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Good To Soft

Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56270
  • 2m 0f 103y
  • Class 1
  • 9 runners
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Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.00
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1-1112 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Dual Grade 2 winner this season and a smart novice in his own right but was no match for freakishly good stablemate Constitution Hill in the Supreme at Cheltenham (good to soft) last month, losing his unbeaten record; still deserves some credit for finishing second and remains of major interest; four of Nicky Henderson's five winners of this contest were placed in the Supreme the time before; strongly respected.

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4

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Jonbon

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Acts on any going; powerful force in the 2m division and has won Grade 1 contests (hurdle/chase) at this meeting for the last two years; badly let down by his jumping at Cheltenham last time out, then missed the Champion Chase (one of several non-runners during a nightmare week for Nicky Henderson); hardly comes here on a high, therefore, but holds the best chance provided he's in top form; the new trip is worth exploring judged on pedigree.

2/1

4

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Jonbon

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Progressive every season; has justified very short odds in the Shloer at this venue and Tingle Creek at Sandown this season, cementing his Champion Chase credentials and taking overall record to 13-15 (7-8 as a chaser); his only defeats were at the hands of similarly distinguished rivals at the last two Cheltenham Festivals; versatile ground-wise; top on ratings and comfortably surpasses these older rivals in terms of strike-rate.

2/7

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11/4

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 3-1 D

Last run: 97 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Placed in Listed event at Auteuil on sole hurdles start in France, then easily justified short odds in Tramore maiden (2m, heavy) on New Year's Day, after which Willie Mullins spoke in glowing terms about him; now goes in first-time hood; highly promising and has to be feared.

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4

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

El Fabiolo

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Versatile ground-wise; not always a foot-perfect jumper but has a 100% completion record and plenty of class; sole defeat for current yard came at the hands of Jonbon over hurdles in 2022; turned the tables in last year's Arkle over C&D and has made a smooth transition to open company this term, easily winning the Dublin Chase (another Grade 1) at Leopardstown most recently; error-free round isn't guaranteed but otherwise he has excellent claims, being a progressive horse who is 6-6 over fences and top rated in this field.

2/7

1st

2

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:10 Leopardstown

El Fabiolo

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

jumped right on occasions, didn't always jump with fluency, raced in second

30/100

1st

1

10th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:15 Cork

El Fabiolo

12st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, awkward jump 2nd, led going best 4 out, went clear when not fluent last, ridden briefly and ran on well run-in

2/9

14/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 1-12 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Won bumper on sole start for Stuart Crawford, then followed up (narrowly) in maiden hurdle at Thurles seven months later; went very close in Naas Grade 3 on return from another break and looks open to further progress; however, others have better form as things stand.

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4th

1

19th Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 100y

19:43 Kilbeggan

Vina Ardanza

11st 12lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart hurdler got off the mark on second chase start at Killarney last time, rightly rewarded the race on appeal after being hampered; made a bad mistake too that day, so will have to address that issue but has scope for improvement; player.

5/2

Form: 432111 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

3-4 since switched to hurdles, the wins gained in novice event at Plumpton, handicap at Wincanton and Grade 2 at Kempton; had to work harder in the last-named race but confirmed he's a progressive sort; on the right trajectory as he bids to give Chris Gordon a first Grade 1 success.

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6th

1

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Aucunrisque

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

raced wide, prominent

6/1

17th

3

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Aucunrisque

11st 11lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Campaigned mostly at about 2m under rules; mixed results over hurdles/fences this season; landed a major handicap at Newbury last February but has something to prove over this new trip.

20/1

Form: 115132 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Has shown useful handicap form (on soft/good to soft) since having wind surgery, scoring comfortably at Kempton then running well in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and County Hurdle at Cheltenham; bang there on ratings and helps to give Nicky Henderson, who also runs Jonbon, a very strong hand; solid claims.

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3rd

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

First Street

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Useful hurdler on his day, such as when winning the Gerry Feilden (handicap) at Newbury last term; below best in three races (including a chase) at Kempton this season, finishing behind Rubaud on two occasions; opposed on this season's form.

20/1

Form: 272916 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Just 2-14 over hurdles; showed improvement in major handicaps last month, winning the Imperial Cup at Sandown (soft) in emphatic style then respectable sixth, albeit about 6l behind First Street, in the County at Cheltenham; however, looks set for minor honours at best in this field.

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1st

6

7th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 150y

16:18 Cork

Suprise Package

11st 2lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Peter Fahey

prominent, slow jump 1st, went second before 3 out, led after 3 out, ridden and edged right but went clear run-in

11/8

2nd

6

(1)

24th Jul 2023

Yielding

1m 4f 126y

20:10 Ballinrobe

Suprise Package

9st 9lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Peter Fahey

Smart handicap hurdler the season before last; bolting up on soft ground in the Imperial Cup before a respectable sixth in the County Hurdle; given a shot at a Grade 1 event on final start; did not appear last jumps season; entitled to need the race in a 1m7f maiden at Leopardstown under a fortnight ago; could be hard to beat with that run behind him.

13/8

6th

9

(4)

13th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 0y

20:30 Leopardstown

Suprise Package

11st 2lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: Peter Fahey

Smart handicap hurdler last year, bolting up on soft ground in the Imperial Cup and sixth to thrown-in State Man in the County Hurdle; top rider booked and yard flying but he's surely going to come on a good bit for this Flat debut, his first appearance in 15 months.

9/1

Form: 111113 D

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Ran respectably in Grade 2 novice hurdle at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) ten weeks ago, while shaping as if this drop back in trip will suit; however, that defeat rather burst his bubble (5-5 under rules previously) and he faces a tougher assignment upped further in grade.

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1st

1

11th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

15:05 Perth

A Different Kind

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

made all, went clear going easily after 3 out, canter

2/5

1st

1

19th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

14:45 Perth

A Different Kind

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Had Champ De Gane 13l behind when second to the prolific Al Zaraqaan (has won next three) at Cartmel in May, and has scored twice at Uttoxeter himself since (heavy, good), enjoying chasing the leader each time; still not entirely foot-perfect, but case strong despite another 4lb rise.

5/4

1st

1

30th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 3

14:35 Uttoxeter

A Different Kind

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

disputing third

2/1

Form: 4

Last run: 125 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Absent since his heavy defeat (modest fourth) in the Sandown novice hurdle that Constitution Hill won before collecting the Tolworth and Supreme; open to progress in due course but this looks a stiff task second time out.

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2nd

10

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

16:30 Huntingdon

Eyed

11st 8lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Paul Webber

Unplaced in all three chases this season but his fourth at Leicester (2m4f, soft) two starts ago was encouraging and he's now back on the same mark as when winning over hurdles here (2m3f, soft) just under a year ago.

12/1

Form: 665251 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Opened his account in Thurles maiden (yielding) last month, scoring by a very wide margin and showing improved form; however, has much more on his plate in these markedly deeper waters.

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2nd

1

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:55 Ayr

Salamanca Bay

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

pulled hard, led, went clear 3rd, reduced lead when mistake 4th, good jump and went clear again 5th

11/4

1st

2

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

14:33 Ayr

Salamanca Bay

12st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

made all and travelled strongly, not fluent 1st, jumped right 2nd, not fluent 5th, going easily 3 out, good jump and went clear 2 out, shaken up run-in, unchallenged

9/4

3rd

4

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:32 Kelso

Salamanca Bay

11st 2lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

took keen hold, raced in third early, rapid headway to lead after 1st, jumped right 5th, clear when jumped slightly right 7th, reduced lead 3 out, headed before 2 out, lost second before last, weakened gradually run-in

7/2

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Payout
Exacta £57.00
Straight Forecast £51.90
Tricast £323.50
Trifecta £395.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Jonbon

TOPSPEED:

First Street

The Star:

Aucunrisque

Daily Record:

El Fabiolo

RP Ratings:

Jonbon

LAMBOURN:

Jonbon

The Times:

Jonbon

Telegraph:

Jonbon

The Guardian:

Jonbon

Daily Express:

Jonbon

Daily Mirror:

Jonbon

POSTDATA:

First Street

Daily Mail:

First Street

The Sun:

First Street