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Hope – Sponsored By Nucleus Hr Handicap

  • Prize money: £3663.8
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 6
  • 13 runners
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Hope – Sponsored By Nucleus Hr Handicap

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.40

Form: -61435 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Nosed out Obama Army over this trip at Nottingham (soft) in April and might well have doubled her tally last time at Haydock (good to firm) had she got any luck in running; should run very well off the same mark.

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10th

15

(1)

3rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:00 Newmarket

Kamanika

8st 7lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Joseph Parr

held up in rear, pushed along and no impression 2f out

13/2

1st

4

(3)

17th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:15 Leicester

Kamanika

9st 9lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Joseph Parr

Progressive filly who has collected three wins over today's trip this season, the latest on soft ground at Sandown last month; only another 2lb higher here and might still be improving; respected.

9/4

8/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 4-4762

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Unlike fifth-placed Kamanika, he had no excuses when runner-up in a first-time hood at Haydock (1m2f, good to firm); entitled to go well but might be vulnerable once more.

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2nd

4

(7)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 75y

Class 4

16:05 Nottingham

I Still Have Faith

9st 5lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: B F Brookhouse

Four wins (1m-1m2f) on the Flat last year and he won on his hurdling debut at Wetherby (2m, good) in October; disappointing at Cheltenham in November but that was a tough race and he's had a break since; still looks feasibly treated in this sphere and he needs a close look on return.

9/2

6th

7

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

12:35 Cheltenham

I Still Have Faith

11st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

Highly productive run of form on the Flat this year from 1m to 1m2f (pretty useful form) and he continued the good work on hurdling debut at Wetherby (2m, good) where his jumping improved as the race progressed; holes in the form can be picked (runner-up was behind Eagle Prince the time before) but he wasn't remotely troubled; some doubts about him on soft ground.

11/1

OUR TIP

14/1

  • Place: £4.70

Form: 7505

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Down only 2lb for finishing a near 5l fifth on her handicap debut here (1m, good to firm) but Aidan Keeley takes off another 5lb with his claim and there have been hints of winning potential.

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2nd

7

(4)

28th Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 37y

Class 5

15:55 Bath

Expert Witness

9st 5lb

J: George Rooke

T: Sir Mark Todd

Won on Lingfield AW in September and not far away in December when last seen; also a close third over 1m2f on good ground last June on the second of her only two AW starts; trainer won this race last year and this 4yo has each-way chance if primed again and if she acts on this surface.

9/1

5th

8

(4)

4th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 5

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Expert Witness

9st 6lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Sir Mark Todd

The race went her way when winning on Lingfield AW in September; never threatened over that C&D after and she wasn't about to pounce when hampered at Chelmsford since (beaten over 6l); work to do on Tapeta debut.

10/1

Form: 07-6

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Never dangerous after starting slowly at Carlisle (1m1f, good; 13-2) but handicaps should see him in a better light, especially over middle distances; considered.

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2nd

8

(10)

26th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Nottingham

Alhambra Palace

9st 6lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

dwelt start, took keen hold, in rear, headway from 3f out, hung left but went second against far rail over 1f out, kept on, just held

7/4

5th

13

(11)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

14:25 York

Alhambra Palace

8st 3lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: William Haggas

Runner-up at Epsom (1m4f, good to firm) last month on second handicap start and has won his next two (1m4f/1m6f, good to soft/heavy); has travelled really well for those wins and he could have more left in the tank for trainer who has won two of the last four runnings (also saddles Lordship).

13/2

1st

7

(4)

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:27 Sandown

Alhambra Palace

9st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: William Haggas

Has improved plenty since handicapping, getting off the mark by nearly 5l at Ascot (1m4f, good to soft) last Friday; has a good chance of staying the longer trip on breeding and 6lb penalty is unlikely to stop him if he's in the same form.

8/13

13/2

Form: 221222

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Has been a model of consistency this year in handicaps (1m-1m2f) but the winner beat him fairly easily last time at Hamilton and he's clearly handicapped about right.

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5th

12

(2)

31st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

14:00 Dundalk (AW)

Obama Army

9st 4lb

J: Gavin Ryan

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

Dual winner on turf but as good as ever when runner-up over C&D last month; left on the same mark and could be more to come having not been with this yard long.

11/2

2nd

8

(9)

20th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

19:15 Dundalk (AW)

Obama Army

9st 11lb

J: Scott McCullagh

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

prominent, headway and challenging when ridden 1f out, kept on, no match for winner

8/1

7th

5

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 190y

12:35 Down Royal

Obama Army

10st 10lb

J: G B Noonan

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

pressed leaders, lost third before 4 out, weakened before 3 out

25/1

14/1

Form: 703

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Improved for going over this far when third in a Windsor novice (good) but he was some 14l off the winner; probably needs to find something on that run to make a splash on his handicap debut.

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6th

7

(10)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Thirsk

Queensland Boy

9st 0lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Ian Williams

Has some ups and downs in his record but he made it 2-6 on turf when scoring under a positive ride at Nottingham (2m, soft) two weeks ago; that was a narrow success but he's only 2lb higher and this drop back in trip is no problem; shortlisted.

5/1

1st

5

(4)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:55 Nottingham

Queensland Boy

9st 6lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: Ian Williams

Two creditable placed efforts on Polytrack (1m4f/1m6f) in December but below-form sixth twice since; needs a return to turf (won over 11.5f at Windsor last summer) to spark a revival.

6/1

6th

8

(7)

1st Apr 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 5

13:40 Wolverhampton (AW)

Queensland Boy

9st 4lb

J: David Egan

T: Ian Williams

prominent on inner

10/1

20/1

Form: 12-446

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Completed a handicap hat-trick at about 1m last summer (good/good to firm) but he wasn't at his best with a visor (retained) replacing blinkers at Wetherby this month (1m2f).

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11th

11

(1)

1st Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 218y

Class 6

16:20 Thirsk

Leading Company

9st 4lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

Won three in a row at up to 1m on turf (good/good to firm) last summer but not in the same form this season and down the field in last four runs; now 1lb lower than for latest win but major upturn in form needed.

20/1

6th

10

(2)

17th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 100y

Class 6

16:30 Beverley

Leading Company

9st 4lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

Completed a hat-trick in nurseries last summer, the first two wins coming here (7.5f, good to firm); mixed record this year but the return to this track could pique his interest.

10/1

12/1

Form: 09235

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Made the frame on his handicap debut on the AW (8.6f) and Kempton last month (1m; first-time tongue-tie) didn't pan out too well for those held up; could pick up something off this low a mark.

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9th

9

(5)

9th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

17:15 Bath

Papal Music

9st 1lb

J: William Cox

T: Clive Cox

Respectable third on his handicap debut at Wolverhampton (8.6f, AW) in March but he's taken backward steps in his three runs since and was tailed off at Nottingham (8.3f, soft) last time; mark continues to fall but he needs to turn things around; blinkers (tried on second start) go back on.

16/1

7th

8

(1)

21st Jul 2023

Soft

1m 0f 75y

Class 6

15:25 Nottingham

Papal Music

9st 5lb

J: William Cox

T: Clive Cox

took keen hold, jumped path soon after start, prominent on inner

14/1

Form: 67-405

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 63

Form & Verdict

Best effort was his debut when second to a decent horse at Nottingham; nowhere in his first handicap (cheekpieces) and although Yarmouth last time when visored was better, he could still only finish midfield; no headgear this time.

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11th

4

(11)

26th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Going To The Moon

9st 8lb

J: David Allan

T: David Thompson

0-8 for Ismail Mohammed; 7f was an insufficient test on recent stable but he didn't do enough to think he was the answer this time.

25/1

10th

2

(3)

16th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

Going To The Moon

9st 8lb

J: David Allan

T: David Thompson

0-8 for Ismail Mohammed; makes his stable debut after nine months off having been picked up for 5,000gns in November; plenty to prove, not least down to this trip for the first time.

16/1

10th
13 (5)
Fougere

7/1

Form: 08-62

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 58

Form & Verdict

Well held in her qualifying runs but she was a staying-on second when switched to handicaps at Nottingham (1m2f, heavy) and the third was a good way back; chance.

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2nd

5

(6)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 50y

Class 5

19:09 Nottingham

Fougere

9st 6lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Dean Ivory

Still to register a victory but she posted a solid second of 11 in 1m2f Leicester handicap 13 days ago; she can make her presence felt once more.

7/2

2nd

6

(9)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

16:20 Leicester

Fougere

9st 3lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: Dean Ivory

Ten-race maiden; raced a bit too freely when sixth of 12 on seasonal debut at Yarmouth (1m, good to firm) a fortnight ago but positives can still be drawn from that performance, and today's trip-and-ground combination ought to show him in a better light; major player.

7/1

6th

5

(6)

13th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 3y

Class 6

15:40 Yarmouth

Fougere

9st 7lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: Dean Ivory

Yet to win in nine attempts but had two close calls over 1m2f on turf (heavy; also acts on good) in 2023, including on this track; not ruled out back at 1m despite lack of a recent run.

8/1

12/1

Form: -64424

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Made it 0-9 when beaten 10l in a 1m2f soft-ground novice last time but he was only 3l away in two 1m2f handicaps prior to that (soft/good to soft); each-way claims.

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11th

5

(9)

29th Jun 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

20:15 Leicester

Crosstitch

9st 8lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Jennie Candlish

Made it 0-9 when beaten 10l in a 1m2f soft-ground novice last time but he was only 3l away in two 1m2f handicaps prior to that (soft/good to soft); each-way claims.

12/1

4th

3

(6)

15th May 2023

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Windsor

Crosstitch

9st 1lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jennie Candlish

This is his third start for his third trainer; ran well in 1m2f handicaps (on soft/good to soft) on last two outings but he looks exposed compared to some of these and needs some improvement to get off the mark.

6/1

Form: 296-

Last run: 294 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in a Brighton maiden on debut (6f, good to soft) but fared less well afterwards on the AW (7f) and on soft (6f); not badly treated on that debut form and the dam won over this far; long-time absent but interesting if there's confidence behind her.

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8th

8

(1)

1st May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 1f 207y

Class 6

18:45 Brighton

Jackie Diamond

8st 12lb

J: David Probert

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Runner-up at a big price here (6f, good to soft) on her debut last summer but has achieved very little subsequently (6f-1m2f), including in four handicaps; has lots to prove after 191 days off and can only be watched.

16/1

6th

5

(3)

23rd Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 31y

Class 6

17:00 Windsor

Jackie Diamond

9st 4lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Went close at a big price on her debut last summer but has achieved very little subsequently (6f-1m2f), including when a remote last on her first start since undergoing wind surgery a fortnight ago.

50/1

25/1

Form: 03-580

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 58

Form & Verdict

Third on handicap debut at Nottingham (8.3f, soft) in October but she's returned to action with three heavy defeats and needs to turn things around.

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13th

12

(3)

29th Jun 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

20:15 Leicester

Ravigill

9st 2lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Alan King

Third on handicap debut at Nottingham (8.3f, soft) in October but she's returned to action with three heavy defeats and needs to turn things around.

25/1

10th

12

(1)

29th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 53y

Class 5

15:05 Leicester

Ravigill

9st 0lb

J: David Probert

T: Alan King

slowly away

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £269.00
Straight Forecast £291.70
Tricast £3820.60
Trifecta £2058.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Alhambra Palace

RP RATINGS:

Kamanika

The Guardian:

Expert Witness

Telegraph:

I Still Have Faith

The Star:

Obama Army

Daily Mail:

Expert Witness

NEWMARKET:

Alhambra Palace

D Express:

Alhambra Palace

The Sun:

Alhambra Palace

POSTDATA:

Kamanika

The Times:

Kamanika

Daily Mirror:

Kamanika

Daily Record:

I Still Have Faith