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Racehorse Lotto Whitsun Cup Handicap

  • Prize money: £10308
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Racehorse Lotto Whitsun Cup Handicap

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.50
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 22120- BF

Last run: 241 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Unraced at two and last season went well until running no race on good to soft (previous turf runs on good or quicker) on his final appearance; he had followed his taking maiden success with a runner-up finish on handicap debut at Salisbury (1m) and could continue his progress this campaign; has been gelded.

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3rd

1

(1)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

13:50 Sandown

Indemnify

10st 1lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Won a 1m handicap here (good ground) in May on his final start for Roger Varian and has shaped well back here (1m again) on two of his three subsequent starts for current yard; may need to get the breaks from the inside stall but he's one to be interested in from his mark and the drop to 7f shouldn't pose a problem for one who tends to race freely.

5/1

4th

6

(2)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:45 Sandown

Indemnify

9st 8lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Below par at Newmarket last time but the hood adopted that day is now left off, and he'd previously run two good races in a row over this C&D, with a win and a good fifth of 15 (the latter on stable debut); not ruled out.

11/1

6th

5

(10)

22nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket (July)

Indemnify

9st 9lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Unexposed 4yo who won twice for Roger Varian, the latest on his Sandown reappearance (1m, good; first start since being gelded) in May; not beaten far into fifth of 15 on stable debut over the same C&D (good to firm) a fortnight ago, but needs to find a bit more from the same mark; hood given a go; yard also runs Maysong.

8/1

10/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 910-03 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Seems ideally suited by slow or good ground and unraced on anything faster; bounced back from his no-show in the Lincoln with a credible third at Ascot when hot on the heels of Yaanaas; lacks that rival's same scope for improvement but entitled to be in the thick of it.

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8th

2

(8)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Helm Rock

9st 6lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Has recorded RPRs of 103, 105 and 104 in his last three AW starts, one of them a C&D win; should be sharper for last month's promising third at Chelmsford; one to take seriously.

7/1

3rd

2

(4)

14th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Helm Rock

9st 5lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

midfield

9/1

11th

10

(13)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Helm Rock

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Two good AW wins in August and September but turf mark has risen in tandem and he made no impact back on grass at Haydock (1m, heavy) 21 days ago; up against it.

25/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 7/49-4 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Progressed well as a 3yo but was only seen only twice last year, both times on AW in the autumn (first run was better than the second); unlikely that soft ground helped when a well-held fourth on his Leicester return (1m) but he's burdened with top weight and improvers are lurking.

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17th

4

(11)

16th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:55 Newmarket

Aerion Power

9st 6lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Beaten on last ten starts going back to 2021, at single-figure odds on eight of them; however, he ran well on his final three starts last season and returns to action having been gelded; can go well fresh; not ruled out.

6/1

3rd

2

(2)

8th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Aerion Power

9st 7lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Has not seen much action in the last two years but he's well treated on his old form and was a good fourth at 40-1 in the Royal Hunt Cup here (good) last time; on same mark back from a short break and he's an interesting contender with Ryan Moore booked.

11/4

4th

26

(21)

21st Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Aerion Power

8st 11lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Sir Michael Stoute

Progressive sort in 2020 and 2021, showing useful form on occasions; record since returning from 14-month absence last autumn isn't so compelling; not disgraced in Class 3 event at Sandown most recently but now returns to a much stronger level.

33/1

7/2

Form: 112 D BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Won his two AW novices with something up his sleeve and looked sure to bring up the hat-trick on his handicap debut at Ascot (1m, good) until the winner (who challenged away from him) went into overdrive late on; didn't make his debut until March and this well-bred 4yo could have a lot more ability in him.

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4th

4

(3)

25th May 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

20:12 Sandown

Yaanaas

9st 7lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Roger Varian

Won his two AW novices with something up his sleeve and looked sure to bring up the hat-trick on his handicap debut at Ascot (1m, good) until the winner (who challenged away from him) went into overdrive late on; didn't make his debut until March and this well-bred 4yo could have a lot more ability in him.

7/2

2nd

4

(3)

3rd May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:30 Ascot

Yaanaas

9st 13lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Roger Varian

Out of sister to triple Group 1 winner Almanzor; unraced until this year but won both AW starts at 1m and looked to have plenty of scope when seeing off two unbeaten rivals at Kempton last month; this stiff test can suit; fascinating contender on turf/handicap debut; yard won this in 2018.

15/8

1st

2

(2)

12th Apr 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Yaanaas

9st 11lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Roger Varian

in touch with leaders

9/4

OUR TIP

11/1

Form: 054-52 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Often front-runs, as was the case when finding only one too good at Newmarket (1m, good) three weeks ago; an in-and-out profile casts doubts about him repeating that form which might not be good enough here anyway.

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8th

4

(3)

4th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Azano

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: David O’Meara

dwelt start, towards rear, ridden and no response over 1f out, soon weakened

9/1

9th

2

(1)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Redcar

Azano

9st 2lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Front-runner who got loose on the lead and just managed to hold on in a 7f handicap at Sandown (good) three weeks ago; likely to try something similar here and he did win this race two years ago (unplaced last year).

10/1

1st

4

(6)

15th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Sandown

Azano

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Front-runner who is 3lb below the mark he last defied in July of last year; not looking the horse he was, but this year has hardly been a washout and he could win again sooner or later.

4/1

6th
10 (4)
Dingle

20/1

Form: 5-2313 D BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Not that prolific with just three wins in 21 starts but he's posted his best figures on the AW, the scene for all three of his wins; very pleasing run at Lingfield last time (1m) when never closer than at the finish but there are better options in a race of this nature.

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2nd

6

(4)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 3

14:40 Lingfield (AW)

Dingle

9st 3lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Julie Camacho

In the frame both starts since 1m Newcastle win in January, more recently when keeping-on fourth in Class 2 C&D race four weeks ago; holds no secrets from the handicapper, though, and would appeal more over a stiffer 1m.

6/1

4th

8

(6)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 2

16:57 Lingfield (AW)

Dingle

8st 3lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: Julie Camacho

Course winner; right back near his best this winter, following his Newcastle win in January with a good second behind a heavily backed and unexposed winner back at Newcastle 13 days ago; edging back up the weights but likely to make another bold bid.

7/1

14/1

Form: 2/120- D BF

Last run: 237 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Gelded after three defeats as a 2yo; first (soft) and second (good) in two Newmarket handicaps on his return last autumn before a forgettable final run at Ascot (in first-time cheekpieces); current connections went to £100,000 to recruit him off Godolphin and may yet do better.

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4th

9

(13)

30th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 3y

Class 4

16:25 Yarmouth

Yantarni

9st 3lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

Fair 3yo for Charlie Appleby who regressed last year, coming 15lb down the weights; ran only fairly well on his AW comeback (7f; first-time tongue tie, now removed) and is some way down the pecking order.

10/1

5th

9

(4)

26th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

18:45 Southwell (AW)

Yantarni

8st 12lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

Big chance on his form for Charlie Appleby but found the handicapper in charge for most of last season; returns to action off a reduced mark and with a tongue tie added; one to note for market confidence.

16/1

6th

5

(7)

19th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

18:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Yantarni

9st 11lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Ian Williams

1m turf winner for Charlie Appleby who has run well on a couple of occasions since returning for this yard in May, but last two efforts haven't been among them; down another 2lb but needs to bounce back on Polytrack debut.

12/1

8/1

Form: 11-2 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

All three runs in 1m AW novices; conceding 3lb to Yaanaas when mowed down by that rival at Kempton and that was after six months off, so he's entitled to be sharper; dangerous to discount on turf/handicap debut.

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3rd

1

(7)

22nd Jun 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:50 Chelmsford (AW)

Quantico

9st 9lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Archie Watson

raced in second

13/2

33

(33)

21st Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Quantico

8st 7lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Archie Watson

Third reserve; solid record (form figures 112) at novice level on AW; failed to keep up the good work in Sandown handicap on the switch to turf, coming home last of eight finishers; something to prove.

40/1

8th

6

(10)

25th May 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

20:12 Sandown

Quantico

9st 6lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

All three runs in 1m AW novices; conceding 3lb to Yaanaas when mowed down by that rival at Kempton and that was after six months off, so he's entitled to be sharper; dangerous to discount on turf/handicap debut.

8/1

Form: 073-50

Last run: 90 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Useful 7f handicapper in Britain and seemed to see out the 1m okay when a closing, eyecatching fifth at Meydan on his penultimate run (never dangerous over 7f there the final time); his tendency to start slowly continues to hold him back and this strong a handicap takes no prisoners, but the ability is there to take a hand.

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18th

30

(9)

21st Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Light And Dark

8st 9lb

J: David Probert

T: Saeed bin Suroor

Last win came on AW in 2020; raced just eight times since, proving far from consistent; failed to beat a rival on latest start (wore hood); unappealing contender and yard has a much stronger chance with Ghaly.

50/1

9th

2

(7)

11th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

13:35 Goodwood

Light And Dark

10st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Saeed bin Suroor

slowly away, in rear

7/1

3

(5)

25th May 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

20:12 Sandown

Light And Dark

9st 7lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Saeed bin Suroor

Useful 7f handicapper in Britain and seemed to see out the 1m okay when a closing, eyecatching fifth at Meydan on his penultimate run (never dangerous over 7f there the final time); his tendency to start slowly continues to hold him back and this strong a handicap takes no prisoners, but the ability is there to take a hand.

10/1

Form: 2/13-1 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 4yo who has won two of his four starts and he asserted nicely in the finish when returning from 11 months off for his handicap debut at Kempton (1m, AW; having been gelded); only 7-2 for a hot handicap last week at York only to be withdrawn after breaking out of the stalls; up 6lb but surely has more to give.

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9th

4

(7)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:10 Ascot

Assessment

9st 10lb

J: Laura Coughlan

T: Archie Watson

took keen hold, led at steady pace, headed 2f out, soon weakened

11/2

8th

1

(10)

5th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 3

18:00 Southwell (AW)

Assessment

9st 11lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Lightly raced for Sir Michael Stoute and changed hands for 38,000gns in October; makes his stable debut after another long layoff having not been seen since pulling up at Sandown last May; both wins came when fresh, though, so well worth monitoring in the market.

3/1

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Payout
Exacta £547.00
Straight Forecast £483.60
Tricast £3737.10
Trifecta £3240.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Assessment

SPOTLIGHT:

Yaanaas

LAMBOURN:

Helm Rock

Telegraph:

Quantico

TOPSPEED:

Azano

D Express:

Light And Dark

RP RATINGS:

Yaanaas

The Times:

Yaanaas

Daily Mail:

Yaanaas

NEWMARKET:

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Daily Mirror:

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The Sun:

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The Star:

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Daily Record:

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The Guardian:

Helm Rock