Tuesday 2 June 2020
Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap
Class 3 | 1m 2f 42y | Standard / Slow | 12 Runners | Allweather
Off time: 18:01 | Winning time: 2m 10.84s
Stalwart for Mick Appleby and the Horse Watchers for many seasons before moving on into the care of Jamie Osborne and the Melbourne 10; is slowly easing in the weights following a largely unproductive winter in Dubai (1m1f-1m2f).
Ended her progressive three-year-old season with a third-placed finish in a 1m4f Listed contest at Nantes (heavy); promises to be much better suited by a drop in trip to 1m2f, assuming that she's not overburdened by weight.
Cost €75,000 as a juvenile, and made steady progress last season with experience gained; decisive 6L winner of a four-runner Brighton maiden (1m2f, good to firm) - favourite had valid excuses - when last seen in competitive action; handicap debut.
Left John Gosden for 15,000gns last autumn off the back of a narrow breakthrough success at Sandown (1m2f, good) - beat Cape Cavalli; 3lb higher, but this trainer (doubly-represented) is known to do well with others cast-offs.
Hit the crossbar when a close second to Godolphin's Dubai Icon in a Class 3 handicap at York (1m2½f, soft) last October; 2lb higher here, and competes from a joint-career high handicap mark; stablemate of Sucellus.
Rose swiftly through the handicap ranks with a rich vein of form last summer, courtesy of a hat-trick of wins between 1m2f and 1m4f (Newmarket and York x2); that said, ended the season much less productively; was placed on sole previous AW start.
Course specialist (over 1m); made all and hung on in a game and determined manner to see off Paparazzi in a Class 4 handicap here 104-days ago; has much more on his plate in this grade, with something to prove at 1m2f.
Ex Jeremy Noseda; has raced consistently (20531) since joining Declan Carroll; was seemingly value for more than the official winning margin (¾L) when scoring over C&D in late February; sits 3lb higher; probable player.
Won three-times on turf (1m2f-1m4f) last season, culminating with a gritty display at Thirsk (Class 3) in early September; sits high enough in the weights (2lb rise) as a result, but crucially does have winning course form (1m) on his CV.
Belatedly broke his duck in a 1m2f Goodwood novice (good to firm) in early September before being short-headed by today's rival Sucellus at Sandown subsequently; no obvious reason as to why he shouldn't be there or thereabouts.
Set some stiff tasks last season, but equally fair to state that his form dipped badly from mid-summer onward; yet to win on the AW (placed off this mark over C&D in June 2018); difficult to know what to expect so others are preferred.
Twice filled the runner-up berth from much higher marks than today's early last season (Pontefract and York); relatively unexposed on the AW (0-1) and it wouldn't come as a total surprise were he to take a marked step back in the right direction.
Cape Cavalli (3/1), Cockalorum (5/1), Medal Winner (13/2), Moll Davis (13/2), Society Red (10/1), Sucellus (11/1), Big Country (11/1), Jus Pires (12/1), Trevithick (16/1), Where's Jeff (22/1), Lunar Jet (28/1), Arctic Fox (50/1)
- Society Red
- Cape Cavalli
- Jus Pires