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Unite Scotland’s Farewell To Pat Rafferty Handicap (For The Johnstone Rose Bowl)

  • Prize money: £21600
  • 1m 5f 26y
  • Class 2
  • 11 runners
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Unite Scotland’s Farewell To Pat Rafferty Handicap (For The Johnstone Rose Bowl)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 4-5411

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Has taken off recently, winning his last three starts (one over hurdles) including a convincing success in a female amateur riders' event at York (1m4f, good to firm) seven days ago; up another 7lb, but dangerous to rule out in his current mood.

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7th

2

(10)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

19:15 Kempton (AW)

Kihavah

10st 0lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

In the form of his life last summer, winning three times on the Flat and once over hurdles; edged out the reopposing Prydwen for his third Flat win at Ayr (1m5f) and had George Scott's charge a place behind him again when runner-up in a valuable 1m6f handicap at Newmarket's July meeting when last seen; big chance on those efforts but his peak fitness and effectiveness on AW (0-2) aren't assured.

7/1

2nd

4

(3)

14th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket (July)

Kihavah

9st 4lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

Not proven over this far on Flat (had one go at 2m on AW) but scored over 2m4f over hurdles early last month; that has been surrounded by seriously improved form to win three times on Flat, over 1m4f at York on first two occasions and by a head from Prydwen over 1m5f at Ayr on latest; raised another 3lb but has to be in serious calculations.

11/2

1st

5

(6)

24th Jun 2023

Good

1m 5f 26y

Class 2

14:59 Ayr

Kihavah

9st 3lb

J: W J Lee

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

in touch with leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well to lead final 110yds, just prevailed

11/4

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7/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: -71863

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Wolverhampton winner (1m4f, AW) in March (beating Nolton Cross) and best effort since when beaten just over a length into third of ten at Haydock (1m4f, good to firm) a fortnight ago; chance if building on that, though has never attempted this far before.

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1st

3

(11)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Prydwen

9st 3lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: George Scott

Record of 4-11 on AW; good second in the Marathon Trial at Lingfield (2m; off 3lb lower) most recently, splitting Spartan Army and Vaguely Royal; still not fully exposed over staying distances; possibilities despite being on career-high mark.

12/1

2nd

3

(13)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

15:47 Lingfield (AW)

Prydwen

9st 10lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Scott

Ended his 2023 campaign with a 1m6f success (led close home) at Wolverhampton; behind a couple of these rivals at Kempton (2m) on reappearance but made some late headway and still isn't fully exposed over staying distances; remains of interest.

8/1

5th

4

(3)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

19:15 Kempton (AW)

Prydwen

9st 12lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: George Scott

Solid performer who got back to winning ways when leading towards the finish over 1m6f at Wolverhampton in November; had three subsequent winners behind him on that occasion (including the reopposing Zealandia) so still looks nicely handicapped off 2lb higher; respectable fifth at Ascot last summer on his previous attempt at 2m; key player.

5/1

14/1

  • Place: £5.30

Form: 112160

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

All four wins on Tapeta including three this year, the latest at Wolverhampton (1m4f) in March; just one fair effort in four starts on turf and last two performances suggest he still has stamina to prove.

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4th

3

(1)

16th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nolton Cross

8st 13lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Hugo Palmer

Little room for manoeuvre off this mark and looked to have no excuses at Southwell last weekend having been backed into favouritism; is more likely than most to give his running but will need a career-best to win.

7/2

6th

2

(2)

10th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 3

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Nolton Cross

10st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Hugo Palmer

Made it 2-2 over C&D when narrowly beating Haku off 3lb lower early in the year; little room for manoeuvre off this mark but there was nothing wrong with his latest effort and he should go well again under Oisin Murphy.

8/1

4th

4

(3)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nolton Cross

9st 1lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Hugo Palmer

raced in fourth

5/1

Form: 265-40 CD

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Hold-up performer who has been a credit to connections, winning 12 times including three at Group 3 level; is also 2-2 over C&D, but he hasn't been successful since July 2021 and this doesn't look an easy task under top weight; stable triple-handed.

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10th

3

(5)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 2f 43y

Class 3

15:40 Doncaster

Euchen Glen

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Showed last year that he still retains a useful level of ability; well capable of being involved, provided he returns in similar form aged 11, but it's a very long time since last success.

12/1

11th

4

(12)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Euchen Glen

9st 8lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Retains a useful level of ability aged ten and went close at Ayr three starts back; however, on a long losing sequence and looks unlikely to regain the winning thread in this major handicap.

25/1

4th

2

(8)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 43y

Class 2

15:50 Doncaster

Euchen Glen

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

10yo who is without a win since July 2021 but, having dropped down the weights, he went very close at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) last month; respectable run in Ascot Group 3 since and he handles heavy ground; contender.

5/1

4/1

Form: 15-516

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

All four wins at around 1m4f, three last year and the other at York (good) last month; latest Epsom effort not hard to ignore having met all sorts of trouble, and although tackling his longest trip to date, is still respected especially if the ground ends up on the fast side of good.

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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

10th

18

(11)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Scampi

8st 13lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Andrew Balding

Held up; smooth win in big field here (1m4f) in May and knuckled down to score on the nod in a head-to-head at the Shergar Cup at Ascot (1m4f) two weeks ago; has just a 4lb penalty (due to go up another 2lb) and even though his 1m5f run at Ayr in June did not shout that he needs 1m6f, there's more than enough stamina in the pedigree to make it very plausible; serious contender.

10/1

Form: 76-630 CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Never figured at York (1m4f, good) last month, but he improved plenty from a modest effort when winning this race off 3lb lower last season; just 2lb above his last winning mark and seems to come good from this time of year onwards; respected.

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3rd

2

(4)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 5

14:45 Thirsk

Dark Jedi

9st 11lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Last win was off an 18lb higher mark over 1m6f at Doncaster (heavy) in October 2022; mixed efforts last season, and although well handicapped now, usually needs a race or two to hit form.

6/1

5th

3

(6)

31st Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 13y

Class 4

14:17 Catterick

Dark Jedi

9st 12lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders, outpaced 3f out, weakened gradually from 2f out

3/1

2nd

3

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 4

16:55 Catterick

Dark Jedi

9st 11lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Won on heavy on this day last year but has struggled to make much impact this term and is now 19lb lower than in April; remote fourth of six when favourite at Haydock (1m6f, heavy) last time was his worst run this season.

8/1

10/1

Form: 13-597

Last run: 43 days

W: 8st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Seems to like Chester, winning twice there including over 18.5f (good) last September and finishing a most creditable seventh of the 16 runners in the Chester Cup (soft) last month; this trip may be on the sharp side for him now, though, and he probably wouldn't want the ground to firm up.

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0

17

(20)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Emiyn

8st 13lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Best known for front-running exploits at Chester but also third in last year's 1m4f November Handicap at Doncaster; goes well in the mud, as shown again when second to Tashkhan at Chester (2m2f) two weeks ago under Zak Wheatley; that was career-best form and he's respected despite needing better still.

40/1

2nd

4

(1)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

14:05 Chester

Emiyn

8st 13lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Made all under Zak Wheatley in this race last year and made the most of a soft lead back here (1m6f, soft) in July; his stamina was stretched by an extended 2m4f on soft at Goodwood in early August and he's been given time to get over those exertions; big player at a venue where he's finished in the first two five times from only eight visits.

5/1

14/1

Form: 45-075

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Has not set the world alight in three starts since returning in April, but soft ground wouldn't have suited on the first two occasions and he may not have handled Epsom last time; 3lb lower than for the latest of two wins (1m6f/1m4f) last summer and worth a second look.

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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

7th

3

(3)

23rd Jan 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 4

16:30 Southwell (AW)

Haliphon

11st 1lb

J: Miss Poppy Scott

T: Ian Williams

Taken a good drop in the weights since last spring but had just the three runs on the AW and down the field on Tapeta debut last time; one to bear in mind but early days on this surface.

14/1

4

(9)

9th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Haliphon

9st 12lb

J: David Egan

T: Ian Williams

Comes here on a lengthy losing run but he wasn't disgraced when fourth of eight in 1m5f Chelmsford handicap 30 days ago; considered on his Tapeta debut.

5/1

Form: 543-53

Last run: 43 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Dual-purpose performer who showed more when third of 14 in the Chester Plate (18.5f, soft; first-time tongue-tie) last month, but will need to improve again if he is to win this.

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4th

2

18th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:04 Wetherby

Its Good To Laugh

11st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

raced in second, overjumped 1st, steadied 4th, lost second before 3 out, soon lost third, weakened and no chance from 2 out

5/1

8th

5

(8)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

14:05 Chester

Its Good To Laugh

8st 8lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Jennie Candlish

Arrives on a lengthy losing run but he's knocking on the door, runner-up twice here (to Emiyn first occasion) before chasing home Yorkindness at Musselburgh (2m, good to soft); ought to be thereabouts again from an unchanged mark.

13/2

2nd

1

(1)

17th Sep 2023

Good

1m 7f 217y

Class 4

17:10 Musselburgh

Its Good To Laugh

10st 4lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Jennie Candlish

Arrives on a lengthy losing run but he's knocking on the door, runner-up in 2m Chester handicap 15 days ago; he ought to be in the shake-up again off an unchanged mark.

3/1

20/1

Form: 70083- CD

Last run: 221 days

W: 8st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Another admirable veteran from this stable who figures on the same mark as when successful at Musselburgh (1m6f, good) last August; not seen since November, though, and as all of his 14 wins have come when returned to the track after 39 days or less it's not hard to have reservations.

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9th

13

(6)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Sir Chauvelin

8st 2lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Similar profile to Rainbow Dreamer, being a veteran who has won multiple races down the years but has a question mark over current form having posted duck eggs in 2024; unlikely to add to his tally.

66/1

10th

9

(6)

10th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 3

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Sir Chauvelin

9st 5lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Prolific winner who's back on a workable mark; he's well into the veteran stage, though, and this trip is an absolute minimum nowadays; doesn't arrive in form in any case.

33/1

13th

3

(2)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 3

17:05 Southwell (AW)

Sir Chauvelin

9st 10lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

always behind

25/1

100/1

Form: 645485 C

Last run: 3 days

W: 8st 4lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

Winner of ten races, but losing run up to 25, has never attempted beyond 1m2f before and is miles out of the weights; application of blinkers will need to result in something miraculous.

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8th

9

(8)

31st Jul 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

15:05 Ayr

Oriental Lilly

8st 9lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Three-time course winner but she's been operating off this basement mark without success for quite a while; others are preferred.

25/1

5th

12

(6)

17th Jul 2023

Soft

0m 7f 50y

Class 6

16:55 Ayr

Oriental Lilly

9st 1lb

J: William Pyle

T: Jim Goldie

Losing spell goes back to 2021 and recent efforts don't particularly suggest she's about to regain the winning thread; opposed.

33/1

8th

12

(5)

10th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

17:15 Ayr

Oriental Lilly

8st 12lb

J: William Pyle

T: Jim Goldie

Took a division of this race from 6lb higher in 2021 and 7lb lower than when successful at Newcastle (6f, AW) later that year, but she has gone 27 starts without a win since then; hard to fancy.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £237.00
Straight Forecast £241.80
Tricast £3321.90
Trifecta £4300.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Kihavah

The Star:

Scampi

SPOTLIGHT:

Dark Jedi

NEWMARKET:

Prydwen

Daily Mail:

Emiyn

The Times:

Haliphon

The Sun:

Euchen Glen

TOPSPEED:

Kihavah

POSTDATA:

Kihavah

Telegraph:

Kihavah

The Guardian:

Kihavah

Daily Mirror:

Kihavah

Daily Record:

Scampi

D Express:

Dark Jedi