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19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

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  • Prize money: £20616
  • 1m 6f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 5 runners
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Runners: 5 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Polytrack

Weather: Showers

Form: 342211 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

No progress in first three starts but he has form figures of 2211 since switched to staying handicaps and his wins have come at this track (2m/1m6f) this autumn; up another 4lb but he finished well to score in good style over C&D last time and is open to more improvement; big player.

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

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

OUR TIP

Form: 320341

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Triple AW winner who resumed his progress when beating his 12 rivals in a 2m handicap at Kempton (Polytrack) last Wednesday; has a penalty and is back in trip but that was a pretty valuable Class 2 event last time and this tough colt should make another bold bid.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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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

Form: 704830

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Started his career with 1m4f wins at Wolverhampton and Newmarket in July but he's not gone on and was beaten 13l behind his stablemate Pons Aelius at Kempton last week; that was from a tough draw but he's now 0-7 in handicaps and others are more convincing; cheekpieces added.

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

3rd

1

(2)

25th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 3

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Temporize

10st 1lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Syd Hosie

raced in second

9/2

0

20

(10)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Temporize

8st 10lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Syd Hosie

Edged out by Grand Providence at Doncaster on final start for Charlie Johnston; justified favouritism in the 2m4f event at Glorious Goodwood (soft) ten weeks ago when last seen; 2023 campaign demands plenty of respect but the notable negative is his 7lb rise since Goodwood.

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 547162 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Has some ups and downs in her seven-race profile but she won a C&D handicap in September and was a creditable 33-1 second behind Mountain Road back here (1m6f) last month; nudged up another 2lb but she still has potential as a stayer and is not ruled out.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

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

Abandoned

Form: 545-5

Last run: 240 days

W: 8st 5lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Down the field in four novice/maiden runs for the Johnston yard, most recently when a well-held fifth of seven at Wolverhampton (1m4f) in April; changed hands for 26,000gns in July; still unexposed but she returns from another break and needs improvement upped to 1m6f on her handicap/stable debut.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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11th

10

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Zestful

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Martin Keighley

Perhaps not straightforward but, having been detached after two out, she stormed home for a 1l fourth of 15 at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) last month; has gone close over 2m7f in the past and she's capable of playing a leading role if everything clicks.

10/1

4th

8

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

14:05 Cheltenham

Zestful

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

held up in rear, not fluent 2nd

18/1

0

5

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Zestful

11st 1lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Began hurdling career with consecutive wins in February/March (1m7f/2m) then showed better form going close in Cheltenham Listed race (2m4f; fluffed the last) and Market Rasen handicap (2m7f); back from summer break with a creditable run on heavy two months ago, which she may well build on.

12/1

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Verdict

Preference is for David Simcock’s progressive hat-trick seeker MOUNTAIN ROAD, who has form figures of 2211 since switched to staying handicaps and completed a course double when forging clear over C&D last month. The Johnstons’ Pons Aelius kicked on again with his 2m win at Kempton last week and he’s the main danger, although Spit Spot was a good second behind the selection here last time and she’s still unexposed at this trip.[David Moon]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Mountain Road

POSTDATA:

Pons Aelius

NEWMARKET:

Spit Spot

WEST COUNTRY:

Zestful

RP Ratings:

Mountain Road

TOPSPEED:

Mountain Road

The Times:

Mountain Road

Telegraph:

Mountain Road

The Guardian:

Mountain Road

Daily Mail:

Mountain Road

D Express:

Mountain Road

Daily Mirror:

Mountain Road

The Star:

Mountain Road

Daily Record:

Mountain Road

The Sun:

Pons Aelius