February 19 / 16.10 Ascot

16.10 Ascot

Soft

Ascot Racecourse Supports The Autism In Racing Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Stayers Final Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £8931.44
  • 2m 7f 118y
  • Class 3
  • 15 runners
  • Win time: 6m 21s
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Ascot Racecourse Supports The Autism In Racing Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Stayers Final Qualifier)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

25/1 (Won)

  • Win: £15.00
  • Place: £4.20

Form: 3-82FP

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Went close at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft; 1lb higher today) in November; early faller on chase debut next time and ran poorly on heavy ground latest, given wind surgery soon afterwards; also beaten long way on all three starts on soft; visor (absent on last two outings) returns.
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10

5th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Worcester

Guillemot

11st 7lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

8

13th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 3

15:20 Warwick

Guillemot

10st 7lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Henry Daly

Faller on chase debut and pulled up over hurdles next time; underwent wind surgery ahead of his latest start at Ascot (2m7f, soft) and he delivered in emphatic style; 10lb rise demands much more but he can't be ruled out with this longer trip promising to suit.

4/1

1st

15

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Guillemot

10st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Henry Daly

Went close at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft; 1lb higher today) in November; early faller on chase debut next time and ran poorly on heavy ground latest, given wind surgery soon afterwards; also beaten long way on all three starts on soft; visor (absent on last two outings) returns.

25/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: F-6121 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Fair soft-ground Flat winner who's now translated that form to hurdles, winning at Ludlow (3m, good) and Catterick (3m1f, good to soft) on two of his three starts for new yard; raised another 10lb but he drew well clear on the run-in last time and could have more to offer.
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2nd

1

27th Mar 2022

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

16:11 Carlisle

Art Of Diplomacy

11st 12lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

Has improved since joining this yard, winning twice (3m/3m1f, good/good to soft) and again running well at Ascot (2m7f, soft) last time despite being beaten 12l in second; solid claims.

15/8

2nd

6

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Art Of Diplomacy

11st 7lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

Fair soft-ground Flat winner who's now translated that form to hurdles, winning at Ludlow (3m, good) and Catterick (3m1f, good to soft) on two of his three starts for new yard; raised another 10lb but he drew well clear on the run-in last time and could have more to offer.

6/1

1st

5

13th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

15:10 Catterick

Art Of Diplomacy

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

Drew nicely clear to score on stable debut at Ludlow (3m, good) in November and was a long way clear of the third when second at Hereford (3m1f, good to soft) nine days ago; back in action before another 5lb rise takes effect and should be okay on today's slower ground; obvious contender.

15/8

10/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 423124 D BF

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Solid record this season includes Wetherby win and Warwick second (3m2f, heavy) but he may now find that one or two are better handicapped.
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6th

3

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

14:31 Hereford

Bean In Trouble

11st 9lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Jonjo O’Neill

In good form since the autumn, notably when winning at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) in December; probably doesn't have much margin for error off current handicap mark but is versatile regarding ground and ought to give another good account.

4/1

3rd

9

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Bean In Trouble

11st 4lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Solid record this season includes Wetherby win and Warwick second (3m2f, heavy) but he may now find that one or two are better handicapped.

10/1

4th

2

2nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:45 Exeter

Bean In Trouble

11st 10lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Ran really well on his final four starts last year, including on good ground, and he bagged a win at Wetherby (3m, good to soft); good chance he'll be bang there once more.

11/4

Form: -393P2 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
None too consistent over the last year but he's a proven stayer who has been placed on three of his five outings for new yard, including on soft; respected as each-way candidate.
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1st

5

17th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 3

19:47 Huntingdon

Sirobbie

10st 10lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: David Bridgwater

3rd

13

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

16:29 Haydock

Sirobbie

10st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: David Bridgwater

Form: 4-3123 BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Four novice hurdles this season, on the up at Wincanton (2m5f, good) in the autumn before a lesser show there (2m4f, good to soft) when 6-5 favourite late last month; with stamina in the family, this step up in trip for handicap debut has to be very interesting.
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8th

12

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

16:29 Haydock

Grosvenor Court

10st 8lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alan King

5th

7

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Grosvenor Court

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Four novice hurdles this season, on the up at Wincanton (2m5f, good) in the autumn before a lesser show there (2m4f, good to soft) when 6-5 favourite late last month; with stamina in the family, this step up in trip for handicap debut has to be very interesting.

8/1

3rd

1

26th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 166y

Class 4

16:20 Wincanton

Grosvenor Court

11st 8lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Just too strong for short-odds rival when winning four-runner novice here in October and ran well in defeat here (also 2m5f, good) the following month; has the penalty to shoulder again today but the slightly shorter trip won't be a problem and he sets the hurdling standard.

13/8

Form: P1-728

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Won two novice hurdles at Plumpton last term, latterly over 2m4f and he's never been beyond that except in points; creditable second at Fontwell (soft) is easily the best of his three runs this season and that was over 2m1f, so others have a lot less to prove in this stamina test.
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6th

3

8th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

16:00 Plumpton

Smurphy Enki

11st 12lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Chris Gordon

10

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 2

17:15 Sandown

Smurphy Enki

10st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Chris Gordon

4

22nd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 3

15:36 Exeter

Smurphy Enki

11st 12lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Won two Plumpton novice hurdles last season; 0-4 in handicaps this campaign, with his best form when second over 2m1f at Fontwell (soft); below that form in his last two runs and others hold greater appeal.

12/1

Form: 3-92U5

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
11yo who hasn't found his top form this season and reverts to hurdling for first time since January 2019; usually wears cheekpieces but now tries blinkers; suited by 3m in the mud and he's so far down the weights that he cannot comfortably be left out of calculations.
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6th

6

13th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 3

15:20 Warwick

Bobo Mac

10st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: Tom Symonds

Veteran stayer who reverted to hurdling last month in first-time blinkers and was tailed off in a 2m7f handicap at Ascot (soft); down 4lb but looks vulnerable against younger rivals.

16/1

7th

3

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Bobo Mac

11st 9lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Tom Symonds

11yo who hasn't found his top form this season and reverts to hurdling for first time since January 2019; usually wears cheekpieces but now tries blinkers; suited by 3m in the mud and he's so far down the weights that he cannot comfortably be left out of calculations.

20/1

5th

6

10th Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 3

13:15 Ludlow

Bobo Mac

10st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: Tom Symonds

11yo who hasn't found his top form this season, but he's dropped down the weights and ran fairly well when an 18l second over C&D (good to soft) two starts ago; today's forecast slower ground is a plus and he's not ruled out; mid-race unseat at Haydock 11 days ago.

8/1

Form: 15-217

Last run: 72 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced for his age; led final strides when upped to 3m1f at Warwick in May and presumably needed the race in December on his only start since; needs to resume his improvement but goes well on soft and does not look fully exposed as a stayer.
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3rd

4

2nd Jun 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:42 Uttoxeter

I’m A Starman

11st 8lb

J: James Davies

T: Mark Rimell

prominent, ridden after 3 out, stayed on but held from 2 out

11/2

4th

1

18th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 100y

Class 5

16:05 Warwick

I’m A Starman

12st 0lb

J: James Davies

T: Mark Rimell

Won over hurdles on this card a year ago and back to form, in first-time cheekpieces, when runner-up at Newbury last month; well beaten on only chasing attempt, in December 2019, so ability to transfer the latest effort not guaranteed; best on ground no quicker than good.

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 442-14

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Delivered late to win at Wincanton (2m5f, good) in November on reappearance; creditable fourth in another useful mares' handicap at Cheltenham (2m4f, good to soft) in December and she now looks well worth this step back up in trip; ran creditably (last term) sole start on soft; considered.
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3rd

4

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

16:05 Ayr

Wynn House

11st 4lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

3rd

1

3rd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 3

14:30 Ludlow

Wynn House

11st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Delivered late to win at Wincanton (2m5f, good) on reappearance; creditable fourth at Cheltenham (2m4f, good to soft) in December in another useful mares' handicap and she now looks well worth this step back up in trip; ran creditably (last term) sole start on soft, but withdrawn when it was soft at Ascot last month; considered.

7/2

2

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Wynn House

11st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Delivered late to win at Wincanton (2m5f, good) in November on reappearance; creditable fourth in another useful mares' handicap at Cheltenham (2m4f, good to soft) in December and she now looks well worth this step back up in trip; ran creditably (last term) sole start on soft; considered.

8/1

Form: 511

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Made debut in only November; won at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft) on hurdling debut and kept on relentlessly to get up close home in another novice hurdle at Catterick (3m1f, good to soft) next time; promising stayer, one to consider seriously on this handicap debut.
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3

13th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

18:30 Southwell

Guerlain De Vaux

11st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Oliver Sherwood

9

4th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:05 Newbury

Guerlain De Vaux

10st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Oliver Sherwood

Made debut in only November; won at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft) on hurdling debut and kept on relentlessly to get up close home in another novice hurdle at Catterick (3m1f, good to soft) next time; withdrawn when the ground was soft at Ascot two weeks ago; promising stayer, one to consider seriously on this handicap debut.

5/1

4

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Guerlain De Vaux

11st 8lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Oliver Sherwood

Made debut in only November; won at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft) on hurdling debut and kept on relentlessly to get up close home in another novice hurdle at Catterick (3m1f, good to soft) next time; promising stayer, one to consider seriously on this handicap debut.

8/1

Form: 111321 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Formerly quite useful on Flat and he's now come into his own over hurdles, winning four of last six starts, including latest; found only a handicap blot too strong when second of 16 over C&D (good to soft) on penultimate start, despite suffering significant early interference; lots to like but ground worse than good to soft would seemingly be a big worry.
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2nd

14

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

16:29 Haydock

Imphal

10st 7lb

J: Joshua Moore

T: Gary Moore

4th

7

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

16:05 Doncaster

Imphal

10st 10lb

J: Joshua Moore

T: Gary Moore

Has thrived since tackling this trip and made it four from his last six when winning at Wincanton in January, handling soft ground well; doesn't do more than necessary so handicap mark has only crept up (4lb for latest success); cheekpieces return (has won on the Flat in them); plenty of appeal and stable remains in fine form.

11/4

8

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Imphal

11st 4lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Formerly quite useful on Flat and he's now come into his own over hurdles, winning four of last six starts, including latest; found only a handicap blot too strong when second of 16 over C&D (good to soft) on penultimate start, despite suffering significant early interference; lots to like but ground worse than good to soft would seemingly be a big worry.

9/2

Form: 141-55

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Has done well over 3m2f+, most notably over fences but not this season and his jumping held him back last time; that sees him back over hurdles today for first time since 2019, with first-time blinkers replacing usual cheekpieces; 10lb lower than for latest chase start and it's not hard to make a case for him.
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17

26th Jun 2022

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Amateur

10st 7lb

J: James Best

T: John Flint

tracked leaders, dropped to midfield 6th, lost position and towards rear 12th, soon struggling, pulled up before 15th

9/1

3

22nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 6f 121y

Class 3

14:40 Perth

Amateur

11st 10lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: John Flint

1st

7

7th Apr 2022

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:20 Ffos Las

Amateur

11st 0lb

J: Connor Brace

T: John Flint

Below best during light campaign this season but didn't run badly when fifth in Borders National at Kelso (4m, soft) two starts ago and is now only 5lb higher than when winning this race in good style a year ago; tried in blinkers last time; usual cheekpieces back on today.

8/1

Form: -11563

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Bumper win was his last start on soft; weakened when below form over C&D (Imphal second) in December following wind surgery; that's his only appearance over this sort of trip but there was plenty of the stayer about his performance when good third at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) on latest; not totally dismissed.
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4th

3

31st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:58 Wetherby

Glencassley

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Charlie Longsdon

2-2 here, in a bumper (2m, soft) and a novice hurdle (2m3f, good); kept on for good third at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in January in his second handicap and he was bang there in a line of five when falling at the final flight at Ludlow (2m5f, soft) last time; key player off unchanged mark.

7/2

4

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Glencassley

11st 8lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

The winner of a bumper (on soft) and two novice hurdles; well held in a good Ascot 2m7f handicap just before Christmas and perhaps found 2m3f on the tight side when a keeping-on third at Doncaster; that was a good effort and he should be right in the thick of things.

7/1

11

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Glencassley

11st 3lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

Bumper win was his last start on soft; weakened when below form over C&D (Imphal second) in December following wind surgery; that's his only appearance over this sort of trip but there was plenty of the stayer about his performance when good third at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) on latest; not totally dismissed.

11/1

Form: 5472

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Made his debut in October; grabbing second of eight on handicap debut at Plumpton (3m1f, good to soft; 2lb higher today) last time showed he stays well and he has something still to learn, so he may well be a player with further improvement likely.
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13

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

16:50 Newbury

Atakan

11st 3lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Colin Tizzard

13

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Atakan

10st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

Made his debut in October; grabbing second of eight on handicap debut at Plumpton (3m1f, good to soft; 2lb higher today) last time showed he stays well and he has something still to learn, so he may well be a player with further improvement likely.

10/1

2nd

4

19th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 4

15:10 Plumpton

Atakan

11st 8lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Colin Tizzard

Made his debut in October and has produced consistent RPRs on his first three starts (2m-2m5f, soft-good); begins handicap life on a fair mark and improvement is possible now up in trip; not ruled out.

7/1

Form: -23O23 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Running out early three starts back looked more unlucky than untoward; resumed his creditable placed form for both outings since (2m4f) but something extra is required for him to win this; upped in trip.
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9th

9

10th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 4

16:55 Wincanton

Grand Lord

11st 4lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Found out in a better race than this last time but preceded that with two placed efforts at Huntingdon (both 2m4f; good to soft/heavy) when 1lb higher; bit to prove over this trip but can't write him off.

12/1

14

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Grand Lord

10st 7lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Running out early three starts back looked more unlucky than untoward; resumed his creditable placed form for both outings since (2m4f) but something extra is required for him to win this; upped in trip.

11/1

3rd

9

28th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:00 Huntingdon

Grand Lord

10st 13lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Nothing too sinister about him running out at Warwick and he was again placed when no match for the winner in a C&D handicap a month ago (heavy); does look handicapped about right, though, and needs to find something from somewhere.

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £645.00
Straight Forecast £552.20
Tricast £2883.70
Trifecta £4424.00

Selections

Daily Mail:

Imphal

RP Ratings:

Art Of Diplomacy

WEST COUNTRY:

Atakan

LAMBOURN:

Guerlain De Vaux

Daily Mirror:

Wynn House

TOPSPEED:

Sirobbie

SPOTLIGHT:

I'm A Starman

The Times:

Atakan

Telegraph:

Guerlain De Vaux

POSTDATA:

Art Of Diplomacy

The Guardian:

Art Of Diplomacy

Daily Express:

Imphal

The Sun:

Imphal

The Star:

Imphal

Daily Record:

Imphal