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15:10 Thirsk

Good To Soft

Vickers.Bet EBF Michael Foster Conditions Stakes

  • Prize money: £9277.2
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
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Vickers.Bet EBF Michael Foster Conditions Stakes

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/2 (Won)

Form: 13270-

Last run: 301 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Off since a couple of disappointing efforts at Group 3 level at the start of last summer but split Highfield Princess and Haydock Sprint Cup winner Minzaal when second in the Duke Of York (6f, good) prior to that; has gone well fresh (albeit after shorter breaks than this one) and will have a big say if back anywhere near his best; stays 7f.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

10

(12)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Spycatcher

9st 9lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Largely consistent 2023 campaign included a success in French Group 3 and two good efforts at Group 1 level, doing well to finish third at Ascot the final time (met traffic issues); clear possibilities granted ideal ground (peak form on soft).

7/1

3rd

6

(9)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

Spycatcher

9st 4lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Has enjoyed a fine season, winning Deauville Group 3 (6f, soft) in July and going down by only a short head in the Group 1 Maurice de Gheest there (6.5f, very soft) in August, but he was a bit disappointing when only third of five in 7f Group 2 at Doncaster five weeks ago; will need a career best.

12/1

15/8

Form: 2411-1 CD

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Fast-improving front-runner who has won his last three starts, a C&D novice (good) and two useful 7f handicaps at Kempton; kept on really well when completing the hat-trick on return 24 days ago and the third franked the form when going close in a Newmarket handicap this week; surely more to come from a colt who looks capable of making his mark outside of handicaps.

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1st

1

(1)

27th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Mount Athos

9st 9lb

J: James Doyle

T: James Tate

Useful front-runner who is 3-3 at Kempton, ridden by James Doyle each time, including a success in this race 12 months ago on reappearance (has a good record fresh); commands respect back here on 2024 seasonal debut, for all that he's on career-high mark.

2/1

5th

1

(1)

26th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

16:05 Wolverhampton (AW)

Mount Athos

9st 9lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: James Tate

took keen hold, led, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

6/4

1st

4

(7)

6th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:30 Kempton (AW)

Mount Athos

9st 8lb

J: James Doyle

T: James Tate

made all, took keen hold, increased tempo going easily over 2f out, soon went clear, pushed along over 1f out, reduced lead inside final furlong, kept on well inside final 110yds, pushed out

15/8

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7/2

Form: 33810- D

Last run: 189 days

W: 9st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

A 9yo now but he was better than ever when bagging the second valuable Ascot handicap win (7f, good to soft) of his career last autumn; respectable midfield finish in Balmoral there (1m) final start; a smallish field and potentially tactical race possibly not his ideal scenario but he holds good form claims; won on 2022 reappearance.

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5th

9

(6)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Escobar

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

steadied start, towards rear

10/1

9th

8

(8)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Escobar

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

sweating, dwelt start, midfield on near side of group

14/1

8th

7

(11)

27th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Escobar

9st 3lb

J: Neil Callan

T: David O’Meara

Veteran who's become hard to win with and been on the downgrade this year, coming 22lb down the weights; late in the day to be making his Tapeta debut in a new form of headgear and will need some luck if dropped in as usual from stall 11.

12/1

8/1

Form: 02600- CD

Last run: 189 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Beat Azano to win soft-ground C&D conditions event in 2021 and went down by only a neck in this race on 2022 reappearance; has a chance on those efforts but he ended last year with two tame efforts in valuable handicaps at Ascot; subsequently sold out of Andrew Balding's yard for 55,000gns.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

5

(6)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Symbolize

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

in touch with leaders in centre of group

20/1

7th

2

(5)

13th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 3

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Symbolize

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Just one win in 25 starts since his successful debut despite a sliding mark and well held on his return from four months off at Thirsk (7f, good; first since since wind surgery) in September; needs to improve for the different surface on AW debut.

7/1

6th

4

(6)

1st Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Thirsk

Symbolize

9st 8lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Julie Camacho

C&D winner for Andrew Balding but raced just twice for his current yard and came in only 11th of 15 in 1m handicap here in May; a subsequent wind op needs to spark improvement.

12/1

12/1

Form: 86054- D

Last run: 135 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Won a Listed race over this trip in 2021 but no better than useful form last year, including when winning a 1m Redcar handicap; below par on AW on final start in December; often front-runs; others are preferred.

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8th

4

(3)

4th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Azano

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: David O’Meara

dwelt start, towards rear, ridden and no response over 1f out, soon weakened

9/1

9th

2

(1)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Redcar

Azano

9st 2lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Front-runner who got loose on the lead and just managed to hold on in a 7f handicap at Sandown (good) three weeks ago; likely to try something similar here and he did win this race two years ago (unplaced last year).

10/1

1st

4

(6)

15th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Sandown

Azano

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Front-runner who is 3lb below the mark he last defied in July of last year; not looking the horse he was, but this year has hardly been a washout and he could win again sooner or later.

4/1

7/1

Form: 26/29/ D

Last run: 582 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Pattern class as 2yo but absent since finishing ninth of 15 in 7f Newbury Listed event in September 2021 (final start for Owen Burrows); sold 130,000gns last summer; his peak RPRs put him right there but watching brief has to be the percentage call after such a long time off.

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1

(8)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Albasheer

9st 12lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

Taken well to Tapeta, third in a Listed event over C&D in November before impressive wins over 6f and 5f here the last twice (both backed up by the clock); surged to the front over the shorter trip two weeks ago and a 5lb rise is fair enough; it would be a huge effort to defy top weight but he threatened to be top class as a 2yo and he couldn't be coming here in better form.

11/2

1st

1

(10)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Newcastle (AW)

Albasheer

9st 9lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

dwelt start, towards rear, pushed along and headway from over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and went clear inside final furlong, impressive

3/1

1st

3

(12)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:15 Newcastle (AW)

Albasheer

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Has a few ideas of his own but he's blessed with stacks of raw ability and he hasn't always had the rub of the green since dead-heating with Summerghand at the Ebor meeting; only third behind Tacarib Bay in Listed company here in November but he was too keen early and didn't find as much as may have been expected once coming off the bridle; likely to be ridden more patiently this time and he's of serious interest.

7/1

Form: /4176- BF

Last run: 281 days

W: 9st 8lb

8 yo Horse

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Won a useful 6f handicap at Hamilton last summer but his days of posting smart RPRs are probably a thing of the past and he looks vulnerable on his reappearance.

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11th

13

(11)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

18:40 Doncaster

Snazzy Jazzy

9st 3lb

J: Dale Swift

T: Seb Spencer

bumped start, towards rear

12/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Mount Athos

LAMBOURN:

Albasheer

RP Ratings:

Spycatcher

TOPSPEED:

Escobar

POSTDATA:

Mount Athos

NEWMARKET:

Mount Athos

Telegraph:

Mount Athos

Daily Mail:

Mount Athos

D Express:

Mount Athos

Daily Mirror:

Mount Athos

The Star:

Mount Athos

Daily Record:

Mount Athos

The Times:

Albasheer

The Guardian:

Spycatcher

The Sun:

Escobar