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Schloss Roxburghe Hotel Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 3m 1f 170y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Schloss Roxburghe Hotel Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 10-41P

Last run: 63 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Didn't jump with fluency and pulled up at Leopardstown in February but that was a hot race and she'd previously impressed in a four-runner handicap at Ayr (3m, heavy); also effective in a big field and not written off.

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8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Ailie Rose

11st 4lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Made it four wins over hurdles when leading for much of the way at Ayr (3m, heavy) in January, albeit facing only three opponents; pulled up in a much stronger race at the Dublin Racing Festival next time; needs to bounce back with a personal best off a career-high mark.

33/1

7

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Ailie Rose

11st 7lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: S R B Crawford

Four from 17 over hurdles and justified favouritism in handicap hurdle at Ayr last month; only 1lb higher here but this is much more competitive.

33/1

Form: -6F206

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

He's well handicapped on last season's form and hinted at a revival when second of four at Ayr (3m, heavy) in January; however, he's been well beaten the last twice and has to raise his game.

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9th

1

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

15:20 Ayr

Wakool

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: N W Alexander

Former Grade 2 winner but has become inconsistent and his improvement during the past three years has come over 3m.

33/1

6th

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Wakool

11st 8lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: N W Alexander

Won this last year (good to soft) and is also effective on heavy; however, he'll probably need a bigger performance than 12 months ago if he's to score today, and he's been inconsistent this season.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: P-5P25

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Beaten 41l when fifth of 17 at Uttoxeter (2m7f, heavy) three weeks ago but they finished strung out in the attritional conditions and he ran better than those bare facts; went very close at Doncaster (3m, soft) two starts ago when back over hurdles (from fences) and he's not ruled out.

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1

25th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 2f 127y

Class 3

16:45 Perth

Floueur

12st 1lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

raced in second

16/1

10

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Floueur

11st 1lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Rebecca Menzies

Unpredictable over the years for several different stables; easily best effort this season when going down narrowly at Doncaster (3m, soft) in March but was beaten 41l at Uttoxeter on Midlands National day; unconvincing.

66/1

Form: 24/1P- BF

Last run: 463 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Absent since pulled up over fences in December 2022; however, he was a very useful novice hurdler in the 2021-22 campaign (at up to 3m, including on heavy) and impressed on chase debut in November 2022; could be on a handy mark if retaining that promise and trainer's horses often go well fresh.

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2

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

15:20 Ayr

Crystal Glory

11st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Smart novice hurdler two seasons ago including a fourth in the 3m Grade 1 at Aintree's National meeting; won his first chase last season before finishing lame in the second; has a long absence to overcome in a competitive handicap on this return to hurdling.

16/1

1

30th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 3

13:00 Haydock

Crystal Glory

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

jumped slightly left throughout, led narrowly, headed after 14th, soon pulled up

4/6

Abandoned

Form: P81214 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

11yo who made it two wins from his last three starts when scoring at Warwick (3m1f, soft) in January, and he's since been a fair fourth at Haydock (3m, heavy); holds each-way claims.

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8th

13

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

JAi Froid

10st 11lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

Useful at his peak and still versatile at the age of 11, winning over 1m7f (heavy) and 3m1f (soft) this term; however, put firmly in his place by Cuthbert Dibble at Haydock last time and may struggle to turn things round.

28/1

25

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

JAi Froid

10st 3lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

Reserve; veteran who's been resurgent with forcing rides in the mud this winter, winning twice, including in the Warwick qualifier (3m1f) when Kyntara stumbled at the last; 11l fourth to Cuthbert Dibble at Haydock last time, however, seemed to confirm that he is vulnerable to younger legs.

40/1

Form: -18562 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Has run here twice, winning a novice hurdle (2m, good) last February and returning to his best with clear second in handicap over today's C&D (soft) last month; clearly likes it here and could be bang there once more.

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8

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

15:20 Ayr

Dare To Shout

11st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Has got back on track with two respectable displays in the tongue-tie (over 3m+); can cope with this shorter trip but might not be well enough handicapped to win this.

12/1

2nd

2

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Dare To Shout

11st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Course scorer who got back on track in a first-time tongue-tie when sixth of 14 in 3m Musselburgh handicap 35 days ago; considered.

11/1

Form: FP2121

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Has shown some fine front-running form this year since these blinkers went on, with two wins at Exeter (2m5f, heavy/soft) sandwiching a good second to a progressive winner at Warwick (3m1f, soft); had plenty in hand last time and can make another bold bid up 7lb.

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4

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:53 Taunton

Feivel

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

Has shown some fine front-running form this year since these blinkers went on, with two wins at Exeter (2m5f, heavy/soft) sandwiching a good second to a progressive winner at Warwick (3m1f, soft); had plenty in hand last time and can make another bold bid up 7lb.

5/2

1st

1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:30 Exeter

Feivel

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

prominent

7/2

Form: -545P4

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

This 8yo may not be as good as he once was but his near-13l fourth over C&D (soft) last month was a step back in the right direction, and it was his first outing for 84 days so he may be able to build on it; he's well treated on chase form as recent as last April and is no forlorn hope.

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13th

7

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Scipion

11st 10lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

midfield

50/1

4th

4

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Scipion

11st 8lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Scored at Lingfield last February for Tom Clover but yet to match that form in three outings for his current stable, pulled up when last seen at Carlisle before Christmas; others are preferred; tongue-tie added.

25/1

Form: 03-215 C

Last run: 62 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Suited by the step up in trip when comfortably making all here (2m6f, soft) in December on his second handicap start; needs to produce more than when fifth of 14 at Musselburgh (3m, soft) last time but that was still a fair run and this lightly raced 6yo may have more to offer now back here.

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5th

14

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Imaginary Dragon

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sandy Thomson

Lightly raced 6yo; just two runs for this yard, when second on handicap debut at Newcastle (2m1f, good to soft) and hammering his seven rivals when upped to 3m at Kelso (soft); 7lb rise may underestimate what he did last time and he is open to further improvement.

10/1

Abandoned

Form: 051112 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Won three in a row this year before good second at Cork (3m, soft to heavy) a fortnight ago; this Irish challenger is clearly thriving and hasn't been harshly treated by the British handicapper; could play a leading role.

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1st

6

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

16:20 Limerick

Aodhan May

11st 5lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders, prominent from 8th, joined leader after 3 out, challenging on outer 2 out, ridden before last, ran on to lead towards finish

4/1

2nd

8

21st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 70y

16:33 Cork

Aodhan May

10st 9lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

Arrives bidding for four-timer and her latest success came in deep contest for the grade at Navan earlier this month; shaped like she would relish the step back up in trip and may be hard to beat, despite 11lb higher mark.

2/1

Form: -54622 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Has gone close over fences at Newcastle the last twice, most recently in the Eider (4m1f, heavy); runs off a mark 2lb lower than last time now back over hurdles, and he showed promise in this discipline earlier in his career; entitled to respect.

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7th

4

26th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 6f 121y

Class 3

14:05 Perth

Prince Des Fichaux

11st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ewan Whillans

Improving staying chaser whose finest hour came when second in the Eider at Newcastle (4m1f, heavy) two months ago, since when he's run another good race over 2m7f at Kelso; blinkers sported for both those runs are replaced by the visor; clear claims if holding his form.

7/1

6

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:30 Kelso

Prince Des Fichaux

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ewan Whillans

Ran a cracker from 4lb out of the weights to go close in the Eider at Newcastle last time (4m1f, heavy) and suffered a similar fate the time before there over 2m7f; career-high mark to deal with (5lb higher than last time) but he seems to be improving.

5/2

Form: 511111 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Has won his last five starts (2m4f-3m1f), most recently at Lingfield (2m7f, heavy) without having to come off the bridle; his last three wins have come in small fields and he's 11lb higher than last time and in a much better race, but it remains to be seen where the ceiling of his ability lies.

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2nd

10

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Ayr

Major Fortune

10st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has won his last five starts (2m4f-3m1f), most recently at Lingfield (2m7f, heavy) without having to come off the bridle; his last three wins have come in small fields and he's 11lb higher than last time and in a much better race, but it remains to be seen where the ceiling of his ability lies.

9/2

Form: 33122 BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Won at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) on Boxing Day on second hurdle start then dead-heated for a close second on handicap debut at Ayr (3m, soft) in February, form that has worked out extremely well; another good run when second at Ayr (2m5f, good) last time and she could relish today's step up in trip.

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5th

5

25th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 2f 127y

Class 3

16:45 Perth

Lady In The Park

10st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Progressive novice; won mares' novice at Wetherby in December (2m4f, soft) and creditable second on both starts since, the first over 3m at Ayr; first run at 3m2f; a possible.

4/1

2nd

3

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 4

13:58 Ayr

Lady In The Park

11st 5lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Unexposed mare who won a 2m3f mares' novice at Wetherby on her second hurdles last (soft, runner-up won next time) and dead-heated for a close second off 2lb lower in a 3m handicap at Ayr last time (3m, soft); chance.

3/1

Form: -P6321 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Knocking on the door prior to getting off the mark at Carlisle (3m1f, soft) last Saturday; however, from out of the weights this 9yo is running off a mark fully 21lb higher than last time, so it's a very tough ask.

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8

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:30 Kelso

Gypseys Secret

10st 6lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Sandy Forster

Off the mark over hurdles at 12th attempt, keeping on well to beat Arctic Mann at Carlisle (3m1f, soft) last month; 4lb rise demands a bit more from her here but she's evidently in very good nick.

4/1

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