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Book The Lodge Hotel At Newbury Racecourse Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Qual’)

  • Prize money: £3376.52
  • 2m 0f 69y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
  • Win time: 4m 7s
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Book The Lodge Hotel At Newbury Racecourse Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Qual’)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 10-621 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Won the bumper on this card (heavy) last winter, making all; gradually getting the hang of hurdling and he also won a seven-runner novice at Ffos Las (2m, heavy) in December under another positive ride; today's conditions will be less testing but he still has untapped potential and does not look overburdened on his handicap debut; big shout.

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2nd

5

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:20 Uttoxeter

Fine Casting

11st 6lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

raced in last

4/1

2

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 3

15:10 Exeter

Fine Casting

10st 11lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Bumper/hurdles winner; consistent results (232) since switched to fences, running well in first-time cheekpieces at Sandown (1m7f, soft; behind subsequent scorer) most recently; this slight step back up in trip looks ideal; holds very solid claims off same mark in the retained headgear.

5/4

4

26th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

14:25 Sandown

Fine Casting

11st 1lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Three hurdle wins; two good runs off this mark over fences (2m3f/2m), the latest at Cheltenham on heavy ground that he handles well; that was a fine effort in a good race but he did jump left on occasions and all his wins have come going that way round; no headgear until now.

5/1

14/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: 139522 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Tough customer who usually races up with the pace; still has just one win to his name, at Ffos Las (2m, good to soft) last spring, but he's running well at present and should be in the mix.

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3rd

6

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:55 Huntingdon

John Betjeman

11st 10lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Mark Gillard

Fair third at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) on Boxing Day and now 6lb lower but he's been soundly beaten on his three runs since.

25/1

7th

9

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

15:10 Taunton

John Betjeman

11st 7lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Mark Gillard

Thoroughly exposed 8yo with a modest strike-rate and well down the pecking order here.

25/1

5th

1

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

John Betjeman

12st 1lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Mark Gillard

Returns to a better trip having been stretched by 2m4f last time and he was beaten only 4l the run before; could have some say but he finds winning difficult (3-59).

16/1

9/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 266-33 D BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Usually runs some sort of race; beaten favourite over 2m3f at Lingfield on both his outings this season, but far from disgraced on either occasion and this drop to 2m may suit; each-way possibilities.

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7th

2

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:40 Sandown

Sheldon

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

prominent, mistake 3rd

11/2

1st

2

17th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

15:07 Wincanton

Sheldon

11st 13lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

jumped right throughout, raced in second, led 3 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on

5/1

3rd

5

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

15:55 Leicester

Sheldon

11st 5lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

Fenced better than usual when resuming winning ways in 2m4f Wincanton handicap on Boxing Day; up 3lb but not taken lightly if his jumping holds up again.

3/1

Form: 53-353 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Just 2-28 under rules, both wins (one Flat, one jumps) coming in 2018 for Gordon Elliott; in and out of late, never travelling when 29l last of three finishers at Fontwell on Boxing Day; something to prove after that, but his stable is going great guns and it's not inconceivable he'll bounce back.

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1st

2

21st Jul 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

15:55 Worcester

Kuraka

12st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

prominent, pushed along early, shaken up after 4th, ridden before 3 out, soon made strong challenge, led final 110yds, kept on well

7/1

5th

7

26th Jun 2022

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

16:10 Uttoxeter

Kuraka

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

prominent, lost position and pushed along 7th, ridden 3 out, kept on but no impression from 2 out

14/1

Form: 421205

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

2-7 over hurdles for Nigel Twiston-Davies, the wins gained in small-field 2m5f novice events on good ground; sold for £40,000 before well held at Cheltenham and Doncaster for new connections; still relatively low mileage but he needs the first-time hood to spark a return to form.

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5th

10

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

14:40 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Rarely seen on worse than good to soft, not disgraced however over 3m here (soft) last month on first run for 398 days; may be able to build on that and he is not fully exposed as a stayer.

20/1

7th

8

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 4lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Second over 2m4f here in October 2022 and again got going too late when close second of 12 off this mark over 3m here that November; both were on good ground and he's hardly ever run on worse than good to soft; he's also unraced since, so has those major questions to answer, but he is not fully exposed as a stayer.

10/1

2nd

10

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear

12/1

11/2

Form: 13-432 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Dual Flat scorer (1m2f/1m3f); steadily progressive over hurdles and he ran a cracker in cheekpieces when 1l second of eight at Uttoxeter (2m, soft; 4l up when hitting last flight) six weeks ago; leading contender.

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4th

5

(9)

31st Mar 2023

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 5

17:25 Southwell (AW)

Alborkan

9st 10lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Amy Murphy

Still a fair hurdler last winter and also in a Flat run last February, but absent 377 days before last of 11 at Kempton (50-1) three weeks ago; may have needed that run but this is a strong race in which to bounce back.

33/1

11th

9

(1)

10th Mar 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Alborkan

9st 2lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Amy Murphy

midfield

25/1

3rd

1

(6)

26th Feb 2022

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

13:00 Lingfield (AW)

Alborkan

9st 13lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Amy Murphy

Dual Flat winner (1m2f/1m3f AW) and has run some decent races in handicap hurdles this winter; might be better for wind surgery but perhaps high enough in the weights in this scene.

6/1

10/1

Form: /3-230 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Point and dual bumper winner; comes into the reckoning on his C&D third in a novice (good to soft) last February, form that worked out well, but he was soundly beaten after nearly seven months off on his most recent outing; needs a revival on today's handicap debut.

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7th

6

19th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 4

14:25 Newbury

Nobby

11st 5lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Point and dual bumper winner; comes into the reckoning on his C&D third in a novice (good to soft) last February, form that worked out well, but he was soundly beaten after nearly seven months off on his most recent outing; needs a revival on today's handicap debut.

10/1

10th

12

9th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

12:50 Warwick

Nobby

11st 4lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Point and dual bumper winner (once here); beaten at odds-on the last twice but his Newbury third (2m, good to soft) makes for good reading and he should be better for a break, as well as this longer trip.

10/1

Form: 13

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Useful Flat performer for Ralph Beckett; the form of his hurdling debut win at Wincanton (1m7f, good to firm) in October looks weak but he achieved more when third of 16 over 2m3f there (good to soft) next time; further progress needed on today's handicap debut; stablemate of Ar Mest.

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5

24th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:50 Warwick

Mascat

11st 9lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Syd Hosie

Useful Flat-racer who has 2-5 strike-rate over hurdles; in fairly good form over fences for Joe Tizzard when last seen in the autumn but this stable debut comes after a 195-day break; others preferred.

12/1

4

1st May 2023

Good

2m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:37 Warwick

Mascat

10st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Syd Hosie

Attainment level as a chaser quickly established when placing on all four starts over fences last autumn (2m-2m3.5f), the last three of them 0-120 handicaps; could be a bit more is needed on this stable debut.

8/1

3rd

1

10th Nov 2022

Good

2m 2f 40y

Class 4

14:25 Taunton

Mascat

12st 0lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Joe Tizzard

Dual hurdle winner who has run fairly well in his first three chases, the last two being handicaps (2m3f/2m); looks handicapped about right but should put up another decent show.

7/2

Form: -13745 CD

Last run: 84 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Successful four times over hurdles for Gary Moore but doesn't seem capable of that level of form any more and he was well held twice in October when running for Ralph Smith; falling in the weights but needs to turn a corner.

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3rd

2

13th Aug 2022

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

17:06 Market Rasen

Ar Mest

11st 7lb

J: William Shanahan

T: Henry Oliver

held up in behind leaders, went fourth after 3 out, ridden home turn, went third but well held approaching last

7/1

3rd

1

22nd May 2022

Good

2m 0f 59y

Class 5

14:20 Fakenham

Ar Mest

12st 0lb

J: William Shanahan

T: Henry Oliver

Finished tailed off last time over 2m4f but had been runner-up in three completed races for a new stable since February, all at about 2m; not the most natural of jumpers but he's a contender.

7/4

4th

1

9th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

17:20 Southwell

Ar Mest

12st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Henry Oliver

OUR TIP

Form: 211FF D

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Still relatively lightly raced over hurdles; beat two rivals at Ludlow on British debut in October but has failed to complete on both his starts since, 28-1 when coming down three out at Ludlow nine days ago; can't be discounted but others have more solid claims.

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0

6

22nd Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

15:55 Plumpton

Canford Light

11st 6lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Well beaten in 2m Chepstow handicap in October, after a long absence, and did not achieve a great deal when remote second in a seller over that trip here the following month (first-time cheekpieces); revival needed.

25/1

Form: -55317 D

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

2-8 over hurdles; won at Warwick (2m, good) in November but he ran poorly off his revised mark at Taunton three weeks later; off two months since and needs to bounce back.

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0

5

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

13:50 Wincanton

Opening Bid

11st 4lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

led, headed but prominent 5th, lost position and dropped to rear 8th, soon detached, pulled up before 12th

33/1

1st

2

12th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

14:50 Exeter

Opening Bid

11st 10lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

Found out by his career-high mark at Warwick (2m4f, good) but that was another very sound run in what's been a good season already; accurate jumper who has plenty going for him.

13/8

2nd

2

5th Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Warwick

Opening Bid

11st 12lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

Enjoying an excellent season and he made it 4-5 for the term with a cosy success in four-runner handicap chase at Newton Abbot (2m5f) 24 days ago; up 4lb but this sound jumper rates a player once more.

15/8

Form: 43-211 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Placed in bumpers and has made a bright start over hurdles, landing the odds in novices at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) in November and Plumpton (2m, good; again made all) in December; today's opposition will test him more severely but he's unexposed as he moves into handicaps.

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3rd

6

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 3

15:27 Hereford

Chanceux

10st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Alastair Ralph

held up in rear, struggling after 4 out

5/1

4th

3

12th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 3

15:45 Plumpton

Chanceux

11st 7lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Kept to shorter trips since going close over 2m3f at Stratford (heavy) last April but he needed every yard of 2m at Doncaster after Christmas when following up a Hereford win; versatile tactically and can have a say.

7/2

Form: 3295-5 CD

Last run: 121 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Best recent effort when 2l second of 16 over 3m here (good to soft) 11 months ago; now 3lb lower but he hasn't repeated the form in three outings since and isn't sure to be suited by today's significant drop in distance; stablemate of Fontanna Ellissi.

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0

9

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

2m 5f 122y

Class 4

16:45 Newton Abbot

Howling Milan

10st 8lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Samuel Drinkwater

prominent early, in rear and detached after 3rd, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out (usual 4 out)

10/1

8th

8

19th Sep 2023

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

16:55 Uttoxeter

Howling Milan

11st 3lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear

16/1

5

19th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 4

14:25 Newbury

Howling Milan

11st 5lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Best recent effort when 2l second of 16 over 3m here (good to soft) 11 months ago; now 3lb lower but he hasn't repeated the form in three outings since and isn't sure to be suited by today's significant drop in distance; stablemate of Fontanna Ellissi.

14/1

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Selections

Daily Mirror:

Chanceux

SPOTLIGHT:

Fine Casting

RP Ratings:

Mascat

POSTDATA:

Sheldon

Telegraph:

Alborkan

TOPSPEED:

Howling Milan

Daily Express:

Nobby

The Sun:

Chanceux

The Star:

Chanceux

Daily Record:

Chanceux

WEST COUNTRY:

Fine Casting

The Guardian:

Fine Casting

Daily Mail:

Fine Casting

The Times:

Mascat