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14:05 Doncaster

Good To Soft

bet365 Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £9625.55
  • 2m 0f 128y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
  • Win time: 4m 3s
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bet365 Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 13-231 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Admirable 6yo whose record over hurdles stands at five wins and four places from ten starts; took his form to a new level when scoring at Haydock (2m3f, good) three weeks ago by 10l, typically travelling strongly; up 9lb but that doesn't look harsh and he should be on the premises again.

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1st

1

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:15 Ayr

Tommys Oscar

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Won off this mark on reappearance at Kelso (2m1f, good to soft) in October and he's versatile ground-wise; not beaten far when fourth of five at Doncaster (2m, good to soft) last time, despite jumping to the right (which isn't the norm for him), and he's not ruled out.

13/2

4th

2

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

14:35 Doncaster

Tommys Oscar

11st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ann Hamilton

Grade 2 novice chase winner over C&D last winter and looked just as good when scoring comfortably on seasonal debut at Kelso (2m1f, good to soft) in October; last month's Musselburgh fourth (2m4f, soft) was perfectly respectable and today's shorter trip arguably suits him better; good chance.

9/4

4th

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

Tommys Oscar

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Two wins and a second from his three starts here, admittedly as a hurdler and over two years ago; a peak chase performance, such as his 2m1f Kelso win in October, would also see him bang there but he has a bit more to prove judged on his few appearances under rules over this sort of trip.

8/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: -34111 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Like so many from his bang-in-form yard, he has enjoyed a purple patch this autumn, and he was completing a hat-trick when making all at Huntingdon (2m, good; also handles good to soft) three weeks ago; up in grade and another 7lb higher but he may not have reached his ceiling just yet.

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10th

1

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Geromino

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

in touch with leaders, clipped heels and stumbled 1st, outpaced before 2 out

20/1

9th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Geromino

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Reverted to hurdles (from fences) in the winter and won two in a row at Doncaster (2m/2m3f, good to soft/good), racing prominently under Charlie Maggs in both; up in the weights and has a tougher assignment here, but he's clearly in fine form and could go well once more.

20/1

12/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 68-274 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner as juvenile last season; may still have some improvement in him, far from disgraced over 2m3f here last time despite blundering badly three out; usual hood left off today; could outrun his likely odds.

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11th

8

25th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

14:20 Haydock

Pyramid Place

10st 13lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Syd Hosie

Trained in 26-race hurdles career by Milton Harris, best when coming from off the pace to land the Silver Trophy at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) last month; ran creditably at Plumpton latest but needs to hit a new high on this first attempt beyond 2m6f.

40/1

Form: 1-1212 D BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

A model of consistency, and his last two runs have been his best; beat Tommy's Oscar at Wetherby (2m, good) in October and split two next-time-out winners when second of five at Huntingdon (2m, good) last time; handles good to soft ground, still on the upgrade and looks sure to go well again.

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9th

9

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Takeit Easy

11st 2lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Pam Sly

midfield

12/1

2

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:33 Newbury

Takeit Easy

11st 13lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Pam Sly

Took advantage of a reduced mark when scoring at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) last April and was a good third of 17 in the Swinton at Haydock the following month; returns after 314 days off but he remains well treated on his old form and has a decent strike-rate (5-18) in this sphere; in the mix on this drop back in grade.

12/1

3rd

12

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

14:15 Haydock

Takeit Easy

10st 5lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Pam Sly

Has steadily recaptured his form since returning from an absence, and got back on the scoresheet in a Class 3 at Chepstow (2m, good to soft), albeit courtesy of some good fortune with the leader departing at the last; only 2lb higher but others are more appealing.

25/1

Form: 4-113 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 4yo; won twice in France in May/June (2m1f, heavy/very soft) and probably ran creditably when third of five in Listed hurdle at Haydock (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago; yard has won two of the last five runnings of this race; open to further progress now tackling handicaps.

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12th

3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Sonigino

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

His two visits to Aintree have yielded a good third in this race last year (good to soft) and a 6l C&D win (heavy) in December; the return to this track could reignite some spark but he's been disappointing the last twice and a major turnaround is required.

16/1

3

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Sonigino

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Acts on any going; disappointing last time but may well bounce back, having been mostly progressive otherwise in the last two seasons; solid effort under Freddie Gingell in major 2m handicap here (form has worked out well) in November, then defied top weight in clearcut style at Aintree (2m4f); still of interest.

12/1

12th

2

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Sonigino

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Justified favouritism with 6l success at Aintree (2m4f, heavy; off 6lb lower) last month, taking record to 6-16; versatile ground-wise; generally progressive and looks a major contender.

11/2

Form: 2162-P D BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won easily at Plumpton (2m, good) in March, transferring plenty of his useful Flat ability to hurdles; disappointing since, pulled up when 6-4 at Fontwell on reappearance; others have more obvious claims.

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2nd

4

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

15:35 Taunton

Natural History

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Went very well on heavy ground on the Flat but easily best form as hurdler came when taking 2m Plumpton handicap on good; yet to hit form this term, racing freely and losing a shoe when last of eight at Sandown last time, but he'll be dangerous if the fitting of a hood has the desired effect.

13/2

8th

8

8th Jan 2022

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

15:35 Sandown

Natural History

10st 0lb

Races freely; went very well on heavy going on the Flat but easily best form as hurdler came when bagging 2m Plumpton handicap on good; yet to hit form this term but he is 13lb lower than when favourite (came sixth of nine) for the Imperial Cup last March.

5/1

4

5th Jan 2022

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:45 Ffos Las

Natural History

11st 8lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Fairly useful on Flat and when bagging 2m Plumpton handicap hurdle last spring; he's yet to hit form this term, racing too freely when only sixth at Doncaster 25 days ago, but his mark is falling.

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: /O1P-3 D

Last run: 217 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Ex-French gelding who had a record of 1-4 for Paul Nicholls earlier this year, the narrow win gained at Taunton (2m, heavy); sold for £45,000 since last run; faces a tougher task on his debut for a new yard.

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4

19th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 2

13:15 Haydock

Rockadenn

11st 1lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Alastair Ralph

Well beaten at Aintree in April when last seen but the good to soft ground may not have suited; has been given a chance by the handicapper and is now 7lb lower than when second over C&D (heavy) in December; conditions will be right up his street and he could have a major say if fully tuned up.

12/1

12th

14

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Rockadenn

10st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alastair Ralph

4th

2

16th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 36y

Class 3

14:40 Wetherby

Rockadenn

11st 11lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alastair Ralph

Three outings for this yard since leaving Paul Nicholls, all over hurdles; runner-up at Haydock in December but not so good latest; ran out only previous chasing start in Britain but 3-3 in France; interesting if he can show that sort of form; probably best if held up.

11/2

Form: 17-F02 D

Last run: 100 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Ten wins from 62 starts under rules; beaten a nose at Sedgefield (2m1f, good) in September, but this race is much stronger and he has to put a poor Flat run last time behind him; others preferred.

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4

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

17:45 Hexham

Snookered

11st 9lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Hugh Burns

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, mistake 1st, prominent before 3rd

33/1

Form: 1315F- D

Last run: 245 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Standout effort for Paul Nicholls last season when winning novice at Wincanton (1m7f, heavy) in February by 20l; highly tried on his last two starts; still has untapped potential for his new stable as he tackles a handicap for the first time.

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2

10th May 2022

Good

2m 1f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Sedgefield

Lucky One

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

5th

16

12th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Lucky One

10st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won twice in these colours last season for Paul Nicholls; beaten more than 40l into third at Ascot last time (2m3f, soft) but he wasn't the only one made to look ordinary by a handicap snip; if coming on again, it would be no surprise to see him more competitive this time.

8/1

3rd

11

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

Lucky One

10st 9lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Dan Skelton

Successful twice at about 2m last winter for Paul Nicholls; not in anything like the same form, with usual hood removed, in two runs for new stable; enough to prove back up in trip.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £242.00
Straight Forecast £248.90
Tricast £1065.40
Trifecta £1140.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Sonigino

SPOTLIGHT:

Takeit Easy

Telegraph:

Lucky One

WEST COUNTRY:

Sonigino

The Times:

Sonigino

Daily Mail:

Sonigino

Daily Record:

Sonigino

Daily Express:

Lucky One

RP Ratings:

Takeit Easy

TOPSPEED:

Takeit Easy

The Guardian:

Takeit Easy