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14:10 Bath

Courage Best Apprentice Handicap (Class 5)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 3f 137y
  • Going: Firm
  • Surface: Turf
  • £7,521 added
  • Winner: £3,752
  • 2nd: £1,116
  • 3rd: £558
  • 4th: £400
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 28.48s
  • Off Time: 14:11:33
  • 7 Ran
1st
Silk -
3/1

    1(2)
    Silk - Light Blue and Black stripes, Black sleeves and cap
    • Form 7-60179
    • Age 3
    • Weight 9-7
    • Official Rating 70

    led until over 1f out, soon rallied, kept on same pace closing stages

    2(7)
    Silk - White, Royal Blue sash, Red sleeves, White cap, Royal Blue star
    • Form 8537
    • Age 3
    • Weight 9-7
    • Official Rating 70

    always in rear, beaten over 3f out, tailed off

    3(3)
    Silk - Dark Green, Beige stars on sleeves

    Jaquar

    37 bt
    7/1
    • Form 726
    • Age 3
    • Weight 9-2
    • Official Rating 65

    chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

    4(1)
    Silk - Purple, Yellow epaulets

    Gemini

    48
    3/1
    • Form 7-8539
    • Age 3
    • Weight 9-1
    • Official Rating 64

    tracked leader, led over 1f out, driven clear, readily

    5(4)
    Silk - Red, Yellow star, Red sleeves, Yellow spots, Red cap, Yellow star

    Altaira

    11 b C
    3/1
    • Form 750751
    • Age 7
    • Weight 8-9
    • Official Rating 47

    held up in touch, headway over 2f out, chased leaders approaching final furlong, never able to challenge

    6(6)
    Silk - Dark green, white armlets
    • Form 7-66580
    • Age 5
    • Weight 8-9
    • Official Rating 45

    with leader, lost place over 2f out

    7(5)
    Silk - Light Blue, Black sleeves, Mauve cap, Purple spots
    • Form 543604
    • Age 3
    • Weight 8-2
    • Official Rating 49

    behind, soon pushed along, under pressure 2f out, never dangerous

    In depth

    Verdict

    Altaira won over 1m2f here recently but is 6lb higher and has proved best over shorter trips so far. Doctor Jazz has struggled since scoring over today’s distance at Windsor while Highlife Flyer was soon beaten on his handicap debut over 2m at Goodwood. GEMINI never figured on her all-weather debut last time but it was firm going when she finished a close-up third to the progressive Altra Vita over track and trip before that and she gets another chance back at this venue. Jaquar may improve now handicapping with headgear fitted for the first time but will need to if he’s to figure.

    Formwatch

    Doctor Jazz (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Chased leader until 5f out, chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakened soon after, 9th of 10, 13 1/2l behind Pentland Hills (9-2) at Windsor 1m 3f hcp (5) gf in Sep.

    Highlife Flyer 33-1 (9-6) Steadied start, held up and always last, never a factor, tailed off, behind and eased final 2f, last of 7, dist behind Astromachia (9-7) at Goodwood 2m hcp (5) gd in Aug.

    Jaquar 9-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders on inside, took keen hold, lost place 9f out, struggling final 3f, 6th of 10, 18 1/4l behind Charlie D (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f stks (5) pol in Aug.

    Gemini 25-1 (9-7) Raced wide in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 14, 10 1/2l behind Alexanderthegreat (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Jul.

    Altaira 11-2 (8-12) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, hard ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure, won at Bath 1m 2f hcp (6) fm in Sep beating Delirium (9-10) by nk, 11 ran.

    Lady Natasha (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Reminders in rear and struggling before halfway, tailed off, 13th of 14, dist behind Glasgon (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Aug.

    Miniature Daffodil (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 6, 8 1/4l behind Secratario (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f stks (6) pol in Sep.