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Foundation Developments Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £7804.5
  • 2m 0f 87y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
  • Win time: 3m 54s
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Foundation Developments Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.90
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 224-13

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Delivered on earlier promise when comfortably winning Downpatrick bumper (2m2f, yielding to soft) last month and made a good start to hurdling career when close third in 16-runner Limerick maiden (2m, soft) 12 days ago; might well have won there had he not lost his footing after the penultimate flight; represents a top Irish stable; likely contender.

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4

8th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:20 Naas

Top Bandit

11st 2lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second, pressed leader when fell heavily 4th

11/2

6

21st Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

11:35 Fairyhouse

Top Bandit

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won four of his five races in the first half of last season, a bumper and three races over hurdles; disappointed when thrown in at the deep end for handicap debut in the County Hurdle; fell at fourth-last in the Galway Hurdle; followed that with a moderate run at Killarney in August; got his career back on course with a solid run at Punchestown on Monday.

5/1

2nd

9

19th Dec 2022

Frozen

2m 0f 0y

14:40 Punchestown

Top Bandit

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second throughout, pushed along and made challenge after 2 out, no impression when pecked on landing last, no chance with winner run-in, kept on

13/2

33/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 2-23

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Runner-up in two Southwell bumpers in the spring and finished ahead of Ballybreeze when third on last month's hurdle debut at Bangor (2m, good); can win races in due course but probably not this one.

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8th

3

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Brorson

11st 8lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Martin Keighley

Went close in a 2m maiden hurdle here in October; odds-on wins in a 2m3f novice and 3m handicap (both on good to soft; unraced on softer under rules) before coming up short in another handicap at Musselburgh; again ran well that day but holds no significant appeal on the back of that defeat.

100/1

3rd

6

6th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

14:40 Musselburgh

Brorson

10st 11lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Easily won Catterick novice (2m3f, good to soft) in December when upped in trip and bolted up in Southwell handicap (3m, good to soft) subsequently, again making all; hit with a 13lb rise for last time but he won in a canter and it remains to be seen where his limitations now lie.

9/4

1st

8

3rd Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 3

14:20 Southwell

Brorson

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Not beaten far when seventh of 18 on handicap debut at Cheltenham (2m, good) in November and didn't need to improve to win Catterick novice race (2m3f, good to soft) easily last month; goes up in trip again here and still has potential.

5/2

100/1

  • Place: £17.50

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Out of an unraced sister to high-class hurdler Accordion Etoile; 0-4 in Irish points (placed once) and makes rules debut after 384-day absence; hood fitted; can't be recommended here.

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4th

6

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Jetoile

11st 5lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Ryan Potter

Three wins last year, including the Old Roan Chase at Aintree; pulled up in a Grade 3 at Newbury in March when last seen; others preferred.

10/1

1

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:55 Newbury

Jetoile

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Ryan Potter

held up in rear, in touch with leaders when hit 9th, weakened before 4 out, pulled up 3 out

7/1

4th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Jetoile

11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Ryan Potter

midfield, in touch with leaders when not fluent 5 out

10/1

Form: 4-3327

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Seven-time Flat winner (1m-1m4f; peak RPR 77); well beaten in soft-ground novice hurdle at Downpatrick (2m3f) two weeks ago and now 0-5 in this sphere but some of his placed form on good/yielding ground gives him a shout; yard does very well with runners in Britain.

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9

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 45y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Wild Shot

10st 9lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Noel C Kelly

didn't always jump with fluency, towards rear, weakened after 4 out, detached when mistake 3 out

25/1

13th

6

(4)

17th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

18:45 Dundalk (AW)

Wild Shot

9st 10lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: John C McConnell

midfield

7/1

Form: 22

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Useful on the Flat for Godolphin in 2019 (four runs) and, following a long absence, has finished second in two maiden hurdles for new stable this year (both 2m, good); needs to improve to win this but that's possible; tongue-tie fitted.

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4th

1

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 3

16:30 Perth

Cirque Royal

12st 0lb

J: Mr D McGill

T: Gerald Stephen Quinn

Came good with ready win in C&D maiden in May 2022 and followed up in Kelso novice later that month; made low-key seasonal debut in June but might have needed that outing and can't be ruled out; would probably prefer good ground but has won on good to soft.

8/1

7th

4

18th Jun 2023

Good

2m 1f 65y

15:30 Downpatrick

Cirque Royal

11st 5lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: Gerald Stephen Quinn

Four-time winner over hurdles and fences; not seen since September but tends to run well fresh and no surprise if he was thereabouts.

8/1

5

23rd Sep 2022

Good

1m 6f 0y

17:10 Listowel

Cirque Royal

11st 0lb

J: Mr N McParlan

T: Gerald Stephen Quinn

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Runner-up in two good-ground maiden points, the latter in March; changed hands for £45,000 the following month; faces tough assignment on today's rules debut.

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3

4th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

11:52 Wetherby

Adjournment

10st 12lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Oliver Greenall

Promising but he ran at Market Rasen on Thursday after that meeting passed an inspection (performed with credit in third); likely capable of better again but this would come very quickly after that.

3rd

1

2nd Dec 2021

Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

13:22 Market Rasen

Adjournment

10st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall

Runner-up in two British points; promise in a 2m Cheltenham maiden on hurdle debut and confirmed he possesses at least a fair level of ability when staying on for third over 2m3f at Wetherby (good to soft) 19 days ago; extra yardage here should help and open to further progress.

7/1

3rd

2

13th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

12:15 Wetherby

Adjournment

10st 12lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Oliver Greenall

Raced only on good ground; runner-up in two British points; stayed on for sixth in 2m maiden hurdle at Cheltenham on rules debut, leaving the firm impression he'll be suited by this step back up in trip; open to improvement and has place possibilities.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 6-5

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Unlucky not to win a point in 2020 and made quite a promising hurdle debut when fifth at Bangor (2m, good; Brorson third) last month but others in this line-up look much stronger.

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11

17th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 2

13:45 Cheltenham

Ballybreeze

10st 8lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Left his hurdling form behind when winning comfortably on chase debut at Chepstow (2m, good) last October; unsurprisingly outclassed in the Arkle here but was in the process of running another personal best when coming down late on at Market Rasen (2m1f, good to soft); had wind surgery and might be better treated than a few in here.

4/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Very useful Flat-racer with 6-25 strike-rate; runner-up in two good-quality handicaps last month (1m4f/1m6f; RPR 99) and looks an interesting recruit to hurdling.

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10th

5

(12)

15th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Cardano

9st 6lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: B F Brookhouse

took keen hold, prominent, led after 1f

14/1

Form: 44-

Last run: 197 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Useful Flat-racer who was fourth (albeit beaten 20l+) in two high-quality juvenile hurdles last season; has his sights lowered for today's reappearance and ought to play a significant role; had wind op in June.

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8

(3)

2nd Jun 2023

Good

1m 3f 197y

Class 3

18:45 Doncaster

John Locke

8st 12lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Sophie Leech

3

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:55 Ayr

John Locke

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

6

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

John Locke

11st 1lb

J: Mr Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Made all for easy success in maiden hurdle at Huntingdon (2m, good) last month, improving for first-time tongue-tie and adding to his Flat win for previous yard; still unexposed under this code; interesting.

3/1

Form: 1-

Last run: 225 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Out of a useful hurdler and easily justified warm favouritism in 12-runner Wincanton bumper (soft ground) on debut in March; looks an exciting prospect for novice hurdles this season.

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5th

3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Go Dante

11st 13lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

Below best in first-time cheekpieces in this race last year but he had wind surgery after and is now an established performer in leading 2m handicaps, winning two of his last three starts, including the valuable Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) last month; a further 5lb rise will test him but his proven ability at this level counts for plenty.

11/2

1st

8

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Go Dante

11st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

8yo who has very healthy 4-11 strike-rate; won at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) in December and another good run when third of 21 in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) four weeks ago, albeit no match for the front two; every chance he'll be in the mix.

13/2

3rd

16

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Go Dante

11st 3lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Justified favouritism at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) two months ago, beating Doddiethegreat and taking record to 4-10; however, faces a stiffer task back up in class and is held by some of these rivals on Greatwood form.

20/1

Form: 2235-

Last run: 219 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Placed in two slow-ground bumpers for Adrian Wintle last season and probably has a future over jumps for his new stable but others here look more exciting.

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2nd

3

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

13:40 Newcastle

Lebowski

11st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Runs off same mark as for his win at Wetherby (2m, soft) last December; hasn't shone since but, having had a wind op, he was well backed at Chepstow on his stable and seasonal debut only to run without the declared tongue-tie; due to wear that appendage today; interesting to see if backers return.

7/2

Form: 5P24-2

Last run: 167 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

0-5 over hurdles and has a very mixed record but ran to fairly useful level when second at Warwick (2m, soft) in May and has pretty good each-way claims if on song again.

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5th

6

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 216y

Class 3

15:25 Newton Abbot

Mister Watson

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Pauling

Latecomer to chasing and won at Warwick on his second attempt; floundered in much tougher race at Uttoxeter since but this ought to be more manageable; 4lb higher than for the success and by no means out of it.

7/1

8

18th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Uttoxeter

Mister Watson

11st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Ben Pauling

in rear, pushed along from 5th, ridden after 14th, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 2 out

12/1

1st

4

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:45 Warwick

Mister Watson

11st 13lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Pauling

Has patchy record in his ten starts over hurdles but his win came over an extended 2m3f (heavy) and he kicked off his chase career with a bold bid at Bangor last month; had to settle for third after making a bad mistake at the last in that race but that was a personal-best effort and he's an interesting contender off unchanged mark.

4/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Second foal; dam 2m3f hunter chase and prolific point winner; in at the deep end on racecourse debut and can only be watched.

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11

3rd Nov 2021

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:00 Chepstow

Mr Jorrocks

11st 4lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Michael Hawker

Asking a lot to kick off at Cheltenham 12 days ago and at 250-1 he was pulled up in a maiden hurdle.

100/1

10

22nd Oct 2021

Good

2m 0f 87y

Class 3

16:25 Cheltenham

Mr Jorrocks

11st 2lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Michael Hawker

Second foal; dam 2m3f hunter chase and prolific point winner; in at the deep end on racecourse debut and can only be watched.

100/1

Form: 3438-

Last run: 206 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Made the frame in his first three bumpers but absent since a disappointing run in March; makes hurdle debut today; probably one for further down the line.

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1st

3

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

14:00 Exeter

Stratton Oakmont

11st 8lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Took his opportunity when scoring in a three-runner affair at Southwell (3m, heavy, 5-4 joint-favourite) in November; ultra-consistent since, despite finding a single rival stronger on three occasions; tired when beaten 23l by a subsequent winner at Wincanton last time.

4/1

2nd

2

17th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 4

15:42 Wincanton

Stratton Oakmont

12st 0lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Beat only two rivals when off the mark under rules at Southwell (3m, heavy) in November but did it nicely and he's since been a good second in 3m handicaps at Doncaster (good to soft) and Wetherby (soft; beaten a neck); raised another 3lb but major claims.

4/1

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Exacta £122.00
Straight Forecast £98.70
Trifecta £3708.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Go Dante

RP Ratings:

John Locke

The Guardian:

Top Bandit

POSTDATA:

Mister Watson

Daily Record:

Cirque Royal

Telegraph:

Cardano

TOPSPEED:

Wild Shot

The Times:

Go Dante

Daily Mail:

Go Dante

Daily Mirror:

Go Dante

The Star:

Go Dante

The Sun:

John Locke

Daily Express:

Top Bandit

WEST COUNTRY:

Mister Watson