September 23 / 17.00 Newbury

17.00

Heavy

Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Handicap

  • Prize money: £7851
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Handicap

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 35-U11 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Bids for a hat-trick, having won Lingfield novice event (1m1f, soft) and Kempton handicap (1m, AW) last month; upped in grade but receives weight all round and may progress further; not dismissed.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

4

(1)

3rd Jun 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

20:30 Wetherby

City Of York

9st 7lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: David Simcock

dwelt start

12/1

5th

1

(9)

11th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

13:15 Lingfield

City Of York

9st 10lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: David Simcock

Completed a hat-trick last August/September over 1m1f/1m on soft, AW and heavy; little impact in his three starts since, two this season, and needs to resume improvement on this step up in trip.

8/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 330356 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Placed a few times off higher marks in better grades this term, including on soft; didn't have the best of fortune on last two starts; won a nursery at Ayr on this day last year; possibilities dropped in class.
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

7

(2)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Metal Merchant

9st 3lb

J: David Probert

T: Jack Channon

Ascot classified win (1m, good) last October is a solid piece of form; gelded prior to landing the Spring Cup over C&D (good to soft; off 5lb lower) on reappearance, beating Godwinson by half a length; looks set for a productive campaign and warrants respect.

9/2

2nd

7

(2)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Metal Merchant

9st 3lb

J: David Probert

T: Jack Channon

Ascot classified win (1m, good) last October is a solid piece of form; gelded prior to landing the Spring Cup over C&D (good to soft; off 5lb lower) on reappearance, beating Godwinson by half a length; looks set for a productive campaign and warrants respect.

9/2

Form: 209201 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Best form has come in maidens, most recently beating sole rival at Brighton (1m, good); modest efforts in handicaps but may do better if winning his latest race proves a springboard for progress.
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5th

1

(4)

28th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 210y

Class 4

16:15 Brighton

Lunatick

9st 9lb

J: George Bass

T: Hughie Morrison

midfield, outpaced 2f out, kept on inside final furlong

4/1

5th

1

(4)

28th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 210y

Class 4

16:15 Brighton

Lunatick

9st 9lb

J: George Bass

T: Hughie Morrison

midfield, outpaced 2f out, kept on inside final furlong

4/1

2nd

2

(5)

6th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:35 Bath

Lunatick

9st 6lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Hughie Morrison

midfield

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: -84190

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Campaigned over middle distances this term, winning at Ripon (1m2f, soft) in July; has failed to match that form in two subsequent runs; returns to a lower grade but has a bit to prove back down in trip.
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7th

5

21st Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:02 Wincanton

Baltic Voyage

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Useful Flat handicapper for Ralph Beckett, winning over 1m2f and effective on slow and fast ground; sold for 52,000gns in October; pulled up on hurdling debut three months ago (soft) but absent since and should be capable of a lot better.

14/1

7th

5

21st Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:02 Wincanton

Baltic Voyage

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Useful Flat handicapper for Ralph Beckett, winning over 1m2f and effective on slow and fast ground; sold for 52,000gns in October; pulled up on hurdling debut three months ago (soft) but absent since and should be capable of a lot better.

14/1

0

2

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:05 Warwick

Baltic Voyage

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Useful Flat handicapper for Ralph Beckett, his peak RPR of 91 achieved when winning a 1m2f handicap at Ripon last July (soft); sold for 52,000gns in October; has the raw ability to make a useful hurdler but he was prone to over-racing on the Flat and he'll need to settle better now changing code; tongue tied for the first time.

11/2

Form: 13 BF

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Twice-raced colt who retains potential despite an odds-on defeat (on good ground) last time; debut success at Leicester (7f) came on soft; likely to stay 1m and looks interesting back on a forecast slower surface.
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9th

6

(6)

14th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Welleef

9st 13lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Owen Burrows

Ready winner of 7f debut at Leicester (soft); no extra under a penalty on good ground next time and stepping up to 1m seemed to find him out on handicap debut at Newbury (heavy); interesting he switches to Polytrack rather than look for a soft-ground turf race at 7f; has some potential.

6/1

5th

4

(4)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Newbury

Welleef

9st 6lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Owen Burrows

in touch with leaders, pressed leaders over 2f out

7/2

3rd

1

(4)

17th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 213y

Class 5

15:10 Salisbury

Welleef

9st 11lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Owen Burrows

11-8 favourite for 15-runner novice at Leicester (7f, soft) on debut 15 days ago and the confidence was not misplaced, as he led 2f out and won comfortably from Crown Dreams; penalised but could be set for a good deal better.

11/10

Form: 146552 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Met traffic issues on his way to finishing second behind Mudskipper at Salisbury in second-time blinkers, recording his best handicap effort; now returns to the scene of debut win (soft) in the spring; respected.
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

9

(4)

24th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

16:55 Haydock

Golspie

9st 0lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Patrick Morris

Lightly raced soft-ground maiden winner for Eve Johnson Houghton who is on a competitive mark on last year's best form; sold for 17,000gns since below-par final outing last September; may be best watched on stable debut.

12/1

3rd

9

(4)

24th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

16:55 Haydock

Golspie

9st 0lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Patrick Morris

Lightly raced soft-ground maiden winner for Eve Johnson Houghton who is on a competitive mark on last year's best form; sold for 17,000gns since below-par final outing last September; may be best watched on stable debut.

12/1

Form: 2-05

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Needs to improve on his two efforts this season but opening mark looks workable judged on sole 2yo run (solid form); may be capable of progress now handicapping and is one to consider.
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Verdict Starting price

8th

5

(9)

4th Jun 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 5

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Greatest Time

9st 6lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: David Evans

Has failed to go on from a promising 2yo debut over a range of trips since, the latest three for this yard; looks to have further to fall in the weights and others are higher up the list.

33/1

10th

8

(1)

12th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 5

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Greatest Time

9st 4lb

J: Jordan Williams

T: David Evans

reared start, slowly away, always behind

33/1

0

5

(2)

26th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 5

17:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Greatest Time

9st 7lb

J: Jordan Williams

T: David Evans

Hasn't kicked on from his promising debut (for Richard Hannon) but last month's stable debut (first run after being gelded) may have been needed and this is an ease in grade; only had six runs and could yet come good.

10/1

Non-runners

Bodorgan, Mudskipper, King's Code

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £16.60
Straight Forecast £18.62
Tricast £59.14
Trifecta £63.90

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Metal Merchant

NEWMARKET:

City Of York

LAMBOURN:

Welleef

The Guardian:

Bodorgan

D Express:

Welleef

The Times:

City Of York

Daily Mail:

City Of York

The Star:

City Of York

Daily Record:

City Of York

The Sun:

Bodorgan

RP RATINGS:

Metal Merchant

TOPSPEED:

Metal Merchant

POSTDATA:

Metal Merchant

Telegraph:

Metal Merchant

Daily Mirror:

Metal Merchant