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Illuminate Christmas Ball Handicap

  • Prize money: £6621
  • 0m 7f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Illuminate Christmas Ball Handicap

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Polytrack

Weather: Mostly sunny

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 254161 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 12lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Won two of her last three starts, nothing going right behind Okami at Lingfield two starts ago but quite impressive at Kempton since (7f) when despite pulling hard for most of the way she found plenty to beat in-form rivals; 6lb rise not beyond her if race pans out from the rail draw.

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

1st

5

(7)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

15:00 Newcastle (AW)

Cloud Cover

9st 1lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: James Tate

took keen hold, held up in rear, not clear run repeatedly from over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, smooth headway and led inside final 110yds, pushed out, readily

7/1

5th

2

(2)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 1y

Class 2

14:02 Lingfield (AW)

Cloud Cover

9st 9lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: James Tate

The winner of four of her six runs in handicap company, most recently when toying with three rivals at Kempton in January (7f); won in a canter there despite taking a strong hold in the early part of the race but a 7lb rise against deeper opposition will demand another step forward.

7/4

1st

2

(4)

22nd Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

15:00 Kempton (AW)

Cloud Cover

9st 6lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: James Tate

ducked left start, took keen hold, in touch with leaders, joined leader and going easily 1f out, led final 110yds, eased towards finish, cosily

5/4

20/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: 307090 CD

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Latest AW win was over C&D in June 2022; was running well here in the spring but treading water on turf and the AW since and no better for refitting cheekpieces last time; others higher up the list.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
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Verdict Starting price

11th

9

(3)

13th Apr 2024

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0m 7f 0y

Class 3

11:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Sir Oliver

9st 1lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Chris Dwyer

took keen hold, midfield

25/1

10th

12

(7)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 1y

Class 3

15:50 Lingfield (AW)

Sir Oliver

9st 2lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Chris Dwyer

7f win here in November (beat How Impressive) came off 2lb lower and was backed up by the Topspeed figure; perhaps needed the run when eighth at Wolverhampton three weeks ago and he's 4lb lower than when going down narrowly in this race 12 months ago; not without hope.

16/1

8th

10

(7)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 3

17:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sir Oliver

9st 2lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: Chris Dwyer

Got up late to win a 7f handicap at Lingfield in November and ran creditably at Chelmsford nine days later; has won over C&D in the past but others appeal more today.

10/1

3rd
7 (11)
Riot

7/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 144555 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Two 7f wins on the AW, the latest off today's mark here in May; has been running well on turf this autumn and not ruled out from a handicapping point of view.

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10th

11

(16)

13th Apr 2024

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0m 7f 0y

Class 3

11:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Riot

9st 0lb

J: Mark Winn

T: David O’Meara

switched left soon after start

20/1

4th

3

(10)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:35 Chelmsford (AW)

Riot

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Hold-up performer who ran well when a close third of nine over the easy 1m at Lingfield last month, but all five wins (including three here) have come over 7f; others more persuasive.

10/1

8th

10

(8)

3rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Riot

8st 11lb

J: Mark Winn

T: David O’Meara

In good form at the end of 2023, winning two 7f handicaps at Chelmsford; twice placed last month, including C&D, and should run his race.

12/1

4th
1 (7)
GDaay

12/1

Form: 521326 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Below best in two most recent course starts but rarely let his supporters down in C&D handicaps in the 12 months leading up to last November, winning three; back on most recent winning mark here but this is competitive.

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3rd

4

(11)

16th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

18:00 Chelmsford (AW)

GDaay

9st 9lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Joseph Parr

led

13/2

4th

1

(7)

14th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

GDaay

10st 2lb

J: Dylan Hogan

T: Joseph Parr

Below best in two most recent course starts but rarely let his supporters down in C&D handicaps in the 12 months leading up to last November, winning three; back on most recent winning mark here but this is competitive.

12/1

6

(6)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 1y

Class 4

16:20 Chester

GDaay

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Joseph Parr

Both turf wins at 7f on good to firm; has handled good to soft but wouldn't want it any softer and has more to do than when given an enterprising ride at Epsom in July.

10/1

Form: 211425 CD BF

Last run: 50 days

W: 9st 12lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Looked promising when winning C&D novice in May and again back in a handicap at Doncaster in June; progress has rather stalled since but the return to 7f can suit and she may yet do better on Polytrack.

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Verdict Starting price

5th

4

(2)

15th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton (AW)

American Belle

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

Disappointed over 1m on penultimate start but otherwise it's been a solid campaign at 7f, including wins in May/June; acts on Polytrack; concern is that handicapper has caught up with her.

7/1

5th

9

(5)

14th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

American Belle

9st 12lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

Looked promising when winning C&D novice in May and again back in a handicap at Doncaster in June; progress has rather stalled since but the return to 7f can suit and she may yet do better on Polytrack.

7/1

5th

1

(5)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:40 Goodwood

American Belle

9st 11lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: James Fanshawe

took keen hold, led narrowly, headed but prominent after 2f

2/1

Form: 858838 C BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Winning 1m2f debut here; good start for this yard over 7f on Newcastle AW in February but hasn't gone on and failed to shine back over that C&D latest; risky with first-time tongue-tie replacing a hood.

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9th

7

(6)

21st Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 5

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Lions Dream

9st 9lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Michael Appleby

Expensive to follow since joining this stable; there has been the odd promising effort but another new combination of accessories are now tried and there are risks attached.

6/1

6th

12

(3)

14th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Lions Dream

9st 0lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Michael Appleby

led narrowly

16/1

8th

11

(10)

2nd Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Lions Dream

9st 7lb

J: Frederick Larson

T: Michael Appleby

pulled hard, towards rear

7/1

Form: 324660 D

Last run: 189 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

AW wins have come elsewhere and although tight with G'Daay on C&D form last November she ended her latest campaign with a tailed-off run on turf in April; no surprise if this is too big an ask back from a break.

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9th

7

(1)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 1y

Class 2

14:02 Lingfield (AW)

Jilly Cooper

8st 11lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: James Owen

Four wins for the Johnstons, including C&D, and she ran well over 1m here on her final start for that yard in November; down the field in two runs for Philip Makin this winter; sold for 12,000gns last month; latest new yard quick to try headgear.

12/1

6th

5

(3)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

16:15 Newcastle (AW)

Jilly Cooper

8st 6lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Phillip Makin

Triple 7f AW winner for previous yard; outstayed over 8.5f at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day when making debut for new stable; on a handy mark and has possibilities returned to her optimum distance.

14/1

5th

7

(6)

26th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 3

16:35 Wolverhampton (AW)

Jilly Cooper

8st 12lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Phillip Makin

The winner of four races when trained by the Johnstons, two here over 7f; close second at Lingfield last month (1m) after which she changed hands for 16,000gns; stamina for this trip has to be taken on trust but it's a move that looks well worth exploring.

10/1

8th
10 (12)
Okami

11/4

Form: 931511 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Has won three of his last four starts, over 6f here and 7f at Kempton and Lingfield; has scraped home each time but would have won by further at the latter track if he hadn't needed to be switched late on; up 4lb and drawn widest but every chance he can continue on the upgrade.

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13th

9

(8)

7th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Okami

9st 6lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Laura Mongan

led

16/1

10th

7

(8)

7th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 1y

Class 4

14:22 Lingfield (AW)

Okami

9st 9lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Laura Mongan

Three narrow wins on Polytrack for Roger Varian between July and September, including over C&D; didn't enjoy a smooth passage when behind three of these at Chelmsford (7f, Polytrack) last month, since when he has changed hands for 17,000gns; needs to get back on track.

6/1

8th

10

(12)

14th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Okami

9st 10lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Roger Varian

Has won three of his last four starts, over 6f here and 7f at Kempton and Lingfield; has scraped home each time but would have won by further at the latter track if he hadn't needed to be switched late on; up 4lb and drawn widest but every chance he can continue on the upgrade.

11/4

6/1

Form: 135 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 13lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Ready winner of 7f debut at Leicester (soft); no extra under a penalty on good ground next time and stepping up to 1m seemed to find him out on handicap debut at Newbury (heavy); interesting he switches to Polytrack rather than look for a soft-ground turf race at 7f; has some potential.

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9th

6

(6)

14th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Welleef

9st 13lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Owen Burrows

Ready winner of 7f debut at Leicester (soft); no extra under a penalty on good ground next time and stepping up to 1m seemed to find him out on handicap debut at Newbury (heavy); interesting he switches to Polytrack rather than look for a soft-ground turf race at 7f; has some potential.

6/1

5th

4

(4)

23rd Sep 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Newbury

Welleef

9st 6lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Owen Burrows

in touch with leaders, pressed leaders over 2f out

7/2

3rd

1

(4)

17th Aug 2023

Good

0m 6f 213y

Class 5

15:10 Salisbury

Welleef

9st 11lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Owen Burrows

11-8 favourite for 15-runner novice at Leicester (7f, soft) on debut 15 days ago and the confidence was not misplaced, as he led 2f out and won comfortably from Crown Dreams; penalised but could be set for a good deal better.

11/10

Form: 134513 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Has C&D form but four most recent AW runs have been on Tapeta, best of them a good third in a Racing League 7f race at Southwell latest; new 4lb higher mark to cope with but may come on again.

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10th

11

(9)

14th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Imperial Dream

9st 8lb

J: Morgan Cole

T: Sir Mark Prescott Bt

Has C&D form but four most recent AW runs have been on Tapeta, best of them a good third in a Racing League 7f race at Southwell latest; new 4lb higher mark to cope with but may come on again.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 177449 CD

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Multiple wins include one over C&D (from two attempts; close second in the other); fair efforts on latest two turf starts and although she never showed up at Kempton recently she can't be ruled out back here.

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11th

3

(4)

14th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Priscillas Wish

10st 0lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Philip McBride

Multiple wins include one over C&D (from two attempts; close second in the other); fair efforts on latest two turf starts and although she never showed up at Kempton recently she can't be ruled out back here.

25/1

9th

2

(7)

27th Sep 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Priscillas Wish

9st 13lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: Philip McBride

Added two more to her tally this year, over 7f at Chelmsford on the AW and back over 6f at Yarmouth; hasn't run badly at all the last twice and could easily be involved.

10/1

4th

7

(4)

15th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Sandown

Priscillas Wish

8st 8lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: Philip McBride

Won five on the bounce at Yarmouth last season and this year has bagged two more, over 7f on the AW and 6f back at Yarmouth; didn't run at all badly last time at Newmarket, a track that hadn't seen her to best effect on previous visits; hard to rule out.

9/1

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Straight Forecast £532.10
Tricast £5965.90
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Cloud Cover

The Guardian:

Riot

The Times:

American Belle

Telegraph:

Okami

LAMBOURN:

Welleef

RP RATINGS:

Cloud Cover

The Star:

Cloud Cover

Daily Record:

Cloud Cover

Daily Mirror:

American Belle

D Express:

Riot

The Sun:

Riot