Shadwell Stud Harry Rosebery Stakes

Posted September 16, 2016

By Tim @ Betting Gods

The Harry Rosebery Stakes (Fri 3.40), named after the 6th Earl of Rosebery, was first run in 1988. It is a 5-furlong Listed Race for 2-year-olds, and is the highlight of the second day of the Ayr Gold Cup Festival.

Last year’s renewal was won by this year’s multiple group-1 winning filly Quiet Reflection, whilst Richard Fahey is the only trainer to have trained more than one winner in the last decade.

Shadwell Stud Harry Rosebery Stakes

11 Runners are set to line-up for the 2016 Shadwell Stud Harry Rosebery Stakes.

Just An Idea

Ran at both Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood, but the nearest he has got to the winner in any of the 5 races he has contested is 4¾-lengths.

Northern Thunder

Missing the big festivals meant he probably started life in Nurseries off a good mark, and duly obliged by winning his last two races. Now rated 79, but that leaves him with a stone to find with the principles.

Private Matter

Represents Richard Fahey, and is officially the highest-rated runner on a mark of 96. Won his maiden over 5-furlongs on soft ground, and looks likely to be suited to reverting to similar conditions after looking one-paced in final furlongs over 6-furlongs on last two starts.

Smokey Lane

Second highest-rated, but looked outclassed in Listed Race and Group-3 on last two starts, though this looks an easier contest than either of those.

Whirl Me Arrow

Won second start over 5-furlongs, but other runs don’t suggest she suddenly improve her 83 rating here.

Angel Meadow

Shock 66/1 winner on debut, but the placed horses have rendered that form next to useless since.

Blue Suede

Ran consistently well on last 3 runs, but a mark of 78 looks about as good as he is.

Clem Fandango

His fourth at Royal Ascot behind Lady Aurelia meant he was send off a short-price for the Weatherbys Super Sprint. Only third though, despite favourable conditions, but could go close for trainer who usually does well at this meeting.


Won 2 of her 8 races, but handicapper looks to have her about right on 79.


Won first two races, and then was highly tried. Just behind Clem Fandango at Royal Ascot, and may be fresher than that rival having not run as many times.

Savannah’s Dream

Hasn’t confirmed the merit of his second at Royal Ascot to Ardad, but that one also ran poorly afterwards before claiming group-2 last time back on softer ground. Could relish the return to soft ground, having only raced on good-to-firm since Royal Ascot, and maybe the value bet.

Shadwell Stud Harry Rosebery Stakes Summary

Private Matter, Smokey Lane and Clem Fandango are the three horses rated in the 90’s and, whilst Private Matter looks the pick of that trio, the value-bet may be Savannah’s Dream who gets soft ground for the first time since chasing home Ardad at Royal Ascot.

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