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15:30 Stratford

Good To Soft

Complete Cheltenham Festival Coverage On RacingTV Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Qual’)

  • Prize money: £5663.84
  • 2m 0f 70y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 3m 53s
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Complete Cheltenham Festival Coverage On RacingTV Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Qual’)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.60
  • Place: £4.10

Form: 366-39 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Useful 2m winner for Philip Hobbs, but he went backwards from his debut third for his current yard when beating only one in 19f Taunton handicap in January; he needs to bounce back after his break.

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Verdict Starting price

15

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 0y

13:07 Naas

Oakley

11st 12lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Anthony Mullins

A 1m7f winner in Germany; well supported when close second in a 1m4f handicap at Cork last August; ran poorly at Navan before scoring on Dundalk AW in October; will need more experience judged on hurdle outings at Fairyhouse and Punchestown.

50/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 2-FF61 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Back hurdling and jumped better than previously when stylish winner of 2m Warwick handicap 30 days ago; up 4lb but he still has few miles on the clock and is weighted to go well again; player.

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3rd

2

28th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:20 Wetherby

Osprey Call

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Alastair Ralph

raced freely, in touch with leaders on inner, midfield after 3rd

7/1

7th

2

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

15:19 Haydock

Osprey Call

11st 5lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Alastair Ralph

2nd

4

14th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 3

15:30 Stratford

Osprey Call

11st 6lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Alastair Ralph

Back hurdling and jumped better than previously when stylish winner of 2m Warwick handicap 30 days ago; up 4lb but he still has few miles on the clock and is weighted to go well again; player.

3/1

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Form: 27-5P0 C

Last run: 94 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Arrives out of sorts, coming in last of 14 in Doncaster handicap in December; hood is reached for after his break with questions to answer.

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5

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 3

15:15 Market Rasen

Shantou Express

11st 6lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Disappointing that he didn't run better when dropped in grade at Ludlow (3m, good) as he's got a good record in Class 4s; that casts some doubts about him at the minute.

7/1

6th

2

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 174y

Class 4

14:35 Ludlow

Shantou Express

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Similar type to Hurricane Harvey, having been campaigned mostly at a higher level; has lost his form since winning at Stratford last June but may revive back down in grade; 3-5 in Class 4.

12/1

7th

8

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Lingfield

Shantou Express

10st 6lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Heavy ground would not have been ideal at Cheltenham 20 days ago but that was his third modest run on the bounce; won off this mark at Stratford last summer but reservations at the minute.

33/1

Form: /341-P CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

C&D scorer who ended a long losing run on his yard debut in Lyon in October 2020, but off 17 months before pulled up in 2m4f Newbury handicap ten days ago; cheekpieces go back on now with plenty to prove.

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5th

2

18th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

2m 0f 213y

Class 4

13:30 Stratford

Petit Palais

11st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Hobson

prominent, niggled along and lost position 8th, not fluent and became detached 4 out, weakened quickly before 3 out

6/1

10th

12

16th Jul 2022

Good

2m 1f 46y

Class 3

14:29 Cartmel

Petit Palais

10st 12lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

in touch with leaders, ridden and weakened after 2 out

20/1

6th

4

22nd Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Worcester

Petit Palais

11st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Richard Hobson

Didn't run that well in two British starts in March but has done better when sent to France for last three outings, winning at Vichy last month; has to bring that form with him back to Britain; often leads.

10/1

Form: 113227 D

Last run: 94 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Dual 2m winner in the autumn but his run of good form ended when only seventh in 2m Cheltenham handicap in November; he has won off a break before, so can't be discounted after his lay-off.

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Verdict Starting price

8th

15

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Castel Gandolfo

11st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Soundly beaten by a few of these when sixth of 18 at Cheltenham (2m1f, good) last month but it wasn't a bad performance and he's run really well when runner-up over C&D on his two previous visits to Haydock (good/good to soft); on a competitive mark and not ruled out each-way.

33/1

6th

5

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Castel Gandolfo

11st 5lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Fergal O’Brien

midfield

25/1

Form: 36-596 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Fairly useful 2m hurdles winner early in 2021 but his more recent form has been far less encouraging, including when tried in blinkers; he is tumbling in the weights but still needs to step forward.

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2

9th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

13:05 Doncaster

Sage Advice

11st 13lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

Sixth in the Fred Winter at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and has tumbled down the weights, but it's a long time since he ran well.

14/1

2

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 54y

Class 5

13:00 Warwick

Sage Advice

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Essentially disappointing since a successful hurdling/stable debut in January 2021; remains to be seen whether he'll perk up for fences.

16/1

6

21st Nov 2022

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:45 Ludlow

Sage Advice

11st 9lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

prominent, lost position 5th, soon dropped to rear, pulled up before 3 out

16/1

Form: 11671P CD

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Bagged his third win of the season in 2m Huntingdon handicap in December only to pull up after mistake three out (lost his action) at Musselburgh last month; C&D scorer who can't be discounted.

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Verdict Starting price

9th

9

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 87y

Class 2

18:40 Musselburgh

Restandbethankful

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

Has won a bumper, three hurdles and two chases, all on good or good to soft; fine under softer conditions and was knocking on the door (hurdles/fences) before failing to give his running the last time here (hurdle); should be well handicapped.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £261.00
Straight Forecast £209.30
Trifecta £1554.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Osprey Call

TOPSPEED:

Castel Gandolfo

Daily Mail:

Restandbethankful

RP Ratings:

Shantou Express

Daily Express:

Oakley

POSTDATA:

Osprey Call

The Times:

Osprey Call

Telegraph:

Osprey Call

The Guardian:

Osprey Call

Daily Mirror:

Osprey Call

The Sun:

Osprey Call

The Star:

Osprey Call

Daily Record:

Osprey Call

WEST COUNTRY:

Castel Gandolfo