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15:45 Taunton

Soft

William Hill Gold Cup Top Price Guarantee Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4520.18
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 4m 17s
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William Hill Gold Cup Top Price Guarantee Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.50
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 6312 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Nice prospect, as won a 3m point and yet had the gears to win a 2m novice at Huntingdon (good to soft) too; only just missed out in a Warwick handicap a month ago when beaten by one with greater experience; bang there off 3lb higher; soft ground should be fine.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 3

15:00 Market Rasen

Dibble Decker

11st 11lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

in rear but in touch with leaders, not fluent 6th, outpaced and lost ground before 3 out, soon struggling

9/4

2nd

7

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 3

15:40 Huntingdon

Dibble Decker

11st 5lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Dual C&D winner last season (including this race) and returned to form with hard-fought success at Wincanton (2m4f, heavy; first-time tongue-tie) in January; nudged back up to career-high mark today but still features prominently in calculations.

100/30

1st

4

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

14:40 Wincanton

Dibble Decker

11st 7lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Back-to-back wins in the new cheekpieces at Huntingdon (2m4f, good/good to soft) early last year; looked rusty when well behind Huelgoat on his return and he was easy to back; better can be expected this time with a tongue-tie added.

12/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 50-155 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Good bumper horse (won on heavy) and forced a dead-heat in a 2m Perth novice in September (good to soft) when hooded for the first time; not gone on from there and will need to buck up his ideas off this mark now handicapping; tongue-tie a first.

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2nd

9

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Super Six

10st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

midfield, dropped to rear 8th, headway after 3 out, soon ridden, went second 2 out, challenging when short of room and badly hampered run-in, kept on when switched right final 110yds, went third final strides, finished 3rd, placed 2nd

8/1

4th

7

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

14:05 Newbury

Super Six

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Behind Honneur D'Ajonc at Hereford but not by far despite failing to handle the track and he posted by some margin his best form over fences to win with plenty in hand at Haydock (2m4f, good to soft; 9lb lower); jumped well there and is capable of further progress.

5/1

1st

7

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:50 Haydock

Super Six

11st 4lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Two-time novice hurdle winner (good to soft/good) who improved upon his first two chase starts when third at Hereford (2m5f, soft) last month; that latest run can be upgraded as he hung badly left and forfeited ground with a circuit to run; open to improvement and he's on the shortlist.

6/1

Form: 3F4S21 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 3lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Made most in a small field last time at Kempton (2m, good to soft), rallying to lead again late on; didn't go into that race particularly progressive and whether this will pan out so favourably is debatable; up 3lb.

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5th

9

8th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

13:10 Chepstow

Sarceaux

10st 4lb

J: Jamie Brace

T: Alexandra Dunn

Both wins (19 starts) came very narrowly, most recently at Kempton last February; had been runner-up at 50-1 in this race on heavy ground the time before; refused to line up once in October and well beaten in early December but an each-way case can be made.

9/1

4th

4

7th Dec 2022

Soft

1m 7f 113y

Class 4

12:10 Leicester

Sarceaux

11st 2lb

J: Jamie Brace

T: Alexandra Dunn

Dug deep to pip progressive rival at Kempton (2m, good to soft) in February and will be fine on the forecast slower ground here, but she was below form on latest outing in May and her record when fresh is not compelling.

7/1

Form: 353113 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

The hat-trick bid may have come up short but there was no disgrace in finishing third behind two likeable types over C&D a month ago; high in the weights now but every chance of being involved under conditions that suit.

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5th

1

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

19:20 Stratford

Amelias Dance

12st 0lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Robert Walford

Runner-up five times last season but not at best when well-held fourth at Taunton (2m, soft) in March; pulled up after a bad early mistake at Kempton last month.

5/1

4

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton

Amelias Dance

11st 12lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

midfield, bad mistake and almost fell 3rd, soon pulled up quickly

14/1

4th

4

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

16:20 Taunton

Amelias Dance

11st 9lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, weakened from 2 out

2/1

Form: 31-797 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Won over hurdles in France during summer of 2020; poor so far for this yard in 2m3f/2m4f handicaps - latterly after wind surgery - but there's time yet to come good.

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1

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:40 Ffos Las

Grizzly James

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Still to get his head in front this term and he made mistakes when trailing in last of eight in 2m5f Hereford handicap chase 20 days ago; others appeal more.

4/1

8th

1

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:45 Hereford

Grizzly James

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won this last year (good to soft) and has run well in defeat on two of his last three starts, most recently at Huntingdon (2m7f, soft) this month; he's a strong candidate today.

3/1

2nd

3

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

13:55 Huntingdon

Grizzly James

11st 10lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Seemingly back in good form when third at Plumpton (2m3f, soft) in January and is probably worth another crack at this sort of trip but didn't travel with much zest when well-held fourth at Lingfield last month and is not one to rely upon.

9/2

Form: 852U

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Second in a maiden here before unseating late on at Ludlow when beaten; brings potential into handicaps but could do with settling better.

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6th

6

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

15:45 Taunton

Mister Splash

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Second in a maiden here before unseating late on at Ludlow when beaten; brings potential into handicaps but could do with settling better.

7/1

5

9th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

15:30 Ludlow

Mister Splash

11st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Thrice-raced gelding who is steadily getting the hang of things, runner-up in Taunton maiden hurdle (2m, soft) most recently; should be suited by this new trip and may well improve further; enters calculations.

4/1

2nd

7

10th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:00 Taunton

Mister Splash

11st 6lb

62,000euros half-brother to the stable's good chaser Coconut Splash; didn't show much in sole bumper in October but he shaped with promise on his hurdling debut when fifth of 18 at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft; 100-1) last month; was behind two of today's rivals but he has each-way claims on that form and is open to more progress.

6/1

Form: 0P3338

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Couple of decent thirds in novice company and went off too fast on his handicap debut last time at Ludlow (2m); could have a competitive run in him off this mark with William Kennedy replacing a claimer.

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4

28th May 2022

Good

2m 6f 31y

Class 4

14:09 Cartmel

Not Long Now

11st 3lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Aytach Sadik

66/1

7th

7

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

15:45 Taunton

Not Long Now

10st 6lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Aytach Sadik

Couple of decent thirds in novice company and went off too fast on his handicap debut last time at Ludlow (2m); could have a competitive run in him off this mark with William Kennedy replacing a claimer.

20/1

8th

2

3rd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

13:00 Ludlow

Not Long Now

11st 9lb

J: Alison Johnson

T: Aytach Sadik

His best hurdle run came when third of 15 over C&D (good to soft) last month, and he'll appreciate the return to a right-handed track having jumped that way at left-handed Sedgefield last time; not ruled out in first-time cheekpieces on handicap debut.

16/1

Form: 2012-P

Last run: 109 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Pulled up after jumping poorly on his chase debut in November; maiden winner over hurdles and this mark shouldn't be beyond him; might not want the ground too soft.

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5th

3

18th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:20 Doncaster

Confirmation Bias

11st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Didn't jump well when tried over fences in November; best efforts at about 2m and can pull hard but still of interest back hurdling.

9/2

4

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

15:45 Taunton

Confirmation Bias

11st 4lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Paul Nicholls

Pulled up after jumping poorly on his chase debut in November; maiden winner over hurdles and this mark shouldn't be beyond him; might not want the ground too soft.

6/1

11

26th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

15:13 Wincanton

Confirmation Bias

11st 4lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Winner of a 1m7f maiden hurdle here in March (good; first-time cheekpieces) but he made a tentative start to his chase career at Chepstow and was pulled up with three still to jump; major turnaround clearly needed.

12/1

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Exacta £92.00
Straight Forecast £88.70
Tricast £347.10
Trifecta £324.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Dibble Decker

Telegraph:

Mister Splash

The Star:

Super Six

POSTDATA:

Dibble Decker

The Times:

Dibble Decker

Daily Mail:

Dibble Decker

Daily Express:

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The Sun:

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Daily Record:

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