March 19 / 15.00 Uttoxeter

15.00 Uttoxeter

Soft

Optimum Pay Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £25720
  • 2m 3f 207y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
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Optimum Pay Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Sunny

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 31-222 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Regularly ridden by Jordan Nailor; won Sandown's valuable EBF Final last season and unlucky not to have opened his account this campaign, having gone down by under 2l in three good handicaps (2m4f/2m7f); his steadily escalating mark is no help but he looks a good bet to give his running once more.
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4th

1

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Beauport

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

1st

2

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Beauport

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Regularly ridden by Jordan Nailor; won Sandown's valuable EBF Final last season and unlucky not to have opened his account this campaign, having gone down by under 2l in three good handicaps (2m4f/2m7f); his steadily escalating mark is no help but he looks a good bet to give his running once more.

3/1

2nd

9

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

14:55 Sandown

Beauport

10st 12lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Ridden by Jordan Nailor on six of his seven starts; drew 11l clear in the EBF Final over 2m4f here (soft) last March on handicap debut; runner-up here on reappearance (a respiratory noise was reported) and found only the very smart chaser Dashel Drasher too good for him at Newbury, both 2m4f; all hurdle starts have been on soft or heavy; up another 2lb but now looks ready for this sort of trip and has more improvement in him.

13/2

9/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: /1-349

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Bumper/novice winner; well backed but pulled hard when third in a strong Ascot handicap hurdle (1m7f, soft) on his reappearance and chase campaign was then soon aborted after a defeat at Exeter; didn't run badly back hurdling in the Betfair at Newbury (first-time tongue-tie) when the lack of pace was no help; unlikely that we've seen the best of him.
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2nd

8

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Boothill

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Harry Fry

Bumper/novice winner; well backed but pulled hard when third in a strong Ascot handicap hurdle (1m7f, soft) on his reappearance and chase campaign was then soon aborted after a defeat at Exeter; didn't run badly back hurdling in the Betfair at Newbury (first-time tongue-tie) when the lack of pace was no help; unlikely that we've seen the best of him.

9/2

9th

7

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Boothill

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Harry Fry

Disappointing favourite over fences (2m3f) last time out but remains lightly raced and nowhere near fully exposed; now goes in tongue-tie and drops back in trip; has shown major promise in two attempts over hurdles, scoring impressively at Taunton then good third to Soaring Glory in Ascot handicap; interesting back in this sphere.

7/1

4th

2

3rd Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 2

14:05 Exeter

Boothill

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Harry Fry

Big gaps between his three rules starts, winning the first two (2m, good to soft) before a fine third on handicap hurdle debut at Ascot (1m7f, soft) in October; runner-up in his two 3m points and has potential now switched to fences and up in distance; firmly in calculations.

5/4

8/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 183-24 C

Last run: 147 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Two good runs (2m4f/3m) in the new cheekpieces on the back of wind surgery and on good ground, whereas her three wins have been on soft; not on a bad mark by any means and she can make her presence felt back on forecast slower ground.
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2nd

14

7th May 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Haydock

Panic Attack

10st 7lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

1st

9

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Panic Attack

10st 5lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

3rd

12

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Panic Attack

10st 5lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Two good runs (2m4f/3m) in the new cheekpieces on the back of wind surgery and on good ground, whereas her three wins have been on soft; not on a bad mark by any means and she can make her presence felt back on forecast slower ground.

8/1

Form: P71322

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Veteran front-runner who has finished runner-up in 2m5f/2m7f handicaps the last twice under Cameron Iles; just looks vulnerable to something better treated.
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4th

9

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Jepeck

11st 0lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Anthony Honeyball

Veteran front-runner who has finished runner-up in 2m5f/2m7f handicaps the last twice under Cameron Iles; just looks vulnerable to something better treated.

14/1

2nd

5

26th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:18 Chepstow

Jepeck

10st 11lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Anthony Honeyball

Often front-runner; 13yo who recovered a lot of his old verve over hurdles at Wincanton on last three outings, winning on first occasion and runner-up under Cameron Iles one week ago on latest; acts on heavy; thereabouts on the recent evidence.

11/2

2nd

6

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

15:58 Wincanton

Jepeck

11st 6lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Anthony Honeyball

Teenager who has mixed hurdling with chasing in recent seasons; bounced back to form to spring 40-1 surprise over C&D (soft; made all) last month and also ran well when third here (3m, good to soft) 12 days later but will probably find younger rivals better handicapped today.

12/1

Form: 31-152 CD

Last run: 58 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
The second of two non-handicap wins last year came over C&D; has held his own in two handicaps, in the latest beaten 6l by one who has progressed further; still early days and may have some room to manoeuvre off this mark.
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2nd

1

21st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

13:30 Perth

Jetaway Joey

12st 0lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

Below best at Uttoxeter last month but soft ground may not have suited; won C&D maiden hurdle (good to soft) at this meeting last year and he was a creditable second at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) in January in his second handicap; reverts to better ground and could bounce back with a big run.

7/1

5th

11

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Jetaway Joey

10st 7lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

The second of two non-handicap wins last year came over C&D; has held his own in two handicaps, in the latest beaten 6l by one who has progressed further; still early days and may have some room to manoeuvre off this mark.

12/1

2nd

4

20th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 166y

Class 3

14:45 Wincanton

Jetaway Joey

11st 10lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

Seemingly aided by addition of cheekpieces when winning two novice events last year (both 2m4f, good to soft), and was very respectable fifth in Ascot handicap (2m5f, good to soft) last month; might better the latest run if he settles better this time; enters calculations.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 26-54F

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
The 2019 County Hurdle winner whose reduced mark is justified; ran a fair race to be fourth at Hereford before his early departure last time but others are more intriguing; fine on soft.
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6th

1

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Ch’tibello

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

The 2019 County Hurdle winner whose reduced mark is justified; ran a fair race to be fourth at Hereford before his early departure last time but others are more intriguing; fine on soft.

8/1

1

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Ch’tibello

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

2019 County Hurdle winner whose reduced mark appears to reflect his current level of ability; fair fourth at Hereford in December on latest completed start but his stamina is unproven beyond 2m4f and today's race will be a gruelling test on the ground.

12/1

2

15th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:40 Kempton

Ch’tibello

11st 10lb

J: Mr Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Veteran whose two efforts this season (2m4f/2m3f) suggest he'll be suited by this new trip; takes on several unexposed types but is too well treated to be ignored; won the 2019 County Hurdle off 4lb higher.

8/1

Form: 0P14O4 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Didn't want to know over fences two starts back (second non-completion in that scene) but he's a useful handicap hurdler under these conditions and, with cheekpieces turned to, he was a pleasing fourth of 16 at Fairyhouse three weeks ago; thereabouts.
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7th

10

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Teescomponentsyess

10st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Didn't want to know over fences two starts back (second non-completion in that scene) but he's a useful handicap hurdler under these conditions and, with cheekpieces turned to, he was a pleasing fourth of 16 at Fairyhouse three weeks ago; thereabouts.

14/1

4th

16

26th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 165y

15:08 Fairyhouse

Teescomponentsyess

10st 2lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Got his head back in front at Limerick in December and hit the frame from 7lb higher next time; ran out back over fences last time and his mark is probably high enough for now back in this sphere.

16/1

9

17th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:15 Clonmel

Teescomponentsyess

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Made a surprise return to form when successful in a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Limerick after Christmas; ran well when fourth off his revised mark at Gowran three weeks ago; was out of form at the time of his only previous start over fences.

10/1

Form: U-3561 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Looked well handicapped on his peak chase form and he duly won a C&D handicap hurdle a month ago with a lot in hand, coming home 13l to the good; not impossibly treated despite going up 11lb but it's still a hefty rise that might just find him out; this ground is ideal.
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12th

5

7th May 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Haydock

Red Risk

11st 7lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

8th

3

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Red Risk

11st 10lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Looked well handicapped on his peak chase form and he duly won a C&D handicap hurdle a month ago with a lot in hand, coming home 13l to the good; not impossibly treated despite going up 11lb but it's still a hefty rise that might just find him out; this ground is ideal.

8/1

1st

1

12th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:58 Uttoxeter

Red Risk

11st 12lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Placed in valuable handicap chase on seasonal debut in October but soundly beaten twice since, latterly off his much lower hurdle mark in December; will appreciate today's drop in grade but still has something to prove.

12/1

Form: 9-1317 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Loves Wetherby as he's reminded us this season but he wasn't quite so clever at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) the last time and yet he remains on a career-high mark; others preferred.
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8th

1

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

18:40 Kempton

Haafapiece

11st 12lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Pam Sly

9th

4

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Haafapiece

11st 6lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Pam Sly

Loves Wetherby as he's reminded us this season but he wasn't quite so clever at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) the last time and yet he remains on a career-high mark; others preferred.

20/1

7th

3

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

16:10 Kempton

Haafapiece

11st 11lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Pam Sly

9yo who has been better than ever at Wetherby this season, winning there twice under Jack Andrews (2m3f, soft/good to soft); at a different track today but has won at various venues over the years, including on good ground and a bumper here; has to be respected given his current fine heart.

9/2

Form: 9-PP1P CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Took well to first-time blinkers when returned to hurdles over C&D (heavy) on New Year's Eve but he's back in the bad books after another non-completion at Ascot; he's capable but is becoming difficult to trust.
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5

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Ballybegg

11st 5lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Took well to first-time blinkers when returned to hurdles over C&D (heavy) on New Year's Eve but he's back in the bad books after another non-completion at Ascot; he's capable but is becoming difficult to trust.

25/1

3

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

Ballybegg

11st 3lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Kerry Lee

Took well to first-time blinkers when returned to hurdles at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) on New Year's Eve and is now 3-5 in this sphere; up 6lb but Daire McConville takes off 10lb; possibilities in the retained blinds.

10/1

1st

1

31st Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

14:05 Uttoxeter

Ballybegg

11st 12lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Won two novice hurdles (2m3f, soft) in a row last winter but was well held in final run last season and he's been pulled up over fences in both starts this term; switches back to hurdling off 8lb lower than last time but that was a very laboured effort at this track (first-time cheekpieces) and he has something to prove with blinkers now tried.

6/1

Form: 2/1244

Last run: 1 day

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Second to Appreciate It in a bumper; back from a long absence to win a 2m5f maiden at Punchestown and then fared respectably in Grade 1/2 events; maintained his progress with an excellent fourth on his handicap debut in yesterday's finale at Cheltenham but there must be doubts about him reappearing after that hard race.
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4th

3

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 180y

16:15 Punchestown

Freedom To Dream

11st 10lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Peter Fahey

6

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Freedom To Dream

11st 5lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Peter Fahey

Second to Appreciate It in a bumper; back from a long absence to win a 2m5f maiden at Punchestown and then fared respectably in Grade 1/2 events; maintained his progress with an excellent fourth on his handicap debut in yesterday's finale at Cheltenham but there must be doubts about him reappearing after that hard race.

7/1

4th

18

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Freedom To Dream

11st 1lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Peter Fahey

Scored over 2m5f at Punchestown (hurdles debut) on return from long absence; subsequently not disgraced in Limerick Grade 2 (2m7f, heavy) or 2m6f Leopardstown Grade 1; seems held by Hollow Games on latest effort but may be capable of more improvement; still has very low mileage.

25/1

Form: 5P-264

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Has some classy form to his name and a lot of it on soft ground; below par the last twice though and the trainer now turns to some headgear.
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7

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Llandinabo Lad

11st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Tom Symonds

Has some classy form to his name and a lot of it on soft ground; below par the last twice though and the trainer now turns to some headgear.

14/1

4th

4

19th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

15:20 Wincanton

Llandinabo Lad

11st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Tom Symonds

Won Listed novice hurdle at Haydock in November 2020 and was second in Ascot Grade 2 (also 1m7f, soft) the following month but has yet to make any further progress; very respectable sixth in Grade 3 handicap at Ascot (1m7f, good to soft) on latest outing in December but needs to take a significant step forward here.

25/1

6th

8

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Llandinabo Lad

10st 13lb

J: David Noonan

T: Tom Symonds

Can front-run; good second both starts at Ascot; ended last term with two poor shows but wind op seems to have done the trick, judged on creditable second at Bangor (2m3f) last month; possibly best with a slog in the mud, which he may not get today.

18/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Boothill

POSTDATA:

Beauport

The Times:

Freedom To Dream

RP Ratings:

Red Risk

WEST COUNTRY:

Beauport

The Star:

Beauport

Daily Record:

Beauport

TOPSPEED:

Boothill

Telegraph:

Boothill

The Guardian:

Boothill

Daily Mail:

Boothill

Daily Express:

Boothill

Daily Mirror:

Boothill

The Sun:

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