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William Hill Epic Value Racing League Race 34 Handicap (Racing League)

  • Prize money: £25770
  • 1m 5f 219y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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William Hill Epic Value Racing League Race 34 Handicap (Racing League)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Tapeta

Weather: Partly cloudy

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10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.50
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 373154 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Four-time AW winner (once here over 1m4f); saw off five rivals to win a 1m6f handicap at York in June; good late gains at Sandown 18 days ago and he remains on a fair mark; chance would be enhanced by a strong pace.

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2nd

1

(11)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

15:15 Lingfield (AW)

Diamond Bay

9st 12lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Tom Ward

Five wins on AW including over C&D; his last success was off only 1lb lower at Wolverhampton (1m6f) last September but he's been out of sorts this winter and needs to turn things around; first-time cheekpieces.

16/1

10th

10

(10)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

15:47 Lingfield (AW)

Diamond Bay

9st 3lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Tom Ward

Five wins on AW, the most recent off 2lb lower at Wolverhampton (1m6f) in September; not in the same form since, however, and finished behind some of these opponents at Kempton most recently; does not look poised to add to his tally.

25/1

8th

7

(2)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

19:15 Kempton (AW)

Diamond Bay

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Tom Ward

Fifth AW win when strong at the finish over 1m6f at Wolverhampton in September; found out off a mark in the low 90s in two outings since and others are preferred for win purposes again.

12/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: -11121

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Typically progressive performer for the stable and he's thrived again this year after a wind op, completing a quick hat-trick in June and gaining his biggest win to date when landing a Racing League handicap at Newcastle last week (extended 1m4f); had more in hand than the winning margin suggests there (wasn't doing much in front) and today's new trip can spark further progress; strong claims.

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3rd

4

(9)

31st Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Glenister

9st 13lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Toby Lawes

Scored five times, mostly on AW, for previous stable; placed over C&D last month on debut for new yard, beaten long way over 2m here since; may rebound, back down in distance.

16/1

12th

10

(12)

6th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 4

19:45 Kempton (AW)

Glenister

9st 8lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Toby Lawes

Major improver in 2023 with four wins (1m2f-12.4f) for Sir Mark Prescott, and he wasn't far off his best when third of 13 over 1m4f here on stable debut in December; shapes as if he'll stay this longer trip; respected.

10/1

3rd

1

(1)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

16:55 Kempton (AW)

Glenister

10st 0lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Toby Lawes

Major improver with four middle-distance wins for Sir Mark Prescott (three on AW) since June; tailed off at Epsom on final run for that trainer but was reported to have had an irregular heartbeat and he still looks feasibly treated on his penultimate form; changed hands for 20,000gns in October and needs watching in the market on stable debut.

14/1

10/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: -23303

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Pushing four years since the last of his three wins; placed in four of his five runs since joining Jim Goldie (1m3f-2m); effective on Tapeta and should run his race but others look stronger for win purposes.

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4th

3

(8)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Faylaq

9st 7lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Jim Goldie

dwelt start, in rear

6/1

6th

6

(5)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 43y

Class 2

15:50 Doncaster

Faylaq

8st 9lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Jim Goldie

7yo who is without a win since September 2019 but has run some good races this season and this is less competitive than the Cambridgeshire last time (when a fair 12th); effective on soft ground and not discounted.

10/1

5/2

Form: 008121 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 8st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Comes here in good order, with wins at Tipperary (1m4f, good) and then at Epsom ten days ago (1m4f, good) when powering clear to win by 11l; well in under a 5lb penalty and Billy Loughnane's claim lessens his burden further; effective on artificial surfaces; obvious chance.

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13th

6

(2)

10th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

14:15 Leopardstown

Belgoprince

9st 13lb

J: Ben Coen

T: A J Martin

Scored over 1m4f last summer on much better ground at Tipperary and Epsom and stays further; trip on the short side here, has form on soft.

9/1

9th

20

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Belgoprince

10st 2lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: A J Martin

took keen hold, towards rear

12/1

13/2

Form: 523631 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Two course wins for current stable, more recently a decisive C&D win three weeks ago; this looks more competitive but he's not handicapped out of things up 2lb.

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5th

5

(6)

6th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Percy Jones

9st 11lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Mark Loughnane

Two wins have come at this track in small fields; didn't run badly over 1m6f here when last seen in September; this perhaps a shade too competitive.

5/1

12/1

Form: 5-6119 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Ex-Godolphin; stepping up to 1m6f has prompted improvement for new yard, winning handicaps at Sandown and Yarmouth (week one of Racing League) in midsummer; progress stalled upped to 2m last month but still has low mileage and shouldn't be dismissed.

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7th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Alnilam

11st 5lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

in rear early, hampered by faller 1st

11/2

1st

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

14:25 Kelso

Alnilam

11st 0lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

prominent on inner

4/1

20/1

Form: 3-2356

Last run: 43 days

W: 8st 5lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

0-7 but he has shown promise at up to 1m4f; hopes appear to rest on the new tongue-tie/trip sparking a jolt of improvement.

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1st

2

24th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 164y

Class 4

14:00 Plumpton

Gozo

11st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

Unable to win in these colours on the Flat but there was plenty of promise, notably when third in a 1m4f handicap at Salisbury (RPR 83); seems to go on most ground and should make a hurdler; cheekpieces sported of late are left off.

7/4

7th

11

(1)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 3

20:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Gozo

8st 5lb

J: Nicola Currie

T: B F Brookhouse

0-7 but he has shown promise at up to 1m4f; hopes appear to rest on the new tongue-tie/trip sparking a jolt of improvement.

20/1

6th

5

(7)

26th Jul 2023

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 4

20:10 Sandown

Gozo

9st 9lb

J: Theodore Ladd

T: B F Brookhouse

Showed plenty of ability on all six starts but no win, despite cheekpieces on all three runs this season, different tactics and varied ground; drops in class after his fifth of 12 in a valuable 3yo handicap at Newmarket (1m2f) 12 days ago; probably on the premises.

9/2

Form: 781214 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Had a brief but fruitful spell with Ollie Sangster, winning here in April (1m4f; only run in a tongue-tie) and comfortably at Chester in June; sold for 28,000gns in July and made a solid start for new connections in a 1m6f handicap in week one of the Racing League, travelling well off the steady pace but unable to claw back the leaders; could still have more in the tank.

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6th

2

(7)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 4

13:30 Lingfield (AW)

The Thunderer

9st 11lb

J: Luke Catton

T: Stuart Williams

Good and bad over 2m before reverting to 1m4f at Kempton a month ago and never threatening; this is his trip and he's not badly handicapped, while the likelihood of a strong pace up front should work in his favour.

12/1

4th

4

(5)

2nd Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

18:45 Kempton (AW)

The Thunderer

9st 11lb

J: Luke Catton

T: Stuart Williams

Shaped quite well tackling 2m for the first time when third here in January but he ran no sort of race back here (2m again) four weeks ago.

14/1

11th

12

(12)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

19:15 Kempton (AW)

The Thunderer

8st 12lb

J: Morgan Cole

T: Stuart Williams

Has edged down the weights since joining Stuart Williams and he shaped quite well tackling 2m for the first time when third (Citizen General second) second of 12 here four weeks ago; enters the reckoning with Morgan Cole taking 5lb off this time.

8/1

8/1

Form: 5-5322

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Front-runner; just one win to his name but he's been banging at the door of late, missing out by a nose at Sandown (1m6f, good) 18 days ago; this doesn't look overloaded with pace and his rivals would be wise not to give him too much rope.

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5th

1

(5)

29th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 5

16:55 Newcastle (AW)

Dark Island

10st 2lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Heather Main

Front-runner; pipped on the post - his third solid run in a row - at Sandown (1m6f Class 3, good) on penultimate start; did too much to soon back on the AW at Wolverhampton next time and, even over this shorter trip, those forcing tactics are tough to deploy at Newcastle; near career-best required.

5/1

9th

8

(2)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 3

20:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Dark Island

8st 12lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Heather Main

Front-runner; just one win to his name but he's been banging at the door of late, missing out by a nose at Sandown (1m6f, good) 18 days ago; this doesn't look overloaded with pace and his rivals would be wise not to give him too much rope.

8/1

20/1

Form: 41-607 C

Last run: 75 days

W: 8st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Back to form when second in a Stratford handicap chase in July; three heavy defeats on the Flat this season and risky but stepping back up in distance could help.

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4th

7

(8)

14th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 6y

Class 4

15:25 Epsom

Sophosc

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Five wins under both codes last year but he's been generally disappointing in 2023; his best effort this year was a second over fences in July but he was tailed off at Wolverhampton (1m6f) last week and others are preferred.

25/1

10th

9

(11)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 3

20:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sophosc

8st 9lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Ian Williams

Back to form when second in a Stratford handicap chase in July; three heavy defeats on the Flat this season and risky but stepping back up in distance could help.

20/1

2nd

1

23rd Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

16:22 Stratford

Sophosc

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Flat and dual hurdle winner last September/October but out of form on the Flat in recent months and not bred for chasing; seems best on good or faster ground; others have much less to prove.

14/1

25/1

Form: 0241-0 CD

Last run: 79 days

W: 9st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Two course wins when trained by the Johnstons, the latest of them in good style over this trip last October; didn't take to hurdling for Harry Fry and he was tailed off at Royal Ascot in one Flat run for the yard; sold for £16,000 last month; risky until showing some positive signs.

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5th

9

(10)

5th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 3

13:12 Southwell (AW)

Achnamara

9st 1lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Philip Kirby

Formerly useful but holds weak claims on recent form; best effort for current stable came in a seller on turf; down the field in AW handicaps otherwise of late.

50/1

9th

9

(7)

16th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 99y

Class 3

13:20 Newcastle (AW)

Achnamara

9st 7lb

J: J F Egan

T: Philip Kirby

A fairly useful 1m6f winner for Charlie Johnston but yet to match that form for his current yard, finishing well behind Quantum Cat and Franberri over C&D last time.

33/1

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Straight Forecast £407.70
Tricast £1735.20
Trifecta £2207.00

Selections

The Times:

Belgoprince

SPOTLIGHT:

Glenister

RP RATINGS:

Diamond Bay

TOPSPEED:

Faylaq

Daily Mail:

Percy Jones

NEWMARKET:

Glenister

Telegraph:

Glenister

The Star:

Glenister

The Guardian:

Belgoprince

D Express:

Belgoprince

The Sun:

Belgoprince

Daily Record:

Belgoprince

POSTDATA:

Diamond Bay

Daily Mirror:

Faylaq