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Betsi Handicap

  • Prize money: £20616
  • 1m 6f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 8 runners
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Betsi Handicap

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Polytrack

Weather: Cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 634221 C

Last run: 47 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Steadily progressive since making his debut in June and deservedly got off the mark at the sixth attempt with a neck success here (2m) in September; 3lb rise not a major issue, but given that he looks such a strong stayer over a longer distance the return to this trip may not be ideal unless they go off particularly hard.

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2nd

1

(6)

18th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Mountain Road

10st 2lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: David Simcock

Went close here last September before two Chelmsford wins, latterly off this mark; came in for support back on Polytrack over C&D nine days ago, returning from a short break, and is one to consider for last year's successful yard.

4/1

5th

1

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 4

16:00 Kempton (AW)

Mountain Road

10st 2lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: David Simcock

Made good strides last year once switched to Polytrack and raised in distance, winning at Chelmsford (2m/1m6f) on final two starts; reappearance was respectable but will need to run better than he has of late, last time making no impression in the Northumberland Plate.

7/1

16th

20

(1)

1st Jul 2023

Standard To Slow

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

14:05 Newcastle (AW)

Mountain Road

8st 5lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: David Simcock

Progressive last year after switched to Polytrack and upped in trip, winning at Chelmsford (2m/1m6f) on final two outings; shaped okay on 2023 reappearance but disappointing at Goodwood next time, both on turf; peak AW RPR makes this look a good mark, though.

33/1

14/1

  • Place: £8.00

Form: 554716 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Made it fifth-time lucky with a gritty neck success from 1lb lower over C&D in September, but has since been well held at Southwell (1m6f, Tapeta); needs to bounce back.

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7th

9

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Spit Spot

10st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Lucinda Russell

Dual AW Flat winner at round 1m6f; has improved since going handicapping over hurdles, best run when 10l-second to an improver in mares' race at Doncaster in March (2m, heavy; winner now rated 14lb higher); may improve again on this better ground.

12/1

4th

2

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 4

16:30 Kelso

Spit Spot

11st 12lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Stayed well on the Flat; no match for the winner on her handicap debut at Doncaster (2m, heavy) but ran a respectable race and it's still early days over hurdles.

7/2

Form: 122320

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Mainly consistent this year, including three wins over 1m4f on turf/Tapeta, but was beaten a long way at York (1m6f, good to soft) last month; stays at least this far and could easily bounce back, but this will be his 14th outing of the year so he does look vulnerable to a less-exposed rival.

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6th

4

(1)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 5

16:50 Southwell (AW)

Pons Aelius

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Charlie Johnston

A fairly useful 2m winner last summer but he's yet to fire in two runs this year, visored when coming in last of 12 at Lingfield (2m) 13 days ago; has a bit to prove.

11/1

12th

14

(1)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

15:15 Lingfield (AW)

Pons Aelius

8st 13lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie Johnston

Won under a prominent ride at Goodwood (2m, good to firm) last June but he's not finished closer than fourth in his eight runs since and was beaten 7l in Class 5 at Southwell last week; visor now goes on and he needs to raise his game

10/1

11/1

Form: 261234 C

Last run: 10 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Consistent since the end of last year including wins here (1m2f) and at Kempton (1m4f, Polytrack); last couple of efforts off this mark show this sort of trip isn't a problem, but potentially vulnerable to an improver; stable won this last year.

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3rd

5

(4)

2nd May 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:05 Lingfield (AW)

Myriad

8st 11lb

J: Taryn Langley

T: Richard Hughes

Won off 6lb lower at Kempton (1m4f) in August 2022, but was a well-held fourth in his final two runs (1m6f) that year and has not been seen since; has something to prove after 539 days off and is best watched unless market is persuasive.

10/1

4th

7

(1)

10th Nov 2022

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Myriad

8st 11lb

J: George Rooke

T: Richard Hughes

Consistent since the end of last year including wins here (1m2f) and at Kempton (1m4f, Polytrack); last couple of efforts off this mark show this sort of trip isn't a problem, but potentially vulnerable to an improver; stable won this last year.

11/1

Form: 31551

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Handy sort who only made his debut in April and took his record to 2-5 with a clearcut success at Kempton (1m4f, Polytrack) eight days ago; has a 6lb penalty and another 2f to contend with, but he remains open to plenty more progress and is respected; stable also runs Pons Aelius.

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6th

6

(3)

6th Jul 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Dubai Leader

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Can make the running; won twice last year (once over C&D) and shot back to form on latest start when winning over this trip at Beverley; hood (tried once in 2022) returned that day; no guarantee that he'll again be in that form, given his record, but a major player if he is.

3/1

1st

2

(4)

11th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 23y

Class 4

18:45 Beverley

Dubai Leader

9st 13lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

dwelt start, took keen hold, prominent, led after 2f

12/1

5th

3

(8)

14th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 15y

Class 4

18:45 Hamilton

Dubai Leader

9st 10lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Mostly front-runner; scored twice last year; disappointing on final start and, having been gelded, backward steps on both outings this season.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1-33

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Made a winning debut for Andrew Balding at Lingfield (1m2f, Polytrack) a year ago and third behind a couple of smart Godolphin representatives at Kempton (1m4f, Polytrack) in January (met trouble); was returning from 291 days off (gelded in the meantime) when third of five on stable/handicap debut back at Kempton 15 days ago; the run should have brought him on, but not sure the longer trip will suit on pedigree.

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4th

3

(2)

23rd Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sea Grey

9st 4lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Inconsistent gelding who's making his Tapeta debut off the back of a poor effort over hurdles; is some way down the pecking order under Charlie Maggs, who takes just his fifth ride on the Flat.

14/1

9th

2

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:05 Huntingdon

Sea Grey

11st 12lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Fair Flat form at 1m2f-2m last year; won a five-runner Catterick maiden (2m3f, soft) in December on second start over hurdles, but was disappointing on heavy ground at Southwell six weeks ago; wore cheekpieces for those last two starts; good shout if that latest run is forgiven.

11/4

Form: -22353

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Showed some ability in five starts for Donnacha O'Brien, including when chasing home the high-class Changingoftheguard at a respectable distance at Dundalk (10.7f, Tapeta) in April; had been off for 131 days (gelded in the meantime) when third of eight in a first-time visor (retained) on stable debut in a Nottingham novice (1m6f, soft) 15 days ago; likely more will be needed in order to shed his maiden tag.

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3rd

14

27th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Warwick

Artistic Choice

10st 12lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Michael Bell

Fairly useful Flat-racer who is 2-6 over hurdles; pulled up in soft-ground Newbury handicap 33 days ago but has claims if judged on his close second off today's mark there (2m, good) three weeks earlier.

10/1

12

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 183y

Class 3

13:30 Newbury

Artistic Choice

10st 3lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Michael Bell

Juvenile hurdler who has performed well in 2m handicaps the last twice, winning at Huntingdon then close second here; Flat record suggests he'll stay this longer distance; possibilities off a low weight.

8/1

2nd

8

4th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:25 Newbury

Artistic Choice

10st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Michael Bell

Won the first and latest of his four races over hurdles, latterly on his handicap hurdle debut at Huntingdon (2m, good); raised 6lb but may well have more to offer.

7/2

Form: -02115 BF

Last run: 83 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Showed little in three outings as a 2yo (once on Polytrack) but made an immediate impact once returning in handicaps in the summer, including wins on good ground at Pontefract (1m4f) and Newbury (1m5f); the race wasn't run to suit (pulled hard in rear) when failing in his hat-trick bid back at Newbury in August, since when he has been gelded; could go well if this pans out more favourably for him.

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3rd

5

(8)

26th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 5y

Class 5

19:55 Pontefract

Wagga Wagga

9st 5lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Hughie Morrison

Won over this trip and over 1m5f on sound surface last summer but disappointing (pulled hard) on reappearance/first run since gelded at Lingfield (AW); not out of this back on turf if he settles better.

11/2

7th

6

(10)

13th May 2023

Standard

1m 5f 0y

Class 5

17:15 Lingfield (AW)

Wagga Wagga

9st 7lb

J: William Buick

T: Hughie Morrison

dwelt start, pulled hard, raced wide, towards rear, headway from 3f out, ridden 2f out, hung left and weakened over 1f out

5/1

6

(5)

10th Nov 2022

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Wagga Wagga

9st 0lb

J: David Probert

T: Hughie Morrison

Showed little in three outings as a 2yo (once on Polytrack) but made an immediate impact once returning in handicaps in the summer, including wins on good ground at Pontefract (1m4f) and Newbury (1m5f); the race wasn't run to suit (pulled hard in rear) when failing in his hat-trick bid back at Newbury in August, since when he has been gelded; could go well if this pans out more favourably for him.

7/2

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Payout
Exacta £545.00
Straight Forecast £682.30
Tricast £3534.70
Trifecta £2720.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Mountain Road

SPOTLIGHT:

Dubai Leader

POSTDATA:

Myriad

The Guardian:

Sea Grey

NEWMARKET:

Artistic Choice

Daily Mail:

Mountain Road

The Sun:

Mountain Road

The Star:

Mountain Road

Daily Record:

Mountain Road

RP Ratings:

Dubai Leader

TOPSPEED:

Dubai Leader

D Express:

Dubai Leader

Daily Mirror:

Dubai Leader

The Times:

Myriad