April 02 / 14.17 Chepstow

14.17 Chepstow

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bet365 Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

  • Prize money: £3730.5
  • 2m 3f 100y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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bet365 Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.10
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 56665

Last run: 52 days

W: 10st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Just minor promise in bumpers but less so in 2m hurdles on sharp tracks; however, has had wind surgery since the latest of them and pedigree suggests he could improve for this longer trip now handicapping off rock-bottom mark for in-form yard; market can guide.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

13:43 Uttoxeter

Heron Creek

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

After a wind operation, he came good with a clearcut win in a Chepstow handicap (2m3f, good) four weeks ago; well-held third when well treated under penalty at Fontwell (3m2f, good) six days later but that may have come too soon; still lightly raced in this sphere and he could resume his progress back in trip; respected.

11/2

3rd

4

8th Apr 2022

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

15:10 Fontwell

Heron Creek

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

1st

10

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:17 Chepstow

Heron Creek

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Just minor promise in bumpers but less so in 2m hurdles on sharp tracks; however, has had wind surgery since the latest of them and pedigree suggests he could improve for this longer trip now handicapping off rock-bottom mark for in-form yard; market can guide.

4/1

13/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 330675

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Maiden who is relatively exposed in handicaps but has run creditably over similar trips to today's on last two starts, at Taunton (good to soft) and Wincanton (good), and less guesswork with him than some.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

7

3rd May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

14:40 Ayr

Isle Of Aron

10st 8lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

3rd

6

17th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:05 Ffos Las

Isle Of Aron

11st 0lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Didn't progress after promising handicap hurdle debut last May and is now 0-10 in that sphere but posted sound effort when second at Chepstow (2m3f, good) two weeks ago and can cope with today's drop back in trip; tongue-tie fitted for today's chasing debut; not out of this if he jumps soundly.

9/2

2nd

7

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:17 Chepstow

Isle Of Aron

10st 11lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Maiden who is relatively exposed in handicaps but has run creditably over similar trips to today's on last two starts, at Taunton (good to soft) and Wincanton (good), and less guesswork with him than some.

13/2

11/2

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 4-3435

Last run: 130 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Signs of progress when fourth of 13 on handicap debut at Huntingdon last May; threatened to improve for another step up in trip when a keeping-on third at Stratford (2m2f, good) in October but bled from the nose when last seen in November; has scope at this level if all is well with him.
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Verdict Starting price

1st

3

24th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 4

14:11 Bangor-on-Dee

Methusalar

11st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

No wins in seven over hurdles but not far away in handicaps over this sort of trip the last twice and he'll drop lucky sooner or later.

3/1

3rd

2

6th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

15:35 Market Rasen

Methusalar

11st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

0-6 over hurdles but gave very good account when third of 12 at Chepstow (2m3f, good) last month, form that has recently been well advertised by the runner-up; respected.

9/2

3rd

3

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:17 Chepstow

Methusalar

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Signs of progress when fourth of 13 on handicap debut at Huntingdon last May; threatened to improve for another step up in trip when a keeping-on third at Stratford (2m2f, good) in October but bled from the nose when last seen in November; has scope at this level if all is well with him.

11/2

Form: 274025

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Looked ready for a return to further when keeping on strongly to take a late second on handicap debut at Ffos Las in February (2m, soft) but after travelling well within himself he didn't find anything over 2m5f at Hereford in February (good to soft); too early to dismiss, though.
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4th

6

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:17 Chepstow

Walkinthewoods

11st 1lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Looked ready for a return to further when keeping on strongly to take a late second on handicap debut at Ffos Las in February (2m, soft) but after travelling well within himself he didn't find anything over 2m5f at Hereford in February (good to soft); too early to dismiss, though.

7/1

5th

6

27th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

16:40 Hereford

Walkinthewoods

11st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Easily best effort in four starts over hurdles when second on handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m, soft), keeping on well and suggesting this longer trip would suit; obvious chance if kicking on from that.

9/2

2nd

9

10th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

13:52 Ffos Las

Walkinthewoods

11st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Initial mark looks very accommodating set against the RPR of 101 he ran to for last October's Stratford bumper second, but rather less so judged on three pretty anonymous hurdling efforts since then (beaten at least 43l); can do better, but others make more immediately pressing claims.

16/1

Form: 5-2294

Last run: 84 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
No obvious progress since handicapping at 1m7f-2m4f this season (on soft and good) but has kept good company for the level and this looks less competitive; a likely player back from break.
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Verdict Starting price

7th

5

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

16:34 Newton Abbot

Noble Savage

11st 5lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

5th

1

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:17 Chepstow

Noble Savage

11st 12lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

No obvious progress since handicapping at 1m7f-2m4f this season (on soft and good) but has kept good company for the level and this looks less competitive; a likely player back from break.

7/2

4th

5

8th Jan 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

13:30 Wincanton

Noble Savage

12st 8lb

0-9 but twice runner-up behind bang-in-form rivals in the autumn under Finn Lambert, including over C&D; has to put behind him a below-par run at Huntingdon last time but that's certainly possible; handles soft ground.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 0534F

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Had improved with each hurdle run (all on good to soft) before her 2m3f handicap debut at Taunton 19 days ago but her jumping hadn't been entirely footsure before taking a crashing fall there; looks one to watch after that; hood refitted.
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6

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:40 Exeter

Start Point

11st 6lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Was showing steady progress but took a heavy fall at Taunton two starts ago; and faded out of matters at Chepstow recently; better needed.

20/1

6th

2

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:17 Chepstow

Start Point

11st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Had improved with each hurdle run (all on good to soft) before her 2m3f handicap debut at Taunton 19 days ago but her jumping hadn't been entirely footsure before taking a crashing fall there; looks one to watch after that; hood refitted.

10/1

4

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:00 Taunton

Start Point

11st 4lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Lightly raced and enters handicaps on the back of an encouraging 10l fourth over 2m here (good to soft) last month; bred to appreciate this move back up in trip as well.

9/2

Form: -977P6

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Vulnerable in handicaps over different trips up to 2m5f since back from an absence in December; first-time tongue-tie last week, now has cheekpieces added; up against it from 3lb out of the weights.
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12

21st Jul 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:30 Worcester

Vinnie’s Icon

10st 2lb

J: Mr Oscar Palmer

T: Carroll Gray

towards rear, pushed along 8th, minor headway 3 out, no impression when hampered 2 out, pulled up before last (jockey lost his irons and subsequently pulled up)

25/1

4th

10

15th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

16:33 Uttoxeter

Vinnie’s Icon

10st 5lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Carroll Gray

in rear, struggling 7th, some headway 3 out, weakened after 2 out, tailed off

16/1

2nd

8

21st May 2022

Good

2m 6f 7y

Class 5

19:30 Stratford

Vinnie’s Icon

10st 4lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Carroll Gray

Unplaced all 11 hurdling starts, most recently when midfield in 2m7f Exeter handicap last month; only 2lb lower here and needs to find some improvement from somewhere.

20/1

Form: 336597

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Well treated on best form at 2m4f last summer but he didn't run much of a race back on the good ground that should have suited at Doncaster in January and now has something to prove with cheekpieces fitted.
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Verdict Starting price

1st

5

13th Jul 2022

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

16:13 Uttoxeter

You Name Him

10st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

prominent, not fluent 6th, pushed along after 9th, ridden before 3 out, soon well held, weakened approaching last

8/1

1st

3

27th Jun 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

16:00 Southwell

You Name Him

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

jumped left on occasions, prominent, led 2 out, soon ridden, kept on well

15/8

1st

4

29th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

14:21 Uttoxeter

You Name Him

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

Has form in stronger company than this and off a reduced mark he's rediscovered some form, finishing third to Landen Calling here before winning well over 3m at Ludlow (now 5lb higher); recently changed hands for £6,000 at the sales and should go well if continuing his good work.

9/4

Form: 453FP8

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Big prices in all three handicaps and she didn't look a certain stayer for this step back up in trip when a weakening eighth over 2m here last week.
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9th

8

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:17 Chepstow

Light Of Athena

10st 10lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: Ronald Harris

Big prices in all three handicaps and she didn't look a certain stayer for this step back up in trip when a weakening eighth over 2m here last week.

33/1

8th

7

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

13:55 Chepstow

Light Of Athena

10st 12lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: Ronald Harris

Had excuses (saddle slipped and rider's stirrup leather broke) last time; outran her 150-1 odds in C&D novice hurdle three starts ago but that form may not be reliable; not solid.

50/1

9

11th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

15:30 Exeter

Light Of Athena

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Ronald Harris

Belied 150-1 odds when placed in Chepstow novice (2m, good to soft) in November, her third run over hurdles, but was safely held before penultimate-flight fall on handicap debut at Leicester (1m7f, good to soft) the following month; returns from 99-day break with tongue-tie refitted.

33/1

Form: 736

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Seemed to run well from the front on second start, at Exeter in November (2m, good), but that was shaky form in a slowly run race; dropped right out either side of that but at least he goes handicapping at a realistic level.
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4th

6

16th Jul 2022

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

16:43 Cartmel

Prince Of Bad Lins

10st 2lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Ryan Potter

towards rear, niggled along briefly after 6th, slow jump 7th, headway from 13th, went third 4 out, pushed along 2 out, ridden but no extra run-in, lost third home straight

20/1

7th

6

24th Jun 2022

Good

2m 6f 31y

Class 5

13:55 Cartmel

Prince Of Bad Lins

11st 0lb

J: Mr Beau Morgan

T: Ryan Potter

took keen hold, midfield, reminders after 6th, weakened after 8th, tailed off

20/1

1st

8

14th Jun 2022

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

13:35 Stratford

Prince Of Bad Lins

11st 4lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ryan Potter

prominent, went second before 4th, disputed lead before 6th, headed and lost two places home turn, kept on but held run-in

7/2

Form: -9U047

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Has raced only at 2m and needs to step up on what he's shown so far on heavy/soft over hurdles, including when making no impact on handicap debut at Exeter 22 days ago.
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11th

11

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:17 Chepstow

The Generous Joker

10st 5lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

Has raced only at 2m and needs to step up on what he's shown so far on heavy/soft over hurdles, including when making no impact on handicap debut at Exeter 22 days ago.

12/1

7th

10

11th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

15:30 Exeter

The Generous Joker

10st 11lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

Over 20l behind No No Tonic when last of four finishers in C&D Listed race last month and has now been unplaced all three hurdling starts but makes her handicap debut off a lowly mark today and has more realistic chance to get competitive this time.

25/1

4th

6

13th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 1

15:00 Exeter

The Generous Joker

11st 5lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

Hasn't achieved much across his four starts and he's outclassed today.

200/1

Form: U0-5

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Triple-figure prices in all three starts, showing little, but is from a good jumping family and he may yet improve now handicapping off a plater's mark.
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10th

14

22nd Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

19:40 Southwell

Shadow Walker

10st 3lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Richard Phillips

Little promise in three novices or on this month's handicap debut; races too keenly so a hood might be a positive move.

25/1

12th

9

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:17 Chepstow

Shadow Walker

10st 6lb

J: Daniel Hiskett

T: Richard Phillips

Triple-figure prices in all three starts, showing little, but is from a good jumping family and he may yet improve now handicapping off a plater's mark.

16/1

5th

7

7th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

14:45 Southwell

Shadow Walker

11st 0lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Richard Phillips

Poor form in 2m/2m7f novice hurdles at Chepstow (well behind when unseating) and Exeter (beaten long way) last season; had wind surgery since; makes belated reappearance.

50/1

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Exacta £161.00
Straight Forecast £121.90
Tricast £961.80
Trifecta £1121.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Isle Of Aron

WEST COUNTRY:

Noble Savage

SPOTLIGHT:

Heron Creek

Telegraph:

Methusalar

The Guardian:

You Name Him

TOPSPEED:

Isle Of Aron

POSTDATA:

Isle Of Aron

The Times:

Isle Of Aron

Daily Mirror:

Isle Of Aron

The Star:

Isle Of Aron

Daily Mail:

Noble Savage

Daily Express:

Noble Savage

The Sun:

Noble Savage

Daily Record:

Noble Savage