2011 Timeform Jury Stakes Preview
We take a look at the field and give you all the essential information needed to back a winner.
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1. Beacon Lodge (5/2)
This Clive Cox trained runner returned from a ten month layoff to win in blistering style this track and distance last start. Beacon Lodge has now won two from three over the seven furlongs at Haydock and a total of four from six at all seven furlong starts. Beacon Lodge is also a noted performer on rain affected tracks with Clive Cox quoted as saying “I hope they get a drop of rain up there.”
2. Doncaster Rover (25/1)
Doncaster Rover is making his third start back from a spell after taking on the best sprinters in the world at Meydan earlier in the year. He was hardly disgraced, running within three lengths of the world’s top sprinters, but his two starts since coming back from the UAE have been disappointing. He has not won in three trips over the seven furlongs and looks unlikely to here.
3. High Standing (8/1)
High Standing will be having his second start back from a six month break, after finishing midfield at Leicester last start. He did step out favourite that day so the punters have seen something in him, but he has won just once from seven attempts at seven furlongs. Has placed in a Group 1 sprint at the Haydock track, and if he can bring the form he showed before his break he is in with a chance.
4. Himalya (14/1)
This five year old gelding by Danehill Dancer is bread for speed but so far it just hasn’t happened. Himalya has only been able to win won race in 17 starts and that was on debut back in May 2008. This horse was racing in consistent form towards the end of last year, and managed to run in the placing’s in 6 out of 7 starts, but since then it just hasn’t happened. It’s hard to back a horse that 1 from 17 in a Group 3 race.
5. Inler (12/1)
This four year old Red Ransom colt will be looking to deliver for trainer Jamie Spencer. He has only won two of his seven career starts although he has won over seven furlongs which is a plus. He finished 12 lengths back last start, although this represents a step down in class.
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6. Kakatosi (8/1)
This four year old gelding from the Balding yard is a true seven furlong specialist, having raced over the distance in all of his nine career starts. Kakatosi has been a consistent performer who has won 4 of his nine career starts and finished three times. Kakatosi finished two lengths second to Beacon Lodge two starts back.
7. King of Dixie (20/1)
King of Dixie has a good enough winning record with 6 wins from 15 career starts, however this is by far his sternest to date. He might be a knockout chance if he can capture his best form, but his recent performances have been below par.
8. Regal Parade (5/2)
Expect Regal Parade to start as a short priced favourite in this event. He produced a brave effort last start at York where he was beaten less than half a length when first up from a six month spell. Prior to the break he was competitive in highly rated sprint races and has respectable form around the likes of Goldikova, Markab and Starspangledbanner. If he brings his best he wins.
9. Shakespearean (4/1)
This Saeed bin Suroor colt will be having his first start since competing at Meydan earlier in the year. Shakespearean has seen the Haydock track once and he was able to salute the judge on that occasion so the track holds no concern.
10. The Cheka (7/1)
Eve Johnson Houghton trains this five year old gelding who has never finished any worse than second in four races over the seven furlongs. The major worry with this one is that he doesn’t want to run past other horses. He has won just 2 from 11 and finished in the placing’s a further 5 times.
Regal Parade is the best horse in the race and if he brings his A-game he will be very hard to stop. Beacon Lodge has been in good form of late and will be helped significantly if the track is rain affected, while Kakatosi is the best of the roughies.
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