January 04 / 12.45 Hereford

12.45 Hereford Good To Soft

Watch Off The Fence On attheraces.com Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5119.24
  • 2m 3f 147y
  • Class 5
  • 14 runners
  • Win time: 4m 51s
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Watch Off The Fence On attheraces.com Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 64-321 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Three-time winner on the Flat in France in 2020 and came good over hurdles with cosy win at Fontwell (2m3f, soft; front pair well clear) nine days ago, in his second handicap; major player under 7lb penalty.
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2nd

3

21st Mar 2022

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 4

15:05 Plumpton

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11st 7lb

J: Joshua Moore

T: Gary Moore

Made good progress since moving into handicap company over hurdles, winning at Fontwell on Boxing Day (2m3f, soft), Hereford in January and again back at Fontwell three weeks ago; could yet rank higher and this trip likely to be within range.

6/4

1st

10

27th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 4

15:50 Fontwell

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11st 0lb

J: Joshua Moore

T: Gary Moore

Won three on the Flat in France and has been getting it together over hurdles this winter, including two wins at about 2m3f; those were Class 5s, however, and a career-high mark seemed to find him out in a Class 4 at Huntingdon.

7/1

5th

10

28th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:00 Huntingdon

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10st 11lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Won three on the Flat in France and now thriving over hurdles, winning back-to-back 2m3f handicaps by narrow margins under Niall Houlihan at Fontwell (soft) and Hereford (good to soft); this demands more than last time, as he's 7lb higher in a better race; still respected.

7/2

10/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: -33427

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Made the frame on first three starts for Philip Hobbs, including a second at Huntingdon (2m4f, good; first-time blinkers) in November; not at best last time and now 0-10 over hurdles but still enters calculations.
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9

5th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Worcester

Alberic

11st 2lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

3rd

3

30th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 5

16:40 Market Rasen

Alberic

11st 6lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

1st

5

2nd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

15:40 Wincanton

Alberic

11st 7lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Progressive over hurdles in recent starts for new trainer and off the mark when 5-4 favourite in 13-runner conditionals' handicap at Huntingdon (2m3f, soft) last time, narrowly but perhaps with more in the tank; up 6lb and this 5yo from the family of the stable's very useful chaser Chance Du Roy makes his chase debut.

5/2

10/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 453314 CD BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Placed over 2m on handicap hurdle debut in October and was evidently well suited by move back up in trip when scoring over C&D (good; runner-up won next start) the following month; below form when fourth at Wincanton three weeks ago (favourite; raced too freely) but remains of interest.
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7th

7

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 2

14:09 Haydock

Merry Mistress

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: David Dennis

1st

4

30th Mar 2022

Good

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

15:20 Wincanton

Merry Mistress

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: David Dennis

1st

5

4th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 3

14:30 Doncaster

Merry Mistress

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: David Dennis

Won at Hereford (2m3f, good) in November and went close behind a well-treated winner at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft) recently; runs off the same mark today and the drop back in trip should be fine; respected.

11/4

Form: FF7-34

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Placed in Ffos Las maiden (2m, soft) on seasonal/stable debut in November and travelled well for long way when fourth on last month's handicap debut at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft); probably still has a bigger run in him and stable's promising claimer Daire McConville takes off 10lb.
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8th

2

12th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

17:21 Hereford

Greenrock Abbey

11st 9lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Kerry Lee

Placed in Ffos Las maiden (2m, soft) on seasonal/stable debut in November but hasn't progressed in handicaps; travelled well for a long way at Bangor (2m7f, soft) last month and today's drop back in trip looks the right move but he still has something to prove.

8/1

6th

5

11th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 7y

Class 4

16:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Greenrock Abbey

11st 9lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Kerry Lee

0-6 under rules, fourth in 2m3f handicaps the last twice; good-ground point winner on sole attempt at 3m so he could improve back over this distance; not discounted.

8/1

1

1st Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

13:50 Ffos Las

Greenrock Abbey

11st 12lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Kerry Lee

0-6 under rules, finishing fourth in 2m3f handicaps the last twice; good-ground point winner on sole attempt at 3m and looks a potential improver back over this distance.

12/1

Form: 6-2033

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in good-ground bumper last spring and improving with experience over hurdles; outran 66-1 odds when third over C&D (good; runner-up won on Sunday) last month; in the mix if coping with good to soft ground on handicap debut.
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5th

3

4th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

12:45 Hereford

Mojito Royale

11st 11lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Runner-up in good-ground bumper last spring and improving with experience over hurdles; outran 66-1 odds when third over C&D (good; runner-up won on Sunday) last month; in the mix if coping with good to soft ground on handicap debut.

10/1

3rd

9

11th Dec 2021

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

12:47 Hereford

Mojito Royale

10st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Definite ability in bumpers and in one of his novice hurdles, yet an RPR of 93 is his best yet and that leaves him with plenty to find against some of today's rivals.

16/1

3rd

4

24th Nov 2021

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

12:30 Hereford

Mojito Royale

10st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Showed ability in two good-ground bumpers in the spring, more recently when second of nine in June; struggled on recent hurdling debut at Exeter (2m5f; first-time cheekpieces) but this race is much less competitive.

25/1

Form: 61-564

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Sister to same connections' smart chaser Gold Present; won AW bumper in December 2020 and displayed clear promise on all three hurdle starts last year (2m-2m3f; best form on good); not certain to be suited by good to soft but has plenty of scope for improvement in handicaps.
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4th

5

10th Apr 2022

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

16:40 Stratford

Brilliant Present

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Bumper winner who has failed to progress over hurdles and finished well beaten in midfield on her handicap debut at Hereford in January; however, she's in top hands and perhaps a wind op will have done the trick.

13/2

6th

4

4th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

12:45 Hereford

Brilliant Present

11st 11lb

J: Nathan Brennan

T: Nicky Henderson

Sister to same connections' smart chaser Gold Present; won AW bumper in December 2020 and displayed clear promise on all three hurdle starts last year (2m-2m3f; best form on good); not certain to be suited by good to soft but has plenty of scope for improvement in handicaps.

11/4

4th

6

25th Nov 2021

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:55 Taunton

Brilliant Present

10st 5lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Nicky Henderson

AW bumper winner who is a sister to her powerful trainer's smart chaser Gold Present; things may click for her again at some point, but she needs to produce more than she's managed on her first two hurdle starts.

8/1

Form: 036/52

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Just a respectable fifth on handicap debut in November (first run after long layoff) but took pleasing step forward when clear second of 14 at Warwick (2m5f, soft) last month and must be considered here.
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2nd

4

23rd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 3

16:15 Ffos Las

Jaytee

10st 7lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Ian Williams

0-8 in bumpers/hurdles but he made it second-time lucky over fences when scoring in good style at Taunton (2m7f, soft) three weeks ago; 9lb higher on this step back up in grade but he still looks feasibly treated on that latest form and is versatile ground-wise; dangerous.

3/1

1st

7

3rd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:38 Taunton

Jaytee

11st 5lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Ian Williams

Nine-race maiden; jumped first fence very slowly but recovered to finish clear second on chasing debut at Leicester (2m6f, good) in January; should be okay on today's slower ground and still has potential over fences.

4/1

2nd

8

25th Jan 2022

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

15:20 Leicester

Jaytee

11st 2lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Ian Williams

Hasn't had much racing, and he ran creditably when second over hurdles at Warwick (2m5f, soft) in December; bred for chasing and not dismissed lightly on today's debut over fences, although he does have to put behind him a lifeless run at Hereford last time.

7/1

Form: 45880-

Last run: 261 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Unable to land a significant blow in handicap hurdles for Philip Hobbs in early part of last year but ran well in two Irish points in the autumn; now back under rules for another new stable and with cheekpieces fitted; well worth a glance in the betting.
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9

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

16:15 Taunton

Rockhamtom

11st 0lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Adrian Wintle

Made the frame in two Irish points in the autumn but returned to British rules racing with two disappointing runs for new stable this year, more recently when pulled up on chasing debut ten days ago; swaps cheekpieces for refitted blinkers here; has a lot to prove.

25/1

4

12th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:18 Uttoxeter

Rockhamtom

11st 5lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Adrian Wintle

Well held at a big price back under rules last month (stable debut), taking hurdles record to 0-8; has something to prove but mark continues to fall and he showed promise in Irish points in the autumn so is a possible improver on his chase debut.

13/2

5

1st Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:20 Ffos Las

Rockhamtom

11st 8lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Adrian Wintle

Well held back under rules four weeks ago (stable debut), taking hurdles record to 0-8; however, showed promise in two Irish points in the autumn and looks a potential improver on chase debut.

33/1

66/1

Form: 6P9-60

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Struggled when 66-1 for last month's handicap debut at Taunton (2m, good) and is effectively 3lb higher from out of the weights here.
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8

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 83y

Class 5

16:25 Ffos Las

Sam Haze

10st 0lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Phillip Dando

Non-runner.

14

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:05 Chepstow

Sam Haze

10st 0lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Phillip Dando

Has weak claims on overall form, and the switch to chasing had no effect last time (made some mistakes, eventually pulled up).

18

1st Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:20 Ffos Las

Sam Haze

10st 1lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Phillip Dando

Poor form over hurdles, including in handicaps; this change of discipline needs to prompt a big leap forward.

50/1

Form: 650

Last run: 55 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Placed in two Irish points last spring; no significant promise in three novice hurdles in the autumn (1m7f-2m1f) but has a lowly mark for today's handicap debut and ought to be suited by the step up in trip.
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3rd

8

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

14:14 Newton Abbot

Master Mikey Dee

10st 5lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Richenda Ford

Struggled in his five hurdle runs but he made a good start over fences when rallying for a 16-1 win at Taunton (2m, soft) last month; that was a narrow success and he's 5lb higher at this new trip but he has stamina in his good pedigree and should have more to offer in this sphere; respected.

1st

9

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:20 Taunton

Master Mikey Dee

10st 0lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Richenda Ford

Placed in points last spring but has achieved very little over hurdles this season; the return to fences needs to bring about massive improvement from 3lb out of the weights.

50/1

7th

13

18th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

15:10 Exeter

Master Mikey Dee

10st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Richenda Ford

Placed in points last spring but unable to reproduce that promise under rules and he was tailed off at 66-1 on his recent handicap debut.

66/1

Form: 46-420

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Second in Worcester maiden (2m4f, good) for Nigel Twiston-Davies last May but suffered heavy defeat on stable/handicap debut in October and it's hard to know what to expect after another break; tongue-tie back on.
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7th

12

16th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

16:10 Hereford

Sinister Minister

10st 11lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

Maiden; runner-up in a Worcester maiden last May (for Nigel Twiston-Davies) but has shown very little in three starts for this yard.

50/1

10

20th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

14:00 Ludlow

Sinister Minister

11st 8lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

Runner-up in Worcester maiden hurdle last May on his final run for Nigel Twiston-Davies but tailed off in handicaps on his first two runs for this yard and is hard to fancy on the back of those.

66/1

11th

5

4th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

12:45 Hereford

Sinister Minister

11st 10lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Sheila Lewis

Second in Worcester maiden (2m4f, good) for Nigel Twiston-Davies last May but suffered heavy defeat on stable/handicap debut in October and it's hard to know what to expect after another break; tongue-tie back on.

33/1

Form: 6UP20-

Last run: 287 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Ten-race maiden; kept on for modest second in Ludlow chase (2m, soft) last February but absent since 41l defeat at Taunton the following month; 1lb wrong for today's return to hurdling.
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6th

5

17th Apr 2022

Good

2m 1f 43y

Class 4

15:36 Market Rasen

Fair To Dream

10st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

13-race maiden who hasn't been in the best of form and faces a stiff task from 14lb out of the handicap; first-time visor replaces cheekpieces.

20/1

8

20th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:45 Chepstow

Fair To Dream

10st 1lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Runner-up over 2m at Ludlow last spring but his subsequent handicap runs over fences and hurdles haven't yielded much; limited appeal for now.

16/1

5th

8

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 5

16:45 Ludlow

Fair To Dream

10st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Beaten 10l into second in a soft-ground renewal of this race 12 months ago but still a maiden and an inconsistent one; latest tailed-off effort was over hurdles but he's 4lb wrong here and others appeal more.

66/1

OUR TIP

Form: 457-3P BF

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
0-6 over hurdles; ran well when third of six on seasonal debut at Stratford (2m2f, good to soft; first-time tongue-tie) in October but ought to have coped better with the soft ground when pulled up at Ffos Las (2m4f) later that month; needs to bounce back.
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5th

2

10th May 2022

Good

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

13:30 Sedgefield

Blueberg

11st 13lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

3rd

4

29th Mar 2022

Good

2m 1f 165y

Class 4

14:40 Fontwell

Blueberg

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Lightly raced 6yo making chase debut; competitively treated on hurdle form, off 6lb lower than when third to an improver at Stratford in October (2m2f, good to soft), but pulled up both starts since and the regular tongue-tie is left off.

4/1

5

3rd Feb 2022

Good

1m 7f 149y

Class 4

14:10 Wincanton

Blueberg

10st 11lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Lightly raced 6yo who is on a competitive mark on his best hurdle form, and he's one to watch in the betting on this chase debut; however, he needs to turn things around having been pulled up over hurdles the last twice.

7/1

Form: P5-50P

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Well beaten over 2m on handicap debut last June and, following a six-month break, was pulled up over 3m four weeks ago; sports refitted tongue-tie and first-time cheekpieces; significant improvement required.
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10

4th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

12:45 Hereford

Jaunty Express

10st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Brian Eckley

Well beaten over 2m on handicap debut last June and, following a six-month break, was pulled up over 3m four weeks ago; sports refitted tongue-tie and first-time cheekpieces; significant improvement required.

33/1

10

6th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 5

15:00 Ludlow

Jaunty Express

10st 13lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Brian Eckley

Always towards rear when 28-1 for handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m, good) in June; remains unexposed but needs today's step up in trip to unlock significant improvement; tongue-tie removed.

33/1

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Tricast £575.20
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Greenrock Abbey

LAMBOURN:

Brilliant Present

Daily Express:

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The Times:

Merry Mistress

WEST COUNTRY:

Mojito Royale

TOPSPEED:

Alberic

Telegraph:

Jaytee

The Sun:

Merry Mistress

The Guardian:

Brilliant Present

Daily Mail:

Brilliant Present

RP Ratings:

Greenrock Abbey

POSTDATA:

Greenrock Abbey

The Star:

Greenrock Abbey

Daily Mirror:

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Daily Record:

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