September 25 / 16.00 Market Rasen

16.00 Market Rasen Good

Great Character Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £2341.78
  • 2m 2f 140y
  • Class 5
  • 13 runners
  • Win time: 4m 39s
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Great Character Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.00
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 2/3526 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
No win since 2018 but placed twice over 2m on good ground this season and may have found 2m3f on good to soft too taxing when well beaten at Fontwell recently; continues to slip down the weights and has claims if boosted by today's headgear switch.
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7th

4

24th Nov 2021

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

13:00 Hereford

G’Day Aussie

11st 7lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dave Roberts

Four hurdle wins, the latest in first-time visor at Market Rasen (2m2f, good) in September; disappointed when warm favourite for a chase three days later but has had a longer break this time and remains well handicapped on older hurdling form; had wind op last month; blinkers tried today.

6/1

5th

2

28th Sep 2021

Good

2m 0f 110y

Class 5

12:43 Worcester

G’Day Aussie

11st 5lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dave Roberts

Has won one of his three runs over fences, back in 2018 when 12lb higher; has been running well over hurdles this summer and returned to winning ways by over 5l at Market Rasen on Saturday in this first-time headgear combination (2m2f, good); obvious contender now returned to chasing off the same mark.

2/1

1st

6

25th Sep 2021

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

16:00 Market Rasen

G’Day Aussie

10st 11lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dave Roberts

No win since 2018 but placed twice over 2m on good ground this season and may have found 2m3f on good to soft too taxing when well beaten at Fontwell recently; continues to slip down the weights and has claims if boosted by today's headgear switch.

10/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 8-5124 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Just 2-42 over hurdles but the latter win was gained over C&D (good) last month, and he made the frame on both subsequent outings; 1lb out of the weights today but probably won't be far away.
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13

26th Nov 2021

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 5

14:15 Doncaster

Grand Enterprise

10st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Henry Hogarth

Only one win (in August) since early 2017 but essentially a reliable yardstick; turns out quickly after below-par run at Sedgefield earlier in the week and others appeal more.

12/1

5th

10

23rd Nov 2021

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

14:15 Sedgefield

Grand Enterprise

10st 7lb

J: Mark Galligan

T: Henry Hogarth

Just 2-45 over hurdles but respected for his consistency since scoring at Market Rasen (2m2f, good) in August; probably won't be far away.

8/1

3rd

9

5th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 5

13:00 Hexham

Grand Enterprise

10st 5lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Henry Hogarth

Veteran with a record of 2-44 over hurdles but his last win came at Market Rasen (2m2f, good) in August and he's held his form well in four runs since; 1lb lower than for his creditable third at Carlisle last time (2m1f) and he should give it another good shot.

4/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 42

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Fair Flat-racer who bettered his encouraging hurdle debut when clear second in Hexham maiden (2m, good) last month; now makes his handicap hurdle debut and has obvious scope for further progress in this sphere.
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6th

1

17th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

15:35 Hexham

Low Profile

11st 12lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Mark Walford

Runner-up in maiden hurdle here (2m, good) in August and fair third at Market Rasen (2m2f, good) on subsequent handicap debut; enters calculations on that form, now 6lb lower, but he's been well below that level the last twice (2m1f/2m5f, good/good to soft); best form is on good/faster.

5/1

5th

7

29th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

11:55 Wetherby

Low Profile

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

6yo with a record of 1-20 on the Flat; showed clear promise in his first three hurdle runs in August/September but was never really travelling in a Carlisle handicap (2m1f, good) 15 days ago; stays well on the Flat and this new trip should be within range but has something to prove after that disappointing run last time; new headgear.

10/1

6th

2

14th Oct 2021

Good

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

15:15 Carlisle

Low Profile

11st 12lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Modest on the Flat nowadays but was runner-up in a maiden hurdle at Hexham (2m, good) in August and a fair third at Market Rasen (2m2f, good) on last month's handicap hurdle debut; should be suited by this stiff track and he's on the shortlist.

7/2

Form: 5-2174 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Two hurdle wins this spring, the latter when coming from well off the pace to beat 14 rivals at Fontwell (2m1f, good to firm); weakened out of contention on good to soft ground at Fontwell recently but that was his first start for three months and further progress remains possible.
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12th

13

6th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

15:35 Market Rasen

Mawlood

10st 7lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Georgie Howell

Dual 2m1f hurdle winner for Phil Middleton last spring but never really featured on stable debut a fortnight ago (2m); should be fine over today's longer trip but needs to have taken significant benefit from the recent outing; cheekpieces refitted.

20/1

8th

9

22nd Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

19:40 Southwell

Mawlood

10st 8lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Georgie Howell

Two wins last spring (for Phil Middleton, the second off this mark); not so good chasing in the autumn; bit to prove on stable debut after a break.

14/1

Form: 362434

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Ahead of Low Profile when third of six here (2m, good) last month but well behind that rival when modest fourth in Hexham maiden 25 days ago and now 0-6 over hurdles; needs to up his game on today's handicap debut.
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4th

11

2nd May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:20 Warwick

Art Man

11st 4lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

5th

5

25th Sep 2021

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

16:00 Market Rasen

Art Man

11st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Ahead of Low Profile when third of six here (2m, good) last month but well behind that rival when modest fourth in Hexham maiden 25 days ago and now 0-6 over hurdles; needs to up his game on today's handicap debut.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 9253-4 D

Last run: 130 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Lost his way after winning valuable juvenile handicap in 2019 but was fairly consistent during four-race spell on good ground in March-May (2m3f-2m5f); returns on 2lb lower mark and with tongue-tie fitted.
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7

4th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:45 Newbury

The Knot Is Tied

10st 13lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Neil King

Back in very good form when winning easily by 24l at Fakenham (2m4f, good) in October and is now only 3lb above that mark but his last three runs have been very disappointing; blinkers didn't appear to help much last time; now wears cheekpieces for first time since 2018 Flat campaign.

25/1

4th

1

1st Jan 2022

Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 4

15:40 Fakenham

The Knot Is Tied

12st 1lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Neil King

Drew 24l clear to win here (2m4f, good) in October and was placed in much stronger race than this at Aintree (3m, good) a few days later; also has form on slower ground but his last two runs were disappointing and he needs the first-time blinkers to give him a boost.

5/1

1

19th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 4

14:20 Fakenham

The Knot Is Tied

12st 1lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Neil King

The runaway winner of a 2m4f handicap hurdle here in October and ran well next time at Aintree (3m); last time was disappointing but he could easily bounce back from that.

4/1

25/1

Form: 5/U030

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Yet to add to his win in plating company in 2018; belied 50-1 odds when keeping-on third at Stratford (2m, good) last month, his third run for Max Young, but safely held since; cheekpieces given another whirl today.
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7th

7

25th Sep 2021

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

16:00 Market Rasen

Bazooka

10st 9lb

J: James Best

T: Max Young

Yet to add to his win in plating company in 2018; belied 50-1 odds when keeping-on third at Stratford (2m, good) last month, his third run for Max Young, but safely held since; cheekpieces given another whirl today.

25/1

Form: P-4P59

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Useful in bumpers in 2019 but unplaced all six hurdle starts, most recently when beaten about 40l over 2m7f last month; might benefit from this drop back in trip but clearly needs to improve.
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8th

12

25th Sep 2021

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

16:00 Market Rasen

Lady In Hiding

10st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Alex Hales

Useful in bumpers in 2019 but unplaced all six hurdle starts, most recently when beaten about 40l over 2m7f last month; might benefit from this drop back in trip but clearly needs to improve.

20/1

Form: 4-5653

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Signed off for Seamus Mullins with some below-par efforts in the spring but was placed behind Near Kettering over C&D (good) on last month's stable debut and has the services of Brian Hughes today.
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7th

2

(3)

12th May 2022

Good To Firm

1m 1f 201y

Class 5

14:35 Salisbury

The Raven’s Return

10st 0lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Chris Gordon

8th

1

(7)

25th Apr 2022

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

19:25 Windsor

The Raven’s Return

10st 0lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Chris Gordon

1st

6

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

13:09 Carlisle

The Raven’s Return

11st 3lb

J: Miss Molly Landau

T: Chris Gordon

Form: P8090-

Last run: 185 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Placed three times in Ireland for Gavin Cromwell last summer (2m6f-3m) but badly out of form for current stable afterwards (five starts); returns from six-month break with huge amount to prove; tongue-tie fitted.
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4th

3

18th Oct 2021

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

16:22 Plumpton

Mary Of De Sorrows

10st 7lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Tracey Leeson

Had placed form last summer in Ireland when with Gavin Cromwell and she stays 3m; badly out of form for current yard though and the tongue-tie made no difference last time.

50/1

10th

8

25th Sep 2021

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

16:00 Market Rasen

Mary Of De Sorrows

10st 5lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Tracey Leeson

Placed three times in Ireland for Gavin Cromwell last summer (2m6f-3m) but badly out of form for current stable afterwards (five starts); returns from six-month break with huge amount to prove; tongue-tie fitted.

40/1

Form: /89-41 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Dual hurdle winner, more recently when easily drawing clear over C&D (good) last month; went up 10lb for that but confirmed his wellbeing on the Flat recently (unlucky not to be placed); high on the list.
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7th

7

5th Feb 2022

Good

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

15:00 Wetherby

Near Kettering

10st 1lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Now 2lb lower than when beating a next-time-out winner at Carlisle (2m1f, good) in October but form has nosedived in recent weeks; considered only if lively in the betting.

20/1

12th

15

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

12:25 Doncaster

Near Kettering

10st 10lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Has dropped back down to the same mark as when winning at Carlisle in October and today's expected return to good ground is a likely plus, but based on his form this winter it's probably best to look elsewhere.

33/1

6th

7

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 4

16:15 Haydock

Near Kettering

10st 12lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Only 2lb higher than for his Carlisle win in October but not been at that level since and last time was particularly disappointing.

16/1

Form: 34/4/8

Last run: 55 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Won over hurdles in 2018 but returned from two-year absence with three very disappointing Flat runs for new stable this year and was also well beaten when back hurdling over C&D last month; swaps blinkers for visor.
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10

25th Sep 2021

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

16:00 Market Rasen

Murchison River

10st 0lb

J: Page Fuller

T: Sara Ender

Won over hurdles in 2018 but returned from two-year absence with three very disappointing Flat runs for new stable this year and was also well beaten when back hurdling over C&D last month; swaps blinkers for visor.

66/1

Form: 0-0PP0

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict
Yet to show any significant ability after six hurdle starts, the latest his stable debut at Worcester (2m, good) 12 days ago; 8lb out of the weights for today's handicap debut; can't be recommended.
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11

2nd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

15:50 Leicester

Pittsburg

10st 1lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Ryan Potter

Soundly beaten at huge odds on first seven starts before landing big gamble in amateurs' race at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft) in December, having had wind surgery; again went off favourite at Wincanton next time but found little from two out; no surprise if there's better still to come, although the tongue-strap (worn last two starts) is left off today.

9/2

5th

10

8th Jan 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

13:30 Wincanton

Pittsburg

10st 6lb

Soundly beaten at huge odds on his first seven runs before landing a major gamble in 17-runner amateurs' race at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft; had had wind surgery and wore tongue-strap) in December; no surprise if there's better still to come and he's respected off a 6lb higher mark.

4/1

1st

17

14th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

12:15 Catterick

Pittsburg

10st 0lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Ryan Potter

Pulled up when 150-1 for handicap debut at Market Rasen (2m2f, good) in September and only 1lb lower from out of the weights here; hopes pinned on combination of wind op and tongue-tie enabling massive improvement.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £565.00
Straight Forecast £457.80
Tricast £2683.60
Trifecta £4286.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Low Profile

RP Ratings:

The Raven's Return

Daily Mail:

Near Kettering

TOPSPEED:

Mawlood

Daily Express:

Mawlood

POSTDATA:

The Raven's Return

The Times:

The Raven's Return

Telegraph:

Low Profile

The Guardian:

Low Profile

Daily Mirror:

Low Profile

Daily Record:

Low Profile

The Sun:

Near Kettering

The Star:

Near Kettering