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Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap

  • Prize money: £2700
  • 1m 4f 51y
  • Class 6
  • 10 runners
  • Win time: 2m 43s
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Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Flat AW

Surface: Tapeta

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.90
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 783724 BF

Last run: 4 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

Losing run stands at 18 and he faded at Newcastle on Tuesday but a switch to front-running tactics probably backfired (pulled hard), and that was after a near miss behind Tazaman at Kempton (1m4f) three weeks ago; 3lb higher than for that penultimate run but has claims on best form.

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

4th

7

(8)

14th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 6y

Class 4

15:25 Epsom

Sophosc

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Five wins under both codes last year but he's been generally disappointing in 2023; his best effort this year was a second over fences in July but he was tailed off at Wolverhampton (1m6f) last week and others are preferred.

25/1

10th

9

(11)

7th Sep 2023

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1m 5f 219y

Class 3

20:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sophosc

8st 9lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Ian Williams

Back to form when second in a Stratford handicap chase in July; three heavy defeats on the Flat this season and risky but stepping back up in distance could help.

20/1

2nd

1

23rd Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

16:22 Stratford

Sophosc

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Flat and dual hurdle winner last September/October but out of form on the Flat in recent months and not bred for chasing; seems best on good or faster ground; others have much less to prove.

14/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 4/9615 CD BF

Last run: 88 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 58

Form & Verdict

C&D winner who scored at Bath (11.6f) on his stable debut in July and and he didn't get any luck at Catterick (1m4f) the following month; returned from a short break with a creditable second over hurdles three weeks ago and he's an interesting contender back in this sphere.

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Distance / Class
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1

31st May 2023

Good

2m 1f 46y

Class 5

18:50 Cartmel

True Romance

12st 0lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Neil Mulholland

Won on the AW in December and is very well handicapped on some of last year's hurdling form but was well beaten when fourth in this grade at Fakenham (2m, good) three weeks ago.

7/1

4th

3

9th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

15:45 Fakenham

True Romance

11st 3lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Neil Mulholland

Chance on his best form but perhaps not the force of old and was well behind Weebill at Market Rasen in December.

5/1

11th

7

(6)

20th Jan 2023

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1m 6f 21y

Class 6

13:20 Southwell (AW)

True Romance

9st 7lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Neil Mulholland

Has a patchy record and was disappointing back over hurdles at Market Rasen on Boxing Day but he won a 1m6f handicap (off 3lb lower) at Wolverhampton on his penultimate run; that was a convincing win under a positive ride and he's a key player if he can match that back in this sphere.

9/2

33/1

  • Place: £6.20

Form: /90-39 D

Last run: 210 days

W: 8st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 48

Form & Verdict

Her sole win was at Thirsk in August 2018 and she's struggled on the Flat and over hurdles in her last three starts; returns from 134 days off and has a lot to prove back in this sphere.

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8th

9

(9)

27th Apr 2024

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1m 4f 51y

Class 6

21:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Jenny Ren

9st 0lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Sarah Hollinshead

Her last three wins have come over C&D and latest was last March; well handicapped on that form but she's finished down the field here in her last five runs and needs a major revival after wind surgery.

25/1

9th

6

(10)

12th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Jenny Ren

9st 9lb

J: David Probert

T: Sarah Hollinshead

Knows this place well, having done most of her racing here; not particularly solid on form this winter but is interesting back at this level, with a record of 311 in C&D classified contests; shortlisted.

10/1

10th

7

(6)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Jenny Ren

9st 4lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Sarah Hollinshead

in rear

12/1

OUR TIP

11/4

Form: 892121 CD

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

4yo improver who has come good with wins over C&D and at Kempton (1m4f) in two of his last three starts; only just prevailed last time but he rallied well to beat the clear second Sophosc and a 4lb rise for that success looks fair; big player back on Tapeta.

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7th

8

(8)

15th Sep 2022

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1m 6f 0y

Class 5

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Tazaman

9st 5lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Mark Loughnane

ridden early, midfield, ridden over 2f out, made no telling impression

7/1

4

(1)

3rd Sep 2022

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

17:45 Thirsk

Tazaman

9st 10lb

J: Paul Hanagan

T: Mark Loughnane

Steady improvement since joining current trainer a year ago, winning three of nine starts, the latest at Nottingham in June (now 4lb higher); two runs since suggest he might have reached a plateau but still could run well.

9/4

2nd

4

(5)

1st Aug 2022

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

14:55 Ripon

Tazaman

8st 12lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Mark Loughnane

in touch with leaders, ridden and lost position after halfway, good headway and briefly led over 3f out, drifted right 1f out, no extra final 110yds

5/4

Form: 812329 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 57

Form & Verdict

Won at Leicester in June and was runner-up over C&D last month but her form dipped at Bath (1m5f) last time; drops back in trip but her record now stands at 1-20 and she needs to get back near best.

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5th

6

(9)

30th Oct 2021

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

19:30 Ascot

Villanelle

9st 7lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Jonathan Portman

Won at Leicester in June and was runner-up over C&D last month but her form dipped at Bath (1m5f) last time; drops back in trip but her record now stands at 1-20 and she needs to get back near best.

9/1

9th

4

(6)

27th Sep 2021

Good

1m 5f 11y

Class 6

16:35 Bath

Villanelle

9st 11lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Jonathan Portman

1-19, her sole success coming at Leicester (1m4f, good to firm) in June, when 3lb lower; consistent in defeat since then; trip no problem; player.

6/1

25/1

Form: 5479

Last run: 12 days

W: 8st 12lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 54

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 3yo; down the field in her novice/maiden runs and was last of nine on handicap debut over C&D 12 days ago; was well behind two of today's rivals last time and she needs a transformation here.

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6th

10

(2)

30th Oct 2021

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

19:30 Ascot

Stay Home

8st 12lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Mark Johnston

Lightly raced 3yo; down the field in her novice/maiden runs and was last of nine on handicap debut over C&D 12 days ago; was well behind two of today's rivals last time and she needs a transformation here.

25/1

9th

6

(9)

18th Oct 2021

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

16:00 Ascot

Stay Home

9st 5lb

J: Oliver Stammers

T: Mark Johnston

Well held at single-figure odds in her first two starts before finishing tailed off in a Pontefract maiden (1m4f, soft) two weeks ago; still early days and in very good hands but she needs a major transformation on handicap/AW debut.

13/2

7th

9

(7)

4th Oct 2021

Soft

1m 4f 5y

Class 3

15:15 Pontefract

Stay Home

9st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Mark Johnston

Single-figure odds when fifth of seven at Beverley (1m2f, soft) and a fading fourth of seven at Ripon (1m4f, good); still early days and in very good hands but she has plenty to find and others are preferred.

9/1

16/1

Form: 452025 CD

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

Has won over C&D and he went close at Hamilton (1m4f) on his penultimate but is not easy to predict and he didn't fire at Newcastle last time; bit to prove after that and his last win was two years ago.

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7th

1

(6)

30th Oct 2021

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

19:30 Ascot

Ice Canyon

9st 11lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Kevin Frost

Has won over C&D and he went close at Hamilton (1m4f) on his penultimate but is not easy to predict and he didn't fire at Newcastle last time; bit to prove after that and his last win was two years ago.

16/1

5th

3

(4)

21st Sep 2021

Standard To Slow

1m 4f 98y

Class 6

15:50 Newcastle (AW)

Ice Canyon

9st 11lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Kevin Frost

Has won on Tapeta and he signalled his wellbeing when second to an in-form rival at Hamilton last month; up 2lb for his troubles but another good run on the cards.

4/1

Form: 486103 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 58

Form & Verdict

Has a very mixed record in seven starts but she won a Musselburgh seller (1m4f) in August and bounced back with a close third in C&D handicap (first-time cheekpieces) 12 days ago; finished just behind Baileys Warrior in that race and has claims if she can repeat the form.

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6th

8

(6)

28th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

15:30 Newcastle (AW)

Graces Quest

8st 12lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Jim Goldie

took keen hold, towards rear

14/1

17

27th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 5

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Graces Quest

9st 5lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Jim Goldie

5th

5

(12)

21st Dec 2023

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 6

17:45 Southwell (AW)

Graces Quest

9st 8lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Jim Goldie

held up in rear, outpaced 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, too much to do

100/30

25/1

Form: 420559 D

Last run: 126 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 58

Form & Verdict

Record of 2-35 and both wins have been gained at Southwell (Fibresand); now 2lb lower than for her 1m4f win in February but she's finished down the field in last four starts and was beaten 14l at Newcastle when last seen in June; opposable back from a break.

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7th

4

(2)

10th Dec 2021

Standard To Slow

1m 4f 14y

Class 6

19:45 Southwell (AW)

Little India

9st 4lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Philip Kirby

2-37 with both wins coming on the Fibresand here (1m/1m4f), but not shown much lately including in two starts since returning from four months off in October; unplaced in all seven starts on Tapeta at other tracks and hard to enthuse over.

25/1

8th

7

(12)

12th Nov 2021

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 6

11:50 Newcastle (AW)

Little India

9st 4lb

J: Dale Swift

T: Philip Kirby

Her two wins from her 36 starts have come on the Southwell Fibresand and she is 5lb lower than the latest of those in February (1m4f), but her last two efforts on Tapeta (including last month on her return from 126 days off) need improving upon.

50/1

9th

5

(1)

30th Oct 2021

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

19:30 Ascot

Little India

9st 8lb

J: Dale Swift

T: Philip Kirby

Record of 2-35 and both wins have been gained at Southwell (Fibresand); now 2lb lower than for her 1m4f win in February but she's finished down the field in last four starts and was beaten 14l at Newcastle when last seen in June; opposable back from a break.

25/1

Form: 448302

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

Ten-race maiden but back to form with a bang when going close off 1lb lower over C&D 12 days ago; that was only her second run for current yard and she's a key player if she can back that up.

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3rd

11

(3)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

12:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Baileys Warrior

8st 8lb

J: Ethan Jones

T: Deborah Faulkner

1-27 with her win coming in a weak four-runner contest at Lingfield (2m, Polytrack) in February; has run with credit on both starts since, but this may be an inadequate test for her now.

10/1

4th

7

(10)

2nd Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Baileys Warrior

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Deborah Faulkner

1-26 with her win coming in a weak four-runner contest at Lingfield (2m, Polytrack) in February; however, it's worth noting that she twice chased home the prolific The Craftymaster over C&D during the winter and there is nothing of his calibre in this field; interesting.

6/1

5th

1

(2)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Baileys Warrior

9st 9lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Deborah Faulkner

took keen hold, prominent

5/1

Form: -04760

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 56

Form & Verdict

Regressive 21-race maiden, who was always in rear and finished 15l behind Tazaman at Kempton (1m4f, AW) 25 days ago; not hard to look elsewhere.

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2

(4)

20th Dec 2021

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

17:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Htilominlo

9st 5lb

J: Shariq Mohd

T: Sylvester Kirk

Longstanding maiden who has dropped 16lb in the weights this year; hasn't always looked the easiest of rides and it's a long time since he was involved in a finish, so it's tough to find any positives.

12/1

5

(2)

15th Dec 2021

Standard

1m 4f 0y

Class 5

15:25 Lingfield (AW)

Htilominlo

8st 12lb

J: Mia Biggs

T: Sylvester Kirk

0-21; yet to get going this year, particularly lacklustre in Kempton 0-60 last time.

16/1

5

(1)

2nd Dec 2021

Standard

1m 5f 66y

Class 5

18:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Htilominlo

8st 13lb

J: Shariq Mohd

T: Sylvester Kirk

Should be making an impact off his reduced mark but that has been the case for a while and he was tailed off at Kempton in October; opposable back in a Class 5.

16/1

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Exacta £179.00
Straight Forecast £180.60
Tricast £7900.80
Trifecta £7164.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Tazaman

Telegraph:

Sophosc

Daily Mirror:

Stay Home

POSTDATA:

Graces Quest

The Times:

Baileys Warrior

RP Ratings:

Tazaman

Daily Mail:

Tazaman

Daily Express:

Tazaman

The Star:

Tazaman

Daily Record:

Tazaman

The Guardian:

Sophosc

The Sun:

Sophosc