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Darren Briggs Gold Cup Apprentice Handicap

  • Prize money: £5508
  • 1m 6f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Darren Briggs Gold Cup Apprentice Handicap

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Sunny

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 43-226 BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Six-race maiden; runner-up in first two handicaps at Leicester (1m4f) and Doncaster (1m6f; again good to firm) before performing as if amiss last time; that run needs to be forgiven but he's since been gelded and retains some potential; quite interesting in a change of headgear.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

4

(7)

2nd May 2024

Heavy

1m 3f 197y

Class 4

18:50 Doncaster

Nova Legend

9st 7lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Paul Midgley

took keen hold, led, went clear after 2f, much reduced lead home turn, headed 3f out, soon weakened quickly and eased

20/1

12th

8

(12)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 3

16:30 Southwell (AW)

Nova Legend

9st 6lb

J: David Nolan

T: Paul Midgley

Sole win came in an apprentice event at Ffos Las (1m6f, good; first-time blinkers) in August 2022 when trained by James Ferguson; behind two of these when last of ten on stable debut at Newcastle (1m4f, Tapeta; 125-1) this month on his return from 503 days off; best watched for now.

66/1

10/1

  • Place: £4.20

Form: 40-005

Last run: 61 days

W: 9st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Useful in his prime but safely held on all three starts this season, most recently after making the running at Sandown (1m6f, good to firm) in June; falling in the weights but needs to turn things around.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

5

23rd Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:55 Ffos Las

Indianapolis

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

midfield, hampered by faller 2nd, pushed along and dropped to rear 6th, struggling when mistake 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off

25/1

7

19th Oct 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:20 Worcester

Indianapolis

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Very capable on the Flat at one stage but not so good these days and was a well-beaten fifth on his hurdling debut here (2m4f, good) last month; much more required stepped up in trip.

20/1

4th

2

(5)

7th Sep 2022

Good

1m 6f 32y

Class 5

17:00 Carlisle

Indianapolis

10st 0lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Ian Williams

in rear, ridden over 4f out, outpaced 3f out, drifted left 2f out, beaten 1f out

7/1

Form: 723442

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Consistent sort, knocking at the door, collared on line when beaten nose at Brighton (1m4f, good to firm) last week; moves into unknown territory trip-wise but runs as if he'll stay; deserves another win and high on the list.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

7

(3)

4th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Fairmac

9st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Anthony Charlton

in touch with leaders

10/1

1

(1)

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 5f 26y

Class 5

17:10 Ayr

Fairmac

10st 4lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

The two wins from his four starts at Ayr were both more than two years ago, but he also ran creditably over C&D last September; downhill since his Musselburgh win this April, with the switch to a visor (replacing regular blinkers) perhaps contributing last time; reverts with headgear today and he's 4lb below his last winning mark.

9/1

9th

1

(8)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 218y

Class 5

18:30 Redcar

Fairmac

9st 11lb

J: Oliver Stammers

T: Charlie Johnston

Below par since 1m4f Musselburgh win on good to soft in April, including back at Musselburgh a couple of weeks ago, but is well treated if a first-time visor (replacing regular blinkers) sparks a revival.

6/1

Form: 2598

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 3yo; didn't repeat the form of promising debut (on good ground) for Ger Lyons, but was far from disgraced on first outing for current yard when eighth of 15 in warm handicap at Galway (12.3f, soft); will probably stay 1m6f; interesting contender at the foot of the weights.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

12th

9

(7)

30th Apr 2023

Good

1m 4f 104y

Class 4

17:15 Musselburgh

Active Duty

9st 8lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Ben Pauling

Patchy form over hurdles this year but he was fourth of seven in a Grade 2 4yo hurdle at Cheltenham in January, and he's on a competitive mark on his best Irish Flat form; respectable run when 10l second of six in a 1m4f AW novice three weeks ago and he's not ruled out.

13/2

2nd

2

(4)

10th Apr 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 5

14:18 Wolverhampton (AW)

Active Duty

9st 4lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Ben Pauling

Runner-up twice from six starts on turf in Ireland last year and has run some creditable races over hurdles for this yard, albeit beaten out of sight in the Triumph Hurdle last time; likely to find a few of these more progressive on AW debut.

8/1

13th

1

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Active Duty

11st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Ben Pauling

Fairly useful maiden on his day on Flat, best form 1m4f on soft; had gelding and wind operations afterwards; third at Ludlow on hurdles/stable debut and much better form when 12l fourth of seven in Grade 2 here (2m1f, soft) next time; however, lots to find on that form, whereas he was a flop when favourite at Market Rasen on latest outing.

100/1

OUR TIP

Form: 243331

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Seemed to be treading water over various distances prior to gaining breakthrough win in six-runner apprentice race at Yarmouth (11.4f, good to firm) in June, making all by 6l; a 5lb higher mark looks manageable and he'll be a danger to all if repeating the form over this longer trip.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

3

(2)

9th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 6f 17y

Class 6

17:50 Yarmouth

Alpha King

11st 1lb

J: Mr Frederick Tett

T: P Charalambous & J Clutterbuck

Made all in a small field here last summer (11.5f, good to firm) off an 11lb higher mark; record this season is patchy at best but this is a weak race and a revival wouldn't be out of the question; new headgear on.

6/1

7th

2

(2)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 23y

Class 6

16:10 Yarmouth

Alpha King

9st 13lb

J: William Carson

T: P Charalambous & J Clutterbuck

Had plenty in his favour when well backed on his comeback here in May, but bombed and has run poorly since, including a few times over hurdles; has it all to prove now.

20/1

10th

4

5th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:58 Worcester

Alpha King

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: P Charalambous & J Clutterbuck

Flat winner; well beaten in both hurdle starts, the latest over C&D last week; handicaps a better option in due course.

66/1

Form: 25218/

Last run: 671 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Dual 1m4f winner (good/AW) for John Gosden in 2020; disappointing in two races over hurdles for current yard, with wind surgery in between; bit to prove on return to Flat after a lengthy absence.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6

27th Oct 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Worcester

Indigo Lake

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

in touch with leaders, weakened quickly and dropped to rear after 4 out

25/1

8th

2

14th Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

15:15 Fakenham

Indigo Lake

11st 13lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

held up in rear, pushed along 3 out, soon beaten and lost touch, tailed off, lost shoe

15/2

3rd

1

18th Sep 2022

Good

2m 1f 164y

Class 4

13:50 Plumpton

Indigo Lake

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

tracked winner, not fluent 6th, not fluent and lost second 3 out, soon pushed along, weakened 2 out

9/2

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Payout
Exacta £225.00
Straight Forecast £241.70
Trifecta £544.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Fairmac

NEWMARKET:

Alpha King

SPOTLIGHT:

Active Duty

RP Ratings:

Nova Legend

Daily Express:

Indianapolis

Telegraph:

Alpha King

The Guardian:

Alpha King

Daily Record:

Alpha King

POSTDATA:

Fairmac

The Times:

Fairmac

Daily Mail:

Fairmac

Daily Mirror:

Fairmac

The Sun:

Fairmac

The Star:

Fairmac