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Olivia Acton 21st Birthday Handicap

  • Prize money: £10308
  • 0m 5f 110y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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Olivia Acton 21st Birthday Handicap

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 765407 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Has some uninspiring formfigures but they don't tell the whole story, most recently when trying to weave his way through from a difficult position at Sandown 13 days ago (5f, good); no doubt he's handicapped to win but being ridden for luck around here is a risky business.

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10th

10

(1)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle (AW)

Call Me Ginger

8st 10lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Won twice in seven days in September, both over shorter but he's fully effective at 6f; back to the same mark as for his Ascot win and he has shown aptitude for this surface; others appeal more for win purposes though.

20/1

8th

6

(1)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:20 Doncaster

Call Me Ginger

8st 13lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Three-time course winner, the latest in last season's Portland (5.5f, soft; awarded the race); won two in a row (5.5f/5f, good to soft/good to firm) last month and, although he's been unplaced on his three runs since, he didn't enjoy a clear run at Ascot last time and is not written off.

9/1

11th

8

(12)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Call Me Ginger

9st 2lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Back to form last month, winning at Chester (5.5f, good to soft) and following up in good style over C&D four weeks ago (beat Mountain Peak); ran better than his finishing position suggests in the Portland and then had little chance from his draw in the Ayr Silver Cup two weeks ago; can't rule out under these conditions.

9/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: -85412 C BF

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Four 6f wins at the track and he ran as well as he ever has when second over C&D seven weeks ago (soft; behind Count D'Orsay); well drawn and should get a strong pace to aim at; more appealing than many.

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4th

2

(1)

9th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 15y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Roman Dragon

9st 10lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Hugo Palmer

midfield on inner, headway 1f out, soon switched right, went fourth towards finish

7/2

8th

3

(8)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle (AW)

Roman Dragon

9st 0lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Hugo Palmer

He has done the bulk of his racing at Chester and is clearly well suited to the track, winning five of his 15 starts there, all over this trip; he can be given a pass for a lesser run over 5f on heavy ground six weeks ago but neither of his AW runs have been that promising and he's probably too high in the weights away from his favourite haunt.

14/1

10/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 135009

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Now 2lb lower than for his Ripon win in April (5f, soft); recent defeats have come in top handicaps and this is slightly more manageable; well drawn for a prominent racer but slower than good to soft would be ideal.

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9th

5

(8)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

17:50 Ripon

Hyperfocus

9st 0lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

prominent

10/1

Form: -64905 C

Last run: 10 days

W: 8st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Course winner (7f) last year but he has struggled for two different stables this year and this represents a marked drop in trip; easy enough to look elsewhere.

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3rd

14

(13)

8th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 1y

Class 3

16:45 Chester

Evocative Spark

8st 10lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Darryll Holland

took keen hold, towards rear on outer

16/1

7th

5

(4)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 4

16:15 Doncaster

Evocative Spark

9st 1lb

J: Jason Watson

T: Darryll Holland

Has found sprint trips inadequate on AW this year and this looks much more suitable, having gained all wins at about 7f on turf; only 1lb above last winning mark; possibilities.

6/1

12/1

Form: 170553 CD

Last run: 8 days

W: 8st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Only 1lb higher than when seeing off Roman Dragon and six others over C&D in July; best run since when third of seven at Hamilton last week; stall 12 the major negative.

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11th

7

(7)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Ripon

Count Dorsay

9st 7lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

in rear towards near side

12/1

25/1

Form: 044060 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 8st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Prominent racer; patchy record this season but he's dropped a long way in the weights and has a good draw; revival not out of the question.

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5th

10

(12)

9th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 15y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Night On Earth

8st 11lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

started quickly, led, headed over 1f out, no extra and lost fourth towards finish

10/1

Form: 243-60

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Had some solid form as a 2yo, notably three good runs at York (6f, good or faster); low-key reappearance last month and only tenth of 14 at Sandown 13 days ago but the latest run was eyecatching as he couldn't get a clear run up the far rail (lost several places late on when his rider accepted defeat); another 2lb lower today and still has some potential; stepping back up in trip can help too.

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12th

13

(10)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Dare To Hope

8st 9lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

midfield in centre of group

10/1

1st

3

(1)

25th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

14:45 Beverley

Dare To Hope

9st 6lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Took time to come to hand last season but he saw off 12 rivals at Ripon in September off just 2lb lower; good run on AW when last seen in November; should win more races but perhaps not on this ground after an absence.

6/1

3rd

5

(4)

11th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Dare To Hope

9st 9lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

prominent, disputing second over 1f out, kept on

5/1

Form: 371115 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Goes well here and he's been in the form of his life this summer (after a wind op), winning handicaps here and Haydock (both 7f, good) before an impressive display in the Scottish Stewards' Cup at Hamilton in July (6f, good to soft); stiff task at the weights in a Listed race here four weeks ago (6f, soft) and couldn't get to the front early (forced very wide at the first turn); another drop in trip today but stall 11 looks offputting.

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3rd

5

(11)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 3

16:50 Southwell (AW)

Paws For Thought

9st 3lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Donald McCain

Six-time turf winner, including when completing a hat-trick over 5f/6f last summer; half-brother to a couple of AW winners, but still faces a stiff task from the outside stall after seven months off.

16/1

7th

1

(5)

6th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

14:12 Ascot

Paws For Thought

11st 2lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Donald McCain

Following wind surgery he immediately won three in a row in the summer (7f/6f, good/good to soft) and is on a competitive mark on that form; however, he's gone off the boil more recently and a revival is required.

16/1

9th
4 (4)
Spoof

9/2

Form: 110921 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

As good as ever at the age of eight, winning for the third time this season when narrowly repelling an unexposed Newmarket raider at Hamilton four weeks ago (5f, heavy); 2lb rise not excessive and he's won on both visits to Chester (5f); lots to like as long as the ground doesn't dry out.

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10th

4

(9)

9th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 15y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Spoof

9st 7lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Kevin Frost

taken down early, dwelt start, took keen hold, always behind

33/1

20/1

Form: 485229 CD

Last run: 16 days

W: 8st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Drawn in stall 1 when winning the corresponding race 12 months ago; he's out in stall 13 this time though and that, allied to a modest effort at Beverley last time, makes him easy enough to swerve.

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13th

8

(12)

31st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 5

17:35 Southwell (AW)

King Of Tonga

9st 6lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Declan Carroll

Raced mainly on turf; absent since respectable third at Pontefract (6f) in October; place possibilities, provided that form is transferred back to AW.

20/1

Form: -57400

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Modest strike-rate for one of his ability and he's been well short of his best on his last two starts; his close fourth in the Dash came off 5lb higher though and he should get a good pace to run at here; not ruled out.

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11th

7

(6)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:15 Thirsk

Zarzyni

9st 7lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: David & Nicola Barron

towards rear

8/1

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Non-runners

Democracy Dilemma, Lihou

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £311.00
Straight Forecast £261.90
Tricast £1440.40
Trifecta £2086.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Roman Dragon

TOPSPEED:

Spoof

SPOTLIGHT:

Dare To Hope

NEWMARKET:

Evocative Spark

Daily Mirror:

Paws For Thought

D Express:

Zarzyni

RP RATINGS:

Call Me Ginger

The Times:

Roman Dragon

Daily Mail:

Roman Dragon

The Star:

Roman Dragon

Daily Record:

Roman Dragon

Telegraph:

Spoof

The Guardian:

Spoof

The Sun:

Spoof