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John Smith’s Racing Handicap

  • Prize money: £15462
  • 0m 7f 192y
  • Class 2
  • 11 runners
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John Smith’s Racing Handicap

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

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11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 170-50 CD

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten at Royal Ascot but has a good record at York, finishing second in this race last year (good to firm) and winning a big-field C&D handicap (good) at the Ebor meeting; best form is on good/good to firm but he's shown promise on good to soft; capable of going well now back here.

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19th

8

(20)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Blue For You

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: David O’Meara

Lost chance when hampered in this race last year (under Danny Tudhope, now on Bopedro); best form in 2023 when coming clear over 1m at York in July (good to soft); still looked to be in form over 7f here recently but weighted to his best and there's little to suggest he welcomes soft ground.

25/1

14/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 052130 CD

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Below par at Newcastle (1m, AW) last time on final run for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish; however, in good form on turf previously (on good to firm and good to soft), finishing third over 1m1f here two starts ago, and he has each-way claims if bouncing back to form on a track he likes.

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0

5

(8)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Whats The Story

9st 6lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Multiple winner for Keith Dalgleish and was rated higher in his prime; has form figures of 2234 for new stable and again has frame possibilities; scored over C&D in 2022.

7/1

4th

5

(3)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 3

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Whats The Story

9st 6lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Richard Fahey

Won at Carlisle (1m, good to firm) in May for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish and has form figures of 223 for his current yard; this return to Tapeta is no problem and he has each-way claims again.

4/1

3rd

7

(11)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:45 Sandown

Whats The Story

9st 6lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Won at Carlisle (1m, good to firm) in May for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish and he's been a good second on his first two starts for this yard (1m, good to soft/soft); there's every chance he'll be in the mix.

15/2

6/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 906031 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 13lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

There were two C&D wins (good/good to firm; including this race) among his four victories last year and he was back on the scoresheet in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) at Hamilton (1m, good to soft) last Tuesday; it was a small field last time but he did it nicely and is a contender up 4lb.

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6th

4

(7)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:40 Thirsk

Eilean Dubh

9st 2lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: K R Burke

Now 1lb lower than when winning at Hamilton (1m, good to soft) last summer but didn't shape with any obvious promise when always towards the rear on his 7f Musselburgh reappearance 13 days ago, albeit this trip is more suitable; sixth to Northern Express in this last year; visored first time.

20/1

9th

1

(11)

21st Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 15y

Class 3

18:15 Musselburgh

Eilean Dubh

9st 9lb

J: Sam Feilden

T: K R Burke

Three of his British wins have been in the spring but all five came over 1m after a recent outing; in that case he looks to have a bit to overcome, with a wide stall, six-month absence (has been gelded) and a tough mark to deal with over an easy 7f.

10/1

5/1

Form: 021-01 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 5yo who produced a career best with a game win in first-time cheekpieces here (7f, good to firm) last month; also effective on good to soft ground; a 4lb rise isn't harsh and he could have more to offer in the headgear now back up in trip, having won over 1m last October; player.

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Form: 283-31 CD

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Took advantage of reduced mark to win at Doncaster (1m, good to firm) last month; he's 9lb higher now back up in grade but had plenty in hand last time and is a two-time course winner (good to firm/good; including this two years ago); wins have come on good/faster but he's run well here on soft.

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11th

3

(14)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:40 Thirsk

La Trinidad

9st 5lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Won at Doncaster (1m, good to firm) last June and ran well to be placed in big fields at Doncaster (1m, soft) and Redcar (1m, good) last autumn; on a competitive mark if ready to roll after 204 days off.

9/1

7th

5

(2)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

La Trinidad

9st 0lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Won at Doncaster (1m, good to firm) in June and he's run well to be placed off this mark in big fields at Doncaster (1m, soft) and Redcar (1m, good) the last twice; fully effective here and can be in the mix once more.

9/1

Form: 5-5313 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Third of 13 to Isla Kai at Ripon (1m, soft) in April then won in a big field at Thirsk (7f, good); another good run when third to Wild Lion here (7f, good to firm) last month and this 10yo is not ruled out each-way.

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4th

1

(1)

28th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Scottish Summit

9st 10lb

J: Sam James

T: Geoffrey Harker

held up in rear

10/1

6th

6

(7)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Scottish Summit

9st 5lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Geoffrey Harker

midfield

20/1

10th

5

(8)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 6y

Class 3

16:25 Doncaster

Scottish Summit

9st 8lb

J: Sam James

T: Geoffrey Harker

pressed leader, led narrowly 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened

14/1

10/1

Form: -01008 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

He's 6lb lower than when fourth in this last year (good to firm) and he won at Ripon (1m, soft) in April; beaten only 2l when eighth of ten at Newcastle (1m, AW) last time and might not be far away if at the top of his game, but he has an inconsistent profile and others are more solid.

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7th

3

(1)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:15 Ayr

Isla Kai

9st 8lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Nigel Tinkler

Prominent-racer who won at Ripon (1m, soft) in April and, after a good third at Newbury (7f, good to soft) last month, he scored when back at Ripon (1m, good) most recently; one to consider up 4lb.

3/1

1st

1

(5)

28th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Ripon

Isla Kai

9st 13lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Nigel Tinkler

Prominent-racer who won over C&D (soft) in April and back to form the last twice, most recently third at Newbury (7f, good to soft); has been versatile ground-wise in the past and he's a solid contender.

7/2

3rd

8

(5)

19th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newbury

Isla Kai

9st 3lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Nigel Tinkler

Prominent racer whose form has been patchy since he won at Ripon (1m, soft) in April, and he was no match for the front two when third at Goodwood (7f, heavy) last time; however, it was a step back in the right direction and he ran well here (1m, good) last year on his sole course visit; a possible.

12/1

6/1

Form: 14/643 C

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 5yo who has returned from a long absence this season; his wins have come at 1m and 10.2f (here) but he travelled well in front when third at Sandown (1m2f) last Saturday in a first-time tongue-tie (retained), and this drop back to 1m is worth exploring; unproven on slow ground.

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8th

8

(2)

15th Jul 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

14:00 York

Aramaic

9st 8lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

prominent on inner

6/1

3rd

9

(3)

8th Jul 2023

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

16:15 Sandown

Aramaic

9st 4lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Useful form in two 1m2f handicaps in September 2021 (on good to firm and good); absent 608 days and gelded before two respectable runs this season but he was about 6l behind Paradias and Lord Protector in the latter and needs a return to his peak form now he's tongue tied first time.

13/2

4th

1

(7)

16th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 3

15:15 Sandown

Aramaic

9st 11lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Useful form in two 1m2f handicaps in September 2021, one on good to firm; absent 608 days and gelded; 5-1, respectable sixth of 13 at York on reappearance four weeks ago and, if building on that, this very lightly raced 5yo could have a big shout.

3/1

10/1

Form: 0-8000

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

His mark continues to fall and he's one to watch in the betting, but he's struggled to get competitive this season; major turnaround is needed.

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16th

11

(8)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Rhoscolyn

9st 1lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

in rear

22/1

10th
12 (11)
Manigordo

16/1

Form: -42413

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

He generally plies his trade in lower grades and over shorter trips; however, he kept on well to win over 7.4f at Beverley two starts ago and is not ruled out each-way.

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8th

2

(10)

24th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 5

16:50 Catterick

Manigordo

9st 9lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: Adrian Nicholls

A fair 7f winner at his best but he has yet to fire in two 6f Newcastle handicaps this term so needs to take a big step forward.

25/1

11th

5

(7)

3rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Manigordo

9st 7lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: Adrian Nicholls

dwelt start, midfield, outpaced over 2f out, weakened quickly from 1f out

14/1

33/1

Form: 040-66 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

He's well treated on his form for Freddie & Martyn Meade as recently as last August but he's been a well-beaten sixth on both starts for this yard.

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No Results Found

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Payout
Exacta £592.00
Straight Forecast £508.70
Tricast £2511.40
Trifecta £3592.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Aramaic

RP RATINGS:

Blue For You

Telegraph:

Eilean Dubh

Daily Mail:

La Trinidad

The Times:

Isla Kai

NEWMARKET:

Aramaic

The Star:

Aramaic

The Guardian:

Blue For You

Daily Record:

Eilean Dubh

Daily Mirror:

La Trinidad