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BetUK All-Weather Easter Classic Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes

  • Prize money: £103080
  • 1m 2f 42y
  • Class 2
  • 6 runners
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BetUK All-Weather Easter Classic Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Tapeta

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 392-23

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Something to find with these principals but he's been running well in defeat in 1m/8.6f handicaps in these cheekpieces and has shaped as though this step back up in trip could prompt some improvement; respected.

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

4th

1

(3)

20th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Notre Belle Bete

10st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Well beaten in 1m2f Listed events on turf when last seen in midsummer; returning to AW (4-8, including C&D, as opposed to 0-16 on turf) a big plus and he can go well after a break; one to take seriously with Oisin Murphy back in the saddle, for all the cheekpieces (worn on last seven starts) are now dispensed with

5/1

4th

2

(1)

7th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

16:15 Sandown

Notre Belle Bete

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Andrew Balding

Resurgent in cheekpieces on the AW, including a major 1m2f win in April, and continued the good work back on turf when third (Saga second; closely matched on that) in 1m1f Newmarket handicap on good to soft in May; well held at Royal Ascot latest (same race contested by all of these) but it was a tough task at 50-1; player if bouncing straight back.

5/1

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15/2

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 12-155 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Progressive in handicaps this winter with wins at Wolverhampton (1m4f, Tapeta) and Lingfield (1m4f, Polytrack); only fifth the last twice but didn't enjoy an ideal passage last time and might not be far away.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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6th

6

(3)

11th May 2024

Good

1m 3f 133y

Class 2

13:50 Lingfield

Base Note

9st 4lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

5-19 on AW, compared to 0-2 (modest form in spring 2022) on turf; two of his wins were on the AW track here and he's thrown in judged on best AW ratings, including penultimate start.

14/1

11th

3

(5)

29th Mar 2024

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1m 2f 42y

Class 2

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Base Note

9st 9lb

J: Harry Burns

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

5-18 on AW; creditable second in this contest 12 months ago when it was still a conditions race and only six ran; far from certain to repeat that effort, judged on his two efforts this year (latest behind Penzance).

40/1

7th

1

(7)

1st Mar 2024

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1m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:22 Lingfield (AW)

Base Note

9st 12lb

J: Harry Burns

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

He has won five of his 11 runs in AW handicaps, the latest in good style at Chelmsford in November off 4lb lower; solid efforts in Listed events (including C&D) on his next two starts; looked a bit tricky at Southwell last time but he has the talent to go well back in a handicap.

8/1

Form: 363-34 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Has clashed with stablemate Forest Of Dean on his last three starts, beating him twice (both at Lingfield) and finishing behind him on the middle occasion over this C&D in January, when a good third; strong candidate.

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1

(2)

25th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 17y

Class 2

15:00 Epsom

Harrovian

9st 9lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Below-par third in at Newcastle on latest AW start (Good Friday); very useful on his day and returns to handicap level off a workable mark; however, failed to shine in this race two years ago on sole Epsom run.

10/1

3rd

4

(2)

7th Apr 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

15:00 Newcastle (AW)

Harrovian

9st 7lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

dwelt start, soon prominent, ridden and hung left 2f out, weakened inside final furlong

9/4

4th

3

(5)

25th Feb 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

14:05 Lingfield (AW)

Harrovian

9st 2lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: John & Thady Gosden

prominent early, soon ridden to lead

8/1

Form: /45-16 CD

Last run: 41 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Not quite at his best when sixth in the Winter Derby at Lingfield last time and he was behind his stablemate Harrovian (fourth); however, two starts ago he won a conditions stakes over this C&D (Harrovian third) and holds leading claims if reproducing that form.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

4

(5)

1st Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 1f 219y

Class 1

14:55 Kempton (AW)

Forest Of Dean

9st 3lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Landed the Winter Derby three years ago but has lacked consistency since and faces a difficult assignment against some unexposed/better types in this field; yard has a much stronger chance with Lion's Pride.

20/1

5th

3

(3)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 1

15:20 Southwell (AW)

Forest Of Dean

9st 3lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: John & Thady Gosden

soon led, clear after 1f

33/1

3rd

4

(3)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

14:36 Lingfield (AW)

Forest Of Dean

9st 4lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

dwelt start, took keen hold, in rear, rapid headway on outer and led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened towards finish

7/1

Form: 43-843 C BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Course winner who was a creditable handicap third at Lingfield (1m2f) last November on his last British start and also ran well at Meydan (1m, dirt) in February last time; however, he'd be better off with all of today's opponents if this were a handicap, so it's a tough task off level weights.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

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

11/2

Form: 51-578 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Unable to threaten in turf Group races at Meydan on last three starts but he's 0-15 there; comfortably won a handicap off top weight at Dundalk (10.5f, Polytrack; made virtually all) last December and that form makes him a live contender today; has run okay on both visits to Newcastle.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

13th

7

(7)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Freescape

9st 6lb

J: Luke McAteer

T: David Marnane

Irish 9yo who is a multiple winner at Dundalk and is currently in a consistent vein of form; retains plenty of ability but has failed to cut the mustard in three previous Good Friday attempts (all here).

25/1

2nd

2

(6)

8th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

18:45 Dundalk (AW)

Freescape

9st 5lb

J: Luke McAteer

T: David Marnane

soon led at slow pace, increased tempo when switched right from 2f out, ridden when headed towards near side inside final furlong, kept on but no match for winner

11/4

3rd

1

(1)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

16:05 Dundalk (AW)

Freescape

10st 7lb

J: Daniel King

T: David Marnane

prominent, challenging on far side of group 2f out, no extra when lost second towards finish

11/2

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Payout
Exacta £128.00
Straight Forecast £160.30
Trifecta £469.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Forest Of Dean

TOPSPEED:

Harrovian

SPOTLIGHT:

Notre Belle Bete

The Times:

Base Note

D Express:

Freescape

The Star:

Notre Belle Bete

POSTDATA:

Harrovian

The Sun:

Harrovian

NEWMARKET:

Forest Of Dean

Telegraph:

Forest Of Dean

The Guardian:

Forest Of Dean

Daily Mail:

Forest Of Dean

Daily Mirror:

Forest Of Dean

Daily Record:

Forest Of Dean