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16.05 Newmarket Good To Firm

Newmarket Challenge Whip Handicap

  • Prize money: £1
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 2m 3s
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Newmarket Challenge Whip Handicap

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.70
  • Place: £4.20

Form: 933143

Last run: 38 days

W: 8st 1lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Visored on last three starts, off the mark from the front on first occasion; that was over 1m4f at Beverley but respectable shows in two small fields since make today's drop back to 1m2f worth pursuing; has been hanging left; the headgear is now dispensed with and he needs to be at his best.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

25th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:35 Warwick

Rhebus Road

11st 5lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Oliver Sherwood

No surprise to see an uplift in fortunes returned to good ground at Huntingdon last time (2m; RPR 102; fourth has won since), having done his best Flat work on sound surfaces; 6lb rise for that success asks a question, but claims obvious kept to a sharp 2m barring any appreciable rain.

5/4

1st

6

5th May 2022

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:40 Huntingdon

Rhebus Road

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Oliver Sherwood

6th

11

22nd Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:33 Taunton

Rhebus Road

10st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Oliver Sherwood

Won 1m4f/1m2f handicaps on good to firm for Ralph Beckett and also handled soft; second run over hurdles was much better than the first, when a clear second at Fontwell (2m1f) in November; open to more progress on handicap hurdle debut and he's one to keep an eye on.

11/2

11/4

  • Place: £2.00

Form: -22412 D BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Well bred and improving, on the premises every time this season although it was admittedly her seventh attempt overall when off the mark at Bath (1m2f, good to soft) in July; going close at Nottingham (1m2f, good to firm) next time seems to confirm her as a leading player today, including as the winner has scored again since.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

11

(18)

6th Nov 2021

Soft

1m 2f 43y

Class 1

12:55 Doncaster

Babindi

8st 13lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: William Haggas

Well beaten as 2yo on sole run on soft (stiff task); improved in handicaps, on the premises every time at 1m2f this season and not discredited when she tried 1m4f on latest outing; only the one win, though, and markedly improved form is required at this level.

25/1

5th

4

(4)

2nd Oct 2021

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:05 Newmarket

Babindi

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: William Haggas

Well bred and improving, on the premises every time this season although it was admittedly her seventh attempt overall when off the mark at Bath (1m2f, good to soft) in July; runner-up on both starts since, never quite getting to grips with the leader here last week, and this return to 1m4f should be okay; probably thereabouts.

7/1

2nd

2

(7)

23rd Sep 2021

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Newmarket

Babindi

9st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Well bred and improving, on the premises every time this season although it was admittedly her seventh attempt overall when off the mark at Bath (1m2f, good to soft) in July; going close at Nottingham (1m2f, good to firm) next time seems to confirm her as a leading player today, including as the winner has scored again since.

11/4

Form: 425126 D

Last run: 83 days

W: 8st 0lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
Off the mark at the eighth attempt when justifying favouritism in a 1m2f handicap at Ayr (good to firm) in June; good second at Carlisle (1m3f, good) before a rather disappointing show at Haydock, both again from off the pace; player if he bounces back from that.
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8th

1

27th Mar 2022

Good

1m 7f 152y

Class 2

14:45 Ascot

Dr T J Eckleburg

11st 12lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

Won twice on the Flat for David O'Meara; has made a likeable start over hurdles and finished well to deny an enterprisingly ridden runner-up (useful) in a Taunton handicap on good to soft in February; with the pair clear, a 6lb rise seems okay and he only just missed out on running in the 4yo handicap at Cheltenham (reserve).

9/2

1st

10

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

15:35 Taunton

Dr T J Eckleburg

10st 9lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

Two-time Flat winner for David O'Meara, the latest in October (1m2f, soft); has taken well to hurdling, comfortably landing the odds in juvenile at Ludlow (2m, soft) four weeks ago; gets a handy weight-for-age allowance against his elders and looks well treated for today's handicap debut.

11/8

1st

5

10th Jan 2022

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

12:45 Ludlow

Dr T J Eckleburg

11st 12lb

Two-time Flat winner for David O'Meara, the latest in October (1m2f, soft; RPR 77), and he was a good second on last month's hurdle and stable debut at Newbury (2m, good to soft); leading claims today.

Evs

Form: 153164 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Blinkered last six starts, winning on first attempt and when he easily took a three-runner race at Chepstow (1m2f, good) in July; however, not so good in his two starts since and now switches to visor in search of the same positive influence, for in-form yard.
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3rd

7

10th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

13:00 Sedgefield

Balearic

10st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

4th

4

(4)

23rd Sep 2021

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Newmarket

Balearic

8st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

Blinkered last six starts, winning on first attempt and when he easily took a three-runner race at Chepstow (1m2f, good) in July; however, not so good in his two starts since and now switches to visor in search of the same positive influence, for in-form yard.

7/2

4/1

Form: 222323

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Probably effective at 1m2f and 1m4f, on turf (unraced on softer than good) and AW, and with varied tactics, but he is still a maiden after seven starts; four seconds show he can be firmly in the mix.
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13th

7

6th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

13:15 Market Rasen

Bashful

11st 7lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Fair on the Flat for Andrew Balding last year and seems to be improving with experience over hurdles for new stable; ideally needs to learn to settle better but should have more to offer in handicaps; tongue-tie added today.

10/1

4th

1

25th Mar 2022

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:10 Hereford

Bashful

10st 12lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Oliver Greenall

Should have the credentials to make a jumper considering the form and stamina he showed on Flat for Andrew Balding, but it's been a very underwhelming start; best watched for now.

25/1

4th

8

3rd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:30 Ludlow

Bashful

10st 4lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Oliver Greenall

Talented on the Flat for Andrew Balding at up to 1m4f (RPR 79); has the credentials to make a jumper but he was pulled up at 25-1 on last month's hurdle/stable debut; might be best watched for now.

33/1

Form: 611043 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Well in charge twice in a row (1m2f, good to soft/AW) in May/June; while she took minor honours in six-runner races on last two outings, he needs to return much close to that AW form of his latest win.
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8th

10

(6)

29th Oct 2021

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:40 Newmarket

War Leader

8st 10lb

J: Levi Williams

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Both wins came over 1m2f this May/June; ran respectably on three of last four starts but turf form leaves him vulnerable; 7lb claimer recruited.

10/1

3rd

2

(6)

5th Oct 2021

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

17:30 Kempton (AW)

War Leader

9st 10lb

J: David Egan

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Both career wins came earlier this year and he did it well when winning at Chelmsford (1m2f, Polytrack) in June; may be suited by the return to the AW after four defeats on turf in the meantime but his only attempt at this trip at Newmarket in July proved inconclusive as regards stamina.

12/1

6th

3

(3)

23rd Sep 2021

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Newmarket

War Leader

9st 1lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Well in charge twice in a row (1m2f, good to soft/AW) in May/June; while she took minor honours in six-runner races on last two outings, he needs to return much close to that AW form of his latest win.

13/2

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8/1

Form: 812218 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
In good form over about 1m4f last month; lesser show when dropped back to 1m2f on latest outing, admittedly when rather forced to lead (set steady pace) but he probably needs a return to 2020 peak if he's to win this.
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7th

1

(6)

23rd Sep 2021

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Newmarket

Red October

9st 9lb

J: James Doyle

T: Hugo Palmer

In good form over about 1m4f last month; lesser show when dropped back to 1m2f on latest outing, admittedly when rather forced to lead (set steady pace) but he probably needs a return to 2020 peak if he's to win this.

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £406.00
Straight Forecast £272.90
Trifecta £2928.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Babindi

Telegraph:

Balearic

TOPSPEED:

Rhebus Road

The Guardian:

Bashful

POSTDATA:

Red October

Daily Express:

Balearic

RP Ratings:

Babindi

NEWMARKET:

Babindi

The Times:

Babindi

Daily Mail:

Babindi

Daily Mirror:

Babindi

The Sun:

Babindi

Daily Record:

Babindi

The Star:

Rhebus Road