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Neil Atkinson’s 60th Birthday Celebration Handicap

  • Prize money: £10468
  • 1m 3f 188y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Neil Atkinson’s 60th Birthday Celebration Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 231455 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Two wins on slow ground this season, including the Cumberland Plate at Carlisle; not entirely disgraced in valuable contest at Hamilton most recently; largely consistent and likely to give his running.

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4th

1

(1)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 3f 197y

Class 4

13:20 Doncaster

Two Brothers

11st 3lb

J: Miss Serena Brotherton

T: Michael & David Easterby

Successful three times last term, including at York (1m4f) on final outing; close fourth in this race 12 months ago (soft); consistent sort who, despite career-high mark, looks a solid contender.

7/2

1st

4

(5)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:30 York

Two Brothers

9st 13lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Michael & David Easterby

Two wins on slow ground this season, including the Cumberland Plate at Carlisle; not entirely disgraced in valuable contest at Hamilton most recently; largely consistent and likely to give his running.

8/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: -23897

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft and good to firm; steadily progressive RPRs in his first five races, third off 3lb higher over C&D in May the final time; not in the same form since but has a fighting chance if back on song; drops in grade.

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3rd

7

(5)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 5f 66y

Class 3

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Rathgar

8st 11lb

J: David Probert

T: Jack Channon

midfield

4/1

2nd

8

(3)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:30 York

Rathgar

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Jack Channon

Acts on soft and good to firm; steadily progressive RPRs in his first five races, third off 3lb higher over C&D in May the final time; not in the same form since but has a fighting chance if back on song; drops in grade.

9/1

10/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: -24160 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Won at Doncaster (1m4f, soft) on handicap debut, then looked better than bare result on Shergar Cup day at Ascot; well held in the Melrose here (1m6f) since but may have more to offer back down in trip/grade.

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15

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

14:00 Fakenham

Golden Move

10st 12lb

T: Paul Nicholls

3rd

12

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:40 Taunton

Golden Move

10st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

1m4f soft-ground winner for Richard Fahey and signed off for that yard with two places in handicaps (one on heavy; gelded since); conditions won't faze him on his hurdling debut and he still holds the Triumph entry; joined a top yard for 215,000gns.

10/11

3rd

8

(5)

18th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 50y

Class 3

15:45 Nottingham

Golden Move

8st 11lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Well held in the Melrose over 1m6f; raced at 1m4f otherwise since handicapping, best form when scoring at Doncaster (soft) in July and third at York last time; goes back down in distance but isn't fully exposed.

13/2

Form: 654858 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Useful at up to 1m6f on his day and has defied marks in the 90s; now down to 83, which reflects a decline in his form this term, but this drop in class may prompt a turnaround of sorts.

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3rd

2

(4)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 5

14:45 Thirsk

Dark Jedi

9st 11lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Last win was off an 18lb higher mark over 1m6f at Doncaster (heavy) in October 2022; mixed efforts last season, and although well handicapped now, usually needs a race or two to hit form.

6/1

5th

3

(6)

31st Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 13y

Class 4

14:17 Catterick

Dark Jedi

9st 12lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders, outpaced 3f out, weakened gradually from 2f out

3/1

2nd

3

(5)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 4

16:55 Catterick

Dark Jedi

9st 11lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Won on heavy on this day last year but has struggled to make much impact this term and is now 19lb lower than in April; remote fourth of six when favourite at Haydock (1m6f, heavy) last time was his worst run this season.

8/1

10/1

Form: 813782 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Has form figures of 4132 at York, the win gained over 1m4f in July (good to soft); outgunned by a progressive staying filly over 2m here two weeks ago; solid claims off bottom weight back down in distance.

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6th

9

(7)

7th Oct 2023

Good

1m 5f 218y

Class 4

17:05 Redcar

Gibside

9st 1lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Won at York in July; well below form on last four starts and it was a three-runner race in which he was a 9l second over 2m at York on penultimate outing, so his stamina beyond 1m4f remains unproved.

10/1

5th

9

(9)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:30 York

Gibside

9st 3lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

Has form figures of 4132 at York, the win gained over 1m4f in July (good to soft); outgunned by a progressive staying filly over 2m here two weeks ago; solid claims off bottom weight back down in distance.

10/1

2nd

2

(3)

10th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

14:45 York

Gibside

9st 6lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Four wins to his name over 1m3f and 1m4f on a range of ground (handles good to firm); hasn't fired the last twice though and hopes rest on this step up in trip sparking a revival (well beaten in one 1m6f run, the furthest he's gone so far).

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 214721 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Respectable recent strike-rate, having won three of his last seven races; got up in the final strides at Wolverhampton (1m4f, AW) latest; back on career-high mark but not dismissed in current form.

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3rd

5

(11)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 4

13:30 Lingfield (AW)

Lexington Knight

9st 8lb

J: Paddy Bradley

T: Richard Hannon

All four AW wins have been on Tapeta and he's yet to shine on Polytrack, albeit from a limited number of runs; close up over this far at Wolverhampton last time but around here others appeal more.

16/1

3rd

6

(7)

10th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Lexington Knight

9st 9lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Richard Hannon

Very well suited by 1m4f on Tapeta and now 3lb lower than for narrow C&D win in September but has been out of form lately and needs to turn a corner.

25/1

Form: -50311 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 10st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Front-running wins on soft ground at Leicester and Epsom the last twice, taking record over 1m4f to 3-4; could well have even more to offer at this trip; respected, especially granted similar going.

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6th

13

(7)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Sweet Fantasy

9st 3lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: James Owen

Last eight starts for Ralph Beckett were in cheekpieces, three of them wins and two came from the front over 1m4f on soft last summer (unraced beyond that on Flat); two soft-ground wins this year from her two novice hurdles for new yard, with latest (front-running at Catterick, raced freely) pretty useful form; competitive on AW tracks earlier on (last AW race was last June); needs to transfer her turf improvement but highly respected.

7/2

1st

1

6th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

15:15 Catterick

Sweet Fantasy

11st 7lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: James Owen

Narrow win on her hurdle and stable debut at Plumpton (2m, soft) in January; improvement needed to defy a penalty today but she was useful on the Flat and could have lots more to offer in this code.

13/8

Form: 130924 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Couple of AW novice wins early in year; has shown he's effective on turf with creditable efforts at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) and Haydock (1m6f, good) the last twice; could go well again.

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10th

13

(11)

18th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

20:00 Kempton (AW)

French Invasion

9st 4lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Charlie Johnston

in touch with leaders early, led after 2f, headed and prominent after 4f

16/1

8th

7

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:30 York

French Invasion

9st 5lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Charlie Johnston

Couple of AW novice wins early in year; has shown he's effective on turf with creditable efforts at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) and Haydock (1m6f, good) the last twice; could go well again.

8/1

4th

7

(2)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

14:25 Haydock

French Invasion

8st 3lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Two-time AW novice winner who returned to form when second at Newmarket (1m4f, good to firm) recently; this is tougher but he hung last time so could be better suited by this flat track, and his pedigree provides hope he'll improve for the step up in trip; no surprise to see another good run.

14/1

5/1

Form: 311 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Promising effort on sole start for John Butler; successful in 1m4f novice events at Wolverhampton (AW) and Catterick (good to soft) since; unexposed colt who could do well in handicaps and looks interesting.

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9th

5

(8)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 188y

Class 4

17:30 York

Harappan

9st 10lb

J: Sam James

T: Iain Jardine

Promising effort on sole start for John Butler; successful in 1m4f novice events at Wolverhampton (AW) and Catterick (good to soft) since; unexposed colt who could do well in handicaps and looks interesting.

5/1

1st

2

(8)

21st Aug 2023

Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 5

15:35 Catterick

Harappan

9st 11lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Iain Jardine

150,000gns purchase out of John Butler's yard in July; has run creditably on the AW on both starts, last time on stable debut winning a Wolverhampton novice (1m4f) at 8-13; penalised; has an American dirt pedigree so not sure to be as effective on turf.

5/4

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Payout
Exacta £508.00
Straight Forecast £478.90
Tricast £1653.00
Trifecta £2204.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Sweet Fantasy

D Express:

Harappan

SPOTLIGHT:

Rathgar

The Times:

Golden Move

TOPSPEED:

Two Brothers

RP RATINGS:

Dark Jedi

Daily Record:

Harappan

POSTDATA:

Rathgar

The Guardian:

Sweet Fantasy

Daily Mail:

Sweet Fantasy

Daily Mirror:

Sweet Fantasy

The Sun:

Sweet Fantasy

The Star:

Sweet Fantasy