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Highclere Castle Gin Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap

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  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 13 runners
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Highclere Castle Gin Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

11/2 (Won)

Form: 1621-7 CD

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Fruitful 2022 Flat campaign at 1m2f-1m4f included C&D win; not disgraced on return to Flat last month (after 138 days off) and enters calculations.

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

6th

3

(3)

28th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 4

17:00 Southwell (AW)

Tessy Lad

9st 6lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Sam England

towards rear

16/1

0

3

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 5

12:50 Kelso

Tessy Lad

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

prominent

20/1

10th

3

22nd Dec 2023

Heavy

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

15:25 Uttoxeter

Tessy Lad

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Fair Flat-racer who was second on consecutive 1m2f AW starts for Richard Hughes in September; unexposed over hurdles but struggled on last month's stable/handicap debut (2m4f, heavy) and probably wants better ground.

20/1

12/1 (Won)

Form: 56-558

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Well handicapped judged on form last June/July on good to firm over about 1m; more to prove at this trip and after not making much impact this year, particularly last time when a flop as second favourite over 1m here (first visit); mixed messages but stable in fine form.

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

9th

3

(3)

22nd Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 5

13:12 Lingfield (AW)

Lennys Spirit

9st 9lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Ed Dunlop

slowly away, held up in rear

12/1

6th

8

(1)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 4

17:10 Newmarket

Lennys Spirit

10st 10lb

J: Miss Sophie Smith

T: Ed Dunlop

Sophie Smith has been aboard for his last five runs, winning three of them; couldn't get involved from off the pace at Ascot last time (behind some of these) but he's better than that.

10/1

10/1

Form: 1905-5

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Won at Kempton (1m3f, AW) last September on second handicap start; easily best effort since when fifth of 12 at Sandown (1m2f, good) three weeks ago on reappearance, just his second start on turf; needs to build on that.

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

5th

1

(5)

29th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 5

16:55 Newcastle (AW)

Dark Island

10st 2lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Heather Main

Front-runner; pipped on the post - his third solid run in a row - at Sandown (1m6f Class 3, good) on penultimate start; did too much to soon back on the AW at Wolverhampton next time and, even over this shorter trip, those forcing tactics are tough to deploy at Newcastle; near career-best required.

5/1

9th

8

(2)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 3

20:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Dark Island

8st 12lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Heather Main

Front-runner; just one win to his name but he's been banging at the door of late, missing out by a nose at Sandown (1m6f, good) 18 days ago; this doesn't look overloaded with pace and his rivals would be wise not to give him too much rope.

8/1

Form: 8574-3

Last run: 148 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 59

Form & Verdict

Last seven wins under Brodie Hampson, including two at Salisbury last year (7f and 1m); has won up to 1m1f and runner-up four times at 1m2f; she's a 9yo but has her lowest mark for nearly four years and cannot be ignored.

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

2nd

8

(10)

8th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 6

14:00 Lingfield (AW)

Luna Magic

10st 11lb

J: Miss Brodie Hampson

T: Archie Watson

Won plenty of races for Brodie Hampson and she's run creditably in races won by Verona Star and My Brother Mike the last twice; needs more to defy the same mark but she should give her running.

6/1

4th

6

(7)

12th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 6

16:38 Southwell (AW)

Luna Magic

10st 11lb

J: Miss Brodie Hampson

T: Archie Watson

Bounced back quickly from a below-par run when chasing home Verona Star under regular partner Brodie Hampson at Wolverhampton (8.6f) last month and remains well handicapped on last year's form; good chance.

9/1

2nd

5

(9)

10th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 5

17:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Luna Magic

10st 8lb

J: Miss Brodie Hampson

T: Archie Watson

prominent

10/1

9/1

Form: 123912 C

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Stands his racing really well and as good as ever when winning an apprentice handicap at Newbury (1m, good) last month; respectable second on firm going at Bath one week later; nagging concern is that, from 58 races, he's only twice been tried over this far and that was over two years ago.

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

6th

2

(9)

30th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

14:15 Pontefract

Mabre

10st 1lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: David Evans

Three 1m wins this season and he went desperately close at Chester 16 days ago (7.5f, soft); only 1lb higher here and Ben Curtis is a positive booking; one to take seriously.

6/1

2nd

9

(8)

14th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 127y

Class 4

17:45 Chester

Mabre

9st 5lb

J: Owen Lewis

T: David Evans

All of his eight wins have been at 1m and latest was in blinkers at Newbury (good) in May; only 1lb higher than for that success but he's gone off the boil in last two starts and was a remote third over 7f here last time; down the list.

16/1

3rd

10

(1)

30th Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 1y

Class 4

17:40 Chester

Mabre

10st 5lb

J: Miss Sophie Bain

T: David Evans

Stands his racing really well and as good as ever when winning an apprentice handicap at Newbury (1m, good) last month; respectable second on firm going at Bath a week later; below-form fifth over 1m2f back at Newbury 15 days ago but this is more his trip.

14/1

12/1

Form: 6330-3

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 54

Form & Verdict

Best effort in five Flat starts last year when third of 14 on handicap debut at Yarmouth (1m2f, good to soft) in October; shot back to form when close third of ten there (1m, good to firm) on reappearance two weeks ago, making most; on that she's in the mix.

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

1st

1

(2)

22nd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

16:35 Chelmsford (AW)

Fillyfudge

9st 9lb

J: George Wood

T: Amy Murphy

Sole win in 16 starts came at Yarmouth (1m2f, good to firm) last summer; still 5lb higher and last three efforts (Flat/hurdles) have been moderate; enough to prove.

10/1

13th

12

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

15:35 Doncaster

Fillyfudge

11st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Amy Murphy

Comfortably held at Huntingdon (third hurdles attempt) on last appearance; she is a Flat winner, albeit at a low level, and could go well off a suitable mark on handicap hurdle debut.

16/1

Form: 7-7554

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Sole win (15 races) came in a 1m Southwell maiden on AW in April 2022; edging down the weights and showed he stays 1m2f on penultimate start (not so good back at 1m latest) so he is one to consider each-way.

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

6th

5

(2)

30th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Ermin Street

9st 5lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Mark Loughnane

in touch with leaders, midfield after 2f

9/2

4th

1

(12)

16th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

17:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Ermin Street

9st 9lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Mark Loughnane

Below best in C&D events the last twice, taking record for current yard to 0-11; however, the race wasn't run to suit him last time; possibilities off current mark if this pans out better.

8/1

5th

4

(9)

17th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Ermin Street

9st 12lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Mark Loughnane

0-13 in handicaps and was having his first start in four months (had undergone wind surgery) when around 4l behind Come On John over C&D (first-time cheekpieces) 11 days ago; needs to have come on for the run.

8/1

Form: 5-5417

Last run: 80 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

8yo who recorded his seventh AW win when finishing well to score at Wolverhampton (8.6f) in February; below form in March on his only start since; 0-8 on turf but placed twice, including when runner-up under Georgia King over 1m on good to firm last July off 3lb lower; unraced over this far.

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

7th

6

(5)

10th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Gavi Di Gavi

9st 8lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

Seven-time AW winner but only fifth to Ernie's Valentine at Wolverhampton in December and finished behind Lady Of Arabia over C&D the last twice; would probably benefit from a stronger pace.

16/1

7th

7

(1)

28th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Gavi Di Gavi

9st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

Well into the veteran stage now but he retains ability and kept on for second behind Lady Of Arabia over C&D four weeks ago; a strong pace would suit him but others could have his measure today.

15/2

3

(3)

31st Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:30 Kempton (AW)

Gavi Di Gavi

9st 8lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

Back to his last AW winning mark and he didn't run badly at Wolverhampton last month; likely to make a bold bid.

7/1

Form: 14054- CD

Last run: 259 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

2-23 on Flat but the latest was a division of this race (good to soft; off 3lb lower) last year; this year's four races have been over hurdles, given wind surgery before unseating on latest; not dismissed.

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

3rd

2

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

14:43 Taunton

Kings Castle

11st 13lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Dual Flat winner; 0-6 over hurdles but returned from break with good C&D (good to soft) second in December and also ran well when fourth at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; each-way claims at least.

5/1

4th

7

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:38 Wincanton

Kings Castle

11st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Jeremy Scott

Dual Flat winner; 0-5 over hurdles but returned from five-month break with good second at Taunton (2m, good to soft) 12 days ago and could still have a bigger run in him in this sphere; respected.

6/1

Form: 34231-

Last run: 215 days

W: 10st 6lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

Made the frame on final four starts for Harry Dunlop and justified favouritism under Serena Brotherton in 12-runner race at Wolverhampton (8.6f) in November on sole run for new connections; back up another 5lb and needs to be in peak form but stays 1m2f, no ground problems and her stable is among the winners.

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

8th

3

(3)

13th Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 99y

Class 6

14:35 Windsor

Point Louise

11st 2lb

J: Miss Serena Brotherton

T: Michael & David Easterby

Has never won beyond 8.6f but a good second over 1m2f in June and twice took minor honours over 1m4f last autumn on her only appearances over that trip; needs a return to form after two modest displays.

8/1

9th

1

(13)

25th Jul 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

17:25 Wolverhampton (AW)

Point Louise

11st 2lb

J: Miss Serena Brotherton

T: Michael & David Easterby

Dual course winner (8.6f); runner-up in a first-time hood at Newcastle (1m2f; form franked) penultimate, but never travelling when a beaten favourite at Nottingham subsequently; switches back to AW with headgear removed.

13/2

7th

5

(6)

8th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 50y

Class 6

18:12 Nottingham

Point Louise

10st 5lb

J: Miss Serena Brotherton

T: Michael & David Easterby

Won under Serena Brotherton on stable debut at Wolverhampton (8.6f, AW) in November and bounced back quickly from a disappointing reappearance run (raced too freely) when second to Just Hiss at Newcastle (1m2f, AW; first-time hood) last week; on a fairly tough mark but the return to fast turf won't be a problem.

4/1

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6/1

Form: 0-0523 D BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Two 1m2f wins last year, with a close second over C&D in between; placed at Ripon on latest two outings, below best last time and 2lb higher today but he's worth a second look.

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

5th

5

(4)

7th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

18:25 Newcastle (AW)

Tele Red

9st 7lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: K R Burke

prominent

15/2

1st

2

(7)

3rd Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:42 Ayr

Tele Red

10st 1lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: K R Burke

disputed lead, led 2f out, ridden and faced challenge over 1f out, kept on well final 110yds, gamely

9/2

Form: 47-740

Last run: 45 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 54

Form & Verdict

Ten-race maiden who's creeping down the weights but didn't shine in AW campaign last winter and tailed off back on turf on latest outing.

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

9th

7

(10)

31st Jul 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

20:12 Ffos Las

Satellite Call

9st 9lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Adrian Wintle

The occasional decent run on the AW last winter but has finished tailed off in both starts since returning to turf; now 0-11.

10/1

12th

12

(10)

15th Jun 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

13:50 Newbury

Satellite Call

10st 0lb

J: Miss Kayla Ruddy

T: Adrian Wintle

Ten-race maiden who's creeping down the weights but didn't shine in AW campaign last winter and tailed off back on turf on latest outing.

50/1

14th

14

(7)

1st May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 37y

Class 5

16:08 Bath

Satellite Call

8st 10lb

J: David Probert

T: Adrian Wintle

Regressive maiden who's hung both ways under pressure and is still to prove his stamina; blinkers (retained) didn't seem to make much difference when last seen three months ago.

25/1

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Payout
Straight Forecast £332.40
Tricast £1506.20

Selections

Telegraph:

Tele Red

POSTDATA:

Mabre

The Times:

Dark Island

SPOTLIGHT:

Mrs Meader

RP RATINGS:

Luna Magic

The Star:

Dark Island

Daily Mail:

Tele Red

The Sun:

Tele Red

Daily Record:

Tele Red

The Guardian:

Mabre

D Express:

Mabre

Daily Mirror:

Mabre