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Coral Challenge (Handicap)

  • Prize money: £50960
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 15 runners
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Coral Challenge (Handicap)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 409-70 C BF

Last run: 17 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Defied a 5lb higher mark in the 2021 Britannia; 0-15 since, most recently beaten favourite (finished tenth) in the Royal Hunt Cup on second run for new yard; however, good chance if taking well to first-time hood.

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

1st

7

(6)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Perotto

9st 7lb

J: Bauyrzhan Murzabayev

T: Roger Varian

midfield, headway and ridden over 1f out, went second inside final furlong, pushed along and ran on well final 110yds, led final stride

11/4

7th

11

(17)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Goodwood

Perotto

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Roger Varian

Course winner at 6f and 7f; had been on a losing run since winning the 1m Britannia at Ascot in 2021 but put an end to it when winning from Ouzo at Sandown last month (1m, good to firm; first-time hood, retained); still below the mark of his big Ascot win but mudlark credentials are shaky.

12/1

1st

9

(4)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Perotto

8st 13lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Roger Varian

Defied a 5lb higher mark in the 2021 Britannia; 0-15 since, most recently beaten favourite (finished tenth) in the Royal Hunt Cup on second run for new yard; however, good chance if taking well to first-time hood.

6/1

9/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 045422 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Won five times in 2022; close second in a couple of Class 2 events last month, latest behind Maysong over C&D (good to firm; finished strongly); threatening to regain the winning thread and has to be feared.

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2nd

7

(4)

16th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:55 Newmarket

Dutch Decoy

9st 1lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Charlie Johnston

Well beaten in the Lincoln on reappearance but he's never run well on testing ground at Doncaster; has same mark as for close sixth in the Cambridgeshire here (1m, good to soft) last September, when second of seven on the far side, and he could be in the mix.

16/1

13

(18)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Dutch Decoy

8st 9lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Charlie Johnston

Frequently ran well in competitive handicaps last year, including on soft going; each-way claims if at the top of his game on reappearance, although that wasn't the case in the Spring Mile over C&D (heavy) 12 months ago.

25/1

6th

17

(4)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Dutch Decoy

8st 12lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Charlie Johnston

Produced a string of good runs in competitive handicaps this summer (various ground) and was on the wrong end of a pace bias when sixth of 19 at York (1m, good to firm) two starts ago, having been held up in rear; needs to bounce back from recent blip at Doncaster but he's not written off.

25/1

25/1

Form: -93190 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

The cards dropped right at Chester three starts ago; not disgraced (11th of 30) in the Royal Hunt Cup latest but appears to be back in the assessor's grip; weighted to the hilt.

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15th

7

(13)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newbury

Revich

9st 2lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Richard Spencer

Useful handicapper down the years and has made the frame twice in this contest (2021 and 2023); however, looks far from sure to uphold that record, having suffered a heavy defeat in the Lincoln on reappearance.

40/1

8

(21)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Revich

9st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Richard Spencer

8yo who was better than ever last year with wins at Chester (7.5f, soft) and Ayr (1m, good to soft); however, he's come up short in the last three runnings of this race (making reappearance each time) and others are preferred.

33/1

10th

6

(3)

25th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Revich

9st 6lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Richard Spencer

midfield

7/2

Form: 2120-1 CD

Last run: 44 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Has low mileage; gelded prior to his success over C&D (good) on seasonal debut; subsequently sold out of Roger Varian's stable for £125,000; open to further progress and warrants serious respect on debut for Alice Haynes.

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3rd

1

(1)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

13:50 Sandown

Indemnify

10st 1lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Won a 1m handicap here (good ground) in May on his final start for Roger Varian and has shaped well back here (1m again) on two of his three subsequent starts for current yard; may need to get the breaks from the inside stall but he's one to be interested in from his mark and the drop to 7f shouldn't pose a problem for one who tends to race freely.

5/1

4th

6

(2)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:45 Sandown

Indemnify

9st 8lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Below par at Newmarket last time but the hood adopted that day is now left off, and he'd previously run two good races in a row over this C&D, with a win and a good fifth of 15 (the latter on stable debut); not ruled out.

11/1

6th

5

(10)

22nd Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket (July)

Indemnify

9st 9lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Unexposed 4yo who won twice for Roger Varian, the latest on his Sandown reappearance (1m, good; first start since being gelded) in May; not beaten far into fifth of 15 on stable debut over the same C&D (good to firm) a fortnight ago, but needs to find a bit more from the same mark; hood given a go; yard also runs Maysong.

8/1

12/1

Form: 136013 CD

Last run: 4 days

W: 8st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Successful over C&D (beat Dutch Decoy) last month, then ran creditably at Hamilton on Tuesday despite meeting traffic issues; on career-high mark but Tommie Jakes takes off 7lb; better than ever.

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7th

13

(2)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Maysong

9st 5lb

J: Christian Howarth

T: Alice Haynes

Has steadily found his form on AW this year, close second at Kempton (1m) most recently; fully exposed but he finished third (off only 2lb lower) in this race 12 months ago and could go well again.

16/1

2nd

1

(5)

6th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:24 Kempton (AW)

Maysong

9st 9lb

J: Tommie Jakes

T: Alice Haynes

Just 1-27 on AW but ran well enough in a Chelmsford 0-85 last time to be considered.

4/1

3rd

10

(1)

21st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:45 Chelmsford (AW)

Maysong

9st 2lb

J: Christian Howarth

T: Alice Haynes

Only AW win in 26 attempts was in 2019 and ran only okay when seventh of 11 at Wolverhampton recently.

20/1

Form: 832-22 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 8st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Largely consistent since wearing a hood, beaten narrowly in Class 2 contest at Newcastle (1m, AW) most recently, albeit having dictated a steady pace; each-way possibilities off the same mark.

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4th

7

(15)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Doncaster

Spirit Catcher

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Back to form last month, winning easily at Ripon (good to soft) then third at York Ebor festival (good to firm), both over 1m; likely player, provided he continues in the same vein.

9/1

3rd

17

(10)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:00 York

Spirit Catcher

8st 13lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

prominent

16/1

1st

1

(6)

19th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:50 Ripon

Spirit Catcher

10st 1lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Some recent below-par efforts but a revival would comes as no surprise having dipped to 3lb lower than when runner-up over 1m at Redcar and Newcastle at the start of the summer; usually races prominently.

6/1

25/1

Form: 5-7040 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Ready winner of last year's Golden Mile at Goodwood, though had a favourable draw and everything went right; well held in the Royal Hunt Cup most recently and doesn't look entirely solid on 2023 form.

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6th

1

(7)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

16:15 Southwell (AW)

Orbaan

9st 11lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Unexposed on the AW and well treated on the pick of his turf form (last win came from 8lb higher), but unplaced in his last 14 starts despite a sliding mark and returns from six months off; others preferred.

7/1

11th

10

(3)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

Orbaan

8st 10lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: David O’Meara

8yo who has been regressive this year and is back to having something to prove having been soundly beaten at Ascot last Saturday; however, prior to that he kept on for an encouraging fifth of 17 here (7f, good to soft) in first-time cheekpieces and perhaps he'll get another boost today now in a visor.

10/1

11th

16

(7)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Orbaan

8st 11lb

J: Jason Hart

T: David O’Meara

Successful in C&D classified race on Shergar Cup day in 2022, following up his Golden Mile win at Goodwood; 0-14 since and, although well treated on peak RPRs, current mark reflects his recent level of form.

12/1

25/1

Form: 02-048

Last run: 21 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Hasn't made the expected further improvement this season, for all that he wasn't disgraced two starts ago; held by Maysong and Dutch Decoy on C&D running latest; opposed.

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10th

6

(8)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Newbury

Baltimore Boy

9st 7lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: James Horton

Both wins on the AW (7f/1m) and 0-7 on turf; not disgraced when fifth of ten on his return/stable debut at Kempton (1m, AW) last month, but has a bit to prove attempting this far for the first time.

12/1

5th

9

(5)

1st Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:40 Kempton (AW)

Baltimore Boy

8st 13lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: James Horton

midfield

8/1

8th

1

(9)

12th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Baltimore Boy

10st 1lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Michael Bell

dwelt start, in rear

9/1

12th
15 (14)
Sceptic

7/1

Form: 4-1641 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Sole 3yo in the field and remains unexposed; won going away at Goodwood (1m, good) two weeks ago and looks open to further improvement; interesting contender at the foot of the weights upped in grade.

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8

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

13:10 Fakenham

Sceptic

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Capable of fairly useful winning form at 1m for Andrew Balding on the Flat but he has beaten just one rival in two starts for his current yard in that sphere; goes hurdling now with a bit to prove.

8/1

13th

7

(1)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

15:10 Newcastle (AW)

Sceptic

8st 11lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Ian Williams

Two wins (Polytrack/turf) in the first half of 2023 when trained by Andrew Balding; never dangerous on last month's stable debut at Wolverhampton (first run after a wind op); new trip today; others bring stronger claims.

33/1

7th

1

(8)

5th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 3

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sceptic

9st 13lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

A dual 7f/1m winner this term for Andrew Balding but off the track since beating only one in 1m1f Yarmouth handicap in September; starts out for a new yard here on the back of a wind op, with a bit to prove.

12/1

14/1

Form: 10-344 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Return to a big-field handicap looks ideal and he's on last winning mark; has form figures of 2249 in this contest and, provided last year's effort isn't repeated, holds frame possibilities back here.

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5th

9

(6)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Escobar

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

steadied start, towards rear

10/1

9th

8

(8)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Escobar

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

sweating, dwelt start, midfield on near side of group

14/1

8th

7

(11)

27th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Escobar

9st 3lb

J: Neil Callan

T: David O’Meara

Veteran who's become hard to win with and been on the downgrade this year, coming 22lb down the weights; late in the day to be making his Tapeta debut in a new form of headgear and will need some luck if dropped in as usual from stall 11.

12/1

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14th
2 (2)
Positive

9/1

Form: 61-158 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Horse

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Two AW wins during the winter; respectable eighth in the Royal Hunt Cup on his return to turf; 1-1 at Sandown, namely a success in the 2019 Solario, but that's the last time he scored on grass.

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14th

2

(2)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Positive

9st 10lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Clive Cox

Two AW wins during the winter; respectable eighth in the Royal Hunt Cup on his return to turf; 1-1 at Sandown, namely a success in the 2019 Solario, but that's the last time he scored on grass.

9/1

8th

5

(16)

21st Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Positive

9st 8lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: Clive Cox

Absent since a disappointing effort in major prize on Good Friday when bidding for AW hat-trick; landed the 2019 Solario but has failed to score on grass since and last year's two turf efforts cement doubts.

40/1

5th

4

(5)

7th Apr 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Positive

9st 7lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: Clive Cox

2yo Group 3 winner in 2019; returned last July from a long absence and struck form this winter with handicap wins at Wolverhampton (8.6f, Tapeta) and Kempton (1m); one to consider.

7/2

Form: 07-460 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Group 1 winner in 2018 when trained in France; 0-10 for current stable; close second in the 2022 Royal Hunt Cup but ran poorly in the latest running of that contest; others are more appealing.

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0

1

(9)

18th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

20:05 Newmarket (July)

Intellogent

10st 2lb

J: Adam Kirby

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Group 1 winner in 2018 when trained in France but he's 0-11 for current stable; went close off 5lb higher in the 2022 Royal Hunt Cup but he's generally struggled in his last seven runs and refused to race at Sandown last month; others preferred.

9/1

0

4

(7)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Intellogent

9st 5lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Group 1 winner in 2018 when trained in France; 0-10 for current stable; close second in the 2022 Royal Hunt Cup but ran poorly in the latest running of that contest; others are more appealing.

11/1

25th

7

(31)

21st Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Intellogent

9st 6lb

J: James Doyle

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Group 1 winner in 2018 when trained in France; 0-9 for current yard but ran well (close second) off 1lb higher in this contest 12 months ago and has a fighting chance if back in the same form; hinted at a revival on latest outing.

9/1

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Payout
Exacta £389.00
Straight Forecast £344.80
Tricast £3584.20
Trifecta £5076.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Perotto

TOPSPEED:

Sceptic

SPOTLIGHT:

Indemnify

The Star:

Baltimore Boy

D Express:

Silent Film

Daily Mail:

Dutch Decoy

Daily Mirror:

Intellogent

The Guardian:

Sceptic

The Sun:

Sceptic

NEWMARKET:

Indemnify

Daily Record:

Indemnify

POSTDATA:

Perotto

The Times:

Perotto

Telegraph:

Perotto