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Royal Equestrian Bedding Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4738.02
  • 2m 0f 53y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
  • Win time: 4m 3s
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Royal Equestrian Bedding Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

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3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £1.84
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1-F342 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Warwick bumper winner who has finished behind useful Nicky Henderson-trained novices on his last three starts without ever threatening; gives the impression further will suit in due course but he looks on a useful mark for his handicap debut; respected.

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4th

1

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Black Poppy

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Kerry Lee

One of two runners for this yard; progressive handicap hurdler at about 2m; won the Swinton at Haydock in May then ran well at Cheltenham two months ago, both on good ground; however, he has the worst chance at the weights in this higher grade and seems out of his depth.

100/1

2nd

4

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 3

13:35 Cheltenham

Black Poppy

11st 3lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Kerry Lee

In excellent form in the spring, winning on the New course here (2m1f, good) before collecting big prize at Haydock (1m7f, good); could quite plausibly have more improvement to come if fully tuned up after his break.

11/2

1st

13

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

14:15 Haydock

Black Poppy

10st 5lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Kerry Lee

Well backed when returning to winning ways at Cheltenham (2m1f, good) and he was nicely on top in the finish that day; 5lb rise elevates him to a career-high mark, and that spells danger in this deeper race.

20/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 7-3153 D

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Ludlow winner in October, so likes a sharp right-handed track, and a strong pace to target also comes in handy; unwise to read too much into recent modest effort on the AW (first-time cheekpieces) and had been running well before then; can win off this mark, which is only 4lb higher than at Ludlow.

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6th

8

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 3

15:00 Hereford

Just The Man

10st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: John O’Shea

Has C&D form; not ruled out from a handicapping viewpoint but losing run has lasted nearly two years and all best efforts on good ground.

16/1

10th

13

(9)

3rd Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 4

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Just The Man

9st 0lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: John O’Shea

Placed twice over hurdles in 2023 (absent since July); not seen on Flat since 2022 and it's a very long time since his last success under this code; others preferred.

33/1

5th

2

17th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 167y

Class 4

16:00 Newton Abbot

Just The Man

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: John O’Shea

Not as good as he was but handicapped accordingly now; posted sound effort when third over C&D (good) ten days ago and is an obvious contender if in similar form again; best on good ground.

6/1

16/1

  • Place: £9.20

Form: 032-75

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Plenty of promise for Paul Nicholls in novice/maiden races but couldn't win one and left that yard after this season's struggles in handicap company (1m7f/3m); might be happier in a small-yard environment but has questions to answer now.

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2nd

2

7th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

20:30 Hereford

Famoso

11st 13lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Matt Sheppard

C&D winner off a 6lb lower mark in January; fair form since; goes well on this better ground and should give another good account.

7/1

5th

5

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:45 Warwick

Famoso

11st 10lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Matt Sheppard

Recorded his third chase win when scoring at Hereford (2m, good) in January and he's continued in good form with placed efforts there in his last two runs; still looks feasibly treated on his best form and he should be in the mix again.

9/1

Form: 2742P6

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Has placed form but hasn't been remotely competitive in her last two handicaps (2m4f/2m) and she's now 0-12; others are way more appealing.

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11th

2

21st Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

14:05 Hereford

Chantilly Haze

11st 2lb

J: Mr Lewis Gordon

T: Phillip Dando

Runner-up twice last term but ran to minor RPRs both times; exposed mare whose record is now 0-24; set for another supporting role.

25/1

9

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 2f 110y

Class 5

16:20 Newton Abbot

Chantilly Haze

10st 2lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Phillip Dando

Runner-up in two of her last three starts but now 0-23 in career; likely to be in the mix but vulnerable again as she seeks a first win.

8/1

Form: 30-345

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Has placed form over hurdles in France, Ireland and Britain but she's now 0-19 under both codes and has yet to run a race of any great note this season, including on her return to handicaps last time.

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5th

3

15th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

15:37 Hereford

Stamina Chope

11st 7lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dave Roberts

Winning chaser who was off the mark over hurdles at Plumpton (3m1f, good to soft) in October and was then third on heavy ground at Leicester; well held latterly but these conditions should be more favourable.

14/1

Form: 3F-18F D

Last run: 52 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Market Rasen maiden winner in October (2m, good) and then ran well when a close eighth in a big field on handicap debut at Cheltenham (Just The Man fifth); open to further progress and he wasn't out of it when falling in the home straight at Doncaster.

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6th

2

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

13:45 Southwell

Maninsane

11st 12lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Course winner (2m, good to soft) off a 7lb higher mark last March; ran okay at Market Rasen in January and has had excuses (ground/grade) the last twice; could go well back in calmer waters.

12/1

8th

9

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 8y

Class 4

14:10 Ascot

Maninsane

11st 3lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Good second at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) on seasonal debut in October; not in the same form again since but slow ground was put forward as an excuse for last month's disappointing effort, and he's now too well handicapped to rule out.

16/1

4

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

14:05 Doncaster

Maninsane

11st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

prominent

13/2

Form: F83-79

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Flat winner but a ten-race maiden over hurdles and has been fairly quiet this season in two handicaps; not ideal being out of the weights, either.

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5th

5

23rd May 2023

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

16:00 Huntingdon

Letsbe Avenue

10st 10lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

Not one to rely upon heavily but won off today's mark at Taunton (2m2f, good) in December and didn't run badly at Ludlow (2m) this month; looks well worth a crack at today's trip and is capable of a bold show.

11/4

4th

5

9th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 212y

Class 5

19:30 Ludlow

Letsbe Avenue

10st 12lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

Opened his account on yard debut in 2m2f Taunton handicap chase in December but he's been hit and miss since and was pulled up at Fontwell (2m2f) last time; he needs to bounce back.

10/1

6

8th Mar 2023

Good

2m 1f 165y

Class 4

15:40 Fontwell

Letsbe Avenue

10st 3lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

held up in rear, jumped left and bumped rival 7th

100/30

Form: 8-6738

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

He was beaten some 27l when third in a Ludlow novice hurdle and further than that at Doncaster next time; should pick up a handicap sooner or later but this looks competitive.

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8

10th Apr 2022

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

16:40 Stratford

Sulbrick

10st 11lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

Lightly raced 7yo who has shown signs of ability but he was tailed off at Hereford in his sole handicap and others have more pressing claims; wears a first-time hood.

16/1

7th

9

5th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

15:25 Southwell

Sulbrick

11st 6lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

8th

7

31st Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

13:00 Hereford

Sulbrick

10st 8lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

He was beaten some 27l when third in a Ludlow novice hurdle and further than that at Doncaster next time; should pick up a handicap sooner or later but this looks competitive.

8/1

Form: 3P14-4

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Made all in a 1m4f French bumper last March, one of his six starts in France; sent off only 4-1 for British debut in a 1m7f maiden at Wincanton (soft) and didn't quite last home after travelling well; brings plenty of potential into handicaps.

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4th

5

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

13:40 Uttoxeter

Gambie Tiep

11st 3lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Has won four handicaps since last July - three chases (one here) and a hurdle race; needs to bounce back from two quiet runs over fences but there's nothing wrong with his mark over hurdles; stable won this last year.

13/2

5th

4

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

Gambie Tiep

11st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

pressed leader, briefly led 4th, lost position after 2 out (usual 3 out)

13/2

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Payout
Exacta £75.00
Straight Forecast £81.10
Tricast £1917.90
Trifecta £923.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Black Poppy

WEST COUNTRY:

Gambie Tiep

TOPSPEED:

Just The Man

Telegraph:

Maninsane

The Star:

Gambie Tiep

RP Ratings:

Black Poppy

POSTDATA:

Black Poppy

The Guardian:

Black Poppy

Daily Mail:

Black Poppy

Daily Express:

Black Poppy

Daily Mirror:

Black Poppy

The Sun:

Black Poppy

Daily Record:

Black Poppy

The Times:

Just The Man