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Herring Queen Series Final Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £51440
  • 2m 0f 51y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
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Herring Queen Series Final Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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Abandoned

Form: 53F11B D

Last run: 35 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Things clicked with an easy win in a mares' maiden at Catterick (1m7f, soft) in January and she built on that when bolting up in a competitive Listed mares' handicap at Leopardstown (2m2f, soft) in February; brought down at first flight in Grade 2 here last time; could play a leading role.

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3rd

1

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Brucio

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Progressive mare; won a Catterick maiden in January (1m7f, soft); bettered that by some way when landing a Listed mares' handicap in February (2m2f, soft) which resulted in a 16lb rise; down 4lb after below-par effort at Aintree; may find others better handicapped.

10/1

13th

5

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Brucio

11st 11lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Fell on second hurdle start but has looked smart since, winning as she liked at Catterick (1m7f) and reeling in the clear leader to win 2m2f Listed mares' handicap at Leopardstown (both on soft) in February; had no chance of keeping her feet when brought down since but one of the more interesting ones if none the worse.

7/1

Form: 243P-2 D BF

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Well-beaten second at 8-15 in Catterick novice (1m7f, soft) last month; however, she may have needed that first run for 11 months and she has potential off her opening mark judged on her Grade 2 mares' bumper win (2m, yielding to soft), as well as her frame efforts in Graded novice hurdles.

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1st

2

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Lily Du Berlais

11st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Several decent efforts over hurdles, all with give in the ground; off the mark in a mares' maiden at Ayr last time (2m, soft) having been well beaten at 8-15 at Catterick on previous start (1m7f, soft) when returning from a break; going a concern and this looks tougher.

5/1

1st

5

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Lily Du Berlais

11st 4lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Good bumper campaign in Ireland included a Grade 2 mares' win; further Graded races in her first two hurdle races also read well last term but she was pulled up next time and comprehensively turned over when 8-15 at Catterick last month after 332 days off; questions to answer after that but she's still on the shortlist.

7/4

Form: 32133 D BF

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 8lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Left clear to win Catterick novice (1m7f, soft) in December; fair third of six on handicap debut at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft) last time and, while improvement is needed today, that's possible from this lightly raced 5yo.

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2nd

6

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

14:40 Cheltenham

Lavida Adiva

11st 1lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Ruth Jefferson

Won a British maiden point on good; all five races under rules have been on softer than good, notably from the front for her win at Catterick (1m7f, soft) and close third there (2m3f, soft) next time; held up when favourite for handicap debut at Market Rasen (2m4f) latest and could not lay down a serious challenge but she stayed on, in race won by Gilbertina; needs to build markedly on that but she is relatively lightly raced.

8/1

3rd

4

20th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

15:55 Market Rasen

Lavida Adiva

11st 8lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Ruth Jefferson

Left clear when winning at Catterick after Christmas (1m7f, soft) and she didn't go down without a fight when a close third there (2m3f, soft) since; raised 3lb but she may yet do better now handicapping.

3/1

Form: 32-351 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Built upon her previous promise when winning Hereford maiden (2m, soft) in February on third hurdle start, doing it comfortably at 10-11; begins handicap life on a fair mark and could continue to improve.

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8th

4

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Mighty Moth

10st 12lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Noel Williams

Progressive mare; off the mark in a Hereford mares' maiden in February (2m, soft; made all) before finishing second in a Stratford mares' handicap last time (2m, good to soft; didn't jump well); good run in a Cheltenham bumper on good ground last April; interesting.

10/1

2nd

4

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

14:15 Stratford

Mighty Moth

11st 10lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Noel Williams

didn't always jump with fluency, prominent, led after 2 out, headed approaching last, kept on well run-in, just held

11/4

Form: 62PF21 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

She wasn't winning out of turn when getting off the mark at the ninth attempt in Bangor maiden (2m, heavy) in February, when clear with a solid yardstick; has an improving profile and could be a player on handicap debut.

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6

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Strong Belle

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Off the mark in a mares' maiden at Bangor last time (2m, heavy); has run well on good ground; worth considering.

8/1

1st

6

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 145y

Class 3

15:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Strong Belle

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Disputing the lead when falling at the final flight at Catterick (1m7f, soft) in December; backed up that improved show when second of seven at Wetherby (2m, soft; made most) and brings clearly the best hurdles form.

2/1

Form: 404B2

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Travelling well when brought down four out in Doncaster novice (2m3f, heavy) last month and good second in Kempton novice (2m, good to soft) since; in top hands and this 5yo may be better than her opening mark.

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6th

7

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Shakeyatailfeather

10st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Yet to win a race but sound efforts last two starts, finishing runner-up to a three-time winner at Kempton in March (2m, good to soft) before 7.5l-second to Lily Du Berlais (now 11lb worse off) at Ayr (2m, soft); could go well on h'cap debut.

6/1

2nd

7

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Shakeyatailfeather

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Started to improve in recent starts, notably on latest when second of 15 in novice at Kempton (2m, good to soft) and she travelled strongly until after two out before keeping on well; should be placed again at the very least and further improvement could see her finish in front.

2/1

Form: 4-4461 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Fourth in Grade 2 bumper at Aintree last April and left her first three hurdle runs behind when winning in first-time tongue-tie (retained) on last month's handicap debut at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft); in view of her bumper form, she could have more left in the tank for last year's winning yard, and a 6lb rise might not prevent a follow-up; wears first-time cheekpieces.

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2nd

3

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Politacus

11st 0lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Has won mares' handicaps at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft) and Hereford (2m5f, soft) on her last two starts; up another 6lb (13lb rise in total) but of more concern is whether she will be as effective over this sharp 2m on better ground; cheekpieces now tried.

6/1

1st

1

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 4

14:57 Hereford

Politacus

12st 0lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

in touch with leaders, not fluent 3rd, steady headway 4 out, pressed leader before 2 out, led and ridden when hung left on turn before last, kept on well final 110yds

Evs

Form: -2391P D

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Point/bumper winner who landed a novice hurdle at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in January in first-time cheekpieces (retained since); however, pulled up on handicap debut at Exeter (2m, heavy) since and has something to prove.

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3rd

3

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 4

16:30 Kelso

Chosen Hero

11st 11lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Archie Watson

Won a Chepstow novice (2m, heavy) in first-time cheekpieces but then ran a very laboured race on her handicap debut at Exeter; she's better than that and well treated on some form.

13/2

4

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:33 Exeter

Chosen Hero

11st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Archie Watson

Point and bumper winner who got off the mark at the fourth attempt over hurdles in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Chepstow (2m, heavy) last month; could play another leading role on this handicap debut.

7/2

Form: 3514 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Suited by the drop back in trip when clear with the favourite and winning a maiden at Huntingdon (2m, soft) last month; fair fourth of 15 under penalty in Kempton novice (2m, good to soft) 13 days later and this lightly raced 6yo holds each-way possibilities on her handicap debut.

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4

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 4

16:30 Kelso

Lexies Moon

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Laura Horsfall

Narrow winner of a Huntingdon maiden (2m, soft) and ran perfectly well under a penalty against higher-rated opposition at Kempton (good to soft); brings potential into handicaps off this sort of mark.

9/2

4th

3

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Kempton

Lexies Moon

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Laura Horsfall

prominent, not fluent 2 out, weakening when left in fourth last

11/2

Form: 4116P5 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Won two mares' novice hurdles last September (2m4f/2m1f, good to soft/heavy) but has failed to go on from those and she was well beaten in handicap hurdle at Warwick (2m5f, soft) last month; has to get back on track.

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7th

11

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Presenting Nelly

10st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Dan Skelton

Won two novice hurdles last September (2m4f/2m1f; good to soft/heavy); pulled up/well beaten over fences/hurdles in first two handicaps but was a ready winner over 2m4f here yesterday; unpenalised but has more to prove up in trip if turning up again from out of the weights.

12/1

1st

6

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Presenting Nelly

11st 1lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders on outer

8/1

Form: 13223 D BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Point/bumper winner for whom it's still very early days; went close in two novice hurdles early this year but beaten 13l when third of six on recent handicap debut at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy), and improvement is needed.

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2nd

2

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ffos Las

Followango

11st 13lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

A debut bumper winner here who has been placed on all her four subsequent outings over hurdles, posting a creditable third of six on her handicap debut at Chepstow (2m3f) 30 days ago; she ought to be thereabouts once more.

9/4

Form: 142712 D BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

4yo who won on handicap debut at Plumpton (2m, soft) in February, before good second to the unexposed Politacus at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft); further improvement is possible but she faces a tough task from 8lb out of the handicap; also declared 2:45 Uttoxeter today.

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3rd

5

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Majestic Jameela

11st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

The most exposed of these after 11 starts over hurdles and she quite possibly coped best with the heavy ground when winning by a wide margin at Uttoxeter 12 days ago (2m4f; fine on good ground); an 8lb rise could have been worse but this will take a lot more winning.

15/2

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