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Mettal UK Handicap

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  • 2m 0f 110y
  • Class 2
  • 13 runners
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Mettal UK Handicap

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/2 (Won)

Form: 22-21

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Unexposed gelding from a top yard; very well handicapped on his close second to the subsequent Group-placed Saint George in 1m3f AW novice in April and good to see him make the most of a straightforward opening at Doncaster (1m4f, good to firm); has his quirks (sported headgear from the outset) but he's an intriguing candidate now raised in distance for his handicap debut; has an Ebor entry.

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3rd

5

(3)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Sweet William

9st 9lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Sported headgear from the outset (also ridden by Rab Havlin all starts); travelled smoothly before dominating the closing stages of useful handicaps at Newbury (2m) and Goodwood (1m6f, heavy); close second in the Ebor at York (1m6f) and gave Trueshan plenty to think about, beaten by just over 1l, in Doncaster Cup (2m2f); highly progressive and makes each-way appeal.

8/1

2nd

3

(2)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Sweet William

9st 7lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Sported headgear from the outset (also ridden by Rab Havlin all starts) but highly progressive; travelled smoothly before dominating the closing stages of useful handicaps at Newbury (2m, good) and Goodwood (1m6f, heavy); his winning sequence ended in the Ebor at York (1m6f, good to firm) but that close second was another fine effort; unraced over this far and four of these rivals have better 2023 form but he could easily have more to give.

7/2

2nd

15

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Sweet William

9st 2lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: John & Thady Gosden

Sported headgear from the outset (also ridden by Rab Havlin all starts) but steadily progressive and his biggest steps forward came on last two starts when travelling smoothly before dominating the closing stages of useful handicaps at Newbury (2m, good) and Goodwood (1m6f, heavy; from Adjuvant); this is less of a slog but he's well in with just a 4lb penalty (due to go up another 4lb) and may well have had more in the tank.

7/2

Form: 2-1127 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Form figures of 121127 since sent beyond 1m4f; won by 6l over C&D before finishing second to Zinc White in the Chester Plate (2m2f); his improvement has come on softish ground and he just lacked a finishing kick when 4l away in the 2m4f Ascot Stakes, with good ground perhaps a factor in that; with rain about and dropping back to 2m, he's a must for the shortlist.

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4th

1

(5)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Novel Legend

10st 0lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

Ended last term with heavy defeats in the Irish Cesarewitch and Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak; up to that he'd had a cracking campaign in handicaps, in which the first of three wins came over C&D first time out (his last AW run), and he still looks on a highly competitive mark if reappearing at the top of his game.

11/2

15th

4

(32)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Novel Legend

10st 0lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: James Fanshawe

in touch with leaders

14/1

1st

2

(9)

5th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:20 Goodwood

Novel Legend

9st 11lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

Solid record in handicaps includes three wins; ran well at Newbury (2m, good) most recently, beating all bar the progressive Sweet William who has franked the form since; acts on soft; major contender.

11/4

Form: 141663

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 4yo; won twice (1m4f/2m) on Kempton AW early this year and delivered a career best to hit the frame in the Northumberland Plate (AW) last time when just ahead of Nathanael Greene; reportedly unsuited by soft ground when tailed off here on penultimate start so watch the weather.

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14th

8

(13)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Aztec Empire

9st 0lb

J: James Doyle

T: Andrew Balding

Creditable third in two hot handicaps in July (2m, AW/good) and was narrowly denied by Forza Orta at York (2m, good to firm) last month, where he may well have won granted a clear run; this 4yo has a progressive profile and is on the shortlist up 3lb for last time.

9/2

33/1

Form: 347619 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Never better than when making all at Haydock (2m, good to firm) before finishing midfield in the 2m4f Ascot Stakes (good); career-high mark spells danger in this strong a handicap.

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11th

7

(8)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Solent Gateway

9st 10lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Hugo Palmer

Often front-runs; well beaten on 2023 return but won eight days later, so perhaps his heavy defeat in a warm race five weeks ago should not be viewed too harshly; had a solid campaign last year and although his score is just 1-9 on AW, he is effective over C&D; each-way chance if back on song.

18/1

13th

4

(5)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

15:47 Lingfield (AW)

Solent Gateway

9st 9lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Hugo Palmer

led narrowly

12/1

3rd

1

(1)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Solent Gateway

9st 12lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Hugo Palmer

led, lost two places inside final furlong, kept on

12/1

5th
13 (3)
Geremia

10/1

Form: -41361

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Often a slow starter and a steady pace played into his hands before arriving late on the scene at Ayr (1m5f, soft; handles faster); only 3lb higher but this is way deeper and he comes with risks at the best of times.

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3rd

5

(6)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Geremia

9st 5lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

dwelt start, midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 3f out

6/1

4th

13

(11)

15th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Geremia

9st 2lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Jim Goldie

slowly away

10/1

0

27

(25)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Geremia

8st 5lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Jim Goldie

Both wins this year were over 1m5f but he stayed on well to go close over 1m6f here (soft) in May and has also produced some stout finishing efforts over 2m; going down by just under 4l here two weeks ago was a belting run seeing as it came in the 1m1f Cambridgeshire; 7lb claimer recruited and they can go a lot better than big odds suggest.

28/1

Form: 2-2716 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Five of his last six wins have come in conditions races and has always been most prolific on the AW; ran well in the Northumberland Plate (AW) without threatening and, despite a lower turf mark, he looks up against it.

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13th

6

(8)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Rainbow Dreamer

8st 9lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Alan King

Nine AW wins, the most recent in this event 12 months ago when it was still a conditions race; has slipped to an attractive mark but the veteran has a doubt over current form, having posted two duck eggs this year; perhaps on the wane.

33/1

10th

5

(11)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

19:15 Kempton (AW)

Rainbow Dreamer

9st 10lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

Really smart on AW earlier in his career; wasn't beaten that far when sixth of 19 in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle last summer but he's been below that level in three AW starts this winter.

14/1

Form: 40-544 BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Record of 2-11, the wins coming on slow and fast ground; benefited from the return of cheekpieces when a staying-on fourth in the Northumberland Plate (2m, AW) and won't be far away should the new blinkers have a positive effect.

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0

11

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

12:35 Ludlow

Nathanael Greene

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Useful on the Flat for William Haggas and was runner-up at Goodwood (1m6f, soft) in August in his final run for that yard; changed hands for 45,000gns in September; stamina won't be an issue at this new discipline and he looks an interesting recruit to hurdling.

11/2

2nd

1

(6)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:55 Goodwood

Nathanael Greene

9st 11lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

His only handicap win came in the mud at Haydock (1m6f) last July, where he also ran well when tongue tied for the first time on latest start (2m, heavy); his two runs on a sound surface this term (on good to firm here and on good) hint that today's ground may not be soft enough.

5/2

3rd

1

(6)

6th Aug 2023

Soft

2m 0f 45y

Class 4

18:45 Haydock

Nathanael Greene

10st 0lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Tailed off on heavy going in the November Handicap last term but his big day came on soft at this track last July with a 1m6f win in first-time cheekpieces; first go in the headgear this season saw a good, staying-on fourth in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle (2m, AW) five weeks ago, before a lesser show in blinkers at Newbury; back to cheekpieces this time, with a tongue-tie added; each-way claims.

5/1

25/1

Form: 5-4040 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Winless streak moved on to 20 when down the field in a 1m4f Haydock handicap two weeks ago; has flashes of good form at about 2m and it could be that he needs a staying trip these days; others are still preferred.

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10th

3

(5)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 2f 43y

Class 3

15:40 Doncaster

Euchen Glen

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Showed last year that he still retains a useful level of ability; well capable of being involved, provided he returns in similar form aged 11, but it's a very long time since last success.

12/1

11th

4

(12)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Euchen Glen

9st 8lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Retains a useful level of ability aged ten and went close at Ayr three starts back; however, on a long losing sequence and looks unlikely to regain the winning thread in this major handicap.

25/1

4th

2

(8)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 43y

Class 2

15:50 Doncaster

Euchen Glen

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

10yo who is without a win since July 2021 but, having dropped down the weights, he went very close at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) last month; respectable run in Ascot Group 3 since and he handles heavy ground; contender.

5/1

Form: 69-982 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Enhanced his notable record at last month's Royal Ascot with an unlucky fifth over 2m4f and a near miss behind a progressive one in the closing 2m5f Alexandra Stakes; has plenty of solid form at this shorter trip and is unlikely to be far away.

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14th

4

(7)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

20:00 Kempton (AW)

The Grand Visir

9st 1lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Ian Williams

Veteran stayer who is without a victory since 2019, but he wasn't disgraced when 12th in the Cesarewitch when last seen so can't be dismissed off a falling mark.

20/1

0

15

(14)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

The Grand Visir

9st 0lb

J: Paddy Bradley

T: Ian Williams

Has never run in the Cesarewitch but he's a familiar face contesting other major long-distance races, with a fine record at Royal Ascot; very well handicapped on peak ratings, with last month's Doncaster Cup (soft) one of those but recorded in a muddling race; tailed off behind Tashkhan latest and, with no win since 2019, does not look the percentage call.

66/1

14/1

Form: 1/53/2

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 5lb

7 yo Horse

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Three wins for Roger Varian from 1m2f to 1m6f; changed hands for 55,000gns in October 2021 and not seen again until 50 days ago, but that was a big run when beaten a neck at Doncaster (1m4f) and 2m may suit.

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7th

2

(7)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:32 Lingfield (AW)

Apparate

10st 2lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Jamie Osborne

Won the 2020 Mallard at Doncaster for previous yard; mixed results for new stable since returning from long absence but looks quite interesting off a handy mark dropped in class for second AW attempt.

14/1

5th

3

(3)

15th Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 3

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Apparate

9st 13lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Jamie Osborne

Solid start for this yard when second of eight at Doncaster in June; not quite so good in two runs since and his stamina for 2m is still to be proven.

14/1

4th

2

(1)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:45 Newmarket (July)

Apparate

9st 12lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Jamie Osborne

Down the field at Newbury last month but prior to that he'd returned from a long absence with a near-miss at Doncaster (1m4f, good to firm) and he's won over 1m6f in the past; not written off.

5/1

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11th
1 (5)
Postileo

10/1

Form: 471/16

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Disputed the lead in a 1m6f handicap at Royal Ascot but got outpaced when it mattered on the good ground; all three wins have been with some give underfoot so any rain is very much welcomed.

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13th

15

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 165y

14:10 Fairyhouse

Postileo

11st 12lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Emmet Mullins

Smart Flat sort for Roger Varian, winning four races up to 1m6f but stays 2m; third in a Group 3 on final start for that yard; sold for 78,000gns in the autumn; remote third on hurdling debut at Leopardstown, but second has franked the form; tongue-tie now.

7/1

3rd

6

4th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Leopardstown

Postileo

11st 12lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Emmet Mullins

pressed leader, briefly disputed lead before 1st, clear with one other before 3rd, led after 2 out, headed and no extra before last, weakening when not fluent last, lost second run-in

9/4

3rd

8

(5)

7th Oct 2023

Good

1m 3f 211y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Postileo

9st 6lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Varian

Ascot runs only when mid-division at the Royal meeting over 2m4f (2021) and 1m6f (2023); while most of his career has been spent over further than this, he was back to 1m4f with a bang when winning well in a handicap at Hamilton (good to soft) six weeks ago in first-time cheekpieces, making it 2-2 at that track and showing career-best form; each-way contender on that.

8/1

8/1

Form: -23307

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Competitive in 1m2f/1m3f Listed races this season; raced wide early and never involved when upped to 1m6f in the Queen's Vase and not a lot went his way in the consolation race for the Northumberland Plate (2m); has staying potential in his pedigree and could leave his recent troubles behind.

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12th

5

(15)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 15y

Class 2

18:55 Hamilton

Hadrianus

9st 3lb

J: Oliver Stammers

T: Charlie Johnston

Has shown some useful form without getting his head in front this season; beat only one in 2m Newbury handicap last month though so needs to get back on track.

20/1

12th

14

(6)

22nd Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

14:25 Newbury

Hadrianus

9st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Charlie Johnston

in touch with leaders

8/1

7th

5

(14)

1st Jul 2023

Standard To Slow

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:30 Newcastle (AW)

Hadrianus

9st 11lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Charlie Johnston

Faded when upped to 1m6f in the Group 2 Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot last week; however, he was wide early and there's some staying potential in his pedigree; third of six in 1m3f Listed race at Goodwood two starts ago and this 3yo, who has run well here, is not written off on his handicap debut.

8/1

33/1

Form: 55-830

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Has won on good to firm but peak efforts on good or AW; looked back to his best when third of 14 at Kempton (1m4f, AW) and it wasn't his first modest effort at Ascot when down the field at the Royal meeting; whether he'll stay this far (unraced beyond 1m4f) is the burning issue.

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17th

16

(9)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Stay Well

8st 12lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Hughie Morrison

Has produced solid efforts when making the frame off this mark on his last two runs (11.4f/1m2f, good to firm/good); however, he's been beaten on his last 11 starts going back to October 2021 and others are more compelling.

40/1

3rd

7

(7)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Stay Well

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Hughie Morrison

Travelled well long way when close fourth of 11 at Windsor (11.4f) on latest start, so it's not hard to see why he's back at 1m2f for the first time since reappearance; case can be made.

9/1

4th

1

(5)

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 99y

Class 3

19:30 Windsor

Stay Well

9st 12lb

J: David Probert

T: Hughie Morrison

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

14/1

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Payout
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Selections

POSTDATA:

Novel Legend

SPOTLIGHT:

Sweet William

TOPSPEED:

Apparate

D Express:

Nathanael Greene

Daily Mail:

Zinc White

RP RATINGS:

The Grand Visir

NEWMARKET:

Sweet William

Telegraph:

Sweet William

The Star:

Sweet William

The Times:

Novel Legend

Daily Mirror:

Novel Legend

The Sun:

Novel Legend

Daily Record:

Novel Legend

The Guardian:

Apparate