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15:08 Taunton

Soft

Hippychick Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4901.4
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
  • Win time: 5m 9s
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Hippychick Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 5 BF

Last run: 61 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Made the frame on all three Flat starts in France last year (1m4f-1m5f); weakened quickly and was very disappointing favourite on stable/hurdle debut at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) two months ago but it would be reckless to write him off after that.

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4

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

16:30 Plumpton

Individualiste

11st 9lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, bad mistake 3rd, overjumped 4th, soon cajoled along, reminders and lost position 5th, struggling 6th, pulled up before 7th

13/2

5

17th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

15:07 Wincanton

Individualiste

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, struggling 11th, weakening when mistake 13th, soon pulled up

7/2

11/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 5-083

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Made just a mildly encouraging hurdle debut here (2m, soft) in January but kept on well for 200-1 third at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) last month; ideally needs to learn to settle better but features prominently in calculations.

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5th

7

2nd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:30 Wincanton

Benandgone

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Brian Barr

Ran better last February-May than he did in his two starts this autumn; needs a revival.

16/1

1

17th Nov 2022

Good

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

15:50 Wincanton

Benandgone

12st 1lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Brian Barr

Ran well in novices/handicap debut in the spring but hasn't lived up to the promise of those in two outings since a break; far too soon to wirte him off and return to his best gives live hopes.

5/1

5th

2

2nd Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:52 Chepstow

Benandgone

11st 12lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Brian Barr

Positives to take from his last five starts and, although beaten some 21l at Stratford last time, the winner was well ahead of his mark (followed up at Ascot last weekend); should be thereabouts.

11/2

5/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 64-54

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Struggled on hurdling debut in January but the ground was heavy that day and he fared considerably better when fourth (behind Benandgone) at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft; first-time hood) last month; needs to learn to settle better but should have more to offer.

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3rd

2

3rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 5

15:55 Hereford

South Mountain

11st 11lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Unexposed 6yo who shaped with significant promise when third in Taunton novice (2m3f, soft) last month; encounters quicker ground on today's handicap debut but should have more to offer; shortlisted.

5/2

3rd

7

3rd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:08 Taunton

South Mountain

11st 0lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Struggled on hurdling debut in January but the ground was heavy that day and he fared considerably better when fourth (behind Benandgone) at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft; first-time hood) last month; needs to learn to settle better but should have more to offer.

5/1

4th

6

3rd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

15:10 Wincanton

South Mountain

11st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Signs of ability in bumpers, beaten about 12l each time; tongue-tied when well beaten at Exeter (2m2f, heavy; 9-1) on hurdling debut on New Year's Day; now fitted with a hood; others have less to prove.

16/1

Form: 765

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Made quite promising hurdle debut when sixth at Exeter (2m, good to soft) in December and may not have been ideally suited by the heavy ground when slightly below that form over same C&D in January; moves up in trip here; major player.

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4th

5

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

14:58 Hereford

Langley Hundred

11st 9lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Dual hurdle winner in November 2022 (2m7f/3m); made a pretty good start to chasing career when second at Ludlow (3m1f, good to soft) last November but well below that form over C&D three weeks later; below form on worse than good to soft.

5/1

5th

3

29th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Hereford

Langley Hundred

11st 10lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Two wins over hurdles last November; made a satisfactory chase debut at Ludlow (3m1f, good to soft; back from break) three weeks ago, finishing second under regular rider Elizabeth Gale; should build on that effort; respected off same mark.

4/1

Form: 7058

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Showed nothing more than minor promise in bumpers and was tailed off when 150-1 for last month's hurdle debut at Exeter (2m2f, soft).

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1st

5

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 2f 40y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Merry Monty

10st 11lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

Ten-race maiden; runner-up over hurdles at Exeter (2m2f, soft) in December and finished strongly to fill same position on last month's chasing debut there (2m3f, heavy); may not be suited by the faster ground here, though, and others appeal more.

11/4

Form: 897

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Not disgraced when seventh of ten over C&D (good to soft) on last month's hurdling debut but is probably one for a bit further down the line.

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14

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:33 Newbury

Phoenix Risen

10st 6lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Jeremy Scott

Dual Taunton winner who went close at Fontwell on his penultimate run last summer but he's fairly exposed now and has an uninspiring record when fresh; looks opposable upped in grade after 249 days off.

20/1

0

6

17th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 167y

Class 4

16:00 Newton Abbot

Phoenix Risen

11st 1lb

J: David Prichard

T: Jeremy Scott

Much improved since fitted with cheekpieces in March, and won twice at Taunton (2m, good to soft/soft) in April; beaten under 1l when third off today's mark at Fontwell (2m1f, good) last month and further progress remains possible.

9/2

3rd

5

16th Jun 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

19:20 Fontwell

Phoenix Risen

11st 6lb

J: David Prichard

T: Jeremy Scott

Two Taunton wins in April; unable to complete the hat-trick at Newton Abbot last month but may have done too much too soon in that race; should have a pace to sit behind and no surprise to see him go close.

9/2

Form: 02-FP

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

In process of making quite promising seasonal/hurdle debut before falling at penultimate flight at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft) in December but was pulled up in Fontwell maiden (2m3f, good to soft) in late January and now has questions to answer.

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3rd

1

15th Oct 2022

Good

2m 3f 34y

Class 5

16:14 Market Rasen

Baby Ben

12st 0lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

led, ridden and headed before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, mistake last

10/1

6th

3

5th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:03 Worcester

Baby Ben

11st 9lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Fergal O’Brien

4th

3

30th Mar 2022

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 4

13:45 Market Rasen

Baby Ben

11st 5lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Fergal O’Brien

Second in a bumper; hasn't completed in three starts over hurdles but he was still travelling comfortably when unseating his rider at Taunton four weeks ago; carries risks but impossible to discount.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 8

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Made low-key bumper debut when eighth of ten (beaten about 24l) at Ludlow (soft) in January and will need to take a big leap forward to pose a threat on today's hurdling debut.

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2

28th May 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

17:50 Ffos Las

Gilwen Gus

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

66/1

3

3rd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:08 Taunton

Gilwen Gus

11st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Made low-key bumper debut when eighth of ten (beaten about 24l) at Ludlow (soft) in January and will need to take a big leap forward to pose a threat on today's hurdling debut.

25/1

8th

4

20th Jan 2022

Soft

1m 6f 7y

Class 4

16:00 Ludlow

Gilwen Gus

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Dam won a bumper for Evan Williams but none of her previous four foals has been successful; probably best watched unless strong in the market.

16/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fair on the Flat at up to 1m6f but signed off for David O'Meara with disappointing run in soft-ground seller in October and conditions are again a concern on today's stable/hurdle debut.

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5th

6

(5)

29th Jul 2023

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 6

15:10 Newcastle (AW)

Norman Kindu

9st 3lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: Rebecca Menzies

No longer the force of old and he made it 0-7 for current yard when a well-held seventh at Nottingham (1m6f, good) last time; mark continues to fall but others are preferred.

16/1

7th

9

(4)

8th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 6

20:42 Nottingham

Norman Kindu

9st 4lb

J: Oliver Stammers

T: Rebecca Menzies

No longer the force of old and 0-6 for current stable but took step back in right direction when keeping-on fourth (just behind Marbuzet) at Redcar (1m6f, good) last month and has possibilities here if able to build on that performance.

8/1

4th

5

(5)

24th Jun 2023

Good

1m 5f 218y

Class 6

14:12 Redcar

Norman Kindu

9st 4lb

J: Jason Watson

T: Rebecca Menzies

midfield, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on and went fourth towards finish

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £152.00
Straight Forecast £140.50
Trifecta £537.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Langley Hundred

WEST COUNTRY:

Individualiste

RP Ratings:

Benandgone

POSTDATA:

South Mountain

Daily Mail:

Individualiste

Daily Mirror:

Individualiste

Daily Record:

Individualiste

The Guardian:

Benandgone

The Times:

Langley Hundred

Telegraph:

Langley Hundred

The Sun:

Langley Hundred

The Star:

Langley Hundred

Daily Express:

South Mountain