17:35 Epsom Downs

Saturday 4 July 2020

All13:5014:2515:0015:4016:1516:5517:35

Investec Zebra Handicap

Class 3  |   7f 3y  |   Good  |   14 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 17:37  |   Winning time: 1m 21.58s
Weighed In
1
(8)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: S De Sousa |  T: A M Balding|  OR: 95|  D
7/1

Six-time AW winner but still a maiden on turf and had no obvious excuses at Ascot latest bar the competitive nature of the race.

2
(5)
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: P Cosgrave |  T: J R Boyle|  OR: 95|  CD
9/2

Losing run stretches back to her C&D success in 2018; 13lb above that winning mark and failed to build on a promising return when sixth of nine at Newbury latest.

3
(4)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: Thore Hammer Hansen |  T: R Hannon|  OR: 95|  D
16/1

Hasn't won on turf since his novice success at Windsor on second start but gained an AW win at Lingfield in March; beaten nearly 10L on return at Ascot but step back up in trip should suit and useful apprentice claims 5lb.

4
(16)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: Jason Hart |  T: S C Williams|  OR: 93|  D
28/1

At his very best on heavy ground, as seen when winning in good style at Goodwood last year; came on for his reappearance with a better effort at Newmarket latest but wide draw is tough and probably needs significant rainfall.

6
(15)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: Tom Marquand |  T: Tom Ward|  OR: 92|  D
20/1

Handicap winner at Goodwood on final start for Richard Hannon but well beaten in two starts for this yard and remains 5lb above his last winning mark.

7
(3)
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-2  |  J: Harry Bentley |  T: George Scott|  OR: 90|  D
14/1

Group 1 winner in Australia; showed little in four starts for this yard last year but improved from reappearance to be beaten just a length at Newmarket last month on second start from a wind op; could be very well handicapped if he builds on that.

9
(9)
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-1  |  J: D C Costello |  T: J A Osborne|  OR: 89|  D
33/1

Won on debut for this yard at Meydan but hasn't managed to add to that in 12 starts since. Starting to become well handicapped though and a step back up in trip might be the right idea; interesting.

10
(7)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: James Doyle |  T: D O'Meara|  OR: 88|  D
16/1

Ended a losing run when winning at Ayr in 2019 and not beaten far back there last time but still 4lb above his last winning mark and this is a much tougher test.

11
(14)
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-13  |  J: Jim Crowley |  T: Mrs A J Perrett|  OR: 87|  C
16/1

Losing run is mounting up. Only beaten a neck on his return but couldn't build on that at Windsor latest; only 1lb above his course win (6f) here but others look better handicapped.

12
(6)
Age: 8|  Weight: 8-13  |  J: B A Curtis |  T: Roger Fell|  OR: 87|  BF|  D
7/2

7f specialist who has gone close in two efforts since the restart. Has become extremely well handicapped on the best of his form from the end of 2018 and rates as the one to beat as a result.

13
(10)
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-12  |  J: Oisin Murphy |  T: Tom Ward|  OR: 86|  D
13/2

Bids for a hat-trick following two AW wins either side of the hiatus. Form of his latest success probably isn't that strong in the context of this race and he's opposable from 5lb higher here back on turf.

14
(12)
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-11  |  J: Andrea Atzeni |  T: S Dow|  OR: 85|  CD
10/1

Won this last year and all three turf wins have come here. Not as well drawn this time and he's 3lb higher so probably needs a career best in a competitive renewal but has only been out the first three once in seven runs at this venue.

15
(2)
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-7  |  J: P Mathers |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 81|  D
22/1

Signed off last year's turf season with a heavy ground win at Carlisle but 14lb higher here following a couple of wins on AW this winter and signs the handicapper had caught up with him latest.

16
(11)
Age: 6|  Weight: 8-2  |  J: Joey Haynes |  T: P F I Cole|  OR: 74|  C|  D
12/1

Hasn't won since 2017 and has a tough ask here from 2lb out of the handicap and returning from 271 days off.

Non-Runners

5
(13)
Buridan9
Weight: 9-5|  Age: 5
T: R Hannon  J: Non Runner
8
(1)
Reputation295
Weight: 9-1|  Age: 7
T: Ian Williams  J: David Egan

Betting

Forecast

Muntadab (7/2), Hateya (9/2), Tintoretto (13/2), Straight Right (7/1), Corazon Espinado (10/1), Reputation (10/1), Medieval (12/1), Comin' Through (14/1), Count Otto (16/1), Markazi (16/1), Magical Wish (16/1), Dirty Rascal (20/1), Buridan (20/1), Knowing Glance (22/1), Alemaratalyoum (28/1), Dream Today (33/1)

Verdict

There are a few well handicapped sorts in here, most notably MUNTADAB who has been running well in defeat in two runs since the restart. Dream Today showed a bit more at Windsor on his latest start and he might appreciate this longer trip. Comin' Through is another who hinted at a return to form last time and he's another to consider.
  1. Muntadab
  2. Comin' Through
  3. Dream Today

Previous Winners

2019
Corazon Espinado
Weight: 8-13  |Age: 4
Weight: 8-13  |  
Age: 4  |  
J: Tom Marquand
  |  
T: S Dow
7/1

Prize Money

1st: £9,338.002nd: £2,796.003rd: £1,398.004th: £699.005th: £350.006th: £176.00

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