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Rio Ferdinand Foundation Northern Dancer Handicap

  • Prize money: £38655
  • 1m 4f 6y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Rio Ferdinand Foundation Northern Dancer Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 4399-1 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Won at Chester last July and, having been gelded, never better than when scoring at Ascot (1m4f, soft; acts on good to firm) three weeks ago on reappearance; back up 2lb and should be seriously involved.

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

5th

8

(1)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 3f 175y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Sheer Rocks

9st 1lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

2-2 and improved form since being gelded, with wins at Ascot (1m4f, soft) and Epsom (1m4f, good to firm); he's in a tougher race but did it comfortably last time and a 5lb rise could be lenient.

8/1

1st

7

(1)

3rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 2

16:30 Epsom

Sheer Rocks

8st 9lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Won at Chester last July and, having been gelded, never better than when scoring at Ascot (1m4f, soft; acts on good to firm) three weeks ago on reappearance; back up 2lb and should be seriously involved.

7/1

1st

9

(9)

13th May 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

13:30 Ascot

Sheer Rocks

9st 2lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Won at Chester last July; in the frame at Goodwood (1m3f) and Ascot (1m4f) on next two starts but fared far less well in two hot races afterwards; gelded since; unraced this year or in any race on softer than good, so he has some big questions to answer.

12/1

11/4

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1260-2 CD

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Often front-runner; won five handicaps in a row last May-July, including two small-field events by very wide margins over C&D on good to firm; raised his game again when second here (1m2f, soft) on reappearance in April; back up 2lb but should go very well again.

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

2nd

2

(2)

1st May 2024

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

14:15 Ascot

Caius Chorister

9st 4lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David Menuisier

Big majority of her career has been in handicaps, with plenty of success, but she ended last season on a new high when scoring by 4l from the front in a Group 3 at Saint-Cloud (1m6f, very soft); needs to find extra again and going beyond 1m6f is also something new.

10/1

2nd

4

(2)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Caius Chorister

9st 6lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: David Menuisier

Having been short of room she did very well to rally for sixth in the Ebor at York (1m6f, good to firm) a fortnight ago, when back up in distance; she's unexposed at this trip and is one to consider off the same mark.

9/2

33/1

  • Place: £4.65

Form: -54159

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

2-4 on turf in Bahrain in the winter; 33-1 when running creditably in Lingfield Group 3 (AW) in February and 1m4f York handicap last month, but came only ninth of 15 in the latter; dropped 2lb but still on a stiff mark.

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4th

2

(11)

15th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

16:05 Ascot

Lucander

10st 0lb

J: Pat Cosgrave

T: George Baker

slowly into stride, raced in last, ridden over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders

10/1

Form: 2100-0

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Won a Shergar Cup race at Ascot (1m, good to firm; 4lb higher today) last August, as well as a quite valuable 1m2f handicap at Leopardstown in July; going beyond 10.5f is something new, though, casting doubts, new high needed.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10th

10

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Punchestown

Jungle Cove

12st 0lb

J: Sara Jane Tracy

T: Mrs John Harrington

Runner-up, beaten 4l in this race last year; no Stuzzikini this time around and fit from recent run.

3/1

7th

4

(2)

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 2f 50y

17:35 Cork

Jungle Cove

9st 5lb

J: Keithen Kennedy

T: Mrs John Harrington

Won pair of valuable handicaps in 2022 but not at the same level last term when placed just once in eight starts; out the back on AW return six weeks ago.

14/1

12/1

Form: 045-07 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 8st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Won last summer over 1m6f at York and 1m4f at Chester, the latter in one of his two British runs in cheekpieces which return today; twice well beaten on soft ground this spring but, beaten a nose at 25-1 in this race (good; probably acts on good to firm) last year, it would be no great shock were he to surge back to form.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

7

(5)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:32 Lingfield (AW)

Haliphon

9st 8lb

J: David Egan

T: Ian Williams

Losing run is mounting up and he never figured the last twice (1m4f/1m3f); however, may benefit from this step back up in trip; 0-4 on AW but is attractively weighted off current mark.

16/1

OUR TIP

3/1

Form: 115-51 CD

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

One of three 1m4f wins last term came at this track on good to firm; raised his game again when winning a 15-runner race at York (1m4f) 17 days ago and did it smoothly, seizing the initiative over 1f out after travelling much the best, not for first time; up 6lb but may well be able to score again.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

5

(10)

14th Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

15:35 York

Scampi

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Andrew Balding

dwelt start, in touch with leaders

7/1

6th

3

(8)

13th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 2

20:45 Southwell (AW)

Scampi

9st 4lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

Won on Tapeta in 2022; successful in two useful 1m4f handicaps on turf this term and went close in the Old Newton Cup; didn't quite see out 1m6f in the Ebor most recently; back down in trip, he remains of interest.

7/2

25/1

Form: -90407

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

With a new trainer (his third) this year and has been below form at Meydan (four runs) and Ascot (first run on soft); he's crept down the weights as a result, though, and has a shout on his form last May/June; same yard's Haliphon went oh so close at 25-1 in this race last year.

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14th

10

(11)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

16:15 Chester

Green Team

9st 0lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Ian Williams

Some useful form in 2022 and he's dropped down the weights; needs an upturn as he struggled to get competitive last year, including three 2m runs, and was always behind in last month's reappearance; tongue tied first time.

33/1

10th

12

(1)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 3

15:55 Epsom

Green Team

8st 5lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Ian Williams

Some useful form in 2021 and 2022, and he's dropped down the weights; has been gelded since his last run which might prompt an upturn in fortunes, but it needs to as he struggled to get competitive last year.

25/1

Form: 9873-1

Last run: 54 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Sold out of Joseph O'Brien's for 42,000gns last October; reappeared in April when winning a useful 13-runner handicap at Kempton (1m3f, AW); back up 4lb and unraced on firmer than good but no way can he be ruled out after registering that career best at first attempt for new yard.

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

1st

1

(7)

6th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

16:00 Kempton (AW)

Max Mayhem

9st 12lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

Made a winning stable debut over C&D in April; mixed bag in strong turf handicaps over 1m4f since but a repeat of his Ascot second in July would see him involved; could rate higher on AW.

9/2

8th

1

(4)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 2

14:45 Ascot

Max Mayhem

10st 0lb

J: Bauyrzhan Murzabayev

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

With Joseph O'Brien before this season; sixth of 18 at the Royal meeting and even better form when second of seven here 15 days ago, both over C&D; that makes him in the form of his life.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £222.00
Straight Forecast £177.80
Tricast £2262.30
Trifecta £2936.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Caius Chorister

The Times:

Scampi

SPOTLIGHT:

Haliphon

NEWMARKET:

Sea King

TOPSPEED:

Green Team

POSTDATA:

Sheer Rocks

D Express:

Max Mayhem

The Guardian:

Caius Chorister

Daily Mail:

Caius Chorister

Daily Mirror:

Caius Chorister

The Sun:

Caius Chorister

The Star:

Scampi

Daily Record:

Scampi

RP RATINGS:

Haliphon