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Good To Firm

Hope Against Cancer Apprentice Handicap

  • Prize money: £3663.8
  • 1m 3f 179y
  • Class 6
  • 11 runners
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Hope Against Cancer Apprentice Handicap

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 17508- CD

Last run: 167 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict

Has record of 1-19 but his win came off this mark over C&D (good to firm) last July; struggled on AW in final two runs last year and now returns after 167 days off but he needs watching in market back at this track.

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8th

3

(10)

18th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 6

13:50 Thirsk

Blazer Two

9st 9lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Lucinda Russell

Has won two handicaps from eight runs on turf, both over 1m4f on good to firm; creditable efforts on both starts since changing yards, last time finishing a promising third at Hamilton (1m4f, soft); chance.

7/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 211558 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict

Won two in a row on Tapeta (1m4f/1m3f) in February but he's been well held in last three runs including when switched back to turf at Catterick (1m4f, good) two weeks ago; has quite a bit to prove again and his last Flat turf win was in 2020.

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3rd

2

(1)

30th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 6

21:00 Nottingham

Sicario

9st 6lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Michael Appleby

Two wins over shorter on Tapeta in February; less good on her next three starts but he returned to form when second at Leicester yesterday; tongue-tie now added; can't ignore in a weak race.

5/2

2nd

4

(9)

29th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 179y

Class 6

14:30 Leicester

Sicario

9st 6lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Michael Appleby

Won two in a row on Tapeta (1m4f/1m3f) in February but he's been well held in last three runs including when switched back to turf at Catterick (1m4f, good) two weeks ago; has quite a bit to prove again and his last Flat turf win was in 2020.

12/1

8th

4

(11)

15th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 6

16:50 Catterick

Sicario

9st 7lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Michael Appleby

Exposed 8yo who has been kept to AW by current trainer, winning twice (1m3f/1m4f); despite high mileage, he's not had many races on softish ground.

10/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 813-06 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 53

Form & Verdict

4yo who won at Thirsk (1m6f, good) and Ripon (1m4f, good to firm) last summer; only 2lb higher than for his last success but he's been laboured in his two runs this season and needs to get back near best.

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5th

5

(1)

9th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 4

18:00 Southwell (AW)

Marbuzet

8st 12lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Tim Easterby

Consistent at up to 16.5f on turf between May and September last year (record 322233112); makes his AW debut in first-time cheekpieces after 199 days off, but including his racecourse debut he doesn't have a great record fresh.

13/2

2nd

10

(9)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

16:55 York

Marbuzet

8st 13lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

prominent, dropped to midfield after 1f

6/1

Form: 7-4190 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 51

Form & Verdict

Made it 17th-time lucky when scoring at Southwell (1m4f, AW) in February but he's taken two backward steps on Tapeta since; has some questions to answer again and he's been well held in his three previous runs on turf; blinkers removed.

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10th

1

(2)

15th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 6

15:05 Newcastle (AW)

Owens Lad

9st 12lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: David Loughnane

High in the weights with him 6lb above the figure he defied at Carlisle (1m3f) in August and that perhaps a factor in his two subsequent defeats; continues to run well though and unlikely to be far away.

5/1

4th

6

(12)

28th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 6

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Owens Lad

9st 9lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: David Loughnane

In career-best form on turf in recent months, most notably when clearcut winner at Carlisle (1m3f, good to firm) two starts ago; also suited by this surface and must be considered in current mood.

9/2

2nd

1

(7)

1st Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 209y

Class 6

18:50 Ffos Las

Owens Lad

10st 0lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: David Loughnane

Got off the mark at Southwell in February and back in top form on last two starts when second at Leicester (again under Laura Pearson) and winning an amateurs' race at Carlisle, all over 1m3f or 1m4f; has 5lb penalty but the ground may pose the biggest question, as his only run on softer than good was low-level form early in career.

6/1

13/2

Form: 066964

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 48

Form & Verdict

Still a maiden after 14 starts but she's well treated on her best turf form and wasn't beaten far when a staying-on fourth at Southwell (1m4f, AW) three weeks ago; could be dangerous if this sets up for her closing style.

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6th

8

(1)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

16:20 Leicester

Foursome

9st 1lb

J: David Egan

T: Olly Williams

Ended last season in good form, notably when opening account with wide-margin success at Nottingham (1m2f, heavy), but didn't take to hurdling in the meantime and needs to prove she can still cope with a mark this high.

10/1

4th

7

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

15:45 Fakenham

Foursome

10st 10lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Olly Williams

Ordinary strike-rate on the Flat; hasn't been helping herself sufficiently during her qualifying runs but possible her initial mark underestimates her as a result; too soon to write her off in this discipline.

9/1

Form: 494-85

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 52

Form & Verdict

13-race maiden who struggled over hurdles in her last three runs for Amy Murphy and has has been well held back in the Flat (1m2f/1m4f) in two runs for new yard this spring; needs to raise her game.

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0

11

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

Boudica Warrior

10st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Joe Tickle

Maiden who has mostly struggled over hurdles, including in two handicaps for new yard this winter (pulled up at Fakenham 20 days ago).

33/1

Form: 512385

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 57

Form & Verdict

Won at Salisbury (1m2f, good to firm) last summer and she doubled her tally when scoring at Southwell (1m3f, Tapeta) in January; three creditable efforts since then, including when back from a break on soft at Windsor (2l fifth of 13) four weeks ago; should go well again on this return to fast ground and she's in the mix.

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9th

11

(8)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

14:15 Dundalk (AW)

Ciao Adios

9st 0lb

J: Killian Leonard

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Dual winner in Britain is 0-6 at this venue, plenty to find on recent efforts (2lb wrong).

16/1

11th

11

(5)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

Ciao Adios

8st 12lb

J: J M Sheridan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Fair fourth to Spinning Web over C&D two runs back, didn't see out 2m five days later and disappointed back at 1m4f last time; others preferred.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: 5998-2 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 57

Form & Verdict

Clearcut winner of a Bath handicap (11.6f, good) last May and he was a good second over same C&D (soft) on his seasonal return last month; back up 3lb in the weights but he still looks feasibly treated and this return to fast ground should be fine; key player.

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2nd

11

(10)

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 3f 137y

Class 6

16:10 Bath

Bobby Kennedy

9st 6lb

J: George Bass

T: Denis Coakley

1-19, though the win came over C&D in May 2021; second of 14 off this mark here just over a year ago and although not seen in six months, he has shown that he can go well fresh; shortlisted.

6/1

16/1

Form: 854-78

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

Good second off 4lb higher at Bath (11.6f, good to soft) last April but he's not hit the same level since and has been well below form in both runs this season; record now stands at 0-20 and others are more convincing.

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7th

6

(1)

31st Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 6

16:35 Bath

Urban Forest

9st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: Ed de Giles

Went close to getting off the mark over 1m5f here (good; acts on good to soft) in July; lesser effort upped to 1m6f over C&D next time but wasn't beaten far at Brighton since and worth another go at a staying trip.

5/1

7th

8

(4)

21st Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 198y

Class 6

15:15 Brighton

Urban Forest

9st 2lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: Ed de Giles

took keen hold, midfield

16/1

8th

10

(8)

26th Jul 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 6

16:50 Bath

Urban Forest

8st 12lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Ed de Giles

A maiden after 24 runs but went down fighting when close second to Dirham Emirati here (1m5f, good) a fortnight ago and remains unexposed over this sort of trip; ought to be on the premises again.

4/1

12/1

Form: /069-8

Last run: 146 days

W: 9st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 46

Form & Verdict

Added to his three Flat wins in Ireland when scoring over hurdles in December; respectable second in a selling hurdle at Exeter (2m2f, good) last month and he's not ruled out off a dangerous mark back in this sphere following another hurdle win at Fontwell yesterday.

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13th

4

12th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

16:00 Exeter

Happy Company

11st 13lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: John O’Shea

Capable handicapper at this level but has run moderately on the Flat and over jumps on either side of a three-month absence; others safer.

14/1

6th

1

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

17:05 Fontwell

Happy Company

12st 0lb

J: Ned Fox

T: John O’Shea

Won at Lingfield in December and did so under Ned Fox in five-runner race over this C&D (good to firm) in May; ran poorly in a Flat run last time but that was just one day after his win here and is best forgiven; probably needs to improve on his British hurdles form.

5/1

10th

9

(11)

29th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 179y

Class 6

14:30 Leicester

Happy Company

9st 0lb

J: Rhiain Ingram

T: John O’Shea

Added to his three Flat wins in Ireland when scoring over hurdles in December; respectable second in a selling hurdle at Exeter (2m2f, good) last month and he's not ruled out off a dangerous mark back in this sphere following another hurdle win at Fontwell yesterday.

12/1

Form: 3770-0

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

Big prices and has been beaten 13l or more in all of her five runs, including two 1m2f handicaps; can only be watched until she shows some positive signs.

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8th

11

(4)

26th Jul 2023

Good

1m 3f 137y

Class 6

17:55 Bath

Topofthetrifle

8st 9lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Richenda Ford

Yet to show any worthwhile form after seven runs; can't be recommended.

100/1

10th

11

(11)

12th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 11y

Class 6

18:10 Bath

Topofthetrifle

9st 0lb

J: Elisha Whittington

T: Richenda Ford

in rear

50/1

11th

11

(1)

29th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 179y

Class 6

14:30 Leicester

Topofthetrifle

9st 0lb

J: Millie Wonnacott

T: Richenda Ford

Big prices and has been beaten 13l or more in all of her five runs, including two 1m2f handicaps; can only be watched until she shows some positive signs.

66/1

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Payout
Exacta £541.00
Straight Forecast £784.70
Tricast £4825.40
Trifecta £5669.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Bobby Kennedy

THE NORTH:

Marbuzet

RP RATINGS:

Foursome

The Sun:

Ciao Adios

NEWMARKET:

Boudica Warrior

The Times:

Blazer Two

Daily Mail:

Marbuzet

D Express:

Marbuzet

POSTDATA:

Bobby Kennedy

Telegraph:

Bobby Kennedy

The Guardian:

Bobby Kennedy

Daily Mirror:

Bobby Kennedy

The Star:

Bobby Kennedy

Daily Record:

Bobby Kennedy