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Star Sports Brighton Challenge Cup Handicap (For The Brighton Challenge Cup)

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  • 1m 3f 198y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Star Sports Brighton Challenge Cup Handicap (For The Brighton Challenge Cup)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

7/1 (Won)

Form: 975416 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Came clear in the Ladies' Derby at Epsom (1m4f, Class 4, female amateurs'; good to soft) on penultimate start; that was his first win for a year and he failed to back up after making a slow start at Ascot (sixth) subsequently; these conditions are fine; certainly isn't handicapped out of the equation.

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

8th

4

(8)

14th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 6

19:15 Southwell (AW)

Bug Boy

9st 7lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Tony Newcombe

mounted in chute and taken down early, dwelt start, always behind

12/1

3rd

7

(6)

1st Oct 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 4

15:25 Epsom

Bug Boy

8st 13lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Tony Newcombe

Won the Ladies' Derby over C&D (good to soft) and came home with a wet sail to go in again at Brighton last time (good to firm; under Connor Planas); remains on a competitive mark just 3lb higher; should give his running.

7/1

1st

7

(9)

10th Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 198y

Class 4

16:00 Brighton

Bug Boy

9st 4lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Tony Newcombe

slowly away, towards rear

7/1

Form: 331115 D BF

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

On a roll, completing a hat-trick (Yarmouth, Leicester, and Bath), before finding the worsening conditions counting against her at Bath (1m3.5f, Class 6; 9-4 favourite) a fortnight ago; the forecast looks more favourable here, but she might struggle in this Class 4 from a career-high mark.

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

8th

7

(6)

7th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 6

13:40 Lingfield (AW)

Gearings Point

9st 8lb

J: Mikkel Mortensen

T: Sheena West

midfield

14/1

6th

3

12th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:45 Plumpton

Gearings Point

11st 9lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

took keen hold, prominent, not fluent 1st, outpaced 3 out, weakened before 2 out

4/1

3rd

5

29th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

14:50 Plumpton

Gearings Point

10st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Sheena West

in touch with leaders, outpaced 3 out, rallied 2 out, kept on approaching last, not fluent last, no impression run-in

10/1

7/1

Form: 7-5515 D BF

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Notched a third win at Epsom (form figures there 31121) on penultimate start; possibly found the drop back to 1m2f (under a 5lb penalty) counting against him at Sandown, so it'll be interesting to see whether or not he can replicate his Epsom form at this broadly similar track (0-2 previously).

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

3rd

6

(2)

10th Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 198y

Class 4

16:00 Brighton

Night Eagle

9st 8lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Gary Moore

in touch with leaders

7/1

5th

3

(15)

26th Jul 2023

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 5

18:00 Sandown

Night Eagle

9st 13lb

J: Anna Gibson

T: Gary Moore

Tailed off on final 2022 start and had wind surgery this March; back in the groove six days ago to win in clearcut fashion at Epsom, where he has a good record; has a bit more to prove today dropping back from 1m4f and carrying a penalty, but he has a 7lb claimer enlisted.

3/1

1st

6

(7)

20th Jul 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 5

20:40 Epsom

Night Eagle

9st 10lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Gary Moore

prominent on outer, going best when led 3f out, edged left over 2f out, shaken up when clear over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 61-082 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Won twice in France for Francois Rohaut; hung left, yet still ran his best race for this trainer when chasing home an odds-on favourite at Lingfield (1m3.5f, good to firm) seven-weeks ago; no reason why he shouldn't be competitive from an unchanged mark.

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

3rd

7

(1)

15th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

17:50 Windsor

Premiere Ligne

9st 7lb

J: George Bass

T: Hughie Morrison

midfield, good headway 2f out, edged left over 1f out, kept on final 110yds

8/1

6th

6

(9)

14th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 6y

Class 4

15:25 Epsom

Premiere Ligne

11st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Hughie Morrison

Scored twice in France last year but he has mixed record in five runs for new yard this season; looks interesting on his second behind Fulfilled at Lingfield in June but he flopped over C&D two weeks ago and needs to bounce back after that; cheekpieces worn last time are removed.

9/1

Form: -26135

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Struck in a first-time visor at Newcastle (1m4.5f, AW; from a 6lb lower mark) in June, before being edged out in a three-way tussle there next time; continues to take his racing well, more than holding his own in a competitive Class 3 handicap (1m3f; 66-1) at Goodwood last week; a likeable type.

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No / Draw
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Verdict Starting price

5th

7

(1)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 5y

Class 4

16:30 Pontefract

Alumnus

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

sweating, led, headed over 3f out

6/1

5th

5

(4)

10th Aug 2023

Good

1m 3f 198y

Class 4

16:00 Brighton

Alumnus

9st 9lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie Johnston

led but pestered

7/2

5th

12

(10)

4th Aug 2023

Heavy

1m 3f 44y

Class 3

17:20 Goodwood

Alumnus

9st 0lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

in rear

16/1

10/1

Form: -06442 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Historically, has done the bulk of his winning on AW (6-15), but has been campaigned exclusively on turf (in varying conditions) since April; fared okay in a muddling race at Lingfield (1m3.5f, good to firm; second of four) last time; sits 2lb higher, but still on a fair mark in comparison to AW.

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Verdict Starting price

6th

10

(3)

11th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

13:15 Lingfield

Party Island

8st 11lb

J: George Bass

T: Denis Coakley

Second on his only turf start here and broke a lengthy losing run when taking a six-runner race on the Lingfield AW (1m4f) nine days ago; well treated judged on both pieces of form, particularly the latter and two of his earlier AW efforts this year; 1-17 strike-rate on turf is the chief issue.

7/1

1st

3

(5)

2nd May 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:05 Lingfield (AW)

Party Island

9st 3lb

J: George Bass

T: Denis Coakley

Triple C&D winner but his last success was in July 2022 and he's finished down the field in his four runs this year; mark continues to fall and he ran well to a point here last time but others are preferred.

7/1

7th

10

(16)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 4

13:30 Lingfield (AW)

Party Island

9st 7lb

J: George Bass

T: Denis Coakley

Never dangerous from off the pace in 1m/1m2f handicaps here the last twice but he runs this track well and 1m4f suits him better, especially when there's some pace on; draw is offputting but considered nevertheless.

7/1

Form: 8-7321 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Well-backed when runner-up over C&D (Class 5, good to firm) in May; resumed winning ways on AW at Wolverhampton (1m6f) last time, and looks fairly treated from just a 3lb higher mark; seems to handle most conditions - good to firm, AW, good to soft - so is expected have a major say.

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Verdict Starting price

1st

5

(7)

21st Sep 2023

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

17:24 Chelmsford (AW)

Al Azhar

10st 13lb

J: Mr Alvaro Sainz

T: Marcus Tregoning

Not proven at this track but the best of his six AW runs came on latest attempt when winning a five-runner race on Wolverhampton Tapeta (1m6f) in July; back to that form when close third at Bath (1m6f) on latest outing; big player if that form is reproduced.

9/2

3rd

1

(2)

6th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:25 Bath

Al Azhar

10st 4lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Marcus Tregoning

Won over this far at Wolverhampton and didn't run too badly back over 1m4f at Brighton when lacking the gears to land a blow; could go well.

13/2

25/1

Form: 551256 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Fair turf strike-rate (6-27); won a Class 5 handicap at Doncaster (1m4f, soft) early in the year, before producing another solid effort in the Sky Bet Sunday Series at Hamilton (second); not as effective the last twice, and is probably just a fraction too high in the weights.

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

4th

8

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

16:15 Ffos Las

Dundory

10st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: John O’Shea

Six-time Flat winner who is 0-5 over hurdles but he was a good third in Wincanton handicap (1m7f, heavy) last month and was only beaten around 5l at Ludlow last time; should have more to offer in this sphere and he's in the mix; handles any ground.

15/2

4th

5

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

16:00 Ludlow

Dundory

10st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: John O’Shea

Six-time Flat winner; did not emerge from rear division on his first three hurdling starts but ran big race when third on last month's handicap debut at Wincanton (1m7f, heavy); 2lb lower here and has cheekpieces (worn for last four Flat wins) refitted; must be considered.

6/1

3rd

8

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

16:05 Wincanton

Dundory

11st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: John O’Shea

Multiple turf winner at up to 1m4f on the Flat (RPR 83), where he is not ground dependent; has failed to transfer that ability to this code in three maiden hurdles; may be able to show more now entering handicaps from a workable mark; market check suggested.

10/1

Form: 0-075

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Failed to beat a rival on first three starts (7f-1m2f novice/maidens); with the headgear removed, could only finish fifth of seven on handicap debut at Haydock (1m2f, Class 5); has since left Ed Walker for 16,000gns; still lightly raced but has plenty to prove on first run for Tony Carroll.

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

6th

9

(1)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

14:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Walk The Moon

9st 3lb

J: William Carson

T: Tony Carroll

Has been unable to get competitive in this code; still early days after just three handicap starts and he's down another 2lb and up in trip for his AW debut; only of serious interest if supported.

10/1

4th

7

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 2

12:05 Cheltenham

Walk The Moon

11st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Tony Carroll

Limited six-race maiden on the Flat (7f to 1m4f); signs that he could make a better hurdler when third at Wetherby (2m, good) and then raced too freely at Musselburgh (good to soft); his form is a good way beneath the requisite standard to win a race of this stature.

66/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Al Azhar

Daily Mail:

Premiere Ligne

POSTDATA:

Night Eagle

RP RATINGS:

Bug Boy

D Express:

Alumnus

Daily Mirror:

Premiere Ligne

The Sun:

Premiere Ligne

Telegraph:

Al Azhar

The Star:

Al Azhar

Daily Record:

Al Azhar

The Guardian:

Night Eagle

The Times:

Bug Boy