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Trevor Gregory – Sion Hine Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7951.16
  • 1m 7f 182y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
  • Win time: 4m 2s
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Trevor Gregory – Sion Hine Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 212055

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Dual novice winner for Nigel Twiston-Davies last year; unplaced in three handicaps for current stable since November but stayed on for respectable fifth at Newbury (2m, good to soft; first-time hood) two weeks ago and is another 3lb lower here.

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

5th

10

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

14:40 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Rarely seen on worse than good to soft, not disgraced however over 3m here (soft) last month on first run for 398 days; may be able to build on that and he is not fully exposed as a stayer.

20/1

7th

8

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 4lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Second over 2m4f here in October 2022 and again got going too late when close second of 12 off this mark over 3m here that November; both were on good ground and he's hardly ever run on worse than good to soft; he's also unraced since, so has those major questions to answer, but he is not fully exposed as a stayer.

10/1

2nd

10

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear

12/1

15/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 6-3133 C

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Opened account here (2m6f, good) last June and, following a break, has been placed on both starts this winter; went up another 3lb for last month's Chepstow third (2m3f, heavy) and is not sure to be suited by today's drop back in trip but at least we know he's in good heart.

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

4th

2

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

13:25 Chepstow

Jaunty Viking

12st 1lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Brian Eckley

Travelled well to a point on last month's seasonal debut at Ffos Las (2m4f, good to soft) and arguably ran better than finishing position suggests when fifth over that C&D (good; just behind Karakoram) 18 days ago; also suited by 2m; can make his presence felt.

7/1

5th

8

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:30 Ffos Las

Jaunty Viking

11st 7lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Brian Eckley

prominent

33/1

7th

10

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:43 Ffos Las

Jaunty Viking

11st 2lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Brian Eckley

Won here (2m6f, good) in June 2021 and was placed three consecutive times last winter (2m-2m5f) but disappointing on last couple of outings and has fitness to prove after 297-day absence.

16/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 02/845 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced since winning Uttoxeter maiden in June 2019 but comes here after two very respectable runs this winter, the latter a fifth at Taunton (2m, good to soft) ten days ago; each-way claims at least.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

2

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 2

13:50 Ludlow

Feel The Pinch

11st 9lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Has won his last two handicap chases and just about career-best form when winning by 6l over C&D last month; soft ground was slower than ideal when tailed off on his return to hurdles at Bangor; 6lb higher than for that recent course win but should give another good account.

5/2

4th

1

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

13:11 Bangor-on-Dee

Feel The Pinch

12st 2lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Four-time course winner who has won five of his ten starts for current yard, with three gained over hurdles and two over fences; on same mark as for his clearcut chase win at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) on Monday and he's a big player again back in this sphere.

100/30

Form: 41 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Fairly useful on the Flat and built upon encouraging hurdling debut when winning 14-runner Taunton maiden (2m, soft) three weeks ago; today's slightly better ground ought to be in his favour and he can probably improve again; major player.

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1

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

15:05 Leicester

Natty Night

12st 0lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

walked into the start, in touch with leaders, dropped to last 2nd, mistake 8th, mistake 10th, mistake 12th, weakened omitted 3 out

6/4

5th

3

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

15:00 Hereford

Natty Night

11st 11lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Has stamina to prove today and is not one for maximum faith, having virtually refused to race three outings ago and looked reluctant to line up last time; however, he drew clear on the run-in to open his chasing account at Leicester (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago and today's 4lb higher mark ought to be manageable.

4/1

1st

4

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 5

13:35 Leicester

Natty Night

11st 8lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

prominent, jumped left 2nd, led after 4th, headed but prominent 6th, lost position 9th, pushed along and rallied before 3 out

100/30

Form: 214U4- D BF

Last run: 485 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Chasing didn't really go to plan in autumn 2020 (two attempts) and this return to hurdling comes after a 485-day absence, but he won off 1lb higher at Southwell (2m, good) in summer 2020 and has claims if fully tuned up.

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

5th

3

27th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 113y

Class 4

14:40 Leicester

Purple King

11st 9lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

raced in second

8/1

5th

4

31st Oct 2022

Good

1m 7f 195y

Class 3

15:30 Plumpton

Purple King

11st 10lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

Fell when last seen in March but previously showed a fair measure of ability remains since absence when an emphatic winner of 2m amateur riders' race at Sandown (soft; acts well on good); can go well fresh; claims.

9/2

1

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

15:50 Sedgefield

Purple King

12st 0lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

Only his second run after a long lay-off when bolting up in an amateur riders' race at Sandown (2m, soft) a week ago; 7lb penalty to carry but an obvious contender under his 5lb claimer with likely sounder surface a plus.

15/8

14/1

Form: /143-3 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won on hurdling debut at Southwell (2m, soft) last winter but is yet to build on that performance; fourth best on merit and remote when third on seasonal/handicap debut at Doncaster (2m, soft) in December; probably needs subsequent wind op to have made a difference.

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

8th

1

18th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

20:20 Southwell

Balleticon

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

2nd

2

3rd May 2022

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

14:00 Fakenham

Balleticon

11st 4lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Looked a nice prospect when returning from a mammoth absence to make a successful hurdle debut at Southwell (2m soft) at the end of 2020, but has been most disappointing since despite plummeting in the weights; not sure this tight track will suit him and others are preferred.

8/1

3rd

3

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

16:34 Newton Abbot

Balleticon

11st 9lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

OUR TIP

Form: 211FF D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish 5yo; won three-runner Ludlow novice (2m5f, good) at very short odds on stable debut in October but fell in both subsequent handicaps; still unexposed but not an easy one to weigh up at present.

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0

6

22nd Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

15:55 Plumpton

Canford Light

11st 6lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Well beaten in 2m Chepstow handicap in October, after a long absence, and did not achieve a great deal when remote second in a seller over that trip here the following month (first-time cheekpieces); revival needed.

25/1

Form: 12P D

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Nothing special on the Flat but won modest Exeter juvenile hurdle quite comfortably (2m, good; first-time cheekpieces) in November and was second (albeit no match for winner) at Sandown (2m, good to soft) the following month; found to have irregular heartbeat when pulled up on latest outing; could have a say if all is well on today's handicap hurdle debut.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

7

4th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

17:00 Fontwell

Romeos Bond

10st 3lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

Won weak race against own age-group on hurdle debut in November (good ground); soundly beaten in both handicap hurdles this year (good to soft/soft) but ought to be better suited by today's ground, and didn't run badly on the Flat ten days ago.

10/1

7th

2

(6)

24th Apr 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 137y

Class 6

15:15 Bath

Romeos Bond

9st 7lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: Milton Harris

Won hurdling debut at Exeter (2m, good; first-time cheekpieces, kept since) in November but his four starts in that sphere since bore no resemblance to that; that's a major concern and he did not make a serious impact last year in any of his five Flat runs, albeit with best effort when staying on over 1m2f on good.

14/1

5th

5

13th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:48 Bangor-on-Dee

Romeos Bond

11st 1lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

Comfortably won very ordinary juvenile event on hurdling debut at Exeter (2m, good; first-time cheekpieces) in November but well beaten on first two starts this year, the latter his handicap debut; non-runner at Sandown (1.15) yesterday.

14/1

100/30

Form: 44

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Useful Flat-racer who bettered his low-key stable/hurdle debut when fourth of 12 in Newbury novice (2m, good to soft) two weeks ago; now makes his handicap hurdle debut and could easily have more to offer in this sphere.

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

3rd

7

22nd Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 4

15:20 Plumpton

Ben Lilly

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

midfield

12/1

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Straight Forecast £249.40
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Selections

POSTDATA:

Natty Night

RP Ratings:

Fontana Ellissi

SPOTLIGHT:

Ben Lilly

WEST COUNTRY:

Balleticon

TOPSPEED:

Fontana Ellissi

Telegraph:

Fontana Ellissi

Daily Mail:

Fontana Ellissi

The Sun:

Fontana Ellissi

The Times:

Ben Lilly

The Guardian:

Natty Night

Daily Express:

Natty Night

Daily Mirror:

Natty Night

The Star:

Natty Night

Daily Record:

Natty Night