January 01 / 15.45 Newcastle (AW)

15.45

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BetMGM: It’s Showtime Handicap

  • Prize money: £24300
  • 1m 0f 5y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
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BetMGM: It’s Showtime Handicap

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat AW

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Weather: Mostly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.40
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 18000- CD

Last run: 129 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Ended 2023 out of form (stiff tasks, notably in the Derby) but he has won first time out in each of his two seasons of racing (including a C&D Listed event last April); gelding and wind ops since last seen; potentially well treated and although there are risks involved, a case can be made.
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13th

1

(4)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Dear My Friend

10st 1lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Readily beat a couple of these rivals in the Mile Trial at Lingfield (off 6lb lower) four weeks ago, producing a smart handicap performance and taking AW record to 4-4; successful on this card last year and commands major respect back here.

100/30

1st

1

(4)

1st Mar 2024

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1m 0f 1y

Class 2

16:57 Lingfield (AW)

Dear My Friend

9st 12lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Charlie Johnston

3-3 on AW, the wins gained in Listed company (twice) and a valuable Newcastle handicap on New Year's Day; a 4lb rise for his latest C&D win asks more of him but he's still a major player.

9/4

1st

2

(2)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 1

14:37 Lingfield (AW)

Dear My Friend

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

2-2 on AW, both wins over 1m at Newcastle, namely a Listed event on Good Friday 2023 and a useful handicap on 2024 reappearance (first run since wind/gelding operations); major contender provided he's as effective at this venue.

2/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 1/453- D

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Completed an AW hat-trick (all at around 1m on Tapeta) when trained by Charlie Appleby; had a wind operation prior to his stable debut in June (C&D; after 518 days off) and he responded well to pressure, narrowly beaten into fourth in a blanket finish; backed and ran well for third at Kempton six weeks ago; still brings low mileage.
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6th

5

(5)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Symbol Of Light

9st 0lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Firmly knocking on the door since returned to AW, most recently a shade unlucky at Kempton where he very nearly collared a rival who dictated matters; much better off with Dear My Friend on C&D running in January; big player.

9/2

2nd

1

(5)

7th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Symbol Of Light

9st 9lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Julie Camacho

Very solid second (split subsequent winners) in similar event over 1m at Newcastle on New Year's Day, taking AW form figures to 111432; lightly raced 5yo who has strong claims up just 1lb.

9/4

2nd

3

(12)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Symbol Of Light

9st 4lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Julie Camacho

mounted in chute and taken down early

7/2

8/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 05114- CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Finished just behind Helm Rock when bidding for a hat-trick at Chelmsford 18 days ago; rider's claim helpful today but suspicion there will be a few too strong.
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3rd

6

(3)

29th Mar 2024

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1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Fantastic Fox

8st 13lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Roger Varian

midfield, headway on far side of group over 1f out, went third inside final furlong, kept on, no match for first two

9/1

1st

3

(3)

20th Jan 2024

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1m 0f 1y

Class 3

14:00 Lingfield (AW)

Fantastic Fox

9st 6lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Roger Varian

in touch with leaders, pushed along and steady headway from over 1f out, ridden to lead final 110yds, ran on well

6/1

3rd

6

(1)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Fantastic Fox

8st 13lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Roger Varian

Finished just behind Helm Rock when bidding for a hat-trick at Chelmsford 18 days ago; rider's claim helpful today but suspicion there will be a few too strong.

8/1

OUR TIP

8/1

Form: 64572- CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Won twice in Group 3 company in 2022; ran some creditable races in defeat last year, notably a second in Listed company at Kempton four weeks ago; this is less demanding than he's used to and he should have a big run in him.
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10th

4

(2)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Tempus

9st 4lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

Ran respectably behind a few of these rivals over C&D two starts ago but is likely set for another supporting role; the oldest contestant and losing spell goes back to summer 2022.

12/1

4th

1

(4)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Tempus

9st 12lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

pressed leader

8/1

2nd

4

(2)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Tempus

9st 6lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Archie Watson

slowly into stride, soon midfield, headway 2f out, left in third over 1f out, kept on, went second towards finish

6/1

5th
10 (7)
Chuzzlewit

10/1

Form: /5004-

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Ran okay when fifth behind Dear My Friend over C&D last April, his only attempt at this trip; finished behind Master Zoffany here (7f) three weeks ago, travelling strongly and perhaps not best positioned; still has time to do better.
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16

(15)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Chuzzlewit

8st 8lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

Beat the 11-8 favourite to win six-runner handicap in first-time blinkers at Newcastle (1m, AW) ten days ago; he's unexposed in the headgear and has won on turf, but he carries a 5lb penalty now back up in grade and his best form has come on AW; tailed off on sole run on soft ground.

50/1

1st

5

(3)

13th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 3

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Chuzzlewit

9st 5lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

Just one win to his name thus far but he continues to leave the impression there's a bigger effort around the corner; possible 7f will prove his optimum but he stays this far and first-time blinkers could unlock his potential; more interesting than many.

8/1

10/1

Form: 17541- C

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Came from off the pace to record a comfortable win over 7f here three weeks ago; 1m is within range and although he'll need another career best to win, it's not out of the question.
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11th

13

(1)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Master Zoffany

8st 5lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Richard Fahey

Ended his 2023 campaign with a success at this venue, beating Greatgadian; however, not in the same form this year and current mark demands a career best; others preferred.

25/1

7th

4

(1)

17th Feb 2024

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0m 7f 36y

Class 2

19:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Master Zoffany

8st 12lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Richard Fahey

raced in third

9/1

12th

2

(14)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Master Zoffany

9st 9lb

J: Tom Kiely-Marshall

T: Richard Fahey

Patiently ridden when a comfortable winner over C&D in December and didn't get much luck in running returned to 1m on New Year's Day; new partner claims 7lb and he has ridden winners in Ireland; each-way claims should they click.

14/1

7th
12 (5)
Ron O

14/1

Form: 25471- CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 8st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Steadily progressive 6yo who took his form to a new level when keeping on well to win at Southwell in November; that form has a solid look to it and he ought to give another good account under suitable conditions.
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5th

3

(6)

13th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 3

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Ron O

9st 6lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Ray Craggs

Conditions to suit and he ran as well as he ever has when third in a 7f handicap here ten days ago (Greatgadian second); not ideally berthed there and returning to 1m will suit; each-way claims.

7/1

Form: 11503- CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Has recorded RPRs of 103, 105 and 104 in his last three AW starts, one of them a C&D win; should be sharper for last month's promising third at Chelmsford; one to take seriously.
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8th

2

(8)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Helm Rock

9st 6lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Has recorded RPRs of 103, 105 and 104 in his last three AW starts, one of them a C&D win; should be sharper for last month's promising third at Chelmsford; one to take seriously.

7/1

3rd

2

(4)

14th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Helm Rock

9st 5lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

midfield

9/1

11th

10

(13)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Helm Rock

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Two good AW wins in August and September but turf mark has risen in tandem and he made no impact back on grass at Haydock (1m, heavy) 21 days ago; up against it.

25/1

20/1

Form: 80226- D

Last run: 182 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Made good progress for John Quinn last winter, winning twice over 1m at Southwell and second over C&D off 1lb lower last March; this is his first AW start since and he could still have more to come on this surface; pitched into a deep race after six months off though.
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7th

6

(7)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

11:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Tropez Power

9st 6lb

J: James Sullivan

T: John & Sean Quinn

midfield

10/1

7th

6

(7)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

11:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Tropez Power

9st 6lb

J: James Sullivan

T: John & Sean Quinn

midfield

10/1

8th

12

(8)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Tropez Power

8st 5lb

J: James Sullivan

T: John & Sean Quinn

Steadily finding his form this year, creditable fourth at Southwell most recently; however, faces a stiffer task in this field and chance partly depends on how well he responds to first-time headgear.

25/1

Form: 45133-

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Ex-French colt who made a promising stable debut when third of ten at Wolverhampton last month (extended 1m); that form has worked out and he should be seen to better effect granted a stiffer test at the trip.
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5th

6

(2)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 2

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Woodstock City

8st 10lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Ian Williams

Ex-French colt who made a promising stable debut when third of ten here (8.5f) in December; two lesser efforts have followed but stepping back up in trip can help.

16/1

12th

8

(9)

20th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 3

14:00 Lingfield (AW)

Woodstock City

9st 1lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Ian Williams

reared in stalls before start, held up in rear, outpaced over 2f out, weakened and lost touch over 1f out

33/1

10th

8

(3)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Woodstock City

8st 11lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Ian Williams

Ex-French colt who made a promising stable debut when third of ten at Wolverhampton last month (extended 1m); that form has worked out and he should be seen to better effect granted a stiffer test at the trip.

20/1

Form: /1855- D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Looked promising in maiden/novice company, winning twice (7.5f and 1m); lots went wrong at Chester on his handicap debut in September but he's not kicked on since, including when behind Helm Rock at Chelmsford last month (stable and AW debut); others appeal more.
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8th

4

(3)

31st Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Lord Bertie

9st 1lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Looked promising in maiden/novice company, winning twice (7.5f and 1m); handicap career proving something of a damp squib and he's not getting much assistance from the assessor; risky back at 7f.

12/1

12th

5

(6)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Lord Bertie

9st 0lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

took keen hold, led

12/1

5th

6

(5)

14th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Lord Bertie

9st 0lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

steadied start, in rear

9/2

Form: 61118- C BF

Last run: 6 days

W: 8st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Completed a hat-trick when getting an easy lead at Lingfield (1m2f) on his handicap debut last month; disappointed off this mark at Wolverhampton on Tuesday; drops in trip but improvement needed to defy this mark.
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Non-runners

Gincident, Urban Sprawl

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Payout
Exacta £26.40
Straight Forecast £16.29
Tricast £80.71
Trifecta £96.70

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Master Zoffany

RP RATINGS:

Dear My Friend

Telegraph:

Symbol Of Light

POSTDATA:

Fantastic Fox

SPOTLIGHT:

Helm Rock

The Times:

Chuzzlewit

Daily Mail:

Urban Sprawl

The Sun:

Tempus

The Star:

Dear My Friend

Daily Mirror:

Symbol Of Light

The Guardian:

Fantastic Fox

LAMBOURN:

Helm Rock

D Express:

Master Zoffany

Daily Record:

Master Zoffany