The Timeform Jury Stakes Preview
The Timeform Jury Stakes (registered as the John Of Gaunt Stakes) is a 7-furlong group-3 race run at Haydock Park (Saturday 28 May, 3.10pm).
It’s a race that’s open to horses aged 4 and older, and the last 10 renewals have been won by four 4-year-olds, three 5-year-olds, one 8-year-old, and two 9-year-olds. The leading trainer in the last decade is Sir Michael Stoute with 2 wins, whilst Ryan Moore has ridden 3 winners in that time.
11 Runners are set to go to post for the 2016 Timeform Jury Stakes.
He was disappointing when sent off favourite for the group-1 Sprint Cup here last year, but that just shows the merit of some of his previous form, including when beating Limato here over 6-furlongs, and when beating Breton Rock at Newbury over 7-furlongs. Not so good since, but a big danger to all if bouncing back to form.
Listed course and distance winner, who has been second and fourth in the last two renewals. Posted a decent third behind Toormore on his reappearance, and no surprise if he went close without winning.
Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore team-up with the least exposed runner in the field, and he could go close if improving again after a fine run at York last time. However, he was 7-lengths behind Home of the Brave on his previous run.
Often runs with credit in big races, but he’s probably got too much to find on ratings, and no reason why he should suddenly find that improvement.
Here Comes When
Another who was behind Home of the Brave earlier in the season, and would probably need soft ground to trouble the principals.
Home Of The Brave
Easy winner at Leicester, his third win in 4 starts at 7-furlongs, but was comprehensively beaten in the Lockinge. Impossible to rule out, but best form has been on stiffer tracks, and stable not flying quite as high as earlier in the season.
Ran in some top-class races, but even that form suggests he’s a few pound behind the best of these.
Hit and miss performer, like many of these, but he’s 2 from 2 over course and distance and absolutely hacked-up here last time.
Has run some fantastic races, but struggles to get his head in front. No surprise if he’s on the premises, but would need everything to fall into place to win.
Owes his mark to an impressive handicap win, but not done anything since then to suggest he’s up to winning this.
Timeform Jury Stakes Summary
Home Of The Brave will probably go off favourite, but the combination of a flat-track, and the suspicion that the stable aren’t in quite the same form as when he won at Leicester, puts me off. Of the others, Adaay and So Beloved both have excellent course form, with Adaay the selection in the hope that he can come return to the same level of form as when beating Limato here last year.