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Happy Birthday Steve Wilkins Handicap (Div I)

  • Prize money: £3245.08
  • 0m 7f 16y
  • Class 6
  • 10 runners
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Happy Birthday Steve Wilkins Handicap (Div I)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 765-62 BF

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 49

Form & Verdict

Better since upped to this trip, finishing behind Dodgy Bob on the AW before a Brighton near-miss a fortnight ago; lightly raced compared to the rest of these and open to a bit more improvement if first-time headgear helps.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

4

(5)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 6

17:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Romanovich

9st 6lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: John O’Shea

took keen hold, in touch with leaders on outer

5/1

2nd

4

(6)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 6

15:40 Wolverhampton (AW)

Romanovich

9st 8lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: John O’Shea

7f turf winner who put up his best effort since then when scoring over C&D in a classified contest latest; he's back up 2lb and in a handicap, which evidence suggests may prove a challenge.

4/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 1-0283

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict

Has lacked consistency of late, albeit that the cheekpieces have helped; does most racing now over 6f but is fine over this extra furlong and will rightly be popular.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

12

27th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 6

17:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Bomb Squad

9st 9lb

T: John Mackie

midfield

5/1

2nd

2

(5)

24th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 6

19:15 Southwell (AW)

Bomb Squad

9st 8lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Mackie

midfield

12/1

4th

10

(9)

21st Oct 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 6

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Bomb Squad

9st 4lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: John Mackie

Gained reward for a string of good runs when winning a 6f handicap at Southwell in August; not so good over 7f on turf last time but these conditions should see him in a better light and a promising apprentice takes off a handy 7lb.

10/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 5370-3 BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 47

Form & Verdict

Went close first time out last season and made a fair comeback six weeks ago, albeit turned over as favourite (raced freely); 1lb lower today and capable at this level.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

10

(13)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 6

17:15 Thirsk

Lockdown Lass

9st 6lb

J: Josephine Gordon

T: Gary Hanmer

No ifs or buts about the conditions as her three wins in 2023, at 7f and 1m, came on soft and good to soft; has run well on her reappearance for the last two years and seems very likely to do so again.

5/1

3rd

11

(2)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 6y

Class 4

17:28 Doncaster

Lockdown Lass

8st 11lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Gary Hanmer

dwelt start, took keen hold, prominent, went third 1f out, no match for first two

4/1

33/1

Form: 890/0-

Last run: 371 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 52

Form & Verdict

Did her racing for John Spearing over a bit further once handicapping and hasn't been seen in a year following one poor run last season; best effort came on fast ground and she's entitled to need this run.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

5

(6)

19th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

17:40 Bath

Kinz

9st 5lb

J: Tom Queally

T: John Gallagher

Failed to build on her reappearance Chepstow fourth when beating only one at Leicester (1m) 20 days ago; hood is reached for with a bit to prove.

9/1

6th

7

(3)

29th Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 53y

Class 5

19:15 Leicester

Kinz

8st 5lb

J: Mollie Phillips

T: John Gallagher

0-8 for previous stable; made a promising start for this one when only a length away at Chepstow (7f, good to soft) and returning to 1m can suit.

12/1

12/1

Form: 918605

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 46

Form & Verdict

Has done his winning, and most racing, in sprints but is fine over this trip (has gone close over C&D before); made all for Olivia Tubb on Polytrack early in the year and offered some promise for her when back from a break last time (missed the kick) behind Romanovich.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

8

(6)

18th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 6

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Moveonup

9st 0lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Gay Kelleway

Pops up with a good run every now and then but finished well down the field after fluffing the start in Chelmsford classified race a week ago and his overall profile is not appealing.

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 496932 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 55

Form & Verdict

Veteran who's on the downgrade but handicapped accordingly; arguably an unlucky loser last time off 2lb lower and he is a course winner who's fine on any ground, so goes on the shortlist.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

9

(10)

9th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Madrinho

8st 13lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Tony Carroll

Almost two years since he won and is knocking on now but he remains pretty consistent for his age; has won a couple of times round here and, while he'll need luck if dropped in as usual from a wide stall, he remains capable back in headgear.

7/1

7th

6

(10)

4th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 216y

Class 6

16:45 Brighton

Madrinho

9st 6lb

J: Jason Watson

T: Tony Carroll

Getting long in the tooth now and hasn't won for a while but chased home Reel Power in C&D classified race in July and was close second to He's Our Star in that grade over 7f here last month; probably won't be far away.

15/2

2nd

4

(7)

10th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 210y

Class 6

16:30 Brighton

Madrinho

9st 8lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Tony Carroll

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and went second final 110yds, kept on well towards finish

7/1

Form: -01961 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 50

Form & Verdict

Two wins at big prices round Wolverhampton this year, both under aggressive rides, latterly off a 4lb lower mark; fine on this sort of ground and has run well here a few times without winning, so is one to consider back from seven weeks off.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

10

(9)

25th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

20:00 Newcastle (AW)

Dodgy Bob

10st 7lb

J: Miss Katie Garton

T: Michael Mullineaux

Veteran who is a nine-time winner but he's been quiet since his last success at Thirsk (6f, good) in September and was last of 12 at Wolverhampton last time; makes little appeal.

33/1

12th

12

(5)

2nd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 6

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Dodgy Bob

9st 0lb

J: Morgan Cole

T: Michael Mullineaux

Many wins, two of them over 7f on this track last spring but has not been finding life easy back here this winter and low on the list.

25/1

5th

7

(1)

19th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 6

17:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Dodgy Bob

9st 3lb

J: Morgan Cole

T: Michael Mullineaux

Veteran who scored at 25-1 at Thirsk (6f, good) in September but he's generally struggled since and has been beaten 7l here in last two starts; now 1lb lower than for last win but he needs another bolt from the blue.

16/1

20/1

Form: 268-77 D

Last run: 92 days

W: 9st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 49

Form & Verdict

Boasts a very poor strike-rate and his yard has been quiet of late; has gone well fresh, which is a bonus back from three months off, but others appeal more.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

11

(13)

11th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

14:10 Thirsk

Red Bravo

9st 6lb

J: Adam Tracey

T: Adrian Wintle

Looks on the downgrade and dropping to 6f didn't help at Ffos Las 11 days ago; others safer.

25/1

5th

12

(3)

31st Jul 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

18:02 Ffos Las

Red Bravo

9st 0lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Wintle

Poor strike-rate of 2-51 and recent efforts are not overly encouraging, last time finishing behind Diamondsinthesand.

20/1

7th

6

(7)

20th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 16y

Class 6

16:05 Chepstow

Red Bravo

9st 1lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Adrian Wintle

One of three runners for this stable; hinted at a return to form in C&D classified event last time, finishing fifth to Fact Or Fable; poor strike-rate and long losing spell are the negatives.

16/1

9th
10 (4)
Nemorum

16/1

Form: 48777-

Last run: 203 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

Best effort came first time out last year but he's a regressive maiden who's yet to achieve anything significant on turf.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

10

(2)

7th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Nemorum

8st 12lb

J: Harry Davies

T: T J Kent

Had been running with credit prior to making just about all to make it 21st-time lucky over C&D in October; hasn't been able to dominate in the same way twice since and an uncontested lead seems unlikely here too; others preferred.

10/1

10th

8

(12)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 6

17:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nemorum

10st 8lb

J: Mr Lewis Kent

T: T J Kent

Made all for a clearcut win at Chelmsford (7f) and got hassled up front when well held there last week; has stamina queries over this far.

12/1

9th

5

(4)

9th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Nemorum

9st 7lb

J: Harry Davies

T: T J Kent

Made all and comfortably beat Fast Flo in similar event over C&D 12 days ago, opening his account at the 21st attempt; major player up 5lb, provided he remains in similar form.

7/4

10th
9 (9)
Epeius

25/1

Form: 6534-0

Last run: 123 days

W: 9st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

His wins have come over 6f, mainly on Tapeta, and he rarely goes this far now; can go well fresh but he's getting on and been on the downgrade for a while.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

12

(5)

16th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 160y

Class 6

16:35 Bath

Epeius

9st 3lb

J: Taylor Fisher

T: Joe Tickle

Veteran who has shown only occasional glimpses of retaining ability this year; others look safer.

16/1

5th

4

(7)

31st Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 10y

Class 6

16:00 Bath

Epeius

9st 9lb

J: Taylor Fisher

T: Joe Tickle

Shaped better when having a troubled run at Chepstow last week but he has something to find on these terms and was never in contention in a similar C&D race in July.

33/1

8th

13

(13)

24th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 16y

Class 6

13:40 Chepstow

Epeius

9st 0lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Joe Tickle

Over three years since the last of his six wins and he has to bounce back from a low-key run at Bath on Saturday; others look much safer.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £194.00
Straight Forecast £219.40
Tricast £357.60
Trifecta £476.00

Selections

The Times:

Lockdown Lass

SPOTLIGHT:

Romanovich

Daily Mail:

Bomb Squad

RP RATINGS:

Madrinho

The Guardian:

Moveonup

Daily Mirror:

Dodgy Bob

WEST COUNTRY:

Romanovich

Telegraph:

Romanovich

The Sun:

Lockdown Lass

The Star:

Lockdown Lass

Daily Record:

Lockdown Lass

D Express:

Bomb Squad

POSTDATA:

Madrinho