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13:32 Kelso

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bet365 Premier Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28475
  • 2m 2f 25y
  • Class 1
  • 9 runners
  • Win time: 4m 30s
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bet365 Premier Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £17.00
  • Place: £3.40

Form: 11-124 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Narrowly beaten under penalty in Ayr novice (2m5f, soft) two starts ago and has about 5l to find with runner-up Richmond Lake having been fourth in Grade 2 at Haydock (1m7f, soft) in January; however, the way he stayed on last time suggests he could close the gap on that rival now back up in trip.

Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

3

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Nells Son

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Runner-up to course specialist at Kelso (2m5f, soft) in February then won easily in small field there (2m1f, soft) latest; has run well on all four visits here and further improvement can't be ruled out, but he's back up in grade and needs to be better than ever to defy a 7lb rise for last time.

7/1

1st

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

14:10 Kelso

Nells Son

11st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Got off the mark over fences at Carlisle (2m) in October and he comes here on the back of a good second in 2m5f handicap here 23 days ago; he can't be discounted back in trip now.

6/4

2nd

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Nells Son

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

raced in third, outpaced and lost position after 3 out, rallying when left in third 2 out, went second before last, no impression run-in

100/30

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11/4

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 11

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Won on debut at Aintree (2m1f, soft) in December and followed up in Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham (2m4f, good); now carries a 5lb penalty against numerous promising rivals but this unexposed 5yo has to be respected.

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3rd

2

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 2

13:40 Newbury

North Lodge

11st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

took keen hold, towards rear on inner

15/2

3rd

8

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Aintree

North Lodge

11st 4lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

2nd

1

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

13:32 Kelso

North Lodge

11st 8lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

Won on debut at Aintree (2m1f, soft) in December and followed up in Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham (2m4f, good); now carries a 5lb penalty against numerous promising rivals but this unexposed 5yo has to be respected.

11/4

8/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 111

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Has won all four starts with something to spare, most recently a novice hurdle (2m3f, soft) at Wetherby in January when he had a solid yardstick in second; leading player provided absence of the hood isn't an issue.

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11th

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Bold Endeavour

11st 12lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has a good record in big-field handicaps and was one of the few Henderson-trained runners to perform with credit at the Cheltenham Festival when fourth to Monmiral in the Pertemps Final (3m, soft) four weeks ago; could make the frame again but others appeal more for win purposes.

22/1

4th

5

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Bold Endeavour

11st 3lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Fifth in the Coral Cup here one year ago in first-time cheekpieces (kept since); best effort this term when good second of ten under 5lb claimer over C&D (soft) on penultimate start, but the winner White Rhino made the better impression in staying on more strongly.

40/1

6th

1

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Lingfield

Bold Endeavour

12st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Handicapped to the hilt and 5lb claimer Freddie Gordon was employed when he finished runner-up in a 3m handicap at Cheltenham last month (soft); now 2lb higher and without that claim, he'll do well to win.

5/1

Form: 121211 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Made it four wins (various ground) from last six runs when taking Wincanton novice last time; however, he has something to find with the pick of these and, having had ten starts, others have greater scope to progress.

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5th

1

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:00 Wincanton

Honneur DAjonc

12st 2lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Jane Williams

Well treated on best hurdles/chase form and, returned to this discipline, he ran better behind an easy winner at Ludlow (2m5f, soft); was beaten 12l though and likely to need more here.

8/1

2nd

1

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

17:15 Ludlow

Honneur DAjonc

12st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Well treated on best hurdles/chase form; predominantly out of sorts since last success (fences) but could revive off this reduced mark dropped in grade and back hurdling.

10/1

Form: 1121

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Very useful on the Flat and won his first two hurdle starts (2m, soft/good to soft) before Listed second at Haydock (1m7f, good to soft); easily returned to winning ways in Catterick novice (2m3f, good) last time but others have more substance to their form and his jumping can lack fluency.

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4th

2

18th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:04 Wetherby

Its Good To Laugh

11st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

raced in second, overjumped 1st, steadied 4th, lost second before 3 out, soon lost third, weakened and no chance from 2 out

5/1

8th

5

(8)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

14:05 Chester

Its Good To Laugh

8st 8lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Jennie Candlish

Arrives on a lengthy losing run but he's knocking on the door, runner-up twice here (to Emiyn first occasion) before chasing home Yorkindness at Musselburgh (2m, good to soft); ought to be thereabouts again from an unchanged mark.

13/2

2nd

1

(1)

17th Sep 2023

Good

1m 7f 217y

Class 4

17:10 Musselburgh

Its Good To Laugh

10st 4lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Jennie Candlish

Arrives on a lengthy losing run but he's knocking on the door, runner-up in 2m Chester handicap 15 days ago; he ought to be in the shake-up again off an unchanged mark.

3/1

Form: 11

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Won sole 3m point and he's 2-2 under rules following hurdle wins at Leicester (1m7f, soft) and Wetherby (2m, good to soft); faces a much tougher assignment today and others have stronger form, but he barely had to come off the bridle last time and it remains to be seen where his limitations lie.

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0

9

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Sholokjack

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Fell in two of his four chases last season and confined to hurdles so far this campaign; also prone to mistakes in this discipline and he's not been seeing his races out from 2m4f to 3m.

12/1

6th

4

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

13:40 Aintree

Sholokjack

10st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, awkward jump 3rd

7/1

6th

6

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 2

12:40 Sandown

Sholokjack

10st 8lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Very lightly raced 7yo; chasing last season, impressing in a four-runner handicap at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft; has won on soft); jumping issues got the better of him afterwards and he wasn't great over his hurdles either when reappearing in a hot handicap at Haydock two weeks ago (held up, always behind at 33-1); should have come on since that run and is thrown in if judged just on that Lingfield win.

12/1

Form: 22-11P D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Won his first two hurdle starts (2m1f, good), including a warm novice at Cheltenham, and heavy ground proved too much in the Grade 1 Tolworth last time out in January (pulled up; showed promise on soft in a bumper); retains potential but needs to bounce back with a career best to win this.

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0

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Datsalrightgino

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Delivered with a well-timed challenge to win major 3m2f handicap at Newbury (good to soft) eight weeks ago, proving suited by the new trip and taking chase record to 3-10; generally progressive and is unexposed beyond 2m4f; possibilities.

11/2

1st

11

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Datsalrightgino

10st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Jamie Snowden

Unraced beyond an extended 2m4f and this is a tough race in which to test his stamina; however, he was strong at the finish when winning a Grade 2 novice at Ayr (2m4f, good) in April and may well have staying potential; might have needed his reappearance in the Old Roan and is not ruled out.

16/1

Form: 116 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won in good style in a point, bumper (2m, soft; here) and maiden hurdle (2m, good to soft) on his first three starts; remains a useful prospect but he was only sixth in a Grade 2 at Haydock (1m7f, soft) last time out and has work to do with Richmond Lake (second) and Nells Son (fourth) on that form.

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3rd

13

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Donny Boy

10st 4lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Bumper/hurdle winner who is 0-6 over fences and this is a tough race in which to make the breakthrough; probably no more than place claims even if the cheekpieces trigger something.

14/1

3rd

3

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

15:45 Wetherby

Donny Boy

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders, went third and challenging 3 out, ridden and weakened last

11/4

4th

5

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:50 Doncaster

Donny Boy

10st 7lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: N W Alexander

0-4 over fences but ran big race and lost out only by a head at Newcastle (2m7f, good) five weeks ago; only 3lb higher here and needs to be taken very seriously.

11/2

Form: 8-1312

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Easy wins on two of his first three hurdle starts (2m/2m4f, soft) and good third when conceding a 6lb penalty to winner North Lodge in between; another fine run from the front when second to Jonbon in Haydock Grade 2 (1m7f, soft) last time and he holds strong form claims this afternoon.

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10th

7

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Richmond Lake

11st 2lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Landed four-timer with easy win in desperate conditions on Mildmay course here (2m4f, heavy) in December, and he's just 1lb higher today; however, he hasn't hit the same heights since and needs to get back to his best.

25/1

1

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Richmond Lake

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

disputed lead with winner, not fluent 4 out, pushed along 2 out, no extra when lost third before last, weakened and fell last

3/1

9th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Richmond Lake

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Has won five handicaps in the north since last January (one hurdle) but off a career-high mark he was brought back down to earth at Cheltenham on New Year's Day (2m4f, heavy); looks very vulnerable here under his big weight, especially trying 3m for the first time under rules; probably best on softer ground as well.

25/1

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Straight Forecast £569.50
Tricast £2363.10
Trifecta £4640.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

North Lodge

SPOTLIGHT:

Bold Endeavour

Daily Mail:

Richmond Lake

LAMBOURN:

Datsalrightgino

Daily Record:

Sholokjack

POSTDATA:

North Lodge

The Times:

North Lodge

The Guardian:

North Lodge

Daily Express:

North Lodge

The Sun:

Richmond Lake

RP Ratings:

Bold Endeavour

Telegraph:

Bold Endeavour

Daily Mirror:

Bold Endeavour