December 16 / 19.30 Wolverhampton (AW)

19.30

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  • Prize money: £3140.4
  • 2m 0f 120y
  • Class 6
  • 10 runners
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Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Tapeta

Weather: Cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.88
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 060822

Last run: 6 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 49

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 3yo who was campaigned at up to 1m2f for previous connections but didn't seem to lose out through lack of stamina over C&D for this yard and was eating into the in-form winner's lead all the way to the line over 1m4f here last week; interesting back at 2m.
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5th

4

(1)

23rd Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

The Craftymaster

9st 3lb

J: William Carson

T: Tony Carroll

Has won seven in the past four months (three here) and gone up the weights by 27lb; didn't have the race run to suit off his revised mark on Polytrack last time but he's no certainty to here either and will need another career-best.

5/1

5th

4

(1)

23rd Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

The Craftymaster

9st 3lb

J: William Carson

T: Tony Carroll

Has won seven in the past four months (three here) and gone up the weights by 27lb; didn't have the race run to suit off his revised mark on Polytrack last time but he's no certainty to here either and will need another career-best.

5/1

5th

5

(1)

10th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 4

20:00 Kempton (AW)

The Craftymaster

9st 3lb

J: William Carson

T: Tony Carroll

Won seven of his last eight (the defeat when beaten less than a length into second) at four different AW tracks; runs here for the first time since down the field on debut but the long straight ought to play to his strengths.

9/4

14/1

  • Place: £5.50

Form: 450-88

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 49

Form & Verdict
Has run some good races over 1m4f here but well below best in all three starts since November 2022 and now tackles 2m for the first time.
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3rd

11

(3)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

12:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Baileys Warrior

8st 8lb

J: Ethan Jones

T: Deborah Faulkner

took keen hold, midfield on outer, headway to lead and went clear with one circuit to go, much reduced lead 4f out, headed and lost two places inside final furlong, kept on

10/1

3rd

11

(3)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

12:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Baileys Warrior

8st 8lb

J: Ethan Jones

T: Deborah Faulkner

1-27 with her win coming in a weak four-runner contest at Lingfield (2m, Polytrack) in February; has run with credit on both starts since, but this may be an inadequate test for her now.

10/1

4th

7

(10)

2nd Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Baileys Warrior

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Deborah Faulkner

1-26 with her win coming in a weak four-runner contest at Lingfield (2m, Polytrack) in February; however, it's worth noting that she twice chased home the prolific The Craftymaster over C&D during the winter and there is nothing of his calibre in this field; interesting.

6/1

20/1

  • Place: £3.50

Form: 006-07

Last run: 220 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 50

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced for Charlie Fellowes; some mitigating circumstances for a heavy defeat on C&D handicap debut in April but soundly beaten over 2m at Kempton in May and has had another layoff since; limited appeal.
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2nd

5

(1)

16th May 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 6

18:22 Lingfield (AW)

Young Endless

9st 7lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: L J Morgan

Won at Southwell (1m6f, Tapeta) on final start for Sam Thomas; has form figures of 211, all at same venue, for new yard; rallied well, despite hanging left, in 2m event most recently; improving 5yo who warrants respect.

3/1

2nd

5

(1)

16th May 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 6

18:22 Lingfield (AW)

Young Endless

9st 7lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: L J Morgan

Won at Southwell (1m6f, Tapeta) on final start for Sam Thomas; has form figures of 211, all at same venue, for new yard; rallied well, despite hanging left, in 2m event most recently; improving 5yo who warrants respect.

3/1

1st

7

(7)

29th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 5

17:45 Southwell (AW)

Young Endless

8st 13lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: L J Morgan

prominent, led over 2f out, ridden when headed over 1f out, soon hung left, rallied and led again inside final furlong, kept on

3/1

33/1

Form: 006

Last run: 178 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict
Very modest form in maiden and novice company at up to 1m2f and only a mild glimmer of hope in pedigree that he'll stay 2m on handicap debut.
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4th

5

(5)

8th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 6

15:35 Lingfield (AW)

New York Bay

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Gay Kelleway

Off the mark with 5l win at Wolverhampton (1m6f) last month and he followed up with brave success at Chelmsford (1m5f) six days later; still has potential as a stayer but he was disappointing back at Chelmsford (well-held sixth) last time and has something to prove after that.

7/2

6th

6

18th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 5f 66y

Class 6

13:20 Chelmsford (AW)

New York Bay

9st 4lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Gay Kelleway

Six months off before sent handicapping this winter and he's been much improved; won well at Wolverhampton (1m6f) two weeks ago and followed up by a short head when 4-7 over C&D last Thursday; raised another 3lb today but with a big plus in the lack of compelling recent form among his rivals.

5/6

Form: 765352 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 55

Form & Verdict
Has yet to race on this track but a winner three times on Southwell Tapeta (including over 2m) and he only just failed over 1m6f there last week; more obvious chance than most.
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6th

5

(12)

21st Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 6

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Prince Abu

9st 6lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Derek Shaw

Three course wins including one over C&D, and three times in a hood; perfectly capable of popping up again on the best of this winter's form and perhaps fitting cheekpieces, after running with no headgear since October 2022, will provide a helpful novelty factor.

8/1

6th

5

(7)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Prince Abu

9st 7lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: Derek Shaw

slowly away and lost many lengths start, raced in last

8/1

4th

2

(7)

5th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Prince Abu

9st 7lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Derek Shaw

Losing run up to 18, but things haven't panned out ideally for him a couple of times lately and this three-time course winner lurks on a dangerous mark, 9lb lower than when last successful and 1lb lower than when going close over C&D in December; may be worth chancing.

9/1

Form: 073366

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 45

Form & Verdict
Went close in 1m4f classified at Brighton in June 2022 but she hasn't progressed and her recent 2m run back on Polytrack doesn't inspire much confidence; plenty to prove back on Tapeta; headgear discarded.
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6th

8

(5)

16th Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sugar Candie

9st 0lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Hughie Morrison

Went close in 1m4f classified at Brighton in June 2022 but she hasn't progressed and her recent 2m run back on Polytrack doesn't inspire much confidence; plenty to prove back on Tapeta; headgear discarded.

14/1

6th

10

(3)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 6

12:16 Lingfield (AW)

Sugar Candie

9st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Hughie Morrison

towards rear

8/1

6th

10

(5)

18th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 1f 24y

Class 6

17:45 Bath

Sugar Candie

8st 11lb

J: Rose Dawes

T: Hughie Morrison

Effective at 2m on soft ground but she's still a maiden after 11 starts and was a well-held third in a Class 6 event at Catterick last time; others preferred.

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: 151285 C

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict
Won two of his three most recent course starts, over 1m6f in May and June, and went very close off this mark at Newcastle (2m) in July; can come on for his recent return to action at Southwell; major role likely.
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7th

3

(5)

5th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Steel Helmet

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Harriet Bethell

Two wins and as many seconds from 11 visits here but was well behind in The Craftymaster's race here 20 days ago.

10/1

7th

3

(2)

16th Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Steel Helmet

9st 6lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Harriet Bethell

Won two of his three most recent course starts, over 1m6f in May and June, and went very close off this mark at Newcastle (2m) in July; can come on for his recent return to action at Southwell; major role likely.

6/1

5th

14

7th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

15:07 Southwell (AW)

Steel Helmet

9st 4lb

T: Harriet Bethell

Seen mostly on Tapeta and has more to prove on Polytrack, as shown by latest start; 1m6f wins at Wolverhampton this May and June, with a close call at Newcastle on penultimate start, but there's a bit more for him to prove with the 105-day absence.

9/1

Form: -99574

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 54

Form & Verdict
Maiden who has not been finding much since upped to 1m4f on turf and AW on last three starts, in first-time cheekpieces (retained) on latest start, and has a major stamina query over this new trip.
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5th

6

(6)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 6

18:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Kemerton

9st 3lb

J: David Probert

T: Ian Williams

held up in rear

12/1

3rd

4

(1)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

16:10 Wolverhampton (AW)

Kemerton

9st 8lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Ian Williams

Unplaced in 13 attempts over a variety of trips; slipping to a workable mark but others push stronger claims, particularly after he was last of eight over C&D in the 8.30 yesterday.

8/1

9

(7)

15th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Kemerton

9st 4lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Ian Williams

First-time cheekpieces seemed to help when fourth of 11 over 1m4f here last month but upping him to 2m wasn't the answer next time and he didn't do enough over C&D since to think this is his trip either; work to do.

8/1

Form: 2/0/00 C

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 46

Form & Verdict
Two course wins much earlier in career but latest successes came over hurdles in 2021 and out of sorts over hurdles, fences and on this track in recent starts; blinkers refitted.
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9th

6

(6)

16th Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Decoration Of War

9st 0lb

J: Grace McEntee

T: Max Young

Two course wins much earlier in career but latest successes came over hurdles in 2021 and out of sorts over hurdles, fences and on this track in recent starts; blinkers refitted.

40/1

12th

11

10th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

15:20 Wolverhampton (AW)

Decoration Of War

9st 3lb

J: Grace McEntee

T: Max Young

Regressive form over jumps this year and was tailed off over C&D on return to the Flat last month; others appeal more.

50/1

12

(3)

14th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Decoration Of War

9st 4lb

J: Grace McEntee

T: Max Young

Pulled up over fences at Exeter three weeks ago and hasn't raced on the Flat since October 2021; there's no obvious reason why he'll prove threatening to those with more recent Flat form; safe to look elsewhere.

50/1

12/1

Form: 99-055

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 45

Form & Verdict
Maiden who showed very little in her early handicaps but she did keep on willingly when fifth of eight on first 2m attempt at Newcastle last month (first-time cheekpieces, retained) and may yet do better at this trip.
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8th

10

(7)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

18:40 Ripon

Bateau Bay

8st 9lb

J: Laura Coughlan

T: Philip Kirby

raced in last

50/1

8th

10

(7)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

18:40 Ripon

Bateau Bay

8st 9lb

J: Laura Coughlan

T: Philip Kirby

raced in last

50/1

6

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:05 Southwell

Bateau Bay

11st 0lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Struggled to get competitive off basement marks on the AW during the winter and makes no appeal on this hurdling debut.

100/1

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Payout
Exacta £49.00
Straight Forecast £56.97
Tricast £473.65
Trifecta £627.90

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

The Craftymaster

The Guardian:

Kemerton

Daily Mail:

New York Bay

Telegraph:

Sugar Candie

Daily Mirror:

Prince Abu

RP RATINGS:

The Craftymaster

POSTDATA:

The Craftymaster

The Times:

The Craftymaster

The Star:

The Craftymaster

Daily Record:

The Craftymaster

D Express:

Kemerton

The Sun:

Kemerton