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16:50 Ascot

Soft

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  • Prize money: £32400
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Betfred Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.45
  • Place: £1.75

Form: /211-0 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 7yo; notched a personal best when winning at Newmarket (1m, soft) last autumn and that form worked out well; could finish only in midfield when one of the fancied runners for the Royal Hunt Cup over C&D (good) five weeks ago, but he came third in his group and a return to today's expected softer ground should suit; high on the list.

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1st

2

(10)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:50 Ascot

Ghaly

10st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Saeed bin Suroor

Lightly raced 7yo; notched a personal best when winning at Newmarket (1m, soft) last autumn and that form worked out well; could finish only in midfield when one of the fancied runners for the Royal Hunt Cup over C&D (good) five weeks ago, but he came third in his group and a return to today's expected softer ground should suit; high on the list.

13/2

13th

10

(8)

21st Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Ghaly

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Saeed bin Suroor

Lightly raced and progressive; acts on any ground; has form figures of 12211 in 1m handicaps, most recently winning off 8lb lower at Newmarket last October in a race that has worked out very well; won from Blue For You the time before; may improve further this term, despite being a 7yo now; trainer won this race in 2010 and 2021; very interesting contender.

10/1

1st

3

(11)

29th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:23 Newmarket

Ghaly

9st 13lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Saeed bin Suroor

Ridden prominently; made all on heavy as 3yo but withdrawn from a soft-ground race as 4yo; absent 662 days before this season but his Hamilton second and York win (four ran; again 1m on good to firm) showed that he is better than ever; off three months; lightly raced for his age and needs respect.

4/1

2nd
3 (9)
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11/1

  • Place: £4.65

Form: -95816 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 13lb

8 yo

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

8yo who defied top weight at Nottingham (1m, good to firm) in June but could finish only sixth of 15 at Sandown off his revised mark the following month; yard has more obvious claims with Ghaly.

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20/1

  • Place: £1.95

Form: -11472

Last run: 37 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

In good form over 1m2f on the AW, his second at Chelmsford last time a career best, but today's drop in distance isn't sure to be in his favour and his turf record stands at 0-4; others preferred.

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11th

2

(1)

16th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:55 Newmarket

Storm Catcher

9st 8lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Simon Pearce

Three AW wins between last August and this February (9.4f/1m2f); has shown promise on turf but he needs to transfer his AW improvement back to grass, and also bounce back from a below-par latest run (1m2f, AW).

20/1

9th

10

(9)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Storm Catcher

9st 3lb

J: David Probert

T: Simon Pearce

Ties in with Penzance on two pieces of form, including a C&D effort, this winter; justified favouritism at Wolverhampton (off 2lb lower) last time out, taking AW record to 7-15; back in a deeper field but he's steadily progressive.

9/1

1st

1

(4)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 2

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Storm Catcher

9st 9lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Simon Pearce

Progressive handicapper who gained his sixth win when beating Forca Timao in good style at Lingfield (1m2f) in November; another career best when going down narrowly in a strong Newcastle handicap on New Year's Day; another 3lb rise to contend with but this is a weaker race and he may not have reached his ceiling just yet; first run here but he's proven fully effective in two runs on Newcastle Tapeta.

7/4

6/1

Form: 2/138- D BF

Last run: 308 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Half-brother to 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold; looked a colt of considerable potential when bolting up in a Yarmouth maiden (1m, good to firm) last spring but didn't build on that as anticipated, only eighth of 12 on handicap debut at Haydock (favourite) in the autumn; now returns after ten months off; lightly raced and could still be unexposed.

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34th

11

(6)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Akhu Najla

9st 1lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

Very lightly raced 4yo who reappeared with a promising run at Ascot (1m, good) in July, when staying on for a close fourth; better could have been expected at York (1m, good to firm) but it was a difficult race in which to make headway from the rear; the extra furlong may well be a positive here, along with the first-time blinkers, and he could be in the mix.

25/1

13th

5

(4)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:00 York

Akhu Najla

9st 4lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

towards rear

6/1

Form: 2-7209 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Beaten narrowly at Newmarket (1m, good to soft) in April but he hasn't repeated the form, ninth of ten behind Lattam at Newcastle four weeks ago; needs to get back on track.

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3rd

6

(5)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 212y

Class 2

16:25 Haydock

Empirestateofmind

9st 10lb

J: Dale Swift

T: John Quinn

Creditable third when favourite for the Shergar Cup Mile at Ascot (good) last month but he could only manage a midfield finish in a Doncaster handicap (1m, soft) since; first-time visor replaces regular blinkers; same connections as Safe Voyage.

9/1

8th

4

(11)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Doncaster

Empirestateofmind

9st 6lb

J: Dale Swift

T: John Quinn

Creditable third when favourite for the Shergar Cup Mile at Ascot (good) five weeks ago; last three wins on soft/good to soft; close second in this race (soft) last year and likely to go well again.

8/1

Form: 21-574 D

Last run: 147 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Horse

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Spanish-trained contender; enjoyed his finest hour when winning German Group 2 (1m, good to soft) in September 2021 and performed respectably in three runs in Dubai early this year; bit to prove on British/handicap debut but Jamie Spencer is a good booking over the straight mile here.

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4th

5

(6)

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Newbury

Rodaballo

9st 4lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: G Arizkorreta Elosegui

Spanish-trained 6yo whose career highlight came when winning Group 2 at Baden-Baden in 2021; however, his form at Meydan earlier this year, and in two British starts in the summer, suggests he may be a shade vulnerable.

16/1

6th

5

(2)

19th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Rodaballo

9st 8lb

J: Neil Callan

T: G Arizkorreta Elosegui

Spanish-trained 6yo whose career highlight came when winning Group 2 at Baden-Baden in 2021; however, his form at Meydan earlier this year, and in a handicap at Ascot three weeks ago, suggests he's vulnerable here.

33/1

6th

1

(6)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:50 Ascot

Rodaballo

10st 2lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: G Arizkorreta Elosegui

Spanish-trained contender; enjoyed his finest hour when winning German Group 2 (1m, good to soft) in September 2021 and performed respectably in three runs in Dubai early this year; bit to prove on British/handicap debut but Jamie Spencer is a good booking over the straight mile here.

14/1

6/1

Form: 311

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 3yo, winner of two of his three races, all of them at 7f (soft/AW); improved to score narrowly in novice at Newcastle last month, digging deep; retains potential but doesn't have an obvious chance on the figures and his pedigree casts some doubt about whether this longer trip will suit.

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5th

3

(3)

17th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

17:10 Leicester

Lowton

9st 4lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

Largely progressive C&D winner; blinkered for the first time when posting an excellent fourth of 17 in 7f York handicap 24 days ago; goes well on soft ground too so he's a player off an unchanged mark with the headgear again sported.

2/1

4th

12

(9)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

15:45 York

Lowton

9st 1lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Edward Bethell

in touch with leaders

10/1

7th

10

(3)

29th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:50 Ascot

Lowton

8st 7lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Edward Bethell

Lightly raced 3yo, winner of two of his three races, all of them at 7f (soft/AW); improved to score narrowly in novice at Newcastle last month, digging deep; retains potential but doesn't have an obvious chance on the figures and his pedigree casts some doubt about whether this longer trip will suit.

6/1

Form: 2-2287 D BF

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Latest run can be ignored (favourite; badly hampered by loose horse) and he has claims on earlier seconds over this trip at Redcar and Newcastle; handles any ground and would be dangerous if getting an easy lead.

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4th

7

(15)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Doncaster

Spirit Catcher

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Back to form last month, winning easily at Ripon (good to soft) then third at York Ebor festival (good to firm), both over 1m; likely player, provided he continues in the same vein.

9/1

3rd

17

(10)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:00 York

Spirit Catcher

8st 13lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

prominent

16/1

1st

1

(6)

19th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:50 Ripon

Spirit Catcher

10st 1lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Some recent below-par efforts but a revival would comes as no surprise having dipped to 3lb lower than when runner-up over 1m at Redcar and Newcastle at the start of the summer; usually races prominently.

6/1

Form: 51-670 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Hasn't cut much ice in competitive handicaps on his last two starts, but on the second occasion he probably failed to stay 1m4f at the Royal meeting here after racing up with a very strong pace; will need a personal best but he's only a 3yo and today's drop in distance could be in his favour.

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3rd

3

(1)

1st May 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Mr Mistoffelees

9st 8lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Hughie Morrison

C&D winner as a 2yo; ran well in the face of stiff tasks on his first two runs as a 3yo but things have nosedived since, including when tailed off at Newbury 11 days ago (first run since gelded); down in the weights and now tried in blinkers so a revival isn't out of the question.

20/1

17th

5

(5)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Newbury

Mr Mistoffelees

9st 8lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Hughie Morrison

Won a Kempton novice (1m, AW) at the end of 2022, but faced stiff tasks subsequently and wasn't up to them; back in much calmer waters on this return from nine months off (has been gelded), but may be best watched for now.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £396.00
Straight Forecast £312.50
Tricast £2067.70
Trifecta £4461.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Lattam

RP RATINGS:

Ghaly

The Times:

Akhu Najla

POSTDATA:

Spirit Catcher

NEWMARKET:

Lattam

The Guardian:

Lattam

Daily Mail:

Lattam

The Sun:

Lattam

Daily Record:

Lattam

Daily Mirror:

Akhu Najla

The Star:

Akhu Najla

TOPSPEED:

Ghaly

Telegraph:

Ghaly

D Express:

Ghaly