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14:00 Pontefract

Good To Soft

Philip Grundy Rising 70 Apprentice Handicap

  • Prize money: £3663.8
  • 1m 4f 5y
  • Class 5
  • 11 runners
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Philip Grundy Rising 70 Apprentice Handicap

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

OUR TIP

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.20
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 14553-

Last run: 179 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Went close on reappearance last April (his last run at 1m4f) and comfortable winner over 1m6f next time; ran creditably on good to soft in October when last seen; showed promise as 2yo on sole start on soft; claimer ridden for the first time; one to consider.

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3rd

9

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 44y

Class 4

20:40 Salisbury

Claritudo

9st 3lb

J: Kaiya Fraser

T: Harry Eustace

Career-best performance when clearcut winner on seasonal debut at Pontefract (1m4f, soft) last month; didn't run badly off new mark a fortnight ago and will be fine over today's trip, but the quicker ground may not be ideal.

5/1

5th

10

(13)

12th May 2023

Soft

1m 4f 63y

Class 4

16:20 Chester

Claritudo

9st 8lb

J: Kaiya Fraser

T: Harry Eustace

Justified favouritism in similar event under Kaiya Fraser at Ponftefract (1m4f, soft) on seasonal debut and that career-best form has received a few boosts since; still unexposed at this trip (was campaigned mainly over further last season) and may well improve again; strong contender.

11/2

1st

8

(3)

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 5y

Class 5

14:00 Pontefract

Claritudo

9st 7lb

J: Kaiya Fraser

T: Harry Eustace

prominent

9/2

7/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 347-

Last run: 167 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Best of his three runs in novice events came when fourth of seven at Ripon (1m4f, good) in September on second outing; fair effort at 25-1 when he tried 1m6f on soft last time; makes handicap debut and should be open to improvement after only three races.

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7th

1

6th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:30 Kempton

Big Cheese

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Stayed well on the Flat when with Ed Bethell, though plied his trade at an ordinary level; ended up tailed off on hurdling debut at Fakenham and he looks up against it.

20/1

5th

1

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

14:00 Fakenham

Big Cheese

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Fair Flat handicapper for Ed Bethell, winning over 1m6f at Catterick in August when blinkered for the first time; no headgear and may eventually need further but an interesting newcomer.

4/1

3rd

3

(5)

23rd Sep 2023

Soft

1m 5f 192y

Class 4

16:05 Catterick

Big Cheese

9st 8lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

taken down early, raced in last, went fourth 3f out

3/1

3rd
1 (9)
Appier

11/4

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 35154- D BF

Last run: 176 days

W: 10st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Five wins last year, the latest in September and often apprentice ridden; while turf and AW form are comparable, his only run on softer than good was on debut when tailed off; stable going well.

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9th

7

(8)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

13:30 Ascot

Appier

9st 2lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: S Woods

Has a respectable overall strike-rate but form dipped towards the end of his 2023 campaign; enough to prove at this level on reappearance, having done all his winning in lower grades and never when fresh.

25/1

Form: 277-35 D

Last run: 74 days

W: 9st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Ran well in first-time blinkers in January but form dipped two weeks later; no worries if it's soft ground; second of 16 over 2m last October off 1lb higher and although he's never raced at Pontefract, a stiff track should suit him when down at this trip; 9yo but case can certainly be made.

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0

8

(11)

26th Jul 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

20:40 Sandown

Tralee Hills

9st 4lb

J: Theodore Ladd

T: Simon Hodgson

Hardy veteran who drew a blank in 2022 but got back in front over 1m6f at Bath this April and his other races this season have been at 1m4f; ground softer than good would be preferable; considered each-way if he gets it.

14/1

8th

2

(4)

5th Jul 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 4

18:20 Epsom

Tralee Hills

10st 9lb

J: Miss Serena Brotherton

T: Simon Hodgson

Good summer in 2021 included a win in this race under Serena Brotherton; drew a blank in 2022 but got back in front at Bath (1m6f) this April when last seen; it looks as if ground softer than good may be needed if he races over as short as 1m4f these days.

7/2

1st

1

(13)

21st Apr 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:40 Bath

Tralee Hills

9st 13lb

J: William Carver

T: Simon Hodgson

His seven wins have all been at middle distances but he has form at up to 2m and is ideally suited on slow ground; last success was in July 2021 but that was off 3lb higher and he returned to turf with an eyecatching fourth at Pontefract (1m4f, soft) ten days ago; kept on well out wide in that race and he looks interesting back up in trip.

8/1

Form: 85050- D

Last run: 151 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

1m4f win at Chester (good to soft; won twice on soft) on stable debut last July but not so good since and has been absent since November; has a competitive mark if back on song, a familiar story in this race.

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5th

2

(4)

1st Jul 2023

Good

1m 4f 63y

Class 4

14:32 Chester

The Nu Form Way

10st 0lb

J: Sam James

T: Stella Barclay

Successful at Beverley (1m2f, good to soft) in April and back to winning ways over C&D (good; Zealandia behind in fourth) in May; badly hampered in the early stages back at Beverley last time, so it's easy enough to put a line through that run; respected

5/1

9th

5

(11)

11th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 23y

Class 4

18:45 Beverley

The Nu Form Way

9st 10lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Stella Barclay

prominent, badly hampered and dropped to rear after 3f

7/1

1st

8

(9)

27th May 2023

Good

1m 4f 63y

Class 4

17:45 Chester

The Nu Form Way

9st 4lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Stella Barclay

towards rear

5/1

11/2

Form: 4-565

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Showed ability in his qualifying runs; 7-2 for handicap debut in apprentice race at Doncaster (1m2f, heavy) ten days ago, failing to raise his game in fifth of nine but he stuck to his task in that slowly run race and looks bred for this longer distance; could still be capable of better.

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9th

3

(8)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 5f 26y

Class 6

17:40 Ayr

Highlighter

10st 0lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Gemma Tutty

held up in rear, dropped to last over 4f out, soon lost touch, jockey looked down to see if something was amiss 3f out, eased over 2f out

9/2

4th

3

(2)

21st Jun 2023

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 5

19:50 Newcastle (AW)

Highlighter

9st 5lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Gemma Tutty

raced in second, lost position but in touch with leaders from over 6f out, weakened over 2f out

3/1

4th

6

(2)

1st Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 32y

Class 4

19:55 Carlisle

Highlighter

8st 10lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Gemma Tutty

led at steady pace, pushed along over 2f out, soon ridden and faced challenge, headed 1f out, no extra and lost second final 110yds, weakened towards finish

9/2

Form: 20868- D

Last run: 160 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Made a fine start in handicaps last spring/summer but it was a much more mixed picture on last four outings; wore cheekpieces last two; acts on good to soft, withdrawn when it was soft once; well handicapped if back to form.

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1st

5

(7)

21st Sep 2023

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

17:24 Chelmsford (AW)

Al Azhar

10st 13lb

J: Mr Alvaro Sainz

T: Marcus Tregoning

Not proven at this track but the best of his six AW runs came on latest attempt when winning a five-runner race on Wolverhampton Tapeta (1m6f) in July; back to that form when close third at Bath (1m6f) on latest outing; big player if that form is reproduced.

9/2

3rd

1

(2)

6th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:25 Bath

Al Azhar

10st 4lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Marcus Tregoning

Won over this far at Wolverhampton and didn't run too badly back over 1m4f at Brighton when lacking the gears to land a blow; could go well.

13/2

20/1

Form: 61-778 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

All five wins under Aiden Brookes, three last year; no impact on last three outings (latest just 11 days ago) which sees him back to his last winning mark; probably acts on soft and although peak efforts have been at 1m6f, this is a stiff track at which he's had creditable places on both outings.

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7th

7

(1)

8th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Myboymax

9st 6lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Has generally struggled since his C&D win in December 2022 but he was runner-up at Thirsk on his penultimate run last season and he now returns to Tapeta off a very dangerous mark; yard is in decent form and he needs checking in market on return.

14/1

9th

5

(3)

28th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 5y

Class 5

17:05 Pontefract

Myboymax

9st 10lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Won three times last year from 1m4f to 1m6f and finally showed more this year when a length runner-up at Thirsk (1m6f); well handicapped and the return of cheekpieces is no bad thing.

10/1

10/1

Form: 67197- D

Last run: 167 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Sole win (ten starts) was over 1m4f on Kempton AW last August; third on hurdle debut in December but tailed off two months ago on second attempt; needs to be back in peak form but should be fine if the ground has gone very testing.

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9th

14

(3)

28th Apr 2024

Good

1m 3f 137y

Class 5

15:20 Bath

Tidal Storm

8st 10lb

J: William Carson

T: Joe Ponting

Sole win came in a Kempton AW handicap (1m4f) in August 2022 and he's struggled on Flat and over hurdles since; trained mostly by Ed Walker and Harry Derham, with this being his second run for current yard.

40/1

6th

5

(8)

8th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Tidal Storm

9st 8lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Joe Ponting

Sole win came in a Kempton handicap (1m4f) in August 2022 and he's struggled under both codes in the last 14 months; with another new yard now and has plenty to prove back up in trip; headgear removed.

20/1

10th
10 (7)
Virtuoso

12/1

Form: 25518-

Last run: 189 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

1-10 for Andrew Balding, the win over 1m6f at Ffos Las (good to soft; probably acts on heavy) last September off 4lb lower; poor in her three runs over hurdles for new yard, trying cheekpieces last time; return to the Flat looks in order and there shouldn't be fitness issues.

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10th

1

(6)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

14:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Virtuoso

9st 9lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Donald McCain

Turf winner over this trip when with Andrew Balding; moderate form over hurdles and last in two starts in this code since joining current trainer; drops 4lb and in grade.

33/1

11th

9

(1)

5th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 5

15:32 Southwell (AW)

Virtuoso

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Donald McCain

disputed lead, led after 1f, headed over 2f out, soon weakened

40/1

8th

15

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

14:30 Catterick

Virtuoso

10st 2lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

Fair on the Flat; hasn't progressed over hurdles (well beaten on handicap debut at Sedgefield last time); needs to improve for this step up in trip.

16/1

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Selections

NEWMARKET:

Appier

SPOTLIGHT:

Tralee Hills

RP Ratings:

Al Azhar

Telegraph:

Claritudo

LAMBOURN:

Tidal Storm

The Times:

The Nu Form Way

POSTDATA:

Myboymax

D Express:

Al Azhar

Daily Mail:

Appier

The Sun:

Appier

Daily Record:

Appier

The Guardian:

Claritudo

TOPSPEED:

Tralee Hills

Daily Mirror:

Tralee Hills

The Star:

Tralee Hills