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  • Prize money: £5234
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
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Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.80
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 4-9716 BF

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 66

Form & Verdict
Unplaced favourite back on AW last time; off the mark at Yarmouth (1m, good to firm) a week earlier, shaping as if he'll be suited by this longer trip; may have more to offer on turf and remains of interest.
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2nd

4

(1)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 5

16:40 Catterick

Squeezebox

9st 13lb

J: Thore Hammer Hansen

T: Michael Appleby

took keen hold, prominent

7/2

2nd

2

(9)

18th Aug 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

19:30 Newmarket (July)

Squeezebox

9st 12lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Michael Appleby

slowly into stride, soon led, headed 2f out, kept on from over 1f out

11/4

1st

2

(7)

28th Jul 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

19:02 Newmarket (July)

Squeezebox

9st 12lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Michael Appleby

Unplaced favourite back on AW last time; off the mark at Yarmouth (1m, good to firm) a week earlier, shaping as if he'll be suited by this longer trip; may have more to offer on turf and remains of interest.

9/2

8/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 4-96

Last run: 54 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 71

Form & Verdict
Showed promise at Newbury (1m, soft) on sole 2yo start; hasn't matched that form in two outings this season but may be capable of progress now handicapping; bred to do better, being half-brother to seven winners.
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2nd

5

(4)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Gordon Grey

9st 11lb

J: Jack Gilligan

T: B F Brookhouse

Appeared to find 2m too far at Lingfield last time and had previously run well to finish third of ten at Southwell (1m4f, Tapeta); more will be needed if he is to make it 12th-time lucky.

14/1

9th

9

(6)

20th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

15:45 Lingfield (AW)

Gordon Grey

9st 6lb

J: Harry Davies

T: B F Brookhouse

led, headed over 3f out

10/1

3rd

9

(7)

9th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 5

18:00 Southwell (AW)

Gordon Grey

9st 3lb

J: Harry Davies

T: B F Brookhouse

In the frame in three of his eight starts on turf for Ian Williams (1m-1m4f) but having undergone wind surgery he finished a well-held ninth of 11 on stable/AW debut here (1m6f) on Friday; others preferred.

11/2

5/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: -64812

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
Improved form in 1m handicaps this month, winning under Alec Voikhansky at Leicester (good to firm) then second of 16 at Newbury (good); still unexposed in blinkers; likely player if proving as effective back at 1m2f.
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7th

6

26th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 6

16:15 Lingfield (AW)

Al Hargah

9st 11lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

in touch with leaders, outpaced 2f out, carried head awkwardly and weakened gradually from over 1f out

8/1

9th

10

(5)

7th Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 1y

Class 5

14:10 Redcar

Al Hargah

9st 8lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Richard Hannon

Two handicap wins this season (1m and 1m2f, good to firm and good to soft); wouldn't judge her too harshly on her last two efforts (both on soft) and she's more appealing than many.

9/2

7th

4

(8)

20th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 1f 209y

Class 5

17:25 Sandown

Al Hargah

9st 8lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Hannon

Two narrow wins this summer, over 1m at Leicester (good to firm) and 1m2f at Newbury (good to soft) and both under Alec Voikhansky; form dipped on soft going last Tuesday but she's a major player if bouncing back.

6/1

Form: 982331

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 59

Form & Verdict
Belatedly regained the winning thread at Nottingham (1m, soft) last week, while again shaping as if this longer distance is worth exploring; still well treated on peak form and warrants respect.
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4th

8

(7)

5th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 6

12:00 Lingfield (AW)

Eton College

9st 10lb

J: Ethan Jones

T: Lee Carter

Two 1m turf wins for previous trainer in the summer but no strong signs since, for that yard or current one, that he was about to break his AW duck; ran respectably in blinkers in 2021, first-time cheekpieces today.

25/1

5th

5

(4)

21st Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Eton College

9st 12lb

J: Paddy Bradley

T: Lee Carter

midfield

10/1

3rd

1

(5)

1st Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 1y

Class 6

12:30 Lingfield (AW)

Eton College

9st 12lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Lee Carter

Two 1m wins on soft this summer; not discredited in midfield at Chelmsford (didn't get a clear run) this month and contested a voided race 13 days ago; changed hands for 6,000gns at the sales last week; considered but he's made far less of an impact on AW than turf.

13/2

5th
8 (6)
Control

14/1

Form: 74-046

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 57

Form & Verdict
Competitively weighted on best efforts but remains a maiden and isn't particularly solid on 2023 form; only sixth of ten in fillies' handicap over C&D most recently and needs to raise her game.
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3rd

4

(9)

19th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 207y

Class 6

15:55 Brighton

Control

9st 7lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: John Butler

took keen hold, disputed lead, led clearly and switched to near side over 3f out, 2 lengths ahead over 1f out, headed final 110yds, weakened and lost second towards finish

8/1

6th

2

(6)

10th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 198y

Class 6

14:55 Brighton

Control

9st 12lb

J: Molly Presland

T: John Butler

took keen hold, towards rear, steady headway 4f out, no extra final 110yds

7/2

2nd

1

(4)

11th Sep 2023

Good

1m 3f 198y

Class 6

16:05 Brighton

Control

9st 9lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: John Butler

Inconsistent 17-race maiden but she went very close in a first-time visor here (1m2f, good) last Monday and the first three pulled clear in that race; has leading claims if she can repeat that form and she looks worth another try at this trip.

2/1

OUR TIP

Form: 560-86 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict
Ex-John Butler; dead-heated off this mark in C&D event (good to firm) last August; inconsistent since but has a fighting chance if turning up in top form; first run for Martin Dunne.
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4th

8

(8)

14th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 5

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Total Lockdown

9st 3lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: Martin Dunne

1m2f fast turf winner; well beaten on his last three starts (two over hurdles and one back on AW); others preferred.

33/1

8

(7)

2nd Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 5

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Total Lockdown

9st 4lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Martin Dunne

Has a squeak on even this autumn's best and he will appreciate the return to the Flat after two heavy defeats over hurdles; others still look more convincing.

10/1

12th

11

17th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

13:55 Southwell

Total Lockdown

11st 4lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Martin Dunne

Limited on the Flat and failed to offer much on hurdling debut when 100-1.

66/1

33/1

Form: 677408

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 50

Form & Verdict
Has done his winning at 1m6f/2m on AW; failed to beat a rival back on turf (1m4f) last time and still has something to prove in this sphere; now drops back to 1m2f; opposed.
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8

(11)

23rd Jan 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Prince Abu

9st 3lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Derek Shaw

Conditions to suit and, although he drew a blank last year, his near miss over C&D last month brings him right into the reckoning; not so good either start since (not seen to best effect on penultimate start) and others appeal more for win purposes.

14/1

9th

11

(7)

21st Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 6

14:38 Southwell (AW)

Prince Abu

9st 6lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Derek Shaw

took keen hold, held up in last, outpaced over 3f out, no impression from 2f out

6/1

8th
11 (5)
Tenrai

33/1

Form: 46-00

Last run: 16 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 62

Form & Verdict
Showed signs of ability in both 2yo runs but has produced a couple of duck eggs (over 7f/1m) this year; hopes of a turnaround are pinned on the new trip and first-time headgear.
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11th

9

(9)

30th Aug 2023

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 6

15:22 Lingfield (AW)

Tenrai

9st 6lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Amy Murphy

Seven-race maiden; ran big race from the front when close second on turf here (1m1f) two starts ago, but was well beaten over 1m2f a week later and her tendency to race too freely remains a worry; others preferred.

8/1

5th

1

(6)

19th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 43y

Class 6

14:30 Doncaster

Tenrai

9st 12lb

J: Christian Howarth

T: Amy Murphy

Comfortably her best effort this term when going down by a neck to the reopposing Native Melody at Lingfield (1m1f, good to firm) last weekend; did race quite freely in the blinkers again, though, and could do with settling better now stepping back up slightly in trip.

9/2

2nd

2

(7)

12th Aug 2023

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 6

19:45 Lingfield

Tenrai

9st 11lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Amy Murphy

Poor this year, rather taking off in front in first-time blinkers (retained) upped to 1m2f last time; maybe similar tactics on tonight's faster ground will help but she needs to be more amenable for a yard also responsible for Angel De Luz.

16/1

16/1

Form: 133317

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 56

Form & Verdict
Raced mainly on AW and has gained both wins over 1m4f at Southwell; generally consistent this year but has enough to prove upped in grade, dropped in distance and back on turf.
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4th

10

15th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 6

16:53 Southwell (AW)

Bond Spirit

9st 7lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Louise Allan

Dual 1m4f course winner; in the grip of the handicapper since winning here last May; dropping back from 2m to this trip may not be ideal.

33/1

7th

5

(5)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 6

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Bond Spirit

9st 6lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Louise Allan

Won twice over 1m4f at Southwell in the first half of 2023; quiet since the second of those wins but he's edging back down the weights and his latest run was a step back in the right direction (1m6f); has to prove stamina for 2m.

20/1

4th

5

(5)

11th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

15:15 Southwell (AW)

Bond Spirit

9st 4lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Louise Allan

Dual 1m4f Tapeta winner; seems to stay this far (placed over C&D) but he trailed home last at Lingfield 11 days ago after a lengthy break.

10/1

Non-runners

Blue Universe, Langton Wold, Lady Of Arabia

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Payout
Exacta £17.40
Straight Forecast £15.28
Tricast £44.24
Trifecta £67.90

Selections

The Times:

Al Hargah

SPOTLIGHT:

Eton College

D Express:

Gordon Grey

NEWMARKET:

Total Lockdown

The Guardian:

Al Hargah

Daily Mirror:

Al Hargah

The Sun:

Al Hargah

The Star:

Al Hargah

Daily Record:

Al Hargah

RP RATINGS:

Eton College

POSTDATA:

Eton College

Telegraph:

Eton College

Daily Mail:

Eton College