hawk Racing) Molly
A solid performer is this 4yo mare and and will likely again run
a solid race, but as we can see already its building to be down
to probably 4 in the run home so Kashaaf Lantern may have to settle
for fighting it out for the minor money.
RACING TEAM) Alton
Been steady in her starts to date but another that will find the
class rise maybe a bit to great. So the trainer will have to have
both horse and jockey fired up to perform at their very best in
this Saturday final.
Reach Danish a experienced mare that looks best suited to the
dry ground so will find the going very hard. Also with the stable
apprentice this young mare looks to have her work cut out this
How has such a talented stallion not won a Cup? Newton has been
one of the most consistent short horses in the game dating right
back to his 2yo season. Knocked up another win
in his Heat and will again be considered a contender in this
final made up of a number of champions.
Here we see a well bred multiple Cup winner of 4 age Cups. Wild
Athena been running in the hot bed of leagues Gran Munich and
performed well on all surfaces. Had a good
2nd to Jan
Bannan who ran a slick time in his Heat. Given Wild Athena
strong record has to be in the frame for a top 3 finish in this
Farmhouse Stud) Toney
Up until her Heat Nurse Ratched had been 18 wins together, but
clearly the step up in class was too much for the mare and again
will do it tough given on times has a big cap to close.
Nurse Ratched does have a good draw I am sure the trainer will
be hoping for a good finish.
Ramires Myth (Whispering
This 8yo mare qualified with a 4th
in her Heat and looks to be up against it in the Final, has
been a bit up and down in form and may lack the speed to go with
the top short runners we see running today.
Big surprise to see this runner in has struggled for form and
now fitness so with the stable apprentice on board expect this
runner to struggle and be lucky to escape injury.
This runner may not have the rating of some in this final but
does have some have some good recent form and recently ran a 61.35
so well worth giving this 10yo a shot in a Cup Final before seasons
In Jan Banan we did see the dominate runner in last
weeks Heats with a clear cut best time and with a repeat of
that Jan Banan will take out this seasons American Cup. But that
was a Heat and as we all know Cups are not won in a Heat. So lets
see if the quality runners in this field can bring down the high
rated Jan Banan.
fitz racing) Apprentice/unlisted
low rated unfit runner that may get last rights after the final
Very much a top shelf runner here winner of 2 age Cups and running
some top class times in the lead up to this Cup will be hoping
the ground is good and then would be the biggest danger to Jan
Banan. In his Heat
ran a 4th, fantastic when you consider the jockey on board,
but this week there is no mistake and we will see Rising Darkness
be right in this finish at the end.
Ridge Racing) Chelsie
This mare is not the highest rated but has the form and times
on the board to go top 5 in this Final has been well ridden and
had a good 2nd
in last weeks Heats so don't be surprised if this lady runs
a cheeky race.
Fern Stables) Lucina
Another that with a low rating lacking fitness and only fair form
will struggle to compete, is not fit so the trainer will be hoping
to come out injury free.
Sera Sera (Angel's
A runner blessed by a Angel and has been a very consistent runner
for the stable, place in many a Cup and always around the mark.
One suspects this competitive will be in among the contenders
near the end in full flight.
Another unfit runner best left in the barn. I hope a vet is on
call as a few runners may need more than a bit of attention.
Golden Dawn very new to the Sardean table a Class 3 stable having
his first outing in a World Cup Final in only his third season,
and Local Cups already in the cabinet.
Golden Dawn was bred from the up and coming breeding barn Goresbridge
Stud. Golden Dawn has been a steady improver and with the
one start with the new stable had a good 2nd
in her Heat. We may see yet more improvement and it would not
surprise to see this filly give a bit of cheek in the Final.
Awesome Ever (Troublemaker's)
Very classy and well bred colt out of the dominate Troublemaker
barn. Has the 2 starts with a Champagne
win to its credit in its 2yo season. Kicked of his 3yo season
with a 2nd
in his Heat in the less suitable short Heat last week, this race
looks made to order for Most Awesome ever to dominate in this
field and take home a very sought after World Cup.
Fatalii has had the 6 starts and has been very consistent. Bred
Wood barn seems to be very much in the mix in this Guineas
final. The trainer knows how to run well in medium cups having
had the great Sludge
Beast. So in Fatalii we may see the biggest danger to most
Awesome Ever taking the Spring Guineas.
Galilei out of Newton
this highly rated colt scored a fantastic win earlier in the season
in the 3yo
Medium Breeders has 4 wins from his 5 starts including last
win on slow
so there is a lot to like about this colt, but Galilei has to
back up on a slow track and may find the going a bit harder still
with this colt ability could still snare a top 3 finish.
Well trained colt that has yet to find his best form with his
best result a 3rd
so maybe the Stalker style is causing a few dramas one would suspect
being in such good hands this bay colt may yet find some form
in this final and improve on its 8th
in last weeks Heat .
Yet another Stalker stepping out for her 3rd race start in this
final qualified via a 4th
in her Heat. Is out of multiple WR holder and cup winner Wild
Smokey so if breeding has anything to do with it expect a
nice run from Wild Girl but being a stalker needs its final run
No you are not seeing things, this is a BIG-B runner and yes in
a medium Cup Final. But dont be fooled BIG-B with his experience
in Cups will still be looking to be in the money 5th
in his Heat and another bred out of the Troublemaker
barn and in the hands of a master trainer so expect a good run
from B's Wizard in the Final and maybe one to watch looking beyond
the Guineas Final.
Scotland Yard) Tammara
Another long time player sending out yet another classy horse
to contest this weekend Guineas Final. Zorino purchased for a
little over 3.5 million has a lot to like. To date the colt with
just the 3 starts has 2 wins qualified with a 3rd
in last weekend heats on slow ground .
now ground again comes into play but given Zorino form and who
has trained him expect a good run in the Final.
Jakarta is a well trained colt that has struggled to date in his
races of course that is not to say he can't turn it around in
this final no better time than the present to find some form being
a Natural Champion at least we know even on slow this colt will
tough out in what will be a hard race.
of this Ascot
Vale preview let me say how good this field looks on paper.
We see stables stepping out with some outstanding 3yo yet again
that are legends of the game. That will be again in the thick
of it when the winning post looms. Plus other stables who have
found good success in recent seasons and those who are on the
cusp of cup glory. So all adds up to a great Final in Season 29.
Walker Racin) Scarlet
This 3yo bred by Riddley
is high on experience and has been well managed to date with 3
starts to her name is yet to score a win but has been starting
in the best of fields so one would suspect building towards that
first win. Did qualify with a good 3rd
in her Heat and
clearly big things are expected from Aleppo and it would not surprise
if she takes out this season Ascot Final.
Park Stud) Deedee
Clearly in the hands of a master trainer and no doubt been well
prepared for this Final with 2 starts and one win but what a win.
Slipper winner last season kicked of her season with a 2nd
in her Heat behind Chocolate
Habanero so a good lead up to this final expect this very
experienced colt to be in the finish in what could be in one of
the tightest Ascot ever seen.
My Dirty Love (Ezulwini)
Very experienced trainer here with a few cup wins to his credit.
Ezulwini sends out a colt that has been very solid in his starts
to date in both Sires
Heats. In last week's Heats had nice 5th
and being another Muddie must be given some hope, so I am sure
the trainer will be hoping for a good result this Ascot Final.
Morpheus out of a great sprinting stable in hareeba, well bred
Muddie whose dam was a multiple Cup winning sprinter Amphibian,
so given her breeding will no doubt have those speed genes aplenty.
Sinner of her Heat
in good time and runner up in last seasons Golden
Slipper so looks all class. So Morpheus looks another in the
firing line in what could be a tight Final. Did i say this final
A stable that has been very consistent in Cups in recent seasons
with his champion Arya
Horseface will be looking to add to the cabinet with his young
colt that has had 3 wins from his 5 starts. Last week saw Element
Allure have a 2nd
in his Heat so Iexpect a good run from Element Allure so another
in the mix for a top 3 finish.
Stiffy has a second 3yo Mudlark on Cup day and this colt does
lack exp thats for sure so well and truly must be among the chances
this week after such a good Heat
win last week with Stiffy experience with Mudlarks and having
them in such good form going in will be part of what will be log
jam of a finish.
Over Snowey (crowsrock)
One of the stables that has a number of good runners on the up
and Addie Over Snowey maybe another. Well bred by crowrock from
his stud Addie
Over Red has only had the 3 starts with its best a 4th
in the Ascot Heat. Now its a big step up in class here but
one can be sure crowsrock will put his colt into this race very
well prepared for the battle.
Coniston's 3yo filly has been very consistent in her 4 starts,
ran a good 4th
in her Heat and given the slow conditions and she is a early
sprinter that is a pretty good run, given the standard of the
field and its quality Lady Jumpstart may find the last 200m mighty
painful, but is one to keep an eye on when their is a shift in
Very well bred 3yo from the RCS Locus barn this filly has been
sent out in 7 starts for 2 wins.
Homer Rules has some good results in Local Cups, but this is easily
her biggest test and being competitive this trait may take her
a long way but Iwould prefer to see Home Rules on the better ground
Well on face value you could be excused for over looking this
filly, but then you take a closer look you see its in the hands
of a master trainer winner of many World and Breeders Cups.
DR Stables does know how to get the most out of any young horse.
Did run a good 3rd
in last week's Heat so a good run from Darwin Daisey would
not surprise me one bit.
Sisters Stable) Daniel
Camael with 2 starts has had the one win
in the Green Apprentice and a good 3rd
in a competitive Sunday Heat so has some good form to take
in a Class 4 stable that has had a good results in recent times
with wins in a Guru
so a stable that's full of confidence and in this Ascot Final
is willing to fully test her 3yo so good to see Seven Sister Stables
having a crack in what could be a truly great Final.
STEAK RACING) Maryland
Nice looking Mudlark here out of Dennis Gyllene this 3yo colt
has been a bit up and down in the 3 starts and yet had the one
with a 7th and being ridden by the stable Apprentice so will
have his work cut out here among a elite group of sprinters.
Natural Champion stepping up to contest what may not suit best
a sprint, but this well rated colt takes good form into this Cup
Final. Had a 4th
from his Heat, but given gate may find the inside runners
a bit slick early. With the track conditions being slow this NC
may tough it out and still have a solid result.
Rubyzac Bubblegum a gelding and unstyled that is yet to strike
any form, but the trainer is prepared to give his gelding a run
in top company. I suspect the going will be very hard for Rubyzac
Bubblegum, but its a final you never know.
Blue Proteus a well bred 4yo that only made his debut in the Heats
last week for an impressive win so this stallion has been taken
along slowly yet this top rated horse does have plenty of experience.
Everything points to captaincrusoe 4yo taking out this Lowe in impressive
fashion and in turn bring home the stable first World Cup.
Donkeys Digs) Leo
Another well bred mare with 2 World Cup victories to her credit
those being the Champagne
but the ground won't be in Tessa Al favour so may struggle to
score a win here,
but given the obvious class of this 4yo I expect the mare may
still battle it out for the minor money the trainer will hope
Turds Chaser (Whispering
Another stallion that has quality form coming in with his best
result being runner up in last seasons Guineas
a very good effort, but like Tessa
Al the ground being soft does not suit he is far better suited
to the firm surface. That said did run 2nd
in his Heat so expect this 4yo stallion to show a lot of fight
in this race and still be in with a chance of a top 5 finish.
It's A (MolietsSurfer)
This stable is starting to deliver consistently good runners in
these age Cups. Its only age Cup to date was a Lowe
Guineas so one would suspect this resilient mare has a hard
edge to her that may see her be around the money late in the race.
Only has the 2 starts so early days for this 4yo. On exposed form
maybe not going to win but one to bookmark as a contender in Cups
down the track.
Dracarys is a winner
of the 3yo Medium Breeders so has shown plenty of ability
early on. Form since the Breeders win has not been quite as good,
but 2 of those were over the longer journey. Back to medium distance
had a 4th
to qualify for this Final another fast tracker that may find
the ground her biggest handicap .
Green Lion (Greatest
Stable Ever) Jesus
No stranger to winning a World Cup over the medium distance having
Likes It Wet win a previous Lowe Guineas. This unstyled stallion
has high experience yet only fair form maybe given the fact he
is unstyled we may find this stallion may be one for the punters
to look at for good value .
This 4yo stallion given style and rating may find this field really
hard to crack. Aragorn lii has raced over varied distances from
sprint to epic with some good results but this is the stallion
biggest test and like others given ground may be found wanting
late in the race.
Square Lodge) Dominique
A stalker with good experience and fair form. If there is a style
that can run well on slow other than a Mudlark it could be Cashy
Icefall has shown some form on the soft going and given the right
ride may be in the mix for a top 5 finish.
Heat winner and also takes in strong form from his previous
outings. Looks to be very underdone and will struggle to be fit
come the Final so this needs space may need its fair share of
luck just to finish injury free.
Another crusty old timer that knows better than most how to get
the most out of his runners
one can easily overlook Raspadora horses only for one of his to
bite you on the arse so always capable of a upset. Expect Aurean
to be in the mix its a needs space they are capable of holding
their own on all types of surfaces so another that at odds may
give a nice return on your investment .
in black) Nakesha
Another well trained stallion but yet faces the same hurdle so
many will face race day the slow ground. Sparkle Wise form has
not been the best, but has been running in a number of Cups and
has a best a 3rd
in a Magic Mile Heat. I am sure the trainer will be hoping
for a good result time will tell how good it will be.
Already a starter in 8 races and of late has lost all form. Another
fast finisher and drawn off the track so has even more than the
ground to overcome. May be a tough day at the office for this
4yo and likely be a very tired boy at the finish.
Park Stud) Deedee
Another from the premier trainer in the game and will clearly go
in as a hot favourite in this Sprintstar Final. Deledio Senseless
is a multiple Cup Winner with the latest win the Emerald
Shoe so get on board unless their is a mistake made chalk up
another Cup win for the Manor Park juggernaut.
This mare has been a consistent performer in most of her Cup starts
the last a runner up to Deledio Senseless in the Emerald Shoe. Starzipper
qualified with a 3rd
in the short sprint last week and will be better suited to the
longer 1200m. Should be among a group of 4 or 5 late in the race
fighting it out for the minor placing.
This quality 6yo did win a Golden Slipper as a 2yo and like others
in this field has had to face the dominate pair who have dominated
the age cups since his slipper win. Has been ultra consistent had
in his Heat and over the 1200m may well come into the battle
for the minor money.
One of the 2 dominate 6yo of the age Cup scene with 4 majors to
his credit I suppose if any Muddie can upset Deledio Senseless in
this final its this mare. Has caused the odd upset in the past.
Arya Horseface is clearly high in experience for both distance and
and like others in the final will fully appreciate the 1200m in
U Stables) Jamel
Classy 6yo high rated with many solid results to his name. Pity
is he happens to be running in a very strong field with the mudlarks
looking set to dominate the final. Isuspect Omnishambles will find
himself looking for thee better ground in the future and maybe score
a sprint shield at some point.
Willow's Elite) Jesus
Nicely bred 6yo that has a nice record and has been very consistent
with 6 wins and 10 placings from her 20 starts to date. Inspired
Jeopardy best result a 3rd
in the Emerald Shoe, so a big test for the mare in this seasons
Final, but Iam sure the trainer will be hoping for a finish inside
the top 5.
Yet another handy runner from the RCS Locos barn Hells Angel to
date has been a very consistent performer in her races. Hells Angel
has 23 starts and 7 wins to her credit with a good 3rd
in her last Cup Final on heavy so we can expect this competitive
to be around the mark this weekend .
Photo Finish could not of timed his stallion run any better in his
and scored a very impressive win. This competitive will again
have to find even more in the final over the 1200m to win. This
Sprintstar with such a even spread of talent will make it hard for
Monsieur Verdoux, but at least he has hit form at the right time.
A very early sprinter that the trainer has never been afraid to
throw in a Cup even when conditions don't suit. Has a solid record
with 19 starts and 5 wins had a decent 5th in his heat but given
the ground Baracaspur may find the going not to his liking in the
Here we see Silverwood with no lack of starts under the belt 28
in all that also has decent experience. Silverwood does lack a style
but may make up for that with a big hearted performance in the Final.
with a 5th in his Heat so the connections will be looking for
a good run from their 6yo.
Leane Sharif another with over 20 starts and has 5 wins qualified
with a 7th in her Heat on the slow ground one would suspect with
the ground again being slow Leane Sharif will again struggle to
stay with the muddies in this field.
Its nice to se a class 3 stable again giving a world cup a go .
project has not been in the best of form and also lacks fitness
going into the final .
its good to see a apprentice given the chance to ride in such a
big final but it seems project will find the rise in class too great
A second Class 3 stable giving her mare a crack in a major Cup that
will also be ridden by the stable Apprentice. At this stage also
looks to be short on fitness so given that and her early sprinter
style maybe in need of some first aid after the race.
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