14:30 Newbury

  • Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd Silver Bar Handicap (Class 2)
  • 2m 2f, Good to Firm (Good in places)
  • 8 Runners
  • Winner£16,172.002nd£4,812.003rd£2,405.004th£1,202.005th£373.006th£187.00
  • Surface: Turf

Weighed in

Winning time:4m 0.63sOff time:14:32:04
1
(3)
69-12OR: 970
33/1
Not beaten far on debut for this yard when fourth of seven out at Meydan after a sizeable absence, but failed to back that effort up at that same track last time. Still not won since 2014 and not sure to want this far.
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2
(1)
59-10OR: 950
5/1
Won 2m5f race at Glorious Goodwood and respectable eighth in the Cesarewitch last year. Followed that up with a win at Newmarket over 2m before having a spell over hurdles. Looks more at home back in this sphere and should go well on what is still a feasible looking mark.
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4
(7)
59-7OR: 920
8/1
Useful handicapper and won two good handicaps last year on turf at Ascot and York both on fast ground. Has run too poor to be true on three starts since and he has claims if he can find his best form again.
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5
(2)
79-7OR: 920
33/1
Not won since a Listed effort back in July 2014 and while he's been highly tried since in Group company, recent efforts on the AW haven't given the impression he's ready to start winning races.
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6
(9)
59-5OR: 900
5/1
Progressive last season and looks the type to carry that progress on this season but the main concerns would be that all his best form has come with more cut in the ground and he has a longer absence than most in here have to overcome.
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7
(8)
69-4OR: 890
12/1
Has looked ineffective on two attempts on the AW this winter but formerly useful on turf in 2015 with a firm ground Bath win followed by a couple of smart efforts over the Irish Sea. Comeback after a lengthy absence was promising at the end of last season and may be able to resume progress off a feasible looking mark.
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8
(5)
48-12OR: 850
11/4
Sole success on the Flat was in a Nottingham maiden in 2015, but has run some decent races in defeat from a mark of 84 in 2016. Running well over hurdles this winter and finished runner-up to subsequent Triumph winner Defi De Seuil in January before running a respectable 12th of 22 in the Fred Winter. Return to the Flat last time out was an encouraging run, not well placed, and he looks well handicapped returned to this sphere; likely to go well with Moore in the saddle.
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9
(6)
48-9OR: 820
11/4
Twice victorious in swift succession over 1m4f at Ffos Las last summer. Likely to have wanted more rain to be seen to best effect here but fit from a spin on the AW at least.
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Non-runners

3
(4)
Farquhar601
69-10OR: 95
T: M ApplebyJ: Non Runner

Betting

Forecast

Rainbow Dreamer (11/4), Swashbuckle (11/4), Champagne Champ (5/1), Star Rider (5/1), Farquhar (7/1), Oceane (8/1), Guard Of Honour (12/1), Havana Beat (33/1), Warrior Of Light (33/1)

Verdict

It's entirely possible RAINBOW DREAMER's handicap mark is on the lenient side. He ran well last time but got caught too far back to be seen to best effect; it would be no surprise to see him make amends for that run with Ryan Moore in the saddle and he's less exposed than a lot of his rivals. Guard of Honour has proved a different prospect on turf than the AW and he should go well while the sole mare in the line-up, Star Rider, is proven over this trip and will be more at home in this sphere than she was over hurdles. Oceane wouldn't be without a chance but he's hard to recommend in his current form.
  1. Rainbow Dreamer
  2. Guard Of Honour
  3. Star Rider
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