17:30 Newbury Fri 17 May 2019

  • Starlight Happy Memories Apprentice Handicap (Str) (Class 5)
  • 1m, Good (Good to Firm in Places)
  • 17 Runners
  • Winner£4,787.002nd£1,424.003rd£712.004th£356.005th£300.006th£300.007th£300.008th£300.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 38.81sOff time:17:36:45
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1
(14)
59-9OR: 77D
14/1

Good fourth in a soft ground 1m handicap at Newmarket in early November, and ran well when runner-up on his return over 1m1½f at Wolverhampton. Does seem best with ease underfoot on turf, though, so could do with rain.

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2
(13)
69-9OR: 77BF
16/1

Has come back in fair form, finishing in the frame in 1¼m handicaps at Brighton and Windsor. Only one win in the last three years, though, and may benefit from the fitting of blinkers now.

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3
(11)
49-8OR: 76BFD
12/1

Form has a rather regressive look to it, and although he's not been disgraced in two starts this year, he doesn't look like rewarding handicapper's generosity imminently.

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4
(2)
69-7OR: 75D
7/1

Something of a Kempton specialist in recent times. but still effective on turf and ran with credit when fourth of 20 to Enigmatic in apprentices event at Ascot last time. Fair bit more needed if he's to win, but shouldn't be disgraced.

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5
(15)
79-7OR: 75BFCD
33/1

Last win came in August 2016, and not as consistent as he once was. Not seen since running poorly at Doncaster last June, and has plenty to prove on return from absence.

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6
(4)
59-6OR: 74CD
8/1

Won over 7f at Sandown in September, but stays 1m well. Below form on final 2018 start, but had excuses, and good claimer booked on her return.

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7
(3)
49-5OR: 73D
14/1

Placed on final two starts last year, but her season ended abruptly in July, and she has been a little below her best in two outings this year. May be working her way back to full fitness, but does need to step up.

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8
(1)
59-5OR: 73D
5/1

Runner-up at Wolverhampton in March, and has run respectably in a couple of outings at Windsor since, albeit much better than the bare result last time. Drop in trip will suit, but needs to get away on terms.

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9
(17)
59-5OR: 73D
20/1

Form petered out after a good start last season, so it remains to be seen if she can build on the promise of her return, when 1½L second of 10 to Here's Two at Lingfield. Claims if she can.

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10
(6)
89-4OR: 72D
16/1

Won three times last season, rising 19lb as a result, and has found life tough subsequently. Slowly away when eighth of 20 to Enigmatic in apprentices event at Ascot last time, but plenty more required here.

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11
(9)
59-4OR: 72BFD
14/1

Ran well when runner-up at Pontefract early last month, and possibly best to forgive an unplaced effort on AW last time, for all he was heavily backed. Has one of the least experienced riders on board.

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12
(12)
89-2OR: 70D
16/1

Winner off a mark of 93 in the past although beaten in a lowly seller at Lingfield last time. Has an inexperienced rider in the plate here, and probably best to look elsewhere on stable debut.

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13
(5)
59-0OR: 68D
7/1

Had a breathing op after final run last year, and gained first handicap win in the mud at Haydock on his return. Has similar form on fast ground earlier in career, so should be able to build on that.

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14
(16)
48-13OR: 67D
66/1

Twice in the frame at Kempton earlier in the year, but well held on her last couple of starts, and easy enough to oppose at present.

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15
(10)
78-12OR: 66D
40/1

Won a weak affair at Lingfield in December on stable debut, and better effort since when fifth of 11 there last time. More required now, but yard in form and has one of the more experienced riders in the saddle.

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16
(7)
78-7OR: 61CD
25/1

Won at Chelmsford in February, and while he was well beaten back on turf at Doncaster last time, he was probably stretched by the extended 1¼m trip there, and not without a squeak.

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17
(8)
68-7OR: 60BFD
9/1

Kempton specialist. Heavily backed off lower turf mark at Haydock last time, but ran badly, and just seems better on Polytrack.

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Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

High Acclaim (5/1), Kingston Kurrajong (7/1), Bristol Missile (7/1), Keeper's Choice (8/1), Magic Mirror (9/1), Regimented (12/1), Arctic Sea (14/1), Indiscretion (14/1), Redgrave (14/1), Biotic (16/1), Lacan (16/1), Grapevine (16/1), Dreaming Of Paris (20/1), Misu Pete (25/1), Wind In My Sails (33/1), Chetan (40/1), Margie's Choice (66/1)

Verdict

KEEPER'S CHOICE is just 1lb higher than when winning at Sandown last summer, and has the assistance of the excellent Scott McCullagh, so could be the answer to a tricky finale. Bristol Missile seemed to benefit from a wind operation when winning at Haydock, and had previously won his maiden on quick ground, so should be able to build on that, while Grapevine and High Acclaim have their chances based on recent efforts, with the former the type who could benefit from headgear.
  1. Keeper's Choice
  2. Bristol Missile
  3. Grapevine

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