October 21 / 16.55 Newbury

16.55

Good To Soft

BetVictor “Hands And Heels” Apprentice Handicap (Final) (Part Of The Racing Excellence Initiative)

  • Prize money: £3996
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 16 runners
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BetVictor “Hands And Heels” Apprentice Handicap (Final) (Part Of The Racing Excellence Initiative)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £12.00
  • Place: £3.00

Form: 223660 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict
Dual 2m winner at Lingfield (on AW in 2019 and heavy ground in July 2021); made a solid start to this season but has gone off the boil on last three outings; well handicapped were he to revive.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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9th

1

(2)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 6

12:16 Lingfield (AW)

Tin Fandango

10st 0lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Mark Usher

towards rear

7/1

5th

4

(12)

18th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 1f 24y

Class 6

17:45 Bath

Tin Fandango

9st 12lb

J: Oliver Searle

T: Mark Usher

Suited by slow ground and was runner-up over 2m at Chepstow and Newbury in the summer but his form nosedived at Ffos Las last month; has something to prove again after that and he's an infrequent winner.

10/1

14/1

  • Place: £4.00

Form: -22245 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 66

Form & Verdict
Runner-up three times in a row in April-June (2m/1m6f); ran poorly next time and although her recent fifth of 11 on AW after 105-day absence matched that earlier 2022 turf form, to win this would demand better; has won on soft.
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4th

1

(1)

4th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:42 Nottingham

Russian Rumour

10st 1lb

J: Olivia Tubb

T: Jonathan Portman

Won five-runner race at Bath (2m1f) in June under Olivia Tubb; acts on soft (ran once on heavy) but she was beaten 27l on it when runner-up at Ffos Las in August; both subsequent runs also fail to persuade.

12/1

8th

2

(11)

16th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Bath

Russian Rumour

9st 9lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Jonathan Portman

Enhanced her good record here when beating Cherry Cola from the front in June; below par on latest visit in the race in which Lusaka beat Cherry Cola; possibilities if on a going day.

14/1

8/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: 505219 D BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Switched yards before second at Catterick (2m amateurs, soft) last month and back to his best when he went one better at Ffos Las (2m, good); flopped when favourite in Zikany's Goodwood race on latest start but perhaps making the running did not suit him; player if he bounces straight back.
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1

(3)

29th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:30 Newmarket (July)

Byron Hill

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Richard Hughes

No match for the winner when second of four at Pontefract (2m1f, good to firm) 17 days ago but that was a big step back in the right direction and he's on a handy mark; first-time blinkers replace the cheekpieces adopted last time; possible contender.

7/1

2nd

1

(1)

12th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

2m 1f 27y

Class 5

19:30 Pontefract

Byron Hill

9st 9lb

J: Pat Cosgrave

T: Richard Hughes

held up in last, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on and went remote second towards finish

7/1

7th

3

(7)

6th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:45 Goodwood

Byron Hill

9st 9lb

J: George Rooke

T: Richard Hughes

Placed twice over hurdles this year but his two Flat efforts in 2023 have been underwhelming; hard to be confident in him, despite a handy mark.

20/1

11/2

Form: -60561 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict
Four-month break before giving renewed encouragement at Salisbury (1m6f); upped in trip again when building on that to win 16-runner handicap at Goodwood (2m, good to soft; unraced on soft) 12 days ago, challenging 3f out and holding on from Tralee Hills; has 5lb penalty but may have more to give judged on his peak 2021 form.
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3rd

6

(11)

28th Oct 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:50 Newmarket

Zikany

9st 6lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Amanda Perrett

held up in midfield, smooth headway over 3f out, went second going okay under 2f out, pushed along and led narrowly 1f out, soon ridden, no extra and headed towards finish

8/1

4th

4

(6)

21st Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Newbury

Zikany

9st 13lb

J: William Pyle

T: Amanda Perrett

prominent, shaken up 3f out, some headway on outer over 2f out, drifted left over 1f out, kept on, not reach leaders

11/2

1st

12

(14)

9th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Goodwood

Zikany

11st 5lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Amanda Perrett

midfield on outer, going easily when headway from 4f out, pressed leader and edged right from 3f out, shaken up and led narrowly over 2f out, ridden and kept on well inside final furlong

11/1

OUR TIP

5/2

Form: 3/111/ CD

Last run: 716 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Had nine wins on the spin (Flat and jumps, all on soft or heavy) in 2020 and this race was the sixth leg; smart 3m hurdles form for the last of those wins but he was put in his place in two Grade events before pulling up in the Stayers' at Cheltenham in March 2021; while hurdles form look way better than this mark, deep ground would be preferable and the market needs consulting after his layoff.
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5th

1

(7)

21st Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Newbury

Main Fact

10st 0lb

J: Oliver Searle

T: David Pipe

towards rear, shaken up under 4f out, drifted left 3f out, still plenty to do 2f out, never dangerous (jockey said gelding hung left-handed)

5/2

7/1

Form: 3/123- BF

Last run: 375 days

W: 9st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Had fair Flat form over 1m4f/2m, winning once, in his four starts before going hurdling; mostly ran with credit (probably acts on soft) in that sphere, with two wins including when last seen in June; needs to improve on Flat form but that may well be possible.
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5th

3

1st Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 3

19:10 Market Rasen

Restitution

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

took keen hold, prominent, pressed leader after 5th, hit 7th

11/1

6th

4

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

19:25 Warwick

Restitution

11st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Displayed huge improvement when sauntering to 12l win at Doncaster (2m, good) in December and put two lesser efforts behind him when staying-on third at Wincanton (2m5f, good to soft) last month; still unexposed over this trip and may benefit from the addition of cheekpieces.

6/1

3rd

3

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

14:25 Wincanton

Restitution

11st 13lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Alan King

Appeared to display huge improvement when sauntering to 12l win at Doncaster (2m, good) in December; subsequent defeat in major handicap is not viewed harshly but he looked out of sorts at Stratford last month and it's hard to know what to expect from him here.

20/1

7/1

Form: 543352 C

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Three wins last summer; none since but this consistent 8yo goes well on ground softer than good and made late gains when second of 16 to Zikany at Goodwood (2m) 12 days ago; well capable of being seriously involved.
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0

8

(11)

26th Jul 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

20:40 Sandown

Tralee Hills

9st 4lb

J: Theodore Ladd

T: Simon Hodgson

Hardy veteran who drew a blank in 2022 but got back in front over 1m6f at Bath this April and his other races this season have been at 1m4f; ground softer than good would be preferable; considered each-way if he gets it.

14/1

8th

2

(4)

5th Jul 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 4

18:20 Epsom

Tralee Hills

10st 9lb

J: Miss Serena Brotherton

T: Simon Hodgson

Good summer in 2021 included a win in this race under Serena Brotherton; drew a blank in 2022 but got back in front at Bath (1m6f) this April when last seen; it looks as if ground softer than good may be needed if he races over as short as 1m4f these days.

7/2

1st

1

(13)

21st Apr 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:40 Bath

Tralee Hills

9st 13lb

J: William Carver

T: Simon Hodgson

His seven wins have all been at middle distances but he has form at up to 2m and is ideally suited on slow ground; last success was in July 2021 but that was off 3lb higher and he returned to turf with an eyecatching fourth at Pontefract (1m4f, soft) ten days ago; kept on well out wide in that race and he looks interesting back up in trip.

8/1

14/1

Form: 10-427

Last run: 26 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict
1m6f win on soft ground for Paul George in May 2021 off 4lb lower; four runs for this trainer, pipped at Ffos Las (2m, good) in August before a return there last month showed again that consistency is not a strong point; first-time blinkers replace cheekpieces.
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7th

1

(3)

2nd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 6

15:17 Lingfield (AW)

Arthalot

9st 9lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Victor Dartnall

midfield

25/1

11th

11

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Arthalot

11st 0lb

J: Miss Heidi Stevens

T: Victor Dartnall

Flat winner; seven-race maiden over hurdles and has to raise his game; 20-1 when unseating early in a C&D handicap last month.

25/1

0

10

26th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

15:45 Exeter

Arthalot

11st 0lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

held up in rear

20/1

20/1

Form: -82666

Last run: 153 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
0-10; acts on good to soft; fair sixth of 15 here two starts back, slipping badly on the turn for home; failed to back that up eight days later in May; goes beyond 1m4f for first time on this first run since sold out of Richard Hannon's for 18,000gns at end of August.
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8th

12

(4)

21st Apr 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:40 Bath

Gustav Holst

8st 7lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Mark Usher

Regressive 20-race maiden who has finished down the field in all six runs (1m5f-2m) this year; mark continues to fall but he needs to raise his game back on turf.

14/1

6th

7

(4)

31st Mar 2023

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 6

14:40 Southwell (AW)

Gustav Holst

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Mark Usher

in touch with leaders

12/1

6th

7

(3)

11th Mar 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

17:25 Chelmsford (AW)

Gustav Holst

9st 1lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Mark Usher

Runner-up in three of his first seven starts but appears to have lost his way and now 0-18; drops in trip and easy enough to swerve.

11/1

20/1

Form: 297437

Last run: 9 days

W: 8st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict
Career record is 2-61 and he's on five-year losing run; acts in the mud, third at Ffos Las (1m6f) last month and not disgraced on AW last week but he's 4lb out of the handicap and not the percentage call.
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10th

16

(4)

21st Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Newbury

With Pleasure

8st 7lb

J: Mohammed Tabti

T: John Flint

dwelt start, in touch with leaders, ridden over 4f out, lost position 3f out, edged right over 2f out, soon weakened

20/1

7th

11

(11)

12th Oct 2022

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 5

17:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

With Pleasure

8st 12lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: John Flint

slowly away, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, made no impression

16/1

3rd

15

(11)

25th Sep 2022

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Ffos Las

With Pleasure

8st 2lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: John Flint

slowly away, towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, disputing second but hung left final furlong, stayed on but no match for winner, finished dead-heat 2nd, placed 3rd - caused interference

14/1

33/1

Form: 138266 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 8st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 58

Form & Verdict
Both wins have been on Lingfield AW (1m4f and 2m) and he wasn't totally disgraced there on latest outing; his few turf races (two bumpers, two hurdle races and one Flat handicap) were inauspicious.
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4th

6

(3)

19th Apr 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 6

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Reeceltic

9st 7lb

J: Paddy Bradley

T: Pat Phelan

took keen hold, towards rear

11/2

4th

8

(5)

21st Jan 2023

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

11:55 Lingfield (AW)

Reeceltic

9st 1lb

J: Paddy Bradley

T: Pat Phelan

Posted his third win on Lingfield AW when scoring over this trip in November; only narrowly denied another C&D success by Smith the following month and this 8yo shaped as if still in good form when keeping on from too far back at Chelmsford 18 days ago; another to consider.

8/1

4th

1

(6)

3rd Jan 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

15:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Reeceltic

10st 2lb

J: Paddy Bradley

T: Pat Phelan

slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on and went fourth final 110yds, stayed on

7/4

16/1

Form: 575/37

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Won two low-grade handicap hurdles (on good to soft in May and good in June) before his staying-on third of seven over 1m6f at Salisbury in August on return to Flat; not beaten far in a steadily run race three weeks ago; this extra 2f is interesting.
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6th

2

25th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

11:50 Huntingdon

Masterdream

11st 12lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: Neil Mulholland

Won in good style at Hereford (3m1f, good) on November 6; only fifth when unpenalised at Market Rasen (2m7f, good to soft) last Thursday and his new 6lb higher mark has now kicked in, but it wasn't a bad run last time and today's forecast better ground may well be a plus; capable of big run.

9/2

5th

2

16th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 5

15:51 Market Rasen

Masterdream

11st 12lb

J: Dylan Whelan

T: Neil Mulholland

prominent, challenging when not fluent 2 out, weakened approaching last

13/8

1st

5

6th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

12:50 Hereford

Masterdream

11st 6lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: Neil Mulholland

9lb higher than for the last of his two handicap wins as a hurdler (June 2022) and has been hit and miss on the Flat this year; also has his stamina to prove over this far.

10/1

13th
14 (9)
Dereham

14/1

Form: 517106 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 59

Form & Verdict
Won over 2m5f at Pontefract in April and 2m at Newmarket in June; acts on soft but there have been lesser efforts on three of his last four starts, including the last two.
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7th

7

(1)

9th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 2y

Class 5

15:30 Pontefract

Dereham

9st 3lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: John Berry

slowly away, pushed along early, in rear

10/1

5th

2

(5)

21st Sep 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 27y

Class 5

16:20 Pontefract

Dereham

9st 10lb

J: Harry Davies

T: John Berry

slowly away, raced in last

11/2

2nd

2

(1)

9th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 6f 17y

Class 6

17:50 Yarmouth

Dereham

11st 2lb

J: Mr Ross Birkett

T: John Berry

C&D winner; strong stayer who was winning the same Newmarket handicap (2m) for the second season in succession when narrowly scoring six weeks ago; 3lb rise shouldn't prevent another big run with a top amateur booked.

5/2

14th
6 (14)
Nawar

14/1

Form: 46721- C

Last run: 470 days

W: 9st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Furthest he's been was 1m5f when winning 16-runner race here (good to soft; acts on soft) last July when last seen on final run for Martin Bosley; raised 4lb but that still looks a competitive mark and 2m now looks worth a go.
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5th

2

(4)

7th Jan 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 6

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Nawar

9st 11lb

J: George Wood

T: Sean Curran

Signs that he wasn't a lost cause after a lengthy absence when finishing in midfield over 1m4f here in November; drops in class today and he needs a market check.

12/1

6th

8

(8)

30th Nov 2022

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 5

16:15 Kempton (AW)

Nawar

9st 11lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Sean Curran

in rear

40/1

12th

7

(11)

12th Nov 2022

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 5

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nawar

9st 9lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Sean Curran

prominent, ridden over 2f out, dropped to rear and weakened final furlong

40/1

Form: 0482-0

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Well handicapped judged on AW (in particular) and turf form from his Irish days and runner-up at Bath last October on first British run; failed to shine in his four runs over hurdles since, given wind surgery after first of those, and there was no revival when 50-1 back on Flat four weeks ago.
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9th

5

(8)

5th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 5f 0y

Class 6

13:15 Lingfield (AW)

Alghazaal

9st 6lb

J: David Probert

T: Mark Usher

Dual-purpose performer; placed on AW in four of his last five starts but he was behind Placated when a well-held third here (1m4f) last time and that took his overall record to 2-34; others are more persuasive.

20/1

3rd

3

(7)

4th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 6

15:15 Lingfield (AW)

Alghazaal

9st 8lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Mark Usher

dwelt start, prominent, led over 2f out, headed 1f out, soon weakened and lost second

5/1

Form: 845-6

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
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9

(8)

21st Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Newbury

Bard Of Brittany

9st 7lb

J: Rose Dawes

T: Sheena West

6th

13

(15)

9th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Goodwood

Bard Of Brittany

11st 4lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

towards rear on outer, headway from 4f out, prominent 3f out, ridden from over 2f out, edged right when no extra over 1f out

33/1

Non-runners

Alghazaal, Bard Of Brittany

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £140.10
Straight Forecast £115.45
Tricast £1362.27
Trifecta £2664.70

Selections

RP Ratings:

Zikany

TOPSPEED:

Tralee Hills

NEWMARKET:

Dereham

POSTDATA:

Russian Rumour

D Express:

Restitution

SPOTLIGHT:

Masterdream

The Times:

Main Fact

Telegraph:

Zikany

The Sun:

Zikany

The Star:

Zikany

Daily Mirror:

Dereham

The Guardian:

Russian Rumour

Daily Mail:

Tralee Hills

Daily Record:

Tralee Hills