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Hwfa Williams Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Stayers Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £6280.8
  • 1m 6f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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Hwfa Williams Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Stayers Series Qualifier)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.70
  • Place: £3.30

Form: -70626

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Rallied well to go close at York (1m6f, good to firm) on penultimate start but that's easily his most competitive display for this yard from eight attempts; cheekpieces added for latest when not beaten far but he was only sixth of seven; others have more pressing claims.

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5th

9

(1)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

16:15 Chester

State Legend

9st 4lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Ian Williams

1m6f win at Sandown last July and beaten by a head over hurdles in November; those were two of the best efforts in a very in-and-out campaign (hampered on sole start here) and he was always behind when reappearing 12 days ago; wore cheekpieces on six of his last seven starts but they're off today.

20/1

8th

9

(10)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 2

15:40 Southwell (AW)

State Legend

8st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Ian Williams

steadied start

20/1

4th

4

21st Nov 2023

Good

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

12:55 Hereford

State Legend

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Fairly useful Flat racer who lost out only by a head on handicap hurdle debut at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) a week ago and gets another chance off the same mark here; has a tendency to hang left under pressure but still commands respect.

9/4

6/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 2-2881

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Two poor runs before he finally got off the mark at Yarmouth (11.4f, good to soft) three weeks ago, against just three rivals and having his first start on softer than good; his two good runs this term were his two in a hood; has a bit more to prove in this more competitive race over new trip.

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6th

2

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Bunker Bay

11st 1lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

midfield

20/1

8th

1

27th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

15:50 Catterick

Bunker Bay

11st 7lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

1m3f winner (Class 5) on good to soft ground last summer, his sole success in 15 Flat runs for William Knight; bought for 13,000gns; should make a hurdler.

16/1

9th

4

(9)

16th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:25 Yarmouth

Bunker Bay

9st 9lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: William Knight

led at fast pace

9/1

25/1

  • Place: £4.70

Form: 96-870

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Second over hurdles in March but well beaten in his three runs back in this sphere and it's been a while since he last had a prominent finish on the Flat; with new trainer last two outings; well down the weights.

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9th

2

(1)

5th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

15:05 Lingfield (AW)

Ace Rothstein

10st 1lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Dylan Cunha

Creditable fourth in quite valuable series final at Nottingham (1m6f, soft) in September but disappointing on his next Flat start and reverts to this sphere after heavy defeat on last month's handicap hurdle debut; too inconsistent to trust.

20/1

12th

4

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Kempton

Ace Rothstein

11st 13lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Dylan Cunha

Useful on the Flat in his prime and seemed to be getting his act together over hurdles when close second in Huntingdon novice (2m, good) in March, but has rather mixed record on the Flat since switching to current stable in May and is not an easy one to predict on this handicap hurdle debut.

8/1

6th

3

(1)

15th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Goodwood

Ace Rothstein

11st 11lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Dylan Cunha

took keen hold, soon led at slow pace, increased tempo 4f out, headed 2f out, soon weakened

14/1

Form: 1-6834 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 8st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Four wins from 43 races and short-headed at this track two years ago; had wind surgery in March and minor honours both starts since; C&D latest is among the plentiful evidence that he holds an each-way chance.

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6th

10

(2)

28th Apr 2024

Good

1m 3f 137y

Class 5

15:20 Bath

Militry Decoration

9st 5lb

J: Jack Enright

T: Camilla Poulton

4-25 on AW, compared to 1-23 on turf; has bits of form in the mud and his latest run was a 1m4f AW win under Jack Enright last month, so this 9yo is not entirely ruled out.

6/1

1st

5

(6)

21st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 5

16:55 Southwell (AW)

Militry Decoration

9st 11lb

J: Jack Enright

T: Camilla Poulton

dwelt start, held up in rear, headway and switched left under 2f out, kept on well to lead towards finish, did well in the circumstances

8/1

7/2

Form: /09511 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Return to Flat has done the trick with short-priced wins at Chepstow (1m4f, good to firm) and Ffos Las (1m6f, good) on last two starts; they were just five-runner races but he galloped on easily the strongest and the third and fifth from his latest start won next time out; back up another 4lb and in class but on the shortlist; withdrawn 11 days ago when the ground was soft.

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10th

11

(3)

22nd Apr 2024

Good To Firm

1m 3f 99y

Class 4

18:20 Windsor

Lusaka

9st 1lb

J: William Cox

T: John & Rhys Flint

Productive for new stable in 2023, winning four of his last five starts, mostly over 1m6f; however, doesn't appear to be crying out for this drop back to a sharp 11.5f on reappearance.

8/1

1st

1

(6)

16th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Bath

Lusaka

9st 12lb

J: Taylor Fisher

T: John Flint

Has won three of his last four, latterly beating Cherry Cola by a narrow margin over C&D off 3lb lower; force to be reckoned with in races of this nature on good or quicker ground.

9/1

1st

3

(14)

23rd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:55 Bath

Lusaka

10st 1lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: John Flint

Return to Flat has done the trick this term, with short-priced wins in five-runner races at Chepstow (1m4f, good to firm) and Ffos Las (1m6f, good); form dipped somewhat on good to soft on latest outing, so some drying conditions this week may be needed; player if straight back to his best.

6/1

OUR TIP

4/1

Form: 86-853

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Both wins were on Lingfield Polytrack last year, notably when running away with a 1m4f handicap but she has not repeated that form; edging down the weights and latest start gives a bit of encouragement for this second crack at 1m6f (first was on final 3yo start) but others are a bit more persuasive.

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9th

6

(12)

13th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

15:15 Dundalk (AW)

Neandra

9st 10lb

J: James Ryan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Two wins at three for Andrew Balding at Lingfield; failed to find her best form this year; not as well treated by the race conditions as stablemate May Night; first-time cheekpieces.

6/1

5th

1

(6)

6th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 63y

Class 4

14:00 Chester

Neandra

10st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

Both wins came on the AW at Lingfield (1m2f/1m4f) last year; not for the first time appeared to find 1m6f stretching her at Sandown 11 days ago so the return to this trip should suit; has run well on good to soft but she was well beaten in one go on soft.

9/2

6th

1

(7)

26th Jul 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

20:40 Sandown

Neandra

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Both wins were on Lingfield Polytrack last year, notably when running away with a 1m4f handicap but she has not repeated that form; edging down the weights and latest start gives a bit of encouragement for this second crack at 1m6f (first was on final 3yo start) but others are a bit more persuasive.

4/1

8/1

Form: 527-92

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Sole win (13 races) was on AW in 2021; runner-up on good to firm last April/June and again when cheekpieces were installed on the Newcastle AW (1m4f) on latest outing, but needs to find extra over this new, longer trip.

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7th

6

(7)

17th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

16:20 Newcastle (AW)

Victory

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Alan King

prominent

10/1

7th

13

(8)

27th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Victory

9st 2lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Alan King

Sole win in 1m handicap here in 2021 but didn't achieve anything special in his only course start since; work to do on balance of 2023 form.

20/1

7th

5

(8)

2nd Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Victory

9st 13lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Alan King

Inconsistent type with a record of 1-14; didn't fire at Sandown (1m6f) last time but he went close at Newcastle (1m4f, Tapeta) on his penultimate run and has claims if he can recapture that form; has worn cheekpieces in last two starts.

9/1

7/1

Form: 37-619

Last run: 75 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Won in France as a 3yo; opened his British account with an easy success in usual cheekpieces at Doncaster (2m, soft; 7lb higher today) in April, with about 9l back to his closest pursuer; well beaten two weeks later when visored in the Chester Plate, possibly stretched by the 2m2f but he also had a wind operation soon afterwards; interesting to see his market strength.

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1st

4

(4)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:50 Ripon

Justus

9st 6lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

in touch with leaders, headway over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well, always doing enough

5/1

1st

5

(1)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 2f 2y

Class 4

14:45 Pontefract

Justus

8st 13lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Dual Flat winner at about 2m on soft ground; pulled up on his final run over hurdles but that was a Grade 2 novice and he had previously chased home the classy Dysart Enos at Doncaster; has won off this mark and that was without a claimer riding.

5/1

8

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Justus

11st 5lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

towards rear

50/1

Form: 7-4334

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Runner-up on his only start here; seen mostly at about 1m4f and running respectably of late but he has more to prove on this third attempt at 1m6f and it's been over two years since he raced without headgear.

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11th

3

(3)

25th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Noble Masquerade

9st 13lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

always behind

10/1

3rd

2

(2)

8th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Noble Masquerade

10st 0lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

slowly into stride, in rear, some headway over 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong

8/1

Form: -35418 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Hardy veteran who drew a blank in 2022 but got back in front over 1m6f at Bath this April and his other races this season have been at 1m4f; ground softer than good would be preferable; considered each-way if he gets it.

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0

8

(11)

26th Jul 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

20:40 Sandown

Tralee Hills

9st 4lb

J: Theodore Ladd

T: Simon Hodgson

Hardy veteran who drew a blank in 2022 but got back in front over 1m6f at Bath this April and his other races this season have been at 1m4f; ground softer than good would be preferable; considered each-way if he gets it.

14/1

8th

2

(4)

5th Jul 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 4

18:20 Epsom

Tralee Hills

10st 9lb

J: Miss Serena Brotherton

T: Simon Hodgson

Good summer in 2021 included a win in this race under Serena Brotherton; drew a blank in 2022 but got back in front at Bath (1m6f) this April when last seen; it looks as if ground softer than good may be needed if he races over as short as 1m4f these days.

7/2

1st

1

(13)

21st Apr 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:40 Bath

Tralee Hills

9st 13lb

J: William Carver

T: Simon Hodgson

His seven wins have all been at middle distances but he has form at up to 2m and is ideally suited on slow ground; last success was in July 2021 but that was off 3lb higher and he returned to turf with an eyecatching fourth at Pontefract (1m4f, soft) ten days ago; kept on well out wide in that race and he looks interesting back up in trip.

8/1

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Alpine Stroll

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Payout
Exacta £715.00
Straight Forecast £537.00
Tricast £8857.50
Trifecta £8483.00

Selections

NEWMARKET:

Bunker Bay

SPOTLIGHT:

Lusaka

The Times:

Neandra

TOPSPEED:

Alpine Stroll

The Star:

Victory

Telegraph:

Justus

RP RATINGS:

Tralee Hills

The Guardian:

Militry Decoration

The Sun:

Neandra

Daily Mail:

Bunker Bay

Daily Record:

Bunker Bay

Daily Mirror:

Alpine Stroll

POSTDATA:

Lusaka

D Express:

Lusaka