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Friday 18 September 2020

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Western House Hotel Handicap (Div 2)

Class 5  |   1m  |   Good to Soft (Soft in places)  |   11 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 17:27  |   Winning time: 1m 43.28s

1
(2)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-12  |  J: Jason Hart |  T: J J Quinn|  OR: 70|  CD
6/1

C&D winner. Respectable third of 13 in handicap at Hamilton (8.3f, soft, 15/2) 48 days ago, running on. Won at this meeting 12 months ago and she has to be taken seriously again.

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2
(11)
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-11  |  J: Rowan Scott |  T: Rebecca Bastiman|  OR: 65|  CD
9/1

Career best when winning 12-runner handicap at Musselburgh (1m) 12 days ago by 4½ lengths from Chinese Spirit, suited by way race developed. Clearly back in excellent order and respected.

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4
(4)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-8  |  J: R Kingscote |  T: A C Whillans|  OR: 70
9/2

Respectable fifth of 9 in handicap at Hamilton (11.1f) 17 days ago, his stamina possibly stretched late on. Worth treating as still in form and claims back at 1m.

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5
(1)
Merricourtp12(ex 5)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-8  |  J: P Mulrennan |  T: I Jardine|  OR: 61|  D
12/1

Cheekpieces on for 1st time, improved on recent efforts to win 13-runner handicap at Musselburgh (1m) 12 days ago. He's one to be interested in again if headgear continues to have desired effect.

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6
(3)
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: Ben Sanderson |  T: K Dalgleish|  OR: 63|  C
40/1

Course winner. 40/1, ninth of 14 in handicap at Thirsk (7f, good) 4 days ago, unable to sustain effort. Handicapper proving slow to relinquish his grip and others make more appeal.

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7
(8)
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: B A Curtis |  T: L A Mullaney|  OR: 62|  D
14/1

Latest win at Wolverhampton in March. Bit below form fifth of 9 in handicap at Wolverhampton (8.6f) 4 days ago. Application of blinkers may put an edge on him and booking of Curtis catches the eye.

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8
(12)
Cassy Ob1(ex 6)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-9  |  J: T Eaves |  T: T D Easterby|  OR: 65|  C
10/3

Career best when winning 13-runner handicap (33/1) at this course (7.2f, good to soft) 1 day ago. Has to be respected on the back of that if turned out quickly.

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9
(6)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: P Hanagan |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 65
17/2
10
(5)
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-13  |  J: Kevin Stott |  T: K A Ryan|  OR: 61|  BF|  C
14/1

Course winner here in August. 9/2, failed to confirm previous step forward when ninth of 12 in handicap at Catterick (7f, heavy) 10 days ago. Bounce back called for.

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11
(7)
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-11  |  J: D Allan |  T: T D Easterby|  OR: 59|  BF
11/2

2 wins from 5 runs this year. Latest win at Hamilton in August. 5/4, below form in hat-trick bid when seventh of 12 in handicap at Newcastle (10.2f) 10 days ago. Not one to write off back down in trip

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12
(9)
Age: 6|  Weight: 8-9  |  J: P J McDonald |  T: Miss L A Perratt|  OR: 53|  CD
14/1

C&D winner. Latest win at Musselburgh in August. Creditable fifth of 13 in handicap (7/2) at Musselburgh (8f, good) 6 days ago. Cheekpieces on 1st time.

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Non-Runners

3
(13)
Oriental Lilly12
Weight: 9-9|  Age: 6
T: J S Goldie  J: P Mathers
13
(10)
Lucky Violet6
Weight: 8-7|  Age: 8
T: Miss L A Perratt  J: Jamie Gormley
Betting

Forecast

Cassy O (10/3), Ralphy Boy Two (9/2), Temper Trap (11/2), My Ukulele (6/1), Star Of St James (17/2), Donnelly's Rainbow (9/1), Merricourt (12/1), Alioski (14/1), Chinese Spirit (14/1), Beverley Bullet (14/1), Oriental Lilly (14/1), Lucky Violet (33/1), Forever A Lady (40/1)

Verdict

An ultra-competitive finale with the vote in favour of RALPHY BOY TWO. A steadily progressive 3-y-o handicapper on balance, it's feasible to think 11f stretched his stamina at Hamilton latest and he appeals as being on a handy mark. Donnelly's Rainbow, My Ukulele and Merricourt head up the dangers, in that order, though Cassy O is now highly respected after his career-best win here on Thursday.

  1. RALPHY BOY TWO (IRE)
  2. DONNELLY'S RAINBOW (IRE)
  3. MY UKULELE (IRE)
Prize Money
1st:
£3,429.00
2nd:
£1,020.00
3rd:
£510.00
4th:
£300.00
5th:
£300.00
6th:
£300.00
7th:
£300.00
8th:
£300.00

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