January 29 / 16.15 Cheltenham

16.15 Cheltenham

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Alan Swinbank Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £11390
  • 2m 0f 179y
  • Class 1
  • 12 runners
  • Win time: 4m 6s
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Alan Swinbank Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 1

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Placed in two Irish points before changing hands for 42,000gns; impressive winner of 13-runner race at Ludlow (soft; hooded; 15-2) on rules debut 19 days ago, smooth headway and forging clear; stable operating at 24% (6-25) in bumpers this season; more persuasive than many.
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2nd

1

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 2

17:00 Cheltenham

Mullenbeg

11st 7lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

4th

3

12th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Mullenbeg

11st 4lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

Placed in two Irish points before changing hands for 42,000gns; it was never in doubt when winning on soft ground at Ludlow and then a good-ground Listed affair at Cheltenham, having travelled the best on both occasions before forging clear; beat a few of these last time and she looks decidedly useful.

11/8

1st

6

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:15 Cheltenham

Mullenbeg

11st 2lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

Placed in two Irish points before changing hands for 42,000gns; impressive winner of 13-runner race at Ludlow (soft; hooded; 15-2) on rules debut 19 days ago, smooth headway and forging clear; stable operating at 24% (6-25) in bumpers this season; more persuasive than many.

8/1

14/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: 1 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Bred to be useful, and she made a winning debut in nine-runner race at Plumpton (good to soft; 15-8 favourite) seven weeks ago, responding well to pressure to get up late on; that basic form looks ordinary but she's open to plenty of progress; tongue-strap added today.
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3rd

5

12th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Fairy Gem

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Harry Fry

Favourite when all out at Plumpton (good to soft) but she was 20-1 at Cheltenham (good) and had no answer to Mullenbeg, who left them all for dead; that was still an improved effort.

14/1

2nd

3

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:15 Cheltenham

Fairy Gem

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Bred to be useful, and she made a winning debut in nine-runner race at Plumpton (good to soft; 15-8 favourite) seven weeks ago, responding well to pressure to get up late on; that basic form looks ordinary but she's open to plenty of progress; tongue-strap added today.

14/1

1st

2

13th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 1f 164y

Class 5

15:30 Plumpton

Fairy Gem

10st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Harry Fry

Fifth foal; sister to smart jumper Angels Breath and bumper/useful hurdle winner Outofthisworld; dam unraced half-sister to smart 2m jumper Toubab; stable has very good strike-rate in bumpers (20%); looks the part on paper.

4/1

14/1

  • Place: £4.00

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Changed hands for £85,000 after winning maiden Irish point (yielding to soft) in November; thrown in at the deep end here for her rules debut, but this half-sister to two bumper winners represents a powerful yard and cannot be ruled out, especially if strong in the market.
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3rd

4

4th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 5

17:05 Newbury

Notnowlinda

10st 12lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Bought for £85,000 after winning a maiden Irish point on yielding to soft; highly tried at Listed level on her rules debut at Cheltenham (good) and ran a race full of promise in finishing third, having been held up in last place; should be a factor.

6/4

3rd

9

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:15 Cheltenham

Notnowlinda

11st 2lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Changed hands for £85,000 after winning maiden Irish point (yielding to soft) in November; thrown in at the deep end here for her rules debut, but this half-sister to two bumper winners represents a powerful yard and cannot be ruled out, especially if strong in the market.

14/1

Form: 121- D

Last run: 322 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Had an excellent first season in bumpers, making a winning debut on good ground and rounding off with a Listed win in a big field at Sandown on soft; has an absence and a 4lb penalty to overcome but she's still one of the stronger contenders.
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6th

1

12th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Flirtatious Girl

11st 4lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Hung right for a long way when beaten 12l by Mullenbeg at Cheltenham in January, which was her first sighting since beating 15 rivals in a soft-ground renewal of this 12 months ago; returning to this venue has to be a good thing and she can leave that Cheltenham form behind.

12/1

4th

1

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:15 Cheltenham

Flirtatious Girl

11st 6lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Had an excellent first season in bumpers, making a winning debut on good ground and rounding off with a Listed win in a big field at Sandown on soft; has an absence and a 4lb penalty to overcome but she's still one of the stronger contenders.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 10 D

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Made most of the running when winning at Warwick (good) in September, but she seemed to have her limitations exposed when only tenth of 15 in Listed race here (33-1) two months later; plenty of improvement required.
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4th

1

5th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

14:50 Southwell

Betty’s Belle

11st 7lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

5th

2

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:15 Cheltenham

Betty’s Belle

11st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Made most of the running when winning at Warwick (good) in September, but she seemed to have her limitations exposed when only tenth of 15 in Listed race here (33-1) two months later; plenty of improvement required.

50/1

10th

2

13th Nov 2021

Good

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:55 Cheltenham

Betty’s Belle

11st 0lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Well backed when making winning debut in six-runner race at Warwick (good; 7-2) in September, making much of the running; that form looks nothing out of the ordinary but she may progress.

18/1

Form: 2-01 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Well-bred mare; didn't need to improve to win eight-runner race at Newcastle (AW; tongue-tied; joint-favourite) three weeks ago, leading over 1f out; more required in this higher grade.
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13th

17

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 209y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Walk In The Storm

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

One of the favourites when prevailing in a mares' bumper on the AW at Newcastle but had her limitations exposed next time at Cheltenham (good); she wouldn't be the obvious answer unless transformed by wind surgery.

66/1

6th

11

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:15 Cheltenham

Walk In The Storm

11st 2lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Ian Williams

Well-bred mare; didn't need to improve to win eight-runner race at Newcastle (AW; tongue-tied; joint-favourite) three weeks ago, leading over 1f out; more required in this higher grade.

20/1

1st

7

8th Jan 2022

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 5

12:13 Newcastle

Walk In The Storm

11st 0lb

Half-sister to top chaser Tornado Flyer and dam half-sister to top-class hurdler Hurricane Fly, so she has some pedigree; only 7-2 when going close at Worcester in April before struggling in Listed company at Huntingdon; this is nothing like so demanding as last time; now tongue tied.

10/11

Form: 39

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 3lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
4yo; not beaten far on debut (good to soft) but she could finish only ninth in Listed race here (soft) on New Year's Day; it's possible today's sounder surface will suit her better but others have more solid claims.
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7th

9

6th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

17:10 Huntingdon

Chic Avenue

10st 0lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Pam Sly

Close up on her Wetherby debut (good to soft) but no better than seventh in two Listed affairs at Cheltenham subsequently (soft/good); as a 4yo filly she gets the allowances and is now fitted in a hood, but others are more intriguing.

8/1

7th

12

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:15 Cheltenham

Chic Avenue

10st 3lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Pam Sly

4yo; not beaten far on debut (good to soft) but she could finish only ninth in Listed race here (soft) on New Year's Day; it's possible today's sounder surface will suit her better but others have more solid claims.

33/1

9th

12

1st Jan 2022

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Chic Avenue

10st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Pam Sly

Beaten only 1l despite running green when third of 11 at Wetherby (1m4f, good to soft; 9-2) four weeks ago; bred to be suited by this longer distance (from a family of winning jumpers which has served Pam Sly very well), and she's likely to improve; more persuasive than many.

16/1

Form: 4-1 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
From the family of her stable's high-class performer Peddlers Cross, and she looked well above average herself when winning 12-runner race at Carlisle (soft; 9-1) in December by 17l; that's about the best form on offer here and she commands major respect.
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12th

14

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 209y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Nell’s Bells

11st 0lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

From the family of her stable's high-class Peddlers Cross; turned a few heads when winning by 17l at Carlisle (soft) but Cheltenham in January was disappointing, even allowing for some late interference; needs to prove that form all wrong if she's to be in the mix here.

22/1

8th

7

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:15 Cheltenham

Nell’s Bells

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

From the family of her stable's high-class performer Peddlers Cross, and she looked well above average herself when winning 12-runner race at Carlisle (soft; 9-1) in December by 17l; that's about the best form on offer here and she commands major respect.

9/2

1st

9

12th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

15:10 Carlisle

Nell’s Bells

11st 0lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

Closely related to connections' bumper/hurdle winner Fin And Game; absent since showing promise at Newcastle (2m, AW; finished fourth) in January; judged on breeding, she looks likely to improve.

5/1

Form: 3-1

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Clear signs of ability in Ireland before making winning debut for current stable in 13-runner race at Ludlow (good to soft; 3-1 favourite) just before Christmas, seeming well suited by positive tactics and making all; open to improvement but this is tougher.
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9th

10

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:15 Cheltenham

Tintern Abbey

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alastair Ralph

Clear signs of ability in Ireland before making winning debut for current stable in 13-runner race at Ludlow (good to soft; 3-1 favourite) just before Christmas, seeming well suited by positive tactics and making all; open to improvement but this is tougher.

16/1

1st

13

22nd Dec 2021

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:15 Ludlow

Tintern Abbey

10st 12lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

17l third in a Punchestown bumper (heavy) in March before going close in an Irish maiden point (good) in September; subsequently changed hands for £40,000; 10lb claimer Jay Tidball is 1-2 in bumpers this season, the win coming for Alastair Ralph; one for the shortlist.

11/1

Form: 15

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Half-sister to Rathvinden, who was unbeaten in two bumpers and won the 4m National Hunt Chase here; comfortably landed the odds at Sligo (yielding) on debut last summer, and she shaped better than the bare result when fifth of 12 in Listed race at Navan (good; raced wide) next time; unlikely we've seen the best of her yet, and she could be the answer.
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9th

11

6th Jun 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

14:00 Listowel

Nos Na Gaoithe

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent, lost second after 3rd, pushed along and weakened from 3 out

14/1

2nd

12

7th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 0y

14:35 Cork

Nos Na Gaoithe

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Evs

5th

7

3rd Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:15 Fairyhouse

Nos Na Gaoithe

11st 8lb

J: Mr C Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Form: 1 D

Last run: 73 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Justified strong support in 16-runner race at Ffos Las (soft; 2-1 favourite) in November, making a striking impression in coming from last to first; from a yard that does very well in Cheltenham bumpers (5-25 in the last five seasons; healthy level-stake profit), she's high on the list.
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8th

6

12th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Hidden Beauty

11st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Strong in the market when making a successful debut at Ffos Las (soft) then, for whatever reason, she never gave her running at Cheltenham in the race won by Mullenbeg; again had her backers that day at 7-2 and she can do better here.

6/1

4

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:15 Cheltenham

Hidden Beauty

11st 2lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Justified strong support in 16-runner race at Ffos Las (soft; 2-1 favourite) in November, making a striking impression in coming from last to first; from a yard that does very well in Cheltenham bumpers (5-25 in the last five seasons; healthy level-stake profit), she's high on the list.

5/2

1st

9

17th Nov 2021

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

15:45 Ffos Las

Hidden Beauty

11st 0lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

£11,500 yearling, 28,000euros 3yo; half-sister to hurdle winners Faith Du Val (2m2f) and Danton Du Val (French 2m1f), out of French cross-country chase winner; yard has good record in bumpers; one to consider.

9/2

Form: 1 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Clearcut winner of nine-runner race at Fakenham (good to soft; 11-4) 12 days ago, quickening on over 2f out; faces much sterner opposition here but she's a promising type and not dismissed lightly.
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7th

9

12th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Mistral Nell

11st 0lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

Won easily at Fakenham (good to soft) but bumpers there are rarely strong and she appeared to have her limitations well and truly exposed at Huntingdon (soft); up against it.

50/1

8th

1

10th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

16:45 Huntingdon

Mistral Nell

11st 7lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

Created a favourable impression at Fakenham (2m, good to soft) on debut and looked value for a bit more than the 5l margin of success over Bounce Back; major contender even with a 7lb penalty.

7/2

5

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:15 Cheltenham

Mistral Nell

11st 2lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Lucy Wadham

Clearcut winner of nine-runner race at Fakenham (good to soft; 11-4) 12 days ago, quickening on over 2f out; faces much sterner opposition here but she's a promising type and not dismissed lightly.

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Payout
Exacta £1305.00
Straight Forecast £1566.40
Trifecta £27927.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Hidden Beauty

Telegraph:

Mullenbeg

POSTDATA:

Nell's Bells

RP Ratings:

Flirtatious Girl

Daily Express:

Mistral Nell

SPOTLIGHT:

Nos Na Gaoithe

The Times:

Hidden Beauty

The Star:

Hidden Beauty

The Guardian:

Mullenbeg

Daily Mail:

Mullenbeg

Daily Mirror:

Nell's Bells

Daily Record:

Nell's Bells

TOPSPEED:

Flirtatious Girl

The Sun:

Flirtatious Girl