August 18 / 19.30 Newmarket (July)

19.30

Good

Elite Universal Handicap (A Jockey Club Grassroots Middle Distance Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £5234
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 8 runners
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Elite Universal Handicap (A Jockey Club Grassroots Middle Distance Series Qualifier)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 555325

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Made a successful nursery debut at Kempton (7f, Polytrack) a year ago; 0-6 this season but he's had some close calls here (1m) and at Windsor (1m2f, both on good) this summer and was a respectable fifth at Chelmsford last time; tongue-tie is now added and he's not ruled out.
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Distance / Class
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Verdict Starting price

9th

7

(9)

17th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

16:20 Newcastle (AW)

Forest Demon

9st 6lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

in touch with leaders

16/1

10th

5

(5)

19th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 23y

Class 4

17:10 Yarmouth

Forest Demon

9st 9lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Resumed winning ways at Newmarket (1m2f) in August when he wore a tongue-tie for the first time; lost tongue-tie in the stalls when fair seventh of 11 at Newbury (1m2f) three weeks ago; can make his presence felt.

8/1

7th

2

(9)

29th Aug 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Newbury

Forest Demon

9st 10lb

J: William Buick

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Has run some good races this year and he displayed improved form to win in a first-time tongue-tie at Newmarket (1m2f, good to firm) 11 days ago; beat a progressive runner-up and he's respected up 4lb.

11/2

11/4

  • Place: £1.60

Form: -97161 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict
4yo who has won on fast and slow ground in two of his last three starts, including on his step up to 1m2f here three weeks ago; up another 5lb but he kept on well to beat a clear second last time and is open to more progress; big player.
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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

33/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 70-920

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 64

Form & Verdict
Seven-race maiden; runner-up in a Redcar handicap (1m, good) in June but she has a very mixed record so far and was tailed off when upped to 1m2f at Leicester (good) last time; others preferred.
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9th

1

(2)

20th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

20:30 Newcastle (AW)

Strictly Dreaming

9st 13lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Ian Williams

in touch with leaders on far side of group

5/2

1st

6

(4)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 6

17:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Strictly Dreaming

9st 5lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Ian Williams

started quickly, raced in second, pushed along and pressed leader 3f out, led narrowly 2f out, ridden and went clear over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, easily

16/1

3rd

5

(1)

1st Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

20:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Strictly Dreaming

9st 1lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Ian Williams

13-race maiden who isn't progressing; big chance on the pick of last summer's form but hopes here rest on the return to 1m and addition of cheekpieces sparking a revival.

12/1

Form: 622113 CD BF

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Won at Nottingham (1m2f, good) and over C&D (good) last month and the switch to slower ground may have dulled his powers when third at Chepstow (good to soft) last week; that was still a respectable effort and he could be a big factor if the rain stays away.
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6th

7

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

12:35 Cheltenham

I Still Have Faith

11st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

Highly productive run of form on the Flat this year from 1m to 1m2f (pretty useful form) and he continued the good work on hurdling debut at Wetherby (2m, good) where his jumping improved as the race progressed; holes in the form can be picked (runner-up was behind Eagle Prince the time before) but he wasn't remotely troubled; some doubts about him on soft ground.

11/1

1st

5

18th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:58 Wetherby

I Still Have Faith

11st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

The best of these on the Flat and has been in really good form of late, with form figures of 221134112 since July (from 1m to 1m2f); should go very close if taking to hurdling.

7/4

7/2

Form: 562-51

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
Off the mark at the seventh attempt with a last-gasp win in a 1m handicap at Bath (good to soft; 5-2 favourite) last week; this is tougher under a penalty but he did well to overcome trouble last time and should have more to offer at this new trip; respected.
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5th

11

(5)

6th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

16:00 Kempton (AW)

Jack Sparowe

8st 2lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John Butler

Improved for the step up in trip when coming from off the pace to collar Wadacre Gomez over C&D in September (well backed; only runner to make up significant ground); beaten on heavy ground at Bath five weeks ago but that not the run to judge him on; should have more races in him but he's got to do it from 3lb out of the handicap today.

10/1

3rd

2

(13)

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

1m 2f 37y

Class 5

17:38 Bath

Jack Sparowe

10st 0lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: John Butler

Came off steady pace to justify market support at Kempton (1m3f, AW) ten days ago, adding to his win here (1m, good to soft) in August; still has low mileage and may improve further; respected.

9/2

1st

5

(12)

22nd Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 5

19:15 Kempton (AW)

Jack Sparowe

9st 10lb

J: Neil Callan

T: John Butler

towards rear

12/1

8/1

Form: -01763 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Tailed off in four of her six runs but she won a Lingfield maiden (1m2f, soft) in April and was a good third in a C&D handicap (good; hood added) last time; on same mark here and has claims if she can back that up.
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2nd

3

(1)

17th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:15 Leicester

Wintercrack

9st 10lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Pam Sly

Improved to cause 20-1 surprise in soft-ground C&D maiden in April but has run to form on only one of her subsequent five appearances; others have more convincing profiles.

7/1

5th

11

(1)

19th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 23y

Class 4

17:10 Yarmouth

Wintercrack

9st 3lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Pam Sly

Won 1m2f Leicester maiden in April but she's not been the easiest to catch right since, only sixth of eight at Newmarket (1m2f) last time; others appeal more.

20/1

Form: 60-866 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 66

Form & Verdict
Dead-heated off 2lb higher over C&D (good to firm) last August but he's been generally disappointing since and was well held behind Squeezebox on his stable debut here last month; record now stands at 1-13 and others are more convincing; first-time cheekpieces.
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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

Form: 6-324

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Improved form when a front-running second in a big-field maiden at Nottingham (8.3f, good to firm) in June but she was disappointing in a Wolverhampton novice (9.4f, AW) last month; still unexposed and now switches to a handicap but she needs to step up again after that last run.
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2nd

4

(12)

21st Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

20:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Emma Emilleen

9st 13lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

steadied start, held up in rear, switched left and headway into midfield after 1f

6/1

2nd

4

(3)

28th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Emma Emilleen

9st 11lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

in touch with leaders, going easily and led under 2f out, hung right and jockey dropped whip inside final furlong, headed towards finish

9/2

4th

5

(8)

16th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 5

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Emma Emilleen

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

in rear

10/1

Non-runners

Bold Ribb

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £29.60
Straight Forecast £25.04
Tricast £375.45
Trifecta £516.50

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Squeezebox

Daily Mail:

Jack Sparowe

NEWMARKET:

I Still Have Faith

Telegraph:

Wintercrack

LAMBOURN:

Forest Demon

RP RATINGS:

Squeezebox

POSTDATA:

Squeezebox

Daily Mirror:

Squeezebox

D Express:

Jack Sparowe

The Sun:

Jack Sparowe

The Star:

Jack Sparowe

The Guardian:

Wintercrack

The Times:

I Still Have Faith

Daily Record:

I Still Have Faith