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Close Brothers Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 4f 56y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
  • Win time: 5m 13s
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Close Brothers Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 181-14 CD BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Won Listed mares' novice over C&D in April and comfortably followed up in a handicap on her reappearance, making it six wins (on good-soft) from nine starts; respectable fourth of six against males in hot conditions race at Aintree last month and could go well now back in a handicap.

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3rd

1

15th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

18:50 Worcester

Martello Sky

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

Ex-Lucy Wadham; useful hurdler; runner-up to a subsequent winner in a two-runner 3m novice handicap on chase/stable debut at Uttoxeter (good, lost a shoe); possibly better at this shorter trip; chance

11/4

2nd

1

28th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:20 Uttoxeter

Martello Sky

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

raced in second and pressed leader, led from 9th, clear after 14th, jumped slightly right from 15th, shaken up after 3 out, ridden when headed last, no extra run-in

8/11

19th

10

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Martello Sky

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Lucy Wadham

Faced very tough task when second of five to subsequent Cheltenham Festival runner-up Love Envoi at Sandown (2m4f, soft) in January and 2m on good ground proved too sharp at Doncaster last time; the last time she ran in a handicap she won at Cheltenham (2m4f, good to soft) in December 2021 and she's 3lb lower today; this should be run to suit and she could be a player.

14/1

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5/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 472-16 CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Hard to be overly confident today given she flopped in a Grade 2 at Newbury just 15 days ago, but she won at the same level at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) in October and has a fine record at Cheltenham, including a second in this race two years ago (soft); big player if bouncing back to form.

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3rd

1

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:05 Warwick

Indefatigable

11st 8lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Paul Webber

led before 2 out, pressed leader when headed 2nd, lost two places 6th, ridden after 8th, went third before 2 out, stayed on but no match for first two

20/1

5

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

14:55 Sandown

Indefatigable

11st 12lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Paul Webber

An admirable mare over many seasons but she has failed to beat a rival in her two runs this term and looked badly out of sorts last time.

33/1

14/1

  • Place: £6.60

Form: 413-51 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Has a very healthy 8-23 strike-rate and won at Hereford last time out; however, she beat just three rivals and her last three wins have all come off the same mark of 116; vulnerable, now 3lb higher in a hotter race.

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8th

10

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

17:00 Ffos Las

Runasimi River

10st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Peter Bowen

always towards rear

25/1

6th

6

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

15:10 Ffos Las

Runasimi River

11st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Multiple hurdle winner (various ground) when trained by Neil Mulholland but badly out of form over fences/hurdles for Peter Bowen this autumn; refitted cheekpieces didn't do much for her two starts ago; sports first-time visor today; has a lot to prove but lurks on a dangerous mark and is worth a glance in the betting.

33/1

Form: 1442-1 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Won two novice hurdles last autumn before a good run on soft ground here, and returned to winning ways in Wincanton handicap (2m5f, good) on last month's reappearance; further improvement is needed if she's to follow up in this hotter race but she could have more left in the tank.

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0

1

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

15:10 Newbury

Wynn House

12st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Won at Wincanton (2m5f, good to firm) in November 2022 on last hurdle start and was bang there when falling at the final fence at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) last April when last seen; stays 3m and is effective on good to soft ground; a good record when fresh further heightens interest.

12/1

Form: 2101-5 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

A bit better could have been expected in a Listed mares' hurdle at Wetherby (2m, good to soft) last time but she looked promising when posting two wins earlier this year (2m, good/soft), including here, and she stays well on the Flat so could appreciate this step up in trip; retains potential.

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7th

3

9th Dec 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 3

13:50 Cheltenham

Her Indoors

11st 11lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

Needed the outing and/or was unsuited by the heavy ground in Listed event at Bangor on chase/seasonal debut; defied a 4lb higher mark in Grade 3 juvenile handicap hurdle here two seasons back; one to consider.

13/2

7

9th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 1

13:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Her Indoors

11st 2lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

2m1f Listed and Grade 3 winner in 4yo mares' company in the first half of 2021, but progress flatlined thereafter; a less obvious candidate for a chasing career than many here based on pedigree, but top yard knows exactly what it runs in this race (record of 2211 since its inception).

14/1

3rd

6

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Her Indoors

10st 12lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

Form: 1-1 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Won on hurdle debut in France (2m3f, soft) in March and again had plenty in hand at Huntingdon (2m3f, good) in October on her first run in the McManus silks; this very lightly raced half-sister to Group 1 Flat winner Mille Et Mille has the potential to be better than her opening mark.

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1st

5

12th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

14:53 Ludlow

Trapista

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

Lost her first two chases but now on a hat-trick after wins at Hereford (2m, soft; by 7l) and Warwick (2m4f, good; narrowly); has more on her plate here under a penalty but something has clicked.

3/1

1st

6

6th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Warwick

Trapista

11st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

No win in his first 12 chase starts but he took advantage of reduced mark when scoring in good style at Taunton (2m, soft) last month; 8lb higher in different conditions here but he's versatile regarding trip and ground and remains well handicapped on his best form; respected.

11/4

1st

3

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

14:30 Hereford

Trapista

11st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Dropped out of contention in the blink of an eye at Huntingdon last month and is now 0-12 over fences; continues to slide down the weights but urgently needs a revival.

6/1

Form: 63-592 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Returned from a break with a close second to stablemate Wynn House at Wincanton last month; however, she's won just one of her 17 starts and needs a career best if she's to land this from 3lb out of the handicap.

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8

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 2

14:09 Haydock

Hotter Than Hell

10st 7lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

5th

10

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

15:37 Newbury

Hotter Than Hell

10st 9lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Sole win in 2m4f maiden hurdle in 2019; needs peak form to figure in this company and she hasn't been at her best on last two starts (slightly out of the weights in the first of them).

14/1

4th

3

26th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

13:50 Wincanton

Hotter Than Hell

11st 11lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Alan King

Just 1-14 over hurdles but gave very good account when close second in Class 2 event over C&D (good) in November, and last month's defeat from out of the weights in strong race at Cheltenham can be excused.

13/2

Form: 2141-3 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Below par on last month's reappearance but it wasn't a bad run and she may have needed it; two wins last year (good to soft) and better than ever when scoring in first-time cheekpieces at Wetherby (2m5f, soft) in February, when clear until idling late on; that form has been franked by the runner-up and she's just 3lb higher today, and unexposed in the headgear.

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7th

2

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

20:15 Chepstow

Midnightreflection

12st 1lb

J: Mr Charlie Case

T: Ben Case

Justified support with her narrow success at Ascot (2m7f, good) in November; well held on soft ground in last two runs but this return to forecast quicker conditions looks a positive and she's now 1lb lower than for last win; dangerous if she can get back on track.

12/1

5th

2

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 3

15:40 Ludlow

Midnightreflection

11st 12lb

J: Mr Charlie Case

T: Ben Case

Won with nothing to spare at Ascot in November (2m7f, good) when also ridden by Charlie Case and just 1lb lower; her following effort was okay as well and it was quite a strong race in which she was found well wanting at Lingfield; in an ideal world she probably prefers quicker ground than this.

10/1

Form: 3P6-RU D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Form has deteriorated over fences and it's possible she'll appreciate today's return to hurdles, off a handy mark, but she needs to prove she retains her previous promise.

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9

29th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 2

14:00 Newbury

Lust For Glory

10st 4lb

J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

T: Nicky Henderson

Form has deteriorated over fences and what she could do back over hurdles remains an unknown as she refused to race at Cheltenham 18 days ago; that's twice she's done that in her last three appearances; wore cheekpieces last two; effective at 2m4f on soft, were she to take a meaningful part.

50/1

6

11th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Lust For Glory

10st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Form has deteriorated over fences and it's possible she'll appreciate today's return to hurdles, off a handy mark, but she needs to prove she retains her previous promise.

20/1

4

19th Nov 2021

Good

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:05 Ascot

Lust For Glory

10st 13lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Below par on her final three starts in the spring, and she refused to race on her intended reappearance at Newbury 15 days ago; she's on a competitive mark judged on last winter's two mares' chase wins (2m3f/2m4f, soft/heavy), but is one to have reservations about now; cheekpieces added.

14/1

Form: 141-43 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Hasn't really shone on her two chase starts, which were her first two runs on good/good to soft ground; however, she did very well during last season's novice hurdle campaign, with three wins (1m7f-2m4f, soft/heavy) including a Grade 2, and she could be suited by the return to this discipline.

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3rd

1

16th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 1f 119y

Class 3

15:40 Hereford

Anythingforlove

11st 12lb

J: Archie Bellamy

T: Jamie Snowden

Disappointing in Ascot Grade 2 last time even allowing for that being a tough assignment; in good form previously, however, with a handicap win (3m, heavy) then a Listed second (2m4f, heavy), and she can be in the mix if bouncing back; testing ground brings out the best in her.

11/2

5th

5

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 1

14:20 Ascot

Anythingforlove

11st 3lb

J: Page Fuller

T: Jamie Snowden

Raced mainly on soft/heavy (below-par efforts on good/good to soft came over fences); progressive over hurdles, most recently clear second in Sandown Listed race (2m4f) when attempting to follow up her Ffos Las handicap win (3m); may have even more to offer; interesting.

8/1

2nd

2

8th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

12:40 Sandown

Anythingforlove

11st 4lb

Didn't shine on her two chase starts this season but 4-6 over hurdles, running a career best when scoring in clearcut style in handicap at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) last month; also won Grade 2 novice over this C&D last winter; should give her running, although others have stronger claims on form.

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £234.00
Straight Forecast £239.20
Tricast £5565.60
Trifecta £3711.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Wynn House

WEST COUNTRY:

Trapista

POSTDATA:

Martello Sky

SPOTLIGHT:

Midnightreflection

RP Ratings:

Indefatigable

The Times:

Trapista

Daily Express:

Trapista

Telegraph:

Martello Sky

Daily Mail:

Martello Sky

The Guardian:

Wynn House

Daily Mirror:

Wynn House

The Sun:

Wynn House

The Star:

Wynn House

Daily Record:

Wynn House