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15:00 York

Good To Firm

Clipper Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £77310
  • 0m 7f 192y
  • Class 2
  • 19 runners
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Clipper Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 19 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

33/1 (Won)

  • Win: £50.35
  • Place: £12.35

Form: -01020 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Has often run well in defeat in big 7f handicaps and was runner-up for second consecutive year in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last month; won at Goodwood (7f) in May and has won over 1m in the past, but he has a modest strike-rate and was below par at Ascot last time; others are more compelling.

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2nd

13

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 1lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Has run some superb races in top 7f handicaps, including here, and he richly deserved the valuable prize at York in August (1m, good to firm); combination of this trip and testing ground does not look ideal, however.

33/1

6th

9

(5)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 6lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Raced in the unfavoured group in the C&D contest last time won by Quinault, when bidding to follow up his 40-1 York success (his second win this season); a regular in these big-field Ascot handicaps and sometimes on the premises but he's yet to win here in 18 attempts.

25/1

11th

2

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Ascot

Ropey Guest

9st 10lb

J: Tom Queally

T: George Margarson

Has plenty of good form, including close fifth in this race last year; however, has never had the best of strike-rates and looks an unlikely candidate to follow up last month's 40-1 York success (1m).

14/1

11/1

  • Place: £4.55

Form: -16220 D

Last run: 64 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Usually front-runs; first past the post in 3yo C&D handicap at this meeting last year (good to firm; demoted due to interference) and went close in hot race over C&D in May (didn't lead); merely mid-division in the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last time but his pacesetting tactics weren't a good fit for that race; progressive previously and could make a bold bid now back here.

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4th

6

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 37y

Class 1

13:50 Haydock

Point Lynas

9st 5lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

Very useful handicapper who usually front-runs; better than ever when going down only narrowly in a valuable 1m handicap at York's Ebor meeting (good to firm) 16 days ago but he'll need to up his game to go close in this higher grade.

16/1

2nd

8

(14)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:00 York

Point Lynas

9st 3lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

led

11/1

14th

25

(28)

21st Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Point Lynas

8st 11lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Edward Bethell

Career has been steadily progressive; good second at York (Hambleton Handicap) and Nottingham (small-field Class 2) the last twice, both over 1m on fast ground; back in deeper waters but due to go up 3lb in future handicaps and looks well treated.

25/1

16/1

  • Place: £5.55

Form: 228781 D

Last run: 5 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Back to form with a bang when winning at Ripon (1m, good to soft) on Saturday; he was snapping a 13-race losing sequence and goes back up in grade here, while he needs to prove that level of performance was no one-off, but he had bundles in hand and is entitled to respect under a 6lb penalty.

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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

8/1

Form: 9-9205

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Fine second in the Royal Hunt Cup (1m, good) in June on his only run under today's jockey Ryan Moore; the step back up in trip didn't work out in the John Smith's Cup here and he was a good fifth in the Golden Mile at Glorious Goodwood last time (1m, first run on soft); might not be far away.

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6th

3

(9)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Sonny Liston

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Ralph Beckett

Solid marker in highly competitive 1m handicaps for this yard, including when first home in his group in the Royal Hunt Cup over C&D in June; touched off at Doncaster last month (1m, soft) and although back up 4lb he should be involved again.

7/1

2nd

2

(4)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Doncaster

Sonny Liston

9st 10lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Ralph Beckett

Appears to have a good prize in him, having performed nicely in three major 1m handicaps for new yard this season, close fourth off this mark at York Ebor festival latest; seems to handle soft going; respected.

9/2

4th

3

(12)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:00 York

Sonny Liston

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Ralph Beckett

dwelt start, in rear

8/1

Form: 513314 C

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

5yo who has been in the form of his life this term, with wins at Thirsk (1m, soft) and here (7f, good), and he was a close fourth of 25 in the International at Ascot (7f, good) latest; has won here three times (including on fast ground) and can be bang there once more.

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2nd

1

(10)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

Northern Express

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

Highly admirable 5yo who has won twice this season (1m/7f, soft/good), with his most recent win his third at York; creditable fifth of 19 over C&D in August and not disgraced in the Ayr Gold Cup last time when denied a clear run on his first crack at sprinting; key player now back up to 1m.

6/1

18th

4

(19)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Northern Express

9st 11lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

He has taken his form to new levels this year, winning handicaps at Thirsk (1m, soft) and York (7f, good) as well as several fine efforts in top 7f/1m events; further success beckons but he drops to 6f for the first time in a demanding event and it did take him a while to pick up at York last time, for all he had to briefly wait for a gap.

14/1

Form: 422313 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Admirably consistent this season (including on fast ground) and gained a deserved win under Oliver Stammers at Newmarket (1m, good) last month; another highly creditable effort when third of 20 off this mark in the Golden Mile at Goodwood (1m, soft) last time and he could again be in the mix.

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13

(18)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Dutch Decoy

8st 9lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Charlie Johnston

Frequently ran well in competitive handicaps last year, including on soft going; each-way claims if at the top of his game on reappearance, although that wasn't the case in the Spring Mile over C&D (heavy) 12 months ago.

25/1

6th

17

(4)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Dutch Decoy

8st 12lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Charlie Johnston

Produced a string of good runs in competitive handicaps this summer (various ground) and was on the wrong end of a pace bias when sixth of 19 at York (1m, good to firm) two starts ago, having been held up in rear; needs to bounce back from recent blip at Doncaster but he's not written off.

25/1

13th

9

(12)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Doncaster

Dutch Decoy

9st 1lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Charlie Johnston

Consistent this term; won at Newmarket in July, then ran creditably in major 1m handicaps at Goodwood (soft) and York (good to firm) last month; solid chance, despite remaining on career-high mark.

10/1

7th
20 (17)
Terwada

9/1

Form: 3411 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Easily won a Nottingham novice (1m, good to firm) in June on his third start and followed up when making all in five-runner handicap at Newmarket (1m, good to soft), beating The Gatekeeper who was also second at Glorious Goodwood next time; up in grade here but this 3yo is unexposed and progressive.

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31th

21

(19)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Terwada

8st 9lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Ed Walker

Won Nottingham novice (8.3f, good to firm) in June on third start and followed up in handicap on July course (1m, good to soft); merely seventh of 19 at York (1m, good to firm) last month but was beaten only 4l in a race which favoured those ridden more prominently; shaped last time as though today's extra furlong will suit and this unexposed 3yo could have a part to play.

16/1

7th

20

(17)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:00 York

Terwada

8st 11lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Ed Walker

took keen hold, towards rear of midfield

9/1

20/1

Form: 603130 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

He's on a career-high mark and others may be better treated, but soft ground excuses his run at Glorious Goodwood and prior to that he was a respectable third to Blue For You over this C&D (good to soft); won twice over C&D (good/good to firm) last season and is not ruled out each-way.

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17th

20

(21)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Eilean Dubh

8st 11lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Latest win when tongue-tie was first fitted at Hamilton (1m, good to soft) in July but it's been hard work for him in major 1m and 1m1f handicaps since; cheekpieces replace tongue-tie; up against it.

40/1

25th

13

(26)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Eilean Dubh

9st 0lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: K R Burke

Won four times last year and he was back on the scoresheet at Hamilton in July; finished third at York next time but he's been unplaced the last twice and looks vulnerable in this red-hot handicap.

50/1

Form: 83-315 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Returned to form with commanding win at Doncaster (1m, good to firm) in June; slowly away and failed to settle when soundly beaten over this C&D next time but has shown plenty of good form here over the years (including two wins) and he's an each-way possible.

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7th

5

(2)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

La Trinidad

9st 0lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Won at Doncaster (1m, good to firm) in June and he's run well to be placed off this mark in big fields at Doncaster (1m, soft) and Redcar (1m, good) the last twice; fully effective here and can be in the mix once more.

9/1

2nd

1

(12)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 219y

Class 2

16:30 Redcar

La Trinidad

9st 12lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Seems fine on most ground but he's on a tough mark, one 8lb higher than for his Doncaster win during the summer; ran well but was found wanting back there three weeks ago.

10/1

3rd

8

(8)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Doncaster

La Trinidad

9st 1lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

All wins on good/firmer but he has form on slow ground; often slowly away of late; latest race didn't pan out favourably; 2-3 at Doncaster, including an easy success in June, and interesting back here.

14/1

11th
10 (11)
Orbaan

14/1

Form: 409795 CD

Last run: 4 days

W: 9st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

C&D winner who was a good fourth in this last year and is now 5lb lower; there has been the odd sign of spark this season but it's been a below-par campaign in the main and he was only fifth of 11 at Sandown on Sunday.

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6th

1

(7)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

16:15 Southwell (AW)

Orbaan

9st 11lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Unexposed on the AW and well treated on the pick of his turf form (last win came from 8lb higher), but unplaced in his last 14 starts despite a sliding mark and returns from six months off; others preferred.

7/1

11th

10

(3)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

Orbaan

8st 10lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: David O’Meara

8yo who has been regressive this year and is back to having something to prove having been soundly beaten at Ascot last Saturday; however, prior to that he kept on for an encouraging fifth of 17 here (7f, good to soft) in first-time cheekpieces and perhaps he'll get another boost today now in a visor.

10/1

11th

16

(7)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Orbaan

8st 11lb

J: Jason Hart

T: David O’Meara

Successful in C&D classified race on Shergar Cup day in 2022, following up his Golden Mile win at Goodwood; 0-14 since and, although well treated on peak RPRs, current mark reflects his recent level of form.

12/1

Form: 031747

Last run: 4 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Made all at Epsom (1m, good to firm) in June and a case can be made on that form, but his form has been patchy on his three starts since and he was only seventh of 11 at Sandown on Sunday.

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5th

4

(6)

1st Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 3

16:00 Epsom

Austrian Theory

9st 9lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Generally disappointing since bagging a good prize here (8.5f, good to firm) on Oaks day in June but is 1lb below that mark now and took good step back in right direction when fourth at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) ten days ago; can't be ruled out.

7/1

4th

4

(3)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Austrian Theory

9st 8lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

All wins at 7f-8.5f on good to firm, the most recent off 1lb higher at Epsom in June; largely below that form since and has a question to answer back up in distance.

12/1

10th

5

(8)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

13:35 Chester

Austrian Theory

9st 3lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie Johnston

midfield

12/1

6/1

Form: /138-4 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Very lightly raced 4yo who won a fast-ground maiden in April 2022 and returned from an absence with an encouraging fourth of nine at Ascot (1m, good) last month; kept on well at Ascot and a stronger pace in this big field could be right up his street; unexposed and one to consider for his top yard.

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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: 0-5010 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won this last year (good) despite a torrid passage and boosted fine York record when bolting up over C&D (good to soft) last month; handles fast ground; below par at Glorious Goodwood but soft going may not suit nowadays and he's firmly in calculations now back here and back on better ground.

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19th

8

(20)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Blue For You

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: David O’Meara

Lost chance when hampered in this race last year (under Danny Tudhope, now on Bopedro); best form in 2023 when coming clear over 1m at York in July (good to soft); still looked to be in form over 7f here recently but weighted to his best and there's little to suggest he welcomes soft ground.

25/1

7th

4

(4)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Blue For You

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: David O’Meara

Scored readily at York (1m, good to soft) in July, looking better than ever; however, has failed to repeat that form in three subsequent runs and he's yet to defy a triple-digit mark; opposed.

20/1

15th

1

(3)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Doncaster

Blue For You

9st 12lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Scored readily at York (1m, good to soft) in July, looking better than ever; however, has failed to repeat that form in two subsequent runs and he's yet to defy a triple-digit mark; opposed.

10/1

Form: -11100 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

He looked a 3yo to follow when winning this spring on first three handicap starts (7f/1m, good/soft); too soon to write him off but he has plenty to prove after heavy defeats the last twice (1m, soft/good to firm).

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7th

2

(6)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 6y

Class 3

16:25 Doncaster

Racingbreaks Ryder

9st 10lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Charles Hills

always behind

7/1

6th

10

(11)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 212y

Class 2

16:25 Haydock

Racingbreaks Ryder

9st 5lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Charles Hills

He looked a 3yo to follow when winning his first three handicap starts, including over C&D and on soft; has finished down the field on his last three outings since but they have been ultra-competitive events at Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood and the York Ebor meeting; wouldn't be shock to see him stage a revival.

16/1

15th

18

(1)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:00 York

Racingbreaks Ryder

8st 12lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Charles Hills

took keen hold, midfield

20/1

OUR TIP

25/1

Form: 440008 CD

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

9yo who has had an underwhelming campaign but he didn't run badly at Ascot recently when the steady gallop wouldn't have suited, and he's 1lb lower than when a head second to stablemate Blue For You in this race last year (good); has won here twice (including on good to firm) and is not ruled out.

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5th

9

(6)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Escobar

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

steadied start, towards rear

10/1

9th

8

(8)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Escobar

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

sweating, dwelt start, midfield on near side of group

14/1

8th

7

(11)

27th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Escobar

9st 3lb

J: Neil Callan

T: David O’Meara

Veteran who's become hard to win with and been on the downgrade this year, coming 22lb down the weights; late in the day to be making his Tapeta debut in a new form of headgear and will need some luck if dropped in as usual from stall 11.

12/1

25/1

Form: -87019 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Hasn't been at his very best this season and was soundly beaten in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last time; however, perhaps the good to soft ground didn't suit and the form of his small-field win at Redcar two starts ago has worked out well; he's lower in the weights than when winning this two years ago, and when scoring over C&D last May, and he's not discounted.

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8th

7

(6)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

Cruyff Turn

8st 13lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Two-time C&D winner who exploited a reduced mark at Redcar in June; however, he's failed to threaten since and others are preferred.

33/1

17th

3

(3)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

15:45 York

Cruyff Turn

9st 10lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

upset in stalls, slowly away, in rear, headway from 4f out, dropped to rear and struggling from over 1f out

20/1

17th

12

(16)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:00 York

Cruyff Turn

9st 1lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders

25/1

14/1

Form: 622714 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Some big runs in defeat this year prior to winning at Newmarket (1m, good to firm) last month on his sole start under today's jockey Neil Callan; cracking effort from the front when fourth of 20 in the Golden Mile at Glorious Goodwood (1m, soft) last time and this bang-in-form 5yo could be a player.

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5th

4

(2)

15th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Goodwood

Darkness

9st 2lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Ex-French gelding who has only a modest strike-rate in Britain but has slipped back to the same mark as for Newmarket success (1m, good to firm) in July; creditable fourth in Golden Mile here (soft) next time; back in similar form on latest outing; not dismissed.

5/1

16/1

Form: 19-102 CD

Last run: 12 days

W: 8st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who made all over C&D (good to firm) last July and was awarded the 3yo C&D handicap at this meeting last year (due to interference); won on reappearance at Newcastle (7f, AW) in May and back to form when second at Newmarket (7f, good) 12 days ago; in a tougher race today but this 4yo may have more left in the tank; fitted with first-time cheekpieces.

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

3rd

2

(10)

15th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 3

16:15 Newcastle (AW)

Master Richard

9st 10lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Ann Duffield

C&D winner who races prominently; looked held when hampered at Wolverhampton last time (7f; winner at 1m) and that's now three below-par runs.

25/1

7th

6

(8)

27th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Master Richard

9st 4lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Ann Duffield

Inconsistent this year and not much room for manoeuvre off this mark (3lb higher than for his comeback Newcastle win in the spring); won't mind the drop from 1m but whether he'll be able to lead as he likes with Percy's Lad next door is questionable.

12/1

7th

1

(8)

31st Aug 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 3

20:15 Newcastle (AW)

Master Richard

9st 13lb

J: David Allan

T: Ann Duffield

Yet to run a poor race on AW, winning twice from four attempts (once here over 7f); good second at Newmarket this month but he was well beaten in a hot race at York last week (too free in first-time cheekpieces, which are left off today); eased in grade but a career best is still required.

12/1

Form: 603022

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Missed all of last season's 3yo campaign and his form has been up and down this year, but he won twice in the spring (7f, AW/good) and has been a good second over 1m the last twice, behind Terwada at Newmarket (good to soft) then in the competitive Golden Mile at Goodwood (soft); has a chance.

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

6

(17)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

The Gatekeeper

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

He was kept busy last year and won four of his 15 starts, most recently the Balmoral Handicap (1m, soft) at Ascot in October; this 4lb higher mark is a career-high but this 5yo is not ruled out on his reappearance.

11/1

15

(4)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

The Gatekeeper

8st 12lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

2

(6)

27th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:30 Goodwood

The Gatekeeper

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

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Straight Forecast £3768.30
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Selections

POSTDATA:

Akhu Najla

Daily Mirror:

Northern Express

RP RATINGS:

Escobar

LAMBOURN:

Terwada

The Guardian:

Sonny Liston

Daily Mail:

Master Richard

D Express:

Austrian Theory

The Sun:

The Gatekeeper

SPOTLIGHT:

Blue For You

TOPSPEED:

Dutch Decoy

The Star:

Orbaan

NEWMARKET:

Akhu Najla

Telegraph:

Akhu Najla

Daily Record:

Northern Express

The Times:

Escobar