Listed Magnolia Stakes Guide

1. MOOTASADIR

Trainer - Hugo Palmer

Jockey - Ben Curtis

Hugo Palmer has the very interesting four-year-old Mootasadir, who surely looks the most obvious contender to spoil the Matterhorn party.

Won his last three, including here at Kempton on the first leg of the hat-trick, which was a commanding display in a Fast-Track Qualifier over slightly further than this distance.

Progressed smartly and is a major player, with hopefully a big season ahead.

2. MASTER THE WORLD

T - David Elsworth

J - Sean Levey

Sixth of seven behind the classy Wissahickon at Lingfield in the Winter Derby, which opened his account for the season.

Been around the block for a little while now, now eight-years-old; this son of Mastercraftsman did score at the Surrey venue back in November in the Listed Betway Churchill Stakes to close last season.

Should have his fitness back up now, and ready to fire again.

3. BIG COUNTRY

T - Michael Appleby

J - Luke Morris

Big Country is another individual who has sadly for him, bumped into Wissahickon on more than one occasion already this season.

Plenty of ability, and again was unlucky at Lingfield at the back end of last season, finishing second in two Listed affairs; one of which behind Master The World.

Struggles to get his head in front, and places claims at best.

4. EXTRA ELUSIVE

T - Roger Charlton

J - Jason Watson

Very low mileage - racing only five times in his career, winning three times.

He began his three-year-old campaign at Nottingham when striking in a Novice event over ten furlongs, before just missing out in a first-time better grade at Ascot.

Returned to winning ways at this track back in August, and finished stone cold last when jumping up to a Grade Three for the first.

Still learning, and could play a part in the outcome here.

5. FABRICATE

T - Michael Bell

J - David Probert

Her majesty the Queen is represented with Fabricate, who provided her with plenty of joy in the year of 2018.

A course a distance winner on his racecourse return after a short layoff over the winter, was followed by a close second to the smart Crystal Ocean, who went onto compete in a bigger and better races.

He did not win again until getting his neck in front at Windsor in a Group Three, and was a useful third in Longchamp, Paris in a Group Two.

A smart individual certainly will have benefitted from the break again.

6. MATTERHORN

T - Mark Johnston

J - Joe Fanning

The star attraction in the race - Matterhorn currently shares the advantage as the winning most horse in the All-weather season over the winter.

He can put himself clear with a victory here on route to Finals Day at Lingfield over Easter, and he really is a horse that just keeps getting better and better.

Victorious in his last five races, he won here last time out ever so convincingly over Executive Force - the horse he shares top spot with at the minute.

First go in Listed company, but looks hard to oppose here.

7. ROBIN OF NAVAN

T - Harry Dunlop

J - Gerald Mosse

Robin Of Navan - who has been contesting plenty of races abroad (bred in France) returns to his trainer's homeland to fight out this heavily-contested Listed affair.

Third when last at Newmarket in this company on the Rowley Mile at November, finished second in a useful Group Three at Maisons-laffitte in September, and fourth in the bet365 Mile at Sandown last term, as form to dig into.

Needs an upstaged effort here to be winning this race though from in form rivals.

8. THREE WEEKS

T - David O'Meara

J - Shane Kelly

Best form has come at Southwell - racing there on four of the last five of his starts, winning one of those and finishing second in two of the others.

Must raise his game to compete at this level - last time he was Class Two or higher was plum last at Yarmouth back in September.

Work to do.

9. VICTORY BOND

T - William Haggas

J - Richard Kingscote

William Haggas has plenty to look forward to in 2019 - including the return of Arc runner-up Sea Of Class, who we may see return in the Middleham.

Here though, he is represented with Victory Bond, who has been jumping up and down at Class One and Two levels for as long as the mind can remember.

His best performance actually came on the All-weather exactly a year ago today, when recording a win over ten furlongs.

Same trip here, so that stat may raise a few eyebrows. Contender.

10. TIME CHANGE

T - Ralph Beckett

J - Rob Hornby

The only filly in the line-up is Time Change, who will be hoping to bounce back after such a long time off the course.

She was last sighted winning a Fillies Handicap at Salisbury last May, and did not go onto showcase her improvement for the rest of the season.

Has a squeak here with plenty of talent stored away waiting to be unlocked, but must jump up quickly in the weights if sitting alongside the likes of the best here.

Makes her all-weather debut.

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