August 25 / 13.50 York

13.50

Good To Firm

Sky Bet Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £61848
  • 1m 3f 188y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Sky Bet Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.00
  • Place: £3.55

Form: 18-160 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Boom or bust in handicaps, leading near the line at this track (1m2f, good to firm) in May for his latest win; just 1lb higher today, following two of his lesser efforts, and the step up to 1m4f is interesting, as is the booking of Ryan Moore; in serious calculations.
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9th

1

(2)

28th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newmarket

Marhaba The Champ

10st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Kevin Ryan

took keen hold, always behind

5/1

1st

6

(7)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

13:50 York

Marhaba The Champ

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Kevin Ryan

Boom or bust in handicaps, leading near the line at this track (1m2f, good to firm) in May for his latest win; just 1lb higher today, following two of his lesser efforts, and the step up to 1m4f is interesting, as is the booking of Ryan Moore; in serious calculations.

14/1

10th

14

(2)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

14:50 Goodwood

Marhaba The Champ

8st 8lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Kevin Ryan

midfield

18/1

9/1

  • Place: £3.45

Form: /2112- D BF

Last run: 391 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Upped to 1m6f last summer, winning on first two attempts and good second off this mark last July when last seen, on his final start for Chris Wall (same owner); has a very solid record in handicaps and goes well on good to firm; also has a good record when coming back from a break (albeit not this long) and therefore worth a second look.
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4th

3

(6)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Bague DOr

9st 8lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Ferguson

Upped to 1m6f last summer, winning on first two attempts and second at Glorious Goodwood; absent 391 days before another good second last month at the big York meeting (1m4f); has a very solid record in handicaps and goes well on good to firm, with a creditable second on good to soft earlier in career; shaped at York as if this step back up in trip will suit; player.

5/1

2nd

9

(1)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

13:50 York

Bague DOr

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Ferguson

Upped to 1m6f last summer, winning on first two attempts and good second off this mark last July when last seen, on his final start for Chris Wall (same owner); has a very solid record in handicaps and goes well on good to firm; also has a good record when coming back from a break (albeit not this long) and therefore worth a second look.

9/1

2nd

13

(2)

30th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Goodwood

Bague DOr

8st 12lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Chris Wall

midfield, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, went second inside final furlong, kept on final 110yds, held towards finish

8/1

25/1

  • Place: £10.85

Form: 175648

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Won on good to firm in 2021; three wins at 1m4f/2m this January-April, also fourth in the Northumberland Vase (2m, AW) on penultimate start; respectable fifth of 15 over C&D (good) in May but needs to be in peak form.
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6th

9

12th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 3

14:50 Sandown

Legendary Day

10st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

Useful Flat horse who won a Class 2 handicap over 1m6f on soft at Doncaster in September (twice below that level since); beaten off 2lb higher on his handicap hurdle debut in February (good) but entitled to improve on that form under these conditions, especially on only his fourth run over hurdles; has won a novice; interesting.

3/1

6th

2

(10)

14th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 3

16:10 York

Legendary Day

9st 7lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

slowly into stride, soon recovered and in touch with leaders

15/2

14th

28

(4)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Legendary Day

9st 2lb

J: James Ryan

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

in touch with leaders

50/1

16/1

Form: 8-5315 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Won sole start on good, with all his other turf runs on softer; missed most of 2022 but as good as ever when getting up in the dying strides at Ripon (1m4f, soft) last month; raced freely when fair fifth in 1m6f race on heavy at Glorious Goodwood; each-way chance if he's okay on the ground.
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6th

1

(5)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 5f 26y

Class 3

17:20 Ayr

Mr Curiosity

9st 12lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Peak efforts this term have been at around 1m4f, including Ripon win in July and fourth at the York Ebor meeting, but he won over 1m6f in 2021; shaped okay in the 1m6f Old Borough Cup at Haydock last time considering the trouble in running over 2f out; major player.

7/2

6th

10

(7)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Mr Curiosity

8st 13lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

6yo who is lightly raced for his age and won at Ripon (1m4f, soft) in July; his recent fourth at York (1m4f, good to firm) can perhaps be upgraded as he raced prominently in a race that appeared to suit those ridden more patiently; won over 1m6f last year and could be in the shake-up.

14/1

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5th
1 (5)
Paradias

8/1

Form: 6-2154

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Acts on good to firm; steady late run took him to the front at Sandown in June and he was back near that form when fourth over 1m2f again at Glorious Goodwood, where he'd run well over 1m3f last season; below form on sole attempt at 1m4f (final 2022 start) but may be worth this second go; good mark if back to his June peak.
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3rd

2

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

15:40 Doncaster

Paradias

11st 9lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Useful on the Flat and won on hurdle debut at Lingfield (2m, good to soft) in November; another good run when third of five in warm introductory hurdle at Newbury (2m, soft) in December; leading player under a penalty.

5/2

3rd

2

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

12:40 Newbury

Paradias

11st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Has much higher mileage than these rivals, having raced 17 times; however, he's useful on Flat and won easily at Lingfield (2m, good to soft) on hurdles debut; should go well.

9/2

Form: 1-733

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Odds-on winner last season; back on track on last two starts when third in both a novice at Chelmsford (1m2f, AW) in July and on handicap debut at Ascot (1m4f); just four starts overall (both on turf were on good to soft) and he lost out only close home last time, so could have more to give and needs considering seriously.
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3rd

3

(1)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton (AW)

Intinso

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: John & Thady Gosden

Lightly raced 4yo who was notably strong in the market on his recent return from a gelding operation at Wolverhampton (1m4f) and he duly won comfortably; can take a keen hold but it didn't hold him back at Dunstall Park and an 8lb rise shouldn't prevent him having a big say.

4/1

3rd

3

(1)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton (AW)

Intinso

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: John & Thady Gosden

Lightly raced 4yo who was notably strong in the market on his recent return from a gelding operation at Wolverhampton (1m4f) and he duly won comfortably; can take a keen hold but it didn't hold him back at Dunstall Park and an 8lb rise shouldn't prevent him having a big say.

4/1

1st

7

(5)

16th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Intinso

8st 10lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: John & Thady Gosden

Inclined to pull hard last year and there's still potential in him if he learns to settle; perhaps being gelded over the winter will have done the trick and he's interesting against a field of exposed handicappers.

7/4

12/1

Form: 0-8323 BF

Last run: 55 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Hit and miss, with no win since handicap debut in April 2022; went down narrowly at Kempton (1m4f, AW; probably acts on good to firm) on penultimate start; much seems to depend on the blinkers replacing cheekpieces.
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9th

11

(9)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Educator

8st 2lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Michael Appleby

prominent

14/1

9th

11

(9)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Educator

8st 2lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Michael Appleby

prominent

14/1

8th

7

(8)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 3

17:05 Southwell (AW)

Educator

9st 8lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Michael Appleby

midfield on inner

25/1

16/1

Form: -07031 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Contested Group races last May-July and way down the weights when much more competitive again here in two starts last month, winning latest (good) on his first go at 1m4f for 13 months; came to the fore late on that day and, although back up 4lb (still well below his peak) today, he may have more to offer at 1m4f+.
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6th

9

(5)

15th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Dark Moon Rising

9st 5lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Kevin Ryan

Won at York (1m4f) in July; below that form in two runs since but can't be dismissed in this scenario; landed a notable AW conditions race (1m) in March 2022 and had a higher mark at the time (peaked at 102).

8/1

Form: 452223 BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Has not won since July 2021 (one of only two runs on good to firm) and ran poorly in this race last year; runner-up three times in a row this summer, hitting peak form when visored was initially enlisted (1m5f/1m6f) and his form dropped off only slightly on heavy ground on latest start; there are more likely winners in this field, though.
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6th

2

(5)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Ravenscraig Castle

9st 7lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Iain Jardine

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, weakened inside final furlong

8/1

9th

13

(6)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

13:50 York

Ravenscraig Castle

9st 1lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Iain Jardine

Has not won since July 2021 (one of only two runs on good to firm) and ran poorly in this race last year; runner-up three times in a row this summer, hitting peak form when visored was initially enlisted (1m5f/1m6f) and his form dropped off only slightly on heavy ground on latest start; there are more likely winners in this field, though.

22/1

Form: 3-2311

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Creditable third at Epsom (1m2f, good to firm) on handicap debut, before making all at Chester (1m2f, good to soft) and asserting final 1f at Glorious Goodwood (1m3f, good to soft); 1m4f looks manageable and 7lb rise may be too, given he was comfortably on top for both wins; steadily progressive.
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1st

4

(3)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newbury

Balance Play

9st 1lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

in touch with leaders, cajoled along 4f out, pushed along 3f out, hung left but headway on near side of group 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon edged left, went clear final 110yds, comfortably

7/2

10th

11

(9)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

13:50 York

Balance Play

9st 3lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Creditable third at Epsom (1m2f, good to firm) on handicap debut, before making all at Chester (1m2f, good to soft) and asserting final 1f at Glorious Goodwood (1m3f, good to soft); 1m4f looks manageable and 7lb rise may be too, given he was comfortably on top for both wins; steadily progressive.

4/1

1st

2

(13)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 3f 44y

Class 3

17:20 Goodwood

Balance Play

9st 8lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

midfield

9/2

Form: 034847

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Has done most of his racing at 7f-1m; never-nearer fourth of 11 over 1m2f at Epsom on Oaks day but the 1m4f of Haydock's Old Newton Cup appeared to stretch him on latest start; given a second crack at it today.
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3rd

4

(5)

8th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle (AW)

Toshizou

9st 8lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

1-19 with his win coming in Ireland as a 2yo; may have needed his return from five months off at Doncaster (1m2f, soft; first start since being gelded) 15 days ago, but he will need to step up quickly.

12/1

3rd

4

(5)

8th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle (AW)

Toshizou

9st 8lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

1-19 with his win coming in Ireland as a 2yo; may have needed his return from five months off at Doncaster (1m2f, soft; first start since being gelded) 15 days ago, but he will need to step up quickly.

12/1

9th

4

(10)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 2f 43y

Class 3

15:40 Doncaster

Toshizou

9st 1lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Sole win came in 2022 when trained in Ireland; however, placed twice over 1m2f on soft/heavy last autumn and that form puts him in the picture; gelded since last run (below par).

13/2

6/1

Form: -23212 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Going great guns this term, including with his Old Newton Cup win at Haydock (1m4f, good to firm) and going oh so close in a Shergar Cup race at Ascot 13 days ago; up another 5lb but it's hard to keep him out of the picture, bidding to end Paul Hanagan's superb riding career on a winning note.
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3rd

5

(3)

17th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 99y

Class 2

16:55 Newcastle (AW)

WoottonSun

9st 5lb

J: David Nolan

T: Richard Fahey

Had been enjoying a consistent season prior to a poor one at York in August, when said to have run flat; the break could have helped but he's 9lb higher than when winning at Haydock, so will need a career best on just his second AW start.

8/1

12th

2

(10)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

13:50 York

WoottonSun

9st 12lb

J: Paul Hanagan

T: Richard Fahey

Going great guns this term, including with his Old Newton Cup win at Haydock (1m4f, good to firm) and going oh so close in a Shergar Cup race at Ascot 13 days ago; up another 5lb but it's hard to keep him out of the picture, bidding to end Paul Hanagan's superb riding career on a winning note.

6/1

2nd

12

(6)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

14:45 Ascot

WoottonSun

9st 4lb

T: Richard Fahey

Reserve; below form at this meeting last year; going great guns this season with three places prior to his win from Scampi in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock (1m4f, good to firm; probably okay on good to soft) five weeks ago; up another 5lb but needs plenty of respect.

11/1

Form: 215273

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Promise on good to firm as 2yo; has a cracking record in AW handicaps and ran creditably on soft ground in April, but below form on good and soft in his two starts since; off three months before latest, so perhaps needed that and wasn't disgraced; still needs a career best, though.
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4th

4

(8)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 5f 66y

Class 3

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Capital Theory

9st 1lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

raced in second, led after 3f, increased tempo from 3f out, jockey dropped rein inside final furlong, headed inside final 110yds, soon lost position

7/2

4th

4

(8)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 5f 66y

Class 3

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Capital Theory

9st 1lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

raced in second, led after 3f, increased tempo from 3f out, jockey dropped rein inside final furlong, headed inside final 110yds, soon lost position

7/2

16/1

Form: -48142 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Best RPR last year was on good to firm; ran badly in the Melrose at the meeting last year on his sole run at York; kept largely to AW since, winning at Kempton in June and beaten a nose at Newcastle on latest start (both 1m4f); probably needs a career best.
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1st

2

(13)

15th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Savvy Knight

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: S Woods

slowly into stride, soon prominent, raced wide early, switched right and went second with one circuit to go

6/1

11th

3

(10)

6th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

16:00 Kempton (AW)

Savvy Knight

9st 2lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: S Woods

Won a 1m4f handicap here in June off 2lb lower and suffered a narrow defeat at Newcastle one month later; wasn't at his best at Newcastle last month and unlikely to get things all his own way in this field.

10/1

5th

1

(1)

2nd Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 99y

Class 3

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Savvy Knight

10st 2lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: S Woods

Very patchy since winning his first three last season; has claims on July's C&D second (Chillhi fourth) but was always well placed in a messy affair that day and has since bombed on turf; hard to know what to expect in truth.

6/1

Non-runners

Zanndabad

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Payout
Exacta £123.10
Straight Forecast £74.90
Tricast £2284.62
Trifecta £3809.60

Selections

NEWMARKET:

Intinso

Telegraph:

Wootton'Sun

SPOTLIGHT:

Balance Play

TOPSPEED:

Marhaba The Champ

RP RATINGS:

Paradias

Daily Record:

Dark Moon Rising

D Express:

Legendary Day

POSTDATA:

Ravenscraig Castle

Daily Mail:

Bague D'Or

The Times:

Intinso

Daily Mirror:

Intinso

The Star:

Balance Play

The Guardian:

Wootton'Sun

The Sun:

Wootton'Sun