September 23 / 20.00 Wolverhampton (AW)

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  • 1m 4f 51y
  • Class 6
  • 11 runners
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Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Tapeta

Weather: Mostly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

Form: 455334 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 59

Form & Verdict
Didn't fire at Brighton three weeks ago but was placed off 3lb higher on consecutive turf starts last month (1m2f/11.6f) and will be suited by the return to this C&D; can't be ruled out.
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10th

6

(5)

7th Jun 2024

Good

1m 3f 140y

Class 5

17:28 Haydock

Starfighter

10st 6lb

J: Miss Tilly Evans

T: Mark Loughnane

towards rear

20/1

Form: 20-246

Last run: 59 days

W: 10st 1lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 64

Form & Verdict
Not beaten far on any of three starts for new stable this year, most recently when sixth of 14 at Sandown (1m2f, good; refitted cheekpieces) in July; drops in grade here and will also be suited by this trip-and-surface combination; high on the list.
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4th

7

(7)

6th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

1m 2f 50y

Class 6

17:35 Nottingham

Sea Of Charm

10st 8lb

J: Mr William Dunlop

T: Georgina Nicholls

Popped up at Wolverhampton in December (1m4f; off a 5lb higher mark) but more recent efforts have been disappointing; new headgear tried; others more persuasive.

20/1

7th

2

(5)

17th Jun 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

14:18 Chepstow

Sea Of Charm

11st 2lb

J: Mr William Dunlop

T: Georgina Nicholls

Won on Tapeta in December (1m4f) and was placed twice on Polytrack at start of this year (1m3f/1m) but the novelty of the visor seems to have worn off lately, and she needs to up her game on this turf return.

14/1

Form: 345632 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 61

Form & Verdict
Largely consistent mare who scored off today's mark over C&D in the spring and returns here after going close at Bath (1m5f, good to soft) last month; ought to be in the shake-up.
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5th

2

(12)

31st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 6

13:30 Southwell (AW)

Hashtagmetoo

9st 10lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Jamie Osborne

Both wins last year came at Wolverhampton (1m4f, Tapeta) and runner-up there in January on her latest start; each-way claims on that but has a little more to prove at Southwell.

12/1

2nd

2

(6)

20th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Hashtagmetoo

9st 12lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Jamie Osborne

Below par elsewhere the last twice; has a consistent record at Wolverhampton and scored off just 2lb lower on most recent visit (October); shortlisted.

4/1

4th
12 (10)
Duchess

40/1

Form: 606966

Last run: 10 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 45

Form & Verdict
14-race maiden who has struggled to get seriously competitive off basement marks on turf in recent months; very difficult to enthuse over.
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5th

7

(4)

23rd Jun 2024

Good

1m 2f 5y

Class 6

14:30 Pontefract

Duchess

9st 1lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: John Berry

bit short of room soon after start, in rear

9/2

5th

3

(7)

8th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 14y

Class 6

20:30 Chepstow

Duchess

9st 6lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: John Berry

Headed to Yarmouth 17 days ago as an 18-race maiden but she put that right with a 3l success (1m, good to soft, off 6lb lower); possibly a tad flattered after being held up off a strong pace but respected nonetheless.

2/1

1st

13

(1)

22nd May 2024

Good

1m 0f 3y

Class 6

17:05 Yarmouth

Duchess

8st 9lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: John Berry

18-race maiden who made the frame a few times over 1m4f on AW last autumn; doesn't give the impression she's crying out for this marked drop in distance on reappearance.

20/1

25/1

Form: -68596

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict
Unable to land any sort of blow when last of six at Kempton (1m3f; first run after wind surgery) this month and is now 0-9; up in trip again here; leap of faith required to support him.
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5th

9

(6)

23rd Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sea Urchin

9st 7lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Ian Williams

prominent

25/1

6th

7

(7)

6th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 4

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Sea Urchin

8st 9lb

J: David Egan

T: Ian Williams

Ex-French maiden who is 0-4 in Britain and not particularly solid on form; wind surgery is a possible source of improvement but others have stronger claims as things stand.

25/1

9th

1

(5)

15th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

20:50 Haydock

Sea Urchin

9st 11lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Ian Williams

towards rear

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 238741 C

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict
Capitalised upon some help from the handicapper when winning readily at Lingfield (1m2f, AW) last month and will be fine over today's trip, but a recent 8lb rise asks quite a lot of this 7yo.
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8th

1

(5)

7th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

17:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Kentucky Kingdom

10st 2lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: James Evans

midfield

3/1

1st

3

(6)

21st Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Kentucky Kingdom

9st 13lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: James Evans

awkward start, took keen hold, towards rear

11/4

1st

6

(5)

7th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

16:10 Lingfield (AW)

Kentucky Kingdom

9st 8lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: James Evans

Won on turf here (1m2f) in August and fair sixth off higher AW mark at Wolverhampton (1m4f) next time, when failing to settle and shaping as though this drop back in trip could be a plus; has won three times on Polytrack in the past and he has possibilities.

5/1

Form: 447290

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 59

Form & Verdict
Ran well in defeat on turf in July but two heavy defeats have followed and it's hard to know what to expect from her here; swaps usual visor for first-time blinkers.
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7th

7

(5)

23rd Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Glittering Choice

9st 10lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Hugo Palmer

slowly into stride, midfield

14/1

10th

10

(2)

1st Sep 2023

Good

1m 3f 39y

Class 5

16:30 Carlisle

Glittering Choice

9st 2lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Hugo Palmer

Rather inconsistent this year although was a fair second over C&D two runs back (good to soft); tailed off either side of that; not easy to predict.

12/1

9th

10

(10)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 5

17:10 Thirsk

Glittering Choice

9st 4lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Hugo Palmer

slowly into stride, pushed along soon after start, soon recovered and in touch with leaders on outer, prominent after 4f

8/1

Form: 60/942

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
Much better known as a jumper nowadays but gave pretty good account when second of five on the Flat at Ffos Las (1m4f, soft) nine days ago and ought to be suited by today's return to Tapeta (placed in Newcastle maiden for John Gosden as a 3yo).
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6th

8

30th Jun 2024

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

16:45 Uttoxeter

Byzantine Empire

11st 4lb

J: Connor Brace

T: John & Rhys Flint

Capable on his day when with Fergal O'Brien (won over hurdles/fences) but not overly competitive under either code for current yard and looks opposable for now.

20/1

8th

9

(3)

15th Jun 2024

Good

1m 4f 63y

Class 5

17:04 Chester

Byzantine Empire

8st 11lb

J: Connor Brace

T: John & Rhys Flint

A fair performer for Fergal O'Brien (also won over hurdles/fences) but he's been below par on both runs for current yard, finishing a well-held third over hurdles last month; he needs to take a big step forward.

14/1

Form: 53U858

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 56

Form & Verdict
Kept on well for clearcut Southwell win (1m3f) off today's mark in February, his second start for Nigel Twiston-Davies, but has been out of form on turf in recent weeks and needs a revival.
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1st

11

(10)

6th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 6

20:40 Nottingham

Defence Treaty

8st 10lb

J: Tyler Heard

T: Scott Dixon

Took advantage of a low mark on Southwell AW in March but Lincoln Rockstar was too strong for him back on turf at Beverley (1m4f, soft) in May; has a weights turnaround today but the winner has edged forward since and has less to prove over 1m6f.

12/1

3rd

6

(8)

29th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 23y

Class 6

16:40 Beverley

Defence Treaty

9st 6lb

J: David Allan

T: Scott Dixon

prominent, led over 3f out

8/1

Form: 8150-4

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict
Didn't really take to hurdling during the winter and made low-key return to the Flat when well-held fourth of seven at Newbury (1m2f, good to soft) last month; might have needed that outing and drops in grade here but others have less to prove; first Flat run beyond 1m3f.
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8th

2

(3)

21st Dec 2023

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 6

20:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Benjamin Bear

9st 12lb

J: Millie Wonnacott

T: Alan King

1m2f winner on fast turf; placed once from six AW starts; handy mark but he's hard to fancy based on his last few starts across both codes.

12/1

10th

1

16th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

12:30 Market Rasen

Benjamin Bear

11st 4lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Flat winner in June 2022 but not in anything like the same form since, including in two hurdles runs last winter; something to prove.

20/1

33/1

Form: -47375

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 57

Form & Verdict
Placed when upped to 1m4f for handicap debut at Lingfield in July but was sold out of Roger Varian's stable soon afterwards and hasn't shown a great deal on first two starts for new trainer (1m2f/1m3f).
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7th

7

(1)

23rd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

15:25 Windsor

Bush Rose

9st 6lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Phil McEntee

Much better for tackling this sort of ground for the first time when springing a surprise at Yarmouth last Monday; experienced Alex Jary's 5lb claim goes some way towards clawing back the penalty.

5/1

1st

7

(1)

16th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 2f 23y

Class 6

14:55 Yarmouth

Bush Rose

9st 6lb

J: J F Egan

T: Phil McEntee

A fair 1m4f maiden for Roger Varian but she's yet to show that form for her current yard, coming in last of 11 at Wolverhampton (1m4f) 23 days ago; needs to get back on track.

50/1

Non-runners

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Payout
Straight Forecast £60.73
Tricast £341.31

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Byzantine Empire

Daily Mirror:

Hashtagmetoo

POSTDATA:

Starfighter

Telegraph:

Sea Urchin

RP RATINGS:

Sea Of Charm

The Times:

Byzantine Empire

The Guardian:

Byzantine Empire

D Express:

Byzantine Empire

The Sun:

Byzantine Empire

The Star:

Byzantine Empire

Daily Record:

Hashtagmetoo

Daily Mail:

Starfighter