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13:50 Sandown

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Contenders Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £17085
  • 1m 7f 216y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
  • Win time: 4m 4s
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Virgin Bet Contenders Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.20
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 8-5473 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Has proved quirky and inconsistent since his gut-wrenching late exit in the 2020 Triumph; however, gained some compensation in last season's Kingwell at Wincanton (easily beat Song For Someone on heavy ground) and was back in better form at Lingfield two weeks ago; big player if backing up latest effort.

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

1st

1

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 3

15:10 Exeter

Goshen

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Notoriously quirky but is a talented hurdler when on song; nowhere near best in Graded contests this term and now gives chasing another shot; disappointing in both attempts over fences but this represents a big drop in class off a very attractive mark; good chance provided he's on a going day.

5/1

3rd

1

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

14:05 Wincanton

Goshen

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

pressed leader, dropped to last but in touch with leaders after 5th, outpaced before 2 out, went third run-in, no match for first two

8/1

9th

5

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 97y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Goshen

11st 7lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

A prolific winner but rarely the easiest to predict; going right-handed suits him well (dual Ascot winner) but hasn't been at his best under either code of late and failed to uphold his good Sandown record when last of four in the recent Fighting Fifth (cheekpieces tried there soon removed); was in better form when dividing Paisley Park and Champ in the rearranged version of this 12 months ago (Kempton) on his only previous attempt at 3m.

40/1

OUR TIP

Form: 3-1313 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Useful and consistent hurdler who has form figures of 1313 this season, most recently third in the Relkeel at Cheltenham (2m4f); gamely beat Song For Someone in Grade 2 there (2m1f, good to soft) the time before; now 6lb worse off with that rival but is still a solid contender.

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

10th

9

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Guard Your Dreams

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won the Grade 2 International Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2021 and is very well handicapped on that form; didn't run badly in Grade 2 at Cheltenham this January when back from a very long absence but he was tailed off in the Coral Cup there last month and needs to leave that run miles behind.

25/1

18th

18

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Guard Your Dreams

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Very well handicapped judged on best efforts, including on soft at this track, but they were two seasons ago; 660 days off before last of five to high-class Lossiemouth here in January, which didn't look bad strictly on form but he struggled on heavy ground at Wincanton in another Grade 2 three weeks later; back up in trip but does not look the percentage call.

20/1

4th

5

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

14:05 Wincanton

Guard Your Dreams

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent, outpaced but before 2 out, soon went third, lost third run-in, no match for first two

8/1

Form: P-9202 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Has lacked consistency in recent times and form figures this season read 0202, most recently second to progressive rival in Haydock Grade 2; not guaranteed to back up that effort but his respectable back-class (triple Grade 2 scorer in younger days) is not forgotten.

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9

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Global Citizen

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

6/1

3rd

19

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Global Citizen

10st 12lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Prominent racer who saw off Andy Dufresne to win this 12 months ago (heavy) off 3lb lower mark; nowhere near that form in three starts since but last month's run in the Kingwell should have sharpened him up and this has presumably been the plan all along; no surprise if he is back to his best.

16/1

4th

4

18th Feb 2023

Good

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

15:12 Wincanton

Global Citizen

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Ben Pauling

pressed leader, lost second after 3 out, soon ridden, outpaced before 2 out, weakened approaching last

25/1

Form: 12P-22 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

Completed a Grade 2 hat-trick in 2020, then got trounced by an on-song Goshen in the 2021 Kingwell; creditable second in a couple of Grade 2 contests this term, finishing in front of Guard Your Dreams at Ascot then beaten half a length by same rival at Cheltenham; now gets 6lb pull and commands respect.

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

9th

8

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Song For Someone

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Tom Symonds

He's much better than he showed at Sandown last month and this three-time Grade 2 winner (including here) is a strong stayer over an extended 2m3f; today's step up in trip is worth a go but it's a very tough race in which to try to prove his stamina, and others have better form; can lead.

33/1

4th

3

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Song For Someone

11st 11lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Tom Symonds

Completed a Grade 2 hat-trick in 2020, then got trounced by an on-song Goshen in the 2021 Kingwell; creditable second in a couple of Grade 2 contests this term, finishing in front of Guard Your Dreams at Ascot then beaten half a length by same rival at Cheltenham; now gets 6lb pull and commands respect.

2/1

2nd

2

11th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Song For Someone

11st 6lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Tom Symonds

Held on narrowly in this race 12 months ago (soft ground), completing a Grade 2 hat-trick and defying a 6lb penalty in the process; ended last season on a low note but, following wind surgery, made an encouraging reappearance at Ascot (2m3f, good) where he led for a long way and finished second to the progressive Buzz; respected.

9/4

Form: 35-133 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 5lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

12yo; better than ever on first two runs this season, winning Bangor handicap then close third behind Guard Your Dreams and Song For Someone at Cheltenham; wasn't in the same form at Haydock (behind Global Citizen) two weeks ago and that effort tempers enthusiasm.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

1

28th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

15:10 Fontwell

Hunters Call

12st 1lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Olly Murphy

Still capable of fine efforts, as he showed when narrowly beaten at Ayr last month; remains on a fair mark, despite top weight, but could again prove vulnerable for win purposes.

11/2

2nd

2

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

16:10 Ayr

Hunters Call

11st 10lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

Old-timer who was still capable of useful form last season, finishing third of four in this race; however, age may now be catching up with him and he hasn't found much under pressure on his last two outings; opposable.

7/1

6th

1

4th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

15:50 Doncaster

Hunters Call

12st 0lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

In career-best form last season despite his advancing years but he's not fired as he can in his last two starts some 92 days apart; worth taking on.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £77.00
Straight Forecast £70.60
Trifecta £374.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Goshen

TOPSPEED:

Song For Someone

WEST COUNTRY:

Guard Your Dreams

Telegraph:

Guard Your Dreams

The Times:

Song For Someone

Daily Express:

Song For Someone

Daily Mirror:

Song For Someone

Daily Record:

Song For Someone

RP Ratings:

Goshen

POSTDATA:

Goshen

The Guardian:

Goshen

Daily Mail:

Goshen

The Star:

Goshen