16:55 Salisbury Thu 17 May 2018

  • Smith & Williamson Handicap (Class 6)
  • 1m 4f 5y, Good to Firm (Good in places)
  • 12 Runners
  • Winner£3,493.002nd£1,040.003rd£519.004th£300.005th£300.006th£300.007th£300.008th£300.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:2m 37.04sOff time:16:55:42
1
(12)
109-7OR: 55D
40/1
Experienced campaigner who has been well held on recent starts. Remains high enough in the weights and is readily opposed.
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2
(6)
49-7OR: 55D
9/2
Progressive performer on the AW weather and returns to the Flat, for which she is 0-2. In good heart, consistent and worthy of consideration.
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4
(5)
49-7OR: 55
11/1
Has hit the frame only once in eight starts over a variety of distances. Down to a career-low mark and is fitted with blinkers for the first time.
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5
(14)
49-6OR: 54
9/2
Well beaten in two starts this season after returning from a lengthy absence. Handicapper has been slow to react so he seem to have plenty to prove.
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6
(1)
59-6OR: 54
10/1
Just one win in 23 starts and has shown only fair form in three outings this season. He is 2lb lower than when beaten 18L on latest run over 1m6f at Goodwood.
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8
(7)
49-6OR: 54D
20/1
Only success came in a Lingfield seller last July and has generally been well held in handicap company in subsequent outings. Still high enough in the weights.
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9
(2)
49-5OR: 53D
7/1
Lingfield winner over this distance in December and ran well off 2lb higher at Kempton last time. First run on turf off a viable mark, so one to consider.
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10
(13)
59-5OR: 53C
12/1
Off the mark at the 17th attempt when making all on heavy ground over 1m6f at this track at the end of last month. Different conditions, 7lb rise and shorter trip pose questions, but at least he is in form.
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11
(11)
89-4OR: 52D
13/2
Experienced campaigner who has a disappointing strike rate of 3-47. Beaten a long way despite finishing second at Lingfield last time and has work to do off 1lb lower.
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12
(3)
49-4OR: 52
7/1
Maiden after 10 attempts over several distances. Hard to fancy on seasonal reappearance, although handicap mark is on the way down.
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13
(9)
99-2OR: 50D
20/1
Four-times winner on the Flat and over hurdles, most recently over jumps at Plumpton in March. In reasonable heart for this return to the level. Sports cheekpieces for the first time.
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14
(8)
59-1OR: 49BFD
16/1
Only win in 16 races came in a Wolverhampton claimer last July. Runs off a lower mark on turf, but his five efforts on grass were not up to his AW displays.
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Non-Runners

3
(4)
Melabi17
59-7OR: 55
T: Mrs BarclayJ: David Egan
7
(10)
Bergholt90
59-6OR: 54
T: Tim VaughanJ: David Probert

Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

The Secrets Out (9/2), Bird For Life (9/2), Hallingham (13/2), Magic Beans (7/1), Sanches (7/1), The Juggler (10/1), Tapdancealltheway (11/1), Garcon De Soleil (12/1), Bergholt (12/1), Howardian Hills (16/1), Ablaze (20/1), Mr Lando (20/1), Melabi (25/1), Saint Helena (40/1)

Verdict

Sanches ran well enough at Kempton to suggest he can make his presence felt, while Mr Lando is not without hope after a recent win over jumps at Plumpton. The selection, though, is GARCON DE SOLEIL, who won at this track on heavy ground last time and can defy a 7lb weight rise. Bird For Life is in good heart and is considered, along with Bergholt, who was well backed last time only to fluff the start.
  1. Garcon De Soleil
  2. Sanches
  3. Mr Lando

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