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15:40 Pontefract

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Riu Hotels And Resorts Handicap

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  • 0m 5f 3y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Riu Hotels And Resorts Handicap

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

1st
13 (1)
Rayong

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.30
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 69247- CD

Last run: 159 days

W: 8st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

2-21 with his last success over C&D (good) in July 2020; has run well on soft ground, but his record suggests this first start in 159 days may be needed.

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1st

7

(2)

17th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 4

16:55 Pontefract

Rayong

9st 3lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

in touch with leaders, pushed along over 1f out, ridden and led narrowly inside final 110yds, kept on

7/2

5th

6

(1)

22nd Sep 2022

Good

0m 5f 3y

Class 3

16:03 Pontefract

Rayong

9st 2lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

prominent, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final 110yds

5/1

9th

5

(12)

25th Aug 2022

Standard To Slow

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

20:45 Newcastle (AW)

Rayong

9st 5lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: K R Burke

in touch with leaders, weakened over 1f out

9/1

8/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 234411 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Four-time winner over 5f on Tapeta since November and bids for a hat-trick after a couple of recent wins at Southwell; won twice on soft/good to soft in the summer of 2020 when trained in France, but returns to turf off an 18lb higher mark than when last seen on grass so will need to have improved generally.

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6th

7

(3)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Newcastle (AW)

Fine Wine

8st 8lb

J: Sam James

T: Scott Dixon

led at fast pace up the centre, headed over 1f out, weakened final 110yds

25/1

7th

7

(1)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 4f 214y

Class 1

14:45 Southwell (AW)

Fine Wine

9st 2lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Scott Dixon

ducked right start, led narrowly

28/1

OUR TIP

6/1

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 6431-4 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Three wins over 5f on soft/good to soft; ran well to finish fourth of 18 on her return at Doncaster (6f, good) last month and very much of interest back under these conditions with the run under her belt.

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9th

10

(2)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Ey Up Its Maggie

9st 4lb

J: Tommie Jakes

T: Tony Coyle & Kaine Wood

Five-time turf winner, the latest of them over 5f here last summer off 2lb higher; 6f on heavy ground might just stretch her stamina.

14/1

7th

7

(2)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Thirsk

Ey Up Its Maggie

9st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Tony Coyle & Kaine Wood

5f on soft ground looks ideal for her and last season's two wins both came off higher marks than today's; last month's return at Southwell (6f) was encouraging and she's more appealing than many.

8/1

14/1

Form: 36368- D

Last run: 166 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

My well have conditions to suit with four of his five wins coming over 5f on soft/good to soft, but remains 4lb above his last winning mark despite a losing run of 18; yard triple-handed.

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10th

11

(7)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:20 Doncaster

Count Dorsay

8st 4lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Tim Easterby

Back to form when third to Vintage Clarets at Catterick (5f, heavy) last Saturday, when hampered by the winner inside the final furlong; 4lb out of the handicap here, which makes things tougher, but he's not ruled out.

9/1

3rd

10

(3)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Catterick

Count Dorsay

8st 5lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Failed to fire at York last Friday but runner-up twice in a row prior to that (5f, heavy); has contested the last four runnings of this race, with form figures of 1265, and he was first of seven in the far-side group 12 months ago; can be in the shake-up if bouncing back from last time.

11/1

8th

14

(5)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:00 York

Count Dorsay

8st 5lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Weights chance with Never Dark on their Hamilton form in August and he should again go well in this race, having been second in 2019 (soft) and third last year (good to soft; off 10lb higher).

10/1

12/1

Form: 4759-5 D

Last run: 82 days

W: 8st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Won twice last year, at Carlisle (5f, good to soft) and Kempton (6f, AW), and was only beaten a length into fourth of the 19 runners in a valuable 3yo handicap at Royal Ascot (5f, heavy); hasn't matched that form in four subsequent outings and returns from another 82 days off, but he is back off his last winning mark so worth a second look.

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11th

6

(3)

16th Apr 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:50 Newmarket

Dream Composer

9st 4lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: James Evans

Won this 12 months ago off 1lb higher (on good to soft) and added two further wins, including one on good; ran as though the race over 6f would bring him on at Doncaster three weeks ago and 5f has always been his best trip; easy to see him going well.

6/1

5th

2

(13)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

15:05 Doncaster

Dream Composer

9st 7lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: James Evans

Seventh in this race 12 months ago when he had the benefit of a recent run; chance on best 2023 form but he's back from six months off and may prove vulnerable.

16/1

10/1

Form: 54253- D

Last run: 166 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Still 1lb lower than when successful at Nottingham (5f, good to firm) last summer; soft ground not an issue and although off for 166 days, he has gone well fresh in the past; record of 2-22 is a slight concern, though; stable also runs Rayong.

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1st

1

(2)

18th Jun 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

13:14 Ayr

Rebel At Dawn

10st 3lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: K R Burke

towards rear of midfield on inner, headway and going easily 2f out, soon shaken up, ridden and disputed lead 1f out, led final 110yds

4/1

4th

6

(8)

11th Jun 2022

Good

0m 5f 15y

Class 2

14:10 Chester

Rebel At Dawn

9st 5lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: K R Burke

steadied start, soon switched left, raced in last and niggled along, not clear run over 1f out, switched right and kept on strongly inside final furlong, went fourth final strides

8/1

4th

2

(4)

28th May 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:04 Catterick

Rebel At Dawn

9st 6lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

11/8

8/1

Form: 403-55 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 8st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

7-37 on turf and ordinary efforts in two starts on the AW (0-10) since returning in February, but looks on a fair mark returned to grass and has winning form on soft ground; could go well.

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8th

2

(6)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:15 Pontefract

Spoof

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Kevin Frost

Multiple sprint winner who is effective on testing ground and has run well fresh in the past; however, he's an exposed 9yo and perhaps too high in the weights.

11/2

5th

3

(5)

23rd Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 21y

Class 2

14:55 Windsor

Spoof

9st 0lb

J: Ben Sanderson

T: Kevin Frost

Three-time course winner who has won twice on heavy ground this year, finding plenty for pressure at Nottingham 19 days ago (5f); high in the weights but his proven ability under conditions will count for plenty.

3/1

1st

1

(3)

4th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 5f 8y

Class 3

15:42 Nottingham

Spoof

9st 9lb

J: Ben Sanderson

T: Kevin Frost

As good as ever at the age of eight and he ran a cracker at Haydock on Saturday in a higher grade, pulling clear with the lightly-weighted winner (5f, soft); can back up quickly, as when winning at Hamilton in August, and he has plenty in his favour.

7/2

20/1

Form: 1324-0 D

Last run: 2 days

W: 8st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Six-time winner over 5f/6f who seems to act on any ground; returning from 275 days off when last of 15 at Thirsk (6f, soft) on Saturday and although she doesn't have a good record fresh, she still has something to prove after that; cheekpieces return.

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10th

3

(3)

18th Sep 2022

Soft

0m 6f 6y

Class 4

14:00 Hamilton

Fox Hill

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Eric Alston

led narrowly, headed halfway, pushed along 2f out, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, soon weakened quickly, finished lame (vet said mare finished lame on her right-hind)

6/1

4th

9

(2)

13th Sep 2022

Good

0m 5f 217y

Class 4

16:03 Redcar

Fox Hill

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Eric Alston

prominent, pushed along and lost ground before halfway, ridden and towards rear over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, short of room and switched right final 110yds, kept on

12/1

2nd

2

(1)

5th Aug 2022

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:42 Haydock

Fox Hill

9st 4lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Eric Alston

disputed lead, led clearly over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, outpaced inside final furlong

7/1

10/1

Form: 15059- D

Last run: 199 days

W: 8st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Two wins over 5f/6f (good) last summer, but has winning form on soft ground; off 199 days, but has a good record fresh and just 2lb above his last winning mark; frame possibilities.

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6th

20

(13)

17th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket

Abate

8st 8lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

Front-runner with multiple wins, including in his first C&D run in October (good); has won on reappearance but seems better for a run or two these days and others look more likely.

12/1

2nd

8

(4)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ripon

Abate

8st 13lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

raced centre early

9/1

1st

7

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

15:25 Newmarket

Abate

9st 11lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

Usually leads; has won plenty on good or quicker ground and ran surprisingly well in the mud at Doncaster last week under Mia Nicholls; gave Equiano Springs a fright on the July course during the summer.

10/1

12/1

Form: 50970- D

Last run: 185 days

W: 8st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Three win over 5f/6f on soft/good to soft, but not seen since finishing well beaten at York (5f, soft) in October and has been gelded since; ran well on his reappearance last year and has dropped 1lb below his last winning mark, so he looks the pick of he Easterby trio.

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4th

14

(4)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Thirsk

Showalong

8st 5lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Boasts a fine record on his second run of the season and last month's return to action (behind Zargun) offered hope he retained a good chunk of ability; place claims at least.

11/2

6th

7

(9)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 5

17:25 Doncaster

Showalong

9st 3lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

All four wins on slow ground, the most recent off 1lb higher at Nottingham (5f) last May; not in the same form afterwards but a revival looks possible on reappearance; market support would be encouraging.

4/1

7th

10

(14)

3rd Nov 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

12:15 Newmarket

Showalong

9st 2lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

awkward start and slowly away, in rear

12/1

10/1

Form: 02173- D

Last run: 177 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

All five wins over on good ground or softer and makes his stable debut after six months off having changed hands for 16,000gns in October; has gone well fresh in the past, but may be drawn wider than ideal.

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1st

13

(14)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Thirsk

Glory Fighter

8st 7lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Paul Midgley

Only midfield at Doncaster (behind Zargun) 16 days ago and the cheekpieces are left off today; others are stronger.

14/1

5th

6

(10)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 5

17:25 Doncaster

Glory Fighter

9st 4lb

J: David Nolan

T: Paul Midgley

Close third at Wolverhampton on latest AW start, which tees him up nicely for this return to turf; perhaps ideally suited by a sharper 5f but he finished third off 8lb higher in this race last year (soft) and can't be dismissed.

13/2

12th
12 (13)
Bossipop

14/1

Form: 22200- CD

Last run: 175 days

W: 8st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Nine wins on ground ranging from good to heavy and has winning form over C&D, albeit that was his only success in 30 starts over 5f; has won fresh in the past so six-month absence not necessarily a problem, but his wide draw doesn't look ideal.

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7th

1

(8)

24th Sep 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

13:25 Ripon

Bossipop

9st 13lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

led against near rail, shaken up and faced challenge 2f out, ridden and headed by winner over 1f out, lost position gradually from 1f out

7/1

8th

12

(9)

22nd Sep 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:10 Pontefract

Bossipop

8st 7lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

20/1

5/1

Form: 0-0431 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

All five turf wins have come on good to soft to heavy and he comes into this off the back of an all-the-way success at Southwell (6f, AW) ten days ago; 3lb higher mark not insurmountable, but the outside stall 14 might be.

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14th

6

(11)

14th Aug 2022

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 4

15:53 Southwell (AW)

Dave Dexter

9st 12lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Roger Fell

prominent, pushed along and lost position over 2f out, carried right from under 2f out, soon in rear and beaten

25/1

7th

5

(9)

30th Jul 2022

Good

0m 6f 6y

Class 4

18:20 Hamilton

Dave Dexter

9st 9lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Roger Fell

in touch with leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

20/1

10th

6

(12)

20th Jul 2022

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 16y

Class 3

16:05 Southwell (AW)

Dave Dexter

9st 6lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell

always towards rear

12/1

Form: 4/031- D

Last run: 173 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Successful twice over 6f/5f on heavy/yielding ground when trained by Willie McCreery in Ireland; makes his stable debut after six months off having changed hands for E36,000 in November; still relatively unexposed after just eight starts and interesting to see how he fares in the market.

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3rd

2

(1)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 5

17:25 Doncaster

Huddle Up

9st 8lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: David & Nicola Barron

Acts on any ground; two wins in Ireland; 0-10 for current yard but was placed several times last year and starts his 2024 campaign on a workable mark; possibilities provided he returns in top form.

7/1

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Exacta £368.00
Straight Forecast £346.50
Tricast £759.70
Trifecta £995.00

Selections

The Guardian:

Huddle Up

RP Ratings:

Dream Composer

THE NORTH:

Dave Dexter

POSTDATA:

Fine Wine

The Star:

Rayong

LAMBOURN:

Spoof

Daily Mail:

Huddle Up

Daily Mirror:

Huddle Up

The Sun:

Huddle Up

Daily Record:

Huddle Up

TOPSPEED:

Dream Composer

The Times:

Dream Composer

Daily Express:

Dave Dexter