September 09 / 15.00 Haydock

15.00

Good

Betfair Exchange Old Borough Cup Handicap

  • Prize money: £51540
  • 1m 6f 1y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Betfair Exchange Old Borough Cup Handicap

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £12.80
  • Place: £3.50

Form: 1-0979 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Underwhelming on first three runs this year but not beaten far in ninth in the Ebor (1m6f, good to firm) a fortnight ago and he may be able to build on that, having come good around this time of year last season.
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1st

9

(11)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Post Impressionist

9st 0lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Underwhelming on first three runs this year but not beaten far in ninth in the Ebor (1m6f, good to firm) a fortnight ago and he may be able to build on that, having come good around this time of year last season.

13/2

9th

23

(1)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Post Impressionist

8st 12lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: William Haggas

More potent upped to 1m6f (with Adam Farragher) when cheekpieces were initially enlisted for his last two starts last season, notably for a clearcut win over C&D (good to soft); 8lb higher today and has not fired in the same way in his three starts this term; headgear now removed.

25/1

7th

6

(8)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 2

14:10 Ascot

Post Impressionist

9st 7lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

More potent upped to 1m6f when cheekpieces were initially enlisted (they've been kept since) for his last two starts last season; underwhelming in the Northumberland Plate (raced a bit freely) on reappearance and tailed off on heavy going at Goodwood one week ago, but he should stay 2m.

8/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.70

Form: -22056

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Having been short of room she did very well to rally for sixth in the Ebor at York (1m6f, good to firm) a fortnight ago, when back up in distance; she's unexposed at this trip and is one to consider off the same mark.
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2nd

4

(2)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Caius Chorister

9st 6lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David Menuisier

Having been short of room she did very well to rally for sixth in the Ebor at York (1m6f, good to firm) a fortnight ago, when back up in distance; she's unexposed at this trip and is one to consider off the same mark.

9/2

6th

14

(13)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Caius Chorister

9st 2lb

J: Kyle Strydom

T: David Menuisier

Often front-runs; second in the 1m6f Melrose at this meeting (good to firm) last year; commenced 2023 with two excellent seconds at Epsom (1m2f/1m4f); disappointed in a Listed race in June and although her never-nearer fifth over 1m2f at Goodwood was a healthy step back in the right direction, she needs to resume overall improvement.

25/1

5th

6

(6)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

14:50 Goodwood

Caius Chorister

9st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: David Menuisier

towards rear

10/1

33/1

  • Place: £10.70

Form: 285500 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Smart form in 2022 and early 2023 but went off the boil this spring and he finished down the field in the Ebor at York a fortnight ago.
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1st

3

(5)

25th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 2

13:00 Southwell (AW)

Enemy

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ian Williams

Really smart effort to win a 1m4f Meydan handicap last January and not far off that level when runner-up in 2m handicaps at Kempton and Newcastle this winter; his very best form has come over further so a slight worry if this gets tactical.

8/1

2nd

2

(5)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

14:00 Newcastle (AW)

Enemy

9st 7lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Ian Williams

took keen hold, held up in rear

11/2

2nd

1

(11)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Enemy

9st 12lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

A very useful stayer at his best who wasn't discredited when sixth to Sir Chauvelin over C&D four weeks ago; shortlisted off an easing mark.

16/1

4th
2 (4)
Tritonic

16/1

Form: 10-030

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Ran really well when third of 19 in Royal Ascot handicap (2m4f, good) in June and soft ground excuses his heavy defeat at Glorious Goodwood; there can be hope he'll be fine now back down in trip and he's not ruled out.
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5th

4

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Tritonic

11st 9lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Last season over hurdles was a bit of a struggle but he made the frame in the 2m4f handicap at Royal Ascot during the summer and, while it looked unlikely at times, he stayed on best to make a successful chase debut at Wincanton (1m7f, soft); this stronger race will test his mettle but he probably needs this sort of trip nowadays.

10/1

1st

1

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

12:55 Wincanton

Tritonic

11st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Could do with the ground drying out for this chase debut but he's well handicapped on the peak of his hurdle form and the fire still burns after making the frame in the 2m4f handicap at Royal Ascot this summer.

9/4

0

6

(6)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Tritonic

9st 7lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

Always-prominent third of 19 off this mark at Royal Ascot (2m4f, good) in June; ran respectably back at 1m6f last time but, if there's been heavy rain here, the 2023 evidence is that soft ground may no longer be for him.

22/1

16/1

Form: 603636

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Made it 0-8 on turf when well beaten at Ascot latest but perhaps this return to better ground will be a plus and he's 3lb lower than when a close third in a warm race at Ayr (1m5f, good) in June; each-way possible.
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4th

4

(3)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nolton Cross

9st 1lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Hugo Palmer

raced in fourth

5/1

1st

2

(11)

5th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 3

13:12 Southwell (AW)

Nolton Cross

9st 13lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Hugo Palmer

held up in rear, good headway 2f out, challenging when ridden 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, just did enough

11/2

1

(6)

9th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nolton Cross

10st 2lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Hugo Palmer

Dual C&D scorer last winter who made a promising return from a 75-day layoff when fifth over 1m6f here last time; big shout eased 1lb.

7/2

14/1

Form: -53154 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
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.
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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

OUR TIP

12/1

Form: 069950 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Hasn't been at his best in Britain this year but he's dropped down the weights and took a step back in the right direction when mid-division in the Ebor at York, where he had to come from a long way back having been dropped in from his wide draw; has won here and he's not discounted.
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5th

3

(3)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

1m 5f 61y

Class 2

14:05 Newbury

Get Shirty

9st 11lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: David O’Meara

slowly away, held up in rear, outpaced 3f out, brief headway 2f out, bumped over 1f out, kept on but no impression inside final furlong

10/1

7th

3

(12)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Get Shirty

9st 7lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Hasn't been at his best in Britain this year but he's dropped down the weights and took a step back in the right direction when mid-division in the Ebor at York, where he had to come from a long way back having been dropped in from his wide draw; has won here and he's not discounted.

12/1

11th

11

(23)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Get Shirty

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Fifth in last year's Ebor; has a 9lb lower mark today, having been out of sorts in his last five runs; return to the form shown at Meydan and Riyadh in February would give him a great chance, but it's hard to predict with any confidence that he will do that.

25/1

7/1

Form: -57721

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
His form figures over 1m5f read 172 and he was going beyond that trip for the first time when narrowly beating Aztec Empire to win at York (2m, good to firm) last month; may have more to offer over staying trips but he likes York and it remains to be seen if he'll reproduce that latest form here.
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8th

11

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Forza Orta

8st 11lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Kevin Ryan

His form figures over 1m5f read 172 and he was going beyond that trip for the first time when narrowly beating Aztec Empire to win at York (2m, good to firm) last month; may have more to offer over staying trips but he likes York and it remains to be seen if he'll reproduce that latest form here.

7/1

1st

9

(4)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Forza Orta

9st 3lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Kevin Ryan

took keen hold, midfield, headway when carried left and hampered rivals over 2f out, short of room under 2f out, switched right and ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well

14/1

2nd

1

(4)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 5f 16y

Class 4

20:00 Hamilton

Forza Orta

10st 2lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Kevin Ryan

led, ridden and faced challenge over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra inside final 110yds

4/1

9th
13 (15)
Haliphon

20/1

Form: 075820 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Well treated on last summer's form and he's 8lb lower than when fourth of six in this 12 months ago; went close at Yarmouth in July but that's been his sole bright run this year and he was well beaten at York last time.
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8th

7

(5)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:32 Lingfield (AW)

Haliphon

9st 8lb

J: David Egan

T: Ian Williams

Losing run is mounting up and he never figured the last twice (1m4f/1m3f); however, may benefit from this step back up in trip; 0-4 on AW but is attractively weighted off current mark.

16/1

3

(3)

23rd Jan 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 4

16:30 Southwell (AW)

Haliphon

11st 1lb

J: Miss Poppy Scott

T: Ian Williams

Taken a good drop in the weights since last spring but had just the three runs on the AW and down the field on Tapeta debut last time; one to bear in mind but early days on this surface.

14/1

4

(9)

9th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Haliphon

9st 12lb

J: David Egan

T: Ian Williams

Comes here on a lengthy losing run but he wasn't disgraced when fourth of eight in 1m5f Chelmsford handicap 30 days ago; considered on his Tapeta debut.

5/1

7/1

Form: -21520 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Progressive this year, with a win at Newmarket (1m6f, good) in May and a good second at Glorious Goodwood (1m6f, heavy); merely mid-division in the Ebor recently which dents confidence in his claims today, but he could produce a bigger run if settling better and he's not written off.
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4th

1

21st Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

12:20 Hereford

Adjuvant

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Michael Bell

Useful handicapper at up to 2m on Flat; showed promise over 2m at Ludlow on the switch to hurdles and that bare form can be marked up (would have been much closer but for losing ground by sprawling on landing at final flight); respected.

15/8

4th

8

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Adjuvant

11st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Michael Bell

Very useful Flat stayer with 4-18 strike-rate; not at his best in hot handicaps in last couple of outings but it will be very interesting to see how he fares on today's hurdling debut.

100/30

10th

6

(9)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Adjuvant

9st 4lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Michael Bell

Progressive this year, with a win at Newmarket (1m6f, good) in May and a good second at Glorious Goodwood (1m6f, heavy); merely mid-division in the Ebor recently which dents confidence in his claims today, but he could produce a bigger run if settling better and he's not written off.

7/1

Form: 447-21

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
It was a four-runner race at Goodwood a fortnight ago (1m4f, soft; made all) in which he returned to winning ways, and he's 3lb higher in a hotter race here; however, this 4yo hasn't had much racing and could still have more to offer; ran well over C&D last September and he's not ruled out.
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4th

4

(7)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

1m 5f 61y

Class 2

14:05 Newbury

Sea King

9st 8lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt

held up in rear, some headway on near side of group 2f out, went third 1f out, soon edged left, weakened gradually inside final furlong

4/1

11th

7

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Sea King

9st 2lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt

It was a four-runner race at Goodwood a fortnight ago (1m4f, soft; made all) in which he returned to winning ways, and he's 3lb higher in a hotter race here; however, this 4yo hasn't had much racing and could still have more to offer; ran well over C&D last September and he's not ruled out.

9/1

1st

3

(5)

27th Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 218y

Class 2

15:35 Goodwood

Sea King

9st 12lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt

made all, shaken up 2f out, ridden 1f out, stayed on

7/2

10/1

Form: 040834 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Won this in 2020 and third of six last year; this 10yo's losing sequence goes back 23 races to July 2021 but, having dropped down the weights, he's run well in competitive handicaps the last twice; fourth in the Ebor (1m6f, good to firm) most recently and has each-way claims once more.
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11th

4

(12)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Euchen Glen

9st 8lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Retains a useful level of ability aged ten and went close at Ayr three starts back; however, on a long losing sequence and looks unlikely to regain the winning thread in this major handicap.

25/1

4th

2

(8)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 43y

Class 2

15:50 Doncaster

Euchen Glen

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

10yo who is without a win since July 2021 but, having dropped down the weights, he went very close at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) last month; respectable run in Ascot Group 3 since and he handles heavy ground; contender.

5/1

4th

5

(8)

7th Oct 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Euchen Glen

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Held up; won this race in 2020 when it was held at York (sixth in it here last year); no win since July 2021 and, aged 10, he does not look the force of old; still managed fourth in the Ebor at York three starts ago and beaten a head at Ayr on latest, but that handicap form falls some way short of what should be required to win this again.

50/1

33/1

Form: 123500 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Posted a win and a near-miss in June and soft/heavy ground excuses a couple of his subsequent runs; however, he appeared to be fading when hampered over 2f out at York (2m) last time and others are preferred.
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3

(8)

9th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

La Pulga

9st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Charlie Johnston

Scored at Hamilton (1m5f) in June and back on song of late, just over 2l seventh of 12 at Newcastle (1m4f) 24 days ago; possibilities.

10/1

7th

2

(10)

15th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 4

15:37 Newcastle (AW)

La Pulga

10st 0lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: Charlie Johnston

Scored at Hamilton (1m5f) in June and got back on track when runner-up over C&D last month; he's one for the shortlist nudged up 1lb.

15/2

2nd

5

(7)

2nd Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 99y

Class 3

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

La Pulga

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Charlie Johnston

raced wide early, prominent, led after 1f, faced challenge from 2f out, kept on, headed final strides

14/1

9/2

Form: 166332 BF

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Creditable third in two hot handicaps in July (2m, AW/good) and was narrowly denied by Forza Orta at York (2m, good to firm) last month, where he may well have won granted a clear run; this 4yo has a progressive profile and is on the shortlist up 3lb for last time.
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14th

8

(13)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Aztec Empire

9st 0lb

J: James Doyle

T: Andrew Balding

Creditable third in two hot handicaps in July (2m, AW/good) and was narrowly denied by Forza Orta at York (2m, good to firm) last month, where he may well have won granted a clear run; this 4yo has a progressive profile and is on the shortlist up 3lb for last time.

9/2

2nd

3

(6)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Aztec Empire

9st 7lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

dwelt start, midfield, headway against far rail when slightly hampered over 2f out, soon switched right and hampered rival, went second and pressed leader final 110yds, just held

6/1

Non-runners

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Payout
Exacta £100.20
Straight Forecast £69.52
Tricast £2916.21
Trifecta £2472.50

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Caius Chorister

TOPSPEED:

Aztec Empire

NEWMARKET:

Sea King

RP RATINGS:

Get Shirty

Telegraph:

Adjuvant

POSTDATA:

Haliphon

Daily Mail:

Euchen Glen

Daily Mirror:

Caius Chorister

The Sun:

Caius Chorister

The Guardian:

Aztec Empire

The Star:

Aztec Empire

The Times:

Sea King

Daily Record:

Sea King

D Express:

Get Shirty