April 19 / 15.45 Newbury

15.45

Soft

Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd Silver Bar Handicap

  • Prize money: £23193
  • 2m 0f 110y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd Silver Bar Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £11.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 44632-

Last run: 202 days

W: 8st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Losing run goes back to July 2021; three more trainer changes since and he took minor honours off this mark in six-runner races last term on his two runs for current yard, having earlier been a well-beaten fourth in this race after an absence; has only once been beyond 1m6f otherwise (well beaten); others are more persuasive.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

4

(4)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

16:15 Chester

Prince Alex

9st 10lb

J: David Egan

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Went long time without a win but didn't run that often, in fairness, and he returned to the winner's enclosure in pretty smooth fashion at Newbury (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago; has a 3lb penalty and used to be capable of better than that in 2021; first run here but big player if he adapts.

5/1

9th

4

(4)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

16:15 Chester

Prince Alex

9st 10lb

J: David Egan

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Went long time without a win but didn't run that often, in fairness, and he returned to the winner's enclosure in pretty smooth fashion at Newbury (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago; has a 3lb penalty and used to be capable of better than that in 2021; first run here but big player if he adapts.

5/1

1st

8

(8)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Prince Alex

8st 5lb

J: David Egan

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

towards rear

10/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 1120-3 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Highly progressive last year in winning five times between April and July, from 1m4f to 2m on varied ground; 223 days off before straight back to his best with a close third of five at Pontefract (2m2f, heavy) 17 days ago, so another big run looks highly likely.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

4

(7)

24th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:25 Goodwood

Robert Johnson

9st 8lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Philip Kirby

dwelt start, towards rear

11/2

5th

4

(7)

24th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:25 Goodwood

Robert Johnson

9st 8lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Philip Kirby

dwelt start, towards rear

11/2

2nd

10

(6)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Robert Johnson

8st 4lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Philip Kirby

midfield

7/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 32210- D

Last run: 188 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Had a good record in 1m6f-2m2f handicaps last term before her disappointing show in the Cesarewitch (11-1) on final outing; those solid runs were on varied ground but peak efforts on good; given the way she won on penultimate outing she could still have potential.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

17

(12)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Grand Providence

8st 6lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Andrew Balding

Unraced here; good record in 1m6f-2m2f handicaps before disappointing in the Cesarewitch (11-1) on final 3yo outing; back-to-form third at Newbury (2m) on reappearance, staying on well, and this is just her second season, so she is still capable of better; a big run looks on its way.

13/2

5th

17

(12)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Grand Providence

8st 6lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Andrew Balding

Unraced here; good record in 1m6f-2m2f handicaps before disappointing in the Cesarewitch (11-1) on final 3yo outing; back-to-form third at Newbury (2m) on reappearance, staying on well, and this is just her second season, so she is still capable of better; a big run looks on its way.

13/2

3rd

7

(1)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Grand Providence

8st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

towards rear

4/1

Form: 53/17- C

Last run: 188 days

W: 9st 8lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
12yo who has retained a rare zest, demonstrated last year with a front-running Flat win here (1m5f, heavy; stays well) and a second triumph in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle; remote in the Champion Hurdle last month but no shock were he to bounce straight back with a bold show today.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

4

(7)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Not So Sleepy

9st 8lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Hughie Morrison

disputed lead early, led after 1f

9/1

4th

4

(7)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Not So Sleepy

9st 8lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Hughie Morrison

disputed lead early, led after 1f

9/1

5

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Not So Sleepy

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Hughie Morrison

Acts on any going; very useful dual-purpose performer who retains his ability and enthusiasm despite his advancing years; comfortably won the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, rescheduled to Sandown, when last seen three months ago; however, beaten in this race for the last four years (form figures P555) and, at the age of 12, is surely set for another supporting role.

33/1

5/1

Form: 3-1113 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Fair hurdler on varied ground; Flat form took off again this winter with the switch to AW, winning three times before his creditable third at Newcastle on finals day, all over 2m; turf mark has risen too, so the form needs to be transferred, but he's respected as an in-form candidate.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

5

(5)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Spartan Army

9st 3lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

disputed lead early, headed and prominent after 1f

5/1

5th

5

(5)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Spartan Army

9st 3lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

disputed lead early, headed and prominent after 1f

5/1

3rd

5

(7)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Spartan Army

8st 13lb

J: David Probert

T: Alan King

Progressive since switched to AW and held on well to beat Prydwen by a neck in the Marathon Trial at Lingfield (2m) most recently; beat Palace Boy at Southwell the time before; now 3-3 in this sphere and commands major respect.

3/1

12/1

Form: 11336/ BF

Last run: 544 days

W: 9st 13lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Won his first three races before further smart form in 2022 when third in two Group 3s; disappointing favourite when upped to 2m that October and unraced since, having been sold out of Paddy Twomey's for 32,000gns last July and gelded; the trip and layoff give him a fair bit to prove.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

1

(2)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Beamish

9st 13lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

disputed lead early, headed and prominent after 1f

12/1

6th

1

(2)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Beamish

9st 13lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

disputed lead early, headed and prominent after 1f

12/1

6th

2

(4)

23rd Oct 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:45 Curragh

Beamish

9st 9lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

held up in midfield, good headway going easily to lead 3f out, pushed along and headed under 2f out, weakened final furlong

100/30

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7th
3 (11)
Metier

7/2

Form: /8217-

Last run: 173 days

W: 9st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Hurdles career seems to have gone off the rails but two big runs on Flat last spring, notably with last-gasp win in the 2m2f Chester Cup (soft); 4lb higher today; has a recent hurdles run under his belt and although rain rather than drying conditions would be preferred for him, he's not ruled out.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

3

(3)

23rd May 2024

Good To Firm

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

19:07 Sandown

Metier

9st 4lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Harry Fry

disputed lead, led clearly after 2f, increased tempo 4f out, headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, soon lost fourth

20/1

5th

3

(3)

23rd May 2024

Good To Firm

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

19:07 Sandown

Metier

9st 4lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Harry Fry

disputed lead, led clearly after 2f, increased tempo 4f out, headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, soon lost fourth

20/1

7th

3

(11)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Metier

9st 8lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Harry Fry

steadied start, held up in last

7/2

12/1

Form: 31636-

Last run: 195 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Four wins at up to 1m7f in France, including a 1m3f Group 2 in May 2022; good debut for this yard in Listed race at Chester last September but soundly beaten in a Group 3 at Ascot three weeks later, both over 1m4f; had wind surgery since; worth a market check but probably vulnerable.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

5

(2)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 5f 84y

Class 1

15:40 Chester

LAstronome

9st 2lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Hugo Palmer

led, headed and raced in second after 2f, lost position over 2f out, soon hung left and weakened

20/1

6th

5

(2)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 5f 84y

Class 1

15:40 Chester

LAstronome

9st 2lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Hugo Palmer

Group 2 winner in France two years ago; ran well in Listed event at this course (1m4f, good to soft) on British debut but comfortably held in two subsequent starts; difficult task on ratings returned to Chester.

20/1

8th

2

(4)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

LAstronome

9st 12lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Hugo Palmer

midfield

12/1

14/1

Form: 947-08

Last run: 55 days

W: 8st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Well beaten in sole run on soft; handicap debut in April 2022 was his last win (for William Haggas); some minor honours last year at up to 2m and he's been coming down the weights in his three AW runs for new yard, showing his most promise for them in February latest (behind Spartan Army); case can be made.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

3

(3)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 115y

Class 4

19:15 Doncaster

Educator

9st 8lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: Michael Appleby

Winless since April 2022 but he posted a good second of seven in 1m6f Southwell handicap 20 days ago; much respected off an unchanged mark.

10/1

6th

3

(3)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 115y

Class 4

19:15 Doncaster

Educator

9st 8lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: Michael Appleby

slowly away, took keen hold, midfield on inner, headway over 3f out, pressed leaders 2f out, weakened inside final furlong

10/1

2nd

3

(5)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 4

14:10 Southwell (AW)

Educator

9st 8lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Michael Appleby

in rear

10/1

Non-runners

Torcello, Yorkindness

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £82.20
Straight Forecast £74.41
Tricast £199.92
Trifecta £353.50

Selections

POSTDATA:

Robert Johnson

The Times:

Spartan Army

TOPSPEED:

Educator

LAMBOURN:

Prince Alex

SPOTLIGHT:

Grand Providence

Telegraph:

Yorkindness

RP RATINGS:

Beamish

Daily Mirror:

Not So Sleepy

The Sun:

Spartan Army

Daily Record:

Spartan Army

D Express:

Educator

THE NORTH:

Robert Johnson

The Guardian:

Robert Johnson

The Star:

Robert Johnson

Daily Mail:

Prince Alex