January 20 / 13.45 Wincanton

13.45 Wincanton Good To Soft

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  • 3m 0f 150y
  • Class 3
  • 8 runners
  • Win time: 6m 24s
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Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

15/8 (Won)

  • Win: £1.91
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 411132 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Formerly quite useful on Flat and struck form over hurdles in the autumn, winning three times on good ground (3m-3m2f); found only a handicap blot too strong when second at Ascot (2m7f, good to soft) last month, despite suffering significant interference in early stages, and remains of strong interest.
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2nd

14

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

16:29 Haydock

Imphal

10st 7lb

J: Joshua Moore

T: Gary Moore

4th

7

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

16:05 Doncaster

Imphal

10st 10lb

J: Joshua Moore

T: Gary Moore

Has thrived since tackling this trip and made it four from his last six when winning at Wincanton in January, handling soft ground well; doesn't do more than necessary so handicap mark has only crept up (4lb for latest success); cheekpieces return (has won on the Flat in them); plenty of appeal and stable remains in fine form.

11/4

8

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Imphal

11st 4lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Formerly quite useful on Flat and he's now come into his own over hurdles, winning four of last six starts, including latest; found only a handicap blot too strong when second of 16 over C&D (good to soft) on penultimate start, despite suffering significant early interference; lots to like but ground worse than good to soft would seemingly be a big worry.

9/2

7/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 2F6-78 C

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Well beaten on both starts this season but arguably ran a bit better than bare form suggests in competitive Haydock chase on latter occasion; given a chance by the handicapper back over hurdles and might be boosted by a change of headgear.
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13th

5

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

16:29 Haydock

Acey Milan

11st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

6

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 3

15:10 Haydock

Acey Milan

11st 1lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won chase debut at Aintree (3m1f, soft) in October 2020; back to life when second at Wincanton on Thursday in first-time blinkers on return to hurdling, making him of renewed interest.

2nd

6

20th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 3

13:45 Wincanton

Acey Milan

11st 5lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Well beaten on both starts this season but arguably ran a bit better than bare form suggests in competitive Haydock chase on latter occasion; given a chance by the handicapper back over hurdles and might be boosted by a change of headgear.

7/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: R3-P71 C

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 10lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Teenager who has mixed hurdling with chasing in recent seasons; bounced back to form to cause 40-1 surprise here (2m5f, soft; made all) 12 days ago but today's slightly better ground is probably not ideal for him and he's effectively 8lb higher now (raised 6lb, Ben Godfrey claimed 5lb last time).
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4th

9

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Jepeck

11st 0lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Anthony Honeyball

Veteran front-runner who has finished runner-up in 2m5f/2m7f handicaps the last twice under Cameron Iles; just looks vulnerable to something better treated.

14/1

2nd

5

26th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:18 Chepstow

Jepeck

10st 11lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Anthony Honeyball

Often front-runner; 13yo who recovered a lot of his old verve over hurdles at Wincanton on last three outings, winning on first occasion and runner-up under Cameron Iles one week ago on latest; acts on heavy; thereabouts on the recent evidence.

11/2

2nd

6

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

15:58 Wincanton

Jepeck

11st 6lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Anthony Honeyball

Teenager who has mixed hurdling with chasing in recent seasons; bounced back to form to spring 40-1 surprise over C&D (soft; made all) last month and also ran well when third here (3m, good to soft) 12 days later but will probably find younger rivals better handicapped today.

12/1

Form: 1826-5

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Hasn't progressed since winning Uttoxeter novice in December 2020 but made satisfactory seasonal debut when fifth at Ayr (2m4f, soft) last month and remains unexposed at around 3m.
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2nd

1

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

14:31 Hereford

Lord Of Kerak

12st 0lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Didn't make the progress that seemed likely after novice win in December 2020 but both handicap runs this winter were perfectly respectable; dropped another 2lb since last time and is not yet fully exposed over 3m+; probably won't be far away.

5/1

4th

7

20th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 3

13:45 Wincanton

Lord Of Kerak

11st 3lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

Hasn't progressed since winning Uttoxeter novice in December 2020 but made satisfactory seasonal debut when fifth at Ayr (2m4f, soft) last month and remains unexposed at around 3m.

6/1

5th

1

21st Dec 2021

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

13:05 Ayr

Lord Of Kerak

11st 13lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Absent since a below-par run at Perth in April but he's had wind surgery since and this lightly raced novice hurdle winner (2m4f, soft) has potential off this mark on his handicap debut.

9/2

10/1

Form: U3-234 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 5lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Long in the tooth now but was a very useful hurdler/chaser in his prime and made very respectable stable debut when fourth in Listed handicap chase at Ascot (3m, good to soft) last month; competes off 13lb lower hurdle mark today; can't be ruled out.
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7th

3

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:35 Ludlow

Valtor

11st 12lb

J: Mr Ben Bromley

T: Mel Rowley

Smart hurdler/chaser in his prime and it was a good stable debut he made when fourth in Listed handicap chase at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in December; given the promise of that run it was disappointing he didn't show more off a lower hurdle mark next time, but that Ascot run brings him into it.

14/1

5th

5

20th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 3

13:45 Wincanton

Valtor

11st 5lb

J: Mr Ben Bromley

T: Mel Rowley

Long in the tooth now but was a very useful hurdler/chaser in his prime and made very respectable stable debut when fourth in Listed handicap chase at Ascot (3m, good to soft) last month; competes off 13lb lower hurdle mark today; can't be ruled out.

10/1

4th

8

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Valtor

11st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Bromley

T: Mel Rowley

Got himself badly handicapped after winning the 2018 renewal of this race easily by 8l and his only subsequent success has come in a novice hurdle; didn't sign off for Nicky Henderson in bad form by any means in June but others have more pressing claims.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 40-94P D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Plugged on for respectable fourth in marathon chase at Haydock (3m4f, good to soft) in November and subsequent defeat in Welsh Grand National can probably be overlooked; back hurdling on a workable mark but not an easy one to predict; cheekpieces the headgear of choice today.
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1

29th Apr 2022

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:35 Cheltenham

Captain Drake

12st 2lb

J: Mr Bradley Gibbs

T: Bradley Gibbs

12

19th Mar 2022

Soft

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:35 Uttoxeter

Captain Drake

10st 1lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Harry Fry

Both chase wins have come at Exeter, last time his stamina winning the day in the 3m6f Devon National (soft); finished nowhere in this last season but he was second to Truckers Lodge the year before (albeit a remote one) and he's entitled to give his running once more; perhaps placed at best.

12/1

1st

3

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:50 Exeter

Captain Drake

11st 5lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Harry Fry

Only chase win was gained here and has been placed in big staying handicaps but not really at his best this season; well beaten back hurdling latest and difficult to now what to expect for now.

14/1

Form: /215-8

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 8yo; not seen over hurdles since winning handicap debut at Ascot (2m7f, heavy) in February 2020 but won a chase off today's mark last season; ran poorly on reappearance outing in December but still considered.
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7th

4

20th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 3

13:45 Wincanton

St Barts

11st 8lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Lightly raced 8yo; not seen over hurdles since winning handicap debut at Ascot (2m7f, heavy) in February 2020 but won a chase off today's mark last season; ran poorly on reappearance outing in December but still considered.

5/1

8th

7

4th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:22 Chepstow

St Barts

10st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs

Lacked fluency and was slightly disappointing when favourite for quite valuable novices' handicap at Uttoxeter (3m, soft) in March but looked very promising when making all at Newbury (2m7f, soft) last December and remains lightly raced; one to consider.

9/2

Form: 150145 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Three wins last year, the latest at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good) in November; today's 3lb higher mark ought to be manageable but he hasn't fired on recent outings and is somewhat unreliable nowadays.
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1

20th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 3

13:45 Wincanton

Geordie Des Champs

11st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Three wins last year, the latest at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good) in November; today's 3lb higher mark ought to be manageable but he hasn't fired on recent outings and is somewhat unreliable nowadays.

11/1

5th

2

10th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 3

13:45 Ludlow

Geordie Des Champs

11st 11lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Rebecca Curtis

Has a good strike-rate and bounced back from a below-par run when winning at Uttoxeter in November (2m7f, good; has also won on soft); therefore it won't be a shock if he can leave behind his heavy last-time-out defeat at Chepstow, but others provide more reliable options.

8/1

4th

2

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:10 Chepstow

Geordie Des Champs

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Rebecca Curtis

Took advantage of his drop in the weights to land two 3m handicaps at Ffos Las in the summer and back on song to score at Uttoxeter on latest outing; did the job in tidy fashion last time and, although back up 4lb since, he had markedly better form in 2017 and 2018, including in the mud.

6/1

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