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15:30 Newcastle (AW)

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Boost Your Acca-Fenwa With BetUK Handicap

  • Prize money: £13189.68
  • 1m 2f 42y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Boost Your Acca-Fenwa With BetUK Handicap

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Tapeta

Weather: Light rain

11/10 (Won)

  • Win: £1.84
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 531

Last run: 37 days

W: 8st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Showed clear promise in his first two runs but, after a gelding operation, he found lots of improvement with his emphatic win at Wolverhampton (9.4f, AW) last month; that was in a small field but he looks on a good mark for this handicap debut and is open to more progress; leading contender.

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Distance / Class
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15

(15)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

To Catch A Thief

8st 8lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: William Haggas

Absent since a disappointing effort here (race won by Penzance) on New Year's Day when bidding to take AW record to 3-3; has progressive form otherwise and retains low mileage, so there's a good chance he will rebound; still of interest.

8/1

8th

6

(3)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

15:10 Newcastle (AW)

To Catch A Thief

8st 12lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Promise on turf in the first half of 2023 and he's returned from five months off (gelded during his absence) with two comfortable AW wins, latterly making all over C&D on his handicap debut last month; both those wins have seen him pick up well off a steady pace but there's no obvious reason why he won't prove just as effective in a truly run race; still has potential and a 6lb rise may not prevent the hat-trick.

5/2

1st

9

(6)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

15:30 Newcastle (AW)

To Catch A Thief

8st 6lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: William Haggas

made all, set steady pace

11/10

8/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 290797 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Group 2 winner over this trip on turf in 2022; runner-up in Lingfield Listed race (1m, AW) on his return in February but didn't have to be at his best to do so and he's finished down the field in five runs since; now returns to a handicap for the first time in over two years but he has something to prove and others are preferred.

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5th

8

(12)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Sir Busker

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: William Knight

held up in rear, not clear run over 2f out, headway inside final furlong, nearest finish

16/1

6th

2

(3)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sir Busker

9st 10lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: William Knight

took keen hold, in rear

9/1

4th

4

(1)

25th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 2

13:00 Southwell (AW)

Sir Busker

9st 4lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: William Knight

Group 2 winner in 2022; seemingly not quite at that level but has achieved smart RPRs when placed in 1m2f handicaps at Newcastle on his last two starts.

10/1

OUR TIP

9/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 972751 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

C&D winner who ended a 23-month losing run when landing the rerouted November Handicap here (1m4f) four weeks ago; that was a narrow success but he overcame trouble to justify support and is only 3lb higher here; respected back in trip.

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8th

14

(2)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Onesmoothoperator

8st 11lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Landed the rescheduled November Handicap here (off 4lb lower) in 2023 and has largely remained in decent form since; however, has a much poorer strike-rate than many of these opponents.

20/1

2nd

1

(9)

10th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 3

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Onesmoothoperator

10st 0lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

String of solid efforts over middle distances on Tapeta, including when winning the rearranged November Handicap off a 3lb lower mark at Newcastle last backend; nothing wrong with his latest second and he looks set to go well once more.

8/1

3rd

1

(6)

8th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 99y

Class 3

16:30 Newcastle (AW)

Onesmoothoperator

10st 0lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Two of his three wins have come here including a game success in the rescheduled November handicap over this trip (three of these behind); things haven't really panned out his way in two starts over 1m2f/2m back here since, but much respected down in grade.

6/1

14/1

Form: 215 C

Last run: 212 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Went very close on his Southwell debut in January before winning a 1m novice here in March; found things tough in a soft-ground Listed event at Chester (1m2f) in May but he's now back in calmer waters for this handicap debut and still has untapped potential; one to keep an eye on.

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12th

6

(4)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Afterwards

9st 7lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Ollie Pears

Won a C&D novice last March; only had two handicap runs but he'll need to raise his game if he's to come out on top in this field.

25/1

6th

2

(2)

5th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 4

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Afterwards

9st 10lb

J: David Nolan

T: Ollie Pears

Lightly raced 4yo who won a 1m novice at Newcastle on his second start last March; raced freely in a steadily run 1m2f handicap at Newcastle on his return from a seven-month break four weeks ago, tiring in the closing stages; can do better and this represents an ease in class.

8/1

4th

7

(7)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

15:30 Newcastle (AW)

Afterwards

8st 7lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ollie Pears

took keen hold, prominent, went second after 1f

14/1

5th
2 (9)
Felix

15/2

Form: 83-793 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Smart on AW in his prime; winless since January 2021 but he returned from nine months off with a creditable third in a Chelmsford handicap (1m2f, Polytrack) four weeks ago; did best of the closers in that tactical race and has claims if he can build on that.

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4

(5)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:22 Lingfield (AW)

Felix

9st 3lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Marco Botti

Three placed efforts from four starts since returning to action in November and he only went down narrowly to a thriving rival at Wolverhampton last month; fully effective under these conditions; should give his running.

7/1

2nd

2

(3)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 2

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Felix

9st 8lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Marco Botti

Not the force of old but he retains ability and his latest third over C&D came in a race that wasn't run to suit; no guarantee that this will be either and new headgear is now tried.

3/1

3rd

1

(7)

26th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 3

16:35 Wolverhampton (AW)

Felix

10st 1lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Marco Botti

Smart on AW in his prime; winless since January 2021 but he returned from nine months off with a creditable third in a Chelmsford handicap (1m2f, Polytrack) last month; less good at Newcastle 17 days ago but is at least dropping in class today.

6/1

10/1

Form: 014172

Last run: 71 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who won twice on turf this summer and he bumped into a major improver when runner-up at Newmarket (1m1f) in September; hard to rule out another good run after a short break but he looks weighted best and this is a step back up in grade.

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6th

8

(4)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 42y

Class 2

15:30 Newcastle (AW)

Island Bandit

8st 7lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Heather Main

took keen hold, prominent, in touch with leaders after 4f

10/1

2nd

4

(5)

29th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 0y

Class 3

17:55 Newmarket

Island Bandit

9st 7lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Heather Main

Fairly useful 1m handicapper; successful at Goodwood and Sandown this summer but was held off this career-high mark last time; bit to prove back up in trip and others may prove better treated.

20/1

33/1

Form: 503350 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 8st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Has 11 wins on his CV but his last AW success was three years ago and he finished last of 13 behind Onesmoothoperator here (1m4f) last month; needs to bounce back after that and this drop back in trip is not ideal.

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12th

9

(13)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 4

13:30 Lingfield (AW)

Furzig

9st 8lb

J: William Carver

T: Richard Fahey

Multiple winner who is now thoroughly exposed and it's been a while since he got his head in front; questionable what he acheived back on turf at Doncaster last weekend with the winner 11l ahead of him.

25/1

3rd

4

(2)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 3f 197y

Class 4

13:20 Doncaster

Furzig

10st 8lb

J: Mr Eireann Cagney

T: Richard Fahey

Well exposed 9yo who has proved inconsistent on AW since last turf appearance; not sure what to expect from him but current mark is workable; last success (in 2022) came off 3lb higher.

10/1

11

(8)

8th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 99y

Class 3

16:30 Newcastle (AW)

Furzig

9st 0lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Not getting any younger and losing run up to 13, but having fallen in the weights he performed much better when second of 11 behind Queen Of Ipanema at Southwell (1m3f, Tapeta) three weeks ago with three of these behind; 1lb higher, but holds each-way claims if able to back that up.

16/1

Form: 553640 C

Last run: 93 days

W: 9st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Record of 5-26 on AW and is on a dangerous mark in this sphere but he was tailed off at Wolverhampton (8.6f) when last seen in September; has something to prove after that major blip and he's managed just one win in the last two years.

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7th

4

(11)

21st Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:45 Chelmsford (AW)

United Front

9st 8lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Michael Appleby

Infrequent winner in recent times but he's well handicapped and returned to form with a close third in a higher grade at Kempton (1m); could do with a strong pace to target but he's one for the shortlist.

7/1

3rd

8

(4)

6th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:45 Kempton (AW)

United Front

9st 1lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Michael Appleby

prominent early, dropped to midfield after 1f

9/1

8th

1

(7)

30th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 4

17:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

United Front

10st 2lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Michael Appleby

Record of 5-27 on AW and is on a dangerous mark in this sphere but well beaten back on AW the last twice and he's managed just one win in the last two years.

12/1

12/1

Form: 622048

Last run: 24 days

W: 8st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Plenty of good runs this year including two runner-up efforts on turf in September but he didn't shine back on AW here (1m) last month; that took his record to 1-27 and others are more persuasive; new headgear.

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9th

12

(1)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:35 Chelmsford (AW)

Zozimus

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: David O’Meara

Favourably treated on his two runner-up finishes at around this trip on turf last September, but is now 1-30 and finished behind a couple of these at Newcastle (7f, Tapeta) last time.

9/1

10th

11

(9)

3rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Zozimus

8st 10lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: David O’Meara

Has a chance on last year's turf best and lots went wrong for him over C&D four weeks ago, eventually running on to be beaten under 4l; poor strike-rate but the ability is there should this set up favourably.

8/1

7th

8

(8)

4th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Zozimus

9st 2lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: David O’Meara

Tailed off in a new hood and cheekpieces combination here two months ago and he has becoming frustrating with a strike-rate of 1-28.

20/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

To Catch A Thief

POSTDATA:

Zozimus

TOPSPEED:

Afterwards

LAMBOURN:

Island Bandit

The Star:

Onesmoothoperator

RP RATINGS:

To Catch A Thief

NEWMARKET:

To Catch A Thief

The Times:

To Catch A Thief

Telegraph:

To Catch A Thief

Daily Mail:

To Catch A Thief

D Express:

To Catch A Thief

Daily Mirror:

To Catch A Thief

The Sun:

To Catch A Thief

Daily Record:

To Catch A Thief

The Guardian:

Zozimus