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15:35 York

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Sky Bet Ebor Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £300000
  • 1m 5f 188y
  • Class 2
  • 22 runners
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Sky Bet Ebor Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 24 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.80
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 6-1001 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Never dangerous at Royal Ascot or the Newmarket July festival but showed what he could do at Glorious Goodwood (1m6f), where he was hooded for the first time and always prominent in winning under a leading 5lb claimer; Euchen Glen caught the eye just behind him; has 4lb penalty and needs better again, with wide draw seemingly not ideal for one with difficulty settling.

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1st

6

(1)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Trawlerman

9st 9lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Won the Ebor Handicap last season before about 3l third to Trueshan and Coltrane in this race on good to soft, unraced on worse; absent nearly six months before recent wide-margin, front-running wins at odds-on in very small fields for a 1m6f conditions race at Salisbury and 2m Listed race at Newmarket; faces a vastly more competitive field but looks better than ever.

10/1

1st

4

(3)

28th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Newmarket

Trawlerman

9st 5lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

taken down early, ducked right start, made all, shaken up and clear when edged left over 1f out, easily

2/7

1st

4

15th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 44y

Class 2

18:40 Salisbury

Trawlerman

9st 7lb

J: James Doyle

T: John & Thady Gosden

Improved for staying trips and fitting of a hood last year, notably winning prestigious Ebor handicap at York and third in Group 2 Long Distance Cup at Ascot; disappointing in Saudi Arabia and Meydan in his two runs this spring but conditions should be ideal on this return to Britain and he has strong claims if he can get back near best after a break.

8/11

10/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 3-8221 C

Last run: 3 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

New trainer for last three starts, with two seconds and a win; confirmed the promise of his first 2m run (yard debut) when winning by 3l over that trip here on Wednesday, having cruised up to challenge 2f out; this trip makes equal appeal on that evidence and, although penalised 4lb, he looks a big player if in the same form just three days later.

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2

(10)

24th Sep 2022

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:25 Chester

Alfred Boucher

9st 12lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

towards rear of midfield, hampered on turn after 3f, dropped to rear over 3f out, soon eased and pulled up quickly, lost action

5/1

2nd

21

(9)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Alfred Boucher

9st 2lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Ian Williams

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, steady headway 3f out, ridden and led narrowly over 1f out, soon hard pressed and edged right, kept on final 110yds, headed final strides

10/1

1st

7

(11)

17th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Alfred Boucher

8st 13lb

J: William Buick

T: Ian Williams

took keen hold, in rear, switched right and on outer from 4f out, headway when going easily from 3f out, shaken up and pressed leader 2f out, pushed along when led inside final furlong, kept on well, readily

15/2

OUR TIP
3rd
14 (8)
Earl Of Tyrone

6/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 3-3111 D

Last run: 64 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Failed to land a gamble on debut for yard but it's been plain sailing since with tongue tied in a 1m4f maiden, 1m6f handicap and 1m4f Listed race; his latest form at Limerick has been boosted and right now it's very hard to say that today's mark is the limit for this exciting prospect.

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1st

1

(1)

8th Feb 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Earl Of Tyrone

9st 10lb

J: James Doyle

T: William Haggas

in touch with leaders, shaken up and smooth headway from 2f out, led over 1f out, went clear inside final furlong, eased towards finish, impressive

5/2

18th

7

(8)

25th Sep 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 124y

16:15 Curragh

Earl Of Tyrone

9st 10lb

J: Daniel King

T: P Twomey

in touch with leaders, pushed along under 4f out, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out

7/1

6th

3

(4)

10th Sep 2022

Yielding To Soft

1m 4f 0y

15:10 Leopardstown

Earl Of Tyrone

9st 9lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

soon led, pushed along and faced challenge 2f out, headed and lost two places over 1f out, weakened final furlong

11/4

4th
6 (13)
John Leeper

14/1

  • Place: £6.00

Form: -47225

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Usually held up; no win since last May (ten starts) but he's actually shown pretty consistent form in Group and Listed races, including twice runner-up over C&D this term and shaping as if 1m4f was now shorter than ideal on latest outing; none of that form, however, suggests this is a great mark.

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4th

6

(13)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

John Leeper

9st 9lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: Ed Dunlop

midfield, steady headway and prominent over 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and went fourth when edged left inside final furlong, no extra inside final 110yds

14/1

5th

6

(5)

29th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 218y

Class 1

16:10 Goodwood

John Leeper

9st 3lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Ed Dunlop

slowly into stride, raced in last, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, rallied final 110yds, not reach leaders

10/1

2nd

1

(2)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

14:20 York

John Leeper

9st 0lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ed Dunlop

held up in last but in touch with leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden and chased winner 2f out, no extra from over 1f out

4/1

Form: -12111 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Smart at one stage in France and better than ever judged on his stellar 2022 season, which includes major handicap wins at Royal Ascot (1m6f, good to firm) and Haydock (1m4f, soft) on last two outings; lots to like about the way he grabbed the lead over 1f out on both occasions and, although raised another 5lb, he might have some more in the locker; highly respected.

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5th

3

(8)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 10y

Class 2

18:20 Ripon

Get Shirty

9st 7lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

towards rear

12/1

Form: 1121-4

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who did very well switched to Flat last year, notably with strong finish to take 23-runner premier handicap at Leopardstown (1m5f) on final start; below that form on delayed reappearance four weeks ago but shaped okay; after just nine races in total, no shock if he has more to give.

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6th

5

(6)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Ever Present

9st 9lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

dwelt start, soon midfield, ridden and outpaced up the centre 3f out, rallied over 1f out, kept on final 110yds

12/1

4th

2

(1)

22nd Jul 2022

Good

1m 5f 205y

19:30 Down Royal

Ever Present

9st 9lb

J: Tom Madden

T: Mrs John Harrington

upset in stalls, towards rear, pushed along and headway from over 2f out, short of room on inner from under 2f out, switched left and ridden from over 1f out, soon no extra

11/2

12/1

Form: 663403 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Fifth and 11th in the last two Ebors; seemed to be on the wane for much of this season, aged nine, but hopes were revived in a major way at Goodwood (1m6f) three weeks ago when he caught the eye meeting trouble in running from the rear and finishing strongly to be on the heels of winner Trawlerman; off same mark, 14lb lower than in this last year, he is one to note.

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2nd

3

(3)

5th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 16y

Class 3

14:05 Hamilton

Euchen Glen

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

raced in second, ridden over 2f out, stayed on but no chance with winner from over 1f out

16/1

9th

3

(7)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Euchen Glen

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

11yo who is winless since 2021 and was tailed off on last month's comeback at Doncaster; it's hard to be confident on the back of that but he may have needed the run and he's on a handy mark on last year's best efforts.

16/1

18/1

Form: /140-1 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

3l fourth in last year's Ebor (good); restricted to just two races since, winning a three-runner conditions event at Galway (1m6f, soft) three weeks ago on his belated reappearance; that results in a 4lb penalty for this (so he's 4lb higher than last year) and demands substantial improvement but this useful hurdler has still had only eight races on the Flat.

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6th

3

(7)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:00 Curragh

Shanroe

9st 9lb

J: Robbie Colgan

T: Karl Thornton

prominent, disputing second 5f out, weakened quickly 3f out, eased final furlong, tailed off

6/1

1st

2

(1)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 6f 87y

Class 1

15:20 Chester

Shanroe

9st 7lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Karl Thornton

Acquitted himself with credit in big races last term and back on song when winning at Galway four weeks ago on latest outing, most of those runs at 1m6f; Irish raider who should not be far away.

8/1

Form: -13434 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Did well over 1m6f last term except with his muted show in this race (12-1); very consistent over 1m4f this year and although he needs more to score off this mark, the return to 1m6f sparks some interest.

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3rd

1

(2)

13th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket (July)

Global Storm

9st 11lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

Won weak 1m4f Group 2 at Meydan on reappearance, able to dictate from the back straight; placed in this race last year and in a Group 2 on the other Newmarket course this May on latest outing, both behind a much shorter-priced stablemate and the same fate seems to await him today.

8/1

2nd

1

(5)

5th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

Global Storm

9st 5lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

raced in second, raced centre after 3f

5/1

5th

5

(3)

23rd Sep 2022

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

16:45 Newmarket

Global Storm

9st 7lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Charlie Appleby

towards rear, pushed along 3f out, some headway on outer over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, made no impression

9/2

11/1

Form: 331-18 BF

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Raised his game last autumn and did so again, in a major way, when coming from off pace to run away with 1m4f handicap at Royal Ascot (good to firm) on return, storming clear; that made 1m6f look within reach but he threatened only briefly off this 13lb higher mark at Newmarket on first attempt six weeks ago and others were much stronger through the final 1f.

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5th

1

(3)

29th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

17:20 Newmarket

Candleford

9st 10lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Suited by 1m4f; creditable fourth of six in this race last year; hit new heights on latest two starts, winning a six-runner Listed event at Windsor (Lion's Pride a close third) and second of seven in Group 3 at Kempton; gives weight all round but has the form to be taken seriously.

3/1

2nd

4

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 1

13:35 Kempton (AW)

Candleford

9st 7lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: William Haggas

Record around here reads 313, the win coming over this trip as a 3yo; returned to winning form in a Windsor Listed event (11.4f, good to firm) a fortnight ago and although more will be needed to take this, he can't be dismissed entirely back here; stable won this with Hamish two years ago.

11/2

50/1

Form: -13553

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Has spent most of his career in Group and Listed races; good fifth off this mark to Get Shirty in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock (1m4f, soft) on penultimate start in his only handicap; largely consistent but needs extra and it's far from persuasive whether going beyond 1m4f can provide it.

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2nd

4

(2)

17th Sep 2022

Good

1m 3f 0y

Class 1

13:40 Newbury

Fancy Man

9st 5lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

led, pushed along over 2f out, soon ridden and hard pressed, briefly headed over 1f out, battled on inside final furlong, kept on but headed and outpaced towards finish

12/1

11th

4

(14)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Fancy Man

9st 11lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

50/1

20/1

Form: 6-5177 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Running well this term at 1m6f and 2m; never able to challenge behind Trawlerman and Euchen Glen over the shorter trip at Goodwood latest, albeit beaten only just over 3l; gained an automatic place for this race by winning last year's C&D Melrose on this card but would not have got in on his own merits and would have 8lb less if able to run off his own mark.

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4th

1

(3)

15th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

1m 6f 17y

Class 2

15:55 Yarmouth

Valley Forge

10st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

held up in rear, headway going easily over 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, soon ridden and found little, edged left over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

7/2

12th

22

(7)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Valley Forge

9st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

midfield, shaken up when short of room and bumped 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong

20/1

7th

8

(5)

30th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Goodwood

Valley Forge

9st 3lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

towards rear, shaken up and hung right over 2f out, bumped inside final furlong, ridden and kept on final 110yds, not reach leaders

11/2

25/1

Form: 4-6932 D

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Unraced on softer than good; second in 1m5f Group 3 at Newbury last August; seen mostly over 2m+ since, tongue tied when placed at Sandown in a Group 3 and Listed race in his two British starts this term; needs extra from somewhere.

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13th

9

(21)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Rodrigo Diaz

9st 7lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David Simcock

held up in rear, pushed along when not clear run against far rail over 2f out, ridden and beaten over 1f out

25/1

2nd

5

(3)

1st Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

14:20 Sandown

Rodrigo Diaz

9st 2lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David Simcock

in touch with leaders, ridden and outpaced 3f out, rallied over 1f out, went second inside final furlong, kept on but no match for winner

3/1

3rd

6

(1)

26th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

18:50 Sandown

Rodrigo Diaz

9st 4lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David Simcock

14/1

14th
2 (16)
Enemy

18/1

Form: 941358 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Held up; better than ever in April for new yard, easily winning 1m6f handicap at Musselburgh (good to soft; 11lb higher today) and denied a clear run when very close third in 2m Group 3 at Ascot (good to firm); two further Group races have not panned out ideally but he showed enough for a long way in the Goodwood Cup last time to be of interest still, including now back to 1m6f.

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5th

4

(1)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 5f 84y

Class 1

15:40 Chester

Enemy

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

Nearly beat Tower Of London at Riyadh in February and was unsuited by the steadier pace when 9l behind that rival at Meydan last time; retains ability aged seven but is still seeking first Group win after many attempts.

12/1

1st

3

(5)

25th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 2

13:00 Southwell (AW)

Enemy

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ian Williams

Really smart effort to win a 1m4f Meydan handicap last January and not far off that level when runner-up in 2m handicaps at Kempton and Newcastle this winter; his very best form has come over further so a slight worry if this gets tactical.

8/1

2nd

2

(5)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

14:00 Newcastle (AW)

Enemy

9st 7lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Ian Williams

took keen hold, held up in rear

11/2

Form: 13-232 BF

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Came from way off the pace when third of 16 to Get Shirty in 1m6f handicap at Royal Ascot (good to firm); getting turned over at 4-5 in an amateurs' race at Leopardstown (1m7f) on latest start was miles below that form but the winner was given way too much rope; after five races in total and off 2lb higher than at Ascot, he could easily still be capable of better.

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3rd

3

(6)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

16:35 Curragh

Okita Soushi

9st 9lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

led

5/2

1st

6

(9)

23rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:40 Ascot

Okita Soushi

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Only fourth start when third in the 1m6f Copper Horse at this meeting last year (good to firm); well beaten in two top races in his only other handicaps and odds-on when winning two non-handicaps on AW in February, not needing to be near his best; fifth in Group 3 five weeks ago won't be good enough either but he's 2lb lower than this time last year, so case can be made.

11/2

16th
13 (19)
Licence

10/1

Form: 1-274

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Has raced only on good or yielding; just his second race when front-running second in 1m2f Listed contest at Naas in March; flopped in a Group 2 in May and was gelded; made a satisfactory return when fourth from off the pace in 1m4f Group 3 at Leopardstown 16 days ago; much less exposed than most and, by Frankel, no shock if he can raise his game and 1m6f is plausible too.

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16th

1

(12)

15th Oct 2022

Yielding

1m 4f 0y

17:30 Leopardstown

Licence

10st 0lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

never better than mid-division, pushed along and weakened 2f out, eased towards finish

16/1

19th

1

(7)

10th Sep 2022

Yielding To Soft

1m 4f 180y

17:30 Leopardstown

Licence

10st 0lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

prominent on inner, pushed along and lost position 2f out, no impression over 1f out

15/2

16th

13

(19)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Licence

9st 5lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: G M Lyons

raced wide, midfield, pushed along towards near side over 3f out, ridden when edged right and outpaced over 2f out, beaten over 1f out

10/1

25/1

Form: 32-156

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

First run on good to firm when creditable sixth of eight at 20-1 in Group 3 at Goodwood (1m4f) three weeks ago; winning a Group 3 at Newbury (1m4f) in April was his recent career highlight, building on the promise of his never-nearer 5l fifth in this race last year (hampered coming from rear); off 3lb higher than 12 months ago, however, he has his work cut out.

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9th

7

(9)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Max Vega

9st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

prominent

20/1

8th

1

(12)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Max Vega

9st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Dual Group 3 winner at 1m4f on turf; opened his AW account in handicap over that trip at Wolverhampton (off just 2lb lower) six weeks ago; has the ability to remain competitive, provided he's as effective back at 2m (third attempt).

6/1

1st

1

(1)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Max Vega

10st 1lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

raced in third, pushed along 2f out, ridden against rail over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well final 110yds

7/2

Form: 27-791

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Fourth in last year's Group 2 Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot over 1m6f, running on well from last place; has not yet built on that very positive impression but perhaps his comfortable odds-on win in an amateurs' event at Bellewstown lagst time has put him back on the right track.

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3rd

1

26th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:58 Limerick

Benaud

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

A 102-rated Flat performer and has run respectably despite some ropey jumping on both hurdle starts to date; would appear to be the stable and owner's first string and one for the shortlist.

5/1

4th

2

3rd Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:17 Fairyhouse

Benaud

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield, in touch with leaders when not fluent 4 out, pushed along when went fourth after 3 out, no extra when bad mistake last, kept on

7/2

4th

3

19th Nov 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 100y

13:38 Punchestown

Benaud

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

in touch with leaders

15/8

33/1

Form: -12570

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 6lb

7 yo Horse

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Excellent fourth in the 2019 Ebor; ran creditably in three of his races this season, including when seventh of 16 to Get Shirty at Royal Ascot; however, his form dipped behind the same rival at Haydock and this comparatively exposed sort is probably vulnerable again.

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0

1

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Raymond Tusk

12st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Still well short of replicating his smart Flat best over hurdles when fourth on December 2022's handicap debut, but finally gets to try further than 2m in this sphere now and has been gelded; won't mind a dryout.

5/1

5th

4

(1)

7th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

15:05 Sandown

Raymond Tusk

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Alan King

Satisfactory third in handicap at Newmarket (1m4f) in May after a four-month break, but no show from a wide draw at Royal Ascot (1m6f) latest; still capable of smart form last year but very rarely seen over this far (second in 2m Ascot Group 3 in 2019) and looks set for a supporting role.

14/1

8/1

Form: 111-13 C BF

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Won three in a row last season and reappeared with a 1m4f handicap win here (good; unraced on firmer) in May; his only defeats were on his first and latest starts, the latter when he stayed on steadily from an unpromising position to be third of 17 to Get Shirty at Haydock (1m4f, soft); after just six starts, there's lots to suggest he will stay and find further improvement.

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7th

2

(2)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 10y

Class 2

18:20 Ripon

Gaassee

9st 7lb

J: Joshua Bryan

T: Archie Watson

led, headed over 1f out, soon weakened

4/1

8th

2

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newbury

Gaassee

9st 9lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

towards rear, brief headway against far rail over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased inside final furlong

15/2

Form: 215-50

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Listed winner at Saint-Cloud (1m4f) last September and best form when fifth of 16 off this mark to Get Shirty at Royal Ascot (1m6f, good to firm) on reappearance; ran poorly in a Group 3 at Leopardstown six weeks ago and, even if she bounces back, needs a career best.

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11th

6

(8)

10th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 6f 17y

Class 1

16:00 Yarmouth

Quenelle DOr

9st 6lb

J: James Doyle

T: Hugo Palmer

prominent, led after 2f, headed after halfway, ridden over 4f out, weakening when bumped over 2f out, dropped to rear under 2f out, eased final furlong

10/1

5th

1

(4)

23rd Sep 2022

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newmarket

Quenelle DOr

9st 5lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Hugo Palmer

led, joined 4f out, pushed along and headed 3f out, soon weakened

16/1

20

(4)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Quenelle DOr

9st 2lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Hugo Palmer

Listed winner at Saint-Cloud (1m4f) last September and best form when fifth of 16 off this mark to Get Shirty at Royal Ascot (1m6f, good to firm) on reappearance; ran poorly in a Group 3 at Leopardstown six weeks ago and, even if she bounces back, needs a career best.

66/1

Form: /72-95

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

10yo who was better than ever over hurdles during the last jumps season, dead-heating in the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth in November; has run many a big race in quality contests but has found it much easier to win over hurdles in recent years and does not look the percentage call; reserve.

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4th

4

(7)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Not So Sleepy

9st 8lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Hughie Morrison

disputed lead early, led after 1f

9/1

5

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Not So Sleepy

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Hughie Morrison

Acts on any going; very useful dual-purpose performer who retains his ability and enthusiasm despite his advancing years; comfortably won the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, rescheduled to Sandown, when last seen three months ago; however, beaten in this race for the last four years (form figures P555) and, at the age of 12, is surely set for another supporting role.

33/1

1st

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

13:15 Sandown

Not So Sleepy

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Hughie Morrison

Showed useful Flat form this autumn despite his advancing years; dead-heated in this contest in 2021 but was a humble third behind Constitution Hill 12 months ago and even further behind that superstar in the Champion Hurdle; other youngsters in this field add to his vulnerability.

40/1

40/1

Form: 609172

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

All wins have been between June and August, none here but there have been some good York places, including in 1m4f race at this meeting in 2020 (second) and 2021 (third); back in top form this summer and was declared to contest the same 1m4f event yesterday; stays 1m6f (two good seconds at Musselburgh this term) and is not dismissed from place calculations; reserve.

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1st

2

(6)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Dark Jedi

9st 8lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Last win was off a 21lb higher mark over 1m6f at Doncaster (heavy) in October 2022; mixed results last season during a marked overall decline, but it's easy to make a case on some form in the autumn and he's run respectably in both starts this year; not ruled out back up in trip.

7/1

6th

9

(3)

21st Apr 2024

Good

1m 4f 104y

Class 4

17:15 Musselburgh

Dark Jedi

9st 6lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Last win was off a 20lb higher mark over 1m6f at Doncaster (heavy) in October 2022; mixed results last season during a marked overall form decline, but it's easy to make a case even on form shown last autumn and he made a respectable reappearance 12 days ago; considered each-way.

6/1

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Non-runners

Calling The Wind, Quenelle D'Or

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Payout
Exacta £1082.00
Straight Forecast £724.60
Tricast £4149.90
Trifecta £9701.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Gaassee

The Guardian:

Okita Soushi

TOPSPEED:

Candleford

The Times:

Licence

SPOTLIGHT:

Earl Of Tyrone

NEWMARKET:

John Leeper

LAMBOURN:

Calling The Wind

Daily Mail:

Alfred Boucher

RP Ratings:

Euchen Glen

Telegraph:

Gaassee

Daily Mirror:

Gaassee

The Sun:

Gaassee

The Star:

Candleford

Daily Express:

Okita Soushi

Daily Record:

Okita Soushi