July 09 / 13.45 York

13.45 York

Good To Firm

John Smith’s Racing Handicap

  • Prize money: £12885
  • 0m 7f 192y
  • Class 2
  • 10 runners
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John Smith’s Racing Handicap

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 133110 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
On the up when landing a pair of competitive Sky Bet Sunday Series handicaps at about 1m in May, the latter here (good); caught wide when returned to 6f at Pontefract last month and it's likely worth putting a line through that effort; no surprise were he to resume his progression back at 1m.
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16

(6)

29th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Goodwood

Eilean Dubh

8st 13lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Won two in a row in May (1m, good) and, having been drawn widest over an inadequate 6f at Pontefract, he returned to winning ways at York (1m, good to firm) three weeks ago; has a progressive profile and an advantageous low draw, and he could be thereabouts.

12/1

1st

7

(8)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

13:45 York

Eilean Dubh

9st 7lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

dwelt start, in touch with leaders towards far side, headway and tracked leader over 2f out, ridden and led narrowly over 1f out, kept on well (trainer said, regarding improved form, that the colt benefited from a better draw on this occasion and a return to a 1m trip)

5/1

1st

10

(3)

22nd May 2022

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 3

17:05 York

Eilean Dubh

9st 1lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Ex-French 4yo (won on soft there) who has been steadily progressive for his new yard, making it two wins from his last four starts when scoring at Hamilton (1m, good); up 5lb in a higher grade but may have more to offer.

8/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 104-73 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Not long with this stable and took a step forward from reappearance when third to the reopposing Via Serendipity at Sandown (1m, good to firm) four weeks ago; cheekpieces off, the visor he wore for one of his wins in Ireland back on; could come good for this yard before long; respected.
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2nd

15

(1)

29th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Goodwood

Blue For You

8st 13lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

prominent on inner, going easily but repeatedly short of room from 3f out, switched left over 1f out, headway when in the clear inside final furlong, went second inside final 110yds, no match for winner

9/1

2nd

1

(6)

22nd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 3

17:55 York

Blue For You

9st 10lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

prominent, ridden over 2f out, went second inside final furlong, every chance inside final 110yds, just held

5/2

2nd

5

(10)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

13:45 York

Blue For You

9st 10lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

in touch with leaders, headway on outer over 2f out, pushed along and edged left under 2f out, ridden and made challenge over 1f out, kept on

5/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 61-180 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Came well clear on soft at Ripon (1m) in April but found out off higher marks since, albeit it was in the Britannia at Royal Ascot latterly; dangerous to discount as a 3yo up against older opposition but does need to prove he can do it on good to firm ground.
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7th

9

(10)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 3

13:00 Ascot

Blenheim Boy

9st 4lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Richard Fahey

prominent on outer, ridden over 2f out, lost second over 1f out, soon weakened

6/1

3rd

10

(6)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

13:45 York

Blenheim Boy

8st 11lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong

10/1

14th

25

(26)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Blenheim Boy

8st 11lb

J: Oisin McSweeney

T: Richard Fahey

raced centre, midfield, ridden over 2f out, outpaced and lost position up the centre over 1f out, soon beaten

66/1

100/30

Form: 2-4046 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Regular front-runner; disappointed when favourite for a C&D handicap at the Dante meeting but that's about the only blip of his career, finishing a good sixth of 29 in Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot (1m, good to firm) last time; runs off 2lb lower here; bold show likely.
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5th

5

(10)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:55 Ascot

Isla Kai

9st 11lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: Nigel Tinkler

took keen hold, led, pushed along from over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra and headed final 110yds, soon lost position

5/1

4th

2

(1)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

13:45 York

Isla Kai

10st 1lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Nigel Tinkler

raced freely, led on inner, shaken up 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong

100/30

6th

17

(12)

15th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Isla Kai

9st 5lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Nigel Tinkler

raced centre, disputed lead, led overall when groups merged over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra final 110yds

25/1

OUR TIP

13/2

Form: 558-24 D BF

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Couldn't enhance his good strike-rate at Haydock last weekend but still performed respectably in fourth and had been a good second over 7f here prior to that; fine at 1m but his peak RPRs on turf have come on good or softer and Tudhope seemingly prefers stablemate Blue For You this time.
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5th

1

(6)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 37y

Class 2

14:25 Haydock

Young Fire

10st 0lb

J: David Probert

T: David O’Meara

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and no extra final 110yds

11/2

8th

8

(5)

29th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Goodwood

Young Fire

9st 5lb

J: Sean Levey

T: David O’Meara

midfield, pushed along over 2f out, bit short of room over 1f out, ridden and kept on final 110yds, not reach leaders

25/1

5th

1

(7)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

13:45 York

Young Fire

10st 2lb

J: Jason Hart

T: David O’Meara

held up in midfield, switched left and headway over 2f out, soon pushed along, ridden and no impression from over 1f out

13/2

Form: 022135 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Better than ever as a 9yo when bolting up over 1m at Newcastle (AW) in May but beaten off higher marks on turf twice since; two third places is the best he's managed in seven previous visits here.
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4th

3

(3)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:27 Redcar

Scottish Summit

9st 6lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Geoffrey Harker

held up in rear, nudged along 2f out, ridden final furlong, made no impression

8/1

6th

3

(2)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

13:45 York

Scottish Summit

9st 11lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Geoffrey Harker

towards rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, ridden and no impression from over 1f out

14/1

5th

1

(1)

18th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

15:22 Redcar

Scottish Summit

9st 9lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Geoffrey Harker

in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on final 110yds, never on terms

4/1

8/1

Form: -72339 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Missed the break slightly and unable to adopt his usual front-running position at Musselburgh last time so it might be worth forgiving that effort, particularly as he'd been in cracking form with a pair of placed efforts over 7f here prior to that; also successful twice here last year (including at this trip); all wins on good/good to soft but he has been placed on good to firm; much respected with Harry Davies taking 5lb off.
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5th

6

(15)

30th Jul 2022

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 3

15:48 Thirsk

Challet

9st 6lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Michael Dods

pressed leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

20/1

7th

8

(3)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

13:45 York

Challet

9st 1lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Michael Dods

slowly away, in rear, pushed along and reminder soon after start, pushed along and minor headway on outer over 2f out, ridden and no impression from over 1f out (trainer said gelding was never travelling having missed the break)

8/1

9th

3

(5)

29th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 33y

Class 3

15:15 Musselburgh

Challet

9st 5lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Dods

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway on outer 3f out, pushed along and went third 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out (trainer's rep could offer no explanation for the gelding's poor performance; vet reported that a post-race examination failed to reveal any abnormalities)

7/2

Form: 6-8410 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Landed an 11th career success when seeing off six rivals (including the reopposing Blue For You) at Sandown (1m, good to firm) last month and worth forgiving his lesser run in the Royal Hunt Cup only four days later; still on a competitive mark but this place hasn't proved a happy hunting ground for him in the past.
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Verdict Starting price

7th

9

(3)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:55 Ascot

Via Serendipity

9st 6lb

J: Takeshi Yokoyama

T: Charlie Fellowes

midfield, ridden from 2f out, kept on but made no impression

10/1

8th

4

(4)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

13:45 York

Via Serendipity

9st 10lb

J: Stevie Donohoe

T: Charlie Fellowes

never better than mid-division

10/1

1st

29

(13)

15th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Via Serendipity

9st 1lb

J: Stevie Donohoe

T: Charlie Fellowes

took keen hold, raced centre, held up in rear, shaken up when groups merged over 2f out, ridden and outpaced when bit short of room over 1f out, never dangerous

8/1

11/1

Form: -44714 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Listed 2yo winner who came good for current stable with emphatic success at Redcar (7f, good to firm) last month; not in the same form when only fourth of six at Doncaster (7f, good to firm) one week later; back up in trip; others more obvious.
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21th

19

(4)

23rd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

Tammani

8st 6lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: David O’Meara

raced far side and alone, prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

40/1

9th

6

(5)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

13:45 York

Tammani

9st 7lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: David O’Meara

always towards rear

11/1

4th

1

(1)

25th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 6y

Class 4

20:00 Doncaster

Tammani

10st 0lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: David O’Meara

prominent, not clear run and dropped to last over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong

3/1

14/1

Form: -70008 CD

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Hasn't finished any closer than seventh in his five outings this year so his claims aren't obvious but he is back on a good mark if staging a revival.
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1st

5

(1)

13th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:25 Ripon

Garden Oasis

8st 12lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

made all, 2 lengths ahead 3f out, soon pushed along, ridden and kept on strongly from under 2f out, reduced lead inside final furlong, just held on (trainer's rep could offer no explanation for the apparent improvement in form)

9/2

15th

12

(4)

30th Jul 2022

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 3

15:48 Thirsk

Garden Oasis

9st 1lb

J: Paul Hanagan

T: Tim Easterby

held up in behind leaders, dropped to midfield over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened

16/1

3rd

1

(1)

16th Jul 2022

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:01 Ripon

Garden Oasis

10st 0lb

J: Tony Hamilton

T: Tim Easterby

led, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on but held towards finish

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £322.00
Straight Forecast £476.30
Tricast £3386.60
Trifecta £3163.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Eilean Dubh

RP Ratings:

Isla Kai

Daily Express:

Blue For You

SPOTLIGHT:

Challet

Telegraph:

Young Fire

NEWMARKET:

Via Serendipity

The Star:

Isla Kai

POSTDATA:

Eilean Dubh

The Times:

Eilean Dubh

The Guardian:

Eilean Dubh

Daily Mail:

Eilean Dubh

Daily Mirror:

Eilean Dubh

The Sun:

Eilean Dubh

Daily Record:

Eilean Dubh