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Johnnie Walker At Barluga Handicap Hurdle (Go North Cab On Target Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £5663.84
  • 2m 4f 62y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Johnnie Walker At Barluga Handicap Hurdle (Go North Cab On Target Series Qualifier)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Sunny

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 244903 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Tailed off on his two starts this winter but dropped down the weights and returned to form when third of six in a first-time visor (retained) over C&D (good) last Friday; could be in the mix.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

4

2nd Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

16:25 Uttoxeter

Getareason

11st 11lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Staged a partial revival when fitted with visor in spring 2022, winning twice over 2m4f; however, missed last season and needs a good deal better than he showed (with cheekpieces back on) on return at Hexham 15 days ago.

8/1

5th

3

17th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 3

15:10 Hexham

Getareason

11st 7lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

held up in last

13/2

1st

5

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

16:45 Ayr

Getareason

11st 7lb

J: Peter Coleman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Took a step back in the right direction when third in a first-time visor (retained since) at Newcastle last month, and built on that when winning there a fortnight ago (2m4f, good); back up 4lb but he had 3l to spare and remains well treated on his old form; can give another good account.

7/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 472

Last run: 115 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

2-2 in British points (both 2m4f) and he went close at Wetherby (2m, good) in November on his third hurdle start, which wasn't the first time he's flashed his tail; could have more to offer now up in trip on handicap debut and he's one to consider.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

8

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Kinondo Kwetu

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Returned from a break with encouraging fourth at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; stayed on well for third of 16 in Summer Cup at Uttoxeter (3m2f, good) last July, a run that can be upgraded due to jumping errors, and he's an interesting candidate; the drier the ground the better.

12/1

4th

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Kinondo Kwetu

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Pulled up at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) in October when last seen and unraced on soft/heavy, so the recent rain is a worry; however, this two-time C&D winner was a good third in this last year (good to soft) and if the ground dries he could go well now back on a course he clearly relishes.

16/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 348431 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Returned to form when third in first-time blinkers (retained since) here (2m, good) in November and ended a long losing run when back up in trip at Sedgefield (2m5f, good) in January; on his old form he remains on a good mark back up 4lb and he's high on the shortlist.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

14

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Kajaki

10st 7lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Won off today's mark at Perth (2m4f, good to soft) last April, but well beaten last autumn on last two starts and others make greater appeal than this 11yo; visor is removed and blinkers return.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 644F13

Last run: 158 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Won at Worcester (2m, good) in September and good third behind highly progressive winner at Huntingdon (2m, good) in October; has had a break since but he stays well on the Flat and has shaped as though he could improve for this step up in trip; player if primed for his return.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

9

5th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Worcester

Theocrat

11st 8lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

8th

6

21st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

13:30 Perth

Theocrat

11st 7lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

In good form in autumn and returned from a break with a creditable fourth at Newcastle (2m4f, good) last month; unexposed at this distance and he could build on that latest performance; his Devon trainer does well here.

7/1

4th

1

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

16:50 Newcastle

Theocrat

11st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Won at Worcester (2m, good) in September and good third behind highly progressive winner at Huntingdon (2m, good) in October; has had a break since but he stays well on the Flat and has shaped as though he could improve for this step up in trip; player if primed for his return.

8/1

Form: /9541F D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Reverted to hurdles at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) last month and returned to form with a win; early faller there last time when back over fences; a 5lb rise for his win isn't harsh and he could have a part to play once more.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

3

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 2f 40y

Class 5

14:35 Taunton

Idilico

11st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Alexandra Dunn

Runner-up in selling handicap hurdle last month but well beaten on the Flat twice since, and his record over fences is not convincing; blinkers fitted for first time since 2021; too risky.

16/1

10th

6

(7)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 6

12:16 Lingfield (AW)

Idilico

9st 11lb

J: David Probert

T: Alexandra Dunn

towards rear, headway and prominent after 4f

16/1

Form: F-7241

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Faded into fourth over 2m6f on soft ground at Kelso in December and benefited from the drop back in trip to win over Carlisle's stiff 2m1f (soft) last month; today's trip on good ground may be fine, and he's respected.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10

8th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:20 Kelso

Duty Calls

10st 2lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Sandy Forster

held up in rear, detached 5 out, pulled up before 2 out

10/1

1st

3

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 4

14:45 Kelso

Duty Calls

11st 4lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Sandy Forster

C&D scorer who wasn't disgraced from 5lb out of the handicap when fourth of five back here eight days ago; he can race off his proper mark now so merits serious consideration.

4/1

Form: 426545 D

Last run: 118 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

His hurdle mark has fallen and he posted a couple of fair performances on the AW this winter; however, he was below par in that code last time and failed to shine on his last four jumps outings in autumn.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

6

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

20:20 Uttoxeter

Beach Break

11st 11lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

7th

2

9th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 123y

Class 5

13:55 Bangor-on-Dee

Beach Break

11st 12lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

7th

4

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

16:50 Newcastle

Beach Break

11st 6lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

His hurdle mark has fallen and he posted a couple of fair performances on the AW this winter; however, he was below par in that code last time and failed to shine on his last four jumps outings in autumn.

12/1

Form: /3-413 BF

Last run: 117 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Returned from wind surgery to win at Kelso (2m, good) in October and good third at Ayr (2m3f, good to soft) last time out in November; having raced lazily at times most recently he could be the type to benefit from first-time cheekpieces, and his last three wins have all come when fresh.

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

8th

3

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

16:50 Newcastle

Curramore

11st 10lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Returned from wind surgery to win at Kelso (2m, good) in October and good third at Ayr (2m3f, good to soft) last time out in November; having raced lazily at times most recently he could be the type to benefit from first-time cheekpieces, and his last three wins have all come when fresh.

9/2

3rd

2

22nd Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

13:35 Ayr

Curramore

11st 10lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Won off 7lb lower on first run after wind surgery at Kelso last month (2m, good); didn't seem to get home on latest attempt over 2m4f when a well-backed favourite on stable debut last season, but may stay better having had a wind op.

2/1

1st

1

23rd Oct 2021

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

14:54 Kelso

Curramore

11st 12lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Two-time bumper (good/soft) and maiden hurdle (2m1f, soft) winner; returned from a long absence with a promising third on stable debut at Newcastle (2m4f) in March but was disappointing as favourite at Perth (2m) in May; had wind surgery since but he has a patchy record and comes with risks attached after another break.

4/1

Form: -PU429

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Tailed off on handicap debut at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft) only 19 days ago and has something to prove on the back of that; however, he enters calculations on December's second in a maiden hurdle at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) and he showed promise on good ground in Ireland; not written off.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

14

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:53 Uttoxeter

Bak Rocky

11st 3lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Maiden who has been placed in handicaps at Kelso (2m1f) and Ayr (2m4f) since switched to chasing; form looks sound (the winners of those races have followed up since); holds sold claims off unchanged mark.

7/1

3rd

3

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

14:40 Ayr

Bak Rocky

11st 9lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Sandy Thomson

Became rather disappointing over hurdles last season but stayed on well from poor position to take second (ahead of Spark Of Madness) on last month's chasing debut at Kelso (2m1f, good to soft) and is sure to be suited by today's move back up in trip; still on a good mark; must be considered.

7/2

2nd

6

22nd Oct 2022

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 5

16:35 Kelso

Bak Rocky

11st 7lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

midfield, jumped badly right 1st, niggled along briefly after 4th, outpaced and pushed along in rear 4 out, keeping on but still plenty to do 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well and went third run-in, went second towards finish, no match for winner

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £373.00
Straight Forecast £382.50
Tricast £1603.40
Trifecta £2004.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Getareason

SPOTLIGHT:

Curramore

Daily Mail:

Kajaki

TOPSPEED:

Theocrat

The Guardian:

Idilico

Daily Mirror:

Kinondo Kwetu

WEST COUNTRY:

Theocrat

Telegraph:

Curramore

Daily Express:

Curramore

The Sun:

Idilico

POSTDATA:

Getareason

THE NORTH:

Getareason

The Times:

Getareason

The Star:

Kajaki

Daily Record:

Kajaki