May 18 / 16.45 Newbury

16.45

Good

OCS Handicap

  • Prize money: £38655
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
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OCS Handicap

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £11.70
  • Place: £2.90

Form: 05426-

Last run: 210 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Some very useful form in blinkers last term, notably second in the Royal Hunt Cup and a good handicap at Doncaster; however, he's a frustrating sort, being 0-13 since debut win; seemed to need the run in this race on reappearance 12 months ago; headgear removed.
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6th

8

(5)

13th Jul 2024

Soft

0m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:20 Ascot

Sonny Liston

9st 3lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

held up in rear, some headway 2f out, no extra from 1f out

3/1

2nd

1

(19)

19th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Sonny Liston

9st 13lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Produced a career-best performance at Newbury (1m, good) last month on seasonal debut, beating Metal Merchant and belatedly adding to his 2yo win; good second (first home on near side) in this contest last year; on a career-high mark but again looks likely to perform well.

12/1

1st

2

(3)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Sonny Liston

9st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Some very useful form in blinkers last term, notably second in the Royal Hunt Cup and a good handicap at Doncaster; however, he's a frustrating sort, being 0-13 since debut win; seemed to need the run in this race on reappearance 12 months ago; headgear removed.

8/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.25

Form: 6210-1 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Ascot classified win (1m, good) last October is a solid piece of form; gelded prior to landing the Spring Cup over C&D (good to soft; off 5lb lower) on reappearance, beating Godwinson by half a length; looks set for a productive campaign and warrants respect.
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7th

7

(7)

6th Jul 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Metal Merchant

9st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: Jack Channon

Landed the Spring Cup at Newbury on seasonal debut and has remained in form since, creditable seventh in the Royal Hunt Cup most recently; ties in with Perotto and Holloway Boy on that effort; not ruled out.

5/1

7th

23

(8)

19th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Metal Merchant

8st 13lb

J: David Probert

T: Jack Channon

Has form on all types of ground; successful in useful classified event over C&D last October and the Spring Cup at Newbury in April; ran creditably behind Sonny Liston at Newbury last month, keeping on; may still have further improvement in him; solid claims.

16/1

2nd

7

(2)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Metal Merchant

9st 3lb

J: David Probert

T: Jack Channon

Ascot classified win (1m, good) last October is a solid piece of form; gelded prior to landing the Spring Cup over C&D (good to soft; off 5lb lower) on reappearance, beating Godwinson by half a length; looks set for a productive campaign and warrants respect.

9/2

8/1

  • Place: £2.05

Form: -12013 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Generally progressive in AW handicaps since November and proved game at Newcastle on finals day; transferred that form back to turf in the Spring Cup here last month, finishing third behind Metal Merchant and Godwinson; place claims.
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6th

4

(1)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:00 Newmarket (July)

Talis Evolvere

9st 10lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Richard Hannon

Has developed into a useful handicapper at about 1m on AW/turf; form dipped in the Royal Hunt Cup most recently, however, and he has something to prove back over 7f.

25/1

15th

10

(11)

19th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Talis Evolvere

9st 2lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Richard Hannon

Game win at Newcastle on AW finals day; creditable third in Newbury handicaps won by Metal Merchant and Sonny Liston since returned to turf (good/good to soft); consistent sort who has each-way possibilities.

20/1

10/1

Form: 3107-2

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Ex-French 4yo who belied his 40-1 odds with 1l second in big field at Newmarket (1m, good) two weeks ago on seasonal debut and third British start; possibilities, provided he builds on that encouraging effort; also declared 3:15 Newmarket.
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1st

18

(10)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:00 Newmarket (July)

Aalto

8st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ian Williams

Successful twice in France; 0-6 in Britain but has encouraging form this year, close second under big weight at Haydock (7f, good) eight days ago; towards the bottom of the weights in this higher grade; interesting contender, as his turn may well be near.

9/1

2nd

1

(1)

5th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 212y

Class 4

19:53 Haydock

Aalto

10st 3lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Ian Williams

Two-time French winner (7.5f/1m1f, AW/good to soft); 0-5 for current yard but he finished second of 16 at Newmarket (1m, good) in May and was a close fifth in another big-field event at York (7f, good to soft) last month; 1lb lower than for that last run and he's a big player on this drop back in grade.

4/1

5th

8

(13)

15th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

14:25 York

Aalto

9st 10lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Ian Williams

midfield

6/1

Form: 1/13-0 D BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Career started with two AW wins at Kempton, looking the type to develop into a smart sort; hasn't lived up to expectations in two turf events since but perhaps needed the latest one, having been absent for 11 months; lightly raced and can't be written off.
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5th

6

(12)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Slipofthepen

9st 4lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Career started with two AW wins at Kempton, looking the type to develop into a smart sort; hasn't lived up to expectations in two turf events since but perhaps needed the latest one, having been absent for 11 months; lightly raced and can't be written off.

13/2

5th

6

(12)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Slipofthepen

9st 4lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Career started with two AW wins at Kempton, looking the type to develop into a smart sort; hasn't lived up to expectations in two turf events since but perhaps needed the latest one, having been absent for 11 months; lightly raced and can't be written off.

13/2

13th

3

(12)

16th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:55 Newmarket

Slipofthepen

9st 6lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Absent since being beaten at 4-9 in Listed race at Sandown (1m, good to soft) last May, finishing third of four on his turf debut; however, he went there unbeaten following two 1m AW wins and this very lightly raced 4yo retains considerable potential for his top stable; intriguing contender.

5/1

6th
9 (7)
Terwada

16/1

Form: 1170-0 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Progressive sort last spring/summer but his form dipped markedly in major handicaps the last twice; failed to beat a rival in the Spring Cup here (on reappearance) latest and is best watched unless the market suggests a rebound is likely.
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24

(12)

13th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

15:10 York

Terwada

8st 6lb

T: Ed Walker

Reserve; lightly raced 4yo who runs off last winning mark and returned to form with close fifth of 15 at Sandown (1m, good to soft) last month; today's step up in trip may prompt improvement but others are more compelling.

33/1

5th

11

(8)

15th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:05 Sandown

Terwada

9st 4lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Ed Walker

raced in second

11/1

6th

9

(7)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Terwada

8st 13lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Ed Walker

Progressive sort last spring/summer but his form dipped markedly in major handicaps the last twice; failed to beat a rival in the Spring Cup here (on reappearance) latest and is best watched unless the market suggests a rebound is likely.

16/1

25/1

Form: 72-450 CD

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Well treated on the pick of his form, which includes two Group 3 wins in 2022; however, has produced regressive results on AW this year and doesn't look poised to take advantage of his reduced mark.
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2nd

1

(1)

11th Jul 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:20 Newmarket (July)

Tempus

10st 2lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Won two Group 3 races in 2022; has tumbled down the weights and takes a drop in grade today, having contested the Royal Hunt Cup three weeks ago; however, he's hard to fancy judged on his last two performances.

10/1

27th

25

(4)

19th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Tempus

8st 12lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Archie Watson

Formerly smart; ran respectably off higher marks in this race in 2022 (finished third) and 2023 (seventh); however, the 8yo needs to stage a revival in first-time blinkers, having shown regressive form this year.

14/1

7th

5

(6)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Tempus

9st 6lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

Well treated on the pick of his form, which includes two Group 3 wins in 2022; however, has produced regressive results on AW this year and doesn't look poised to take advantage of his reduced mark.

25/1

Form: 94409- D

Last run: 181 days

W: 9st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Smart in Hong Kong on his day but failed to beat a rival on last appearance and may be past his best; first start on British soil since 2018 and makes debut for Craig Benton; market should give further guidance.
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9th

1

(10)

6th Jul 2024

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

16:47 Sandown

Stephensons Rocket

10st 2lb

J: George Rooke

T: Craig Benton

Capable of smart form during his long spell in Hong Kong; however, needs to improve a good deal on his Newbury reappearance effort (first start on British soil since 2018).

33/1

8th

1

(5)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Stephensons Rocket

9st 12lb

J: Rhiain Ingram

T: Craig Benton

Smart in Hong Kong on his day but failed to beat a rival on last appearance and may be past his best; first start on British soil since 2018 and makes debut for Craig Benton; market should give further guidance.

25/1

8th

1

(5)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Stephensons Rocket

9st 12lb

J: Rhiain Ingram

T: Craig Benton

Smart in Hong Kong on his day but failed to beat a rival on last appearance and may be past his best; first start on British soil since 2018 and makes debut for Craig Benton; market should give further guidance.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 0450-7 C

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Very useful 7f handicapper for Ralph Beckett; won last year's Bunbury Cup (off 2lb lower); never landed a blow at Newmarket on stable/seasonal debut but shaped as if this return to 1m is worth exploring; has the ability to play a big role.
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9th

3

(1)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Biggles

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Very useful 7f handicapper for Ralph Beckett; won last year's Bunbury Cup (off 2lb lower); never landed a blow at Newmarket on stable/seasonal debut but shaped as if this return to 1m is worth exploring; has the ability to play a big role.

8/1

9th

3

(1)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Biggles

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Very useful 7f handicapper for Ralph Beckett; won last year's Bunbury Cup (off 2lb lower); never landed a blow at Newmarket on stable/seasonal debut but shaped as if this return to 1m is worth exploring; has the ability to play a big role.

8/1

7th

1

(11)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Newmarket

Biggles

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

midfield, outpaced over 2f out, rallied final furlong, not pace to challenge

12/1

Form: 883-11 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
2-2 this term, winning over 1m at Chelmsford (AW) by a neck and Ascot (good to soft) by half a length; now on a career-high mark and upped further in grade but can't be dismissed in current form; better than ever.
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8th

8

(5)

6th Jul 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Two Tempting

9st 0lb

J: David Egan

T: Jonathan Portman

Productive 5yo who held on by a neck in similar event over C&D (good to soft) last month, taking strike-rate this season to 4-5; never wins by far and a further 2lb rise keeps him competitively weighted.

15/2

1st

6

(11)

15th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:05 Sandown

Two Tempting

9st 7lb

J: David Egan

T: Jonathan Portman

It has to go down as a career best when coming clear with the unexposed runner-up in a handicap over Epsom's extended 1m on Oaks day (good to soft); 5lb rise shouldn't be beyond him if he's as good again and he does have form here.

9/1

1st

13

(4)

31st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 113y

Class 2

14:35 Epsom

Two Tempting

8st 7lb

J: David Egan

T: Jonathan Portman

Made a good start to the campaign with two wins but came up well short at Newbury when bidding for the hat-trick; only eighth in this contest last year and can be opposed off career-high mark.

25/1

11/4

Form: 315-2 BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Strong form (about only 5l behind a subsequent Group 1 winner) on final 3yo start; finished well for half-length second to Metal Merchant in the Spring Cup over C&D (good to soft; started favourite) last month on handicap/seasonal debut; the type to improve further and could well reverse placings with that rival; one to follow.
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4th

8

(6)

14th Jun 2024

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Godwinson

9st 0lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: William Haggas

Promising in just three starts as 3yo; favourite for both handicaps this year, doing very well in second of 21 in the Spring Mile at Newbury (good to soft) on reappearance but his weak effort there last month was in direct contrast; a puzzle now trying a new trip.

9/2

11th

8

(10)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Godwinson

8st 13lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Strong form (about only 5l behind a subsequent Group 1 winner) on final 3yo start; finished well for half-length second to Metal Merchant in the Spring Cup over C&D (good to soft; started favourite) last month on handicap/seasonal debut; the type to improve further and could well reverse placings with that rival; one to follow.

11/4

11th

8

(10)

18th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newbury

Godwinson

8st 13lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Strong form (about only 5l behind a subsequent Group 1 winner) on final 3yo start; finished well for half-length second to Metal Merchant in the Spring Cup over C&D (good to soft; started favourite) last month on handicap/seasonal debut; the type to improve further and could well reverse placings with that rival; one to follow.

11/4

14/1

Form: 2029-3 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Front-runner; creditable third in the Thirsk Hunt Cup (1m, good to soft) on stable/seasonal debut but was worn down inside the last half-furlong and ideally needs a slight drop back in trip; has done most of his winning at 7f/7.5f.
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11th

1

(11)

17th Jul 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:52 Thirsk

Autumn Festival

10st 3lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Ed de Giles

prominent

16/1

10th

10

(8)

4th Jul 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Autumn Festival

9st 2lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Ed de Giles

took keen hold, led early, headed and raced in second after 1f, lost second over 2f out, weakened from over 1f out

25/1

8th

7

(5)

15th Jun 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

14:45 Chester

Autumn Festival

9st 0lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Ed de Giles

Placed in the Thirsk Hunt Cup (1m) on stable/seasonal debut but down the field at Newbury and Epsom since; this track can suit front-runners but whether the step up to 1m2f is what he wants remains to be seen.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £74.50
Straight Forecast £66.84
Tricast £259.69
Trifecta £347.90

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Godwinson

POSTDATA:

Metal Merchant

The Times:

Aalto

TOPSPEED:

Autumn Festival

Telegraph:

Slipofthepen

D Express:

Tempus

The Guardian:

Aalto

Daily Mail:

Metal Merchant

Daily Mirror:

Metal Merchant

RP RATINGS:

Godwinson

NEWMARKET:

Godwinson

The Sun:

Godwinson

The Star:

Godwinson

Daily Record:

Godwinson