14:20 York Thu 17 May 2018

  • Betfred 'Supports Jack Berry House' Handicap (Class 2)
  • 5f, Good to Firm
  • 18 Runners
  • Winner£18,675.002nd£5,592.003rd£2,796.004th£1,398.005th£699.006th£351.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:57.42sOff time:14:21:56
1
(19)
59-7OR: 101CD
14/1
Very hit and miss but he's highly effective when he's in the right mood. Has the potential to hang right but drawn well here and arrives on the back of a win after an impressive effort at Newbury last time.
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2
(17)
49-6OR: 100CD
17/2
Arrives bidding for a hat-trick after finishing last season with an excellent course win over 6f and returned with a bang at Newmarket when allowed to dominate again. Unlikely to get an uncontested lead here and needs more from a career high mark.
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3
(8)
59-4OR: 98D
6/1
Started last season in good form for this yard after leaving John Gosden at the end of his three-year-old campaign. Seemingly in need of some relief from the handicapper of late and his two best efforts have come with cut in the ground.
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4
(2)
59-4OR: 98D
15/2
Speedy front-runner - returned in fine form with placed efforts at Pontefract and Chester. More effective on a tight track with a bend rather than this test though and draw a potential negative with jockeys favouring the other side here Wednesday.
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5
(3)
49-2OR: 96CD
8/1
Started the season in fine form last year, landing back-to-back wins at Chester before a C&D success. Form tailed off towards the back end of the year but only 1lb above his last winning mark as a result and not ruled out.
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6
(15)
49-2OR: 96CD
14/1
In flying form last year, rattled off a hat-trick with the third of those wins coming over C&D (dead-heat). Struggled in two starts since but entitled to come on for his recent reappearance run at Pontefract and potentially more to come this year.
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7
(13)
89-2OR: 96D
25/1
Won twice last year and well suited to fast ground but probably better suited to 6f these days and will need them to go a good gallop to bring his stamina into play.
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8
(11)
109-1OR: 95CD
25/1
Course winner over 5½f last winter but not won in a handicap off a mark this high since 2012. Yard do well with their older sprinters and he came on from a disappointing reappearance at Epsom last time with a better effort at Epsom so not ruled out.
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9
(4)
59-0OR: 94CD
14/1
Gained a second C&D success in October but would probably prefer slightly softer ground than what he's going to get here and more needed off his career high handicap mark.
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10
(5)
88-12OR: 92CD
11/1
Won twice last season but signs the enthusiasm is waning in more recent starts and never going the pace on either of his three most recent runs. Needs to bounce back in what are his optimum conditions at least.
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11
(18)
68-10OR: 90CD
22/1
C&D winner back in 2015 but only won once since when landing a six-runner race at Lingfield earlier in the year. Only 3lb higher but hard to imagine he's well-handicapped in any way and well beaten earlier in the month at Newmarket.
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12
(9)
58-9OR: 89CD
28/1
Won three of his eight starts in 2017, the latest of which coming over C&D and while he's not particularly consistent, he's the type to carry on improving for this yard. May need this run on his return though.
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13
(1)
58-8OR: 88D
28/1
Effective on his day but out of form towards the back end of last year and entitled to need the run on stable debut after a significant absence.
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15
(14)
88-6OR: 86D
11/1
Without a win in 17 starts but has been running well in defeat for his new yard of late. Well-handicapped on his best form and may improve in first-time blinkers here.
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16
(10)
48-6OR: 86D
12/1
Arrives here bidding to land a four-timer having returned with a win at Doncaster last month. 5lb rise for the latest effort looks a bit harsh but booking of the Champion Jockey an obvious bonus.
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17
(7)
78-5OR: 85D
16/1
A bit of Musselburgh specialist and won back at that course again last time. 3lb higher in what looks a stronger race and has developed a bad habit of missing the break which is something he can't do here. Will be doing his best work in the finish.
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18
(12)
48-4OR: 84CDWS
12/1
Lost her maiden tag here over 5½f and subsequently won her next two starts but badly out of form throughout the rest of the campaign including three starts here. Entitled to need the run here on first start since a wind op.
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19
(16)
58-4OR: 84CD
50/1
Won twice on AW this winter but hard to imagine there's much scope for improvement off this handicap mark on return to turf though.
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Non-Runners

14
(6)
Orient Class48
78-7OR: 87
T: P T MidgleyJ: Aaron Jones

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
11Duke Of Firenze89-713/2Full Result
T: D C GriffithsJ: D Allan

Betting

Forecast

Edward Lewis (6/1), El Astronaute (15/2), Copper Knight (8/1), Major Jumbo (17/2), Poyle Vinnie (11/1), Line Of Reason (11/1), Carlton Frankie (12/1), Sheepscar Lad (12/1), Holmeswood (14/1), Gracious John (14/1), East Street Revue (14/1), Royal Brave (16/1), Orient Class (20/1), George Dryden (22/1), Pipers Note (25/1), Desert Law (25/1), Dark Shot (28/1), Excessable (28/1), Rosina (50/1)

Verdict

An opener that could hardly be more competitive in which DESERT LAW is the tentative selection after a more promising run last time out and he's still effective when he gets his conditions. First-time blinkers may see Poyle Vinnie get his head back in front while Gracious John isn't ruled out despite carrying top-weight if he's on a going.
  1. Desert Law
  2. Poyle Vinnie
  3. Gracious John

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