17:30 York 13 Jul 2018

Gough & Kelly Apprentice Handicap (Class 3) (3YO only)

Winner £9,704 - 9 run - Draw Advantage: None

7

7f

Good to Firm

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No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
Data quality74%
Position
1 (5)
170-240
iT
Dark green, orange epaulets, dark green sleeves, orange stars, dark green cap, orange star (Ms Dawn Aldridge)

Alfa Mcguire (IRE)  22 

b c Lord Shanakill - Watsdaplan (Verglas)

3 9-12
89
3 9-12
89

Dual Beverley winner (both 7.4f) last year and not beaten far in handicaps first 2 starts back before finding the Britannia all too much. In-form apprentice takes over.

Dual Beverley winner (both 7.4f) last year and not beaten far in handicaps first 2 starts back before finding the Britannia all too much. In-form apprentice takes over.

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Alfa Mcguire Score: 325

2 (2)
341910
iT
Pink, purple disc, striped sleeves and cap (Ms Sara Hattersley)

Citron Major 27 

ch c Major Cadeaux - Citron (Reel Buddy)

3 9-12
89
3 9-12
89

Has won 6f handicaps in good style at Newcastle and Ripon this season but 2 runs here either side have been disappointing (said to have bled last time).

Has won 6f handicaps in good style at Newcastle and Ripon this season but 2 runs here either side have been disappointing (said to have bled last time).

Citron Major Score: 350

3 (3)
632-411
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Royal blue, yellow chevrons, royal blue sleeves, white armlets, yellow cap (Mr Doug Graham And Mrs M Wynn-williams)

Byron's Choice 20 

b g Poet's Voice - Byrony (Byron)

3 9-9
86
3 9-9
86

Further improvement when following up Catterick success at Ayr (7f) 3 weeks ago. No reason why he can't go well again up 5 lb.

Further improvement when following up Catterick success at Ayr (7f) 3 weeks ago. No reason why he can't go well again up 5 lb.

Byron's Choice Score: 384

4
4 (7)
254542
iT
Silver, tassel on cap (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum)

Prestbury Park (USA)  8 

br g Shamardal - Sutra (Meadowlake)

3 9-4
81
3 9-4
81

Won twice over 6f at 2 yrs and some creditable efforts this season. Looks vulnerable in this, though.

Won twice over 6f at 2 yrs and some creditable efforts this season. Looks vulnerable in this, though.

Prestbury Park Score: 354

5 (8)
314-8
iT
Red, white sash, royal blue cap (Cheveley Park Stud)

Red Cymbal 15 

b c Pivotal - Red Baton (Exceed and Excel)

3 9-1 t1
78 WS2
3 9-1 t1
78 WS2

Won at Chelmsford (6f) in November. Had a breathing operation prior to return at Newmarket but was disappointing and a tongue tie goes on now.

Won at Chelmsford (6f) in November. Had a breathing operation prior to return at Newmarket but was disappointing and a tongue tie goes on now.

Red Cymbal Score: 369

6 (1)
80-0133
iT
Maroon and light blue diabolo, halved sleeves, maroon cap (Bardsley, Hyde & Tattersall)

Inviolable Spirit (IRE)  15 

b g Zebedee - Mediska (Medicean)

3 9-0
77
3 9-0
77

Won in the mud at Leicester in April and good efforts since, third under a positive ride at Newcastle latest. Wouldn't discount.

Won in the mud at Leicester in April and good efforts since, third under a positive ride at Newcastle latest. Wouldn't discount.

Inviolable Spirit Score: 390

3
7 (4)
008-527
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Yellow, royal blue stars, striped sleeves, yellow cap (P D Smith Holdings Ltd)

International Man 13 

b g Epaulette - Right Answer (Lujain)

3 9-0
77
3 9-0
77

Yet to add to his 2-y-o debut win over 6f here, disappointing in handicap last time having returned in reasonable heart. Others preferred.

Yet to add to his 2-y-o debut win over 6f here, disappointing in handicap last time having returned in reasonable heart. Others preferred.

International Man Score: 406

2
8 (9)
5224-07
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Royal blue, yellow hoops and sleeves, yellow cap, royal blue star (Mr Timothy O'gram & Partner)

Poet's Dawn 14 

ch g Poet's Voice - Dudley Queen (Excellent Art)

3 8-12
75
3 8-12
75

Won 7.5f event at 2 yrs and some fair efforts in nurseries. Not sighted in 2 runs back this term, however.

Won 7.5f event at 2 yrs and some fair efforts in nurseries. Not sighted in 2 runs back this term, however.

Poet's Dawn Score: 310

9 (6)
0563-03
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Light blue, dark blue triple diamond (Mr D Ward)

Bertog 71 

ch g Sepoy - Lucky Token (Key Of Luck)

3 8-12
75
3 8-12
75

Has caught the eye in 1m handicaps upon return this season, making smooth headway into contention from rear under 3f out at Redcar last time. Form of that race is useful and he makes plenty of appeal.

Has caught the eye in 1m handicaps upon return this season, making smooth headway into contention from rear under 3f out at Redcar last time. Form of that race is useful and he makes plenty of appeal.

Bertog Score: 482

1
Verdict

BYRON'S CHOICE's win at Ayr last time can be upgraded given that he had gone up 4lb in a better race and Michael Dods' charge looks open to further progress despite a further 5lb hit. The three-year-old handles varying ground and looks to have a little more scope compared to a few of these. Inviolable Spirit arrives here in good form for Richard Fahey, while Red Cymbal has his second run since a wind operation.

Verdict

BERTOG is qualified for lesser races but has caught the eye to such an extent in 2 runs this year that he can't be ignored back down in trip and is taken to get off the mark. The hat-trick seeking Byron's Choice is a big danger, while Inviolable Spirit isn't without a chance.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2017 Good to Firm 7 Lualiwa 7 3 9 8 87 34-1321 13 days K Ryan (95 miles) L Edmunds 9/2 1:42.47
2016 Good 9 Dawaa 6 3 9 8 89 8-44926 13 days M Johnston (45 miles) L Steward 5/1 1:25.22
2015 Good 8 Sakhee's Return 4 3 9 8 86 46-3312 13 days T Easterby (18 miles) R Richardson 6/4 1:24.53
2014 Good to Firm 8 Ticking Katie 3 3 9 7 87 223-683 27 days K Burke (51 miles) R J Fitzpatrick 4/1 1:24.01
2013 Good to Firm 6 Majestic Moon 2 3 9 0 80 48-3233 14 days R Fahey (18 miles) Lee Topliss 4/1 1:23.72
2012 Good to Soft 8 Dutch Rose 1 3 8 13 79 05-1131 25 days D O'Meara (25 miles) D Bergin 11/4 1:27.42