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13:50 Ludlow

Soft

Mike & Belinda Birthday Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5854.44
  • 1m 7f 169y
  • Class 4
  • 15 runners
  • Win time: 3m 54s
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Mike & Belinda Birthday Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.20
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 62

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Hooded for both starts; tailed off at Hereford but much better when runner-up over C&D two weeks ago; form of that contest open to question but a very likely contender, with the prospect of further improvement.

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7th

11

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:15 Kempton

Lord Of Cheshire

10st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Scored at Warwick (2m3f, soft) on return from lengthy absence; has remained in form since, only 2l down in second place when final-flight faller at Sandown (2m4f, soft) most recently; in the mix.

10/1

0

4

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Lord Of Cheshire

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Hooded until this season; it was never in much doubt when defying a long absence with ease at Warwick (2m3f, soft) and he overraced a little when vulnerable in the finish at Haydock (heavy); raised another 3lb and goes without James Turner's 8lb claim, so looks to have more on his plate; races prominently.

8/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 525

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Easily the pick of three efforts when second at Taunton in December, when ground appeared softer than the officially good description; didn't back that up next time but subsequent wind surgery offers a possible excuse; return to the previous display makes him a leading candidate.

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5th

1

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 5

16:40 Ludlow

Mister Marbles

12st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Evan Williams

Won over hurdles for previous stable; currently hard to assess having failed to complete in both runs for new yard since a lengthy absence; however, first-time cheekpieces may have positive effect.

9/1

0

1

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

15:07 Hereford

Mister Marbles

12st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Useful winning hurdler; returning from 207 days off when a 21l third on chase debut at Chepstow in October 2022 (2m, good) and was back from an even longer absence when unseating early on last month's stable debut; only 11-2 that day so something was expected of him; quite interesting against these.

7/1

0

7

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Mister Marbles

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Useful winning hurdler; was returning from 207 days off when a 21l third on chase debut at Chepstow last October (2m, good) and now returns from another absence on debut for a new yard (formerly with Philip Hobbs); potentially on a fair mark but with a bit to prove right now.

11/2

8/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 7

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Consistent in Irish points, including a win; failed to justify market support on recent British/hurdling debut, weakening from two out after racing prominently; better needed but worth noting if the money comes again.

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4th

3

16th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

17:10 Newcastle

Red Vision

11st 7lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Two novice wins last spring but has proved disappointing in handicaps; better signs in two most recent starts, the latest at Southwell, and can be considered if cheekpieces have a beneficial effect.

9/4

4th

5

28th Apr 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

20:00 Southwell

Red Vision

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Won two novice hurdles towards end of last season but has become rather disappointing in handicaps this term; took step back in right direction on latest outing but still has something to prove.

12/1

5th

3

1st Apr 2023

Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

14:10 Uttoxeter

Red Vision

11st 10lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

in touch with leaders on inner

16/1

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bought for 68,000euros as a 3yo; dam won on the Flat and is a sister to the smart Get Me Out Of Here (for this stable); enough appeal on pedigree to make a market check essential on racecourse debut.

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5th

1

27th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

16:50 Catterick

Biowavego

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

disputing second

9/1

5th

6

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

15:05 Warwick

Biowavego

11st 8lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

His third win over hurdles when a 3l winner over C&D last May (good to firm; won on soft); lost his way a little afterwards but could be better for a break and James Smith takes away a useful 7lb.

10/1

4th

1

7th Sep 2023

Good

3m 1f 185y

Class 4

14:18 Southwell

Biowavego

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Launched chasing career with two fairly respectable runs on soft ground this summer (3m2f/2m7f); needs to take a step forward today but is now 2lb lower than when winning a fast-ground hurdle in May and may benefit from the addition of cheekpieces; interesting.

4/1

14/1

Form: 56

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Ability in two bumpers; could take a step forward now hurdling but will need to if he's to beat a few of these.

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5th

7

29th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

14:30 Ludlow

Night Jet

10st 2lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Tom Symonds

Now 0-11 and has had a few chances in handicaps, failing to finish closer than 15l; the new visor didn't do a lot for him last time.

10/1

5th

9

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

16:30 Ffos Las

Night Jet

10st 12lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

in touch with leaders

16/1

Form: 8156

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point/bumper winner in Ireland and bought for £80,000 by present connections; shaped better than it looks when well beaten on this month's hurdling debut (pulled hard and faded); likely to do better in time, though hood worn in Ireland again missing.

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2nd

3

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Warwick

Gris Majeur

12st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Sheila Lewis

Winner of two good-ground novice hurdles but yet to be placed in handicap company; showed a little more at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) last time but not enough to make him a betting proposition on this step back up in trip.

14/1

6th

10

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:57 Chepstow

Gris Majeur

11st 3lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

midfield, ridden after 3 out, weakened after 2 out

33/1

10

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Ffos Las

Gris Majeur

11st 7lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

Won two novice events last spring, both over 2m5f on good ground; has not shown a lot in either handicap though and this is competitive.

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

In the frame on first six Irish Flat starts for Jessica Harrington (up to 1m4f, peak RPR 84); below best final two outings; sold for 20,000gns last October; wind surgery ahead of British/hurdling debut; worth market check.

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5th

8

31st May 2023

Good

2m 1f 46y

Class 5

18:50 Cartmel

Mcpherson

10st 10lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Placed off 11lb higher on handicap hurdle debut at Ludlow (2m, good) just over a year ago but returned from layoff with two down-the-field runs this spring and needs a boost from the first-time cheekpieces here.

8/1

8th

11

6th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

18:15 Uttoxeter

Mcpherson

10st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Fair form on the Flat at up to 1m4f for Jessica Harrington; subsequently had wind surgery but mainly disappointing over hurdles, although on a lowly mark now.

10/1

8

22nd Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Mcpherson

10st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

0-8 over hurdles; gave good account when placed behind Zucayan at Ludlow (2m, good) last May but absent since finishing lame at Worcester the following month; others have more pressing claims here.

10/1

Form: 007

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

No threat in a bumper or in two starts over hurdles; may well do better once handicapped and racing on a left-handed track.

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5th

14

9th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

17:48 Ffos Las

Half The Freedom

10st 11lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has run with credit since beating 16 rivals at Doncaster (2m1f, good) in January; just 2lb higher than for that win, but he is fairly well exposed now and vulnerable to an improver.

8/1

4th

5

1st Apr 2023

Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

14:10 Uttoxeter

Half The Freedom

10st 12lb

J: Sean O’Briain

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders, nudged along 5th, dropped to rear and pushed along 6th

11/2

3rd

6

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:50 Warwick

Half The Freedom

10st 11lb

J: Jamie Brace

T: Jonjo O’Neill

His form has been up and down and he was a soundly beaten third at Doncaster (2m, good) last month; however, prior to that he won a big-field handicap over that C&D (good) and was runner-up on soft ground earlier in the season; capable of a bold show if at his best.

7/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Three runs in Irish points; not beaten far on debut but has been pulled up twice since; might benefit from this drop in trip on British/hurdling debut but others more obvious; tongue-strap fitted.

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7th

8

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Worcester

Dogem By Design

10st 7lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Ryan Potter

Maiden who is 0-6 since switched to chasing, best effort when second in small field at Catterick three outings back; each-way hopes on that form but he's not solid.

10/1

3rd

7

20th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

19:35 Uttoxeter

Dogem By Design

10st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Ryan Potter

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, ridden omitted 4 out, left in fourth omitted 2 out, weakened omitted last, finished 4th, placed 3rd

5/1

5th

4

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 1f 43y

Class 5

15:50 Market Rasen

Dogem By Design

10st 12lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Ryan Potter

Pulled up in first two chases but has fared better on last couple of outings, more recently when staying-on second of five at Catterick (1m7f, good) 12 days ago; a contender here if coping with the slower ground.

9/4

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Runner-up as a 2yo on the Flat but didn't progress; well beaten only start in 2021 and best watched on hurdling/stable debut.

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10th

15

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:50 Ludlow

El Patron

10st 8lb

J: David Noonan

T: Henry Oliver

Runner-up as a 2yo on the Flat but didn't progress; well beaten only start in 2021 and best watched on hurdling/stable debut.

33/1

10th

8

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21st Oct 2021

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 5

19:30 Ascot

El Patron

9st 3lb

J: Ray Dawson

T: Mark Loughnane

Late foal; fair form first two starts as 2yo but not so good in two 7f nurseries, all on turf; gelded last September and sold out of David Loughnane's for 52,000gns this July; off 405 days but unexposed and not ruled out.

12/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Very modest form in four Flat outings for Jonathan Portman; bought for £3,000 last November; best watched on hurdling/stable debut.

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6th

11

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

19:25 Uttoxeter

Fort Nelson

10st 5lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Displayed minor promise in two Ludlow novice hurdles in spring 2022 but, following a long absence, was well beaten when 50-1 for handicap debut there last month; had wind op soon afterwards.

33/1

50/1

Form: 80

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Unplaced in two bumpers and tailed off in the latest of them; wind surgery since may help but deal to prove on hurdling debut.

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5

31st Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

13:00 Warwick

Nivlac

11st 6lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Tailed off and pulled up in two starts over hurdles; hard to make a case for until showing much more.

150/1

9

7th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

15:20 Southwell

Nivlac

11st 6lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Soundly beaten in two bumpers and a maiden hurdle, all over 2m; has poor claims on form.

50/1

12th

11

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:50 Ludlow

Nivlac

11st 6lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Unplaced in two bumpers and tailed off in the latest of them; wind surgery since may help but deal to prove on hurdling debut.

50/1

Form: 6P6

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Runner-up in an Irish point but well held in a bumper on British debut and hasn't shown much in two subsequent hurdling attempts.

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2nd

5

10th Oct 2023

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

16:55 Huntingdon

The Questioner

10st 13lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Did pretty well last season, winning over hurdles and fences; signed off with third at Stratford (3m2f, good to soft; hurdles) in April and resumes on a 1lb lower mark; contender if fully tuned up.

11/2

3rd

1

23rd Apr 2023

Good

3m 2f 83y

Class 5

15:15 Stratford

The Questioner

12st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Hurdle/chase wins in November/January and ran well in a 3m5f handicap chase at Bangor in February; didn't jump well when last of four (Evens favourite) at Sedgefield last month but he's a key player back hurdling off a lower mark.

7/4

8

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

15:50 Huntingdon

The Questioner

10st 9lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Generally progressive since handicapping; made an encouraging start to his chase career (came first and third) on first two starts this year before a poor show on latest outing; peak form is at 3m2f/3m5f (those chase runs) but he's one to note on this lower hurdles mark.

4/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Well beaten in a point bumper 14 months ago; bred to stay 3m and best watched on hurdling debut.

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14th

14

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:50 Ludlow

Little Pretender

10st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: D J Jeffreys

Well beaten in a point bumper 14 months ago; bred to stay 3m and best watched on hurdling debut.

66/1

Form: 3P

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Showed some ability in Ireland but was pulled up on British/hurdling debut (2m5f, 100-1) here two weeks ago, when making mistakes.

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12

7th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

17:35 Ffos Las

Howdy Partner

10st 6lb

J: James Davies

T: Nikki Evans

Still in contention before falling at third-last flight over C&D (heavy) in February but was tailed-off 66-1 shot at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) last month and is now 0-8 over hurdles.

50/1

12th

13

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:40 Chepstow

Howdy Partner

10st 10lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Nikki Evans

Still in contention before falling at third-last flight at Ffos Las (2m, heavy) in February but is now 0-7 over hurdles; others have much more compelling claims.

33/1

Form: 1633 D BF

Last run: 1 day

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

More than five lengths behind Mister Marbles two starts ago and failed to justify favouritism when third at Taunton yesterday; opposable if turning out again.

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3rd

1

16th May 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:05 Ffos Las

Jeremy The Jinn

12st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

2nd

2

18th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:40 Huntingdon

Jeremy The Jinn

11st 11lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

1st

4

24th Mar 2022

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:00 Huntingdon

Jeremy The Jinn

11st 6lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won a bumper at Market Rasen last spring; similar form when sixth at Cheltenham on his return to action in October; hurdle debut at Taunton was encouraging but he was beaten at odds-on back at Taunton last month when he weakened tamely after the last (made a mistake); leading form claims and the addition of a tongue-tie could help.

6/4

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Lord Of Cheshire

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Mister Marbles

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Mister Marbles

Daily Mirror:

Mister Marbles

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Lord Of Cheshire

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