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19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

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  • 1m 4f 51y
  • Class 2
  • 6 runners
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Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Tapeta

Weather: Light rain

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7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 3946-2 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Triple Group 3 winner; has done the majority of his racing on turf but he wasn't far off his best when runner-up in a similar race at Kempton (1m4f, Polytrack) three weeks ago; on same mark here and he's respected on this switch to Tapeta.

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8th

1

(12)

29th Mar 2024

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2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Max Vega

9st 12lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Dual Group 3 winner at 1m4f on turf; opened his AW account in handicap over that trip at Wolverhampton (off just 2lb lower) six weeks ago; has the ability to remain competitive, provided he's as effective back at 2m (third attempt).

6/1

1st

1

(1)

17th Feb 2024

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1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Max Vega

10st 1lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

raced in third, pushed along 2f out, ridden against rail over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well final 110yds

7/2

2nd

2

(3)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 2

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Max Vega

10st 1lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

in touch with leaders

8/1

9/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 123-42 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 8st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Won two in a row on AW in November (1m6f/2m) and he's reached the frame on Tapeta in his last four starts; still looks on a workable mark but this is a big step back up in grade and his tactical speed will be tested back at this trip.

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7th

10

(12)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Aqwaam

9st 6lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Ian Williams

Has had a very solid last 12 months or so and reached new heights during a pretty busy AW campaign since October, including at 2m over which he was produced late on to take a quite valuable handicap in tidy style at Lingfield (Polytrack; unraced here) eight days ago; up another 4lb but going great guns.

9/1

1st

3

(9)

29th Mar 2024

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1m 7f 169y

Class 3

15:15 Lingfield (AW)

Aqwaam

9st 10lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Ian Williams

Won at Chelmsford (1m6f, Polytrack) and Newcastle (2m, Tapeta) in November and he's held his form well since, including a close second over 1m4f at Wolverhampton (Class 2) last month; didn't get much luck before finishing well in that race and he looks interesting back up in trip and down in grade.

5/1

Form: 559/73

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Horse

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Smart earlier in his career (including Listed placed); his last win was in 2020 but he's had only eight runs since then and was a rallying third off a falling mark at Kempton last month; finished just behind Max Vega in that race and he's not ruled out.

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3rd

3

(4)

17th Feb 2024

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1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

West End Charmer

9st 7lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Charlie Johnston

led, set steady pace

7/1

3rd

5

(1)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 2

19:30 Kempton (AW)

West End Charmer

9st 8lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Charlie Johnston

Smart earlier in his career (including Listed placed); met trouble at a crucial stage when seventh (Teumessias Fox fifth) of 13 in 1m2f Newcastle handicap on his recent AW debut after another long absence, showing enough to suggest a good chunk of his ability remains; fine at 1m4f; no surprise were he to go well.

8/1

7th

2

(10)

1st Jan 2024

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1m 2f 42y

Class 2

15:10 Newcastle (AW)

West End Charmer

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Charlie Johnston

Smart middle-distance handicapper in his youth; the handicapper was in charge when last seen, however, and he's only been dropped 6lb after a 524-day absence.

33/1

Form: 6552-1 CD

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

All five wins have come on Tapeta and latest was a brave success at Southwell (1m4f) last month; 3lb higher on this step up in grade but he beat a subsequent winner last time and he seems as good as ever.

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4th

3

(1)

16th Mar 2024

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1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nolton Cross

8st 13lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Hugo Palmer

Little room for manoeuvre off this mark and looked to have no excuses at Southwell last weekend having been backed into favouritism; is more likely than most to give his running but will need a career-best to win.

7/2

6th

2

(2)

10th Mar 2024

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1m 4f 14y

Class 3

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Nolton Cross

10st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Hugo Palmer

Made it 2-2 over C&D when narrowly beating Haku off 3lb lower early in the year; little room for manoeuvre off this mark but there was nothing wrong with his latest effort and he should go well again under Oisin Murphy.

8/1

4th

4

(3)

17th Feb 2024

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1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Nolton Cross

9st 1lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Hugo Palmer

raced in fourth

5/1

Form: 17411- CD

Last run: 70 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Progressive son of Galileo who made it 2-2 on AW when completing a double under positive tactics in a C&D handicap (Class 2) in December; up another 3lb but that latest form has been boosted by the third since and he could continue on the upgrade; big player.

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5th

8

(1)

29th Mar 2024

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2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Vaguely Royal

8st 8lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: John & Thady Gosden

Three wins at about 1m4f last year; ran well in first-time cheekpieces and upped to 2m in the Marathon Trial at Lingfield most recently, finishing clear third behind Spartan Army and Prydwen; likely player in the retained headgear.

7/1

3rd

9

(14)

1st Mar 2024

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1m 7f 169y

Class 2

15:47 Lingfield (AW)

Vaguely Royal

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: John & Thady Gosden

Disappointing favourite at Wolverhampton two weeks ago when bidding for a 1m4f AW hat-trick (raced on turf previously); however, may rebound provided he takes well to first-time headgear and stays this new trip; by no means fully exposed yet.

7/2

5th

5

(6)

17th Feb 2024

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1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Vaguely Royal

8st 13lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

raced in second

9/4

Form: 14111-

Last run: 338 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Has thrived for Mick Appleby on AW since last December, winning seven times (1m/1m2f) including at Newcastle (twice) and Chelmsford in his final three runs last spring; returns after 338 days off but he still looks feasibly treated and has shaped as though this new trip should be within range; needs a close look.

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14th

10

(14)

29th Mar 2024

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1m 0f 5y

Class 2

16:40 Newcastle (AW)

Zealot

8st 8lb

J: David Egan

T: Michael Appleby

Did extremely well in the winter of 2022-23, winning seven times; form has dipped sharply this year, following a layoff, and still needs to prove he retains all of his ability; opposed.

33/1

11th

4

(6)

9th Mar 2024

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1m 0f 142y

Class 2

15:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Zealot

9st 3lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Michael Appleby

dwelt start, soon in touch with leaders

20/1

10th

3

(10)

1st Mar 2024

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1m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:22 Lingfield (AW)

Zealot

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Michael Appleby

A major success story for connections last winter, winning seven times and rising 40lb up the handicap; low-key return from an 11-month absence at Wolverhampton 13 days ago and not easily recommended on the back of that, even with Oisin Murphy booked.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £322.00
Straight Forecast £333.90
Trifecta £1000.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Vaguely Royal

TOPSPEED:

Nolton Cross

Telegraph:

Zealot

The Guardian:

West End Charmer

RP RATINGS:

Vaguely Royal

NEWMARKET:

Vaguely Royal

The Times:

Vaguely Royal

Daily Mail:

Vaguely Royal

D Express:

Vaguely Royal

The Sun:

Vaguely Royal

The Star:

Vaguely Royal

Daily Record:

Vaguely Royal

POSTDATA:

Nolton Cross

Daily Mirror:

Nolton Cross