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15:00 Newmarket

Soft

Close Brothers Handicap

  • Prize money: £20616
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Close Brothers Handicap

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £14.10
  • Place: £4.10

Form: 8302-8 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Not entirely disgraced (finished eighth) in the Lincoln but he's now 0-6 for current yard; chance partly depends on how well he responds to the removal of usual headgear.

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8th

4

(16)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:20 Newmarket

Bopedro

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Won here in April 2023 (good to soft) and third in the C&D Cambridgeshire (good to firm; 2lb lower today) in September; he's been a notch of two below that level this year, however, and although not beaten far, he managed only eighth of 17 here 18 days ago.

12/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 1222-7 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Largely consistent; had a solid run of form last summer/autumn; respectable seventh in the Lincoln on reappearance; however, weighted to the hilt (remains on career-high mark).

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3rd

6

(5)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 212y

Class 2

16:25 Haydock

Empirestateofmind

9st 10lb

J: Dale Swift

T: John Quinn

Creditable third when favourite for the Shergar Cup Mile at Ascot (good) last month but he could only manage a midfield finish in a Doncaster handicap (1m, soft) since; first-time visor replaces regular blinkers; same connections as Safe Voyage.

9/1

8th

4

(11)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Doncaster

Empirestateofmind

9st 6lb

J: Dale Swift

T: John Quinn

Creditable third when favourite for the Shergar Cup Mile at Ascot (good) five weeks ago; last three wins on soft/good to soft; close second in this race (soft) last year and likely to go well again.

8/1

16/1

  • Place: £5.00

Form: 0/25-0

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish horse who was never better than mid-division in the Lincoln on debut for new yard, having started 50-1; perhaps best watched unless the market signals are stronger this time.

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No Results Found

Form: 3007-0 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Had a productive 2022 campaign, including four wins on fast ground; only midfield (well below best) in heavy-ground Spring Mile on reappearance; needs a drying surface.

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No Results Found

Form: 1/607-

Last run: 214 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Won her only 2yo start then ran well in the Fred Darling on 3yo reappearance; failed to beat a rival in her two subsequent races (including French 2,000 Guineas) but may confirm earlier promise back down in class on handicap debut; interesting.

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4th

1

(4)

14th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Ffos Las

Heat Of The Moment

10st 3lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

led early, soon raced in second

14/1

9th

2

(5)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

15:25 Thirsk

Heat Of The Moment

10st 2lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

20/1

8th

7

(9)

12th May 2023

Soft

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Heat Of The Moment

8st 13lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Won her only 2yo start, then highly tried in three races last year; made an encouraging handicap debut at Newmarket (1m, good to soft; fifth of 13) last month and may build on that effort; not dismissed.

16/1

Form: 3120-1 C

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

First past the post in three of his six starts for current stable; made all at Newcastle (1m, AW) on seasonal debut most recently; drying ground is needed back in this sphere (best turf form on good/faster).

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4th

6

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 37y

Class 1

13:50 Haydock

Point Lynas

9st 5lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

Very useful handicapper who usually front-runs; better than ever when going down only narrowly in a valuable 1m handicap at York's Ebor meeting (good to firm) 16 days ago but he'll need to up his game to go close in this higher grade.

16/1

Form: 45-436

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Consistent since last August, respectable sixth in the Lincoln (1m, heavy) most recently, keeping on from rear; finally back on last winning mark and has good claims provided he takes well to first-time headgear.

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12th

11

(9)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Greatgadian

8st 8lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Roger Varian

Close second in a couple of Class 3 events here this month, taking Newcastle form figures to 1222; threatening to regain the winning thread and can't be dismissed, for all that he's back up in grade.

12/1

2nd

1

(1)

13th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 3

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Greatgadian

9st 11lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Roger Varian

In good form on AW this winter, most recently keeping on for second in a competitive 7f handicap here ten days ago; runs off the same mark and he's likely to be in the thick of it again.

13/8

2nd

2

(11)

3rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Greatgadian

9st 6lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Roger Varian

1m winner here in October; two good placed efforts over 7f here and at Southwell around the turn of the year; unable to show his true colours at Kempton last time when short of room as he was making his move; solid claims off a competitive mark.

3/1

15/2

Form: 3522/1 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 8st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Both wins on soft ground, latest at Doncaster (1m2f) on stable/seasonal debut when having first Flat run since 2021 (hurdling in the interim); the other success came at 1m; may have more to offer for this yard.

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2nd

1

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Bucephalus

12st 0lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Neil Mulholland

Fairly useful Flat-racer who came good over hurdles with clearcut success at Newbury (2m, heavy; first-time tongue-tie) last month; might be seen to even better effect if the ground dries out here; likely contender.

9/2

7th

8

(7)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 2f 43y

Class 3

15:40 Doncaster

Bucephalus

8st 10lb

J: Ethan Jones

T: Neil Mulholland

Scored comfortably off 5lb lower in this race 12 months ago (soft); recorded a heavy-ground win on latest hurdles start, which tees him up nicely for the return to this scenario; shortlisted.

11/2

Form: 6-5143 D BF

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Won on turf as a 2yo; in good form on AW this year, including 1m win; ties in with Unforgotten on Lincoln Trial running and posted a creditable effort over 1m2f on Good Friday; possibilities back down in distance.

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13th

10

(3)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

14:50 Goodwood

Outbreak

8st 12lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Charlie Johnston

prominent

12/1

16/1

Form: 198-64 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 13lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Veteran who bounced back to form in the Spring Mile at Doncaster, finishing 2l fourth to Harswell Duke; however, may ideally need a return to Ascot (last four turf wins there).

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10th

4

(11)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:10 Newmarket

Raising Sand

9st 8lb

J: Nicola Currie

T: Jamie Osborne

towards rear

25/1

5th

4

(4)

6th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:22 Ascot

Raising Sand

9st 7lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Jamie Osborne

Veteran who won this race in 2016 and 2022, albeit was in ostensibly better form at the time on both occasions; absent since a below-par effort over C&D five months ago; the market signals may prove helpful.

14/1

Form: 11313- CD

Last run: 181 days

W: 8st 10lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Progressive filly who has form figures of 11313 in handicaps, all at the Newmarket tracks (on good/faster); last two performances came over C&D last autumn; likely player provided she copes with forecast slow ground.

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6th

5

(5)

6th Jul 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:35 Kempton (AW)

Ashky

9st 7lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Harry & Roger Charlton

Close at Lingfield last June in her sole AW race; three wins over 1m on the two Newmarket tracks last year but she has not shone in her three starts this season, two of which were also at Newmarket; just 1lb above her last winning mark but the first-time headgear needs a seriously positive response.

20/1

11th

9

(8)

17th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:15 Sandown

Ashky

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Harry & Roger Charlton

Three wins over 1m on the two Newmarket tracks last year, but well held in both starts on the Rowley Mile since returning in April; interesting to see how she copes with going around a bend again and has a bit to prove at the moment.

20/1

7th

1

(5)

19th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:35 Newmarket

Ashky

9st 11lb

J: James Doyle

T: Harry & Roger Charlton

led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened

13/2

7/1

Form: 113-81 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Has form figures of 01551131 on soft/heavy, most recently making all in the Spring Mile at Doncaster with AW reappearance under his belt; open to further progress; respected provided he again gets ideal ground.

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No Results Found

Form: 21/112 D BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Progressive on AW, latterly since returning this year from long absence; close second in the Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton (8.5f) most recently; yet to finish out of the first two; still has low mileage; big player provided he's just as good on turf.

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26th

17

(18)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Unforgotten

9st 4lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Sparingly raced and first six runs on the AW, showing progressive form in 1m handicaps; modest first attempt on turf in April (good to soft) but his latest third, on good ground at Newbury, was more reassuring; proven stamina can stand him in good stead back at 7f and he should have more to give for top yard.

5/1

3rd

10

(2)

20th May 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Newbury

Unforgotten

9st 1lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Progressive on AW, including this year since a long absence; close second to Alrehb at Wolverhampton (8.6f) in March; however, last of 13 at Newmarket (good to soft) last month when he finally had a turf race.

8/1

13th

4

(8)

18th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Unforgotten

9st 6lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

Progressive on AW, latterly since returning this year from long absence; close second in the Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton (8.5f) most recently; yet to finish out of the first two; still has low mileage; big player provided he's just as good on turf.

9/2

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Payout
Exacta £726.00
Straight Forecast £509.20
Tricast £7433.80
Trifecta £11375.00

Selections

NEWMARKET:

Unforgotten

SPOTLIGHT:

Greatgadian

The Times:

Ashky

POSTDATA:

Empirestateofmind

The Guardian:

Bucephalus

Daily Record:

Point Lynas

D Express:

Harswell Duke

LAMBOURN:

Raising Sand

Daily Mirror:

Ashky

Telegraph:

Unforgotten

The Sun:

Unforgotten

Daily Mail:

Empirestateofmind

RP Ratings:

Greatgadian

TOPSPEED:

Greatgadian

The Star:

Bucephalus