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cavani.co.uk The Trench Coat Thunder Handicap

  • Prize money: £8246.4
  • 1m 6f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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cavani.co.uk The Trench Coat Thunder Handicap

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 504385

Last run: 22 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Won the last two of just three 2yo runs (good and AW); little to get excited about in 2023 and although there was more promise in his latest fifth of eight over C&D (good) he needs to show he can act on soft.

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1st

1

(6)

9th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 4

18:00 Southwell (AW)

Cool Party

9st 13lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie Johnston

Tapeta winner who proved his stamina when bolting up from the front at Haydock (1m6f, heavy) last September; has made the frame in both starts since, albeit the extended 2m appeared to find him out here last time; has fitness to prove after four months off, but still respected back down to Class 4 level.

6/1

4th

9

(1)

15th Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 3

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Cool Party

9st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Charlie Johnston

led, towards far side when headed 2f out, soon weakened

4/1

2nd

5

(4)

25th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 3

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Cool Party

8st 13lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie Johnston

in touch with leaders

7/2

Form: 022748

Last run: 4 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Maiden after 15 starts and although he's eased a few pounds in the weights since the spring he's not made much impact off similar marks over 1m6f on last two starts; still can't rule out in ordinary race.

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4th

8

(8)

5th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 5

19:00 Southwell (AW)

De Vegas Warrior

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Michael Appleby

slowly into stride, soon in touch with leaders, weakened over 1f out

5/1

2nd

1

(3)

21st Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

De Vegas Warrior

9st 11lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Michael Appleby

Still seeking his first win after 21 starts but he has finished second twice this winter, missing out by just a short head at Southwell last month (1m6f; blinkered for the first time); creditable third over C&D four weeks ago; each-way shout.

5/1

3rd

7

(6)

24th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

De Vegas Warrior

9st 6lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Michael Appleby

Yet to register a victory but he benefited from a change of headgear (blinkers replaced cheekpieces) when edged out by Barrel Aged in 1m6f Southwell handicap 19 days ago; bold showing is on the cards on 1lb better terms.

4/1

Form: 548584

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Multiple winner at up to about 1m6f, latest on heavy at Doncaster 12 months ago; has been running in better races than this, to no avail, for most of 2023 but now 17lb lower than in April and there were signs of life when fourth of nine at York last week; good claims.

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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

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20/1

Form: 3/46-8

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Won 1m4f Listed race in France during 2021; wasn't beaten far in a better race than this over 2m (good) on this track in May 2022 but all at sea over hurdles since and that mark is now lower than his Flat one; no joy at Goodwood recently and has it to prove at present.

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5th

2

(4)

18th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:35 Bath

Merveillo

9st 8lb

J: Shane Kelly

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won 1m4f Listed race (very soft) in France during 2021; wasn't beaten far in a better race than this over 2m at Haydock last spring but he's generally struggled under both codes since and was tailed off back at Haydock (1m7f, heavy) 18 days ago; lots to prove.

40/1

5th

3

(2)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:35 Haydock

Merveillo

10st 1lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won 1m4f Listed race in France during 2021; wasn't beaten far in a better race than this over 2m (good) on this track in May 2022 but all at sea over hurdles since and that mark is now lower than his Flat one; no joy at Goodwood recently and has it to prove at present.

20/1

8th

6

(3)

5th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:20 Goodwood

Merveillo

9st 5lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Listed winner on Flat in France; 0-12 in Britain, mostly over hurdles (well held off modest marks the last twice); well treated on best form in this sphere but is by no means guaranteed to reproduce it.

16/1

33/1

Form: 59-605 D

Last run: 132 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Listed and Group winner over staying trips in Germany during 2020; encouraging debut for yard on AW in February but has not run well since, over hurdles or on Flat (in Jersey when last seen in May); can only watch.

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4th

1

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:30 Market Rasen

Quian

12st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Thomas Gallagher

Group 2 Flat winner in Germany a few years ago and made winning handicap hurdle debut at Taunton (2m, good to soft) in December; two lesser efforts have followed this year, though, and others have more pressing claims here.

20/1

5th

5

18th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:30 Southwell

Quian

11st 8lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Thomas Gallagher

Seven-time Flat winner at up to 2m; off the mark over hurdles on handicap debut at Taunton in December (2m, good to soft); not so good next time; this longer trip should suit.

10/1

5th

6

8th Feb 2024

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:40 Huntingdon

Quian

11st 8lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Thomas Gallagher

Absent since scoring at Taunton (2m, good to soft; off 5lb lower) eight weeks ago on handicap hurdle debut; remains favourably treated on best German Flat form which includes two Group wins in 2020; no longer that smart but is hard to leave out of calculations.

13/2

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