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14:05 York

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William Hill Epic Value Handicap

  • Prize money: £15462
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 8 runners
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William Hill Epic Value Handicap

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 6-5133 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Has a good record here and went close in this 12 months ago; better than ever this year, winning the Thirsk Hunt Cup (1m, soft) before fine thirds here (1m, good to firm) and in the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot (7f, good to firm); firmly in calculations.

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

7th

1

(9)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:40 Thirsk

Northern Express

9st 12lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

Beat Pisanello to win this race on soft ground last year; 9lb higher in his bid for a repeat but that's fully justified as he's advanced his form since and he should be spot on for this after an encouraging reappearance at Newmarket (7f) 16 days ago; bold show likely.

5/1

15/2

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 129026 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Up and down this year and he didn't shine at Haydock last Saturday; however, before that he went close over this C&D (good to firm) and it will be no surprise if he bounces back with a bold bid; seems versatile ground-wise.

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Verdict Starting price

9th

3

(6)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 212y

Class 2

14:45 Haydock

Gweedore

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Katie Scott

prominent

11/2

4th

1

(6)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle (AW)

Gweedore

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Katie Scott

Tough handicapper who ran a fine race when third in the Ayr Gold Cup on his first crack at 6f; third, beaten over 3l, off this mark at York four weeks ago (6f, soft) but that only tells half the story as he trounced the other runners on the stands' side and was also comfortably best of those to race up with the pace; still capable of better at this trip and he's a much better horse now than when last seen on AW (when he appeared to handle Tapeta well enough); deserves a good prize.

6/1

7/1

Form: -04491 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

With the tongue-tie and blinkers combined for the first time (retained today) he returned to form when making all at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; has won on various ground; could give another good account but this will be tougher, now 5lb higher and back up in grade.

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

4th

1

(2)

6th May 2024

Soft

0m 6f 12y

Class 4

16:20 Windsor

Able Kane

9st 9lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Rod Millman

prominent, lost position over 1f out, kept on

12/1

16/1

Form: 18-530 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

10yo who is inconsistent and was well beaten in the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot last month, but he's been a good third on his last two visits to York, in this race last year (good to firm) and over C&D (good to firm) two starts ago; best turf form is on good/faster; not ruled out each-way.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

7

(11)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Documenting

9st 10lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: Kevin Frost

Last-time-out success at Chelmsford (7f, AW) shows he retains a useful level of ability aged 11; still well treated on historical data but his turf form took a turn for the worse in 2023.

14/1

1st

4

(6)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

11:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Documenting

9st 8lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Kevin Frost

prominent

14/1

6th

3

(12)

16th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 3

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Documenting

9st 11lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Kevin Frost

dwelt start, took keen hold, in rear

7/1

6th
6 (7)
Zip

8/1

Form: 161302 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

In top form on AW earlier this year and bounced back from midfield finish in the Victoria Cup at Ascot (7f, soft) when beaten just a neck at Newcastle (7f, AW) a fortnight; has won five times on turf but those have come on soft and heavy ground, so he could do with lots of rain.

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

2nd

5

(7)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Zip

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

raced in second, pressed leader when carried badly left from 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, went second final 110yds, no match for winner

9/2

2nd

7

(7)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 212y

Class 2

14:45 Haydock

Zip

8st 6lb

J: Tyler Heard

T: Richard Fahey

led

8/1

11/2

Form: 817626 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Won at Newmarket (1m, good to soft) in April and was a 4l second of ten over this C&D (good to firm) in May; again kept on well when sixth in the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot (7f, good to firm) three weeks ago and, while there's a suspicion 1m may suit best, he might not be far away.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Form: 408351 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

In good form over C&D before 5l win in 16-runner C&D Class 3 handicap (good to firm) last month; also effective on good to soft; an 11lb rise isn't harsh in view of his dominance last time but it was a big step forward from his previous form and it remains to be seen if he'll back it up.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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No Results Found

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