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Good To Firm

bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £61848
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 15 runners
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bet365 Bunbury Cup (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

1st
8 (18)
Biggles

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 12-329 D BF

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Appears to handle any ground; has form figures of 21113112329 in 7f handicaps; the latest effort, at Royal Ascot, can be upgraded as he raced away from main action; good second in Victoria Cup; remains of strong interest.

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16th

2

(8)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Biggles

9st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Below par at Group/Listed level the last twice; has a largely productive record in 7f handicaps, notably a good second in the Victoria Cup here (soft) in May and success in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket (good to soft) in July; not dismissed back in similar scenario.

12/1

5th

3

(2)

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Newbury

Biggles

9st 4lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Highly progressive in handicaps, winning the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) with something to spare in July, and he was a fair fourth of five in a Group 2 at Doncaster (7f, soft) last Saturday; that looked a hot race and this C&D winner is respected now tackling a Listed contest.

5/1

20/1

  • Place: £4.40

Form: 54-010 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Goodwood success in May is flanked by duck eggs in major handicaps at Ascot; not solid on 2023 evidence but holds each-way claims on lots of other form, including his second-place finish in this race last year.

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2nd

13

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 1lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Has run some superb races in top 7f handicaps, including here, and he richly deserved the valuable prize at York in August (1m, good to firm); combination of this trip and testing ground does not look ideal, however.

33/1

6th

9

(5)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 6lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Raced in the unfavoured group in the C&D contest last time won by Quinault, when bidding to follow up his 40-1 York success (his second win this season); a regular in these big-field Ascot handicaps and sometimes on the premises but he's yet to win here in 18 attempts.

25/1

11th

2

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 10lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Has plenty of good form, including close fifth in this race last year; however, has never had the best of strike-rates and looks an unlikely candidate to follow up last month's 40-1 York success (1m).

14/1

OUR TIP

7/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 21-293

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Appears to have a big prize in him, having been placed in two major handicaps over 1m (heavy/good) this season, third in Royal Hunt Cup latest; still not fully exposed; big player if proving as effective back at 7f.

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12th

6

(22)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Awaal

9st 6lb

J: James Doyle

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Has weights turnaround with Migration on Lincoln form in April (1m, heavy) when they were first and second; has run with credit in top handicaps at 1m (over C&D) and 7f since, and while not obviously ahead of his mark, his ability to handle testing ground makes him of some interest.

8/1

3rd

1

(3)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Redcar

Awaal

9st 2lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Simon & Ed Crisford

Didn't appear to take to cheekpieces (raced keenly) when well behind Johan at Goodwood but ran well in three big-field handicaps earlier in the season and his BHA mark entitles him to a crack at this level; hard to rule out.

3/1

Form: 12-675 CD

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Useful hold-up performer; suited by good/firmer; Royal Hunt Cup effort shows he retains plenty of ability aged nine; won this race (off 2lb lower) last year and holds major claims if the cards again drop right.

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15th

6

(3)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Bless Him

9st 7lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: David Simcock

Last success came in the 2022 Bunbury Cup; retains plenty of ability aged nine and latest effort can be marked up but chance depends on how the race pans out; hold-up performer who needs the cards to drop perfectly.

16/1

5th

1

(7)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Bless Him

10st 0lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: David Simcock

Tough task in Listed company in one previous course start; cracking handicapper in top 7f races over the years and his fourth of 15 in the Bunbury Cup on the July course (good to soft was slower than ideal) shows how capable he still is; however, he hasn't sparked on last two runs at Ascot (slightly hampered latest) and may not be in peak form here either.

7/1

7th

1

(12)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Ascot

Bless Him

9st 12lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: David Simcock

slowly into stride, raced near side, held up in rear, not clear run and switched right over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never on terms, 7th of 10 in group

12/1

Form: 78-500 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Just two wins since 2018; respectable seventh in this race 12 months ago but balance of this year's form suggests he can be opposed; comfortably held at Royal Ascot last time; usual headgear removed.

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7th

1

(6)

25th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Accidental Agent

10st 2lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

towards rear

12/1

7th

2

(6)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Accidental Agent

9st 12lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Course winner at 6f and 7f; had a distinguished career and it's not over yet judged on a hampered fifth of 15 in Bunbury Cup in July (good to soft; handles most ground); fair fifth in a Racing League race at Chepstow since; handicapper cautiously dropping him in the weights; involved.

7/1

12/1

Form: 496-22 CD

Last run: 56 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Raced mainly on good/faster; creditable second in two contests on the other course here this season; hindered by unfavourable track position in this race 12 months ago; interesting off 6lb lower this time round.

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3rd

2

(13)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

Star Of Orion

9st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Won at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) in July and has run consistently well in defeat over 7f since (various ground); hasn't shone over 1m in the past but his last attempt was in 2021 and recent evidence suggests he well worth another go at this trip; he's on the shortlist.

7/1

4th

3

(10)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Star Of Orion

9st 10lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Three wins split between both Newmarket courses but versatile regarding tracks and ground; continued in fine form in highly competitive 7f handicaps since winning on the other course in July; big run expected.

100/30

4th

4

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Ascot

Star Of Orion

9st 8lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: Ralph Beckett

raced near side, midfield, headway over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 4th of 10 in group

9/1

16/1

Form: 722140 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Hit hard by the assessor for Group 3 effort but ran respectably off revised mark in 7f handicap at Royal Ascot, finishing 12th of 29 (first home in near-side group); still 22lb higher than last handicap win, however.

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19th

11

(11)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Gorak

9st 8lb

J: Mikkel Mortensen

T: Charlie Fellowes

Blew mark when a close fourth at Haydock (Group 3; 7f, good to firm) in June; subsequent handicap efforts suggest another struggle is on the cards.

66/1

9th

5

(6)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:55 Newmarket (July)

Gorak

9st 3lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Charlie Fellowes

The majority of his form suggests he faces a hopeless task in this field but he did run well in a Haydock Group 3 in June (7f, good to firm) and isn't exposed at 6f; still easy enough to swerve.

33/1

16/1

Form: 31-210 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

3-5 on turf; possibly unsuited by soft going in the Victoria Cup two months ago and may still have more to offer; had Biggles and Montassib behind him at Haydock (7f, good) in April; interesting on that win.

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4th

2

(8)

1st Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:40 Kempton (AW)

Rainbow Fire

9st 10lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Marco Botti

took keen hold, towards rear

13/2

5th

5

(2)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Rainbow Fire

9st 3lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Marco Botti

prominent, lost position but in touch with leaders after 1f

7/1

7th

8

(9)

12th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Rainbow Fire

9st 7lb

J: Olivier Peslier

T: Marco Botti

Won at Haydock (7f, good) in April; possibly unsuited by soft going in the Victoria Cup here in May and never able to get beyond mid-division in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) four weeks ago but he did stick to his task; return to 1m (last five runs were 7f) is more than plausible and he could be interesting.

16/1

20/1

Form: 9-8701 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Won notable 1m handicaps at York in 2021 and 2022; took advantage of drop back in class at Redcar (7f, good) last month; however, badly treated under a penalty in this hotter affair (due to be 3lb lower in future).

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8th

7

(6)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

Cruyff Turn

8st 13lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Two-time C&D winner who exploited a reduced mark at Redcar in June; however, he's failed to threaten since and others are preferred.

33/1

17th

3

(3)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

15:45 York

Cruyff Turn

9st 10lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

upset in stalls, slowly away, in rear, headway from 4f out, dropped to rear and struggling from over 1f out

20/1

17th

12

(16)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:00 York

Cruyff Turn

9st 1lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders

25/1

7/1

Form: 2-0410 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft and good to firm; disappointing at Royal Ascot (7f) but has a solid record over this trip otherwise and can bounce back; won on the other course here in May; creditable fourth in this contest last year.

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1st

3

(5)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 2y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Montassib

9st 10lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Raced mainly at 7f/1m until last autumn when the drop to 6f seemed to suit him and he posted a career best to win a big-field handicap at York (soft) in October in emphatic style; well worth his place in this higher grade, and a leading contender if ready to roll after a break.

4/1

1st

3

(7)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Montassib

9st 9lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

dwelt start, raced far side, in rear

11/1

5th

6

(10)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Montassib

9st 9lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Unraced at 6f since a narrow debut success three years ago; ready winner of a small-field handicap at Newmarket in May (7f, good) off 3lb lower; unplaced three times since but all in top handicaps and he ran well at Ascot eight weeks ago, doing second best of those to race on the far side (those just behind him on that side have done well since); his stamina will be an asset and the ground is unlikely to be an excuse; chance.

18/1

16/1

Form: -12150 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Suited by ground softer than good; 7f/1m winner in Ireland but campaigned exclusively at 6f for new yard this year, winning a warm contest on the other Newmarket course three starts ago; step back up in trip presents a dilemma.

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6th

5

(6)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Probe

9st 0lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jennie Candlish

Was back off his last winning mark when beating Baldomero by just under 2l at Chelmsford (6f, Polytrack) last month, making it 2-2 on the AW in the process; has a 5lb higher mark to overcome but may still have more to offer on the surface, so is much respected.

11/4

1st

3

(3)

21st Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Probe

9st 7lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Jennie Candlish

Back to the same mark as when beating 20 rivals in a Class 2 handicap at Newmarket on 2000 Guineas Day; not so good in top sprints since and the drop to a Class 3 didn't spark a return to form at Goodwood five weeks ago; revival not out of the question but others appear safer.

7/1

9th

1

(2)

15th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:00 Goodwood

Probe

9st 12lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jennie Candlish

dwelt start, always behind

15/2

13th
1 (9)
 | Uniform

16/1

Form: -13712 D BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Beaten favourite in 1m Listed race four weeks ago; successful over 7f in last two handicap attempts, comfortably defying top weight at York (good to firm) the second time; possibilities back down in trip/grade.

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14th
20 (2)
Popmaster

16/1

Form: 6-9002

Last run: 30 days

W: 8st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Campaigned mostly at 6f; however, returned to form with a narrow defeat over 7f at Newbury (good) last month and justified favouritism in good style at Ascot (6f, good to soft) on Friday; carries 6lb penalty if out again.

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2nd

1

(11)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Popmaster

9st 13lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Ed Walker

Respectable record at Ascot includes a close second to Quinault on penultimate start (7f, good to firm); bagged Listed honours at Newbury (7f, soft) later in September and holds leading claims under a 6lb penalty back here; future mark is 3lb higher.

15/2

1st

4

(4)

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Newbury

Popmaster

9st 4lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Ed Walker

5yo who has been in top form the last twice, finishing second in handicaps over C&D (good to soft) and at Ascot (7f, good to firm); has something to find with the pick of these but it's a big positive that he's in excellent heart and he's not ruled out.

12/1

Form: 11-633 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Sole 3yo in this field; acts on soft and good to firm; 5-5 last season; 0-3 this term but ran very well in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot (7f Group 3) most recently, finishing third; appears well treated on this second handicap run (future mark 4lb higher) and commands respect.

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No Results Found

Form: 541603 D BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

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6

(17)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

The Gatekeeper

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

He was kept busy last year and won four of his 15 starts, most recently the Balmoral Handicap (1m, soft) at Ascot in October; this 4lb higher mark is a career-high but this 5yo is not ruled out on his reappearance.

11/1

15

(4)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

The Gatekeeper

8st 12lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

2

(6)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:30 Goodwood

The Gatekeeper

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

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Non-runners

Lethal Levi, First Folio, Lir Speciale, Spangled Mac, Snazzy Jazzy

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Payout
Exacta £1059.00
Straight Forecast £582.50
Tricast £2293.30
Trifecta £8743.00

Selections

The Times:

Streets Of Gold

POSTDATA:

Montassib

SPOTLIGHT:

Biggles

The Guardian:

Spangled Mac

Daily Mail:

Ropey Guest

RP RATINGS:

Accidental Agent

The Sun:

Streets Of Gold

The Star:

Streets Of Gold

Daily Record:

Streets Of Gold

NEWMARKET:

Montassib

Telegraph:

Montassib

D Express:

Montassib

TOPSPEED:

Biggles