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14:05 Chester

Soft

Precision Facades Handicap

  • Prize money: £20384
  • 1m 2f 70y
  • Class 2
  • 10 runners
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Precision Facades Handicap

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 18-146 CD

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Made all in grand style in C&D handicap at this meeting last year, his only appearance at this track; acts on soft and although his form dipped in French Listed race in March on latest outing, 1m4f probably played a part; also had wind surgery soon afterwards; big shout if back on song.

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2nd

3

(4)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

15:22 Newmarket

Pride Of America

9st 6lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Amy Murphy

led, headed but prominent 4f out, led again under 3f out, headed over 1f out, rallied inside final 110yds, just failed

6/4

2nd

4

(4)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Ayr

Pride Of America

9st 5lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Amy Murphy

led, soon clear, reduced lead 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra final furlong

9/4

3rd

2

(14)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

14:50 Goodwood

Pride Of America

9st 12lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Amy Murphy

took keen hold, soon led

8/1

OUR TIP

3/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 2153-5 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Soft ground probably okay; third of four in a Group 3 here one year ago was his best form at the time but he's done better since, including when fifth of seven in AW Listed race on reappearance when he would have challenged for second but for having his way blocked; continues up the weights but needs respect.

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7th

2

(1)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:40 Goodwood

Savvy Victory

9st 7lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: S Woods

slowly into stride

6/1

6th

6

(6)

12th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 100y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

Savvy Victory

9st 7lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: S Woods

An improved performer this season; often held up and coming from last of four worked out nicely in 1m2f Listed raced at Sandown on latest outing; showed career-best form in that win, so he is capable of a bold show if the cards fall right again.

5/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 2803-7 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Missed 2021 but not far off his best form with two minor honours in 2022, at this meeting on first occasion; soft ground may have been against him for French Listed race three weeks ago but would also therefore be a concern today.

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4th

5

(6)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Certain Lad

9st 2lb

J: George Bass

T: Jack Channon

midfield

25/1

Form: 44234- D

Last run: 237 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Sole win (eight races) came in a maiden in March 2022 but improved form in handicaps and Listed races afterwards; hooded (he can race freely) all of last season except when tongue tied on final outing, and he has both today; acts on good to soft, unraced on worse; needs to find extra.

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12th

5

(2)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Groundbreaker

9st 8lb

J: Jason Watson

T: Andrew Balding

Just the one win (a maiden) from ten starts but he performed with credit in some good races last season and did so again on reappearance this May; disappointing favourite next time and given wind surgery soon afterwards; probably needs to return with a career best.

10/1

8th

2

(5)

8th Jun 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

20:20 Chelmsford (AW)

Groundbreaker

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Just the one win to his name but he performed with great credit in some good races last season and his return to action at Chester wasn't without hope either; high in the weights but could still have more to offer; shaped well on Polytrack as a 2yo.

9/2

4th

5

(5)

12th May 2023

Soft

1m 2f 70y

Class 2

14:05 Chester

Groundbreaker

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

slowly into stride, soon midfield on inner, pushed along and headway 2f out, stayed on final 110yds, not reach leaders

5/1

Form: 3020-4

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Scored twice in 2021; no joy since but he was competitive on occasions last term and ran respectably on recent return; edging down the weights and trip/ground look okay; considered.

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8th

9

(20)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Fantastic Fox

9st 1lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Roger Varian

dwelt start, midfield on inner

12/1

3rd

6

(3)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Fantastic Fox

8st 13lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Roger Varian

midfield, headway on far side of group over 1f out, went third inside final furlong, kept on, no match for first two

9/1

1st

3

(3)

20th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 3

14:00 Lingfield (AW)

Fantastic Fox

9st 6lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Roger Varian

in touch with leaders, pushed along and steady headway from over 1f out, ridden to lead final 110yds, ran on well

6/1

Form: 300-93 CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft; kicked off last season with two wins, latterly in this race (the last of three wins at Chester from four attempts); has the same mark today, reflecting some lesser shows in hot races last July but his never-nearer third of 12 at Pontefract 18 days ago suggested he's on his way back.

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6th

8

(11)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Chester

Baryshnikov

9st 4lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: David & Nicola Barron

Won this race in 2021 and also landed the 0-105 C&D handicap at this meeting in 2022; a 1m2f Redcar win (soft) last week shows he's still capable of useful form and he's effectively running off only 2lb higher here; respected.

6/1

8/1

Form: 45220- D

Last run: 217 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Six races, best form when runner-up at Glorious Goodwood (1m4f, good; 2lb higher today) in his first handicap; second to a runaway winner in Listed race at Windsor (11.4f, good to soft) but his form dipped in a good Newmarket handicap (hooded, having raced freely) on final outing; may have more to offer.

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0

6

(12)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 3f 175y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Maksud

9st 4lb

J: David Egan

T: Hughie Morrison

Needs to produce more than he's managed on his two runs this season but it wasn't a bad performance at Royal Ascot a fortnight ago and he's on a handy mark on last season's best form; remains lightly raced and not written off.

6/1

12th

12

(15)

23rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:40 Ascot

Maksud

9st 6lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Hughie Morrison

Seven races, best form when runner-up off this mark at Glorious Goodwood (1m4f, good) in his first handicap; never figured over 1m2f at Chester on reappearance but worth a second look for trainer who won this race in 2003, 2010, 2015 and 2021.

12/1

7th

4

(8)

12th May 2023

Soft

1m 2f 70y

Class 2

14:05 Chester

Maksud

9st 5lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Hughie Morrison

Six races, best form when runner-up at Glorious Goodwood (1m4f, good; 2lb higher today) in his first handicap; second to a runaway winner in Listed race at Windsor (11.4f, good to soft) but his form dipped in a good Newmarket handicap (hooded, having raced freely) on final outing; may have more to offer.

8/1

33/1

Form: 30/1-0

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

1-15 in France; 33-1 winner at York (1m4f, good) last June on British debut but tailed off at Pontefract (12-1) 18 days ago on first run since; cheekpieces (tried once in France, ran well) return; 2lb out of the handicap.

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12th

10

(11)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Zealandia

8st 9lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Ian Williams

Ran creditably in defeat in two of his four appearances at this track and although 2m2f seemed too much of a slog here in September, that was on soft ground; good runs at 1m6f either side of that and he kept on well for a narrow 2m win on Newcastle AW on New Year's Day; disappointing on latest start (February) but not out of it on his best AW form.

25/1

9th

6

(6)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

19:15 Kempton (AW)

Zealandia

9st 9lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Ian Williams

Third win since joining Ian Williams when edging out stablemate Enemy (pair clear) in 2m Newcastle handicap on New Year's Day; Enemy gave the form a boost when taking a good conditions race at Southwell last week but this 7yo has yet to win back to back.

6/1

1st

9

(3)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

14:00 Newcastle (AW)

Zealandia

8st 5lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Ian Williams

raced in second

10/1

Form: 6150-7 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft; below form in this race last year, his only run at Chester; won next time but something seemed amiss at York in August and, following wind surgery, his recent reappearance at Epsom wasn't great; needs a big revival but may have needed that latest run.

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8th

2

(2)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Lord Protector

9st 7lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Last season ended with two disappointing runs (latterly on stable debut), but he reappears having had wind surgery and is just 1lb higher than when winning at Sandown last July; not discounted.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £197.00
Straight Forecast £166.30
Tricast £1526.50
Trifecta £1599.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Savvy Victory

NEWMARKET:

Pride Of America

SPOTLIGHT:

Baryshnikov

The Times:

Groundbreaker

The Star:

Lord Protector

TOPSPEED:

Zealandia

POSTDATA:

Certain Lad

The Sun:

Groundbreaker

Daily Mirror:

Savvy Victory

Daily Record:

Savvy Victory

The Guardian:

Pride Of America

D Express:

Pride Of America

RP RATINGS:

Baryshnikov

Daily Mail:

Baryshnikov