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Ultimate Cheltenham Festival Guide On attheraces.com Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £3376.52
  • 2m 7f 7y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
  • Win time: 6m 2s
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Ultimate Cheltenham Festival Guide On attheraces.com Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 95322

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Five-race maiden under rules but he's knocking at the door, keeping on well when second of seven on handicap debut at Wetherby (3m, soft) four weeks ago; leading contender for an in-form trainer/jockey combination.

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

7th

11

28th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 4

15:05 Doncaster

Tim Pat

11st 7lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Beaten a neck over fences here (3m, good) one year ago off 14lb higher, but not so hot since; the return to hurdles last time (3m1f, soft) did not get a sufficient response for him to be greatly fancied at the moment.

14/1

5th

3

11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

15:05 Catterick

Tim Pat

11st 8lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

midfield, some headway when slow jump 3 out, soon outpaced

16/1

8th

6

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

14:45 Musselburgh

Tim Pat

11st 8lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Thorough stayer who produced a career best to score over 3m4f (good) at Haydock in the spring of 2022; matched that when a close second at Doncaster (3m, good) in January but has been out of sorts in four subsequent starts; blinkers now applied; handy mark if he is revived.

14/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: P02-59

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Best effort when second at Hereford (2m5f, soft) last March, but he was soundly beaten there last time after an absence and now has questions to answer.

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3

14th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

15:32 Hereford

Glance From Clover

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

In second place when falling four out at Warwick (3m5f) last month; opened his chase account with a 5l win over C&D (soft) the time before and that form has been boosted since; respected.

5/2

8

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 3

16:10 Warwick

Glance From Clover

11st 0lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Alastair Ralph

prominent, jumped left 1st, mistake 10th, led 16th, headed 17th, 2 lengths second when fell 4 out

7/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 767

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Bred to win races over hurdles but beaten over 30l in three novices, hooded at Wincanton (2m5f) last time; this longer trip may suit and he could improve for the switch to handicaps.

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3rd

3

24th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

14:32 Southwell

Money Spinner

11st 11lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Just a respectable fifth at Warwick (3m1f, good) three weeks ago and now 0-7 over hurdles but was third in two soft-ground handicaps in February/March (2m7f/3m) and may yet have a bigger run in him.

9/4

5th

11

2nd May 2022

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

16:10 Warwick

Money Spinner

10st 12lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Well behind several of these when a below-form ninth over 3m2f here last time (good ground) but has a chance on earlier form on soft ground.

9/1

9th

4

31st Mar 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:40 Warwick

Money Spinner

11st 1lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Two good efforts in soft-ground staying handicaps of late (without and with a hood), plugging on at the same pace in a fair 3m handicap at Taunton last month (3m); should be very competitive off the same mark.

5/2

Form: 6-554 BF

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 6yo; signs of ability in three novice hurdles, fourth of 12 when favourite at Chepstow (2m, soft) on latest; more required on today's handicap debut but he's bred to be well suited by this longer trip (dam a sister to the high-class stayer Whisper); high on the list.

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2

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

16:10 Chepstow

Ballybeen

11st 10lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

Yet to register a victory but he was in very good nick until coming in a below-par third of four in 2m4f Plumpton handicap chase 34 days ago; he's the sort to bounce back.

5/2

3rd

4

12th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 3

15:45 Plumpton

Ballybeen

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Sam Thomas

Reliable maiden; just unfortunate he's run up against improving chasers on last two starts, when front-running at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) and Hereford (2m5f, good); bold bid likely but again faces up-and-coming rivals.

4/1

2nd

9

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 4

14:37 Hereford

Ballybeen

11st 2lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

Now 0-13 but regularly knocks on the door and he only narrowly failed to make all at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) a month ago when ridden by Dylan Johnston; coped well with the rise in grade there (to a Class 3 from Class 5) and has a big chance here.

3/1

Form: 2403

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner; hasn't gone on since a promising rules debut, again making the running when 18l third in maiden hurdle at Hereford last time; others look more solid.

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4th

6

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 83y

Class 5

14:15 Ffos Las

Dancing Dani

11st 1lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Nikki Evans

0-19 under rules but has posted a couple of good efforts this year, more recently when second of four from out of the weights behind next-time-out winner at Leicester (2m, soft) this month; effectively 5lb lower from correct mark today and the longer trip is probably in her favour.

4/1

2nd

4

8th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 201y

Class 5

14:50 Leicester

Dancing Dani

10st 2lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Nikki Evans

disputed lead, led narrowly 3rd, headed 4 out, lost ground 3 out, rallied approaching last, went second run-in, no match for winner

11/1

Form: F7-344

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

0-6 under rules, fourth in 2m3f handicaps the last twice; good-ground point winner on sole attempt at 3m so he could improve back over this distance; not discounted.

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5th

7

21st Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Greenrock Abbey

11st 2lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Fortunate to finish 7l second at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) in January as two of those ahead of him exited the race at the final fence; however, that form has worked out well and the drop back in trip should be in his favour; on the shortlist.

15/8

2nd

3

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:08 Uttoxeter

Greenrock Abbey

11st 6lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Suited by the return to 2m when winning two of his first three chases; ran well in defeat at Sandown (1m7f, soft) last month when chasing home a good subsequent winner but he struggled on heavy ground next time and stamina queried back at 2m4f.

4/1

Form: 755

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 8lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

4yo; steady improvement in three runs over hurdles, fifth of 13 at Newbury (2m4f, soft; 125-1) last time; upped further in trip for today's handicap debut; still has untapped potential.

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7th

3

5th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 5

15:00 Ffos Las

Instant De Bonheur

11st 10lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

0-9; went close on seasonal/chase debut at Worcester (2m7f, soft) in October but that's easily the best she's fared; reverted to hurdling for latest outing; 4lb below the Worcester mark, with both tongue-tie and cheekpieces enlisted.

16/1

8th

4

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

15:10 Ffos Las

Instant De Bonheur

11st 9lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Went close off today's mark on seasonal/chase debut at Worcester (2m7f, soft) in October but her last two races didn't go to plan and she now reverts to hurdling; not yet fully exposed in this sphere; no surprise if she features.

9/1

3

5th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:25 Lingfield

Instant De Bonheur

11st 9lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

4yo filly whose close second at Worcester (2m7f, soft) on seasonal/chase debut in October was her best effort; not nearly so good at Chepstow (3m) three weeks later; there's now a big rethink on the trip but she should be a major player in this weak race.

2/1

Form: 344

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Fell in two points; signs of ability in two runs over hurdles, keeping on when 15l fourth of nine at Ludlow (2m5f, soft) on latest; unexposed as he moves into handicaps but he'll need to improve to defy his opening mark.

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5th

4

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

14:30 Hereford

Hooky Street

11st 4lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Harriet Dickin

Hasn't built on some early promise and never really threatened in his handicaps over hurdles (2m3f-3m); lengthy breaks are a feature in his profile and he looks best watched on chase debut with cheekpieces added.

25/1

7

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Hooky Street

11st 7lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Harriet Dickin

Showed some promise in novice company in 2021-22 season but was safely held in his first three handicaps (2m3f-2m7f) and makes very limited appeal on this first appearance since October 2022.

40/1

7th

9

6th Oct 2022

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Warwick

Hooky Street

10st 8lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Harriet Dickin

prominent, ridden home turn, weakened last

33/1

Form: 0/O69-

Last run: 378 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 7yo; best effort over hurdles when sixth in maiden at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) on November 2020; returns after more than a year off in a tongue-strap; others preferred.

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2

11th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 7y

Class 4

16:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Folks On The Hill

11st 12lb

J: Mr Jamie Brace

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Lightly raced 7yo; best effort over hurdles when sixth in maiden at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) on November 2020; returns after more than a year off in a tongue-strap; others preferred.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 84F-27

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

0-7 over hurdles; comes into the reckoning on his close second at Carlisle (3m, good to soft) in November when he bumped into a progressive rival, but he jumped poorly when well beaten at Catterick next time; has to bounce back from that last run but he's more persuasive than many.

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7

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

Fevertre

11st 1lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Nicky Martin

This trip on deep ground is right up his alley and after winning narrowly at Carlisle (3m1f, heavy) he just missed out at Hexham (2m7f); up a combined 7lb but looks sure to give his running and be involved.

9/2

2nd

1

14th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

15:50 Hexham

Fevertre

12st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Nicky Martin

raced in second, pressed leader 3 out

7/4

1st

3

19th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

17:10 Carlisle

Fevertre

11st 13lb

J: James Best

T: Nicky Martin

in touch with leaders, jumped slightly right 9th

15/2

Form: 00-719 D BF

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Upped in trip in a first tongue-tie when winning in good style at Market Rasen (2m7f, soft) in December; reportedly showed signs of heat stress when a beaten favourite off his new mark at Wetherby later that month; has a hit-and-miss profile but he'll be a major player if on a going day.

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2nd

4

18th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

19:50 Southwell

High Grounds

11st 3lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Ryan Potter

Sole hurdle success was off a 10lb lower mark over 2m7f at Market Rasen in December (soft, tongue-tie on for first time); patchy form since, though solid effort latest (also at Market Rasen); others preferred.

13/2

2nd

9

6th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

15:35 Market Rasen

High Grounds

11st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Ryan Potter

Opened hurdling account in first-time tongue-tie here (2m7f, soft) in December; hasn't kicked on from that success and is still 8lb above his winning mark but may benefit from today's drip back in trip, having seemed to find 3m2f on heavy ground too taxing last time.

14/1

Form: 62-11P C

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 4lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Veteran with a fine record (three wins and four places from eight outings) at Bangor, winning two 3m chases here last spring, but he was pulled up after an absence at Hereford last month and is 0-8 over hurdles.

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10th

12

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

16:18 Uttoxeter

Loch Garman Aris

10st 8lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Gary Hanmer

Creditable second of 17 here (2m7f, good to soft) last May but this teenager has struggled in both runs this winter and he remains without a win since 2021.

25/1

8th

13

17th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

15:55 Southwell

Loch Garman Aris

10st 7lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Gary Hanmer

towards rear

20/1

6th

7

8th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 5

15:35 Warwick

Loch Garman Aris

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Gary Hanmer

Veteran who has never won over hurdles but who finished a good second of 17 at Uttoxeter when last seen in May; has tended to need an outing in recent seasons but repeat of that effort would put him firmly in this.

13/2

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Payout
Exacta £413.00
Straight Forecast £366.90
Tricast £2645.70
Trifecta £2520.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ballybeen

RP Ratings:

Greenrock Abbey

Telegraph:

Tim Pat

Daily Mirror:

Loch Garman Aris

WEST COUNTRY:

High Grounds

TOPSPEED:

Fevertre

The Times:

Ballybeen

Daily Mail:

Ballybeen

POSTDATA:

Greenrock Abbey

The Star:

Greenrock Abbey

The Guardian:

Tim Pat

Daily Record:

Tim Pat

The Sun:

Loch Garman Aris

Daily Express:

High Grounds