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Ashcroft Services Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6535.2
  • 2m 3f 100y
  • Class 5
  • 15 runners
  • Win time: 4m 52s
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Ashcroft Services Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Sunny

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.00
  • Place: £3.00

Form: 437555 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Three wins last spring over this sort of trip; in creditable form this autumn but not so good on last four outings and three of those were heavy defeats; 9lb below last winning mark.

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9

7th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:55 Ffos Las

Beau Haze

10st 6lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Phillip Dando

in touch with leaders on inner

66/1

9th

10

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

19:00 Taunton

Beau Haze

10st 2lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Phillip Dando

The winner of four races over hurdles but has been well below that level in two runs after an absence.

50/1

6th

7

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

14:43 Taunton

Beau Haze

10st 13lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Phillip Dando

Four-time winner over hurdles but made low-key return from 673-day absence when pulled-up 80-1 shot here (2m3f, soft) last month; current ability hard to gauge.

33/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 01203

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

French bumper winner and second there on debut over hurdles, both on soft; burst blood vessel on British debut, nearly three months before his front-running third at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) in February when he shaped as if he would stay further; tongue-tie (used in France) returns; should bring potential to this handicap debut.

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1

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Heltenham

12st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Dan Skelton

Now 3-3 at Newbury following two wins there last month (2m4f, heavy/good to soft); well beaten in hot handicap at Aintree (2m, soft) last Thursday and it remains to be seen if he'll reproduce his Newbury form on his first visit here, but the step back up in trip is a plus and he's not ruled out.

11/1

8th

7

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Heltenham

11st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Dan Skelton

Acts on any ground; has raced over about 2m4f for over two years and while he comes here in the form of his life following two Newbury wins (on heavy and good to soft) he was hard pressed to win the latest and a further 6lb rise is the thanks he's had; a new set of skills is needed in his first 2m chase.

7/1

1st

2

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

14:40 Newbury

Heltenham

11st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

travelled strongly, held up in last, headway 12th, pressed leaders approaching last, ridden run-in, led inside final 110yds, all out

11/8

33/1

  • Place: £14.40

Form: 355-0P

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Place on handicap debut at Sandown (2m4f, heavy; first-time hood, also worn next start) in February 2021 is his highlight as a hurdler; grim results on both starts this term suggest he is best watched.

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2nd

3

10th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

17:25 Worcester

Gastara

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Richard Hawker

raced wide, took keen hold, held up in rear, switched left and smooth headway after 4 out, pushed along before 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on and went second run-in

14/1

11

8th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

13:15 Worcester

Gastara

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Richard Hawker

Still a maiden after 17 runs and not yet proven over this far but returned from ten-month absence with quite encouraging hurdle run last month (travelled well for a long way) and is now 4lb lower than when clear second to an unexposed one over fences here (2m4f, good) last spring; not out of this.

8/1

6th

2

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:22 Chepstow

Gastara

11st 13lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Hawker

0-16 under all codes and off since 56l defeat over fences last June; switches back to hurdling on a workable mark and is versatile regarding ground but it's probably wise to wait for some encouraging signals from the betting.

14/1

Form: 0078

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten in his bumper and three races over hurdles; makes handicap debut, moves up in trip and switches to a left-handed track (has hung and jumped left) so he is worth a check for market move.

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5th

14

9th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

17:48 Ffos Las

Half The Freedom

10st 11lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has run with credit since beating 16 rivals at Doncaster (2m1f, good) in January; just 2lb higher than for that win, but he is fairly well exposed now and vulnerable to an improver.

8/1

4th

5

1st Apr 2023

Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

14:10 Uttoxeter

Half The Freedom

10st 12lb

J: Sean O’Briain

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders, nudged along 5th, dropped to rear and pushed along 6th

11/2

3rd

6

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:50 Warwick

Half The Freedom

10st 11lb

J: Jamie Brace

T: Jonjo O’Neill

His form has been up and down and he was a soundly beaten third at Doncaster (2m, good) last month; however, prior to that he won a big-field handicap over that C&D (good) and was runner-up on soft ground earlier in the season; capable of a bold show if at his best.

7/1

Form: -66444 C

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Won bumper here (good) last April; similar form over hurdles this season, most recently when fourth in his two handicap hurdles (2m and 2m2f); probably stays 2m4f and has place chance but some improvement appears to be needed for a win in field of this size.

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2nd

1

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:40 Exeter

Exmoor Express

11st 12lb

J: Mr Vincent Webster

T: Victor Dartnall

Yet to be placed over hurdles but has run reasonably in three handicaps, the latest at Chepstow three weeks ago; could play a part.

8/1

5th

4

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:35 Chepstow

Exmoor Express

11st 10lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Won bumper here (good) last April; similar form over hurdles this season, most recently when fourth in his two handicap hurdles (2m and 2m2f); probably stays 2m4f and has place chance but some improvement appears to be needed for a win in field of this size.

8/1

4th

2

7th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

15:00 Fontwell

Exmoor Express

11st 12lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Won bumper at Chepstow (good) last April; similar form over hurdles since, taking fourth of 12 on handicap debut at Warwick (2m, soft) last time but he needs to build on that.

8/1

Form: 112224

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Won both his bumpers and finished second in his first three hurdle starts, including at Uttoxeter on his handicap debut; fair fourth at Ludlow in another handicap on latest outing; moves up from 2m and has stamina in the family; considered.

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13

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Moveit Like Minnie

11st 0lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

in touch with leaders, outpaced and lost position 5th, dropped to rear 3 out, lost touch and pulled up before 2 out

25/1

9th

10

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Moveit Like Minnie

10st 13lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Back-to-back handicap wins before a creditable fourth to the classy Luccia at Ascot; ran just okay in the Betfair Hurdle but he's a player on that penultimate effort.

14/1

9th

20

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Moveit Like Minnie

10st 12lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Stablemate of Norman Fletcher; raced mainly on good/good to soft; creditable fourth to Luccia at Ascot when bidding for a hat-trick but may ideally need a drop back in grade; all wins in Class 3 or lower.

66/1

40/1

Form: 7PP585

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Jumping still needs to improve and it's been low-level form in her six starts, albeit with latest the best; moves back up in trip for this, her third handicap; 6lb out of the weights.

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12

5th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 5

15:00 Ffos Las

Dark Heather

10st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Ben Lund

Yet to be placed and none of her form looks good enough; sometimes hooded, now has tongue tied first time; 7lb out of the handicap.

50/1

9th

14

20th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

16:05 Exeter

Dark Heather

10st 2lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Ben Lund

Poor maiden, yet to be placed; well-held fourth in small field at Plumpton most recently; others preferred.

25/1

4th

7

17th Oct 2022

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

17:40 Plumpton

Dark Heather

10st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Ben Lund

in touch with leaders, pushed along after 11th, ridden when became detached after 3 out, no chance from 2 out, went modest fourth from 2 out

40/1

Form: 1-6965 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

2m3f win on good to soft with first-time tongue-tie (kept since) at Carlisle last April on handicap debut; not in the same form in his four runs this term, tried in cheekpieces latest; back down from 3m1f (last two starts) but he's still hard to approach with confidence.

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15

6th Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

16:10 Southwell

Locallink

10st 3lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Steph Hollinshead

held up in rear, jumped right 1st

33/1

12th

12

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

13:08 Uttoxeter

Locallink

10st 7lb

J: James Davies

T: Steph Hollinshead

2m3f win on good to soft with first-time tongue-tie (kept since) at Carlisle in April 2021 on handicap debut, but that performance stands out; cheekpieces were tried on last two outings; needs to be back in peak form.

25/1

8th

15

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:35 Chepstow

Locallink

10st 5lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Steph Hollinshead

2m3f win on good to soft with first-time tongue-tie (kept since) at Carlisle last April on handicap debut; not in the same form in his four runs this term, tried in cheekpieces latest; back down from 3m1f (last two starts) but he's still hard to approach with confidence.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: -76164 CD

Last run: 16 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Won handicap debut over C&D (soft; 7lb higher today) in January, coming from rear; below form both starts since; needs to resume improvement.

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3rd

6

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Rock Of Star

11st 1lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Alexandra Dunn

in touch with leaders, not fluent and dropped to rear 2nd, headway 9th

13/2

Form: P7P070 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Chase and dual hurdle winner in extensive French career but soundly beaten on all six British starts, the last two in today's headgear combination; can't be recommended.

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8th

12

22nd Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

13:05 Uttoxeter

Portentoso

10st 6lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Chris Honour

Needs to bounce back from disappointing run 26 days ago but bumped into progressive rival when clear second of 17 on last month's seasonal debut at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy; well backed), and is a major player if judged on that performance.

7/1

0

12

26th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

15:45 Exeter

Portentoso

10st 6lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

0-10 in Britain and is more exposed than some of these rivals; however, showed positive signs at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy; clear second) on seasonal debut and holds a fighting chance if able to build on that effort.

9/2

2nd

15

8th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:50 Chepstow

Portentoso

10st 2lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Chris Honour

pressed leader, led 4th, increased tempo going easily before 3 out

20/1

Form: 677

Last run: 73 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Won an Irish maiden point last May; well beaten in two maiden hurdles and a novice hurdle, with tongue tied on last two starts; while making his handicap debut offers him a better chance, much may also depend on the effects of his wind surgery (January) soon after latest outing.

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8th

5

19th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

16:50 Worcester

Iceburgh Bay

11st 1lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Well beaten on last month's handicap hurdle debut and will clearly need to do much better here but he remains very lightly raced, and last spring's easy Irish point win bodes well for his prospects as a chaser.

12/1

3

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

14:14 Newton Abbot

Iceburgh Bay

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs

Won Irish maiden point on good ground last May but he's struggled over hurdles since including on recent handicap debut at Chepstow (2m3f, good; first run after wind surgery); still lightly raced and in very good hands but he needs a transformation on this switch to fences.

11th

10

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:35 Chepstow

Iceburgh Bay

11st 0lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Won an Irish maiden point last May; well beaten in two maiden hurdles and a novice hurdle, with tongue tied on last two starts; while making his handicap debut offers him a better chance, much may also depend on the effects of his wind surgery (January) soon after latest outing.

10/1

Form: 493431

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Heavy ground may not have suited on handicap debut and he showed his best form when winning a seven-runner handicap at Warwick (2m, good to soft) 11 days ago; escapes a penalty (due to be raised 3lb) and shapes as if this first run beyond 2m will help; shortlisted.

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4th

3

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

19:00 Taunton

Stanley Pincombe

11st 13lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

His mark has taken a hit for his recent consistency, latterly finishing second of 16 in a good-ground C&D handicap in early February for which he went up another 3lb; should be thereabouts nonetheless.

7/1

2nd

2

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Stanley Pincombe

12st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

raced wide, midfield

7/2

Form: 5-6245

Last run: 88 days

W: 12st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Beaten a neck last May (2m3f claimer) on final start for Joseph O'Brien but has taken marked backward steps in his two starts in Britain (July and December); form case is dependent on that one Irish run.

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2nd

11

8th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 5

19:10 Fontwell

Fama Et Gloria

10st 4lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Michael Hawker

0-8 under rules, having struggled in two handicap chases during the winter; won a minor point in March and was placed twice in that sphere last monthm but still makes only limited appeal.

16/1

0

8

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

14:00 Wincanton

Fama Et Gloria

10st 8lb

J: James Best

T: Michael Hawker

towards rear

33/1

0

5

13th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

12:50 Exeter

Fama Et Gloria

10st 12lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Michael Hawker

Maiden; runner-up in a claiming hurdle in May 2021 on final start for Joseph O'Brien but has struggled since and score is now 0-10; off since June 2022 and this is his chase debut; wore a tongue-tie all starts and had cheekpieces on latest, but neither is on today.

50/1

Form: 54321P D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Blinkered and tongue tied this year on last three outings, raising his game at Fontwell on first two occasions (2m2f second and 2m3f win); pulled up, however, at Southwell latest; unraced on good ground since the autumn; needs to resume his progress.

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9

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 180y

17:35 Downpatrick

Cest Quelquun

11st 8lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear, not fluent 5 out

100/30

6th

8

21st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 160y

16:20 Tramore

Cest Quelquun

11st 2lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield

6/1

0

5

7th Oct 2023

Soft

3m 0f 107y

15:05 Fairyhouse

Cest Quelquun

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Modest performer when trained in Britain but has improved since joining yard; on a hat-trick after Downpatrick dead-heat (fourth won since); 7lb higher and takes another step up in grade but good attitude and might be more to come.

3/1

Form: 16399P CD

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

C&D winner in November off 1lb higher; good third at Uttoxeter (2m6f) in December but he's been right out of form in his three starts since, two of them at this track; tried blinkers last time; has a point to prove.

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8

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:50 Hereford

Kenyan Cowboy

10st 7lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Neil King

Won over hurdles in 2021 but has badly lost his way since last winter; pulled up over hurdles in refitted cheekpieces at Chepstow yesterday.

33/1

13

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:45 Chepstow

Kenyan Cowboy

10st 2lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Neil King

led

33/1

Form: 74-78P

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Smart Flat performer in France in his heyday but he's 0-7 over hurdles and accomplished little in his two starts this winter; wears headgear first time and his best result as a hurdler came on a sound surface (good to firm).

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7th

3

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Gyllen

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kayley Woollacott

in touch with leaders

3/1

1st

12

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:10 Sandown

Gyllen

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kayley Woollacott

Good enough to win a Group 2 on the Flat in France when owned by Godolphin; went 0-12 over hurdles for two previous yards but he's come good for this one with back-to-back Taunton wins (2m3f, good; 3m/good to soft); raised 20lb for those but something has clicked and deeper ground here will be no hardship.

6/1

1st

5

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:50 Taunton

Gyllen

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kayley Woollacott

Made just a fairly encouraging seasonal/stable debut in October but displayed big jolt of improvement to win easily by 13l here (2m3f, good) a fortnight ago; hiked up 13lb for that and has stamina to prove over new trip today but ought to handle the slower ground and commands respect.

7/2

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Payout
Exacta £873.00
Straight Forecast £604.00
Tricast £21451.20
Trifecta £34041.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Stanley Pincombe

Daily Mirror:

Heltenham

Daily Mail:

Moveit Like Minnie

Daily Express:

Iceburgh Bay

WEST COUNTRY:

Exmoor Express

RP Ratings:

Gyllen

The Sun:

Heltenham

TOPSPEED:

Stanley Pincombe

POSTDATA:

Stanley Pincombe

The Times:

Stanley Pincombe

Telegraph:

Stanley Pincombe

The Guardian:

Stanley Pincombe

The Star:

Stanley Pincombe

Daily Record:

Stanley Pincombe