June 17 / 14.35 York

14.35

Good To Firm

Sky Bet Handicap

  • Prize money: £15462
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 13 runners
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Sky Bet Handicap

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £9.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 3021-0 D

Last run: 113 days

W: 9st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
0-5 on turf as opposed to 3-4 on AW but he's shown promise on grass; this lightly raced 5yo was progressive last year and could still have more to offer; no surprise if he plays a leading role in first-time cheekpieces.
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12th

13

(10)

19th Jan 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

17:00 Meydan

Wild Lion

8st 11lb

J: Royston Ffrench

T: Saeed bin Suroor

made running, headed under 2f out, weakened

14/1

9th

15

(10)

22nd Dec 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

15:15 Meydan

Wild Lion

9st 0lb

J: Cristian Demuro

T: Saeed bin Suroor

in rear of mid-division, brief headway over 2f out, one pace final furlong

10/1

2nd
2 (10)
Gweedore

20/1

  • Place: £6.80

Form: 3-1290 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Better than ever when making virtually all to win at Musselburgh in April and good second at Haydock next time; however, he's been down the field on his last two starts (here most recently) and needs to bounce back.
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4th

1

(6)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle (AW)

Gweedore

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Katie Scott

Tough handicapper who ran a fine race when third in the Ayr Gold Cup on his first crack at 6f; third, beaten over 3l, off this mark at York four weeks ago (6f, soft) but that only tells half the story as he trounced the other runners on the stands' side and was also comfortably best of those to race up with the pace; still capable of better at this trip and he's a much better horse now than when last seen on AW (when he appeared to handle Tapeta well enough); deserves a good prize.

6/1

3rd

4

(14)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Gweedore

9st 8lb

J: William Pyle

T: Katie Scott

raced near side, led group

16/1

9/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 45-531 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
10yo who is 0-8 at York but has run some good races here and won in a big field at Thirsk (7f, good) last time; also effective on fast ground and he's respected up 4lb.
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1

(1)

28th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Scottish Summit

9st 10lb

J: Sam James

T: Geoffrey Harker

Veteran who retains plenty of ability, having won off 2lb higher in May; unable to land a blow over C&D last time but may land one in this grade; drops back to Class 4 for first time since 2020.

10/1

6th

6

(7)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Scottish Summit

9st 5lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Geoffrey Harker

midfield

20/1

10th

5

(8)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 6y

Class 3

16:25 Doncaster

Scottish Summit

9st 8lb

J: Sam James

T: Geoffrey Harker

pressed leader, led narrowly 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened

14/1

4th
9 (9)
Snash

20/1

Form: 05-505

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Well handicapped on last season's best form and he's improved with each of his three runs this term; however, he was still beaten about 5l when fifth of eight at Hamilton nine days ago and very much needs to build on that.
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11th

8

(7)

29th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 5

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Snash

9st 5lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

midfield

6/1

1

(9)

12th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 5

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Snash

9st 7lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Made it 3-4 on AW when holding off a next-time-out winner at Newcastle (6f) in October and was trapped wide when running no race there 15 days later; could easily bounce back if taking to this place.

6/1

11th

7

(2)

15th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:18 Newcastle (AW)

Snash

8st 13lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Tim Easterby

Improved AW record to 3-4 when landing a gamble in a Class 5 over C&D 15 days ago; full value for that win and a 2lb rise looks all the more generous after the runner-up went in last week; of obvious interest.

3/1

16/1

Form: 82-414 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Made all twice in a row last August (7f, good) and did likewise at Ayr (7f, good to firm) last month; further improvement can't be ruled out but he was only fourth back at Ayr (7f, good) latest and is up in grade here.
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4th

1

(3)

3rd Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:07 Ayr

Judgment Call

9st 12lb

J: David Allan

T: Linda Perratt

Two-time course winner but over shorter and this is a belated first run over 6f; soft ground is a further cause for concern.

12/1

9th

10

(7)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:15 Ayr

Judgment Call

8st 9lb

J: David Allan

T: Linda Perratt

Two-time course winner (7f) who easily made all at Musselburgh (7f) last month; fair efforts the next twice but goes up in grade and back up in trip today and he may be vulnerable once more.

8/1

6/1

Form: 5-0241 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
In really good form on his two starts last month and he rallied to win at Musselburgh (7f, good to firm) a fortnight ago; a 5lb rise takes him to a career-high mark but he's in top form and can make another bold bid.
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9th

6

(11)

15th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 3

16:15 Newcastle (AW)

Liamarty Dreams

9st 8lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Can lead; has looked too high in the weights since his last win in June and was well held here only four days ago.

12/1

8th

1

(9)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

11:45 Newcastle (AW)

Liamarty Dreams

10st 3lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: K R Burke

Often leads; the handicapper has been winning the argument since his 7f Musselburgh win but in June but latest 1m Haydock third was another creditable effort and being eased another 2lb can only help; all three AW starts here, winning a maiden over this trip at the start of his career.

8/1

Form: 640622 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Has looked set to win at Epsom (7f, good to firm) and Goodwood (7f, good to firm) the last twice only to be caught close home; runs off same mark as at Goodwood last Sunday and holds obvious claims if fine form continues.
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5th

4

(2)

15th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Goodwood

Darkness

9st 2lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Ex-French gelding who has only a modest strike-rate in Britain but has slipped back to the same mark as for Newmarket success (1m, good to firm) in July; creditable fourth in Golden Mile here (soft) next time; back in similar form on latest outing; not dismissed.

5/1

3rd

4

(3)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Darkness

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

First British win on the other course in July (1m, good to firm) which he followed with an excellent front-running fourth of 20 in the big 1m handicap at Glorious Goodwood (soft); fair effort at Leopardstown latest but shade to prove against the specialists back over a bare 7f.

9/1

10th

9

(5)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 72y

17:40 Leopardstown

Darkness

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: David O’Meara

soon led, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong

20/1

Form: 15-579 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Five wins last year and edging back down the weights; however, he needs to produce more than he's managed the last twice if he's to win this.
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5th

2

(1)

11th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 33y

Class 4

15:50 Musselburgh

Carnival Zain

10st 1lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Made excellent progress last year, winning five times (7f-1m) along the way; not firing on all cylinders in recent months but has slipped to a good mark and drops in grade today; might be worth chancing.

8/1

10th

7

(9)

14th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Newmarket (July)

Carnival Zain

9st 12lb

J: David Egan

T: Micky Hammond

Won five times last year and has dropped back down to last August's last winning mark; has posted some fair performances this year but hasn't been shaping as though a win is imminent.

20/1

Form: 177251 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Hold-up horse who won three times on AW between last October and this January and he came from the back to land a 20-runner C&D handicap (good to firm) last month; there can be optimism he will get a suitably strong gallop today and a 3lb rise may not stop him if things go his way.
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6th

6

(12)

30th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 3

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Eligible

9st 6lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

in rear

9/2

1st

1

(3)

11th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 4

13:30 Southwell (AW)

Eligible

9st 11lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

Retains plenty of ability despite being one of the oldest contenders; creditable third at Chelmsford (1m) most recently and has possibilities off same mark with this return to Southwell ideal; 3-7 here.

7/2

6

(7)

11th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Eligible

9st 6lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

Has gained all AW wins at Southwell and ran respectably there last month on return from break; ties in with Court Of Session on that effort; however, Chelmsford is an unknown (first run here).

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 176-R9

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Comes with a risk attached having refused to race on reappearance in April; no impact in the Hambleton (1m) here last month but that performance wasn't without promise and he could improve for that run and also the drop back in trip; now 3lb lower than when good seventh of 29 in last year's Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot (7f, good to firm) and capable of going well.
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6th

1

(4)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

15:55 Ayr

Snazzy Jazzy

9st 13lb

J: Dale Swift

T: Seb Spencer

towards rear

13/2

11th
11 (1)
Fortamour

10/1

Form: 054275 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Making headway when denied clear run in final furlong over C&D (good to firm) last month, when seventh of 20 to Eligible, and again unlucky in running at Ripon (6f, good to firm) latest; a contender if getting the breaks.
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6th

6

(1)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Fortamour

9st 2lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Ben Haslam

Only 1lb higher than for his Ripon win in September and he's won twice at this track; however, others appeal more for win purposes.

14/1

9th

2

(2)

10th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

18:50 Newcastle (AW)

Fortamour

11st 1lb

T: Ben Haslam

Two course wins early in his career; last four wins have come at Ripon, the latest off a 2lb lower mark in September; should run his race but others appeal more for win purposes.

10/1

12th
6 (13)
Admiral D

9/1

Form: 79-570

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Kept on nicely over 6f at Newmarket (good to soft) on his first two runs this season and perhaps soft ground didn't suit when back up to 7f at Ascot last time; it's worth persisting with 7f now back on better ground (peak RPR is on good to firm) and he's on the shortlist off an attractive mark.
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5th

1

(6)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Admiral D

9st 11lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

switched right and led against near rail soon after start, joined by main group after 2f, headed 3f out, outpaced and lost second over 1f out, weakened towards finish

100/30

2nd

2

(6)

21st Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

19:15 Chelmsford (AW)

Admiral D

9st 8lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Form since switched to AW includes a narrow success in higher grade at Kempton (6f) in November; never figured at Newcastle on New Year's Day but this looks an easier assignment.

12/1

10th

12

(10)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:15 Newcastle (AW)

Admiral D

8st 8lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Richard Fahey

Came from off the pace to win a good prize at Kempton in November (6f) and he still looked in top form when third in a small-field C&D handicap 16 days ago; the faster they go early the better for him.

16/1

12/1

Form: 9-14

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Led in the final strides at Pontefract (6f, soft) in April on his second start and again kept on well when fourth on handicap debut at Haydock (6f, good to firm) three weeks ago; today's first crack at 7f could be just what he needs and this lightly raced 3yo is in good hands to improve.
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9th

6

(13)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 50y

Class 5

16:30 Ayr

Indian Falcon

9st 11lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

3yo who has plenty to prove in terms of current form but he won a novice at Pontefract (6f) in April on his sole encounter with soft ground, and the return to a testing surface offers a chink of hope.

14/1

65

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Ayr

Indian Falcon

8st 10lb

T: Richard Fahey

12th

12

(9)

13th Sep 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

18:15 Southwell (AW)

Indian Falcon

8st 9lb

J: Connor Murtagh

T: Richard Fahey

6f novice winner on turf in the spring; has failed to progress in handicaps since, including over 7f; dropping down the weights only steadily and has enough to prove back up in distance on AW debut.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £174.70
Straight Forecast £176.89
Tricast £1983.92
Trifecta £2664.40

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Fortamour

NEWMARKET:

Wild Lion

TOPSPEED:

Darkness

Daily Mirror:

Eligible

The Times:

Indian Falcon

Daily Record:

Liamarty Dreams

POSTDATA:

Carnival Zain

SPOTLIGHT:

Snazzy Jazzy

Telegraph:

Scottish Summit

D Express:

Wild Lion

The Sun:

Darkness

The Guardian:

Fortamour

Daily Mail:

Fortamour

The Star:

Eligible