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19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

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Betsi Handicap

  • Prize money: £5050.8
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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Betsi Handicap

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Polytrack

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £1.88
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 00/51- CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Confirmed the promise of his eyecatching reappearance at Lingfield in November by justifying favouritism over C&D four weeks ago; still has low mileage and a 4lb rise shouldn't prevent another prominent showing.

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11th

2

(1)

16th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:55 Newmarket

Storm Catcher

9st 8lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Simon Pearce

Three AW wins between last August and this February (9.4f/1m2f); has shown promise on turf but he needs to transfer his AW improvement back to grass, and also bounce back from a below-par latest run (1m2f, AW).

20/1

9th

10

(9)

29th Mar 2024

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1m 2f 42y

Class 2

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Storm Catcher

9st 3lb

J: David Probert

T: Simon Pearce

Ties in with Penzance on two pieces of form, including a C&D effort, this winter; justified favouritism at Wolverhampton (off 2lb lower) last time out, taking AW record to 7-15; back in a deeper field but he's steadily progressive.

9/1

1st

1

(4)

3rd Feb 2024

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1m 1f 104y

Class 2

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Storm Catcher

9st 9lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Simon Pearce

Progressive handicapper who gained his sixth win when beating Forca Timao in good style at Lingfield (1m2f) in November; another career best when going down narrowly in a strong Newcastle handicap on New Year's Day; another 3lb rise to contend with but this is a weaker race and he may not have reached his ceiling just yet; first run here but he's proven fully effective in two runs on Newcastle Tapeta.

7/4

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1st
7 (11)
Bit Harsh

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £1.88
  • Place: £1.60

Form: /4301- CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 4yo who displayed a jolt of improvement to win a C&D handicap (Class 6) five weeks ago (first-time cheekpieces, retained); that form looks solid enough and a 3lb rise looks fair; drawn wide but one to consider.

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6th

3

(4)

18th Aug 2023

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1m 5f 219y

Class 4

15:25 Wolverhampton (AW)

Bit Harsh

10st 0lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Alan King

Completed an AW hat-trick last winter, the last leg here (1m4f) in February; ran well the next twice but seemed to find 2m stretching him at Lingfield (Polytrack) last month; still 5lb above his last winning mark, but this intermediate trip may suit so he makes the shortlist.

9/2

5th

2

(2)

18th Jul 2023

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1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:25 Lingfield (AW)

Bit Harsh

9st 7lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

prominent, lost position over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

3/1

3rd

3

(5)

13th Jun 2023

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 5

17:35 Southwell (AW)

Bit Harsh

9st 10lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

Completed hat-trick in cheekpieces (one dead-heat; 1m2f/1m4f) and improved form in defeat when upped to 13.3f last time (third); seems to like gaps between his races and he's a big runner.

5/2

9/1

  • Place: £5.60

Form: 35319- CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Both wins have come at Chelmsford, latterly over this trip in October off a 4lb lower mark; ran poorly here five weeks ago, however, and comes here on a retrieval mission.

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5th

4

(1)

2nd May 2024

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1m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:05 Lingfield (AW)

Buxted Too

9st 0lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Ian Williams

Very well treated on his C&D win last March but he's 0-13 since and has form figures of 0090747 since November; drops back in trip after a respectable effort at 1m6f last time but others are more convincing; cheekpieces reapplied.

6/1

7th

1

(5)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

12:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Buxted Too

9st 13lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

Dual winner over shorter trips around here and won five times at around 1m4f on the AW early last year; 10lb lower than for the most recent, but hasn't been in the same form since and attempts this far for the first time on his 36th Flat start; enough to prove.

14/1

4th

1

(7)

12th Mar 2024

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1m 4f 14y

Class 5

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Buxted Too

9st 10lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

Five wins at around this trip on the AW early last year, but modest since returning in November despite a falling mark; cheekpieces (used once in the summer of 2022) make a return, but still best watched for now.

33/1

Form: 21942- CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Both his wins have been gained over C&D and he ran right up to his best when chasing home Storm Catcher over C&D four weeks ago; not obviously fancied to turn those tables though.

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3rd

3

(7)

12th Apr 2024

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1m 3f 23y

Class 6

19:00 Southwell (AW)

The Bay Warrior

9st 10lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Mark Usher

All four wins on Polytrack, but he handles Tapeta and was only beaten half a length into second of 14 over C&D 12 days ago; due to go up 2lb for that and should make his presence felt again.

4/1

Form: 02234-

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Over two years since the last of his four wins, all of which have come at Wolverhampton; he is effective here too though and has run some good races in defeat since joining Mick Appleby; should run his race and he is not discounted with a cheekpiece experiment quickly aborted.

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2nd

1

(8)

18th Jan 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

13:40 Wolverhampton (AW)

Richard R H B

9st 11lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Michael Appleby

raced in second, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, no extra and headed towards finish

9/2

5th

8

(3)

5th Jan 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Richard R H B

9st 3lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Michael Appleby

Over two years since the last of his four wins, all of which have come at Wolverhampton; he is effective here too though and has run some good races in defeat since joining Mick Appleby; should run his race and he is not discounted with a cheekpiece experiment quickly aborted.

15/2

Form: 2233-1 D

Last run: 2 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Successful at Wolverhampton (extended 1m1f) in October on his only run for Mick Appleby; running well in defeat for his new stable before a cosy win back at Wolverhampton on Tuesday; that was an apprentice race so he escapes a penalty and he has to enter calculations.

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0

6

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

12:50 Doncaster

Mafia Power

11st 4lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Patrick Neville

Three-time Flat winner (at about 1m2f) who was a fair fourth on his hurdle and stable debut at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) in November; that form has worked out well and he could improve for that first run since August; might not be far away in a first-time tongue-tie.

25/1

4th

5

9th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

13:00 Sedgefield

Mafia Power

11st 4lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Patrick Neville

towards rear

16/1

Form: 54095- C

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Now rated much lower than when winning over 1m here in September 2021 but 2022 was disappointing and he couldn't threaten at Kempton in November when last seen; others look stronger.

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7th

11

(5)

13th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Crack Regiment

8st 13lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Henry Spiller

in rear

12/1

9th

5

(6)

24th Aug 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

19:05 Chelmsford (AW)

Crack Regiment

9st 8lb

J: Jefferson Smith

T: Henry Spiller

midfield

3/1

3rd

2

(3)

1st Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 3y

Class 5

17:00 Yarmouth

Crack Regiment

9st 10lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: Henry Spiller

Both wins in Britain have come on the AW and he went down by only a head at Kempton (7f) last time, but he did score on turf in France (for this stable); further probably suits him best, but he stil comes into this in better form than most.

2/1

Form: 26259-

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Showed promise for Sir Michael Stoute and again on last month's stable debut (extended 1m1f, Tapeta); he will need to pull out more to gain his first win but the addition of cheekpieces could help.

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8th

3

(7)

5th Jan 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Lebsayer

9st 9lb

J: Stefano Cherchi

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Showed promise for Sir Michael Stoute and again on last month's stable debut (extended 1m1f, Tapeta); he will need to pull out more to gain his first win but the addition of cheekpieces could help.

12/1

9th

6

(7)

21st Dec 2022

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 5

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Lebsayer

9st 12lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Twice second (including at 1m2f on penultimate outing) but no win from five starts for Sir Michael Stoute; best efforts in his two handicaps and he needs respect on this AW debut, having his first run for new connections.

10/1

5th

10

(9)

10th Oct 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Windsor

Lebsayer

9st 6lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Sir Michael Stoute

towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not reach leaders

3/1

9th
10 (1)
Boasty

16/1

Form: 43346- CD

Last run: 142 days

W: 8st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Made all to beat 14 rivals over C&D last March (0-55 handicap); often ran well in defeat afterwards but he will need a career best to come out on top now returning from 142 days on the sidelines; ideally drawn to attack.

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3rd

5

(2)

2nd May 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:25 Chelmsford (AW)

Boasty

9st 7lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Ivan Furtado

prominent

13/2

2nd

10

(3)

25th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

21:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Boasty

8st 13lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Ivan Furtado

Often a front-runner who has gained three of his five wins over C&D; something of a mixed bag of late, though he did regain winning form at Wolverhampton (9.5f, Tapeta) last month; capable of playing a part on his best form.

10/1

7th

3

(3)

10th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 5

17:00 Lingfield (AW)

Boasty

9st 8lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Ivan Furtado

led, headed and prominent after 2f

7/1

Form: 50488-

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Failed to progress after considerable early promise for Richard Spencer; well backed on his stable debut (7f, Tapeta) in November but could never land a blow; unraced at the trip and he has something to prove; interesting to see if his backers return.

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13th

4

(7)

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Firm

1m 0f 3y

Class 5

16:20 Yarmouth

Big Narstie

9st 7lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Michael Appleby

slowly into stride, always behind

16/1

5th

6

(2)

28th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 5

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Big Narstie

9st 8lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Michael Appleby

Kept busy but he found a sharp finish when winning over 1m at Newcastle then 7f here this month; failed to pick up in the same way back at Newcastle since but a strong pace would suit and respected on the earlier form.

7/1

3rd

3

(2)

18th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Big Narstie

9st 7lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Michael Appleby

Bang-in-form 6yo who bids to complete hat-trick after recent wins here (1m) and at Southwell (7f); still well handicapped on older form and some of his 5lb penalty is offset by Frederick Larson's claim; commands respect.

15/8

50/1

Form: 80907-

Last run: 31 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

He didn't progress for Ralph Beckett after a winning debut and he hasn't beaten many rivals home in six runs for this yard; others look much safer.

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0

7

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:05 Kempton

Seattle King

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Phil McEntee

Three times a winner on the Flat (7f-1m2f) but hasn't been in much form in recent months; difficult to recommend on hurdling debut.

100/1

9th

9

(1)

13th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 6

13:00 Lingfield (AW)

Seattle King

8st 13lb

J: Grace McEntee

T: Phil McEntee

took keen hold, prominent, outpaced and lost position over 3f out

50/1

6th

11

10th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

15:50 Wolverhampton (AW)

Seattle King

9st 6lb

J: Grace McEntee

T: Phil McEntee

Triple turf winner at up to 1m2f; 0-17 on AW; has been placed on Tapeta; 3lb lower than when a close second at Lingfield in March but hard to make a strong case judged on his last six starts.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £95.00
Straight Forecast £97.20
Tricast £1524.90
Trifecta £1185.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Mafia Power

Daily Mail:

Bit Harsh

SPOTLIGHT:

Storm Catcher

The Times:

Boasty

Daily Record:

The Bay Warrior

POSTDATA:

Richard R H B

Daily Mirror:

Bit Harsh

The Star:

Bit Harsh

NEWMARKET:

Storm Catcher

Telegraph:

Storm Catcher

TOPSPEED:

Mafia Power

LAMBOURN:

Mafia Power

D Express:

Mafia Power

The Sun:

Mafia Power

The Guardian:

Boasty