April 22 / 15.45 Thirsk

15.45

Good To Soft

Stephanie Pennington Birthday Celebration Handicap (Div I)

  • Prize money: £4187.2
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 13 runners
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Stephanie Pennington Birthday Celebration Handicap (Div I)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 84515- D BF

Last run: 198 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict
Didn't pick up the way he can on heavy ground at Ayr in October (under a penalty) but was soon away and gone on his previous start there (6f, good to soft) and looks far from exposed off 6lb higher.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

10

(11)

6th May 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

14:00 Thirsk

Maple Jack

9st 4lb

J: Graham Lee

T: Julie Camacho

dwelt start, in touch with leaders, pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong

4/1

1st

7

(4)

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:45 Thirsk

Maple Jack

9st 5lb

J: Graham Lee

T: Julie Camacho

taken down early, switched right soon after start, raced near side

5/1

5th

9

(9)

6th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Ayr

Maple Jack

8st 11lb

J: Graham Lee

T: Julie Camacho

taken down early, dwelt start, midfield but in touch with leaders, going okay 3f out, pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge

3/1

OUR TIP

20/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 1/750- D

Last run: 312 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
Ended time in Ireland with a 5f win in late 2021; never got going for new connections last year and off since finishing way back over C&D last June; one to keep an eye on as he slides down the weights.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

(3)

7th Jul 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

Huddle Up

11st 2lb

J: Miss Alice Keighley

T: David & Nicola Barron

taken down early

7/2

7th

7

(4)

6th Jun 2024

Good

0m 5f 7y

Class 5

14:55 Hamilton

Huddle Up

9st 6lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: David & Nicola Barron

Refused to race at Thirsk in April but has posted two fair efforts since and had Count d'Orsay back in fourth at Carlisle a week ago; 2lb well-in and has claims back on a sounder surface.

5/1

8/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 1312-5 BF

Last run: 88 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Had limitations in turf sprint handicaps in 2022; has done better back on the AW over the winter, winning twice at 5f, but a leap of faith is needed back at 6f on turf off a 7lb higher mark than his latest defeat on grass.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

7

(2)

16th Jun 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Thirsk

Hiya Maite

9st 5lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Roy Bowring

midfield on far side of group

12/1

1st

6

(8)

1st Jun 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 3

19:20 Doncaster

Hiya Maite

9st 6lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Roy Bowring

Productive 2023 campaign ended with an easy success (off 1lb higher) on AW; not in anything like the same form at Class 2 level in 2024; this drop back in grade may help.

14/1

10th

8

(13)

25th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Hiya Maite

8st 10lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Roy Bowring

Two front-running wins (good to soft and soft) on turf last year; took form to a new level with a dominant display in a Class 4 handicap at Southwell in December but he's not come close to matching that twice since (Tapeta and heavy turf); not easily recommended at this level on the grass.

20/1

6/1

Form: 333-28 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Fair form in 6f-7f maidens in Ireland; lost out only narrowly in 6f Newcastle novice on debut for new yard in March but he didn't see out 7f on handicap debut there (favourite) and makes more appeal back at 6f.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

5

(9)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

19:25 Ayr

Lord Abama

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: Michael Dods

Blinkers have turned things around and he has won his last two starts, both under prominent rides in 6f handicaps at Thirsk on good to firm; 4lb rise shouldn't prevent another big run.

3/1

1st

5

(8)

7th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

16:40 Thirsk

Lord Abama

9st 8lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Michael Dods

In first-time blinkers he got off the mark at the 19th attempt in a big field over C&D three weeks ago (good to firm; made most); back up 5lb he remains well treated on last season's best form; key player if the headgear maintains its positive effect.

5/1

10/1

Form: 73500- C

Last run: 192 days

W: 9st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Multiple winner at sprint trips, including over 5f on this course; cooled off towards the end of 2022 but is quite well treated now and has won and gone well fresh in the past (though not last year); might well have a say.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

7

(4)

22nd Jun 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:00 Newmarket (July)

Abate

9st 10lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

Record over C&D reads 1512 and won this race (off 4lb lower) two years ago; best effort of the current campaign when second of nine at Ripon (6f, good) this month and no surprise if he runs a big race.

8/1

2nd

2

(7)

5th Jun 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:55 Ripon

Abate

9st 7lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

Won three times last season (5f/6f, good/good to firm); creditable fifth of 21 in a competitive race at York last time (6f, good); seems to be coming back to himself.

7/2

11/2

Form: 4217-6 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Improved form to win 6f novice on Southwell AW in August but finished lame on handicap debut in October; didn't give up the chase when sixth over 5f at Doncaster 20 days ago and may well see the benefit of that sharpener now back at 6f.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

7

(4)

7th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

16:40 Thirsk

Phoenix Beach

9st 7lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Both wins have come over 6f and he returned to form with a staying-on third at Ripon (5f, good) three weeks ago; the runner-up has since gone one better and he could play a leading role now back up in trip.

15/2

3rd

5

(8)

19th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 6

13:45 Ripon

Phoenix Beach

9st 13lb

J: Ethan Tindall

T: Richard Fahey

slowly into stride

14/1

3rd

5

(8)

19th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 6

13:45 Ripon

Phoenix Beach

9st 13lb

J: Ethan Tindall

T: Richard Fahey

slowly into stride

14/1

Form: 3538-3

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict
Has yet to win but should have a race in him on the AW and possibly turf now he's dropped some pounds in the weights; creditable effort against an unexposed one on Southwell AW 13 days ago so not ruled out.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

8

(9)

6th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

16:02 Newcastle (AW)

Claim The Stars

9st 6lb

J: Alex Fielding

T: Tim Easterby

midfield

16/1

19th

86

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Ayr

Claim The Stars

8st 4lb

T: Tim Easterby

Off the mark at the 20th attempt at Thirsk (6f, good to firm) in June; however, he's failed to kick on from that; unproven on slow ground.

66/1

13th

14

(5)

19th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 217y

Class 4

16:10 Redcar

Claim The Stars

8st 9lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Off the mark at the 20th attempt when sweeping through from the back at Thirsk in June (6f, good to firm); beaten off this mark twice since and even his best form this year might not be enough here.

33/1

16/1

Form: 43485- D

Last run: 194 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict
Added two more turf wins in 2022, over 6f at Hamilton; has gone well after a break but seasonal return is not usually the time to catch him.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

11

(9)

13th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Kats Bob

8st 11lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Iain Jardine

Wouldn't judge him too harshly on latest effort here and the return to 6f should suit too; stable also run Sibyl Charm; each-way shout.

20/1

10th

10

(10)

2nd Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Kats Bob

9st 3lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Iain Jardine

Has won over this trip but his three wins since July have come over 6f; creeping back up the weights but set to run his race once again.

10/1

3rd

6

(8)

18th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 5

20:00 Southwell (AW)

Kats Bob

9st 5lb

J: Archie Young

T: Iain Jardine

Has won on Tapeta in two of his last six starts including under Archie Young in an apprentice handicap over C&D last week; escapes a penalty for that brave success and has strong claims if he can repeat the form.

15/8

Form: 4247-7 D BF

Last run: 95 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict
All three wins on Tapeta last summer and is 0-14 on turf; not in peak form when last seen in midwinter and his lower grass mark is still higher than his most recent defeats on this surface.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

2

(2)

27th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 6y

Class 6

20:45 Hamilton

So Grateful

9st 13lb

J: Lewis Chalkley

T: Michael & David Easterby

in rear

6/1

7th

5

(2)

8th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 212y

Class 5

18:10 Catterick

So Grateful

9st 2lb

J: Lewis Chalkley

T: Michael & David Easterby

Well treated on last season's best and his second run back from a break was better than the first; not discounted in a trappy race.

10/1

5th

9

(6)

20th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Carlisle

So Grateful

8st 10lb

J: Lewis Chalkley

T: Michael & David Easterby

Record of 3-16 on AW compared to just 1-24 on turf; however, he's back on last winning mark and Lewis Chalkley takes off 7lb; ran encouragingly at Doncaster on seasonal debut and can't be ruled out.

9/1

14/1

Form: 36090-

Last run: 184 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Placed in the Windsor Castle and an AW Group 3 in Ireland as 2yo; uphill struggle in 2021 and he never found a way in handicaps last year; down weights and interesting to see if another new trainer can find the answer.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

1

(12)

12th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:55 York

Muker

10st 1lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Nigel Tinkler

outpaced towards rear

7/1

1st

4

(8)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

16:15 Redcar

Muker

8st 12lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Nigel Tinkler

Scored three times last term (including over C&D) but he failed to build on an encouraging return when eighth at Doncaster (5f) three weeks ago; remains handily weighted and shouldn't be written off.

14/1

8th

7

(6)

1st Jun 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 3

19:20 Doncaster

Muker

9st 5lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Nigel Tinkler

Scored three times under Alex Jary for new stable last term; made promising late progress from a difficult position at Thirsk (behind Burning Cash) on reappearance; possibilities with that under his belt and Jary back on board.

10/1

12/1

Form: 5373-8

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced; finished a close third at Southwell in November (6f) in just his second handicap; was entitled to need the run on recent reappearance over 5f at Doncaster but didn't show much, even so.
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No / Draw
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Verdict Starting price

3

(7)

12th May 2023

Soft

0m 6f 18y

Class 6

20:40 Nottingham

Star Of Aria

9st 7lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

2nd

2

(6)

30th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 110y

Class 6

16:35 Wetherby

Star Of Aria

9st 8lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Close third at Southwell in November (6f, AW) in just his second handicap; however, did not show much on soft ground on either start this term.

20/1

11th

13

(7)

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:45 Thirsk

Star Of Aria

8st 13lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Declan Carroll

switched right soon after start, raced near side

12/1

Form: 7-8457 D

Last run: 66 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Creditable runner-up in a division of this in 2022 (soft; also has form on good) but he's had a mixed winter on the AW and isn't obviously ahead of his lower turf mark.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

15th

77

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Ayr

Shallow Hal

8st 8lb

T: K R Burke

Just 1lb higher than when winning at Carlisle (6f, good to firm) in July and runner-up on soft ground last season; however, he's been well beaten on his last four starts, the latest here yesterday.

50/1

11th

1

(9)

21st Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 50y

Class 6

17:17 Ayr

Shallow Hal

10st 2lb

J: Pierre-Louis Jamin

T: K R Burke

Popped up off his lower turf mark in July but this inconsistent sort hasn't repeated that effort in three outings since.

10/1

9th

10

(5)

29th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Ripon

Shallow Hal

8st 11lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

held up in rear, no impression from over 2f out

12/1

12/1

Form: 32747- D

Last run: 193 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 67

Form & Verdict
Won 6f Leicester novice (soft) for Charlie Fellowes as 2yo; had a tough season in 2022 and sold for 14,000gns in the autumn; more favourably treated than on reappearance last year and is one to watch out for.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

6

(1)

15th Jul 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

16:03 Ayr

Atomise

9st 11lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

slowly away, in rear

9/2

3rd

5

(5)

8th Jul 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

17:15 Ayr

Atomise

9st 10lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

towards rear

7/2

2nd

3

(8)

17th Jun 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 182y

Class 6

15:00 Carlisle

Atomise

9st 12lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Only win was a novice at Leicester in October 2021 (6f, soft); two good runs over 6f on fast ground at Thirsk this season (third there last week); each-way chance.

13/2

Non-runners

Shallow Hal, Prospect

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £39.80
Straight Forecast £42.01
Tricast £368.30
Trifecta £374.80

Selections

POSTDATA:

Claim The Stars

RP Ratings:

Abate

D Express:

Hiya Maite

SPOTLIGHT:

Maple Jack

The Times:

Shallow Hal

Daily Mirror:

Kats Bob

Daily Record:

Hiya Maite

Telegraph:

Maple Jack

The Sun:

Claim The Stars

The Star:

Claim The Stars

The Guardian:

Shallow Hal

TOPSPEED:

Abate

Daily Mail:

Abate