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Good To Soft

tote Summer World Pool Queen’s Cup (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £51540
  • 1m 5f 216y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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tote Summer World Pool Queen’s Cup (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

13/2 (Won)

Form: 61141- CD

Last run: 173 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Won three of his four starts here and was short-headed in the other; also won three of his last four races in 2022, showing his effectiveness at 1m6f and 2m2f; raised another 4lb since latest start but has a solid first-time-out record and was on a major roll when last seen; shortlisted.

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8th

2

(7)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Wise Eagle

9st 11lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Adam Nicol

took keen hold, held up in rear, switched to centre after 4f

16/1

12th

9

(5)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Wise Eagle

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Adam Nicol

Acts on good to firm and good to soft; very productive and progressive for Adam Nicol in the last two and a half years and won last term on the two times he's gone up to 2m2f; this season he won a good 1m6f handicap at Musselburgh before his second of six to Coltrane here (2m) on first attempt at a Group race; while the latter was his best form, he received 5lb from the winner and was beaten 5l, which adds up to a tough task today.

40/1

2nd

5

(6)

3rd May 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

15:15 Ascot

Wise Eagle

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Adam Nicol

steadied start, held up in rear, headway going easily raced wide home turn, ridden and went second over 1f out, kept on but no match for winner, just held second

16/1

2nd
10 (2)
Metier

12/1

Form: 75/1-8

Last run: 59 days

W: 9st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

It was heavy ground when he landed the 1m4f November Handicap at Doncaster last term off 5lb lower; this trip should not be a problem but he's done little in his three runs this winter (two over hurdles, one AW); seemingly needs the mud to have any chance of staging the revival that he requires.

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7th

3

(11)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Metier

9st 8lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Harry Fry

steadied start, held up in last

7/2

11/1

Form: 14871/ D

Last run: 569 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

His Flat racing in 2021 was for Roger Charlton, effective at 1m4f/1m6f; missed most of last year (had wind surgery last March) but runner-up with cheekpieces this February in all his three handicap hurdles; that didn't prove he's the force of old and he needs to be in peak form to take this.

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5th

4

(6)

16th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 3

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Pleasant Man

9st 8lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Jack Jones

Fourth in the November Handicap at Newcastle off 4lb higher but he's been below that level over 2m twice since; whether he'll have the pace for this trip around a sharp track remains to be seen.

14/1

7th

7

(6)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

14:00 Newcastle (AW)

Pleasant Man

8st 8lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Jack Jones

midfield

10/1

3rd

1

(4)

15th Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 3

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Pleasant Man

10st 2lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Jack Jones

in touch with leaders, headway 3f out, disputed lead towards near side 2f out, weakened final furlong

6/1

18/1

Form: 73265- D

Last run: 168 days

W: 9st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Usually held up in rear; close third in this race in 2018 on his sole run at this track; now a 10yo and last season was not his best form but he'd still be highly competitive judged on the best of those efforts; reappearance might not be the best time to catch him.

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2nd

3

(3)

5th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 16y

Class 3

14:05 Hamilton

Euchen Glen

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

raced in second, ridden over 2f out, stayed on but no chance with winner from over 1f out

16/1

9th

3

(7)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Euchen Glen

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

11yo who is winless since 2021 and was tailed off on last month's comeback at Doncaster; it's hard to be confident on the back of that but he may have needed the run and he's on a handy mark on last year's best efforts.

16/1

10/1

Form: 24213-

Last run: 154 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Front-runner with a good record at Chester, including his win in a valuable 15-runner race over 2m2f in September (good to soft); good third to Metier in the 1m4f November Handicap at Doncaster (heavy) on final outing; something to prove at this stage of the season and all British starts have been left-handed but his 2022 campaign demands respect.

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2nd

6

(7)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Emiyn

8st 9lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Best known for his front-running exploits at Chester, including three wins and last two of those were under Zak Wheatley; has proved his stamina but six rivals went past him in this race last year and all wins have been on softer than good; blinkered twice in 2020 and now tries a visor.

12/1

11th

1

(16)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Emiyn

9st 11lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Declan Carroll

raced wide early, prominent, led after 3f

14/1

20/1

Form: 69176-

Last run: 144 days

W: 9st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Career-best form last year, including wins in June and October; has some work to do off this mark, however, and probably also something to prove first time out, as he had a run under his belt when second in this last year.

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1st

2

(6)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Dark Jedi

9st 8lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Last win was off a 21lb higher mark over 1m6f at Doncaster (heavy) in October 2022; mixed results last season during a marked overall decline, but it's easy to make a case on some form in the autumn and he's run respectably in both starts this year; not ruled out back up in trip.

7/1

6th

9

(3)

21st Apr 2024

Good

1m 4f 104y

Class 4

17:15 Musselburgh

Dark Jedi

9st 6lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Last win was off a 20lb higher mark over 1m6f at Doncaster (heavy) in October 2022; mixed results last season during a marked overall form decline, but it's easy to make a case even on form shown last autumn and he made a respectable reappearance 12 days ago; considered each-way.

6/1

Form: 11426- D

Last run: 274 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Unraced on softer than good since 2021; ridden last season by Callum Hutchinson with wins at Salisbury (1m6f), Chelmsford (1m5f) and Chester (1m5f); went very close in the 2m Northumberland Plate at Newcastle and also ran well when fourth at Newmarket in July when last seen; that was an excellent campaign but, with career-high mark, he needs to carry on improving.

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13th

5

(17)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Spirit Mixer

8st 11lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Had a fruitful 2022, including with a win at this track and runner-up in the Northumberland Plate, but had only one race in 2023 and was absent 328 days before well beaten on both runs this season; 6lb below his peak mark but needs a revival in the first-time headgear and drawn widest.

28/1

9th

5

(2)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Spirit Mixer

9st 12lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Improved form in a fruitful 2022 included a win on Chelmsford Polytrack and close second in the Northumberland Plate on Tapeta; however, he had only one race in 2023 and was absent 328 days before his stiff task at Lingfield five weeks ago, below form in both of those races; needs to be back at or near his best.

7/1

8th

1

(3)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

15:47 Lingfield (AW)

Spirit Mixer

9st 12lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

held up in last

13/2

12/1

Form: /208-5 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Four wins over 1m4f-2m on turf in 2021 during first campaign for this yard; lightly raced since and suffered heavy defeats at Meydan and Chester last spring; absent 314 days before his recent satisfactory run at Kempton; more interesting today and trainer won this race last year but this 8yo needs to be in top form.

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7th

3

(4)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:45 Newmarket (July)

East Asia

9st 10lb

J: Sam Hitchcott

T: Ian Williams

On a reduced mark but he returned from an absence in March and has failed to shine on his three starts this year; major turnaround needed.

20/1

10th

10

(7)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 2

14:10 Ascot

East Asia

9st 6lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Ian Williams

Four wins (1m4f-2m) on turf in 2021 during first campaign for this yard; lightly raced since and there's a serious question whether enough ability remains, as his last serious impact was at Meydan in February 2022, but his stable (runs plenty in this field) is one to note in major staying handicaps.

20/1

Form: 00017- CD

Last run: 203 days

W: 9st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Won this race on 2021 reappearance but finished last in it last year; emerged from the doldrums to score in the Shergar Cup at Ascot (2m) last August but well beaten on his only subsequent start; best on good or firmer.

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0

5

(13)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Themaxwecan

9st 7lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charlie Johnston

always behind, lost action and pulled up quickly home turn

14/1

6/1

Form: 192-

Last run: 164 days

W: 8st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Got up in the final strides at Hamilton (1m4f, good to soft) on debut last August; found an Ascot Group 3 too tough but pipped in a novice at Nottingham (1m6f, soft; checked in his run) in October; lacks experience for a warm handicap such as this but he starts 2023 with major potential.

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19th

14

(17)

1st Jul 2023

Standard To Slow

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

14:05 Newcastle (AW)

Good Show

8st 10lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Keith Dalgleish

Both wins over 1m4f at Hamilton, including penultimate start (3lb higher today), but arguably his most promising performance came when beaten a head over 1m6f at Nottingham last October when denied a clear run before finishing strongly; form dipped on latest outing when tried for the first time on good to firm; however, he probably retains overall potential and has plenty of stamina in the pedigree, so looks very interesting on this AW debut.

25/1

8th

8

(2)

10th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 175y

Class 2

14:25 Haydock

Good Show

8st 9lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Keith Dalgleish

Back to form with third at Hamilton (1m5f, good to soft) last month and he won there (1m4f, good) next time; this lightly raced 4yo is open to further improvement and could play a leading role up 3lb provided he handles the ground (unraced on firmer than good).

9/2

1st

4

(6)

19th May 2023

Good

1m 4f 15y

Class 3

19:55 Hamilton

Good Show

9st 2lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Keith Dalgleish

Made a narrow winning debut over C&D (good to soft) last August; has mixed record in four runs since but he was good third back here (1m5f, good to soft) 12 days ago and was just behind Faylaq in that Class 3 event; respected back in trip.

3/1

Form: 31-477

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Big improver last year and also won Listed race at Abu Dhabi in December; no great impact at Meydan afterwards but ran creditably on form; now back with Jim Goldie and seemingly needs to resume improvement but she does have star apprentice Billy Loughnane on board.

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20th

19

(6)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Wickywickywheels

8st 12lb

J: Tadhg O’Shea

T: Jim Goldie

Stays 1m6f; won five handicaps at Hamilton last summer and a Listed race at Abu Dhabi last December; 0-10 in the meantime and has threatened only once in her seven races back in Britain, with a limited response from the handicapper, so she looks low on the list.

66/1

6th

2

(6)

5th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Newmarket (July)

Wickywickywheels

9st 9lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Jim Goldie

Six wins include a Listed success at Abu Dhabi (1m3f, good) last December; 0-9 in the meantime and trailed in well beaten here two weeks back when 22-1 for another Listed event.

20/1

10th

6

(9)

22nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

16:15 Newmarket (July)

Wickywickywheels

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Jim Goldie

Listed winner at Abu Dhabi (1m3f, good) last December, but 0-8 since and finished around 3l behind Time Lock in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock (11.6f, good to firm) a fortnight ago; looks up against it.

16/1

Form: 6037-5

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Last of five on AW four weeks ago but that race was presumably needed after five months off; none too consistent when switched to turf last summer (has had far more racing on AW) but peak efforts suggest this mark can prove manageable; one to consider.

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2nd

3

(1)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 2

15:40 Southwell (AW)

Onesmoothoperator

8st 13lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Stays 2m; landed the rescheduled November Handicap over 1m4f at Newcastle (off 3lb lower) in 2023 and two frame efforts this year were similar form; form dipped on AW Championships day, admittedly when 40-1 over just 1m2f but his strike-rate is modest.

9/1

8th

14

(2)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Onesmoothoperator

8st 11lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Landed the rescheduled November Handicap here (off 4lb lower) in 2023 and has largely remained in decent form since; however, has a much poorer strike-rate than many of these opponents.

20/1

13th
12 (12)
Nicholas T

28/1

Form: 1/5-85

Last run: 37 days

W: 8st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Won the 2021 Northumberland Plate and last scored that December but has had only three runs since; heavy defeats at big odds on both this year, admittedly without the hood which returns today but it's hard to have great confidence in this 11yo taking advantage of his fall in the weights.

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13th

12

(12)

8th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 5f 216y

Class 2

14:35 Musselburgh

Nicholas T

8st 10lb

J: David Egan

T: Jim Goldie

Won the 2021 Northumberland Plate and last scored that December but has had only three runs since; heavy defeats at big odds on both this year, admittedly without the hood which returns today but it's hard to have great confidence in this 11yo taking advantage of his fall in the weights.

28/1

5th

1

(3)

2nd Mar 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 4f 98y

Class 3

14:00 Newcastle (AW)

Nicholas T

10st 0lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Jim Goldie

Won 2021 Northumberland Plate but seen only twice since winning 2m course conditions event in December of that year; will likely be sharper for a recent comeback run at Lingfield but he was never involved and this 11yo needs to have come on a lot in a short time to play a prominent role.

40/1

8th

2

(2)

18th Feb 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:58 Lingfield (AW)

Nicholas T

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

taken down early, held up in rear

33/1

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12/1

Form: 67323-

Last run: 126 days

W: 9st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

No win back in Europe last year but most of his ability remained, for instance in two Group 3s in August/September and when third of five in AW handicap in December; that form does not look good enough to win this warm race, though; has won on good to soft but better efforts on firmer.

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1st

5

(4)

3rd May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Newmarket

Outbox

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Beaten in this race for last two years (third in 2022, fourth in 2023); starts this campaign as a 9yo and his losing sequence is mounting up; although not disgraced in the Stockholm Cup International on last appearance, he's vulnerable against these younger rivals.

20/1

5th

3

(7)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 99y

Class 1

18:20 Windsor

Outbox

9st 7lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Archie Watson

Wasn't having the best of seasons but rediscovered his touch when runner-up in a Listed event at Newmarket two months ago (1m4f, good), albeit probably flattered to some extent from a handy position (front two were that way throughout); has a bit to find with the best of these anyway.

16/1

2nd

4

(1)

1st Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:15 Newmarket (July)

Outbox

9st 2lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Successful in this contest two years ago but has a question mark over current form, having badly underperformed this term, and may be on the wane aged eight; hard to support on recent evidence.

25/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Good Show

Telegraph:

Spirit Mixer

RP Ratings:

Onesmoothoperator

WEST COUNTRY:

Pleasant Man

The Star:

Wise Eagle

TOPSPEED:

Metier

The Times:

Good Show

The Guardian:

Good Show

The Sun:

Good Show

Daily Record:

Good Show

POSTDATA:

Onesmoothoperator

Daily Mail:

Spirit Mixer

D Express:

Spirit Mixer

Daily Mirror:

Spirit Mixer