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Wednesday 16 May 2018

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Oaks Farm Stables Handicap

Class 4  |   1m 3f 188y  |   Good to Firm  |   17 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 17:36  |   Winning time: 2m 29.91s
Weighed In
1
(18)
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-8  |  J: D Nolan |  T: D O'Meara|  OR: 86|  D
25/1

A three-time winner last year but shaped as if amiss on his final starts of the campaign and very little promise on return at Thirsk. Others make more appeal.

2
(2)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: Jim Crowley |  T: Owen Burrows|  OR: 85|  D
5/1

Largely running well last year. Awarded the race in the stewards' room at Newmarket last year before a good fourth in a decent race at Newbury. Still lightly raced compared to many in here and may be capable of improvement.

4
(10)
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: T Hamilton |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 85|  C
33/1

Won twice last year including here over 1m2½f and while he's disappointed on two runs this year, he's worked his way down to a more feasible handicap mark as a result. Capable of going well tried over a new trip.

5
(8)
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-6  |  J: A Mullen |  T: D Thompson|  OR: 84|  C
25/1

Course winner over 1m1f in September but seemingly struggled a little off his revised handicap mark and only dropped 1lb for his latest effort when well beaten. Won on return last year so not ruled out if he's improved over the winter.

6
(13)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-6  |  J: Jason Hart |  T: J J Quinn|  OR: 84|  D
12/1

Running okay in some moderate races over hurdles and his run over C&D when last seen on the Flat gave the impression the handicapper might have him in his grip for now.

7
(17)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: D Tudhope |  T: D O'Meara|  OR: 83
20/1

One win from five starts for William Haggas last year and showed very little on debut for this yard at Ripon last month. Doesn't look the easiest type and others preferred.

8
(5)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: T Eaves |  T: K A Ryan|  OR: 83
16/1

Impressive when winning his maiden despite having gone off favourite several times before his eventual success. Inconsistent since and yet to get his head back in front. The type that needs everything to drop right.

9
(1)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: P Mulrennan |  T: M Dods|  OR: 82
16/1

Improved from a promising debut at Yarmouth to win a Ripon maiden for John Gosden. Has run his best races since when held up off a good gallop and should get that here. There's a suspicion he's on a nice handicap mark.

11
(16)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-1  |  J: G Mosse |  T: Mrs H Main|  OR: 79
20/1

Won twice last year, both winning efforts coming on soft ground. Seemingly thrives in those conditions so not sure to appreciate the quicker surface here but should come on for his most recent run and looks reasonably handicapped.

12
(9)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: James Doyle |  T: W J Haggas|  OR: 78|  D
4/1

Didn't need to improve to win an Ascot maiden when last seen in September. Interesting connections keep the faith with him and potentially well-handicapped for a yard with a good strike-rate here.

13
(4)
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-12  |  J: P Cosgrave |  T: Ed Walker|  OR: 76|  D
8/1

Arrives bidding for a hat-trick after wins on the AW this winter and is winning with more comfort than his winning margins suggest. Needs to prove he can be as effective back on turf but not ruled out given his 7lb rise for latest win looks fair.

14
(3)
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-12  |  J: Rachel Richardson |  T: T D Easterby|  OR: 76
50/1

Won a Newmarket maiden as a juvenile but has struggled badly since and disappointed on all three runs last year. No real signs of encouragement on yard debut at Pontefract earlier in the month and others preferred.

15
(6)
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-11  |  J: P Hanagan |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 75
12/1

Still a maiden after eight starts and his better efforts have come on softer ground than what he's going to get here. Likely to bump into a few better handicapped sorts here.

16
(14)
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-10  |  J: Andrea Atzeni |  T: R Varian|  OR: 74
3/1

Well-backed and justified the market support on handicap debut at Windsor in October. While the form of that race doesn't look particularly strong, he's in good hands and looks the type to improve.

18
(11)
Regal Mirage10(ex 6)
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-8  |  J: D Allan |  T: T D Easterby|  OR: 66|  D
33/1

Took a step forward from his comeback run with a win at Hamilton and looked largely progressive last year. His better efforts have come on rain softened ground and this is a much tougher race up another 6lb.

19
(7)
Age: 7|  Weight: 8-7  |  J: L Morris |  T: M Appleby|  OR: 69|  CD
33/1

On a long losing run since 2015 and while there were signs of encouragement when placed last time out, his record when fresh isn't good and he's opposable on return.

20
(15)
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-7  |  J: P Mathers |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 69|  BF
25/1

All her best form has come on a fast surface and entitled to take a step forward from her reappearance at Beverley but has a fair chunk of improvement to find to win this from out of the handicap.

Non-Runners

17
(19)
Captain Pugwash35
Weight: 8-9|  Age: 4
T: H Spiller  J: P J McDonald
10
(12)
Moayadd376
Weight: 9-4|  Age: 6
T: N P Mulholland  J: Hollie Doyle
3
(20)
Michael's Mount32
Weight: 9-7|  Age: 5
T: Ian Williams  J: W Buick
Betting

Forecast

Zeelander (3/1), Reverend Jacobs (4/1), Okool (5/1), Sky Eagle (8/1), Doctor Cross (12/1), Je Suis Charlie (12/1), Michael's Mount (14/1), Mooltazem (16/1), Armandihan (16/1), Moayadd (16/1), Rake's Progress (20/1), Daawy (20/1), Mutadaffeq (25/1), Liquid Gold (25/1), Visitant (25/1), Captain Pugwash (25/1), Regal Mirage (33/1), Carnageo (33/1), Sellingallthetime (33/1), Ghayyar (50/1)

Verdict
There would seem to be plenty of well-handicapped sorts in here with the likes of Sky Eagle, Reverand Jacobs and Mooltazem in the line up but ZEELANDER rates as a potential improver for powerful connections and he could leave last year's maiden form behind here and get a second handicap win on the board.
  1. Zeelander
  2. Sky Eagle
  3. Reverend Jacobs

Previous Winners

2017
Zain Arion
Weight: 8-13  |Age: 4
Weight: 8-13  |  
Age: 4  |  
J: J F Egan
  |  
T: J Butler
20/1
Prize Money
1st: £12,031.002nd: £3,603.003rd: £1,801.004th: £901.005th: £450.006th: £300.007th: £300.008th: £300.00

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