15:35 York Sat 16 June 2018

  • Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap (Class 2)
  • 6f, Good to Firm (Good in places)
  • 20 Runners
  • Winner£62,250.002nd£18,640.003rd£9,320.004th£4,660.005th£2,330.006th£1,170.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 8.79sOff time:15:37:14
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1
(1)
39-7OR: 101BF
16/1

Impressive winner of last year's Super Sprint and has run with credit in some hot races since. Shade disappointing last time when favoured by the weights, but he clearly found 5f too short. Last three winners of this have been drawn low.

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2
(19)
39-6OR: 100BFD
12/1

Unbeaten as a juvenile and rounded off the campaign by taking a valuable prize at the Curragh. He folded rapidly in the Free Handicap but he had got worked up beforehand and the jockey booking is a positive sign.

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3
(16)
39-6OR: 100D
14/1

Placed in valuable sales races here and at Doncaster last year and also beaten less than a length in Group 2. Gelded following two below par efforts in the spring and no obvious improvement last time. Reverts to sprinting with a bit to prove.

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4
(2)
39-6OR: 100D
25/1

Produced a career best in Listed company here a month ago despite being restless in the stalls, the trip being on the sharp side and conditions considered quicker than ideal. A low draw has been useful in recent runnings so one to consider.

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5
(3)
39-5OR: 99D
9/1

Scopey individual who developed into a useful juvenile and was placed in two Listed races. Would have needed the run in the Free Handicap when an excellent fourth and a 2lb drop in the weights seems generous. Stable have won this three times.

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6
(10)
39-4OR: 98
20/1

Beat the useful Lake Volta and Bengali Boys at Hamilton over 5f but he is 0-2 at this trip and is yet to make the frame here.

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7
(4)
39-3OR: 97D
6/1

Stable jockey's choice from four with feasible chances. Up another 11lb for his latest success (fourth won since) and capable of providing his trainer with another big Saturday success.

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8
(17)
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39-1OR: 95CD
20/1

Just failed here over 7f in May but failed to stay that trip when ridden closer to the pace at Goodwood. Back sprinting in first time blinkers, but current handicap mark is asking a lot.

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9
(13)
39-0OR: 94D
6/1

Career is on an upward trajectory following easy successes at Chester and Carlisle. Her half-sister Dancing Star improved 30lb last season for this stable and her third in the Totepool Trophy shows she can cope with larger fields.

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10
(9)
38-12OR: 92BF
20/1

Failed to get into a hot 7f handicap here during Dante week when poorly drawn. Drops to this trip for the for the first time and others have stronger claims.

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11
(7)
38-10OR: 90
33/1

Fourth beaten 4L by Tip Two Win at Doncaster last autumn. Nothing he has done before or since comes close to that and that is where he needs to be in order to figure.

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12
(15)
38-9OR: 89
10/1

Form of both his victories have been working out well, but he is still no better than fairly treated in a far more competitive race.

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13
(8)
38-9OR: 89D
12/1

Has produced two exhilarating displays to land two lower grade races. No surprise to see him defy a hefty rise for an astute trainer who has been striking at over 20% recently.

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14
(18)
38-9OR: 89BFD
13/2

Beat Foxtrot Lady as a juvenile and took a small race on her reappearance. Disappointing last weekend even allowing for her antics at the start and others seem to be making greater progress.

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15
(5)
38-8OR: 88D
25/1

Has two AW wins on the CV but has been placed here. Looks more exposed and others appeal as being more favourably treated.

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16
(6)
38-8OR: 88D
25/1

Highly rated as a juvenile but never quite reached the heights as hoped. Back to somewhere near his best last time and well-handicapped if building on that from what looks a handy draw.

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17
(11)
38-7OR: 87D
14/1

She was beaten less than 4L in a blanket finish for a Group 3 contest in the autumn which flattered her but still impressed the handicapper. Was rated 84 before that run and that is a fairer mark than this.

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18
(14)
38-7OR: 87D
33/1

Has a 2-15 record but needs to improve on her last run when conditions seemed favourable. This jockey/trainer combination have to be feared on a Saturday, but others have more obvious claims.

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19
(20)
38-7OR: 87
25/1

Runner-up in a valuable nursery here in August and not beaten far in 7f handicap during Dante week. This trip on ground this quick poses a problem and a high draw has been a disadvantage in recent runnings.

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20
(12)
38-5OR: 85BFD
16/1

Represents last year's winning trainer/jockey. Fast ground may have been a factor last time, but her Pontefract form looks even better with the runner-up scoring last week and one to note if it rains.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
1Golden Apollo38-35/1Full Result
T: T D EasterbyJ: J P Sullivan

Betting

Forecast

Foxtrot Lady (6/1), Gabrial The Saint (6/1), Beshaayir (13/2), Staxton (9/1), Jawwaal (10/1), Citron Major (12/1), Snazzy Jazzy (12/1), Bambino Lola (14/1), Great Prospector (14/1), Bengali Boys (16/1), Angels (16/1), Savalas (20/1), Zap (20/1), Commander Han (20/1), Encrypted (25/1), Green Power (25/1), Consequences (25/1), Queen's Sargent (25/1), Soldier's Minute (33/1), Neola (33/1)

Verdict

It has paid to be drawn low in this in recent years. Tim Easterby goes for a fourth success with STAXTON who has been prepared for this since his excellent fourth in the Free Handicap at a time when the yard's horses were needing a run. The stable are firing on all cylinders now and and he can take advantage of a more generous mark. Consequences is another to be drawn well and to race off a handy weight, whilst Citron Major, Green Power and Gabrial The Saint also have serious claims of landing this valuable prize.
  1. Staxton
  2. Consequences
  3. Gabrial The Saint

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