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Betfred ‘Passionate About Sport’ Nursery Handicap

  • Prize money: £6280.8
  • 0m 7f 3y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Betfred ‘Passionate About Sport’ Nursery Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 340391 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 4lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Became exposed over sprint distances but was seen to better effect when stepped to 7f at Salisbury (good to firm) and holding on well after a positive ride; only 2lb higher now promoted in grade, but he's well drawn to adopt similar tactics.

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

1st

5

(7)

1st May 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Mr Baloo

9st 8lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Richard Hannon

Versatility advertised in wins around here (last month), Salisbury and Epsom since September (all 7f), and 8.5f trip appeared within range when fourth back at the last-named course latest; more needed off same mark.

10/1

4th

1

(10)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 113y

Class 4

17:05 Epsom

Mr Baloo

9st 10lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Hannon

Won two 7f nurseries last autumn (including here on good ground) before campaign concluded with good third at Newmarket (7f, soft); reappeared with a win at Kempton (7f, AW) a fortnight ago and he's a half-brother to a 1m2f winner, so there can be optimism that he'll stay this far; one to consider.

4/1

1st

2

(4)

10th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Mr Baloo

9st 7lb

J: Alec Voikhansky

T: Richard Hannon

Ran ten times at two and bagged couple of nurseries over this trip towards the back end; probably needs to pull out a bit more.

8/1

12/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 562310 CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 11lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Entitled to win a C&D novice (on soft; made all) in August and it was always going to be tough for him in a very deep nursery at York's Ebor meeting (form working out very well); on a challenging mark but should be a factor.

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2nd

1

(9)

1st Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:15 Epsom

Rednblue Sovereign

9st 11lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Tom Dascombe

Entitled to win a C&D novice (on soft; made all) in August and it was always going to be tough for him in a very deep nursery at York's Ebor meeting (form working out very well); on a challenging mark but should be a factor.

12/1

17th

7

(18)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:45 York

Rednblue Sovereign

8st 13lb

J: Pierre-Louis Jamin

T: Tom Dascombe

Made his experience count when making all in 7f Epsom novice (soft) three weeks ago; the runner-up gave that form a boost when scoring with something to spare at Ripon last weekend; stall 18 might not be ideal, though.

16/1

1st

6

(5)

3rd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 3y

Class 4

18:20 Epsom

Rednblue Sovereign

9st 4lb

J: Pierre-Louis Jamin

T: Tom Dascombe

Runner-up to an impressive winner in maiden at Sandown (7f, good; unraced on softer) in June; couldn't crack it at the fourth attempt when making the running over 6f at Salisbury (good to firm) 12 days later but he's narrowly the form pick in this field and has some experience of this track from his second outing.

11/10

7/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 630052

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 5lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Found trouble on her nursery debut and showed her true colours when runner-up at Sandown (7f, good) a month ago; that form looks okay and may have more to offer.

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3rd

6

(3)

16th Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

17:15 Newmarket

Rating

9st 4lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Brian Meehan

Looked handicapped about right when placed in her final two 7f nurseries of last season as she raced prominently in both and had no excuses; had the seven runs and others might be open to greater improvement.

8/1

3rd

8

(7)

1st Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:15 Epsom

Rating

9st 5lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Brian Meehan

Found trouble on her nursery debut and showed her true colours when runner-up at Sandown (7f, good) a month ago; that form looks okay and may have more to offer.

7/1

Form: 65232

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 9lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Plenty to like about his third on nursery debut at Newcastle having been held up in the wrong place; looked sure to make amends at Newbury (7f, soft) before headed late on by a Hannon improver; 2lb rise is manageable and, from the inside stall, looks sure to be involved.

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3rd

9

(4)

1st May 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Ebts Guard

9st 4lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

Comparable peak efforts on Tapeta and soft turf in 2023, and went close in a 7f novice here too; about 5l behind both Speeding Bullet and Mr Baloo in nurseries, however, and mixed messages as to his needing 1m.

33/1

6th

5

(1)

25th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

17:20 Newmarket

Ebts Guard

9st 3lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

Six-race maiden; best form when placed on three occasions, including close second at Newbury (7f, soft) on penultimate start; return to forecast slow ground looks a plus.

14/1

4th

3

(1)

1st Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:15 Epsom

Ebts Guard

9st 9lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: William Muir & Chris Grassick

Plenty to like about his third on nursery debut at Newcastle having been held up in the wrong place; looked sure to make amends at Newbury (7f, soft) before headed late on by a Hannon improver; 2lb rise is manageable and, from the inside stall, looks sure to be involved.

9/2

Form: 676219 BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 9lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

All the better for going into nurseries and after finishing second here he looked well ahead of his mark when winning easily at Ffos Las (6f, good to soft); perhaps didn't take to the AW when only ninth under a penalty; up another 2lb this time, though; Rose Dawes has been aboard throughout.

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9

(5)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:35 Ascot

The Smiling Wolf

9st 2lb

J: Edward Greatrex

T: Jack Channon

1-8 as a 2yo with his win coming in a Ffos Las nursery (6f, good to soft) in September; looked in need of the run when a well-held fourth of six on his Haydock return (7f, soft) 13 days ago; winner has gone in again since, but this one looks vulnerable to an improver.

12/1

4th

1

(2)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 212y

Class 4

15:20 Haydock

The Smiling Wolf

9st 9lb

J: Rose Dawes

T: Jack Channon

prominent

11/4

2nd

8

(10)

25th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

17:20 Newmarket

The Smiling Wolf

9st 1lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Jack Channon

Off the mark in Ffos Las nursery (6f, good to soft) in early September; couple of defeats since, below par both times, leave him looking more exposed than many of these rivals.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1324 BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 11lb

2 yo Filly

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

All runs on good or quicker; debut winner who bumped into one on her nursery debut at Windsor (6f) and then drifted her way out of contention when a beaten favourite at Goodwood; on a dangerous mark and the tongue-tie could make a difference to her.

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6th

2

(6)

1st Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:15 Epsom

Pink Satin

9st 11lb

J: Mohammed Tabti

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

All runs on good or quicker; debut winner who bumped into one on her nursery debut at Windsor (6f) and then drifted her way out of contention when a beaten favourite at Goodwood; on a dangerous mark and the tongue-tie could make a difference to her.

5/1

4th

2

(1)

5th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:45 Goodwood

Pink Satin

9st 4lb

J: Mohammed Tabti

T: Paul & Oliver Cole

Made a winning debut at Windsor (6f, good) in June; placed in both starts since, bumping into one who went on to win a nursery at the Ebor meeting when second back at Windsor 19 days ago; unraced on slower than good; open to further progress.

2/1

7th
6 (4)
Barg

16/1

Form: 31480

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 8lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Would be on a good mark if recapturing the form of his Ripon win in June (6f, good); struggled since, last time finishing upside Rednblue Sovereign in a hot York nursery (cheekpieces tried there now left off); this is easier than that.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

6

(4)

1st Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:15 Epsom

Barg

9st 8lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

Would be on a good mark if recapturing the form of his Ripon win in June (6f, good); struggled since, last time finishing upside Rednblue Sovereign in a hot York nursery (cheekpieces tried there now left off); this is easier than that.

16/1

16th

8

(5)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:45 York

Barg

8st 12lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

Easy winner of a 6f novice at Ripon (good) in June; fourth under a penalty at Pontefract and well held when 50-1 for an Ascot Listed race (7f, good) on his two outings since but his mark is feasible if first-time cheekpieces help him to recapture the Ripon form.

25/1

Form: 352

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Beaten about 4l in his first two runs over Windsor's bare 6f but showed appreciably more when runner-up to a smart prospect (now 2-2) in a valuable sales race at the Curragh (6.5f, good to yielding; fourth since gone close in a nursery); potentially better handicapped than a lot of these.

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8th

7

(3)

1st Oct 2023

Good

0m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:15 Epsom

Mercian Warrior

9st 8lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Beaten about 4l in his first two runs over Windsor's bare 6f but showed appreciably more when runner-up to a smart prospect (now 2-2) in a valuable sales race at the Curragh (6.5f, good to yielding; fourth since gone close in a nursery); potentially better handicapped than a lot of these.

15/8

2nd

2

(5)

10th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 63y

17:10 Curragh

Mercian Warrior

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

midfield towards far side, headway and in touch with leaders over 2f out, disputing third over 1f out, ran on and chased clear leader final 110yds, no match for winner

25/1

5th

7

(1)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 12y

Class 5

17:50 Windsor

Mercian Warrior

9st 4lb

J: George Downing

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

52,000euros yearling; 8-1 for debut here and ran a nice race 4l behind one who has since made the frame at Listed level; many a smart juvenile from this yard was beaten first time out, including this week's Acomb winner Indian Run; off for 56 days but interesting and has a Listed entry.

13/2

14/1

Form: 23265

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 3lb

2 yo Colt

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Consistent efforts to start with but ran moderately in his final maiden and only beat one home when switched to nurseries at York (6f, good); now has a bit to prove and he's drawn wide.

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6th

5

(5)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 212y

Class 4

14:10 Haydock

Sennockian

9st 5lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

His best form has come on AW and he was below par at Kempton (1m, AW) ten days ago; however, he'd previously done very well (on AW) on the back of a gelding operation and he showed promise on turf last summer; no surprise if he bounces back with a big run.

9/1

7th

4

(1)

1st May 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Sennockian

9st 8lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Miles behind Mr Baloo at Epsom in October, but 3-4 switched from turf since, looking to bump into one at Wolverhampton latest (8.5f); almost nothing in hand of his unchanged mark, but no trip or surface concerns.

9/1

2nd

2

(2)

1st Apr 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 4

16:03 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sennockian

9st 7lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

took keen hold, prominent early, in touch with leaders after 1f, went second over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no match for winner

7/2

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Mercian Warrior

LAMBOURN:

Pink Satin

POSTDATA:

The Smiling Wolf

TOPSPEED:

Barg

Daily Mail:

Rednblue Sovereign

D Express:

Pink Satin

RP RATINGS:

Mercian Warrior

The Times:

Mercian Warrior

Telegraph:

Mercian Warrior

Daily Mirror:

Mercian Warrior

The Sun:

Mercian Warrior

The Star:

Mercian Warrior

Daily Record:

Mercian Warrior