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Visit Irish Store Sales With ITM Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5827.22
  • 2m 3f 154y
  • Class 4
  • 12 runners
  • Win time: 5m 15s
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Visit Irish Store Sales With ITM Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.88
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 54-12 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Showed promise in bumpers and he has quickly made an impact over hurdles, winning at Newcastle (2m4f, soft) in January and running well under a penalty when second over C&D (good) 11 days ago; goes well with forcing tactics; should be thereabouts once more.

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5th

3

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

15:35 Perth

Raffertys Return

11st 12lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Has improved with headgear on last three starts, winning over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) in first time cheekpieces and then scoring over 2m4f at Newcastle in a visor; could go well again despite 7lb rise.

4/1

1st

5

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 3

16:05 Newcastle

Raffertys Return

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

In first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces combination when beating three rivals over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) but he was a weakener when the visor was added at Kelso; takes on progressive opposition here and may struggle.

15/2

7th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Raffertys Return

10st 6lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Readily made all in four-runner handicap at Carlisle (2m3f, heavy) 12 days ago in first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces; the strength of that form is dubious, but he's still 3lb lower than when a fair fourth in this last year (good to soft) and is not ruled out; visor replaces cheekpieces.

9/1

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11/4

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 124 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Looked a useful prospect when winning a point (soft) and a Lingfield maiden hurdle (2m3f, good to soft) on his first two starts; has contested Grade 2 novices since, far from disgraced when fourth of seven at Warwick (2m5f, soft) last time; drops in grade and looks the one to beat.

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5th

1

11th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Huntingdon

Viva Lavilla

12st 0lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

led, headed and raced in second 6th

5/1

3rd

1

25th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 199y

Class 4

14:50 Ffos Las

Viva Lavilla

12st 0lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Low-mileage 7yo who recorded his best run over fences when third of five in 2m4f Wetherby handicap in January; cheekpieces go on now and this point winner can't be ruled out.

5/1

3

29th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 3

14:35 Market Rasen

Viva Lavilla

11st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Point/hurdle winner; three starts over rules fences and has threatened in the latest pair (favourite in both) but hasn't really seen the races out; chance may hinge on cheekpieces giving him a boost.

3/1

6/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 19-3

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Odds-on winner of Exeter bumper (soft) on debut when with Colin Tizzard; made satisfactory start over hurdles when 10l third of ten at Leicester (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago, keeping on; still holds entries in two novice hurdles at Cheltenham; open to improvement and has to be respected.

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10th

15

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Autonomous Cloud

10st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Fergal O’Brien

Both chase wins were over 3m in the mud at Uttoxeter; bled from the nose in the Welsh National at Christmas; back in serious contention when next seen in the Midlands National at Uttoxeter (4m2f, heavy; tongue tied first time) five weeks ago but ran out of steam behind three of these approaching the final fence and, although this race is a bit shorter, that performance leaves him with a bit to prove.

20/1

4th

6

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Autonomous Cloud

10st 13lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Only contested six chases and both wins have been here, narrowly beating Iron Bridge (with whom he is 7lb worse off) in the 3m novice handicap on this card 12 months ago (soft) and following up eight months later over the same trip (heavy; two finished); he wasn't the only one not to do himself justice in a gruelling Welsh National at Christmas (bled from the nose) on sole sighting since; good jumper who keeps galloping and excellent chance if bringing his A game to the party; now has tongue tied.

6/1

0

11

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Autonomous Cloud

10st 9lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Progressive in his five chases and has had just ten races overall; pipped Iron Bridge at Uttoxeter on final start last term; reappeared in four-runner race there (3m, heavy) one month ago and was challenging when left well clear three out from the only other finisher; has 4lb penalty; good jumper who keeps on galloping at 3m/3m2f and has more in the tank, which may well be revealed with this step up in class and distance.

7/1

Form: 52

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bred to be useful over 2m4f+; built on debut form when second of 12 in bumper here (heavy; 9-2) last month, leading briefly 2f out; commands plenty of respect on hurdling debut.

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3rd

3

10th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

13:35 Carlisle

Burrow Seven

11st 1lb

J: Oakley Brown

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Runner-up at Wetherby (2m, heavy) on second bumper start and fair fourth there (2m3f, soft) on last month's hurdle debut; improvement necessary today but pedigree provides optimism he'll be suited by the step up in trip.

10/1

4th

7

16th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

13:00 Wetherby

Burrow Seven

11st 0lb

J: Oakley Brown

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Bred to be useful over 2m4f+; built on debut form when second of 12 in bumper here (heavy; 9-2) last month, leading briefly 2f out; commands plenty of respect on hurdling debut.

6/1

2nd

1

7th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:35 Wetherby

Burrow Seven

11st 2lb

His useful pedigree suggests he'll come into his own over further, but he was a promising fifth of 13 on last month's debut at Catterick (1m7f, good to soft; 5-1) and could be a contender today if building on that.

6/1

Form: 7-64

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won a good-ground Irish point in October; modest form over hurdles, beaten 29l when fourth at Leicester on latest; plenty of improvement needed.

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0

11

5th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

14:53 Worcester

Glebe Road

10st 2lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: John Mackie

Maiden under rules; hasn't achieved much in four chases since joining this stable and also 5lb out of the handicap.

33/1

5th

5

6th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

14:45 Southwell

Glebe Road

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: John Mackie

Soundly beaten in all three starts for new stable this year and now 0-9 under rules; 1lb wrong here and clearly needs to do much better.

16/1

7th

4

23rd May 2023

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

16:00 Huntingdon

Glebe Road

10st 11lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: John Mackie

Left Charlie Longsdon after disappointing chasing debut in November and didn't fire on either start for new stable towards end of last season; needs to turn a corner.

14/1

Form: P3

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Placed in only one of his four Irish points; sent off at long odds for both starts over hurdles and he exceeded expectations when third of 12 over 2m here (good to soft; 150-1) on latest; more needed, although this longer trip should be well within his range.

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5th

3

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

17:00 Hexham

Follow Your Arrow

11st 11lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

Runner-up off 8lb higher in this race (good to soft) last year but he's lost his way since last July and has been pulled in last three runs; now returns to chasing after a break but he needs a major turnaround; cheekpieces worn last time are removed.

33/1

0

3

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

14:07 Sedgefield

Follow Your Arrow

11st 10lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

in touch with leaders on outer

20/1

Form: 49

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Well held in two novice hurdles and probably won't come into his own until contesting handicaps; stablemate of Pileup and Poetria.

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16th

11

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Johnsons Blue

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Boasts an excellent (8-15) strike-rate over hurdles and posted a career best when winning ten-runner race at Doncaster (3m, soft; length down when left clear two out) in February; has a good attitude and may not have reached his ceiling just yet, but this is more competitive and he's up 5lb.

25/1

1st

2

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Johnsons Blue

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

took keen hold, prominent, led after 1st

7/2

Form: 86-5

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

There's some potential in his pedigree and he hinted at promise on bumper debut in November 2020, but he has been disappointing twice since, including over hurdles last month; needs the tongue-strap to have a positive effect.

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7th

10

1st Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 5

13:15 Catterick

Sir Jim

10st 3lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Ruth Jefferson

prominent on outer, pecked on landing 1st

20/1

9th

13

17th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 149y

Class 5

13:03 Newcastle

Sir Jim

10st 2lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Ruth Jefferson

7yo who has raced just seven times and has had wind surgery since his last outing in May; however, it needs to make a big difference as he was well beaten in his first two handicaps in the spring.

25/1

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Out of an unraced half-sister to the Arkle and Champion Chase heroine Put The Kettle On but he was pulled up in an Irish point last spring; best watched unless the market speaks in his favour.

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0

2

5th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 137y

Class 5

16:00 Huntingdon

Pileup

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

held up in rear, fell 1st

7/2

5th

1

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

14:20 Market Rasen

Pileup

12st 0lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Mark Walford

0-8 over hurdles and 0-12 overall but seemingly aided by a visor when placed twice over C&D (good) last month and has obvious claims if in similar form again.

4/1

2nd

4

23rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

15:20 Market Rasen

Pileup

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

in touch with leaders

9/2

Form: 54

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Second in soft-ground maiden point in December but well held in novice hurdles; likely to be of more interest when tackling handicaps.

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4th

8

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 5

14:40 Market Rasen

Beat The Edge

10st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Tim Easterby

Stays 3m so it wasn't a bad run at Wetherby in March over 1m7f (soft); an infrequent winner but well handicapped and has not had many chances on good ground.

5/2

3rd

8

28th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 36y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Beat The Edge

10st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Tim Easterby

Sole career success came off 5lb higher in this race in 2023 (soft); mixed form this term (at up to 2m3f); well treated and has possibilities back here.

11/2

Form: 311 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Promising 5yo who won bumper at Southwell in December and novice hurdle at Wincanton (2m4f) in January, both on good to soft ground; made the running and rallied gamely in latter, and the form was franked when the second won next time; improvement likely and he should go well under a penalty.

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4th

8

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Abuffalosoldier

10st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Made it 2-2 at Newbury when winning a 2m6f handicap there by 10l in January (good to soft); that triggered a 9lb rise which anchored him when a well-held there back there a month ago; held by Deeper Blue on that form.

12/1

3rd

3

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Abuffalosoldier

11st 5lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Showed the benefit of a wind op when posting career-best performance to win by 10l here (2m6f, good to soft) in first-time cheekpieces in January; went up 9lb for that but still enters calculations.

100/30

1st

1

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 4

14:35 Newbury

Abuffalosoldier

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Clear best effort over fences when second at Hereford (3m1f, good) in November; had wind surgery since last run; now wears first-time headgear; sole start at Newbury resulted in 3m hurdle win off 1lb higher; interesting back here.

8/1

Form: 75

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Won a maiden point in Ireland (good ground; third attempt) in September but he has shown only modest form under rules, including when well held at Leicester on British debut two weeks ago; others appeal more.

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6th

8

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 5

16:05 Huntingdon

Baghdad Central

11st 1lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Nick Kent

Gained his breakthrough victory at Carlisle (2m3f) last April and wasn't disgraced after 11 weeks off when a fading fifth of 12 in 2m3f Doncaster handicap last month; he should take a step forward now.

12/1

Form: 1-15 D

Last run: 73 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Won her only start in points (good to soft) and followed up with a ready success in a Cheltenham bumper (good) after which she changed hands for £140,000; made smooth winning hurdling debut at Ayr (2m4f, good) in October so her 21l fifth of eight at Kelso (2m5f, soft) next time was clearly disappointing; needs to bounce back but that's not out of the question.

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2

24th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 133y

Class 5

14:15 Hexham

The Player Queen

12st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Point winner who won twice over hurdles (2m4f/1m7f) last season but she's struggled in her last five starts including pulled-up efforts in her last two handicaps; dropped another 4lb but she needs to turn things around on this switch to chasing; cheekpieces worn last time are removed.

25/1

15

10th Jan 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

15:00 Doncaster

The Player Queen

10st 12lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Rose Dobbin

Winner of 2m4f maiden and 1m7f novice hurdles last winter but her handicap form this winter has not been up to scratch; big turnaround needed for first-time cheekpieces.

25/1

3

3rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

12:15 Musselburgh

The Player Queen

11st 3lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Rose Dobbin

Won twice over hurdles last season (2m4f/1m7f) and is still lightly raced, but looked out of sorts on both appearances towards end of last year and needs a good boost from the first-time cheekpieces here.

14/1

28/1

Form: 6437

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

4yo; third against her own age-group over 2m here (soft) in December but soundly beaten at Newcastle next time; improvement needed.

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10

7th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

16:42 Southwell

Poetria

10st 5lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

0-14 but was placed over hurdles and she did go off favourite for chase debut at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy) where an early mistake didn't help matters (ended up last of five); better was expected by all accounts and she tries cheekpieces.

8/1

5th

5

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 5

16:30 Newcastle

Poetria

10st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Mark Walford

13-race maiden who hasn't threatened over hurdles the last twice; however, she's on a competitive mark on her best form in that sphere and she's only six; one to watch in the betting on her chase debut.

7/1

4th

10

11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 5

12:45 Catterick

Poetria

10st 9lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Inconsistent 12-race maiden; fair third at Sedgefield (2m5f, soft) on her seasonal return in November but she's not gone on from that and was a remote third at Newcastle last month; now tries this new trip in headgear and she comes with risks attached.

10/1

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Straight Forecast £44.70
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Viva Lavilla

LAMBOURN:

Abuffalosoldier

Telegraph:

Burrow Seven

WEST COUNTRY:

Autonomous Cloud

Daily Express:

Abuffalosoldier

Daily Mirror:

Abuffalosoldier

The Star:

Abuffalosoldier

RP Ratings:

Viva Lavilla

TOPSPEED:

Viva Lavilla

POSTDATA:

Viva Lavilla

The Times:

Viva Lavilla

The Guardian:

Viva Lavilla

Daily Mail:

Viva Lavilla

The Sun:

Viva Lavilla