June 26 / 18.35 Windsor

18.35

Good To Firm

Fitzdares Sprint Series Handicap (Windsor Sprint Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £5832
  • 0m 6f 12y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Fitzdares Sprint Series Handicap (Windsor Sprint Series Qualifier)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.14
  • Place: £1.50

Form: -88552 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Suited by this C&D on good to firm, winning twice last summer; limited joy on the AW over the winter but his turf mark has dropped in tandem and he ran his best race for a while when a close second here last week; should have plenty to offer.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

15th

24

(22)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Lequinto

8st 13lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Tony Carroll

Better than ever this summer but beaten fair and square off this mark in a lesser event at Wolverhampton 16 days ago.

66/1

6th

9

(4)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 2

20:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Lequinto

8st 12lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Tony Carroll

Three-time course winner, all over further, who's been in fine form round Windsor this summer, latterly when going close at a big price on softer ground than ideal (first-time blinkers); is one to consider.

8/1

2nd

4

(1)

7th Aug 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 12y

Class 2

19:30 Windsor

Lequinto

9st 5lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Tony Carroll

6yo who made it 3-7 over C&D when justifying favouritism in a Class 4 event in June; that was a clearcut success but this is tougher off 5lb higher on this big step back up in grade and all of his turf wins have come on good to firm; blinkers added.

10/1

9/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 041246 CD

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Winner of two of three course starts, over 6f (good to firm; off 6lb lower) and 5f; non-stayer upped to 1m 12 days ago but has more going for him back over C&D for the first time since his win last May.
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9th

1

(11)

3rd Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

12:15 Newmarket

Antiphon

9st 11lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Mike Murphy & Michael Keady

in touch with leaders

10/1

2nd

1

(7)

16th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 5f 21y

Class 5

16:50 Windsor

Antiphon

9st 11lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Mike Murphy & Michael Keady

Can lead; C&D winner on soft ground and off this very mark earlier in the year; drawn wide when a fader last time at Southwell; could go well.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 0-0202 BF

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Has course form at 5f; useful mark and nearly made it pay on second start for this yard at Doncaster (6f, good; made running); victim of stalls malfunction at Epsom next time and the race never fell right for him at Catterick since; could be hard to peg back if front-running again.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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6th

1

(9)

19th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Live In The Moment

9st 13lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Course winner (5f) who ended a 22-race losing run at Goodwood (6f, good) last month, but only midfield in the Portland at Doncaster (5.6f, soft) 11 days later; this is easier back on the AW, but others are still more persuasive.

7/1

11th

22

(10)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Live In The Moment

8st 7lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Close up in a 5f Listed race here as a 4yo; doesn't seem in quite the same form these days and although never headed at Goodwood last week (6f, good) he needs to show he can still compete at this level.

14/1

1st

3

(4)

5th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:05 Goodwood

Live In The Moment

9st 13lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Yet to win for Alice Haynes but there have been some good runs along the way, including when racing away from the main action in the Stewards' Cup consolation last month; slowly away when disappointing in the Great St Wilfrid latest; this is less demanding but he's not the only front-runner on show.

7/1

Form: 16-541 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Won C&D novice (good) on third start as 2yo; not an immediate success in handicaps but was an emphatic winner from three rivals at Lingfield (6f, good to firm) 14 days ago; back up 5lb in a better race but may go on from that now.
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2nd

2

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

14:50 Newmarket

Magical Merlin

9st 3lb

J: David Probert

T: Harry & Roger Charlton

raced centre, prominent, switched to far side after 2f

5/1

3rd

6

(5)

14th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:50 Epsom

Magical Merlin

9st 7lb

J: David Probert

T: Harry & Roger Charlton

in touch with leaders

8/1

11th

10

(4)

17th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 12y

Class 4

17:30 Windsor

Magical Merlin

9st 4lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Harry & Roger Charlton

in touch with leaders

7/1

Form: 60-218 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Modest turf strike-rate doesn't do him justice as he's capable of useful form at 6f-7f, including over C&D; however, after ending a losing run on AW in April, he was left standing at Ascot and is hard to call.
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9th

3

(3)

28th Jul 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Ascot

Spirited Guest

9st 13lb

J: Mikkel Mortensen

T: George Margarson

midfield, weakened over 1f out

33/1

5th

3

(8)

26th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 12y

Class 4

18:35 Windsor

Spirited Guest

9st 11lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

dwelt start, raced in last, outpaced over 3f out, some headway on outer 2f out, weakened gradually inside final furlong

12/1

8th

5

(6)

13th May 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:55 Ascot

Spirited Guest

9st 9lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Ended a long losing run at Chelmsford (7f, AW) last month, building on an encouraging reappearance; a 3lb rise still leaves him well treated on old form, which includes a 7f win here; 1-1 on soft ground; big shout.

10/1

14/1

Form: 951-0

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Best effort on final start for the Gosdens last September, bursting through and finding plenty to win 7f maiden at Newbury (good); hampered early and never showed with a chance for new yard on AW 12 days ago (6f); another run or two may be needed.
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10th

1

(4)

30th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 6

18:00 Southwell (AW)

Afterlife

9st 2lb

J: Josephine Gordon

T: Phil McEntee

Newbury novice winner for the Gosdens as a 2yo, but out of the frame in all 12 starts since; attempts 1m for the first time, but makes little appeal despite the drop in grade.

25/1

11

18th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

15:40 Chelmsford (AW)

Afterlife

9st 0lb

J: Grace McEntee

T: Phil McEntee

5th

6

18th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

13:55 Chelmsford (AW)

Afterlife

9st 0lb

J: Grace McEntee

T: Phil McEntee

7f novice winner for the Gosdens in 2022 but yet to win a handicap and hasn't done enough of late to suggest he's one to be interested in back in trip.

25/1

Form: 14-613

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Both wins at 7f on Tapeta, making most in the first of them; lost nothing in defeat when third at Kempton recently (first-time cheekpieces, retained today), the winner leading home his group in the Britannia at Ascot last week; interesting move dropping him to 6f; still has potential.
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Verdict Starting price

9th

3

(6)

16th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Animate

10st 0lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

took keen hold, prominent

7/1

9th

14

(11)

21st Sep 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Animate

8st 8lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Comfortably held in competitive 6f handicaps at Newmarket on his last two outings but the fact he hasn't finished out of the first three in five outings on AW provides the hope for better back on Polytrack after eight weeks off.

20/1

8th

2

(10)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Newmarket (July)

Animate

9st 4lb

J: James Doyle

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Two 7f wins on Tapeta; ran well on his first crack at 6f when collared late at Newcastle this month and he was reportedly unsuited by the ground (good to firm, good in places) when last of 16 in a hot handicap over C&D 16 days ago; 3lb higher mark has now kicked in and he'll have a slower surface to race on today; could yet rate higher as a sprinter.

14/1

Form: 000-94 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Won 15 times for the late John Spearing, including this race in 2022 (good to firm); low key in recent starts, last year and this, but 5lb lower than 12 months ago and he could have been primed for today.
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Verdict Starting price

7

(11)

17th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 12y

Class 4

19:10 Windsor

A Sure Welcome

9st 6lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Henry Oliver

Won 15 times for the late John Spearing, including three at this track; not found his best form in two runs for this yard but he's down in the weights and drying ground would aid his cause; withdrawn (reluctant to load) here on latest intended start.

14/1

6

(1)

26th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 12y

Class 4

18:35 Windsor

A Sure Welcome

9st 8lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Henry Oliver

Won 15 times for the late John Spearing, including this race in 2022 (good to firm); low key in recent starts, last year and this, but 5lb lower than 12 months ago and he could have been primed for today.

10/1

4th

5

(1)

5th Jun 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

A Sure Welcome

9st 6lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Henry Oliver

Seven times a course winner; 40-1 for last week's stable debut at Windsor (after 232 days off) and could only manage ninth but that hardly tells the story as he was stuck behind a wall of horses for most of the straight; good mark and one to take seriously.

11/2

Non-runners

Animate

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £8.30
Straight Forecast £8.56
Tricast £17.77
Trifecta £18.30

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Magical Merlin

TOPSPEED:

Live In The Moment

SPOTLIGHT:

Lequinto

D Express:

Animate

Telegraph:

Afterlife

POSTDATA:

Antiphon

The Times:

Magical Merlin

Daily Mirror:

Magical Merlin

The Star:

Magical Merlin

Daily Record:

Magical Merlin

NEWMARKET:

Live In The Moment

The Guardian:

Live In The Moment

Daily Mail:

Lequinto

The Sun:

Lequinto