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Betfred Play Fred’s 5 Million Apprentices’ Derby Handicap

  • Prize money: £7731
  • 1m 4f 6y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Betfred Play Fred’s 5 Million Apprentices’ Derby Handicap

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 15-511

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Comes here on a hat-trick after narrow 1m2f wins on sound surfaces at Pontefract and Redcar; could be a hard horse for the handicapper to nail (only did enough last time by the looks) and 1m4f should be fine.

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6th

4

(5)

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 2

14:52 Pontefract

Forceful Speed

9st 1lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

Progressive last season when the tongue-tie went on, landing a hat-trick, and the steady pace was against him when fourth at Leicester in October when last seen; this 4yo is open to further improvement this term and he's 2-2 here (both over this trip, including on good to soft); one to consider.

4/1

4th

10

(10)

10th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:32 Leicester

Forceful Speed

9st 5lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

An improving 3yo who was nicely on top in the closing stages when bringing up his hat-trick at Epsom (1m4f, good); escapes a penalty for that and dropping back to 1m2f won't bother him; raised in grade but looks a major player.

3/1

1st

3

(1)

1st Oct 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 4

15:25 Epsom

Forceful Speed

9st 10lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: George Boughey

Comes here on a hat-trick after narrow 1m2f wins on sound surfaces at Pontefract and Redcar; could be a hard horse for the handicapper to nail (only did enough last time by the looks) and 1m4f should be fine.

2/1

14/1

  • Place: £5.70

Form: 256825 D BF

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Has form on all ground but may prefer softer conditions these days; chance on his second at Goodwood (1m3f) and it was a messy race in which he never figured at Hamilton last week; hard to rule out.

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4th

8

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

16:15 Ffos Las

Dundory

10st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: John O’Shea

Six-time Flat winner who is 0-5 over hurdles but he was a good third in Wincanton handicap (1m7f, heavy) last month and was only beaten around 5l at Ludlow last time; should have more to offer in this sphere and he's in the mix; handles any ground.

15/2

4th

5

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

16:00 Ludlow

Dundory

10st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: John O’Shea

Six-time Flat winner; did not emerge from rear division on his first three hurdling starts but ran big race when third on last month's handicap debut at Wincanton (1m7f, heavy); 2lb lower here and has cheekpieces (worn for last four Flat wins) refitted; must be considered.

6/1

3rd

8

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

16:05 Wincanton

Dundory

11st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: John O’Shea

Multiple turf winner at up to 1m4f on the Flat (RPR 83), where he is not ground dependent; has failed to transfer that ability to this code in three maiden hurdles; may be able to show more now entering handicaps from a workable mark; market check suggested.

10/1

7/1

Form: 754161 CD

Last run: 52 days

W: 8st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Won the Ladies' Derby over C&D (good to soft) and came home with a wet sail to go in again at Brighton last time (good to firm; under Connor Planas); remains on a competitive mark just 3lb higher; should give his running.

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8th

4

(8)

14th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 6

19:15 Southwell (AW)

Bug Boy

9st 7lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Tony Newcombe

mounted in chute and taken down early, dwelt start, always behind

12/1

3rd

7

(6)

1st Oct 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 4

15:25 Epsom

Bug Boy

8st 13lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Tony Newcombe

Won the Ladies' Derby over C&D (good to soft) and came home with a wet sail to go in again at Brighton last time (good to firm; under Connor Planas); remains on a competitive mark just 3lb higher; should give his running.

7/1

Form: 9-2276 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Fourth in this 12 months ago off 4lb higher; started this campaign with two good seconds (1m4f/1m6f) but has been tailed off the last twice on good and soft ground; now has more to prove than some of these.

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10th

4

(5)

1st Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

19:15 Kempton (AW)

Ravens Ark

9st 10lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Hughie Morrison

blindfold off late and dwelt start, towards rear

14/1

4th

4

(5)

1st Oct 2023

Good

1m 4f 6y

Class 4

15:25 Epsom

Ravens Ark

9st 9lb

J: Rose Dawes

T: Hughie Morrison

Fourth in this 12 months ago off 4lb higher; started this campaign with two good seconds (1m4f/1m6f) but has been tailed off the last twice on good and soft ground; now has more to prove than some of these.

9/1

6th

8

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:55 Goodwood

Ravens Ark

9st 4lb

J: James Doyle

T: Hughie Morrison

Three seconds and two thirds from his six runs at Goodwood; no win since May 2022 but good second at Ascot (1m4f) and Goodwood (1m6f; alongside Vaynor) in his first two appearances this season, before something seemed amiss at Newmarket six weeks ago; has a competitive mark if straight back to form and the cheekpieces (which received a positive initial response when fitted in the last two seasons) get their first airing this term.

13/2

Form: 016528

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Has won six times on turf and shown that he can deal with this sort of mark; inconsistency has crept into his game and, although he was second here two years ago, he's not beaten a rival on his last two visits (latterly 17 days ago); capable but risky.

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6th

2

(1)

29th Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

18:39 Windsor

The Whipmaster

9st 8lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Gary Moore

Acts on good to firm and good to soft; record of 3-7 at Windsor, the most recent win off 1lb higher last June; inconsistent otherwise in 2023 but is interesting back here on reappearance.

10/1

Form: -52146 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Won at Chester (1m4f, good) in July and never got the breaks when fourth at Ascot; faded disappointingly at Newbury last time but has the ability to bounce back.

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7th

12

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

16:40 Stratford

Scintillante

11st 1lb

J: David Noonan

T: Alastair Ralph

Fairly useful handicapper on Flat for Andrew Balding, winning twice over 1m4f (including last appearance); joined new connections for 30,000gns; possibilities provided his ability is transferred to hurdles.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 111212 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Typically progressive handicapper from this yard who is having a fine season; it was probably his career-high mark as opposed to the longer trip (1m6f) that resulted in him finding one too good at Wolverhampton the last time, but he's still entitled to go very well; has form on downhill tracks.

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3rd

4

(9)

31st Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Glenister

9st 13lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Toby Lawes

Scored five times, mostly on AW, for previous stable; placed over C&D last month on debut for new yard, beaten long way over 2m here since; may rebound, back down in distance.

16/1

12th

10

(12)

6th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 4

19:45 Kempton (AW)

Glenister

9st 8lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Toby Lawes

Major improver in 2023 with four wins (1m2f-12.4f) for Sir Mark Prescott, and he wasn't far off his best when third of 13 over 1m4f here on stable debut in December; shapes as if he'll stay this longer trip; respected.

10/1

3rd

1

(1)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

16:55 Kempton (AW)

Glenister

10st 0lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Toby Lawes

Major improver with four middle-distance wins for Sir Mark Prescott (three on AW) since June; tailed off at Epsom on final run for that trainer but was reported to have had an irregular heartbeat and he still looks feasibly treated on his penultimate form; changed hands for 20,000gns in October and needs watching in the market on stable debut.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £294.00
Straight Forecast £320.50
Trifecta £2047.00

Selections

NEWMARKET:

Forceful Speed

SPOTLIGHT:

Glenister

The Times:

Scintillante

TOPSPEED:

Dundory

POSTDATA:

The Whipmaster

RP RATINGS:

Ravens Ark

Daily Mirror:

Forceful Speed

The Star:

Forceful Speed

The Sun:

Scintillante

Telegraph:

Glenister

Daily Record:

Glenister

D Express:

Dundory