April 20 / 17.30 Thirsk

17.30

Soft

Vickers.Bet EBF Michael Foster Conditions Stakes

  • Prize money: £9277.2
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 5 runners
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Vickers.Bet EBF Michael Foster Conditions Stakes

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.10
  • Place: £3.40

Form: 45406-

Last run: 209 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Classy 2yo, winning a 6f Curragh Group 2 and third in Group 1 National Stakes there (7f, soft); found life tougher over sprint trips for Johnny Murtagh last year, changed hands for 150,000euros in the autumn and new connections have gelded him and waste no time stepping him back up in trip; it'll be interesting to see how much strength there is behind him in the betting.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

8

(2)

22nd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

Shartash

9st 5lb

J: James Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Gelded after joining this yard and has been better than ever, making it 2-2 for the stable with a Listed win at Haydock (7f, good to firm) last month; has since been acquired by Wathnan Racing (remains with same trainer); he travelled well and was clear 1f out last time, so could have even more to offer now back down to a sprint trip, and he's firmly in calculations.

6/1

1st

3

(5)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 212y

Class 1

15:50 Haydock

Shartash

9st 10lb

J: Joshua Bryan

T: Archie Watson

Winless last year for Johnny Murtagh but made an immediate impact for his new yard with a convincing success in conditions event at Thirsk (7f, soft; unraced on firmer than good) three weeks ago; that was a personal best on the ratings and he was competitive in Group 1s as a 2yo; could take another step forward.

7/2

1st

3

(5)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 212y

Class 1

15:50 Haydock

Shartash

9st 10lb

J: Joshua Bryan

T: Archie Watson

Winless last year for Johnny Murtagh but made an immediate impact for his new yard with a convincing success in conditions event at Thirsk (7f, soft; unraced on firmer than good) three weeks ago; that was a personal best on the ratings and he was competitive in Group 1s as a 2yo; could take another step forward.

7/2

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5/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 19122- D

Last run: 196 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Progressed into a smart performer last year, winning a pair of 7f handicaps and narrowly denied in the Ayr Gold Cup (6f, good to soft) in September; showed he can do it outside of handicaps when close second in 7f Redcar Listed race on final start; leading claims if fully primed for this.
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8th

9

(7)

8th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 37y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Ramazan

9st 2lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Had an improving profile in handicaps last season prior to Listed near-miss at Redcar (7f, good) in October; another big run when beaten just a head in the Victoria Cup Handicap at Ascot (7f, good) four weeks ago and he's in calculations on the back of that effort; stable is in excellent form.

6/1

2nd

3

(18)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Ramazan

9st 8lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Richard Fahey

took keen hold, raced in second

12/1

2nd

3

(18)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Ramazan

9st 8lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Richard Fahey

took keen hold, raced in second

12/1

5/2

Form: 3/94-4 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Made a winning debut in the Listed Chesham at 2022 Royal Ascot; recorded another smart effort at the Royal meeting when fourth in last year's Jersey (7f, good to firm) but not seen again (gelded) until a well-held fourth in a 1m Doncaster Listed race (soft) four weeks ago; entitled to come on for the run and the drop back to 7f shouldn't inconvenience.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

4

(23)

19th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Holloway Boy

9st 7lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

Soft ground may explain his below-par efforts this term; has performed well in both attempts at Royal Ascot, winning the Chesham (on debut) in 2022 and close fourth in the Jersey last year; interesting off a workable mark returned to this venue on handicap debut.

16/1

3rd

4

(1)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

17:30 Thirsk

Holloway Boy

9st 4lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

led, headed over 2f out, lost second and hung left 1f out, weakened final 110yds

5/2

3rd

4

(1)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

17:30 Thirsk

Holloway Boy

9st 4lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

led, headed over 2f out, lost second and hung left 1f out, weakened final 110yds

5/2

Form: 0110-5 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Campaigned in handicaps in 2023, hitting a peak with wins at Ascot (7f International Stakes) and Doncaster (6.5f, soft); respectable fifth in 6f Doncaster Listed race on reappearance four weeks ago and this return to 7f is in his favour.
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18th

6

(16)

20th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:15 Ascot

Baradar

9st 10lb

J: David Egan

T: George Boughey

Has not yet shown his true colours in 2024 but he should be in his comfort zone back on this track, having won a top C&D handicap (good) last July before following up at Doncaster (extended 6f; soft); weighted to go well off just 1lb higher than the latter win and can step up on recent form.

25/1

7th

1

(1)

25th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 1y

Class 2

16:05 Chester

Baradar

9st 12lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

in touch with leaders, lost position 2f out, short of room when switched left over 1f out, soon weakened

3/1

7th

1

(1)

25th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 1y

Class 2

16:05 Chester

Baradar

9st 12lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

in touch with leaders, lost position 2f out, short of room when switched left over 1f out, soon weakened

3/1

12/1

Form: 17150- D

Last run: 182 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Three wins at Goodwood last season, the first two over 7f on soft/heavy, the final one over 1m in September; respectable third in this race on his 2022 reappearance but has a bit to find on the figures this time.
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13th

7

(29)

20th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:15 Ascot

Rhoscolyn

9st 10lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David O’Meara

Perfectly capable of taking a hand in this company, having finished third in this race in 2022 (good to firm) and again on the premises over C&D last October (good); however, he's done most of his winning on good to soft or slower and, although in good heart when winning at Epsom (7f, good to soft) recently, he could do with some rain.

20/1

1st

1

(8)

31st May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 3y

Class 2

17:40 Epsom

Rhoscolyn

10st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: David O’Meara

Wide-margin winner of this race in 2021 (good to soft); mixed record this season but he showed enough when fourth at Haydock last month (7f, soft) to think he retained plenty of ability; excuses since (tough task in the Victoria Cup and caught wide from the outside stall at Chester last week) and he's one to take seriously with conditions in his favour.

8/1

6th

2

(9)

25th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 1y

Class 2

16:05 Chester

Rhoscolyn

9st 6lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

towards rear, raced wide when brief headway home turn, soon carried right, weakened inside final furlong

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £19.70
Straight Forecast £27.74
Trifecta £70.50

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Holloway Boy

POSTDATA:

Shartash

NEWMARKET:

Baradar

SPOTLIGHT:

Ramazan

TOPSPEED:

Holloway Boy

The Times:

Holloway Boy

Telegraph:

Holloway Boy

Daily Mirror:

Holloway Boy

Daily Record:

Holloway Boy

The Sun:

Ramazan

LAMBOURN:

Shartash

Daily Mail:

Shartash

D Express:

Shartash

The Guardian:

Baradar

The Star:

Baradar