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Howden Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £51540
  • 1m 6f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 19 runners
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Howden Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 19 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

10/1 (Won)

Form: 2220-2

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

With same owners when stalwart of the Eve Johnson Houghton stable for the last four seasons; mostly highly competitive last term and made a cracking start for new yard when second at Kempton four weeks ago; this step back up in trip should suit; considered each-way.

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11th

3

(6)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

HMS President

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

always behind, switched to centre after 4f

9/1

2nd

3

12th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

15:15 Plumpton

HMS President

11st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

prominent

4/11

22th

12

(17)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

HMS President

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

Mostly highly competitive last term and has surged to new heights this season; won a valuable 16-runner race at Newmarket (1m6f, soft) in May and beaten a neck at Royal Ascot (1m4f, good to firm) nine weeks ago; raised another 5lb but needs respect.

16/1

10/1

Form: 18358-

Last run: 212 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Raised his game when upped to 1m4f then 1m6f last summer, all on good ground or good to firm, before a backward step on good to soft in October; place chance if straight back in top form and he did start well last year.

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7th

8

(11)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Adjuvant

8st 13lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Michael Bell

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

10/1

2nd
15 (11)
Torcello

20/1

Form: 0821-8 C BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 8st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Back to form from the front when blinkers were added on final two runs last season, over about 1m6f (heavy) on first occasion and then making all over 1m4f here (good to soft); needs to bounce back from his disappointing show when favourite five weeks ago.

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3rd

3

(14)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Torcello

9st 8lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Shaun Lycett

raced wide early, in touch with leaders

12/1

4th
19 (13)
Geremia

33/1

Form: 60053- D

Last run: 177 days

W: 8st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Habitual slow-starter, whose three wins were in close proximity in 2021; has edged back down the weights and plenty of 2022 form suggests he has a good mark, but this is a tough race in which to break his losing sequence.

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No Results Found
5th
18 (7)
Single

50/1

Form: 21750- D

Last run: 209 days

W: 8st 4lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Has popped up in front once in each of the last three seasons; usually runs with credit but her strike-rate suggests she is not the percentage call in a race of this fierce competitiveness.

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5th

5

(2)

19th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:45 Newmarket (July)

Single

8st 13lb

J: David Probert

T: Jack Channon

Has a strike-rate of 3-45 but she's a reliable type (on varied ground) who was second and first in the last two editions of this race, albeit in small fields; should not be far away.

11/1

20/1

Form: -51347

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Raised his game last term and has already done so on AW this year; last seven starts have been at 2m+ and he now needs to improve his turf form, but he did go close in a 1m4f handicap on good on first start last year.

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14th

8

(5)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Solent Gateway

8st 9lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Hugo Palmer

Often front-runs but hasn't for his best results here; pulled too hard in this race two years ago; an improved performer last term and he's well handicapped judged on plenty of that form, but the scale of defeat in his two AW runs this year is a concern; visor replaces usual cheekpieces.

14/1

11th

7

(8)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Solent Gateway

9st 10lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Hugo Palmer

Often front-runs; well beaten on 2023 return but won eight days later, so perhaps his heavy defeat in a warm race five weeks ago should not be viewed too harshly; had a solid campaign last year and although his score is just 1-9 on AW, he is effective over C&D; each-way chance if back on song.

18/1

Form: -21171

Last run: 8 days

W: 8st 11lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Only once out of the first two in his eight races for new yard, winning four; carries a 5lb penalty following his narrow win at Ripon last Saturday, which came over 2m on soft; often apprentice ridden; can't be dismissed.

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20/1

Form: 123223

Last run: 30 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish; clocked up a fine sequence for new yard over 2m on AW from January onwards, which leaves him with something to prove on turf but the extra he's found may not be due to the surface; unraced on softer than good.

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9th

7

(10)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

15:15 Lingfield (AW)

First Emperor

9st 6lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: John Ryan

Some creditable efforts over 2m this year and he wasn't far behind Red Flyer in a Class 2 over C&D (sixth of 13) last time; his losing run is mounting up but he's edging down the weights and could go well on this drop back in grade.

14/1

6th

13

(7)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

15:47 Lingfield (AW)

First Emperor

8st 11lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John Ryan

pushed along soon after start, towards rear after 2f

16/1

3rd

5

(4)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 3

17:05 Southwell (AW)

First Emperor

9st 9lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John Ryan

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, headway over 3f out, soon outpaced, rallied from 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, went third towards finish, not pace to challenge

16/1

Form: 6140-1 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Dual 1m6f winner on good ground at Sandown last summer and resumed his improvement when scoring at Leicester (1m4f, heavy) last month; 5lb penalty demands more but he tends not to win by far and should be suited by this step back up in trip; can go well again.

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3rd

10

(4)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 3

15:55 Epsom

Duke Of Verona

8st 13lb

J: Pat Cosgrave

T: Harry Eustace

Won twice in 2022 (1m6f, good) and reappeared with another win at Leicester (1m4f, heavy) last April; absent since mid-division at Newmarket last May (final run for the now-retired William Jarvis) but he's just 1lb above his last winning mark and his new trainer is among the winners; chance.

9/1

Form: 74-125 D BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Beaten a neck in the 2020 St Leger; has seen more action again recently and, while some way off his peak, he won a 2m conditions stakes on AW in January; disappointing 5-4 favourite at Newcastle one month ago but it's possible this return to turf will spark something.

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6th

6

(10)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Berkshire Rocco

9st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, raced wide early, in touch with leaders, switched to centre after 4f

10/1

OUR TIP
11th
3 (9)
Cemhaan

7/1

Form: 17910- CD

Last run: 183 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Seems impossible to settle but he finished well on top three times last season, including on reappearance and in this race on second occasion; heavy ground may forgive his final start (acts on soft) and he's also had wind surgery since; probably needs to resume progress but stable form is a big positive and the wins suggest he may have more to give.

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1st

1

(6)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton (AW)

Cemhaan

9st 12lb

J: Neil Callan

T: George Baker

Very classy despite the near impossibility of getting him to settle; better than ever last season, easily making all over 1m4f here before third to Vauban in Copper Horse at Royal Ascot (1m6f); creditable fourth of nine on 1m4f course reappearance in January; no reason he won't give his running but probably vulnerable for win purposes under his big weight.

14/1

4th

1

(8)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 2

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Cemhaan

10st 1lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: George Baker

disputing second

9/1

Form: 8112-6

Last run: 39 days

W: 8st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Two wins and a second over 1m4f in second half of last season for Ian Williams; probably retains his ability for new yard but soundly beaten when facing a stiff task in Grade 1 juvenile hurdle race on latest outing; something to prove on softer than good; needs to resume his 2022 Flat headway.

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11th

8

(8)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

15:15 Lingfield (AW)

Sarsons Risk

9st 6lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: B F Brookhouse

Hit a personal best with his comfortable win at Southwell (2m, Tapeta) in December and he had an excuse when dropped back to 1m3f there the following month; can be a bit hit-and-miss but he still looks feasibly treated and has possibilities back up in trip.

10/1

5th

1

(1)

23rd Jan 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 4

16:30 Southwell (AW)

Sarsons Risk

11st 3lb

J: Mr Jack Lander

T: B F Brookhouse

All handicaps at longer trips and raced over 1m6f and 2m for this yard, a cosy course win in December coming over the latter distance; hard to know if he still has what it takes over middle distances; sets a puzzle.

5/1

13th
12 (19)
Firstman

13/2

Form: 41-122

Last run: 86 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Improved from September onwards, on turf initially and later over 1m4f/2m on Dundalk AW; placed when having another go over hurdles on latest run; needs better still but that very solid sequence earns him plenty of respect.

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5th

1

(7)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

17:50 Dundalk (AW)

Firstman

10st 6lb

J: Paddy Harnett

T: A J Martin

Won here over 1m4f in late 2022, hasn't run since good run in 1m6f Curragh handicap last June; inadequate trip and best watched.

12/1

16/1

Form: 561-12

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Won well when upped to 2m in November and followed up in tidy fashion in March, both from off the pace on Kempton AW; ran well again there on latest outing; now tongue tied first time; turf mark has risen in tandem and he's had only three turf races (easily best of them when winning a four-runner race on first occasion) but he's not entirely dismissed.

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1st

12

(14)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Duty Of Care

9st 6lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Jamie Osborne

Two C&D wins before his second in this race last year; has a 2lb lower mark this time round but was not disgraced in his three runs this year (C&D second in February was best of those) and is not dismissed.

7/1

6th

7

(13)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Duty Of Care

8st 9lb

J: David Egan

T: Jamie Osborne

Record of 3-11 on AW; creditable second to Citizen General at Kempton two starts ago, then kicked for home too early in the Marathon Trial where he understandably ran out of steam in the latter stages; 1-1 here and can't be dismissed.

16/1

5th

6

(12)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

15:47 Lingfield (AW)

Duty Of Care

9st 5lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Jamie Osborne

slowly away, in rear early, headway into midfield on outer after 2f

7/1

14/1

Form: -11216

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Can make the running; only three turf starts, none on softer than good; markedly improved over 1m4f on Tapeta this year and ran creditably in a non-handicap when upped to 2m on latest start; that suggests this trip should be fine but his turf mark has risen in tandem with AW achievements.

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4th

3

(1)

16th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nolton Cross

8st 13lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Hugo Palmer

Little room for manoeuvre off this mark and looked to have no excuses at Southwell last weekend having been backed into favouritism; is more likely than most to give his running but will need a career-best to win.

7/2

6th

2

(2)

10th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 3

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Nolton Cross

10st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Hugo Palmer

Made it 2-2 over C&D when narrowly beating Haku off 3lb lower early in the year; little room for manoeuvre off this mark but there was nothing wrong with his latest effort and he should go well again under Oisin Murphy.

8/1

4th

4

(3)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nolton Cross

9st 1lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Hugo Palmer

raced in fourth

5/1

Form: 0017-9 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Emerged from the doldrums to score in a Shergar Cup race at Ascot (2m; off 1lb lower than today) last August but well beaten in his only two starts since; best on good or firmer, which is a worry today.

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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

Form: 17447-

Last run: 212 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Gelded and well backed (as is often the case) for 1m6f handicap on good to soft at Haydock in September, going on 2f out but hanging left and causing interference before caught on the line in a bunched finish, subsequently demoted to fourth; never dangerous over 1m4f here on final start; has a competitive mark and possibly room to resume improvement.

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1st

4

(4)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 10y

Class 2

18:20 Ripon

Sea King

9st 5lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt

towards rear

9/2

4th

4

(7)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

1m 5f 61y

Class 2

14:05 Newbury

Sea King

9st 8lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt

held up in rear, some headway on near side of group 2f out, went third 1f out, soon edged left, weakened gradually inside final furlong

4/1

11th

7

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Sea King

9st 2lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt

It was a four-runner race at Goodwood a fortnight ago (1m4f, soft; made all) in which he returned to winning ways, and he's 3lb higher in a hotter race here; however, this 4yo hasn't had much racing and could still have more to offer; ran well over C&D last September and he's not ruled out.

9/1

10/1

Form: 32-112

Last run: 30 days

W: 8st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

5yo who's had six races, all AW; made all in 1m4f handicap in January on final start for Owen Burrows, did the same over 1m5f for new yard in February and put up a bold show from wide draw in a hot Lingfield 2m race one month ago; needs to prove himself on turf but overall should have more to offer.

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13

(6)

7th May 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket

Halic

8st 11lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Robert Eddery

5yo who's had six races, all AW; made all in 1m4f handicap in January on final start for Owen Burrows, did the same over 1m5f for new yard in February and put up a bold show from wide draw in a hot Lingfield 2m race one month ago; needs to prove himself on turf but overall should have more to offer.

10/1

2nd

2

(13)

7th Apr 2023

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

14:05 Lingfield (AW)

Halic

9st 10lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Robert Eddery

fractious at the post, took keen hold, in touch with leaders

12/1

1st

4

(8)

25th Feb 2023

Standard

1m 5f 66y

Class 4

19:10 Chelmsford (AW)

Halic

9st 10lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: Robert Eddery

made all, went clear when pushed along over 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, readily

5/2

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Payout
Straight Forecast £288.30
Tricast £3721.80

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Cemhaan

The Times:

Sarsons Risk

The Sun:

Halic

D Express:

Sea King

TOPSPEED:

Geremia

NEWMARKET:

Duke Of Verona

Daily Record:

Firstman

POSTDATA:

Berkshire Rocco

RP RATINGS:

Torcello

Telegraph:

Sarsons Risk

The Guardian:

Cemhaan

Daily Mirror:

Cemhaan

The Star:

Cemhaan