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Beryl’s Birthday Bash Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3158.68
  • 2m 0f 70y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
  • Win time: 3m 53s
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Beryl’s Birthday Bash Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.70
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 411141 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Progressive 6yo who has collected four wins this season, most recently when too strong for a dual subsequent winner at Uttoxeter (2m, good) last month; might still be improving and commands respect.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

3

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

19:20 Stratford

Pillar Of Steel

11st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Henry Oliver

Six hurdle wins, the latest over C&D (good to soft) for Henry Oliver last summer; better effort for James Evans last autumn when fourth over 2m at Ludlow (good) in October; has rejoined Henry Oliver ahead of this first outing for seven months; no great record fresh so might be best watched this time.

8/1

4th

1

11th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:10 Ludlow

Pillar Of Steel

12st 0lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: James Evans

taken down early, held up in rear, headway before 3 out, briefly went second 2 out, weakened gradually run-in

4/1

16/1

  • Place: £5.40

Form: U6415-

Last run: 201 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Off the mark over hurdles in Wincanton novice (1m7f, soft) in March but finished last of five over same C&D on handicap debut later that month; returned to form with two Flat wins in June but her more recent Flat runs have been underwhelming; others are more convincing.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

10

7th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

15:25 Ffos Las

Triple Nickle

10st 4lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Bernard Llewellyn

No match for winner when second of six in selling handicap at Fakenham (2m, soft) on latest hurdling start in February and was safely held off her lowly Flat mark on Wednesday; difficult to enthuse over.

12/1

5th

9

(2)

1st May 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

13:50 Wolverhampton (AW)

Triple Nickle

10st 4lb

J: Miss Jessica Llewellyn

T: Bernard Llewellyn

midfield

10/1

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12/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: O/8225 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Slightly disappointing at Hexham in August last time and it's now two years since her last win but she was second in two good-ground handicaps this summer (2m/2m1f) and has claims if judged on those efforts.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

5

23rd Jul 2023

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

14:20 Stratford

Maria Magdalena

11st 6lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Alex Hales

Without a win since 2019; very consistent for a large part of last year but has been well below par on her last four starts and now goes in blinkers; dangerous to dismiss.

10/1

5th

1

12th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

16:15 Southwell

Maria Magdalena

12st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Alex Hales

Without a win since 2019 and returned from break with low-key run last month but was very consistent in early part of last season and has slipped to a very tempting mark; well worth a second look.

10/1

8th

2

12th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

16:00 Market Rasen

Maria Magdalena

11st 13lb

J: Harriet Tucker

T: Alex Hales

No hurdles win since 2019 and mixed record fresh; didn't take to chasing when last seen but resumes 8lb lower than when recording the last of five consecutive place finishes in handicap hurdles last autumn.

10/1

Form: -414O1 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Has very mixed record over hurdles but is a dual winner, latterly at Warwick (2m5f, good) 16 days ago; not certain to be suited by today's drop back in trip but recent 3lb rise doesn't look excessive.

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6th

2

2nd May 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

17:50 Warwick

Crystal Gazing

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

4th

1

10th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:30 Stratford

Crystal Gazing

11st 12lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Two wins in the first half of the season (2m3f/2m5f, good) and she may have needed the run at Ludlow 18 days ago when back from some time off; runs off her last winning mark and she's one to consider.

5th

7

23rd Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

17:10 Ludlow

Crystal Gazing

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Dual winner in early part of this season, latterly at Warwick (2m5f, good) in September; not seen since October but she has form over C&D and her current mark is workable.

9/2

Form: 31P2-1 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Displayed improvement to open hurdling account at third attempt, with ridden-out success in Warwick novice (2m, good; first start since wind op) last month; could easily have a lot more to offer in handicaps and needs to be taken very seriously.

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3rd

3

18th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

2m 0f 213y

Class 4

13:30 Stratford

Whispering Gypsy

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, headway after 3rd, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, ridden and weakened from 2 out (vet said mare bled from the nose)

15/8

3rd

5

21st Jul 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

13:00 Worcester

Whispering Gypsy

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in behind leaders, pushed along and led 2 out, ridden and headed last, lost second and weakened run-in

7/1

5

9th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

20:20 Southwell

Whispering Gypsy

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Form: /4751- CD

Last run: 364 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Unraced over hurdles since finishing strongly for an unlikely success in this race a year ago; competes off same mark today but looked reluctant when well beaten on latest Flat start in May and comes with risk attached; cheekpieces (used twice, last worn in this 12 months ago) refitted.

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Verdict Starting price

6

(3)

29th Nov 2021

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

15:00 Kempton (AW)

Diamond Gait

9st 5lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Kim Bailey

Has a bumper/three hurdle wins on her CV; promise over 1m4f on her first two Flat runs; blew the start on her handicap debut at Nottingham in May; should be fit after a couple of recent hurdle runs and capable of better in this sphere.

10/1

6th

3

11th Nov 2021

Good To Firm

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:35 Taunton

Diamond Gait

11st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Held every chance when blundering two out at Stratford last month (won same race the year before); entitled to go close on the pick of her form but she often doesn't make life easy for herself; reservations.

8/1

6th

1

16th Oct 2021

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:05 Stratford

Diamond Gait

11st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Unraced over hurdles since finishing strongly for an unlikely success in this race a year ago; competes off same mark today but looked reluctant when well beaten on latest Flat start in May and comes with risk attached; cheekpieces (used twice, last worn in this 12 months ago) refitted.

7/1

Form: 111227 CD

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Back in career-best form this season, completing hat-trick in June/July (2m-2m2f); reportedly unsuited by the slow pace when 19l behind Crystal Gazing at Warwick (2m5f) recently; no surprise if she features here.

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1st

4

20th Sep 2022

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Warwick

Solstalla

11st 5lb

J: Page Fuller

T: David Weston

in touch with leaders, headway and prominent 7th, went second and going easily 3 out, pushed along and led 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on but reduced lead inside final 110yds, just held on

100/30

Form: 341-32 D

Last run: 129 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Won Exeter maiden (2m1f, good to firm) in April on fourth start over hurdles and ran to similar level in two small-field events afterwards (handicap/novice); returns from four-month absence and probably needs to take another step forward.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

4

(7)

24th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Wilderness

9st 11lb

J: George Downing

T: Seamus Mullins

Arrives on a long losing run and her recent form on the Flat and over hurdles isn't overly encouraging either; it's easy to look elsewhere.

33/1

8th

10

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Wilderness

10st 4lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

midfield, lost ground after 6th

25/1

Form: 411-55 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Dual novice winner in the spring; had to settle for fifth in first two handicaps, the latter last month after a break, but is now 6lb below her initial mark and still has low mileage.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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8

6th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 0y

13:45 Tramore

Ordered Lives

11st 3lb

J: Mr J L Gleeson

T: Martin Paul Fitzgerald

midfield, dropped to rear 3rd, ridden and struggling 2 out, tailed off when pulled up before last

20/1

18

24th Nov 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 156y

14:40 Thurles

Ordered Lives

11st 3lb

J: Mr J L Gleeson

T: Martin Paul Fitzgerald

Third reserve; won twice in novice hurdles in Britain for Fergal O'Brien, showing her best form on good ground at around 2m; has struggled for this yard so far and now tried blinkered.

7th

8

30th Sep 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

17:02 Gowran Park

Ordered Lives

11st 7lb

J: Mr J L Gleeson

T: Martin Paul Fitzgerald

held up in rear, pushed along 2 out (usual 3 out), soon no impression

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £609.00
Straight Forecast £614.50
Tricast £3561.90
Trifecta £3661.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Whispering Gypsy

RP Ratings:

Pillar Of Steel

WEST COUNTRY:

Ordered Lives

LAMBOURN:

Crystal Gazing

The Times:

Wilderness

The Star:

Diamond Gait

TOPSPEED:

Solstalla

POSTDATA:

Whispering Gypsy

Telegraph:

Whispering Gypsy

Daily Express:

Whispering Gypsy

Daily Mirror:

Whispering Gypsy

Daily Record:

Whispering Gypsy

The Guardian:

Pillar Of Steel

Daily Mail:

Pillar Of Steel

The Sun:

Pillar Of Steel