14:05 Haydock

Saturday 24 September 2022

All13:3014:0514:4015:1515:5016:2517:00

    Old Boston Handicap

  • 3YO plus  |   Class 2  |   7f 212y  |   Good to Soft (Good in places)  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:06  |   Winning time: 1m 42.9s
2
(4)
Horse silk
Boardman26
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-13| J: D Allan| T: T D Easterby| OR:  100| C| D
12/1
Real success story for these connections, adding a further 3 handicaps to his tally this spring and just about better than ever when runner-up at Ripon a month ago. Nudged up 2 lb but he's likely to give it another good go.
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3
(7)
Horse silk
Montassib49
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-10| J: S Donohoe| T: W J Haggas| OR:  97| BF
9/2
Progressive 4-y-o who scored at Wetherby and Goodwood before posting very good efforts in Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot and Bunbury Cup at Newmarket. Fared best of those held up returned to Ascot last time (tackling 1m for first time) and remains one to be positive about.
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4
(5)
Horse silk
Al Rufaah35
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-9| J: R Havlin| T: J & T Gosden| OR:  96
14/1
Most progressive as a 3-y-o but lightly raced since. Gradually returned to form, finding only one too good at Sandown from this mark last month but suspicion is that he needs everything to fall right.
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5
(12)
Horse silk
Young Firev9
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-7| J: D Tudhope| T: D O'Meara| OR:  94| C| D
12/1
On a lengthy losing run. Hard to get too excited by his recent efforts, though he was denied a clear run at Newcastle and is clearly well treated if staging a revival.
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6
(2)
Horse silk
Akhu Najla128
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-7| J: David Egan| T: R Varian| OR:  98| D
16/5
Cost a fortune as a yearling and impressively landed 1m maiden at Yarmouth on second start in April. Failed to fully fire in listed company a month later, but he's a good looker with a top pedigree and represents a bang in-form yard.
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7
(9)
Horse silk
Chancep36
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-6| J: A Kirby| T: S & E Crisford| OR:  93| D
40/1
AW winner from 2 lb higher in January and promising return to action when fifth at Sandown in July. Soon beaten at Newbury last month and bounce back is called for.
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8
(10)
Horse silk
Fame And Acclaim13
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-5| J: Cam Hardie| T: J L Eyre| OR:  92| CD
80/1
Ended a long losing run in 5-runner C&D handicap in June but hasn't been the easiest to predict this season and he bombed out at Doncaster a fortnight ago.
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9
(6)
Horse silk
Encourageable21
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3| J: P J McDonald| T: James Horton| OR:  94| D
9/1
AW novice winner who took a big jump forward when doubling his tally at Thirsk 3 weeks ago, finding extra. Up 5 lb but that was a decisive win and this 3-y-o has to be taken seriously.
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10
(1)
Horse silk
Wanees58
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-2| J: Dane O'Neill| T: C Hills| OR:  93| D
5/1
325,000 gns Le Havre colt who landed back-to-back 7f novice events last summer and continued on upward curve to land 1m Esher Cup on return at Sandown in April. Solid sixth in Britannia at Royal Ascot but far too free upped to 9.9f at Goodwood. Better expected back in trip.
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11
(3)
Horse silk
Harrow16
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-2| J: Harry Davies(3)| T: A M Balding| OR:  93
10/1
Useful triple winner as a juvenile at up to 7.4f. Filled runner-up spot in pair of AW conditions' events in the spring and gelded following a low-key spell, he got back on track when third at Doncaster last time, finishing to good effect.
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12
(8)
Horse silk
Auditor36
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-2| J: S M Levey| T: M Meade| OR:  93
15/2
Added to his 2-y-o maiden success when landing a 7f Newmarket handicap in June. Progressed again when following up off 5 lb higher over the same C&D and subsequent second to another 3-y-o was another forward step. Remains of serious interest.
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13
(11)
Horse silk
Billyb16
Age: 3|  Weight: 8-10| J: S A Gray| T: Mrs A Duffield| OR:  87| CD
20/1
Thriving 3-y-o who doubled his career tally at Doncaster in July and found only one too good on his next 2 starts. Up 4 lb and posted another sound effort a fortnight ago, just behind Harrow.
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Non-Runners

1
(13)
Horse silk
Astro King62
Weight: 10-0|  Age: 5
T: Sir Michael Stoute  J: Non Runner
NR

Forecasts

Akhu Najla (16/5), Montassib (9/2), Wanees (5/1), Astro King (7/1), Auditor (15/2), Encourageable (9/1), Harrow (10/1), Young Fire (12/1), Boardman (12/1), Al Rufaa (14/1), Billyb (20/1), Chance (40/1), Fame And Acclaim (80/1)

Verdict

A cracking handicap with the vote going to upwardly-mobile 3-y-o AUDITOR, who enhanced his reputation despite failing to land the hat-trick when runner-up to another thriving sort at Newbury last month. There's a bigger perfomance in Montassib and he's second choice, though Akhu Najla demands respect given his pedigree, looks and the red-hot form of his stable.

Previous Winners

2021
Nugget
Weight: 9-11  |Age: 4
5/2

Prize Money

1st: £15,462.002nd: £7,251.003rd: £3,627.004th: £1,812.005th: £906.006th: £453.00

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