16:45 Newmarket 13 Jul 2018

Gordon's Handicap (Class 2) (4YO plus)

Winner £31,125 - 7 run - Draw Advantage: High

6

1m 6f

Good to Firm (Watered)

Weather: View Course Guide

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
Data quality75%
Position
1 (5)
261935-
iT
Silver, tassel on cap (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum)

Hochfeld (IRE)  273 

b g Cape Cross - What A Charm (Key Of Luck)

4 9-10
103
4 9-10
103

Produced a smart effort to win by 6 lengths over C&D in August. Gelded ahead of return and on a career-high mark.

Produced a smart effort to win by 6 lengths over C&D in August. Gelded ahead of return and on a career-high mark.

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Hochfeld Score: 382

4
2 (4)
8-35490
iT
Royal blue, white cap (Godolphin)

Natural Scenery 13 

b m Dubawi - Argentina (Sadler's Wells)

5 9-7 p
100
5 9-7 p
100

On a handy mark on the pick of her form but it is fair to say she's not completely straightforward. Cheekpieces back on.

On a handy mark on the pick of her form but it is fair to say she's not completely straightforward. Cheekpieces back on.

Natural Scenery Score: 357

3 (2)
311
iT
White, large black spots, black cap (Elite Racing Club)

Elgin 42 

b g Duke Of Marmalade - China Tea (High Chaparral)

6 9-5
98
6 9-5
98

Very smart hurdler who made it 2 wins from just 3 starts in this sphere in 5-runner minor event at Catterick in June, having plenty in hand. Opening mark could underestimate him.

Very smart hurdler who made it 2 wins from just 3 starts in this sphere in 5-runner minor event at Catterick in June, having plenty in hand. Opening mark could underestimate him.

Elgin Score: 419

2
4 (7)
4821-48
iT
Dark blue and white check, dark blue sleeves, emerald green cap (Michael Watt And Billy Slater (aus))

Saunter (FR)  21 

gr g Myboycharlie - Marie Des Fleurs (Smart Strike)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Signed off 2017 by landing the valuable November Handicap on second run for this yard. Respectable efforts both starts this year and should be suited by a return to this trip.

Signed off 2017 by landing the valuable November Handicap on second run for this yard. Respectable efforts both starts this year and should be suited by a return to this trip.

Saunter Score: 400

3
5 (3)
321/11
iT
Royal blue (Godolphin)

Hamada 58 

b g Cape Cross - Sahraah (Kingmambo)

4 9-3
96
4 9-3
96

Made light of a 19-month absence when scoring at Wolverhampton in April. Raised his game further when following up at York (11.8f) subsequently and remains unexposed.

Made light of a 19-month absence when scoring at Wolverhampton in April. Raised his game further when following up at York (11.8f) subsequently and remains unexposed.

Hamada Score: 483

1
6 (6)
4300-41
iT
Pink, red sleeves, pink armlets, red cap (Shraaoh Partners)

Shraaoh (IRE)  35 

b g Sea The Stars - Jumooh (Monsun)

5 9-2 t
95
5 9-2 t
95

Back to best when winning 9-runner handicap at Goodwood (14f) on second start for this yard last month, produced late and finishing strongly. Lightly raced for a 5-y-o so may have more to offer.

Back to best when winning 9-runner handicap at Goodwood (14f) on second start for this yard last month, produced late and finishing strongly. Lightly raced for a 5-y-o so may have more to offer.

Shraaoh Score: 311

7 (8)
18-5247
iT
Grey, dark blue braces (Ladas)

Fire Jet (IRE)  13 

ch m Ask - Lightning Jet (Dutch Art)

5 8-11
90
5 8-11
90

Progressive in 2017, winning 3 times, including over C&D. Back to her best when runner-up here in May and not disgraced both starts since, though perhaps summed up by her mark.

Progressive in 2017, winning 3 times, including over C&D. Back to her best when runner-up here in May and not disgraced both starts since, though perhaps summed up by her mark.

Fire Jet Score: 372

8 (1)
2410/22-
iT
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

Project Bluebook (FR)  330 (91J) 

bl g Sinndar - Apperella (Rainbow Quest)

5 8-2 (ow1)
81
5 8-2 (ow1)
81

Useful hurdler who returns to this sphere on a workable mark and can't be ruled out.

Useful hurdler who returns to this sphere on a workable mark and can't be ruled out.

Project Bluebook Score: 343

Verdict

Elgin is a high-class hurdler and he has been successful at Chelmsford and Catterick on the Flat in recent months. The concern regarding his chance is the forecast good to firm ground and with that in mind, preference is for HAMADA. The son of Cape Cross arrives having won a competitive handicap at York in May and the second from that contest was only beaten a neck in the Old Newton Cup last weekend, off a 3lb higher mark. That evidence suggests that this lightly-raced four-year-old may be underestimated by a rating of 96, especially as the extra couple of furlongs today may bring about further improvement. Natural Scenery was disappointing in the Northumberland Plate but it is too soon to be writing her off.

Verdict

ELGIN scored with plenty in hand for the second time in this sphere at Catterick last month, and there’s every chance his opening mark could underestimate him given his very smart form over hurdles. Hamada remains lightly raced and is likely to improve further, while Saunter may benefit from a return to this trip.