Group Three Atalanta Stakes Guide 2022

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Sandown - August 19 2022
Sandown 13:05
8(6)
Kevin Stott

Serenading

J: Kevin Stott
T: James Fanshawe
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 9-6
OR: 96
Days: 28

Serenading is a useful enough filly who’s probably just short of this level. She ran fourth last time out at Ascot in the Valliant Stakes which was a huge run judged on her market expectations there.

She is a solid horse, but she probably lacks a class edge here. She’ll give her running but likely find a few of these too good.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
23/07/22ASC8GF9-54
05/07/22PON8GF9-25
15/06/22ASC8GF8-1217
07/05/22ASC8Gd8-124
10/03/22NCS8St/Slw9-72
Sandown - August 19 2022
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1(1)
Dane O'Neill

Bounce The Blues

J: Dane O'Neill
T: Andrew Balding
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-6
OR: 103
Days: 24

Second to Soft Whisper in a listed race at Chelmsford which was good form, just two starts ago. She failed to back that up last time out though, finishing 7th of 15 in the Oak Tree Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in July.

She will need to bounce back from that and there’s no guarantee that she will in this company with several unexposed fillies in the line-up today.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/08/22SAN8Gd9-65
27/07/22GOO7GF9-57
03/07/22CFD7St9-22
07/05/22HAY7Sft9-52
02/10/21ASC7Sft9-02
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Luke Morris

Rising Star

J: Luke Morris
T: Marco Botti
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-6
OR: 97
Days: 14

Rising Star won the Kensington Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in game fashion from Random Harvest in second.

They both upheld that form in the listed Dick Hern stakes at Haydock since so there’s no knocking the form. She continues to run to a good level, but her limitations may lie in and around this grade.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
06/08/22HAY8Gd9-41
05/07/22PON8GF9-24
15/06/22ASC8GF9-11
28/05/22BEV7.5GF9-95
07/05/22ASC8Gd9-19
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George Rooke

Mrs Fitzherbert

J: George Rooke
T: Hughie Morrison
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-6
OR: 105
Days: 77

A winner over a mile at Goodwood in April from Bashkirova and Zanbaq in second and third which represents a mighty run.

She then finished 6th of 10 in a muddling race at Epsom on Derby day where Bashkirova reversed that form. Mrs Fitzherbert will need to bounce back to have any sort of say in this.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/08/22SAN8Gd9-63
04/06/22EPS8.5Gd9-86
30/04/22GOO8GF9-71
28/10/21LIN8St8-114
23/09/21WOL8.5St9-21
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5(2)
Saffie Osborne

Random Harvest

J: Saffie Osborne
T: Ed Walker
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-6
OR: 96
Days: 14

Random Harvest appears to still be progressing, and her second last time out at Haydock in a listed race behind Rising Star highlights that.

She had some very useful horses in behind here there, and if she continues to improve, she may surprise a few.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/08/22SAN8Gd9-69
06/08/22HAY8Gd9-42
23/07/22ASC8GF8-113
09/07/22ASC8GF9-91
15/06/22ASC8GF8-32
Sandown - August 19 2022
Sandown 13:05
4(3)
Richard Kingscote

Potapova

J: Richard Kingscote
T: Sir Michael Stoute
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-6
OR: 102
Days: 34

Potapova is a frustrating Invincible Spirit filly. She’s blessed with so much ability, though she’s highly inconsistent. She has finished 7th on her last two starts now and in this company, that’s simply not good enough. She’s on something of a recovery mission now. 

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/08/22SAN8Gd9-61
17/07/22CUR9Gd9-117
24/06/22NCS10St/Slw9-77
04/06/22EPS8.5Gd9-82
18/04/22KEM8St/Slw9-02
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Hector Crouch

Roman Mist

J: Hector Crouch
T: Tom Ward
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-6
OR: 101
Days: 24

Roman Mist hasn’t really got going yet this year, and her last two starts make for bitterly disappointing reading.

She was 10th of 15 last time out in the Oak Tree Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, and she had a few of these in front of her there.

She will have to work to turn the form around, and given her inconsistency this year, that’s hard to imagine.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/08/22SAN8Gd9-610
27/07/22GOO7GF9-510
05/07/22PON8GF9-58
04/06/22EPS8.5Gd9-83
18/04/22KEM8St/Slw9-01
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Cieren Fallon

Mise En Scene

J: Cieren Fallon
T: James Ferguson
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-0
OR: 107
Days: 90

She looked an above average sort last year when winning her first two starts as a two year old. She then failed to fire on three starts since, including her seasonal reappearance as a three year old at the Curragh when 11th of 14 in May.

She’s not been seen since, and given her form prior to that, it would take a leap of faith to back her today against genuine group performing fillies/mares.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/08/22SAN8Gd9-06
22/05/22CUR8Gd/Y9-211
05/11/21DMA8Fm8-1010
08/10/21NMK8GS9-04
28/08/21GOO7Gd9-01
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Jason Watson

Nizaaka

J: Jason Watson
T: Jane Chapple-Hyam
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-6
OR: 96
Days: 22

Looking for four on the bounce after three wins at Newmarket in handicap company. She’s obviously stepping up substantially in grade here today but there’s hardly a horse in here in better heart.

She’s unexposed and she might well be up to this level, it’s just hard to have any strong confidence in a horse rated way off the standard set by some group performers.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/08/22SAN8Gd9-67
29/07/22NMK7GF9-91
08/07/22NMK7GF9-61
17/06/22NMK7Gd8-61
31/05/22NBY7GS9-112
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Andrea Atzeni

Fonteyn

J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Kevin Ryan
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-0
OR: 107
Days: 23

Fonteyn looked a filly going places when she got the better of Grande Dame in a listed race at York in May. She then ran in the Nassau stakes last time out, finishing fourth.

However, that looked a really good run both on the form book and visually. It looked like she was booked for second but for slowing significantly in the final 100 yards to finish fourth.

If everything is sound and she has no issues as a result of that, she must be in with a massive shout here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
28/07/22GOO10GF9-04
13/05/22YOR8Gd9-21
12/04/22NMK8Gd9-02
08/10/21NCS8St9-02
15/09/21BEV7.5Sft9-03
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Robert Havlin

Grande Dame

J: Robert Havlin
T: John & Thady Gosden
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-0
OR: 105
Days: 49

Winner last time out of the listed Distaff stakes on Eclipse Day at Sandown from the very useful Oscula and Heredia back in second and third respectively.

She looked full of promise towards the start of the season, and after a few disappointing efforts she’s seemingly starting to build on that promise. If she has improved again, she’ll command respect.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
02/07/22SAN8GF9-21
17/06/22ASC8GF9-211
13/05/22YOR8Gd9-22
27/04/22ASC8GF8-111
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NON-RUNNER

Laurel

J: NON-RUNNER
T: John & Thady Gosden
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-0
OR: N/A
Days: 22

Kingman filly who’s had just the one run to date. She was a comfortable winner on debut at Newmarket a few weeks ago, and she travelled with an air of supremacy, which is always good to see on debut.

She’s clearly a highly talented filly, is this level, at this stage just out of reach?

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
29/07/22NMK8GF9-21

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