Group Three L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Glorious Stakes Guide 2022

Andy Smith | @AndySmithRacing

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Jim Crowley

Desert Encounter

J: Jim Crowley
T: David Simcock
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 9-3
OR: 105
Days: 13

A 10 year old veteran of the game, Desert Encounter has had a wonderful career racing. Having been seen 49 times on course he’ll make his fiftieth appearance here.

With 12 career wins in the books, he’s shown his talent multiple times. Gaining group 1 success in Canada back in 2018 and 2019, he mainly found success in the UK at group 3 level.

The gelding has been running well enough in recent seasons but hasn’t won since his group 1 victory over at Woodbine back in 2019.

Well beaten in a listed race on his only run of this season, he ran well enough in defeat last year but is vulnerable to younger legs again here.

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Ryan Moore

Regal Reality

J: Ryan Moore
T: Sir Michael Stoute
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 9-3
OR: 109
Days: 28

After a group 3 win on his first outing as a 3 year old, Regal Reality looked to be destined for big things but he failed to really build upon that and was beaten on his next two outings of the campaign.

He did manage to score at group 3 level the following season over 10 furlongs but again saw his form tail off after earning success. Gelded at the end of another bad run of form, he’s only maned to win once since 2020. Again finding success in a group 3.

This season he’s been running in listed company but has failed to notch a win. Shaping well enough in defeat over 10 furlongs this will be his first attempt at this trip and it might just bring about the necessary improvement needed.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
29/09/23NMK8GF9-62
09/09/23HAY8Gd9-83
17/08/23SAL8Gd9-83
03/06/23EPS8.5GF9-81
07/05/23NMK10Sft9-24
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James Doyle

Global Storm

J: James Doyle
T: Charlie Appleby
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-3
OR: 106
Days: 22

After not managing to find success racing until switched to handicap ranks, Global Stormwas effective between 10 and 14 furlongs, but the wins were few and far between.

With the handicapper having him rated in the low 100’s he struggled to gain another win in the UK but did manage to score a smart win in Dubai back in February over 12 furlongs. He backed that up with a decent enough outing in a group 2 behind the impressive Hukum.

Kept at a mile and a half since, he’s struggled under a big weight in a handicap before being unable to live with Yibir at Newmarket in a group 2. More will be required here.

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Rob Hornby

Max Vega

J: Rob Hornby
T: Ralph Beckett
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-6
OR: 109
Days: 77

After winning a novice and a group 3 as a 2 year old, Max Vega’s form took a serious dip. Unable to get competitive in his races as a 3 year old, he was gelded at the end of the 2020 season.

Tried over 12 furlongs all the way up to 16 furlongs, he was tried as a stayer for the initial portion of last season but shaped best when dropped to 12 furlongs to be 2nd in a group 3 behind Ilaraab.

An impressive return to action this year saw him win a group 3 over a mile and half before being well beaten by Stradivarius in the Yorkshire Cup.

Twelve furlongs certainly looks his trip but he’ll have to prove himself in this grade under a penalty.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24KEM12St/Slw10-12
13/12/23KEM12St/Slw9-86
03/11/23NMK12Hy9-64
15/10/23LON11GS9-29
09/09/23KEM12St/Slw9-73
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Tom Marquand

John Leeper

J: Tom Marquand
T: Ed Dunlop
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-3
OR: 107
Days: 20

After winning a novice and a listed race impressively last year, John Leeper was the mount of Frankie Dettori in last year’s Derby but only managed to beat two rivals home in the Epsom classic.

Despite showing some real talent early in his career, he never really lived up to the potential and has failed to win since. Connections have gotten quite creative with trying to unlock his potential but to no avail.

Being tried more as a staying type this year, he’s not managed to lie up in group 3 events over 13.5 furlongs and 16 furlongs. Most recently kept at 14 furlongs he has shaped better however. Coming 2nd in a listed race at York and following that up with another 2nd place in a group 3 last time out. This drop in trip isn’t the obvious move to get him back on track.

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Sean Levey

Fancy Man

J: Sean Levey
T: Richard Hannon
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-3
OR: 109
Days: 27

Richard Hannon’s 4 year old scalped Alenquer in a listed race as a juvenile but failed to really build upon that prose as a 3 year old. Only managing to taste success again in a conditions race on the all weather.

He did return this season in smart form however, to win a listed race at Lingfield over 10 furlongs in decisive fashion. His form has tailed off since however. Group races looking to taxing of his abilities and his penalty for listed success weighing him down. He did shape nicely in a handicap last time out over 12 furlongs despite running off a mark of 109.

The trip looks like it will suit here and he could make the frame.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/10/23MOO12.5Gd8-1311
07/10/23EAG12Gd9-21
23/09/23RSH12Gd9-16
19/08/23RAN10Sft9-05
27/05/23EAG12Gd9-48
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William Buick

Rebel's Romance

J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-3
OR: 111
Days: 34

Wearing the all blue of Godolphin, Rebel’s Romance has been a relatively consistent sort for connections.

Winning on debut back in 2020 he then followed that up in impressive fashion despite carrying a penalty. He then spent most of his time racing in Dubai and the Middle East. Winning a conditions race at Meydan before a decent enough 4th in the Saudi Derby. Handily scoring a group 2 off the back of that, the gelding then wasn’t seen for 300 days.

A poor comeback over 10 furlongs and an even more lacklustre effort in a listed race followed. However he bounced back to form when returning to the UK with an impressive listed win at Newmarket last month to beat Kemari easily. If continuing from that win he certainly looks the one to beat here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/12/23KEM12St/Slw9-81
07/10/23BBA12Y9-04
30/07/23SAR11Gd8-10UR
25/03/23MEY12Gd9-07
05/11/22KEE12Fm9-01
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Foxes Tales

J:
T: Andrew Balding
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-3
OR: 108
Days: 28

Andrew Balding brings Foxes Tales here but the colt’s recent form has left a lot to be desired.

Scoring in a maiden last year. Foxes Tales then began his progression when smartly winning the Golden Gate Stakes at Royal Ascot last year. A mark of 102 just saw him held in a handicap before beating Fancy Man in a group 3 at Haydock.

He hasn’t managed to add another win to his CV since. Being beaten in group company on his last few outings of last season, he has had his sights lowered this year.

Unable to get competitive in group 3 events on his first two outings of the season, the son of Zoffany has since been in listed race but has failed to get really competitive. This will ask a bigger question of him and he’ll need to show more than he has all season to have any kind of chance.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/06/23ASC10Gd9-810
12/05/23CHS10.5Sft9-36
01/04/23KEM10St/Slw9-31
25/02/23LIN10St9-23
06/08/22HAY10.5Gd9-79
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Frankie Dettori

Kemari

J: Frankie Dettori
T: Charlie Appleby
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-3
OR: 107
Days: 34

Only debuting last year as a 3 year old, Kemari improved rapidly to win a maiden before scoring the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot last year comprehensively.

Unable to drop back in trip and stay competitive off the back of that, he did shape well in the Prix Chaudenay to be a close 2nd to stablemate Manobo. But he then failed to put in a similar performance over the same course and distance at group 1 level.

Sent off a warm favourite for his return this year over 14 furlongs in Meydan he finished a well beaten 5th. His form has been lacklustre for the rest of the season too, being beaten in listed contest at York and Newmarket. Twelve furlongs doesn’t look his optimum trip and he’s likely to be left wanting for pace.