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Tim Pollitt ‘SDS Is GOAT’ Memorial Nursery Handicap

  • Prize money: £3456
  • 1m 0f 6y
  • Class 5
  • 15 runners
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Tim Pollitt ‘SDS Is GOAT’ Memorial Nursery Handicap

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

1st
6 (12)
Orchestra

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £16.60
  • Place: £4.10

Form: 9573

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 5lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Outran his 50-1 odds in similar event at Windsor (1m, good) two weeks ago, finishing almost 4l third on nursery debut; has a fighting chance provided he builds on that effort.

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

4th

4

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:20 Kempton

Orchestra

11st 6lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Fergal O’Brien

took keen hold, midfield, outpaced after 3 out, some headway before 2 out, kept on

5/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 743

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 5lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Has shown steady progress in three starts over 7f/1m, most recently third at Redcar; looks the type to take another step forward and do well in handicaps; very appealing.

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4th

9

(14)

3rd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

13:50 Goodwood

Coverdale

8st 10lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Edward Bethell

Acts on any ground (second win was on heavy); 4-4 in 1m2f handicaps this season, last time having to wait for room before he grabbed a seven-runner race from Perfect Play at Ripon (good); none of those handicaps had more than eight runners and he's up another 5lb but he keeps finding more.

12/1

1st

5

(2)

10th Jul 2023

Good

1m 1f 170y

Class 3

19:55 Ripon

Coverdale

9st 2lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

Acts on any ground; 3-3 since being gelded and upped to 1m2f, the most recent success at Haydock where he dug deep to collar a rival who dictated a steady pace; improving 3yo who commands respect upped in grade and taking on his elders for first time.

3/1

1st

3

(3)

14th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

17:20 Haydock

Coverdale

9st 6lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

Steadily progressive last year and, having been gelded, he's won 1m2f handicaps at Redcar (good to soft) and Nottingham (heavy) in the space of eight days last month in his two runs this season; looked like winning by a fair bit further at one late stage in a four-runner race last time and this 2lb higher mark may well underestimate him.

2/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 445

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 10lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Has shown ability at novice level, including twice on soft ground at Haydock, and looks open to progress now handicapping; respected despite conceding weight all round.

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

11th

8

(8)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Haydock

Nights Over Egypt

9st 4lb

J: Jason Watson

T: Rebecca Menzies

Opened his account in Class 6 contest at Thirsk (heavy; off 2lb lower) this month on only his second attempt over 6f; may have more to offer at this trip but he was weak in the betting and well held at Doncaster (7f) only yesterday; cheekpieces (tried once last year, well beaten) are reapplied.

10/1

8th

2

(1)

26th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 6

13:23 Doncaster

Nights Over Egypt

9st 9lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Rebecca Menzies

Gamely gained his breakthrough victory in 6f Thirsk handicap 17 days ago; back up 2lb but he's not taken lightly with relatively few miles still on the clock.

7/2

1st

4

(11)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

15:45 Thirsk

Nights Over Egypt

9st 7lb

J: Jason Watson

T: Rebecca Menzies

11-race maiden; midfield in a competitive 7f handicap at Chelmsford 11 days ago; promise on soft early in his career; others look safer.

12/1

10/1

Form: 405

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Not disgraced in AW maiden three weeks ago, bouncing back from a poor effort; from a major yard and may have something bigger to offer now she's qualified for a mark.

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No / Draw
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Verdict Starting price

6

(3)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 3f 179y

Class 5

18:25 Leicester

Kittykarma

9st 6lb

J: David Nolan

T: Richard Fahey

dwelt start, towards rear

16/1

8th

7

(9)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 50y

Class 5

19:30 Nottingham

Kittykarma

9st 7lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

The drop back in trip may not be ideal on her reappearance but she improved in these cheekpieces last year, winning at Thirsk (1m4f, good) in August, and she's also effective on soft ground; not discounted.

7/1

16/1

Form: 669734

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 11lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Failed to handle the right-handed bend at Ripon (behind Vondelpark) last time; ran well at Doncaster (1m, good) earlier in September; has each-way hopes on that effort.

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6th

9

(2)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 63y

Class 4

16:50 Chester

Leap Year Lad

8st 13lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Kevin Ryan

Won two handicaps over shorter last season; left the impression he'd come on for his recent return to action at Ayr but his stamina isn't assured and he's still 3lb higher than for his last win.

12/1

8th

12

(6)

29th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Ayr

Leap Year Lad

8st 13lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Two wins last season, the latter off 3lb lower at Haydock (1m2f, good) in July; won't mind if there's some lingering juice in the ground here but has been absent since a disappointing hurdling debut in November.

14/1

4th

3

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 4

12:25 Musselburgh

Leap Year Lad

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Kevin Ryan

novicey jumping, jumped left on occasions, led, faced challenge 5th, headed 3 out, weakened 2 out, no chance when mistake last

9/4

16/1

Form: 931273 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 8lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

1m winner in August; respectable third in higher grade at Nottingham (1m2f, soft) last time; takes on several potential improvers but enters calculations on form.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

14th

7

(3)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 5

16:20 Thirsk

Rievaulx Raver

9st 6lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

in touch with leaders

40/1

20/1

Form: 650

Last run: 69 days

W: 8st 8lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

Possibly unsuited by fast ground on latest 6f run; has otherwise hinted at ability on good to soft; shapes as if she'll relish this longer distance; potential improver.

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2nd

5

(7)

3rd May 2024

Good

0m 7f 15y

Class 6

14:15 Musselburgh

Purple Martini

9st 3lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Ben Haslam

dwelt start, in rear

4/1

6th

6

(3)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

15:45 Thirsk

Purple Martini

9st 4lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Ben Haslam

She made a winning seasonal reappearance at Redcar last April (6f, soft) but it was a mixed bag afterwards; possible this will be the time to catch her and she's on a winning mark.

12/1

16/1

Form: 663

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 12lb

2 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Has shown clear signs of ability in 7f maidens while leaving the impression he'll do better in handicaps at 1m+; now gets the chance to prove that point; interesting.

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1st

6

(7)

10th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:20 Newcastle (AW)

Trabajo Detecho

10st 7lb

J: Miss Amy Collier

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Two C&D wins early in the year (from the front) and added a Hamilton handicap to his tally in July; solid effort over 7f here three weeks ago and returning to 6f should be beneficial.

6/1

3rd

9

(2)

20th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

20:00 Newcastle (AW)

Trabajo Detecho

9st 5lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Campaigned on turf since June, midfield in the Ayr Bronze Cup most recently; effective at Newcastle and has form over 7f but all wins remain at 6f; not the percentage call.

14/1

10th

62

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Ayr

Trabajo Detecho

8st 10lb

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Narrow win at Hamilton (6f, good to soft) in July and went very close at Nottingham (6f, heavy) next time; this is more competitive but this 3yo is not ruled out each-way now back down in distance, having run well before fading over 7f at Carlisle last Wednesday.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 33187

Last run: 53 days

W: 9st 7lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Off the mark at Haydock (7f) on third outing; form has dipped sharply in two nurseries, hanging on first occasion and slowly away latest; first-time visor needs to work well.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

3

(3)

17th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

13:30 Pontefract

Disputed

9st 7lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

raced freely, prominent, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

20/1

10

(13)

17th Sep 2022

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:15 Ayr

Disputed

8st 9lb

J: Graham Lee

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

Stayed on best to win a Haydock novice but hasn't looked straightforward in her nurseries, hanging throughout in the first and then losing many lengths at the start last time; this is stronger than both of those.

25/1

7th

4

(2)

25th Aug 2022

Good

0m 6f 195y

Class 4

16:20 Carlisle

Disputed

9st 7lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

slowly away and lost many lengths start, ridden but became detached early, in rear throughout (jockey said filly was slowly away)

13/2

10th
13 (15)
Valstar

18/1

Form: 07525

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 11lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Ran poorly in the Ripon race won by Vondelpark; good second at Catterick (7f, good to soft; nursery debut) earlier in September and holds place claims if back to that form.

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Verdict Starting price

11th

12

(7)

15th Aug 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Valstar

8st 11lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Ten-race maiden; runner-up in a couple of turf handicaps over 7f and 1m; needs to improve for longer trip on AW debut.

25/1

4th

4

(6)

28th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 5

15:45 Thirsk

Valstar

8st 13lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Resumed with a good Doncaster second (1m, soft) in April but she's been well below par since, tried blinkered when beating only one at Catterick (7f) 16 days ago; others appeal more.

13/2

6th

2

(2)

12th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 6y

Class 6

16:40 Catterick

Valstar

9st 8lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and no impression from over 2f out

9/1

11th
8 (9)
Lunacy

8/1

Form: 549

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 4lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Has shown promise in his two attempts on turf; related to several winners for his connections and may well improve now handicapping in first-time headgear; one to consider.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

7

(6)

5th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 3f 15y

Class 5

15:50 Hamilton

Lunacy

9st 0lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

took keen hold, held up in rear

12/1

6th

6

(3)

3rd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 6

14:55 Catterick

Lunacy

9st 7lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Iain Jardine

Two Hamilton wins last year over 1m3f with ease underfoot; however, has been well beaten since the second of those and now has questions to answer.

12/1

5/1

Form: 438441 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 6lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Improved for change of tactics in six-runner nursery at Ripon (1m, good) last month, making all for 8l success; combination of 11lb rise and bigger field may find him out.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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8th

7

(6)

30th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 5

19:25 Catterick

Vondelpark

9st 0lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Sara Ender

Placed over C&D (heavy) in October and ended 2023 with two good Tapeta runs (7f/1m) but has not really fired on any of three starts this year, most recently when midfield in C&D race won by Highfield Viking eight days ago.

14/1

8th

9

(15)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

17:45 Thirsk

Vondelpark

9st 7lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Sara Ender

Won selling handicap here for Gemma Tutty last July (1m, soft); couple of decent runs for this yard after that; lacks a recent outing and high draw not ideal.

9/1

Form: 533

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Consistent level of form at Beverley (7.5f, twice) and Catterick (7f) in his three outings; therefore looks a solid handicap debutant and can't be dismissed.

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9th

4

(1)

30th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 5

19:25 Catterick

Slingsbytoo

9st 4lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

Ended last season with two down-the-field sprint runs and ought to have coped a bit better with the heavy ground when struggling here (6f) four weeks ago; this return to 7f won't be a problem but the cheekpieces (worn for his only win) are missing again and he has a lot more to prove than some.

16/1

9th

6

(7)

3rd Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 212y

Class 5

17:00 Catterick

Slingsbytoo

9st 1lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

Down the field on final two runs last season but he won here (5f, good to soft) last July and is also effective over 6f and on soft ground; this lightly raced 4yo can be involved if returning to form on his reappearance.

10/1

0

7

(3)

20th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 217y

Class 5

13:35 Redcar

Slingsbytoo

9st 9lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

Came from well back to win a 5f handicap at Catterick in July (good to soft); form dipped at Doncaster last time but he's still not fully exposed as a sprinter and can't be discounted.

10/1

25/1

Form: 045

Last run: 25 days

W: 8st 13lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Modest fifth in 6f maiden here last month; looks a possible improver now qualified for handicaps but isn't guaranteed to stay this new trip (mixed messages in pedigree).

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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14th

11

(11)

17th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

13:30 Pontefract

Penny Ghent

8st 13lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Simon Whitaker

slowly into stride, always towards rear

25/1

5th

9

(8)

22nd Sep 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

14:18 Pontefract

Penny Ghent

9st 2lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Simon Whitaker

ducked right start, in touch with leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong

14/1

9/2

Form: 434163

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 7lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Possibly a tad flattered by her 50-1 third in higher grade at Newmarket (7f, good) last month but can't be dismissed in this lower grade; runs off the same mark.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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4th

10

(8)

15th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

18:50 Newcastle (AW)

Alexas Princess

9st 2lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Made an encouraging belated return when fifth at Carlisle in September but she's twice failed to build on it in 7f handicaps here and at Doncaster; others appeal more.

14/1

5th

9

(6)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 6y

Class 4

17:28 Doncaster

Alexas Princess

9st 5lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

prominent, weakened from 2f out

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £975.00
Straight Forecast £598.10
Tricast £3366.80
Trifecta £9199.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Coverdale

NEWMARKET:

Orchestra

Daily Mirror:

Nights Over Egypt

Telegraph:

Vondelpark

POSTDATA:

Rievaulx Raver

RP Ratings:

Coverdale

The Times:

Coverdale

Daily Mail:

Coverdale

Daily Express:

Coverdale

The Star:

Coverdale