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Virgin Bet Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Herring Queen Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5446
  • 1m 7f 168y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
  • Win time: 4m 11s
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Virgin Bet Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Herring Queen Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/13 (Won)

  • Win: £1.37
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1-1 C

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner here last spring (good); showed slower ground held no terrors with comfortable success at Bangor on last month's hurdle debut; obvious claims despite the penalty.

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6th

2

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

12:30 Sandown

Coreys Courage

11st 11lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

Has a record of 5-10 over hurdles, the most recent win by 10l in a five-runner race at Ffos Las (2m6f, soft) in May on latest outing; 7lb higher today but has to be taken seriously for yard among the winners.

5/1

1st

4

9th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 192y

Class 4

15:35 Ffos Las

Coreys Courage

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Has a record of 4-9 over hurdles, the most recent win at Huntingdon (soft) in March; beaten favourite at Uttoxeter (again over 2m4f) since but shaped as if this new trip will suit; won her bumper on good ground; enters calculations.

4/1

3rd

4

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

15:20 Uttoxeter

Coreys Courage

11st 9lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders

6/4

14/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 20-7

Last run: 66 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Showed plenty of promise when second in a Warwick bumper (2m, good) on her debut; struggled in Listed event last Christmas and she finished well beaten on her hurdle debut in December (after nearly a year off); had wind surgery since; will do better at some point.

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4th

3

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 25y

Class 5

15:35 Leicester

My Girl Lollipop

11st 8lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Placed in a bumper and five hurdles at up to 3m2f, including on soft; entitled to need the run when pulled up on chase debut for new yard in January but might need this too, and regular cheekpieces still left off.

14/1

0

3

11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:20 Catterick

My Girl Lollipop

11st 8lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

12-race maiden but ran well to be placed in handicap hurdles last spring on final three runs for Stuart Edmunds (3m-3m2f, soft-good) and she'll be in the mix if transferring that form to fences at the first attempt.

13/2

8/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: /1590/

Last run: 1045 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

9yo returning from 1,045 days off; contested Listed and Grade 2 bumpers after winning at Aintree (good) in October 2018; bred for jumping but clearly risks attached after such an absence.

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2

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 83y

Class 5

14:40 Ffos Las

Briery Express

11st 10lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Noel Williams

didn't jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, dropped to last 3rd, headway and prominent 11th, shaken up and lost position when fell 12th

4/1

6th

4

20th Feb 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:30 Lingfield

Briery Express

11st 3lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Noel Williams

On the sidelines for 1045 days before three runs in the last 12 months and they have all resulted in placed efforts over hurdles; on same mark as for her good second on handicap debut at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in November and she's not ruled out on this switch to fences.

5/1

2nd

2

13th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

15:50 Fontwell

Briery Express

11st 13lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Noel Williams

Absent 1045 days before two runs early this year when placed in novice hurdles at Uttoxeter (2m, soft) and Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft); has raced a bit freely and her hood (worn all starts) is absent today but there's enough stamina in the family to make this new trip look interesting on handicap/seasonal debut.

7/2

Form: 796

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Well held in two bumpers and her jumping left a bit to be desired on this month's hurdle debut; significant improvement required.

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3rd

3

26th Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

16:10 Fakenham

Call Blue

11st 3lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent in chasing group, headway and joined leader when mistake and bumped 8th, lost second and outpaced before 3 out, held but kept on last

7/2

2nd

4

6th Oct 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:40 Worcester

Call Blue

11st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent, led 5th, briefly headed 4 out, soon led again, ridden and headed 3 out, 4 lengths second last, no match for winner

9/2

3rd

4

12th Sep 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

16:10 Worcester

Call Blue

11st 5lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent, led and increased tempo before 2nd, headed before 3 out, soon ridden, lost second approaching last, stayed on

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 120-43 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner last season; shaped well in two hurdle starts this winter, albeit 13l behind Corey's Courage at Bangor last month (beaten when making a mess of the last); place claims at least on 7lb better terms.

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2nd

1

1st Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

13:57 Fakenham

Billams Legacy

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Looked promising when winning Wetherby bumper in 2020 but hurdle career didn't progress as it might have and now back from another absence; however, her best form gives her a good chance now handicapping (mark dropped 6lb since first assessed) and market helpful; no aids today.

4/1

2nd

3

28th Dec 2022

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

15:25 Catterick

Billams Legacy

11st 0lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Looked a useful prospect when landing Wetherby bumper in November 2020; 0-5 and rather frustrating over hurdles (races freely) but her best run came over C&D, she's had wind surgery since her last outing and she should go well with a tongue-strap and hood worn in tandem for the first time.

6/4

2nd

2

19th Oct 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Worcester

Billams Legacy

11st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

took keen hold, midfield, headway 3 out, led narrowly 2 out, ridden when headed and not fluent last, no match for winner

6/1

Form: 46

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Proved very easy to back before finishing a 16l fourth of seven runners in a good-ground bumper at Fakenham in November; modest form over C&D on hurdle debut two weeks ago; stable has more obvious claims with Corey's Courage.

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15

6th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

13:55 Uttoxeter

Rio Silva

10st 5lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders

10/1

4

26th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 7y

Class 5

15:13 Bangor-on-Dee

Rio Silva

10st 5lb

J: Daire Davis

T: Olly Murphy

Only about 9l off the pace before last-flight mishap on handicap debut in March and positives can also be drawn from last month's reappearance run; needs to improve here but that's possible if the move up from 2m4f suits.

9/1

6th

13

28th Oct 2022

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

16:15 Uttoxeter

Rio Silva

10st 2lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

Absent since handicap debut in Huntingdon mares' event (2m4f, good to soft; unseated rider at last when held in sixth) in March; stable's other runner Dev Of Tara looks of more interest.

20/1

Form: 5-

Last run: 296 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Finished last of five in an Exeter bumper last April; three runs in points haven't been inspiring either, including last month; plenty to prove.

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2

24th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 5

15:41 Bangor-on-Dee

Optical Girl

11st 6lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Sophie Leech

Signs more encouraging when a front-running fourth at Chepstow (2m maiden) but never backed it up at Exeter; not the obvious answer now sent into handicaps.

14/1

8th

5

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

16:40 Exeter

Optical Girl

11st 4lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Sophie Leech

Yet to be placed but best effort to date when fourth at Chepstow three weeks ago, having set the pace; deal more needed to win this.

25/1

4th

8

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

14:30 Chepstow

Optical Girl

10st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Sophie Leech

0-3 in points and 0-3 under rules, with largely unconvincing form; opposed.

50/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Half-sister to four winners, including a couple over hurdles; likely best watched on this belated racecourse debut though.

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9

6th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:10 Huntingdon

Toradora

10st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alex Hales

In trouble a long way out and was tailed off against her own sex at Uttoxeter (2m, soft; 66-1).

66/1

8th

10

12th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

12:50 Uttoxeter

Toradora

10st 12lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Alex Hales

Half-sister to four winners, including a couple over hurdles; likely best watched on this belated racecourse debut though.

20/1

20/1

Form: 8-9

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

German Flat winner in May 2020; prominent in the betting ahead of her stable/hurdle debut in November 2020 but finished down the field; off for 430 days afterwards and reappeared with a low-key run at Ludlow last month (50-1); not easily recommended.

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5th

4

(1)

28th May 2022

Standard

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

14:25 Chelmsford (AW)

Kobra

9st 2lb

J: Theodore Ladd

T: Michael Appleby

Won his only start in Germany (9.5f, good) in May 2020, but showed little in three starts over hurdles for Dan Skelton nor in two novices for this yard over 7f/1m2f on turf/Tapeta last month; up in trip for this handicap debut (some stamina on the dam's side) and remains unexposed, but she does still have a bit to prove.

7/1

4th

1

(1)

21st Apr 2022

Good

1m 1f 207y

Class 5

16:40 Beverley

Kobra

9st 5lb

J: Jason Watson

T: Michael Appleby

4th

1

(9)

9th Apr 2022

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 5

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Kobra

10st 4lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Michael Appleby

Form: 6-068

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Some promise in a bumper here in the summer of 2020 (2m, good); no show in two bumpers on slower ground twice this winter and finished tailed off behind Corey's Courage on last month's hurdle debut at Bangor; hard to recommend.

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6th

5

18th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

19:50 Southwell

Shantou Boudicca

11st 2lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Tjade Collier

Moderate form in bumpers and novice hurdles at around 2m; shaped a bit better when stepped up to 2m7f on handicap debut last time, but more needed.

10/1

8th

6

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:15 Hexham

Shantou Boudicca

11st 1lb

J: Benjamin Abbott

T: Tjade Collier

Yet to show anything more than minor promise after four hurdling starts, most recently when modest third of five in Sedgefield novice (2m1f, good to soft) three weeks ago, but makes her handicap debut in a low-grade event and the step up in trip may prompt improvement.

16/1

3rd

4

8th Apr 2022

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

15:20 Sedgefield

Shantou Boudicca

10st 12lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Tjade Collier

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Billams Legacy