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Virgin Bet British Stallion Studs EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4629.1
  • 2m 2f 111y
  • Class 4
  • 13 runners
  • Win time: 5m 2s
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Virgin Bet British Stallion Studs EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £17.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fifth foal; half-brother to a point winner; dam 3m1f chase winner for yard (RPR 103), half-sister to two winners; in good hands and the betting may be informative on debut (one of two newcomers for the stable).

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15

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Trelawne

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kim Bailey

All races on soft or heavy; stretched away when making it 3-4 over hurdles in 2m7f handicap last March but has raced at about 2m4f over fences, winning on chase debut and running particularly well when a keeping-on third to two hotshots here in December; two good efforts since (in cheekpieces latest, refitted today) and this stamina test can suit; solid contender.

7/1

3rd

3

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 48y

Class 2

14:05 Exeter

Trelawne

11st 5lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

3-4 over hurdles (won debut here); also took Carlisle handicap in November on chase debut and good efforts since when third in a hot novice chase at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft; Crebilly fourth) and second of four in Grade 2 at Wetherby, all three at about 2m4f on soft; cheekpieces go on; if they have no adverse effect he should be bang there once again.

7/4

2nd

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 1

13:10 Wetherby

Trelawne

11st 4lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

led, niggled along briefly 6th, hung badly right and reminder before 8th, pushed along 12th, soon edged right, mistake 4 out, headed 3 out, rallied and led again 2 out, headed approaching last, no match for winner

3/1

OUR TIP

20/1

  • Place: £4.80

Form: 045

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Has shown ability (including here) and he's the type to improve, but he needs a big step forward if he's to threaten on this fourth start.

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1st

4

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:10 Chepstow

Bonza Boy

11st 8lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

jumped right throughout, raced in second, not fluent 10th, led before 3 out, shaken up when clear before 2 out, ridden out and went further clear run-in, eased towards finish

Evs

1st

3

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

14:40 Exeter

Bonza Boy

10st 13lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Still a maiden but has come down the weights and posted an encouraging effort over C&D (good to soft; fourth chase attempt) last time, keeping on for second; that form is working out well; respected back up just 1lb and kept to same scenario.

9/4

6/4

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 5-3431 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Built upon previous promise (including here on good to soft) when upped in trip and winning a Lingfield handicap (2m3f, heavy) three weeks ago; this unexposed 6yo is progressive and he's a key player under a 7lb penalty.

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5th

8

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Triple Trade

10st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Had a good spell before Christmas with wins at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) and Ascot (2m3f, good), albeit presented with the latter race on a plate by the wayward runner-up; little to recommend him on subsequent soft-ground runs, though, including in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham, and just 1lb lower than for those two defeats.

20/1

8th

12

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Triple Trade

10st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Overhauled Calico late on over C&D (good to soft) in November and he was the one to profit from Harper's Brook pulling himself up in front at Ascot (2m3f, good) just before Christmas; looked in trouble a long way out and something presumably not right when a remote last of five finishers at Lingfield (2m, soft) in January; freshened up since and his overall profile in the last year or so is positive.

25/1

5th

3

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Lingfield

Triple Trade

10st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Would have been beaten by Saint Segal at Ascot (2m1f, good) in November but for that rival's final-fence fall (came third); however, he'd won at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) just eight days earlier and was back on the scoresheet at Ascot (2m3f, good) latest; progressive and could be in the mix.

5/1

Form: 41-315 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who got off the mark at the second attempt over hurdles at Ascot (2m3f, good) in November; not disgraced when fifth in Cheltenham Listed race (2m4f, soft) in January; leading form claims under 7lb penalty in first-time tongue-tie.

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1st

1

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

15:15 Taunton

Doctor Ken

12st 0lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

Made winning seasonal/chase debut at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) in November and the form of his clear second at Ayr (2m4f, soft) later that month has been well advertised by the winner since; moves up in trip after 111-day break; major player if fully tuned up.

5/4

7

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Doctor Ken

11st 1lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

Won his handicap/chase debut at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) in November on reappearance; good second of five at Ayr (2m4f, soft) on latest outing and this longer trip looks well worth a go.

13/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

£8,000 yearling; £20,000 3yo; seventh foal; half-brother to four winners including Halo Moon (bumper/chase; RPR 128) and Chantara Rose (2m5f hurdle; 118); dam bumper/hurdle winner (116); one of two newcomers for Kim Bailey; check betting, but Trelawne may be yard's first string under David Bass.

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4

21st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

12:45 Hereford

Captain Rose

11st 4lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Some promise on February Exeter debut (2m2f novice hurdle, soft; fifth of 13) but failed to build upon that back there in maiden company (2m; 3-1; tailed off) the following month; questions to answer now returning from a 285-day absence.

33/1

7th

3

11th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:20 Exeter

Captain Rose

11st 6lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Kim Bailey

Well held in the end but shaped with promise when fifth behind stablemate Trelawne (runs in previous race) on last month's debut here (2m2f, soft); likely to build on that performance at some stage.

14/1

Form: 48

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

There's potential in his pedigree and he was a promising fourth on debut in Chepstow bumper (2m, good to soft) in December; still very early days over hurdles and heavy ground may not have suited at Chepstow last month, but he failed to jump with fluency and was tailed off; a tongue-tie goes on today (wore a hood last time); others provide more solid options.

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1st

6

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:35 Wincanton

Pachacuti

11st 5lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Won over hurdles last February; placed in three of his four starts over fences and the form is solid; clear second off just 1lb lower at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) most recently and looks poised to go one better.

2/1

2nd

6

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Pachacuti

11st 4lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: David Pipe

Ran creditably in first-time cheekpieces at Exeter (3m, heavy) on New Year's Day and has now been placed in two of his three chase starts; hurdles success came off just 2lb lower; possibilities.

5/1

3rd

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

14:45 Exeter

Pachacuti

12st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Grossly flattered by his proximity when second in an eventful race on seasonal/chase debut at Warwick (3m, soft) in November and was pulled up later that month; needs a good boost from the first-time blinkers here.

14/1

Form: 2364

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Placed in both bumpers (2m, good) and another fair performance when a near-17l fourth of ten at Lingfield (2m4f, soft) recently on his second hurdle start; probably needs to improve to win this but can give a good account in a race lacking depth.

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10

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

20:05 Stratford

Urban Grit

11st 12lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: Alan Hill

took keen hold, towards rear

12/1

10

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

13:47 Huntingdon

Urban Grit

11st 3lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Finished second in a bumper here on debut and also filled that position in a handicap hurdle at Market Rasen in March; well beaten on last month's reappearance though and connections now turn to headgear.

25/1

8th

2

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

15:22 Uttoxeter

Urban Grit

12st 0lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders, soon not fluent when prominent

4/1

Form: 705

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

A couple of respectable efforts among his bumpers (including here last time) but hasn't shown enough to suggest he'll make an impact today.

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1st

5

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 2f 40y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Merry Monty

10st 11lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

Ten-race maiden; runner-up over hurdles at Exeter (2m2f, soft) in December and finished strongly to fill same position on last month's chasing debut there (2m3f, heavy); may not be suited by the faster ground here, though, and others appeal more.

11/4

Form: 76

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Third of five in sole point but well beaten last month on first two rules starts (2m/2m4f, good to soft) and lots of improvement is needed.

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3rd

1

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

13:45 Fakenham

Stringtoyourbow

12st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

A fair winning 3m hurdler but he's been pulled up on both starts in this sphere, latterly in 3m Doncaster handicap 23 days ago; needs to take a significant step forward.

7/2

2

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

15:05 Doncaster

Stringtoyourbow

11st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

held up in rear

9/1

Form: 36

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Encouraging third on debut at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) in December before a lesser run at Musselburgh (1m7f, soft); today's longer trip on hurdle debut could be a plus but others have more compelling claims.

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2

15th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

17:50 Worcester

Dom Bosco

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Tom George

Fair maiden hurdler but offered little on his first go over fences when remote fifth to Sir Jack West in C&D handicap 29 days ago; needs to take a big step forward.

16/1

5th

1

17th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

13:40 Worcester

Dom Bosco

12st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Tom George

Made it 0-8 when below par in handicap hurdle at Exeter last month but he's on a competitive mark on his best hurdle form and this 6yo is not ruled out now switched to fences in a first-time tongue-tie.

10/1

12th

3

21st Apr 2023

Good

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:35 Exeter

Dom Bosco

11st 13lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Tom George

Not threatened in either of his handicaps at about 2m4f but had more behind than in front on both occasions; could be helped by returning to this trip and considered.

15/2

Form: 08

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Tailed off at big odds on his first two starts.

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6th

6

2nd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

13:55 Wincanton

Saffron Tiger

11st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sue Gardner

Big odds when showing little in a bumper and two hurdle races.

100/1

8

13th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:30 Exeter

Saffron Tiger

11st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sue Gardner

Tailed off at big odds on his first two starts.

100/1

8th

8

2nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

16:10 Exeter

Saffron Tiger

11st 7lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sue Gardner

Bred to be suited by this step up in trip but he was tailed off at 66-1 on his debut in a Wincanton bumper (1m7f, soft) on Boxing Day.

100/1

Form: 0-P7

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Won Irish maiden point in October 2020 but struggled on both starts for Paul Nicholls and same story on recent stable debut at Wincanton.

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7th

10

30th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

14:45 Wincanton

Tamgho Borget

10st 1lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Didn't show any significant promise in three maiden/hurdles this season (1m7f-2m5f) but beat a now-useful hurdler when winning an Irish point in 2020; one to watch in the betting before today's chase/handicap debut.

10/1

9

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 91y

Class 5

16:18 Newcastle

Tamgho Borget

10st 2lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Christian Williams

Winning pointer; hasn't shown a great deal over hurdles but his point form was solid and he could prove a different proposition now going chasing over this longer trip on handicap debut.

6/1

10

13th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:30 Exeter

Tamgho Borget

11st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Won Irish maiden point in October 2020 but struggled on both starts for Paul Nicholls and same story on recent stable debut at Wincanton.

40/1

Form: 858

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten on all three starts and his trainer has far more obvious claims with Triple Trade.

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6th

7

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

16:28 Taunton

West Orchard

10st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Mixed form since winning at Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft) in November on second chase start but he was a good second at Wincanton (3m1f, heavy) last time and that form was franked by the winner; capable of a bold show.

4/1

2nd

5

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

16:40 Wincanton

West Orchard

10st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

2m3f chase winner (good to soft) last November, when 1lb lower; below that level in four subsequent starts, despite being placed in his last two; drops 2lb; still a probable player.

11/2

3rd

6

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:50 Fontwell

West Orchard

10st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Jumped well and made all at Plumpton (near 2m4f, good to soft) in November on second start over fences; right out of form on next outings but there was a partial recovery when these cheekpieces were enlisted at Wincanton (15l second) latest, so he's considered in this weak race.

7/2

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Triple Trade

RP Ratings:

Doctor Ken

Daily Mail:

Bonza Boy

POSTDATA:

Triple Trade

WEST COUNTRY:

Triple Trade

Telegraph:

Triple Trade

Daily Mirror:

Triple Trade

The Sun:

Triple Trade

The Star:

Triple Trade

Daily Record:

Triple Trade

TOPSPEED:

Doctor Ken

The Times:

Doctor Ken

Daily Express:

Doctor Ken