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Good To Firm

Howden Handicap

  • Prize money: £25770
  • 1m 4f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 11 runners
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Howden Handicap

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 6207-1 D

Last run: 57 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

1m6f may excuse sole run on softer than good; gelded after final start last season and he didn't just return to form at Kempton (1m4f, AW) two months ago, in winning easily by nearly 5l he improved; has 10lb higher mark today but looks set for another very big run.

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14th

5

(6)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Teumessias Fox

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Has gained all handicaps wins over 1m4f, the most recent at Kempton (comfortably off 6lb lower) on latest start; combination of drop back in trip and career-high mark may stop him from following up.

8/1

1st

3

(9)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 2

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Teumessias Fox

9st 8lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, held up in rear

11/4

5th

3

(13)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

15:10 Newcastle (AW)

Teumessias Fox

9st 8lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Andrew Balding

Two 1m4f wins last spring and he's now only 2lb higher than for his comprehensive Newmarket success on the second occasion; creditable fifth in the November Handicap when last seen; can go well but he would appeal more over further.

8/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.85

Form: 341-22 BF

Last run: 77 days

W: 8st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Promise in two runs on good to firm for Sir Michael Stoute last spring; easy winner of 1m2f novice at Lingfield (AW) on stable debut in December after wind surgery; better form when second in two AW handicaps since (upped to 1m4f at Lingfield last time); off 77 days but may have more to offer.

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1st

6

(3)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 2

15:20 Epsom

Crystal Delight

8st 11lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Harry Eustace

Just one win from his 13 starts but he was a good second at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) last September on his penultimate outing for the now-retired William Jarvis; heavy ground excuses his subsequent run; new trainer is among the winners; one of two for the yard and he could be a player.

5/1

10th

6

(4)

3rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:10 Newmarket

Crystal Delight

9st 7lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: William Jarvis

slowly away, in rear, soon headway into midfield, weakened over 2f out

7/1

20/1

  • Place: £5.95

Form: 7004-7 D

Last run: 118 days

W: 9st 8lb

8 yo Horse

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Won a conditions stakes at Doncastler last March and second in a Group 3 at Newbury that April, both 1m4f, but has made less of an impact since; down the weights but others look more solid.

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0

1

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Raymond Tusk

12st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Still well short of replicating his smart Flat best over hurdles when fourth on December 2022's handicap debut, but finally gets to try further than 2m in this sphere now and has been gelded; won't mind a dryout.

5/1

5th

4

(1)

7th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

15:05 Sandown

Raymond Tusk

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Alan King

Satisfactory third in handicap at Newmarket (1m4f) in May after a four-month break, but no show from a wide draw at Royal Ascot (1m6f) latest; still capable of smart form last year but very rarely seen over this far (second in 2m Ascot Group 3 in 2019) and looks set for a supporting role.

14/1

Form: 03627-

Last run: 196 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Did well at 1m2f last term (won his first two starts) and beaten a neck over 1m4f at Newbury on penultimate start; heavy ground excuses final outing; each-way claims.

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6th

2

(10)

20th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 4

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Moktasaab

9st 8lb

J: J F Egan

T: Phil McEntee

Useful middle-distance handicapper on turf; 0-4 in Bahrain over the winter for new stable; something to prove back at 1m but he's attractively treated off a reduced mark; good chance on peak form.

12/1

14/1

Form: -21227 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Improved and consistent since returned to the AW last October, over 1m2f/1m4f; not far away in a hot race on latest start either; big stumbling block for supporters is his turf record, which is two heavy defeats from two attempts.

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13th

14

(14)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

13:30 Ascot

Obsidian Knight

8st 7lb

J: David Egan

T: T J Kent

Value for more than his narrow winning margin at Chelmsford (1m2f, AW) on seasonal debut, having done well considering he pulled hard and met traffic issues; has plenty of 1m4f form and may remain competitive back up just 1lb.

10/1

1st

7

(2)

25th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

21:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Obsidian Knight

9st 2lb

J: David Egan

T: T J Kent

Back off the same mark as when winning at Lingfield (1m2f, Polytrack) early last year, the last time he contested a Class 4 on the AW; has something to prove back from 259 days off, though.

10/1

6th

5

(4)

10th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 209y

Class 4

17:45 Sandown

Obsidian Knight

10st 11lb

J: Mr Lewis Kent

T: T J Kent

midfield, raced wide on turn over 4f out, soon dropped to last, weakened over 2f out

5/1

14/1

Form: 10-718 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Peak efforts were his wins at Haydock (11.6f, good to soft) last September and Wolverhampton (1m4f, AW) this March; ran creditably in a warm AW race on latest start and looks in with an each-way shout.

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1st

1

(5)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 2

15:40 Southwell (AW)

Prydwen

9st 12lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: George Scott

Has surged to new heights over 2m on Polytrack/Tapeta on last two outings, winning the Marathon on AW Championships day at Newcastle last time; up 6lb to easily his career-high mark but that win was registered in fine style.

11/4

1st

3

(11)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Prydwen

9st 3lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: George Scott

Record of 4-11 on AW; good second in the Marathon Trial at Lingfield (2m; off 3lb lower) most recently, splitting Spartan Army and Vaguely Royal; still not fully exposed over staying distances; possibilities despite being on career-high mark.

12/1

2nd

3

(13)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

15:47 Lingfield (AW)

Prydwen

9st 10lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Scott

Ended his 2023 campaign with a 1m6f success (led close home) at Wolverhampton; behind a couple of these rivals at Kempton (2m) on reappearance but made some late headway and still isn't fully exposed over staying distances; remains of interest.

8/1

Form: 222152

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Missed most of last season but scored a hat-trick in December and this year's further improvement on AW was transferred to turf when second at Ripon (1m4f, soft) last Saturday; has more to prove if the ground is less testing but he has to be in serious each-way calculations.

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1st

4

(5)

5th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 16y

Class 3

14:05 Hamilton

Capital Theory

9st 3lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

prominent, led narrowly over 3f out, shaken up and went clear over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on well

5/2

4th

4

(8)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 5f 66y

Class 3

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Capital Theory

9st 1lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

raced in second, led after 3f, increased tempo from 3f out, jockey dropped rein inside final furlong, headed inside final 110yds, soon lost position

7/2

25/1

Form: 94796-

Last run: 223 days

W: 8st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

10lb lower than this time last year; going down by a neck two months ago when last seen was easily the best of his three runs over hurdles last season, so there may be some renewed hope.

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9th

2

(1)

5th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

15:05 Lingfield (AW)

Ace Rothstein

10st 1lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Dylan Cunha

Creditable fourth in quite valuable series final at Nottingham (1m6f, soft) in September but disappointing on his next Flat start and reverts to this sphere after heavy defeat on last month's handicap hurdle debut; too inconsistent to trust.

20/1

12th

4

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Kempton

Ace Rothstein

11st 13lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Dylan Cunha

Useful on the Flat in his prime and seemed to be getting his act together over hurdles when close second in Huntingdon novice (2m, good) in March, but has rather mixed record on the Flat since switching to current stable in May and is not an easy one to predict on this handicap hurdle debut.

8/1

6th

3

(1)

15th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Goodwood

Ace Rothstein

11st 11lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Dylan Cunha

took keen hold, soon led at slow pace, increased tempo 4f out, headed 2f out, soon weakened

14/1

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9/1

Form: 34639- D

Last run: 187 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Third in the 1m6f Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot in 2021 but seen mostly over 1m4f since, running with credit in defeat last term for the Gosdens; had wind and gelding operations before his debut for this stable in October and shaped better than last in that Listed race might suggest; not entirely dismissed.

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12th

4

(7)

17th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 99y

Class 2

16:55 Newcastle (AW)

Stowell

9st 9lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Alan King

Only seen sporadically in recent times and is now with his third yard, having run poorly in two starts for George Boughey; pulled hard when finishing last back from a break five weeks ago and it's hard to build up much enthusiasm.

20/1

7th

1

(3)

2nd Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 23y

Class 2

14:05 Beverley

Stowell

10st 2lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Alan King

took keen hold, held up in rear, weakened from 2f out

10/1

9th

1

(10)

6th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

13:40 Newmarket

Stowell

9st 12lb

J: William Buick

T: George Boughey

Third in the 1m6f Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot in 2021 but seen mostly over 1m4f since, running with credit in defeat last term for the Gosdens; had wind and gelding operations before his debut for this stable in October and shaped better than last in that Listed race might suggest; not entirely dismissed.

9/1

20/1

Form: 0433-0

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Often front-runner; stays well and possibly best these days on softer than good, but he did not show it on reappearance two weeks ago when ending up tailed off on first run since leaving Andrew Balding; no win since debut (2yo) and it's hard to put him top of the list.

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9th

6

(8)

23rd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 37y

Class 5

17:35 Bath

Star Caliber

9st 12lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Amanda Perrett

Winless since a successful debut at two when with Andrew Balding; hasn't beaten many since returning for this yard and his last 16 starts have been over further.

10/1

6th

9

(2)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 34y

Class 3

15:30 Ascot

Star Caliber

8st 12lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Amanda Perrett

Still without a win since making a successful debut as a 2yo; ran creditably both starts here (2021) but hasn't beaten many since returning for this yard in April, including when last of three on penultimate start, so others have more pressing claims.

25/1

11th
10 (6)
Vaynor

6/1

Form: 54211- D

Last run: 179 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Debut was sole run on softer than good; scored a double on turf last June (on good to firm/good) and resumed improvement with AW wins over 1m6f and 1m5f in the autumn; raised 2lb since latest start, which may well prove manageable assuming that his autumn progress was not due solely to the AW.

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6th

11

(5)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 3

15:55 Epsom

Vaynor

8st 11lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Charles Hills

Well beaten on last season's reappearance but he ran a couple of good races subsequently during a light campaign, including a win at Thirsk (1m4f, good) in September, and he's not ruled out on his return.

7/1

9th

5

(1)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 5f 26y

Class 3

17:20 Ayr

Vaynor

9st 5lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Charles Hills

Non-runner three times on softer than good in July/August; back on good going when making all and holding on by a neck at Thirsk (1m4f; Furzig third) two weeks ago; 2lb higher today but the step back up in trip should suit and he'd be a major player if he again gets the ground that suits him.

11/4

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Payout
Exacta £150.00
Straight Forecast £185.50
Tricast £2319.10
Trifecta £4402.00

Selections

NEWMARKET:

Crystal Delight

SPOTLIGHT:

Teumessias Fox

D Express:

Moktasaab

Daily Record:

Capital Theory

LAMBOURN:

Vaynor

POSTDATA:

Star Caliber

TOPSPEED:

Raymond Tusk

The Times:

Crystal Delight

Telegraph:

Crystal Delight

Daily Mail:

Crystal Delight

RP RATINGS:

Teumessias Fox

The Guardian:

Teumessias Fox

The Sun:

Teumessias Fox

Daily Mirror:

Moktasaab

The Star:

Moktasaab