15:10 Newcastle Wed 19 February 2020

  • Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap (Class 2)
  • 7f 14y,
  • 14 Runners
  • Winner£28,012.002nd£8,388.003rd£4,194.004th£2,097.005th£1,048.006th£526.00
  • Surface: Allweather
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89-10OR: 107D

6f soft ground Group 1 winner (Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes) at Ascot in October 2017; well shy of such form on the AW in more recent times; plenty to do off top-weight but mildly interesting to see how he fares back on a straight track.

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79-9OR: 106D

A fine servant to Richard Hannon (13-55) over a number of years, enjoying AW Championships Finals Day success at Lingfield last April (took the 1m conditions stakes from the French raider Indyco); a 7½f Chester winner on his last handicap start.

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69-6OR: 103BFCD

Healthy AW strike-rate (4-8, 50%); very well backed 13-8f when successful in this race 12 months ago (beat Gallipoli by ¾L); 2lb higher and possibly doesn't arrive in quite the same form on this occasion; first competitive start for 83 days.

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69-3OR: 100CD

Finished fourth of 20 (beaten 4L) in the Cl 2 Balmoral Handicap at Ascot (1m, heavy) in October 2019; always handy when scoring readily in a Cl 3 C&D handicap six weeks ago (beat Rathbone); 4lb higher; Ben Curtis booked to ride.

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59-2OR: 99

Ex-Owen Burrows; prominent-racer; struck on his first two starts for Michael Appleby (1m, Kempton) and has largely held/bettered that form since; finished last of five to Dubai Warrior in the Listed Quebec Stakes at Lingfield (1m2f) two months ago.

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69-1OR: 98CD

C&D form figures read 125 (Cl 2 handicaps); rated 2lb lower than when beating Gallipoli by ½L in this race in 2018; held on in a most determined manner in a 6f Kempton conditions stakes latest (form franked since by Harry's Bar); solid credentials.

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58-9OR: 92D

Former French-racer; in fine fettle for David O'Meara this winter, including when a decisive Cl 3 winner at Wolverhampton (7f) a fortnight ago; 4lb higher (fair) in a more competitive race; risky approach taken if dismissed lightly.

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48-7OR: 90

Proved to be no match for Glen Shiel in Cl 3 C&D handicap six weeks ago and it would be a surprise if he can reverse those placings on 3lb better terms (for 1¼L); has done the bulk of his racing over 6f.

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78-6OR: 89CD

Nearest at the finish when under 2L fourth to Keyser Soze in this race last year (same terms if factoring in the 5lb claim of Angus Villiers); was eased late on (pulled-up and dismounted) at Lingfield on New Year's Eve.

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48-6OR: 89

Lightly raced (2-4 on the AW); was making just his second handicap appearance when keeping on from a tardy start to finish second to Above The Rest (Straight Right fifth) over C&D in mid-December; of obvious interest in first-time blinkers.

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68-4OR: 87C

Consistent performer (over 6f); was given a beautiful ride by Hayley Turner when a snug head winner of a Cl 4 handicap here four weeks ago - form rock-solid for the grade (Athollblair Boy fourth); stablemate of Papa Stour (carries same silks).

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48-3OR: 86

Short of experience in competitive handicaps (& over 7f); eye-catcher when repeatedly denied a clear run behind Glen Shiel and Rathbone (finished 2¾L fourth) over C&D six weeks ago; must step forward, albeit it'll come as no surprise if he does so.

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78-2OR: 81CD

Won for the fifth time at Newcastle (6f x4, 7f x1) when showing a smart turn of foot inside the final furlong to shoot clear of Glenamoy Lad eight days ago; has built a strong rapport with Faye McManoman; raised in grade under a 4lb penalty.

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58-0OR: 83D

Runner-up over 1m here (Cl 5) on his penultimate start; denied a suitable opportunity by failing floodlights here thereafter before easily making amends at Chelmsford (1m) a few weeks later; is facing a much sterner test; stablemate of Hart Stopper.

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Last Year's Winner

5Keyser Soze59-1013/8
T: Richard SpencerJ: A Kirby



Glen Shiel (7/2), Baronial Pride (4/1), Keyser Soze (9/2), Straight Right (5/1), Young Fire (10/1), Papa Stour (11/1), Aljari (11/1), Librisa Breeze (12/1), Oh This Is Us (12/1), Athollblair Boy (12/1), Kasbaan (14/1), Hart Stopper (16/1), Rathbone (22/1), Sanaadh (22/1)


A humdinger featuring previous winners Keyser Soze (2019) and Straight Right (2018). Andrew Balding's charge boasts a solid C&D record (125) and remains on a winnable mark despite gamely taking a 6f conditions event at Kempton latest (form franked at the weekend by Harry's Bar). Glen Shiel, Rathbone and Baronial Pride finished first, second and fourth respectively in a recent Class 3 C&D handicap and consequently must enter the thought process, while the admirable Oh This Is Us was a winner on his last handicap start. However, the unknown commodity is the newly-blinkered ALJARI who makes appeal as a horse of some potential for Marco Botti.
  1. Aljari
  2. Straight Right
  3. Oh This Is Us

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