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19:30 Chester

Good To Soft

Expleo Handicap

  • Prize money: £15288
  • 1m 3f 75y
  • Class 3
  • 8 runners
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Expleo Handicap

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.90
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 453426 BF

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Four wins from 8.6f-1m2f on the AW during the winter; has run well on turf (0-7) as when second of 15 at York (1m4f, good to firm) last month, but only sixth of 14 when sent off favourite at Carlisle (1m3f, soft) 11 days later; needs to bounce back.

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4th

7

(5)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 2

14:35 Chester

Dream Harder

8st 9lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Ian Williams

Never figured in major AW handicap last month (it didn't suit the hold-up runners); sole turf win came at Chester (11.5f, soft; beat Box To Box) but he failed to land a blow over this trip here yesterday.

12/1

7th

4

(5)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Chester

Dream Harder

9st 7lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

Won over the extended 1m3f here on soft off 3lb lower last summer; creditable third on 1m4f Wolverhampton reappearance in March but never involved in the Rosebery at Kempton since.

10/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 47-061 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who is 3-4 around here, his wins including this race off 3lb lower last year and on his latest outing (1m2f, good) last month after having dropped to the same mark; has run well on soft ground, but would probably prefer conditions to dry out and he may face competition for the lead.

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2nd

4

(2)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 2

14:35 Chester

Box To Box

9st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: Hugo Palmer

Placed a few times in Bahrain during the winter, creditable second to Parlando latest; form figures at Chester read 116121; has a career-high mark but the return to this venue is highly favourable.

7/1

3rd

1

(4)

10th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:32 Leicester

Box To Box

10st 1lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Hugo Palmer

Managed to lead from a wide draw last time at Chester (1m2f, good to soft) and enhanced his good record there with a decisive success; only 3lb higher but this track might not play to his strengths.

13/2

OUR TIP

20/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 4/88-5 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Dual turf winner for Charlie Fellowes (11.6f/1m6f) in 2021, but only seen three times since the end of that year; race not run to suit on his return from another absence at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) 13 days ago (second start for this yard) and the longer trip should suit, but he still has something to prove.

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6th

1

(5)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 5f 26y

Class 3

17:20 Ayr

Mr Curiosity

9st 12lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Peak efforts this term have been at around 1m4f, including Ripon win in July and fourth at the York Ebor meeting, but he won over 1m6f in 2021; shaped okay in the 1m6f Old Borough Cup at Haydock last time considering the trouble in running over 2f out; major player.

7/2

6th

10

(7)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Mr Curiosity

8st 13lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

6yo who is lightly raced for his age and won at Ripon (1m4f, soft) in July; his recent fourth at York (1m4f, good to firm) can perhaps be upgraded as he raced prominently in a race that appeared to suit those ridden more patiently; won over 1m6f last year and could be in the shake-up.

14/1

10/1

Form: /1980- C

Last run: 293 days

W: 9st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Has enjoyed plenty of success under both codes over the years, his latest Flat success coming from 4lb lower here (1m2f, good to soft) last summer; returns from 132 days off having undergone wind surgery and may be best watched for now.

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4th

4

(7)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:10 York

Cormier

10st 0lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Brian Ellison

midfield

12/1

Form: 4-7026 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

On fast ground for the first time when sixth of ten at Haydock (1m4f) last month, but is much better suited to a soft surface; looked unlucky to lose his unbeaten course record (1m2f, soft) in May and although his stamina for this far is not yet conclusively proven, he has to be respected back here.

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9th

1

(11)

6th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Dark Pine

10st 1lb

J: John Fahy

T: David Loughnane

No win since May 2021; ran well at Chester in May off a 9lb higher mark but that hasn't been a springboard to better things; this drop into 0-80 company can help but he's far from bombproof.

10/1

6th

1

(10)

18th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Dark Pine

9st 13lb

J: Stefano Cherchi

T: David Loughnane

slowly away, in rear, headway from 2f out, no impression inside final furlong

25/1

8th

8

(4)

16th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

14:40 Chester

Dark Pine

9st 5lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: David Loughnane

C&D winner whose best effort so far this year was when beaten a neck here (soft) in May; now 4lb lower but he hasn't been in the same form in four starts since and losing run up to 14; needs a turnaround.

10/1

Form: 363234 C

Last run: 4 days

W: 10st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Record here reads 11416 with his three wins all coming over 1m2f, the latest from 1lb higher (good to soft) in May last year; likes to come off a strong pace and may well get it, so he could make his presence felt if his stamina holds out over a longer trip than usual.

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No Results Found

Form: 14-344

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 4yo who made a winning handicap debut at Lingfield (1m4f, AW) last September and, despite a hike up the weights, has made the frame in all four outings since; has run creditably in both starts on turf (good/heavy) and frame material again, especially if responding positively to the hood.

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No Results Found

Form: 124200

Last run: 19 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Often an enthusiastic front-runner who made a successful handicap debut at Wolverhampton (9.5f, AW) in January and was beaten less than a length into second of eight here (1m4f, soft) in May; well beaten on good/good to firm ground the last twice and the likely condtions here should suit better, but he isn't the only possible pacemaker.

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9th

6

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:05 Warwick

Demilion

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Alexandra Dunn

AW winner for Charlie Johnston one year ago; recorded his best Flat effort when second of eight at Chester last May (RPR 87; 1m4f, soft) but ran poorly five times after; sold for £9,000 in October and gelded; one of two newcomers for the stable.

25/1

10th

5

(11)

26th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

17:50 Lingfield (AW)

Demilion

9st 10lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Charlie Johnston

Scored on handicap debut at Wolverhampton (9.4f, AW) in January and returned from break with three good turf runs in the spring (1m2f-1m4f) but finished last on his last four appearances and his tendency to be headstrong has become a serious concern.

16/1

5th

4

(3)

7th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Ayr

Demilion

9st 3lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Scored on handicap debut at Wolverhampton (9.4f, AW) in January and returned from break with three good turf runs in the spring (1m2f-1m4f), but finished last on his last three appearances and his tendency to be headstrong has become a serious concern.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £346.00
Straight Forecast £286.00
Tricast £3745.90
Trifecta £4448.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Box To Box

RP RATINGS:

Cormier

NEWMARKET:

Sonnerie Power

TOPSPEED:

Dream Harder

SPOTLIGHT:

Baryshnikov

The Guardian:

Sonnerie Power

POSTDATA:

Dream Harder

Daily Mail:

Box To Box

Daily Mirror:

Box To Box

The Sun:

Box To Box

Daily Record:

Box To Box

D Express:

Baryshnikov

The Times:

Cormier

The Star:

Cormier