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14:25 Doncaster

Soft

Betfred Portland (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £51540
  • 0m 5f 143y
  • Class 2
  • 22 runners
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Betfred Portland (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 22 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

1st
1 (12)
Annaf

16/1 (Won)

Form: 834767

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

First run in a handicap since bursting clear on Polytrack in January; won next two starts (6f on AW) and some fine efforts in defeat in Group races on turf since, notably third of 17 in Group 1 King's Stand at Royal Ascot (5f, good); has the ability to go well; the more the ground dries out the better.

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2nd

1

(3)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 1

15:12 Lingfield (AW)

Annaf

9st 7lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Michael Appleby

hampered start, in touch with leaders, headway up the centre and went second inside final furlong, ran on

7/2

1st

4

(8)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Annaf

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Michael Appleby

Brings high-quality handicap form having won the Portland at Doncaster (5.5f, soft) most recently, holding on narrowly to beat Significantly who went one better in the Ayr Gold Cup next time; ran well in the King's Stand (5f, good) on last Ascot start; effective over 6f and holds strong claims back at Group level.

9/2

1st

1

(12)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Annaf

9st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Michael Appleby

First run in a handicap since bursting clear on Polytrack in January; won next two starts (6f on AW) and some fine efforts in defeat in Group races on turf since, notably third of 17 in Group 1 King's Stand at Royal Ascot (5f, good); has the ability to go well; the more the ground dries out the better.

16/1

14/1

Form: 8-4126

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Smart and progressive as 3yo, including on heavy; had a walkabout season in 2022 but has a useful mark to exploit for new yard and duly did so when making the running at Haydock in July (6f, good; first-time cheekpieces, retained since); hasn't lost face in his two runs since and this intermediate trip can suit (seventh of 19 in this race last year).

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2nd

10

(8)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Significantly

9st 6lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

reluctant to load, raced far side, in touch with leaders

5/1

1st

22

(14)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Significantly

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Julie Camacho

Strong handicap form as a 3yo, including a Royal Ascot success; tumbled down the weights after a barren 2022 and coaxed back to his best by Julie Camacho, winning at Haydock in July and running well in the Stewards' Cup (sixth) and again when missing out narrowly in last week's Portland; 2lb well in but others may have his measure here.

9/1

2nd

13

(13)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Significantly

9st 0lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Julie Camacho

Smart and progressive as 3yo, including on heavy; had a walkabout season in 2022 but has a useful mark to exploit for new yard and duly did so when making the running at Haydock in July (6f, good; first-time cheekpieces, retained since); hasn't lost face in his two runs since and this intermediate trip can suit (seventh of 19 in this race last year).

14/1

Form: 280120 C BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Course winner at 6f; slacked off in June but the return to 5f on turf for new yard lit the fire at Ascot (good; has won on soft) when making all; useful effort in defeat there since but his race was soon run at York since and he is on a highish mark now.

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4th

3

(3)

16th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Newcastle (AW)

Intrinsic Bond

8st 13lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Michael Wigham

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, disputing second over 1f out, weakened final 110yds

9/2

5th

3

(4)

22nd Nov 2023

Standard

0m 5f 21y

Class 2

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Intrinsic Bond

9st 4lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: Michael Wigham

midfield, no impression inside final furlong

6/1

5th

1

(11)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:20 Doncaster

Intrinsic Bond

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Michael Wigham

His results have been up and down since joining this yard in July and he was below par at Ascot last time, but he was a close third in the Portland here (5.5f, soft) last month and that form has worked out really well; now 1lb lower and this prominent-racer is capable of having a big say.

6/1

Form: -46160

Last run: 88 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Usually aimed high and appreciated the return to Listed race when winning mares' race at Bath in April (5f, good to soft; also suited by 6f on good or quicker); can be excused her two starts since but lacks a recent run and this is her first run in a handicap.

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8th

9

(2)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Happy Romance

9st 1lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

Ties in with Annaf on Portland form (finished 2l fourth); faced a much stiffer task in the Foret last Sunday (midfield); successful at this level in 2020/2021 but her subsequent strike-rate is underwhelming.

11/1

4th

4

(6)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Happy Romance

9st 8lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Hannon

Usually aimed high and appreciated the return to Listed race when winning mares' race at Bath in April (5f, good to soft; also suited by 6f on good or quicker); can be excused her two starts since but lacks a recent run and this is her first run in a handicap.

11/1

18

(11)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Happy Romance

9st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Richard Hannon

fourth two years ago

40/1

25/1

Form: 113606

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

In his element over 5f in the summer, winning at Chester (good) and on the AW before finishing a good third to The Big Board at Ascot (good to soft); however, he hasn't looked in enough form since to think of him in win terms today.

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7th

1

(7)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:15 Pontefract

Vintage Clarets

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Four wins last season, all over 5f; versatile as regards ground; wouldn't want to be at all rusty off his current mark but he's hard to rule out.

7/2

3rd

2

(4)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:20 Doncaster

Vintage Clarets

9st 8lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Won in a big field at York (5f, good to soft) last month and followed up at Catterick (5f, heavy) last Saturday when narrowly beating Glorious Angel; he's up just 3lb for last time and can be bang there once more.

5/1

OUR TIP

10/1

Form: -82960 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Flexible regarding the ground but heavy going was pushing it when he didn't run well in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood last month; involved in some rough-housing at Ascot the time before and has a good record here, with sales-race and Listed wins at about 6f from five outings; has slipped a few pounds and can be involved.

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9th

6

(7)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 10y

Class 2

15:43 Bath

Kings Lynn

9st 4lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

More modest efforts than good ones to his name last year; starts this campaign off a reduced mark as a consequence but although he handles soft, he may not want it this deep any more.

11/1

9th

7

(18)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Kings Lynn

9st 7lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Andrew Balding

Winless since spring 2022 but retains most of his ability and ran creditably when ninth of 27 in the Wokingham in June; however, he hasn't built on that and finished nearer last than first over the same C&D last Friday.

18/1

12th

2

(1)

6th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Kings Lynn

9st 12lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Winless since May 2022 but he retains most of his ability and he ran creditably when ninth of 27 in the Wokingham over C&D in June; now 5lb lower and he was far from disgraced (met trouble) in the Portland at Doncaster last month; impossible to discount.

7/1

7th
10 (9)
Get It

14/1

Form: 100241

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Emphatic 6f winner on AW last week but turf mark has suffered and he's now 6lb higher than his latest handicap win on grass, in May 2022; nearly all best form on good or quicker ground, so has a surface query, too.

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3rd

3

(2)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Get It

9st 8lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: George Baker

Comes here in good form, following a 6f win at Wolverhampton with a creditable seventh in the Portland on ground that would have been slow enough for him; today's surface more suitable and he's one to take seriously.

8/1

7th

10

(9)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Get It

9st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: George Baker

Emphatic 6f winner on AW last week but turf mark has suffered and he's now 6lb higher than his latest handicap win on grass, in May 2022; nearly all best form on good or quicker ground, so has a surface query, too.

14/1

1st

5

(7)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 2

20:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Get It

8st 13lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: George Baker

Three wins, including here, all came in the month of May over 5f, two of them first time out; arrives in good form, having not been beaten far from a wide stall at Sandown latest (winner Good Earth also drawn wide), and an easy 6f should be fine now.

10/1

7/1

Form: 540711 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Acts on most ground; not many stronger finishers around when he's on song and, despite being slowly away and impeded late on, he so nearly overhauled Chipstead in this race under Amie Waugh last year (soft; promoted to first); quiet start to 2023 but as good as ever when winning last two starts and he is just 2lb higher than 12 months ago; big chance.

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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

25/1

Form: 314206

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Not overly affected by the going; three handicap wins, at 7f and 6f; the return to 5f didn't work out behind Call Me Ginger at Ascot last week and this slightly longer trip is worth a go but this race asks more of him than the usual company he keeps.

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5th

4

(4)

1st Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 5f 6y

Class 4

15:08 Lingfield (AW)

Haymaker

9st 7lb

J: Joey Haynes

T: Hughie Morrison

Having returned to his last winning mark he attracted market interest at Salisbury (6f, soft) last month, but only managed to beat two home; half-brother and dam both AW winners so worth keeping an eye on.

5/1

11th

2

(11)

5th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:30 Salisbury

Haymaker

9st 12lb

J: David Egan

T: Hughie Morrison

Deserves credit for faring clear best of the runners who raced in the smaller near-side group in the Portland (5.5f, soft) last month; now back on same mark as for Windsor success (6f) in May; possibilities.

13/2

9th

20

(19)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Haymaker

8st 7lb

J: Joey Haynes

T: Hughie Morrison

Not overly affected by the going; three handicap wins, at 7f and 6f; the return to 5f didn't work out behind Call Me Ginger at Ascot last week and this slightly longer trip is worth a go but this race asks more of him than the usual company he keeps.

25/1

10th
7 (7)
Badri

14/1

Form: 610202

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Did very well for Ruth Carr, winning six times at sprint trips on AW and turf (good to soft and good to firm); made good start for this yard when runner-up in a well-contested Racing League race on Newcastle Tapeta 16 days ago and very much of interest back on turf.

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9th

2

(8)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Newcastle (AW)

Badri

9st 7lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

taken down early, towards rear

7/1

11th

4

(7)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:12 Lingfield (AW)

Badri

9st 10lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Had a fine campaign last year, winning five times on turf/AW, inlcuding a 5f event at Ascot on his third run for Julie Camacho; 4lb higher mark to defy back from a break but he's gone well fresh in the past and it's quite possible he'll carry on improving.

10/1

1st

2

(6)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Badri

9st 12lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Did well for Ruth Carr, notably winning the 6f handicap at Epsom on Derby day; ran a cracker over C&D in July and produced a career-best effort when second at Newcastle on his stable debut last month; midfield in the Portland latest; each-way claims.

12/1

Form: 236401

Last run: 11 days

W: 8st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Close up in a 5f Listed race here as a 4yo; doesn't seem in quite the same form these days and although never headed at Goodwood last week (6f, good) he needs to show he can still compete at this level.

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6th

1

(9)

19th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Live In The Moment

9st 13lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Course winner (5f) who ended a 22-race losing run at Goodwood (6f, good) last month, but only midfield in the Portland at Doncaster (5.6f, soft) 11 days later; this is easier back on the AW, but others are still more persuasive.

7/1

11th

22

(10)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Live In The Moment

8st 7lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Close up in a 5f Listed race here as a 4yo; doesn't seem in quite the same form these days and although never headed at Goodwood last week (6f, good) he needs to show he can still compete at this level.

14/1

1st

3

(4)

5th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:05 Goodwood

Live In The Moment

9st 13lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Yet to win for Alice Haynes but there have been some good runs along the way, including when racing away from the main action in the Stewards' Cup consolation last month; slowly away when disappointing in the Great St Wilfrid latest; this is less demanding but he's not the only front-runner on show.

7/1

14/1

Form: 301083 BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Looks good on his day, as when winning over 5f at Goodwood (good to soft) and Sandown (good) this year, but events often conspire against him; having a busy year and although he still looked on his game in the Shergar Cup at Ascot last month, his best form is over a bare 5f.

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5th

2

(13)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

15:05 Doncaster

Dream Composer

9st 7lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: James Evans

Seventh in this race 12 months ago when he had the benefit of a recent run; chance on best 2023 form but he's back from six months off and may prove vulnerable.

16/1

4th

1

(3)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 15y

Class 3

15:10 Chester

Dream Composer

9st 11lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: James Evans

midfield, ridden and headway over 1f out, went third inside final furlong, no impression final 110yds, lost third towards finish

8/1

Form: 530087 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 8st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Could do little wrong in 2021 when wins included this race (good to soft) and a Group 3; fell from grace last year and although he got out of the rut on second start for new yard in April (6f, heavy) he's needed some excuses since; needs to show he still has what it takes.

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10th

2

(10)

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

15:45 Naas

Hurricane Ivor

9st 13lb

J: Scott McCullagh

T: Mrs John Harrington

Six career wins, the most recent off 96 over 6f at the Curragh last April; down to 88 now after his form tailed off last year; could be interesting.

16/1

6th

5

(2)

14th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

16:35 Naas

Hurricane Ivor

9st 7lb

J: Keithen Kennedy

T: Mrs John Harrington

midfield

20/1

13th

15

(15)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Hurricane Ivor

8st 12lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Mrs John Harrington

Could do little wrong in 2021 when wins included this race (good to soft) and a Group 3; fell from grace last year and although he got out of the rut on second start for new yard in April (6f, heavy) he's needed some excuses since; needs to show he still has what it takes.

18/1

22/1

Form: 950265

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Has bobbed in and out of form all season and, although the handicapper is letting out the reins, he still doesn't look that well treated; sole turf win was back in 2020 and leaving off the hood is of unknown benefit.

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7th

7

(10)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Existent

9st 2lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Stuart Williams

Finished second of 12 at Goodwood in August (5f, good to soft) and four defeats later he's dropped 10lb; no doubting he has the ability to go well at this level but slow starts can be a problem and others look more reliable.

16/1

12th

6

(12)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:20 York

Existent

9st 5lb

J: Luke Catton

T: Stuart Williams

On a fair mark based on his second of 12 off 7lb higher at Goodwood (5f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces) last month, but hasn't built on it and finished behind a couple of these in the Portland at Doncaster (5.6f, soft) seven days ago; record of 1-25 on turf another reason to be cautious; no headgear today.

25/1

14th

12

(3)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Existent

9st 1lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Stuart Williams

Has bobbed in and out of form all season and, although the handicapper is letting out the reins, he still doesn't look that well treated; sole turf win was back in 2020 and leaving off the hood is of unknown benefit.

22/1

12/1

Form: 508558

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

First two wins over 6f but seen more regularly at 5f now; nearly a year since she won on turf, when impressing at York (good to soft) but her recent run in a fillies' handicap at York was better than it looks at first glance; running into form and can give a good account.

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15th

21

(17)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Kimngrace

8st 7lb

J: George Rooke

T: Richard Hughes

First two wins over 6f but seen more regularly at 5f now; nearly a year since she won on turf, when impressing at York (good to soft) but her recent run in a fillies' handicap at York was better than it looks at first glance; running into form and can give a good account.

12/1

8th

6

(11)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 York

Kimngrace

9st 0lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Richard Hughes

Respectable fifth in both runs since returning from a break; may well raise her game back at York, where she's 1-1 over C&D after a win last October; Listed scorer on AW two starts later; possibilities off a workable mark.

9/1

5th

2

(1)

10th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 5f 16y

Class 3

20:00 Chepstow

Kimngrace

10st 0lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Richard Hughes

Won handicaps in 2022, over 6f (good) and 5f (good to soft) but her mark took a battering following a Listed AW win on reappearance and she faded back in a handicap at Ascot 12 days ago; might come on for that run after a break but others higher up the list.

4/1

12/1

Form: -85404 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Has won on ground ranging from good to firm (including over 5f on this track) to soft; dependable at at York and bang there last time out (extended 5f) but just adequate shows in this race in 2019 (seventh) and 2022 (sixth) suggest this isn't quite his race.

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16th

9

(18)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Makanah

9st 2lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Julie Camacho

Has won on ground ranging from good to firm (including over 5f on this track) to soft; dependable at at York and bang there last time out (extended 5f) but just adequate shows in this race in 2019 (seventh) and 2022 (sixth) suggest this isn't quite his race.

12/1

4th

4

(20)

23rd Aug 2023

Good

0m 5f 89y

Class 2

13:50 York

Makanah

9st 3lb

J: Paul Hanagan

T: Julie Camacho

Yet to run a moderate race on this course, some sterling efforts including a fourth in this race in 2019 and a close fifth 12 months ago (both on good) when he didn't have much room when trying for a run; 5lb lower this time and his reliability here makes him of interest.

14/1

14th

13

(11)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Goodwood

Makanah

9st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Julie Camacho

Better known for his 5f exploits but he does have 6f form, including in this race year, and his latest staying-on fourth at Newcastle (5f, AW) was a good run; handles soft ground but the combination of this trip on slow ground might just stretch him.

33/1

12/1

Form: -60902 C

Last run: 7 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Front-runner with five wins (good and good to firm) in 2022; had lain fallow since the latest of them last August but he fared much better under Mia Nicholls at Haydock (good) last weekend; now needs to repeat it on first run beyond a bare 5f for over two years; missed two races on soft and good to soft in 2023.

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

9th

4

(15)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Tees Spirit

9st 5lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

Back to form when second at Haydock four weeks ago (5f, good); not in the same form at Doncaster three weeks ago (behind a few of these) but the return to faster ground will be in his favour.

12/1

17th

14

(22)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Tees Spirit

8st 13lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

Front-runner with five wins (good and good to firm) in 2022; had lain fallow since the latest of them last August but he fared much better under Mia Nicholls at Haydock (good) last weekend; now needs to repeat it on first run beyond a bare 5f for over two years; missed two races on soft and good to soft in 2023.

12/1

2nd

3

(12)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Haydock

Tees Spirit

9st 0lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Adrian Nicholls

Front-runner; won five times last season, notably the Dash at Epsom and a Listed race at Tipperary; yet to show anything like the same zip this year, including in two runs since a wind op (stiff task latest), but he's down in the weights and Mia Nicholls takes off a further 7lb; carries risk but not impossible.

25/1

Form: 185110 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Multiple winner for previous yard; well handicapped on the switch to this one which he soon proved by winning at York (6f, good) then impressive in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood (6f, heavy); perhaps those two wins in eight days were the limit of his endurance as he was a pale imitation at York three weeks ago; hard to weigh up now./

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

7

(14)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Aberama Gold

9st 0lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Showed an aptitude for the mud last season, winning the Stewards' Cup and a good handicap at Doncaster in October, the latter off just 2lb lower; has slipped down the weights after three runs this winter and ridden by the stable jockey in preference to Summerghand and Misty Grey; strong contender.

16/1

6th

3

(10)

24th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 4f 214y

Class 1

14:45 Southwell (AW)

Aberama Gold

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

His two standout efforts last year came on bottomless ground, winning the Stewards' Cup and a good 5f handicap at Doncaster; two creditable 6f runs back on AW in November, though; strong traveller who should appreciate a strongly run race at this trip; shortlisted.

25/1

4th

2

(3)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 1

15:11 Lingfield (AW)

Aberama Gold

9st 5lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

prominent

8/1

12/1

Form: -01054 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Rose to the occasion on soft when making most and first past the post in this race last year (demoted later) and was still ahead of the handicapper when winning a warm 5f handicap at York in May (good to firm; off 1lb lower); has had some excuses since but shaped as though still in form in the Shergar Cup at Ascot last month; worthy contender.

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

5

(4)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Chipstead

9st 2lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Teal

Enjoying a revival on AW this winter, winning at Kempton in December and having a few of today's rivals behind him when seeing off 11 rivals at Lingfield four weeks ago; should run his race but this looks more demanding.

14/1

1st

8

(1)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:12 Lingfield (AW)

Chipstead

9st 3lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Teal

Narrowly got the better of Baldomero in a 6f handicap at Kempton in December; creditable efforts twice since but he finished behind Batal Dubai at Kempton last time and no obvious reason why he'd reverse those placings.

10/1

3rd

2

(4)

14th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Chipstead

9st 3lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Teal

May not have had the race run to suit when fifth of ten at Lingfield (5f, Polytrack) last month, but his C&D win the time before was in a steadily run contest; his other six wins have come over shorter, so doubts remain as to whether he is as effective over this far.

7/2

22/1

Form: 41-370 C

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Front-runs; two of last three wins have come on this track (6f, soft; effective on good) but he was uncompetitive in this race last September; showed up well on turf in the spring but might have done better on Newcastle AW 16 days ago and needs much better if he's to take a hand.

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

13th

5

(10)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

15:05 Doncaster

Dakota Gold

9st 6lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Group class in his pomp; made a bright start to 2023 before his form tailed off in late summer/autumn; conditions won't be an issue on his return and starts the campaign off a lowly mark; well into the veteran stage but a big run would come as no surprise.

12/1

12th

3

(7)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:00 York

Dakota Gold

9st 8lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Hasn't won over 5f since 2020 but a multiple winner over the extended 5f and 6f on this course; not far off his best form in first two starts this year, on soft and good ground, but some way from cracking it in three runs since he was back in August from a break; something to prove.

14/1

10th

1

(12)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ripon

Dakota Gold

9st 12lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

raced near side

12/1

22/1

Form: 011047 C

Last run: 9 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Trained on really well and her fourth of 17 in a strong York race last month was better than the form of three earlier wins (6f/5f; good to firm and good to soft); should be suited by this extended 5f but prone to the odd lapse and her days of being well treated look behind her.

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

21th

16

(21)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

The Big Board

8st 12lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Trained on really well and her fourth of 17 in a strong York race last month was better than the form of three earlier wins (6f/5f; good to firm and good to soft); should be suited by this extended 5f but prone to the odd lapse and her days of being well treated look behind her.

22/1

7th

1

(5)

7th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

16:15 Salisbury

The Big Board

9st 9lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Richard Hannon

took keen hold, led, edged left and headed over 1f out, soon weakened

3/1

4th

19

(11)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

16:10 York

The Big Board

9st 0lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Richard Hannon

prominent

16/1

40/1

Form: 01-090

Last run: 16 days

W: 8st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Mid-division in this race last year but ran two of his best races the only times cheekpieces were fitted for Roger Varian, at Glorious Goodwood and when racing away with the Ayr Silver Cup (both on good); has lain relatively low for new yard but returning cheekpieces make him of major interest.

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

13th

12

(4)

6th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:05 Ascot

Dusky Lord

8st 13lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Stuart Williams

Signed off for 2022 with a convincing win in the Ayr Silver Cup but has been down the field in four runs since joining current yard; failed to beat a rival with headgear back on in the Portland last time; plenty to prove.

33/1

22th

18

(16)

16th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 5f 143y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Dusky Lord

8st 12lb

J: Stefano Cherchi

T: Stuart Williams

Mid-division in this race last year but ran two of his best races the only times cheekpieces were fitted for Roger Varian, at Glorious Goodwood and when racing away with the Ayr Silver Cup (both on good); has lain relatively low for new yard but returning cheekpieces make him of major interest.

40/1

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Chipstead

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Tees Spirit

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Happy Romance

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Aberama Gold

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Makanah

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