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Mick Walsh Open Ditch Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5888.31
  • 3m 0f 41y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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Mick Walsh Open Ditch Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £11.00
  • Place: £2.90

Form: F1162- C

Last run: 83 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Just two wins from 30 starts; neither were over this far but he stays okay and he won on good ground here last summer.

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1st

10

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

16:00 Hexham

Dr Shirocco

10st 5lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Sandy Forster

towards rear, headway and in touch with leaders 9th

6/1

2nd

8

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 5

14:15 Musselburgh

Dr Shirocco

11st 1lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Sandy Forster

First wins under rules came last year in 2m4f handicap chases at Hexham (good) in June and this track (good to soft; led final strides) in November; form figures at this track read 22216 but there's a bit more for him to prove over this far and, as latest start showed again, on soft ground.

5/1

11/4

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 12541- D

Last run: 57 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Made it 2-5 over fences when drawing clear at Fakenham two months ago over 3m on good (made all); Brian Hughes rides again off 7lb higher and this 7yo should give it a good go.

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2nd

6

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

16:00 Hexham

Ballylinch

10st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

prominent, left in second 8th

11/4

1st

4

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

13:45 Fakenham

Ballylinch

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

Low-mileage 7yo who went in at the first time of asking over fences in 3m2f Sedgefield handicap in October; cheekpieces fitted when a good fourth at Market Rasen (3m) 24 days ago so he merits serious consideration eased 1lb with headgear on again.

4/1

4th

4

20th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

14:25 Market Rasen

Ballylinch

11st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

Not at his best when last seen but two creditable efforts before that, winning 3m3f chase off 1lb lower at Sedgefield on first occasion (second over same C&D next time); cheekpieces now tried.

5/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 33P39-

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Three-time hurdle winner who has been beaten under 7l in his last two runs, so brings some momentum to chase career; best form has been over shorter.

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3rd

5

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

16:00 Hexham

Zwicky

11st 5lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Philip Kirby

held up in rear, pushed along briefly after 14th

14/1

9th

14

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

16:00 Kelso

Zwicky

11st 1lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Philip Kirby

Won three times over hurdles (2m4f-2m5f) last year and quickly put a duff effort behind him when placed at Catterick (2m3f, soft) in February but will need to find hidden reserves to win a race this competitive.

10/1

50/1

Form: 44693- C

Last run: 99 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Overall record suggests her latest run in a small field at Catterick when a long way out of the weights needs treating with a pinch of salt; on balance, others are safer.

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4th

11

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

16:00 Hexham

West Lawn

10st 2lb

J: Harry Reed

T: James Walton

held up in rear

50/1

3rd

4

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

15:05 Catterick

West Lawn

10st 2lb

J: Harry Reed

T: James Walton

held up in last, headway and in touch with leaders 4 out, went third 2 out, not fluent last, no impression run-in

25/1

Form: 80611- D

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Made all in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) on his chase debut at Musselburgh (2m7f, soft) in February, and did likewise at Ayr (3m, good to soft) latest; up in grade but it remains to be seen where this 6yo's limitations lie.

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5th

4

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

16:00 Hexham

Whosmydaddy

11st 8lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

prominent on inner, slightly hampered but left in lead 8th

15/8

1st

1

8th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 5

16:00 Ayr

Whosmydaddy

12st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Showed little in three starts over hurdles and in a bumper, but appreciated the switch to fences (1-1 in points) when making a successful chase/handicap debut at Musselburgh (3m, soft; first-time cheekpieces) last month, making every yard and winning comfortably; 8lb higher, but he remains open to progress as a chaser and much respected; stable also runs Baron Briggs.

7/4

OUR TIP

Form: P2P6U-

Last run: 24 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

100-1 and in rear when unseating at Cheltenham in April; didn't head to that in much form and saves his best for Cartmel.

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1

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

16:00 Hexham

Dee Star

12st 0lb

J: Mr Murray Dodd

T: Gary Hanmer

in touch with leaders

33/1

11

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Dee Star

11st 6lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Gary Hanmer

Late-blooming veteran who is best known as a Cartmel specialist; drew clear to win by 3m5f there (good ground) last spring but signed off in the autumn with two disappointing runs and remains on a fairly tough mark.

50/1

6th

6

22nd Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 5f 48y

Class 2

16:25 Sedgefield

Dee Star

10st 11lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Gary Hanmer

Inconsistent 10yo who was pulled up at Bangor just 18 days ago, but that was a rare run over hurdles and he's shown some good chase form this season (including 3m5f win at Cartmel); not discounted now back over fences.

12/1

Form: 1251P- CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Has won three handicap chases since November (2m7f-3m3f) and he won here in 2021; should run better than he did last time in a higher grade but would prefer ground softer than good.

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2

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

16:00 Hexham

Deep Charm

11st 13lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

in touch with leaders, mistake and lost position 7th, towards rear 9th, some headway when hit 13th

8/1

6

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 210y

Class 2

15:22 Carlisle

Deep Charm

11st 3lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Won two in a row towards the end of last year (3m3f/2m7f) and went very close at Kelso (2m5f, soft) in January; back to winning ways at Sedgefield (3m3f, soft) last month and, while he's dropping back in trip today, the stiff track and demanding ground will make this a test of stamina; a possible.

7/1

1st

3

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 202y

Class 4

15:50 Sedgefield

Deep Charm

11st 8lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

prominent, not fluent 10th

7/2

Form: 6P424- D

Last run: 146 days

W: 11st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

All five wins have been on good ground and he hasn't had his conditions since returning from a break, in the circumstances running quite well from out of the weights in a better race last time in December; strongly considered off a good mark.

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3

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

16:00 Hexham

Court Dreaming

11st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

in rear, awkward jump 2nd, pecked on landing 3rd, soon reminders and tailed off, pulled up after 4th

12/1

Form: 7P32U-

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Eight-race maiden; beaten only a length at Newcastle last time (2m4f, heavy) before unseating here at the 12th on his first run over 3m under rules; not yet exposed but he's unproven on good ground.

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7

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

16:00 Hexham

Poetry Man

10st 12lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

led, fell 8th

10/1

2

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

15:30 Hexham

Poetry Man

11st 8lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

Seven-race maiden; two fair runs recently, notably when length-second at Newcastle last time (2m4f, heavy); longer trip a slight concern

8/1

2nd

3

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 5

16:30 Newcastle

Poetry Man

11st 7lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

Lightly raced 6yo who was suited by the first-time cheekpieces when upped in trip and third of five over 2m7f here (heavy) last month; shaped as though he may benefit from this shorter distance and he's one to consider.

100/30

Form: 4P/F3- D

Last run: 58 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Stays 4m but both chase wins have come at 3m on left-handed tracks; needs to step up plenty on his last three efforts.

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9

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

16:00 Hexham

Morozov Cocktail

10st 8lb

J: Mr William Easterby

T: Tim Easterby

prominent on outer, in touch with leaders 4th, dropped to last and reminders 12th

10/1

3rd

1

14th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

13:50 Hexham

Morozov Cocktail

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Tim Easterby

jumped slightly right throughout, led, joined 9th, headed before 11th, lost ground 13th

3/1

0

3

23rd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 5

13:50 Newcastle

Morozov Cocktail

11st 13lb

J: Mr William Easterby

T: Tim Easterby

Thorough stayer who has a C&D win on his CV and copes well with slow ground; not seen since a poor run in April and does not have a compelling record when fresh but begins the new season from a career-low mark.

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £704.00
Straight Forecast £742.40
Tricast £3377.60
Trifecta £3942.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Whosmydaddy

POSTDATA:

Ballylinch

TOPSPEED:

Poetry Man

Telegraph:

Deep Charm

Daily Mirror:

Dr Shirocco

The Times:

Morozov Cocktail

SPOTLIGHT:

Court Dreaming

The Guardian:

Whosmydaddy

Daily Mail:

Whosmydaddy

D Express:

Whosmydaddy

The Sun:

Whosmydaddy

The Star:

Whosmydaddy

Daily Record:

Ballylinch