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17:35 Wolverhampton

32Red Apprentice Handicap (Class 5)

  • 8 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 119y
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: AllWeather
  • £5,500 added
  • Winner: £3,558
  • 2nd: £1,059
  • 3rd: £529
  • 4th: £265
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 42.61s
  • Off Time: 17:35:50
  • 8 Ran
1(7)
Silk - White, Dark Blue braces, halved sleeves and striped cap

Cathedral

21 p
7/1
  • Form 126680-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-0
  • Official Rating 67

slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway on outside over 6f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out

3(8)
Silk - Purple, Beige hollow box, Beige sleeves, Purple spots, Purple and Beige hooped cap
6/1
  • Form 71956-0
  • Age 10
  • Weight 9-13
  • Official Rating 66

tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on and went 2nd well inside final furlong, not able to reach winner

4(9)
Silk - Emerald Green, Red sleeves, Emerald Green armlets, White cap
20/1
  • Form 40/0064-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-9
  • Official Rating 62

ridden away from stalls, held up in rear, headway on outside 5f out, ridden and weakened over 3f out

5(6)
Silk - Black, Yellow spots, Yellow sleeves, Black spots, Black cap, Yellow star
  • Form 36336-4
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-7
  • Official Rating 67

held up, outpaced over 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on, nearest finish

6(1)
Silk - Royal Blue, Emerald Green epaulets, White cap
  • Form 5547-
  • Age 11
  • Weight 9-2
  • Official Rating 55

mid-division, dropped rear 9f out, ridden and outpaced final 3f

7(5)
Silk - Red, Yellow disc, hooped sleeves and cap
  • Form 67088-4
  • Age 6
  • Weight 8-11
  • Official Rating 50

soon led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards

8(3)
Silk - Yellow, royal blue epaulets, royal blue and yellow halved sleeves, red cap, yellow spots
16/1
  • Form 672220/
  • Age 8
  • Weight 8-11
  • Official Rating 50

took keen hold, tracked leader until over 2f out, not much room and switched right over 1f out, stayed on same pace final 100 yards

9(2)
Silk - Emerald Green, White seams, White sleeves, Emerald Green armlets, Yellow cap
9/4
  • Form 804051-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-6
  • Official Rating 52

tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, idled inside final furlong, pushed out

2(4)
NR
  • Form 1/9558-3
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-13
  • Official Rating 66

In depth

Verdict

BALLYFARSOON improved for the step up to 1m6f when scoring here last month and has scope for further progress over this longer distance. Bathwick Street never threatened despite finishing third here last time but it's only a matter of time before Medieval Bishop takes advantage of a slide down the weights. Direct Approach has won a bumper on the Fibresand at Southwell while Akula, Swampfire and Cathedral have all been running well over hurdles with preference for the latter dropped 5lb for his return to the Flat.

Formwatch

Cathedral 50-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 13l behind Gabrial's Star (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) in Nov.

King Olav (UAE) 50-1 (9-2) Chased leader, pushed along 3f out, soon hung right and ridden, lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened soon after, last of 10, 15l behind Aldeburgh (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.

Swampfire (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, early reminders, headway on outer 9f out, in touch, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Atalanta Bay (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.

Shadows Ofthenight (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Held up in last pair, pushed along over 3f out, ridden well over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, almost snatched 3rd, 4th of 7, 8l behind Sgt Reckless (9-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.

Direct Approach (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up in last pair, headway into mid-division over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 7th of 10, 12l behind Angus Glens (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) in Dec.

Medieval Bishop (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) With leader, led over 4f out, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra, 4th of 10, 5l behind Topaling (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6).

Akula (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 33l behind Six Of Clubs (9-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec '12.

Ballyfarsoon (IRE) 4-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3f out, driven to lead over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) in Dec beating Well Owd Mon (9-6) by 3/4l, 8 ran.

Bathwick Street 7-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, led well over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Urban Castle (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5).