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BetMGM: It’s Showtime Handicap

  • Prize money: £5757.4
  • 0m 7f 14y
  • Class 6
  • 12 runners
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BetMGM: It’s Showtime Handicap

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Tapeta

Weather: Light rain

25/1 (Won)

  • Win: £30.20
  • Place: £6.50

Form: 575-57

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

Sole win in 17 starts came on turf in May 2022; seemed to find 6f too sharp here last time, but he has finished out of the frame in all eight starts on the AW so he makes little appeal.

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6th

8

(8)

31st Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

17:00 Southwell (AW)

Billy McGarry

9st 5lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Herrington

Recorded a 28-1 win at Newcastle (off 2lb lower) last month; failed to back up that form in two classified events since and remains an unreliable sort; others preferred.

20/1

8th

3

(2)

22nd Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

20:15 Newcastle (AW)

Billy McGarry

9st 2lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Herrington

Recorded a 28-1 success in C&D handicap last month; posted a duck egg in classified event here since and remains an unreliable sort; tongue-tie replaces usual headgear.

10/1

2

(2)

7th Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Billy McGarry

9st 9lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Herrington

Doubled his winning tally when just getting the better of Brother Dave in a handicap over C&D 16 days ago with another three of these further behind; should go well again.

4/1

33/1

  • Place: £5.90

Form: 065-40

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

Ten-race maiden who ran well on a couple of occasions over 7f on the AW before finishing tailed off behind Inexplicable at Wolverhampton (8.6f, Tapeta) last month; return to this trip may help, but far from solid.

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6th

9

(4)

16th Apr 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

Brother Dave

9st 3lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Took him 13 attempts to get off the mark, but now bids for a hat-trick off 4lb higher after two wins at Southwell (7f, Tapeta); no problem with the return to these conditions and high on the list in his current mood.

5/1

1st

6

(6)

31st Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

17:00 Southwell (AW)

Brother Dave

9st 7lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

Currently in a consistent vein of form and opened his account in C&D classified event last time, beating Written Broadcast (declared 4:25); may well build on that success; respected.

11/4

1st

3

(8)

16th Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

18:15 Southwell (AW)

Brother Dave

9st 9lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Ruth Carr

reared in stalls before start, took keen hold, held up in rear

15/2

3/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 333452

Last run: 5 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 52

Form & Verdict

0-19, but proving consistent and came as close as she ever has to winning when beaten a neck off this mark at Southwell (7f, Tapeta) last Thursday; in the frame in both previous starts over C&D and a major player.

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3rd

2

(10)

20th Feb 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

20:30 Newcastle (AW)

Sparkling Spirit

9st 9lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

midfield on near side of group

3/1

10

15th Feb 2024

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0m 6f 16y

Class 6

16:22 Southwell (AW)

Sparkling Spirit

9st 4lb

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

2nd

11

15th Feb 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

15:12 Southwell (AW)

Sparkling Spirit

9st 3lb

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway towards near side over 1f out, pressed winner inside final 110yds, kept on

11/4

Form: 278-95 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 48

Form & Verdict

Three-time Tapeta winner over this trip at Southwell and Wolverhampton, but placed just once in five visits here and not at his best of late; others preferred.

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8

(1)

8th Apr 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

16:50 Newcastle (AW)

Written Broadcast

9st 2lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Ollie Pears

took keen hold, held up in rear

10/1

8th

9

(11)

31st Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

16:25 Southwell (AW)

Written Broadcast

9st 5lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Ollie Pears

Similar type to Kodebreaker, being 8lb below last winning mark; close second in C&D classified event most recently, producing his best effort this year; looks poised to go one better.

13/2

2nd

12

(5)

16th Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

18:15 Southwell (AW)

Written Broadcast

9st 9lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Ollie Pears

steadied start, held up in rear

9/1

Form: 585-89 CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 52

Form & Verdict

Made all to win a C&D novice with ease on stable debut at the end of 2022, but out of the frame in all eight starts since despite a plummeting mark; best watched for now.

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3rd

3

(1)

31st Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

16:25 Southwell (AW)

Drakeholes

9st 10lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Alison Hamilton

Has an unconvincing record in handicaps but looks poised to do better, having comfortably justified favouritism in classified event at Newcastle (7f) nine days ago; possibilities on the back of that win.

11/2

1st

6

(9)

22nd Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

20:15 Newcastle (AW)

Drakeholes

9st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Alison Hamilton

Recorded his novice success over C&D; has generally come up short in handicaps but fared better switched to classified level here two weeks ago, finishing a close second; leading contender.

5/2

7

(6)

7th Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Drakeholes

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: Alison Hamilton

Easily landed a C&D novice on stable debut at the end of 2022, but has finished out of the frame in all nine starts since, including when behind three of these over C&D last month despite enjoying the run of the race; drops in grade but opposed.

7/1

Form: 45-141 CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 51

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who had been racing over much further, but no problem with the drop in trip when winning a handicap (1m) and a 0-50 classified event (7f) here last month; may not face much pressure for the early lead and could take some passing.

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4th

4

(1)

31st Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

17:00 Southwell (AW)

Marcello Si

9st 8lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Late-bloomer who has scored twice at Newcastle this year (maiden previously); creditable second there (7f) last time, without proving a match for subsequent scorer; likely player off same mark.

4/1

2nd

5

(8)

12th Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

17:40 Newcastle (AW)

Marcello Si

9st 5lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Michael Dods

prominent

5/2

6th

4

(5)

20th Feb 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

20:30 Newcastle (AW)

Marcello Si

9st 8lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Michael Dods

blindfold off late and slowly away, soon recovered and midfield in centre of group

7/2

Form: 00-633

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 47

Form & Verdict

Losing run up to 35, but he ran well to finish third of ten behind a triple subsequent winner over C&D last month, while with any luck he might have won when third behind a couple of these back here three days later; shortlisted.

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7th

11

(7)

8th Apr 2024

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1m 2f 42y

Class 6

14:20 Newcastle (AW)

Mr Coco Bean

8st 7lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Helen Cuthbert

10yo who hasn't won for ages but his last five victories came over about 1m2f and he was tackling that trip for the first time since January 2023 when an unlucky fifth of seven in a C&D classified last time (keeping on when denied clear run close home); could be involved.

9/1

5th

3

(6)

22nd Mar 2024

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1m 2f 42y

Class 6

17:15 Newcastle (AW)

Mr Coco Bean

9st 2lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Helen Cuthbert

Multiple turf winner over this trip so bit of a surprise he's not run over 1m2f for over a year; has been shaping as though return to this longer distance should suit; claims.

6/1

3rd

8

(7)

18th Mar 2024

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1m 0f 5y

Class 6

20:00 Newcastle (AW)

Mr Coco Bean

9st 9lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Helen Cuthbert

Safe to ignore latest effort (pulled too hard off a funereal gallop) but even his earlier efforts lag behind what will be needed to win.

8/1

16/1

Form: 0364-5 C

Last run: 47 days

W: 9st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 46

Form & Verdict

1m course winner, though all five turf successes have come over this trip; hasn't always enjoyed the best of luck in a couple of his recent starts over C&D, but no obvious excuse when fifth of 11 in a 0-50 classified event last time.

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10th

9

(4)

22nd Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

20:15 Newcastle (AW)

Rum Runner

9st 2lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Geoffrey Harker

Ran encouragingly in first-time visor here a fortnight ago and ties in with Drakeholes on that effort; still has poor strike-rate since 2020 but can't be dismissed in the retained headgear.

8/1

10

(5)

7th Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Rum Runner

9st 9lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Geoffrey Harker

In good form on turf last summer, but has only managed to win one of his last 38 starts and no obvious excuses when behind three of these over C&D last time; needs the visor to make a difference.

16/1

8th

10

(1)

20th Feb 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

20:30 Newcastle (AW)

Rum Runner

9st 3lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Geoffrey Harker

slowly away, soon towards rear

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: 07-831

Last run: 3 days

W: 9st 13lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 51

Form & Verdict

Seems to have been aided by the cheekpieces and was having her second start in them when making it 15th-time lucky in emphatic fashion at Wolverhampton (8.6f, Tapeta) on Saturday; 5lb penalty won't stop her if in the same mood, though the shorter trip does pose a question.

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6th

5

(6)

19th Mar 2024

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1m 0f 142y

Class 6

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Strictly Dreaming

9st 6lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Ian Williams

Bounded clear over C&D to exploit a career-low mark (8lb lower) last month; while that effort has been handsomely advertised by the runner-up Big Narstie, she herself fluffed her lines when a beaten favourite at Newcastle (7f); a tongue-tie is now added.

14/1

9th

1

(2)

20th Feb 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

20:30 Newcastle (AW)

Strictly Dreaming

9st 13lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Ian Williams

in touch with leaders on far side of group

5/2

1st

6

(4)

17th Feb 2024

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1m 0f 142y

Class 6

17:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Strictly Dreaming

9st 5lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Ian Williams

started quickly, raced in second, pushed along and pressed leader 3f out, led narrowly 2f out, ridden and went clear over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, easily

16/1

10/1

Form: -31232 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 50

Form & Verdict

Running consistently well on Tapeta lately, especially at his beloved Wolverhampton including when just beaten by an improver there (8.6f) ten days ago; 0-10 here, though, so doubts remain.

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12th

5

(9)

31st Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

16:25 Southwell (AW)

Inexplicable

9st 7lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Antony Brittain

Has done most of his winning at about 1m, including twice during a consistent 2024; doesn't appear to be crying out for this return to 7f; not the percentage call.

8/1

4th

1

(9)

26th Mar 2024

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1m 0f 13y

Class 6

19:45 Southwell (AW)

Inexplicable

9st 13lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Antony Brittain

In fine fettle lately, and was always doing enough to edge out Fanzone (by a head) in a similar contest at Newcastle last week; now meets that rival on 4lb worse terms but still warrants respect.

9/2

1st

6

(5)

18th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

20:00 Newcastle (AW)

Inexplicable

9st 9lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Antony Brittain

pressed leader, led but pestered after 1f, ridden over 1f out, edged right final 110yds, kept on

9/4

11th
6 (9)
Atrafan

14/1

Form: -63259 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 49

Form & Verdict

All six course wins have come over 6f; has won twice over this trip at Southwell, but 0-8 over C&D and he didn't seem to get home when fifth of nine behind three of these over the trip here two starts back.

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10th

10

(2)

31st Mar 2024

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0m 7f 14y

Class 6

16:25 Southwell (AW)

Atrafan

9st 3lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Alan Brown

Multiple AW winner but looks far from solid on 2024 form and may be somewhat on the wane aged ten; held by Written Broadcast on C&D running last time.

33/1

8th

2

(2)

16th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

18:15 Southwell (AW)

Atrafan

9st 9lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Alan Brown

led, headed over 1f out

20/1

6th

10

(1)

7th Mar 2024

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0m 6f 0y

Class 6

20:00 Newcastle (AW)

Atrafan

9st 5lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Alan Brown

Six-time winner over C&D and twice placed over the same trip in January; should appreciate the return to 6f after three ordinary efforts over 7f and although he hasn't won a handicap in two years, he can't be dismissed entirely; stable also runs Little Red Dancer.

16/1

Form: 07-026

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 49

Form & Verdict

Attracted market support when running Marcello Si close over C&D last month with two of these further behind, but he didn't match that form over 6f here ten days later and is now 0-20; needs more.

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8th

9

(1)

18th Mar 2024

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1m 0f 5y

Class 6

20:00 Newcastle (AW)

Shines Ambition

9st 9lb

J: J F Egan

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Runner-up over 7f here in January; below par in three runs since and stamina for 1m has to be taken on trust; experiment with blinkers quickly aborted.

8/1

7th

11

(4)

2nd Mar 2024

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0m 6f 20y

Class 6

17:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Shines Ambition

9st 2lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

midfield

33/1

12th

7

(8)

20th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

20:30 Newcastle (AW)

Shines Ambition

9st 6lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

took keen hold, in touch with leaders in centre of group

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £4725.00
Straight Forecast £5113.30
Tricast £26282.40
Trifecta £35034.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Strictly Dreaming

SPOTLIGHT:

Sparkling Spirit

D Express:

Drakeholes

The Sun:

Marcello Si

The Guardian:

Billy McGarry

The Times:

Inexplicable

POSTDATA:

Atrafan

Daily Mirror:

Sparkling Spirit

Daily Record:

Sparkling Spirit

Telegraph:

Strictly Dreaming

Daily Mail:

Strictly Dreaming

The Star:

Strictly Dreaming