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13:48 Newton Abbot

Heavy

St Austell Brewery Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4084.5
  • 2m 2f 110y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 4m 51s
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St Austell Brewery Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

OUR TIP

100/30 (Won)

  • Win: £1.70
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 15- BF

Last run: 242 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Half-brother to very useful jumpers Binge Drinker and Stattler, and created good impression when winning 18-runner Warwick bumper (soft) on last December's debut; only fifth when favourite for Listed race in February and needs to learn to settle better but looks a good prospect for novice hurdles.

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6th

4

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Might I

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Mixed fortunes over fences this season and needs to jump better than in the Coral Cup last month when back over hurdles; however, in the circumstances (particularly a very bad mid-race blunder) he did pretty well to finish 13th and he's now 5lb lower than when a good fourth in the Martin Pipe (2m4f, soft) last March; ran a big race on sole visit here; cheekpieces (worn on last three starts) are left off; capable of playing a leading role.

16/1

13th

6

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Might I

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Fourth in the Martin Pipe here (2m4f, soft) one year ago off 3lb higher; his jumping has not been so convincing switched to fences this term but he's still looked in form; strong-travelling sort who should get into serious contention on this return to hurdling.

14/1

3rd

4

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Might I

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

raced in third and in touch with leaders, hit 4 out, hit 3 out, soon ridden, weakened after 2 out

9/4

7/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 31-

Last run: 249 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Delivered on earlier promise when narrow winner of heavy-ground Exeter bumper in February (front pair a long way clear); makes hurdling debut after 249-day absence but should have a good future over jumps.

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7

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Thunder Rock

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Went back up in trip at Kelso (2m7f, good to soft) last month and won that Listed chase in decisive fashion; has also won on soft; this 8yo is unexposed over staying trips and could have more to offer, but others have far more substance to their form and he looks vulnerable in this Grade 1.

25/1

1st

2

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Thunder Rock

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

held up in rear, pushed along and headway after 3 out, went fourth before 2 out, switched right and went second before last, led last, kept on well run-in, readily

9/2

2nd

2

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

Thunder Rock

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Olly Murphy

Strong form in defeat in Graded novice chases last term and justified 11-8 favouritism in clearcut fashion in four-runner Listed event at Carlisle (2m4f, soft; jumped well) in November; that saw him favourite for Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham but he was soon struggling with the fences; has cheekpieces today and the earlier positive impression cannot be forgotten.

7/2

Form: 5-

Last run: 232 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Never looked dangerous but made quite encouraging debut when fifth of 15 at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) in March; needs to make good progress to win here but is worth keeping an eye on with the future in mind.

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5th

8

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Triple Trade

10st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Had a good spell before Christmas with wins at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) and Ascot (2m3f, good), albeit presented with the latter race on a plate by the wayward runner-up; little to recommend him on subsequent soft-ground runs, though, including in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham, and just 1lb lower than for those two defeats.

20/1

8th

12

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Triple Trade

10st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Overhauled Calico late on over C&D (good to soft) in November and he was the one to profit from Harper's Brook pulling himself up in front at Ascot (2m3f, good) just before Christmas; looked in trouble a long way out and something presumably not right when a remote last of five finishers at Lingfield (2m, soft) in January; freshened up since and his overall profile in the last year or so is positive.

25/1

5th

3

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Lingfield

Triple Trade

10st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Would have been beaten by Saint Segal at Ascot (2m1f, good) in November but for that rival's final-fence fall (came third); however, he'd won at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) just eight days earlier and was back on the scoresheet at Ascot (2m3f, good) latest; progressive and could be in the mix.

5/1

Form: 163-

Last run: 182 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Kept on strongly to win Southwell bumper (good to soft) for Philip Hobbs last December but was safely held on both hurdle starts for current stable (good/soft); returns from six-month break and will probably be of greater interest when qualified for handicaps.

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4th

10

21st Oct 2021

Heavy

2m 2f 110y

Class 4

13:48 Newton Abbot

Without A Doubt

10st 12lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Kept on strongly to win Southwell bumper (good to soft) for Philip Hobbs last December but was safely held on both hurdle starts for current stable (good/soft); returns from six-month break and will probably be of greater interest when qualified for handicaps.

66/1

Form: 8231-3

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Scored on hurdle debut at Auteuil (2m1f, soft) in March and made solid start for new stable when third at Worcester (2m, good to soft) two weeks ago; sets a useful hurdling standard and ought to play a leading role.

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6th

1

25th Feb 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

16:10 Kempton

Halo Des Obeaux

12st 0lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

His second fall from three attempts over fences came on latest start, so he's back over hurdles; had found some improvement on heavy/soft earlier this term and could easily have more to offer for the champion trainer, but good ground would give him much more to prove.

10/1

4

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 3

13:28 Musselburgh

Halo Des Obeaux

11st 4lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders on outer, mistake and fell heavily 3rd

7/2

2nd

3

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Halo Des Obeaux

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Ex-French 5yo who opened British account (fifth attempt) in a conditional jockeys' event at Sandown (2m4f, heavy); fair fourth there over 2m7f four weeks ago off today's mark and needs to prove he's worth it.

8/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Out of a well-connected dam and displayed improvement to win Irish maiden point by 6l in April (good to yielding), after which he changed hands for £35,000; interesting to see how he fares on today's rules debut.

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11

26th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

15:28 Chepstow

Dorans Bridge

10st 1lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Katy Price

0-6 under rules but seemed to respond well to first-time cheekpices when third at Lingfield (2m7f, heavy) in December and may have found the good ground too lively when below that form last time; not ruled out.

10/1

5th

8

26th Jan 2022

Good

3m 2f 162y

Class 5

15:20 Wincanton

Dorans Bridge

10st 6lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Katy Price

Irish point winner last April (good to yielding); struggled in novice/maiden hurdles in autumn and was pulled up on last month's chasing debut but fared considerably better when third in first-time cheekpieces/tongue-tie at Lingfield (2m7f, heavy) just before Christmas and is 6lb lower here.

13/2

3rd

4

20th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

13:30 Lingfield

Dorans Bridge

11st 1lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Katy Price

Irish point winner in April; little to show for three novice hurdle outings in Britain and was struggling a long way out when pulled up on chasing/handicap debut at Uttoxeter on Friday; quick return to action with both cheekpieces and a tongue-strap fitted for the first time.

12/1

Form: 8/2P- BF

Last run: 295 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

From a good jumping family and made good start to hurdling career when clear second at Hereford (2m, good to soft) last November; clearly wasn't himself when pulled-up favourite at Taunton the following month; had wind op in June; tongue-tie added today; remains one to be interested in.

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10th

1

19th Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:35 Worcester

Millbank Flyer

12st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

in touch with leaders, lost position 4 out, weakened before 3 out

5/1

3rd

2

11th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

13:30 Newton Abbot

Millbank Flyer

11st 11lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

The step up to 2m7f at Taunton in February should have suited but he folded tamely in the closing stages and remains a maiden; definitely has the ability to win races and perhaps cheekpieces will bring out more.

11/2

5th

9

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:05 Taunton

Millbank Flyer

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Some promise in 2m novice hurdles; well held when unseating late on chase debut at Chepstow but siblings include classy Chantry House and others who stayed well so some hopes that this big step up in trip will suit.

7/1

Form: 6-2

Last run: 132 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Displayed promise in two good-ground bumpers here in the spring, more recently when second of nine in June, but that form isn't anything to get too excited about; cheekpieces on today's hurdle debut; faces a tall order.

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10

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Mojito Royale

10st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

pressed leaders early, prominent from 3rd, pushed along after 8th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out

50/1

2

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

14:45 Ffos Las

Mojito Royale

11st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Placed in two 2m3f Hereford novice hurdles (both on good) in late 2021; however, safely held on handicap debut last January and soon under pressure when pulled up at Fontwell (2m6f) when next seen five weeks ago; wore cheekpieces last five starts but now has tongue-tie and blinkers.

50/1

5

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:15 Fontwell

Mojito Royale

11st 9lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

raced lazily, prominent, lost ground after 3rd, towards rear 6th, struggling and reminder with one circuit to go

25/1

Form: 54

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Dual Irish point winner during 2019-20 season (yielding/soft) but safely held on both starts under rules; ran well to a point on recent hurdle debut at Fontwell (2m3f, soft) but looks up against it here.

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1

26th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

19:40 Worcester

Nelsons Rock

12st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Developed into a mercurial staying chaser last summer, winning two small-field events (3m2f, good) but tanking twice also; remains to be seen what mood he returns in, but reproduction of the form of his 2l second in a C&D 0-120 hurdle of a year ago brings him right into the reckoning.

3/1

1st

2

4th Sep 2022

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

16:25 Fontwell

Nelsons Rock

11st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, pressed leader after 1st, ridden and every chance before 3 out, kept on and on inner run-in, led inside final 110yds

4/1

5

25th Jul 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

15:00 Newton Abbot

Nelsons Rock

11st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

raced in second, bumped 10th, pushed along before 12th, ridden and lost second but prominent with one circuit to go, dropped to last and struggling 15th, lost touch and tailed off when pulled up 2 out

9/2

Form: 31-2 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Brother to promising hurdler Fern Hill; readily won good-ground bumper here in April and last month's Warwick second was perfectly respectable; each-way claims if he takes to hurdling; ran okay on heavy on debut.

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5th

7

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

17:20 Newbury

Teds Friend

11st 10lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Fergal O’Brien

Back in form when last seen in September 2022, winning over 2m7f at Worcester (good to soft; 1lb lower) and then a close third at Bangor; how he'll fare after his absence remains to be seen and perhaps the market will guide.

12/1

18

22nd Oct 2022

Good To Firm

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Teds Friend

10st 2lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Fergal O’Brien

Capitalised upon some help from the handicapper at Worcester (2m7f, good to soft) last month but had to settle for third in another Class 4 race a fortnight later and is 3lb out of the weights here.

33/1

3rd

4

28th Sep 2022

Good

2m 7f 7y

Class 4

15:36 Bangor-on-Dee

Teds Friend

11st 11lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Fergal O’Brien

held up in rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders and ridden when not fluent 2 out, kept on but not pace to challenge

7/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Seventh foal; half-brother to smart chaser Hold The Note and fairly useful Flat, AW bumper and hurdle winner Supakalanistic; dam maiden in bumpers/hurdles; in good hands but entitled to benefit from today's debut outing.

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5th

8

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Advantura

10st 12lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in rear, mistake 1st, in touch with leaders when not fluent 7th, not fluent 8th, reminder before 9th, pushed along and lost ground after 11th, got behind after 14th, soon pulled up

12/1

9

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Advantura

11st 1lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Fell in two of his first three chases but ran big race in defeat when close/clear second at Taunton (3m2f, good to soft) in between and may still have potential; can't be ruled out.

10/1

6

31st Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 60y

Class 5

14:15 Ffos Las

Advantura

10st 10lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Perhaps travelled a bit too well for his own good when beaten narrowly on his second chase start at Taunton (3m2f, good to soft), finishing clear of the remainder; an 8lb rise seems harsh but he's considered nonetheless.

11/2

Form: 8- BF

Last run: 248 days

W: 10st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Half-brother to very useful hurdler Flash Collonges; dam chase-winning half-sister to Grand National winner Neptune Collonges; very disappointing favourite when last of eight in AW bumper in February but ought to be capable of considerably better.

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6

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

17:20 Ludlow

Hazard Collonges

11st 12lb

J: Mr Jos Lovegrove-Fielden

T: R Teague

Displayed some ability over hurdles earlier in career but 0-7 in points since and he's hard to fancy today.

50/1

4th

2

5th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 4

15:55 Huntingdon

Hazard Collonges

11st 11lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Alan King

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Second foal from unraced half-sister to a French Grade 3 chase winner; bought for £60,000 soon after winning five-runner Irish point on debut in April (good); declared to make rules debut in recent Grade 2 Persian War at Chepstow (subsequently withdrawn) and seemingly held in some regard.

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10

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Hidden Heroics

10st 7lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

Dug deep to win at Ludlow (3m1f, soft) in December but didn't fire at Kempton later that month and has become unreliable; overlooked by Harry Skelton today and not the most obvious answer.

20/1

6th

9

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Hidden Heroics

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

raced wide, took keen hold, midfield, headway 4 out, outpaced 3 out, soon no impression

4/1

3

6th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 3

13:25 Ludlow

Hidden Heroics

11st 11lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Dual chase winner who has dipped beneath his last winning mark and was in the process of a definite return to form when coming down late on at Ascot 12 days ago (3m, good); wouldn't want the ground too soft but good claims otherwise with Tristan Durrell taking off 5lb this time.

3/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 5lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Runner-up on Irish point debut in April (good to yielding) but safely held on her two outings in that sphere the following month and faces very tough assignment on today's rules debut; hood fitted.

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7

18th Nov 2021

Good

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

13:15 Wincanton

Saoirse Away

10st 5lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Brian Barr

Looked limited in points and has shown nothing in two novice hurdles.

200/1

15

2nd Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 3

13:25 Exeter

Saoirse Away

10st 5lb

J: Patrick Cowley

T: Brian Barr

Runner-up in the first of three Irish points in the spring but a well-beaten 66-1 shot when switched to hurdling last month.

100/1

8th

8

24th Oct 2021

Good

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:55 Wincanton

Saoirse Away

10st 5lb

J: Patrick Cowley

T: Brian Barr

12l off the winner when second in an Irish point and beaten further in her other two; wouldn't be the obvious answer on this switch to hurdles.

50/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Halo Des Obeaux

TOPSPEED:

Millbank Flyer

The Times:

Hidden Heroics

WEST COUNTRY:

Might I

The Star:

Hidden Heroics

RP Ratings:

Halo Des Obeaux

POSTDATA:

Halo Des Obeaux

Telegraph:

Halo Des Obeaux

Daily Mail:

Halo Des Obeaux

Daily Express:

Halo Des Obeaux

Daily Mirror:

Halo Des Obeaux

The Guardian:

Millbank Flyer

The Sun:

Millbank Flyer