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16:45 Sandown

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  • 2m 4f 10y
  • Class 3
  • 9 runners
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Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.00
  • Place: £3.00

Form: 19-P35 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Twice an impressive scorer on soft/heavy ground at Lingfield (2m7f/2m4f) last season; hasn't repeated the form this term (reportedly bled on reappearance) but he wasn't disgraced when fifth over 3m here (over 4l behind Keep Wondering) last month; another 3lb lower and needs to be considered.

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4th

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

13:37 Haydock

Zhiguli

11st 8lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Soundly beaten in a match at Fontwell (2m5f, heavy) last time but he bumped into a rejuvenated rival, who has followed up, and he's now dropped below his last winning mark; the testing conditions are right up his street and he's one to consider in first-time cheekpieces.

11/4

2nd

3

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 135y

Class 3

12:40 Fontwell

Zhiguli

11st 2lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

raced in second, mistake 5 out, not fluent and outpaced 4 out, rallied before 3 out, no impression from 2 out, mistake last, kept on

2/1

0

6

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:00 Ascot

Zhiguli

11st 0lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Bled when pulled up in this 12 months ago; ran a pleasing race on comeback here 20 days ago especially as that 3m trip seems to stretch him; however, he may need soft or heavy ground to defy this sort of mark.

14/1

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9/1

  • Place: £3.50

Form: -3881P D

Last run: 69 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

In and out these days, clearly best effort this season when winning at Ffos Las (2m3f, soft; unbeaten there) in November; ran poorly at Cheltenham on New Year's Day and needs to bounce back.

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4th

7

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Eden Du Houx

10st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Form tends to yo-yo but wind problems could have something to do with it and he's had another surgery (his fourth) since pulling up at Newbury in March; capable of a big run on best 2m4f form but hard to predict.

10/1

10/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: F40-6P CD

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Hard to fancy on this season's efforts, beaten a long way out at Kempton on latest; hopes rest on a two-month break, a further fall in the weights and a return to Sandown (successful on two of three completed outings here).

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2nd

4

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

14:45 Huntingdon

Belargus

11st 10lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

took keen hold, towards rear

12/1

5th

8

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:40 Sandown

Belargus

11st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

towards rear

14/1

Form: 2U-269 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Prominent racer, narrowly beaten by Foxboro in this race 12 months ago; ran up to his best at Hereford on reappearance and two subsequent below-par efforts came in warm races at Cheltenham and Ascot; not discounted.

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1

4th May 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

16:35 Uttoxeter

Nocte Volatus

11st 13lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Failed to win last season and ended the campaign with two below-par efforts but has slipped to a tempting mark and is sure to appreciate this ease in grade; will be suited by today's trip/ground; dangerous to ignore.

11/4

6th

6

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:40 Sandown

Nocte Volatus

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Tom Lacey

led, mistake 1st

15/2

4th

3

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

15:55 Leicester

Nocte Volatus

11st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Winless since early 2022 but he arrives in good nick, undergoing a breathing op before coming in third in 2m4f Newcastle handicap 39 days ago; he must enter calculations off a 2lb lower mark.

7/2

Form: /U15-2 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Seen infrequently in recent years, off for 14 months before an excellent second of 11 at Kempton (2m4f, good; 22-1) two weeks ago; not sure to build on that with a relatively quick reappearance, but if he does he's a leading contender and he should not be inconvenienced by today's softer ground.

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2nd

6

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Iconic Muddle

10st 13lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Back from absence in good heart this winter, staying on well to be second in his first 3m handicap, a competitive one at Kempton (soft), and he might well have won at Doncaster since but for a late blunder; up 2lb but has solid claims.

3/1

2nd

8

3rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:15 Doncaster

Iconic Muddle

11st 9lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

prominent, disputed lead 3 out, bad mistake last, not recover

3/1

2nd

9

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Iconic Muddle

10st 13lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Close second at Wincanton (2m4f, heavy) last month on seasonal debut, showing he retains a good chunk of ability aged 11; new trip (belated first crack at 3m) is the question mark.

9/1

Form: -01585 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won this race 12 months ago but approached that race in good form whereas his two runs in February were subdued, finishing behind Iconic Muddle at Kempton in latter.

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7th

12

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Foxboro

10st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Strong stayer (latest win in December coming over 3m6f on soft at stiff Exeter) but he's inconsistent and has been tailed off in his two subsequent runs, seemingly achieving little when beaten 60l into second last time; no great significance in the return of cheekpieces (effective in blinkers that were back on last time) and others are safer.

33/1

2nd

3

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:40 Exeter

Foxboro

11st 10lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Inconsistent and well beaten at Plumpton (3m4f, soft) last month; however, he proved very well suited to this track when winning easily over C&D in December (soft; albeit with eight fences omitted due to low sun) and this 4lb higher mark could prove lenient if he can tap back into that promise; blinkers (has won in them) replace the cheekpieces worn on last four starts.

6/1

9th

5

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 4f 102y

Class 3

14:50 Plumpton

Foxboro

11st 3lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Backers can take heart that there are no stamina concerns after he eased some 20l clear over 3m6f on soft ground at Exeter last month; that form is perhaps a tad dubious with nearly half the fences omitted due to low sun, but the handicapper could have come down harder than with 5lb rise; remains unexposed as a stayer.

6/1

Form: 2-3P43 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Below par on his first three starts this season but he shaped better when 10l third of seven to a progressive type over 3m here three weeks ago; today's drop in distance should not inconvenience him and he comes from an in-form yard; goes well on soft ground and high on the list.

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9th

1

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 5

15:00 Kelso

Keep Wondering

12st 0lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Christopher Kellett

Long time since he won a race and this season's two thirds came at about 3m; ran poorly last time at Hexham.

25/1

1

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

15:20 Hexham

Keep Wondering

12st 0lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Christopher Kellett

Without a win since 2021 but comes here after two very respectable thirds on slow ground at Carlisle (3m) this year and will appreciate this ease in grade; probably won't be far away.

8/1

3rd

2

7th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:55 Carlisle

Keep Wondering

11st 12lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Christopher Kellett

Winless since 2021 but he posted his best effort for current yard when third of eight over C&D 17 days ago; must enter calculations eased 1lb.

7/1

Form: 2418-P

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Soft-ground point winner who won a 2m maiden hurdle at Leopardstown last March for Gordon Elliott; beaten soon after halfway on chase/stable debut at Wetherby (11-2) six weeks ago, returning with an irregular heartbeat; has questions to answer after that, but it's too soon to be writing him off.

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4th

3

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:15 Ludlow

Prevaricate

11st 12lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Maiden hurdle winner (2m, yielding) in Ireland for Gordon Elliott last season but was pulled up on his chase/stable debut in January and has finished in rear in both subsequent runs (2m4f); still early days over fences but he needs to raise his game on this step up to 3m.

10/1

5th

5

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Uttoxeter

Prevaricate

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Maiden hurdle winner (2m, yielding) in Ireland for Gordon Elliott last season; pulled up on stable/chase/handicap debut in January but ran well for a long way at Sandown (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago and there's a decent chance he can take another step forward here.

10/1

8th

7

11th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:45 Sandown

Prevaricate

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Soft-ground point winner who won a 2m maiden hurdle at Leopardstown last March for Gordon Elliott; beaten soon after halfway on chase/stable debut at Wetherby (11-2) six weeks ago, returning with an irregular heartbeat; has questions to answer after that, but it's too soon to be writing him off.

10/1

Form: 143-62 D

Last run: 74 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Bumped into a highly progressive rival when second in this race in 2021; filled same position behind the thriving Fugitif at Chepstow (2m3f, soft; wore cheekpieces) just after Christmas; revels in the mud; big shout.

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2

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

15:15 Taunton

Golden Whisky

11st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Bumped into thriving rival when second at Chepstow (2m3f, soft; first-time cheekpieces) in December and remains well handicapped on some of last season's form but ran poorly at Sandown recently and it's hard to predict whether he'll bounce back in a first-time visor here.

8/1

3

11th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:45 Sandown

Golden Whisky

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Bumped into a highly progressive rival when second in this race in 2021; filled same position behind the thriving Fugitif at Chepstow (2m3f, soft; wore cheekpieces) just after Christmas; revels in the mud; big shout.

5/1

2

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:50 Haydock

Golden Whisky

11st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Won at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) in December 2021 and returned to form when second in that same race (soft) in first-time cheekpieces (retained) last time; he's a player on that form but today's drier conditions are a worry as he's done all of his winning on soft/heavy ground.

6/1

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Selections

RP Ratings:

Eden Du Houx

POSTDATA:

Iconic Muddle

The Guardian:

Golden Whisky

SPOTLIGHT:

Keep Wondering

The Star:

Nocte Volatus

WEST COUNTRY:

Foxboro

Telegraph:

Iconic Muddle

The Sun:

Iconic Muddle

The Times:

Keep Wondering

TOPSPEED:

Eden Du Houx

Daily Mail:

Eden Du Houx

D Express:

Eden Du Houx

Daily Mirror:

Golden Whisky

Daily Record:

Golden Whisky