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15:50 Warwick

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Fives Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4574.64
  • 3m 2f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
  • Win time: 6m 52s
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Virgin Bet Fives Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

13/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.75
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 5-1111 CD

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

After recording a hat-trick on good ground (2m5f-3m) he showed his versatility when winning on heavy over C&D in late December, despite that race not going entirely to plan; beat an in-form horse with the pair clear and there's good reason to believe he'll cope fine with the 5lb rise.

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

5th

6

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

In Rem

11st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Won five on the spin over hurdles (2m5f-3m2f) during the 2021-22 season; lost his way over fences and, although he steadied the ship back hurdling at Exeter, he was behind Longshanks; looks vulnerable.

10/1

3rd

1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

14:00 Exeter

In Rem

11st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Won five on the spin over hurdles (2m5f-3m2f) during the 2021-22 season, but has been campaigned exclusively over fences in recent times; pulled up after making a bad mistake in the North Wales National at Bangor (3m5f, heavy) three weeks ago; easing mark, and 2-3 here at Exeter.

10/1

5

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 142y

Class 4

15:20 Bangor-on-Dee

In Rem

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

midfield, pushed along and dropped to rear with one circuit to go, bad mistake and almost fell 12th, soon lost touch, pulled up 13th

8/1

15/8

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 6-4F21

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Having only his third run for this yard when justifying market confidence with aplomb in a 3m handicap at Southwell (good to soft) in early January; the race rather fell apart but a 7lb rise could have been worse and he may very easily still be ahead of the handicapper.

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Verdict Starting price

0

12

8th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

12:35 Musselburgh

Colonel Manderson

10st 2lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: William Young Jnr

Returned to form in first-time blinkers (retained since) to win at 33-1 at Hexham (2m7f, good) in September; pulled up there last month but the soft ground may not have suited and he's not discounted today.

20/1

0

4

6th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

15:10 Hexham

Colonel Manderson

11st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: William Young Jnr

Perked up by first-time blinkers when battling on well to cause 33-1 surprise over C&D (good) last month but today's slower ground is probably not ideal and it's hard to tell whether he'll be in the same mood again.

7/1

1st

5

6th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:14 Hexham

Colonel Manderson

10st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: William Young Jnr

Southwell winner in January 2022 (for Dan Skelton) but unplaced in seven starts for this yard; blinkers on for the first time.

50/1

OUR TIP

Form: 114-40

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Dual winner (soft/heavy) with form figures of 440 since sent into handicaps, with his latest Hereford effort particularly underwhelming; something may have surfaced since but it leaves him with something to prove.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

7

5th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 218y

Class 2

15:05 Carlisle

Theme Tune

10st 10lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Having dropped down the weights he won at Haydock (3m, soft) last November and followed up at Newcastle (2m7f, soft) in January; only fifth at Kelso (3m2f, soft) in March, and he drops back in trip for this reappearance, but it will be a test of stamina in the ground and he's not ruled out.

10/1

5th

3

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 2

14:25 Kelso

Theme Tune

11st 9lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders

4/1

3

4th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

15:50 Doncaster

Theme Tune

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: N W Alexander

Regressed with Jonjo O'Neill but off a reduced mark he's come good to win his last two, both handicaps at about 3m on soft ground; back up 11lb but seems to have regained his fighting spirit having dug deep to get the job done at Newcastle last time; however, does seem ideally suited by significant give underfoot.

4/1

Form: 4-555P

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Fifth in a trio of handicap hurdles to begin with this season, with a near-10l defeat at Sandown in December (2m7f, good to soft) probably the pick of them; in trouble from an early stage on chase debut since but is not on a bad mark if bouncing straight back now returned to hurdles.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

1

16th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

16:30 Hexham

Mr Harp

12st 2lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Thomas Gallagher

Cashed in a career-low mark at Ffos Las in January (3m) on soft ground still not thought soft enough by connections; still 8lb below a winning mark despite a re-raise, and will find this course no less to his liking.

7/2

1st

2

23rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

16:30 Ffos Las

Mr Harp

11st 11lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Thomas Gallagher

Just one win in 17 rules starts; not disgraced in two handicaps this season at about 3m, beaten in the region of 10l on both occasions; has each-way claims.

10/1

Form: 14-22P

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Heavy-ground maiden winner who started the season well with two seconds in 2m7f handicaps (both on soft) before running no race at Kelso; even if shrugging off that disappointment, he looks to have his share of weight.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

8

30th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

12:30 Haydock

Happy Hollow

11st 9lb

J: William Shanahan

T: Jennie Candlish

Ran with credit only once from five starts in the last 12 months; brought down early on latest, though, so has not had much of a chance to show what he can do this season; conditions suit and he's down to what should be a dangerous mark.

20/1

3

3rd Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 4

12:48 Wetherby

Happy Hollow

11st 10lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Triple bumper winner who won a maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m7f, heavy) last February but he's not gone on from that and was well held back at Uttoxeter on his return last month; goes back up in trip off a falling mark but he's now 1-11 in this sphere and others are preferred.

12/1

6th

8

20th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

15:08 Uttoxeter

Happy Hollow

11st 10lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Two below-par efforts before a partial revival when cheekpieces were enlisted at Carlisle on latest outing; on a tempting mark but a longer distance wouldn't have gone amiss.

10/1

Form: 511P D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Can pick holes in the form of first two hurdle wins (2m6f/3m1f; good) and he stopped quickly after a bad mistake on his switch to handicaps at Fontwell (soft); was 17-2 for that and there's nothing to suggest he's particularly well handicapped, though Finn Lambert does take off 10lb.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

3

27th Nov 2023

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

14:00 Kempton

Ballintubber Boy

11st 12lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

didn't always jump with fluency, took keen hold, led, increased tempo before 4 out, headed after 3 out, soon weakened

15/8

1st

1

10th Oct 2023

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

16:55 Huntingdon

Ballintubber Boy

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Dual hurdle winner last season, latterly when making all off 2lb lower at Market Rasen (2m7f, good) in February, but has looked out of sorts on both appearances this term and needs to prove his wellbeing.

9/1

0

4

5th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 7y

Class 4

13:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Ballintubber Boy

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

jumped right on occasions, led, jumped badly right and headed 3rd, weakened quickly after 5 out, pulled up before 3 out

7/1

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Exacta £50.00
Straight Forecast £54.50
Trifecta £262.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

In Rem

The Times:

Colonel Manderson

TOPSPEED:

Mr Harp

Telegraph:

Colonel Manderson

The Guardian:

Colonel Manderson

Daily Express:

Colonel Manderson

Daily Mail:

Mr Harp

The Sun:

Mr Harp

RP Ratings:

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POSTDATA:

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Daily Mirror:

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