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16:10 York

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Sky Bet Stayers Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £51540
  • 2m 0f 56y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Sky Bet Stayers Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.00
  • Place: £3.15

Form: 3-5772 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Dropped from Class 2 to Class 4 when front-running second of seven at Hamilton (1m5f, heavy; acts on good to firm) 18 days ago, his best run this season and his stiffest test of stamina; fully effective at this track but the new trip is a step in the dark.

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7th

6

(10)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Forza Orta

9st 8lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Kevin Ryan

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield after 3f

16/1

8th

11

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Forza Orta

8st 11lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Kevin Ryan

His form figures over 1m5f read 172 and he was going beyond that trip for the first time when narrowly beating Aztec Empire to win at York (2m, good to firm) last month; may have more to offer over staying trips but he likes York and it remains to be seen if he'll reproduce that latest form here.

7/1

1st

9

(4)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Forza Orta

9st 3lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Kevin Ryan

took keen hold, midfield, headway when carried left and hampered rivals over 2f out, short of room under 2f out, switched right and ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well

14/1

OUR TIP

6/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 416633 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Won twice (1m4f/2m) on Kempton AW early this year; very good third in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle (2m, AW) and creditable third off this mark in a warm race at Newbury (2m, good; unraced on good to firm) three weeks later; while a bit extra is required to win this, he needs respect.

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14th

8

(13)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Aztec Empire

9st 0lb

J: James Doyle

T: Andrew Balding

Creditable third in two hot handicaps in July (2m, AW/good) and was narrowly denied by Forza Orta at York (2m, good to firm) last month, where he may well have won granted a clear run; this 4yo has a progressive profile and is on the shortlist up 3lb for last time.

9/2

12/1

  • Place: £4.15

Form: 476194 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

In career-best form this season, notably from the front when winning at Haydock (2m, good to firm) in May and fourth of 13 off this career-high mark at Newbury (2m, good) on latest start; it may be asking a bit much for him to see off all of today's rivals, though.

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11th

7

(8)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Solent Gateway

9st 10lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Hugo Palmer

Often front-runs; well beaten on 2023 return but won eight days later, so perhaps his heavy defeat in a warm race five weeks ago should not be viewed too harshly; had a solid campaign last year and although his score is just 1-9 on AW, he is effective over C&D; each-way chance if back on song.

18/1

13th

4

(5)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

15:47 Lingfield (AW)

Solent Gateway

9st 9lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Hugo Palmer

led narrowly

12/1

3rd

1

(1)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Solent Gateway

9st 12lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Hugo Palmer

led, lost two places inside final furlong, kept on

12/1

Form: -77220 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Remote behind two of these over 2m4f at Goodwood latest, a worry as he had soft-ground form previously; stays 2m well, as shown when second at Goodwood (good to firm) and Newcastle (AW) this summer, which was up with his best form but he needs a bit extra to win this.

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1st

6

(6)

31st Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Mostly Sunny

9st 11lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Heather Main

1m4f success early in career; raced mainly at further since and has shown his peak form over 2m but shapes as if this drop back in trip is worth a shot; attractively treated off current mark.

8/1

1

(2)

24th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Mostly Sunny

10st 0lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Heather Main

Winless since 2022 and he came in only seventh of nine in 2m Southwell handicap last month; usual blinkers go back on now with more required.

8/1

7th

8

(8)

15th Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 3

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Mostly Sunny

9st 1lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Heather Main

raced lazily at times

11/2

Form: 590344

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Effective at 1m4f-1m6f with varied tactics but unraced beyond that; got near his best form only once (three runs back, in small field) from four starts this summer but he is now 5lb lower than his last winning mark.

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12th

4

(4)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Charging Thunder

9st 8lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

took keen hold, midfield

20/1

5th

4

(9)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Charging Thunder

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

dwelt start, took keen hold, held up in rear, headway from 3f out, hung left 2f out, no extra when lost action inside final 110yds

18/1

4th

1

(1)

5th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:15 Newmarket (July)

Charging Thunder

10st 4lb

J: William Buick

T: David O’Meara

prominent, led narrowly over 2f out, headed 2f out, soon no chance with winner, weakened and lost two places inside final furlong

8/1

6/1

Form: -21081

Last run: 10 days

W: 8st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Led in the final stride for 2m hurdles win in March and asserted late on for Flat wins over 2m1f at Killarney in May and 1m6f at the Curragh (good; unraced on good to firm) ten days ago; it hasn't all gone smoothly but he now looks like a stayer with potential, one to note despite 5lb penalty.

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4th

8

(1)

7th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 144y

18:55 Clonmel

Grappa Nonino

9st 2lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

prominent, outpaced under 2f out, kept on final furlong, lost third post

11/4

6th

14

(14)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Grappa Nonino

8st 3lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: D K Weld

took keen hold, held up in last, niggled along 5f out, headway on outer from 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, never on terms

6/1

1st

5

(17)

13th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 0y

16:20 Curragh

Grappa Nonino

9st 11lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

midfield, headway on inner and in touch with leaders over 3f out, ridden and went third 2f out, ran on well to lead final 110yds

9/1

11/2

Form: 3113-0

Last run: 87 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Unraced on firmer than good; four turf wins in France up to 10.5f (stayed 1m4f); showed promise in three maiden hurdles for this yard last winter and also when never-dangerous 12th of 18 in Flat handicap at the Curragh (1m6f, good) in May; needs a second look for trainer who won this race in 2015 and has Ryan Moore booked.

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2nd

15

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 3f 58y

Class 3

13:35 Ascot

Zanndabad

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: A J Martin

Four Flat wins in France; yet to get his head in front for current stable but the best of his five hurdling efforts was last time at Musselburgh (good to soft) when making up late ground to finish close behind last week's County Hurdle fifth Afadil; gives the impression there's more to come and brings strong form claims back into a maiden; regularly wears the tongue-tie.

5/2

2nd

11

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Zanndabad

10st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: A J Martin

Four Flat wins in France; just minor promise in maiden hurdles last season and didn't offer much on handicap debut at Fairyhouse in December (soft ground was no excuse); his Irish trainer always commands respect on British forays but this 5yo needs to turn a corner.

8/1

28/1

Form: 513970 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

First and third in 2m Goodwood handicaps before finishing last in the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot and he's not regained his form in his two starts since; therefore has a question to answer at present.

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9th

7

(10)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

15:15 Lingfield (AW)

First Emperor

9st 6lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: John Ryan

Some creditable efforts over 2m this year and he wasn't far behind Red Flyer in a Class 2 over C&D (sixth of 13) last time; his losing run is mounting up but he's edging down the weights and could go well on this drop back in grade.

14/1

6th

13

(7)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

15:47 Lingfield (AW)

First Emperor

8st 11lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John Ryan

pushed along soon after start, towards rear after 2f

16/1

3rd

5

(4)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 3

17:05 Southwell (AW)

First Emperor

9st 9lb

J: Luke Morris

T: John Ryan

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, headway over 3f out, soon outpaced, rallied from 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, went third towards finish, not pace to challenge

16/1

8/1

Form: 32-613

Last run: 19 days

W: 8st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Ages since his only two runs on good to firm; came from even further back than Robert Johnson when third of 17 off this mark at Goodwood (2m4f, soft) 19 days ago, his best Flat form; needs better still but one to consider.

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20

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Tronador

10st 13lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Won this race in 2021 and 21l eighth in 2022; some good form on the Flat and over hurdles last summer but he wasn't at his best over hurdles or fences in the autumn and has been absent since; others are more compelling.

50/1

5th

6

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 120y

15:12 Down Royal

Tronador

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Has been mixing hurdling with Flat action; fair third in a Bellewstown handicap hurdle in July and then placed in a staying handicap on the Flat at Goodwood; makes chasing debut after failure in a valuable handicap hurdle at Chepstow last month; would get 17lb from stablemate Find A Fifty over hurdles.

12/1

0

9

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 2

16:15 Chepstow

Tronador

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Has been mixing hurdling with the Flat and was third in a big-field 2m4f handicap at Glorious Goodwood during the summer; good third in a strong Bellewstown handicap in July on his final hurdle run and he's bagged a big British handicap hurdle in the past; not weighted out of it.

12/1

25/1

Form: 412350

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

1m5f winner at Hamilton in June and career-best form when pipped over 1m4f next time, both on good to firm; a little below that level on his next two starts, before tailed off on heavy ground at Goodwood (1m6f) latest; he'd won his only other attempt over 1m6f (last September) and stamina seemed to win it for him that day, so he's quite interesting given this new trip.

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3

(8)

9th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

La Pulga

9st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Charlie Johnston

Scored at Hamilton (1m5f) in June and back on song of late, just over 2l seventh of 12 at Newcastle (1m4f) 24 days ago; possibilities.

10/1

7th

2

(10)

15th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 4

15:37 Newcastle (AW)

La Pulga

10st 0lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: Charlie Johnston

Scored at Hamilton (1m5f) in June and got back on track when runner-up over C&D last month; he's one for the shortlist nudged up 1lb.

15/2

2nd

5

(7)

2nd Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 99y

Class 3

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

La Pulga

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Charlie Johnston

raced wide early, prominent, led after 1f, faced challenge from 2f out, kept on, headed final strides

14/1

10/1

Form: -07582 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Easily his best run this season came on latest start when second of 11 at Yarmouth (1m6f, good to soft) off a career-low mark; back up 2lb, which still leaves him well treated on peak 2022 efforts (including on good to firm) but his three attempts at 2m+ don't rank among his best shows.

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8th

7

(5)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:32 Lingfield (AW)

Haliphon

9st 8lb

J: David Egan

T: Ian Williams

Losing run is mounting up and he never figured the last twice (1m4f/1m3f); however, may benefit from this step back up in trip; 0-4 on AW but is attractively weighted off current mark.

16/1

7th

3

(3)

23rd Jan 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 4

16:30 Southwell (AW)

Haliphon

11st 1lb

J: Miss Poppy Scott

T: Ian Williams

Taken a good drop in the weights since last spring but had just the three runs on the AW and down the field on Tapeta debut last time; one to bear in mind but early days on this surface.

14/1

4

(9)

9th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Haliphon

9st 12lb

J: David Egan

T: Ian Williams

Comes here on a lengthy losing run but he wasn't disgraced when fourth of eight in 1m5f Chelmsford handicap 30 days ago; considered on his Tapeta debut.

5/1

Form: 141112 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Has stormed through the ranks in handicaps this season, winning five; last two wins were over 2m at Musselburgh (good to firm) and York (good to soft) before his strength in stamina became even more evident with his never-nearer second of 17 over 2m4f at Glorious Goodwood (soft); up another 4lb but he's made almost relentless progress on turf this year.

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2nd

10

(6)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Robert Johnson

8st 4lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Philip Kirby

midfield

7/1

3rd

2

(2)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 2f 2y

Class 4

14:45 Pontefract

Robert Johnson

9st 10lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Philip Kirby

Highly progressive last year in winning five times, from 1m4f to 2m on all sorts of ground; went close at Goodwood in August (2m4f, soft) off just a 4lb lower mark and he'd probably had enough when below par on his final start.

3/1

12th

10

(3)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Robert Johnson

9st 0lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Philip Kirby

dwelt start, in touch with leaders on inner, lost ground from 3f out, weakened 2f out

11/2

14/1

Form: 407703

Last run: 39 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Has had different trainers as 2yo, 3yo and now 4yo; failed to shine this year at Meydan (four runs) or back in Britain (four) but has sunk in the weights and there were hints lately of him getting more competitive; worth this second go at 2m judged on his 1m6f Ascot performance last time but cheekpieces have seen him well beaten on both previous appearances.

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10th

12

(1)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 3

15:55 Epsom

Green Team

8st 5lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Ian Williams

Some useful form in 2021 and 2022, and he's dropped down the weights; has been gelded since his last run which might prompt an upturn in fortunes, but it needs to as he struggled to get competitive last year.

25/1

8th

4

(5)

18th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Green Team

10st 0lb

J: David Egan

T: Ian Williams

Has been around a bit and only has a novice win to his name; this is a bit easier than he's used to, down another 2lb, but he was said to have stopped quickly when tailed off last time and has it to prove on his Polytrack debut.

8/1

Form: 7-9300 D

Last run: 53 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Best on good or good to firm; rarely that competitive these days, with his latest win coming under Jamie Spencer at the Shergar Cup last August off 2lb higher; comparable form when third this May and not disgraced in his two top handicaps since; others look more solid.

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0

5

(13)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Themaxwecan

9st 7lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charlie Johnston

always behind, lost action and pulled up quickly home turn

14/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Grappa Nonino

Daily Mail:

Robert Johnson

The Times:

Aztec Empire

D Express:

Green Team

POSTDATA:

Solent Gateway

RP RATINGS:

Themaxwecan

TOPSPEED:

Grappa Nonino

Telegraph:

Grappa Nonino

The Guardian:

Grappa Nonino

The Sun:

Grappa Nonino

Daily Record:

Grappa Nonino

Daily Mirror:

Robert Johnson

The Star:

Robert Johnson