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13:15 Fontwell

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £9476.04
  • 2m 3f 49y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 5m 0s
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Virgin Bet Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £16.50
  • Place: £4.30

Form: 119052 C

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

2-8 for new stable this season and he got back near his best when runner-up behind an unexposed improver at Fakenham (2m4f, soft) last month; on same mark here and he's a key player with Harry Cobden booked.

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

6th

10

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

17:25 Plumpton

Small Bad Bob

10st 5lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Well held at Kempton last time but this is more his scene and he won comfortably here the run before off 6lb lower, though Freddie Gordon claimed a further 7lb that day; needs respecting.

12/1

7th

9

27th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Kempton

Small Bad Bob

10st 11lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

disputed lead, outpaced and lost position after 3 out, weakened quickly before 2 out

5/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 3312-4 D

Last run: 98 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 7yo who opened his account at Ffos Las (2m4f, heavy) last February; weak in the market on his handicap/seasonal debut at Plumpton in November but he finished a respectable fourth and has possibilities if he can build on that after another break.

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

4

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 3

15:00 Hereford

Franco dAunou

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Acts well on testing surfaces and stayed further over hurdles but seemingly ran out of options from handicapping point of view; lacks public experience of fences and probably needs to improve for them.

13/2

3rd

4

6th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

Franco dAunou

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Easy winner of 2m4f novice at Fontwell (heavy) in February 2021; 0-6 since but runner-up in four of those, including on both this term; moves up in trip, having seen the 2m6f out well on soft ground on latest outing; improvement needed.

7/1

Form: 22-PP5

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Well handicapped on best form at up to 2m3f but he's a 15-race maiden with a patchy record; fifth at Exeter last month was a bit more like it after his struggles at the end of last year but others are more convincing.

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

6th

6

9th Mar 2022

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

14:40 Fontwell

Manvers House

11st 1lb

J: James Best

T: Robert Walford

Not disgraced over C&D last month but that defeat took his record to 0-16; the only maiden in this field and may have to settle for another supporting role; tongue-tie added.

10/1

3rd

6

7th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

13:15 Fontwell

Manvers House

11st 3lb

J: James Best

T: Robert Walford

Well handicapped on best form at up to 2m3f but he's a 15-race maiden with a patchy record; fifth at Exeter last month was a bit more like it after his struggles at the end of last year but others are more convincing.

12/1

5th

2

18th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:40 Exeter

Manvers House

11st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Robert Walford

0-11 over hurdles and pulled up on both his starts over fences at the end of 2021; not badly handicapped but comes with risks, especially in first-time headgear.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 68411-

Last run: 328 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Point winner who has had only six runs over hurdles and he won handicaps at Newcastle (2m) and Sedgefield (2m1f, both on good to soft) on final two starts last season; up another 8lb but he's open to more progress at this new trip and is a big player if he can pick up where he left off.

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

1

5th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

17:05 Wincanton

Mongol Emperor

12st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Took a while to get his act together over fences but came good with comfortable win at Doncaster (2m3f, good) last month and is still quite well handicapped if judged on best hurdling form; likely contender.

5/1

1st

4

3rd Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

16:20 Doncaster

Mongol Emperor

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

travelled strongly, midfield, headway 4 out, pressed leader going easily 3 out, led 2 out, pushed along and went clear approaching last, kept on strongly run-in, comfortably

11/4

4th

3

2nd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 4

14:30 Wincanton

Mongol Emperor

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Neil Mulholland

Made more of an impact over hurdles but he's not been discredited in recent chase starts; hooded on last 11 starts but now has cheekpieces.

4/1

6/4

Form: 511 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Well held in sole run in France last summer but he made a successful stable debut here (2m1f, good to soft) in December before a game win on soft at Huntingdon last month; open to more progress now upped to 2m3f on his handicap debut and he's an interesting contender; holds entry in Triumph Hurdle.

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

3rd

2

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

14:25 Plumpton

Kotmask

11st 12lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Sandown winner in January (1m7f) who followed up here (2m3f; narrowly beating Scarface; again soft) the following month but there are always mistakes in him and he hadn't jumped well before coming to grief back at Sandown when well held; even with a trouble-free round he might be too high in the weights now.

9/2

2

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Kotmask

11st 6lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

He has the odd issue with his jumping but he's been progressive over fences this season and has won his last two, over C&D (soft) and at Plumpton (2m3f, soft); did well to beat Scarface last time following a final-fence mistake and a 5lb rise could underestimate him, granted a clear round.

7/2

1st

1

12th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 3

15:45 Plumpton

Kotmask

12st 2lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Course winner who has had the odd issue with his jumping but he held his own in a useful novice handicap at Kempton on Boxing Day (2m4f, good) and produced another improved run when coming clear at Sandown since (1m7f, soft); up 7lb but has further to go.

2/1

Form: 66-333

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Consistent type who has finished third in his three runs this season, most recently when beaten around 4l off this mark at Newbury (2m, good to soft) 19 days ago; overall record now stands at 1-11 but he should be in the mix again back up in trip.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

2

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:40 Sandown

Sheldon

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

prominent, mistake 3rd

11/2

1st

2

17th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

15:07 Wincanton

Sheldon

11st 13lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

jumped right throughout, raced in second, led 3 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on

5/1

3rd

5

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

15:55 Leicester

Sheldon

11st 5lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

Fenced better than usual when resuming winning ways in 2m4f Wincanton handicap on Boxing Day; up 3lb but not taken lightly if his jumping holds up again.

3/1

Form: 4/2-3P BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 12st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 8yo; looks interesting on his close second off 6lb higher here in November 2020 but he's had only two runs since and was pulled up at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) last month; needs to bounce back after that and he comes with risks attached.

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

3

8th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 201y

Class 5

16:50 Leicester

Tap Tap Boom

12st 6lb

J: Miss Pippa Brown

T: J A Swinbank

in rear, lost touch 4th, pulled up before 4 out

25/1

7th

3

9th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

19:00 Ludlow

Tap Tap Boom

11st 8lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Alastair Ralph

Scored over fences here in November but below that form since, going too freely in cheekpieces when fifth of eight back hurdling at Bangor in March; he needs to bounce back.

25/1

5th

5

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 3

15:43 Bangor-on-Dee

Tap Tap Boom

11st 11lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

Dual chase winner in the autumn (2m1f/2m) but seems to have lost his way a bit in recent weeks; switches back to hurdling on a workable mark but needs a boost from the first-time cheekpieces.

10/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Kotmask

Daily Mail:

Sheldon

Telegraph:

Small Bad Bob

WEST COUNTRY:

Manvers House

RP Ratings:

Kotmask

TOPSPEED:

Kotmask

POSTDATA:

Kotmask

The Times:

Kotmask

The Guardian:

Kotmask

Daily Express:

Kotmask

The Star:

Kotmask

Daily Record:

Kotmask

Daily Mirror:

Sheldon