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Verve Way Handicap (A Jockey Club Grassroots Mile Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £6280.8
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Verve Way Handicap (A Jockey Club Grassroots Mile Series Qualifier)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.60
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 1-8622

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Raced mainly on good/firmer; sole win came over 1m2f in 2022; back in similar form the last twice, finishing second at Newbury (7f) and Doncaster (1m); enters the reckoning despite going back up 2lb.

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

3rd

5

(7)

1st Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:15 Kempton (AW)

Night Arc

9st 7lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Richard Hannon

Both wins on grass; below par in higher grade over C&D on seasonal debut, taking his AW form figures to 709765; has slipped to an attractive mark but may be more interesting when returned to turf.

16/1

5th

9

(6)

13th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Night Arc

8st 11lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Richard Hannon

2-14 on turf and back off the same mark as when successful at Sandown (1m, good) last July, but has regressed since and has finished out of the frame in all five starts on the AW; off four months.

12/1

6th

4

(5)

17th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Night Arc

9st 9lb

J: Thomas Greatrex

T: Richard Hannon

Returned to winning form at Sandown (1m, good) in July but has regressed since and finished tailed off at Windsor (1m, good) last month; out of the frame in four starts on the AW and has enough to prove.

16/1

OUR TIP

4/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 202821 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

0-9 on turf but has finished a creditable second in both attempts over this C&D (good/good to firm); won at Kempton (1m, AW) last time and likely to remain competitive despite being on career-high mark.

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

1st

1

(7)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:35 Chelmsford (AW)

Two Tempting

9st 9lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Jonathan Portman

Kempton regular with both wins coming over 1m there; not seen since finishing third of 12 in a 0-95 handicap at Ascot (7f, good) last October, but he has run well fresh in the past; considered.

9/1

3rd

7

(14)

6th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

14:12 Ascot

Two Tempting

10st 8lb

J: Mr James Harding

T: Jonathan Portman

Hasn't shone the last twice but has had excuses, with a slow start scuppering this prominent-racer at Kempton prior to a first encounter with slow ground at Goodwood; in good form previously on turf and Polytrack and he could bounce back and play a major role.

14/1

8th

4

(8)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 1f 11y

Class 4

17:20 Goodwood

Two Tempting

9st 7lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Jonathan Portman

Raced mainly at 1m and has gained both wins on Kempton's Polytrack; has some respectable turf form but this return to 1m1f is a negative (raced freely and outstayed on sole attempt).

12/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 104310 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Four-time AW scorer who opened his turf account at Beverley (8.5f, good to firm; made all) in May; unsuited by change of tactics in the Carlisle Bell since; could go well if he returns to usual front-running.

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

0

13

(13)

9th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton (AW)

Golden Sands

8st 5lb

J: Theodore Ladd

T: Michael Appleby

taken down early

16/1

2nd

1

(8)

23rd Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 53y

Class 4

19:02 Leicester

Golden Sands

10st 2lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Michael Appleby

Made all at Beverley in May; creditable third at Sandown (1m, good) four weeks ago, having been suited by the return to front-running tactics; holds place claims off unaltered mark.

8/1

3rd

2

(6)

26th Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:40 Sandown

Golden Sands

10st 2lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Michael Appleby

Four-time AW scorer who opened his turf account at Beverley (8.5f, good to firm; made all) in May; unsuited by change of tactics in the Carlisle Bell since; could go well if he returns to usual front-running.

16/1

Form: 2-6435 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Generally consistent since scoring off just 1lb lower at Windsor (1m, good to soft) last August; came up short in higher grade there last time and now returns to his usual sort of level; possibilities.

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

4th

3

(1)

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

19:15 Bath

Snapcracklepop

9st 9lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

midfield, in touch with leaders after 3f

8/1

8th

9

(5)

26th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

17:20 Lingfield (AW)

Snapcracklepop

9st 6lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

dwelt start, held up in rear, no impression from 2f out

20/1

9th

2

(4)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Newmarket (July)

Snapcracklepop

10st 1lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

Scored off 2lb higher at Windsor (1m, good to soft) last August but he's 0-11 since and was well below form at Chepstow two weeks ago; handles most ground and this step back up in trip should be fine but others are more persuasive; new combination of headgear.

16/1

Form: 623-45

Last run: 82 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Five-race maiden who is the least exposed contender and remains open to improvement despite not being an immediate success in handicaps this year; still looks well treated on final 2yo effort (1m, soft) and a gelding operation (done since last run) may prove beneficial; respected.

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

7th

2

(1)

15th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 31y

Class 4

16:50 Windsor

Mudskipper

9st 8lb

J: Kyle Strydom

T: David Menuisier

midfield on inner

9/2

1st

5

(5)

1st Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

19:13 Salisbury

Mudskipper

9st 7lb

J: David Egan

T: David Menuisier

Shaped well on soft ground last autumn and it's still early days since being gelded; drops back to 1m after hanging and weakening over further at Chelmsford (first-time cheekpieces).

10/1

Form: -62367 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Has form on slow ground but all wins on good/firmer; ran creditably (off 2lb higher) three times in the spring; form dipped at Carlisle four weeks ago but is capable of being involved if bouncing back.

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

4th

3

(13)

1st Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:15 Kempton (AW)

Intercessor

9st 9lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Former stablemate of Green Power; 0-5 on AW but posted a very solid effort at Lingfield (1m) ten days ago on debut for new connections, beating all bar Cephalus who was on the third leg of a four-timer that culminated in a Good Friday success; interesting off the same mark.

6/1

2nd

4

(10)

22nd Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 5

13:12 Lingfield (AW)

Intercessor

9st 8lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

slowly away, raced wide early, soon in touch with leaders, headway over 5f out, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on

8/1

Form: 0-5946

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Eight-race maiden; runner-up twice at Ffos Las (7.4f) last August; holds weak claims on 2023 form; chance depends on how well he responds to change of headgear (blinkers replace the visor worn last twice).

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

5th

2

(1)

10th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 216y

Class 6

16:40 Brighton

Frequent Flyer

9st 9lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: Archie Watson

Twice runner-up for Andrew Balding but left that yard as a nine-race maiden after disappointing in new blinkers at Sandown in July; 33-1 and only mid-division on stable debut in the Legends Race at Doncaster.

14/1

7th

14

(17)

17th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:00 Doncaster

Frequent Flyer

11st 3lb

J: Mark Enright

T: Archie Watson

took keen hold, midfield

14/1

7th

10

(2)

26th Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:40 Sandown

Frequent Flyer

8st 10lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Eight-race maiden; runner-up twice at Ffos Las (7.4f) last August; holds weak claims on 2023 form; chance depends on how well he responds to change of headgear (blinkers replace the visor worn last twice).

7/1

Form: 2123-7 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

1m winner in Germany as a 3yo; all of his British Flat form is over middle distances, including two 1m2f AW wins; it's guesswork as to whether he'll cope with this drop back in trip.

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

10th

13

(6)

15th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

17:50 Windsor

Fascinating Lips

8st 11lb

J: Anna Gibson

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, held up in rear

10/1

4th

3

(1)

29th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

14:00 Haydock

Fascinating Lips

9st 13lb

J: Anna Gibson

T: Gary Moore

Goes on soft; confined to three starts this season and ran okay last time at Goodwood (1m3f, good to soft; beaten about 5l); should be getting competitive off this sort of mark; tries cheekpieces.

7/2

20/1

Form: 503370 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Campaigned mainly on AW these days; always towards rear in the Kempton race won by Two Tempting last time; it's over two years since his last piece of respectable turf form; not the percentage call.

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

3rd

14

(12)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

11:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Billy Mill

8st 13lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Rod Millman

Successful over 7f at Wolverhampton and Newcastle in recent months and ran well again when third of 14 over 1m here over Easter; not discounted.

14/1

3rd

11

(5)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:35 Chelmsford (AW)

Billy Mill

9st 7lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Rod Millman

Comes into this bidding for a hat-trick from a 2lb higher mark after wins over 7f at Wolverhampton and Newcastle; was successful over this trip at Kempton in June 2022, but even then he looked tired at the end; could be vulnerable.

9/2

1st

13

(14)

3rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Billy Mill

8st 6lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Rod Millman

Won a Racing League handicap over C&D last summer; back to winning ways when pouncing late at Wolverhampton three weeks ago; only 1lb higher and that effort was backed up by the Topspeed figure; each-way shout.

10/1

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Non-runners

Distinguished Lady

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £293.00
Straight Forecast £300.90
Tricast £2705.80
Trifecta £2432.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Distinguished Lady

SPOTLIGHT:

Mudskipper

D Express:

Two Tempting

The Star:

Night Arc

POSTDATA:

Snapcracklepop

Telegraph:

Fascinating Lips

The Times:

Mudskipper

The Guardian:

Mudskipper

NEWMARKET:

Distinguished Lady

Daily Mail:

Distinguished Lady

Daily Mirror:

Two Tempting

Daily Record:

Night Arc