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18:10 Ascot

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Copper Horse Handicap

  • Prize money: £51540
  • 1m 6f 34y
  • Class 2
  • 19 runners
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Copper Horse Handicap

Runners: 19 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

1st
7 (7)
Vauban

13/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.30
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 4411/

Last run: 701 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Won French Listed race (1m4f, soft) in 2021 on final Flat start and has since become a high-class hurdler for this yard, winning the Triumph Hurdle in March 2022 and finishing second in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle (2m, yielding) this April; could be well treated now back on the Flat and top Irish trainer has enjoyed plenty of success at this meeting; unraced on fast ground.

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1st

4

(6)

7th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 202y

16:35 Naas

Vauban

9st 9lb

J: Colin Keane

T: W P Mullins

prominent on outer, led going easily over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well

10/11

OUR TIP

5/1

  • Place: £2.45

Form: /3127-

Last run: 373 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Two 1m2f Flat wins in France and twice went close in Listed races (9.5f/1m2f); easy winner at 2-7 on last month's hurdle/stable debut at Killarney (2m4f, good) and the step up in trip is an interesting move now back on the Flat; one of two for his top Irish trainer and no surprise to see a big run.

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1st

9

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Absurde

10st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

High class on the Flat, winning the Ebor (1m6f, good to firm) last August; yet to transfer that ability fully to hurdles and the forecast soft ground may be a hindrance, but his Grade 1 fourth at Leopardstown (2m, soft) last month behind Ballyburn and Slade Steel was a step in the right direction (King Of Kingsfield third); has potential off this mark in view of his Flat form.

6/1

4th

1

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Absurde

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

High class Flat horse, winning the Ebor Handicap and seventh in the Melbourne Cup last season; hurdles form is not so easy to assess, winning a Killarney novice last May and pulled up in the 2m Grade 1 here at Christmas; looks the third or fourth string of the Mullins quintet here.

25/1

0

1

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Absurde

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

towards rear, brief headway before 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up approaching last

9/1

20/1

  • Place: £21.15

Form: 910-01 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Four-time turf winner (1m4f/1m6f, soft/good to firm) who won by 5l at Kempton (1m4f, AW) last month; it was a career best last time so it's possible he still has more to offer, but he benefited from an easy lead and may be found out by the combination of a 9lb rise and the step back up in grade.

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1st

1

(6)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton (AW)

Cemhaan

9st 12lb

J: Neil Callan

T: George Baker

Very classy despite the near impossibility of getting him to settle; better than ever last season, easily making all over 1m4f here before third to Vauban in Copper Horse at Royal Ascot (1m6f); creditable fourth of nine on 1m4f course reappearance in January; no reason he won't give his running but probably vulnerable for win purposes under his big weight.

14/1

Form: 5131-1

Last run: 59 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Two wins last year from his first four starts (1m2f/1m4f, good to firm/soft) and he reappeared with a commanding handicap win at Thirsk (1m4f, soft) in April; 7lb higher in a better grade here but the ceiling of his ability is yet to be identified and therefore he's one for the shortlist.

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3rd

1

(6)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 10y

Class 2

18:20 Ripon

Chillingham

9st 9lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

3/1

7th

5

(8)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton (AW)

Chillingham

9st 4lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

Never-dangerous ninth in the rescheduled November Handicap at Newcastle but wasted no time getting back on the up when chasing home Prydwen at Wolverhampton (1m4f) on final start; that has turned out to be very solid AW form and he's much respected off only 1lb higher on his reappearance (won first time up last year).

15/2

16/1

Form: 6411-2 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

7yo who was better than ever when winning his final two starts last season (1m6f/1m4f, good) and posted another career best when second of 15 at York on last month's reappearance; another 2lb higher today but clearly thriving and has to be respected; he's versatile ground-wise.

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5th

2

(4)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Sam Cooke

9st 11lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

7yo who was better than ever when winning his final two starts last season (1m6f/1m4f, good) and posted another career best when second of 15 at York on last month's reappearance; another 2lb higher today but clearly thriving and has to be respected; he's versatile ground-wise.

16/1

2nd

3

(16)

17th May 2023

Good

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

13:50 York

Sam Cooke

9st 9lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

In the form of his life to end last season, winning by a neck with late challenges at Newmarket (1m6f) and Newbury (1m4f); both were on good going but he looks effective on a range of ground; raised another 4lb since last seen and he was below form in this race when reappearing in 2021 and 2022.

14/1

1st

2

(6)

16th Sep 2022

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:35 Newbury

Sam Cooke

10st 1lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

towards rear, steady headway from 4f out, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and made sustained challenge from over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on strongly

9/2

6th
13 (18)
Postileo

14/1

Form: 2471/1 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Won at Doncaster (14.5f, soft) in October 2021 and returned from a long absence to follow up belatedly at Hamilton (1m5f, good to soft) last month; has shown promise on fast ground; this 6yo has raced only ten times and could have more left in the tank for his good trainer; a possible.

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4th

5

(4)

27th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 6f 0y

16:00 Navan

Postileo

9st 6lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Emmet Mullins

raced in second, lost second but prominent after 1f, lost third when outpaced over 2f out, kept on but no impression inside final furlong

20/1

13th

15

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 165y

14:10 Fairyhouse

Postileo

11st 12lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Emmet Mullins

Smart Flat sort for Roger Varian, winning four races up to 1m6f but stays 2m; third in a Group 3 on final start for that yard; sold for 78,000gns in the autumn; remote third on hurdling debut at Leopardstown, but second has franked the form; tongue-tie now.

7/1

25/1

Form: 15/51-

Last run: 172 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Promise at up to 1m2f during short Flat career for Aidan O'Brien; all but one of his runs for this yard have been over hurdles (won juvenile Grade 2), the exception a 1m4f AW win last December; this is tougher but he may have untapped potential at 1m6f; handles good/soft, unraced on good to firm.

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8th

3

(20)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Scriptwriter

9st 9lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Milton Harris

Ex-Aidan O'Brien; has seen more action for current yard, mostly in a hurdles campaign but he's also made advances on the Flat; 10-1 for a five-runner Group 3 over C&D (good to soft, unraced on firmer than good) on latest start and he gave the odds-on favourite Hamish a scare, just in front of Tashkhan; up 3lb but he's a rising force.

12/1

2nd

3

(1)

15th Jul 2023

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:45 York

Scriptwriter

9st 0lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Milton Harris

Useful turf form for Aidan O'Brien; better when winning a 1m4f AW handicap in late December, in the midst of a higher-profile hurdles campaign; held up from wide draw in handicap at Royal Ascot and never got into it, probably running creditably; others in this Group 3 field have better form but he's considered for second.

16/1

7th

5

(15)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Scriptwriter

9st 11lb

J: David Egan

T: Milton Harris

Promise at up to 1m2f during short Flat career for Aidan O'Brien; all but one of his runs for this yard have been over hurdles (won juvenile Grade 2), the exception a 1m4f AW win last December; this is tougher but he may have untapped potential at 1m6f; handles good/soft, unraced on good to firm.

25/1

Form: 1119-2 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Just one 2yo run and went 3-3 in 3yo campaign when winning Listed race at Leopardstown (1m6f, good); soft ground may not have suited next time; reappeared with short-head defeat in Group 3 at Leopardstown (1m6f, good) and this very lightly raced 4yo could have potential off today's mark.

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4th

4

(3)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

16:35 Curragh

Point King

9st 9lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

raced in second

3/1

8th

4

(16)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Point King

9st 11lb

J: James McDonald

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Just one 2yo run and went 3-3 in 3yo campaign when winning Listed race at Leopardstown (1m6f, good); soft ground may not have suited next time; reappeared with short-head defeat in Group 3 at Leopardstown (1m6f, good) and this very lightly raced 4yo could have potential off today's mark.

8/1

Form: 823069 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won this last year (good to firm) and followed up off today's 6lb higher mark at Haydock (1m4f, soft); good runs at Meydan and Riyadh in February and faced a tough task in the Yorkshire Cup last month, but he was also well beaten back in a handicap just ten days ago and needs to get back on track.

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No Results Found

Form: 4-1250 CD BF

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in St Leger in 2020 and won on AW this January on third start back from an absence; perhaps soft ground wasn't ideal when back on grass last month but his claims are hardly compelling on the back of that.

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6th

6

(10)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Berkshire Rocco

9st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, raced wide early, in touch with leaders, switched to centre after 4f

10/1

20/1

Form: /130-7

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Finished lame when well-beaten favourite in the Ebor last August and, having been gelded, came last in Group 3 at Newbury last month; has something to prove but this 5yo is in top hands and remains lightly raced, and looked very promising when completing a four-timer at York last May; not written off.

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7th

2

(2)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 10y

Class 2

18:20 Ripon

Gaassee

9st 7lb

J: Joshua Bryan

T: Archie Watson

led, headed over 1f out, soon weakened

4/1

16/1

Form: 1/67-1

Last run: 52 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Broke more alertly to make all on stable debut at Ripon (1m4f, soft) in April, when returning from an absence and wind surgery; enjoyed the run of the race and this is much hotter, but it remains to be seen how far he can go for this yard; has won on good ground, unraced on faster.

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1st

2

30th Aug 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

16:40 Uttoxeter

Aaddeey

11st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Archie Watson

raced in second, not fluent 6th, challenging when not fluent 2 out, soon ridden, led run-in, edged left but stayed on towards finish

8/11

2nd

1

(2)

7th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

15:05 Sandown

Aaddeey

9st 2lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Broke more alertly to make all on stable debut at Ripon (1m4f, soft) in April when returning from an absence and wind surgery; never seriously involved, though, when 33-1 at Royal Ascot (1m6f, good; unraced on firmer) 17 days ago; appeared to stay 1m6f when fourth at Goodwood in 2021 but this is his first go at 2m and he steps out of handicaps.

12/1

12th

6

(6)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Aaddeey

9st 10lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Broke more alertly to make all on stable debut at Ripon (1m4f, soft) in April, when returning from an absence and wind surgery; enjoyed the run of the race and this is much hotter, but it remains to be seen how far he can go for this yard; has won on good ground, unraced on faster.

16/1

Form: 2-7559 D

Last run: 123 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Won three times in small fields last summer (1m4f-1m6f, good/good to firm); ran okay in Dubai early this year but was unplaced each time and now returns from a four-month break; wears a first-time tongue-tie; others arrive with stronger credentials.

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15th
10 (19)
Raymond Tusk

25/1

Form: 004-73

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 8lb

8 yo Horse

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Beaten only 4l when seventh in this last year (good to firm) and now 4lb lower; kept on for encouraging third at Newmarket (1m4f, good) last month after a break and could benefit from today's step back up in trip, but there's a firm suspicion he'll be vulnerable in this hot contest.

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0

1

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Raymond Tusk

12st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Still well short of replicating his smart Flat best over hurdles when fourth on December 2022's handicap debut, but finally gets to try further than 2m in this sphere now and has been gelded; won't mind a dryout.

5/1

5th

4

(1)

7th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

15:05 Sandown

Raymond Tusk

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Alan King

Satisfactory third in handicap at Newmarket (1m4f) in May after a four-month break, but no show from a wide draw at Royal Ascot (1m6f) latest; still capable of smart form last year but very rarely seen over this far (second in 2m Ascot Group 3 in 2019) and looks set for a supporting role.

14/1

Form: 40165- D

Last run: 217 days

W: 9st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Absent since last November and this is a tough reappearance assignment; however, he kept on for fourth of 16 in this race last year (good to firm; 2lb higher today) and is not ruled out each-way at a big price.

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0

1

(1)

6th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 209y

Class 3

16:30 Ascot

Alright Sunshine

10st 4lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Mike Murphy & Michael Keady

Multiple winner, including off higher marks, for previous yard; steadily finding his form for current stable until blotting his copybook by refusing to race last time; comes with risk.

20/1

Form: 955-83 BF

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Reserve; looked as good as ever when third of 14 at Kempton (1m4f, AW) a fortnight ago and he's also effective on turf; however, he needs a career best to win this and is untested at today's trip.

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No Results Found

33/1

Form: -71863

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Reserve; progressive over the last two seasons and kept on for good third at Haydock (1m4f, good to firm) recently; this longer trip is worth a go but he needs to find further improvement in this very competitive race.

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1st

1

(5)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 2

15:40 Southwell (AW)

Prydwen

9st 12lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: George Scott

Has surged to new heights over 2m on Polytrack/Tapeta on last two outings, winning the Marathon on AW Championships day at Newcastle last time; up 6lb to easily his career-high mark but that win was registered in fine style.

11/4

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Payout
Exacta £152.00
Straight Forecast £61.10
Tricast £2502.80
Trifecta £4613.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Vauban

Telegraph:

Chillingham

The Sun:

Postileo

POSTDATA:

Point King

LAMBOURN:

Aaddeey

TOPSPEED:

Alright Sunshine

Daily Mirror:

Chillingham

The Times:

Vauban

Daily Mail:

Vauban

The Star:

Postileo