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Virgin Bet Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5064.78
  • 2m 3f 173y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
  • Win time: 5m 30s
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Virgin Bet Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £19.00
  • Place: £3.40

Form: 3453P

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Five-race maiden; easily her best run in handicaps was an 8l third on heavy ground at Chepstow and there was an excuse at Exeter as she made a very bad mid-race mistake; has run moderately at 2m4f but she should stay.

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1st

8

17th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:40 Sandown

Lettie Lutz

10st 9lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Clarke

Five-race maiden; easily her best run in handicaps was an 8l third on heavy ground at Chepstow and there was an excuse at Exeter as she made a very bad mid-race mistake; has run moderately at 2m4f but she should stay.

12/1

8

2nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

13:40 Exeter

Lettie Lutz

11st 2lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Ben Clarke

Found little over 2m4f on handicap debut but confirmed earlier promise when keeping-on third back over 2m at Chepstow last month (heavy; first-time tongue-tie, retained); this intermediate trip could suit; not far away.

13/2

3rd

5

6th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

12:05 Chepstow

Lettie Lutz

10st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Clarke

Went close in point bumper last winter; shaped with promise over C&D (soft) and at Exeter in her first two hurdle runs but was laboured on her handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m4f) last month; still has time on her side and now drops back in trip but she needs to kick on again to make a serious impact; tongue-tie added.

12/1

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15/2

  • Place: £2.70

Form: /35/32

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

0-8 in France but had good form, posting an RPR of 131 over fences (on heavy); ran a modest first race for this yard but was better in chasing home the favourite in a 3m maiden hurdle at Doncaster (good to soft) and that's something to build on now handicapping; considered.

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5

23rd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 80y

16:45 Tipperary

Amenon

11st 8lb

J: Mr T O’Connor

T: Turlough O’Connor

Formerly useful for Paul Nicholls; modest form in points and hunter chases for current yard.

50/1

6th

1

1st Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:43 Cork

Amenon

12st 0lb

J: Mr T O’Connor

T: Turlough O’Connor

midfield, not fluent 5 out, weakened from 3 out

100/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 105323

Last run: 19 days

W: 12st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Has finished bang there in his last three handicaps, the first two on heavy ground at 2m and latterly proving his stamina for 2m4f on good at Uttoxeter; highly likely to give his running once more but it's clear that his current mark is about right.

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5th

5

21st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Lingfield

Wicked West

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Returned from break with satisfactory effort in October and arguably ran better than eventual 24l defeat might suggest when fifth at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) last month; on a good mark now and today's trip-and-ground combination will suit; worth a second look.

11/1

5th

7

20th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

14:25 Exeter

Wicked West

11st 0lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dr Richard Newland

Below best in two runs this term, despite what his form figures might suggest; successful over C&D (good) in April but he's now 5lb higher in a deeper contest and taking on some very interesting rivals.

16/1

Form: 122 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Progressive novice form at about this trip (on heavy and soft) before appearing to find the drop back to 1m7f against him when a 10l second on his handicap debut, though he again ran well (clear of the rest); same mark for this and, returned to further, he should be in the thick of it.

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4th

4

17th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:40 Sandown

Essential Jaco

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Progressive novice form at about this trip (on heavy and soft) before appearing to find the drop back to 1m7f against him when a 10l second on his handicap debut, though he again ran well (clear of the rest); same mark for this and, returned to further, he should be in the thick of it.

11/4

2nd

3

26th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

15:50 Wincanton

Essential Jaco

11st 7lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Won easily on last month's rules debut at Lingfield (2m3f, heavy) and wasn't discredited when clear second at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) 24 days ago; drops in trip for this handicap debut and remains very much of interest.

11/2

2nd

1

2nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

13:10 Plumpton

Essential Jaco

11st 8lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Narrowly beaten in his second point; ran out a comfortable winner on his hurdling debut at Lingfield (2m3f, heavy) and looked a nice prospect there, for all that the opposition wasn't up to much; penalised but unexposed.

8/11

Form: 3-341 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Placed in an Irish bumper before joining Olly Murphy; off the mark with an industrious display in a maiden over this far at Bangor (soft); encouraging to see the second go in next time and this mark could be okay.

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3rd

4

23rd Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

14:10 Wetherby

Contemplatemyfaith

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

held up in rear, not fluent 4th, pushed along briefly 9th, headway before 12th, not fluent 4 out, pushed along before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened approaching last

11/2

5th

6

17th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:40 Sandown

Contemplatemyfaith

11st 10lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Placed in an Irish bumper before joining Olly Murphy; off the mark with an industrious display in a maiden over this far at Bangor (soft); encouraging to see the second go in next time and this mark could be okay.

5/2

1st

2

13th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 4

14:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Contemplatemyfaith

11st 8lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

Joined Olly Murphy after displaying significant promise on both starts in Ireland last season (point/bumper) and was creditable third on stable/hurdle debut at Lingfield (2m3f, good to soft) in November; below that form when beaten favourite last month but remains one to be interested in.

5/2

Form: -12533

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Winner of a Newton Abbot handicap in October off 5lb lower; has posted an improved RPR of 118 in three of his four subsequent starts, including a second over similar trip/ground to today's at Ascot (behind an improver); blinkers replace cheekpieces and has a big run in him.

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13

23rd Oct 2022

Good

3m 0f 149y

Class 3

13:30 Aintree

Grangeclare Glory

11st 5lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

Suited by return to 3m in the spring, notably when easily winning four-runner race at Ffos Las (good); returns from five-month break here, though, and will need a career best to land this prize.

14/1

1st

1

17th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:15 Ffos Las

Grangeclare Glory

11st 5lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

Just 1-11 over hurdles, the win gained on seasonal debut at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good to soft) in October, but looked well suited by the return to 3m when very respectable fourth of 13 at Newbury (good) this month.

9/2

Form: 79-2F5

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Runner-up at Warwick and then held every chance before falling late on at Ffos Las in November (2m4f, soft); however, he was easy to back when dropping away with a whimper at Ludlow and doesn't look particularly well treated on handicap debut even on those best pieces of form; queried for now.

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2

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

16:50 Newbury

Moonlight Flit

11st 10lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Nicky Henderson

3

17th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:40 Sandown

Moonlight Flit

11st 11lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Runner-up at Warwick and then held every chance before falling late on at Ffos Las in November (2m4f, soft); however, he was easy to back when dropping away with a whimper at Ludlow and doesn't look particularly well treated on handicap debut even on those best pieces of form; queried for now.

8/1

5th

6

10th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

14:45 Ludlow

Moonlight Flit

12st 8lb

Struggled in two bumpers last season but was a promising second on his hurdling debut at Warwick (2m3f, soft) last May and he had every chance when falling at the last at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) on his return in November; made a few mistakes in that race but he still has plenty of potential for top yard and is an interesting contender.

5/2

Form: 8622-

Last run: 332 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner who improved with each start in bumpers/novices last season, winding up with a close second over a similar trip at Plumpton (good; fine on softer); brings potential into handicaps but lacking a run is probably not ideal.

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7

17th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:40 Sandown

Robin Des Smoke

10st 10lb

J: Daniel Hiskett

T: Richard Phillips

Irish point winner who improved with each start in bumpers/novices last season, winding up with a close second over a similar trip at Plumpton (good; fine on softer); brings potential into handicaps but lacking a run is probably not ideal.

12/1

Form: 1-4449

Last run: 75 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Won a bumper on fast ground (modest form) but it was soft when a 16l fourth of 11 in a 2m novice hurdle at Ffos Las in November; that form offers some hope off this mark but it's hard to be confident.

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7th

7

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

15:05 Lingfield

Colonial Empire

11st 7lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Three wins over hurdles (1m7f/2m) last winter and he got back near that form when a 2l third at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) last month; now goes back up in trip but he rallied well last time and has gone close at 2m4f in the past; respected.

6/1

3rd

6

8th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Colonial Empire

11st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Held up off a strong gallop before coming clear at Taunton on his final run of last season (2m, good); the ground was heavy when quiet on reappearance at Chepstow and entitled to come on for that run.

10/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Essential Jaco

RP Ratings:

Contemplatemyfaith

The Sun:

Wicked West

TOPSPEED:

Lettie Lutz

LAMBOURN:

Moonlight Flit

WEST COUNTRY:

Grangeclare Glory

The Times:

Essential Jaco

The Guardian:

Essential Jaco

Daily Mail:

Essential Jaco

Daily Express:

Essential Jaco

Daily Mirror:

Essential Jaco

POSTDATA:

Contemplatemyfaith

Telegraph:

Contemplatemyfaith

Daily Record:

Contemplatemyfaith

The Star:

Wicked West