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17:05 Wetherby

Good To Soft

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  • 3m 0f 26y
  • Class 5
  • 11 runners
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Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 6P602

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Up in trip on his recent handicap debut at Southwell (3m, good) and finished first past the post in first-time cheekpieces (retained; demoted due to interference); able to run off the same mark (goes up 4lb in future) and could well make amends.

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2nd

5

10th Oct 2023

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

16:55 Huntingdon

The Questioner

10st 13lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Did pretty well last season, winning over hurdles and fences; signed off with third at Stratford (3m2f, good to soft; hurdles) in April and resumes on a 1lb lower mark; contender if fully tuned up.

11/2

3rd

1

23rd Apr 2023

Good

3m 2f 83y

Class 5

15:15 Stratford

The Questioner

12st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Hurdle/chase wins in November/January and ran well in a 3m5f handicap chase at Bangor in February; didn't jump well when last of four (Evens favourite) at Sedgefield last month but he's a key player back hurdling off a lower mark.

7/4

8

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

15:50 Huntingdon

The Questioner

10st 9lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Generally progressive since handicapping; made an encouraging start to his chase career (came first and third) on first two starts this year before a poor show on latest outing; peak form is at 3m2f/3m5f (those chase runs) but he's one to note on this lower hurdles mark.

4/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 0/6492

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

3m point winner (good to soft) who took a big step up in trip on handicap debut at Sedgefield (3m3f, soft) last month, when beaten just a head; open to further improvement at staying distances and respected.

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5th

4

7th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 3f 9y

Class 5

16:40 Sedgefield

Onestepatatime

11st 6lb

J: Mr Thomas Easterby

T: John Wainwright

Three-time course winner over today's trip over fences, and ran much better than eventual 21l defeat might suggest when third in recent soft-ground chase here; switches back to hurdling on a lower mark; contender.

6/1

3rd

5

26th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 2f 202y

Class 5

15:55 Sedgefield

Onestepatatime

11st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: John Wainwright

prominent behind clear leaders

9/2

33/1

  • Place: £6.50

Form: 7-6405

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 1lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

This is just her ninth start but she's yet to threaten, including in handicaps the last twice (2m1f/3m).

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9

28th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

17:05 Wetherby

Howzat Hiris

10st 3lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Micky Hammond

Won at Newcastle (2m7f, heavy) last March and second to It's Maisy at Market Rasen (2m7f, soft) in December; well treated on those efforts but soundly beaten on her three runs since and needs to turn things around.

8/1

8th

16

9th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 5

16:18 Ayr

Howzat Hiris

10st 4lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Off the mark over hurdles at 15th attempt when making all at Newcastle (2m7f, heavy) last March; posted best effort since when second at Market Rasen (2m7f, soft) in December but has merely underlined her inconsistency when well held twice since.

16/1

6th

12

7th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 3f 9y

Class 5

16:40 Sedgefield

Howzat Hiris

10st 5lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Off the mark over hurdles at 15th attempt when making all at Newcastle (2m7f, heavy) last March and posted best effort since when second at Market Rasen (2m7f, soft) in December; well beaten last month, though, and not the percentage call today.

12/1

Form: 5400

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Down the field in first-time cheekpieces (now left off) on handicap debut at Newcastle (2m4f, good to soft) about three weeks ago and it's hard to be confident on the back of that; however, he was only 4-1 and this 3m point runner-up now wears a tongue-tie; too soon to write him off.

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4th

8

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 5

14:40 Market Rasen

Beat The Edge

10st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Tim Easterby

Stays 3m so it wasn't a bad run at Wetherby in March over 1m7f (soft); an infrequent winner but well handicapped and has not had many chances on good ground.

5/2

3rd

8

28th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 36y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Beat The Edge

10st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Tim Easterby

Sole career success came off 5lb higher in this race in 2023 (soft); mixed form this term (at up to 2m3f); well treated and has possibilities back here.

11/2

4th

5

3rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 31y

Class 5

15:50 Doncaster

Beat The Edge

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Tim Easterby

Hard to win with having been successful in just one of his 22 rules starts; however, he often runs well, as when third at Catterick (1m7f, soft) on Tuesday, and should be fine at this trip; might not be far away.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 14P-P6 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Won off a higher mark in November 2020 but very lightly raced since and he's struggled on both runs this month, after an absence.

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7

6th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:30 Hexham

The Black Squirrel

10st 10lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Henry Hogarth

took keen hold, led narrowly or disputed lead

25/1

5

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:15 Hexham

The Black Squirrel

11st 3lb

J: Oakley Brown

T: Henry Hogarth

Returned from one-year absence with two underwhelming runs in March but his fifth at Wetherby (3m, soft) last time was more encouraging (albeit he was allowed to set a fairly sedate tempo) and today's return to good ground is in his favour.

20/1

5th

3

31st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

17:05 Wetherby

The Black Squirrel

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Henry Hogarth

Won off a higher mark in November 2020 but very lightly raced since and he's struggled on both runs this month, after an absence.

33/1

Form: 7/4522

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 8yo who has posted two good seconds at Huntingdon (3m1f, soft) since being upped in trip; wears first-time cheekpieces and there's every chance she'll be bang there.

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2nd

3

8th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:00 Lingfield

Celtic Tara

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders, headway after 4 out, pushed along and made challenge 2 out, ridden to lead last, jockey dropped whip final 110yds, kept on but headed towards finish

7/2

6th

1

31st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

17:05 Wetherby

Celtic Tara

11st 12lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Lightly raced 8yo who has posted two good seconds at Huntingdon (3m1f, soft) since being upped in trip; wears first-time cheekpieces and there's every chance she'll be bang there.

5/1

2nd

1

6th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

16:40 Huntingdon

Celtic Tara

11st 12lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Lightly raced 8yo; upped in trip and raised her game when 33-1 second of ten over C&D (soft) last time, finishing strongly; back up 3lb but on the shortlist.

11/4

Form: -89028

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Runner-up here (2m3f, heavy) last month and while Newcastle (2m4f, good to soft) last time was a backward step, it wasn't a bad run and he could appreciate the greater test of stamina over today's longer trip; remains lightly raced and not ruled out.

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7th

8

31st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

17:05 Wetherby

Kinerton Hill

10st 5lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Donald Whillans

Runner-up here (2m3f, heavy) last month and while Newcastle (2m4f, good to soft) last time was a backward step, it wasn't a bad run and he could appreciate the greater test of stamina over today's longer trip; remains lightly raced and not ruled out.

12/1

8

17th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:10 Hexham

Kinerton Hill

10st 5lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Donald Whillans

Went down battling when runner-up at Wetherby (2m3f, heavy; 50-1) on penultimate start but could never land a blow when in the ruck at Newcastle last week; ideally needs some rain to arrive.

12/1

8th

14

8th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

14:40 Newcastle

Kinerton Hill

10st 5lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Donald Whillans

Well down the field in first two handicaps but outran 50-1 odds when second of 15 behind Trac at Wetherby (2m3f, heavy) three weeks ago; contender if that form can be reproduced on today's faster ground.

10/1

10/1

Form: 42/1-0 D

Last run: 316 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Tailed off at Southwell last May and absent since; however, she was returning from a even longer layoff when winning at Perth (3m, good to soft) last April and is not discounted; also effective on soft.

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6th

7

30th Oct 2022

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

16:58 Huntingdon

Taras Day

10st 10lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

2-23 over hurdles; has rather mixed record this season but comes here after two very respectable runs, the latter at Kelso (3m2f, good to soft) eight days ago; can't be ruled out.

10/1

5th

12

22nd Oct 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

17:10 Kelso

Taras Day

10st 5lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

towards rear of midfield, hit 3 out (usual 4 out), pushed along omitted 2 out, soon ridden, keeping on approaching last, ridden run-in, not pace to challenge

8/1

4th

8

27th Sep 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:16 Southwell

Taras Day

10st 11lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

towards rear, headway on outer 4 out, pressed leader 2 out, ridden to lead last, headed and weakened run-in

12/1

Form: -95211 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Has returned from a break and shown improved form with wins at Newcastle (2m6f/2m7f, good) the last twice; this unexposed 6yo can continue his progressive ways with another big run provided conditions suit (has shown promise on good to soft; unproven on soft).

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9

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Freethinker

10st 11lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Dual good-ground hurdle winner at Newcastle (2m6f/2m7f) in early 2022 but seems badly to have lost his way over hurdles and fences during the last year or so; leap of faith is required to support him here.

20/1

0

7

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

15:20 Huntingdon

Freethinker

10st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Both wins in good-ground events over hurdles at Newcastle in 2022; achieved nothing in 2023, latterly over fences; enough to prove.

25/1

8th

9

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

15:35 Lingfield

Freethinker

10st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Two wins over hurdles at Newcastle (2m6f/2m7f, good) early in 2022 but pulled up in three runs this year including on his chase debut in October; has plenty to prove and he needs a major turnaround.

25/1

Form: 608437 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Hurdle winner whose mark continues to fall and he showed some spark over fences as recently as January; however, he's been well beaten the next twice and a return to form is needed now back over hurdles.

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6th

7

5th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

16:30 Huntingdon

Pakies Dream

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

9

31st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

17:05 Wetherby

Pakies Dream

10st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Hurdle winner whose mark continues to fall and he showed some spark over fences as recently as January; however, he's been well beaten the next twice and a return to form is needed now back over hurdles.

16/1

7th

6

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

13:50 Huntingdon

Pakies Dream

10st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Just a modest third at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) last month and now 0-17 over fences but his fourth at Leicester (2m4f, good) two starts ago was a good effort and he continues to slip down the weights.

6/1

Form: P8PP08

Last run: 55 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Sole win came at Cork in July 2019 and it's a long time since he showed any worthwhile form; 4lb out of the handicap.

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14th

13

5th Jul 2022

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

19:00 Uttoxeter

Rip Rocks Paddy Ok

10st 2lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Kevin Hunter

midfield, dropped to rear after 5f, made no impression

50/1

5th

10

24th Jun 2022

Good

2m 6f 31y

Class 5

13:55 Cartmel

Rip Rocks Paddy Ok

10st 2lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: Kevin Hunter

held up in rear, struggling 5th, tailed off

66/1

11th

12

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

16:39 Carlisle

Rip Rocks Paddy Ok

10st 0lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Kevin Hunter

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Payout
Exacta £89.00
Straight Forecast £88.30
Tricast £1787.50
Trifecta £1163.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Freethinker

The Times:

The Questioner

The Guardian:

Onestepatatime

POSTDATA:

Celtic Tara

Telegraph:

Taras Day

RP Ratings:

Freethinker

Daily Mail:

Freethinker

Daily Express:

Freethinker

Daily Mirror:

Freethinker

Daily Record:

Freethinker

The Star:

The Questioner

The Sun:

Onestepatatime