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15:50 Haydock

Soft

Birchwood Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Stayers Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £6542.5
  • 1m 6f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Birchwood Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Stayers Series Qualifier)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.00
  • Place: £3.20

Form: 1-7

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Failed to consolidate the form of November's Southwell debut win (1m4f) under the penalty at Newcastle latest; no chances taken with initial mark, but yard still in great form, and no shock if this nephew of King Edward VII Stakes scorer Boscobel appreciates the trip/ground combination.

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

5th

2

(7)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 4

16:55 Catterick

Quantum Leap

10st 1lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

Hooded this season but not today; markedly slow starts on most outings (won two) but rather better in that respect last time, when looking better than the bare result as he did not get the best of runs through; never quite got competitive on last three outings now (on soft ground penultimate start) and drops back from 2m/1m6f but could be capable of better.

6/1

5th

1

(5)

7th Oct 2023

Good

1m 5f 218y

Class 4

17:05 Redcar

Quantum Leap

10st 3lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

Markedly slow starts on all five appearances but won two, latterly in a 1m6f handicap on good to soft at Haydock in July off 4lb lower; never quite got competitive on last two outings, not disgraced in form terms but he cannot afford to keep giving such a headstart to his rivals.

7/1

6th

6

(7)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Quantum Leap

9st 4lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

lost many lengths start

8/1

OUR TIP

13/8

  • Place: £1.80

Form: -24522

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Twice within a neck of recording a first soft-ground score of late, this month's last-gasp Ayr 0-95 defeat (1m5f) rating a career-best form effort; 0-7 over 1m6f-plus, but 1lb well in and down in class.

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

6th

2

(5)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Ravenscraig Castle

9st 7lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Iain Jardine

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, weakened inside final furlong

8/1

9th

13

(6)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 188y

Class 2

13:50 York

Ravenscraig Castle

9st 1lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Iain Jardine

Has not won since July 2021 (one of only two runs on good to firm) and ran poorly in this race last year; runner-up three times in a row this summer, hitting peak form when visored was initially enlisted (1m5f/1m6f) and his form dropped off only slightly on heavy ground on latest start; there are more likely winners in this field, though.

22/1

Form: 1425/

Last run: 783 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Productive last 12 months over hurdles, most recently scoring at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft); 1m2f Fibresand winner in France in early 2021, though remains to be seen what he can still offer in this sphere.

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6

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

17:25 Plumpton

Mothill

11st 11lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Has won three of his last four hurdles, latterly edging home in the new cheekpieces at Ascot (2m3f, good to soft) after Joe Anderson had lost his whip (still a fine ride; always ideally positioned up with the pace); mark continues to rise (up another 5lb) but he's not easily knocked.

4/1

1st

13

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Mothill

10st 5lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Wins in 2023 came in Class 4 events at Uttoxeter and Sedgefield (both 2m4f, good to soft) and the rise in class seemed to find him out when he was only eighth in the Lanzarote at Kempton last time; needs first-time cheekpieces to spark a career-best effort.

16/1

8th

17

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Mothill

10st 9lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Solid record in Class 4 this term, winning at Sedgefield (2m4f, good to soft) most recently; 5lb claimer Joe Anderson (won on him last June) returns, in bid to offset 5lb rise; 4-12 over hurdles; upped sharply in grade but arrives in top form; shortlisted.

16/1

Form: -40227

Last run: 44 days

W: 8st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Hasn't hit the line too strongly in some of his starts at 2m, so the drop back to the 1m6f of April's Chelmsford second makes sense; 0-13, however, and mixed results on soft ground this year.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

8

(8)

5th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 5

19:00 Southwell (AW)

De Vegas Warrior

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Michael Appleby

slowly into stride, soon in touch with leaders, weakened over 1f out

5/1

2nd

1

(3)

21st Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

De Vegas Warrior

9st 11lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Michael Appleby

Still seeking his first win after 21 starts but he has finished second twice this winter, missing out by just a short head at Southwell last month (1m6f; blinkered for the first time); creditable third over C&D four weeks ago; each-way shout.

5/1

3rd

7

(6)

24th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

De Vegas Warrior

9st 6lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Michael Appleby

Yet to register a victory but he benefited from a change of headgear (blinkers replaced cheekpieces) when edged out by Barrel Aged in 1m6f Southwell handicap 19 days ago; bold showing is on the cards on 1lb better terms.

4/1

Form: 531471

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Took Pontefract record to 5-7 (4-6 over 1m4f) ten days ago, as with the other wins gained on quicker ground than awaits here; penalty which obliges him to race off his highest ever mark is more of a concern.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

(4)

9th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 27y

Class 4

15:50 Pontefract

Carrigillihy

10st 1lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Comes alive at Pontefract and was gaining his fifth course win from seven goes when gamely scoring over 1m4f in June; not disgraced at Haydock last time; stays 2m and will probably see out this slightly longer distance; seems equally effective on good to firm and good to soft; solid contender.

100/30

5th

6

(7)

21st Jul 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

15:50 Haydock

Carrigillihy

9st 0lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tim Easterby

Took Pontefract record to 5-7 (4-6 over 1m4f) ten days ago, as with the other wins gained on quicker ground than awaits here; penalty which obliges him to race off his highest ever mark is more of a concern.

6/1

Form: -50138

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

More prolific on synthetics, but can run to the same level on turf when on song; Southwell 1m4f scorer in June, but frequent refusal to settle has been evident again in three defeats either side of that.

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7th

6

(5)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 5

14:45 Thirsk

Natchez Trace

9st 3lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Hasn't won on turf since July 2021 (7f, good); hasn't been in the best of form recently (well beaten over 1m2f on soft at Doncaster last month) and others appeal more.

20/1

9th

1

(5)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 43y

Class 5

16:45 Doncaster

Natchez Trace

10st 1lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Latest three wins at about 1m4f on AW and has a 1-21 strike-rate on turf; has run respectably on soft ground but the going can't be described as an asset and he has something to prove back from break.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £294.00
Straight Forecast £276.80
Trifecta £1618.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Ravenscraig Castle

SPOTLIGHT:

Prince Alex

The Times:

Carrigillihy

Daily Mail:

Mothill

The Guardian:

Carrigillihy

TOPSPEED:

Ravenscraig Castle

POSTDATA:

Ravenscraig Castle

Telegraph:

Ravenscraig Castle

D Express:

Ravenscraig Castle

Daily Record:

Ravenscraig Castle

LAMBOURN:

Prince Alex

Daily Mirror:

Prince Alex

The Star:

Prince Alex