January 01 / 15.50 Cheltenham

15.50 Cheltenham

Soft

Pony Club “Junior” National Hunt Flat Race (A Standard Open NHF Race) (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £14237.5
  • 1m 5f 209y
  • Class 1
  • 15 runners
  • Win time: 3m 24s
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Pony Club “Junior” National Hunt Flat Race (A Standard Open NHF Race) (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £4.60
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 11 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 5lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Unbeaten at Market Rasen (good; subsequently sold out of John Butler's stable for £60,000) in October and Newbury (good to soft; strong at finish in fillies' race) in December; Fergal O'Brien and Paddy Brennan combined to win this in 2017; looks a leading contender.
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6th

21

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Poetic Music

10st 2lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Bought for £60,000 after a winning start with John Butler; has maintained her unbeaten record for new connections, seeing her races out strongly at Newbury (1m4f, good to soft) and Cheltenham (1m6f Listed, soft); it all adds up to a very solid start to her career but this is a tall order for any 4yo - let alone a filly - when only Cue Card has triumphed for this age group in the last 25 years.

40/1

1st

15

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Poetic Music

10st 5lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Unbeaten at Market Rasen (good; subsequently sold out of John Butler's stable for £60,000) in October and Newbury (good to soft; strong at finish in fillies' race) in December; Fergal O'Brien and Paddy Brennan combined to win this in 2017; looks a leading contender.

11/4

1st

1

15th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

1m 4f 143y

Class 5

15:35 Newbury

Poetic Music

11st 5lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Seemingly unfancied for her Market Rasen debut in October (20-1, for John Butler) but ran out a ready winner after making good headway in the straight; sold for £60,000 the following month; third and fifth from the race have won since to give the form a solid look; sets a fair standard.

6/4

6/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 31 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 10st 5lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Stepped up markedly on her debut form when winning fillies' race at Warwick (good to soft) in November, impressing with the way she travelled; promising and bred to be useful, well worth her place in this higher grade.
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18th

18

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 209y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Iliade Allen

10st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Travelled best throughout when winning on good to soft at Warwick and then, having attempted to make all, she looked home and hosed before getting outstayed up the hill at Cheltenham, again over 1m6f (soft; pair clear); the winner went on to finish sixth in the Champion Bumper, so the form is strong stuff; made £130,000 at the sales in January and she's a player.

9/1

2nd

13

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Iliade Allen

10st 5lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Nick Williams

Stepped up markedly on her debut form when winning fillies' race at Warwick (good to soft) in November, impressing with the way she travelled; promising and bred to be useful, well worth her place in this higher grade.

6/1

1st

4

17th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:20 Warwick

Iliade Allen

10st 12lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Nick Williams

Just over 4l behind Bonnet on last month's Exeter debut; yard's runners often benefit from an outing so she may well get closer this time.

9/2

16/1

  • Place: £4.60

Form: 2

Last run: 88 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Chased home Alazwar at Huntingdon (good; 7-2) in October, keeping on at one pace; should be suited by these more testing conditions and open to plenty of improvement; stablemate of Poetic Music.
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8

20th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

16:20 Ludlow

Mamoon Star

11st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

9th

12

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

16:45 Newbury

Mamoon Star

10st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

4yo with two solid placed efforts to his name, never-nearer third of 15 to stablemate Poetic Music in Listed junior event at Cheltenham (1m6f, soft) six weeks ago; shapes as if today's longer trip will be in his favour and not dismissed lightly even though Paddy Brennan is on Hullnback.

9/1

3rd

8

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Mamoon Star

10st 12lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Chased home Alazwar at Huntingdon (good; 7-2) in October, keeping on at one pace; should be suited by these more testing conditions and open to plenty of improvement; stablemate of Poetic Music.

16/1

Form: 13

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Made winning debut in France (1m4f, good) in August and ran well when third of nine at Doncaster (1m5f, good to soft) on first start in Britain; represents an emerging force in bumpers and he's likely to be in the thick of things again.
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4th

6

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Idealdes Villerets

10st 12lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

Made winning debut in France (1m4f, good) in August and ran well when third of nine at Doncaster (1m5f, good to soft) on first start in Britain; represents an emerging force in bumpers and he's likely to be in the thick of things again.

11/1

3rd

1

27th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

1m 5f 0y

Class 5

14:53 Doncaster

Idealdes Villerets

11st 5lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

Beat five rivals to make a winning debut in French bumper (1m4f, good) in August; it's hard to gauge what that form is worth but the runner-up had also finished second on her previous start and the third was a previous winner; new trainer has good bumper strike-rate; respected.

3/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
12,000euros yearling; half-brother to French 2m1f chase winner Chimene from family of winning jumpers; stable do well (13% last five seasons) in bumpers but this one is in at the deep end on his debut.
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1st

5

5th May 2022

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

17:05 Huntingdon

Diamond Egg

10st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Chris Gordon

3rd

5

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:00 Kempton

Diamond Egg

10st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Chris Gordon

33-1 for his debut at Cheltenham on New Year's Day where he showed useful ability in finishing fifth of the 15 runners (1m6f, soft; Listed; only run out of the places late on); should know more today and he's open to improvement; greatly respected.

11/4

5th

5

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Diamond Egg

10st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Chris Gordon

12,000euros yearling; half-brother to French 2m1f chase winner Chimene from family of winning jumpers; stable do well (13% last five seasons) in bumpers but this one is in at the deep end on his debut.

33/1

Form: 31

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
From a stable with a 4-20 record in bumpers this season, and he contributed one of those wins in workmanlike style at Aintree (2m1f, good to soft) in November; back in trip today but should still go well.
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7th

8

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Kempton

Legionar

10st 7lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

Won at Aintree (2m1f, good to soft) in November on his second bumper start and respectable efforts in that sphere the next twice; he's highly regarded and has first-time headgear this afternoon, but he's being thrown in at the deep end on his hurdle debut and plenty of improvement is needed.

50/1

5th

12

23rd Jan 2022

Standard To Slow

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

12:50 Lingfield (AW)

Legionar

10st 9lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Milton Harris

Bettered his debut effort when gaining clearcut success at Aintree (good to soft) in November and was respectable sixth when upped to Listed grade at Cheltenham (soft) three weeks ago; now takes on older horses for first time; further progress possible if this surface suits.

12/1

6th

7

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Legionar

10st 12lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

From a stable with a 4-20 record in bumpers this season, and he contributed one of those wins in workmanlike style at Aintree (2m1f, good to soft) in November; back in trip today but should still go well.

11/1

OUR TIP

Form: 13 D BF

Last run: 53 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Favourite for two good-ground events at Huntingdon, winning on debut and running creditably when third of nine there next time; has made the running on each occasion; faces more testing conditions here; respected.
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1st

1

(4)

23rd Apr 2022

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 5

20:20 Wolverhampton (AW)

Alazwar

9st 9lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

3rd

1

(2)

30th Mar 2022

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Lingfield (AW)

Alazwar

9st 9lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Successful in the first of his three bumper starts, then finished third on debut over hurdles; related to some useful Flat winners and rallied well to win at Wolverhampton (8.6f) on the switch to this code; should be suited by this longer trip; open to progress in this sphere.

2/1

1st

1

(1)

14th Mar 2022

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 5

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Alazwar

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Made all to make a successful debut in a Huntingdon junior bumper in October, but didn't build on that in two further bumpers nor in one start over hurdles; now makes his Flat debut, but his pedigree does suggest he may find this trip on the sharp side.

5/1

Form: 2

Last run: 53 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Son of Sea The Moon who shaped well when second at Huntingdon (good; 9-2) in November, leading from under 2f out until close home; closely matched with Alazwar on that form; open to improvement and worth considering.
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8th

2

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

A Shining Moon

10st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

Son of Sea The Moon who shaped well when second at Huntingdon (good; 9-2) in November, leading from under 2f out until close home; closely matched with Alazwar on that form; open to improvement and worth considering.

12/1

2nd

4

9th Nov 2021

Good

1m 5f 148y

Class 5

15:30 Huntingdon

A Shining Moon

10st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Eve Johnson Houghton

17,000euros yearling; first foal; dam once-raced half-sister to four winners including Montego Grey (bumper; RPR 117) and Atalia (French 7f Listed); very rare National Hunt runner for good Flat yard; betting may guide.

7/1

16/1

Form: 3

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 5lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Beaten only 1l despite running green when third of 11 at Wetherby (1m4f, good to soft; 9-2) four weeks ago; bred to be suited by this longer distance (from a family of winning jumpers which has served Pam Sly very well), and she's likely to improve; more persuasive than many.
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7th

9

6th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

17:10 Huntingdon

Chic Avenue

10st 0lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Pam Sly

Close up on her Wetherby debut (good to soft) but no better than seventh in two Listed affairs at Cheltenham subsequently (soft/good); as a 4yo filly she gets the allowances and is now fitted in a hood, but others are more intriguing.

8/1

7th

12

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:15 Cheltenham

Chic Avenue

10st 3lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Pam Sly

4yo; not beaten far on debut (good to soft) but she could finish only ninth in Listed race here (soft) on New Year's Day; it's possible today's sounder surface will suit her better but others have more solid claims.

33/1

9th

12

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Chic Avenue

10st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Pam Sly

Beaten only 1l despite running green when third of 11 at Wetherby (1m4f, good to soft; 9-2) four weeks ago; bred to be suited by this longer distance (from a family of winning jumpers which has served Pam Sly very well), and she's likely to improve; more persuasive than many.

16/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
280,000gns yearling; brother to 1m5f Listed winner Western Australia (RPR 112) and half-brother to three winners, including useful Hoarding (7f-1m2f; 101); rare bumper runner from a top Flat yard (0-3 in this sphere in the last five seasons); well worth a market check.
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5th

5

(2)

18th Jan 2022

Standard To Slow

1m 4f 14y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell (AW)

Beyond Boundaries

9st 2lb

J: David Probert

T: Andrew Balding

Brother to 1m5f Listed winner Western Australia and half-brother to three winners; prominent in the betting for his 1m6f bumper debut (Listed) on New Year's Day, when fading late on soft ground; should do better.

4/1

10th

3

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Beyond Boundaries

10st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Andrew Balding

280,000gns yearling; brother to 1m5f Listed winner Western Australia (RPR 112) and half-brother to three winners, including useful Hoarding (7f-1m2f; 101); rare bumper runner from a top Flat yard (0-3 in this sphere in the last five seasons); well worth a market check.

9/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
£50,000 3yo; closely related to winners Royal Fox (German/French 7f-8.5f; RPR 97) and Picador (Swiss 6f 2yo); dam 1m winning half-sister to two 1m2f Listed winners; respected newcomer from a yard with a 24% strike-rate in bumpers in the last five seasons.
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6th

9

11th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:15 Worcester

Royal Max

10st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

£50,000 3yo; yard has traditionally done well in bumpers and won a division of this race last year; faded when only eleventh of 15 at Cheltenham (1m6f, good; 4-1) on New Year's Day; presumably thought capable of better.

11th

10

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Royal Max

10st 12lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

£50,000 3yo; closely related to winners Royal Fox (German/French 7f-8.5f; RPR 97) and Picador (Swiss 6f 2yo); dam 1m winning half-sister to two 1m2f Listed winners; respected newcomer from a yard with a 24% strike-rate in bumpers in the last five seasons.

5/1

Form: 2

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 5lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Shaped quite well when second to Mr Sundancer at Wincanton (good; 7-1; wore tongue-strap) four weeks ago; had every chance that day but the experience should have done her good; open to progress.
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7

19th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:50 Worcester

Kimberley Eve

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

3rd

12

21st Mar 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

14:10 Southwell

Kimberley Eve

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Tongue-tied on debut (retained since) but ran a race full of promise - and with a degree of substance to the form - when chasing home a fellow newcomer at Wincanton (1m7f, good; 7-1); always struggling in a much deeper race at Cheltenham subsequently; returns post wind surgery after an 11-week absence from the track.

7/1

Form: 12

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
A rare bumper runner for his Flat trainer, and he made a winning start at Wincanton (1m7f) in December before running well in defeat at Hereford (2m, also on good ground) nine days later; dropping in distance should be no inconvenience at all; not discounted.
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6th

8

24th Jun 2022

Good

2m 6f 31y

Class 4

14:30 Cartmel

Mr Sundancer

10st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: John Joseph Hanlon

held up in rear, headway and disputing third 3rd, ridden after 3 out, weakened after 2 out, tailed off

7/1

3rd

1

5th Jun 2022

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

17:35 Perth

Mr Sundancer

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: John Joseph Hanlon

led, pushed along over 2f out, faced challenge over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened and lost second inside final 110yds

5/2

13th

9

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Mr Sundancer

10st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Jonathan Portman

A rare bumper runner for his Flat trainer, and he made a winning start at Wincanton (1m7f) in December before running well in defeat at Hereford (2m, also on good ground) nine days later; dropping in distance should be no inconvenience at all; not discounted.

16/1

Form: 7

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
£6,000 yearling; no major promise when seventh of ten at Wincanton (good; 12-1) four weeks ago; others appeal more.
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12th

12

11th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:37 Kempton

Copperkin

10st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Rod Millman

Only minor form at Wincanton (1m7f, good) on debut then tailed off in Cheltenham Listed (1m6f, soft); cheekpieces need to make a big difference.

33/1

13

4th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

16:35 Chepstow

Copperkin

10st 4lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Rod Millman

Only minor form at Wincanton on first outing, then struggled badly in Listed grade at Cheltenham on New Year's Day; has the worst chance on the figures; first-time headgear needs to make a big difference.

66/1

14th

4

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Copperkin

10st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: Rod Millman

£6,000 yearling; no major promise when seventh of ten at Wincanton (good; 12-1) four weeks ago; others appeal more.

66/1

40/1

Form: 45

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Signs of ability at Huntingdon and Wincanton, both on good ground, but he has finished behind several of today's rivals and needs to raise his game.
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5

30th Jan 2022

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

13:20 Fontwell

Scud

10st 3lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Seamus Mullins

Signs of ability in bumpers at Huntingdon and Wincanton before trailing home last in a Listed event at Cheltenham; his rivals have shown more.

25/1

15th

11

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Scud

10st 12lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Seamus Mullins

Signs of ability at Huntingdon and Wincanton, both on good ground, but he has finished behind several of today's rivals and needs to raise his game.

40/1

5th

9

2nd Dec 2021

Good

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

15:45 Wincanton

Scud

10st 12lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Seamus Mullins

Plugged on for fourth in 1m5f bumper at Huntingdon last month; that is the best piece of form on offer but suspicion there will be something stronger lurking in this field.

7/1

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Exacta £265.00
Straight Forecast £191.10
Trifecta £2191.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Iliade Allen

WEST COUNTRY:

Poetic Music

Daily Mail:

Beyond Boundaries

LAMBOURN:

Royal Max

Telegraph:

Alazwar

RP Ratings:

Iliade Allen

TOPSPEED:

Iliade Allen

POSTDATA:

Iliade Allen

The Times:

Iliade Allen

The Guardian:

Iliade Allen

Daily Mirror:

Iliade Allen

The Sun:

Poetic Music

The Star:

Poetic Music

Daily Record:

Poetic Music

Daily Express:

Beyond Boundaries