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13:20 Lingfield

Heavy

Winter Million Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15843
  • 2m 7f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 5m 56s
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Winter Million Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

13/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.75
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 3

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Completed quickfire hat-trick in Irish points last May and made very promising start to rules career when third in Grade 2 novice hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, good to soft) in December; will be hard to beat if able to build on that performance on today's slower ground.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

9th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Ballygrifincottage

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Failed to beat a rival in four runs in 2023 but showed signs of a revival when 7l fifth of nine at Ascot (3m, good to soft; 25-1) three weeks ago; dropped another 2lb and not without a chance if building on that.

5/1

5th

6

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Ballygrifincottage

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders

25/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 1-2F

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won four Irish points in 2020 and scored by 18l on bumper debut at Wexford (2m4f, yielding) last March; close second on stable/hurdle debut at Ayr (2m3f, good to soft) in November and ran well in Grade 1 Challow at Newbury (2m4f, soft) last month, albeit he was held in fourth before final-flight fall; ought to be suited by this longer trip and we probably haven't seen the best of him yet.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

26th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

15:27 Fontwell

High Stakes

11st 11lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Warren Greatrex

Bumper and 2m7f hurdle winner (good to soft); has been unable to kick on over fences; returned to hurdles for reappearance at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) latest, when creditable fifth; more needed.

6/1

15

17th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

High Stakes

11st 4lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Warren Greatrex

Useful form as a novice hurdler but lost his way last season, predominantly over fences; now has to prove he can turn the tide.

25/1

Form: 22-122 BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Irish point/bumper winner; beaten favourite but still ran to useful level when second on first two hurdling starts (2m3f/2m5f; both last month); moves up in trip again here; effective on heavy ground and likely to make his presence felt.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:25 Navan

Fameaftertheglory

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Hasn't won under rules since 2021 but has a recent point win to his name; likely needs further than this these days but the ground should help bring his stamina into play; hard to rule out.

7/1

Form: 1-42 BF

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Won heavy-ground Irish bumper last February and has made the frame on both hurdling starts for new stable this winter (2m4f/2m3f); still has potential, but needs today's longer trip to unlock significant improvement.

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8th

24

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Dom Of Mary

10st 10lb

J: Mr Finian Maguire

T: David Bridgwater

8yo who has shown career-best form the last twice with these cheekpieces back on, easily winning the Sussex National at Plumpton (3m4f, soft) before a close third at Sandown (3m, good); today's stiff 3m2f could prove ideal and he holds each-way possibilities.

14/1

3rd

8

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:45 Sandown

Dom Of Mary

11st 2lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: David Bridgwater

Second-season chaser who recorded a 10l success in the Sussex National at Plumpton (3m4f, soft) last month; big player on the back of that career-best performance, provided he's as effective returned to 3m.

4/1

1st

7

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 4f 102y

Class 3

14:50 Plumpton

Dom Of Mary

10st 11lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: David Bridgwater

His only chase win came on heavy ground over Stratford's 2m6f last April when 3lb lower; remains lightly raced; made a pleasing return here over 3m1f before he ran well for a long way over Cheltenham's extended 3m3f (soft) in November; while that weakish finish casts some stamina doubts over this far, today's track is easier and the company not so demanding; the return of cheekpieces is probably a good thing as well; big player.

4/1

Form: 4

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won slow-ground Irish point in October but was left behind by the principals when fourth on recent stable/hurdle debut at Pumpton (2m4f, soft); might be capable of better over today's longer trip and with that run under his belt but has a lot to find with some of these.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:35 Wincanton

Blade Runner

12st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Pulled up in the Welsh and Surrey Nationals the last twice; has form figures of 112111 over rules fences otherwise, the most recent success over 3m1f, and may rebound now dropped back in trip/grade; not written off.

8/1

0

9

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Blade Runner

11st 4lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Something to prove regarding current form as he's been pulled up the last twice, over hurdles then back over fences in the Welsh National; however, it was a very attritional race at Chepstow and he was previously 5-6 in chases, including a 3m4f win; not written off.

25/1

Form: 523-F1

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Came good over hurdles at second attempt, with ridden-out success at Ffos Las (2m4f, heavy) last month; could easily have a lot more to offer but significant improvement will be required to overcome his 5lb penalty in this field.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

16

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Bowtogreatness

11st 2lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Ben Pauling

Last season's novice campaign concluded with good second in competitive handicap at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) last April and he returned to form when third at Kempton (3m, soft) recently; might not be far away if proving effective on the course (hasn't shone in his two previous visits).

14/1

3rd

8

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Bowtogreatness

10st 9lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Has possibly needed his two runs this season and may be ready to peak today; 0-8 over fences but ran well in notable handicap at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft; clear second) last April and that form puts him firmly in the picture.

7/1

5th

5

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Bowtogreatness

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Not yet off the mark over fences (0-7) but should put that right once he recaptures the promise of 2m3f and 3m1f form last winter (both on good to soft); made a disappointing start to this season at Newbury after Christmas, though, and has the same mark today; yard won this in 2019.

25/1

Form: 3

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

2-3 in slow-ground Irish points in 2019 and, following a 760-day absence, made promising rules debut when third (behind Dom Of Mary) at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) this month; today's assignment demands rapid progress but market support will make him of interest.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

2nd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

16:50 Wincanton

Crossing Lines

11st 11lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Two wins in Irish points in late 2019 on testing ground; 760 days off before his third in a novice hurdle at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) in January; two lesser shows over about 2m7f have followed, which sees him back down in trip for this handicap debut with a tongue-tie enlisted; not ruled out.

8/1

2nd

2

12th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

15:08 Uttoxeter

Crossing Lines

11st 6lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

Two wins in Irish points in late 2019; satisfactory third at Chepstow on rules/stable debut (after 630 days off); failed to build on it at Lingfield 17 days later; improvement is required.

12/1

4

23rd Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

13:20 Lingfield

Crossing Lines

10st 12lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

2-3 in slow-ground Irish points in 2019 and, following a 760-day absence, made promising rules debut when third (behind Dom Of Mary) at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) this month; today's assignment demands rapid progress but market support will make him of interest.

14/1

Form: P0-111

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Allotted puny handicap mark of 35 after struggling in three novice/maiden hurdles last season but has made huge progress and is 3-3 over fences this term; will be suited by today's trip/ground and it will be interesting to see how much improvement can be transferred back to this sphere.

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3

28th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

16:30 Wetherby

Danilo DAiry

11st 7lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Robert Bevis

Won three consecutive races in 2021 and lightly raced since; displayed a hint of spark over C&D last November but pulled up since and this 11yo is back to having plenty to prove; wears first-time cheekpieces.

16/1

0

8

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:08 Uttoxeter

Danilo DAiry

11st 1lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Robert Bevis

Won three consecutive races at about 3m1f in 2021 but pulled up on next four starts; hard to tell what ability remains when last of five at Wetherby in November and still 2lb above his latest winning mark.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £131.00
Straight Forecast £133.70
Trifecta £264.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ballygrifincottage

WEST COUNTRY:

Dom Of Mary

POSTDATA:

Fameaftertheglory

TOPSPEED:

High Stakes

The Star:

Bowtogreatness

Telegraph:

Dom Of Mary

Daily Mail:

Fameaftertheglory

RP Ratings:

Ballygrifincottage

The Times:

Ballygrifincottage

Daily Express:

Ballygrifincottage

Daily Mirror:

Ballygrifincottage

Daily Record:

Ballygrifincottage

LAMBOURN:

High Stakes