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GTC Apprentice Handicap

  • Prize money: £3663.8
  • 1m 0f 2y
  • Class 6
  • 7 runners
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GTC Apprentice Handicap

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 414442 CD BF

Last run: 3 days

W: 9st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 51

Form & Verdict

Respectable run at Beverley the other day and tends to run his better races at this track; solid candidate.

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

13th

3

(11)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

16:00 Chelmsford (AW)

How Bizarre

9st 6lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Liam Bailey

Front-runner who won five times on turf last season (7f/1m); probably needed his return from seven months off at Newcastle (7f, Tapeta) 11 days ago, but a concern that he is 1-21 on the AW and has been well held in both starts on Polytrack.

20/1

8th

1

(1)

18th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

How Bizarre

9st 9lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Liam Bailey

Enjoyed a revival and won five times on turf last season (7f-1m), including his last three races; also effective on Tapeta but a 201-day break may have checked his momentum.

12/1

1st

5

(5)

30th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 33y

Class 6

16:00 Musselburgh

How Bizarre

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Liam Bailey

Second in this last year and he's twice made all over 1m here this season; arrives on a hat-trick following two wins at Beverley (7.4f, heavy/good to firm) and he'll be tough to reel in if his fine form continues.

4/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: -55922 C

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict

Inconsistent but a multiple winner and has been bang there the last twice; should go well under conditions that suit.

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

4th

7

(9)

3rd May 2024

Good

1m 0f 2y

Class 6

16:30 Musselburgh

Chinese Spirit

9st 5lb

J: Tommie Jakes

T: Linda Perratt

towards rear

13/2

5th

7

(6)

16th Oct 2023

Good

1m 0f 208y

Class 5

14:05 Musselburgh

Chinese Spirit

10st 1lb

J: Mr Jack Nicholls

T: Linda Perratt

Only midfield at Ayr's big meeting last time but usually gives his running; might just be vulnerable in a Class 5.

8/1

OUR TIP

4/1

Form: 9-3682 CD

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 54

Form & Verdict

All four of his wins were off higher marks and he ran well last week at Nottingham (1m2f, good to firm) in a race that wasn't run to suit; perhaps better over that longer trip these days but fair shout off the same mark

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

4th

2

(5)

26th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Little Ted

9st 8lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Has yet to run badly after seven starts over C&D and will be happier back down from 1m2f; all victories have come after a recent outing but he has more in his favour than most.

5/1

5th

2

(4)

20th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

16:55 Newcastle (AW)

Little Ted

9st 8lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders

8/1

4th

8

(7)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Little Ted

9st 4lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tim Easterby

took keen hold, prominent

11/4

10/1

Form: 49-287

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 49

Form & Verdict

Second to How Bizarre over C&D in May but disappointing since then, even allowing for the shorter trips (6f/7f).

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

11th

1

(9)

19th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Banner Road

9st 9lb

J: Sam James

T: Lucinda Russell

Much improved of late since the hood came off and she got back to winning ways for Jim Goldie in 1m Ayr handicap last month; hiked up 8lb but she's not taken lightly for her new yard.

4/1

1st

7

(10)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

17:05 Ayr

Banner Road

9st 3lb

J: Sam James

T: Jim Goldie

Just one win from her 15 starts but that came over C&D (good to soft) in July and she went close at Hamilton (8.3f, soft) recently; contender.

6/1

2nd

5

(4)

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 68y

Class 5

16:40 Hamilton

Banner Road

8st 13lb

J: Tadhg O’Shea

T: Jim Goldie

Sole win came at classified level; good second to Shine On Brendan in C&D handicap in August but has posted a couple of lesser efforts here since; others preferred on balance.

10/1

5/1

Form: 052426 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

Runner-up on both visits here this year (7f; good/good to firm; cheekpieces/blinkers); won't mind returning to 1m but no headgear this time.

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

9th

9

(2)

21st Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 50y

Class 6

17:17 Ayr

Merricourt

9st 5lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

Has drawn a blank since winning in small field over C&D in April 2022; hasn't shaped too badly in some of his recent starts but he was down the field at Carlisle last time.

11/1

9th

3

(12)

7th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 173y

Class 6

18:35 Carlisle

Merricourt

9st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

No win since April 2022 (7f, Ayr) but has slipped to a workable mark, running consistently at Musselburgh; didn't enjoy a great deal of luck when a closing fourth over 7f there last week; returns to a trip which probably suits best; stablemate of Loom Large.

7/1

4th

8

(8)

30th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 33y

Class 6

16:00 Musselburgh

Merricourt

9st 2lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

Beaten 16 times since last win last April but he's run three good races over C&D this season and is edging down the weights; each-way possible.

9/1

Form: 56-446 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 52

Form & Verdict

Only 1-17; decent first run here after wind surgery but comfortably held since then; not overly convincing.

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

1st

4

(10)

3rd May 2024

Good

1m 0f 2y

Class 6

16:30 Musselburgh

Without Delay

9st 8lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Tracy Waggott

raced wide, prominent

10/1

10th

12

(12)

24th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 5

16:50 Catterick

Without Delay

8st 4lb

J: William Pyle

T: Tracy Waggott

Her sole success came in June 2022, but she wasn't disgraced on her first start for five months when a fading fifth of seven at Newcastle (7f) last month; she can build on it here.

20/1

Form: 4-5508 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 12lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

4lb below last winning mark (1m, good; last September) but beaten 10l the last twice and last time was at Ayr, a track she runs well; new headgear on for cheekpieces.

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

7th

2

(3)

23rd Jun 2023

Good

1m 0f 2y

Class 6

17:30 Musselburgh

Engles Rock

9st 12lb

J: Ben Sanderson

T: Lucinda Russell

slowly into stride, raced in last

10/1

8th

5

(9)

24th May 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

17:30 Ayr

Engles Rock

9st 11lb

J: William Pyle

T: Lucinda Russell

Not fully compelling on the balance of this season's form elsewhere; however, looks interesting back at Ayr having gained last two wins over C&D (including off 2lb higher).

8/1

12th

13

(1)

30th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:35 Wetherby

Engles Rock

9st 3lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Lucinda Russell

Not great on the AW this season but she won twice at Ayr last year and it was off this mark the last time.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £128.00
Straight Forecast £126.70
Tricast £335.60
Trifecta £516.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Chinese Spirit

POSTDATA:

Merricourt

SPOTLIGHT:

Little Ted

D Express:

Without Delay

Daily Mail:

How Bizarre

The Star:

Little Ted

Telegraph:

Merricourt

Daily Mirror:

Merricourt

The Times:

Chinese Spirit

The Guardian:

Chinese Spirit

The Sun:

Chinese Spirit

Daily Record:

Chinese Spirit