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15:45 Epsom

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  • Prize money: £50960
  • 1m 2f 17y
  • Class 2
  • 11 runners
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Betfred Handicap

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

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14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £14.00
  • Place: £3.50

Form: 2234-0 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won a Group 2 in 2020, Group 3 in 2021 and Listed race last year; showed plenty for two new yards afterwards last term, including when second in 1m2f Listed race on good to firm at Royal Ascot, but he was well beaten on handicap debut at Newmarket (1m1f) four weeks ago after a gelding operation; blinkered once (for his 2022 win, did it well) and now tries cheekpieces.

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

8th

1

(13)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

14:50 Goodwood

Cadillac

9st 12lb

J: Christian Howarth

T: Alice Haynes

slowly into stride, towards rear

20/1

15th

6

(4)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Cadillac

9st 5lb

J: James McDonald

T: George Boughey

Second in this last year; back to best when producing a really smart handicap performance to defy a big weight at the recent Epsom Derby meeting (1m2f, good to firm); cheekpieces worn on that occasion are retained; not long in the excellent George Boughey yard and should make a bold bid to go one place better than 12 months ago.

9/1

11/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 61-494

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Stayed on well to win the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket (1m1f, good) last September; failed to fire on second start this term but bounced straight back when close fourth to Marhaba The Champ at York (good to firm) two weeks ago, coming from the back to show he stays 1m2f; in the mix again.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

14

(5)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:20 Newmarket

Majestic

8st 11lb

J: David Probert

T: Jack Channon

Finest hour when winning the C&D Cambridgeshire here (good) in September 2022; 0-8 last season but at least four were solid efforts, including a close fourth in the Cambridgeshire, and he too was involved in the blanket finish to the race won by Hafeet Alain here 18 days ago; another with serious each-way claims.

9/1

40/1

  • Place: £10.40

Form: 0046-0 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

All three wins have come first time out (2020, 2021 and 2022) over 1m2f at Yarmouth on good to firm, making all in small fields on last two occasions; failed to repeat the feat in a much more demanding Newmarket race on this year's return, when Toshizou was fourth, which was on softer ground but his ninth in this race last year (albeit off 9lb higher than today) suggests this assignment will also prove too hot.

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

6th

11

(2)

10th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:32 Leicester

The Citys Phantom

9st 4lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Richard Spencer

From the front he conceded only late on at Newmarket (1m2f, good to firm) 12 days ago and gets in here off the same mark; his inconsistency is a drawback, however.

10/1

2nd

2

(1)

28th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

17:53 Newmarket

The Citys Phantom

9st 10lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Richard Spencer

Inconsistent and was well beaten at Windsor last month, but prior to that he was a good third at Epsom (1m2f, good to firm) and a repeat of that penultimate form would put him bang there.

8/1

12th

10

(12)

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

20:00 Windsor

The Citys Phantom

8st 7lb

J: Danny Sheehy

T: Richard Spencer

All three wins have come first time out (2020, 2021 and 2022) over 1m2f at Yarmouth on good to firm, making all in small fields on last two occasions; failed to repeat the feat in a much more demanding Newmarket race on this year's return, but third at Epsom on Oaks day was creditable; likely to find this race a bit too competitive.

16/1

4th
10 (7)
Toshizou

8/1

Form: 5-0348

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 10lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Trained previous seasons by Joseph O'Brien; not far away on his second or third starts this term and coming from last to fourth in a good 17-runner race at Newmarket (1m1f, good to soft) on second occasion suggests he's worth another go at this trip, over which he ran creditably once in Ireland; below form latest outing and that was his first run on good to firm.

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No Results Found

Form: 233-74 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Largely progressive 2022 included a close third to Majestic in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket and he was back near that form behind Honiton at that same course two weeks ago; stays 1m2f well; last seen on good to firm last April when beaten a neck (much better form since); competitive mark.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

4

(1)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 2

15:20 Epsom

Dual Identity

9st 3lb

J: Neil Callan

T: William Knight

Inconsistent last season and only sixth in this race, but won in fine style at Sandown (1m2f, good) in September and soft ground was against him at Ascot when last seen; possibilities if returning at top of his game.

11/2

Form: 4218-1 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Well below form on his first and last starts last season, given wind surgery after both of them; surged back better than ever when getting up in the final strides at York (1m2f, good to firm; Majestic close up) two weeks ago and has gone up just 2lb since; tongue tied first time today; after just six races, he may well be open to further improvement.

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9th

1

(2)

28th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Newmarket

Marhaba The Champ

10st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Kevin Ryan

took keen hold, always behind

5/1

11/1

Form: 22-812 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Won here last September (1m4f, heavy) and this April (1m2f, soft), while he also went close over C&D on good ground last September; second off this mark at Goodwood four weeks ago confirmed he's been in career-best form, but there would be more for him to prove if the ground is good to firm.

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

7th

5

(4)

2nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 2

15:45 Epsom

Bad Company

9st 2lb

J: Pat Cosgrave

T: Jim Boyle

Won here last September (1m4f, heavy) and this April (1m2f, soft), while he also went close over C&D on good ground last September; second off this mark at Goodwood four weeks ago confirmed he's been in career-best form, but there would be more for him to prove if the ground is good to firm.

11/1

2nd

2

(7)

6th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

15:05 Goodwood

Bad Company

9st 9lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Jim Boyle

Looked on a tough mark at Epsom last time but he won decisively under a positive ride on soft ground he loves; 5lb higher for this and it's hard to believe everything will pan out quite so favourably once more.

13/2

1st

7

(5)

25th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 17y

Class 2

15:00 Epsom

Bad Company

8st 12lb

J: Pat Cosgrave

T: Jim Boyle

Respectable fourth in this contest last year and was in good form (won/second) back here in September; weighted to the hilt now, however, and his Doncaster reappearance was poor having raced freely.

10/1

25/1

Form: 150-79 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Something seemed amiss at York last August on final 4yo run and, following wind surgery, he's been well beaten on soft ground this season over C&D and at Chester; last season's peak efforts were on good going but he did win on soft in 2021, so the ground this term may not be an excuse; on a good mark if back to his best.

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No Results Found

11/1

Form: 942-69

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Handy mark judged on best efforts, such as last season's fourth here in the Derby (1m4f, good) and his Group 3 fourth at York (1m1f, good to firm); handicap debut at York two weeks ago was a lot better than reappearance but he was nevertheless only ninth of 13 to Marhaba The Champ, so needs to step up markedly again.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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4th

5

(1)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 2f 43y

Class 2

16:10 Doncaster

Masekela

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Thrown in on best form but a long way below it this season, cheekpieces failing to stop the slide at York last time on his first run after wind surgery; impossible to dismiss from a plunging mark but carries obvious risks.

12/1

10th

9

(11)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

17:20 York

Masekela

9st 3lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Capable of useful form at two and three; however, badly out of sorts this season; chance depends on whether the combination of wind surgery and first-time headgear prompts a revival.

25/1

11th
1 (9)
Savvy Victory

7/1

Form: 153-52 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Has hit a new level with his two runs (on AW and soft) this season, both over about 1m2f and latterly when second of nine off 2lb lower at Chester, which boosts hopes that he will handle this track; his last run on good to firm (May 2022) looked good at the time; respected.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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7th

2

(1)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:40 Goodwood

Savvy Victory

9st 7lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: S Woods

slowly into stride

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £768.00
Straight Forecast £515.40
Tricast £19613.90
Trifecta £23034.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Marhaba The Champ

Daily Mirror:

Majestic

The Guardian:

Bad Company

RP RATINGS:

Masekela

The Times:

Dual Identity

D Express:

Toshizou

The Star:

Majestic

TOPSPEED:

Marhaba The Champ

Daily Mail:

Bad Company