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Churchill Tyres Handicap

  • Prize money: £20616
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 22 runners
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Churchill Tyres Handicap

Runners: 22 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

1st
16 (14)
Bielsa

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £13.00
  • Place: £3.10

Form: 3500-2 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 8st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

He had long threatened to produce something special and everything clicked in the 2021 Ayr Gold Cup, racing alone up the stands' rail and seeing off his 23 rivals in fine style; more miss than hit in 2022 but he has slipped down the weights and his Redcar reappearance five weeks ago was encouraging; has the ability to play a leading role off this sort of mark.

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5th

2

(6)

16th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Newcastle (AW)

Bielsa

9st 2lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

raced in second, hung right over 1f out, lost second 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, eased towards finish

11/4

2nd

2

(10)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle (AW)

Bielsa

9st 5lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Kevin Ryan

Smart handicapper who made a flying start to the season, second at Redcar before seeing off 20 rivals at York's Dante meeting; ran to form in the Wokingham, Stewards' Cup and Ayr Gold Cup before a more subdued effort at York four weeks ago (raced on the favoured far side); third, albeit well beaten, over C&D in Group 3 company in one AW start; shouldn't be far away.

11/2

7th

8

(9)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Bielsa

9st 6lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

re-shod, raced far side, towards rear

14/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 1196-0 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Made giant strides last summer, winning four 6f handicaps, notably when producing a fine front-running effort at Newmarket's July meeting; the handicapper looks to have caught up now though and he'll need to leave his recent reappearance well behind him.

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16/1

  • Place: £6.90

Form: 04-041 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Has some good sprint wins on his CV, notably the 2020 Ayr Silver Cup; game effort at Doncaster 18 days ago (6f, soft) but more will be required up 3lb and on quicker ground.

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1st

3

(17)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

18:40 Doncaster

Magical Spirit

9st 9lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

held up in rear on near side of group, going easily but still plenty to do halfway, smooth headway 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well final 110yds, won going away

10/1

6th

6

(3)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle (AW)

Magical Spirit

8st 13lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Now 4lb lower than when winning at Doncaster in April and 7lb lower than when third behind Bielsa in a big-field sprint at York's Dante meeting; heavy defeats at Ayr and York after an eight-week break but he's a C&D winner and it wouldn't be a bolt from the blue to see him bounce back.

20/1

25/1

  • Place: £5.10

Form: 605230

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

0-12 for current stable but there have been some promising runs along the way, notably when tanking through a 7f handicap at Newmarket's Craven meeting before running into bit of trouble and unable to sustain his effort quite so well as the first two home; that form was well advertised in the Victoria Cup and although he failed to fire in a 6f handicap on 2,000 Guineas day, the rain-softened ground makes the run easy enough to forgive; appeals as the type to win a big sprint this year and he's a key player.

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6th

5

(11)

10th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 16y

Class 2

20:30 Chepstow

Spirit Of Light

9st 1lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Ian Williams

Yet to win in Britain and comes here after finishing well down the field in three valuable, big-field handicaps at Ascot this summer (6f-7f); on a good mark now but needs a good boost from the first-time visor.

20/1

0

11

(16)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

Spirit Of Light

9st 3lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Ian Williams

Capable of useful form but came up well short in two handicaps at Royal Ascot (7f/6f) last month, taking record for current yard to 0-15; opposed in another hot contest.

50/1

18th

11

(1)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Spirit Of Light

9st 2lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Ian Williams

Both wins in UAE but he ran to a useful level over 7f at Newmarket in April and did well to get as close as he did when a hampered fourth to Bielsa at York in May (6f, good); raced in the disadvantaged group when well adrift here on Thursday; still one to be interested in.

33/1

14/1

Form: 7561-8 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Better known for his exploits at 5f but he made Dakota Gold work hard when second in this race 12 months ago; 2lb better off with that rival today but he'll need to leave his low-key reappearance (lost a shoe) well behind him to win.

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4th

1

(14)

16th Apr 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:50 Newmarket

Makanah

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Versatile ground-wise; thoroughly exposed and failed to get his head in front last season, though wasn't far away in 5f/6f handicaps at Newcastle and York (twice); not impossibly treated by any means, has won first time back in the past and he's 1-1 here.

12/1

6th
11 (8)
Badri

16/1

Form: -11481 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Fully effective over 6f but his three wins this year have come over 5f, latterly when powering home at Beverley four weeks ago (good to soft; drawn wide); 9lb rise against better opposition asks a stiffer question but the latest win was backed up by the clock and he's still improving at the age of six.

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OUR TIP

Form: 0941-3 CD

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

He had slipped in the weights prior to his win in this race 12 months ago (good; drawn 21 of 22), digging deep to defy a 6lb lower mark; looked rusty when third over 5f (soft) on his reappearance five weeks ago (pulled hard under restraint) but it was still an encouraging effort and his yard are in fine form now; needs serious consideration.

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7th
8 (20)
Mr Wagyu

20/1

Form: 505-08 CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Two-time C&D winner who was better than ever last year, notably when seeing off his 16 rivals at the Curragh in July; slipping back to a good mark and should step forward from his first two runs of the year; others hold more persuasive claims all the same.

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25/1

Form: 438-88 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Progressing year by year and some of last season's efforts strongly suggest he can cope with this sort of mark (even from 1lb wrong); both runs this season have been on unsuitably soft ground and he's dropped 5lb as a result; much better can be expected this time but stall 1 might leave him a bit isolated.

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No Results Found

Form: 303-16 D BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Progressive sprinter on good or slower ground; impressed at Doncaster on reappearance (6f, soft; well backed) and not disgraced in a hot race at Newmarket four weeks ago; type to win plenty more races but an inexperienced apprentice takes over today and he would make more appeal on a slower surface.

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11th
19 (15)
Gisburn

20/1

Form: 360-40 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 8st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Winless since his 2yo days but is on a workable mark and, after running nicely in a big field at Doncaster (soft; behind Aleezdancer) on reappearance, something was presumably amiss when never involved at Newbury latest; this race looks too competitive for him though.

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12th
7 (19)
 | Uniform

7/1

Form: 13108- D

Last run: 228 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

The winner of two of his first three starts in sprint handicaps and sent off favourite for last season's Ayr Gold Cup on the back of his Haydock win two weeks earlier (6f, good to firm); couldn't cope with the demands of that race and also well held in Listed race at Redcar when last seen in October (7f, good to soft); could still make the transition into a top sprint handicapper and his powerful yard have stacks of winners at this track.

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No Results Found

Form: 204-09 CD

Last run: 67 days

W: 8st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Has some smart sprint form to his name down the years, including over C&D; missed last summer and he hasn't found his best form since returning to action in November; his last turf run in Britain saw him finish second in the 2021 Ayr Silver Cup off a 5lb higher mark, so he's on a dangerous mark if tuned up for this; lively outsider.

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9

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Ayr

Soldiers Minute

9st 10lb

T: Richard Fahey

6th

6

(3)

1st Jul 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

12:20 Newcastle (AW)

Soldiers Minute

9st 9lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Keith Dalgleish

He boasts a high level of form on AW, running to an RPR of 105 or more in ten of his 20 AW starts; has left the impression most of his ability is intact on turf this summer and although he has a higher mark in this sphere, he's still a contender of some interest.

8/1

4th

4

(9)

17th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:25 York

Soldiers Minute

10st 2lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Keith Dalgleish

Has not won on turf since 2019 (last three wins have been on AW); never seriously involved when fourth of eight over 6f at Hamilton (good to firm) nine days ago and again opposed for win purposes.

10/1

Form: 1-4670 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Fine servant whose career got back on the up when winning over C&D at the Ebor meeting last summer; added the Ayr Gold Cup to his haul one month later before a fine second in an Ascot Group 3; hasn't really had the rub of the green this year but he's edging back down the weights and has the ability to feature.

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No Results Found

Form: 363-49 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Back to sprint trips last summer and looked destined for big things when winning at Haydock one year ago (6f, good); things didn't quite go to script afterwards but he twice ran well in hot handicaps over C&D; encouraging seasonal return at Kempton and his finishing effort was blunted on testing ground at Newmarket 11 days ago; 2lb lower today and should have a big run in him.

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2nd

6

(7)

31st Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Silver Samurai

9st 0lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Marco Botti

Talented handicapper who took full advantage of a drop in grade when winning the Grey Horse Handicap at Newmarket last August (6f, good); not quite so good since but he's yet to run a poor race at this track.

13/2

10/1

Form: 1355-4 CD

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Impressed in a big-field C&D handicap in his 3yo season; won just one of his 12 subsequent starts but he remains capable of smart form and returning to 6f, especially in what should be a well-run race, can prompt a better showing; he does look a shade high in the weights though.

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5th

10

(5)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

First Folio

8st 13lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

prominent

16/1

7th

1

(2)

7th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 3

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

First Folio

10st 0lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Ferguson

Suggested a return to form when third of 12 at Thirsk (6f, good) early last month and soft ground an excuse for a lesser effort at Yarmouth (6f) last time; 5lb below his last winning mark, but this still looks a tough ask.

10/1

16/1

Form: 76000- CD

Last run: 214 days

W: 8st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

His losing run stretches back to October 2020 but he has four course wins on his CV and ran a cracker here on his return to action last May; 8lb lower this time around and he can't be discounted for a stable who won this race in 2015 and 2017.

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1st

8

(9)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

18:35 Thirsk

Gulliver

9st 6lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

in rear

4/1

3rd

2

(5)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 5

17:23 Southwell (AW)

Gulliver

9st 11lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Veteran who ended a long losing run with a comfortable C&D win in a Racing League handicap in September; that came off a 5lb higher mark and he's run well enough on occasions since to think he retains a good chunk of ability; he'll need a good pace to aim at but he's a danger to all dropping into a Class 5 handicap for the first time.

13/2

33/1

Form: 9554-7 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Multiple winner at up to 7.5f for previous connections; type that Jim Goldie will find the key to at some point but this 5yo needs to step up markedly on last month's stable debut.

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12/1

Form: 21458- CD

Last run: 186 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Kept on well to win over C&D in September and he followed that with a good fourth in the Ayr Gold Cup; not quite at that level twice afterwards and he'll need to be cherry ripe to win this after a six-month absence.

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19th

2

(15)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Ayr

Lucky Man

9st 12lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Richard Spencer

In full flow in the second half of 2022, a fourth of 24 in the Gold Cup (good; handles good to soft) showing how effective he is in this type of race; soft and heavy ground probably hasn't helped in two of his four turf starts this year but the other two defeats need excuses; even so, too well treated to ignore, 6lb lower than last September.

25/1

20th
20 (11)
Gis A Sub

10/1

Form: 9007-8 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 8st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in the 2021 Gimcrack over C&D; found it hard work as a 3yo but he's more realistically treated now and shouldn't be judged too harshly on his reappearance at Newmarket 11 days ago when he showed good speed before tiring in testing ground; should last longer on today's quicker surface.

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9th

10

(11)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:15 Ripon

Gis A Sub

8st 13lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Paul Midgley

ducked right start, midfield

25/1

33/1

Form: 2096-9 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Conditions shouldn't have been an issue at Redcar on his stable debut last month yet he was never in the hunt; dropped 3lb but others bring more persuasive claims.

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4

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Ayr

Just Frank

9st 11lb

T: Tim Easterby

21th

18

(10)

17th May 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Just Frank

8st 7lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Conditions shouldn't have been an issue at Redcar on his stable debut last month yet he was never in the hunt; dropped 3lb but others bring more persuasive claims.

33/1

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Straight Forecast £1349.30
Tricast £46713.00
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Selections

RP RATINGS:

Gis A Sub

The Guardian:

Lucky Man

THE NORTH:

Dakota Gold

TOPSPEED:

Fools Rush In

Telegraph:

Badri

SPOTLIGHT:

Spirit Of Light

POSTDATA:

Magical Spirit

The Star:

Summerghand

D Express:

Makanah

The Times:

Gis A Sub

The Sun:

Gis A Sub

Daily Mail:

Lucky Man

Daily Mirror:

Lucky Man

Daily Record:

Dakota Gold