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Prodec Networks Maiden Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4084.5
  • 2m 0f 69y
  • Class 4
  • 13 runners
  • Win time: 4m 5s
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Prodec Networks Maiden Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

4/5 (Won)

  • Win: £1.40
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1-3 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won a bumper at Cheltenham (2m, soft) last October and that was very good form; he failed to live up to that big billing, however, when close third at 11-10 for novice hurdle at Exeter (2m, good to soft) five weeks ago, making most but jumping to his left; goes the other way round at this course and trainer has won three of the last four runnings of this race.

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1st

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

I Am Maximus

11st 6lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Among the backmarkers for an awfully long way in the Irish National at Fairyhouse (3m5f, soft) last April but he still got up close home; that couldn't have augured better for today's long distance and he's raised his game further for two wins (2m4f/3m1f) back at Fairyhouse, the latest of which (easily from Vanillier) makes him look well handicapped; still doesn't fly his fences and tends to take them markedly to his left, so jumping is the big worry but he has plenty going for him otherwise.

15/2

1st

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

I Am Maximus

11st 12lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

jumped left on occasions, raced in third behind clear leaders, mistake 8th, smooth headway before 2 out, led going easily approaching last, soon clear, not fluent last, shaken up and went further clear run-in

5/4

3rd

4

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

15:35 Leopardstown

I Am Maximus

11st 10lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

jumped left throughout, raced in last, detached from 8th, no impression from 12th

25/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 6 BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Horse

OR:

Form & Verdict

While 2019 was his peak on Flat and there's been no win since, he's still very useful in that sphere and was runner-up in 1m4f handicap at Royal Ascot this June; the concern is that he was below form in October on first Flat start since and faded into sixth when 10-11 for hurdling debut at Market Rasen (2m, good) five weeks ago.

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0

1

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Raymond Tusk

12st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Still well short of replicating his smart Flat best over hurdles when fourth on December 2022's handicap debut, but finally gets to try further than 2m in this sphere now and has been gelded; won't mind a dryout.

5/1

5th

4

(1)

7th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

15:05 Sandown

Raymond Tusk

9st 2lb

J: James Doyle

T: Alan King

Satisfactory third in handicap at Newmarket (1m4f) in May after a four-month break, but no show from a wide draw at Royal Ascot (1m6f) latest; still capable of smart form last year but very rarely seen over this far (second in 2m Ascot Group 3 in 2019) and looks set for a supporting role.

14/1

40/1

  • Place: £6.00

Form: 7400-6

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

20l seventh to I Am Maximus in bumper at Cheltenham before showing better form in Listed event there next time; his three runs over hurdles (C&D latest) make him hard to fancy just yet.

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5th

7

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 4

14:25 Newbury

Jacks A Legend

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Alan Jones

Minor honours at best in his first 12 starts (one of the best was at this track in 2021) but he then returned from a layoff to win by a street at Southwell (2m, heavy; made most) in November; only four ran in that race but his subsequent 7lb rise also doesn't look too harsh on previous best form; this race should be a lot more competitive but he's on the shortlist.

5/1

1st

3

28th Nov 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

15:10 Southwell

Jacks A Legend

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Alan Jones

took keen hold, raced in second

5/1

Form: 1-5

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won debut in French bumper (1m3f, very soft) last November and picked up for 150,000euros ten days later; had wind surgery this summer but his hurdling debut at Bangor (2m, good to soft) in October was rather underwhelming; tongue tied and needs big improvement.

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3

4th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:25 Newbury

Head Law

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won a novice on soft ground last March and added two good-ground handicaps in the spring; made an encouraging comeback at Kempton (2m, soft) in January but flopped at Huntingdon 16 days later; bit to prove after that but he's not dismissed.

11/2

8th

6

30th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:25 Huntingdon

Head Law

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won a novice here on soft ground last March en route to completing a hat-trick in two good-ground handicaps; mark suffered as a result but he looked dangerous before tiring into third on his Kempton comeback (2m, soft) and he's a 6yo with more to offer; shortlisted.

15/2

3rd

2

14th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:50 Kempton

Head Law

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won a novice at Huntingdon (soft) last March and followed up in the spring in good-ground handicaps at Warwick and Southwell, all over 2m when hot favourite; ended last term on a poor note but was found to have a large haematoma on a knee; could easily resume improvement in this second season hurdling.

11/4

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fairly useful 1m2f scorer on soft ground in 2020 on Flat but not so good this year; left Richard Hannon for 30,000gns in September and gelded since; stable also runs Essential Jaco.

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19th

9

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Mark Of Gold

11st 8lb

J: Rob Hargreaves

T: Gary Moore

Creditable seventh in 2023 Martin Pipe here; won the same 2m5f race at Kempton in February for the last two seasons and in good style, on soft ground latest; revised mark is a career high, though, and he needs to find extra.

33/1

1st

5

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:15 Kempton

Mark Of Gold

11st 10lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Fell four out in the Lanzarote over C&D six weeks ago; comfortably held in his completed starts this term; won this race in emphatic style last year (off 7lb lower) and has a good chance if back in similar form.

9/2

0

5

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Mark Of Gold

11st 7lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

on well over C&D (good) last February but needs to prove he can cope with this higher mark and better grade; only a modest fourth here on Boxing Day; early faller in this race last year.

12/1

33/1

Form: 3/6/

Last run: 747 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Third over hurdles on debut in France (2m2f, very soft) in April 2019; 40-1 when 25l sixth of 16 over C&D (soft) that November on his only start since, which he clearly needs to improve on but he has had wind surgery since and now wears a tongue-tie.

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1st

1

6th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

14:45 Southwell

Coupdebol

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Tom George

Made bright start to chasing career in early 2022 but never really got going during light campaign last season; back on a good mark now and will be suited by today's trip/ground but needs to up his game.

7/2

3rd

1

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

16:18 Chepstow

Coupdebol

12st 0lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Tom George

Opened chasing account with 8l success at Warwick (2m4f, heavy) last February and set to follow up before last-fence fall at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) three weeks later; still has low mileage but hasn't fired on any of three outings this season and was particularly disappointing in December.

7/1

8

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:45 Warwick

Coupdebol

11st 6lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Tom George

Opened his chasing account with 8l success over C&D (heavy) in February and was set to follow up before last-fence fall at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) three weeks later; still has low mileage but he's been well held in both runs this season and needs to get back near best.

10/1

Form: 5 BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Easily won an Irish point (good ground) in May; well-backed joint-favourite, 5l fifth of ten in Sandown bumper (soft) early last month; seems well regarded and needs a second look on his hurdling debut, having been withdrawn when the ground was soft at Uttoxeter last week.

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3rd

2

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

13:12 Fontwell

Crypto Currency

11st 2lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

raced wide, held up in rear, headway before 4 out, outpaced 2 out, weakened approaching last

9/2

5th

4

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

12:40 Newbury

Crypto Currency

11st 0lb

J: Dylan Whelan

T: Emma Lavelle

Point winner (3m, good) who was an encouraging fifth on bumper debut at Sandown (2m, soft) in November 2021; absent since soundly beaten over C&D (good to soft) that December but returns with new yard in good form (was with the now-retired Oliver Sherwood); watch betting.

50/1

7th

3

15th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 4

12:50 Newbury

Crypto Currency

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Oliver Sherwood

Easily won an Irish point (good ground) in May; well-backed joint-favourite, 5l fifth of ten in Sandown bumper (soft) early last month; seems well regarded and needs a second look on his hurdling debut, having been withdrawn when the ground was soft at Uttoxeter last week.

10/1

Form: 75-80

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Not enough in two French bumpers or two British hurdle races.

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1st

2

29th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Hereford

Hipop Des Ongrais

12st 0lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Successful in similar event at Fontwell (3m2f, good; off 7lb lower) on seasonal debut, adding to his wins at about 2m4f; still unexposed at this sort of distance and looks one for the shortlist.

7/2

1st

5

6th Oct 2023

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

13:45 Fontwell

Hipop Des Ongrais

11st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

prominent, jumped slightly right and barged rival 5th

3/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

2-26 (both wins on AW) on Flat, with some fair form in defeat over 1m2f-1m4f this year but others look more potent on his hurdling debut.

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1st

5

(6)

21st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 5

16:55 Southwell (AW)

Militry Decoration

9st 11lb

J: Jack Enright

T: Camilla Poulton

dwelt start, held up in rear, headway and switched left under 2f out, kept on well to lead towards finish, did well in the circumstances

8/1

5th

1

(5)

14th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 5

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Militry Decoration

9st 12lb

J: Jack Enright

T: Camilla Poulton

Well handicapped on his best form last winter but he's been out of sorts at big prices in his last two starts; may have needed the run here on his return last month but last win was at 1m6f and he has something to prove back at this trip.

8/1

7th

5

(8)

24th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Militry Decoration

9st 9lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Camilla Poulton

Largely reliable sort but he wasn't seen again in 2023 after coming in last of 14 in 1m6f Nottingham handicap in September; he needs to hit the ground running after a layoff.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 8

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Useful 1m4f/1m6f Flat form needs a lot of respect and he was back near that level 11 days ago; however, well beaten on hurdling debut at Cheltenham (2m, good) in October.

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10th

5

(12)

15th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 3

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Cardano

9st 6lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: B F Brookhouse

took keen hold, prominent, led after 1f

14/1

7th

6

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

14:40 Chepstow

Cardano

11st 10lb

J: Eddie Edge

T: B F Brookhouse

midfield, in touch with leaders after 4 out, weakened before 2 out

6/1

Form: 90

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Point runner-up who should come good under rules at some point, but not just yet judged on his two recent runs at big odds over hurdles.

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5

5th Feb 2023

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

14:03 Hereford

Motown Lake

11st 8lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Dual chase winner last year, latterly at Ffos Las (3m4f, good to soft) in May; not yet fully exposed but ran poorly on latest outing in July and has fitness to prove here.

10/1

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Some fair form (one 1m4f win) from his ten Flat starts spread over the last four seasons; seen mostly on AW in the last two years; had wind surgery before below form in October on sole run this year; cheekpieces (worn twice in 2020) return for this hurdling debut.

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10th

9

(9)

17th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:40 Nottingham

Sarim

9st 7lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Warren Greatrex

7th

4

(7)

7th May 2022

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

14:45 Nottingham

Sarim

9st 7lb

J: Thomas Greatrex

T: Warren Greatrex

8th

6

11th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:55 Exeter

Sarim

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Warren Greatrex

Won on the AW for this yard but has finished tailed off in his two runs over hurdles, albeit at Newbury; should make more of an impact in this company.

20/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

First foal; dam German 1m4f winner, half-sister to the 6f-1m4f Flat and smart 2m hurdle winner Marsh Warbler and useful jumps winner My Manekineko; ran in two Irish points, short-headed in October last time; one of two hurdling newcomers for the yard in this and they need a market check.

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4th

4

17th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:40 Sandown

Essential Jaco

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Progressive novice form at about this trip (on heavy and soft) before appearing to find the drop back to 1m7f against him when a 10l second on his handicap debut, though he again ran well (clear of the rest); same mark for this and, returned to further, he should be in the thick of it.

11/4

2nd

3

26th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

15:50 Wincanton

Essential Jaco

11st 7lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Won easily on last month's rules debut at Lingfield (2m3f, heavy) and wasn't discredited when clear second at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) 24 days ago; drops in trip for this handicap debut and remains very much of interest.

11/2

2nd

1

2nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

13:10 Plumpton

Essential Jaco

11st 8lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Narrowly beaten in his second point; ran out a comfortable winner on his hurdling debut at Lingfield (2m3f, heavy) and looked a nice prospect there, for all that the opposition wasn't up to much; penalised but unexposed.

8/11

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

I Am Maximus

WEST COUNTRY:

Head Law

The Star:

Cardano

The Guardian:

Raymond Tusk

RP Ratings:

I Am Maximus

POSTDATA:

I Am Maximus

LAMBOURN:

I Am Maximus

The Times:

I Am Maximus

Telegraph:

I Am Maximus

Daily Mail:

I Am Maximus

Daily Express:

I Am Maximus

Daily Mirror:

I Am Maximus

The Sun:

I Am Maximus

Daily Record:

I Am Maximus