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Whitley Neill Handicap

  • Prize money: £5234
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Whitley Neill Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

5/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 870-28 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Only eighth at Beverley last time, failing to back up his Ripon reappearance effort (close second); still well treated (11lb below last winning mark) and has possibilities if bouncing back.

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7th

3

(1)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:57 Ripon

Hortzadar

9st 9lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: David O’Meara

Three-time C&D winner, including on soft; won a Newcastle handicap in November off 1lb higher; beaten 12l in the Spring Mile on last month's return to turf but he ran into some dead ends and was keeping on at the finish; this is weaker and he's one to consider with a good apprentice booked.

7/1

8th

12

(10)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Hortzadar

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Good third in the 2021 Lincoln but no longer retains that level of ability; last two wins (turf/AW) came in Class 5, and recent efforts also don't suggest he's about to land a Spring Mile; opposed.

25/1

8th

5

(6)

8th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

Hortzadar

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Hold-up performer who's never been the most consistent and isn't as good as he was; won over C&D off this mark four months ago, though, and remains capable when things fall his way.

12/1

10/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 40-089 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Productive last spring/summer, winning four times on good/firmer (including twice at Ayr); yet to have ideal conditions this term, though still hinted at a return to form (shaped better than bare result) in higher grade at Hamilton ten days ago; interesting back here.

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7th

7

(13)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

17:35 York

Yaaser

9st 9lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

dwelt start, towards rear, some headway 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, never on terms

8/1

4th

18

(6)

6th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Yaaser

8st 2lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Best effort this year when swooping late to win a Racing League event at Southwell (7f, AW) three weeks ago; does not look overburdened with a 5lb rise and Amie Waugh's claim helps offset that anyway; yet to show his form at 6f but this stiff track should suit and he's capable of another big run.

12/1

8/1

Form: 0189-4 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Respectable fourth in big field at Pontefract on seasonal debut; could be set for another decent showing off same mark; last two wins (including C&D) came off just 1lb lower.

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11th

3

(8)

20th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

Ventura Rascal

9st 10lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

Multiple turf winner; not scored for over a year and form patchy since last win; drop in trip at this track shouldn't inconvenience and claims on pick of turf form now returned to AW.

8/1

5th

3

(2)

3rd Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:42 Ayr

Ventura Rascal

9st 12lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Kevin Ryan

took keen hold, led, headed 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out

3/1

Form: 473251 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Justified favouritism in four-runner contest over C&D (good to firm) three weeks ago on first turf outing in 2023; returns to a deeper field but he's only 2lb higher and could well remain competitive.

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3rd

9

(13)

28th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:30 Wetherby

Star Shield

9st 8lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Acts on any going; has made the frame in most outings (AW/turf) this year, one place behind Harswell Duke at Pontefract latest; defied a 4lb higher mark over C&D last June; one to consider.

10/1

4th

8

(4)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Star Shield

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Record of 10-75 and surprisingly has never raced here; running well in 1m AW handicaps before having no excuses when only fifth back at Newcastle 20 days ago; has won on soft but tends to steer clear of it these days.

6/1

Form: 4364-7

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

0-7 for current stable; made the frame twice, albeit in lower grades, over C&D last autumn; seemed to need reappearance run; chance depends on how well he takes to new headgear.

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10th

5

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

13:40 Sedgefield

Golden Valour

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: R Mike Smith

raced wide, in touch with leaders

50/1

10th

1

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

11:50 Ayr

Golden Valour

11st 2lb

J: William Shanahan

T: R Mike Smith

Modest on the Flat nowadays and pulled up at 125-1 on last month's hurdle debut at Musselburgh; hard to fancy, even with visor back on.

100/1

Form: 514130 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Campaigned mostly on AW, winning three times; form dipped markedly at Musselburgh (good to soft) last month on the return to turf; however, may do better on this forecast faster surface.

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7th

6

(8)

2nd May 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:25 Chelmsford (AW)

Wadacre Grace

9st 7lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Charlie Johnston

prominent

5/1

2nd

2

(2)

15th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Wadacre Grace

10st 3lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Tough and consistent mare who often makes the running, but she doesn't have to lead; second of 14 off this mark at Southwell (1m, Tapeta) six days ago was another fine effort and no problem with the return here (record over C&D reads 3114); major player.

4/1

2nd

2

(5)

9th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 5

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Wadacre Grace

9st 10lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie Johnston

Handy sort who has proved most consistent since the autumn, including three wins at around 1m on Polytrack; handles Tapeta as well and seems likely to give her running once again.

8/1

8/1

Form: 441174

Last run: 43 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Irish filly who has raced mainly on AW at Dundalk, winning twice over 7f; finished well for fourth over 6f most recently; in decent form but has something to prove back on turf and at 1m.

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6th

3

(17)

12th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

18:10 Dundalk (AW)

Circles

10st 1lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: Anthony McCann

Three AW wins were over this trip but was below her best over this trip at Wolverhampton last time and has to bounce back.

9/1

4th

3

(2)

4th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 5

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Circles

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Anthony McCann

dwelt start, took keen hold, held up in rear

3/1

Form: 316-14 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Clearcut success at Musselburgh (1m, good to soft) switched back to the Flat from hurdling; disappointing over C&D (race won by Star Shield) since but has a respectable record here otherwise; may bounce back.

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1

(9)

21st Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 2y

Class 5

16:45 Musselburgh

Flylikeaneagle

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Lucinda Russell

Won well off a similar mark over C&D (good to soft) last April; inconsistent since but the return to this scenario and drop back to 0-70 level may have positive effect; respected.

16/1

9th

5

(6)

13th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Flylikeaneagle

9st 6lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Lucinda Russell

Near miss over C&D in December off 1lb higher; well beaten twice since, although he had an excuse last time having gone off too fast in a 1m2f amateur event here 11 days ago; can do better today.

25/1

6th

2

(6)

2nd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

16:05 Newcastle (AW)

Flylikeaneagle

11st 2lb

J: Miss Margot Scudamore

T: Lucinda Russell

None too consistent and followed close second over 7f here in December with a disappointing effort (pulled hard) over 1m; others appeal more.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £276.00
Straight Forecast £317.20
Tricast £718.50
Trifecta £1361.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Yaaser

POSTDATA:

Flylikeaneagle

The Guardian:

Circles

TOPSPEED:

Ventura Rascal

The Times:

Hortzadar

RP RATINGS:

Yaaser

THE NORTH:

Yaaser

Daily Mail:

Yaaser

D Express:

Flylikeaneagle