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bet365 Scottish Stayers’ Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £10406
  • 2m 7f 180y
  • Class 2
  • 3 runners
  • Win time: 6m 3s
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bet365 Scottish Stayers’ Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 3 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/5 (Won)

  • Win: £1.54

Form: -31131 D

Last run: 106 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Point and bumper winner (both on soft ground) who made it 3-4 over hurdles when winning a Cheltenham novice (3m, good) last time out in October; that performance makes him the one to beat under a 3lb penalty.

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

6th

1

9th May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

18:40 Tipperary

Bardenstown Lad

11st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

held up in rear, mistake 5th, slow jump and detached 9th, tailed off

8/1

6th

2

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 150y

19:20 Downpatrick

Bardenstown Lad

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

led narrowly or disputed lead

9/4

OUR TIP

Form: 29-221

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

All five starts on soft/heavy; built on previous promise to win 2m5f maiden hurdle at Tramore on New Year's Day, when clear with the odds-on favourite; this half-brother to 4m NH Chase winner Rathvinden is open to further improvement now upped in trip once more and Gordon Elliott, for whom he's the sole runner on the card, has a 35% strike-rate here.

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

8th

13

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Where It All Began

10st 13lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, never better than midfield

12/1

4th

15

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Where It All Began

11st 4lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: Gordon Elliott

A revelation when easily winning Grand National Trial at Punchestown (3m3f, heavy) last month; needs to prove that was no one-off and he's unlikely to be on such demanding ground today, but heavy going may not be essential for him and the handicapper hasn't been overly harsh; a possible.

11/1

1st

13

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Where It All Began

10st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, prominent after 10th

9/1

Form: 115

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point/bumper winner (3m/2m, good) who made it 3-3 with narrow win over hurdles at Doncaster (2m5f, good) in November; improvement needed and he could do without rain (soundly beaten on soft last time) but he retains plenty of potential, especially now up in trip; cheekpieces go on.

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

9

26th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

17:10 Chepstow

Lyrical Genius

11st 4lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

0-10 over hurdles but twice went very close off mark 5lb higher than today's over this trip last year, and also ran well when third here (3m6f, soft) last month; fine on good ground and warrants serious consideration.

9/2

3rd

5

21st Mar 2024

Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 4

15:15 Chepstow

Lyrical Genius

11st 1lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Went close off 3lb higher at Carlisle (3m2f, soft) in October; subsequent form figures may look okay but he's been beaten 20l, 30l and 84l in his three runs since; likes to front-run so a soft lead would help matters.

6/1

4th

8

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:40 Exeter

Lyrical Genius

10st 11lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Front-runner who went close off this mark on reappearance at Carlisle (3m2f, soft) in October, but was beaten 20l when runner-up to Foxboro over this C&D (soft) next time and failed to shine at Doncaster (3m2f, good to soft) most recently; a return to form is needed.

12/1

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