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Robert Roache Portobello Cup Handicap

  • Prize money: £10476
  • 2m 2f 28y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Robert Roache Portobello Cup Handicap

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 585466 C

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Four turf wins last year, over 1m6f here on last two occasions; he's back 1lb above his last winning turf mark, having failed to make an impact since his AW win in March; had a 2m win on Newcastle AW in March 2021 but peak efforts have been over shorter.

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Verdict Starting price

8th

2

(7)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Wise Eagle

9st 11lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Adam Nicol

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

16/1

12th

9

(5)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Wise Eagle

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Adam Nicol

Acts on good to firm and good to soft; very productive and progressive for Adam Nicol in the last two and a half years and won last term on the two times he's gone up to 2m2f; this season he won a good 1m6f handicap at Musselburgh before his second of six to Coltrane here (2m) on first attempt at a Group race; while the latter was his best form, he received 5lb from the winner and was beaten 5l, which adds up to a tough task today.

40/1

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10/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 034459 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Mostly solid over the last year, probably effective at 1m5f-2m2f, before backward steps at Musselburgh (won here once last term) and Haydock (overdid it up front) in space of three days on last two outings; those runs drop her down the list.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

2

(6)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:15 Ripon

Haizoom

9st 11lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Charlie Johnston

raced in fourth

3/1

3rd

4

(4)

17th Sep 2023

Good

1m 7f 217y

Class 4

17:10 Musselburgh

Haizoom

9st 6lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Charlie Johnston

Made a winning start for current yard at Ripon (2m) in June but her form has dipped recently, only sixth in 1m6f Newmarket handicap 29 days ago; she needs to bounce back.

10/1

6th

8

(6)

19th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:45 Newmarket (July)

Haizoom

8st 9lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie Johnston

Won a four-runner race on stable debut at Ripon (2m) in June but that's her best run this year; probably okay on soft ground but soundly beaten on heavy on latest outing; back to her last winning mark.

14/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 313155 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 8st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

His third win last term came over C&D; below form on latest outing but he was in good form going into that and may well bounce back.

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10th

1

(8)

4th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

2m 0f 56y

Class 6

15:37 Newcastle (AW)

Gift Of Raaj

9st 9lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

prominent

16/1

10th

4

(9)

21st Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 6

14:38 Southwell (AW)

Gift Of Raaj

9st 11lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

held up in rear, no impression from over 2f out

9/2

11/2

Form: 356

Last run: 26 days

W: 8st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Can make the running; won two bumpers and 2m maiden hurdle; switched to Flat rules and showed ability all three starts (1m2f/1m4f) last month, big odds every time; should be a lot more interesting on this Flat handicap debut.

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3rd

2

(3)

24th Sep 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:23 Ripon

Chuvelo

9st 10lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Donald McCain

in touch with leaders, raced slightly wide home turn, pushed along 4f out, ridden 3f out, edged right over 2f out, weakened from over 1f out, no match for first two

4/1

1st

1

(7)

7th Sep 2022

Good

1m 6f 32y

Class 5

17:00 Carlisle

Chuvelo

10st 1lb

J: Graham Lee

T: Donald McCain

made all, pushed along 4f out, switched to near side 3f out, faced strong challenge 2f out, drifted right 1f out, kept on strongly, comfortably

11/1

4th

4

(3)

24th Aug 2022

Good

2m 2f 28y

Class 4

15:20 Musselburgh

Chuvelo

8st 11lb

J: Graham Lee

T: Donald McCain

led, ridden under 4f out, headed and lost second over 2f out, kept on but lost third towards finish

11/2

9/2

Form: 656753

Last run: 25 days

W: 8st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Made debut only in May; his most competitive display was on latest start (his third handicap) when upped to 1m5f on good ground at Hamilton and staying on from the back to take third of seven off this mark; effectiveness over this extra 5f is bit of a guess but he now enters serious calculations for the first time.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

9

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 3

19:50 Hexham

Two Auld Pals

10st 7lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Fair Flat racer who made a solid start to hurdling career in novice company last season before winning over C&D (heavy) on handicap debut six weeks ago; yet to race on ground quicker than soft in this sphere and could quite plausibly display improvement on this quicker surface.

11/2

1st

3

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

17:05 Hexham

Two Auld Pals

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Fair Flat racer who has made the frame on all three hurdling starts, most recently when third in Ayr novice (2m, heavy) last month; could quite plausibly have improvement to come in handicaps; one to consider.

2/1

Form: -54662

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

9yo who is nothing like the force of old and races mainly on the AW these days but he was second of 13 when 33-1 at Carlisle (2m1f, good) on latest outing, with Idilico about 2l back in fourth; well handicapped on his AW form last autumn/winter even and it's not hard to construct a form case for him.

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4th

7

(6)

15th Sep 2022

Good

2m 1f 27y

Class 5

16:37 Pontefract

Manjaam

9st 8lb

J: Josephine Gordon

T: Stella Barclay

took keen hold, disputed lead, led clearly after 2f, headed but prominent after 7f, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out

16/1

6th

6

(1)

24th Aug 2022

Good

2m 2f 28y

Class 4

15:20 Musselburgh

Manjaam

8st 4lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: Stella Barclay

towards rear, shaken up over 4f out, short of room and switched left 3f out, made no impression

5/1

2nd

5

(1)

1st Aug 2022

Good

2m 1f 47y

Class 5

18:40 Carlisle

Manjaam

10st 3lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: Stella Barclay

prominent, pushed along and headway over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

25/1

7/2

Form: 4451-4

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Fair hurdler these days, winner over 2m4f here in February and at Perth 11 days ago; the latter came 12 days after his creditable fourth of 13 on the Flat at Carlisle (2m1f; won previous Flat start in September) when Manjaam was runner-up; considered.

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Verdict Starting price

8th

3

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 2f 40y

Class 5

14:35 Taunton

Idilico

11st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Alexandra Dunn

Runner-up in selling handicap hurdle last month but well beaten on the Flat twice since, and his record over fences is not convincing; blinkers fitted for first time since 2021; too risky.

16/1

10th

6

(7)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 6

12:16 Lingfield (AW)

Idilico

9st 11lb

J: David Probert

T: Alexandra Dunn

towards rear, headway and prominent after 4f

16/1

Form: 6470/5

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Useful stayer on Flat in 2020 for Ralph Beckett; missed 2021 and kept to hurdling this year (failed to set the world alight, though did win in April) until his last of five over 2m on Flat at Pontefract three weeks ago; bit to prove at the moment.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

8

10th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

16:25 Market Rasen

Cliffs Of Dooneen

10st 7lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Rose Dobbin

Very useful on the Flat in his prime and made winning handicap hurdle debut in 2022; has lost his way but the latest run at Wetherby was more encouraging.

25/1

5th

5

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:45 Wetherby

Cliffs Of Dooneen

10st 13lb

J: Ciaran O’Shea

T: Rose Dobbin

prominent, led narrowly 3 out, weakened from last

33/1

8th

6

18th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 5

16:50 Musselburgh

Cliffs Of Dooneen

10st 12lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Rose Dobbin

Absent since August 2022; on a fair mark and trainer can bring one back from a layoff with a big run, but others have less to prove.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £157.00
Straight Forecast £126.10
Tricast £558.70
Trifecta £655.00

Selections

Daily Mail:

Wise Eagle

SPOTLIGHT:

Chuvelo

TOPSPEED:

Gift Of Raaj

RP Ratings:

Two Auld Pals

Daily Record:

Idilico

The Guardian:

Manjaam

The Star:

Two Auld Pals

Daily Express:

Wise Eagle

The Sun:

Wise Eagle

The Times:

Chuvelo

Telegraph:

Chuvelo

POSTDATA:

Gift Of Raaj

Daily Mirror:

Gift Of Raaj