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Absolut Vodka Handicap

  • Prize money: £5234
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Absolut Vodka Handicap

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 463-31 CD

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Won from the front over C&D (good) a fortnight ago on his second start since leaving Sir Michael Stoute; this lightly raced 4yo did it with something to spare and could take a 6lb rise in his stride; strong claims.

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

1st

1

(2)

24th May 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Morning Sun

9st 9lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Keith Dalgleish

Won from the front over C&D (good) a fortnight ago on his second start since leaving Sir Michael Stoute; this lightly raced 4yo did it with something to spare and could take a 6lb rise in his stride; strong claims.

5/2

3

(2)

16th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Wetherby

Morning Sun

9st 10lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Keith Dalgleish

1st

7

(6)

8th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

14:55 Ayr

Morning Sun

9st 3lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Keith Dalgleish

Fair 1m maiden for Sir Michael Stoute in 2022 who subsequently changed hands for 50,000gns; gelded and off eight months before posting an encouraging third of 13 for his new yard in 1m2f Redcar handicap three weeks ago; still has few miles on the clock so he is very much in the mix.

5/1

2/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 760-51

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

100-30 when beating 12 rivals to win at Tipperary (1m1f, good to yielding) last month on his second handicap start; he has an 11lb higher mark today but did it readily last time and this lightly raced Irish-trained 4yo could have plenty more left in the tank, especially over this extra furlong.

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

12th

7

(20)

19th Aug 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

17:10 Curragh

Theophilos

9st 9lb

J: Ben Coen

T: J P Murtagh

Won a Tipperary 1m1f handicap in April and solid efforts in defeat off higher marks since; below his best in a first-time tongue-tie at Ballinrobe last time but has a chance on his best form.

12/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 134-25 CD

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Can be headstrong and he's never won off a mark this high, but he reappeared with a good second at Newcastle and was a respectable fifth of 13 at Haydock last time; this is less competitive and he might not be far away.

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

9th

6

(8)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 4

18:35 Southwell (AW)

Innse Gall

9st 5lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Craig Lidster

Five-time winner when trained by Iain Jardine; attracted some support and ran creditably on his stable debut (C&D) six weeks ago; back to his last winning mark and he's not ruled out.

16/1

7th

2

(10)

11th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 4

14:05 Southwell (AW)

Innse Gall

9st 9lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Craig Lidster

Five turf wins, mostly over longer trips, for Iain Jardine; placed a few times on AW at Newcastle (1m2f) and returns to this sphere off a workable mark; drop back to 1m looks the negative on debut for new yard.

12/1

6th

1

(7)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 56y

Class 4

14:35 York

Innse Gall

9st 13lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Iain Jardine

prominent, led after 1f, headed 2f out, weakened final 110yds

7/1

Form: 5247-0 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Below par on final two runs last season and tailed off on last month's reappearance at Musselburgh; plenty to prove but he's well treated on form as recent as last September and his stable's horses can bounce back to form from out of the blue; not written off.

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

8th

7

(5)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Newmarket

Knightswood

8st 11lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Two 1m4f wins at Ripon last June (good to firm/good) and best form when close second over that same C&D last Saturday (soft); the latter was after 311 days off and puts him on the shortlist off the same mark today.

4/1

2nd

6

(3)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 10y

Class 2

18:20 Ripon

Knightswood

8st 12lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Charlie Johnston

midfield

4/1

OUR TIP

10/1

Form: 926-08 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Not at his best on either start this season but he didn't run badly at Hamilton ten days ago and is now back at the venue for his last three wins; has the same mark as for last win last July and he's not ruled out.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

6

(5)

28th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

15:30 Newcastle (AW)

Tilsitt

9st 5lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: R Mike Smith

held up in rear

25/1

9th

7

(2)

3rd Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

13:55 Newcastle (AW)

Tilsitt

9st 3lb

J: P J McDonald

T: R Mike Smith

took keen hold, towards rear of midfield, no telling impression

10/1

6th

3

(9)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Ayr

Tilsitt

10st 1lb

J: Owen Lewis

T: R Mike Smith

His last three wins have come here (1m/1m2f, good to firm/good) and he ran pretty well when fourth of eight over C&D last Tuesday (soft; Ayr Poet a short head in front in third); drops back in grade today and could be in the mix if suited by the first-time visor (replacing usual cheekpieces).

9/1

Form: 310-6

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Won Redcar novice (1m, good to soft) last October on second start and didn't enjoy a clear run when an encouraging sixth of 14 on handicap debut at Hamilton (1m1f, good to soft) ten days ago; could have more to offer now back up in trip, if handling conditions (unraced on good/faster); respected.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

7

(8)

31st Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

13:54 Lingfield (AW)

Zarabanda

9st 5lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: David O’Meara

Three handicap wins this season but she's been found wanting in Listed races on her last three starts; significant improvement required to win.

66/1

Form: 82-367

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

His mark continues to fall and it's possible the wind operation will prompt a return to form; however, he failed to progress over hurdles for John McConnell earlier this year and his Flat form for this new yard has been mixed; others are more compelling.

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

1st

1

(4)

25th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 5

16:30 Newcastle (AW)

Bringbackmemories

10st 0lb

J: David Nolan

T: Iain Jardine

midfield, headway 2f out, pushed along and led over 1f out, ridden clear final 110yds, readily

11/4

15/2

Form: 79-444 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Built upon this season's first two runs when keeping on for a close fourth of 14 over 1m1f at Hamilton ten days ago; last August's two wins were over 1m2f/1m4f (including C&D) and she's a possible now back up in trip.

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

9th

6

(4)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Ayr

Sophiesticate

9st 9lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Jim Goldie

Won off this mark at Musselburgh (1m4f, good) in June and good second over this C&D (good) in August; has also run well on soft this term; however, she's finished down the field the last twice; has to get back on track.

16/1

5th

6

(4)

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 68y

Class 3

15:40 Hamilton

Sophiesticate

8st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Jim Goldie

Resumed winning ways at Musselburgh (1m4f) in June and largely in good form since until beating only one at Ayr (1m2f) 11 days ago; this drop to 1m isn't certain to suit and she's 3lb out of the handicap too.

20/1

6th

4

(6)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Ayr

Sophiesticate

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

All wins in Scottish races on good ground (placed on soft once); ran creditably (2l second) in first-time hood over C&D most recently and again may not be far away; headgear retained.

13/2

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Payout
Exacta £107.00
Straight Forecast £88.80
Tricast £275.80
Trifecta £317.00

Selections

The Times:

Morning Sun

SPOTLIGHT:

Theophilos

POSTDATA:

Sophiesticate

RP RATINGS:

Knightswood

D Express:

Innse Gall

Telegraph:

Morning Sun

Daily Mail:

Morning Sun

The Star:

Morning Sun

Daily Mirror:

Theophilos

Daily Record:

Theophilos

TOPSPEED:

Knightswood

The Guardian:

Sophiesticate

The Sun:

Sophiesticate