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cavani.co.uk The Pocket Square Pursuit Handicap

  • Prize money: £13500
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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cavani.co.uk The Pocket Square Pursuit Handicap

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 420301

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Always up with the pace when winning a 7f handicap at Thirsk 12 days ago (soft); that race has already thrown up winners and a 5lb rise looks fair enough; this is a much stronger race though.

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Distance / Class
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Verdict Starting price

10th

10

(9)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

15:05 Doncaster

Roach Power

8st 13lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Ended 2023 on a sharp upward curve, winning over 7f at Thirsk before running away with a heavy-ground 6f handicap at Haydock 176 days ago; returns off an 8lb higher mark but could well have more to come this year; tongue-tie now given a go.

5/1

8/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 661194 CD BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Won twice in the space of a week in July, over C&D (good to soft) and then at York (5.5f, good to soft); ran right up to his best at Chelmsford last time; 7lb claimer on board today; not ruled out.

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4th

8

(2)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:55 Kempton (AW)

Knebworth

9st 2lb

J: Ethan Jones

T: Richard Hughes

Chased home Ferrous at Wolverhampton on return to action at Wolverhampton four weeks ago and ran to a similar level when winning at Doncaster 13 days ago (6f, soft; cheekpieces first time); his yard continues in fine form and he's set for another prominent showing.

4/1

1st

9

(2)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

15:05 Doncaster

Knebworth

9st 1lb

J: Ethan Jones

T: Richard Hughes

6f on slow ground no problem and he made a pleasing seasonal return when second at Wolverhampton a fortnight ago; cheekpieces could prompt extra; one to consider.

8/1

2nd

7

(1)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 3

17:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Knebworth

9st 4lb

J: George Rooke

T: Richard Hughes

Comfortably won two turf sprints in seven days last summer; competitive off this mark on turf/AW afterwards; returns from a break but capable of a prominent showing.

11/2

12/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 846205 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

6f winner on soft ground in April off 3lb lower; good second at Glorious Goodwood off this mark last month; returning to 6f is in his favour and he's one of the more appealing types.

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3rd

5

(1)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:15 Haydock

Lakota Blue

9st 10lb

J: Faye McManoman

T: Nigel Tinkler

6f winner on soft ground in April off 3lb lower; good second at Glorious Goodwood off this mark last month; returning to 6f is in his favour and he's one of the more appealing types.

12/1

5th

4

(12)

10th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

16:55 York

Lakota Blue

9st 9lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: Nigel Tinkler

Didn't fire in the Great St Wilfirid three weeks ago but his earlier second at Goodwood was a solid effort; fast ground not a bother but he may prefer a stiffer test than this will present, even with a likely strong pace.

14/1

10/1

Form: 4122-4

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

All runs on good or faster; absent for 419 days before this month's encouraging fourth at Thirsk, tiring in the closing stages; mark left unchanged but he brings potential; suitability of soft ground has to be taken on trust (sire's record just 1-54 on slower than good thus far).

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5th

2

(4)

4th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 4

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Rock Opera

9st 8lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Dual 6f Tapeta winner this AW season (once here); ran well enough when fifth of 12 at Southwell last time to think he's effective over 7f; not discounted.

15/2

5th

7

(12)

10th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

16:50 Southwell (AW)

Rock Opera

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Dual 6f Tapeta winner this AW season (once here); not seen to quite the same effect when tried over 7f in between but is well worth another crack at this trip; considered, despite his awkward draw.

10/1

3rd

4

(5)

27th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:15 Newcastle (AW)

Rock Opera

9st 8lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Richard Fahey

raced in second behind clear leader

6/1

Form: 127484 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

A well-run race over 6f on slow ground plays to his strengths, most recently keeping on from well back to take fourth in last week's Ayr Silver Cup; not certain this will be run at an end-to-end gallop though and minor money perhaps his best hope.

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6th

12

(8)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

15:05 Doncaster

Bernardo OReilly

8st 10lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Richard Spencer

Won this race in 2022 off a 4lb lower mark; only fifth behind Aleezdancer last year but he did win a big-field handicap at Newbury 11 months ago; should be arriving on the scene late.

8/1

6th

9

(8)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:57 Newmarket

Bernardo OReilly

9st 9lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Richard Spencer

Strongly run 6f races on soft ground suit him well and although he ran creditably when third of nine in the 2021 running of this race, his stamina wasn't up to the job here 12 months ago; kept to 6f since and makes limited appeal returned to 7f after a modest show last time out.

20/1

5th

6

(9)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:15 Haydock

Bernardo OReilly

9st 10lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Richard Spencer

A well-run race over 6f on slow ground plays to his strengths, most recently keeping on from well back to take fourth in last week's Ayr Silver Cup; not certain this will be run at an end-to-end gallop though and minor money perhaps his best hope.

11/2

14/1

Form: 420500 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Well treated on even this summer's best form but he's not fired the last twice and he'll need more if he is to better his 2020 second in the corresponding race.

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3rd

5

(1)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

0m 5f 212y

Class 4

15:00 Catterick

Music Society

9st 4lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

dwelt start, raced in last but in touch with leaders, kept on and went third final strides

5/1

6th

9

(5)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:15 Haydock

Music Society

9st 3lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Tim Easterby

Well treated on even this summer's best form but he's not fired the last twice and he'll need more if he is to better his 2020 second in the corresponding race.

14/1

Form: 372140 C

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 13lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Three runs on soft or heavy ground and she's recorded two wins and a third (one of them here); failed to fire on fast ground at York's Ebor meeting but this surface should be much more to her liking; still not fully exposed and needs consideration.

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7th

3

(2)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:15 Haydock

Royal Dress

9st 13lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Hannon

Three runs on soft or heavy ground and she's recorded two wins and a third (one of them here); failed to fire on fast ground at York's Ebor meeting but this surface should be much more to her liking; still not fully exposed and needs consideration.

8/1

17th

8

(1)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:20 York

Royal Dress

9st 4lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Richard Hannon

Effective with different tactics and has come into her own since upped from 6f, beating five rivals in good style at Haydock (7f, heavy) then caught in a queue before doing good late work into fourth of 18 at Goodwood recently (1m, good to soft); up 3lb but still has scope as a handicapper if equally effective on good to firm ground; Ryan Moore booked.

7/1

4th

11

(9)

1st Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:05 Goodwood

Royal Dress

9st 2lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

towards rear

11/1

Form: 673422 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Campaigned over 5f for much of the year, winning at Southwell in January and runner-up at Newbury and Southwell on his last two starts; handles good to soft but untried on slower.

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7th

7

(7)

21st Dec 2023

Standard

0m 4f 214y

Class 2

16:10 Southwell (AW)

May Sonic

8st 9lb

J: William Cox

T: Charles Hills

held up in rear, no impression from 2f out

14/1

8th

6

(5)

22nd Nov 2023

Standard

0m 5f 21y

Class 2

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

May Sonic

9st 1lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charles Hills

always behind

16/1

11th

3

(3)

8th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

May Sonic

9st 5lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Charles Hills

midfield

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 277230 CD

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Getting on for two years since his last success, a C&D handicap on soft ground in October 2021; flopped on desperate ground in the Stewards' Cup eight weeks ago but he'd been banging at the door beforehand; one to consider back down in grade.

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8th

6

(12)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

15:05 Doncaster

Chairmanoftheboard

9st 4lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Jack Channon

Positives include his ability to act on soft ground and a competitive handicap mark on his return; the negatives are a losing run stretching back to October 2021 and the fact he's been unplaced in this race in each of the last two seasons.

14/1

9th

1

(10)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:15 Haydock

Chairmanoftheboard

10st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Jack Channon

Getting on for two years since his last success, a C&D handicap on soft ground in October 2021; flopped on desperate ground in the Stewards' Cup eight weeks ago but he'd been banging at the door beforehand; one to consider back down in grade.

14/1

24th

26

(19)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Goodwood

Chairmanoftheboard

8st 7lb

J: Sam Hitchcott

T: Jack Channon

Conditions will suit and he has been running well all season; spurned easier pickings than this in recent weeks, though.

14/1

8/1

Form: 460510 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

This is his time of year and he toyed with his rivals in a Class 4 at Southwell this month; prominent in the betting but not in the race in last week's Ayr Silver Cup, turning in a laboured effort, for all he was drawn on the wrong side; no surprise to see him bounce back with a big effort.

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3rd

2

(5)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 5

17:23 Southwell (AW)

Gulliver

9st 11lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Veteran who ended a long losing run with a comfortable C&D win in a Racing League handicap in September; that came off a 5lb higher mark and he's run well enough on occasions since to think he retains a good chunk of ability; he'll need a good pace to aim at but he's a danger to all dropping into a Class 5 handicap for the first time.

13/2

4th

3

15th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 4

15:47 Southwell (AW)

Gulliver

9st 10lb

T: David O’Meara

Confirmed slow starter who is hard to predict these days and has won only one of his last 37 starts, though that was over C&D from 3lb higher last September; more than capable off this mark if things pan out his way, but that's a big 'if'.

11/1

11th

7

(2)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Gulliver

9st 5lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: David O’Meara

slowly away

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £484.00
Straight Forecast £402.00
Tricast £2986.60
Trifecta £4656.00

Selections

The Guardian:

Roach Power

LAMBOURN:

May Sonic

TOPSPEED:

Music Society

SPOTLIGHT:

Lakota Blue

The Times:

Rock Opera

Daily Mail:

Knebworth

Daily Mirror:

Chairmanoftheboard

RP RATINGS:

Gulliver

The Star:

Roach Power

Telegraph:

May Sonic

POSTDATA:

Music Society