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Jo Huxtable Birthday Celebration “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4084.5
  • 2m 6f 7y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
  • Win time: 5m 25s
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Jo Huxtable Birthday Celebration “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 5

Last run: 161 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Brother to useful 2m6f hurdle winner First Approach; shaped with significant promise when fifth of eight on bumper debut at Warwick (2m, soft) in May and makes appeal on today's hurdling debut.

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4th

3

27th Nov 2023

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

14:00 Kempton

Ballintubber Boy

11st 12lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

didn't always jump with fluency, took keen hold, led, increased tempo before 4 out, headed after 3 out, soon weakened

15/8

1st

1

10th Oct 2023

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

16:55 Huntingdon

Ballintubber Boy

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Dual hurdle winner last season, latterly when making all off 2lb lower at Market Rasen (2m7f, good) in February, but has looked out of sorts on both appearances this term and needs to prove his wellbeing.

9/1

0

4

5th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 7y

Class 4

13:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Ballintubber Boy

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

jumped right on occasions, led, jumped badly right and headed 3rd, weakened quickly after 5 out, pulled up before 3 out

7/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 234-

Last run: 285 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Placed in two bumpers (one here) for Kim Bailey towards end of 2020; absent since modest fourth at Fakenham in January but ought to have a future over jumps for new stable.

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15th

15

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

12:40 Taunton

Harde Fashion

10st 8lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Daniel Bourne

Went close on stable/hurdle debut in October 2021 but generally very disappointing since; not seen since pulled up in Hereford handicap last December and has too much to prove.

50/1

10

21st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

14:45 Hereford

Harde Fashion

11st 3lb

J: Jamie Brace

T: Daniel Bourne

Maiden (0-12); continues to plummet in the weights after a somewhat tepid effort in first-time cheekpieces at Taunton (2m3f, good; 33-1) four weeks ago; safer to look elsewhere.

50/1

6

8th Dec 2022

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:40 Taunton

Harde Fashion

11st 2lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Daniel Bourne

20/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 9-P

Last run: 161 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Joined Charlie Longsdon after soft-ground point win last December; down the field in Huntingdon bumper on rules debut in April and pulled up on hurdle debut at Hexham (2m7f, soft) a few weeks later; needs last month's wind op to have made a big difference.

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7th

1

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 83y

Class 5

13:40 Stratford

The Wise Traveller

12st 3lb

J: Jamie Gambin

T: Sarah Humphrey

Well beaten in a chase on stable debut but is 2-2 since switched back to hurdling, the latter win gained under Jamie Gambin at Fakenham (2m7f, good) nine days ago; must be considered in current form.

8/1

1st

4

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

15:45 Fakenham

The Wise Traveller

11st 12lb

J: Jamie Gambin

T: Sarah Humphrey

Ex-Charlie Longsdon; won at Huntingdon on return to hurdling in November on second start for this yard (3m1f, good, second win over C&D); conditions suit and should go well on return from a break.

11/4

Form: 326264

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Second in two run-of-the-mill bumpers in early part of this season and began hurdling career with two respectable efforts, latterly when upped to 2m4f at Worcester (good) three weeks ago; each-way claims at least in race lacking strength in depth here.

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4th

7

16th Oct 2021

Good

2m 6f 7y

Class 4

12:45 Stratford

Dont Stop Now

11st 2lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Second in two run-of-the-mill bumpers in early part of this season and began hurdling career with two respectable efforts, latterly when upped to 2m4f at Worcester (good) three weeks ago; each-way claims at least in race lacking strength in depth here.

9/2

4th

9

24th Sep 2021

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Worcester

Dont Stop Now

10st 9lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Made the frame in three of his four bumpers this season but the form probably isn't anything out of the ordinary, and he was safely held when sixth in 2m maiden hurdle here this month.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 02- BF

Last run: 189 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Well-bred 5yo; left Philip Hobbs after disappointing bumper debut a year ago and was well beaten when second of five for new stable in what looked a very modest event in April; had wind op during summer break; represents a top stable but significant improvement is needed on today's hurdle debut.

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5th

10

26th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:05 Kempton

Don Alvaro

10st 6lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

disputed lead, not fluent 6th

9/2

1st

1

17th Nov 2022

Good

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

14:40 Wincanton

Don Alvaro

12st 0lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

jumped well, disputed lead, led clearly after 5 out

11/10

1st

8

5th Nov 2022

Good

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

15:35 Wincanton

Don Alvaro

10st 5lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

pressed leader, led before 3 out, went clear when ridden after 2 out, kept on well

9/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

£40,000 3yo; first foal; dam unraced half-sister to fair Irish hurdler Shar Whats Therush; in good hands and doesn't need to be anything special to pose a threat on today's racecourse debut.

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7th

4

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 4f 0y

17:20 Curragh

Turnaway

12st 3lb

J: Anna Cropper

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Modest winning hurdler for Dan Skelton in December; not sure what to expect on Flat.

20/1

3

5th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

14:50 Wincanton

Turnaway

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Came good over hurdles at sixth attempt, with clear win at Taunton (3m, good) in December; open to further progress on today's chasing debut but his last two runs were very disappointing and he needs to put those behind him.

6/1

5

24th Feb 2023

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Warwick

Turnaway

11st 7lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

midfield

11/2

Form: 5

Last run: 143 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Easily won good-ground maiden point at Dingley in May but was tailed off in Warwick novice hurdle (2m5f, good to soft; raced freely) later that month; returns from 143-day absence here.

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13

24th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 3f 9y

Class 5

16:05 Sedgefield

Pollards Fen

10st 0lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Georgie Howell

Has shown little in four runs over hurdles and has a mountain to climb from 12lb out of the handicap.

50/1

6th

11

17th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:15 Chepstow

Pollards Fen

10st 0lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Georgie Howell

Has subsequent winners behind when landing a point last May but has been tailed off in three novice hurdles for this trainer; will prefer going left-handed again but 19lb out of the weights on handicap debut.

50/1

5th

4

20th Nov 2021

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

13:23 Huntingdon

Pollards Fen

11st 4lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Georgie Howell

Point winner in May but tailed off in both attempts over hurdles for this yard; hood and cheekpieces now fitted.

40/1

Form: 07

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bettered inauspicious bumper debut when midfield in first-time blinkers here (good) in August and is bred to benefit from the step up in trip on today's hurdle debut but others appeal more all the same.

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1

16th Oct 2021

Good

2m 6f 7y

Class 4

12:45 Stratford

Beccaccino

11st 4lb

J: Miss Harriet Tucker

T: Jo Davis

Bettered inauspicious bumper debut when midfield in first-time blinkers here (good) in August and is bred to benefit from the step up in trip on today's hurdle debut but others appeal more all the same.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £343.00
Straight Forecast £462.00
Trifecta £2612.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Don Alvaro

SPOTLIGHT:

Ballintubber Boy

The Sun:

Turnaway

The Times:

Ballintubber Boy

Daily Mail:

Ballintubber Boy

The Star:

Ballintubber Boy

Telegraph:

Don Alvaro

Daily Express:

Don Alvaro

Daily Mirror:

Don Alvaro

Daily Record:

Don Alvaro