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whichbookie.co.uk Bookmaker Reviews Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5228.16
  • 2m 3f 49y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
  • Win time: 5m 0s
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whichbookie.co.uk Bookmaker Reviews Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.90
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 1501-2

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Hurdles winner on final French start in April and fair British debut over shorter trip here this month; handicap debut and looks on a reasonable mark; could play leading role; non-runner at Plumpton yesterday.

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Verdict Starting price

4

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Haddex Des Obeaux

11st 10lb

T: Nicky Henderson

3rd

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Haddex Des Obeaux

11st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Gary Moore

Progressive novice chaser last season, winning twice (good/heavy); still held a fighting chance when final-fence faller in Cheltenham handicap on reappearance and could well rate higher still; faces a stiffer assignment upped in class but brings an attractive profile.

14/1

0

3

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 2

13:15 Cheltenham

Haddex Des Obeaux

11st 8lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

By the same sire as the stable's star 2m chaser Editeur Du Gite; looked seriously progressive when making all in 2m handicaps at Doncaster (good) and Warwick (heavy), with his jumping particularly impressive the last time; whacked up 10lb for that latest success but looks to have Graded-race potential.

11/4

7/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 8402-3 D

Last run: 165 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won his first two chasing starts in November 2019 but has found it tough going since; placed twice when last seen in the spring and temptingly handicapped for this return to hurdling but still something to prove.

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2nd

2

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

17:08 Wincanton

Champagne Court

12st 0lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Should be well handicapped but this is probably his level now; second of four at Stratford (2m6f, heavy) on his second run back from a layoff and is likely to need a bit more this time.

7/2

2nd

3

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

14:20 Stratford

Champagne Court

12st 0lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Has slipped to a favourable mark judged on his wins over hurdles/fences at the end of 2022, but was already well beaten when unseating his rider in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown (3m, soft) last month having been off for a year (has gone well fresh in the past); enough to prove.

11/1

3

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:05 Sandown

Champagne Court

12st 5lb

J: Maj Charlie O’Shea

T: Jeremy Scott

Acts on soft; had a mixed record over fences last term but seemed finally to prove his stamina for 3m; absent 378 days and although he has a good first-time-out record in recent seasons, winning at today's weights may require a little more.

10/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 1245-2 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Consistent and progressive for this stable last season and very satisfactory return to action here 19 days ago; longer trip a help and solid credentials; more appeal than most.

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1st

2

1st Sep 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:38 Fontwell

Thibault

11st 12lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Adam West

set steady pace, increased tempo after 3 out, ridden when faced challenge after 2 out, kept on well final 110yds

5/1

5th

3

10th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 6f 44y

Class 6

20:23 Salisbury

Thibault

10st 2lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Adam West

Versatile ground-wise; multiple wins for yard include a 2m handicap on the Flat at Chepstow in April 2022 but his latest win was over hurdles that May and he hasn't shone so far this year; others more obvious.

12/1

Form: 23222-

Last run: 180 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Two wins in France (in cheekpieces) but not at her best in two British starts last season (the second after wind surgery); could do better this term but opening handicap mark suggests a need to return to peak form.

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5th

3

20th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 3

16:25 Cheltenham

Fortunes Melody

10st 6lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Harry Fry

Usually consistent but didn't cover herself in much glory when a remote fourth at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) latest; sole win over fences (1-14) came on her last attempt at this sort of trip, so that may help.

9/2

4th

1

3rd Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

14:00 Ludlow

Fortunes Melody

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Harry Fry

Only 1-13 over fences but she's consistent and ran creditably behind La Renommee over C&D most recently; has form on all types of going; sole handicap win (over hurdles) came off this mark; solid chance.

11/4

2nd

1

2nd Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

13:50 Ludlow

Fortunes Melody

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Harry Fry

Came good over fences in quite valuable event at Worcester (2m4f, good) in the autumn; hasn't really kicked on from that success and was no match for clear winner when second at Uttoxeter (2m5f, good to soft) in January but will appreciate this ease in grade and is on a good mark.

15/8

Form: 512P6-

Last run: 326 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in a chase last November, on stable debut, and absent since; first start over hurdles since April 2019 so enough to prove.

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2nd

6

11th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 87y

16:30 Galway

Seddon

11st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

In tremendous form over hurdles and fences last season, winning four on the bounce, including the Magners Plate at Cheltenham; decent Flat debut run latest at Killarney; well-treated at these weights and hugely respected.

2/1

4th

7

(1)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 180y

20:10 Killarney

Seddon

11st 4lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: John C McConnell

led, headed and lost two places under 2f out, kept on but lost third final 110yds

7/1

1st

12

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

17:30 Punchestown

Seddon

10st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

made all, travelled strongly, ridden and faced challenge before last, kept on well run-in

15/2

Form: /1422- C

Last run: 222 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Won over slightly shorter at this track on last season's return (now 5lb higher) and three good efforts followed; consistent and the recent rain is a plus; lively claims given his ability to go well fresh.

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5

10th Dec 2021

Soft

3m 0f 5y

Class 3

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Adicci

11st 9lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Both hurdle wins came on deep ground, the handicap off this very mark; beaten about 10l on his switch to fences at Exeter when trying 3m for the first time, but he was keeping on when making a mess of two out; reportedly made a noise afterwards; ability is there to be involved.

10/1

4th

3

10th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

13:40 Exeter

Adicci

11st 2lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Unraced beyond 2m5f as a hurdler but ran creditably over that trip when second in handicap at Wincanton (heavy) in February; well below form on reappearance three weeks ago but it's interesting that this chase debut is his first crack at 3m; worth a second look.

8/1

6th

4

20th Oct 2021

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

13:30 Fontwell

Adicci

11st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won over slightly shorter at this track on last season's return (now 5lb higher) and three good efforts followed; consistent and the recent rain is a plus; lively claims given his ability to go well fresh.

7/2

Form: 41215- BF

Last run: 181 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Has only raced six times and won two novices last season (good and soft); not at his best on final start in April but opening handicap mark looks realistic; possibilities with this longer trip likely to suit.

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4th

7

9th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

No Risk Des Flos

11st 11lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Two wins in smallish fields at Wetherby (1m7f/2m3f) last season but ran poorly on the same course last time; needs to bounce back from that and also has stamina to prove over today's much longer trip.

9/1

4th

3

25th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

14:25 Wetherby

No Risk Des Flos

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Olly Murphy

Back to form in first-time tongue-tie (retained) with good third of five over C&D (soft), when hampered by runner-up Our Jet three out; has won here four times (including this last year) could play a leading role.

7/2

Form: 2P50-4 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Won off a higher mark last November but rather lost his way in the spring and no immediate signs of a return to his best when last of four over C&D this month; something to prove now; all wins on soft/heavy.

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4th

3

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 2

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

West To The Bridge

11st 10lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Yet to win this season and not getting any younger but retains most of his ability, and this month's fourth at Newbury (2m, heavy) was perfectly respectable; 2lb lower here and the move back up in trip will suit; no surprise if he features.

7/2

4th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

West To The Bridge

11st 11lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, headway before 2 out, went third run-in, no extra when lost third towards finish

33/1

Form: 622-86

Last run: 119 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Productive spell last autumn but shot up the handicap as a result; not at his best in two starts this spring but could yet bounce back and Joe Anderson's claim a help; can make the running.

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3

10th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

11:55 Doncaster

Twin Star

11st 10lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Noel Williams

Two 2m1f wins last autumn but hasn't reached that level this season; well beaten last two starts and now swaps cheekpieces for blinkers.

33/1

5th

2

20th Nov 2021

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 3

13:58 Huntingdon

Twin Star

11st 9lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Noel Williams

Two wins last autumn but hasn't reached that form this season; tailed off at Fontwell latest (reportedly made respiratory noise) and enough to prove for now.

16/1

9th

8

20th Oct 2021

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

13:30 Fontwell

Twin Star

11st 4lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Noel Williams

Productive spell last autumn but shot up the handicap as a result; not at his best in two starts this spring but could yet bounce back and Joe Anderson's claim a help; can make the running.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1/PPP- D

Last run: 181 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Talented at best but was pulled up in all three chases in the spring, after nearly a year off; first attempt over hurdles since April 2018 and possibly best watched with usual blinkers left off.

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4

2nd Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

13:07 Leicester

Delire DEstruval

10st 12lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Ben Pauling

Pulled up on last four starts so comes with obvious risks; however, he showed useful form as recently as March 2020, and if retains even a modicum of that ability he'll be a big player in this very weak race.

7/4

3

20th Oct 2021

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

13:30 Fontwell

Delire DEstruval

11st 10lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Talented at best but was pulled up in all three chases in the spring, after nearly a year off; first attempt over hurdles since April 2018 and possibly best watched with usual blinkers left off.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £124.00
Straight Forecast £103.70
Tricast £487.70
Trifecta £658.00

Selections

The Times:

Haddex Des Obeaux

SPOTLIGHT:

Adicci

RP Ratings:

West To The Bridge

Daily Express:

No Risk Des Flos

Daily Mirror:

Fortunes Melody

The Guardian:

Champagne Court

LAMBOURN:

Seddon

Telegraph:

Haddex Des Obeaux

Daily Mail:

Haddex Des Obeaux

The Star:

Haddex Des Obeaux

TOPSPEED:

Adicci

WEST COUNTRY:

Adicci

Daily Record:

Adicci

POSTDATA:

West To The Bridge