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Ray McLean Memorial Handicap

  • Prize money: £3663.8
  • 1m 4f 8y
  • Class 6
  • 15 runners
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Ray McLean Memorial Handicap

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £12.60
  • Place: £3.70

Form: -38862

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

11l ahead of Optician in the Leicester mud last month, though just as far behind the winner herself and couldn't say the cheekpieces debuted there wrought any improvement; down 2lb more, but others more persuasive.

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6

(3)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 3f 179y

Class 5

18:25 Leicester

Kittykarma

9st 6lb

J: David Nolan

T: Richard Fahey

dwelt start, towards rear

16/1

8th

7

(9)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 50y

Class 5

19:30 Nottingham

Kittykarma

9st 7lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

The drop back in trip may not be ideal on her reappearance but she improved in these cheekpieces last year, winning at Thirsk (1m4f, good) in August, and she's also effective on soft ground; not discounted.

7/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 3-3132 BF

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 52

Form & Verdict

Consistent since given a more sustained run of 1m3f-1m4f starts; denied on the line in a C&D 0-55 last week (good), having always raced more prominently than the reopposing Jamih and Mad Artymaise; player.

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3rd

10

(5)

12th May 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

16:52 Newcastle (AW)

Prince Achille

8st 12lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

in touch with leaders

6/1

1st

4

(9)

23rd Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Prince Achille

9st 6lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Looked in need of last month's return to action and duly stepped forward with a smooth C&D win (his second) 15 days ago; picked up well off a slow pace on that occasion and a 5lb rise shouldn't prevent another big run.

7/2

1st

6

(3)

8th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Prince Achille

9st 7lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

C&D winner last autumn off 1lb lower; may have needed his recent comeback from a winter break, when behind three of these here, but will need to improve somewhat on that.

8/1

11/4

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 214112 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

3-6 this turf season; about 2l second in a Leicester class 5 latest (1m4f, soft) to one who's gone in again off 82 since; needn't make all despite having done so twice of late; big player back down in grade.

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8th

9

(5)

4th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 5

17:20 Catterick

Edwina Sheeran

9st 2lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Multiple 1m4f winner who handles slow ground; 4lb higher than when winning a 0-65 at Ripon (1m4f, good) on her penultimate start; not as good in better company at Chester (14.5f, good to soft) latest but not ruled out back down in trip and with a slight drop in grade.

10/1

7th

9

(2)

16th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 6f 87y

Class 4

16:25 Chester

Edwina Sheeran

8st 10lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Record since the cheekpieces went on reads 21411231, her wins all coming over 1m4f on good/good to soft ground; 4lb rise for her Ripon success (good) 11 days ago not the end of the world, but this trip seemed to stretch her when fourth of nine at Redcar (good) in May.

13/2

1st

1

(3)

5th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 10y

Class 6

19:00 Ripon

Edwina Sheeran

9st 9lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Dual C&D winner early in the summer who's continued in form since; had to work early to get to the front from a wide stall last time and, while another 2lb higher tonight, she has to enter calculations.

5/2

Form: 215223 D BF

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 55

Form & Verdict

Beaten favourite five times out of the last six but genuine and consistent, if often a hard puller, and June's Beverley success (1m4f, good to firm) was well deserved; so close to defying this mark the last twice, and posted a good second in this last year also; player.

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3rd

9

(4)

17th Nov 2023

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

15:05 Newcastle (AW)

Valley Of Flowers

9st 6lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Jacqueline Coward

slowly into stride, held up in last

14/1

6th

5

(10)

30th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 5

16:15 Newcastle (AW)

Valley Of Flowers

9st 12lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Jacqueline Coward

in rear, headway into midfield over 5f out

4/1

20/1

Form: -46968

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 62

Form & Verdict

Weak finisher on most of her handicap starts, though proximity to overly strong pace offers an excuse latest; realistically needs debuted visor to help tease out her resources for longer on this first drop to a 0-60.

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8th

10

(5)

13th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nakano

9st 4lb

J: Morgan Cole

T: Ed Dunlop

3yo maiden; inconsistent this term but, judged on penultimate effort, may benefit from the reapplication of visor; second run for new yard.

12/1

9th

7

(6)

16th Sep 2023

Good

1m 3f 137y

Class 6

13:40 Bath

Nakano

10st 10lb

J: Miss Sophie Smith

T: Ed Dunlop

Eight-race maiden who goes without headgear for this stable debut, having returned to form in a first-time visor when fifth of 15 at Thirsk (1m4f, good) last month on her final outing for Hugo Palmer (sold for 11,500gns); however, Ed Dunlop and Sophie Smith combine well and she's not ruled out.

10/1

6th
10 (11)
Optician

12/1

Form: -63264

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

22l defeat latest likelier down to soft ground than any aversion to the cheekpieces, which are retained; stays a galloping 1m3f and may have more of a future over this longer trip than he's shown thus far; down 2lb.

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4th

16

(5)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 4

13:30 Lingfield (AW)

Optician

9st 4lb

J: Liam Wright

T: Shaun Lycett

Has been plying his trade at a lower level but he only narrowly failed to bring up the five-timer at Southwell (1m4f; four previous wins at Wolverhampton); raised 4lb for that latest defeat and has to prove he can do it on Polytrack.

8/1

2nd

7

(2)

12th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 5

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Optician

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Shaun Lycett

0-12 on turf for Tim Easterby but 4-4 on the AW since joining this yard with a tongue-tie enlisted, all over 1m4f at Wolverhampton and none by more than half a length; up another 5lb, but still has to be feared if as effective here.

7/4

1st

5

(1)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Optician

9st 12lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Shaun Lycett

Has proved a revelation since the tongue-tie went on, making it 3-3 over C&D when scoring by a nose a fortnight ago; did well to win that having taken a keen hold and he may get more of a pace to aim at this time; much respected up another 3lb.

11/10

14/1

Form: 777346

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 48

Form & Verdict

5lb better off with Valley Of Flowers for trailing that one nearly 3l at Beverley back in June, and this less taxing 1m4f rates a plus; 1lb badly in tonight but not at all without hope.

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8th
3 (10)
Jamih

7/1

Form: 549424 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 55

Form & Verdict

Beat Valley Of Flowers 1l when taking this race off 1lb lower last year (good) in first-time cheekpieces; consistent rather than progressive since, but close fourth latest reaffirmed his effectiveness around this C&D.

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13th

9

(13)

30th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 192y

Class 6

18:20 Catterick

Jamih

9st 2lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Tina Jackson

Best form has been on good to firm/good and is probably best watched on return from a break on ground that isn't ideal.

40/1

10/1

Form: 454326

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

Perfectly consistent whatever the distance and surface type but 0-15 overall, and no obvious excuses behind both Prince Achille and Jamih when about 3l sixth in a C&D 0-55 last week; minor honours again at best.

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9th

14

(9)

18th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 8y

Class 6

19:45 Thirsk

Mad Artymaise

9st 0lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Gillian Boanas

Perfectly consistent whatever the distance and surface type but 0-15 overall, and no obvious excuses behind both Prince Achille and Jamih when about 3l sixth in a C&D 0-55 last week; minor honours again at best.

10/1

6th

12

(12)

11th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 6

17:10 Thirsk

Mad Artymaise

9st 0lb

J: Graham Lee

T: Gillian Boanas

Kept on for modest second behind Lechro in recent selling handicap at Beverley (1m4f, good to soft) and has now made the frame on her last three appearances, but others appeal more all the same.

20/1

2nd

9

(9)

1st Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 23y

Class 6

14:35 Beverley

Mad Artymaise

9st 7lb

J: Graham Lee

T: Gillian Boanas

Ran one of her better races when third of nine at Hamilton (1m1f, good) last time; first and fourth have won since, but she is now 0-13 and is still to prove her stamina over this far.

17/2

14/1

Form: 67-973

Last run: 41 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

Best form since his debut effort when 2l third at Beverley latest (good to soft); that slowly run affair wouldn't be reliable evidence he stays 1m2f, however, and there's 2f further still to go tonight.

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8th

6

(2)

26th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Act Of Will

9st 7lb

J: Sam James

T: Danny Brooke

Holds solid claims on the form of his Beverley 1m2f third in July but he failed to build on it when tenth at Thirsk (1m4f) the following month; he has a bit to prove now if he's to get off the mark here.

16/1

10th

11

(5)

18th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 8y

Class 6

19:45 Thirsk

Act Of Will

9st 5lb

J: Graham Lee

T: Danny Brooke

Best form since his debut effort when 2l third at Beverley latest (good to soft); that slowly run affair wouldn't be reliable evidence he stays 1m2f, however, and there's 2f further still to go tonight.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 32-016 D

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 57

Form & Verdict

Most effective played late on galloping tracks, as proven again at Hamilton in June (1m4f, good to firm) when the leaders went off too quickly; below-par return to that venue off tonight's mark last time.

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4th

6

(6)

29th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 26y

Class 6

17:35 Ayr

Bouncing Bobby

9st 4lb

J: David Nolan

T: Martin Todhunter

Won this race in 2022 and was also successful at Hamilton (1m4f, good to firm) last spring; back on a good mark now but looked out of sorts on latest hurdling start in February and has become very unreliable.

10/1

6th

10

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

15:30 Carlisle

Bouncing Bobby

10st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Martin Todhunter

towards rear on outer

11/2

8th

8

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

13:35 Kelso

Bouncing Bobby

11st 1lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Martin Todhunter

Dual Flat winner on a sound surface whose hurdles win came on soft; shaped as though on the way back at Hexham last time (heavy; winner followed up back over same C&D from 5lb higher); claims back up in distance.

5/1

12th
15 (13)
Stelios

50/1

Form: 555398

Last run: 25 days

W: 8st 5lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

0-12 and trail has gone cold again since June's Beverley half-length third (1m2f, good to firm), slower ground not necessarily at fault (fair fifth on soft in April); 1lb out of the handicap.

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14th

14

(2)

11th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Stelios

8st 8lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Phillip Makin

3yo maiden; close third at Beverley in June; not in anything like the same form since and needs a big revival back on AW; 0-7 in this sphere and has the same score on turf.

33/1

8th

10

(9)

27th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 207y

Class 6

17:10 Beverley

Stelios

8st 7lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Phillip Makin

13-race maiden; chance on his C&D third in June, but well beaten at 50-1 last time at Thirsk (1m4f, good); would be a surprise winner.

25/1

12th

15

(13)

18th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 8y

Class 6

19:45 Thirsk

Stelios

8st 5lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Phillip Makin

0-12 and trail has gone cold again since June's Beverley half-length third (1m2f, good to firm), slower ground not necessarily at fault (fair fifth on soft in April); 1lb out of the handicap.

50/1

12/1

Form: 073658

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 54

Form & Verdict

Fortunes unimproved by the reversion to front-running of late; drop from 2m and career-low mark both positives, but others convince more.

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3rd

5

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

16:30 Sedgefield

Trailblazer

11st 4lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Adam Nicol

held up in rear, headway 5th, outpaced 3 out, lost touch home turn, switched right and kept on approaching last, went remote third run-in, no match for first two

11/4

2nd

11

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

13:40 Sedgefield

Trailblazer

11st 7lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Adam Nicol

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

3/1

2nd

10

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

14:20 Kelso

Trailblazer

11st 1lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Adam Nicol

Placed a few times on the Flat last year but at a lowly level and he's 0-22 in that code; well beaten at 150-1 on last month's hurdle debut.

100/1

25/1

Form: 8089-2

Last run: 218 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

Progress as a hurdler has flatlined, but he's 5lb below his highest winning mark on Tapeta, and although yet to record an RPR above 56 in four Flat turf starts this is easier than any of those; cheekpieces added.

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14th

1

(14)

18th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 8y

Class 6

19:45 Thirsk

Riggsby

10st 0lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Sam England

Progress as a hurdler has flatlined, but he's 5lb below his highest winning mark on Tapeta, and although yet to record an RPR above 56 in four Flat turf starts this is easier than any of those; cheekpieces added.

25/1

5th

7

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

15:52 Market Rasen

Riggsby

10st 10lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Sam England

Travelled strongly when third of six on handicap hurdle debut at Southwell (2m, good) in June and he won over staying trips on the Flat which suggests he may have potential at this distance; however, he has to bounce back from two below-par runs over hurdles (2m/2m4f, good); unraced on slow turf.

8/1

6th

2

25th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

17:30 Southwell

Riggsby

11st 13lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

towards rear of midfield

6/1

100/1

Form: 9766-0

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 50

Form & Verdict

Winless since US claimer score in 2021 (1m, firm), and offered little on last week's return run; 1m4f trip asks a new question.

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15th

12

(3)

18th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 8y

Class 6

19:45 Thirsk

Mollies Hope

9st 4lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Andrew Crook

Winless since US claimer score in 2021 (1m, firm), and offered little on last week's return run; 1m4f trip asks a new question.

100/1

10th

11

(5)

11th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 208y

Class 6

16:53 Musselburgh

Mollies Hope

8st 13lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Andrew Crook

Won in US in 2021 (1m, firm) but yet to be placed after four British starts (6f-7f), and not seen since November; not the obvious answer; blinkers removed; tongue-tie refitted.

33/1

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Exacta £631.00
Straight Forecast £430.70
Tricast £1432.80
Trifecta £2505.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Edwina Sheeran

The Guardian:

Prince Achille

The Times:

Jamih

D Express:

Bouncing Bobby

RP RATINGS:

Edwina Sheeran

POSTDATA:

Edwina Sheeran

Telegraph:

Edwina Sheeran

Daily Mail:

Edwina Sheeran

Daily Record:

Edwina Sheeran

Daily Mirror:

Prince Achille

The Star:

Prince Achille

The Sun:

Jamih