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Tracey And Mark’s 60th Birthday Celebrations Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 2m 4f 110y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
  • Win time: 5m 27s
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Tracey And Mark’s 60th Birthday Celebrations Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 523-F1 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Only his second run over hurdles when ridden out to prevail over this far on heavy ground at Ffos Las; penalty asks a question of him but he looks open to further improvement.

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6th

4

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 7f 68y

15:05 Punchestown

Bowtogreatness

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

towards rear

16/1

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

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3/1

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 3-1318 CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Rated higher over fences (won five in that scene) but, following wind surgery, it was a competitive handicap hurdle he won over C&D in early December and he wasn't entirely disgraced in another strong handicap at Ascot; even with the penalty, he has solid claims back in novice company.

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6

4th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

15:05 Southwell

Go Steady

12st 2lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: I P Popham

held up in rear

14/1

5th

2

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

14:33 Uttoxeter

Go Steady

11st 12lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, headway after 7th, disputing third after 3 out, weakened final 110yds

6/1

5th

5

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

14:40 Wincanton

Go Steady

11st 5lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Rare hurdle start these days when beaten a neck at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) before returning to fences with a respectable fourth at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft; beaten 12l); a late mistake didn't help matters last time and yet he finished his race out nicely; major player now down a grade.

6/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 19-

Last run: 338 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Odds-on winner of an Exeter bumper (soft) on his debut when with Colin Tizzard but then finished tailed off in Listed company; now with Fergal O'Brien and should make a hurdler.

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10th

15

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Autonomous Cloud

10st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Fergal O’Brien

Both chase wins were over 3m in the mud at Uttoxeter; bled from the nose in the Welsh National at Christmas; back in serious contention when next seen in the Midlands National at Uttoxeter (4m2f, heavy; tongue tied first time) five weeks ago but ran out of steam behind three of these approaching the final fence and, although this race is a bit shorter, that performance leaves him with a bit to prove.

20/1

4th

6

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Autonomous Cloud

10st 13lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Only contested six chases and both wins have been here, narrowly beating Iron Bridge (with whom he is 7lb worse off) in the 3m novice handicap on this card 12 months ago (soft) and following up eight months later over the same trip (heavy; two finished); he wasn't the only one not to do himself justice in a gruelling Welsh National at Christmas (bled from the nose) on sole sighting since; good jumper who keeps galloping and excellent chance if bringing his A game to the party; now has tongue tied.

6/1

0

11

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Autonomous Cloud

10st 9lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Progressive in his five chases and has had just ten races overall; pipped Iron Bridge at Uttoxeter on final start last term; reappeared in four-runner race there (3m, heavy) one month ago and was challenging when left well clear three out from the only other finisher; has 4lb penalty; good jumper who keeps on galloping at 3m/3m2f and has more in the tank, which may well be revealed with this step up in class and distance.

7/1

Form: 236

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Placed in good-ground bumpers at Huntingdon and Market Rasen before getting stuck in the mud at Haydock (heavy); conditions shouldn't be quite so demanding for his hurdling debut and he clearly has ability.

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10

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

20:05 Stratford

Urban Grit

11st 12lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: Alan Hill

took keen hold, towards rear

12/1

10

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

13:47 Huntingdon

Urban Grit

11st 3lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Finished second in a bumper here on debut and also filled that position in a handicap hurdle at Market Rasen in March; well beaten on last month's reappearance though and connections now turn to headgear.

25/1

8th

2

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

15:22 Uttoxeter

Urban Grit

12st 0lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders, soon not fluent when prominent

4/1

Form: 52

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Absent for 772 days after finishing second in an Irish point; promising first run under rules in an Ayr bumper and was then a front-running second on his switch to hurdling at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft); likely to need more here but that's feasible.

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5

16th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

13:40 Market Rasen

Bold Soldier

11st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Well beaten last spring on final two hurdle starts and reappears with something; however, perhaps a break will have helped and this lightly raced point runner-up may be suited by the switch to fences; not written off.

25/1

10th

13

8th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Bold Soldier

10st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Warren Greatrex

Runner-up in two maiden hurdles (2m3f/2m7f) before producing a tame effort on his handicap debut (2m7f); the tongue-tie tried then is soon dispensed with and this lightly raced 8yo retains potential.

33/1

4th

3

21st Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

16:25 Market Rasen

Bold Soldier

11st 11lb

J: Dylan Kitts

T: Warren Greatrex

Second in an Irish point; five-race maiden under rules, but has finished runner-up in maiden hurdles at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft) and Uttoxeter (2m7f, soft) on his last two starts; tongue-tie tried on handicap debut; a possible.

2/1

Form: 5 BF

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Well held when made favourite for a Wetherby bumper (heavy) but he has some size about him and he should progress with racing.

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5th

4

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Imperial Hurricane

11st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Well beaten in both handicap hurdles (2m7f/3m; cheekpieces added last time); remains unexposed and today's switch to chasing may show him in a better light, but it takes a leap of faith to support him.

20/1

3

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:15 Wetherby

Imperial Hurricane

11st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Disappointing when 11-4 for last month's handicap debut at Market Rasen (2m7f, good to soft), having previously shown some staying potential on soft/heavy ground; however, this unexposed 6yo could return to form when back on a deeper surface and is not ruled out in first-time cheekpieces.

12/1

5th

1

1st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 5

13:40 Market Rasen

Imperial Hurricane

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Failed to threaten early this year on first four starts (2m/2m4f, soft/heavy) but showed ability and this half-brother to 2m7f hurdle winner Hi Ho Phoenix (RPR 126) could improve now up in trip on handicap debut.

3/1

100/1

Form:

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Unplaced in three Irish points and was 100-1 when down the field in a Chepstow bumper (good to soft).

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5

28th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 36y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Maskia

11st 6lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Rosemary Gasson

Placed in two small-field handicaps on his two starts over fences; they were in the summer of 2022 and hasn't run since; likely to be better for the run.

12/1

1st

4

5th Jul 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Maskia

10st 5lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Rosemary Gasson

held up in last, not fluent 6th, pushed along 4 out, outpaced 3 out, weakening when mistake 2 out

11/10

2nd

3

15th Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

13:00 Uttoxeter

Maskia

10st 5lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Rosemary Gasson

prominent, ridden when outpaced after 3 out (usual 4 out), rallied approaching last, kept on well run-in, went second towards finish

20/1

Form: 855

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Finished second in a point bumper but tailed off so far under rules and looks one for handicaps.

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2nd

6

17th Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

14:45 Market Rasen

Fishing For Likes

11st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

held up in rear, headway 6th, went second after 3 out, challenging when mistake 2 out, soon ridden to lead, headed after last, kept on but no match for winner

5/1

8th

6

25th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:20 Leicester

Fishing For Likes

11st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

Finished second in a point bumper but tailed off so far under rules and looks one for handicaps.

50/1

5th

4

15th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:27 Wetherby

Fishing For Likes

11st 6lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: L J Morgan

Finished second in a point bumper on his debut before being bought for £25,000 last summer, but he has been well beaten at long odds on both his starts under rules; probably best watched.

66/1

Form: 37-523

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Future looks far more promising all of a sudden after finishing within respectable distances of good novices at Huntingdon (good) and Chepstow (heavy); now goes beyond 2m and he's one to be interested in.

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0

2

22nd Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 214y

Class 5

13:45 Plumpton

Extraordinary Man

11st 13lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: David Bridgwater

led, soon clear, much reduced lead before 6th, bumped 7th, headed before 4 out, not fluent 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up on turn before 2 out

5/1

2nd

5

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 4

14:25 Taunton

Extraordinary Man

10st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: David Bridgwater

Battled on well to win from the front at Hereford (2m, good) in November, after a break, and his second at Fakenham (2m, good to soft) a fortnight later was also a good effort, but he moves up from Class 5 today and others appeal more; cheekpieces (worn once over hurdles last May) refitted.

9/2

Form: F7-344

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Returns to a novice event after finishing fourth in two handicaps, beaten 11l and 20l; likely to find one or two superior.

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5th

7

21st Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Greenrock Abbey

11st 2lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Fortunate to finish 7l second at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) in January as two of those ahead of him exited the race at the final fence; however, that form has worked out well and the drop back in trip should be in his favour; on the shortlist.

15/8

2nd

3

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:08 Uttoxeter

Greenrock Abbey

11st 6lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Suited by the return to 2m when winning two of his first three chases; ran well in defeat at Sandown (1m7f, soft) last month when chasing home a good subsequent winner but he struggled on heavy ground next time and stamina queried back at 2m4f.

4/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Four-time winner (1m2f-1m4f) for Sir Mark Prescott during the summer of 2018; wasn't in bad form when signing off for that yard the following August and was bought for £42,000, but he's been absent since; probably best watched unless market vibes bode well.

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4

22nd Nov 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:05 Southwell

Matchmaking

11st 8lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

took keen hold, prominent, pressed leader before 6th

15/8

3rd

7

10th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 91y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Matchmaking

10st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: L J Morgan

midfield, good jump and went third 9th

11/4

2nd

7

22nd Oct 2022

Good

2m 7f 96y

Class 5

14:15 Kelso

Matchmaking

10st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: L J Morgan

in touch with leaders, awkward jump 4 out, going easily and disputed lead before 2 out, soon shaken up to lead, ridden and faced strong challenge before last, steadied and headed last, switched right and rallied run-in, just held

11/2

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Payout
Exacta £164.00
Straight Forecast £144.00
Trifecta £898.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Go Steady

The Times:

Imperial Hurricane

Daily Express:

Extraordinary Man

LAMBOURN:

Bold Soldier

WEST COUNTRY:

Autonomous Cloud

Daily Mirror:

Greenrock Abbey

Telegraph:

Imperial Hurricane

The Star:

Extraordinary Man

Daily Record:

Bold Soldier

RP Ratings:

Go Steady

TOPSPEED:

Go Steady

POSTDATA:

Go Steady

The Guardian:

Go Steady

Daily Mail:

Go Steady

The Sun:

Go Steady