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Good To Soft

Stephanie Pennington Birthday Celebration Handicap (Div II)

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

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 2373-3 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Ended a losing run when making all to win a 6f handicap at Wolverhampton last summer; placed twice on turf in September, including here on soft ground (7f); encouraging return from a break at Chelmsford (7f) 16 days ago and he returns to the grass off a 5lb lower mark; one to consider.
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12th

3

(11)

7th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 4

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Society Lion

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Ed Dunlop

raced wide, towards rear throughout

10/1

4th

6

(3)

31st Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 4

14:24 Lingfield (AW)

Society Lion

9st 6lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Ed Dunlop

Two 6f handicap wins on turf this year; on a handy mark again now but he'll need to step up on his latest midfield finish at Wolverhampton.

8/1

7th

4

(6)

16th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 4

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Society Lion

9st 7lb

J: Morgan Cole

T: Ed Dunlop

Faded over 7f last month but of more interest returned to 6f, especially having won his only C&D start, in July 2022; since successful off this mark on turf (in July) and looks good for a big run.

10/1

2/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 5447-4 D BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
The ground can't be soft enough for him so Saturday's forecast rain will be in his favour; operating off a much-reduced mark nowadays and his reappearance fourth at Doncaster wasn't without hope; this is his first run at Class 5 level but he might need a stiffer test at 6f and this doesn't look overloaded with early pace.
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6th

7

(3)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Cold Stare

9st 4lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Always been happiest on soft turf and doesn't arrive in any form, having finished behind a few of these over C&D four weeks ago; isn't obviously fancied.

25/1

3

22nd Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

14:35 Chelmsford (AW)

Cold Stare

9st 5lb

T: David O’Meara

7th

5

(6)

2nd Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Cold Stare

9st 6lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Not beaten far behind Sir Maxi in a strongly run C&D handicap in November, coming from some way off the pace to take fourth; well beaten twice since and others look safer.

20/1

14/1

  • Place: £3.50

Form: 860-07 D

Last run: 79 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Two 6f wins when trained by Bryan Smart (one on soft), the second of them coming off a 13lb higher mark; not been in much form on AW for new yard this winter but he's tumbled down the weights and returning to turf could help; interesting to see if hes backed.
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4th

5

(9)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

18:20 Chelmsford (AW)

Parisiac

9st 5lb

J: Tommie Jakes

T: Alice Haynes

soon led, against rail and took keen hold after 1f, headed inside final 110yds, soon no extra and lost position

9/1

1st

4

(9)

3rd Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

12:15 Newmarket

Parisiac

9st 6lb

J: Tommie Jakes

T: Alice Haynes

disputed lead

15/2

2nd

2

(4)

20th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 217y

Class 5

14:10 Redcar

Parisiac

9st 12lb

J: Tommie Jakes

T: Alice Haynes

Only 1lb higher than for an easy win at Lingfield in June (6f, good to firm; handles soft); mixed bag since but dropping into a 0-70 will suit and his apprentice looks good value for the 7lb claim; not discounted.

8/1

Form: 200-35 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Won twice last May, latterly beating 15 rivals over C&D (good) off a 2lb lower mark; two encouraging 7f runs at Newcastle this spring and he's handicapped to go well; often compromises himself with a slow start.
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10th

3

(9)

15th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:50 Newcastle (AW)

As If By Chance

9st 7lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: Nigel Tinkler

Won two 6f turf handicaps this summer, latterly off 4lb lower at Nottingham in August; disappointed twice since (ground a valid excuse latest) but no surprise to see him bounce back on a surface he handles (all bar one of his visits to Newcastle have been over 7f, a trip at which he's 0-11).

6/1

10th

6

(10)

14th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 4

13:15 Doncaster

As If By Chance

9st 8lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Nigel Tinkler

Generally suited by good or quicker but he rose to new heights when winning on good to soft under Alex Jary at Nottingham last month (6f); no impact off 5lb higher since and he could do with the ground drying out.

9/1

9th

3

(1)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 12y

Class 4

17:15 Windsor

As If By Chance

9st 8lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Nigel Tinkler

Exposed and it was a Class 5 he won last time at Nottingham (6f, good to soft) under a different 7lb claimer; has more on his plate here having gone up 5lb.

9/2

5th
11 (12)
Ramiro

33/1

Form: /5080-

Last run: 285 days

W: 9st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict
Three wins over 7f on turf when trained in Ireland, but well beaten in five outings for this yard having blown the start each time (also withdrawn after getting upset in stalls on an intended outing in August); risky back from a 285-day absence; now hooded.
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1

(17)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

17:30 Dundalk (AW)

Ramiro

10st 2lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Miss Hilary McLoughlin

Won on testing ground at Chester in September and only found one too good in his last two starts, both on heavy ground; hasn't shown the same level of form in four attempts on artificial surfaces though; yard debut.

15/2

2nd

17

(13)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:02 Newmarket

Ramiro

9st 2lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

slowly into stride, raced near side, in rear

16/1

20/1

Form: 60-707

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
Won a 5f soft-ground maiden for Robert Cowell in May 2021 before finishing second in a Listed event 17 days later; slim pickings since his 2yo campaign but he's dropped a long way in the weights and he's the type Ruth Carr will find the key to at some point.
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9th

3

(2)

19th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 182y

Class 6

15:20 Carlisle

Little Earl

10st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Ruth Carr

Regressive 4yo who has been unplaced all seven starts for Ruth Carr this year; continues to slip down the weights but was particularly disappointing when returning to turf ten days ago and has a lot more to prove than some.

16/1

14th

5

(3)

9th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

16:40 Thirsk

Little Earl

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Ruth Carr

No win since juvenile days (then with Robert Cowell) and yet to take advantage of a falling mark; wasn't beaten all that far, some 3.5l, when fourth in first-time blinkers at Wolverhampton (7f) a fortnight ago; sits 2lb lower and drops back in trip; trainer won this race in 2017 and 2021.

16/1

4th

6

(4)

25th May 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 5

17:25 Wolverhampton (AW)

Little Earl

9st 3lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Ruth Carr

His mark continues to fall and he didn't run badly when upped to 7f and sixth of 13 at Southwell (Tapeta) last time; however, he needs something extra in the first-time blinkers if he's to win this.

13/2

OUR TIP

10/1

Form: 1-4720 D

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Came from off the pace to reel off a 6f hat-trick at Newcastle in late 2022; mixed bag this year but he went very close on his penultimate start; 9lb higher than when second in this race 12 months ago and minor money perhaps his best hope.
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5th

3

(5)

25th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 5

15:55 Southwell (AW)

After John

9st 7lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Iain Jardine

Had plenty to spare when winning a 6f handicap at Newcastle in November, meeting trouble in running but sweeping through to lead late on; never dangerous back there four weeks ago but this race looks full of pace and he should be arriving on the scene late.

9/1

9th

9

(1)

28th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

After John

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Iain Jardine

Conditions to suit and he bounced back to form with a come-from-behind success over C&D eight weeks ago; met plenty of trouble on that occasion and looks good value for the 3lb rise; won this race off the same mark 12 months ago; one of four runners for the stable; would be suited by a strong pace.

5/1

8th
5 (2)
Kapono

7/1

Form: 7-0762 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Easy winner of a Class 6 on heavy ground at Redcar last October; he has been in fair form on AW this year, latterly finishing second of ten over 6f at Newcastle three weeks ago; returns to turf off a 7lb higher mark though.
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8th

5

(2)

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:15 Thirsk

Kapono

9st 6lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell

dwelt start, raced near side

7/1

2nd

1

(9)

31st Mar 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

20:20 Newcastle (AW)

Kapono

9st 9lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell

towards rear, switched right and headway from over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, went second final 110yds

10/1

6th

3

(9)

24th Mar 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

19:15 Newcastle (AW)

Kapono

9st 9lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Roger Fell

Wide-margin winner of a 6f handicap at Redcar in October off this mark; not found that form in two 7f runs here this year but better is expected back down in trip and dropping into a Class 6.

14/1

16/1

Form: 10030- D

Last run: 169 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict
Conditions shouldn't be an issue and has won on his reappearance in the past; well beaten in this race 12 months ago and this might not be his day.
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10th

12

(8)

4th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 5

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Impeller

9st 0lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Grace Harris

Four-time winner over 6f for Tim Easterby, including on the old Fibresand surface at Southwell; didn't show much on her stable debut over C&D last time (behind Ultramarine) and best to look elsewhere.

25/1

7

(5)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 5

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Impeller

9st 2lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Grace Harris

Mostly consistent on turf this year for Tim Easterby, sold for 5,500gns after finishing third of nine at Redcar four weeks ago; rarely seen on AW but did win at Southwell (Fibresand) earlier in career.

12/1

3rd

1

(7)

20th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 217y

Class 5

14:10 Redcar

Impeller

9st 12lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Tim Easterby

String of good efforts in July and August, winning at Carlisle (6f, good to soft) and placed on five other occasions; not at his best at Pontefract 11 days ago though and he'll be 2lb lower from the weekend.

10/1

20/1

Form: 41000- D

Last run: 189 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict
Won two big-field 6f handicaps for J F Levins in Ireland last summer (yielding to soft and yielding), tanking through a race at Naas before quickly settling matters (form solid for the grade); found out by big rise in the weights in three subsequent runs before changing hands for £2,000 in January; not sure what to expect after a break but he's well treated if anywhere near his Irish peak.
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10th

1

(1)

15th May 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 212y

Class 5

16:20 Catterick

Showmolina

9st 9lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Danny Brooke

towards rear

20/1

10th

12

(10)

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:15 Thirsk

Showmolina

9st 1lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Danny Brooke

ducked left start, raced near side

20/1

20th

5

(4)

8th Oct 2022

Yielding To Soft

0m 6f 0y

17:30 Curragh

Showmolina

9st 13lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: J F Levins

raced far side, towards rear, not clear run 2f out, soon switched left and shaken up, brief headway over 1f out, weakened final 110yds, eased towards finish

16/1

11th
7 (13)
Cotai West

8/1

Form: 15129- BF

Last run: 238 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 71

Form & Verdict
Two 5f wins last season (good and good to firm, handles soft); could have more to come this year but she does have to prove she wants this trip (not at her best in one attempt last season).
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13th

11

(4)

5th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:00 Thirsk

Cotai West

9st 0lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

upset in stalls, reared start and slowly away

14/1

7th

6

(8)

16th May 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 110y

Class 5

19:30 Wetherby

Cotai West

9st 4lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

led, pushed along over 2f out, headed over 1f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong

20/1

11th

7

(13)

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:15 Thirsk

Cotai West

9st 5lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

raced near side

8/1

Form: 43346- CD

Last run: 234 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 63

Form & Verdict
Won a C&D maiden on her reappearance 12 months ago (good ground); also placed in a C&D handicap last summer off a 4lb higher mark; something to prove on slower than good though.
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1st

2

(9)

19th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 6

15:00 Redcar

Emeralds Pride

9st 12lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Bids for a hat-trick, having scored at Ayr (good to soft) and Beverley (good) in reapplied cheekpieces last month; in-form filly who holds solid claims in the retained headgear.

6/1

Non-runners

Run This Way, Emeralds Pride

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £19.00
Straight Forecast £25.43
Tricast £199.41
Trifecta £272.60

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Society Lion

RP Ratings:

As If By Chance

The Times:

Cold Stare

Telegraph:

Kapono

TOPSPEED:

As If By Chance

Daily Mail:

As If By Chance

POSTDATA:

Society Lion

NEWMARKET:

Society Lion

D Express:

Society Lion

Daily Mirror:

Society Lion

The Sun:

Society Lion

Daily Record:

Kapono

The Guardian:

Cold Stare

The Star:

Cold Stare