January 29 / 15.40 Cheltenham

15.40 Cheltenham Good

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Classic Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28977.5
  • 2m 4f 56y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
  • Win time: 5m 1s
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Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Registered As The Classic Novices’ Hurdle) (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 1

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-brother to smart Winter Escape; 14-1 for eight-runner novice at Aintree (2m1f, soft) eight weeks ago, challenging after two out and poking his head in front on run-in despite an awkward jump at the last; the close third was runner-up to high-profile Jonbon at Haydock last Saturday; has clearly the least racing experience but stacks of potential.
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

8

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Aintree

North Lodge

11st 4lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

2nd

1

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

13:32 Kelso

North Lodge

11st 8lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

Won on debut at Aintree (2m1f, soft) in December and followed up in Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham (2m4f, good); now carries a 5lb penalty against numerous promising rivals but this unexposed 5yo has to be respected.

11/4

1st

5

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

15:40 Cheltenham

North Lodge

11st 5lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

Half-brother to smart Winter Escape; 14-1 for eight-runner novice at Aintree (2m1f, soft) eight weeks ago, challenging after two out and poking his head in front on run-in despite an awkward jump at the last; the close third was runner-up to high-profile Jonbon at Haydock last Saturday; has clearly the least racing experience but stacks of potential.

9/2

2/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 17-11

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Probably just about to take over when left well clear two out on hurdling debut at Huntingdon (2m, good) on reappearance; kept up to his work by a Skelton-trained rival, pair miles clear, when 1-4 at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) 17 days later in December; that suggested strongly that he would stay beyond 2m and he has to be respected from such a strong yard.
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3rd

10

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Balco Coastal

10st 12lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

6

12th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Balco Coastal

11st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Won a Kempton bumper last season by 17l; odds-on when readily winning novices at Huntingdon (good) and Ludlow (good to soft) and after travelling strongly, as is his way, he didn't appear to stay 2m4f in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham (hood left off, as here); remains to be seen what he'll find up the hill here, but he could be well handicapped.

7/2

2nd

3

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

15:40 Cheltenham

Balco Coastal

11st 5lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Probably just about to take over when left well clear two out on hurdling debut at Huntingdon (2m, good) on reappearance; kept up to his work by a Skelton-trained rival, pair miles clear, when 1-4 at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) 17 days later in December; that suggested strongly that he would stay beyond 2m and he has to be respected from such a strong yard.

2/1

Form: 11111 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Easy wins at Sedgefield on first three starts under rules (two in bumpers, two on good ground) and he's since dealt with small fields at Haydock (gamely from a pretty useful rival) and Catterick (at 1-5 on step up to 2m3f); has done nothing wrong but this race will be much more of a test.
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7th

1

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

A Different Kind

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Ran respectably in Grade 2 novice hurdle at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) ten weeks ago, while shaping as if this drop back in trip will suit; however, that defeat rather burst his bubble (5-5 under rules previously) and he faces a tougher assignment upped further in grade.

25/1

3rd

2

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

15:40 Cheltenham

A Different Kind

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Easy wins at Sedgefield on first three starts under rules (two in bumpers, two on good ground) and he's since dealt with small fields at Haydock (gamely from a pretty useful rival) and Catterick (at 1-5 on step up to 2m3f); has done nothing wrong but this race will be much more of a test.

9/1

1st

1

13th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:10 Catterick

A Different Kind

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Easy wins at Sedgefield (2m1f, good/good to soft) on his first three rules starts and gave weight to a useful sort when maintaining his unbeaten record at Haydock (1m7f, heavy) last month; this 3m point runner-up should stay today's trip and he's the one to beat despite his 10lb penalty.

1/3

Form: 1/31 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Won his only point and his only bumper; 697 days off, including wind surgery, before sent hurdling this season; stuck to his task very well, jumping the final flight much better than the runner-up, when winning a 17-runner maiden at Warwick (2m5f, soft) under a 5lb claimer last time; useful prospect but one or two of these may turn out to be a bit better.
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1st

7

21st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

16:00 Warwick

Picanha

10st 10lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Richard Phillips

2nd

1

3rd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

Picanha

11st 12lb

J: Daniel Hiskett

T: Richard Phillips

Won his only point and his only bumper, and landed a maiden hurdle at Warwick (2m5f, soft) in December on his second start back from a long absence; well beaten in Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham since but has far more realistic claims on this handicap debut and this very lightly raced 8yo is respected.

100/30

4th

6

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

15:40 Cheltenham

Picanha

11st 5lb

J: Daniel Hiskett

T: Richard Phillips

Won his only point and his only bumper; 697 days off, including wind surgery, before sent hurdling this season; stuck to his task very well, jumping the final flight much better than the runner-up, when winning a 17-runner maiden at Warwick (2m5f, soft) under a 5lb claimer last time; useful prospect but one or two of these may turn out to be a bit better.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 21-111 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Raced on only good to soft ground until a C&D Listed race on soft four weeks ago, in which his career took another step forward when he proved too strong for the Henderson-trained favourite; has won the last four of his five starts (3-3 over hurdles) and this very big, scopey individual looks to have a very bright future, with form already which apparently gives him good chance today (if the ground is okay) despite giving weight all round.
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10

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Hillcrest

11st 8lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Giant of a horse who had sufficient speed to win a bumper on good to soft and he has won all his completed starts over hurdles, gaining valuable course experience in the process; kept rolling in very taking fashion under a prominent ride at Haydock (3m Grade 2 on heavy) most recently and he looks to have all the attributes required for this war of attrition.

100/30

1st

1

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

15:50 Haydock

Hillcrest

11st 5lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Made it 3-3 over hurdles (2m4f/2m5f, soft/good to soft) when winning Listed novice at Cheltenham on New Year's Day; odds-on when unseating early in Grade 2 novice there three weeks ago; attempts a new trip today and conditions will be gruelling, but he looks set to evolve into a stayer and an exciting one at that; leading form claims under 5lb penalty.

11/8

1

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

15:40 Cheltenham

Hillcrest

11st 10lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Raced on only good to soft ground until a C&D Listed race on soft four weeks ago, in which his career took another step forward when he proved too strong for the Henderson-trained favourite; has won the last four of his five starts (3-3 over hurdles) and this very big, scopey individual looks to have a very bright future, with form already which apparently gives him good chance today (if the ground is okay) despite giving weight all round.

6/4

Form: 3-14 D

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Won hurdles debut at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) in October; put thoroughly in his place when fourth of five in Grade 2 at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) early last month, which makes others in this field look more promising.
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1st

1

17th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

13:35 Ffos Las

Harper’s Brook

11st 10lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Made very good start to hurdling career at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) in October, keeping on strongly to beat a fairly useful rival, and was tried in two subsequent Grade 2 races (respectable fourth in one, early faller in other); finished tired and was left well behind by winner when odds-on for Exeter novice in February (2m2f, soft) but will be hard to beat if back in good form here.

Evs

2nd

2

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:10 Exeter

Harper’s Brook

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Carlisle (2m4f) winner on his hurdling debut and has contested much better company since; well beaten at Sandown and early faller at Cheltenham last month; still makes plenty of appeal back down in class.

8/11

4

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

15:40 Cheltenham

Harper’s Brook

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Won hurdles debut at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) in October; put thoroughly in his place when fourth of five in Grade 2 at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) early last month, which makes others in this field look more promising.

25/1

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Exacta £254.00
Straight Forecast £294.00
Trifecta £1081.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

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The Times:

North Lodge

LAMBOURN:

Balco Coastal

WEST COUNTRY:

Picanha

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