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13:25 Doncaster

Soft

Virgin Bet Handicap

  • Prize money: £10308
  • 0m 7f 6y
  • Class 2
  • 18 runners
  • Win time: 1m 30s
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Runners: 18 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

16/1

  • Place: £4.80

Form: 620028 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Couldn't get to the principals in this race last year but is capable of useful 7f form on soft and is only 3lb higher than his Haydock win in July (has a good record there); out of his league in Listed company last week but of more interest at this level.

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9th

6

(9)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Young Fire

9st 6lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Inconsistent and was poor last time, but needs a good pace to aim at and on a dangerous mark should he get one (likely scenario); 1m on soft is fine.

20/1

9th

1

(2)

4th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

17:10 Newcastle (AW)

Young Fire

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

C&D winner who has dropeed 6lb lower than when last successful, but hasn't fired lately albeit he wasn't beaten far at Wolverhampton (8.6f, Tapeta) last time; needs a good pace to aim at and that doesn't seem very likely in this field.

10/1

5th

5

(1)

19th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Young Fire

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Four wins this year, including over C&D, and well treated on the last three, but he hasn't got within striking distance on latest two runs so might have gone off the boil for now.

8/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 506002

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Has had a slightly frustrating season given his promising fifth on reappearance in the Lincoln here (1m, good) but this course seems to bring out the best in him and he was back to form when runner-up over C&D (soft) 14 days ago; can figure off the same mark.

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6th

1

(7)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

16:15 Southwell (AW)

Orbaan

9st 11lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Unexposed on the AW and well treated on the pick of his turf form (last win came from 8lb higher), but unplaced in his last 14 starts despite a sliding mark and returns from six months off; others preferred.

7/1

11th

10

(3)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

Orbaan

8st 10lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: David O’Meara

8yo who has been regressive this year and is back to having something to prove having been soundly beaten at Ascot last Saturday; however, prior to that he kept on for an encouraging fifth of 17 here (7f, good to soft) in first-time cheekpieces and perhaps he'll get another boost today now in a visor.

10/1

11th

16

(7)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Orbaan

8st 11lb

J: Jason Hart

T: David O’Meara

Successful in C&D classified race on Shergar Cup day in 2022, following up his Golden Mile win at Goodwood; 0-14 since and, although well treated on peak RPRs, current mark reflects his recent level of form.

12/1

20/1

  • Place: £7.80

Form: 982050 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Acts well on testing ground but rarely races at 7f now (well held on most recent attempt in August, albeit when making a quick return) and was way back over his more regular 1m trip at Limerick last month.

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12th

3

(8)

5th Apr 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

15:05 Leopardstown

Quizical

10st 2lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

Well over three years since he won over 1m here but has fallen to an attractive mark after light campaign last year; ground no problem but trip could be and record fresh is not great at all.

16/1

12th

5

(9)

6th Nov 2022

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

15:57 Naas

Quizical

9st 12lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

midfield

20/1

9th

7

(12)

22nd Oct 2022

Soft

1m 0f 0y

15:45 Leopardstown

Quizical

9st 6lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Ms Sheila Lavery

towards rear of midfield, pushed along 3f out, ridden towards rear under 2f out, some headway inside final furlong, never on terms

10/1

25/1

Form: 012100 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

All British wins on soft/heavy; has won over 7f and 6f this year and was successful off this mark in 2019, but he rarely figures off marks in the 90s these days.

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6th

7

(3)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Cold Stare

9st 4lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Always been happiest on soft turf and doesn't arrive in any form, having finished behind a few of these over C&D four weeks ago; isn't obviously fancied.

25/1

Form: 905015 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 8st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Can lead, as when enterprisingly ridden for 7f Sandown win in September (good; has won on soft); creditable fifth behind improver at Ascot since but balance of form suggests he has his share of weight.

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10th

6

(7)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Marshal Dan

9st 8lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Heather Main

steadied start, in rear

14/1

10th

9

(9)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Marshal Dan

9st 4lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Heather Main

keen to post, in touch with leaders

16/1

7th

1

(16)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:57 Newmarket

Marshal Dan

10st 0lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Heather Main

Finished third of 15 in the 2018 running; has had a stop-start year but testing conditions suit and he looked in good form when a ready winner from Hodler at Leicester 18 days ago (7f, soft; first-time cheekpieces, retained); back up 5lb; one of the more likely ones.

8/1

Form: 041310 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Continued to improve over 1m on soft/good to soft in the middle months of the year but out the back at Ascot three weeks ago on return from a break and has since missed a soft-ground engagement because of the ground; reservations back at 7f with all best form at 1m.

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7th

3

(1)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Doncaster

Dashing Roger

9st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: William Stone

Useful efforts to win a pair of 1m handicaps on heavy last autumn but this 7yo faces a very stiff task up significantly in class on his reappearance.

33/1

1st

3

(3)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:10 Newmarket

Dashing Roger

9st 12lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: William Stone

prominent, ridden and challenging over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on

7/1

Form: 172660 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won off a similar mark at Newmarket in July (1m, good to firm; has won on good to soft); had stiff tasks in two most recent starts over 7f and 1m at Ascot but needs to show he is still in peak form; probably up against it with blinkers replacing cheekpieces.

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7th

1

(6)

25th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Accidental Agent

10st 2lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

towards rear

12/1

7th

2

(6)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Accidental Agent

9st 12lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Course winner at 6f and 7f; had a distinguished career and it's not over yet judged on a hampered fifth of 15 in Bunbury Cup in July (good to soft; handles most ground); fair fifth in a Racing League race at Chepstow since; handicapper cautiously dropping him in the weights; involved.

7/1

9th
13 (2)
Zip

20/1

Form: 563310 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Capable of hacking it in warm 7f handicaps when on song and beat a big field in the 7f apprentice event on this card last year (heavy); lesser efforts on two other C&D starts, though, including when beaten 14l two weeks ago.

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4th

7

(6)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

15:05 Doncaster

Zip

9st 4lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Fahey

Only 1lb higher than when landing a 7f handicap here (heavy) last October, his third course win; comes here fit from the AW and although his winning has been done over 7f, he should be fully effective at this trip on slow ground; Alec Voikhansky's two rides on him have yielded a win and a third; big run expected.

8/1

6th

4

(6)

3rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Zip

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

He has run creditably on AW since landing a heavy-ground handicap at Doncaster last October; should run his race once again but others appeal more for win purposes.

10/1

10/1

Form: /900-4 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Shaped as though he'd be better for the run when a fading fourth over C&D 14 days ago on return to Britain after a layoff; weighted to have a say on form before his stint in Hong Kong, notably 7f and 1m wins on soft in late 2019; respected.

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1st

5

(2)

16th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:55 Newmarket

Hafeet Alain

9st 4lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Ed Walker

C&D winner who got back to his best last year with wins in June/October (1m, soft/good to soft); however, this is his first outing since a below-par AW run in November; slow ground may be preferable.

14/1

8th

5

(8)

20th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Hafeet Alain

9st 5lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Ed Walker

Has won on the Polytrack at Lingfield but this season's two victories have come on slow turf, more recently at York last month; still has some handicapping scope despite a 3lb rise.

9/2

Form: 679952

Last run: 22 days

W: 8st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Winless since French Listed success in 2019 (1m1f, very soft) but inkling of a revival at York last month before second at Haydock (both 1m on soft); had 7f form with excuses in 2020 and of interest back at this trip.

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9th

1

(6)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

13:05 Chelmsford (AW)

Alexander James

9st 11lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Herrington

Modest efforts the last twice and has only managed to win one of his last 26 starts, but he drops into a Class 6 handicap for the first time on his 50th outing so a case can be made; stable also runs Powdering.

12/1

8th

6

(9)

10th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 5

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Alexander James

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Michael Herrington

Only success since 2021 came in selling grade; 0-11 for current yard and has become inconsistent; frame possibilities on best 2024 efforts but others are more appealing.

10/1

8th

1

(4)

22nd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

Alexander James

9st 9lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Herrington

C&D winner who has run well in defeat over 7f here on two of his last three starts and could benefit from this step back up in trip; chance.

7/1

Form: 024923 C

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Course winner at 6f; has run creditably on heavy but suited by good/good to soft; out of luck back over 7f at Newmarket last Saturday when suffering interference but this will take more winning and others have stronger proven stamina at this trip; 1lb wrong.

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6th

16

(13)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:12 Newbury

Bernardo OReilly

8st 6lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Richard Spencer

Veteran who benefited from the pace collapsing in the corresponding event last year, sweeping home to defy a 5lb higher mark; last month's return at Doncaster should have brought him on and he's likely to be arriving on the scene late; yard going well.

12/1

6th

12

(8)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

15:05 Doncaster

Bernardo OReilly

8st 10lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Richard Spencer

Won this race in 2022 off a 4lb lower mark; only fifth behind Aleezdancer last year but he did win a big-field handicap at Newbury 11 months ago; should be arriving on the scene late.

8/1

6th

9

(8)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:57 Newmarket

Bernardo OReilly

9st 9lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Richard Spencer

Strongly run 6f races on soft ground suit him well and although he ran creditably when third of nine in the 2021 running of this race, his stamina wasn't up to the job here 12 months ago; kept to 6f since and makes limited appeal returned to 7f after a modest show last time out.

20/1

25/1

Form: 547440 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 8st 4lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Made all for two 7f handicaps wins last autumn (good); winning return over 6f (good to soft) but lesser efforts since and was well held over 6f last month; plenty to prove back at 7f in first-time hood.

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7th

1

(5)

6th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

14:12 Ascot

Paws For Thought

11st 2lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Donald McCain

Following wind surgery he immediately won three in a row in the summer (7f/6f, good/good to soft) and is on a competitive mark on that form; however, he's gone off the boil more recently and a revival is required.

16/1

23th

21

(7)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Paws For Thought

9st 2lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Donald McCain

Instant benefits from a wind operation in May, winning 7f handicaps at Chester and Haydock before producing a career-best RPR when powering home in the Scottish Stewards' Cup; two defeats have followed but faced stiff task in a Listed race formerly and then had a duff draw last time; good Irish apprentice booked; prominent racer who should give it another good go.

22/1

8th

1

(11)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 110y

Class 3

16:30 Chester

Paws For Thought

10st 0lb

J: William Buick

T: Donald McCain

Goes well here and he's been in the form of his life this summer (after a wind op), winning handicaps here and Haydock (both 7f, good) before an impressive display in the Scottish Stewards' Cup at Hamilton in July (6f, good to soft); stiff task at the weights in a Listed race here four weeks ago (6f, soft) and couldn't get to the front early (forced very wide at the first turn); another drop in trip today but stall 11 looks offputting.

7/1

25/1

Form: 068390 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Best on good to soft or slower; top-class handicapper at 7f-1m in his prime; down weights and signalled a revival when third over 1m at Ascot in August but rarely as effective elsewhere and no show over C&D 14 days ago.

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10th

4

(11)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:10 Newmarket

Raising Sand

9st 8lb

J: Nicola Currie

T: Jamie Osborne

towards rear

25/1

5th

4

(4)

6th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:22 Ascot

Raising Sand

9st 7lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Jamie Osborne

Veteran who won this race in 2016 and 2022, albeit was in ostensibly better form at the time on both occasions; absent since a below-par effort over C&D five months ago; the market signals may prove helpful.

14/1

OUR TIP
15th
3 (5)
Tomfre

5/1

Form: 229852 CD

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Handles testing conditions really well and is 4-6 in 7f handicaps when the ground has been soft or heavy, including this race last year off 1lb lower; looked to be running into form when runner-up at Leicester 25 days ago and primed for a big effort here.

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12th

11

(12)

22nd Oct 2022

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 3

13:20 Doncaster

Tomfre

9st 5lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

midfield in centre of group, ridden and lost position 3f out, soon struggling

10/1

11th

5

(13)

30th Sep 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

14:00 Ascot

Tomfre

10st 11lb

J: Miss Serena Brotherton

T: Ralph Beckett

disputed lead, pushed along 4f out, lost position over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

14/1

15th

1

(11)

17th Sep 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

17:10 Newbury

Tomfre

10st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

prominent, pushed along over 2f out, soon outpaced and lost position, weakened and eased inside final furlong

12/1

16th
17 (10)
Danzan

20/1

Form: 333357

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Yet to win a turf handicap and on much the same mark all year, proving ultra-consistent at 6f and 7f, before having a very rare off day here 15 days ago (soft; handles most ground); up against it from 3lb out of weights.

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3rd

7

(9)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Danzan

9st 6lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tim Easterby

Neither trip nor ground will be an issue and he has run well at this track before too; now a 9yo and may come on for this first start since October.

12/1

4th

10

(9)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 6y

Class 3

16:25 Doncaster

Danzan

8st 11lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders, outpaced over 1f out, edged right but rallied inside final furlong, went fourth inside final 110yds

20/1

17th
12 (17)
Boardman

7/1

Form: 000405 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Quick hat-trick at about 7f in May (ground ranging from heavy to good) and although had a bumpy ride since he showed he was stll in form when fifth in a valuable 6f handicap at York last month; not dismissed back at 7f.

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8th

3

(1)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 212y

Class 2

16:25 Haydock

Boardman

9st 12lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Tim Easterby

Won over the extended 7f at Chester in May but has lost his way lately; mark on the slide but others are still preferred.

25/1

5/1

Form: 512833 BF

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Sterling handicapper who ran up against an especially strong Wokingham winner at Ascot in June (6f, soft) and a similar story when remote third on step up to 7f there last month (heavy); a shade flat back at 6f here since but in the argument if still on song.

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12th

4

(16)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:12 Newbury

Fresh

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: James Fanshawe

Classy handicapper in his time but just flashes of his former glory in a quiet 2023 campaign; now 8lb lower than when a close fifth in the Wokingham and his Kempton return should have blown away the cobwebs; all ground comes alike to him and he's capable of a big run.

8/1

5th

2

(7)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:55 Kempton (AW)

Fresh

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: James Fanshawe

This is the fourth year in succession that he's returned to action in this race (downgraded to a 0-95 this year), finishing fifth twice and a close second in 2022; showed only flashes of his old spark in a disappointing 2023 campaign but he is down to a good mark if a five-month break has piqued his interest; stable have made a quiet start to 2024 but he has too much talent to be ignored at this level.

10/1

12th

2

(11)

8th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Fresh

9st 8lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: James Fanshawe

midfield, switched right after 1f

11/2

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Payout
Exacta £6540.00
Straight Forecast £4655.00
Tricast £45943.90
Trifecta £0.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Orbaan

NEWMARKET:

Fresh

THE NORTH:

Boardman

TOPSPEED:

Paws For Thought

Daily Express:

Dashing Roger

POSTDATA:

Tomfre

LAMBOURN:

Raising Sand

Telegraph:

Fresh

The Guardian:

Fresh

Daily Mail:

Fresh

The Sun:

Boardman

RP Ratings:

Orbaan

The Times:

Orbaan

Daily Mirror:

Orbaan

The Star:

Orbaan