1 - DECRYPT
£55,000Y: first foal: dam 2-y-o 5f winner: useful form: won 14-runner maiden at the Curragh latter start in 2018 by ½ length from Invincible Karma: off 10 months and upped in trip, 7/4, justified market confidence when followed up in 11-runner minor event at Cork last time by 3 lengths from Manjeer, pushed out after quickening to lead over 1f out: stays 7f: acts on good to firm and good to soft going: open to further improvement.
2 - EMARAATY ANA
Tall, rather unfurnished colt: third foal: brother to 2-y-o 6f winner (stays 1m) Salamah and half-brother to useful 2-y-o 1m winner Weld Al Emarat (by Dubawi): dam, 11.5f/1½m winner, half-sister to smart winner up to 10.5f (stayed 12.5f) Trumbaka: useful performer: won minor event at Windsor and Gimcrack Stakes at York (by ½ length from Legends of War) in 2018: off 7 months, 66/1, forced pace when well held in 2000 Guineas at Newmarket last time: stays 6f: acts on good to firm going.
3 - GLOBE THEATRE
Second foal: brother to 7f winner Darkness Falls: dam, winner up to 1½m (2-y-o 1m winner), sister to smart winner up to 1¼m (stayed 1½m) Douglas Macarthur: fairly useful form: off 5 months, 12/1, improved again when 6¾ lengths fifth of 15 to Wargrave in maiden at Naas last time: will be suited by at least 1m: likely to progress further.
4 - GUARANTEED
strong, close-coupled colt: smart performer: won maiden at the Curragh and Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown (by ½ length from Masaff) in 2018: 20/1, again below form when 6¾ lengths sixth of 7 to Broome in Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown last time: stays 9f: acts on good to firm going: wears tongue tie: usually front runner/races prominently (not on latest start).
5 - HILLWALKER
€3,000F: sixth foal: half-brother to 3 winners, including 1m winner (stayed 1½m) Xclusive and winner up to 1¼m Dudlik (2-y-o 7f winner) (both by Pivotal): dam 1¼m winner who probably stayed 2m: fairly useful form: 9/1, seen to advantage when won 13-runner maiden at Gowran last time by neck from Christmas, having run of race.
6 - I AM SUPERMAN
€20,000F, €49,000Y: first foal: dam unraced out of useful/ungenuine 8.5f winner Mooretown Lady: useful performer: won handicaps at Leopardstown and Naas (by 5 lengths from Jupiter Road) in April: 11/8, below form when 2¼ lengths fifth of 10 to Shelir in listed race at the Curragh last time, pulling too hard throughout: stays 1m: acts on soft going: tried in tongue tie: front runner/races prominently.
7 - MAGNA GRECIA
340,000F: robust, well-made colt, type to carry condition: fifth foal: brother to 7f winner Invincible Ryker and half-brother to useful 1¼m winner Coroberee (by Dansili): dam, 2-y-o 7f winner, half-sister to winner up to 1m Ho Choi and winner up to 1¼m (stayed 1¾m) Drumfire (both smart): high-class form: won maiden at Naas and Futurity Trophy at Doncaster (by head from Phoenix of Spain) in 2018: also ran well when second in Autumn Stakes at Newmarket (neck behind Persian King) in between: off 6 months, 11/2, progressed further when winning 19-runner 2000 Guineas at Newmarket last time by 2½ lengths from King of Change, racing on advantageous stand side and well in command over 1f out: will prove best at 1m to 1¼m: open to further improvement.
MAGNA GRECIA (11/2) gives trainer Aidan O'Brien his TENTH victory 2000 Guineas, with Donnacha O'Brien on board - a second consecutive victory for connections!— TimeformLive (@TimeformLive) May 4, 2019
It's another winner for @Timeform's TV Focus!
8 - MOHAWK
Smallish, strong, close-coupled colt: smart performer: won maiden at Cork and Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket (by 1¼ lengths from Sydney Opera House) in 2018: off 7 months, 7/1, back on track when 1¼ lengths second of 6 to Circus Maximus in listed Dee Stakes at Chester last time: stays 10.5f: acts on good to firm and heavy going.
9 - OLD GLORY
€1,600,000Y: fifth foal: closely related to smart winner up to 1½m Giuseppe Piazzi (2-y-o 1¼m winner, by Galileo) and half-brother to 9f-1½m winner Adjusted (by Montjeu) and 1¼m winner Tissiak (by Fastnet Rock), both useful: dam 9f winner: useful form: won 16-runner maiden at Naas on debut by 1½ lengths from Erich Bloch: 2/1, shaped well when length third of 10 to Coral Beach in Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown last time, doing too much too soon: raced only at 7f: remains with potential.
A nice performance from OLD GLORY on debut,— TimeformLive (@TimeformLive) September 20, 2018
He holds on entry in the Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy at @DoncasterRaces next month...
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10 - PHOENIX OF SPAIN
78,000F, 220,000Y: good-topped colt: half-brother to several winners, including smart/temperamental 1¼m/10.3f winner Central Square (by Azamour), smart winner up to 6f Lucky Beggar (2-y-o 5f winner, by Verglas) and useful winner up to 10.3f Kingsdesire (2-y-o 1m winner, by King's Best): dam maiden (stayed 7f): smart performer: won minor event at Wolverhampton and Acomb Stakes at York (by 1½ lengths from Watan) in 2018: better form when runner-up at Doncaster both starts after, in Champagne Stakes (1¾ lengths behind Too Darn Hot) and Futurity Trophy (head behind Magna Grecia): likely to stay 1¼m: acts on tapeta and good to firm going.
11 - SHELIR
Second foal: half-brother to 7f winner Shelannga (by Leroidesanimaux): dam lightly-raced sister to smart 1¼m-15f winner Shemima out of smart winner up to 10.5f (2-y-o 9f winner) Shemaka: useful form: won 17-runner maiden at Navan in March by short head from Piano Solo: 8/1, followed up in 10-runner listed race at the Curragh last time by 1¼ lengths from Eclipse Storm, leading close home and suited by strong pace: open to further progress.
12 - SKARDU
Good-bodied colt: has scope: second foal: half-brother to winner abroad by Yalaietanee: dam 2-y-o 7f winner: smart form: won 14-runner maiden at Newmarket (by 2 lengths from Velorum) in 2018: followed up in 8-runner Craven Stakes at same course (by neck from Momkin) in April: 8/1, shaped well when 4¼ lengths third of 19 to Magna Grecia in 2000 Guineas there last time, making headway from rear over 2f out and taking third close home: open to further improvement.
Having flagged as a 'Horse in Focus', the William Haggas-trained SKARDU shows bags of determination and spirit to claim victory in the (Group 3) Craven Stakes @NewmarketRace!— TimeformLive (@TimeformLive) April 17, 2019
Two starts = Two wins for the son of Shamardal!
13 - TOO DARN HOT
Smallish, good-bodied, attractive colt: fifth foal: brother to winner up to 10.4f So Mi Dar (2-y-o 8.3f winner) and 1¼m-1½m winner (stays 14.5f) Lah Ti Dar, both very smart, and half-brother to smart winner up to 1¼m De Treville (2-y-o 7f winner, by Oasis Dream): dam, 1¼m-12.5f winner, half-sister to top-class winner up to 1½m Rewilding: very smart performer: the top 2-y-o of 2018, unbeaten in 4 starts, namely maiden and Solario Stakes at Sandown, Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket (beat Advertise by 2¾ lengths): off 7 months, evens, length second of 8 to Telecaster in Dante Stakes at York last time, making good headway to challenge 2f out and eased off only close home when winner found plenty: likely to stay 1¼m: acts on good to firm and good to soft going.
What a performance!— TimeformLive (@TimeformLive) October 13, 2018
Too Darn Hot storms home in the 2018 Dewhurst at @NewmarketRace, to maintain his unbeaten record
Amazingly, that victory provides both Frankie Dettori and John Gosden with a first triumph in the Newmarket Group 1!
14 - VAN BEETHOVEN
Well-grown colt: useful performer: won minor event at Naas and Railway Stakes at the Curragh (by ½ length from Marie's Diamond) in 2018: fourth in listed race at Dundalk (2¼ lengths behind Playa Del Puente) in March: 40/1, never a threat when 4¾ lengths sixth of 10 to Persian King in Poule d'Essai des Poulains at Longchamp last time: stays 1m: acts on polytrack, soft and good to firm going, below form on dirt: usually races off pace, often races freely.
MAGNA GRECIA and Too Darn Hot are both right out of the top drawer and this is expected to develop into a fascinating battle between the pair. The first-named has a bit more physical scope and was hugely impressive at Newmarket, so he is narrowly preferred with more improvement on the cards. Skardu, who was an excellent third behind the selection last time, is the clear pick of the others.