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15:30 Wetherby

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  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
  • Win time: 4m 9s
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Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

7/2 (Won)

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  • Place: £2.10

Form: 12/ BF

Last run: 1099 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Has a huge absence to defy with this his first run since March 2019; however, he showed promise on both starts in France (including on very soft ground) and he's in top hands; no surprise to see a big run in a first-time tongue-tie, especially if he's strong in the betting.

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1st

2

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 15y

Class 3

18:10 Hexham

Playful Saint

11st 5lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Won three times over hurdles, all at around 2m on good to soft/heavy; good second at Stratford in March (2m, heavy); not so good in better company since (in 2m4f Aintree handicap last time); half-brother to a 2m5f winner over fences; interesting on debut over fences but stamina to prove.

9/2

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13/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 1F-6P4 CD

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Having struggled on his first two starts this season he took a step back in the right direction when fourth of six at Kelso (2m, good to soft) last time; needs to build on that today but the deeper ground may be a positive and he's won three of his four completed races at Wetherby.

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5th

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

14:37 Newcastle

Alberts Back

11st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Michael & David Easterby

held up in last, lost touch from 3 out, never on terms

9/1

2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

13:32 Wetherby

Alberts Back

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Michael & David Easterby

Mudlark who has won five times over hurdles, four of them here; 0-5 over fences and was under pressure some way out when only fourth of five finishers at Haydock in December; dropped 4lb as a result but needs to raise his game.

14/1

4th

1

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:10 Haydock

Alberts Back

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Michael & David Easterby

Mudlark who has won five times over hurdles, including over 2m3f on heavy ground here; has shown some fair form in four runs over fences, but hasn't run in a chase since February 2020; others stronger.

12/1

Form: 27-733 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who returned to form when third at Sandown (2m, heavy) in January on his second start for this yard; not discounted today but this 11yo has since been well beaten at Kelso (2m, heavy) so it's hard to know what to expect; wears first-time cheekpieces.

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3rd

9

7th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

19:42 Southwell

Mcgowans Pass

11st 4lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Jennie Candlish

Consistent enough but this veteran is on a losing run and hasn't been seen since August; not the percentage play.

14/1

Form: 205512 D BF

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Capitalised on a reduced mark when winning at Ffos Las (2m, good to soft) last month and close second at Taunton (2m, good to soft) subsequently; solid claims if his good run of form continues but the ground is a worry today, as he was well beaten on his sole encounter with soft going.

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5th

10

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

14:40 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Rarely seen on worse than good to soft, not disgraced however over 3m here (soft) last month on first run for 398 days; may be able to build on that and he is not fully exposed as a stayer.

20/1

7th

8

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 4lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Second over 2m4f here in October 2022 and again got going too late when close second of 12 off this mark over 3m here that November; both were on good ground and he's hardly ever run on worse than good to soft; he's also unraced since, so has those major questions to answer, but he is not fully exposed as a stayer.

10/1

2nd

10

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear

12/1

Form: -32392 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

10yo whose form has taken a downturn this season and he was no match for the winner when second at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) last month, but that was still an encouraging run and he's another 2lb lower this afternoon; his last four wins have come on heavy ground and he's not ruled out.

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0

1

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

11:45 Haydock

Chti Balko

12st 2lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Ended a losing run of three years when making all for a wide-margin win at Bangor this month (2m, soft); back up 6lb but he was runnning in stronger races than this not so long ago and is a triple course winner; no easy lead this time but bold bid likely.

3/1

1st

2

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

13:11 Bangor-on-Dee

Chti Balko

12st 1lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Front-running veteran who has not won since December 2020 but he's finished runner-up in three of his last four starts including at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) on his return two weeks ago; remains well treated on old form and he should go well again back in trip.

8/1

2nd

2

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

15:40 Sedgefield

Chti Balko

12st 0lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

prominent, led 2nd, joined 2 out, soon headed, ridden approaching last, kept on run-in

5/1

Form: 6391-1 D

Last run: 310 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Won at Hexham (2m, soft) last March on second hurdle start and followed up in another novice there (2m, good to soft) last May; absent since but this unexposed 6yo brings potential to his handicap debut and could go well.

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0

1

25th Nov 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

14:13 Huntingdon

Jante Law

12st 0lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Mark Walford

Seen only twice again since pair of 2m Hexham novice wins in spring 2021 and made low-key return from 598-day absence last month; might well have benefited from that recent outing but remains a tricky one to weigh up.

40/1

9th

3

26th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 1f 33y

Class 3

15:20 Carlisle

Jante Law

11st 12lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Won two novice hurdles in a row at Hexham (2m, soft/good to soft) in spring 2021 and he was a mid-race faller on his sole run since in a Wetherby handicap in March 2022; remains very lightly raced and a market check is advised, but he has a hefty absence to defy.

20/1

Form: 3-PP23 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 3lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Front-running 11yo who took backwards step when third of four at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft); however, he'd previously returned to form with good second off this mark at Haydock (1m7f, soft) and is not written off today.

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5

7th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:30 Wetherby

Minella Charmer

11st 3lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

Front-running 11yo who took backwards step when third of four at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft); however, he'd previously returned to form with good second off this mark at Haydock (1m7f, soft) and is not written off today.

8/1

3rd

1

24th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

17:10 Sedgefield

Minella Charmer

11st 12lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

Back from a spell in the doldrums when finishing a highly creditable second at Haydock (2m, soft) last month; should go well off an unchanged mark if in the same mood.

6/4

2nd

2

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 4

16:15 Haydock

Minella Charmer

11st 11lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

Twice made all over 2m in the mud during 2019 but few positives to take from his last three appearances and he's an 11yo now.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £173.00
Straight Forecast £176.30
Trifecta £903.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Fontana Ellissi

Daily Express:

Playful Saint

RP Ratings:

Chti Balko

The Guardian:

Jante Law

Telegraph:

Minella Charmer

Daily Mail:

Fontana Ellissi

Daily Mirror:

Fontana Ellissi

Daily Record:

Fontana Ellissi

The Star:

Playful Saint

The Times:

Chti Balko