18:35 Goodwood

Friday 16 June 2017

  • Layla's 40th Birthday Apprentice Handicap
  • Class 4  |   7f  |   Good to Firm  |   9 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 18:35  |   Winning time: 1m 26.79s
Age: 10|  Weight: 9-11  |  J: Charlie Bennett |  T: H Morrison|  OR: 87|  CD

C&D winner who has gone close on his last two starts, and remains potentially well handicapped on that basis. Course record should put him right there, with the ground and draw both fine for him.

Age: 4|  Weight: 9-9  |  J: David Egan |  T: H Candy|  OR: 85|  CD

Beat Pastoral Player over C&D last time but is worse off at the weights now. Is much more open to improvement than that reopposing rival, however, and is certainly going the right way having run a career-best last time.

Age: 6|  Weight: 9-9  |  J: Hollie Doyle |  T: P S McEntee|  OR: 85|  D

Won a good handicap at Lingfield in March and is now back to that winning mark for the first time. Yet to win on the turf, though, and there have to be questions surrounding his ability on this surface.

Age: 6|  Weight: 9-9  |  J: Hector Crouch |  T: George Baker|  OR: 85|  CD

C&D winner who has been coming up short on turf recently, though did record back-to-back wins at this course in 2015 (his only victories on grass). Needs to exploit this drop in class.

Age: 7|  Weight: 9-8  |  J: Shelley Birkett |  T: Miss J Feilden|  OR: 84|  CD

Has run some fair races in better contests than this (was 100+ rated as recently as December), and now looks on a low enough rating to win for the first time since moving to this yard.

Age: 4|  Weight: 9-8  |  J: Lucy K Barry |  T: J A Osborne|  OR: 84|  D

Drops in the handicap having come up only just short in some more competitive races than this. Needs to take advantage of that lower weight but could do so in first time blinkers on ground that will suit.

Age: 4|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: Milly Naseb |  T: Martin Smith|  OR: 80|  CD

C&D winner but has looked handicapped to his best on his last few runs and has something to find on the basis of recent form. Apprentice jockey claiming a useful 5lb will help.

Age: 10|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: Pierre-Louis Jamin |  T: J G Portman|  OR: 79|  C

Ran his best race in a long while to finish a very narrow second over a furlong shorter at this course last time. Slight question marks over his ability to stay this trip but claims if proving that he can.

Age: 4|  Weight: 9-2  |  J: Sophie Scardifield |  T: J Tuite|  OR: 78

A weak-looking Chelmsford maiden is the only race he has to his name so far and the step up to 7f here isn't an obvious move. Best watched.



Noble Peace (3/1), Pastoral Player (7/2), Fiftyshadesofgrey (4/1), Majestic Moon (8/1), Monteverdi (8/1), In The Red (10/1), Pearl Spectre (12/1), Joe Packet (14/1), Field of Vision (25/1)


PASTORAL PLAYER has looked like he has been waiting to win a race recently, going close on his last two runs, including over C&D last time out. He's up slightly in the handicap for that but it was his best performance in a while and he could pick up an eighth career win here. Majestic Moon is interesting having dropped down the handicap so rapidly having been rated in the 100s as recently as December, while Noble Peace narrowly beat the selection last time and looks progressive but is worse off at the weights today.
  1. Pastoral Player
  2. Majestic Moon
  3. Noble Peace

Prize Money

1st: £6,469.002nd: £1,925.003rd: £962.004th: £481.00

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