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13:00 Kelso

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Sam’s 80th Birthday Bash Handicap Hurdle (Go North Brindisi Breeze Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £4520.18
  • 2m 6f 151y
  • Class 4
  • 12 runners
  • Win time: 6m 9s
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Sam’s 80th Birthday Bash Handicap Hurdle (Go North Brindisi Breeze Series Qualifier)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain and wind

33/1 (Won)

  • Win: £19.00
  • Place: £3.80

Form: 486D560 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

C&D winner last May but has rarely threatened since and this ground could go soft enough for her.

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1st

6

11th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 217y

15:55 Clonmel

Lissen To The Lady

11st 4lb

J: Miss J Walton

T: Miss M Harding

raced wide, soon prominent, went second before 5th, led before 7th, headed and pressed leader after 8th

8/1

5th

11

28th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

15:15 Limerick

Lissen To The Lady

10st 8lb

J: Miss J Walton

T: Miss M Harding

towards rear, headway on inner after 2 out (usual 3 out), weakened approaching last

25/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 5-4213 BF

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Won by 9l in first-time cheekpieces at Ayr (2m4f, soft) and was found wanting off an 8lb higher mark at Newcastle (2m6f, good), though again he ran well; further 2lb nudge no help and he does wander under pressure.

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9th

11

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

16:30 Kelso

Goodtimes Badtimes

11st 1lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Sandy Thomson

A dual hurdles scorer early in 2022 but he's been off the track for 22 months since coming in a good second over 2m6f here; others are preferred on this occasion.

10/1

2nd

4

4th May 2022

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:15 Kelso

Goodtimes Badtimes

11st 10lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

10/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 732339

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Second and third in C&D novices here this season but didn't see out nearly 3m as well as the principals in a Newcastle handicap last month, finishing behind Bullion Boss; still early days, mind.

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6th

9

26th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 6f 121y

Class 3

14:05 Perth

Return Fire

10st 9lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Relinquished his unbeaten record at Hexham a month ago when unseating and wasn't going well at the time; has yet to convince beyond 3m and others appeal more.

25/1

2

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

16:30 Hexham

Return Fire

11st 13lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

in touch with leaders, dropped to rear 3rd, not fluent 8th, mistake and unseated 3 out

3/1

Form: 1P-768 CD

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

80-1 winner of this 12 months ago (soft) but there's been nothing to shout about since; opposable despite a potentially good mark.

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11

10th May 2023

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:15 Kelso

Ryedale Racer

10st 2lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: Catch Bissett

Defied a higher mark over C&D in early 2021; absent since breaking a blood vessel at Hexham (stable debut) just over a year ago; returns as a 12yo; market can guide.

50/1

1

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:15 Hexham

Ryedale Racer

11st 12lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: Catch Bissett

Regressive veteran who has done all his winning on ground slower than good (three times here); signed off for Nick Alexander with respectable fourth at Kelso (2m6f, soft) in February and runs off another career-low mark here but may find the conditions too lively; first runner for Nick Alexander's former assistant, Catch Bissett.

14/1

1

17th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:45 Hexham

Ryedale Racer

11st 12lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: N W Alexander

Three-time course winner (including C&D); clearly isn't the force of old in his advancing years, although the handicapper is giving him every assistance; held fourth of 12 at Kelso (2m6f, soft; 25-1) four weeks ago.

17/2

Form: 6-1843

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Perth winner over 2m4f on soft ground last May and best effort since when 10l third of 15 at Ayr last time; each-way possibilities despite being 3lb wrong.

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10th

12

10th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 5

13:00 Carlisle

Silk Or Scarlet

10st 2lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: N W Alexander

Mixed form this season and this 10yo was soundly beaten at Kelso last month, but prior to that he was a good third of 15 off this mark at Ayr (2m4f, soft) and he's not ruled out for his in-form stable.

10/1

5th

15

18th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:00 Kelso

Silk Or Scarlet

10st 0lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: N W Alexander

Perth winner over 2m4f on soft ground last May and best effort since when 10l third of 15 at Ayr last time; each-way possibilities despite being 3lb wrong.

8/1

10

16th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 154y

Class 5

15:50 Wetherby

Silk Or Scarlet

10st 9lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: N W Alexander

Took well to first-time cheekpieces at Perth (2m4f, soft) last May, opening his account; best effort since when 10l third of 15 at Ayr last time; each-way possibilities again from the same mark.

9/1

Form: 63-89

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Close up on her hurdling debut at Newcastle (2m) but may have been flattered given subsequent defeats, the latest upped to 2m6f; goes handicapping with a good bit to prove.

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5

24th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

15:25 Hexham

Maid Of Houxty

11st 8lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Donald Whillans

Off the mark at the 11th attempt when battling well to beat a clear second in a Newcastle handicap (2m7f, heavy) last month; this is a deeper race but a 3lb rise looks fair and she's open to more progress over fences; big player.

7/2

1st

3

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 5

16:00 Newcastle

Maid Of Houxty

11st 6lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Donald Whillans

in touch with leaders on outer

6/4

3rd

6

14th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 5

16:30 Ayr

Maid Of Houxty

10st 11lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Donald Whillans

Nine-race maiden; built upon her seasonal/chase debut when second of five at Kelso (3m2f, soft) in November but looked rather laboured when well-held fourth at Catterick (3m1f, soft) on New Year's Day and will need to show a bit more zest here.

8/1

Form: 243705

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Better for cheekpieces when beaten under 5l after a positive ride at Sedgefield (2m5f, good) 19 days ago, though he wandered about a bit under pressure; remains to be seen if he'll progress.

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9

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 100y

17:10 Downpatrick

Soivegotachance

12st 0lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: Stephen McConville

led, headed but prominent 2nd, pushed along after 5 out, weakened quickly and pulled up before 3 out

8/1

4th

4

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

Soivegotachance

11st 11lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Daragh Bourke

No wins but placed twice over hurdles; respectable fifth at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) on latest start 15 days ago; didn't do enough in three points to make him an attractive proposition on chasing debut.

13/2

5th

1

28th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

15:55 Carlisle

Soivegotachance

11st 12lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Daragh Bourke

Ran well from the front when fifth in first-time cheekpieces at Sedgefield (2m5f, good) last month but finished tired on soft ground at Kelso (2m6f) recently; now 0-7 over hurdles; dropped in trip today.

8/1

Form: -08777

Last run: 75 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

1-7 in points; 0-10 under rules and has been uncompetitive in three handicap hurdles for this yard, from 2m to 2m6f.

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1st

10

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

16:00 Hexham

Dr Shirocco

10st 5lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Sandy Forster

towards rear, headway and in touch with leaders 9th

6/1

2nd

8

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 5

14:15 Musselburgh

Dr Shirocco

11st 1lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Sandy Forster

First wins under rules came last year in 2m4f handicap chases at Hexham (good) in June and this track (good to soft; led final strides) in November; form figures at this track read 22216 but there's a bit more for him to prove over this far and, as latest start showed again, on soft ground.

5/1

Form: 64-346 C

Last run: 171 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Point and 2m5f novice hurdle winner; never achieved much in three handicaps last year, two over fences and last time back over hurdles; Brian Hughes is booked but hard to be confident about him.

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7th

3

19th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 34y

Class 5

15:20 Sedgefield

Franks Fancy

11st 8lb

J: Mr Lyall Hodgins

T: Chris Grant

9th

9

25th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

14:55 Musselburgh

Franks Fancy

10st 7lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Chris Grant

Dropping down the weights and today's return to better ground may be in his favour, but it's a long time since he's been competitive and others are far more compelling.

20/1

5th

4

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

Franks Fancy

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Chris Grant

Returning from six months on the sidelines when a tailed-off ninth at Kelso (2m6f, soft) last month; yet to win in handicap company and hard to enthuse over despite falling mark.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: P7-13R

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

An Ayr winner at 3m last May and was then a close third off this mark at Cartmel; however, wouldn't want the ground any easier than good to soft and she refused to take part here 15 days ago.

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2

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

Final Reminder

11st 11lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Won over this C&D (good to soft) last May but refused to race at Kelso last month; consented to take part after being led into the start at Catterick (3m1f, soft) on latest outing but finished a well-beaten fourth; others more appealing.

8/1

4th

2

1st Mar 2022

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

15:50 Catterick

Final Reminder

11st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

Ayr winner at 3m last May and she was then a close third off this mark at Cartmel; however, she refused to take part at Kelso in February and is one to have reservations about after that.

16/1

1

18th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:00 Kelso

Final Reminder

11st 12lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: N W Alexander

An Ayr winner at 3m last May and was then a close third off this mark at Cartmel; however, wouldn't want the ground any easier than good to soft and she refused to take part here 15 days ago.

12/1

Form: 211336

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Back-to-back wins at Ayr (2m3f/3m, good to soft) in November and subsequent form offers encouragement that he can cope with this sort of mark; not at his very best last time but getting back on softer ground should help.

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2

22nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

16:18 Perth

Be The Difference

11st 11lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Philip Kirby

4th

4

22nd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

15:55 Market Rasen

Be The Difference

11st 6lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Scored twice at Ayr (2m3f/3m, good to soft) in November and largely consistent otherwise this term, most recently 10l second at Catterick (3m1f); in the mix.

9/2

Form: 520-PP

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Hasn't taken to fences this season but has undergone wind surgery since his latest non-completion and a case can be made on some of his hurdle form.

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6

4th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:25 Kelso

Off The Beat

11st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Stays 3m; edging down the weights but that's because he tailed off on final start last term and pulled up on all three this season; had wind surgery before latest.

25/1

6

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

Off The Beat

11st 3lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Sandy Thomson

Pulled up on all three starts during the winter, the first two in chases and latterly over hurdles on first outing after wind surgery; chance on some of his old hurdle form but can't be recommended until showing signs of a revival.

33/1

6

18th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:00 Kelso

Off The Beat

11st 7lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Sandy Thomson

Hasn't taken to fences this season but has undergone wind surgery since his latest non-completion and a case can be made on some of his hurdle form.

33/1

Form: 18-462

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Heavy-ground bumper winner who ran his best race yet over hurdles in finishing second-best behind a smart novice over 2m here a month ago, keeping on well; interesting over this longer trip now sent into handicaps.

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2nd

6

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

14:20 Perth

Travail DOrfevre

10st 6lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Reappeared with a win at Carlisle (2m, soft) last October and has run well when second/third off this mark on his five starts since (1m7f-2m4f, heavy/soft); vulnerable if bumping into one ahead of their mark but he can give another good account; no surprise if he comes out on top.

6/1

3rd

6

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 207y

Class 2

14:47 Carlisle

Travail DOrfevre

10st 3lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders, midfield 6th

5/1

2nd

3

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:05 Ayr

Travail DOrfevre

11st 10lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Consistent sort who has form figures of 1222 this season, creditable second at this venue (2m4f/2m, heavy/soft) the last twice; holds very solid claims off the same mark and looks a must for the shortlist.

2/1

Form: 56-434

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Only 1-24 but he's consistent and has been beaten single-digit lengths in his last two handicaps; unlikely to be far away.

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6th

16

8th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

15:10 Kelso

Bullion Boss

10st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

held up in rear, no impression from 3 out

25/1

6th

5

28th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

17:05 Wetherby

Bullion Boss

11st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Tailed off at Carlisle three weeks ago when back from a long layoff and he has to prove how much ability he retains; however, he may have needed that run and this 8yo is well treated on his 2021-22 form.

16/1

9th

9

7th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

14:05 Carlisle

Bullion Boss

10st 8lb

J: Mr William Hamilton

T: Nicky Richards

Consistent sort (and a 3m hurdles winner) in 2021 but he returns from a 23-month absence here so others are preferred on this occasion.

12/1

Form: P40P51 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Looked in trouble at one point but he responded well for pressure in the first-time blinkers and won going away at Newcastle (2m7f, good; backed into 7-2); would like to see him back that up before getting too carried away; raised 6lb.

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7

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 6f 0y

Class 5

13:25 Newcastle

Tartan Cookie

11st 8lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Ewan Whillans

Course winner over slightly further last season and stuck to his task very well when third at Catterick (3m1f, soft) this month but may find some of the unexposed ones better handicapped.

10/1

3rd

2

1st Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 5

13:15 Catterick

Tartan Cookie

11st 7lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Ewan Whillans

in touch with leaders

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £854.00
Straight Forecast £713.80
Tricast £3505.70
Trifecta £6685.00

Selections

The Guardian:

Goodtimes Badtimes

POSTDATA:

Return Fire

TOPSPEED:

Bullion Boss

The Star:

Tartan Cookie

The Sun:

Soivegotachance

RP Ratings:

Ryedale Racer

Daily Mail:

Goodtimes Badtimes

Daily Mirror:

Goodtimes Badtimes

The Times:

Return Fire

Daily Express:

Bullion Boss