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Betfred Lester Piggott Handicap

  • Prize money: £38655
  • 1m 2f 17y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Betfred Lester Piggott Handicap

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

Form: 3-12

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Late foal, bred to be smart; first two starts were on soft ground, 1-4 when winning a three-runner novice race at Nottingham (1m) on reappearance; improved again when second of six in novice at Sandown (1m2f, good to soft) 18 days ago, giving Artistic Star plenty to think about and he's in the Derby; brings potential to this handicap debut.

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3rd

2

(9)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:20 Newmarket

Torito

9st 11lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Has run only five times, most notably on last two occasions when winning a handicap at Epsom on Derby day and fourth of 16 in Group 3 at Royal Ascot (both 1m2f on good to firm); gelded in December; it's been a lengthy layoff but he still looked capable of better (which is needed) when last seen.

7/2

4th

14

(9)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 1f 212y

Class 1

17:35 Ascot

Torito

9st 2lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: John & Thady Gosden

Built upon his slow-ground promise when comfortably landing a 1m2f handicap at Epsom (good to firm) on Derby day under Benoit De La Sayette; one of three for his yard and faces a stiffer assignment but he impressed last time and his illustrious pedigree (half-brother to connections' Group 1 winner Journey, among others) provides optimism that his best days remain ahead of him.

4/1

12/1

Form: RR52-1

Last run: 46 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Refused to race on his first two appearances; hooded on next two outings, notably when second in 1m2f maiden on Lingfield AW, and the first two drew well clear when he improved to win without the headgear in maiden at Southwell (1m, AW) on reappearance in April; return to 1m2f (dam 2m winner) may prompt better still but this is a very strong race.

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4th

4

(2)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 212y

Class 1

15:50 Haydock

Silver Sword

9st 10lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Dylan Cunha

Refused to race on his first two outings but things have improved markedly since, and he ended last season with a fine second in a Newmarket Group 3 (1m1f, soft); however, he could find this trip on the sharp side after seven months off and others have more obvious claims on the ratings.

10/1

Form: 43-2

Last run: 30 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Showed promise and plenty of ability when taking minor honours at Nottingham (1m, soft) and Kempton (7f, AW) last autumn; late foal with a useful pedigree and he was beaten a neck in novice at Salisbury (7f, good to soft) on reappearance, making most and sticking to his task well despite persistently hanging left; open to further improvement, particularly as he's stepped up in trip like his stablemate Promoter.

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1st

4

(3)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newbury

Balance Play

9st 1lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

in touch with leaders, cajoled along 4f out, pushed along 3f out, hung left but headway on near side of group 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon edged left, went clear final 110yds, comfortably

7/2

10th

11

(9)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

13:50 York

Balance Play

9st 3lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Creditable third at Epsom (1m2f, good to firm) on handicap debut, before making all at Chester (1m2f, good to soft) and asserting final 1f at Glorious Goodwood (1m3f, good to soft); 1m4f looks manageable and 7lb rise may be too, given he was comfortably on top for both wins; steadily progressive.

4/1

1st

2

(13)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 3f 44y

Class 3

17:20 Goodwood

Balance Play

9st 8lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

midfield

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: 24-121 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Showed promise on good to firm ground on debut and on good next time; improved form in blinkers this year, including when ridden up with the pace for wins in a novice at Kempton (1m3f, AW) and seven-runner handicap at Ascot (1m2f, soft); hung on narrowly last time but that was after being sent for home entering the straight and, although up 4lb today, he's progressive.

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19

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

13:50 Sandown

Maasai Mara

10st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: John O’Shea

Useful on Flat for the Gosdens; beat a dual subsequent winner in a maiden at Catterick (soft) and appeared to run just as well when penalised at Hereford (good to soft; runner-up); has further races in him and the 4yo allowance comes in handy; not discounted in first-time cheekpieces.

14/1

14/1

Form: 715-5

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Unraced on good or firmer; won 7f Chepstow novice (soft) last September; slowly away all starts and never seriously involved in a Group 3 at Newbury (7f, heavy) in October or handicap at Chester (7.5f, soft) last month; he did make late gains in the latter, however, and has stacks of stamina on the dam's side, so this step up in trip can see him in a much better light.

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11th

8

(5)

14th Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 4

16:45 York

Promoter

9st 5lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

dwelt start and slowly into stride, in rear

13/2

3rd

3

(4)

28th Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

17:53 Newmarket

Promoter

9st 7lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Unable to threaten on last three starts but he's well treated on form as recent as June and perhaps the first-time blinkers will give him a boost.

9/4

5th

3

(4)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 2f 70y

Class 4

16:30 Chester

Promoter

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Ralph Beckett

held up in last

7/1

Form: 644-1 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Improved to win under Harry Davies at Newmarket (1m2f, good; unraced on firmer) 16 days ago on handicap/seasonal debut, leading over 1f out and drawing clear; raised 9lb and will stay further but he probably still retains potential for 1m2f as well and has to be considered seriously.

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4th

4

(5)

25th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 3

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Fox Journey

9st 9lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Sir Michael Stoute

in touch with leaders

2/1

16/1

Form: 71-55

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Won novice at Doncaster (7f, good to firm) last June on second and final 2yo start; outsider but improved form this term when fifth in Listed race at Newmarket and handicap at Newbury (both races 1m2f on good); the latter was in a bunched finish but a very strong race and he's one to consider.

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6th

6

(10)

16th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 3

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Forca Timao

9st 7lb

J: David Probert

T: Richard Hannon

The handicapper has looked on top this winter and although conditions should suit, others appeal as being better treated.

7/1

3rd

5

(5)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 2

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Forca Timao

9st 1lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Richard Hannon

Chased home Storm Catcher at Lingfield in November (1m2f) and he's better off with that rival here but he was put in his place that day and he's since run poorly when well supported back at Lingfield two weeks ago; others appeal more.

9/2

10th

6

(10)

20th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 3

14:00 Lingfield (AW)

Forca Timao

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Richard Hannon

in touch with leaders, outpaced over 2f out, lost position gradually over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

11/1

Form: 54-13

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Won maiden at Wolverhampton (9.4f, AW) in January on third start; raced rather freely up front on handicap debut at Sandown (1m2f, good to soft) 18 days ago but faded to be a well-beaten last of three; much better than that and perhaps needed the run but he has a lot to prove in this hot race.

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6th

8

(8)

9th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

God Of Fire

9st 5lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: Stuart Williams

in touch with leaders but raced wide early, headway to lead after 3f, headed and weakened inside final furlong

9/1

Form: 814-21 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Won a Carlisle novice (1m, good to firm) on the fourth of his five races last term; runner-up at Beverley on reappearance and went one better in clearcut style at Chester last Saturday, both from the front at about 1m2f; raised 5lb and moves into a stronger race but he's on the upgrade.

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3rd

5

(7)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

15:10 Ascot

Perfect Play

8st 8lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Charlie Johnston

One of three runners for this yard; scored over 1m2f at Chester in May and largely consistent otherwise this term, most recently second at Beverley (upped to 1m4f; good) last Saturday; appears likely to go well again.

10/1

2nd

7

(5)

2nd Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 23y

Class 2

14:05 Beverley

Perfect Play

8st 7lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

pressed leader, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, reduced lead final furlong, headed and no extra inside final 110yds

5/1

3rd

5

(3)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:25 Newmarket (July)

Perfect Play

9st 4lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Charlie Johnston

Can make the running; won on good to firm as 2yo; also scored at Chester in May and best form when runner-up at Redcar and Ripon on his last two starts, all over 1m2f on good; has a competitive mark but some of his rivals are less exposed.

5/1

Form: 4-14

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

King Edward VII entry; promise on good ground at Newmarket last October; justified favouritism in maiden at Kempton (1m, AW) in April and improved on that form when fourth of six to Derby candidate San Antonio in Listed race at Chester (10.3f, soft) last month, well held but that's after being badly hampered over 1f out; one of several handicap newcomers to note.

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0

8

(1)

18th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

20:05 Newmarket (July)

Lose Your Wad

8st 11lb

J: William Buick

T: Charles Hills

Won a Kempton maiden (1m, AW) on his reappearance in April but he's been well held in handicaps (1m2f/1m) in his last three runs; still lightly raced and mark is sliding but he needs to step up again to make an impact.

7/1

6th

9

(3)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:50 Newmarket (July)

Lose Your Wad

9st 2lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charles Hills

took keen hold, led overall against near rail

14/1

Form: 433-12

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Had wind surgery prior to winning a Wolverhampton handicap (9.4f, AW) in April, opening his account at the fifth attempt; put in his place by a Beckett-trained favourite at Sandown (1m2f, good to soft) 18 days ago, easily beating God Of Fire but only the three ran; needs to resume improvement.

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2nd

2

1st Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

13:27 Fakenham

Blue Universe

11st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Michael Attwater

Flat winner; consistent in three attempts over hurdles, fourth in Sandown handicap latest; leading form contender dropped in grade.

4/1

4th

6

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 3

13:15 Sandown

Blue Universe

11st 0lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Michael Attwater

Ordinary Flat winner; just under 3l behind Kartoon And Co when highly tried in Huntingdon's Chatteris Fen on hurdling debut and another good run behind respected opposition here since (both on good to soft); bit to find and questionable whether today's testing conditions will see him to the same effect.

33/1

9/1

Form: 33221-

Last run: 201 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Placed on good to firm last May and June; better form when back from a break for two AW handicaps at Wolverhampton in the autumn, firmly in charge in a five-runner race over 9.4f when last seen; will stay 1m2f; reappears in a hot race and needs better again.

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12th

7

(9)

3rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 2

15:55 Epsom

Sol Cayo

8st 12lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Horton

Placed on good to firm last May and June; better form when back from a break for two AW handicaps at Wolverhampton in the autumn, firmly in charge in a five-runner race over 9.4f when last seen; will stay 1m2f; reappears in a hot race and needs better again.

9/1

1st

2

(2)

14th Nov 2022

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 4

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sol Cayo

9st 7lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Horton

Maiden/novice form stacks up well; duly posted a good effort on handicap debut here (upped to an extended 1m) last month, leading from over 1f out until collared by Tabaretta in the final strides; major contender provided he stays this longer distance.

5/2

2nd

2

(1)

20th Oct 2022

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 4

18:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sol Cayo

9st 8lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Horton

took keen hold, prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, hard pressed final 110yds, headed towards finish

9/2

33/1

Form: -68836

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Runner-up on debut on good to firm; 33-1 third of five in the Listed Blue Riband Trial over C&D (soft) in April but that's far and away the best of her five outings this year; wore cheekpieces in the Cheshire Oaks last time; makes handicap debut but even her best form does not look good enough.

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14th

9

(14)

20th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 23y

Class 1

15:45 Yarmouth

Cite dOr

8st 13lb

J: Pierre-Louis Jamin

T: Harry Eustace

Third in a small-field Listed event at Epsom in April; tailed off twice since and easy to have reservations.

40/1

13th

1

(12)

3rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 2

15:55 Epsom

Cite dOr

9st 9lb

J: Pierre-Louis Jamin

T: Harry Eustace

Runner-up on debut on good to firm; 33-1 third of five in the Listed Blue Riband Trial over C&D (soft) in April but that's far and away the best of her five outings this year; wore cheekpieces in the Cheshire Oaks last time; makes handicap debut but even her best form does not look good enough.

33/1

6th

3

(8)

10th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 75y

Class 1

14:40 Chester

Cite dOr

9st 2lb

J: Pierre-Louis Jamin

T: Harry Eustace

Bounced back to form with 33-1 third in Blue Riband Trial at Epsom (1m2f, soft; Listed) two weeks ago; however, she's comparatively exposed (2-10 overall) and others bring greater potential; first-time headgear.

16/1

Form: 6-8315 C BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Ran on good to soft on debut and all turf starts since have been on soft; that poses a question and he needs better than he showed at Newmarket on latest start, but he was a runaway winner of 8.5f Epsom novice the time before; bit to prove on this third attempt at 1m2f but his trainer has won three of the last five runnings of this race.

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8

(13)

3rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 2

15:55 Epsom

Kadovar

8st 12lb

J: William Buick

T: Andrew Balding

Ran on good to soft on debut and all turf starts since have been on soft; that poses a question and he needs better than he showed at Newmarket on latest start, but he was a runaway winner of 8.5f Epsom novice the time before; bit to prove on this third attempt at 1m2f but his trainer has won three of the last five runnings of this race.

14/1

5th

6

(1)

7th May 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:50 Newmarket

Kadovar

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

raced centre

4/1

1st

2

(7)

25th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 113y

Class 4

16:10 Epsom

Kadovar

9st 1lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

0-5 but he was a good third of six in a handicap at Nottingham (1m2f, soft) a fortnight ago and shaped as though he may benefit from this drop back in trip; trainer won this in 2018 and 2019 and he holds solid claims.

9/4

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Selections

TOPSPEED:

Torito

NEWMARKET:

Fox Journey

RP RATINGS:

Balance Play

POSTDATA:

Perfect Play

LAMBOURN:

Lose Your Wad

D Express:

Kadovar

SPOTLIGHT:

Promoter

The Times:

Torito

The Guardian:

Torito

Daily Mail:

Torito

The Sun:

Torito

Daily Record:

Torito

Telegraph:

Fox Journey

The Star:

Balance Play

Daily Mirror:

Perfect Play