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  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 13 runners
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Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

1st
12 (13)
Kings Code

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £44.40
  • Place: £7.70

Form: 33-717

Last run: 71 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Narrowly landed a four-runner Bath handicap (1m, firm; first-time cheekpieces) for Richard Hannon in June, but held on AW debut at Wolverhampton (8.6f) ten days later; changed hands for 43,000gns last month and makes his stable debut after ten weeks off having been gelded in the meantime; no headgear today; market useful.

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

7th

10

(11)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:20 Newmarket

Kings Code

8st 13lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: David Evans

Ten of his last 11 starts were AW and they contain easily his best form; 3-6 in turf handicaps but his turf and AW marks are the same, so this requires a major improvement in his turf form; wore cheekpieces twice last June and now tries a visor.

50/1

7th

9

(10)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Kings Code

8st 9lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: David Evans

Ties in with several of these opponents on 2024 form; met traffic issues on his way to finishing fourth at Wolverhampton (behind Kingdom Come and Final Voyage) last time; frame possibilities off same mark.

16/1

6/1

  • Place: £4.40

Form: 3741 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Having his second start for this yard when making a successful handicap debut at Kempton (7f, AW) this month; 5lb higher, but the form has since received a boost and a player if able to build on that effort back on turf.

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6th

4

(8)

1st May 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Ascot

Change Sings

9st 6lb

J: George Downing

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

sweating, led, headed under 2f out, weakened 1f out

8/1

7/1

Form: P-14 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Pulled up in only start as a 2yo, but defied a 407-day absence to land a Haydock maiden (7f, good to soft) last month; didn't back it up at Thirsk (1m, soft) last time and possible the ground didn't suit, but she still has questions to answer on handicap debut.

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9th

8

(9)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:10 Ayr

Dark Desire

9st 8lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

prominent

11/2

4th

9

(4)

29th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:05 Newbury

Dark Desire

9st 3lb

J: William Buick

T: K R Burke

Pulled up in only start as a 2yo, but defied a 407-day absence to land a Haydock maiden (7f, good to soft) last month; didn't back it up at Thirsk (1m, soft) last time and possible the ground didn't suit, but she still has questions to answer on handicap debut.

7/1

4th

3

(4)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 4

14:50 Thirsk

Dark Desire

9st 5lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

raced in second

13/8

11/2

Form: -95221 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Had suggested he was on the way back when twice runner-up over 1m last month and with cheekpieces removed he just got up to win at Lingfield (7f, good to firm) 17 days ago; 3lb higher, but this more galloping track is in his favour and he shouldn't be far away.

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4th

3

(8)

26th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 5

15:35 Lingfield (AW)

Flying Spirit

9st 10lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Heather Main

Runner-up twice over 1m before last month's narrow 7f turf win here, and gave another good account when fifth at Newbury (7f) on latest outing; will be fine back on Polytrack and is evidently in good nick but may find others better handicapped here.

14/1

5th

7

(6)

29th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:05 Newbury

Flying Spirit

9st 4lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Heather Main

Had suggested he was on the way back when twice runner-up over 1m last month and with cheekpieces removed he just got up to win at Lingfield (7f, good to firm) 17 days ago; 3lb higher, but this more galloping track is in his favour and he shouldn't be far away.

11/2

1st

7

(2)

12th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

17:15 Lingfield

Flying Spirit

9st 7lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: Heather Main

prominent, pushed along 2f out, ridden and kept on well inside final furlong, led towards finish

5/1

10/1

Form: 294325

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Narrowly justified skinny odds in a Wolverhampton maiden (5f, AW) in March and has made the frame in five of his seven starts in handicaps since, but his mark remains fairly static as a result; needs a bit more if he is to resume winning ways.

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7th

6

(6)

11th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Nogos Dream

9st 6lb

J: George Rooke

T: Richard Hughes

0-10 in handicaps but good third over C&D last month, in a race that favoured those ridden more prominently, and he's since been second at Wolverhampton (6f, AW); a win may well be imminent.

9/2

2nd

5

(9)

23rd Sep 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 5

17:24 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nogos Dream

9st 11lb

J: George Rooke

T: Richard Hughes

Yet to make any significant further progress since narrow 5f maiden win here in March but is largely consistent; kept on for third at Kempton (6f) a fortnight ago and is 1lb lower today; probably won't be far away.

9/2

14/1

Form: 21-567 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Progressive in three starts last year culminating in a win in a Kempton novice (7f, AW), but out of the frame in all three handicaps since returning in April (gelded before latest outing); return to a quicker surface may help and stable won this last year, but he still has enough to prove.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

10

(10)

16th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Lord Uhtred

9st 5lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Charles Hills

pulled hard, led, headed over 1f out, kept on

12/1

7th

8

(8)

5th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:30 Salisbury

Lord Uhtred

9st 5lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Charles Hills

7f winner at two but wasn't seeing out his races this year until dropped back to 6f at Yarmouth (close third on good ground) two weeks ago; still unexposed at this distance; interesting off the same mark.

7/1

3rd

4

(4)

20th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 3y

Class 4

17:30 Yarmouth

Lord Uhtred

9st 13lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Charles Hills

Hasn't this year matched form of 7f AW win from last September and didn't get home over that trip at Newbury last time; unlikely to be inconvenienced by the return to 6f.

7/1

Form: 493112 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Has improved plenty for the fitting of a hood, winning at Carlisle (7f, good to soft) and Sandown (7f, good) last month before finshing second of three at Ffos Las (7.4f, soft) 13 days ago; possible that the testing ground found him out there and not a surprise if he bounces back.

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11th

10

(2)

25th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Overnight Oats

9st 3lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

midfield

10/1

7th

6

(8)

4th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 4

15:20 Lingfield (AW)

Overnight Oats

9st 7lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Both wins for the Muir/Grassick stable came over 7f on turf last summer, but patchy form subsequently; does stay this far and has run well on Tapeta, but something to prove on stable/Polytrack debut after six months off having changed hands for 23,000gns in October.

8/1

12/1

Form: 276

Last run: 88 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Showed ability when second of seven behind a nice sort on his Newmarket debut (7f, good to soft) in April, but not built on it in either start since; makes his handicap debut in a first-time hood after three months off having been gelded in the meantime; worth monitoring in the market.

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9

(5)

8th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

17:35 Newcastle (AW)

Art Of Romance

9st 5lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Eight-race maiden who has gone the wrong way over a variety of trips since finishing second on his debut for Brian Meehan at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) last April; look elsewhere.

25/1

9th

5

(5)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 6

15:55 Newcastle (AW)

Art Of Romance

9st 4lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Initial promise for Brian Meehan, notably when runner-up to Covey in a 7f Newmarket maiden last April; yet to threaten (0-2) for this doubly represented trainer and takes a sharp step up in trip here to compete beyond 9.5f for the first time; continues to ease in the weights.

16/1

7th

2

(2)

30th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Art Of Romance

9st 9lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

A fair maiden at his best for Brian Meehan who wasn't disgraced for his new yard when third of five in 1m Chelmsford seller last month; he needs to follow it up back in handicap company.

10/1

Form: 1-7932

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Little to write home about in his first two outings of the season, but placed in both starts since being gelded, the latest when second of 11 over C&D (good to soft) 11 days ago; races off the same mark and his win came on good to firm ground, so respected under Ryan Moore.

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3

(4)

23rd Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 4

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Captain Cuddles

9st 8lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: Fionn McSharry

Won 6f turf novice as 2yo and thereabouts in 7f and 6f handicaps on grass for Richard Hannon in 2023; however, has looked to have his share of weight on AW for new yard, including back over 6f last time.

12/1

10th

2

(5)

16th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 4

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Captain Cuddles

9st 8lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Fionn McSharry

Won 6f novice for Richard Hannon as 2yo; thereabouts in 7f handicaps at Ascot and Newbury this summer and he ran a fair race on debut for new yard over C&D in November; raced freely and faded at Chelmsford since so the return to 6f looks worth a go.

20/1

8th

4

(1)

7th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Captain Cuddles

9st 9lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Fionn McSharry

midfield

25/1

OUR TIP

16/1

Form: 526180 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Back to winning form at Yarmouth (1m, good to soft) last month, but twice well held since and particularly poor at Goodwood (1m, soft) last time even allowing for the higher grade and poor draw; needs to bounce back.

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9th

6

(4)

2nd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 5

13:17 Lingfield (AW)

Monopolise

9st 5lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Ed Walker

Better effort when third of six over C&D last month and the winner has gone in again since; now another 1lb lower, but he hung right-handed throughout last time which would be a concern returned here (sole AW win came at Kempton).

5/1

3rd

3

(6)

15th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 5

13:20 Lingfield (AW)

Monopolise

9st 9lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Ed Walker

Defied a 3lb higher mark at Yarmouth last July, adding to his 2yo wins; not in the same form since, latterly returned to AW following wind surgery; others have stronger claims on recent evidence.

12/1

7th

4

(10)

15th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 5

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Monopolise

9st 10lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Ed Walker

prominent

12/1

Form: 0326-

Last run: 338 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Placed in two 6f novices on a soft surface last season, but well held on nursery debut at Epsom (7f, good); returns from 11 months off having been gelded in the meantime and the market may indicate what is expected.

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2nd

3

(5)

2nd May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

16:02 Ayr

Majestic Newlaw

9st 4lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

Sold for 1,000gns at end of disappointing 3yo season for Paul and Oliver Cole, and struggled (albeit on heavy ground) when reappearing for new yard in April; needs to get career back on track; tongue-tie left off here.

7/1

12th

8

(2)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

17:45 Thirsk

Majestic Newlaw

9st 7lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Iain Jardine

Ex-Paul and Oliver Cole; placed in a couple of 6f novices in 2022 (including on soft ground), but was disappointing last year and was bought for just 1,000gns in October; stable debut.

12/1

13th
5 (3)
Ellexis

20/1

Form: 41-578 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Looked a nice prospect when easily landing a Lingfield maiden (7f, AW) a year ago, but has beaten a total of one rival in three starts since returning in April and this headgear combination made little difference last time; best watched for now.

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1st

5

(6)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 5

15:25 Wolverhampton (AW)

Ellexis

9st 9lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Roger Teal

7f AW winner in 2022 but, although she hasn't added to tally since, she's a reliable sort who won't mind the return to this trip and should give another good account.

7/1

4th

2

(8)

30th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 6

15:40 Wolverhampton (AW)

Ellexis

10st 0lb

J: Courtney Thomas

T: Roger Teal

prominent, led over 6f out

12/1

6th

5

(1)

4th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 5

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Ellexis

9st 7lb

J: Courtney Thomas

T: Roger Teal

Romped away with 7f Polytrack maiden on final 2yo start but this season has mostly been rather hard work and she didn't find much over C&D recently, once in the clear after being hampered; another weights drop would help; usually tongue tied but not today.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £8191.00
Straight Forecast £4877.90
Tricast £116618.80
Trifecta £63728.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Captain Cuddles

POSTDATA:

Flying Spirit

D Express:

Dark Desire

The Times:

Captain Cuddles

Daily Mail:

Captain Cuddles

The Sun:

Captain Cuddles

The Star:

Captain Cuddles

Daily Mirror:

Dark Desire

Telegraph:

Flying Spirit

The Guardian:

Flying Spirit

Daily Record:

Flying Spirit