September 23 / 17.30 York

17.30

Good To Soft

Neil Atkinson’s 60th Birthday Celebration Handicap

  • Prize money: £10468
  • 1m 3f 188y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Neil Atkinson’s 60th Birthday Celebration Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 231455 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Two wins on slow ground this season, including the Cumberland Plate at Carlisle; not entirely disgraced in valuable contest at Hamilton most recently; largely consistent and likely to give his running.
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1st

4

(5)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:30 York

Two Brothers

9st 13lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Michael & David Easterby

Two wins on slow ground this season, including the Cumberland Plate at Carlisle; not entirely disgraced in valuable contest at Hamilton most recently; largely consistent and likely to give his running.

8/1

5th

14

(7)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 15y

Class 2

18:55 Hamilton

Two Brothers

8st 10lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Michael & David Easterby

Two-time winner this term and he posted another solid effort when fifth of nine in 1m4f York handicap 27 days ago; possibilities eased 1lb now.

12/1

5th

3

(6)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:10 York

Two Brothers

10st 1lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Michael & David Easterby

led at steady pace

14/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: -23897

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft and good to firm; steadily progressive RPRs in his first five races, third off 3lb higher over C&D in May the final time; not in the same form since but has a fighting chance if back on song; drops in grade.
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2nd

8

(3)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:30 York

Rathgar

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Jack Channon

Acts on soft and good to firm; steadily progressive RPRs in his first five races, third off 3lb higher over C&D in May the final time; not in the same form since but has a fighting chance if back on song; drops in grade.

9/1

7th

9

(1)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 3f 44y

Class 3

17:20 Goodwood

Rathgar

9st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Jack Channon

midfield on inner

25/1

10/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: -24160 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Won at Doncaster (1m4f, soft) on handicap debut, then looked better than bare result on Shergar Cup day at Ascot; well held in the Melrose here (1m6f) since but may have more to offer back down in trip/grade.
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3rd

12

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:40 Taunton

Golden Move

10st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

1m4f soft-ground winner for Richard Fahey and signed off for that yard with two places in handicaps (one on heavy; gelded since); conditions won't faze him on his hurdling debut and he still holds the Triumph entry; joined a top yard for 215,000gns.

10/11

3rd

8

(5)

18th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 50y

Class 3

15:45 Nottingham

Golden Move

8st 11lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Well held in the Melrose over 1m6f; raced at 1m4f otherwise since handicapping, best form when scoring at Doncaster (soft) in July and third at York last time; goes back down in distance but isn't fully exposed.

13/2

OUR TIP

Form: 654858 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Useful at up to 1m6f on his day and has defied marks in the 90s; now down to 83, which reflects a decline in his form this term, but this drop in class may prompt a turnaround of sorts.
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5th

3

(6)

31st Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 13y

Class 4

14:17 Catterick

Dark Jedi

9st 12lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Started this campaign off a 20lb higher mark; that signifies how bad it's been but he shaped better last time over C&D (heavy) when runner-up; likely contender.

3/1

2nd

3

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 4

16:55 Catterick

Dark Jedi

9st 11lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Won on heavy on this day last year but has struggled to make much impact this term and is now 19lb lower than in April; remote fourth of six when favourite at Haydock (1m6f, heavy) last time was his worst run this season.

8/1

10/1

Form: 813782 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Has form figures of 4132 at York, the win gained over 1m4f in July (good to soft); outgunned by a progressive staying filly over 2m here two weeks ago; solid claims off bottom weight back down in distance.
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6th

9

(7)

7th Oct 2023

Good

1m 5f 218y

Class 4

17:05 Redcar

Gibside

9st 1lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Won at York in July; well below form on last four starts and it was a three-runner race in which he was a 9l second over 2m at York on penultimate outing, so his stamina beyond 1m4f remains unproved.

10/1

5th

9

(9)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:30 York

Gibside

9st 3lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

Has form figures of 4132 at York, the win gained over 1m4f in July (good to soft); outgunned by a progressive staying filly over 2m here two weeks ago; solid claims off bottom weight back down in distance.

10/1

2nd

2

(3)

10th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

14:45 York

Gibside

9st 6lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Four wins to his name over 1m3f and 1m4f on a range of ground (handles good to firm); hasn't fired the last twice though and hopes rest on this step up in trip sparking a revival (well beaten in one 1m6f run, the furthest he's gone so far).

7/2

Form: 214721 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Respectable recent strike-rate, having won three of his last seven races; got up in the final strides at Wolverhampton (1m4f, AW) latest; back on career-high mark but not dismissed in current form.
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3rd

6

(7)

10th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Lexington Knight

9st 9lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Richard Hannon

Very well suited by 1m4f on Tapeta and now 3lb lower than for narrow C&D win in September but has been out of form lately and needs to turn a corner.

25/1

7th

3

(5)

31st Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Lexington Knight

10st 1lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Richard Hannon

Successful four times at about 1m4f on Tapeta; return to this trip looks ideal having failed to see out 1m6f last time; has the ability to take a serious hand, provided he's effective back on Polytrack.

12/1

6th

6

(8)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 4

13:40 Wolverhampton (AW)

Lexington Knight

9st 9lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Richard Hannon

Won off this mark over 1m4f here in September and isn't discounted, but he hasn't shone on his three runs since; has to get back on track.

25/1

Form: -50311 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 10st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Front-running wins on soft ground at Leicester and Epsom the last twice, taking record over 1m4f to 3-4; could well have even more to offer at this trip; respected, especially granted similar going.
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1st

7

22nd Jan 2024

Good

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

13:15 Plumpton

Sweet Fantasy

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: James Owen

disputed lead

13/8

Form: 130924 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Couple of AW novice wins early in year; has shown he's effective on turf with creditable efforts at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) and Haydock (1m6f, good) the last twice; could go well again.
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10th

13

(11)

18th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

20:00 Kempton (AW)

French Invasion

9st 4lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Charlie Johnston

in touch with leaders early, led after 2f, headed and prominent after 4f

16/1

8th

7

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:30 York

French Invasion

9st 5lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Charlie Johnston

Couple of AW novice wins early in year; has shown he's effective on turf with creditable efforts at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) and Haydock (1m6f, good) the last twice; could go well again.

8/1

4th

7

(2)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

14:25 Haydock

French Invasion

8st 3lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Two-time AW novice winner who returned to form when second at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) recently; this is tougher but he hung last time so could be better suited by this flat track, and his pedigree provides hope he'll improve for the step up in trip; no surprise to see another good run.

14/1

5/1

Form: 311 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Promising effort on sole start for John Butler; successful in 1m4f novice events at Wolverhampton (AW) and Catterick (good to soft) since; unexposed colt who could do well in handicaps and looks interesting.
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9th

5

(8)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:30 York

Harappan

9st 10lb

J: Sam James

T: Iain Jardine

Promising effort on sole start for John Butler; successful in 1m4f novice events at Wolverhampton (AW) and Catterick (good to soft) since; unexposed colt who could do well in handicaps and looks interesting.

5/1

1st

2

(8)

21st Aug 2023

Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 5

15:35 Catterick

Harappan

9st 11lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Iain Jardine

150,000gns purchase out of John Butler's yard in July; has run creditably on the AW on both starts, last time on stable debut winning a Wolverhampton novice (1m4f) at 8-13; penalised; has an American dirt pedigree so not sure to be as effective on turf.

5/4

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Payout
Exacta £50.80
Straight Forecast £47.89
Tricast £165.30
Trifecta £220.40

Selections

Telegraph:

Sweet Fantasy

D Express:

Harappan

SPOTLIGHT:

Rathgar

The Times:

Golden Move

TOPSPEED:

Two Brothers

RP RATINGS:

Dark Jedi

Daily Record:

Harappan

POSTDATA:

Rathgar

The Guardian:

Sweet Fantasy

Daily Mail:

Sweet Fantasy

Daily Mirror:

Sweet Fantasy

The Sun:

Sweet Fantasy

The Star:

Sweet Fantasy