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Hope – Sponsored By Hilton – Jo Metcalf Handicap (Div I)

  • Prize money: £3663.8
  • 1m 3f 179y
  • Class 6
  • 8 runners
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Hope – Sponsored By Hilton – Jo Metcalf Handicap (Div I)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 7-1331 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 54

Form & Verdict

Softening ground would be a grey area but she's running well and benefited from a forward ride when prevailing over this far at Yarmouth; 2lb rise looks very manageable.

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8th

7

(6)

7th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 6

13:40 Lingfield (AW)

Gearings Point

9st 8lb

J: Mikkel Mortensen

T: Sheena West

midfield

14/1

6th

3

12th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:45 Plumpton

Gearings Point

11st 9lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

took keen hold, prominent, not fluent 1st, outpaced 3 out, weakened before 2 out

4/1

3rd

5

29th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

14:50 Plumpton

Gearings Point

10st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Sheena West

in touch with leaders, outpaced 3 out, rallied 2 out, kept on approaching last, not fluent last, no impression run-in

10/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 752920 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 54

Form & Verdict

Multiple AW winner who is 0-7 on turf; having an up and down year and trainer now turns to a tongue-tie; others safer.

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4th

6

(1)

12th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 6

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Bay Of Naples

9st 5lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Herrington

Three of his six wins have come here (1m3f/1m4f) and was running consistently well up until January, but quiet in his last three starts; just 1lb above his last winning mark, but he needs a resurgence with cheekpieces reapplied.

16/1

9th

7

(3)

31st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 6

13:30 Southwell (AW)

Bay Of Naples

9st 5lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Herrington

Without an AW win since February 2021 (1m3f here; on Fibresand) but he has had C&D placings and did score on turf last September; solid sequence came to an end on penultimate start but latest wasn't too bad and he now has a switch from recent cheekpieces to blinkers.

20/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 60-764

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 52

Form & Verdict

All turf runs on good to firm; still lightly raced and kept boxing on to be a close fourth behind Gearing's Point at Yarmouth; thereabouts.

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4th

3

(1)

1st Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 209y

Class 6

18:50 Ffos Las

Lailah

9st 9lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: James Fanshawe

Unraced on softer than good; ninth attempt when off the mark in a ten-runner classified at Yarmouth (11.4f, good) last time and she did it in clearcut style, leading 1f out; player if reproducing that form and some earlier efforts weren't far away.

6/1

1st

6

(1)

9th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 104y

Class 6

19:20 Yarmouth

Lailah

9st 11lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: James Fanshawe

0-8 but she has shown promise, notably over C&D in June and at Leicester a fortnight later; not so good at Bath four weeks ago (upped to 1m5f) but this is a drop in grade and she's more appealing than many; unraced on slower than good.

4/1

6th

4

(8)

12th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 11y

Class 6

18:10 Bath

Lailah

9st 5lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: James Fanshawe

Seven-race maiden but she's run well in her last two handicaps including a third of eight at Leicester (1m4f, good; behind a progressive subsequent winner) two weeks ago; has claims if she can find a bit extra at this new trip.

7/2

10/1

Form: 696453

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 46

Form & Verdict

Nicely treated on some of her form but remains a maiden and others look in better nick at the minute.

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6th

8

(1)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

16:20 Leicester

Foursome

9st 1lb

J: David Egan

T: Olly Williams

Ended last season in good form, notably when opening account with wide-margin success at Nottingham (1m2f, heavy), but didn't take to hurdling in the meantime and needs to prove she can still cope with a mark this high.

10/1

20/1

Form: 62-896

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 47

Form & Verdict

Won a 1m2f Epsom handicap last summer for a different yard; doesn't look a winner waiting to happen on this season's evidence.

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5th

15

(5)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

20:25 Leicester

Rita Rana

9st 0lb

J: Grace McEntee

T: Adrian Wintle

1-18 on turf; 1m2f winner (good to firm); not written off each-way if back to her form of last summer but more recent efforts have been moderate.

25/1

9th

11

(6)

20th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 1f 207y

Class 6

18:15 Brighton

Rita Rana

9st 3lb

J: Christian Howarth

T: Adrian Wintle

towards rear

12/1

5th

7

(5)

23rd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 31y

Class 6

17:00 Windsor

Rita Rana

9st 3lb

J: Christian Howarth

T: Adrian Wintle

Plenty of short-priced convictions to go with her sole win and hung left throughout when finishing last on Tapeta (1m4f) a fortnight ago; is far from straightforward but conditions will be fine and she stays further.

12/1

Form: 508-16 CD

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 54

Form & Verdict

Winning for a second time here when just holding on over this far (good to firm) last month and it was only a week later that he wasn't as good (escaped a penalty) at Windsor; has recharged the batteries after 24 days off and should go well; all turf runs on good or faster.

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8th

3

(10)

18th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 6

13:50 Thirsk

Blazer Two

9st 9lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Lucinda Russell

Has won two handicaps from eight runs on turf, both over 1m4f on good to firm; creditable efforts on both starts since changing yards, last time finishing a promising third at Hamilton (1m4f, soft); chance.

7/1

Form: 004768

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 49

Form & Verdict

Ten-race maiden still to be placed; has run well on the odd occasion but seems inconsistent no matter what the headgear.

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9th

8

(2)

19th Jul 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Zoffany Portrait

9st 9lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Tony Carroll

Unplaced in all 11 starts and still has stamina to prove over this far; makes little appeal despite the drop in grade.

25/1

7th

7

(3)

29th Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 179y

Class 6

17:45 Leicester

Zoffany Portrait

9st 3lb

J: Mollie Phillips

T: Tony Carroll

prominent

10/1

8th

9

(10)

14th Jun 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 6

20:15 Kempton (AW)

Zoffany Portrait

9st 0lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Tony Carroll

Not beaten far in two of his last three starts and his mark continues to ease; yet to prove his stamina conclusively but still has relatively low mileage.

8/1

OUR TIP

10/1

Form: 367740

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 55

Form & Verdict

Four-time AW winner and lightly raced on turf; hasn't been bringing his best game to the races since going close at Southwell six runs back.

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6th

5

(12)

21st Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 6

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Prince Abu

9st 6lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Derek Shaw

Three course wins including one over C&D, and three times in a hood; perfectly capable of popping up again on the best of this winter's form and perhaps fitting cheekpieces, after running with no headgear since October 2022, will provide a helpful novelty factor.

8/1

6th

5

(7)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Prince Abu

9st 7lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: Derek Shaw

slowly away and lost many lengths start, raced in last

8/1

4th

2

(7)

5th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Prince Abu

9st 7lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Derek Shaw

Losing run up to 18, but things haven't panned out ideally for him a couple of times lately and this three-time course winner lurks on a dangerous mark, 9lb lower than when last successful and 1lb lower than when going close over C&D in December; may be worth chancing.

9/1

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Exacta £309.00
Straight Forecast £353.30
Tricast £1881.50
Trifecta £2093.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Lailah

POSTDATA:

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The Times:

Foursome

NEWMARKET:

Lailah

Telegraph:

Lailah

The Star:

Lailah

The Guardian:

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D Express:

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