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William Hill Epic Value Racing League Race 2 Handicap (Racing League)

  • Prize money: £12885
  • 0m 6f 3y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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William Hill Epic Value Racing League Race 2 Handicap (Racing League)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £13.80
  • Place: £3.40

Form: -11383

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Both wins at 7f, on the AW in January; acts on turf, too, but is up against it off his current mark unless the return to 6f proves to be what's wanted.

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

6th

7

(9)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Dark Trooper

9st 3lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Ed Walker

Acts on any ground; progressive 3yo who has completed a handicap four-timer since being dropped back to 6f and gained the last two wins at this venue; overall record is now 6-13; brings a very attractive profile to this first Group attempt and being 2-2 at Ascot is a bonus.

11/2

1st

1

(5)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

16:55 Ascot

Dark Trooper

9st 12lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Ed Walker

Better than ever of late, completing hat-trick of wins in Shergar Cup Sprint over C&D (good) four weeks ago; an 8lb rise looks fully justified, and, although today's forecast quicker ground is a possible concern (not at best on previous run on good to firm), he has plenty in his favour otherwise.

4/1

1st

10

(10)

12th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Dark Trooper

9st 5lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Ed Walker

Drop back to 6f saw him win well at Yarmouth (good to soft) last month and he made light of the heavy ground at Haydock on Sunday, drawing clear with another in-form sprinter; looks thrown in under a 3lb penalty and, although this is a stronger race, he can complete the hat-trick.

13/2

13/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 321341 D

Last run: 6 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Good 3-6 strike-rate in 6f handicaps on different surfaces, getting off the mark on turf in some style in a lower-grade race at Nottingham last week (soft; first-time cheekpieces, retained today); has more to do today under penalty but unexposed under the conditions.

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9th

11

(11)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Northern Spirit

8st 7lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Brian Ellison

midfield against near rail

16/1

4th

9

(8)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

17:25 Southwell (AW)

Northern Spirit

9st 0lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Still 6lb above his last winning mark and has his first start since wind surgery; has attempted this far only once before and wasn't disgraced, so he may be worth keeping an eye on.

12/1

OUR TIP

8/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: -14413 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Has won at both sprint trips this year (good to soft and soft) but a 3lb rise for his Thirsk win two starts ago put the pressure on at Ayr 17 days ago and this is no less competitive.

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

5th

7

(5)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

17:50 Ripon

Monsieur Kodi

8st 12lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

in rear

6/1

9th

9

(7)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle (AW)

Monsieur Kodi

8st 10lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Richard Fahey

Tough and progressive sprinter this year, winning three times on slow turf; ran as well as he ever has when picked off late by Gisburn at Goodwood four weeks ago (6f, soft); 2lb higher today and handles Tapeta but he seems at his best on deep turf.

15/2

Form: 8-5127 D

Last run: 68 days

W: 9st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Claims on soft-ground form over 6f in April, including when winning at Newbury; found little back there in May and off since but he often goes well fresh and is capable of being involved.

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Verdict Starting price

6th

16

(13)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:12 Newbury

Bernardo OReilly

8st 6lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Richard Spencer

Veteran who benefited from the pace collapsing in the corresponding event last year, sweeping home to defy a 5lb higher mark; last month's return at Doncaster should have brought him on and he's likely to be arriving on the scene late; yard going well.

12/1

9/1

Form: 8-2607 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Can lead; successful 6f debut as 2yo (good to firm) and made good start to 2023 when close second on handicap debut at Newbury (7f, soft); things haven't gone as smoothly since, though, and he never showed in first-time blinkers (discarded today) at Haydock 19 days ago; work to do back at 6f.

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Verdict Starting price

6th

9

(2)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

18:40 Doncaster

Hectic

9st 4lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

in touch with leaders towards far side

25/1

10th

5

(9)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

16:15 Southwell (AW)

Hectic

9st 9lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

0-9 after making a successful debut for Richard Hannon at Newbury (6f, good to firm) in the summer of 2022; makes his stable/AW debut after eight months off having been picked up for 13,000gns last October; watch market.

10/1

6th
12 (9)
Hiatus

9/1

Form: 461637 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 8st 8lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Having first run on officially soft ground when coming clear over 6f at Windsor in May and subsequent defeats have come on good going and the AW; the win was a big advance on his other turf form so he looks one to watch out for if the ground deteriorates.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

5

(12)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Haydock

Hiatus

9st 7lb

J: David Allan

T: Conrad Allen

Mixed results on AW since winning at Southwell in January; best turf form when scoring comfortably off just 1lb lower at Windsor (6f, soft) last May and he remains unexposed on slow ground; interesting back in this sphere.

10/1

5th

6

(1)

31st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 5

17:35 Southwell (AW)

Hiatus

9st 8lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: Conrad Allen

Record is 3-27, the most recent success over C&D in January; did well to finish third at Kempton (6f) last time, faring best of the hold-up runners; place claims off unaltered mark.

8/1

3/1

Form: 96-312 D BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Has missed two chunks of his career but returned from the latest one in good form, finding plenty to win going away at Newbury before just losing out there in June (both at 6f on good; has won on soft); solid chance under Kieran Shoemark, who is 2-3 on him.

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12th

1

(3)

13th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Shobiz

9st 9lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Three turf wins for Charles Hills and feasibly treated on last season's best; should come on for last month's stable debut here but he will need to leave that effort well behind.

40/1

8th

3

(2)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Shobiz

9st 6lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Promise on AW for Charles Hills but his three wins have come on turf; doubt he's handicapped out of things for new yard (sold for 6,000gns in October) but he'll need to be at his best back from 173 days off.

12/1

7th

4

(3)

27th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 3y

Class 4

18:00 Yarmouth

Shobiz

9st 9lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charles Hills

Has missed two chunks of his career but returned from the latest one in good form, finding plenty to win going away at Newbury before just losing out there in June (both at 6f on good; has won on soft); solid chance under Kieran Shoemark, who is 2-3 on him.

3/1

Form: 307819 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Good sprint form in France; promising third of 19 in useful Doncaster race (6f, soft) on yard debut in April and after some lesser efforts he did well to win at Chester (6f, good) after racing wide throughout; ran flat when turned out quickly next time but is capable of a good show.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

2

(18)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:02 Newmarket

Faro De San Juan

9st 10lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Dylan Cunha

raced near side, led group

28/1

9th

8

(7)

6th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

14:12 Ascot

Faro De San Juan

10st 8lb

J: Mr Fletcher Yarham

T: Dylan Cunha

Won off just 1lb lower at Chester (6f, good) in June and 7f may still be within range; however, he's failed to fire on his last four starts and needs to get back on track.

12/1

10/1

Form: 373725 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Won in his turn for Kevin Ryan; not yet off the mark for this yard but he looked to be approaching that moment at Pontefract in June and will be more at home back over 6f than the shorter trip at Beverley 20 days ago; best form on good or quicker but has won on soft.

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

13th

8

(13)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

18:40 Doncaster

Rathbone

9st 6lb

J: David Probert

T: Michael Herrington

midfield in centre of group

25/1

9th

11

(5)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:55 Kempton (AW)

Rathbone

9st 1lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Michael Herrington

He had slipped in the weights prior to landing handicaps at Sandown (5f, good) and Doncaster (6f, soft) last September; probably needs some help from the handicapper now and best watched after five months off and without his usual cheekpieces.

25/1

Form: 13-884 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Both wins on the AW, over 5f and 6f in 2022; has a mixed record on turf though and has never gone on from a close third of six at Newmarket last summer; others look more likely.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

3

(9)

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

1m 2f 0y

16:05 Navan

Bear Profit

9st 13lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Gerard O’Leary

Both wins for Stuart Williams were on AW; down the field on stable debut at Gowran and he probably needs drier ground on turf.

16/1

Form: -72423 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Takes different surfaces in his stride and has been in good form at Chepstow this summer, over 5f and 6f; still 7lb higher than latest turf win at this trip, though, and others look to have better marks to exploit.

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

5th

9

(12)

28th Apr 2024

Good

0m 5f 160y

Class 5

14:20 Bath

Some Nightmare

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: John O’Shea

Has not found his best form so far this year but he's dropping down the weights and Rossa Ryan is a notable booking for the stable (12-66 for a level-stake profit of +34.7); not ideally drawn though.

12/1

6th

2

(4)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 10y

Class 5

17:25 Bath

Some Nightmare

9st 8lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John O’Shea

Failed to win last year but he's down in the weights as a result and should be sharper with his reappearance behind him; handles testing ground and he's not ruled out.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £654.00
Straight Forecast £484.70
Tricast £3923.30
Trifecta £5455.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Shobiz

D Express:

Northern Spirit

The Times:

Hectic

TOPSPEED:

Monsieur Kodi

SPOTLIGHT:

Faro De San Juan

The Star:

Northern Spirit

LAMBOURN:

Shobiz

The Guardian:

Shobiz

Daily Mail:

Shobiz

Daily Record:

Shobiz