May 17 / 14.30 Newbury

14.30

Good To Soft

Unibet Handicap

  • Prize money: £18900
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 14 runners
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Unibet Handicap

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £8.90
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 2/23- BF

Last run: 181 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 4yo for powerful connections; goes handicapping after showing promise in all three runs (7f-1m2f; turf starts on slow ground) and trainer's patient approach would suggest there's more to come from him; market helpful.
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9th

4

(9)

7th Jul 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

15:50 Chelmsford (AW)

Hosanna Power

9st 6lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Sir Michael Stoute

raced wide, took keen hold, prominent, dropped to midfield after 1f

4/1

3rd

8

(1)

15th Jun 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

14:45 Chester

Hosanna Power

8st 13lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Lightly raced 4yo for powerful connections; improved to make a winning seasonal/handicap debut over 1m2f at Newbury (good) 29 days ago, showing a good attitude to fend off a next-time-out winner; it will be a surprise if he doesn't have bigger performances in him.

11/4

1st

12

(9)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Hosanna Power

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Lightly raced 4yo for powerful connections; goes handicapping after showing promise in all three runs (7f-1m2f; turf starts on slow ground) and trainer's patient approach would suggest there's more to come from him; market helpful.

13/2

11/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 2421-5 D BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Had his consistency rewarded with a 1m2f maiden win on Newcastle's AW in October, after which he was gelded; sent off one of the favourites for a deep C&D handicap a month ago and yet shaped as though that run was needed (weakened from a handy position); strong suspicion that he has better days ahead of him.
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3rd

4

(4)

4th Jul 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 3

19:35 Kempton (AW)

Cracksking

9st 10lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: James Fanshawe

dwelt start, in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield after 2f

15/8

1st

5

(1)

5th Jun 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 3

20:15 Kempton (AW)

Cracksking

9st 0lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: James Fanshawe

Had his consistency rewarded with a 1m2f maiden win on Newcastle's AW in October; resumed progress when beaten a neck at Newbury (1m2f) on latest outing and looks worth this second attempt at 1m4f, having been second in a C&D maiden last September; considered.

4/1

2nd

8

(3)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Cracksking

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

Had his consistency rewarded with a 1m2f maiden win on Newcastle's AW in October, after which he was gelded; sent off one of the favourites for a deep C&D handicap a month ago and yet shaped as though that run was needed (weakened from a handy position); strong suspicion that he has better days ahead of him.

11/2

33/1

  • Place: £12.40

Form: 2043/7 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Formerly smart in these colours for David Menuisier; however, was returning from a long absence when pulled up in a maiden hurdle this February and then finished tailed off back on the Flat at Bath (has won on heavy); much to prove now.
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8th

3

(1)

12th Jul 2024

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 4

16:35 Ascot

Winter Reprise

9st 12lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Alan King

in rear throughout

16/1

8th

9

(6)

29th Jun 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 3

16:50 Newcastle (AW)

Winter Reprise

8st 11lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Alan King

Formerly smart in these colours for David Menuisier; should be well handicapped so has to be of interest after running much better over this trip at Newbury (good); considered.

7/1

3rd

10

(10)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Winter Reprise

9st 4lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Alan King

Formerly smart in these colours for David Menuisier; however, was returning from a long absence when pulled up in a maiden hurdle this February and then finished tailed off back on the Flat at Bath (has won on heavy); much to prove now.

33/1

Form: 657-27 C

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Carried only 8st 13lb when pushing Mustazeed close in this 12 months ago but twice a winner since then and ran right up to his best here in April (1m2f, good to soft; some of these behind); Goodwood last time was disappointing (has won there) but if back on song, and returning here should help, then he wouldn't be far away.
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3rd

12

(13)

6th Jul 2024

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

16:47 Sandown

Sweet Reward

9st 1lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Jonathan Portman

Has plenty of Sandown form, including close second in this race two years ago; far from certain to repeat that effort, having finished only fifth in lower grade here last month.

14/1

5th

3

(7)

14th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 3

15:15 Sandown

Sweet Reward

9st 7lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Jonathan Portman

Best efforts this term when making the frame twice at Newbury; has plenty of Sandown form, including a success in this race three years ago; weighted to the hilt off current mark, however.

14/1

8th

9

(10)

31st May 2024

Soft

1m 2f 17y

Class 2

15:45 Epsom

Sweet Reward

8st 9lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Jonathan Portman

Fourth in this race in 2022 and won over C&D last July; also scored well at Goodwood (1m2f, soft) last August, good second at Newbury this April and creditable fourth there on latest outing; each-way claims.

10/1

12/1

Form: -58261 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Enjoys some cut underfoot but it was a Class 5 handicap in which she stormed clear at Bath (1m2f) and this is way harder under a penalty.
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5th

7

(4)

12th Jul 2024

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 4

16:35 Ascot

Moonlit Cloud

9st 6lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Dean Ivory

towards rear, took keen hold after 3f

12/1

7th

7

(7)

14th Jun 2024

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 4

16:45 York

Moonlit Cloud

9st 6lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Dean Ivory

midfield on outer

10/1

5th

15

(13)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Moonlit Cloud

8st 10lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Dean Ivory

held up in rear, good headway over 2f out, edged left when disputing third over 1f out, kept on

12/1

7/2

Form: 1150-3 CD BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
A four-timer last summer for Tony Carroll included a C&D success; shared favouritism with Cracksking in a C&D handicap on his return and he was quite an eyecatcher in making the frame from an unpromising position (finished just behind Sweet Reward); must have a shout.
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7th

3

(11)

26th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 39y

Class 4

15:05 Carlisle

Gallant Lion

10st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: Alan King

prominent on outer, in touch with leaders after 4f

4/1

4th

8

(5)

14th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 3

15:15 Sandown

Gallant Lion

9st 2lb

J: William Buick

T: Alan King

Completed a four-timer last summer for previous stable; creditable efforts in a couple of competitive races at Newbury for new yard this season; sole start under William Buick resulted in C&D win; interesting.

5/2

6th

9

(14)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Gallant Lion

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

A four-timer last summer for Tony Carroll included a C&D success; shared favouritism with Cracksking in a C&D handicap on his return and he was quite an eyecatcher in making the frame from an unpromising position (finished just behind Sweet Reward); must have a shout.

7/2

12/1

Form: 1/2/6-

Last run: 370 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
With Ralph Beckett when running away with a good-ground Newmarket nursery in the October of his first season and reappeared with a narrow defeat there the following April (1m2f, good); absent for 396 days prior to finishing well held at Ascot last May (1m4f, soft) and now returns from a similar absence; hard to know what to expect but his ability is respected; first-time tongue-tie; Jamie Spencer only 1-10 for the yard but has had three seconds and two fourths; has to be of interest.
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8th

16

(9)

14th Jun 2024

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

High Fibre

8st 7lb

J: Jack Enright

T: Harry Fry

Wide-margin winner of 1m1f handicap at Newmarket on final 2yo start but seen just once in each of the next two seasons so although he caught the eye at Newbury (1m2f, good; first-time tongue-tie, retained) last month it's hard to know which way he'll go from that; clearly retains potential, though.

14/1

7th

7

(15)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

High Fibre

9st 6lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Harry Fry

With Ralph Beckett when running away with a good-ground Newmarket nursery in the October of his first season and reappeared with a narrow defeat there the following April (1m2f, good); absent for 396 days prior to finishing well held at Ascot last May (1m4f, soft) and now returns from a similar absence; hard to know what to expect but his ability is respected; first-time tongue-tie; Jamie Spencer only 1-10 for the yard but has had three seconds and two fourths; has to be of interest.

12/1

7th

7

(15)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

High Fibre

9st 6lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Harry Fry

held up in last, ran on well inside final furlong, not reach leaders

12/1

Form: 17420- CD

Last run: 188 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Had the benefit of a run (winning here) when narrowly taking this race 12 months ago off a 5lb lower mark and ran two further good races in the autumn off this figure; fairly treated, he's able when fresh and all ground seems to come alike; respected.
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2nd

1

(7)

12th Jul 2024

Soft

1m 1f 212y

Class 4

16:35 Ascot

Mustazeed

10st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: Harry Eustace

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield after 3f

9/1

12th

12

(13)

14th Jun 2024

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Mustazeed

8st 9lb

J: George Wood

T: Harry Eustace

No strong going preferences and he won on first two starts for this yard at Newbury (1m2f; soft and good) last spring; no advance on that form in subsequent runs though and he's still 4lb above the latest winning mark (under Hayley Turner, now switches to Scampi).

14/1

8th

3

(4)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Mustazeed

9st 9lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Harry Eustace

never better than midfield

7/1

14/1

Form: /0790- D

Last run: 250 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Won three times at about this distance in France during 2022, initially for the Aga Khan and in these colours the last twice; last year's light campaign didn't go so well and would need to see some confidence behind him ahead of British debut, for all that he's feasibly handicapped on his peak RPRs.
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9th

5

(2)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Valiabad

9st 7lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Owen Burrows

Won three times at about this distance in France during 2022, initially for the Aga Khan and in these colours the last twice; last year's light campaign didn't go so well and would need to see some confidence behind him ahead of British debut, for all that he's feasibly handicapped on his peak RPRs.

14/1

9th

5

(2)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Valiabad

9st 7lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Owen Burrows

prominent, weakened inside final furlong

14/1

OUR TIP

40/1

Form: 006-60 D

Last run: 91 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Former Group 3 winner over this trip for Aidan O'Brien; not even a mild sighting of that level of form in five runs for his current yard and can only be watched for now.
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2nd

1

(5)

5th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:25 Sandown

Aikhal

10st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Jamie Osborne

Ex-Ballydoyle 5yo; has dropped down the weights and ran well when fourth of seven at Goodwood (1m4f, good) a fortnight ago; another 2lb lower today but needs something extra to return to winning ways today.

10/1

4th

2

(8)

21st Jun 2024

Good

1m 3f 218y

Class 4

18:50 Goodwood

Aikhal

9st 11lb

J: William Carver

T: Jamie Osborne

took keen hold, midfield

11/1

Form: 7/701- D

Last run: 281 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Failed to go on after looking smart on his Ascot debut but he steadied the ship when hooded for the first time and edging home in a 1m2f handicap at Sandown (good to soft) in August; returns off a 4lb higher mark but now has to follow one good run with another.
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11th

4

(8)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Defence Of Fort

9st 8lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Peter Chapple-Hyam

Failed to go on after looking smart on his Ascot debut but he steadied the ship when hooded for the first time and edging home in a 1m2f handicap at Sandown (good to soft) in August; returns off a 4lb higher mark but now has to follow one good run with another.

10/1

11th

4

(8)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Defence Of Fort

9st 8lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Peter Chapple-Hyam

never better than midfield

10/1

1st

3

(1)

10th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 209y

Class 4

19:15 Sandown

Defence Of Fort

9st 7lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Peter Chapple-Hyam

Looked promising when winning on Ascot debut (7f, good to firm) last summer but well held at Group 3 level in two subsequent outings at two and has fared no better in a pair of handicaps this year; pulled hard when stepped up to 1m2f last time and now sports a first-time hood; questions to answer at present.

16/1

Form: 52/11/

Last run: 640 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
5yo who has only raced four times, winning both his starts in 2022 only narrowly but with something in hand (1m maiden on good and 1m1f handicap on soft); has a long absence to overcome but interesting that top connections are persevering and have had him gelded (also hooded); the market could be revealing.
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6th

6

(4)

15th Jun 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

14:45 Chester

Glam De Vega

9st 0lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: Roger Varian

Lightly raced 5yo who won both his starts in 2022; a bit too fresh back from a long absence when down the field behind Hosanna Power at Newbury four weeks ago but he travelled well enough for long enough to think he retains plenty of ability; no surprise were he to leave that run well behind now.

8/1

12th

6

(11)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Glam De Vega

9st 7lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Roger Varian

5yo who has only raced four times, winning both his starts in 2022 only narrowly but with something in hand (1m maiden on good and 1m1f handicap on soft); has a long absence to overcome but interesting that top connections are persevering and have had him gelded (also hooded); the market could be revealing.

9/2

12th

6

(11)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Glam De Vega

9st 7lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Roger Varian

travelled strongly, midfield, going easily when not clear run over 3f out, switched right 2f out, no impression inside final furlong

9/2

40/1

Form: 3312-0 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Dual 1m2f winner on soft ground at a lower level; went off 25-1 for C&D reappearance last month and finished behind a few of these.
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8th

8

(10)

26th Jun 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 4

20:10 Kempton (AW)

Monteria

9st 6lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Stuart Kittow

Dual 1m2f winner on turf, but modest in his last two starts at Newbury and unplaced in five outings on the AW; cheekpieces join the tongue-tie, but he still has stamina to prove.

25/1

13th

13

(7)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Monteria

8st 12lb

J: George Rooke

T: Stuart Kittow

Dual 1m2f winner on soft ground at a lower level; went off 25-1 for C&D reappearance last month and finished behind a few of these.

40/1

13th

13

(7)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Monteria

8st 12lb

J: George Rooke

T: Stuart Kittow

midfield, weakened over 1f out

40/1

33/1

Form: 273-89

Last run: 119 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Maiden winner at two when with Dermot Weld; had some placed form in Britain for his next yard but two quiet runs on the AW when last seen and makes stable debut in a warm handicap.
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2nd

2

(1)

10th Jul 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 4

17:40 Kempton (AW)

Enthrallment

9st 9lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Karen Jewell

Sole win came in Ireland as a 2yo; 7lb lower than when third of eight at Wolverhampton (1m4f, Tapeta) in December, but modest in his last three starts including on stable debut at Newbury (1m2f, good) in May; cheekpieces given a go but others stronger.

33/1

14th

11

(12)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Enthrallment

9st 2lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Karen Jewell

Maiden winner at two when with Dermot Weld; had some placed form in Britain for his next yard but two quiet runs on the AW when last seen and makes stable debut in a warm handicap.

33/1

14th

11

(12)

17th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Enthrallment

9st 2lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Karen Jewell

slowly away, always behind

33/1

Non-runners

Bint Al Daar

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Payout
Exacta £49.50
Straight Forecast £36.93
Tricast £1503.38
Trifecta £2321.30

Selections

The Guardian:

Gallant Lion

Daily Mail:

Moonlit Cloud

The Times:

Cracksking

NEWMARKET:

Hosanna Power

TOPSPEED:

Sweet Reward

SPOTLIGHT:

High Fibre

RP RATINGS:

Mustazeed

Telegraph:

Cracksking

Daily Record:

Hosanna Power

Daily Mirror:

Gallant Lion

The Star:

Gallant Lion

D Express:

Moonlit Cloud

The Sun:

Moonlit Cloud

POSTDATA:

Sweet Reward