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Christmas Party Nights Handicap

  • Prize money: £13500
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 10 runners
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Christmas Party Nights Handicap

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Polytrack

Weather: Showers

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 370682 D BF

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

More consistent on the AW than turf and appreciated the return to Tapeta last time, having tumbled a stone down the weights on grass this season; a slow start and steady early pace wasn't ideal down to 1m on that latest start and he's high on the shortlist.

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0

2

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 37y

Class 1

13:50 Haydock

Chichester

9st 5lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Developed into a smart performer on AW at the start of this year and showed he's equally as good on turf when bagging a 1m Listed event at York (good to firm) in June on final outing for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish; better effort for this yard (but still below his best) when a never-dangerous fourth of five in 1m1f York Group 3 a fortnight ago; more needed.

20/1

4th

1

(4)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 177y

Class 1

13:50 York

Chichester

9st 7lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Developed into a smart performer on AW at the start of this year and showed he's equally as good on turf when bagging a 1m Listed event here (good to firm) in June on final outing for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish; disappointing last of five in a Salisbury Listed race (1m, good) on his recent first outing for this yard; even a return to his best is unlikely to be enough.

25/1

5th

2

(6)

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Salisbury

Chichester

9st 5lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Charlie Johnston

Developed into a smart performer on AW at the start of this year and backed up that form when winning a five-runner Listed race at York (1m, good to firm) two months ago on final outing for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish; player on that.

5/1

33/1

  • Place: £8.00

Form: -66660

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Had struggled for Aidan O'Brien this year prior to joining his new yard; no signs of an imminent revival here last month and United Front looks his trainer's best chance.

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4th

9

(3)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Howth

8st 6lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Michael Appleby

Belatedly regained the winning thread at Wolverhampton (upped to 1m6f; off 4lb lower) this month, benefiting from drop to Class 4; faces a stiffer assignment back up two grades and, with strike-rate only 2-23, looks unlikely to follow up.

25/1

1st

1

(7)

4th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Howth

10st 0lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Michael Appleby

prominent, led 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, edged right but kept on final 110yds

10/1

4th

5

(1)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 3

16:30 Southwell (AW)

Howth

9st 8lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Michael Appleby

A fair effort when fifth of 11 here (1m3f) last month (just behind Valsad), but losing run up to 17 and another 1lb drop not enough to tempt.

10/1

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3rd
1 (2)
Felix

16/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: -58448 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Winless in getting on for two years and hasn't been as good this season; remains 6lb higher than when last seen in a handicap, with cheekpieces given a third try as he comes back in distance, and needs a deal more if he's to end the losing run.

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4th

3

(4)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 2

15:20 Epsom

Felix

9st 6lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Marco Botti

8yo; not the force of old but that's reflected in his mark and he went very close at Wolverhampton (9.4f, AW) in February in first-time blinkers; has won twice on turf and could be firmly involved; cheekpieces (in which he ran well two starts ago) replace blinkers; refused to go to post and withdrawn in March.

11/2

4

(5)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:22 Lingfield (AW)

Felix

9st 3lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Marco Botti

Three placed efforts from four starts since returning to action in November and he only went down narrowly to a thriving rival at Wolverhampton last month; fully effective under these conditions; should give his running.

7/1

2nd

2

(3)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 2

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Felix

9st 8lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Marco Botti

Not the force of old but he retains ability and his latest third over C&D came in a race that wasn't run to suit; no guarantee that this will be either and new headgear is now tried.

3/1

6/1

Form: 217614 BF

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Last three wins have come over 1m4f and, while he's won on Polytrack, it's easy to argue Tapeta suits better (4-4 at Wolverhampton); needs a career best off this mark.

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2

6th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 180y

13:35 Down Royal

Old Port

11st 12lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

in touch with leaders, prominent 4 out, smooth headway and led narrowly when fell 2 out

9/2

0

14

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 157y

14:05 Punchestown

Old Port

11st 12lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

Six Flat wins for David Evans, all but one on AW; only turf win on good-to-firm; unfancied when pleasing third on hurdles debut at Cork; unseated at first at Leopardstown, 16-1 on that occasion.

10/1

0

16

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Old Port

11st 12lb

J: Mr R W Barron

T: C Byrnes

Six Flat wins for David Evans, all but one on AW; only turf win on good-to-firm; unfancied when pleasing third of 24 on recent hurdles debut at Cork.

16/1

Form: 11-356

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Dual Tapeta winner last December, latterly off a 1lb lower mark; may have needed his recent heavy-ground comeback but was beaten a long way that day after making the running.

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3rd

6

(2)

9th May 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

21:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Alexander James

9st 5lb

J: Ben Sanderson

T: Michael Herrington

Only one turf win since 2021 but has slipped a fair way in the weights and shaped as though coming to hand under Ben Sanderson (on again) over C&D last time; interesting.

6/1

3rd

2

(7)

25th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Alexander James

9st 9lb

J: Ben Sanderson

T: Michael Herrington

towards rear

16/1

Form: 305468 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Has two wins and two seconds to his name from four runs here and the return to Polytrack should help; now just below his last winning mark and won't mind the step back up in trip but he does need to improve on recent efforts.

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7th

4

(11)

21st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:45 Chelmsford (AW)

United Front

9st 8lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Michael Appleby

Infrequent winner in recent times but he's well handicapped and returned to form with a close third in a higher grade at Kempton (1m); could do with a strong pace to target but he's one for the shortlist.

7/1

Form: 108788 C

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Not at his best on turf lately and remains considerably higher in the weights on the AW (10lb above the mark off which he ran at Goodwood last time); hasn't convinced in two previous cracks at this trip and is some way down the pecking order.

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7th

3

(7)

1st Feb 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Via Serendipity

9st 7lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Charlie Fellowes

steadied start, in rear, switched right and got behind soon after start

8/1

4th

5

(5)

12th Jan 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

13:50 Newcastle (AW)

Via Serendipity

9st 6lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Charlie Fellowes

11-time winner who is equally effective on turf/AW and has gone close in handicaps at Lingfield (1m2f, Polytrack) and Wolverhampton (9.5f, Tapeta) the last twice; has a little bit to find on these terms, though, and may find a couple too good.

13/2

3rd

2

(2)

26th Dec 2022

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 2

16:10 Wolverhampton (AW)

Via Serendipity

9st 10lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Charlie Fellowes

Winner of 11 races including three on the AW, one of which was over 8.6f here; beaten a neck at Lingfield (1m2f, Polytrack) last time and, despite a 2lb rise for that, he can't be dismissed as that was very much a return to form.

5/2

Form: 13646

Last run: 103 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Debut win in the spring has worked out well but he's rather gone backwards from it (gelded after his third start); a hood didn't help when last seen (removed tonight) and he'll need to improve for the switch to the AW.

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8th

4

(6)

8th Nov 2022

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Natural World

9st 10lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: Charlie Appleby

Debut win in the spring has worked out well but he's rather gone backwards from it (gelded after his third start); a hood didn't help when last seen (removed tonight) and he'll need to improve for the switch to the AW.

7/2

4

(9)

22nd Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:15 Newbury

Natural World

9st 7lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Back on the up when fourth of 12 to stablemate New London in a hot 3yo handicap at the Newmarket July meeting (1m2f, good to firm); bit disappointing with a hood added (retained) at Glorious Goodwood but his absence since suggests something may have come to light; still early days with him.

13/2

6th

1

(4)

28th Jul 2022

Good

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

13:50 Goodwood

Natural World

9st 9lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Appleby

midfield, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, lost shoe

16/1

20/1

Form: 815400 D

Last run: 54 days

W: 9st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Has won on Polytrack but is ideally suited by Tapeta and weighted to his best back on the AW, 5lb higher than when well beaten at Ayr in early autumn; would be a surprise winner.

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8th

7

(8)

1st Jun 2023

Good

1m 1f 170y

Class 3

16:20 Ripon

Society Red

8st 11lb

J: Paul Hanagan

T: Richard Fahey

Has worn these cheekpieces the last twice; inconsistent 9yo who was disappointing at Ayr (1m2f, good) last time but prior to that he was a good second over this C&D (soft) and he's capable bouncing back from a poor run; has won over C&D and is versatile ground-wise; not written off.

25/1

9th

4

(3)

8th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

14:55 Ayr

Society Red

9st 8lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Got back on track in first-time cheekpieces when second of eight in 1m2f Ripon handicap 18 days ago; he needs considering nudged up 1lb with the headgear retained.

6/1

2nd

7

(9)

20th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 1f 170y

Class 4

16:30 Ripon

Society Red

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

in touch with leaders on outer

16/1

5/1

Form: 0-5302

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Half-brother to four Polytrack winners who's making his AW debut after a fair effort back from a break recently (had been off since Royal Ascot, when unsuited by the fast ground); this easier 1m2f should work in his favour.

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8th

9

(20)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Fantastic Fox

9st 1lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Roger Varian

dwelt start, midfield on inner

12/1

3rd

6

(3)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Fantastic Fox

8st 13lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Roger Varian

midfield, headway on far side of group over 1f out, went third inside final furlong, kept on, no match for first two

9/1

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Payout
Exacta £863.00
Straight Forecast £835.70
Tricast £7526.30
Trifecta £6571.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Chichester

The Times:

Natural World

TOPSPEED:

United Front

D Express:

Old Port

NEWMARKET:

Fantastic Fox

The Guardian:

Natural World

Daily Mail:

Natural World

The Star:

Natural World

RP Ratings:

Chichester

Telegraph:

Chichester

Daily Mirror:

Chichester

The Sun:

Chichester

Daily Record:

Chichester

POSTDATA:

United Front