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20:30 Chester

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Expleo Handicap

  • Prize money: £6115.2
  • 1m 2f 70y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Expleo Handicap

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.75
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 43-23

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Plenty of promise in his qualifying runs (beaten a neck on 1m Salisbury reappearance) and made a good start to his handicap career when third over 1m2f at Epsom (good to firm) on Derby day; the winner was a good fourth in the King Edward last week and the second won well at Pontefract on Sunday so the form looks strong.

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

1st

4

(3)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newbury

Balance Play

9st 1lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

in touch with leaders, cajoled along 4f out, pushed along 3f out, hung left but headway on near side of group 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon edged left, went clear final 110yds, comfortably

7/2

10th

11

(9)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

13:50 York

Balance Play

9st 3lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

Creditable third at Epsom (1m2f, good to firm) on handicap debut, before making all at Chester (1m2f, good to soft) and asserting final 1f at Glorious Goodwood (1m3f, good to soft); 1m4f looks manageable and 7lb rise may be too, given he was comfortably on top for both wins; steadily progressive.

4/1

1st

2

(13)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 3f 44y

Class 3

17:20 Goodwood

Balance Play

9st 8lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

midfield

9/2

7/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 122422

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

7f AW novice winner; runner-up in four of his five handicaps, including C&D last month; got going too late over 1m at Doncaster since and the return to further should suit, as could more severe headgear (first-time blinkers for cheekpieces); unlikely to be far away.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

4

(4)

30th Jun 2023

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 4

20:30 Chester

Razoni

9st 4lb

J: Jason Watson

T: George Boughey

7f AW novice winner; runner-up in four of his five handicaps, including C&D last month; got going too late over 1m at Doncaster since and the return to further should suit, as could more severe headgear (first-time blinkers for cheekpieces); unlikely to be far away.

7/1

2nd

3

(5)

18th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 213y

Class 4

16:25 Doncaster

Razoni

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: George Boughey

towards rear but in touch with leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden 1f out, no impression until kept on well final 110yds, went second final strides

11/2

2nd

1

(2)

27th May 2023

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 4

17:15 Chester

Razoni

9st 9lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: George Boughey

prominent

11/2

OUR TIP

100/30

Form: 21-562

Last run: 34 days

W: 9st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Bought for 200,000gns after winning a 7f AW novice for Sir Michael Stoute last September; back on the up at the third time of asking for his new stable when keeping-on second in 1m York handicap (good to firm) last month; the third and fourth franked that form by winning next time; bred to stay 1m2f; interesting.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10th

3

(2)

3rd May 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

19:55 Newcastle (AW)

Theme Park

9st 9lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Nigel Tinkler

Not much luck with one thing and another last year and this mark should be within range; he was fine with 1m2f last summer, however, and this trip looks a bare minimum back from seven months off for a yard also repsonsible for two others.

8/1

10/1

Form: 34-22

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Has made the frame on all four starts in maiden/novice events, although Tajawal was merely pushed out to see him off quite comfortably at Ayr (1m, good to firm) last time and not sure a 6lb swing in the weights is enough for him to reverse those placings.

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

4th

6

(7)

30th Jun 2023

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 4

20:30 Chester

Lil Frank

9st 3lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Varian

Has made the frame on all four starts in maiden/novice events, although Tajawal was merely pushed out to see him off quite comfortably at Ayr (1m, good to firm) last time and not sure a 6lb swing in the weights is enough for him to reverse those placings.

10/1

2nd

3

(6)

5th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:15 Ayr

Lil Frank

9st 5lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Varian

took keen hold, prominent, pushed along and chased clear leader over 1f out, kept on but no impression final furlong

11/8

2nd

4

(2)

8th May 2023

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 5

16:15 Southwell (AW)

Lil Frank

9st 3lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Varian

Two expensive defeats last summer but both efforts look better now than at the time; was said to have hung left latterly and retains potential having since been gelded.

7/2

28/1

Form: 373182 D

Last run: 95 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Had 28 starts in just under 12 months in France, winning three of them, the latest over 1m2f; claimed after finishing a close second at Fontainebleau (1m3f, soft) in March; his mark looks manageable on his peak RPRs but he bumps into a few unexposed types on this British debut; best watched.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

14:05 Catterick

Mandega

10st 12lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

prominent, went second 4th, lost second before 2 out, weakened after 2 out

16/1

Form: 07-151

Last run: 143 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

All six starts on AW, showing improved form when winning two handicaps over the extended 1m at Wolverhampton at the start of 2023; makes turf debut after five months off in a warm-looking race but further progress can't be discounted; market support worth noting given the stable has last weekend's 1m2f Royal Ascot 3yo handicap winner Burdett Road to compare him to.

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

2nd

6

(1)

25th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Noodle Mission

9st 5lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Edward Smyth-Osbourne

prominent

5/1

Form: 2-331

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

May not be straightforward (headgear quickly reached for) but it's tough to knock what he's done on the track, comfortably seeing off the reopposing Lil' Frank when making it fourth time lucky at Ayr (1m, good to firm) in maiden company 25 days ago; steps back up in trip for handicap debut; should be very competitive, particularly with Harry Davies taking 3lb off.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

5

(1)

6th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

17:45 Newcastle (AW)

Tajawal

9st 12lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Close third behind Starshiba and Miami Thunder in similar event over C&D when last seen ten weeks ago, doing well considering he perhaps didn't have the ideal track position; gelded since (hasn't always looked straightforward); retains low mileage and may do better still; possibilities.

4/1

4

(6)

10th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 3

14:15 York

Tajawal

9st 4lb

J: William Buick

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Maiden winner who ran poorly on his handicap debut at Chester (1m2f) but got back on track with a close third at Newcastle (1m); gelded since and Buick is booked, so one to consider.

6/1

3rd

5

(3)

29th Jul 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

16:25 Newcastle (AW)

Tajawal

9st 9lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Didn't need to improve on earlier efforts to win a 1m maiden at Ayr last month (made all as the 2-7 favourite); ran poorly at Chester (1m2f, good to soft) on his handicap debut four weeks ago; better than that but he needs to bounce back quickly; visor off.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £165.00
Straight Forecast £216.10
Tricast £814.50
Trifecta £555.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Balance Play

Telegraph:

Noodle Mission

TOPSPEED:

Theme Park

NEWMARKET:

Tajawal

POSTDATA:

Razoni

Daily Record:

Tajawal

Daily Mirror:

Noodle Mission

The Sun:

Noodle Mission

The Times:

Theme Park

The Guardian:

Theme Park

RP RATINGS:

Balance Play

Daily Mail:

Balance Play

D Express:

Balance Play

The Star:

Balance Play