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Black Mountain Botanicals Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3158.68
  • 3m 1f 119y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
  • Win time: 6m 34s
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Black Mountain Botanicals Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

2/5 (Won)

  • Win: £1.25
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 080-61

Last run: 6 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Nothing overly encouraging about his runs under rules in Ireland (including a 3m handicap) but he was gambled down to 1-2 for a 2m4f handicap at Huntingdon (good) last weekend and won well in the end after responding well for pressure; with no penalty for that, he should take the world of beating with this longer trip unlikely to hinder him.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

(8)

31st Mar 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Vee Dancer

10st 0lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Ronan M P McNally

Three-time hurdles winner, all at odds-on in Britain in December 2021; numerous excuses offered to the stewards for a poor run at 66-1 on the first of two Flat starts last season; better when fourth at Killarney in October; made all to justify good support over C&D last month; now 9lb higher for 3/4l defeat of Mephisto; missed a turf engagement on Wednesday.

5/2

6

(8)

29th Mar 2023

Soft To Heavy

1m 5f 0y

15:25 Navan

Vee Dancer

9st 8lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Ronan M P McNally

Three-time hurdles winner, all at odds-on in Britain in December 2021; numerous excuses offered to the stewards for a poor run at 66-1 on the first of two Flat starts last season; better when fourth at Killarney in October; made all to justify good support in 2m Dundalk event six weeks ago, second drawing clear of the others; soft ground more of a concern than 9lb rise.

3/1

1st

10

(3)

15th Feb 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

13:20 Dundalk (AW)

Vee Dancer

9st 2lb

J: Dylan Browne McMonagle

T: Ronan M P McNally

made all, pushed along when faced challenge home turn, ridden 2f out, soon edged right, kept on well when hard pressed inside final furlong, gamely

6/1

33/1

  • Place: £5.70

Form: 43-406 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 8lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Won over fences just over a year ago off a much higher mark but his last three runs (hurdling last twice) have been thoroughly underwhelming; blinkers replace cheekpieces.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

9

28th Jul 2022

Good

3m 2f 83y

Class 4

16:55 Stratford

Optimistic Bias

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: James Evans

prominent, disputed lead after 2nd, led after 8th, soon went clear, reduced lead after 10th, ridden and headed after 2 out, soon weakened

12/1

5th

6

26th Jun 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 83y

Class 4

17:00 Cartmel

Optimistic Bias

10st 12lb

J: Ben Poste

T: James Evans

held up in last, steady headway from 3 out, led after last, shaken up and kept on well run-in, comfortably

5/2

OUR TIP

8/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 3/2F1/

Last run: 652 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Only his seventh career start when strong in the finish in winning a 3m handicap hurdle at Newbury (soft) in early 2020; only 2lb higher but hard knowing whether he'll be in the same form after so long out.

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1st

6

25th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 5

14:45 Catterick

Roccowithlove

11st 7lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Joanne Foster

led but pestered, headed but prominent 6th, pressed leader after 4 out, led 3 out

11/2

1st

2

12th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:40 Catterick

Roccowithlove

11st 9lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Joanne Foster

Big step back in right direction when fourth of 13 at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day in a first-time tongue-tie on his second stable start; something to find with runner-up Beat The Edge but he could be suited by the stiffer test of stamina on today's deeper ground; one to consider.

8/1

4th

8

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 5

12:27 Wetherby

Roccowithlove

11st 2lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Joanne Foster

Fair third over hurdles last December after a very long absence but he's failed to complete since on his first four chase starts (stable debut last time); a first-time tongue-tie needs to make a big difference.

66/1

Form: 3214-F D

Last run: 218 days

W: 10st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Running well when falling over fences on final appearance in May; better known as a chaser and he was beaten 13l the time before on his belated debut over hurdles; opposable here.

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13

4th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

14:50 Hereford

Mount Oliver

10st 13lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Dual chase winner and was running well when falling at Market Rasen last May; not seen again until last month when well beaten here in a handicap hurdle; this is more his game.

20/1

4th

8

11th Dec 2021

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

15:07 Hereford

Mount Oliver

10st 0lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Running well when falling over fences on final appearance in May; better known as a chaser and he was beaten 13l the time before on his belated debut over hurdles; opposable here.

20/1

Form: 3P-PP5

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Should be on a good mark but he looks completely out of sorts at present and all depends on whether this return to hurdling can inspire something; not hard to have doubts.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

5

31st Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

15:07 Uttoxeter

Mercian Knight

11st 6lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Amy Murphy

Promise early on over hurdles, including a 3m novice win at Doncaster two years ago (good to soft); it has been a real struggle more recently, including returned to hurdles last time, and risky despite a handicap mark in freefall.

16/1

5th

5

11th Dec 2021

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

15:07 Hereford

Mercian Knight

10st 11lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Amy Murphy

Should be on a good mark but he looks completely out of sorts at present and all depends on whether this return to hurdling can inspire something; not hard to have doubts.

20/1

5th

1

15th Nov 2021

Good

3m 4f 102y

Class 5

15:15 Plumpton

Mercian Knight

12st 1lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Amy Murphy

Potentially on a good mark but has pulled up in his last three races and looked a hard ride at Bangor three weeks ago; return of blinkers may help (runner-up the first time he tried them) and the tongue-tie is a first.

5/1

Form: 7P8-42

Last run: 31 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Struggled last winter for Dan Skelton over hurdles/fences but back to form on his second run for this yard when just missing out in a 2m7f handicap hurdle at Exeter (good to soft) and third-placed Bean In Trouble won last weekend at Wetherby; up 5lb with Thomas Doggrell again on board; respected.

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8

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 4

17:45 Cheltenham

Terrierman

12st 0lb

J: Mr Nicholas Romain

T: Mrs R A Romain

Not as good as he was when with the Skeltons a few seasons back; has no form claims on his achievements during the last 12 months.

50/1

6

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 205y

Class 5

16:20 Stratford

Terrierman

11st 12lb

J: Mr Nicholas Romain

T: Mrs R A Romain

raced in third

22/1

Form: 7371-0 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Won easily over 3m2f at Warwick (good) in March but he does throw in plenty of no-shows and his reappearance at Exeter (2m7f, good to soft) was one of them; not sure about him bouncing back from that.

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6

16th Jun 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

20:25 Fontwell

Pour Une Raison

10st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Richard Mitchell

Two wins in 2021 but little since and 4lb out of the handicap.

25/1

7

28th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

15:45 Fontwell

Pour Une Raison

10st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Richard Mitchell

Two wins in 2021 but not much since and finished behind two of these at Plumpton a fortnight ago; 6lb out of the handicap.

16/1

8th

12

14th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:15 Plumpton

Pour Une Raison

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Richard Mitchell

Two wins in 2020/21 but little since and didn't seem to enjoy a rare foray over fences on latest start.

50/1

Form: 373P-P

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Some promise over hurdles and fences when trained in France but pulled up on his final run there and suffered the same fate on his debut for this yard in a 2m handicap hurdle at Hexham; lots to prove, not least his stamina for 3m1f.

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Verdict Starting price

5th

6

9th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

15:25 Huntingdon

Force De Frap

11st 4lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Becoming ever more versatile, winter's Bangor and Ludlow wins being his first on soft or slower; handicapper has appeared to have his measure the last twice, a scruffy round of jumping latest notwithstanding.

7/1

5th

4

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

15:38 Wincanton

Force De Frap

10st 13lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

didn't always jump with fluency, held up in last

7/2

2nd

3

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 213y

Class 4

15:50 Stratford

Force De Frap

11st 6lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

held up in rear

5/2

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