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15:35 Newbury

Good To Soft

Betfair Hurdle (Handicap) (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £87218.5
  • 2m 0f 69y
  • Class 1
  • 14 runners
  • Win time: 3m 49s
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Betfair Hurdle (Handicap) (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £21.00
  • Place: £5.10

Form: 211642 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Seemed to run extremely well at the weights in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton and 3lb rise looks lenient if that form is taken literally, but some caution is advised and he still runs off a career-high mark today; remains to be seen whether he can transfer that form back to handicap level.

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20th

10

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Glory And Fortune

11st 3lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Won last season's Betfair Hurdle off just 1lb lower and fourth in the Champion Hurdle here next time; ran with promise on first two starts this season but has failed to shine the next twice, over fences on the first occasion and in the Betfair Hurdle most recently; needs to get back on track.

50/1

13th

1

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Glory And Fortune

12st 0lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Returned to chasing the last twice (unseated rider then well held); very useful hurdler who has bits of Grade 1 form and won this major handicap (narrowly on good to soft) last year; however, lumbered with a 5lb higher mark and top weight this time round.

16/1

3rd

3

27th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

Glory And Fortune

11st 4lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

took keen hold, prominent, left in third 8th, blundered 4 out, soon beaten

6/1

Form: 9-1115 D

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Comfortably held under a penalty in Grade 2 novice at Ascot two months ago, losing his unbeaten hurdles record (3-3 previously, notably Cheltenham win in same grade); however, could easily resume his progress and prove better than this mark, especially when considering his trainer won this race with novice hurdlers in 2014, 2017 and 2019; good credentials.

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0

2

8th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:45 Uttoxeter

I Like To Move It

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Very smart hurdler with good-ground wins in the Greatwood Handicap at Cheltenham and the Grade 2 Kingwell at Wincanton, easily the best of his five runs last season; his two heaviest defeats last term were on soft but best run the previous campaign was on good to soft; has much the best form in this small but select field; the one to beat if the ground is okay.

1/2

5th

2

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

I Like To Move It

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Well-beaten sixth of seven in last month's Champion Hurdle and he weakened on his sole previous attempt at this sort of trip; however, the ground was soft for both of those runs and perhaps he's better served by a sounder surface; has won the Greatwood Handicap and the Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle and he's an each-way contender if able to produce his best form.

25/1

6th

2

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

I Like To Move It

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Progressive hurdler who powered clear for a 17l success in the Kingwell at Wincanton (1m7f) last month, bouncing back from his Relkeel flop over 2m4f; rated by trainer as being as good as the yard's best hurdlers in the past, including two horses who were placed in the Champion Hurdle; 3-3 over C&D, the most recent in this season's Greatwood (defied top weight in emphatic style); has raced mostly on good/good to soft; should go well.

20/1

14/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 221151 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Useful novice who had wind surgery following his blip in the Persian War; bounced right back with an emphatic success in Kempton handicap (soft; raced on good otherwise) four weeks ago, taking hurdles record to 3-4; faces a harder task off 9lb higher in this field and Nico de Boinville prefers stablemate Broomfield Burg; however, looks open to further improvement.

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14th

2

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

First Street

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Smart 2m hurdler at his best but hasn't quite hit peak form this season, respectable 10l third of five to Lossiemouth in Grade 2 at Cheltenham three months ago; now 3lb lower than for his last handicap success (November 2022) but he was only eighth of ten behind Rubaud 12 months ago and needs to rediscover his spark; perhaps recent wind surgery will give him a boost.

10/1

3rd

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

First Street

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Useful hurdler on his day, such as when winning the Gerry Feilden (handicap) at Newbury last term; below best in three races (including a chase) at Kempton this season, finishing behind Rubaud on two occasions; opposed on this season's form.

20/1

Form: 1-4P3P CD BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

C&D winner last March; has lacked consistency over fences and hurdles this term, disappointing favourite at Kempton (race won by First Street) most recently; based on recent evidence he's hard to support in a handicap of this magnitude.

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4th

9

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:45 Kempton

Lord Baddesley

10st 11lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Finished behind Flegmatik in major 3m event here last month but kept on in the latter stages and wasn't entirely disgraced; shaped well at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft) the time before and remains of interest; last two wins at about 2m4f; fighting chance off bottom weight.

8/1

7th

9

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Lord Baddesley

10st 8lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Has form on all types of ground; unexposed beyond 2m4f; good second upped to 2m6f at Newbury (good to soft) in early December when last seen, while shaping as if this extra distance will suit; represents an in-form stable and has won when fresh; strongly respected.

7/1

2nd

10

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 2

12:30 Newbury

Lord Baddesley

11st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway from 4 out

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 14-143 CD

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Record of 5-7 in double-figure fields, including a success in this race last year (comfortably off 14lb lower) and Listed handicap at Ascot in October; held in small fields the last twice, though wasn't disgraced in the Christmas Hurdle on latest occasion; cheekpieces, worn when fourth in last year's Supreme, are reapplied today; highly respected back in ideal scenario.

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16th

6

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Soaring Glory

11st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Successful in two notable handicaps in 2021, one of them here, and looks well treated on that smart form; however, he's on an 11-race losing sequence and had no obvious excuses when only fifth of the seven finishers at Kempton just after Christmas.

16/1

5th

2

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

12:45 Kempton

Soaring Glory

11st 9lb

T: Jonjo O’Neill

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

14/1

Form: 11-113 D

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Finished third to Jonbon in Grade 2 novice event at Ascot when last seen, losing his unbeaten record but far from discredited; 5-5 previously, notably Aintree bumper success in same grade; very solid profile thus far and likely to go well; trainer not in top form at present but he landed this prize in 2012 and 2020.

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1st

4

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

13:50 Wincanton

Knappers Hill

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

jumped well, prominent, disputed lead 7th, good jump and led clearly 5 out, pushed along before 2 out, went clear approaching last, easily

4/6

2nd

3

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Chepstow

Knappers Hill

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, outpaced after 5 out, soon hung left, went second after 4 out, kept on run-in, not pace to challenge

4/5

1st

2

29th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:00 Sandown

Knappers Hill

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Listed bumper winner on soft ground in 2020; landed the valuable novices' handicap on this card a year ago and resumed with another two wins in the autumn, the latter in a Wincanton Grade 2 (1m7f, good to firm); his improvement seems to have levelled off since the turn of the year but he didn't run badly when third at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in February and should be fine over today's trip.

11/4

Form: -11221 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Racing freely has been a trait, including in a hood on four occasions, but he's talented and posted an impressive performance with the headgear removed at Kempton (2m novice hurdle) on Boxing Day; progressive on the whole and overall record is now 4-7; again goes without the hood; stable has won this contest five times; has to be feared.

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4

29th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 2

14:05 Ascot

Broomfield Burg

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Held his own in some competitive handicaps last season and gave another good account when keeping-on third at Chepstow (2m3f, good) three weeks ago; probably still on a workable mark and today's trip-and-ground combination will also suit.

5/1

3rd

6

8th Oct 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 2

16:02 Chepstow

Broomfield Burg

10st 13lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Nicky Henderson

midfield, headway 3 out, made strong challenge 2 out, ridden when not fluent last, kept on until no extra final 110yds

7/1

3rd

2

3rd Jul 2022

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 2

16:45 Market Rasen

Broomfield Burg

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Nicky Henderson

held up in last, went third and pushed along before 2 out, 3 lengths down when not fluent last, ridden and held run-in

5/4

Form: 24-133 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Justified favouritism at Plumpton in October; creditable third in both subsequent starts over hurdles but was behind the progressive Henderson hurdlers Broomfield Burg and First Street in those races; more is required from him if he's to play a big role at this level.

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1st

1

14th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

15:50 Plumpton

Royaume Uni

12st 1lb

J: Rob Hargreaves

T: Gary Moore

Recent form figures make grim reading but he's very much a good ground specialist and has plenty of form which gives him decent claims; not written off in a hurry and Rob Hargreaves taking off 8lb no hardship either.

8/1

8

(4)

12th May 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 3

14:25 Ascot

Royaume Uni

9st 4lb

J: Anna Gibson

T: Gary Moore

Dual winning hurdler on good ground (2m/2m3f) but tailed off when trying 2m5f on soft at Christmas and non-completions on both starts this spring; now reverts to Flat, in which sphere he has appeared in three 2m handicaps but not achieved much; down the weights.

7/1

7

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Royaume Uni

10st 13lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Dual winning hurdler on good ground (2m/2m3f) and he ran well to be second in a novice on this two-day meeting last season; has stamina to prove over this far but could very easily leave his recent soft-ground failures behind him; respected.

16/1

7/1

Form: 1/1-34 D BF

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Disappointing favourite over fences (2m3f) last time out but remains lightly raced and nowhere near fully exposed; now goes in tongue-tie and drops back in trip; has shown major promise in two attempts over hurdles, scoring impressively at Taunton then good third to Soaring Glory in Ascot handicap; interesting back in this sphere.

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4

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Boothill

11st 6lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Won Grade 2 Wayward Lad Novices' Chase at Kempton last season and improved form on first two starts this term to win handicaps at Ascot (2m1f, soft/good); just behind the leaders when falling five out in Grade 2 handicap at Kempton last time out and this progressive 9yo is firmly in calculations.

15/8

0

2

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Boothill

11st 11lb

T: Harry Fry

took keen hold, towards rear, in touch with leaders when after 3rd, 3 lengths fourth when fell 5 out

7/4

Form: -11016 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish 6yo who has done well over 2m for current stable, winning three times, and should be suited by the return to this trip (well held in Warwick Grade 2 over 2m5f four weeks ago); however, appears to have a difficult assignment in this major handicap.

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9th

4

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

15:19 Haydock

Howdyalikemenow

11st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

6th

14

12th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Howdyalikemenow

10st 6lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Having a good first season for Evan Williams but this is way harder than the Ffos Las handicap (2m, heavy) he won off 4lb lower in January and he never really counted in the Betfair Hurdle last time; would be a surprise winner.

50/1

10th

12

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Howdyalikemenow

10st 6lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Ex-Irish 6yo who has done well over 2m for current stable, winning three times, and should be suited by the return to this trip (well held in Warwick Grade 2 over 2m5f four weeks ago); however, appears to have a difficult assignment in this major handicap.

50/1

14/1

Form: 5-2514 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Useful on Flat and over hurdles; impressive in last season's Adonis; below par in the Christmas Hurdle back at Kempton last time but that possibly came too soon after his Grade 3 handicap success at Ascot eight days earlier; high in the weights but may still have more to offer.

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5th

2

(13)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Tritonic

9st 13lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Alan King

Third of 19 at Royal Ascot (2m4f) last June is easily the pick of his last six Flat starts and he's now 3lb lower; won four-runner chase debut in November but well beaten next time and absent 113 days since; ran creditably on sole AW start but that was 2021; others look more solid.

10/1

5th

4

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Tritonic

11st 9lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Last season over hurdles was a bit of a struggle but he made the frame in the 2m4f handicap at Royal Ascot during the summer and, while it looked unlikely at times, he stayed on best to make a successful chase debut at Wincanton (1m7f, soft); this stronger race will test his mettle but he probably needs this sort of trip nowadays.

10/1

12/1

Form: 20-345 D

Last run: 57 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Has a question mark over current form, having been soundly beaten on last two chase starts (had run creditably on first attempt over fences); however, finished second off this mark in this race 12 months ago and has obvious place claims if this return to hurdling prompts a revival.

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4th

3

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:45 Ascot

Fifty Ball

11st 6lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

2-5 at Ascot; mostly disappointing in his nine runs this year, including twice at this track, and his best run in that period came when runner-up over 3m2f in May; wore cheekpieces on last four starts; 12lb higher this time last year but a revival is needed.

8/1

Form: 121 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Highly unexposed contender who has raced just three times, resulting in form figures of 121 in novice hurdles (2m-2m3f); made a winning debut at Exeter then went close at Cheltenham and scored comfortably at Taunton; looks the type to improve further and make his mark in good handicaps; very attractive profile.

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7th

6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Jpr One

11st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

midfield, in touch with leaders 6th

8/1

1st

4

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:15 Lingfield

Jpr One

11st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

raced in second, slightly hampered 1st, joined leader 8th, led clearly and going easily after 2 out, ridden run-in, idled towards finish, always doing enough

100/30

3rd

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Jpr One

11st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, went second after 3 out, mistake and pecked on landing 2 out, lost second run-in, soon no extra

7/4

Form: 3112

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

0-4 in Irish points; progressive as novice hurdler for new yard, including wins over 2m3f/2m4f; runner-up in Grade 1 Tolworth at Sandown (heavy) on the drop back to 2m, proving no match for the exciting Constitution Hill but running well on the figures; decent effort on good ground on his only other attempt at this trip; this front-runner could make a very bold bid.

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1

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:55 Newbury

Jetoile

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Ryan Potter

held up in rear, in touch with leaders when hit 9th, weakened before 4 out, pulled up 3 out

7/1

4th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Jetoile

11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Ryan Potter

midfield, in touch with leaders when not fluent 5 out

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £2613.00
Straight Forecast £2349.00
Tricast £34631.20
Trifecta £38040.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Broomfield Burg

SPOTLIGHT:

Soaring Glory

Telegraph:

Boothill

Daily Express:

Jetoile

WEST COUNTRY:

Jpr One

The Times:

First Street

RP Ratings:

Glory And Fortune

POSTDATA:

Broomfield Burg

LAMBOURN:

Broomfield Burg

The Star:

Broomfield Burg

The Guardian:

Boothill

Daily Mail:

Soaring Glory

Daily Mirror:

Soaring Glory

The Sun:

Soaring Glory

Daily Record:

Jetoile