February 17 / 14.02 Fontwell

14.02 Fontwell

Soft

Cazoo Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5663.84
  • 2m 3f 49y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
  • Win time: 5m 12s
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Cazoo Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.13
  • Place: £1.30

Form: -05432

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Ex-French performer; has record of 0-13 but he went very close in first-time blinkers here (2m1f, good to soft) ten days ago; goes back up in trip but he ran well over 2m3f (soft) on his penultimate run and is a key player off same mark as last time (due to be 2lb higher in future).
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1

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 1f 164y

Class 5

15:27 Plumpton

C’est Quelqu’un

11st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Sean Curran

6

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:35 Chepstow

C’est Quelqu’un

11st 10lb

J: Jack Wildman

T: Sean Curran

Blinkered and tongue tied this year on last three outings, raising his game at Fontwell on first two occasions (2m2f second and 2m3f win); pulled up, however, at Southwell latest; unraced on good ground since the autumn; needs to resume his progress.

12/1

6

7th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

15:55 Southwell

C’est Quelqu’un

11st 9lb

J: David Bass

T: Sean Curran

Took well to blinkers at Fontwell the last twice; opened his account on latest occasion (2m3f, soft) and that form has been boosted by the runner-up since; may well progress further.

6/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 8801

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 5yo who made it fourth-time lucky over hurdles with a much improved win at Wincanton (1m7f, soft; 80-1) last month; up 6lb at this new trip but he's a scopey type who kept on well to beat an in-form rival last time and is open to further progress; respected.
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2nd

1

13th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:35 Warwick

Pilsdon Pen

11st 12lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Progressive sort who made it two wins from his last three starts in ready fashion at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft) 17 days ago; up 9lb for that latest win and back down in trip but likely to take plenty of beating.

6/4

1st

5

24th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 5

13:00 Huntingdon

Pilsdon Pen

11st 6lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Much improved to win at Wincanton (1m7f, soft; 80-1) last month and ran very well after a 6lb rise at Fontwell (2m3f, soft), where the front two came well clear; 5lb higher for future engagements so entitled to have every chance.

9/4

2nd

7

17th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

14:02 Fontwell

Pilsdon Pen

11st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Lightly raced 5yo who made it fourth-time lucky over hurdles with a much improved win at Wincanton (1m7f, soft; 80-1) last month; up 6lb at this new trip but he's a scopey type who kept on well to beat an in-form rival last time and is open to further progress; respected.

9/2

9/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 21533 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner on heavy ground here (2m1f) in October and he's shaped with promise in three maiden hurdles since (finished third over 2m/2m4f last twice); should have more to offer in this sphere and looks interesting back at this track on his handicap debut.
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1st

5

9th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

16:00 Catterick

Spike Jones

11st 0lb

J: Danny Burton

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Fairly useful bumper scorer who arrives on the back of good third on his handicap debut at Fontwell (2m3f) 20 days ago; this longer trip should prove within his compass, so he's in the mix in a first-time tongue-tie.

9/2

3rd

3

17th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

14:02 Fontwell

Spike Jones

11st 12lb

J: Danny Burton

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Bumper winner on heavy ground here (2m1f) in October and he's shaped with promise in three maiden hurdles since (finished third over 2m/2m4f last twice); should have more to offer in this sphere and looks interesting back at this track on his handicap debut.

9/2

8

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

16:05 Sandown

Spike Jones

10st 7lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Bumper winner in October; hasn't really progressed in maiden hurdles since but this switch to handicap level may have positive effect; hood worn last time is retained.

14/1

Form: 082415 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Recorded his second hurdle win when scoring at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) last month but he faded into an 11l fifth of 15 off this revised mark here (2m5f) ten days ago; drops back in trip but looks weighted near his best again and others are more persuasive.
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10th

5

10th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 166y

Class 5

16:20 Wincanton

After The Fox

11st 9lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Mrs Jane Williams

Raised his highest official mark ever defied to 92 at Chepstow in January (about 2m3f, soft), but record racing off higher than that now stands at 0-8 following two defeats at Fontwell, the latest by 35l; career best likely needed, and wouldn't necessarily appreciate a dry-out.

10/1

4th

4

17th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

14:02 Fontwell

After The Fox

11st 6lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Mrs Jane Williams

Recorded his second hurdle win when scoring at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) last month but he faded into an 11l fifth of 15 off this revised mark here (2m5f) ten days ago; drops back in trip but looks weighted near his best again and others are more persuasive.

6/1

5th

3

7th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

16:40 Fontwell

After The Fox

11st 11lb

J: Miss Anna Johnston

T: Mrs Jane Williams

Back down the handicap when winning at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) three weeks ago; going back up 7lb for that looks problematic but he's effective over C&D and has each-way claims.

5/1

Form: 522232 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Record of 1-14 over hurdles but he's a consistent type who has finished placed in his last five starts; on same mark as when a rallying second at Market Rasen (2m4f) last Tuesday and he's effective on soft/heavy ground; respected on this drop back in grade.
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5th

4

22nd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 4

13:00 Market Rasen

Cheng Gong

11st 7lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Neil King

1-15 over hurdles, the win gained at Taunton last March; form dipped last time but consistent otherwise of late and may well bounce back; creditable second (behind subsequent scorer) here on penultimate start.

7/1

5th

1

17th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

14:02 Fontwell

Cheng Gong

11st 13lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: Neil King

Record of 1-14 over hurdles but he's a consistent type who has finished placed in his last five starts; on same mark as when a rallying second at Market Rasen (2m4f) last Tuesday and he's effective on soft/heavy ground; respected on this drop back in grade.

7/2

2nd

5

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

13:00 Market Rasen

Cheng Gong

10st 12lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Neil King

Beaten on last nine runs with a habit of finding one or two too good; however, having been placed in his last four races (2m-2m4f, various), his consistency is an appealing trait against rivals who have something to prove.

7/4

Form: F007-6 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Useful in his heyday at up to 2m6f but he's not won since 2016 and has been well held in last five completed starts; goes back up in trip and down in grade but he's need a major upturn in form.
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6th

8

17th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

14:02 Fontwell

Sirop De Menthe

11st 0lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

Useful in his heyday at up to 2m6f but he's not won since 2016 and has been well held in last five completed starts; goes back up in trip and down in grade but he's need a major upturn in form.

16/1

6th

8

5th Jan 2022

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:45 Ffos Las

Sirop De Menthe

10st 4lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

Course winner in 2016; this veteran was well out of form when last seen out in the spring; he's very hard to make a case for on his return.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 7355-0

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Placed on handicap debut at Sandown (2m4f, heavy; first-time hood) last February but he didn't kick on from that in final two runs last season and was tailed off on return for new trainer last month; may have needed that but he's now 0-11 and has a bit to prove.
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4

16th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

14:55 Ffos Las

Gastara

11st 1lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Hawker

0-10 over hurdles but bounced back to form with creditable third at Chepstow (2m3f, good) in March then made good start to chasing career last month, staying on for clear second at Worcester (2m4f, good); untested beyond that trip but has claims here if stamina holds out.

4/1

2nd

1

19th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

16:50 Worcester

Gastara

11st 12lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Hawker

Well beaten over hurdles on first two stable starts but posted good effort when third of 15 at Chepstow (2m4f, good) last month and now makes his chasing debut off the same mark; big player if he takes well to fences.

7/2

Form: 622-P8 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Has struggled at Chepstow in both his runs this season but this course winner is well treated on two runner-up efforts on heavy ground over C&D early last year (including in this race); could revive back at this track and he's one to keep an eye on.
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5

17th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

14:02 Fontwell

Kenny George

11st 5lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Has struggled at Chepstow in both his runs this season but this course winner is well treated on two runner-up efforts on heavy ground over C&D early last year (including in this race); could revive back at this track and he's one to keep an eye on.

11/2

8th

1

17th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:15 Chepstow

Kenny George

11st 12lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Much of his best form has come at Fontwell and he was twice runner-up there early last year; claims on those efforts but he was pulled up over C&D on recent return from 11 months off.

6/1

10

6th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Chepstow

Kenny George

10st 10lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Record of 1-12 over hurdles and his win was in 2019 but he finished close second at Fontwell (2m3f, heavy) in his final two runs last season; returns from 322 days off but he still looks feasibly treated and has claims if he can pick up where he left off.

10/1

Form: 7-P340

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
In the frame on first two outings after a wind op in November, but his form slumped at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) 19 days ago; that took his record to 0-10 and others are more convincing.
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9

17th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

14:02 Fontwell

Cronk Y Knox

10st 6lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

In the frame on first two outings after a wind op in November, but his form slumped at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) 19 days ago; that took his record to 0-10 and others are more convincing.

20/1

14th

12

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

16:08 Uttoxeter

Cronk Y Knox

10st 13lb

J: Katie O’Farrell

T: Alex Hales

In the frame on both outings since a wind op in November, more recently when fourth of 14 (just behind Classic Tune) at Southwell (2m4f, good) this month; each-way claims at least.

14/1

4th

12

3rd Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

15:20 Southwell

Cronk Y Knox

10st 12lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Alex Hales

0-7 over hurdles but, following a wind op and with a tongue-tie fitted, took pleasing step forward when third at Uttoxeter (2m, good to soft) last month; back up in trip today; could have a say.

12/1

Form: /4-4P0

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Won a point in 2019 but not seen a lot of action since and he's struggled at big prices back over hurdles in last four starts; no appeal.
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10

17th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

14:02 Fontwell

Iron In The Soul

10st 0lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Heather Cobb

Won a point in 2019 but not seen a lot of action since and he's struggled at big prices back over hurdles in last four starts; no appeal.

11th

15

30th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

15:20 Fontwell

Iron In The Soul

10st 3lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Heather Cobb

Won a point in 2019 and not seen a lot of action since; has looked limited over hurdles and makes handicap debut as a 10yo.

66/1

6

15th Nov 2021

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

15:45 Plumpton

Iron In The Soul

10st 8lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Heather Cobb

Not seen a lot of action since winning a point in April 2019 and has shown poor form over hurdles, albeit in non-handicaps; opposable.

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Payout
Exacta £141.00
Straight Forecast £101.30
Tricast £243.80
Trifecta £305.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Pilsdon Pen

POSTDATA:

Spike Jones

Daily Express:

C'est Quelqu'un

TOPSPEED:

Cheng Gong

Daily Mirror:

Kenny George

RP Ratings:

Sirop De Menthe

The Times:

Spike Jones

Daily Mail:

Spike Jones

The Star:

C'est Quelqu'un

WEST COUNTRY:

Pilsdon Pen

Telegraph:

Pilsdon Pen

The Guardian:

Pilsdon Pen

The Sun:

Pilsdon Pen

Daily Record:

Cheng Gong