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Sky Bet Melrose Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £77310
  • 1m 5f 188y
  • Class 2
  • 13 runners
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Sky Bet Melrose Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: -55114

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Won first two handicaps (soft/good to firm); another slow start left him further back than ideal in a very competitive 1m4f Glorious Goodwood handicap 24 days ago but he finished strongly for fourth (Inverness narrowly ahead in third); could do with breaking on terms but there's surely an even bigger performance in him, particularly at this trip; has a first-time tongue-tie added to his blinkers; high on the shortlist.

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15

(13)

3rd Sep 2022

Good To Firm

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

14:55 Haydock

Soulcombe

8st 9lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Has won three of four starts since blinkered, slowly away in all of them; shaped well in defeat at Glorious Goodwood and left an almighty impression when upped to 1m6f in the Melrose at York (tongue tied first time) two weeks ago, cutting his way through the field to lead over 1f out and soon clear to win by just over 4l easing down; raised 14lb since but he looked pretty special that day.

5/2

1st

13

(11)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

14:25 York

Soulcombe

8st 4lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: William Haggas

slowly away, held up in last, headway going easily on near side of group over 3f out, cruising when switched left over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon ridden and went clear, eased inside final 110yds, readily

3/1

4th

13

(7)

27th Jul 2022

Good

1m 3f 218y

Class 2

13:50 Goodwood

Soulcombe

8st 4lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

slowly away, held up in rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, edged left and good headway final 110yds, eyecatcher (jockey said gelding was slowly into stride)

9/2

9/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 611111

Last run: 22 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Rapid improver who made light of a 17lb rise to complete a five-timer, latest leg at Glorious Goodwood (1m3f, good to firm) 22 days ago; found plenty when joined on that occasion and this stamina test promises to suit her (dam 2m winner) but she is a lot higher here if Benoit De La Sayette taking 5lb off her back at Goodwood is factored into calculations.

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2nd

2

(2)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

14:15 Ascot

Caius Chorister

9st 4lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David Menuisier

Big majority of her career has been in handicaps, with plenty of success, but she ended last season on a new high when scoring by 4l from the front in a Group 3 at Saint-Cloud (1m6f, very soft); needs to find extra again and going beyond 1m6f is also something new.

10/1

2nd

4

(2)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Caius Chorister

9st 6lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David Menuisier

Having been short of room she did very well to rally for sixth in the Ebor at York (1m6f, good to firm) a fortnight ago, when back up in distance; she's unexposed at this trip and is one to consider off the same mark.

9/2

25/1

  • Place: £6.80

Form: -33418

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Improved for the step up to 1m4f when winning at Newmarket (good to firm) in July but behind Inverness and Soulcombe at Goodwood since; tackles 1m6f for the first time.

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7th

8

(11)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Adjuvant

8st 13lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Michael Bell

took keen hold, held up in rear, switched to centre after 4f

10/1

12/1

Form: 1-6033

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Behind a couple of these in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot but he's improved since, finishing a head in front of Soulcombe when third at Glorious Goodwood (1m4f, good) 24 days ago; already proven over 1m6f.

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1st

5

(6)

3rd Sep 2022

Good To Firm

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

14:20 Haydock

Inverness

9st 7lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charles Hills

prominent, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and pressed leader 2f out, led inside final furlong, soon hard pressed, kept on well, gamely

9/1

4th

10

(1)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

14:25 York

Inverness

8st 10lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charles Hills

midfield, pushed along 3f out, headway on far side of group and went third over 1f out, lost third but kept on final 110yds

12/1

3rd

10

(1)

27th Jul 2022

Good

1m 3f 218y

Class 2

13:50 Goodwood

Inverness

8st 10lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Charles Hills

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, bit short of room over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, went third inside final furlong, kept on

20/1

Form: -22321

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Having his sixth start when getting off the mark in 1m4f Curragh maiden (good) five weeks ago but that doesn't tell the whole story as he has been useful and consistent; strong-travelling style points to him being suited by the demands of big-field handicaps; dam closely related to St Leger winner Conduit so he's bred to stay; not discounted.

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5th

4

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Nusret

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Very useful dual-purpose 4yo; ran to form on return from short break when second to an improver in Grade 3 at Fairyhouse in December but ground against him on handicap debut at Leopardstown subsequently; remains potential improver on better ground.

14/1

7th

3

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Nusret

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield

15/2

2nd

1

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:35 Fairyhouse

Nusret

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Won the Adonis last season before hitting the frame in an Aintree Grade 1 and finishing 8l behind Lossiemouth at Punchestown; improved form has come on decent ground and has to give a decent chunk of weight to his rivals back down in class.

7/2

Form: 113 BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Looked useful when landing 1m4f novices (AW/good to firm) on his first two starts and perhaps a third outing in quick succession was too much for him to handle when a well-held third of four on his handicap debut at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm); leaves the impression this trip will suit and he remains open to improvement.

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3rd

1

(2)

25th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 3

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Temporize

10st 1lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Syd Hosie

raced in second

9/2

0

20

(10)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Temporize

8st 10lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Syd Hosie

Edged out by Grand Providence at Doncaster on final start for Charlie Johnston; justified favouritism in the 2m4f event at Glorious Goodwood (soft) ten weeks ago when last seen; 2023 campaign demands plenty of respect but the notable negative is his 7lb rise since Goodwood.

12/1

8th
3 (10)
Aimeric

14/1

Form: 241

Last run: 35 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Third start when getting on top towards the finish in 1m4f Chester maiden five weeks ago; tough to argue his opening mark of 92 looks generous but there should be more to come from him as his stamina is drawn out; has raced only on good ground.

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1st

3

(6)

11th May 2024

Good

1m 3f 133y

Class 2

13:50 Lingfield

Aimeric

9st 9lb

J: James Doyle

T: Roger Varian

Held up; had wind/gelding operations prior to reappearance win last June; ran a shocker at the Newmarket July festival but hit a new high when next seen taking a handicap at Beverley (1m4f, good) in September; up 6lb but a player if returns in that top form.

2/1

1st

2

(6)

2nd Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 23y

Class 2

14:05 Beverley

Aimeric

9st 11lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Varian

held up in rear, pushed along on outer over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, led inside final 110yds, pushed out and went clear towards finish

11/2

Form: 853143

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Won both 2yo starts and a five-runner 1m2f handicap at Chester in July; creditable in-frame efforts at Goodwood (1m3f; fourth to Caius Chorister) and Ascot (1m4f) on good to firm since; needs to improve for the longer trip.

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5th

8

(1)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 3f 175y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Sheer Rocks

9st 1lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

2-2 and improved form since being gelded, with wins at Ascot (1m4f, soft) and Epsom (1m4f, good to firm); he's in a tougher race but did it comfortably last time and a 5lb rise could be lenient.

8/1

1st

7

(1)

3rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 2

16:30 Epsom

Sheer Rocks

8st 9lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Won at Chester last July and, having been gelded, never better than when scoring at Ascot (1m4f, soft; acts on good to firm) three weeks ago on reappearance; back up 2lb and should be seriously involved.

7/1

1st

9

(9)

13th May 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

13:30 Ascot

Sheer Rocks

9st 2lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Won at Chester last July; in the frame at Goodwood (1m3f) and Ascot (1m4f) on next two starts but fared far less well in two hot races afterwards; gelded since; unraced this year or in any race on softer than good, so he has some big questions to answer.

12/1

Form: 2-1121

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Has won three of his four starts since cheekpieces have been applied; latest Ascot success (1m4f, good to firm) came in just a three-runner affair but he beat stablemate Warren Point, who went on to land a strong 1m2f Glorious Goodwood handicap; this trip looks sure to suit and he's a big player despite clear top weight.

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9th

9

(6)

30th Nov 2022

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 1

19:50 Kempton (AW)

Wild Crusade

9st 3lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

Successful three times in cheekpieces; very good second (behind stablemates) in valuable 3yo handicap at Newmarket and C&D Listed event since wearing blinkers; solid contender in the retained blinds and helps to give Charlie Appleby, who also runs Siskany, another strong hand.

7/2

2nd

7

(8)

31st Oct 2022

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 1

16:13 Kempton (AW)

Wild Crusade

9st 0lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Charlie Appleby

2-2 over C&D; beat Warren Point comfortably in a small field at Ascot in July and weighted to confirm those placings today; well beaten at York and Ascot afterwards but he resumed his progress when second of 16 at Newmarket 24 days ago (first-time blinkers, retained); dangerous with a repeat.

7/2

2nd

3

(6)

7th Oct 2022

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Newmarket

Wild Crusade

9st 5lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: Charlie Appleby

raced in second, ridden and led 3f out, went clear with winner over 1f out, hung right and headed inside final 110yds, kept on

20/1

33/1

Form: 4-6258

Last run: 65 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Finished just over 2l behind the reopposing Savvy Knight at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good to firm) in first-time cheekpieces (retained) on latest start but his performance can be marked up slightly given he had a wide trip; a subsequent gelding operation and a 2f longer trip need to spark improvement.

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7th

2

(3)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Mr Alan

9st 11lb

J: Jason Hart

T: George Boughey

In top form having gone close at Newmarket last week and won at Nottingham the time before; respectable fifth in this race 12 months ago but could have done with this renewal staying at Doncaster; revels in the mud.

15/2

2nd

1

(8)

3rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:10 Newmarket

Mr Alan

10st 2lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: George Boughey

towards rear of midfield, headway towards near side over 2f out, led over 1f out, faced challenge inside final furlong, headed final strides

7/2

1st

2

(3)

18th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 50y

Class 3

15:45 Nottingham

Mr Alan

9st 13lb

J: William Buick

T: George Boughey

Ran respectably at Ayr last month on belated reappearance, while leaving the impression he'll prove sharper for the outing; won this race off just 2lb lower (on soft) last year and looks interesting back here.

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: 32-411

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Edged out by New London on final 2yo start; gelded after flopping in the mud on his Pontefract reappearance in April and firmly back on track with 1m4f Salisbury maiden and 1m6f Chester handicap wins (both good ground) in recent months; up 8lb but he looked to relish this trip at Chester and his stable is seeking a hat-trick in this race.

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12th

2

(3)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

14:25 York

Soul Stopper

9st 0lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

sweating, in rear throughout

13/2

1st

3

(1)

9th Jul 2022

Good

1m 6f 87y

Class 3

16:18 Chester

Soul Stopper

9st 8lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Andrew Balding

led, edged right over 7f out, ridden and faced strong challenge 2f out, soon headed and beaten, lost second final strides

2/1

1st

8

(8)

7th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 4f 5y

Class 4

16:20 Salisbury

Soul Stopper

9st 7lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Andrew Balding

prominent, pushed along 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden 2f out, faced challenge over 1f out, stayed on

2/1

16/1

Form: 11143 BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Won first three starts; good fourth to Secret State (Deauville Legend second) in a typically strong King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good to firm) in June; that makes his subsequent rather laboured last of three at Sandown (1m6f, good) a bit disappointing but there's certainly nothing wrong with the Ascot form; has cheekpieces added now.

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1st

2

(13)

15th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Savvy Knight

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: S Woods

slowly into stride, soon prominent, raced wide early, switched right and went second with one circuit to go

6/1

11th

3

(10)

6th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

16:00 Kempton (AW)

Savvy Knight

9st 2lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: S Woods

Won a 1m4f handicap here in June off 2lb lower and suffered a narrow defeat at Newcastle one month later; wasn't at his best at Newcastle last month and unlikely to get things all his own way in this field.

10/1

5th

1

(1)

2nd Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 99y

Class 3

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Savvy Knight

10st 2lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: S Woods

Very patchy since winning his first three last season; has claims on July's C&D second (Chillhi fourth) but was always well placed in a messy affair that day and has since bombed on turf; hard to know what to expect in truth.

6/1

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Straight Forecast £327.00
Tricast £6480.00
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Soulcombe

POSTDATA:

Caius Chorister

The Times:

Wild Crusade

LAMBOURN:

Inverness

NEWMARKET:

Aimeric

Daily Record:

Nusret

TOPSPEED:

Soul Stopper

The Sun:

Wild Crusade

RP Ratings:

Soulcombe

Daily Mail:

Soulcombe

The Star:

Soulcombe

Telegraph:

Caius Chorister

The Guardian:

Caius Chorister

Daily Mirror:

Caius Chorister

Daily Express:

Inverness