May 17 / 14.00 Newbury

14.00

Good To Soft

Ultimate Travel Company Apprentice Handicap

  • Prize money: £5757.4
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 13 runners
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Ultimate Travel Company Apprentice Handicap

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

1st
5 (10)
Grey Fox

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £11.10
  • Place: £3.10

Form: 3340-7 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
All five wins on good/firmer and four of them have been at Windsor (1m/1m2f); well treated on old form but his last success was in August 2022 and he was laboured at Windsor (22-1) on his return last month; down the list.
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6th

10

(9)

12th Jul 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:15 Ascot

Grey Fox

9st 1lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Emma Lavelle

dwelt start, in rear

16/1

10th

6

(3)

26th Jun 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:40 Kempton (AW)

Grey Fox

9st 9lb

J: Owen Lewis

T: Emma Lavelle

Took advantage of a drop in the weights at Newbury (1m, good) last month, but didn't back it up at Windsor (1m, good to firm) next time; his two previous AW performances need improving upon.

14/1

10th

6

(11)

3rd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 31y

Class 5

20:45 Windsor

Grey Fox

9st 8lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Emma Lavelle

Took advantage of a drop in the weights at Newbury (1m, good) last month and, despite going back up 5lb, remains well treated on peak form; successful four times at Windsor, including in this race (off this mark) two years ago; commands respect.

11/4

4/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 1364-3 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 64

Form & Verdict
Has mixed record in eight starts but he won a Bath handicap (1m, soft) last April and was a good third there (good) on his return last month; should benefit from that run and he had some form over C&D last summer; dangerous.
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6th

7

(8)

11th Jul 2024

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

20:10 Newbury

Johnjay

9st 7lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Roger Teal

Soft-ground winner at Bath last spring over 1m off 4lb lower; started this season in solid form and may have found the ground too fast when below his best back at Bath a month ago; hard to dismiss.

8/1

7th

1

(3)

7th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

21:00 Bath

Johnjay

9st 9lb

J: David Probert

T: Roger Teal

C&D winner last spring (soft; debut for this yard) who again ran well on his comeback here in April; another solid effort last time, albeit he got turned over at a short price, and a reproduction of that would give him every chance in a weak handicap.

6/4

2nd

11

(3)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

Johnjay

9st 7lb

J: Mikkel Mortensen

T: Roger Teal

midfield, headway 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, went second inside final 110yds, not pace to challenge

4/1

11/4

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 9329-1 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict
Handles most ground and he recorded his fifth turf win when scoring on seasonal debut at Bath (1m, good); never looked in any serious danger after kicking clear in that race and he's a big player again off 3lb higher here.
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7th

11

(7)

3rd Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 31y

Class 5

20:45 Windsor

Darvel

9st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: Patrick Chamings

Has returned in good form this season, winning at Bath (1m, good) then creditable third to Grey Fox at Newbury; gets a 5lb pull with that rival and holds solid-looking claims.

13/2

3rd

6

(7)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

Darvel

9st 11lb

J: Olivia Tubb

T: Patrick Chamings

Handles most ground and he recorded his fifth turf win when scoring on seasonal debut at Bath (1m, good); never looked in any serious danger after kicking clear in that race and he's a big player again off 3lb higher here.

11/4

3rd

6

(7)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

Darvel

9st 11lb

J: Olivia Tubb

T: Patrick Chamings

led, headed inside final furlong, no extra when lost second inside final 110yds

11/4

OUR TIP

13/2

Form: 29-726 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
Two wins on soft ground (1m) last autumn but has mixed record since last success and was down the field at Wetherby last month; mark is sliding but he's still 4lb higher than for last win and others are more persuasive.
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4th

9

(4)

7th Jul 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:35 Chelmsford (AW)

Dream Pirate

8st 12lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: T J Kent

took keen hold, in rear

10/1

4th

11

(7)

26th Jun 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:10 Kempton (AW)

Dream Pirate

9st 3lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: T J Kent

Is becoming better handicapped and has run with credit on Polytrack, but soft turf seems to bring out the best in him; others make greater appeal.

14/1

6th

3

(9)

7th Jun 2024

Good

1m 1f 11y

Class 5

18:05 Goodwood

Dream Pirate

9st 12lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: T J Kent

Dual 1m winner on soft ground; beaten between 4l and 7l in four 1m handicaps since returning from a break and might be a doubtful stayer over this far.

10/1

Form: 556-09

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 67

Form & Verdict
Sole win was in a 2yo novice (7f, soft) in September 2022 and he's struggled at big prices in two runs for new yard this season; mark continues to fall but he's now 1-11 and has a lot to prove.
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5th

7

(4)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

Serious Look

9st 10lb

J: Archie Young

T: Deborah Faulkner

prominent, weakened gradually from over 1f out

33/1

5th

7

(4)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

Serious Look

9st 10lb

J: Archie Young

T: Deborah Faulkner

Sole win was in a 2yo novice (7f, soft) in September 2022 and he's struggled at big prices in two runs for new yard this season; mark continues to fall but he's now 1-11 and has a lot to prove.

33/1

9th

11

(6)

28th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:30 Wetherby

Serious Look

9st 7lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Deborah Faulkner

Failed to progress from his novice success for previous stable; debut for new yard didn't go smoothly (stumbled early, met some traffic) but he was 100-1 for that race; market can guide.

33/1

Form: 5613-7 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Won three times (7f-1m) last season, on ground ranging from good to firm to heavy; never involved on return at Brighton but he may have needed that and he won second time up last season; dangerous back up in trip.
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4th

5

(12)

5th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:55 Sandown

Marsh Benham

11st 0lb

J: Mr Simon Walker

T: George Baker

Modest fourth in this last year (good) and recovered from slow start for 6l second of five at Lingfield (7f, good to firm) on Tuesday behind an unexposed winner; Simon Walker is a positive booking and he's not ruled out, but he needs a bigger run than last time and his slow starts are a concern.

10/1

2nd

1

(5)

2nd Jul 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

20:30 Lingfield

Marsh Benham

10st 0lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: George Baker

slowly away, in rear

12/1

13th

11

(2)

25th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

19:15 Newbury

Marsh Benham

9st 2lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: George Baker

slowly away, lost many lengths start, in rear throughout

33/1

14/1

Form: 8353-8

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
All of his wins have come at shorter trips on good to firm; back on last winning mark and has form at this trip but he didn't fire on his return last month and the forecast slow ground is a major concern here.
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3rd

6

(2)

10th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

17:10 Lingfield

Amathus

9st 8lb

J: David Probert

T: Patrick Chamings

held up in rear, steady headway on far side of group from over 2f out, went third inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

7/2

2nd

9

(1)

1st Jun 2024

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

20:15 Lingfield

Amathus

9st 1lb

J: George Rooke

T: Patrick Chamings

Win twice over C&D (good to firm) last summer and last success was off 3lb higher; out of sorts in his two runs this season but this drop back in trip looks a positive and he's one to keep an eye on back at this track.

20/1

7th

8

(13)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

Amathus

9st 8lb

J: Elle-May Croot

T: Patrick Chamings

All of his wins have come at shorter trips on good to firm; back on last winning mark and has form at this trip but he didn't fire on his return last month and the forecast slow ground is a major concern here.

14/1

8th
13 (1)
Baikal

20/1

Form: 05789-

Last run: 281 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict
Won over hurdles at Southwell (2m, good) last September but he was pulled up later that month and has not been seen since; 0-11 on Flat and he generally struggled in this sphere last year so is probably best watched on return.
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8th

4

13th Jun 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:25 Worcester

Baikal

11st 9lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Adam West

Won off this mark at Southwell (2m, good) last September; modest efforts on the Flat and over hurdles at Fontwell (2m1f, good) since returning from eight-month absence; best watched unless the market speaks in his favour.

20/1

6th

5

26th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

17:35 Fontwell

Baikal

11st 9lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Adam West

Not the most consistent but hurdle wins at Worcester (2m, good; first-time tongue-tie) a year ago and Southwell (2m, good) in September show that he is capable; only 1lb higher than for the latest and his recent Flat return should have put him straight; worth a second look.

4/1

Form: 3-1245 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
Two wins at around 1m on AW during the winter but he wasn't at his best on Polytrack at Lingfield last month; still unexposed on turf but he needs to step up again on his return to this sphere.
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5th

3

(1)

9th Jul 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 5

16:25 Lingfield (AW)

Landlordtothestars

9st 7lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: James Evans

His three wins have come on Tapeta but he's fully effective over C&D, as when chasing home a well-backed winner four weeks ago; nudged up 1lb for that, but the form looks strong and he's more appealing than many.

3/1

2nd

1

(8)

10th Jun 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 6

15:35 Lingfield (AW)

Landlordtothestars

9st 11lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: James Evans

Two AW wins at around 1m during the winter and ran okay afterwards in defeat, including a near miss over C&D; perhaps unwise to read too much into latest Newbury defeat; possibilities.

11/2

9th

4

(11)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

Landlordtothestars

9st 12lb

J: Liam Wright

T: James Evans

Two wins at around 1m on AW during the winter but he wasn't at his best on Polytrack at Lingfield last month; still unexposed on turf but he needs to step up again on his return to this sphere.

13/2

Form: 440-00

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
Clear promise in five runs over middle distances in France but she's finished last at 150-1 in two runs for new yard this spring; returns to turf off a reduced mark but she needs a major revival; tongue-tie removed.
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3rd

1

(4)

25th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 198y

Class 6

16:42 Brighton

French Martini

11st 4lb

J: Mr David Dunsdon

T: Gary & Josh Moore

prominent, switched right 3f out, outpaced 2f out, kept on

16/1

10th

10

(5)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

French Martini

9st 8lb

J: Anna Gibson

T: Gary & Josh Moore

slowly away, always behind

25/1

10th

10

(5)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

French Martini

9st 8lb

J: Anna Gibson

T: Gary & Josh Moore

Clear promise in five runs over middle distances in France but she's finished last at 150-1 in two runs for new yard this spring; returns to turf off a reduced mark but she needs a major revival; tongue-tie removed.

25/1

16/1

Form: /0040-

Last run: 193 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
Dual Kempton winner (7f, AW) from the front as a 3yo but he generally struggled during a light campaign last year; has dropped down the weights but he has questions to answer back on turf on his return; headgear removed.
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9th

5

(5)

10th Jul 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

19:10 Kempton (AW)

Unsung Hero

9st 6lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Heather Main

Two 7f wins here in September 2022; beaten nine times since and although there have been some fair runs, as when third of five at Haydock last week (visored first time), there have also been some hefty defeats; others look safer.

6/1

3rd

5

(5)

5th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 212y

Class 5

21:00 Haydock

Unsung Hero

9st 3lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Heather Main

bumped start, prominent, slightly hampered over 4f out

20/1

7th

3

(2)

3rd Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 216y

Class 6

16:30 Brighton

Unsung Hero

9st 8lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: Heather Main

Dual Kempton winner (7f, AW) from the front as a 3yo but he generally struggled during a light campaign last year and was tailed off at Newbury (1m, good) on his return 17 days ago; cheekpieces are now tried and he has plenty to prove.

20/1

Form: 8/199/ D

Last run: 664 days

W: 9st 13lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Won Bath novice (1m, good to soft) in April 2022 but she was tailed off in both subsequent runs that year; still lightly raced but she returns after 664 days off and has plenty to prove for new yard; hood back on.
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4th

2

(6)

10th Jul 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

19:40 Kempton (AW)

Bella Veneta

9st 9lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Deborah Faulkner

held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon went fourth, kept on inside final furlong, not clear run inside final 110yds

16/1

12th

2

(12)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

Bella Veneta

9st 13lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Deborah Faulkner

towards rear, keeping on but still plenty to do when badly hampered inside final furlong

20/1

12th

2

(12)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

Bella Veneta

9st 13lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Deborah Faulkner

Won Bath novice (1m, good to soft) in April 2022 but she was tailed off in both subsequent runs that year; still lightly raced but she returns after 664 days off and has plenty to prove for new yard; hood back on.

20/1

12/1

Form: 75-277 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 62

Form & Verdict
Seven-time AW winner but he's finished a well-held seventh at Kempton in last two starts; on much lower mark back on turf and he's just 1-11 in this sphere; that win was a narrow success off 4lb lower; others preferred.
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13th

12

(8)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

Gavi Di Gavi

9st 5lb

J: Millie Wonnacott

T: Alan King

Seven-time AW winner but he's finished a well-held seventh at Kempton in last two starts; on much lower mark back on turf and he's just 1-11 in this sphere; that win was a narrow success off 4lb lower; others preferred.

12/1

13th

12

(8)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

Gavi Di Gavi

9st 5lb

J: Millie Wonnacott

T: Alan King

prominent, weakened gradually from 2f out, drifted right over 1f out, hampered inside final furlong

12/1

7th

6

(5)

10th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Gavi Di Gavi

9st 8lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

Seven-time AW winner but only fifth to Ernie's Valentine at Wolverhampton in December and finished behind Lady Of Arabia over C&D the last twice; would probably benefit from a stronger pace.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £36.90
Straight Forecast £23.77
Tricast £87.25
Trifecta £177.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Darvel

POSTDATA:

Johnjay

NEWMARKET:

Dream Pirate

RP RATINGS:

Marsh Benham

The Times:

Johnjay

The Sun:

Johnjay

The Star:

Johnjay

Daily Record:

Johnjay

Telegraph:

Darvel

The Guardian:

Darvel

Daily Mail:

Darvel

D Express:

Darvel

Daily Mirror:

Darvel