Today's racecards

Newbury

  • 14:00 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes 1m 4f 5y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places on the straight course.
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 30.58s
  • Off time: 14:00:31
14:00 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Harbinger 11/2
2nd Manifest 9/2
3rd Claremont (IRE) 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (12) 540-21P Black, Yellow stripe, diabolo on sleeves Halicarnassus (IRE) 44
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 9-3 M R Channon A Munro 113 33/134.00
2 (4) 151111- Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Akmal 182
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-0 J L Dunlop R Hills 108 11/112.00
3 (13) 102327- White and Yellow check, Red sleeves, Yellow cap Allied Powers (IRE) 182
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
5 8-12 M L W Bell M Fenton 111 16/117.00
4 (7) 673226/ Grey, Pink epaulets, quartered cap Balkan Knight 546
Nag meDistance Winner
10 8-12 D R C Elsworth J Fortune 107 66/167.00
5 (5) 16804-1 Pink and Black diabolo, diamonds on sleeves, White cap Dansili Dancer 21
Nag meDistance Winner
8 8-12 C G Cox A Kirby 103 16/117.00
7 (14) 5292/43- Orange and Yellow check, Orange sleeves, Yellow cap Purple Moon (IRE) 385
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 8-12 L M Cumani K Fallon 115 8/19.00
8 (6) 634128- Pink, Emerald Green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Traffic Guard (USA) 181
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 8-12 P F I Cole J P Spencer 114 9/110.00
9 (9) 13- Red, Emerald Green chevron, Emerald Green cap Blizzard Blues (USA) 190
Nag me
4 8-11 b Sir H R A Cecil N Callan 104 25/126.00
10 (16) 111 Royal Blue, White hoops, Yellow and White halved sleeves, Yellow cap Buxted (IRE) 31
Nag meDistance Winner
4 8-11 R A Mills S Donohoe 106 17/29.50
11 (8) 2144-46 Royal blue Claremont (IRE) 44
Nag meDistance Winner
4 8-11 M Al Zarooni Ahmed Ajtebi 113 20/121.00
12 (15) 21173- Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap Harbinger 175
Nag meDistance Winner
4 8-11 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 112 11/26.50
13 (2) 213- Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Manifest 198
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 8-11 Sir H R A Cecil T P Queally 103 9/25.50
14 (3) 1/91325- Rose Pink, Navy Blue sleeves, Gold cap Oasis Knight (IRE) 182
Nag meCourse Winner
4 8-11 v M P Tregoning R Hughes 104 25/126.00
15 (11) 4114/24- LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE Cross of Lorraine, hooped sleeves, striped cap Clowance 174
Nag meCourse Winner
5 8-9 R Charlton L Dettori 111 9/25.50
16 (10) 103112- Yellow, Royal Blue diamond Polly's Mark (IRE) 204
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 8-8 C G Cox William Buick 102 25/126.00
Non runners
6 (1)5/3119-5Furmigadelagiusta68-12R A FaheyP Hanagan107

Verdict

Sir Michael Stoute has a fine record with older horses and we'll put our faith in HARBINGER to enhance that claim by beating the likes of Purple Moon, Akmaal, Halicarnassus and Clowance. Our selection made his debut in the Wood Ditton last year, evidence of the regard in which he's held, and ran well for second before taking a maiden in rudimentary fashion at Chester. A subsequent Group Three win at Goodwood saw the Dansili colt promoted to St Leger favouritism before he disappointed thereafter, however it's surely significant that he's been kept in training and our feeling is the best is yet to come. Purple Moon, a former winner of the Ebor, has developed into a high-class sort and carries the highest official rating of 115. He's been globe-trotting though and perhaps those exertions will have taken the edge of him, so we're prepared to look elsewhere. Akmaal did nothing but improve last season and is a horse to keep on the right side but this is very much his minimum trip and there will be other days for John Dunlop's horse, Clowance has a good record fresh and an even better one at this track so should run well whilst Halicarnassus is a tough sort who could bounce back from a lifeless display in Dubai last time. Buxted is unbeaten so far and continues to improve but this will be his toughest test and he's untried on turf, so more of a threat may be Traffic Guard who is rated 114 and fully deserves it. A tight Group Three that can go to Harbinger with conditions ideal and a good deal more to come.