16:50 Leicester Thu 19 July 2018

  • Samworth Brothers Handicap (Class 6)
  • 1m 3f 179y, Good to Firm (Firm in places)
  • 9 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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Winning time:2m 32.3sOff time:16:50:58
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1
(6)
49-8OR: 56
5/1

Raced almost exclusively on AW, but matched pick of that form when runner-up in a 1¾m handicap at Nottingham last time when sporting a first-time visor. Needs headgear to keep working, but chances if coping with drop in trip.

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2
(5)
59-7OR: 55CD
6/1

Won a C&D handicap last year off a 3lb higher mark, and ran respectably when second of 5 to Garbanzo at Doncaster last time after a break. Should be in the mix if improving for that comeback run.

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3
(8)
59-5OR: 53D
8/1

Fallen in the weights this year, and best effort for current yard when short-head second of 12 to Claramara at Beverley last time. Record in handicaps reads 1-24, so not one to go overboard about, but clearly handicapped to win at present.

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4
(2)
99-3OR: 51D
16/1

Won a selling hurdle in December for Micky Hammond. Has shown little in four starts for current yard, but all have come under an inexperienced rider, so he can't be dismissed out of hand given positive jockey booking.

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5
(7)
69-3OR: 51BFD
13/8

No impact for a while for Patrick Holmes, including over hurdles, but new yard has revived similar types, and likely he needed debut for stable at Hamilton last month. One to be interested in from sliding mark.

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6
(4)
59-2OR: 50D
25/1

Took 23 tries to get off the mark, and then duly followed up (both wins at Wolverhampton in the spring), but his revival proved short-lived, and he's run poorly on last two starts.

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7
(3)
79-0OR: 48
5/1

Best turf form at Yarmouth, and both wins on this surface have come over 1m3½f there, the latest five weeks ago. Balance of form suggests revised mark may be enough to prevent a follow up.

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8
(1)
68-12OR: 45
25/1

Long-standing maiden who hasn't seemed to benefit from wind surgery prior to debut for current yard, finishing well held on both starts four months apart. Plenty to prove at present.

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9
(9)
58-12OR: 45D
25/1

Consistent at a modest level on AW, but turf form is much patchier, and he ran poorly at Lingfield (2m, good) on his latest start.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
14Tyrsal69-38/1Full Result
T: C LinesJ: Patrick Pilley

Betting

Forecast

Life Knowledge (13/8), Sexy Secret (5/1), Caracas (5/1), Albert Boy (6/1), Melabi (8/1), Shalamzar (16/1), Threediamondrings (25/1), Oyster Card (25/1), Chorus Of Lies (25/1)

Verdict

MELABI is by no means a frequent winner, but he only just failed to get up at Beverley last time, and has never been so low in the weights. He's clearly capable of ending a barren run, and gets the nod over C&D winner Albert Boy, who will strip fitter for a recent run at Doncaster. Life Knowledge hasn't shown much for a while, but his new yard has been getting good results from similar types, and he's worth bearing in mind on his second run back from a break.
  1. Melabi
  2. Albert Boy
  3. Life Knowledge

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