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19:00 Epsom

Good To Firm

Betfred Play Fred’s 5 Million Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Sprint Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £6280.8
  • 0m 6f 3y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Betfred Play Fred’s 5 Million Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Sprint Series Qualifier)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: 6-5414 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Won a Windsor novice (6f, good to soft) last summer and he got off the mark this year when running away with a Class 5 handicap at Lingfield last month (6f, good to firm); that might not have been much of a race with the odds-on favourite underperforming and he had no excuses at Windsor 17 days ago; blinkers now reached for.

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

10th

2

(3)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 212y

Class 4

14:45 Haydock

Magical Merlin

9st 8lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Harry Charlton

Dual 6f winner who was placed over 7f on his final two starts of last season without entirely convincing that this is his trip; might be stronger now as a 4yo and this mark shouldn't be beyond him.

4/1

2nd

2

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

14:50 Newmarket

Magical Merlin

9st 3lb

J: David Probert

T: Harry & Roger Charlton

raced centre, prominent, switched to far side after 2f

5/1

Form: 917948 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Sprung a surprise in a 6f handicap at Lingfield (AW) in March off an 8lb higher mark; out of sorts since and although he's effective at this track, others look stronger.

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

6th

6

(9)

18th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Count Otto

9st 6lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Amanda Perrett

Good effort at Lingfield on his penultimate start but he was bitterly disappointing back there five weeks ago; could prove vulnerable again.

12/1

7th

1

(1)

14th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 4

15:00 Lingfield (AW)

Count Otto

9st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Amanda Perrett

in touch with leaders

3/1

2nd

1

(11)

31st Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 4

14:24 Lingfield (AW)

Count Otto

9st 11lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Amanda Perrett

Multiple C&D winner, the latest of them off this mark in March; solid fourth in stronger company 18 days ago; draw could have been kinder.

5/1

Form: -41158 D BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Off the mark in a Kempton novice (6f, AW) in April and followed up on his handicap debut at Salisbury in May (6f, good to soft); no impact in his last two starts, struggling to make up ground in races in which the speed held up; still has time to do better and a return to more positive tactics could help matters.

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

4th

8

(3)

17th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Grenham Bay

9st 6lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Two of his three wins have come over C&D, the latest off 2lb lower last month; ran well for third at Southwell five weeks ago and has solid claims back here.

4/1

3rd

5

(5)

14th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 5

18:15 Southwell (AW)

Grenham Bay

9st 6lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

midfield, headway from over 2f out, challenging inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

6/1

1st

6

(5)

2nd Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:55 Kempton (AW)

Grenham Bay

9st 10lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Two wins last spring, including C&D, and he has run several good races this winter; chased home an improving sprinter at Southwell 16 days ago and he should be in the thick of it.

3/1

Form: -62038 CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

5lb lower than when winning the corresponding race 12 months ago (good to firm); some fair efforts on AW earlier in the year and perhaps in need of the outing when behind Faro De San Juan at Chester last month; his last three turf wins have come here, at Brighton and Goodwood so undulating tracks clearly no barrier to success; interesting.

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

10th

7

(6)

29th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Ripon

Toussarok

9st 2lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Charlie Johnston

held up in rear, no impression from 2f out

16/1

9th

8

(4)

10th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:45 Sandown

Toussarok

9st 6lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Johnston

7lb lower than when winning at Epsom (6f, good to firm) in July 2022 but weakened to finish a remote fourth (not helped by being hampered by a loose horse but it's only a partial excuse) in that same contest four weeks ago; not an obvious one after that but a career-low mark and the presence of William Buick in the saddle mean he can't be dismissed.

7/1

4th

3

(7)

13th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 3y

Class 4

19:00 Epsom

Toussarok

9st 8lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

5lb lower than when winning the corresponding race 12 months ago (good to firm); some fair efforts on AW earlier in the year and perhaps in need of the outing when behind Faro De San Juan at Chester last month; his last three turf wins have come here, at Brighton and Goodwood so undulating tracks clearly no barrier to success; interesting.

7/2

Form: 120-55 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 11lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

Coaxed back to form by this yard last summer, winning three times over the extended 5f at Brighton; yet to shine in 2023 and could prove vulnerable at this level.

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

10th

5

27th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 1y

Class 6

16:15 Lingfield (AW)

Lethal Angel

9st 6lb

T: Brett Johnson

Consistency has been an issue this season but she retains ability and continues to slip down the weights; well beaten on AW three weeks ago but this is weak and she's not discounted.

8/1

11th

1

(4)

4th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 6

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Lethal Angel

9st 9lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Brett Johnson

in touch with leaders, hampered and weakened over 1f out

14/1

4th

5

(6)

11th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 60y

Class 6

17:15 Brighton

Lethal Angel

9st 5lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: Brett Johnson

Her last three wins have come over C&D (good/good to firm) and she was beaten less than 2l off a reduced mark here (6f) last Monday; that was her best run for a while and she looks interesting on this drop back in trip.

8/1

Form: 318735 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Won twice over 5f on Polytrack earlier in the year; hit and miss since the second victory and he was short of his best at Kempton last week (after a 58-day break); unplaced in three runs here, including behind Toussarok in this race 12 months ago.

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

3rd

2

(1)

2nd May 2024

Standard

0m 5f 6y

Class 6

15:05 Lingfield (AW)

Pablo Del Pueblo

9st 8lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Simon Dow

taken down early

3/1

8th

8

(3)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 10y

Class 5

17:55 Bath

Pablo Del Pueblo

8st 9lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Simon Dow

towards rear

10/1

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Non-runners

Justcallmepete, Faro De San Juan

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Straight Forecast £169.90
Tricast £414.80

Selections

POSTDATA:

Justcallmepete

The Times:

Magical Merlin

SPOTLIGHT:

Toussarok

The Star:

Count Otto

Telegraph:

Magical Merlin

D Express:

Magical Merlin

Daily Mail:

Justcallmepete

Daily Mirror:

Justcallmepete

The Sun:

Justcallmepete

Daily Record:

Justcallmepete

RP RATINGS:

Toussarok

The Guardian:

Toussarok