17:35 Bath Fri 7 June 2019

  • Charles Saunders Handicap (Class 6)
  • 5f 160y, Good to Firm (Firm in places)
  • 17 Runners
  • Winner£3,105.002nd£924.003rd£462.004th£400.005th£400.006th£400.007th£400.008th£400.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 9.16sOff time:17:37:36
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Essaka4(ex 4)
79-10OR: 59CD

Won with something in hand at Brighton on Monday under this jockey and should make a bold bid to defy his 4lb penalty on ground that suits.

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59-7OR: 60CD

Didn't perform for lady amateur rider last term but had previously been in good form winning at Brighton (6f) last month off 6lb lower mark. Apprentice's 3lb allowance helps the cause.

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79-6OR: 59D

Hasn't won on turf since July 2016 and appears to be having issues at the start of late having been very slow away last two outings. Nicely handicapped on best of old form though and represents last year's winning stable.

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59-6OR: 59CD

Stable has plenty of winners here and this gelding has good 3-7 stirke rate at the track. Last win came back in October 2017 though off 14lb higher mark and hasn't really shone of late.

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49-5OR: 58D

Just denied at Brighton five weeks ago and won race in centre group at Thrsk last time only to finish second overall. Runs off same mark so should be very much in the mix once again.

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69-5OR: 58CD

May find this trip on fast ground on the sharp side having posted last win at 7f at Lingfield in December. Jockey booking very eyecatching though and any easing of the going would help his cause.

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59-4OR: 57BFD

Yard has 13% strike rate here. Failed to score from numerous attempts in Ireland but hit the target penultimate start at Wolverhampton and failed by just a nose to follow up at Chelmsford last time. Does appear better on AW though.

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89-2OR: 55CD

Won in good style at Brighton last month off 10lb lower mark then followed up under a penalty over C&D soon after. Stayed on when sixth at Wolverhampton latest and another sound effort is on the cards.

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89-2OR: 55D

Last turf win came off mark of 48 at Chepstow last summer but has scored on AW since. Fair second over C&D last term off 3lb lower mark but recent form is something of a concern.

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49-2OR: 55CD

2-3 career wins have come over this C&D and was up against it from unfavourable draw last time. Better placed on this occasion and another solid run looks likely at his happy hunting ground.

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48-12OR: 51

Eight-race maiden whose best effort came last time on Fibresand at Southwell when second over 5f. Hard to see him handling this very quick ground as well and others make more appeal.

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58-11OR: 50

Very lightly raced mare who has raced just three times and makes handicap bow off low mark having run creditably at Wolverhampton in February when third last time in novice stakes. Hard to assess so market may prove helpful.

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58-8OR: 47CD

2-14 on turf, both those wins coming over C&D last spring off much higher marks. Generally regressive since though not disgraced last two outings.

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48-7OR: 46CD

Won over C&D on fast ground last September and never managed to get into it after a slow start here last time out on first start following winter break. Back to previous winning mark so is of some interest.

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48-7OR: 45

Still to break her duck but kept on well over C&D last time when respectable second under same jockey. Has each-way possibilities.

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78-7OR: 45CD

Only 2-34 on turf but those two wins came over this C&D. Some sign of a return to form when fifth here last time out and runs off same mark.

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68-7OR: 45

43-race maiden who has never reached even a place in 32 runs on turf and it would be a surprise if she breaks that lamentable sequence on this occasion

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Last Year's Winner

8Vincenzo Coccotti69-09/2Full Result
T: K O Cunningham-BrownJ: Joshua Bryan



Storm Melody (3/1), Essaka (9/2), Olaudah (11/2), Pastfact (8/1), Pocket Warrior (10/1), Holdenhurst (10/1), Toolatetodelegate (14/1), Red Tycoon (20/1), Who Told Jo Jo (20/1), Spirit Of Ishy (20/1), Filbert Street (25/1), Spot Lite (25/1), Mrs Todd (25/1), Fantasy Justifier (33/1), Sugar Plum Fairy (33/1), Tally's Song (66/1), Burauq (66/1)


A low-grade sprint handicap in which the majority of runners have failed to show consistent form for some time. SUGAR PLUM FAIRY is a speculative choice as she goes well here and ran better than her finishing position suggests over C&D last time out. There are any number of possible alternatives, including Essaka, who won well at Brighton earlier in the week and is very much feared. Who Told Jo Jo, Holdenhurst, Pocket Warrior and Spot Lite are others with claims.
  1. Sugar Plum Fairy
  2. Essaka
  3. Pocket Warrior

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