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quinnbet.com Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5446
  • 2m 7f 149y
  • Class 4
  • 5 runners
  • Win time: 6m 6s
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quinnbet.com Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

25/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £2.10

Form: -P40P5

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Little encouragement to be gleaned from five starts over hurdles; 3lb out of the weights and much hinges on blinkers producing significant improvement.

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7

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 6f 0y

Class 5

13:25 Newcastle

Tartan Cookie

11st 8lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Ewan Whillans

Course winner over slightly further last season and stuck to his task very well when third at Catterick (3m1f, soft) this month but may find some of the unexposed ones better handicapped.

10/1

3rd

2

1st Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 5

13:15 Catterick

Tartan Cookie

11st 7lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Ewan Whillans

in touch with leaders

16/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 3-5683

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Not much impact since joining current yard from Ireland, finishing a well-beaten third on latest outing at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft) last month; in good hands and blinkers go on but others have stronger credentials.

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9th

8

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

17:15 Ayr

Smokey The Bandit

10st 5lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

2nd

1

8th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

14:05 Newcastle

Smokey The Bandit

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

Blinkered for the first time when just a fair second of five here (2m7f, good) last month; back down in trip but looks vulnerable off his big weight with the headgear retained.

8/1

2nd

5

1st Feb 2022

Good

2m 7f 149y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Smokey The Bandit

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

Not much impact since joining current yard from Ireland, finishing a well-beaten third on latest outing at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft) last month; in good hands and blinkers go on but others have stronger credentials.

9/2

Form: 84-P89

Last run: 45 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

No impact in six runs over hurdles; up markedly in trip here; 5lb out of the handicap and hard to make a case for.

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4th

9

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

17:00 Hexham

Stowaway John

11st 2lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Sandy Forster

No win in his first 19 starts but he came good when beating Cudgel by 8l over C&D (heavy) in March; up 5lb but that was only his sixth chase run and he's a big player again if he can back that up.

7/2

1st

5

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

16:30 Hexham

Stowaway John

10st 2lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Sandy Forster

took keen hold, prominent, not fluent 1st, not fluent 10th, ridden to lead after 2 out, kept on well run-in, won going away

25/1

Form: 63-1FF

Last run: 114 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Faller over hurdles and fences since winning a conditions hurdle in France in June; hard to gauge his level of ability on this first start for Micky Hammond but interesting if the market speaks favourably.

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3rd

5

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 30y

Class 5

13:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Le Grand Vert

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

Winning hurdler in France; 0-14 over fences but good to see him post solid back-to-back efforts in defeat the last twice at about 3m; unlikely to be far away.

11/2

2nd

6

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 5

16:35 Newcastle

Le Grand Vert

11st 0lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

raced in last

4/1

2nd

5

29th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

14:50 Wetherby

Le Grand Vert

10st 8lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

Inconsistent and made it 0-10 in Britain when down the field at Sedgefield; however, he's now 5lb lower than when a fair third at Musselburgh (2m7f, soft) two starts ago and is not written off in a reapplied tongue-tie (worn when winning in France) and first-time visor (replacing cheekpieces).

13/2

Form: 17-454

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Only glimpses of ability in three runs in maiden/novice company over 2m/2m4f; longer trip may eke out improvement on handicap debut but it will need to do.

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7

9th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:00 Newcastle

Black Minster

11st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Peter Atkinson

Stamina in pedigree but didn't get home over trip just shy of 3m here on penultimate start (handicap debut) and well beaten in heavy last time; plenty to prove at present.

25/1

6

16th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 154y

Class 5

16:22 Wetherby

Black Minster

11st 5lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Peter Atkinson

AW bumper winner who has been soundly beaten on all five hurdle starts; however, he ran well for a long way until fading quickly on his recent handicap debut at Newcastle (2m7f, good), and today's distance could be just what he needs; has shown some promise on soft ground.

14/1

5th

6

1st Feb 2022

Good

2m 7f 149y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Black Minster

10st 4lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Peter Atkinson

Only glimpses of ability in three runs in maiden/novice company over 2m/2m4f; longer trip may eke out improvement on handicap debut but it will need to do.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 5-431

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Off the mark over hurdles at the third attempt when showing a good attitude to win a novice at Ayr (2m5f, soft) in December; up in trip for handicap debut and is a progressive sort who needs to be taken seriously.

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4th

5

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

14:00 Ayr

Half Track

11st 2lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

led narrowly, headed but prominent 3rd, led again before 7th

12/1

5

8th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 4

13:17 Newcastle

Half Track

11st 7lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

First-fence unseat on chase debut in October and his jumping wasn't great at Kelso (2m7f, soft) a fortnight ago; however, he was in touch last time when hampered/unseating five out, and this unexposed novice hurdle winner could be a contender if finding fluency over his fences.

6/1

4

24th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

14:58 Kelso

Half Track

11st 8lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

novicey jumping, held up in behind leaders on outer, slow jump 10th

7/1

Form: 0-6241

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Registered his second success over fences when scoring decisively at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) last month; 4lb higher mark for this return to hurdles at which he is 0-5 but can't be ruled out.

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5th

5

18th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

12:10 Catterick

Scottish Accent

10st 12lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

Two chase wins but yet to score over hurdles; best effort for some time when fourth at Kelso last month; cheekpieces return (both wins in headgear) and chance will be heightened if this turns into a real slog.

15/2

4th

5

22nd Oct 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

17:10 Kelso

Scottish Accent

11st 12lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

raced in last, pushed along and detached 3 out (usual 4 out), headway on outer into midfield omitted 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well run-in, nearest finish

16/1

1

7th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

16:50 Hexham

Scottish Accent

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

Versatile type who won at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) in January and has run some good races since but he was well below form over C&D (behind Croagh Patrick) last Saturday; only 2lb higher than for last win but he didn't jump fluently last time and needs to bounce back in new headgear.

9/1

Form: 21533

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who has shown ability in three starts over hurdles, latterly when third to subsequent River Don winner Mahler Mission at Sedgefield (2m4f, good to soft); that form makes his opening handicap mark look generous so he has to be considered upped in trip.

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5th

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

11:55 Chepstow

Spike Jones

11st 10lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Progressive last season and was in the process of leaving his reappearance effort behind when clouting two out at Market Rasen (2m7f, good to soft); not dismissed lightly.

6/1

4th

6

23rd Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 2

13:40 Market Rasen

Spike Jones

10st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Pulled up on last month's reappearance at Cheltenham but he may have needed the run and he was progressive last season, which featured two wins at Fontwell (3m2f, good to soft/heavy); no surprise if he's in the shake-up.

7/1

0

20

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Spike Jones

10st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Thorough stayer who gained latest win over 3m2f on heavy ground at Fontwell in March; bettered that effort when close second at Kelso (3m2f, soft) soon afterwards but needs more again here; had wind a op during his break.

16/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Half Track

THE NORTH:

Black Minster

The Guardian:

Spike Jones

POSTDATA:

Scottish Accent

RP Ratings:

Half Track

TOPSPEED:

Half Track

The Times:

Half Track

Telegraph:

Half Track

Daily Mail:

Half Track

Daily Express:

Half Track

The Sun:

Half Track

The Star:

Half Track

Daily Record:

Half Track

Daily Mirror:

Black Minster