16:45 Newmarket Thu 18 April 2019

  • bet365 Handicap (Class 2)
  • 7f, Good to Firm (Good in Places)
  • 10 Runners
  • Winner£16,172.002nd£4,812.003rd£2,405.004th£1,202.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 26.67sOff time:16:45:11
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(1)
79-7OR: 105D
14/1

Thrived on Polytrack last year, and landed a hat-trick when winning the Chelmsford City Cup (7f) in September. Runner-up next two starts, and excuses at Lingfield in February, but not certain to prove as effective back on turf.

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2
(5)
59-7OR: 105D
5/2

In the handicapper's grip last year, but ran well enough on occasions, and won over this trip at Meydan in February. Fine second there last time, and claims if translating that form to home soil.

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(2)
49-3OR: 101D
5/2

Lighltly raced in 2018, and best effort in three runs at Meydan this year when beating stablemate Mubtasim over 7f last time. Little to choose between the pair once more.

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(9)
49-1OR: 99D
12/1

Showed improved form last summer, not beaten far in a Goodwood Group 3 and then third over this trip at York in handicap company. Both those runs against fillies, though, and this demands more.

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(8)
49-1OR: 99CD
20/1

Winner at Chelmsford off a 1lb lower mark back in August. Not quite so good subsequently, although not beaten far at Lingfield in November. Has a C&D win to his name in the past, so can't be dismissed.

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(3)
Zap208
48-13OR: 97D
11/1

Won Silver Bunbury Cup on July course last summer, and got up late to win at Leopardstown in September. Starts new season on a fair mark, and should pay his way once more.

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(4)
58-12OR: 96D
10/1

Impressive winner at York last May and runner-up in a C&D handicap in September, but still expensive to follow. Forgiven a low-key start to the season at Kempton and should do better, but patience wearing a little thin.

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(6)
58-11OR: 95D
20/1

Best effort last year (three wins) when scoring in heavy ground at Ayr in September. Fairly treated on that, but disappointing either side of that run, and must bring his A game.

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(11)
58-7OR: 90BFCD
16/1

Versatile sort with regards to both ground and trip, as shown when winning in soft conditions over C&D in November. Ended 2018 with a good third at Doncaster, although stepping up the class ladder here.

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(7)
48-7OR: 89CD
13/2

Belatedly got the hang of things, winning a novice at Lingfield followed by a C&D handicap, both in September. Ran even better when second at Ascot on final start., and shortlisted despite being 11lb above his winning mark for yard in fine form.

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Non-Runners

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(10)
War Glory8
68-10OR: 94
T: R HannonJ: Non Runner

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
14Mjjack49-67/1Full Result
T: K R BurkeJ: C Lee

Betting

Forecast

Mubtasim (5/2), On The Warpath (5/2), Game Player (13/2), Gilgamesh (10/1), Zap (11/1), Betty F (12/1), Cenotaph (14/1), Presidential (16/1), War Glory (16/1), Hajjam (20/1), Rufus King (20/1)

Verdict

Mubtasim and On The Warpath are closely matched on Meydan form and need respect, for all it's been rather a mixed week for Godolphin . GAME PLAYER was really hitting his straps when last seen in the autumn, and looks one to follow in handicaps this season, with his in-from trainer's decision to run here rather than find an easier opening looking significant. Gilgamesh may have a dwindling army of followers, but this talented colt still gives the impression he can win a big prize when everything drops right, and he is feared most.
  1. Game Player
  2. Gilgamesh
  3. On The Warpath

Video Replay

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F: 1-111

T: H De Bromhead

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F: -

T: S bin Suroor

Burrows Saint

F: 203-411

T: W P Mullins

Setting Sail

F: 21/

T: C Appleby

Stealth Fighter

F: 125-4

T: S bin Suroor

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