October 30 / 13.10 Ascot

13.10 Ascot Soft

Bateaux London Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £23919
  • 1m 7f 152y
  • Class 1
  • 14 runners
  • Win time: 3m 44s
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Bateaux London Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.10
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 2F314- C

Last run: 228 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Beat the smart Bravemansgame on last season's reappearance and later won Newbury's big February handicap (2m, good to soft) in which he travelled easily the best on his way to a 3l verdict; doubt he gave his true running in the Supreme afterwards and, with the promise of better to come, wouldn't put it past him to defy this 10lb higher mark than at Newbury; won a bumper here on soft.
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5th

1

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Soaring Glory

11st 12lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Record of 5-7 in double-figure fields, including a success in this race last year (comfortably off 14lb lower) and Listed handicap at Ascot in October; held in small fields the last twice, though wasn't disgraced in the Christmas Hurdle on latest occasion; cheekpieces, worn when fourth in last year's Supreme, are reapplied today; highly respected back in ideal scenario.

13/2

3rd

3

26th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Soaring Glory

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Largely progressive but has done his winning in double-figure fields, including two notable handicaps; disappointing favourite back in small field last time and has something to prove in this similar scenario.

13/2

4th

1

27th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Soaring Glory

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Doubtful whether he gave his true running in the Supreme Novices' at Cheltenham in March (first-time cheekpieces, discarded) but has impressed in his two handicaps either side of that defeat, in the Betfair Hurdle here (good to soft) and when defying a 10lb higher mark on his Ascot reappearance (soft); up another 6lb, but he's a strong traveller who jumps well and he carried 11st 11lb last time; hard to knock.

11/10

10/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: /164-3 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Likeable dual-purpose performer and the winner of ten races in all; not disgraced in handicaps at last season's spring festivals but ultimately came up short and that was again the case when running well at Ffos Las two weeks ago; more place money is perhaps the best he can hope for.
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6th

4

(2)

5th Feb 2022

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Leoncavallo

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: David Pipe

Flat/hurdles/chase winner; consistent over hurdles of late but faces a tough task at the weights back under this code; disappointing favourite in Class 4 handicap on last Flat appearance.

25/1

3rd

2

22nd Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 2

14:43 Taunton

Leoncavallo

11st 8lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

Placed on all five starts since October, most notably when second in Listed handicap at Ascot (1m7f, soft) on second occasion; not quite at best when third over C&D (soft) 12 days ago but still a likely contender.

7/2

3rd

2

10th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

15:00 Taunton

Leoncavallo

12st 11lb

Series of very solid runs this season without managing a win; every reason to expect another good effort but hasn't won over hurdles since May 2018 and place prospects may again be his best hope.

3/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1/1- D

Last run: 324 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Last season was cut short after impressing on hurdling debut at Taunton (2m, good to soft) following 292 days off and that form has substance to it, as does his equally stylish bumper win at Kempton; he's promising and potentially well handicapped; runs here in preference to a chase entry on Sunday.
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2nd

8

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Boothill

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Harry Fry

Bumper/novice winner; well backed but pulled hard when third in a strong Ascot handicap hurdle (1m7f, soft) on his reappearance and chase campaign was then soon aborted after a defeat at Exeter; didn't run badly back hurdling in the Betfair at Newbury (first-time tongue-tie) when the lack of pace was no help; unlikely that we've seen the best of him.

9/2

9th

7

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Boothill

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Harry Fry

Disappointing favourite over fences (2m3f) last time out but remains lightly raced and nowhere near fully exposed; now goes in tongue-tie and drops back in trip; has shown major promise in two attempts over hurdles, scoring impressively at Taunton then good third to Soaring Glory in Ascot handicap; interesting back in this sphere.

7/1

4th

2

3rd Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 2

14:05 Exeter

Boothill

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Harry Fry

Big gaps between his three rules starts, winning the first two (2m, good to soft) before a fine third on handicap hurdle debut at Ascot (1m7f, soft) in October; runner-up in his two 3m points and has potential now switched to fences and up in distance; firmly in calculations.

5/4

Form: 13P-F D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 1lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Flat winner in Germany; has won only a minor event at Leicester (soft) over hurdles but still early days and she was still moving within herself when coming down three out in the recent Chepstow handicap won by Progressive; it was too far out to know for certain how she'd have fared but things were looking good; player.
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10th

9

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 2

14:09 Haydock

Megan

10st 6lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

5th

2

22nd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

13:35 Market Rasen

Megan

11st 7lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Made a winning British/hurdle debut at Leicester in November 2020; no success since but she has been performing with credit in stronger company this winter, notably a good fourth in a Listed handicap at Ascot in December; 7lb lower today and also taking a marked drop in class; new trip and solid claims if she stays.

9/2

5th

4

19th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 2

15:30 Newbury

Megan

10st 13lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Winless in four attempts in handicap hurdles, and, although she ran creditably when third to Gran Luna over C&D (soft) last time, she never looked like winning; 4lb better off with the winner but she'll probably need a personal best to come out on top; stable won this race 12 months ago.

4/1

Form: U602-7 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Three novice wins included a Grade 2 at Kempton but he kicked off the following season with two non-completions over fences and, bar a remote second in a Newbury handicap, it's been a muted return to hurdles; dropped away with a whimper at Chepstow three weeks ago.
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12

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Highway One O Two

10st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Chris Gordon

5

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

Highway One O Two

11st 1lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Chris Gordon

Respectable form upped in distance the last twice, winning at Taunton (2m3f, good) then second in the Lanzarote at Kempton (2m5f, soft; usual hood removed); still unexposed beyond 2m; enters calculations.

8/1

2nd

13

15th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Kempton

Highway One O Two

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Chris Gordon

Made all at Taunton (2m3f, good) last month and still looks well treated back up 5lb, considering he showed very useful form when winning the Dovecote here (2m) two years ago; however, possibly vulnerable in this big field upped further in trip.

25/1

Form: 2122P- D

Last run: 195 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Admirably consistent and never better than on penultimate run when runner-up to a well-handicapped winner in the Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft); loves the mud so can be excused her modest final effort on good ground at Ayr and her stable has started the season well; by no means discounted.
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4th

2

18th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:40 Warwick

Miss Heritage

11st 7lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Lucy Wadham

Solid handicap efforts last season but still something of a surprise to see her bolt home in a Grade 2 for mares at Doncaster in January; well beaten in a fierce Haydock handicap this month, which tempers enthusiasm.

13/2

9th

8

7th May 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

Miss Heritage

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Lucy Wadham

1st

5

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 1

14:10 Doncaster

Miss Heritage

11st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lucy Wadham

In fine form in handicaps in the early months of 2021 and has posted some fair efforts this season, but hasn't been at the very top of her game and could be vulnerable once more.

6/1

Form: 14333- D BF

Last run: 199 days

W: 10st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Dual Flat winner who did well in his first season over hurdles, winning on heavy ground and later excelling himself to finish third at 66-1 in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham in March; feasibly treated off a 3lb higher mark but, unlike some in here, he may have reached the ceiling of his ability; goes on all ground.
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3rd

1

23rd May 2022

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

19:20 Huntingdon

Elham Valley

12st 7lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

1st

4

18th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:30 Warwick

Elham Valley

11st 8lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Fergal O’Brien

Third in the 2021 Fred Winter but has proved disappointing since; better when not beaten far here latest (2m3f, first time in blinkers, made the running) but not really enough to convince that he's turned the corner.

5/1

4th

9

21st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

14:50 Warwick

Elham Valley

11st 2lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Fergal O’Brien

Form: 9124- D

Last run: 248 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Low-mileage 6yo who won his maiden at Southwell last November (2m, good to soft) and went close to defying a penalty next time on soft; final run in novice company was underwhelming though and there's nothing to suggest he's strikingly well treated for this tough first assignment in handicaps.
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2nd

2

4th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

16:45 Doncaster

Get Your Own

11st 12lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Alex Hales

Disappointing at Catterick latest but didn't look happy on that sharp, undulating course; in good form previously, finishing fourth here (2m3f, good to soft) and third at Southwell (3m, good to soft), and this lightly raced 7yo retains potential; effective on soft; wears first-time cheekpieces.

5/2

3rd

2

26th Jan 2022

Good

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

14:10 Catterick

Get Your Own

11st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Has made the frame on all three of his starts over fences, just getting going too late when third at Southwell (good to soft) three weeks ago; that was his first attempt at 3m+, there's a fair bit of stamina in his pedigree and he could still be unexposed over this sort of trip; major player.

10/11

3rd

5

3rd Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

12:50 Southwell

Get Your Own

11st 10lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Stayed on for third on chasing debut at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft) in November and ran to similar level when fourth at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) last month; has been shaping as though well worth a crack at 3m; one to consider.

8/1

Form: 4/PPP- D

Last run: 225 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Decidedly smart when on his game, having won Grade 2 events over hurdles and fences; however, last season never got going with three non-completions, returning to hurdling with a heavy defeat in the County at Cheltenham (100-1; after wind op); young enough to get his career back on track but watching brief is the safe play for now.
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3

28th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Global Citizen

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Ben Pauling

4/1

4

7th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Global Citizen

11st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Grade 2 winner over hurdles and as novice chaser (good and soft); had looked as if his best days were behind him but another wind surgery seems to have done the trick and he was springheeled when winning the Grand Annual at Cheltenham (2m, heavy); speedy type who should be just as effective on this sharp track and a 7lb higher mark is chickenfeed on old form.

7/1

1st

20

16th Mar 2022

Good

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Global Citizen

10st 6lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Not disgraced in good races over hurdles this year; showed useful novice chase form two seasons ago, winning Kempton Grade 2 then fourth in the Arkle; however, pulled up in last two attempts over fences.

40/1

OUR TIP

Form: 411FP- D

Last run: 204 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Looked progressive in winning back-to-back handicaps at about 2m during the first half of last season (latest off 6lb lower) but he was 25-1 when falling early in the Betfair Hurdle won by Soaring Glory and then pulled up at Aintree in April; not overly appealing off existing mark and Angus Cheleda's claim has been utilised before; had wind surgery this summer.
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1

18th May 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

17:50 Southwell

Wild Max

11st 8lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

Ended a losing run of seven when scoring at Newton Abbot recently, on just his second chase start (2m, good); penalised for that 13l success but looks a major player once again (UPDATE** Runs 1.10 Ffos Las on Mon)

Evs

2nd

1

16th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Ffos Las

Wild Max

11st 8lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

1st

3

4th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 3

13:15 Newton Abbot

Wild Max

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Beneath his very best form last season over hurdles but still ran to a respectable RPR of 131 in his last three handicaps (soft/good ground); still relying on Hang In There being below his best on this return to fences (pulled up in a Ludlow handicap in December).

6/4

Form: 11117- D

Last run: 204 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Thoroughly professional in winning four of his first five starts over hurdles before coming up way short on his promotion to Grade 1 at Aintree (2m, good to soft); that run was perhaps too bad to be true and he's only 3lb higher than at Huntingdon the time before; all his best form is racing right handed, albeit on speed-orientated tracks.
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2nd

1

(5)

19th May 2022

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 4

19:45 Sandown

Ajero

10st 2lb

J: David Egan

T: Kim Bailey

2nd

2

(6)

28th Apr 2022

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

19:53 Chepstow

Ajero

10st 0lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Kim Bailey

2

24th Mar 2022

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:10 Huntingdon

Ajero

11st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

He was completing a four-timer when winning the corresponding event 12 months ago; back to winning ways when getting the better of an in-form rival at Taunton last month (made all); should make another bold bid.

11/8

Form: -2320F D

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Multiple winner at his most prolific over fences; left his previous yard after finishing second on his final British run in a claiming hurdle, since when he's performed creditably over hurdles in France (last two runs over fences); has a lot to prove in a race of this nature.
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11

30th Oct 2021

Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

13:10 Ascot

Mcgroarty

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sophie Leech

Multiple winner at his most prolific over fences; left his previous yard after finishing second on his final British run in a claiming hurdle, since when he's performed creditably over hurdles in France (last two runs over fences); has a lot to prove in a race of this nature.

33/1

Form: 429-51 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Not that progressive in her first season over hurdles (1-6) but, after reportedly needing her Flat run in September following wind surgery, she made a winning return to jumping in an always-competitive and fast-run 4yo 2m handicap at Chepstow (good; handles slower); now tackles her elders off 6lb higher but needs respect.
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4

11th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Worcester

Progressive

11st 8lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Nicky Henderson

Non-runner.

6th

6

(3)

15th Apr 2022

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

13:45 Lingfield (AW)

Progressive

8st 12lb

J: Oliver Stammers

T: Nicky Henderson

4th

3

(8)

14th Mar 2022

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Progressive

9st 8lb

J: Oliver Stammers

T: Nicky Henderson

Returns to the Flat after failing to stay 2m3f over hurdles last month, but was running well in the AW prior to that including winning a four-runner event over C&D in January (runner-up won next time); only 2lb higher and remains relatively unexposed on the level.

9/2

Form: 32118/ D

Last run: 616 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Very capable Flat horse for Richard Hannon and he started well in his first season over hurdles with wins in maiden and handicap company at about 2m; absent, though, since struggling in a Grade 2 (won by Highway One O Two) in February 2020 and this is no soft option on his belated return.
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11th

2

22nd Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:33 Taunton

Bathsheba Bay

11st 11lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Paul Nicholls

Won twice over hurdles (2m/1m7f) in 2019-20 campaign but he missed last season and achieved nothing at Ascot (40-1) on comeback in October; big drop back in grade but has questions to answer after another break.

12/1

14

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Bathsheba Bay

10st 4lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Paul Nicholls

Successful twice in the 2019-20 campaign; missed last season and achieved nothing on return to action two months ago; needs to prove that he retains ability.

14

30th Oct 2021

Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

13:10 Ascot

Bathsheba Bay

10st 0lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Paul Nicholls

Very capable Flat horse for Richard Hannon and he started well in his first season over hurdles with wins in maiden and handicap company at about 2m; absent, though, since struggling in a Grade 2 (won by Highway One O Two) in February 2020 and this is no soft option on his belated return.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £470.00
Straight Forecast £515.00
Tricast £1559.80
Trifecta £1840.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Boothill

POSTDATA:

Soaring Glory

Daily Mirror:

Ajero

RP Ratings:

Leoncavallo

LAMBOURN:

Progressive

The Times:

Megan

TOPSPEED:

Highway One O Two

The Star:

Ajero

WEST COUNTRY:

Boothill

The Guardian:

Boothill

The Sun:

Boothill

Daily Record:

Boothill

Daily Mail:

Soaring Glory

Daily Express:

Soaring Glory

Telegraph:

Leoncavallo