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15:00 Sandown

Good To Firm

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  • 1m 1f 209y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.00

Form: -74500 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Third (first home in his group) in the Cambridgeshire last September; 4lb lower today, having not been in the same form this year; first and second in two consecutive C&D races last summer, the latter in this race, but the recent recommendations aren't so strong this time round.

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5th

4

(1)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 2

15:20 Epsom

Dual Identity

9st 3lb

J: Neil Callan

T: William Knight

Inconsistent last season and only sixth in this race, but won in fine style at Sandown (1m2f, good) in September and soft ground was against him at Ascot when last seen; possibilities if returning at top of his game.

11/2

14th

16

(10)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Ascot

Dual Identity

8st 11lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: William Knight

All three turf wins at 1m2f on good going but has run solid races in the last two runnings of the Cambridgeshire over 1m1f (good and good to firm); the return to soft ground is a worry.

20/1

14/1

  • Place: £6.60

Form: -73006 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

None too consistent nowadays but his third at Chester in May came off 6lb higher and he was not disgraced on latest start; bottom line, though, seems to be that he has not won for three years.

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4th

5

(6)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:30 Newbury

Certain Lad

9st 2lb

J: George Bass

T: Jack Channon

midfield

25/1

9/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: -83004 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Travelled well long way when close fourth of 11 at Windsor (11.4f) on latest start, so it's not hard to see why he's back at 1m2f for the first time since reappearance; case can be made.

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11th

11

(12)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:20 Newmarket

Stay Well

8st 12lb

J: George Bass

T: Hughie Morrison

Well handicapped judged on turf and AW efforts from 2022 and 2023; however, he was not at that level in the C&D Cambridgeshire in September when last seen and has been beaten on last 12 starts, going back to October 2021.

28/1

17th

16

(9)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Stay Well

8st 12lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Hughie Morrison

Has produced solid efforts when making the frame off this mark on his last two runs (11.4f/1m2f, good to firm/good); however, he's been beaten on his last 11 starts going back to October 2021 and others are more compelling.

40/1

3rd

7

(7)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Stay Well

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Hughie Morrison

Travelled well long way when close fourth of 11 at Windsor (11.4f) on latest start, so it's not hard to see why he's back at 1m2f for the first time since reappearance; case can be made.

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: 111-27 D BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

His form went through the roof when upped to 1m2f in handicaps last year, unbeaten in four (all on good to firm or good); good second at Yarmouth (good to soft) on 2023 reappearance, followed by a lesser show when favourite at Glorious Goodwood; drawn wide and probably needs to resume improvement.

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24th

8

(24)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Newmarket

Eagles Way

9st 4lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt

4-4 during last year's highly progressive 3yo campaign (1m2f, good/good to firm) and he reappeared with a near-miss at Yarmouth (1m2f, good to soft) in July; faded into fourth at Sandown (1m2f, good) last time but had to work hard to lead from the widest draw and he's not discounted.

25/1

4th

2

(14)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Eagles Way

9st 10lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt

His form went through the roof when upped to 1m2f in handicaps last year, unbeaten in four (all on good to firm or good); good second at Yarmouth (good to soft) on 2023 reappearance, followed by a lesser show when favourite at Glorious Goodwood; drawn wide and probably needs to resume improvement.

6/1

7th

11

(7)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 1f 197y

Class 2

14:50 Goodwood

Eagles Way

8st 12lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt

in touch with leaders

6/1

Form: 00-537 C

Last run: 49 days

W: 8st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Won his only race at Sandown (May 2021); 2022 was pretty grim; close third off this mark at Chester (1m2f) this May showed significant ability remains but well beaten either side of that; best efforts on softer than good.

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5th

4

(3)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 53y

Class 2

14:05 Leicester

Dashing Roger

8st 11lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: William Stone

Took his record on heavy ground to 3-3 (C&D first occasion) when taking 1m handicaps at Nottingham and Newmarket last autumn; below par in a Doncaster Listed race and Newbury Spring Cup since returning to action; best to look elsewhere unless the ground rides particularly deep.

20/1

6/1

Form: 0-7044 D BF

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Close fourth in Old Newton Cup at Haydock on penultimate start and creditable fourth of seven at Ascot on latest, albeit as 11-8 favourite; campaigned at 1m4f/1m6f in all of his eight handicaps but recent efforts suggest this drop back in trip (he won two novice events at about 1m2f) is well worth a shot.

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7th

2

(2)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 10y

Class 2

18:20 Ripon

Gaassee

9st 7lb

J: Joshua Bryan

T: Archie Watson

led, headed over 1f out, soon weakened

4/1

8th

2

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newbury

Gaassee

9st 9lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

towards rear, brief headway against far rail over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased inside final furlong

15/2

20/1

Form: 9-4006

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

0-14 since 2021 win on debut; trained that season by Michael Bell, to whom he has now returned after spells with Michael O'Callaghan in 2022 and Alice Haynes hitherto in 2023; 7lb lower than on reappearance this term; heavy defeats on his three goes beyond 1m but there is stamina in the pedigree.

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7th

1

(6)

5th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 4

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Great Max

9st 11lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Bell

His last two runs haven't been too bad (C&D latest) but he's still to add to his debut win and today's drop in class may not be enough to see him resume winning ways.

8/1

5th

1

(11)

25th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 3

18:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Great Max

9st 11lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Michael Bell

Took a step back in the right direction when fourth of nine at Yarmouth (1m1f) in September on his second start back with this yard; another 2lb lower today; yard is firmly in the winners and he's not ruled out on AW debut.

7/1

Form: 342140 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Five wins (one here) last year on good or good to firm and he proved himself on good to soft when storming clear over the extended 1m2f at York this July (7lb higher today); close fourth next time but reportedly ran flat when tailed off over 1m4f (not just down to the trip) three weeks ago on latest outing; overall record over the last two seasons needs great respect.

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3rd

6

(8)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

14:05 Lingfield (AW)

Andaleep

9st 7lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Multiple winner but both his AW wins have come at Southwell (since January) and his lack of course experience has to be a worry.

14/1

3rd

5

(11)

10th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 3

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Andaleep

9st 10lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Daniel & Claire Kubler

Proven winner who's 2-2 round here having had Rhythmic Intent and Valsad behind over C&D off a 3lb lower mark recently; this looks a bit tougher again but he's hard to knock out of the equation.

10/1

8/1

Form: -83237 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

No win since handicap debut in April 2022; went down narrowly at Kempton (1m4f, AW; probably acts on good to firm) three starts back and ran respectably when blinkers replaced cheekpieces over 1m4f at York last week; others have more pressing claims, though.

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2nd

3

(5)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 4

14:10 Southwell (AW)

Educator

9st 8lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Michael Appleby

in rear

10/1

9th

11

(9)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Educator

8st 2lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Michael Appleby

prominent

14/1

16/1

Form: 0-1527

Last run: 30 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Won handicap/seasonal debut in May in first-time blinkers and easily the best of his three runs since came when second at Ascot in first-time cheekpieces (kept since); kept to 1m this term and while not disgraced over 1m at Glorious Goodwood last time, he didn't shout that 1m2f is what's needed.

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10th

13

(9)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Skysail

8st 7lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Marcus Tregoning

Won handicap/seasonal debut in May in first-time blinkers and easily the best of his three runs since came when second at Ascot in first-time cheekpieces (kept since); kept to 1m this term and while not disgraced over 1m at Glorious Goodwood last time, he didn't shout that 1m2f is what's needed.

16/1

7th

3

(3)

3rd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Goodwood

Skysail

9st 8lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Marcus Tregoning

Good-ground 2yo maiden winner who scored on his handicap and seasonal debut over C&D (good to soft) in May, and bounced back from a lesser run on quick ground when runner-up at Ascot (1m, good to soft) last month in first-time cheekpieces (retained); his course form is a big plus and he's respected.

10/1

2nd

5

(2)

14th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 213y

Class 3

15:25 Ascot

Skysail

9st 7lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Marcus Tregoning

Made a successful handicap debut after seven months off in first-time blinkers at Goodwood (1m, good to soft) in May, but might not have not handled the ground when fifth of seven at Salisbury (1m, good to firm) 16 days ago; could probably do with rain and he's a player if it does arrive, with cheekpieces given a go this time.

11/1

11/2

Form: 798216 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Returned to form when runner-up here in June and went one better in another C&D race in July, which makes it two wins and a second from his three appearances at Sandown; below form at Glorious Goodwood on latest start but no shock if he bounces back and he remains on a competitive mark.

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8th

2

(2)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Lord Protector

9st 7lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Last season ended with two disappointing runs (latterly on stable debut), but he reappears having had wind surgery and is just 1lb higher than when winning at Sandown last July; not discounted.

20/1

12th

4

(7)

14th Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 2

15:35 York

Lord Protector

9st 7lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

prominent

25/1

Form: 234-48 D BF

Last run: 86 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Just the one win (a maiden) from ten starts but he performed with credit in some good races last season and did so again on reappearance this May; disappointing favourite next time and given wind surgery soon afterwards; probably needs to return with a career best.

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12th

5

(2)

2nd Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 209y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Groundbreaker

9st 8lb

J: Jason Watson

T: Andrew Balding

Just the one win (a maiden) from ten starts but he performed with credit in some good races last season and did so again on reappearance this May; disappointing favourite next time and given wind surgery soon afterwards; probably needs to return with a career best.

10/1

8th

2

(5)

8th Jun 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

20:20 Chelmsford (AW)

Groundbreaker

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Just the one win to his name but he performed with great credit in some good races last season and his return to action at Chester wasn't without hope either; high in the weights but could still have more to offer; shaped well on Polytrack as a 2yo.

9/2

4th

5

(5)

12th May 2023

Soft

1m 2f 70y

Class 2

14:05 Chester

Groundbreaker

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

slowly into stride, soon midfield on inner, pushed along and headway 2f out, stayed on final 110yds, not reach leaders

5/1

11/1

Form: 4-8419 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 8st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Went on over 2f out to win eight-runner handicap at Ripon (dropped back to 1m2f, first run on soft) in July in authoritative fashion; 11-1 at Glorious Goodwood (again 1m2f on soft) 12 days later but never dangerous and well beaten, hanging right; form chance relies on that one win.

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7th

5

21st Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:02 Wincanton

Baltic Voyage

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Useful Flat handicapper for Ralph Beckett, winning over 1m2f and effective on slow and fast ground; sold for 52,000gns in October; pulled up on hurdling debut three months ago (soft) but absent since and should be capable of a lot better.

14/1

0

2

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:05 Warwick

Baltic Voyage

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Useful Flat handicapper for Ralph Beckett, his peak RPR of 91 achieved when winning a 1m2f handicap at Ripon last July (soft); sold for 52,000gns in October; has the raw ability to make a useful hurdler but he was prone to over-racing on the Flat and he'll need to settle better now changing code; tongue tied for the first time.

11/2

4th

3

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Newbury

Baltic Voyage

9st 9lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Ralph Beckett

pressed leader, led narrowly halfway, headed over 1f out, weakened and wandered around inside final furlong

14/1

20/1

Form: 0-9307 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Won three handicaps last year, the last of them over 1m2f one year ago off 1lb higher than today; the only time he's been in the vicinity of that form this season was on second start; good to soft ground may help to excuse both since, the latest when blinkers replaced cheekpieces on his first go at 1m4f; 7lb lower than on reappearance but others are preferred.

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8th

6

(8)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 1f 170y

Class 4

15:42 Ripon

Kitsune Power

9st 6lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

dwelt start, held up in rear

20/1

5th

5

(9)

10th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:32 Leicester

Kitsune Power

9st 9lb

J: Raul Da Silva

T: Roger Varian

Won three of his seven starts during 2022; having a disappointing campaign but he's become dangerously handicapped if he did turn a corner.

25/1

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Tricast £13018.50
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Gaassee

POSTDATA:

Lord Protector

RP RATINGS:

Dual Identity

The Guardian:

Groundbreaker

D Express:

Stay Well

TOPSPEED:

Certain Lad

The Times:

Andaleep

NEWMARKET:

Gaassee

Telegraph:

Gaassee

The Star:

Gaassee

Daily Mail:

Lord Protector

The Sun:

Lord Protector

Daily Mirror:

Dual Identity