Saturday, May 28, 2022

John Of Gaunt Stakes Preview (Sat 28th May 2022 )

 The John of Gaunt Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Haydock Park over a distance of 7 furlongs and 37 yards (1,442 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late May or early June. 
The event is 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, and it used to be classed at Listed level. The minimum age was raised to four in 1998, and the race was promoted to Group 3 status in 2008.

The race was sponsored by the Timeform organisation from 2009 to 2016 and was run as the Timeform Jury Stakes.

Betfred John Of Gaunt Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (4yo+) Winner £45,368 8 runners 7f37y Good ITV (STALLS Inside)
race conditions  £80,000 guaranteed For  4yo+ Weights  colts & geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 13lb Penalties  after August 31st, 2021, a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb; of a Group 2 race 5lb; of a Group 1 race 7lb Entries  15 pay £700 Penalty value  1st  £45,368.00 2nd  £17,200.00 3rd  £8,608.00 4th  £4,288.00 5th  £2,152.00 6th  £1,080.00 
1)KINROSS (115) (2) HAPPY POWER (113) (3) POGO (112)
Eight runners declared 45th Running of 7f John Of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock on ground described as good.
Last years winner Kinross has been put in favourite at around 5-2,probably has the best form in the race, though all his winning form has been on G/S or Soft,including winning G2 Lennox stakes at Goodwood last season on soft ground .On good or faster ground is (0-5 ) which has to be major concern on this drying ground. .

At the prices the Andrew Balding six-year-old grey HAPPY POWER looks interesting after returning to winining form last time at Leicester in small listed contest .Seem to lose his way last season when highly tried in G1 & G2 company,though had previously shown some useful form back in 2020 ,including winning the G2 Challenge Stakes at Newmarket & G3 Supreme Stakes at Goodwood.Looks solid each-way bet at around 11-2 mark, with the dead 8 runners.
John & Thady trained Sunray Major has been put in second favourite ,will be suited by this drop in class after finishing sixth behind Baaeed last time in G1 Lockinge stakes,though will need to step forward having only won in handicap company.Looks open to improvement,though 4-1 looks short enough.
Of the others Pogo looks the most interesing  ,would be major player on pick last seasons form ,including finishing good second to Benbatl in G2 Joel Stakes , though not the most reliable sort .
(UNPLACED SP 7-1 LOSS £100.00/1.00 PT ) 

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