Newbury: Spring Cup Handicap 2019

Dubawi-colt Wafy pictured running in a Group 3 at Sandown last year

Alan Marron previews the Spring Cup Handicap at Newbury

The flat handicaps will start to take prominence after the jumps season and we have one of the big ones this weekend when the Spring Cup takes place at Newbury.

Most of the handicaps that occur this time of the year will be pointers to the better races later in the season and maybe we will see a Group horse contend one of these competitive races.

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The trends and stats are vital for this race and course form will be key.

We will now look at some of the key stats:

  • 16/16 Aged 6 or younger
  • 13/16 Rated between 85-98
  • 13/16 Drawn in a double figured stall
  • 13/16 Won over at least 1m

Wafy

This horse is the owners second string for this race but could turn out to be the one we pay most attention to.

On his third run last season he finished 7th of eight runners behind the very promising Ghaiyaath of Charlie Applebys.

On the 31st August 2018 we last seen Wafy and for me it was a very eye catching run. The comments for the race afterwards said, “Dropped in from wide draw and held up in last, driven over 2f out, still last over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish”.

He done most of his running in the last furlong and stayed on well. The race this weekend will be run at a strong pace so he should be able to travel into the race and stay well.

The double figure price available at the minute could well be gone by racetime.

George of Hearts

On numerous occasions last season when this horse ran, Richard Hughes who trains him gave him a favourable mention for some of the nice handicaps and the horse never fulfilled his promise.

He has had wind surgery and a gelding operation since and that could be the making of him going into this season.

He finished 9th in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot last season when ridden by Jamie Spencer. A typical “Spencer” ride he found every pocket of trouble he could have and got into the clear when it was all too late.

The low draw may become an issue this weekend as the pace angle may not be over that side.

If he can travel into the race and get some luck in running he may finally reward Richard Hughes for his optimism and patience with this horse. .



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