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16:40 Hereford

Good To Soft

Cazoo Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Div II)

  • Prize money: £4302.34
  • 2m 5f 163y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
  • Win time: 5m 31s
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Cazoo Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Div II)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.40

Form: -08610 BF

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Sprang a 25-1 surprise at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) in December but had no obvious excuse when well beaten over 3m at Doncaster on only subsequent start; pulled out of a race at Lingfield this month because of unsuitable ground (heavy); 8lb higher than for his victory and has a bit to prove.

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12

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 3f 93y

15:05 Punchestown

Immortal Fame

10st 12lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Tom Lacey

took keen hold, midfield, lost position before 4 out

12/1

2nd

1

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

15:35 Ludlow

Immortal Fame

11st 12lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

8yo who has an impressive 5-13 strike-rate having won on his final two outings of last year (2m5f, good/good to soft); has also shown promise on soft going; key player if his fine form continues following a break.

2/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 743325 BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Maiden over hurdles after 21 attempts; running well before taking a backward step when favourite at Ffos Las (3m, good to soft) this month; capable of a prominent show but surprising if some less exposed rivals weren't stronger.

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4

7th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

20:00 Hereford

Pottlerath

11st 12lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Matt Sheppard

Good record in the spring and notched a hat-trick around this time last year, latterly off tonight's mark; hasn't been in the same form this time round but woulnd't rule out a revival.

10/1

7th

6

26th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

17:10 Chepstow

Pottlerath

11st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Matt Sheppard

Won three good-ground chases last spring (2m7f-3m1f) and signed off in the autumn with a good hurdle run (3m1f, good to form); never really featured when reappearing in 2m3f hurdle on soft ground last month but that run might have done him good, and today's trip-and-ground combination will suit him much better.

10/1

7th

6

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Pottlerath

11st 8lb

J: Mr Charlie Case

T: Matt Sheppard

Won three good-ground chases last spring (2m7f-3m1f) and signed off in the autumn with a good hurdle run (3m1f, good to form) but has fitness to prove here and today's trip-and-ground combination is probably not ideal.

9/2

16/1

  • Place: £6.10

Form: 91573P

Last run: 55 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Struggling to make an impact since winning at Bangor (2m3f, soft) last May; 2lb lower now and blinkers go on but has plenty to prove.

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8th

8

21st Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

14:45 Southwell

Mossing

10st 3lb

J: Ben Poste

T: James Evans

Feasibly handicapped, although is clearly an infrequent winner (1-13 career); step back in right direction when making the frame in first-time blinkers (retained) at Hereford (2m5f, good to soft; 18-1) three weeks ago; still opposed on balance.

15/2

3rd

9

27th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

16:40 Hereford

Mossing

10st 11lb

J: Ben Poste

T: James Evans

Struggling to make an impact since winning at Bangor (2m3f, soft) last May; 2lb lower now and blinkers go on but has plenty to prove.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: 0944

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Kept on when fourth at Exeter (2m, good to soft) last month, shaping as though this longer trip would suit on handicap debut; appealing claims.

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4

23rd Apr 2023

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

14:45 Stratford

Keplerian

11st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Eight-race maiden but has a useful pedigree and is unexposed over fences; weakened into fourth over 2m6f on good ground at Leicester (chase debut) most recently; withdrawn twice due to slower conditions since; interesting with improvement on the cards back down in distance.

11/2

4

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

14:45 Exeter

Keplerian

11st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Lightly raced maiden whose best 2m hurdle form gives him a good chance; ran well for a long way until stamina ran out on chase debut at Leicester (2m6f, good; first-time tongue-tie, retained today; made some mistakes); this easier stamina test can suit and he looks sure to do better.

8/1

3

28th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

14:30 Huntingdon

Keplerian

11st 8lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Lightly raced maiden whose best 2m hurdle form gives him a good chance; ran well for a long way until stamina ran out on chase debut at Leicester (2m6f, good; first-time tongue-tie, retained today); this easier stamina test can suit and he looks sure to do better.

7/2

Form: 527402

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Easily best effort in four starts over hurdles when second on handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m, soft), keeping on well and suggesting this longer trip would suit; obvious chance if kicking on from that.

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10th

1

7th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

15:25 Ffos Las

Walkinthewoods

12st 0lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Won a division of this race a year ago (soft ground) and has finished second five times over hurdles/fences since but suffered a worrying dip in form on his two outings last month and now has a point to prove.

7/1

8th

10

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:12 Ffos Las

Walkinthewoods

10st 13lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

0-7 since switched to fences in November but he's had some close calls at around 2m3f; disappointing at Chepstow last time and now switches back to hurdling but he won over C&D last spring and he seems versatile ground-wise; not ruled out.

7/1

4th

2

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:10 Chepstow

Walkinthewoods

11st 12lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

raced in last, detached before 6th, struggling after 11th, soon tailed off

3/1

Form: 44-990

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Big prices and beaten a long way in three runs in novice hurdles; may do better now handicapping but doesn't appeal as being leniently treated.

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12th

8

21st Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:35 Exeter

Farceur De Maulne

11st 6lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Richard Hawker

Latest two defeats on either side of wind surgery were on good to soft and he prefers drier ground; his third of 12 over 3m at Ffos Las in October brings him into it.

12/1

5th

4

27th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

16:30 Wincanton

Farceur De Maulne

11st 8lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Richard Hawker

Had a second wind surgery since suffering a heavy defeat here (3m) on last appearance 116 days ago; best form, including third-place finish in this race last year, has come on good going; forecast slow ground is a negative.

9/1

5

1st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 5

13:55 Wincanton

Farceur De Maulne

11st 5lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Richard Hawker

visibility reduced by fog

7/1

Form: 49U76

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Point runner-up who hasn't shown a great deal in three runs over hurdles; missed handicap debut here this month because of unsuitable ground (soft); might do better back at this longer trip.

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10th

4

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

14:43 Taunton

Outback Frontiers

11st 5lb

J: Ned Fox

T: John O’Shea

Won run-of-the-mill Chepstow maiden (2m, good) in April 2022, but absent since disappointing handicap run the following June and will probably not be ideally suited by the forecast soft ground.

33/1

8th

2

2nd Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

20:30 Ffos Las

Outback Frontiers

11st 11lb

J: Ned Fox

T: John O’Shea

prominent, ridden when outpaced before 2 out, soon well held

6/1

2nd

2

14th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 123y

Class 5

16:00 Bangor-on-Dee

Outback Frontiers

11st 13lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: John O’Shea

Point runner-up who has been generally progressive over hurdles and made it sixth time lucky in this sphere when justifying support in Chepstow maiden (2m, good) last month; hit with 4lb rise for that but he stayed on well to forge clear and is strongly respected back in a 2m3f handicap.

2/1

Form: 00/F43

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Fair efforts the last twice, latterly when third at Catterick (2m3f, good) this month; 3lb lower now and longest distance so far may suit; each-way claims.

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9

16th Apr 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

15:24 Newton Abbot

Hartland Quay

10st 3lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Placed off 6lb higher over hurdles at Catterick (2m3f, good) in February but he's struggled since including when pulled up on chase debut at Chepstow on penultimate run; record now stands at 0-10 and he has plenty to prove back over fences at this new trip.

25/1

7th

3

5th Apr 2022

Good To Firm

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

13:50 Exeter

Hartland Quay

11st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Best efforts when making the frame in handicap hurdles at this course and Catterick but the form is modest; pulled up in chase last time (wore cheekpieces, now goes in blinkers); stiff task on ratings.

16/1

Form: 232365 BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Has been chasing on last two starts, latterly finishing a well-beaten fifth at Huntingdon (2m7f, good to soft); had some fair placed form over hurdles and may do better returned to this discipline.

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2

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

20:00 Perth

Cardboard Gangster

11st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: D J Jeffreys

held up in rear, hit 9th

11/4

2nd

4

23rd Apr 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 5

16:15 Stratford

Cardboard Gangster

11st 9lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: D J Jeffreys

Two chase wins last summer, over 3m and 2m6f (the latter on this course); just 3lb higher than the latest of them but he lacks a recent run; all his best recent form is on good ground.

4/1

3rd

19

21st Oct 2022

Good To Firm

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

16:30 Cheltenham

Cardboard Gangster

10st 2lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: D J Jeffreys

held up in rear, midfield 9th, headway 4 out, went second when ridden after 3 out, 1 length down 2 out, lost second and no extra from last

40/1

Form: 329956

Last run: 123 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Career record of 1-26 over hurdles; recent efforts somewhat underwhelming and not hard to oppose despite falling handicap mark.

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8

27th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

16:40 Hereford

Watching Brief

10st 12lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Career record of 1-26 over hurdles; recent efforts somewhat underwhelming and not hard to oppose despite falling handicap mark.

14/1

6th

7

27th Oct 2021

Good To Firm

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

12:20 Taunton

Watching Brief

11st 4lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

In good form during the summer but has run modestly in latest three starts and career record is 1-41.

25/1

5th

5

16th Oct 2021

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

14:25 Ffos Las

Watching Brief

11st 3lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Running well in the summer including a win at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good) in July, but his last two efforts have been poor; record of 1-34 under rules is another reason to be wary.

20/1

Form: 37-079

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Tailed off on all three starts over hurdles; tongue tie on for handicap debut and stable has been going quite well; worth a market check.

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10

18th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

18:05 Southwell

Twistedfirestarter

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

took keen hold, led, mistake 1st

16/1

0

7

30th Jun 2023

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

15:40 Cartmel

Twistedfirestarter

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Maiden; not much to show for his career so far but had every chance until late on when fifth at Huntingdon in January; pulled up two months later and has since left Richard Spencer for £2,000; worth market check on first start for David Pipe but plenty to prove still.

5/1

Form: 60940-

Last run: 412 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Tailed off last of 11 here (3m1f, soft) when last seen in January last year; hood fitted for first time; hard to fancy after absence and from 2lb out of the handicap.

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15

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Earcomesali

10st 0lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Peter Pritchard

Poor performer who's 4lb out of the weights today; no promise when pulled up back from over a year off recently.

50/1

12

27th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

16:40 Hereford

Earcomesali

10st 0lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Peter Pritchard

Tailed off last of 11 here (3m1f, soft) when last seen in January last year; hood fitted for first time; hard to fancy after absence and from 2lb out of the handicap.

50/1

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Exacta £340.00
Straight Forecast £420.90
Tricast £6210.20
Trifecta £4747.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Walkinthewoods

The Times:

Keplerian

RP Ratings:

Hartland Quay

POSTDATA:

Pottlerath

Daily Mail:

Keplerian

Daily Mirror:

Keplerian

Telegraph:

Walkinthewoods

Daily Express:

Walkinthewoods

The Sun:

Walkinthewoods

The Star:

Walkinthewoods

Daily Record:

Walkinthewoods

WEST COUNTRY:

Hartland Quay