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14:10 Newbury

Bathwick Tyres Amateur Riders' Handicap (div 1) (Class 5)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 2f 6y
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
  • £3,500 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 12.30s
  • Off Time: 14:10:37
  • 9 Ran
1(9)
Silk - Brown and yellow (quartered), brown sleeves, yellow cap
  • Form 26-0076
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 67

mid-division on inside, headway 4f out, ridden to chase leader 2f out, until inside final furlong, one pace

2(4)
Silk - GREY, BLACK star

William's Way

12 t D
4/1
  • Form 125276
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 63

steadied start, held up in last trio, headway on wide outside over 4f out, ridden to challenge 3f out, one pace and no impression over 1f out, plugged on

3(3)
Silk - BLACK and EMERALD GREEN diabolo, RED cap, BLACK spots

Gallego

8 BFD
3/1
  • Form 976603
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 61

held up in last trio, smooth headway on inside 4f out, led on bit 3f out, ridden over 1f out, idled in front and caught last strides

4(2)
Silk - PURPLE, EMERALD GREEN hoop, WHITE cap

Apex

8 C
8/1
  • Form 7-75494
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 60

tracked leading pair, challenged 3f out, every chance 2f out, weakened over 1f out

5(11)
Silk - Red, Black hoop and armlets, Red cap, White star
12/1
  • Form 308666
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-13
  • Official Rating 59

steadied start, held up in last trio, pushed along 4f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace

6(1)
Silk - Purple and Yellow diabolo, Yellow sleeves and cap
17/2
  • Form 19-7906
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-11
  • Official Rating 57

chased leader, challenged 3f out, every chance 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong

7(6)
Silk - Black, White star, armlets and star on cap
  • Form 604642-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-7
  • Official Rating 53

took keen hold, in touch, weakened over 2f out

8(10)
Silk - Red, Black seams, hooped sleeves, quartered cap
  • Form 889821
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-5
  • Official Rating 51

chased leaders, pushed along and headway from 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on to lead final strides

9(7)
Silk - Black and White stripes, Pink cap

Itsy Bitsy

353 D
33/1
  • Form 8/97060-
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-2
  • Official Rating 45

led until 3f out, weakened over 2f out

10(5)
NR
  • Form 0606-84
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-11
  • Official Rating 52

Nonrunner

11(8)
NR
  • Form 979
  • Age 3
  • Weight 9-7
  • Official Rating 48

Nonrunner

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

CAPTAIN OATS will be partnered by one of the better jockeys at this level and, assuming he is ready to go after his lay-off, the seven-year-old makes a touch more appeal than Alternative Choice, Gallego and Apex. The last named pair are closely matched and hard to split on recent evidence. This flatter surface may suit Apex the better of the two and he is taken to come out on top in that particular grudge match. Alternative Choice is less exposed than most and, having won in good style on the all-weather last month, a solid case can be stated for the Nick Littmoden-trained gelding. However, he is yet to prove his effectiveness on turf, so there are sufficient reasons to be wary about getting too heavily involved. Captain Oats, on the other hand, has proved to be versatile regarding his preferred racing surface and has very few worries on that score. Simon Walker got a good tune out of him in a similar race when he was last seen out and, with a similarly patient ride anticipated; it's the jockey's proven ability to deliver a well-timed challenge that swings the vote in his favour today.

Formwatch

Muftarres (IRE) 5-1 (9-12) In touch in rear, ridden 2f out, no impression, last of 6, 3 1/2l behind Carlitos Spirit (8-9) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.

William's Way 7-1 (10-0) Took keen hold, held up in touch, headway over 3f out, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 9, 23l behind Any Given Moment (9-0) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.

Gallego 10-3fav (10-5) Held up towards rear, not much room and switched left 2f out, ridden and headway 1f out, kept on nearest at finish, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Advertise (10-6) at Salisbury 1m am hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.

Apex 20-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, pushed along over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 7l behind Advertise (10-6) at Salisbury 1m am hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.

Mr Udagawa 20-1 (10-1) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 13, 12l behind Advertise (10-6) at Salisbury 1m am hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.

Masterofceremonies 20-1 (9-12) Went left and slowly into stride, in touch on outside, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 5l behind Royal Composer (9-3) at Beverley 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.

Captain Oats (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway 4f out, ridden well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to take 2nd near finish, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Arab League (10-5) at Bath 1m 5f am mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.

Alternative Choice (USA) 14-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, in rear, wide and headway over 2f out, stayed on to lead final strides, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks 0-60 (6) pol in Jul beating Gamesters Lady (9-9) by nk, 12 ran.

Itsy Bitsy 11-1 (8-13) Always behind, last of 11, 11l behind Barbirolli (8-9) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug '09.

Expensive Legacy 25-1 (8-7) Headway to lead 8f out, headed approaching 4f out, driven over 2f out, one pace after, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Nom De La Rosa (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in Mar.

Rio Prince 100-1 (9-1) Dwelt, in rear, not troubled leaders, 9th of 14, 39l behind Kansai Spirit (9-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Jul.