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18:12 Sandown

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Sky Bet Sunday Series Mile Handicap

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  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 15 runners
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Sky Bet Sunday Series Mile Handicap

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £17.00
  • Place: £4.50

Form: 874011 CD

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Suited by the first-time blinkers (retained since) when making all at Newbury last month and did likewise over this C&D last time; he's up just 2lb for his latest win but he had just a short head to spare in that small field and this race is tougher, so he needs to take another step forward.

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6th

8

(4)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

15:30 Newcastle (AW)

Island Bandit

8st 7lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Heather Main

took keen hold, prominent, in touch with leaders after 4f

10/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 21-711 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Returned from a break with a win at Yarmouth (1m, good) in June and followed up at Pontefract (1m, good to firm) last Sunday; those were in small fields and today's assignment is more competitive, but he's an unexposed 3yo who is in top hands and holds appealing claims under a 6lb penalty.

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2nd

5

(11)

21st Aug 2022

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:12 Sandown

Ikhtiraaq

9st 10lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

held up in midfield, pushed along when edged right and switched left over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ridden and made strong challenge when went second inside final furlong, kept on

3/1

1st

2

(1)

14th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 6y

Class 3

15:35 Pontefract

Ikhtiraaq

9st 6lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

made all, set steady pace, shaken up and increased tempo over 1f out, ridden briefly inside final furlong, pushed out final 110yds, comfortably

8/13

1st

4

(3)

30th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 3y

Class 4

15:20 Yarmouth

Ikhtiraaq

9st 4lb

J: William Buick

T: Sir Michael Stoute

took keen hold, led narrowly, increased tempo 3f out, pushed along and 2f out, headed over 1f out, rallied final 110yds, led again final stride, just got up

3/1

20/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 6-5886 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Continues to edge down the weights and she's run some fair races this year, including when sixth of 14 at Haydock a fortnight ago, but she needs to produce something extra to return to winning ways.

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10th

3

(5)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:15 Newmarket

Dont Tell Claire

9st 8lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Wasn't at her best behind some of these at Ascot a fortnight ago in a race in which she had previously finished first and second; blinkers now replaced by cheekpieces, in which she was second off 1lb higher in one of the handicaps at Royal Ascot.

14/1

8th

5

(10)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:20 Ascot

Dont Tell Claire

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Reliable here over the years, winning this race in 2021 (good to firm) and runner-up 12 months ago (good to soft); another stout effort when second of 19 in the Kensington Palace in June and surprising if she isn't involved again.

7/1

5th

1

(1)

17th Aug 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 3

16:52 Wolverhampton (AW)

Dont Tell Claire

9st 11lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Tapeta winner (at Newcastle) who has been running well since headgear was applied, especially when placed in her last three starts on turf; three of her last four outings on the AW have been in Listed company so she should find this a bit easier, but she still has plenty on against the 3yos.

7/2

13/2

Form: 364-61 D

Last run: 72 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Built upon his previous form when off the mark at the sixth attempt in Goodwood handicap (1m, soft) in June; may need slow ground (has twice been a non-runner due to unsuitable good or good to firm going this season) but unexposed and could be a player if conditions suit.

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12

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 45y

19:05 Punchestown

Ascending

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Fifth in last season's Triumph but remains a maiden over hurdles; twiice a beaten favourite including when odds-on at Navan in February; tongue-tie tried here and not discounted.

12/1

5th

2

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 150y

13:45 Navan

Ascending

11st 12lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced in second, lost second but prominent after 3rd, led narrowly after 2 out, not fluent when headed last, weakened towards finish

15/8

3rd

4

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:00 Leopardstown

Ascending

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent throughout, went second 4 out, ridden and outpaced approaching last, kept on but lost second final strides

15/8

Form: -42108 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Runner-up here (1m1f, good to firm) in May then went one better in three-runner race at Haydock (1m, soft); however, she's been well beaten at Ascot the last twice and needs to turn things around.

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11th

4

(4)

28th Oct 2022

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:00 Newmarket

Professional Widow

9st 12lb

J: David Egan

T: Richard Spencer

2-20, with this season's win coming over 1m on soft in June but in just a three-runner race; this should be a competitive mark but there are more solid options; wore cheekpieces on last three outings.

16/1

8th

10

(3)

19th Oct 2022

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Newmarket

Professional Widow

9st 0lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Richard Spencer

in touch with leaders, pushed along and lost position when bit short of room over 1f out, soon no impression

25/1

9th

6

(12)

5th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 75y

Class 4

16:20 Nottingham

Professional Widow

9st 9lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Richard Spencer

in touch with leaders, switched right and up the centre from over 4f out, pushed along from 3f out, ridden and struggling from 2f out

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 255311 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Has reverted to front-running the last twice and shown career-best form to win comfortably at Carlisle (1m1f, good) and Wolverhampton (8.6f, AW); has gone up the weights and repeating those tactics could be tough in this more competitive race, but this thriving 4yo has to be respected.

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8th

2

(8)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Helm Rock

9st 6lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Has recorded RPRs of 103, 105 and 104 in his last three AW starts, one of them a C&D win; should be sharper for last month's promising third at Chelmsford; one to take seriously.

7/1

3rd

2

(4)

14th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Helm Rock

9st 5lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

midfield

9/1

Form: 471227 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Not at his best when mid-division at Goodwood three weeks ago but he didn't enjoy a clear run and was in top form previously, with a win at Bath followed by two close seconds; could be in the shake-up.

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4

(1)

17th Oct 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Windsor

Mark Of Respect

9st 4lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Jonathan Portman

His three wins have come over 1m but he stays this trip and comes here on the back of a good run at Newmarket last month (third of 20 over 1m1f); further progress will be required to come out on top today.

13/2

7th

7

(4)

21st Aug 2022

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:12 Sandown

Mark Of Respect

9st 8lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Jonathan Portman

raced in second, ridden and hung right over 2f out, lost second and no extra over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

16/1

7th

10

(5)

30th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 1f 11y

Class 3

16:30 Goodwood

Mark Of Respect

9st 2lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Jonathan Portman

in touch with leaders, pushed along 3f out, short of room over 1f out, hung right and no impression inside final furlong

10/1

25/1

Form: 41-327

Last run: 82 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Well-bred 3yo who won one of his five French runs; well beaten when last seen in May and he's never raced over a trip this short, but he's one to watch in the betting on this first run since bought for 32,000euros.

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11th

11

(5)

1st May 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Warning Sign

9st 3lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Gary Moore

1m2f winner in France; runner-up twice last summer (1m2f, soft and 1m6f, AW); unsighted at Lingfield (1m, AW) four weeks ago; will be of more interest back up in trip.

33/1

10th

5

(5)

4th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 4

15:20 Lingfield (AW)

Warning Sign

9st 8lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Gary Moore

1-5 in France and 0-8 for this yard but improved when stepped up in trip last summer, finishing placed three times in amateur riders' races, the latest at Chelmsford (1m6f, Polytrack) in September; has to be a question mark against him over this sharp 1m after 196 days off; stable triple-handed.

10/1

Form: 425127 CD

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Won over C&D last month on first visit to Sandown and close second of four over C&D seven days later; merely mid-division at Doncaster most recently but could leave that run behind now he's back here.

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5th

8

(2)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

20:10 Newcastle (AW)

Mercurius Power

9st 6lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jessica Macey

prominent, dropped to midfield after 2f

10/1

4th

1

(6)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

20:00 Newcastle (AW)

Mercurius Power

9st 9lb

J: Ben Sanderson

T: Jessica Macey

Five-time winner; exposed but running well, having just been denied by the patiently ridden Armoured here in January before another placed effort last month; solid claims.

11/2

3rd

5

(9)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Mercurius Power

9st 4lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jessica Macey

Exposed five-time winner; clear runner-up over C&D 13 days ago but the winner was 25-1 and that was a Class 6; may need more.

7/1

14/1

Form: 423775 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

1lb lower than when going very close over C&D in June and the return to this track for the first time since offers a glimmer of hope, but he needs to produce more than he's managed on his four starts since.

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9th

4

(7)

14th Oct 2022

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

16:45 Newcastle (AW)

Coase

9st 12lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Michael Wigham

slowly into stride, in rear, shaken up over 1f out, never on terms

14/1

6th

3

(2)

11th Oct 2022

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

18:35 Newcastle (AW)

Coase

9st 10lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Michael Wigham

dwelt start, held up in rear, steady headway and prominent up the centre over 1f out, ridden and no extra final 110yds

12/1

8th

10

(7)

23rd Sep 2022

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 3

17:20 Newmarket

Coase

9st 4lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Michael Wigham

towards rear, headway halfway, weakened from over 2f out

10/1

Form: 3-3149

Last run: 85 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

He needs to produce more than has been the case in his first two handicaps but this lightly raced 3yo is in top hands and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces will prompt an upturn in fortunes.

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3rd

1

(6)

14th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

1m 1f 209y

Class 4

16:40 Sandown

Blueberry Hill

9st 9lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

dwelt start, towards rear, switched to near side 3f out, soon pushed along and headway, ridden and pressed leader over 1f out, no extra final 110yds

8/1

11th

12

(2)

21st Aug 2022

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:12 Sandown

Blueberry Hill

9st 3lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: John & Thady Gosden

midfield, ridden over 2f out, switched left and no impression over 1f out, weakened final furlong

11/1

4th

1

(7)

6th May 2022

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:40 Ascot

Blueberry Hill

9st 9lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Form: 363121 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Won by 4l at Leicester (1m, good to firm) in June and, after a near-miss at Bath, she scored by nearly 3l at Newmarket (1m, good to firm); goes up in grade here but she's clearly improving and a 6lb rise for last time could prove lenient.

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7th

6

(1)

1st Oct 2022

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

17:03 Newmarket

Laguna Veneta

9st 0lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

in touch with leaders on outer, ridden 2f out, weakening when slightly hampered over 1f out

11/1

12th

14

(1)

21st Aug 2022

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:12 Sandown

Laguna Veneta

8st 12lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

took keen hold, prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong

8/1

1st

3

(8)

22nd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:40 Newmarket (July)

Laguna Veneta

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

prominent, pushed along and led over 2f out, ridden and edged right over 1f out, clear when wandered around inside final furlong, kept on, comfortably

6/4

Form: 50-619 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Irish raider who won at Ballinrobe (9.4f) two starts ago; however, his last two wins have come over that C&D and he was merely mid-division over 1m at Galway last time; may prefer slightly further than this.

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15th

12

(11)

6th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

16:45 Curragh

Takeachancejimmy

9st 9lb

J: Cian MacRedmond

T: Nigel Thomas Slevin

in touch with leaders, weakening when bit short of room 2f out

33/1

21th

12

(8)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

13:15 Curragh

Takeachancejimmy

9st 1lb

J: Gary Carroll

T: Nigel Thomas Slevin

midfield, outpaced 2f out

50/1

21th

17

26th Dec 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Takeachancejimmy

11st 12lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Nigel Thomas Slevin

Useful money-spinner on Flat with 7-49 record; yet to show any aptitude for hurdling

100/1

25/1

Form: 15-019 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 3yo who displayed improved form to win at Goodwood (1m, good to firm) in June; not written off after just one poor run but it's hard to be confident in view of his below-par run at Ascot last time.

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2

(1)

16th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

20:20 Goodwood

Rawyaan

10st 1lb

J: Pat Cosgrave

T: George Baker

2nd

3

(1)

30th May 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 210y

Class 4

16:10 Brighton

Rawyaan

9st 8lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: George Baker

midfield, pushed along over 2f out

11/4

3rd

3

(10)

22nd Apr 2023

Good

0m 6f 210y

Class 4

18:15 Brighton

Rawyaan

9st 9lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: George Baker

Has been well beaten first time out in each of his three seasons, so it may be best to forgive last month's Kempton reappearance (1m, AW); won over C&D as a 2yo and back off the same mark as when winning at Goodwood (1m, good to firm) last summer; drying ground in his favour and respected for stable that won this with Mamillius in 2019 and 2022.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £838.00
Straight Forecast £546.80
Tricast £3502.00
Trifecta £11202.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ikhtiraaq

POSTDATA:

Enigmatic

The Times:

Blueberry Hill

TOPSPEED:

Island Bandit

Telegraph:

Laguna Veneta

LAMBOURN:

Helm Rock

Daily Express:

Mercurius Power

RP Ratings:

Ikhtiraaq

NEWMARKET:

Ikhtiraaq

Daily Mail:

Ikhtiraaq

The Sun:

Ikhtiraaq

The Star:

Ikhtiraaq

Daily Record:

Ikhtiraaq

Daily Mirror:

Enigmatic