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bet365 Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Div II)

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

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.13
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 9-6035 BF

Last run: 92 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Bettered disappointing handicap debut when third of 16 at Newcastle (2m4f, good to soft) in December and certainly didn't run badly when beaten favourite on heavy ground later that month; big player if ready to roll after three-month break.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

10

26th Jun 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 31y

Class 4

16:30 Cartmel

Benito

10st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Barbara Butterworth

held up in midfield, in touch with leaders 6th, pushed along on inner after 2 out, switched right and bumped rival approaching last, soon went second, ridden to lead run-in, much reduced lead final 110yds, just held on

16/1

3rd

1

30th May 2022

Good

2m 6f 31y

Class 5

14:45 Cartmel

Benito

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Barbara Butterworth

Helped by the good ground when drawing nicely clear at Chepstow (2m3f, good) and only weakened out of the picture late on when favourite to follow up at Market Rasen (2m4f); that was after an 11lb rise and he might be on a tough mark now; recently left Tom Lacey for £15,500.

5/1

4th

1

6th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

15:35 Market Rasen

Benito

12st 0lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Evidently well suited by return to good ground when drawing nicely clear at Chepstow (2m3f, good) last month, his fourth handicap; hiked up 11lb for that but could easily have more improvement to come.

7/2

12/1

  • Place: £4.60

Form: 09807

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 1lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Won Irish point on yielding ground in October but soundly beaten on all five hurdling starts, the last twice in handicaps; not written off just yet but needs the first-time tongue-tie to enable improvement here.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

11

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:52 Chepstow

Sevenofus

10st 1lb

J: James Best

T: Neil Mulholland

Won Irish point on yielding ground in October but soundly beaten on all five hurdling starts, the last twice in handicaps; not written off just yet but needs the first-time tongue-tie to enable improvement here.

12/1

7th

12

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Sevenofus

10st 2lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Neil Mulholland

Irish maiden point winner last October who's struggled over hurdles, including upped in trip following wind surgery on her handicap debut five weeks ago; isn't obviously fancied.

16/1

11th

13

7th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

16:40 Fontwell

Sevenofus

10st 6lb

J: Miss Victoria Malzard

T: Neil Mulholland

Irish maiden point win in October; soundly beaten in all three of her novice hurdles, the latest followed by wind surgery; this is her longest trip under rules and it's her handicap debut but no form claims.

12/1

8/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 28PU38

Last run: 117 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Returned to form and posted two good efforts on good ground at Huntingdon in November (2m4f/3m1f) but was safely held on latest outing in December and is now 0-13 over hurdles.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

9

15th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

16:33 Uttoxeter

Cheer’s Delboy

10st 13lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Harriet Dickin

in touch with leaders, dropped to rear 4th, struggling 9th, weakened 3 out, tailed off

14/1

3rd

7

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

19:20 Uttoxeter

Cheer’s Delboy

10st 3lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Harriet Dickin

Maiden after 14 starts over hurdles but runner-up in this a year ago and has put in some reasonable front-running shifts since, the latest at Chepstow on return from a break; has more going for him than some.

5/1

13

22nd Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

19:10 Southwell

Cheer’s Delboy

10st 5lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Robin Dickin

Front-runner lately and he rediscovered some form on good ground at Huntingdon (2m4f/3m1f) in November; absent four months before a lesser show at Chepstow (2m3f) three weeks ago; it's possible he could come on from that run but today's race is probably too hot for this longstanding maiden.

16/1

Form: 0240

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Probably didn't achieve huge amount when second of four behind short-odds winner in Hereford novice (2m3f, good to firm) in October and was well beaten when 40-1 for handicap debut in February.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

5

28th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:25 Ffos Las

Brandy Cove

10st 12lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

11/1

10th

5

8th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 55y

Class 5

14:40 Ludlow

Brandy Cove

11st 1lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Doubt he achieved all that much when second of four behind a short-odds winner at Hereford in October and has been beaten 49l and 28l in two handicaps at about 2m3f; clearly needs more.

12/1

4th

5

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:52 Chepstow

Brandy Cove

11st 3lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Probably didn't achieve huge amount when second of four behind short-odds winner in Hereford novice (2m3f, good to firm) in October and was well beaten when 40-1 for handicap debut in February.

20/1

Form: 0588

Last run: 57 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Well-beaten outsider in three 2m novice hurdles this winter; has better chance to get competitive in this low-grade handicap and the longer trip may show him in a better light but others have more pressing claims.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

8

3rd May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

15:15 Ayr

Bells Of Stamford

10st 3lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

5th

7

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:52 Chepstow

Bells Of Stamford

10st 10lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Well-beaten outsider in three 2m novice hurdles this winter; has better chance to get competitive in this low-grade handicap and the longer trip may show him in a better light but others have more pressing claims.

14/1

Form: 57-844

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Struggled on hurdle debut in January but both subsequent runs (2m5f/2m3f) were more encouraging, and he's open to further improvement in handicaps; market may guide.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

1

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:52 Chepstow

Teddy The Knight

11st 12lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Adrian Wintle

Struggled on hurdle debut in January but both subsequent runs (2m5f/2m3f) were more encouraging, and he's open to further improvement in handicaps; market may guide.

10/1

4th

7

26th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Chepstow

Teddy The Knight

11st 7lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Adrian Wintle

Bettered his inauspicious hurdling debut when respectable fourth of six at Hereford (2m5f, good) last month but others in this line-up have much stronger form.

33/1

4th

5

31st Jan 2022

Good

2m 5f 163y

Class 4

13:30 Hereford

Teddy The Knight

11st 8lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Adrian Wintle

Down the field in two bumpers and the same story when 125-1 for his hurdling debut at Ludlow.

100/1

OUR TIP

Form: 675

Last run: 66 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Dual point winner who showed at least some ability on all three starts under rules this winter; effective on good ground and will need to be taken very seriously if lively in the betting.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

5

24th Jun 2022

Good

2m 5f 34y

Class 5

15:40 Cartmel

Post No Bills

11st 4lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Ryan Potter

led, ridden when faced strong challenge home turn, kept on and every chance when headed final 110yds, just held

11/2

3rd

4

17th Jun 2022

Good

2m 3f 34y

Class 5

15:55 Market Rasen

Post No Bills

11st 3lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Ryan Potter

prominent, ridden home turn, weakened after 2 out

8/1

2nd

2

22nd May 2022

Good

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

15:52 Fakenham

Post No Bills

11st 13lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Ryan Potter

Dual point winner; unplaced all five starts under rules but bettered disappointing handicap debut when very respectable fifth of 16 at Worcester (2m4f, good to soft) 11 days ago and may have untapped potential over today's longer trip.

7/2

Form: 060

Last run: 73 days

W: 10st 6lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Showed no more than glimmers of promise in three 2m novice/maiden hurdles during the winter but was fair on the Flat when trained in Ireland and now sports cheekpieces (worn for all three wins) for the first time in this sphere; interesting.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3

24th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 5

15:41 Bangor-on-Dee

Ivy Avenue

10st 9lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Warren Greatrex

Three-time Flat winner in Ireland but hasn't shown a lot over hurdles and that includes two handicaps; regular cheekpieces now replaced by a tongue-tie and blinkers.

7th

8

4th May 2022

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 5

17:05 Newton Abbot

Ivy Avenue

10st 2lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Warren Greatrex

13

22nd Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

19:40 Southwell

Ivy Avenue

10st 3lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Warren Greatrex

Three Flat wins in Ireland (for Jim Bolger); limited promise in novice hurdles and no better on this month's handicap debut, when return of cheekpieces should have helped; might be worth another chance.

14/1

Form: 2-2464

Last run: 177 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Well beaten on handicap debut in September but ran well for a long way in Exeter maiden (2m, good to firm; had wind op afterwards) the following month and could plausibly have untapped potential over today's longer trip.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

6

20th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

20:35 Worcester

Nostalgica

10st 11lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

9th

4

4th May 2022

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 5

17:05 Newton Abbot

Nostalgica

10st 13lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

Form: -48058

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Placed in bumpers and over hurdles when trained in Ireland but has struggled to get seriously competitive for new stable this season; very difficult to enthuse over.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

8

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:52 Chepstow

Blue Heather

10st 7lb

J: Miss Thomasina Eyston

T: Ben Lund

Placed in bumpers and over hurdles when trained in Ireland but has struggled to get seriously competitive for new stable this season; very difficult to enthuse over.

25/1

8th

11

10th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 166y

Class 5

16:20 Wincanton

Blue Heather

10st 10lb

J: Miss Thomasina Eyston

T: Ben Lund

Theoretical chance on peak 2019 Irish form; already 11lb lower than when last contesting a handicap just two runs back, but offered too little then or last time to suggest she's about to capitalise.

100/1

5th

4

16th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

13:55 Hereford

Blue Heather

10st 13lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Ben Lund

Runner-up over hurdles in Ireland but has been well beaten in all three British starts, the latest on handicap debut last month.

33/1

Form: 52-055

Last run: 97 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Runner-up on handicap debut at Newton Abbot (2m1f, good) last April but returned from a break with three lesser efforts towards end of last year; back from another break with a bit to prove.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

8th Jun 2022

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

13:35 Fontwell

Floy Joy

11st 11lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, ridden after 8th, left in third 3 out, disputing second home turn, weakened approaching last

7/2

2

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:52 Chepstow

Floy Joy

11st 11lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Colin Tizzard

Runner-up on handicap debut at Newton Abbot (2m1f, good) last April but returned from a break with three lesser efforts towards end of last year; back from another break with a bit to prove.

7/1

5th

10

26th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

13:47 Huntingdon

Floy Joy

11st 3lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Colin Tizzard

His jumpers' bumper win in February shows he's got some ability but hurdle record is a bit patchy; tongue-tie now given a go; others appeal more.

12/1

Form: P-P46P

Last run: 172 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Unplaced all eight hurdle starts; made the frame at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) last June and reportedly scoped dirty post-race when pulled up on latest outing in October; 2lb out of the weights and needs to find some improvement from somewhere.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

6

8th Jun 2022

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

13:35 Fontwell

Lightning Bug

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Suzy Smith

held up in behind leaders, some headway 8th, soon ridden, left in fourth 3 out, weakened home turn, tailed off

50/1

13

4th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

18:40 Fontwell

Lightning Bug

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Suzy Smith

Struggled when 50-1 for Chepstow handicap last month and has now been unplaced all nine hurdling starts; 5lb out of the weights here; can't be recommended.

40/1

12

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:52 Chepstow

Lightning Bug

10st 0lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Suzy Smith

Unplaced all eight hurdle starts; made the frame at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) last June and reportedly scoped dirty post-race when pulled up on latest outing in October; 2lb out of the weights and needs to find some improvement from somewhere.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £417.00
Straight Forecast £334.40
Tricast £3995.60
Trifecta £3943.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Benito

RP Ratings:

Floy Joy

The Guardian:

Post No Bills

WEST COUNTRY:

Nostalgica

Daily Express:

Brandy Cove

POSTDATA:

Benito

The Times:

Benito

Daily Mirror:

Benito

Daily Mail:

Post No Bills

Daily Record:

Nostalgica

Telegraph:

Floy Joy

The Sun:

Floy Joy

The Star:

Floy Joy