Vertem Futurity Trophy runner-by-runner guide plus Timeform tip for Doncaster 3.15

Who'll land the final Group 1 of the UK Flat season?

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Bayside Boy

Trainer: Roger Varian Jockey: David Egan

Took the Champagne over 7f here at the Leger meeting and confirmed himself a really smart 2-y-o when 2½ lengths third to Native Trail in Dewhurst at Newmarket (7f) 2 weeks ago. Should stay 1m.

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Bullet Force

Trainer: K. R. Burke Jockey: Rossa Ryan

Off the mark at Musselburgh (7f) in June. Good third in 7f nurseries here and at Newmarket since but he’ll need significant improvement to get heavily involved here.

Hannibal Barca

Trainer: Brian Meehan Jockey: Paul Mulrennan

Confirmed the promise of his Ascot debut third when drawing 2 lengths clear in a 7f Salisbury novice 23 days ago. Plenty more needed here but his in-form yard has won this race before.

Imperial Fighter

Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: David Probert

Impressed when making a winning debut at Goodwood (7f, heavy) in July and better form when runner-up at Group 3 level at York and Newmarket (1m) since. Should give another good account.

Luxembourg

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore

Created a big impression on debut and confirmed that in no uncertain terms when storming clear under hands and heels in Group 2 Beresford at the Curragh last month. The one to beat.

Mctigue

Trainer: J. S. Bolger Jockey: R. P. Cleary

Having his second start when landing a 1m Leopardstown maiden last month. Will need to improve plenty to go close here but his stable did win the race 12 months ago.

Royal Patronage

Trainer: Mark Johnston Jockey: Jason Hart

Improved with each start, winning Acomb at York before seeing out 1m really well to reel in Coroebus in Royal Lodge at Newmarket (both good to firm). Likely to go well if handling the softer ground.

Sissoko

Trainer: Donnacha Aidan O’Brien Jockey: W. M. Lordan

Left his Curragh debut run behind when bolting up in a 9f maiden there on good to soft. Takes a big jump in class just 9 days on from that but he does look a smart prospect.

Timeform Verdict: LUXEMBOURG looked a hugely exciting prospect when making it 2-2 in the Beresford and is strongly fancied to remain unbeaten and provide Aidan O’Brien with a tenth win in the final British Group 1 of the season. Dewhurst-third Bayside Boy and Royal Lodge winner Royal Patronage can battle it out for the forecast spot.

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