Haydock Saturday 8th June 3:25pm
Betway John Of Gaunt Stakes (Group 3) Age: 4yo+ Distance: Seven furlongs
Weights – 9st 0lbs, (3lb allowance for fillies and mares)
Penalties – 7lbs for Group 1 winners, 5lbs for Group 2 winners, 3lbs for Group 3 winners (Since August 31st)
Named after John of Gaunt, the 1st Duke of Lancaster, who lived in the 14th century. It was formerly open to horses aged three or older. The minimum age was raised to four in 1998,
Since 1986 the leading jockey has been Ryan Moore with three wins including MAIN AIM who won back to back renewals in 2009 and 2010.
John Gosden is the winning most trainer since 1986 with four wins the most recent came in 2005.
12 Year Statistics
Age – Nine of the last twelve winners have been aged four or five.
Starting Price – Nine of the last twelve winners returned a SP of 6/1 or less .
Last Run – Seven of the last twelve winners finished in the first three last time, only three of them had won. All of the last twelve winners had run within the last 35 days.
Course Form – Nine of the last twelve winners had not raced at Haydock before..
Distance Form – All of the last twelve winners had run over seven furlongs at least three times and eleven of them had won at the trip at least once.
Flat Form – Eleven of the last twelve winners had at least two previous wins.
Official Rating – All of the last twelve winners had an official rating of between 107 and 117.
Season Form – All of the last twelve winners had at least one run in the current season.
Leading Contenders and Keith's Tip
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SIR DANCEALOT 7/2 – Triple Group race winner last season the last being mid-August so escapes a penalty. Not disgraced over a mile last time in the Group 1 Lochinge but that really stretched his stamina. Return to seven furlongs is a big plus.
SAFE VOYAGE 7/2 – Lifetime best winning a Listed race over course and distance last time. This is tougher.
MANKIB 11/2 – Behind SAFE VOYAGE last time but gets a 3lb pull at the weights. Should reverse the placings with that one in this.
BRETON ROCK 7/1 – Has been a good servant to connections over the year winning a couple of Group 2 races but he is not the force he once was and hasn’t won since August 2017.
The safe option is SIR DANCEALOT 7/2 who has by far the best recent form on offer and will be suited by the conditions.
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