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17:20 York

Good To Firm

Sky Bet Finale Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £51540
  • 1m 2f 56y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Sky Bet Finale Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 60-402

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Acts on good to firm and good to soft; couple of very positive performances at York for new yard this season, catching the eye over 1m at the Dante meeting and nearly landing the John Smith's Cup over this trip (came from difficult position; failed only narrowly) six weeks ago; strong contender.

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4th

1

(6)

3rd May 2024

Good

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Newmarket

Astro King

9st 5lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Stays 1m2f and suited by good/firmer; has two notable pieces of 1m1f form at this course, namely success in the 2023 Cambridgeshire and creditable second in the Earl of Sefton last month; major player on ratings but has stamina to prove over this new trip.

13/2

2nd

1

(2)

17th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Astro King

9st 2lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Hit new highs in major handicaps last term, notably with his win in the Cambridgeshire over C&D (good to firm) in September; not disgraced in mid-division since when seeking big money in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia; this is a different scenario to those larger-field handicaps last term but he is well worth his place at this level.

10/1

1st

1

(35)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Astro King

9st 12lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Made the frame in two Royal Hunt Cups for Sir Michael Stoute and better than ever for new yard this year, winning a competitive handicap at York (10.2f, good to firm) last month; he's up 5lb to a career-high mark and is back down in trip, but he'll relish the strong pace and could be bang there.

14/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 8-6193 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Useful colt who has York form having finished third in the Acomb at this meeting last year; filled same position in Listed grade at Newbury most recently; successful in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar (1m2f, good to firm) on sole handicap attempt and is interesting back at this level.

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6th

5

(7)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:05 Chester

Oviedo

9st 3lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

sweating, took keen hold, prominent

12/1

4th

10

(1)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Oviedo

9st 3lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

3yo who has contested Group 3 and Listed races, and has done very well on his two starts in handicaps, winning at Redcar (1m2f, good to firm) in May and finishing second to Astro King at York (10.2f, good to firm) last month; that handicap record catches the eye and he could be thereabouts.

14/1

2nd

8

(13)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

17:20 York

Oviedo

9st 4lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

Useful colt who has York form having finished third in the Acomb at this meeting last year; filled same position in Listed grade at Newbury most recently; successful in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar (1m2f, good to firm) on sole handicap attempt and is interesting back at this level.

8/1

OUR TIP

5/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: -10232 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Acts on good to firm and good to soft; only 1-14 on turf, compared to 4-6 on AW, but is consistent in the main and brings strong recent form; ties in with Astro King on John Smith's Cup running and performed very well in similar event at Glorious Goodwood since; holds solid claims.

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4th

2

(12)

17th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 99y

Class 2

16:55 Newcastle (AW)

Haunted Dream

9st 12lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Ed Dunlop

Has been running consistently well in top turf handicaps all summer and wasn't best served by the drop to 1m1f when not beaten far in the Cambridgeshire latest; has a much better strike-rate on the AW (4-6) than turf (1-16) and needs considering.

7/1

8th

6

(32)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Haunted Dream

9st 7lb

J: Morgan Cole

T: Ed Dunlop

Has a modest 1-15 strike-rate on turf but he's run really well in defeat in hot handicaps at about 1m2f on his last four starts (good to firm-good to soft); there can be optimism he'll be fine over a strongly run 1m1f and he's a solid each-way contender.

16/1

3rd

3

(10)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

17:20 York

Haunted Dream

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Ed Dunlop

Acts on good to firm and good to soft; only 1-14 on turf, compared to 4-6 on AW, but is consistent in the main and brings strong recent form; ties in with Astro King on John Smith's Cup running and performed very well in similar event at Glorious Goodwood since; holds solid claims.

5/1

Form: 369010 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Perhaps unsuited by soft ground at Glorious Goodwood; sole win this term came at the Newmarket July festival in a race that the Johnston yard has farmed; faces a harder task off this 5lb higher mark.

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7th

1

(7)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 2

14:35 Chester

Killybegs Warrior

9st 13lb

J: David Egan

T: Charlie Johnston

Successful in 1m2f handicap at last year's Newmarket July festival; generally consistent since and should give his running; however, again lumbered with top weight and vulnerable to better-treated types.

11/2

6th

1

(14)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:20 Newmarket

Killybegs Warrior

9st 12lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Johnston

Bit in and out last term but very useful on his day, winning over 1m2f at the Newmarket July course; excellent second at Kempton (3lb higher today) four weeks ago on reappearance, over 1m3f though and there is now something of question over him at a trip this short.

16/1

2nd

2

(14)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton (AW)

Killybegs Warrior

9st 10lb

J: James Doyle

T: Charlie Johnston

Bit in and out at 3 but very useful on his day, winning over 1m2f at Newmarket off 4lb lower last July; creditable third of 12 at York (1m2f) on final start in October; placed on AW last spring but others make more obvious appeal

16/1

Form: 21-802

Last run: 43 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

AW scorer last autumn; unable to land a blow at Royal Ascot on handicap debut but fared much better at the Newmarket July festival (1m2f, good to firm; second to Killybegs Warrior) and could well build on that effort; from top stable and retains low mileage; one to consider.

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11th

4

(5)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Obelix

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

reared start and slowly away, in rear

14/1

16th

12

(8)

16th Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:55 Newmarket

Obelix

8st 13lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Down the field last autumn on final two runs for the Gosdens, albeit on soft ground, and subsequently sold for 45,000gns; however, this lightly raced 4yo is on a handy mark for today's stable debut and is not written off.

16/1

25/1

Form: 51-956

Last run: 22 days

W: 8st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Scored twice over 1m last season; no progress in 3yo handicaps this term but appeared to be outstayed over 1m3f at Glorious Goodwood latest; combination of return to 1m2f and first-time headgear may spark extra.

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2nd

7

(4)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Chester

Loyal Touch

9st 4lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Charlie Johnston

Prominent racer who just held on in a 1m2f Newcastle handicap in March; just as good when collared late on back there since; just as effective on turf and this track could suit his run style.

7/1

7/1

Form: 31-442 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft and good to firm; solid performer who has proved consistent in notable 3yo handicaps over 1m2f this term, finishing fourth at Newbury (London Gold Cup) and Royal Ascot (Golden Gates) then runner-up at Glorious Goodwood; form suggests there's a nice prize in him; highly respected.

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5th

9

(5)

13th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newmarket

Have Secret

8st 11lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

towards rear, headway 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, no impression

12/1

5th

7

(5)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 3

19:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Have Secret

9st 5lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Richard Fahey

Progressive 2yo at up to 1m2f; he has run well in some deep handicaps this summer and should have a race of this nature in him; suspicion he might need more of a test than this though.

4/1

7th

13

(9)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

17:20 York

Have Secret

8st 9lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Richard Fahey

Acts on soft and good to firm; solid performer who has proved consistent in notable 3yo handicaps over 1m2f this term, finishing fourth at Newbury (London Gold Cup) and Royal Ascot (Golden Gates) then runner-up at Glorious Goodwood; form suggests there's a nice prize in him; highly respected.

7/1

20/1

Form: 533431 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Regained the winning thread in Class 5 event at Ayr (1m2f, good) two weeks ago; proving consistent and could go well despite racing off a career-high mark upped in grade; runs off a low weight.

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9th

6

(8)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 4

18:35 Southwell (AW)

Innse Gall

9st 5lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Craig Lidster

Five-time winner when trained by Iain Jardine; attracted some support and ran creditably on his stable debut (C&D) six weeks ago; back to his last winning mark and he's not ruled out.

16/1

7th

2

(10)

11th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 4

14:05 Southwell (AW)

Innse Gall

9st 9lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Craig Lidster

Five turf wins, mostly over longer trips, for Iain Jardine; placed a few times on AW at Newcastle (1m2f) and returns to this sphere off a workable mark; drop back to 1m looks the negative on debut for new yard.

12/1

6th

1

(7)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 56y

Class 4

14:35 York

Innse Gall

9st 13lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Iain Jardine

prominent, led after 1f, headed 2f out, weakened final 110yds

7/1

Form: 052600

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 1lb

7 yo Horse

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

On a two-year losing run and far from consistent in 2023; went close in C&D contest at the Dante meeting but is by no means guaranteed to reproduce that effort; duck eggs the last twice.

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6th

2

(6)

14th Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 4

16:45 York

Maries Diamond

10st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

led, headed under 3f out, kept on until no extra inside final 110yds

20/1

10th

2

(4)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 3

19:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Maries Diamond

9st 8lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Ran a cracker from the front at York in May (extended 1m2f) and he turns up here off a 7lb lower mark after some struggles in classy company; ran well in one start at this track and a more positive showing is expected in this weaker race.

14/1

25/1

Form: 2-6996

Last run: 68 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Capable of useful form at two and three; however, badly out of sorts this season; chance depends on whether the combination of wind surgery and first-time headgear prompts a revival.

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4th

5

(1)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 2f 43y

Class 2

16:10 Doncaster

Masekela

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Thrown in on best form but a long way below it this season, cheekpieces failing to stop the slide at York last time on his first run after wind surgery; impossible to dismiss from a plunging mark but carries obvious risks.

12/1

10th

9

(11)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

17:20 York

Masekela

9st 3lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Capable of useful form at two and three; however, badly out of sorts this season; chance depends on whether the combination of wind surgery and first-time headgear prompts a revival.

25/1

6th

2

(2)

19th Jun 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

15:30 Lingfield (AW)

Masekela

10st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Listed 2yo winner and came fourth in last year's Derby but has been out of form this year (three runs); dropped significantly in grade for today's AW debut but still needs to turn things around.

8/1

11/1

Form: -06122 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Scored at Chester (good) in June and runner-up in both outings since, latest over C&D (good to soft) behind a subsequent winner; goes into a much bigger field but can't be dismissed in current form.

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2nd

4

(2)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 2

14:35 Chester

Box To Box

9st 1lb

J: William Buick

T: Hugo Palmer

Placed a few times in Bahrain during the winter, creditable second to Parlando latest; form figures at Chester read 116121; has a career-high mark but the return to this venue is highly favourable.

7/1

3rd

1

(4)

10th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:32 Leicester

Box To Box

10st 1lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Hugo Palmer

Managed to lead from a wide draw last time at Chester (1m2f, good to soft) and enhanced his good record there with a decisive success; only 3lb higher but this track might not play to his strengths.

13/2

1st

3

(10)

16th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

14:40 Chester

Box To Box

9st 7lb

J: David Probert

T: Hugo Palmer

Front-runner whose record around here reads 11612, his latest success coming over this trip (good) from 3lb lower in June; return here in is favour after a modest effort at York (1m2f, good) three weeks ago (behind Innse Gall), but although he handles a soft surface his four wins have come on good/good to firm; drawn widest.

6/1

12th
16 (17)
Eeetee

25/1

Form: 101666 CD

Last run: 43 days

W: 8st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Most recent win came at Redcar in May; consistent form since but was only midfield in those races, latest over C&D, and needs to raise his game; faces a stiffer assignment back up in class.

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8th

1

(10)

10th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 56y

Class 4

16:25 York

Eeetee

10st 4lb

J: Mark Winn

T: David O’Meara

7lb higher than for his success in this race 12 months ago and he was in better form back then, coming here on the back of a win; has won this year off 1lb lower but not at the same level since, including here 15 days ago.

12/1

12th

16

(17)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

17:20 York

Eeetee

8st 8lb

J: Mark Winn

T: David O’Meara

Most recent win came at Redcar in May; consistent form since but was only midfield in those races, latest over C&D, and needs to raise his game; faces a stiffer assignment back up in class.

25/1

33/1

Form: 30-860 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Held by a couple of these rivals on John Smith's Cup running here last time when 150-1; again can be opposed on the balance of this year's form.

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4th

9

(4)

29th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 2

18:00 Southwell (AW)

Postmark

8st 12lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Anthony Charlton

led, headed and raced in second after 2f

14/1

3rd

3

(2)

14th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Postmark

9st 4lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Anthony Charlton

The handicapper was in command on the Flat this summer and although his latest hurdle second (October) was respectable, he will need to raise his game to win here.

14/1

2nd

4

17th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

17:00 Huntingdon

Postmark

11st 9lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

in touch with leaders, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and kept on run-in, no match for winner

15/2

20/1

Form: 8-5047

Last run: 35 days

W: 8st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Good second over 1m4f at this meeting 12 months ago but was in better form at the time; less appealing on 2023 results and beaten in lower grade when dropped back to 1m2f on penultimate run.

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7th

8

(8)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Thundering

8st 9lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

Has modest 2-17 strike-rate and he is inconsistent, but he's just 1lb higher than when winning at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft) last September and reappears with his trainer among the winners; not ruled out.

9/1

5th

7

(7)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:01 Lingfield (AW)

Thundering

9st 3lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Kevin Ryan

dwelt start, took keen hold, held up in rear

8/1

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Exacta £254.00
Straight Forecast £216.30
Tricast £635.40
Trifecta £1063.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Astro King

SPOTLIGHT:

Have Secret

The Times:

Masekela

RP RATINGS:

Certain Lad

Daily Record:

Oviedo

NEWMARKET:

Haunted Dream

The Guardian:

Innse Gall

D Express:

Have Secret

The Star:

Have Secret

Daily Mail:

Masekela

LAMBOURN:

Astro King

Daily Mirror:

Astro King

The Sun:

Astro King

Telegraph:

Certain Lad