Group Three John Guest Bengough Stakes Guide 2022

Harry Haskell | @HarryHaskell4

Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
6(11)
Daniel Tudhope

Summerghand

J: Daniel Tudhope
T: David O'Meara
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 9-4
OR: 108
Days: 14

Summerghand is pretty much a cult hero at this stage in his career. He's danced every dance for years now, and he won the Ayr Gold Cup on his most recent start.

There's an argument to be made about his record when upped in class, but he's a genuine horse who leaves nothing for himself, he certainly has a chance of making the frame in an open looking contest. 

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/01/24NCS6St9-611
20/12/23KEM6St/Slw9-74
18/11/23LIN6St9-57
14/10/23YOR6Sft9-1214
23/09/23AYR6GS10-124
Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
11(10)
Paul Mulrennan

Gale Force Maya

J: Paul Mulrennan
T: Michael Dods
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 9-1
OR: 107
Days: 15

Gale Force Maya is a tough 6yo mare, who's done nothing but improve. Sprinters often hit their peak at 6, and she doesn't look to be an exception.

She's won five races this season, including two listed races and three competitive handicaps. She's evidently still on the up, and a mare in form is always dangerous to write off. 

Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
2(7)
Connor Beasley

Commanche Falls

J: Connor Beasley
T: Michael Dods
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-4
OR: 112
Days: 14

Has ran three crackers in his three last starts, winning the Stewards' Cup handicap at Glorious Goodwood, then he finished back to back second in similar races.

He is a solid 6F handicapper, is this class just too much for him to handle?

Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
1(4)
Pat Dobbs

Al Suhail

J: Pat Dobbs
T: Charlie Appleby
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-4
OR: 111
Days: 20

Al Suhail drops back to 6f for the first time in his career. He ran well enough over 7f last time out in the Park Stakes behind 7f specialist Kinross.

He pretty much led until the furlong pole, so the drop in trip could be a huge positive if he can get to the front and allow his stamina to shine through.

Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
3(6)
Adam Kirby

Diligent Harry

J: Adam Kirby
T: Clive Cox
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-4
OR: 106
Days: 14

Diligent Harry is actually winless since April 2021 now, even though he's finished second or third three times since, he's not actually looked like getting his head in front.

He's primarily raced at 6f this year, and he's been well held on several occasions. He has to improve. 

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/02/24LIN6St9-21
10/09/23YOR6Gd9-44
26/08/23NMK6Gd9-38
22/07/23NBY6GS9-92
08/07/23SAN5Gd9-57
Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
13(14)
Barry McHugh

Ventura Diamond

J: Barry McHugh
T: Richard Fahey
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-1
OR: 102
Days: 27

Ventura Diamond is without a win since October 2020, and it's difficult to imagine her regaining winning ways after all that time, in this class.

She has ran relatively well on a few occasions this season, but her third behind Gale Force Maya in the Garrowby stakes proves she is still a long way off this class. Easy to avoid.

Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
12(5)
Harry Davies

Vadream

J: Harry Davies
T: Charlie Fellowes
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-1
OR: 102
Days: 14

Vadream hasn't really shown herself in the best light so far throughout her career. She's threatened to be top class on several occasions but she's not really managed to put it all together as yet.

Her head second in the Listed Hopeful stakes at Newmarket puts her in with a squeak, but she'll need much more to win.

Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
5(2)
David Probert

Run To Freedom

J: David Probert
T: Henry Candy
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-4
OR: 109
Days: 49

Run To Freedom is a useful enough horse. This season he's won a listed, and conditions race over six furlongs. Every time he's moved up in grade though, he's consistently struggled.

There are some genuine group performers in here so he must improve.

Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
4(3)
Adam Kirby

Rohaan

J: Adam Kirby
T: David Evans
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-4
OR: 113
Days: 28

Rohaan won the Wokingham at his beloved Ascot at the Royal meeting in June, but he's not managed to back that up with a win since.

He's ran well enough without threatening really, but he will enjoy the likely frenetic pace here. 

Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
14(12)
Nicola Currie

Princess Shabnam

J: Nicola Currie
T: S Woods
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-0
OR: 107
Days: 48

Princess Shabnam won the Highfield Farm Flying Fillies' Stakes at Pontefract last time out. She got the better of the useful Gale Force Maya there, and Princess Shabnam is only a 3yo filly, so it's safe to say she has a good deal of ability.

Naturally, she'll need to improve again but this is an open looking contest and she's open to more improvement than most.

Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
8(9)
Rossa Ryan

Flaming Rib

J: Rossa Ryan
T: Hugo Palmer
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-3
OR: 112
Days: 28

Flaming Rib is a horse who probably doesn't get the credit he deserves. He's ran consistently well, and probably holds one of the standout pieces of form in this.

His 4th in the G1 Sprint Cup at Haydock was a mighty effort, and if he can build on that run he's in with every chance.

Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
7(13)
Dane O'Neill

Ehraz

J: Dane O'Neill
T: Richard Hannon
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-3
OR: 106
Days: 106

Ehraz is still relatively unexposed, having only made the track six times. He's won just the once, but he's showed snippets of his class on several occasions.

His short head second behind Tiber Flow is probably his best run this season, and on that evidence, he needs to improve significantly to trouble some of these.

Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
9(1)
Sean Levey

Perfect News

J: Sean Levey
T: William Haggas
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-3
OR: 103
Days: 41

Perfect News took a 5f G3 last time out at Naas, in good style. He looks a colt going places, and he's improved with every run.

It's difficult to see where his ceiling may be, but at this point in his career this may be a tough ask.

Ascot - September 30 2022
Ascot 14:00
10(8)
Stevie Donohoe

Tiber Flow

J: Stevie Donohoe
T: William Haggas
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-3
OR: 106
Days: 49

Tiber Flow looked a sprinter firmly on the up at the start of the season, winning three races including the listed Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury from Ehraz in second.

He's been out of sorts since, and it's going to be tough to trust him off the back of some rather tame efforts.