17:30 Newmarket Sat 11 August 2018

  • Close Brothers Handicap (Class 3)
  • 2m, Good to Soft (Soft in places)
  • 8 Runners
  • Winner£9,704.002nd£2,888.003rd£1,443.004th£722.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:3m 30.55sOff time:17:30:38
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1
(1)
410-2OR: 91D
9/2

Both of his successes have come on the Polytrack at Kempton, and he ran well to be second there on belated return last month. May have 'bounced' when running poorly in valuable handicap at Newbury last time, and could easily leave that behind.

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2
(6)
510-0OR: 89BF
7/2

Won a maiden at Kempton in October and gained his first turf success at Salisbury in May. No match for Mancini when second over 2m at Goodwood last time, and needs to build on that now.

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3
(4)
59-13OR: 88D
6/1

Generally shaping a bit better than form figures indicate this year, and creditable 2L second of 6 to Piedita at Chester (2m) last time. Bit more required to defy current mark.

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4
(7)
89-11OR: 86BFD
10/1

Well placed to win a couple of uncompetitive handicaps at Yarmouth and Lingfield last month, and again when second to Be Perfect at Doncaster last time. Handicapper may have his measure now, however.

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5
(3)
49-11OR: 86D
9/4

Broke his duck at the 16th attempt last time at Chester (2m, good to firm) in June, and again ran well when runner-up at York last time. No knocking his consistency, and one to bear in mind.

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(8)
49-10OR: 85D
10/1

Left Luca Cumani for 48,000 gns in November 2017, with new connections immediately recapturing some of that outlay with a clear-cut win at Chelmsford (2m) in March. Ran well next twice, but flopped at Newcastle last time, and risky now.

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7
(2)
49-4OR: 79
25/1

Better on AW, but gained belated first turf win when beating Omotesando at Chester last time. This looks tougher, and even a 2lb rise could be enough to find him out.

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8
(5)
68-12OR: 73
12/1

Hard to know what ability remains, as he was hampered and eased off when last on belated comeback at Windsor in April. Absent since, and passed over unless the subject of significant support.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
6Rolling Maul99-58/1Full Result
T: P BowenJ: Joshua Bryan

Betting

Forecast

Master Archer (9/4), Stanley (7/2), Percy's Word (9/2), St Mary's (6/1), Chocolate Box (10/1), Its'afreebee (10/1), Jam Session (12/1), Good Time Ahead (25/1)

Verdict

A horse with nine seconds against one win in his record can never be defined as a solid betting medium, but MASTER ARCHER is in fine form at present, and looks the one they have to aim at. Percy's Word disappointed last time, but has a touch of class and will find this easier, so is suggested as the best alternative, although St Mary's comes here after a good second at Chester, and won't mind any further rain.
  1. Master Archer
  2. Percy's Word
  3. St Mary's

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