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John Smith’s Stayers’ Handicap

  • Prize money: £10468
  • 2m 0f 56y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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John Smith’s Stayers’ Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 011411 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Big improver who made it four wins from his last five starts when staying on well to score over 2m at Musselburgh last time; 3lb higher in this deeper race but he still looks feasibly treated and is versatile ground-wise; major player again in hat-trick bid.

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2nd

10

(6)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Robert Johnson

8st 4lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Philip Kirby

midfield

7/1

3rd

2

(2)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 2f 2y

Class 4

14:45 Pontefract

Robert Johnson

9st 10lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Philip Kirby

Highly progressive last year in winning five times, from 1m4f to 2m on all sorts of ground; went close at Goodwood in August (2m4f, soft) off just a 4lb lower mark and he'd probably had enough when below par on his final start.

3/1

12th

10

(3)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Robert Johnson

9st 0lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Philip Kirby

dwelt start, in touch with leaders on inner, lost ground from 3f out, weakened 2f out

11/2

OUR TIP

6/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 611-32 D BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Four-time hurdle winner who is 3-10 on the Flat, with her last win gained at Newmarket (2m, good to soft) in October; still 3lb higher than for that success but she was a clear second behind a well-handicapped rival at Chester (2m, good) two weeks ago and has each-way claims again.

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11th

4

(1)

19th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:45 Newmarket (July)

Malakahna

9st 0lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Ian Williams

Came good on Flat last autumn with 2m wins at Ascot (good) and Newmarket (good to soft); more to prove on soft, as her latest start (heavy defeat at Ascot) confirms but she was in good form going into that; usual cheekpieces are replaced by a visor.

10/1

6th

7

(9)

28th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 209y

Class 3

14:25 Ascot

Malakahna

9st 11lb

J: William Buick

T: Ian Williams

Came good on Flat last autumn with 2m wins here (good) and at Newmarket (good to soft; more to prove on soft); seconds this month at Chester and York confirm she's a big player if the ground is okay.

6/1

2nd

3

(8)

15th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

16:55 York

Malakahna

9st 9lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Ian Williams

slightly awkward start, towards rear on outer, pushed along briefly halfway

6/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 622-63

Last run: 38 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

0-11 but runner-up three times on AW, including an eyecatching third over 2m at Kempton on his return last month; still unexposed on turf and he needs a close look back in this sphere.

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4th

4

(1)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 4

14:10 Southwell (AW)

Sharp Distinction

9st 5lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: Amy Murphy

awkward start, in rear

5/1

8th

7

(2)

15th Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 3

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Sharp Distinction

9st 1lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: Amy Murphy

Underwent wind surgery in September and showed the benefit when getting the better of Aqwaam at Lingfield in October (1m5f); the tables were turned at Chelmsford last month though and he may have to give best to his old rival once again.

7/1

3rd

1

(8)

5th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

15:05 Lingfield (AW)

Sharp Distinction

10st 4lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Amy Murphy

Showed the benefit of a wind op when winning comfortably here (1m5f) in October, and the form of his clear second at Chelmsford (1m6f) last month has been well advertised by the winner since; proven over 2m and must be considered in current form.

5/1

10/1

Form: 864-52 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 8st 4lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

Two wins (1m6f/2m) in 2022 and she got right back on track with a close second at Carlisle (2m1f, good to firm) last month; this is a big step back up in grade but is only 1lb higher than last time and she seems effective on most ground; not ruled out.

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0

8

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

12:30 Kelso

Hellenista

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Tim Easterby

midfield, mistake 3 out, weakened quickly before 2 out

25/1

6th

7

18th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:29 Wetherby

Hellenista

10st 7lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Tim Easterby

held up in rear

100/1

8th

2

(7)

16th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 217y

Class 6

16:40 Musselburgh

Hellenista

9st 11lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Beaten on her last 15 starts going back to last June but she's been running well of late in the main and could be thereabouts.

11/2

13/2

Form: 6-6453 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

His last win was at Nottingham (2m, soft) in November 2021 but that was off 2lb higher and he's run some good races this season including when a fading third over 2m2f at Pontefract (good to firm) last time; has possibilities on this drop back in trip and it would be bonus if rain arrives.

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8th

3

(7)

3rd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:35 Newmarket

Land Of Winter

9st 12lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Rae Guest

Won four-runner race at Beverley (2m, soft) in July but out of form since; soundly beaten last time in the Cesarewitch here for the third year running; well handicapped if this proved one of his good days.

14/1

0

26

(11)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Land Of Winter

8st 5lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Rae Guest

Well beaten in this race in 2021 and 2022 and even further adrift in the Trial three weeks ago on his only other race at Newmarket; good ground for all three of those was probably not ideal and he'd be well handicapped if this proved one of his best days, but others look more solid.

100/1

Form: 795035

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Bumper, hurdle and chase winner; opened his Flat account when landing a 1m4f AW maiden in December but he's been generally disappointing since and was beaten 9l at Beverley (2m good to firm) last time; mark continues to fall but others are more convincing.

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7th

1

(11)

12th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

20:00 Southwell (AW)

Punxsutawney Phil

9st 13lb

J: William Pyle

T: Mark Walford

in rear

25/1

7th

5

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

15:40 Sedgefield

Punxsutawney Phil

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Dual purpose performer whose sole hurdles success came here (2m1f, soft) in October 2021; has been seen more often on the Flat during the past year and his recent return to hurdles/fences hasn't worked out; best watched for now.

16/1

Form: 04208- D

Last run: 285 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Made a bold bid when a close second off this mark at Thirsk (2m, good) last August but he struggled in his final two runs last season; record now stands at 1-10 and has something to prove back up in grade after 285 days off; cheekpieces removed.

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3rd

4

(1)

10th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

14:45 York

Tendentious

9st 4lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Began the season with two heavy defeats but he bounced back to form when scoring at Redcar a fortnight ago (1m6f, good to firm; cheekpieces back on); consistency hasn't been his strong suit so no guarantee he'll be in the same form; non-runner at Thirsk yesterday.

2/1

1st

7

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 218y

Class 5

18:30 Redcar

Tendentious

9st 3lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Sole win came at Doncaster (2m Class 5, good to firm) in April 2022, although he did also go close at Thirsk (2m) later in the season; bit to prove after finishing down the field in his two outings this year.

20/1

Form: 117-83 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 8st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Won three of his first five handicaps last summer and last success was off 2lb lower at Lingfield (2m, AW); lost his way with two major blowouts but he turned things around with a staying-on third at Newmarket (2m, good to soft) two weeks ago; that was much more like it and has claims if he can build on that.

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11th

8

11th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

14:20 Sedgefield

At The Double

11st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Adam Nicol

took keen hold, prominent, awkward jump and dropped to rear 1st, detached 3rd, soon struggling

16/1

6th

4

(5)

20th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 27y

Class 5

16:00 Pontefract

At The Double

9st 8lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Adam Nicol

Won three of his first five handicaps (1m6f-2m) last summer in these colours when trained by Sir Mark Prescott; a 4l third over 2m at Newmarket in June divides two complete no-shows and it's not clear what to expect.

8/1

8th

9

(7)

15th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

16:55 York

At The Double

8st 10lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt

raced in last, pushed along before halfway, struggling and reminders 6f out

7/1

16/1

Form: 480135

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Won at Musselburgh (12.4f, good) last month but she was only fifth of six in a Class 4 event at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) last week; looks weighted near her best off this sort of mark and she goes into unknown territory on this step up to 2m.

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9th

6

(4)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Ayr

Sophiesticate

9st 9lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Jim Goldie

Won off this mark at Musselburgh (1m4f, good) in June and good second over this C&D (good) in August; has also run well on soft this term; however, she's finished down the field the last twice; has to get back on track.

16/1

5th

6

(4)

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 68y

Class 3

15:40 Hamilton

Sophiesticate

8st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Jim Goldie

Resumed winning ways at Musselburgh (1m4f) in June and largely in good form since until beating only one at Ayr (1m2f) 11 days ago; this drop to 1m isn't certain to suit and she's 3lb out of the handicap too.

20/1

6th

4

(6)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Ayr

Sophiesticate

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

All wins in Scottish races on good ground (placed on soft once); ran creditably (2l second) in first-time hood over C&D most recently and again may not be far away; headgear retained.

13/2

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Single, Glasses Up, Kalamity Kitty

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Payout
Exacta £144.00
Straight Forecast £123.30
Tricast £675.70
Trifecta £767.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Single

SPOTLIGHT:

Robert Johnson

TOPSPEED:

Hellenista

The Times:

Sharp Distinction

NEWMARKET:

At The Double

Daily Mirror:

Malakahna

RP RATINGS:

Kalamity Kitty

D Express:

Land Of Winter

The Star:

Robert Johnson

Daily Record:

Robert Johnson

The Sun:

Hellenista

Telegraph:

Single

The Guardian:

Single

Daily Mail:

Single