April 22 / 19.00 Nottingham

19.00

Good To Soft

Castle Rock Betty Holmes Memorial Handicap

  • Prize money: £4972.3
  • 1m 0f 75y
  • Class 5
  • 7 runners
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Castle Rock Betty Holmes Memorial Handicap

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 35-831 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 62

Form & Verdict
His last three wins have come here and the latest was on soft ground over C&D ten days ago; 3lb higher on this step back up in grade but he overcame trouble to score with something in hand last time and is strongly respected.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

8

(7)

19th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nine Elms

8st 12lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Kevin Frost

Returned to form with 28-1 third over C&D last month but he failed to back that up at Newcastle last Saturday and is now 0-11 since his last win ten months ago; down the list.

12/1

5th

6

(6)

10th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

19:15 Newcastle (AW)

Nine Elms

9st 3lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Kevin Frost

28-1, returned to form when third of 11 in 9.5f Wolverhampton handicap 12 days ago; he needs to back it up now.

8/1

3rd

2

(8)

29th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

16:50 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nine Elms

9st 9lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Kevin Frost

Scored twice over C&D in 2021; 0-8 for current stable and form tailed off towards the end of his 2023 campaign; others preferred.

25/1

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11/8

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 7269-1 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
Improved his turf record to 3-7 with an emphatic win from off the pace at Leicester (1m, heavy) on his seasonal return last week; up 6lb but remains well treated on his best form and is a major player again.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3

(9)

30th Jun 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

16:55 Newcastle (AW)

Diffident Spirit

11st 0lb

J: Mr Lewis Kent

T: T J Kent

Proved stamina for 1m2f when second at Windsor (soft) last time; he was no match for the rejuvenated winner but it was still a good run and he's shown some promise on the Wolverhampton Tapeta in the past; a possible.

13/2

2nd

6

(9)

15th May 2023

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

19:35 Windsor

Diffident Spirit

9st 7lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: T J Kent

Won well at Leicester (heavy) on reappearance and good second when making big late gains on soft going next time, both at 1m; big downturn at Ascot (1m, good) 12 days ago but this second attempt at 1m2f looks well worth a go.

4/1

13th

15

(10)

3rd May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:30 Ascot

Diffident Spirit

8st 9lb

J: Tommie Jakes

T: T J Kent

Novice winner on good but suited by slower surfaces and reappearance win over 1m at Leicester came on heavy; has run well in defeat since and current good form is a plus but now up in grade on drying ground.

9/1

Form: -65124 D BF

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 63

Form & Verdict
All nine runs have been on AW; got off the mark at Wolverhampton (8.6f) last month and has finished close up on Tapeta in her last two starts; half-sister to a soft-ground winner but she's still 3lb higher than for last win and needs to find something extra on her turf debut.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

4

(2)

3rd Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

15:40 Newcastle (AW)

Victoria Falls

9st 11lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Hugo Palmer

Consistent filly who's found a burst of improvement on turf lately; is proven on Tapeta (returns to the AW 11lb higher than when last seen on it) and goes on the shortlist.

7/2

2nd

8

(10)

28th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:18 Newmarket

Victoria Falls

9st 7lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Hugo Palmer

Better than ever the last twice, comfortably winning on Newmarket July Course (1m, good) last month and following up at Thirsk (1m, soft); clear with the in-form runner-up last time and respected under 5lb penalty.

7/1

13/2

Form: 4546-6 CD

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 6lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 67

Form & Verdict
0-31 on AW but she wasn't beaten far at Wolverhampton (8.6f) on her reappearance last month and this return to turf is a major positive; her nine wins include three over C&D and she's well treated on her best form on fast and soft ground; dangerous.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

7

(13)

25th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 53y

Class 5

17:35 Leicester

Eponina

9st 7lb

J: Theodore Ladd

T: Michael Appleby

Multiple winner down the years, including three times at this track; big chance on her June form but she's cooled off more recently; risky.

16/1

9th

4

(7)

8th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 212y

Class 5

16:20 Haydock

Eponina

9st 9lb

J: Theodore Ladd

T: Michael Appleby

Front-runner who has won ten times in all and ran a solid race last time at Newmarket when behind Fools And Horses; plenty probably depends on how easy a time she has up front.

7/1

4th

5

(3)

11th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

19:45 Newmarket (July)

Eponina

9st 7lb

J: Theodore Ladd

T: Michael Appleby

Made all to claim her tenth career victory in a 1m handicap at Nottingham (good to firm) in June and then ran just as well in defeat; 6f was on the sharp side when below par last time but again looks vulnerable tackling a bunch of 3yos.

20/1

25/1

Form: 2324/0 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
Dual turf winner (1m, good/good to firm) who is 3lb lower than for his last success but that was back in June 2020 and he returned from 20 months off with a tailed-off effort at Kempton (1m, AW) last month.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

1

(2)

9th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

17:15 Chelmsford (AW)

Alibaba

11st 2lb

J: Mr Ross Birkett

T: Julia Feilden

Won twice on turf (1m) in June 2020, but 0-18 since then despite a sliding mark and is still to prove he wants this far; first-time cheekpieces worn last time now replaced by a hood.

10/1

8th

1

(5)

4th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 6

15:15 Lingfield (AW)

Alibaba

9st 9lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Julia Feilden

dwelt start, pushed along soon after start, soon led at fast pace, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

14/1

7th

12

(9)

7th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

17:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Alibaba

9st 8lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Julia Feilden

towards rear

25/1

Form: /4470-

Last run: 220 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict
125,000gns breeze-up buy last year; signs of ability in novice events but no improvement on his handicap debut at Kempton (1m, AW) last August and he was tailed off in his final run (1m2f, soft) last season; mark is sliding but has plenty to prove after 220 days off.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

8

(7)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Enzos Angel

9st 4lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Neil Mulholland

Unplaced in all ten starts for Stuart Williams, but he justified significant market support in emphatic style on his return from six months off/stable debut here (9.5f) a week ago; still 4lb well in under his penalty, but stamina for this far not guaranteed on breeding and also a danger this may come soon enough.

9/4

1st

10

(2)

16th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Enzos Angel

9st 2lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Neil Mulholland

Unplaced in all ten starts for Stuart Williams, albeit beaten less than 2l into fifth of ten at Southwell (7f, Tapeta) when last seen; makes his stable debut after six months off having changed hands for 9,000gns in the meantime; market may indicate what is expected.

10/1

5th

7

(7)

28th Aug 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

14:00 Southwell (AW)

Enzos Angel

9st 6lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Stuart Williams

Regressive maiden who has yet to finish placed and was beaten 11l at Yarmouth (1m2f) last time; mark continues to fall but a tongue-tie didn't seem to make any difference last time and not sure this drop back to 7f will suit; opposable.

11/1

14/1

Form: 24290- CD

Last run: 170 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
C&D winner (good) in October 2021 but that is her only success from 16 starts and this inconsistent mare struggled in her final two runs last season; opposable back from 170 days off.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

2

(7)

25th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 4

17:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Hot Chesnut

9st 10lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Dean Ivory

slightly awkward start and slowly into stride, held up in rear

11/4

2nd

10

(6)

16th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

18:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Hot Chesnut

9st 5lb

J: David Probert

T: Dean Ivory

in rear

13/2

4th

9

(10)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

17:00 Newmarket

Hot Chesnut

9st 1lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: Dean Ivory

5yo who takes on a field of 3yos, and she wasn't at her best at Sandown (7f, good) three weeks ago; however, she's enjoyed a predominantly solid campaign and holds each-way claims if bouncing back from last time.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £12.60
Straight Forecast £12.40
Trifecta £49.10

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Diffident Spirit

POSTDATA:

Nine Elms

The Times:

Victoria Falls

RP Ratings:

Eponina

The Sun:

Victoria Falls

NEWMARKET:

Diffident Spirit

Telegraph:

Diffident Spirit

Daily Mail:

Diffident Spirit

D Express:

Diffident Spirit

Daily Record:

Diffident Spirit

The Guardian:

Nine Elms

Daily Mirror:

Nine Elms

The Star:

Nine Elms