15:35 York

Saturday 15 June 2019


Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap

Class 2  |   6f  |   Good to Soft  |   22 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 15:41  |   Winning time: 1m 12.48s

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: R L Moore |  T: M Johnston|  OR: 102|  D

Won three of his seven 2-y-o starts, and improved again when beaten a head on handicap debut at Leicester (6f). Similar form when second of 12 to Awe in 7f handicap at Newmarket last time, and can't be dismissed despite his big weight.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: G Mosse |  T: M R Channon|  OR: 100|  D

Won valuable contests at the Curragh (6½f) and Chantilly (5½f, Listed) in the autumn. Best effort this year when fourth in Listed race at Newbury, but well beaten in France last time, and mark is high enough on balance.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: David Probert |  T: Mrs P Sly|  OR: 99|  D

Progressive front-runner who was caught close home by Moraawed on Doncaster reappearance, and turned the tables with a gutsy display at Newmarket last time. Has more to offer, and much respected.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-2  |  J: R Winston |  T: A W Carroll|  OR: 97|  D

Best effort this season when second on soft ground at Chester in May, and faced a stiff task against his elders in "Dash" at Epsom last time. Return to 6f should suit, and not without a chance.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1  |  J: Harry Bentley |  T: R M Beckett|  OR: 96

Relishes bottomless ground and won an Ayr Listed race on it last September. Much better effort this year when fifth of 8 to Maid In India in Listed race at Haydock last week, and this looks a little easier.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1  |  J: P Mulrennan |  T: K Dalgleish|  OR: 96|  DWS

Matched pick of his winning form when third in Group 3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton in September, but below form in soft ground C&D event when last seen. Has had wind surgery since, but faces a stiff task on return.

Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1  |  J: P J McDonald |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 96|  D

Lost his way at the end of a busy juvenile campaign, but back on track when second of 13 to Lihou in handicap at Chester on last month's return. Up in the weights for that, and needs more to defy his current mark.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-13  |  J: T Eaves |  T: K A Ryan|  OR: 94|  D

Improved to win at Pontefract on his return, and backed that up when winning at Leicester last time by head from Blown By Wind. Thriving, but ran poorly on his only try on softer than good, which is a worry given conditions.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-13  |  J: Barry McHugh |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 94|  C|  D

Gained a first win since debut here (5f) when winning at Dundalk in January, but readily held next time, and ran poorly here last time. Record now looking very patchy, and he's unproven on easy ground, so makes limited appeal.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-13  |  J: Rob Hornby |  T: A M Balding|  OR: 94|  D

Won on soft ground last year, and not far off her best when 3½L third of 5 to Street Parade on handicap debut at Windsor last time. Dropped 3lb for that, but still needs more.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-12  |  J: D Tudhope |  T: K A Ryan|  OR: 93

Improved on winning form when third in Listed event at Ayr (5f, heavy) in September. Further progress when second of 4 to Semoum at Hamilton last month, but handicapper looks to have been quite severe with his opening mark.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-12  |  J: Kevin Stott |  T: K A Ryan|  OR: 93

Dual 2-y-o winner, and looked better than ever when second to Top Breeze at Newmarket in April. Flopped over same track and trip last month, however, and has a bit to prove now.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-11  |  J: P Hanagan |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 92|  D

Both wins have come over 6f at Pontefract, and while he was beaten only narrowly here on debut, two runs at the track since then have been underwhelming, albeit with excuses. Needs to prove he can back up his latest win.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-10  |  J: K McEvoy |  T: W J Haggas|  OR: 91|  D

Improved to win a 6f nursery at Newbury in October, and ran too badly to be true on first start since being gelded last month. This run should give a better indication of his current merit, but he needs to improve again to win.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-10  |  J: Pierre-Louis Jamin |  T: Archie Watson|  OR: 91|  D

Not disgraced despite poor form figures this year, and looked unlucky not to finish closer at Chester last time. Not a forlorn hope, but others still more convincing.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-9  |  J: Hollie Doyle |  T: R Hannon|  OR: 90|  D

Largely consistent throughout last season and rewarded at Lingfield when winning an eight runner handicap. Just a respectable 5½L sixth of 19 to Space Blues over 7f here last time, and looks vulnerable once more.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-9  |  J: J P Spencer |  T: W J Haggas|  OR: 90|  D

Fair amount of promise in both starts over 7f as a juvenile, and gelded before showing much improved form to win a 6f maiden at Ripon (good/soft) on his return. Did that easily, and much respected now handicapping off a fair mark.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-7  |  J: A Mullen |  T: Ed Walker|  OR: 88|  D

Won at Ffos Las and Catterick over this trip last year, and respectable efforts in handicaps here and at Doncaster this term. Progress seems to have levelled out, however, and others look stronger again.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-7  |  J: Andrea Atzeni |  T: R Varian|  OR: 88|  BF|  D

Did really well to get up close home to beat Dazzling Dan at Doncaster, and just took too long to hit full stride when fourth to that rival at Newmarket. May well do better in headgear, so interesting to see trainer reach for blinkers here.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-6  |  J: C Lee |  T: R Hannon|  OR: 87|  C|  D

Back to winning ways in a 5f handicap here on her penultimate start, but 7lb rise for that looks a bit severe, and she was only 4½ lengths sixth of 9 to Probability at Chester last time.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-6  |  J: S P Davis |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 87

Not too far away in a 6f Group 3 event at Ascot late last season having won at Musselburgh on debut. Ran poorly on return at latter track (7f, soft), however, and while this is easier, she's hard to back with any confidence.

Age: 3|  Weight: 8-6  |  J: B A Curtis |  T: K R Burke|  OR: 87|  D

Won at Pontefract as a juvenile, and best effort this year when fourth of 9 to Roulston Scar there last time. Has plenty to find on that form, though, and needs a first-time visor to eke out a chunk of improvement.



Victory Day (4/1), Dazzling Dan (6/1), Moraawed (6/1), Blown By Wind (11/1), Cosmic Law (12/1), Dave Dexter (14/1), Luxor (14/1), Secret Venture (14/1), Shallow Hal (16/1), Rathbone (16/1), Recon Mission (20/1), Yousini (20/1), Ventura Ocean (20/1), Magical Wish (25/1), Wedding Date (25/1), Firelight (25/1), Barbill (25/1), Triggered (33/1), Quiet Endeavour (33/1), Fuente (40/1), Charming Kid (40/1), Nicki's Angel (50/1)

It's one-all between DAZZLING DAN and Moraawed this season, and while the latter should get close than he did at Newmarket last time assuming blinkers do their job, the former appeals as the sort of straightforward, robust type who will keep progressing as the season goes on, so gets the vote to confirm that form. Victory Day won his maiden easily at Ripon, and has enough scope to suggest he could be a potential party-pooper now handicapping for the first time.
  1. Dazzling Dan
  2. Moraawed
  3. Victory Day

Previous Winners

Weight: 8-8  |Age: 3
Weight: 8-8  |  
Age: 3  |  
J: Josephine Gordon
T: H Palmer
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