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17:15 Doncaster

Soft

Virgin Bet Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £2614.08
  • 2m 0f 128y
  • Class 5
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 4m 7s
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Virgin Bet Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

13/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.88
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 4 BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Half-brother to stable's very useful jumper Vienna Court; ran well under positive ride when fourth of 11 at Ffos Las (good to soft) last month and ought to be very competitive again here.

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11th

5

27th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:12 Limerick

Spring Meadow

11st 13lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: E McNamara

Better than latest placings suggest and stable feared here, but hard to make a strong case for him on recent evidence; could well raise his game now tried in cheekpieces.

12/1

7th

10

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

13:45 Cork

Spring Meadow

10st 8lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: E McNamara

prominent, led narrowly before 4th, headed but prominent 5th

20/1

8th

2

21st Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:40 Limerick

Spring Meadow

11st 13lb

J: Ryan Treacy

T: E McNamara

Bumper and 2m4f novice hurdle winner for Nigel Twiston-Davies and fair handicap form last season; bought for 26,000GBP in May but too keen and tailed off on Irish debut at Listowel last month; hard to know what to make of him at the moment but yard's runners always respected here.

10/1

20/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Sixth foal; half-brother to useful hurdler Black Ivory and a low-grade Flat winner; dam unraced half-sister to smart chaser According To Pete; yard 1-28 in bumpers (last five seasons); considered only if lively in betting.

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8

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:42 Wetherby

Magic Wave

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Bumper winner who returned from year off with easy all-the-win win in Market Rasen maiden (2m4f, good to soft) in November; turned over at 2-7 at Ayr (2m4f, soft) since but this very lightly raced 8yo retains potential and is not discounted on his handicap debut.

6/1

2nd

2

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

13:00 Ayr

Magic Wave

11st 9lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

led, good jump 3 out, joined 2 out, headed before last, no extra run-in, no match for winner

13/8

1st

5

23rd Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

11:57 Market Rasen

Magic Wave

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

This is his first run for a year but he showed considerable promise when easily winning a bumper (2m, good to soft) last October, and when runner-up on hurdle debut (2m, heavy) when last seen; leading claims if anywhere near his best on this comeback outing.

1/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

First foal from a useful hurdler; made very promising Irish point debut when second of 16 at Dromahane (soft; third ran well on recent hurdling debut) in December; new stable has modest bumper strike-rate (1-26 in last five years) but, nevertheless, this 6yo is of significant interest.

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13th

13

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Theatre Man

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Warm favourite when early faller in Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last month; prior to that he was second in a hot novice handicap chase at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) and has a 1lb lower mark to work with now back over hurdles; 2-4 in novice hurdles last season (both wins on soft) and he's a major player if transferring his chase form back to this sphere.

9/1

14

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Theatre Man

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Richard J Bandey

Made all for two hurdle wins, at 2m3f and 2m5f (also on soft); started chase career with two useful efforts in 2m7f handicaps and he laid down a strong marker for this race when runner-up in a warm C&D event (good to soft) in January, taking time to pick up but racing up the hill in great style; up 3lb but open to improvement and has solid claims with Harry Cobden a rare booking (0-1) for yard that has been among the winners of late.

4/1

2nd

6

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Theatre Man

11st 1lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Made all for two hurdle wins, at 2m3f and 2m5f (both on soft), and an exciting front-runner to watch over fences, albeit meeting stronger stayers in 2m7f Newbury handicaps this winter; his rhythm wasn't upset by being taken on for the lead in December and this trip can suit; interesting.

6/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fourth foal; half-brother to two fairly useful Flat-racers; dam fairly useful 1m4f AW winner, half-sister to 1m4f Listed Flat winner Arbella and smart dual-purpose performer Overturn; with good stable (18% strike-rate in bumpers) and looks the part on paper.

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8th

11

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Kentanddover

11st 9lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Prominent long way when fourth of seven in a Doncaster bumper (2m, soft) in March 2022; not seen again until soundly beaten at 25-1 in a maiden hurdle at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) four weeks ago; major work to do.

25/1

10th

9

25th Jan 2024

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:25 Huntingdon

Kentanddover

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Jonjo O’Neill

midfield

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 9

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Always towards rear (albeit on heavy ground) when 66-1 for debut at Wetherby in January; can only be watched here.

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9th

3

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Grand Mario

11st 10lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Hannah McMahon

held up in rear

100/1

0

1

26th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 8y

Class 4

14:10 Carlisle

Grand Mario

11st 0lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Hannah McMahon

Soundly beaten in two bumpers and two maiden hurdles; 553-day absence before his run four days ago.

66/1

9th

4

22nd Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

15:50 Sedgefield

Grand Mario

11st 4lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Hannah McMahon

Poor form in two bumpers and a maiden hurdle when trained by Peter Niven; sold for £1,500 in May 2022; hard to recommend back from 553-day absence.

100/1

11/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

First foal; dam fairly useful 1m4f Flat winner, half-sister to bumper winner Special Cadeau and three minor Flat winners; trainer has been known to unleash a good one in a bumper.

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6th

9

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

17:15 Doncaster

Bellica

10st 10lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Pam Sly

First foal; dam fairly useful 1m4f Flat winner, half-sister to bumper winner Special Cadeau and three minor Flat winners; trainer has been known to unleash a good one in a bumper.

11/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

£15,000 3yo; fifth foal; closely related to a point winner; dam half-sister to smart chaser (National second) Cappa Bleu; worth a glance in the betting but others are more enticing.

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3

7th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

15:08 Newcastle

Armys Dream

11st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Gillian Boanas

prominent

100/1

1

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:25 Newcastle

Armys Dream

11st 4lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Gillian Boanas

Tailed off on debut (reportedly burst blood vessel) at Doncaster in March.

100/1

7th

1

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

17:15 Doncaster

Armys Dream

11st 3lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Gillian Boanas

£15,000 3yo; fifth foal; closely related to a point winner; dam half-sister to smart chaser (National second) Cappa Bleu; worth a glance in the betting but others are more enticing.

33/1

Form: 5 BF

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in Irish point last spring but unable to land a significant blow when fifth of ten (favourite; beaten about 18l) on rules debut at Ludlow (1m6f, soft) in January; presumably thought capable of much better.

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0

6

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 34y

Class 4

16:30 Carlisle

Carlo Du Berlais

11st 0lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Two wins this season from his first three chase starts (3m, good to soft) and another good run when second at Worcester (2m7f, good) in August last time out; takes on some unexposed rivals and it's likely he'll need further improvement, but his chasing experience is a positive.

4/1

2nd

6

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

17:15 Worcester

Carlo Du Berlais

11st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Just three runs over hurdles and now 2-3 over fences; didn't have much in hand last time at Uttoxeter (3m, good to soft; 5lb lower) but dug deep when it mattered and runner-up Miss Antipova should go well in the opening race.

9/4

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fifth foal; half-brother to three fairly useful jumpers; runner-up on Irish point debut last May and was set to fill same position before last-fence fall in November; new stable has good strike-rate in bumpers (16% in last five seasons); likely contender.

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3rd

2

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:27 Kempton

Pembroke

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Effectively gifted both chase wins, at Warwick (walkover) and Aintree (2m4f; sole finisher); however, ran well at the weights in Grade 2 at Lingfield (2m, soft; finished third) most recently and may rate higher still over fences; not dismissed.

5/1

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Selections

RP Ratings:

Spring Meadow

SPOTLIGHT:

Theatre Man

Daily Mail:

Kentanddover

The Star:

Bellica

WEST COUNTRY:

Carlo Du Berlais

The Times:

Theatre Man

Daily Express:

Theatre Man

POSTDATA:

Spring Meadow

Telegraph:

Spring Meadow

The Guardian:

Spring Meadow

Daily Mirror:

Spring Meadow

The Sun:

Spring Meadow

Daily Record:

Spring Meadow