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Margaret Banister Birthday Celebration Novices’ Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hdl Qual’) (GBB)

  • Prize money: £4738.02
  • 2m 0f 70y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
  • Win time: 4m 1s
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Margaret Banister Birthday Celebration Novices’ Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hdl Qual’) (GBB)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 64

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

US Flat winner (1m, firm) in 2020; left January's hurdle debut (2m, soft) miles behind when fourth at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) last time, and it's possible today's good ground will prompt further improvement; respected.

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

5th

2

2nd Mar 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

16:00 Taunton

Point Him Out

11st 13lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

He's not bred to be a staying chaser and he was soundly beaten at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) last time, but his staying-on second of five here (2m2f, good) in November suggests he's not a forlorn hope now up in trip and back on good ground; wears a first-time visor.

14/1

6th

4

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:07 Uttoxeter

Point Him Out

11st 9lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Still unexposed over fences but was only third best on merit when keeping on to take modest second at Wincanton (2m2f, good) in November and will need a better performance here.

14/1

2nd

3

10th Nov 2022

Good

2m 2f 40y

Class 4

14:25 Taunton

Point Him Out

11st 9lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Ex-American Flat winner (8.5f, firm); enjoyed the good ground when winning a Stratford novice hurdle and good to soft conditions perhaps too slow for him when an 11l sixth on his switch to fences at Kelso (2m1f handicap); this quicker track and drier ground can trigger improvement on that form.

13/2

4/5

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 11 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Won sole French start (2m, very soft) and followed up on recent British debut at Sandown (2m, soft), when beating some solid yardsticks; this unbeaten 4yo can play another leading role if handling good ground.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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13

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

14:30 Fontwell

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10st 6lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Paddy Butler

Made a solid start to his career (two hurdle wins) but has found life tough going since, plummeting down the weights; seventh of 14 (beaten 25l) on final start for Gary Moore at Plumpton in January; 4lb lower on first go for Paddy Butler.

33/1

7th

11

29th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:20 Plumpton

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11st 1lb

J: Aidan Weaver

T: Gary Moore

midfield

14/1

25/1

  • Place: £4.60

Form: 1-0

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won on debut in bumper at Wexford (2m2f, yielding) last March; soft ground maybe didn't suit on recent hurdle and stable debut at Taunton but he was tailed off and a transformation is needed just 12 days on.

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

8th

1

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

14:55 Stratford

Henry Box Brown

12st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Won his sole bumper but he's 1-14 over hurdles and has struggled in his five runs this year, including in one start over fences; on a dangerous mark and conditions are no problem but he needs a major upturn in form.

20/1

10th

5

8th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

17:15 Uttoxeter

Henry Box Brown

11st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Irish bumper winner whose sole success in 13 starts over hurdles came over C&D (heavy) last December; well beaten in his four outings since, switched to fences for latest (May); back to last season's winning mark.

12/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Talented maiden on the Flat for Ger Lyons at up to 1m4f (peak RPR 78); has the credentials to make a hurdler and he's joined a good yard for his jumps career; interesting to see how he goes in the betting.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

7

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

11:55 Market Rasen

Right Turn

10st 11lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders on inner

6/1

6

29th Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

16:10 Worcester

Right Turn

11st 8lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

towards rear of midfield, ridden and struggling 4 out, behind when pulled up before 2 out

7/1

Form: 377

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Reasonable third of five on debut in Huntingdon bumper (2m, soft) in January but down the field over hurdles the next twice (2m, good/soft).

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1

22nd May 2022

Good

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

15:52 Fakenham

Hunky

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Caroline Bailey

Held up in rear and never really looked dangerous when 23l fifth of 15 on recent handicap debut at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good); may still have a bigger performance in him but others here have more pressing claims.

8/1

5th

6

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

13:43 Uttoxeter

Hunky

11st 5lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Caroline Bailey

Shaped with promise in his sole bumper but he's been well held at big prices in three hurdle runs (2m, good/soft); still early days but he needs significant improvement switched to this staying trip on handicap debut.

25/1

5th

6

26th Mar 2022

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

16:03 Stratford

Hunky

11st 0lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Caroline Bailey

Reasonable third of five on debut in Huntingdon bumper (2m, soft) in January but down the field over hurdles the next twice (2m, good/soft).

33/1

Form: 00-P8

Last run: 173 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Tailed off/pulled up at huge odds on all four starts.

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

5th

7

27th Jul 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

16:32 Worcester

Secret Moss

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Rob Summers

Well beaten all starts, including this month's handicap debut after a long absence.

100/1

5th

7

4th Jul 2023

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

18:40 Stratford

Secret Moss

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Rob Summers

raced in last, didn't always jump with fluency, struggling before 3 out, never on terms

20/1

6th

8

26th Mar 2022

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

16:03 Stratford

Secret Moss

10st 7lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Rob Summers

Tailed off/pulled up at huge odds on all four starts.

200/1

Form: 746

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Has an attractive pedigree and has shown some ability across his three starts, but he hasn't threatened and needs a sizeable step forward.

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

1st

6

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

16:30 Uttoxeter

Accidental Legend

11st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

made virtually all, briefly headed with one circuit to go, shaken up when not fluent 2 out, good jump last, kept on well run-in

4/1

2nd

7

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

16:05 Market Rasen

Accidental Legend

11st 9lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Recorded his fourth hurdle win when scoring at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) in December and he's finished runner-up in both runs since, including a game effort when upped to 3m1f at Catterick last month; that latest form looks solid enough and he should have more to offer at staying trips; respected with cheekpieces reapplied.

11/4

2nd

4

27th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

16:50 Catterick

Accidental Legend

11st 9lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

disputing second

6/1

Form: 9

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Tailed off at 100-1 on recent debut at Ludlow (2m, soft).

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

1st

3

1st Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

13:57 Fakenham

Glance At Me

11st 2lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

Two 2m wins in 2023, last February (good to soft) and May (good), and ran well in defeat over C&D in between; she doesn't really fall into the progressive category but was caught on the hop by an improver (now rated 16lb higher) at Plumpton in January and shouldn't be far away back here.

7/2

2nd

10

29th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:20 Plumpton

Glance At Me

11st 1lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

midfield

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: 13 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Useful on the Flat for Jim Bolger and he made a winning hurdle and stable debut at Doncaster (2m, good) last month; good third under a penalty at Southwell (2m, good to soft) since and he's a strong contender today.

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

1st

2

11th Oct 2022

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:47 Huntingdon

Geometrical

12st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Toby Lawes

made all, 10 lengths ahead soon after start, much reduced lead after 3rd, good jump then ridden just after 2 out, kept on well run-in, always doing enough

10/1

1

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

Geometrical

11st 12lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Toby Lawes

Smart on the Flat when trained in Ireland and readily made winning stable/hurdle debut at Doncaster (2m, good) in February; subsequent Southwell third was respectable and he was found to have an irregular heartbeat when pulled up last time; now makes his handicap hurdle debut; still has potential in this sphere.

Form: 0/66-

Last run: 593 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Unable to make an impact in any of his three bumpers, the latest in August 2020; would be a surprise winner on his hurdle debut.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

3

(7)

20th Jan 2023

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 6

13:50 Southwell (AW)

Half Nelson

9st 8lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Grace Harris

Holds weak claims on bumper, hurdles and Flat form; looks a decidedly modest maiden and is opposed.

40/1

8th

6

(1)

5th Dec 2022

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

19:50 Wolverhampton (AW)

Half Nelson

9st 7lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Grace Harris

Down the field here (1m6f) last week, taking overall record (bumpers/hurdles/Flat) to 0-12; yet to finish in the first five; improvement needed.

25/1

10th

5

(5)

28th Nov 2022

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

17:55 Wolverhampton (AW)

Half Nelson

9st 10lb

J: Darragh Keenan

T: Grace Harris

held up in last

33/1

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