15:00 Newmarket

Saturday 14 May 2022

All13:5014:2515:0015:3516:1016:4517:20

    Birketts LLP Handicap

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 2  |   7f  |   Good to Firm (Good in places)  |   11 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:02  |   Winning time: 1m 24.46s
1
(10)
Horse silk
Humanitariant15
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-12| J: S M Levey| T: S C Williams| OR:  105
80/1
Smart on his day for John Gosden but seen out only twice since September 2020 and recent debut for this stable was underwhelming.
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2
(1)
Horse silk
Pensiero D'Amoreh126
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-10| J: Stefano Cherchi(3)| T: M Botti| OR:  103| D
66/1
Winner at Kempton in March, but that's very much a standout effort this term, last at the same course on his latest outing. Needs a hood to have a positive effect.
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3
(8)
Horse silk
Shine So Brighth15
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-9| J: Harry Davies(7)| T: A M Balding| OR:  102| CD
5/1
Smart type who, with a hood on for the first time, returned to something like his best to land a C&D event with something to spare on reappearance.
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4
(2)
Horse silk
Bullace224
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-9| J: Hector Crouch| T: R M Beckett| OR:  102| C| D
14/1
Smart colt who wasn't at his best when last seen but scored at this track on last season's reappearance, so merits respect back from 7 months off.
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5
(5)
Horse silk
Quintillus92
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-6| J: James Doyle| T: C Appleby| OR:  99| D
4/1
Unreliable sort who ran poorly at Meydan on latest outing 3 months ago. Still relatively lightly raced, though, and can make his mark if he settles.
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6
(11)
Horse silk
San Isidroh1251
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-6| J: A Kirby| T: J Ferguson| OR:  99
40/1
Useful performer in France and picked up by current connections for 60,000 gns in October. Can't be completely dismissed debuting for a shrewd stable after 8 months off.
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7
(12)
Horse silk
Saleymmt28
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-5| J: Jack Mitchell| T: S & E Crisford| OR:  98| BF| D
5/2
Son of Dubawi who took his form up another notch when second of 22 in Lincoln at Doncaster on his reappearance. Found little at Newbury next time, but not great surprise if he gets back on the up.
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8
(7)
Horse silk
Wizard D'Amour15
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-8| J: J Fanning| T: K R Burke| OR:  87| BF| D
3/1
Likeable type who was back on the up with a cosy success at Catterick in April and ran with credit when second to Shine So Bright over C&D since. Could turn the tables on that rival.
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9
(6)
Horse silk
Free Solo12
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-8| J: Saffie Osborne(3)| T: J A Osborne| OR:  87
100/1
Useful in Ireland, although 12 runs since sole win in 2019. Disappointing start for current yard when last at Windsor 12 days ago, leaving him with something to prove.
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10
(4)
Horse silk
Natural Pathp1,t85
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-7| J: David Egan| T: M L W Bell| OR:  86| D
11/1
Useful 5yo who has been performing respectably in Bahrain so far this year. Scored from a 2-lb lower mark last season, so he's not without hope back from a short break,
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12
(3)
Horse silk
Melody Of Life309
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-4| J: R Ffrench| T: A M Balding| OR:  83| D
25/1
Dual winner at 3 but hasn't been seen since a tame run at Ascot 10 months ago. Market could be informative.
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Non-Runners

11
(9)
Horse silk
Top Secret225
Weight: 8-5|  Age: 5
T: W Muir & C Grassick  J: Non Runner
NR

Forecasts

Saleymm (5/2), Wizard D'Amour (3/1), Quintillus (4/1), Shine So Bright (5/1), Natural Path (11/1), Bullace (14/1), Melody Of Life (25/1), San Isidro (40/1), Pensiero D'Amore (66/1), Humanitarian (80/1), Free Solo (100/1)

Verdict

WIZARD D'AMOUR couldn't live with Shine So Bright over C&D on reappearance but he is better off at the weights and more consistent than that rival, so he's fancied to reverse the form and get back to winning ways. Bullace could put his best foot forward returning to this course after 7 months off.

Prize Money

1st: £25,770.002nd: £12,085.003rd: £6,045.004th: £3,020.005th: £1,510.006th: £755.00

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