17:30 Beverley

Saturday 8 June 2019

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Michael Foster Memorial Handicap (Div 2)

Class 5  |   7f 96y  |   Good to Soft  |   12 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 17:34  |   Winning time: 1m 35.57s

2
(12)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: Cam Hardie |  T: D O'Meara|  OR: 70
9/1

Kyllachy colt who cost 55,000gns as a juvenile; steady but nothing spectacular so far; improvement is possible for the switch to handicapping; moderate draw in stall 12.

3
(9)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: P J Dobbs |  T: R Hannon|  OR: 68|  BF
7/1

Eight-race maiden who wears cheekpieces for the first time; stayed on well inside the final furlong when finishing 2L fourth to I Am Magical at Newmarket (1m, good to firm) on her penultimate start; realistic claims.

4
(2)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: F Norton |  T: M Johnston|  OR: 68
11/4

Runner up on a couple of occasions as a juvenile, including on debut at Ripon (6f, good to firm); now 10lb lower than when starting off this season and the visor is also applied for the first time.

5
(10)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: T Hamilton |  T: D Carroll|  OR: 67
7/1

Has raced mainly over 5f-6f, winning twice over the latter trip on soft ground so connections will no doubt be praying for significant overnight rain; finished eighth of 20 to Look Out Louis at Thirsk (6f) 28 days ago.

6
(6)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1  |  J: Phil Dennis |  T: M Dods|  OR: 64
10/1

Kyllachy filly (inexpensive yearling; £2,000); has had three qualifying runs (all over 7f) in order to achieve an opening handicap mark; handy early when finishing 4L fourth of seven to Material Girl at Thirsk five weeks ago.

7
(8)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: D Allan |  T: T D Easterby|  OR: 63
10/1

Firebreak gelding; off the track for 333 days since finishing a slightly improved 8L third of nine to Theatre Of War at Wolverhampton (7f) last July; needs more on handicap debut; stablemate of Seperable.

8
(11)
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-12  |  J: A Mullen |  T: B Haslam|  OR: 61|  D
8/1

Like so many of the Ben Haslam string thrived for the switch to racing on Tapeta at Newcastle, winning back-to-back races there during April (7f-1m); 3lb above his last winning mark.

9
(7)
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-9  |  J: Barry McHugh |  T: K A Ryan|  OR: 58
8/1

Five-race maiden who has shown her best form (earlier in her racing career) over 7f on Tapeta at Newcastle; easing in the weights; not an obvious future winner.

10
(3)
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-7  |  J: Kieran Schofield |  T: B Ellison|  OR: 56
25/1

Started at big prices on all three of her juvenile starts - twice at this track, including when finishing in midfield over C&D (good) last September; unlikely winner on handicap debut.

11
(4)
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-4  |  J: D Fentiman |  T: T D Easterby|  OR: 53
12/1

Hasn't shown masses of promise (0-5), and it's inconclusive as to exactly what trip this prominent racer requires with his two starts in handicap company coming over 6f and 1m; stablemate of Mac Alley.

12
(1)
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-2  |  J: P Mathers |  T: Ollie Pears|  OR: 48
12/1

Seven-race maiden; by far her best performance came over this C&D (good) last September when finishing a 150/1 third (beaten 11L) to Mot Juste; exposed as moderate since; stablemate of Northern Footsteps.

13
(13)
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-2  |  J: Jamie Gormley |  T: Ollie Pears|  OR: 45
80/1

Six-race maiden with an official rating of just 34, so competes from well out of the handicap proper; cheekpieces now applied; very unappealing stablemate of Supreme Dream.

Non-Runners

1
(5)
Evie Speed19
Weight: 9-9|  Age: 3
T: Jedd O'Keeffe  J: J Garritty
Betting

Forecast

Desert Lantern (11/4), House Deposit (7/1), Ventura Glory (7/1), Evie Speed (7/1), Blazing Dreams (8/1), Dream Chick (8/1), Dabouk (9/1), Hunterwali (10/1), Mac Ailey (10/1), Separable (12/1), Supreme Dream (12/1), Donnago (25/1), Northern Footsteps (80/1)

Verdict
If this was on Tapeta at Newcastle, the much improved Blazing Dreams would surely rate as difficult to beat. However, with a wide draw (stall 11) and rain forecast on turf, there are enough reasons to be taking on the Ben Haslam-trained runner. Dabouk is a possible improver for David O'Meara now tackling handicaps for the first time, while an easing in the weights coupled with the fitting of a visor could see Mark Johnston's Desert Lantern take a step forward. However, if electing to forgive VENTURA GLORY a poor run at Nottingham, she really ought to prove competitive against these rivals on the strength of her earlier Newmarket fourth (1m) to I Am Magical.
  1. Ventura Glory
  2. Dabouk
  3. Blazing Dreams

Previous Winners

2018
Gangland
Weight: 9-9  |Age: 3
Weight: 9-9  |  
Age: 3  |  
J: P Hanagan
  |  
T: R A Fahey
6/1
Prize Money
1st:
£5,608.00
2nd:
£1,679.00
3rd:
£839.00
4th:
£420.00

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