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Book Unite Scotland Summer Raceday Handicap

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  • 0m 7f 50y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Book Unite Scotland Summer Raceday Handicap

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

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10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 66649- CD

Last run: 225 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Won C&D maiden last April then followed up in AW handicap; even better form when narrowly denied at York (7f, good) by subsequent Sandringham winner at Royal Ascot; had quiet end to season but is on a 2lb lower mark than at York so a case can be made.

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

16th

5

(15)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:20 York

Espressoo

9st 8lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Has made the running for two of her three 7f wins, the latest at Ayr in May (good; off 5lb lower); has since run well in 1m Listed event but her effort was short-lived back in a handicap at Goodwood 23 days ago (1m, good to soft); no easier task today.

25/1

13th

3

(4)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:05 Goodwood

Espressoo

9st 11lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

led

10/1

2nd

3

(6)

11th Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 6y

Class 1

15:20 Pontefract

Espressoo

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Made all in handicap at Ayr (7f, good) in May on reappearance but soundly beaten fifth in Listed race at Musselburgh (7f, good to firm); unproven at 1m and best form is on good/faster; limitations may be exposed once more.

12/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 5113-4 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Took advantage of favourable handicapping when winning twice over 7f at Musselburgh in August (good); current mark is probably at the upper end of his weights range but he tends to come to hand early and should come on for a recent Musselburgh run.

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

8th

2

(10)

24th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 5

16:50 Catterick

Manigordo

9st 9lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: Adrian Nicholls

A fair 7f winner at his best but he has yet to fire in two 6f Newcastle handicaps this term so needs to take a big step forward.

25/1

11th

5

(7)

3rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Manigordo

9st 7lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: Adrian Nicholls

dwelt start, midfield, outpaced over 2f out, weakened quickly from 1f out

14/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 762-03

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Both wins for Charles Hills came over 6f but effective at 7f and he stepped up plenty on a low-key debut for this yard when involved in a tight finish at Musselburgh last week; can be thereabouts again.

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

11th

9

(13)

8th May 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Touchwood

9st 3lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Any number of short-priced defeats to go with his three wins; goes well here and made a fair comeback on Tapeta four weeks ago, but he's gone well fresh more than once, is 6lb above his last successful mark and drawn wide.

12/1

5th

11

(4)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

16:15 Southwell (AW)

Touchwood

8st 13lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Can go well fresh, so five-month absence not a major issue, and stable going well, but still 7lb higher than when winning at Lingfield (7f, Polytrack) last October and may just find this level a bit warm for him now.

12/1

Form: 782-41 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Front-running winner of three of his last six 7f starts (good/good to firm) and quite impressive with the way he injected pace at a crucial stage over C&D last time out; on career-high mark in a higher grade but can give it a good shot again.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

(3)

3rd Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:07 Ayr

Judgment Call

9st 12lb

J: David Allan

T: Linda Perratt

Two-time course winner but over shorter and this is a belated first run over 6f; soft ground is a further cause for concern.

12/1

Form: 526-25 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Winning debut on AW; useful 7f handicap form on Tapeta in April and perhaps failed to handle soft ground when only fifth on turf debut at Doncaster this month; plenty of time for him to do better.

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

6th

4

(1)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

17:25 Southwell (AW)

How Impressive

9st 8lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Hugo Palmer

In fine form this year with three wins, the latest over C&D last month; however, a rise in the weights seems to have anchored him in both outings since and the inside stall can be tricky over this trip.

7/1

3rd

4

(6)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

16:15 Southwell (AW)

How Impressive

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Hugo Palmer

Handy sort who wasn't at his best in the AW Vase Sprint at Lingfield (6f, Polytrack) 13 days ago (hung right off the home bend), but had won three of his four starts prior to that including over C&D last month; still 5lb higher than for that success, but still much respected back here.

7/2

Form: 4-2640 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Downbeat in the Victoria Cup at Ascot even allowing for the race being so competitive; on handy mark, though, and had previously shown more life at Newmarket (7f, good) so ought to have a good run in him down in grade.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

4

(13)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:50 Newmarket

Darkness

9st 10lb

J: Sean Levey

T: David O’Meara

1-22 for this yard (last two seasons) with the win on the Newmarket July course last summer; 3lb lower today and well treated on form as recent as end of September; needs to bounce back from a last of 12 on reappearance three weeks ago but that was his AW debut; needs a second look.

16/1

12th

2

(5)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

11:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Darkness

9st 9lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

This a belated first attempt on AW (31st start) but he was runner-up on last year's reappearance and returns from 1lb below the mark he defied at Newmarket (1m) last summer; also handily drawn so there are reasons to be positive.

14/1

Form: 44-262 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Won over 7f in 2019 but five subsequent wins have come in sprints and the usual scenario at this trip these days is that others are stronger finishers.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

5

(8)

5th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 68y

Class 5

16:23 Hamilton

Black Friday

9st 2lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: R Mike Smith

Hold-up performer who hails from an in-form stable; these conditions suit and was a creditable fourth at Musselburgh on reappearance (1m, good to soft, lost a hind shoe); a possible but has never run to his best here.

13/2

4th

7

(7)

21st Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 2y

Class 5

16:45 Musselburgh

Black Friday

9st 8lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: R Mike Smith

All wins at up to 7f but has bits of 1m form; the 9yo has an unimpressive strike-rate since 2021 and, back from a layoff, does not look the percentage call.

12/1

9/2

Form: 4512-3 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 8st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Usually kept to sprint trips but won over C&D in September in only his fourth attempt at 7f and there was no sign of weakening when coming from off the pace to finish third to Judgment Call over C&D on reappearance; has 4lb turnaround and may have more to come at the trip.

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

6th

6

(3)

29th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 50y

Class 5

15:50 Ayr

Classy Al

9st 3lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Raced exclusively over C&D last season, making the frame on four of his six appearances; recovered from slow start and coped surprisingly well with drop to 5f when third on recent reappearance outing; still on a workable mark; likely contender again.

4/1

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Selections

TOPSPEED:

Classy Al

RP RATINGS:

Judgment Call

The Guardian:

Manigordo

D Express:

Touchwood

SPOTLIGHT:

Darkness

The Sun:

Black Friday

POSTDATA:

Classy Al

The Times:

Classy Al

Telegraph:

Classy Al

Daily Mail:

Classy Al

Daily Mirror:

Judgment Call

Daily Record:

Judgment Call

The Star:

Manigordo