A very competitive six furlong sprint handicap for horses rated 0-95, although due to a quirk in the race conditions top weight Tomily runs off a mark of 97. This £15,000 contest is open to four-year-olds and upwards and is usually won by a talented sprint handicapper.
This is an early rehearsal for the track’s premier sprint of the season, the very valuable Great St Wilfrid Handicap that takes place in August. Most of the contenders have been around a while and we know more or less what we’re going to get, so it comes down to who is best handicapped at present and who gets the all-important run of the race.
Favourite Pipers Note
This is a wide open event but Pipers Note loves it round here and has already won six times over course and distance. He shaped well on his most recent start and appears to have plenty going for him
Top weight Tomily shaped well at York last time, while Sandra’s Secret is reunited with Silvestre de Sousa (pictured) after the pair won in style here last time. Captain Colby, Gin In The Inn, Mount Kiara, and Henley, are others with a shout.
(Published 19:30 May 29th, 2018) – Sandra’s Secret will be a popular choice having bolted in when making every yard of the running to score here last week under Silvestre de Sousa, who rides again. He carries a 7lb penalty and steps up in class but should run well if in the same mood, although this is tougher.
Also a winner last time out was bottom weight Henley, who kept on well to score over 5 furlongs at Pontefract. He carries a 6lb penalty but has never won before over this extra furlong and gives the appearance of finding this trip just too much for him.
Top weight Tomily has won over 6 furlongs but not on turf. Richard Hannon’s runners here should always be respected and he ran well enough when sixth of 19 behind George Bowen at York a few weeks ago and has been eased 2lb in the weights since then, allowing him to just sneak into this grade. Mont Kiara ran a decent race at Ascot last time and appears to be coming to hand, but he seems to save his best form for midsummer at Newmarket’s July course.
PIPERS NOTE won this race 12 months ago off a 1lb higher mark and simply loves this track. He has won six times over course and distance, ran second in the Great St Wilfrid Handicap (see video below), and signaled he was on his way back to his best when beaten just four lengths over an inadequate five furlongs at York a fortnight ago, staying on inside the final furlong. James Sullivan gets on well with this eight-year-old and the pair are taken to follow up last year’s triumph in this event.
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Others to consider include Gin In The Inn, a winner here last month over this trip but disappointing at York last time, and Paul Midgely’s Captain Colby, a fine third in a hot race at Newmarket’s Guineas meeting at the start of the month before never getting into it at Thirsk 11 days ago.
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Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.