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Copper Knight – Winning Most Horse At York Handicap

  • Prize money: £10800
  • 0m 5f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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Copper Knight – Winning Most Horse At York Handicap

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 454522 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Successful return over 6f (soft) but better form in first two 5f handicaps, chasing home Looking For Lynda over C&D (good) then again finding plenty when close second of 19 here since (good to soft) despite getting a knock inside the final furlong; up 2lb but solid chance with rain welcomed.

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3rd

5

(2)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:15 Pontefract

Wen Moon

9st 1lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Ben Haslam

Can hang left under pressure; returned to win the 6f handicap on this card 12 months ago (soft); even better later in the season when second to both Looking For Lynda and Vintage Clarets in big-field 5f handicaps at York before bagging one there in October; below best in his last run but that's forgiven; might well have more to offer as a 4yo.

9/2

7th

2

(11)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Catterick

Wen Moon

9st 5lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Ben Haslam

Runner-up twice in a row in big fields at York (5f, good/good to soft) before winning there (5f, soft) last Friday; he's up 6lb for last time but this 3yo is clearly thriving and could still have more to offer.

3/1

1st

6

(8)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:00 York

Wen Moon

8st 12lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Ben Haslam

Successful return over 6f (soft) but better form in first two 5f handicaps, chasing home Looking For Lynda over C&D (good) then again finding plenty when close second of 19 here since (good to soft) despite getting a knock inside the final furlong; up 2lb but solid chance with rain welcomed.

8/1

7/1

  • Place: £6.80

Form: 655893 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 11lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Hasn't won in Britain since 2021 but some useful efforts in 2023, including here; needs things to go better at the start than they sometimes do if he's to play a part.

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6th

3

(1)

18th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 8y

Class 3

16:50 Nottingham

Nomadic Empire

9st 6lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Defied higher marks twice on home soil in 2021 and won in Bahrain last December; 0-12 this year but posted encouraging efforts the last twice, latest when 1l second at York (soft) last Friday; could well go one better.

5/2

2nd

9

(14)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:00 York

Nomadic Empire

8st 11lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Hasn't won in Britain since 2021 but some useful efforts in 2023, including here; needs things to go better at the start than they sometimes do if he's to play a part.

7/1

3rd

6

(4)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:25 Thirsk

Nomadic Empire

9st 1lb

J: Mark Winn

T: David O’Meara

Has drawn a blank this season but he retains a good chunk of ability, running well at Haydock in June off a 5lb higher mark and beaten under 4l in a hot York sprint latest; capable of a big run but slow starts have been a feature the last twice and that sounds a note of caution.

8/1

16/1

  • Place: £4.80

Form: 832147 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 8st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Effective at 5f but all five wins since returning from a break in December have come at 6f and he has ground to make up on Alligator Alley and Copper Knight on their run over slightly further here in August; off since.

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4th

7

(6)

1st Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Kempton (AW)

Shalaa Asker

9st 4lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

Good record on AW, winning six times from 24 attempts (placed on a further seven occasions); not far off his best in two runs last autumn and only 1lb higher than for his turf win at Pontefract last summer; has won after a break in the past; not discounted.

12/1

6th

6

(6)

11th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Shalaa Asker

9st 7lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

in touch with leaders

6/1

25/1

Form: 360168 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

All handicaps at 5f, doing best work late on to win going away at Catterick in August (good); poorly drawn at Chester next time but this sharp 5f looked hard work for him since; capable of better but perhaps elsewhere.

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6th

1

(3)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Dickieburd

9st 9lb

J: Sam James

T: Craig Lidster

Reportedly lost his action when tailed off over 7f at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day; prior to that he'd run well in a Class 2 event over C&D and he's the type to bounce back to form quickly.

6/1

8th

7

(7)

26th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

16:05 Wolverhampton (AW)

Dickieburd

8st 4lb

J: Jimmy Quinn

T: Craig Lidster

prominent, weakened over 1f out

12/1

2nd

6

(1)

16th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Newcastle (AW)

Dickieburd

8st 4lb

J: Jimmy Quinn

T: Craig Lidster

led, went clear over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

10/1

6/1

Form: 761971 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Often leads and ran fast for a long way in the 6f Ayr Silver Cup before winning his third 5f race of 2023 at Haydock recently (soft; acts on all surfaces); well held in his one run here but bang there in current form.

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7th

4

(5)

23rd Nov 2023

Standard

0m 5f 21y

Class 3

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Never Dark

9st 4lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Iain Jardine

2-2 over C&D; had a good summer, winning 5f handicaps at Hamilton and Haydock (impressed on second occasion), and he's a strong contender back under these conditions.

3/1

9th

7

(7)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Catterick

Never Dark

8st 13lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Iain Jardine

Ran well until stamina evaporated in the Ayr Silver Cup (6f, good to soft) then made all at Haydock (5f, soft); below par behind Wen Moon at York (5f, soft) last Friday but not ruled out in view of previous good form.

7/1

5th

8

(4)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:00 York

Never Dark

8st 12lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Iain Jardine

Often leads and ran fast for a long way in the 6f Ayr Silver Cup before winning his third 5f race of 2023 at Haydock recently (soft; acts on all surfaces); well held in his one run here but bang there in current form.

6/1

9/1

Form: 113950 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 8st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Races prominently; has a tremendous record here, winning for the seventh time in July (good to soft; also won on good and soft); fine effort when a close fifth in a stronger race than this over the extended 5f here in August and he looks sure to go well in this race named after him, which he won in 2018 (eighth and seventh in two subsequent attempts).

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6th

10

(6)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:20 Doncaster

Copper Knight

8st 4lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Dead-heated in this race in 2021 (soft) and he's well treated on this season's best form; his fifth behind Vintage Clarets at Catterick (5f, heavy) last Saturday was a step back in the right direction but this 9yo needs another today if he's to come out on top.

12/1

5th

8

(8)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Catterick

Copper Knight

8st 10lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

9yo who has been inconsistent this year and hasn't been at the top of his game the last twice, but he's on a competitive mark on this season's best form and he's at home in testing conditions; not discounted.

10/1

6th

10

(10)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:00 York

Copper Knight

8st 10lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Races prominently; has a tremendous record here, winning for the seventh time in July (good to soft; also won on good and soft); fine effort when a close fifth in a stronger race than this over the extended 5f here in August and he looks sure to go well in this race named after him, which he won in 2018 (eighth and seventh in two subsequent attempts).

9/1

13/2

Form: 734812 CD

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who is well suited by this easy 5f and always looked like retaining his lead against Wen Moon (who came from off the pace and had to be switched) here in September; stiff task but still ran creditably in a conditions stakes at Beverley since (5f, soft); major factor back here.

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6th

6

(4)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:15 Pontefract

Looking For Lynda

8st 13lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

Front-runner who can live with his current mark but whether a stiff 5f suits is questionable and especially under these conditions (seems to prefer them quicker).

7/1

7th

4

(9)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:00 York

Looking For Lynda

9st 2lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

Front-runner who is well suited by this easy 5f and always looked like retaining his lead against Wen Moon (who came from off the pace and had to be switched) here in September; stiff task but still ran creditably in a conditions stakes at Beverley since (5f, soft); major factor back here.

13/2

Form: 553522 D BF

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Weights chance with Never Dark on their Hamilton form in August and he should again go well in this race, having been second in 2019 (soft) and third last year (good to soft; off 10lb higher).

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10th

11

(7)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:20 Doncaster

Count Dorsay

8st 4lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Tim Easterby

Back to form when third to Vintage Clarets at Catterick (5f, heavy) last Saturday, when hampered by the winner inside the final furlong; 4lb out of the handicap here, which makes things tougher, but he's not ruled out.

9/1

3rd

10

(3)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Catterick

Count Dorsay

8st 5lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Failed to fire at York last Friday but runner-up twice in a row prior to that (5f, heavy); has contested the last four runnings of this race, with form figures of 1265, and he was first of seven in the far-side group 12 months ago; can be in the shake-up if bouncing back from last time.

11/1

8th

14

(5)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:00 York

Count Dorsay

8st 5lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Weights chance with Never Dark on their Hamilton form in August and he should again go well in this race, having been second in 2019 (soft) and third last year (good to soft; off 10lb higher).

10/1

Form: 051191 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Brought along patiently and has won three of her last four starts, all over 5f (good to firm, soft and good to soft); found out when upped in grade over C&D two starts ago though and this looks even more competitive.

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3rd

3

(5)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Thirsk

Thunder Star

9st 8lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jessica Macey

Had a good summer last year, winning three 5f handicaps (good to firm, good to soft and soft); below her best at York when last seen in October; career best needed on this return to action.

10/1

9th

13

(6)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:00 York

Thunder Star

8st 9lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jessica Macey

Brought along patiently and has won three of her last four starts, all over 5f (good to firm, soft and good to soft); found out when upped in grade over C&D two starts ago though and this looks even more competitive.

10/1

1st

7

(4)

19th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 42y

Class 4

17:45 Yarmouth

Thunder Star

9st 7lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jessica Macey

A two-time scorer this summer, including over C&D, and he wasn't discredited from 3lb out of the handicap when ninth at York (5f) 27 days ago; possibilities.

10/1

8/1

Form: 631201 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 8st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Has won on soft, so that ground shouldn't have held him back two starts ago when remote at Doncaster; has won two of his other recent starts, though, over 6f at Redcar (good to firm) and 5f at Ripon (good) 13 days ago; more to prove up in the weights and grade.

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3rd

5

(8)

23rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Newcastle (AW)

Strong Johnson

9st 4lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Paul Midgley

in touch with leaders

8/1

6th

4

(5)

7th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 5f 21y

Class 3

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Strong Johnson

9st 6lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Paul Midgley

Won at Newcastle (5f) in November and has run some more good races on Tapeta since, finishing second over this C&D and also at Southwell last time (dead-heated; no match for thriving winner); could be thereabouts.

6/1

2nd

3

(8)

29th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 4f 214y

Class 4

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Strong Johnson

9st 7lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Paul Midgley

led

12/1

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16/1

Form: -13050 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Has course form and he's in the picture on 5f win at Doncaster in June (good to firm) but has needed some excuses since and good to soft ground was no good to him over C&D 20 days ago; work to do on balance.

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11th

2

(3)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:00 York

Bond Chairman

9st 9lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Bryan Smart

Has course form and he's in the picture on 5f win at Doncaster in June (good to firm) but has needed some excuses since and good to soft ground was no good to him over C&D 20 days ago; work to do on balance.

16/1

19th

3

(20)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:20 York

Bond Chairman

9st 10lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Bryan Smart

Made a successful return from nine months off at Doncaster (5f, good to firm) in June and ran well when third behind Intrinsic Bond at Ascot (5f, good) next time; not disgraced in a Beverley Listed contest (5f, good) three weeks ago, but drying ground preferable with his best form coming on good/good to firm.

16/1

5th

2

(4)

2nd Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Beverley

Bond Chairman

9st 4lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Bryan Smart

led, faced challenge 2f out, headed over 1f out

10/1

14/1

Form: -37000 C

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Hasn't won over 5f since 2020 but a multiple winner over the extended 5f and 6f on this course; not far off his best form in first two starts this year, on soft and good ground, but some way from cracking it in three runs since he was back in August from a break; something to prove.

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13th

5

(10)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

15:05 Doncaster

Dakota Gold

9st 6lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Group class in his pomp; made a bright start to 2023 before his form tailed off in late summer/autumn; conditions won't be an issue on his return and starts the campaign off a lowly mark; well into the veteran stage but a big run would come as no surprise.

12/1

12th

3

(7)

13th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

17:00 York

Dakota Gold

9st 8lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Hasn't won over 5f since 2020 but a multiple winner over the extended 5f and 6f on this course; not far off his best form in first two starts this year, on soft and good ground, but some way from cracking it in three runs since he was back in August from a break; something to prove.

14/1

10th

1

(12)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ripon

Dakota Gold

9st 12lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

raced near side

12/1

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Non-runners

Alligator Alley, Bergerac

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Payout
Exacta £897.00
Straight Forecast £629.10
Tricast £7866.70
Trifecta £9973.00

Selections

The Times:

Looking For Lynda

TOPSPEED:

Dakota Gold

SPOTLIGHT:

Wen Moon

The Guardian:

Never Dark

RP RATINGS:

Alligator Alley

Daily Mail:

Copper Knight

Telegraph:

Wen Moon

D Express:

Looking For Lynda

Daily Record:

Looking For Lynda

The Sun:

Never Dark

POSTDATA:

Alligator Alley

Daily Mirror:

Dakota Gold

The Star:

Dakota Gold