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Good To Soft

John Empsom Memorial Handicap

  • Prize money: £7560
  • 1m 1f 21y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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John Empsom Memorial Handicap

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £11.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 334040

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Drawn wide when beaten about 6l in the John Smith's Cup, then ran well in fourth at Doncaster; Sandown was a backward step but in a very deep handicap; down to a mark he can win off and handles all ground.

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1st

5

(3)

14th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

1m 1f 21y

Class 3

15:55 Yarmouth

Good Birthday

9st 10lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, in rear, headway and midfield 6f out, going easily when waiting for room from 3f out, cruising when switched right from over 1f out, pushed along and kept on well inside final furlong, led inside final 110yds, won going away, readily

12/1

14th

9

(10)

20th Aug 2022

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

15:50 Sandown

Good Birthday

9st 0lb

J: Joshua Bryan

T: Andrew Balding

held up in rear, some headway over 3f out, ridden and no extra from 2f out, soon beaten

14/1

4th

1

(4)

4th Aug 2022

Good

1m 2f 43y

Class 3

20:40 Doncaster

Good Birthday

9st 12lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, prominent, ridden and briefly led over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, kept on but held final 110yds

9/2

10/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: -31039

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Excellent third of 16 over 1m1f at Glorious Goodwood but only midfield when tongue tied at Haydock (1m); going back up in distance appeals as the right move and he should be a factor; handles good to soft, unraced on softer.

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4th

6

(4)

13th Oct 2022

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

20:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Bolthole

9st 8lb

J: David Probert

T: Michael Bell

midfield, going okay 2f out, pushed along and headway from under 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong

10/1

2nd

6

(10)

14th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

1m 1f 21y

Class 3

15:55 Yarmouth

Bolthole

9st 9lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Michael Bell

midfield, towards rear after 1f, going easily and headway on outer from over 3f out, soon prominent, pressed leader from 2f out, pushed along from over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on but no match for winner

10/1

9th

6

(4)

19th Aug 2022

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

17:20 York

Bolthole

9st 3lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Michael Bell

held up in behind leaders, going okay 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, soon outpaced, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

9/1

10/1

  • Place: £4.10

Form: 31-10

Last run: 111 days

W: 9st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Flying too high in a French Listed race last time but looked a fair prospect in winning his two novices (good to soft/AW) and he should have a future in handicaps; this mark looks no gift, however.

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3rd

4

(3)

18th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Rhythm N Rock

9st 5lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John Butler

Patchy form in 11 starts since winning over C&D in March 2022, though he has gone close a couple of times back here in the meantime as when beaten a nose and a neck into third of seven 11 days ago; each-way claims from the same mark if reproducing that performance.

11/2

3rd

6

(2)

7th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Rhythm N Rock

8st 11lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John Butler

C&D winner nearly two years ago; creditable second on two occasions last term and ran respectably, despite being slowly away, here on final outing; back from a layoff and the market signals should be heeded.

10/1

11/1

Form: 286503

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

0-8 since winning Listed race last October (beat Westover); not progressed as expected but there were excuses at York and Thirsk last time (1m, soft) was a reasonable run; will need more and stamina not guaranteed.

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10th

5

(15)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:20 Newmarket

Mr Professor

9st 5lb

J: David Egan

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

33-1 for the 20-runner Lincoln at Doncaster (1m) on reappearance six weeks ago but won it comfortably from Lattam, coming smoothly from off the pace; 7lb higher today; chief concern is probably that all his turf runs for this yard last term were on soft and all his three career wins have been on soft, but 1m1f is no problem and he had plenty of form on good or firmer in 2021 and 2022; has to be considered.

12/1

15

(2)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Mr Professor

8st 8lb

J: David Egan

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Won comfortably at Goodwood (1m1f, soft) last September on fourth stable start and he remains well treated on his old form; he ran pretty well on his final two starts last season but needs something extra if he's to win this competitive handicap on his return to action.

20/1

6th

5

(5)

9th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Mr Professor

9st 5lb

J: Owen Lewis

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Off the mark for this yard when coming from off the pace to win a Goodwood handicap in September (1m1f, soft); left behind by an impressive winner at Hamilton last time but still ran creditably; more will be required to win this competitive handicap.

8/1

5/4

Form: 11

Last run: 46 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Beat the same horse in his two novices, a Prescott 3yo who has gone on to better things; very taking in how he defied the penalty at Thirsk (1m, good to soft) and he's in the right hands to progress.

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8th

6

(16)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newbury

Lattam

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Suited by going softer than good; ran well in this race last year for William Haggas, beating all bar the subsequent Royal Hunt Cup winner; good second, despite traffic issues, in the Lincoln at Doncaster on debut for Julie Camacho; likely player, for all that he's on career-high mark.

8/1

12

(14)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Lattam

8st 11lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Won the Irish Lincolnshire (1m, soft to heavy) on last season's reappearance and also on the scoresheet at Newcastle (1m, AW) in June; failed to progress subsequently and sold out of William Haggas's yard for 50,000gns in October, but an each-way case can be made on his stable and seasonal debut.

8/1

10/1

Form: 339033 C

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Beaten 1l when third the last twice at Pontefract and Newmarket (both 1m) so he's in form, albeit exposed; goes on good to soft but anything softer would be worrying; probably best at 1m.

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10th

5

(1)

4th Nov 2022

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

15:40 Newcastle (AW)

Enigmatic

9st 10lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Joseph Parr

Respectable third to Award Dancer here last month when having his first AW start of the season; went very close off 7lb higher in this contest last year and, with being so well handicapped, looks set for another big run.

13/2

3rd

1

(4)

11th Oct 2022

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

18:35 Newcastle (AW)

Enigmatic

9st 12lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Joseph Parr

midfield on outer, shaken up and steady headway over 2f out, went third over 1f out, ridden and kept on final 110yds

10/1

1

(8)

5th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 75y

Class 4

16:20 Nottingham

Enigmatic

10st 0lb

J: Thore Hammer Hansen

T: Joseph Parr

Won off 6lb higher at Pontefract (1m, good to firm) last September but has a mixed record since and he was laboured at Goodwood (1m, good to soft) two weeks ago; now drops back into a Class 4 event but losing run is up to 11 and others are preferred.

10/1

11/2

Form: 5-4316 BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Career-best RPR by some margin when opening account in 1m2f handicap at Doncaster (good to firm) in July and, under new jockey at the Shergar Cup, he was ridden more positively than usual; could well bounce back; unraced on ground softer than good but pedigree bodes well for him handling the going.

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7th

8

(6)

14th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

1m 1f 21y

Class 3

15:55 Yarmouth

Adjourn

9st 6lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David Simcock

dwelt start, held up in rear, shaken up 3f out, switched right 2f out, soon on outer, pushed along and minor headway from over 1f out, kept on but not pace to challenge

11/2

6th

6

(2)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 1f 212y

Class 3

13:00 Ascot

Adjourn

9st 4lb

J: Kerrin McEvoy

T: David Simcock

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong

100/30

1st

5

(3)

16th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 2f 43y

Class 2

19:45 Doncaster

Adjourn

8st 4lb

J: Joey Haynes

T: David Simcock

held up in rear, going easily 3f out, shaken up and smooth headway on outer 2f out, ridden and led 1f out, pushed out final 110yds, readily

2/1

12/1

Form: -41439 C

Last run: 41 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Strike-rate of 4-12 on turf but there were no obvious excuses for his recent handicap defeats and his mark hasn't really gone anywhere; good to soft would be fine, soft perhaps less so.

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4th

3

(7)

29th Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

18:39 Windsor

Silver Gunn

9st 7lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Marco Botti

Acts on good to firm and good to soft; record of 2-6 at Windsor, the latest success off just 1lb lower last July; fitted with tongue-tie on seasonal debut; capable of being involved.

8/1

7th

3

(8)

7th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

18:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Silver Gunn

10st 1lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Marco Botti

took keen hold, midfield

12/1

20/1

Form: 25-133 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Last season was a good one and she started this one in the best possible fashion, winning here over 1m; beaten twice since then and this does look tougher than she's accustomed to; trip is a further doubt.

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7

(5)

14th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 3y

Class 4

14:20 Yarmouth

Goddess Of Fire

8st 9lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: John Ryan

Her last three wins have come over C&D, the latest of them 14 months ago off a 5lb higher mark; blindfold slow to be removed and always on the back foot on her recent reappearance here; easy to strike a line through that and better expected this time.

10/1

7th

7

(3)

1st Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 3y

Class 4

16:00 Yarmouth

Goddess Of Fire

9st 1lb

J: Adam Tracey

T: John Ryan

Handy sort who hasn't been seen in 222 days, but was winning for the third time over this C&D when making a successful return in April of last year; 3lb lower now and given that she is proven fresh a big run wouldn't surprise.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 60-050

Last run: 3 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

One-time smart in Ireland but lost her way and she ran a shocking race at Doncaster on Sunday when detached throughout; just the tongue-tie remains of the three forms of headgear tried there; makes limited appeal.

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10th

1

(8)

14th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

1m 1f 21y

Class 3

15:55 Yarmouth

Flor De La Luna

10st 2lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Michael Appleby

took keen hold, in rear, ridden and no impression from over 2f out, soon beaten, eased from over 1f out

40/1

16th

9

(18)

11th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:30 Doncaster

Flor De La Luna

8st 13lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Michael Appleby

taken down early, slowly into stride, raced near side early, in rear, hung left and outpaced up the centre before halfway, soon lost touch, tailed off (jockey said mare was never travelling)

40/1

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Payout
Exacta £842.00
Straight Forecast £890.20
Tricast £9818.70
Trifecta £12623.00

Selections

NEWMARKET:

Lattam

POSTDATA:

Bolthole

TOPSPEED:

Enigmatic

SPOTLIGHT:

Adjourn

The Times:

Mr Professor

Daily Mirror:

Goddess Of Fire

RP Ratings:

Good Birthday

Telegraph:

Lattam

Daily Express:

Lattam

The Sun:

Lattam

The Star:

Lattam

Daily Record:

Lattam

Daily Mail:

Bolthole

The Guardian:

Enigmatic