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16:50 Windsor

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Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Handicap

  • Prize money: £4536
  • 1m 3f 99y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Handicap

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.40
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 5672

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Beaten by another lightly-raced 3yo on his handicap debut at Lingfield (1m4f AW) and stuck to his task well after coming under pressure; on the same mark for this.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

14th

1

(20)

27th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 5f 0y

16:35 Navan

Byker

10st 1lb

J: Gary Halpin

T: C Byrnes

Won off 70 for Richard Hannon in 2022; good hurdler for his current stable, winning at Naas last season and narrowly beaten in the Boodles at Cheltenham; disappointing this season including over fences and interesting to see him back on the Flat.

10/1

5th

7

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

14:32 Fairyhouse

Byker

11st 8lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: C Byrnes

Useful 127-rated hurdler who was just touched off in last season's Fred Winter; struggled this season and left in remote second after last-fence fall of Hunters Yarn on chase debut over C&D last month; best watched for now.

16/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 621216 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

It was a Class 6 handicap for apprentices that he won here on his penultimate start and didn't run badly in a valuable Class 3 at Southwell (1m3f) when never closer; must have a chance.

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6th

3

7th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

18:42 Southwell

Tessy Lad

11st 5lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Four Flat wins at up to 1m4f for Richard Hughes and twice third over hurdles for that yard; yet to find his form under either code since changing bases and now tongue-tied; too risky.

8/1

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2 (12)
Eklil

4/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 521230 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Got up close home at Bath (1m2f, good) in June and followed that with two placed efforts, the latest at this trip; not seen to best effect when keen out wide at Newbury (1m4f) three weeks ago and he's on the shortlist.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

1

(6)

30th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 23y

Class 6

14:10 Yarmouth

Eklil

9st 11lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Andy Irvine

in touch with leaders

10/1

6th

1

(5)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

10:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Eklil

9st 11lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Andy Irvine

2lb lower than when winning on turf for Rae Guest at Lingfield (1m2f, good to firm) last summer, but has finished unplaced in all eight starts on the AW, including his last four since joining this yard; others look stronger.

16/1

6th

4

(10)

22nd Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

15:12 Lingfield (AW)

Eklil

9st 8lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Andy Irvine

A couple of eyecatching efforts over C&D last month and dropping back in trip backfired at Kempton last time; will need luck in running but handicapped to go well.

11/1

Form: 572336

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Has disappointed in two of her three handicaps but the middle one was a good effort when going down narrowly over this sort of trip at Haydock (good to firm); tongue-tie tried last time is soon replaced with cheekpieces; dangerous to discount.

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1

24th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

17:20 Bellewstown

Teagarden Jazz

12st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield

7/1

Form: -82555

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Only a head away at Nottingham (1m2f, good) in July and similar sort of form the last twice; mark continues to ease and has each-way claims; stayed 1m3f last time.

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4th

7

(5)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 2

14:35 Chester

Dream Harder

8st 9lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Ian Williams

Never figured in major AW handicap last month (it didn't suit the hold-up runners); sole turf win came at Chester (11.5f, soft; beat Box To Box) but he failed to land a blow over this trip here yesterday.

12/1

7th

4

(5)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Chester

Dream Harder

9st 7lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

Won over the extended 1m3f here on soft off 3lb lower last summer; creditable third on 1m4f Wolverhampton reappearance in March but never involved in the Rosebery at Kempton since.

10/1

Form: 458471

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Only her fourth run for this yard when scoring convincingly at Wolverhampton (1m4f) last week and effectively only 3lb higher with a penalty if taking into account the 3lb claim of Benoit De La Sayette; turf figures don't read so well but perhaps an improved performer these days.

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Verdict Starting price

8th

5

(7)

19th Jun 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

16:10 Wolverhampton (AW)

Arab Cinder

9st 4lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Michael Appleby

Scored here (1m4f) for William Knight last October but that is her sole win from 15 starts and she's struggled for a new yard this year; now 3lb lower than for her win but has plenty to prove back at this trip.

14/1

7th

6

(11)

5th Jun 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

21:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Arab Cinder

9st 6lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Michael Appleby

C&D winner for William Knight in October but out of sorts since back from break for new connections, first-time cheekpieces not improving matters 12 days ago (blinkers this time); has it to prove at present.

25/1

7th

1

(7)

24th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 104y

Class 6

14:00 Yarmouth

Arab Cinder

9st 12lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Michael Appleby

Best efforts, and sole win, for William Knight came on the AW; has yet to offer anything for her new yard and first-time headgear will need to make the difference.

10/1

13/2

Form: 2-7534

Last run: 61 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Went close in a Kempton novice (1m, AW) last November but he's failed to threaten back on turf this year in four handicaps (1m2f/1m4f); cheekpieces haven't done wonders for him and he returns from a break now gelded.

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6

(4)

14th Apr 2023

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

17:30 Southwell (AW)

Ward Castle

9st 9lb

J: Morgan Cole

T: Marco Botti

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, headway on outer 6f out, briefly led over 3f out

9/4

1st

7

(9)

4th Apr 2023

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 6

17:30 Southwell (AW)

Ward Castle

9st 12lb

J: Morgan Cole

T: Marco Botti

Went down by a head when sent off odds-on for a 1m3f novice here in December on his only previous visit, but twice held back in handicaps since and now 0-13; others preferred.

15/2

7th

3

(3)

7th Jan 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 6

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Ward Castle

9st 9lb

J: Bradley Furniss

T: Marco Botti

12-race maiden but he has finished second three times, including at this track; he wasn't at his very best at Wolverhampton last month but a revival wouldn't be a huge surprise.

10/1

Form: 35350

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Still early days after five runs but on a retrieval mission after flopping in first-time cheekpieces at Kempton and no guarantees that he'll be any different in blinkers; down 6lb for two handicap defeats but has a bit to prove now.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

7

11th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

19:05 Warwick

Shared

11st 6lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

midfield

12/1

21

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Shared

10st 6lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Harry Derham

Three wins over 2m, the most recent at Chepstow (heavy) in October; shapes as if this longer distance is worth exploring but still has something to prove in strongly contested handicaps, having been well held in the Boodles here last year and the Imperial Cup at Sandown last Saturday.

66/1

9th

12

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Shared

11st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

This is more competitive than he's used to and he was only third of six at Newbury last Saturday; however, that was still a fair run from this 5yo following a 140-day break, and the form of his small-field handicap win at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in October reads well; each-way possibilities.

25/1

33/1

Form: 473720

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 58

Form & Verdict

Only narrowly failed over 1m2f at Lingfield but after a break she was nothing like so good back there three weeks ago; 0-9 and far from convincing.

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9th

10

(4)

10th Oct 2022

Good

1m 3f 99y

Class 5

16:50 Windsor

Gargle

8st 11lb

J: Sam Hitchcott

T: Richard Hannon

in touch with leaders, ridden and lost position over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

33/1

11th

14

(11)

20th Sep 2022

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

17:03 Lingfield (AW)

Gargle

8st 7lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Richard Hannon

towards rear, raced wide and minor headway from 3f out, ridden and weakened from 2f out

7/1

2nd

7

(4)

13th Jul 2022

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

18:00 Lingfield (AW)

Gargle

9st 1lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

midfield, headway and chased leaders 2f out, ridden over 1f out, switched right and ran on well inside final furlong, just failed

12/1

Form: 704-

Last run: 352 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Some promise in her three runs last year, the latest knocking on a year ago; clearly returns with a lot to prove but would have to be taken seriously should market vibes bode well.

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5

(1)

14th Nov 2022

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Strega De Vega

9st 10lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Soundly beaten at Windsor (11.5f; handicap debut) five weeks ago, perhaps needing the run having been absent for 12 months; sister to two winners for this stable and may still do better; interesting.

10/1

10th

7

(7)

10th Oct 2022

Good

1m 3f 99y

Class 5

16:50 Windsor

Strega De Vega

9st 7lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

took keen hold, tracked leaders, pushed along and lost position 3f out, weakened over 2f out

7/1

4th

9

(1)

23rd Oct 2021

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Newbury

Strega De Vega

9st 0lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Debut seventh at Newmarket came in a hot novice event that has worked out well; disappointing (trailed home last) at Nottingham next time, following a 102-day absence; chance depends on how well she responds to first-time hood.

6/1

Form: 003686

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 4lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

Comprehensively beaten in three handicaps (6f-1m) at odds from 66-1 to 150-1; far from a certain stayer here.

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8th

9

(5)

31st Dec 2022

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 6

15:15 Lingfield (AW)

Elementofsurprise

8st 4lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: John Bridger

Has not finished closer than 8l to a winner in her nine starts and she beat only one rival here (7f) last time; can only be watched back at this trip.

100/1

10th

11

(1)

19th Nov 2022

Standard

0m 7f 1y

Class 6

11:35 Lingfield (AW)

Elementofsurprise

8st 6lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: John Bridger

in touch with leaders

100/1

Form: 05-780

Last run: 26 days

W: 8st 5lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 52

Form & Verdict

Yet to place in six runs and has finished right out the back in both her handicaps (1m/1m2f); cheekpieces fitted here but she's well down the pecking order.

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12th

13

(2)

24th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 31y

Class 6

20:50 Windsor

Long Time Comin

9st 0lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Michael Attwater

prominent on inner

66/1

8th

9

(8)

12th Jul 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Long Time Comin

8st 4lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Michael Attwater

Out of the frame in all 11 starts and hasn't been getting home in his last few outings over further after having done plenty early; drop back in trip makes sense on return from four months off but still hard to warm to.

40/1

13th

14

(4)

7th Mar 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

14:15 Lingfield (AW)

Long Time Comin

9st 3lb

J: William Carson

T: Michael Attwater

Boasts little in the way of solid form and she's very hard to recommend.

66/1

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Eklil

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Arab Cinder

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Byker

The Sun:

Byker

Telegraph:

Arab Cinder

The Guardian:

Arab Cinder

Daily Mail:

Arab Cinder

The Star:

Arab Cinder

RP Ratings:

Eklil

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Eklil

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Eklil

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