Newmarket

  • 19:30 NGK Spark Plugs Handicap7f

  • Winner £5,175 2nd £1,540 3rd £770 4th £385
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 25.52s
  • Off time: 19:30:52
19:30 Newmarket Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Meet Me Halfway 7/1
2nd Secret Success 10/1
3rd Athletic 13/8

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (1) 67-9248 Lime Green Azrur (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-7 h D H Brown S M Levey 83 8/19.00
2 (8) 530605 Dark blue, white star, red sleeves, dark blue cap, white star Spiritual Star (IRE) 33
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-7 t1 A Carson William Carson 83 10/111.00
3 (12) 65-2118 Emerald green, pink chevron Meet Me Halfway 29
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-6 C F Wall Ashley Morgan (3) 82 7/18.00
4 (11) 1-22107 Yellow, dark blue star, royal blue sleeves, yellow armlets, yellow cap, dark blue star Firmdecisions (IRE) 29
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-6 v B R Johnson P Cosgrave 82 16/117.00
5 (3) 087000- Yellow, light blue diamond, white and light blue hooped sleeves, yellow cap, light blue diamond Yair Hill (IRE) 294
Nag meDistance Winner
6 9-6 G Deacon Martin Harley 82 8/19.00
6 (2) 240-805 ORANGE and PURPLE (quartered), EMERALD GREEN sleeves and cap Lunar Deity 54
Nag me
5 9-3 S C Williams Aaron Jones (7) 79 8/19.00
7 (9) 9-81047 Light blue, white spots, white sleeves, light blue spots, light blue cap, red diamond Front Page News 24
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-2 R Eddery J Quinn 78 8/19.00
8 (4) 213412 ROYAL BLUE, WHITE hoop, WHITE sleeves, ROYAL BLUE armlets, WHITE cap Athletic 7
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 8-13 v A Reid Danny Brock (5) 75 13/82.62
9 (6) 715727 Beige, dark blue cross of lorraine and sleeves, dark blue cap, beige star Powerful Pierre 14
Nag meDistance Winner
7 8-13 b Noel Quinlan T Atkinson (5) 75 33/134.00
10 (7) 926004- Brown and Orange diamonds, Brown sleeves and cap Red Aggressor (IRE) 342
Nag meDistance Winner
5 8-12 C E Brittain Harry Bentley 74 25/126.00
11 (10) 304101 LIGHT GREEN Secret Success 23
Nag meDistance Winner
4 8-8 t P F I Cole Martin Lane 70 10/111.00
Non runners
12 (5)60776-9Man In The Arena48-2Dr J D ScargillNoel Garbutt45

Verdict

Azrur's last victory was over the course and distance last summer and he's only 2lb higher. He's been racing in better company and has to be on the shortlist. Meet Me Halfway won a couple of minor races at Yarmouth and couldn't cope with a 9lb rise at Epsom while Secret Success has gained all four of his victories on Polytrack and has been placed just once in seven starts on Turf. Front Page News has run better than her finishing positions suggests in her last two starts and can get involved but the vote goes to ATHLETIC, who won a handicap over track and trip very easily before finding a mile just beyond him a week later.