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Good To Firm

Lope Y Fernandez First Foals 2023 Handicap

  • Prize money: £13500
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 10 runners
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Lope Y Fernandez First Foals 2023 Handicap

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £17.00
  • Place: £4.00

Form: -20626

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Promising 2yo at 6f; back from wind surgery with an excellent second of 11 in a big 1m York handicap in August; that was on good to firm ground and perhaps the late rain was unwelcome there 20 days ago when right out of sorts; not ruled out on the earlier form now back at 7f.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

7

(6)

20th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Catch The Paddy

9st 1lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Kevin Ryan

Progressive 2yo; ran well for a close second at York's Dante meeting on his reappearance (7f, good); two disappointing runs followed but he has resumed his progress since July's wind op, second over 1m at York and seeing off nine rivals at Newmarket when last seen in September; 4lb higher now tackling a new surface but there could be more to come at this trip.

13/2

1st

8

(2)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Catch The Paddy

9st 0lb

J: Ronan Whelan

T: Kevin Ryan

Promising 2yo at 6f; back from wind surgery with an excellent second of 11 in a big 1m York handicap in August; that was on good to firm ground and perhaps the late rain was unwelcome there 20 days ago when right out of sorts; not ruled out on the earlier form now back at 7f.

8/1

6th

2

(8)

10th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 3

14:15 York

Catch The Paddy

9st 8lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Kevin Ryan

Seems to run his best races at this track and his latest second (nosed out Bajan Bandit) was right up there; that was his first run after a gelding operation; solid contender off 1lb higher.

9/2

7/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 814134 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Often leads but doesn't need to; progressive and looked the likely winner from some way out on latest 7f run, at York in July; little between him and Catch The Paddy on their 1m run there (good to firm) next time but not in the same form on latest; worth another go at 7f if still in form.

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2nd

9

(9)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Bajan Bandit

8st 13lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Grant Tuer

Often leads but doesn't need to; progressive and looked the likely winner from some way out on latest 7f run, at York in July; little between him and Catch The Paddy on their 1m run there (good to firm) next time but not in the same form on latest; worth another go at 7f if still in form.

7/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 271400 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

First British win on the other course in July (1m, good to firm) which he followed with an excellent front-running fourth of 20 in the big 1m handicap at Glorious Goodwood (soft); fair effort at Leopardstown latest but shade to prove against the specialists back over a bare 7f.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

12th

2

(5)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

11:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Darkness

9st 9lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

This a belated first attempt on AW (31st start) but he was runner-up on last year's reappearance and returns from 1lb below the mark he defied at Newmarket (1m) last summer; also handily drawn so there are reasons to be positive.

14/1

5th

4

(2)

15th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Goodwood

Darkness

9st 2lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Ex-French gelding who has only a modest strike-rate in Britain but has slipped back to the same mark as for Newmarket success (1m, good to firm) in July; creditable fourth in Golden Mile here (soft) next time; back in similar form on latest outing; not dismissed.

5/1

OUR TIP

100/30

Form: 261324 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Three wins split between both Newmarket courses but versatile regarding tracks and ground; continued in fine form in highly competitive 7f handicaps since winning on the other course in July; big run expected.

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3rd

2

(13)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:50 York

Star Of Orion

9st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Ralph Beckett

Won at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) in July and has run consistently well in defeat over 7f since (various ground); hasn't shone over 1m in the past but his last attempt was in 2021 and recent evidence suggests he well worth another go at this trip; he's on the shortlist.

7/1

4th

3

(10)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Star Of Orion

9st 10lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Three wins split between both Newmarket courses but versatile regarding tracks and ground; continued in fine form in highly competitive 7f handicaps since winning on the other course in July; big run expected.

100/30

4th

4

(8)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Ascot

Star Of Orion

9st 8lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: Ralph Beckett

raced near side, midfield, headway over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders, 4th of 10 in group

9/1

Form: 675407 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Tough task in Listed company in one previous course start; cracking handicapper in top 7f races over the years and his fourth of 15 in the Bunbury Cup on the July course (good to soft was slower than ideal) shows how capable he still is; however, he hasn't sparked on last two runs at Ascot (slightly hampered latest) and may not be in peak form here either.

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15th

6

(3)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Bless Him

9st 7lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: David Simcock

Last success came in the 2022 Bunbury Cup; retains plenty of ability aged nine and latest effort can be marked up but chance depends on how the race pans out; hold-up performer who needs the cards to drop perfectly.

16/1

5th

1

(7)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Bless Him

10st 0lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: David Simcock

Tough task in Listed company in one previous course start; cracking handicapper in top 7f races over the years and his fourth of 15 in the Bunbury Cup on the July course (good to soft was slower than ideal) shows how capable he still is; however, he hasn't sparked on last two runs at Ascot (slightly hampered latest) and may not be in peak form here either.

7/1

7th

1

(12)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Ascot

Bless Him

9st 12lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: David Simcock

slowly into stride, raced near side, held up in rear, not clear run and switched right over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never on terms, 7th of 10 in group

12/1

Form: 1-4951 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Won his maiden over 1m but he hasn't been keeping up the gallop in handicaps at that trip since returning from a layoff in July and the return to 7f looked the right move when winning a 0-90 classified stakes at Ascot 22 days ago (good); raised 6lb but is not such an open book as some.

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9th

15

(16)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ascot

Glenfinnan

8st 13lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Andrew Balding

Proved suited by drop back to 7f in classified event here (good) last month, opening his 2023 account; out of the money at Newmarket last Saturday but can't be dismissed in this scenario, as a recent C&D winner; not fully exposed at this trip.

16/1

6th

5

(1)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Glenfinnan

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Won his maiden over 1m but he hasn't been keeping up the gallop in handicaps at that trip since returning from a layoff in July and the return to 7f looked the right move when winning a 0-90 classified stakes at Ascot 22 days ago (good); raised 6lb but is not such an open book as some.

9/2

Form: -50055 CD

Last run: 51 days

W: 9st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Course winner at 6f and 7f; had a distinguished career and it's not over yet judged on a hampered fifth of 15 in Bunbury Cup in July (good to soft; handles most ground); fair fifth in a Racing League race at Chepstow since; handicapper cautiously dropping him in the weights; involved.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

1

(6)

25th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Accidental Agent

10st 2lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

towards rear

12/1

7th

2

(6)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Accidental Agent

9st 12lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Course winner at 6f and 7f; had a distinguished career and it's not over yet judged on a hampered fifth of 15 in Bunbury Cup in July (good to soft; handles most ground); fair fifth in a Racing League race at Chepstow since; handicapper cautiously dropping him in the weights; involved.

7/1

Form: 1-356

Last run: 36 days

W: 8st 11lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

All races at 1m; looked good when winning sole 2yo start last autumn (good to soft); ran to a similar level in novices in 2023 but looked an awkward ride on handicap debut at York in August and cheekpieces now fitted on the drop to 7f; needs to show he can handle a less conventional track.

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8th

10

(5)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Modesty

8st 11lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Freddie & Martyn Meade

All races at 1m; looked good when winning sole 2yo start last autumn (good to soft); ran to a similar level in novices in 2023 but looked an awkward ride on handicap debut at York in August and cheekpieces now fitted on the drop to 7f; needs to show he can handle a less conventional track.

9/1

6th

10

(11)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

17:15 York

Modesty

8st 10lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Freddie & Martyn Meade

in touch with leaders, hung badly left from over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, weakened inside final 110yds

8/1

5th

2

(8)

21st Jul 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:55 Newmarket (July)

Modesty

9st 11lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Freddie & Martyn Meade

took keen hold, held up in midfield, headway over 2f out, shaken up and edged left over 1f out, no extra inside final 110yds

100/30

25/1

Form: 9-7659 D

Last run: 70 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Useful 3yo form after making a winning debut but things haven't gone so well in 2023 and he hasn't been running to his mark; should be better off returning to 7f but limited appeal with first-time blinkers added.

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8th

5

(8)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 3

14:40 Lingfield (AW)

Bass Player

9st 3lb

J: Ben Sanderson

T: Kevin Frost

Very well handicapped on some of his old turf form and started off for Kevin Frost with two good efforts at Wolverhampton in December (7f/8.6f); had excuse when well beaten in January (irregular heartbeat) and, with Ben Sanderson claiming a useful 3lb, he's not ruled out.

33/1

11th

2

(2)

7th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 4

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Bass Player

9st 11lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Kevin Frost

in touch with leaders

6/1

Form: 641275 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Often leads; useful 7f form at Haydock in the summer, winning then chasing home an improver (both on good to firm); failed to stay 1m next time but he wasn't himself at Epsom since (course winner as 2yo); down the list this time.

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10th

7

(8)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:25 Newmarket

Chartwell House

9st 2lb

J: Neil Callan

T: William Knight

Often leads; useful 7f form at Haydock in the summer, winning then chasing home an improver (both on good to firm); failed to stay 1m next time but he wasn't himself at Epsom since (course winner as 2yo); down the list this time.

10/1

5th

2

(5)

28th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 3y

Class 3

15:05 Epsom

Chartwell House

9st 6lb

J: David Egan

T: William Knight

in touch with leaders on outer, weakened from 2f out

4/1

7th

2

(5)

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 31y

Class 3

19:00 Windsor

Chartwell House

9st 9lb

J: Neil Callan

T: William Knight

led, hung left and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £1171.00
Straight Forecast £1316.50
Tricast £11264.70
Trifecta £12499.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Star Of Orion

The Times:

Modesty

SPOTLIGHT:

Glenfinnan

TOPSPEED:

Darkness

RP RATINGS:

Accidental Agent

NEWMARKET:

Bass Player

Daily Mirror:

Bless Him

Daily Mail:

Modesty

Daily Record:

Glenfinnan

The Guardian:

Star Of Orion

The Sun:

Star Of Orion

The Star:

Star Of Orion

POSTDATA:

Darkness

D Express:

Accidental Agent