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16:20 Chester

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White Oak Apprentice Handicap

  • Prize money: £10192
  • 1m 4f 63y
  • Class 4
  • 16 runners
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White Oak Apprentice Handicap

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.70
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 4-3222

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Dual Flat scorer for previous yard and hurdles winner for current stable; very consistent (form figures 3222) on AW this year, close second at Southwell (1m4f) most recently; each-way possibilities back on grass.

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5th

6

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:05 Huntingdon

Greystoke

11st 1lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

Left Alan King after two disappointing Flat runs last summer but made quite pleasing reappearance when fifth of nine over hurdles at Taunton (2m, good) for Jimmy Frost last month; needs to build on that performance here but not ruled out.

16/1

5th

9

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Greystoke

10st 12lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Jimmy Frost

1-6 over hurdles, not seen in this sphere since July 2022; hit career-best Flat form (1m4f) last spring but went off the boil and unraced since August; has changed hands and left Alan King.

33/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 223-41 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft ground; largely consistent maiden prior to opening his account with an emphatic success at Beverley (1m4f, good to soft) last month; respected on the back of that improved performance.

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3rd

1

(7)

5th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 16y

Class 3

14:05 Hamilton

Two Brothers

9st 9lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Michael & David Easterby

towards rear, pushed along and outpaced in rear 4f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, went third and no impression inside final furlong

9/4

1st

9

(6)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Two Brothers

9st 5lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Michael & David Easterby

took keen hold, midfield

11/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 050-51 CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Value for more than the winning margin at Beverley (1m2f, good to soft; idled late) two weeks ago, with Pontefract reappearance (behind Claritudo) under his belt; 1-1 over C&D; acts on soft; shortlisted.

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5th

2

(4)

1st Jul 2023

Good

1m 4f 63y

Class 4

14:32 Chester

The Nu Form Way

10st 0lb

J: Sam James

T: Stella Barclay

Successful at Beverley (1m2f, good to soft) in April and back to winning ways over C&D (good; Zealandia behind in fourth) in May; badly hampered in the early stages back at Beverley last time, so it's easy enough to put a line through that run; respected

5/1

9th

5

(11)

11th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 23y

Class 4

18:45 Beverley

The Nu Form Way

9st 10lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Stella Barclay

prominent, badly hampered and dropped to rear after 3f

7/1

1st

8

(9)

27th May 2023

Good

1m 4f 63y

Class 4

17:45 Chester

The Nu Form Way

9st 4lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Stella Barclay

towards rear

5/1

Form: 79218- BF

Last run: 207 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Three-time Flat scorer (1m/1m1f, soft/good to soft) for Ed Dunlop; campaigned over hurdles since joining Gordon Elliott and currently in good form, close second in huge field at Punchestown (2m) most recently; interesting off workable mark back under this code, with star apprentice Billy Loughnane booked.

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8th

9

12th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 0y

14:45 Killarney

By Your Side

10st 11lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Runner-up in decent handicaps at Fairyhouse (behind today's rival Common Practice) and Leopardstown in December; finished behind So Scottish (fourth) when seventh at Leopardstown in February, but one place in front when the pair struggled in the County Hurdle.

12/1

6th

8

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

17:05 Fairyhouse

By Your Side

11st 1lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Just 1-18 over hurdles but better than his record suggests; ran as well as could be expected off a mark of 130 in the County (80-1 SP); 6lb lower mark helps but others may be on better marks.

25/1

11/2

Form: 4553-1 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Justified favouritism in similar event under Kaiya Fraser at Ponftefract (1m4f, soft) on seasonal debut and that career-best form has received a few boosts since; still unexposed at this trip (was campaigned mainly over further last season) and may well improve again; strong contender.

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3rd

9

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 44y

Class 4

20:40 Salisbury

Claritudo

9st 3lb

J: Kaiya Fraser

T: Harry Eustace

Career-best performance when clearcut winner on seasonal debut at Pontefract (1m4f, soft) last month; didn't run badly off new mark a fortnight ago and will be fine over today's trip, but the quicker ground may not be ideal.

5/1

5th

10

(13)

12th May 2023

Soft

1m 4f 63y

Class 4

16:20 Chester

Claritudo

9st 8lb

J: Kaiya Fraser

T: Harry Eustace

Justified favouritism in similar event under Kaiya Fraser at Ponftefract (1m4f, soft) on seasonal debut and that career-best form has received a few boosts since; still unexposed at this trip (was campaigned mainly over further last season) and may well improve again; strong contender.

11/2

1st

8

(3)

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 5y

Class 5

14:00 Pontefract

Claritudo

9st 7lb

J: Kaiya Fraser

T: Harry Eustace

prominent

9/2

OUR TIP

33/1

Form: 493-70 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Triple winner for previous stable; however, holds weak claims on Flat/hurdles form for current yard, soundly beaten on soft ground at Epsom most recently; best watched.

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5th

9

(1)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

16:15 Chester

State Legend

9st 4lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Ian Williams

1m6f win at Sandown last July and beaten by a head over hurdles in November; those were two of the best efforts in a very in-and-out campaign (hampered on sole start here) and he was always behind when reappearing 12 days ago; wore cheekpieces on six of his last seven starts but they're off today.

20/1

8th

9

(10)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 2

15:40 Southwell (AW)

State Legend

8st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Ian Williams

steadied start

20/1

4th

4

21st Nov 2023

Good

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

12:55 Hereford

State Legend

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Fairly useful Flat racer who lost out only by a head on handicap hurdle debut at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) a week ago and gets another chance off the same mark here; has a tendency to hang left under pressure but still commands respect.

9/4

Form: 70400- CD

Last run: 230 days

W: 9st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Ex-Ian Williams; has plenty of Chester form, including a win off 1lb higher (on heavy) in this race in 2019; ended last term with two poor efforts, however, and market may prove best guide on debut for new yard.

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8th

5

(9)

2nd Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 6

13:40 Newcastle (AW)

Heart Of Soul

10st 12lb

T: Patrick Morris

towards rear of midfield

20/1

6th

8

(6)

16th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 63y

Class 4

17:35 Chester

Heart Of Soul

8st 4lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Patrick Morris

Six wins for Ian Williams including three over C&D, but lost his way including after moving to this yard; latest fifth of nine at Wolverhampton (1m4f, AW) was a bit better, but not enough to make him of interest.

33/1

5th

2

(3)

9th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Heart Of Soul

9st 13lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Patrick Morris

Won at Hamilton (1m3f, good) and Kempton (1m4f, AW) for Ian Williams last May but he's lost his way since his last success and has been beaten 9l or more in five runs for current yard; mark is tumbling but he has a lot to prove.

16/1

Form: 72784-

Last run: 203 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

0-5 on Flat for Brian Meehan and 0-3 over hurdles for current stable; had wind surgery since last run; has bits of encouraging form but may struggle to open his account in this competitive field.

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9th

2

(8)

1st May 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

13:50 Wolverhampton (AW)

Swift Tuttle

11st 2lb

J: Miss Poppy Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

awkward start, in rear on outer

25/1

12th

10

(8)

26th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 5

17:35 Wolverhampton (AW)

Swift Tuttle

9st 3lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Hurdle winner in September; well held in two course runs last month and comes here with more to prove than ideal.

33/1

8th

6

(9)

25th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 5

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Swift Tuttle

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

raced in second

20/1

16/1

Form: 475-44 D

Last run: 76 days

W: 9st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Successful four times for Ralph Beckett but the best of his turf form is on good/faster; forecast slow ground looks a negative on second start for new yard; cheekpieces applied.

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4th

2

(5)

9th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 8y

Class 5

16:10 Thirsk

Brasca

9st 8lb

J: Liam Wright

T: Mark Loughnane

Just one win since September 2019 and he's not found his best form for this stable; dropping down the weights but with something to prove.

12/1

3rd

2

(5)

25th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Haydock

Brasca

10st 0lb

J: Liam Wright

T: Mark Loughnane

towards rear, headway 3f out, no extra from over 1f out

10/1

20/1

Form: 226-44

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish maiden who has failed to improve in a couple of AW contests for new stable; return to turf may suit but may struggle to get off the mark in this competitive handicap.

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7th

5

(6)

12th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

19:45 Dundalk (AW)

Explorers Way

10st 0lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: Patrick Martin

Four-time Newcastle AW winner for Brian Ellison at up to 1m2f, including twice this winter; bought for 7,500gns at Tattersalls last month and interesting contender.

7/1

3rd

12

(12)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

17:25 Newcastle (AW)

Explorers Way

8st 11lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Four course wins in the last six months and is chasing a C&D hat-trick, having come away with one other off a 4lb lower mark three weeks ago; this is tougher but enters calculations.

6/1

Form: /1-795 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Dexterous at several disciplines, being a bumper/hurdle/chase/Flat winner; has a doubt over current form but a revival looks possible with useful Irish apprentice Joey Sheridan booked.

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7th

1

(11)

12th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

20:00 Southwell (AW)

Punxsutawney Phil

9st 13lb

J: William Pyle

T: Mark Walford

in rear

25/1

7th

5

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

15:40 Sedgefield

Punxsutawney Phil

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Dual purpose performer whose sole hurdles success came here (2m1f, soft) in October 2021; has been seen more often on the Flat during the past year and his recent return to hurdles/fences hasn't worked out; best watched for now.

16/1

Form: 6-5232

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Campaigned mostly on AW and has gained all wins over 9.5f at Wolverhampton; currently in decent form but this scenario (1m4f on forecast slow ground) doesn't look ideal back on turf.

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7th

2

(1)

1st Apr 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 5

13:40 Wolverhampton (AW)

Daheer

9st 9lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Mark Loughnane

dwelt start, midfield on inner

14/1

4th

3

(1)

26th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 5

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Daheer

9st 10lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Mark Loughnane

All five wins have been at this track (9.4f) but losing spell goes back to April 2022 and he's been quiet in his three runs this winter; mark continues to fall but he's 0-8 at this trip and others are more convincing.

14/1

7th

2

(11)

12th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 5

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Daheer

9st 9lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Mark Loughnane

took keen hold, towards rear, some headway up the centre inside final furlong, never dangerous

16/1

Form: 085-62 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Two attempts on soft going have resulted in his best performances, latest at Doncaster (second over 1m4f) last Saturday; likely player off the same mark, granted similar ground; wears first-time headgear.

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6th

11

(6)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Aqwaam

8st 7lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Ian Williams

One run here early in career; had a very solid 12 months or so, including reaching new heights during a pretty busy AW campaign, before his disappointing no-show at Kempton five weeks ago; produced late to take a quite valuable handicap in tidy style at Lingfield (2m) eight days earlier but needs better off this 4lb higher mark and needs much better than earlier turf form.

12/1

7th

10

(12)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Aqwaam

9st 6lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Ian Williams

Has had a very solid last 12 months or so and reached new heights during a pretty busy AW campaign since October, including at 2m over which he was produced late on to take a quite valuable handicap in tidy style at Lingfield (Polytrack; unraced here) eight days ago; up another 4lb but going great guns.

9/1

1st

3

(9)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

15:15 Lingfield (AW)

Aqwaam

9st 10lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Ian Williams

Won at Chelmsford (1m6f, Polytrack) and Newcastle (2m, Tapeta) in November and he's held his form well since, including a close second over 1m4f at Wolverhampton (Class 2) last month; didn't get much luck before finishing well in that race and he looks interesting back up in trip and down in grade.

5/1

Form: 21621- D

Last run: 193 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

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6th

3

7th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

18:42 Southwell

Tessy Lad

11st 5lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Four Flat wins at up to 1m4f for Richard Hughes and twice third over hurdles for that yard; yet to find his form under either code since changing bases and now tongue-tied; too risky.

8/1

Form: 3575-

Last run: 156 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

0-4 in AW races (7f-1m2f) for Richard Hannon; sold for 30,000gns, gelded and had wind surgery since last run; now goes in tongue-tie and tries something new; all those factors may prompt improvement.

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12th

2

(6)

2nd Oct 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Whirlwind

10st 0lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Regressive maiden who's undergone two rounds of wind surgery this year; the tongue-tie goes back on tonight, along with first-time cheekpieces, and would want to see good support before considering him.

25/1

12th

9

(2)

14th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 113y

Class 5

17:10 Epsom

Whirlwind

9st 2lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

midfield, lost ground 5f out

33/1

7th

6

(8)

15th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

17:40 Haydock

Whirlwind

9st 9lb

J: Pierre-Louis Jamin

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

dwelt start, in touch with leaders

16/1

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Non-runners

Australian Angel, Daheer, Aqwaam, Tessy Lad, Whirlwind

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Payout
Exacta £254.00
Straight Forecast £229.20
Tricast £991.10
Trifecta £1358.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

The Nu Form Way

The Times:

By Your Side

SPOTLIGHT:

Claritudo

THE NORTH:

Two Brothers

RP RATINGS:

Aqwaam

D Express:

By Your Side

Daily Record:

By Your Side

POSTDATA:

Claritudo

NEWMARKET:

Claritudo

Daily Mail:

Two Brothers

Daily Mirror:

Two Brothers

Telegraph:

The Nu Form Way

The Sun:

The Nu Form Way

The Star:

The Nu Form Way

The Guardian:

Aqwaam