Lightly raced maiden who ran well enough in a decent looking juvenile race last time out. Previous to that he went pretty close when staying on to finish an eyecatching 3rd at Doncaster. Bred to appreciate this step up in trip here and looks to be on a very fair looking mark with conditions in favour.
14:05 Ffos Las 10 May 2021
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Sad Eyed Dylan (0.5pt EW 20/1 4 places PP)IWAC
Had a bit of a trouble time in the past couple of years but put in a slightly improved performance following a wind op last time out. This offers some hope from the current mark now making the switch back to the bigger obstacles, over which he has only competed twice and finishing runner up on both occasions. Conditions to suit and plenty to like.
16:20 Ffos Las 10 May 2021
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Stung For Cash (1pt win only 10/1)Nap
Badly hampered when still going well within on chase debut and weakened thereafter. Worth another try here stepped up in trip to what looks a very ordinary race. Blinkers on for the first time which could bring about some improvement and ought to be able to outrun these odds for the in form Tom Lacey.
Has lost her way a little in recent runs but as a result of that comes here a very well handicapped runner. Won’t want the ground to get too soft but is more than capable of taking a race like this if turning up in the right mood. Yard do pretty well with their runners here and are profitable to follow too with a LSP of +47
14:20 Ludlow 09 May 2021
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Keepscalling (1pt win only 11/1)Nnb
Was in the process of running a big race when unseating two runs back. Disappointing next time out but that was over the minimum trip and today’s step back up in trip could give this one a fair chance from an unchanged mark. Lightly raced and will be winning a race of this magnitude sometime soon.
14:08 Plumpton 09 May 2021
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Jimmy (1pt win only 9/2)
CD winner who ended last term in disappointing fashion. Wasn’t much better sent out in two runs over the bigger obstacles returning from a 344 day lay off. Put in a much more encouraging run next time out however back over hurdles and is worth another try here back in the hands of Tom Cannon for in form local trainer C Gordon. Still has a bit to prove but is now back going in the right direction from what looks a very fair mark.
14:38 Plumpton 09 May 2021
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Tommie Beau (1pt win only 5/1)Nap
Put in an improved performance stepped up in trip last time out and is bred for this further step up today. Well worth a crack following that encouraging run and looks to be getting ideal conditions too.
16:38 Plumpton 09 May 2021
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Marilyn Monroe (1pt win only 9/2)Nb
Points winner who made a winning return stepped up to 3 miles at Taunton back in October. Has been schooled gently leading up to this chase debut and could well be a much better horse for the switch today. Bred to go chasing and looks to be on a fair opening mark for the in form A Honeyball yard.
Low mileage and well handicapped based on the best of his form from last year. Will appreciate the overnight deluge of rain and if tuned up first time could put in a big effort today. Gelded since last seen and could well find improvement from last term which makes this one a very interesting contender. Yard going well and a very valuable 3lb is taken off by the very talented Ray Dawson who is 4 wins and 1 placed effort from just 13 runs for a 30% strike at the track with a LSP of +30.
Full Authority (0.5pt EW 50/1 6 places)
Progressive last term for Sir Michael Stoute and is very interesting starting out from what looks a very workable mark for new yard. Has had a wind op since last seen and takes a step up in trip today. Breeding suggests the new trip should be no problem and is another that should appreciate the overnight rain.
16:15 Ascot 08 May 2021
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Its Good To Laugh (0.5pt EW 20/1 4 places Skybet)
Slightly disappointing when stepped up to this trip for the first time when last seen, that run came in very testing heavy ground however so we are willing to draw a line through that run and take a look a little further back through his form book. Going back to July last year we find a run where he was beaten just a nose by todays favourite in similar conditions but over the slightly shorter trip of 10 furlongs. Comes here fresh today and some 7lb better off with that rival and could well just outrun these odds. 4 places available which is too tempting a cover not to have a go.
16:50 Ascot 08 May 2021
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Batchelor Boy (1pt win only 10/1)
Shrewd yard who are very keen to turn this one out very quickly suggesting that he has come out of his last race pretty well. Has a couple of pieces of turf form for previous yard that suggests this mark is a winable one too and if coping with conditions today should go close at inflated odds. Yard in good form and well worth a try in this open looking contest.
15:10 Haydock 08 May 2021
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Ballinsker (1pt win only 15/2)
Trainers record in this race is one that stands out and peaks our interest. The selection put in a pretty underwhelming performance when last seen in the Betfair at Newbury but had previously put in a decent performance in the Greatwood at Cheltenham. That piece of form is possibly one that stands out in this field and a reproduction of something near that today would see this shrewd yard grabbing a 5th win in this race in just 8 years. On a decent mark and should be suited by today’s easing ground.
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19:05 Thirsk 08 May 2021
Furzig 13/2 – Not quite as effective on turf as he is the AW hence the much lower mark making a return to todays surface. That said however has won at the track before and returns to turf today in lesser company so not completely ruled out.
16:15Ascot 08 May 2021
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16:20 Haydock 08 May 2021
Kapono 10/1 – Been running well of late but will need to step up on those efforts to score here. On a fair mark and cannot be ruled out returning to turf today.
14:55Nottingham 08 May 2021
Mountain Brave 7/1 – Made all to win last time out and could well follow that up today. Improving sort for in form yard.
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Noorbaan (1pt win only 10/1)
A winner on debut last term and not disgraced when stepped up into group company in what looked an above average renewal of the Lowther. Plenty of form has come out of that race and she followed that up with another decent run over 6f at Newmarket when 7th of 27. Drops back to 5F here and if ready to go again this year could well steal this from the front for last years winning trainer.
13:10 Thirsk 17 Apr 2021
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Dick Datchery (1pt win only 8/1)
Can be forgiven his latest run when making his reappearance following a 142 day lay off and wind surgery in much better company and better can be expected here. Only 1lb above his last winning mark and with improvement a possibility we have to take a chance here.
11:25 Bangor-On-Dee 17 Apr 2021
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Lady Sally (0.5pt EW 16/1)
Put in a good piece of work in behind a Fergal O Brien winner at Leicester that has come out and won again since. Not run up to that since however but last race can be forgiven following a wind op and she should be a little more something like here. Weighted to go close judged on that form and cannot be ignored with 4 and 5 places available.
18:00 Brighton 17 Apr 2021
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De Little Engine (1pt win only 14/1)
2 wins and 2 placed efforts from 6 runs over CD and goes here some 12lb below the latest of those victories which came in this race back in 2019. Will be fit from the AW and has to be worth a try from this mark back at what looks to be a bit of a favourable track. Wide draw to contend with but more than capable on a going day.
19:30 Brighton 17 Apr 2021
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Hedging (1pt win only 8/1)
3 times course winner who can often go well fresh. Yard not quite got going yet but this one comes here 2lb below his last CD win and has to be worth a try given his record here. Valuable 5lb claimer on board in Georgia Dobie putting this one on a very handy mark.
Ernesto is a worthy favourite here following his latest run but is yet to go in handicap races and whilst his opening mark doesn’t look overly harsh he is also taking a step up in trip so there are a few points to prove for one at such a short price. So instead we turn to the overpriced Julian Smith runner. A yard that does well here with a 27% strike and one that is also profitable to follow with a LSP of +59. Stats aside this 9 year old mare is a previous CD winnerwho put in a fair performance returning from a break last time out. Should be able to come on for that run in what look to be ideal conditions from a mark that is not overly generous but is about right.
13:00 Southwell 04 Apr 2021
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Raabeh (1pt win only 14/1)
With many in this race looking to be in the grips of the handicapper we turn to one who despite having a few questions to answer offers a few nuggets of hope too. Has been off the track for 110 days so will need to be ready but comes here from what looks a pretty handy mark to help with that cause. Still pretty lightly raced and put in arguably his best performance to date here over CD back in November. That run was from an 8lb higher mark and he also has the additional help of Angus Villiers 5lb today making him some 13lb better off than for that run. Has a bit to prove following two lesser runs since but hopefully the team have got to the bottom of whatever was wrong before his return here today.
14:06 Southwell 04 Apr 2021
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I Had A Dream (0.5pt EW 40/1)
Huge outsider who is clearly a risky proposition. However has placed twice from just 6 of her runs to date and despite disappointing since switching yards offers a glimmer of hope from this reduced mark today. Clearly had problems as the yard have given her some time off and goes in the tongue strap today. Hopefully this will help as on her best run she is not on an overly harsh mark. Breeding suggest that the track should suit and the yard have a decent record here in recent times with a 21% win and 50% place strike in the last 12 months. Josephine Gordon takes the ride over one from S L Keightley yard for who she is the yard jockey and there are no weight issues determining that decision.
16:11 Southwell 04 Apr 2021
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Fragrant Storm (1pt win only 4/1)
Well bred and well related handicap debutant from a stable in form. Closely related to stables Nayef Road who won on handicap debut from a mark of 85, this one goes from just 64 and is well worth a try upped in trip on this new surface today.
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Decent hurdler who was set a pretty stiff task on chase debut just 13 days ago. This looks a more realistic test and a better run can be expected. Opening mark in this sphere looks fair and despite being the outsider of the field can not be written off on what will be only a second start over fences. Yard do pretty well with their runners here with around a 24% strike rate in the last 5 years which offers further encouragement.
16:33 Carlisle 03 Apr 2021
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Pookie Pekan (1pt win only 14/1)
A two times CD winner who has fallen to a very tempting mark having had a few runs that on paper look below par. Excuses can be made however from ground not right to inadequate trip so another chance is given here. Made an encouraging reappearance back in October suggesting this revised mark is a fair one to say the least. Last two wins have come over CD with similar conditions so plenty to like about this outsider.
17:40 Carlisle 03 Apr 2021
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Bobby Bow (1pt win only 7/1)
Made a very pleasing start over hurdles at Hexham but has failed to build on that in 3 starts since. Mark doesn’t look overly harsh however for a shrewd owner who knows how to place one and is worth a try here with family connections also getting the leg up for what will be a debut ride.
15:00 Musselburgh 03 Apr 2021
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Zarzyni (1pt win only 11/2)
A potential handicap blot who ran very well on yard debut following a 172 day lay off. If he can prove as effective over this minimum trip the could well land the spoils. Despite having won over 7f he hinted that this drop in trip could suit having pulled hard early on in his last race before finishing off strongly. Has the ability if able to dominate from the front.
20:00 Wolverhampton 03 Apr 2021
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Transition (1pt win only 16/1)
Goes here from a very tempting mark and dropping in class. Looked in need of his latest run and and could be capable of much better here. Has previously won from a 13lb higher mark so we give hope that first time cheekpieces can bring about a little spark and maybe a resurgence for this shrewd yard.
Previously with Nicky Henderson and showed a fair level of promise for that yard over hurdles. Has since joined Jonjo O Neill and drops back into maiden company following the switch of yards and a freshen up. Yard do well with their runners here and are sending just this one so worth a try.
15:35 Warwick 30 Mar 2021
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Fanzio (1pt win only 12/1)
Decent chaser who has been trying his hand in NHF races of late, reverts back to the bigger obstacles now having been freshened up and put right for a race of this magnitude. On a fair mark judged on best form and gets ideal conditions too, overpriced selection
16:00 Fakenham 30 Mar 2021
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Sopat (1pt win only 8/1)
Has a couple of wins to his name at the track already from just 3 runs and takes a drop in class returning here stepped up in trip. Ground should be no issue and the yard do pretty well with the few runners that they send here. They send just the one and she looks a little overpriced.
Put in a very promising run on yard debut but has come up short twice since. Has been given a break by the new yard and could well have found some improvement over that period. Back on his last winning mark and not one to write off just yet. Yard in good form too.
15:55 Ascot 28 Mar 2021
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Royal Vacation (1pt win only 10/1)Iwac
Has plenty to prove following a very tame effort on his reappearance run last time out. Gets more preferred conditions here and sits on a mark that is very hard to ignore. Could well fare better for the move into veteran races and one i’m willing to take the chance on.
15:30 Carlisle 28 Mar 2021
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Tonto’s Spirit (1pt win only 15/2)Nb
Had lost his way a little but comes here having put in improved runs on his last 2 outings. Connor Farrell takes the ride and looks to be the pick of at least 3 he could of had the leg up on today. Yard going well and this one is another who sits on a mark that is too hard to ignore with conditions looking to suit too.
13:20 Doncaster 28 Mar 2021
King Of Tonga (0.5pt EW 25/1 5 PLACES)
Too soon to be written off despite ending last season leaving connections scratching their heads. Had previously run with credit in a couple of much better races and is well worth a try here on reappearance following a wind op from this reduced mark.
16:50 Doncaster 28 Mar 2021
Alben Spirit (1pt win only 9/1)Nap
Richard Fahey is no stranger to a winner on this card and has been known to ready a few specifically for this meeting. Gets ideal trip and conditions on return and is still fairly lightly raced so well worth a punt at these odds with improvement likely.
Had shaped very well in a couple of strong looking races before finally getting back to winning ways in a big field handicap at York when last seen. Has gone well fresh in the past so reassurance can be taken that he will come here ready to roll first time. Versatile with regards to conditions and trip is ideal, strong draw based on recent renewals and plenty to like from this overpriced selection.
14:35 Doncaster 27 Mar 2021
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Mascat (1pt win only 11/1)Nb
Ended last term with a couple of solid performances and comes here making seasonal debut having been gelded and could have more to offer. Has a couple of decent form line runs under his belt from last term and possibly the pick of all the 2 year old form on offer. This trip looks to be where he is most comfortable and he will certainly be staying on late to go close given the pace in the race. Still unexposed over this trip which could have him well treated too.
16:25 Wolverhampton 27 Mar 2021
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Arthurs Angel (1pt win only 5/1)Nap
One from the tracker who is worth another try following a fine run in third at Lingfield last time out. That race has worked out very well since and this one has been given a little time to come on for that.
Lightly raced 9 year old who has been somewhat disappointing since joining the yard from Clare Ellam. Showed small signs of improvement last time out however which offers some encouragement in this weak looking race. Has plummeted down the weights and now sits on a very inviting mark of just 87 in comparison to this time last year when he would have gone from 106. Risks attached but worth a try here today.
Won 3 times over the 3 mile trip last term but finished last of 9 on returning to action following 3 months off earlier this month. Was not a million miles away on that return run and was not given a hard time either. A better run can be expected today from what looks a very lenient mark. Gets much needed better ground today and is now effectively 19lb lower than that last win at Ludlow when we take into consideration Isabel Williams 5lb claim.
16:45 Chepstow 21 Mar 2021
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Festival Dawn (1pt win only 12/1)Iwac
Very lightly raced and still unexposed over these bigger obstacles. Ran to a fair level over hurdles and if able to translate that here back at the scene of possibly her best ever run should go close from this mark. Had made a pleasing chase debut but flopped next time out. Excuses can be made for that run however having been hampered early on and never getting into a rhythm thereafter and we should hopefully see a better run today. Conditions to suit today and overpriced.