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City Of Chichester Handicap

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  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 5 runners
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City Of Chichester Handicap

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

Form: 2-0146 BF

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Blew his handicap mark out of the water when running away with a 7f novice at Newbury in May; confirmed he was much improved when finishing fourth of 29, beaten 3l, in the Britannia at Royal Ascot; reared at the start and poorly positioned as a result at Newmarket 15 days ago, a performance that suggested the return to 1m would suit; not ruled out.

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

10th

3

(6)

3rd May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Thunder Ball

9st 7lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

Acts on soft and good to firm; has acquitted himself well in several major handicaps over 1m/1m1f, fourth in the Spring Cup at Newbury most recently; possibilities provided he's as effective back at 7f.

7/1

4th

3

(8)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newbury

Thunder Ball

9st 6lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

Goodwood win (1m, soft) in October is flanked by respectable efforts in major handicaps, latest at Doncaster four weeks ago where he fared best of the runners who raced prominently; enters calculations off unaltered mark.

8/1

5

(7)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Thunder Ball

9st 3lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

Progressive towards end of last season, finishing first past the post at Goodwood (1m, soft) in August/October, with good seventh in the Cambridgeshire in between (1m1f, good to firm; first of five in the centre group); this 4yo can be in the mix if continuing the good work on this reappearance.

11/1

3rd
4 (4)
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7/2

Form: 236620 D BF

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 6lb

7 yo

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

On a losing run but he ran well when second of 15 at Sandown last month off this mark (1m, good to firm); last week's Sandown effort can be ignored as he wasn't beaten when hampered and dropping to the rear over 1f out.

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8/1

Form: 400080 D

Last run: 3 days

W: 9st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

The handicapper has been in command this year but he's dropped 11lb for his troubles and there have been glimmers that he retains ability; close third over C&D in a Group 2 at this meeting 12 months ago; not the biggest surprise to see him step up on Thursday's York effort (met lots of trouble).

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

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

Form: 251612 CD

Last run: 9 days

W: 8st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Three wins this year, notably handicaps over C&D and at Windsor; travelled well when second at Newmarket nine days ago (1m, good to firm; tongue-tied for the first time); needs taking seriously.

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15th

11

(16)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:50 Newmarket

Sudden Ambush

9st 7lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Can front-run; registered two wins and a second over 1m on good or good to firm last May-August, his highlights on turf last year; reappeared with AW win at Wolverhampton in February and although trying to overcome a wide draw in warm race there in March did not work out, that shouldn't attract much criticism; needs a career best but not dismissed.

10/1

10th

10

(9)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sudden Ambush

8st 7lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

took keen hold, prominent, raced wide and disputed lead after 1f, led 4f out, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, eased inside final 110yds

10/1

1st

7

(7)

7th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Sudden Ambush

8st 10lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

Below par over 1m1f when last seen; has a solid record over 1m when racing on a suitable surface and he's less exposed on AW than on turf; form figures in this sphere read 3312; one to consider.

8/1

Form: 030220

Last run: 3 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Missed his 3yo campaign but he's made up for lost time this year, winning 7f handicaps at Newcastle and Newmarket in the spring; better than ever when second of 20 in a big C&D handicap this month (soft); weakened late on at York on Thursday but still needs consideration in this less-competitive event.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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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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TOPSPEED:

The Gatekeeper

Telegraph:

Sudden Ambush

POSTDATA:

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SPOTLIGHT:

Thunder Ball

RP RATINGS:

Escobar

Daily Mirror:

Sudden Ambush

The Star:

Sudden Ambush

The Times:

The Gatekeeper

The Sun:

The Gatekeeper

Daily Record:

The Gatekeeper

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