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Five horses who caught the eye in defeat at The Cazoo Derby Festival

By Harry Allwood@harry_allwood
Mon 7 Jun 2021

Harry Allwood pinpoints five horses he believes will prove profitable to follow over the coming months after their efforts in defeat at The Cazoo Derby Festival.

MAYBURY

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Race: Third in the Cazoo Woodcote EBF Stakes

Having shaped with minor promise when eighth on debut at Yarmouth, Maybury took a big step forward to finish third in this Class 2 contest on Friday.

William Jarvis must hold his two-year-old in fairly high regard to be pitched into a race of this nature on his second start, and his youngster was a shade outpaced in last due to the strong gallop, which left him with plenty of ground to make up on the leaders.

Looking at his breeding, this trip is almost certain to be inadequate for him moving forwards, and he shaped as though that was the case here as it took a while for him to hit top gear before he stayed on encouragingly out wide to finish a never-nearer third.

It will be interesting to see whether connections decide to step him up in grade next time out, or lower their sights, but he’s almost certain to be seen over a furlong or two further once those opportunities open up.

He’s also bred to get better with age, and based upon this performance, he should have no trouble getting off the mark soon.

PLANTADREAM

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Race: Third in the Coral ‘beaten By A Length’ Free Bet Handicap

Plantadream was another who stayed on from the rear on Friday having been left with plenty to do and would have finished second in a couple more strides.

He was a consistent performer last year and his below-par effort on his seasonal debut must have been needed given the way he bounced back to form here.

Although he remains on a career-high rating of 96 on the all-weather, he is only a pound higher than his last winning mark on turf, and I expect connections will try and exploit that over the coming months.

Despite being a six-year-old, he’s relatively lightly-raced for his age and although he does hold an entry in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot, it’s unlikely he will get into that contest.

He also appeared to struggle when upped in grade on two occasions last season, so I expect connections will try and find a similar race to this for him next time out.

He’s a handicapper to keep on side this season, as is Irish Admiral who, despite being sent off the well-backed favourite, failed to land a blow in this contest, but is better judged on his effort when an eye-catching third at York in a race that is working out well.

William Haggas’s charge is likely to be seen to better effect on firmer terrain and is not one to give up on just yet.

KING FRANKEL

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Race: Second in the World Pool At The tote Handicap

It is probably testament to King Frankel’s ability that he managed to only be beaten by the minimum margin in this 1m2f handicap as he did not appear to handle the track and was never travelling with any fluency in rear.

He had previously finished runner-up to a Group horse in the making in what looked a strong renewal of the London Gold Cup on his handicap debut, and he also pulled clear of the third on that occasion.

The Frankel colt is a brother to Group Two winner Eminent, so is bred – and named! – to be smart, and there’s every reason to believe he will develop into a high-class handicapper at least this season.

He doesn’t hold any entries, but I expect connections will have some valuable ten-furlong handicaps in mind for their three-year-old who is sure to have plenty more to offer.

DUKE OF HAZZARD

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Race: Fourth in the Cazoo Diomed Stakes

A wind op ahead of his seasonal return looks to have helped Duke Of Hazzard who returned to form with an encouraging effort behind Oh This Is Us on Saturday.

The 2019 Celebration Mile winner was placed twice at Group Two level last season, in races won by Mohaather and Space Blues, before producing two below-par efforts on his final two starts last season.

However, the five-year-old travelled well before fading on his return where he looked in need of the run and would have finished closer at Epsom had he endured a clear run.

Frankie Dettori’s mount raced a shade keenly in behind and was denied a gap at a crucial stage before he was forced to switch to make his challenge. He was upsides the winner when he met traffic problems and it is highly likely he would have given the front pair something to think about had he not suffered interference.

He holds an entry in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, but I’m not quite sure he’s up to Group One standard. He would be of more interest in a Group Two, or Three, contest such as the Lennox Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in July, a race in which he finished second in last year.

STONE OF DESTINY

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Race: Third in the World Pool ‘Dash’ Handicap

Admittedly, he does need everything to fall right, and for the gaps to appear, to get his head in front, but this effort from the headstrong Stone Of Destiny proves he is capable of being competitive off a rating of 102 when able to show his best.

The hold-up performer was still in last and waiting for a gap to appear two furlongs out but flew home once in the clear to snatch third and would have surely gone close to winning without interference.

Providing he’s none the worse for his exertions here, he is likely to run in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot on June 19. He was beaten just over two lengths when sixth in that contest last year – albeit off a rating of 97 - and is a best-priced 25-1 for the six-furlong contest this year.

I’ll be having a small each-way bet if he does run in that valuable handicap and will also be seeking to gain a few extra places with the bookmakers as I can see him running well again.

However, he would be of most interest over the minimum trip as he has produced his career-best efforts over five furlongs (and five and a half furlongs in the Portland last year).

Whatever the outcome if he does run in the Wokingham, I'll be keeping a close eye on him in sprint handicaps over the coming months.

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