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

  • Prize money: £56270
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 13 runners
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Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

(Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 4-1222

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

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7

29th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Three Stripe Life

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

High-class novice hurdler last season, gaining a deserved Grade 1 success at Aintree after three top-level seconds, including twice behind Sir Gerhard; put in a pleasing round of jumping on chasing debut at Naas; sent off favourite for the Drinmore but lost his chance at the eighth when he blundered and the saddle slipped.

13/8

10

4th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 3f 165y

13:55 Fairyhouse

Three Stripe Life

11st 12lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear of midfield

4/1

1st

10

12th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Naas

Three Stripe Life

11st 12lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

soon led at slow pace, headed and raced in second after 3rd, pressed leader when left in lead and clear 2 out, soon pushed along, jumped slightly left last, eased towards finish, easily

8/11

  • Place: £4.20

Form: 15-123

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

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6th

4

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Might I

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Mixed fortunes over fences this season and needs to jump better than in the Coral Cup last month when back over hurdles; however, in the circumstances (particularly a very bad mid-race blunder) he did pretty well to finish 13th and he's now 5lb lower than when a good fourth in the Martin Pipe (2m4f, soft) last March; ran a big race on sole visit here; cheekpieces (worn on last three starts) are left off; capable of playing a leading role.

16/1

13th

6

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Might I

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Fourth in the Martin Pipe here (2m4f, soft) one year ago off 3lb higher; his jumping has not been so convincing switched to fences this term but he's still looked in form; strong-travelling sort who should get into serious contention on this return to hurdling.

14/1

3rd

4

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Might I

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

raced in third and in touch with leaders, hit 4 out, hit 3 out, soon ridden, weakened after 2 out

9/4

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 112 C BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

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3rd

2

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 2

13:40 Newbury

North Lodge

11st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

took keen hold, towards rear on inner

15/2

3rd

8

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Aintree

North Lodge

11st 4lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

2nd

1

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

13:32 Kelso

North Lodge

11st 8lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

Won on debut at Aintree (2m1f, soft) in December and followed up in Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham (2m4f, good); now carries a 5lb penalty against numerous promising rivals but this unexposed 5yo has to be respected.

11/4

Form: 1-1241

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

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7th

3

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Nells Son

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Runner-up to course specialist at Kelso (2m5f, soft) in February then won easily in small field there (2m1f, soft) latest; has run well on all four visits here and further improvement can't be ruled out, but he's back up in grade and needs to be better than ever to defy a 7lb rise for last time.

7/1

1st

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

14:10 Kelso

Nells Son

11st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Got off the mark over fences at Carlisle (2m) in October and he comes here on the back of a good second in 2m5f handicap here 23 days ago; he can't be discounted back in trip now.

6/4

2nd

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Nells Son

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

raced in third, outpaced and lost position after 3 out, rallying when left in third 2 out, went second before last, no impression run-in

100/30

Form: 422294

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 120

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10th

7

21st Oct 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

14:45 Cheltenham

Saint Riquier

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

towards rear, hampered on turn after 7th, ridden and beaten 3 out

8/1

9th

8

(15)

28th Sep 2022

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:55 Nottingham

Saint Riquier

8st 11lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: Ian Williams

bumped start, held up in rear, pushed along up the centre 4f out, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge

8/1

10th

3

16th Jul 2022

Good

2m 6f 31y

Class 3

15:03 Cartmel

Saint Riquier

11st 9lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Ian Williams

in touch with leaders, not fluent 4 out, not fluent 3 out, ridden and weakened after 2 out

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 1-2221 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

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4th

4

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 2

13:05 Chepstow

Good Risk At All

10st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

didn't jump with fluency, pressed leaders, awkward jump 2nd, reminders after 8th, soon detached, weakened after 5 out, tailed off

13/8

3rd

4

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:45 Cheltenham

Good Risk At All

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Record of 2-9 over hurdles and was found wanting in two ultra-competitive handicaps at last season's big spring festivals; however, he surpassed all previous RPRs when doing everything right and comfortably accounting for Alaphilippe on recent chase debut at Carlisle (2m4f, soft); it's not a given that he'll stay 3m, but fair chance if he does.

7/4

1st

4

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Carlisle

Good Risk At All

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Sam Thomas

Reappeared with a convincing handicap hurdle win here (2m4f, heavy) last October; didn't threaten in hot handicap hurdles at the Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) and Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) festivals but those weren't bad performances and he's entitled to respect on this chase/seasonal debut.

5/2

Form: -21233

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

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1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Colonel Mustard

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

Has performed creditably in races won by State Man and Nemean Lion on last two attempts over hurdles; however, looks highly unlikely to turn the tables, being a well exposed 9yo who still has a modest strike-rate (only 1-13 in this sphere); faces a harder task back at Grade 1 level and needs help from the first-time blinkers.

50/1

2nd

4

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

14:05 Wincanton

Colonel Mustard

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

held up in last, headway after 5th, went second but not fluent 2 out, switched right run-in, kept on final 110yds

5/2

5th

1

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Colonel Mustard

11st 4lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

On a ten-race losing run and proved no match for the winner when returned to chasing at Down Royal (2m3f, soft) on seasonal debut; however, has clear possibilities on his spring hurdles form that comprised three good efforts, including in Grade 1 (sole attempt in cheekpieces).

6/1

Form: 8-1F13 D BF

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 137

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3rd

1

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 43y

12:00 Punchestown

Captain Conby

11st 9lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: E Sheehy

jumped left on occasions, led, faced challenge when jumped left and bumped rival 2 out, soon headed and weakened, no match for first two

4/1

3rd

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

13:50 Wincanton

Captain Conby

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: E Sheehy

took keen hold, midfield, awkward jump 4th, headway before 4 out, weakened after 3 out

4/1

2nd

2

1st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 20y

17:00 Tipperary

Captain Conby

11st 1lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: E Sheehy

disputed lead, led narrowly 3rd, headed and lost two places 4th, lost ground before 4 out, mistake 3 out, kept on and went modest second run-in, no match for winner

7/2

Form: 7-2224 BF

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

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5th

4

14th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:35 Ludlow

Great HeartJac

11st 1lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Fair hurdler/chaser who was 2-5 over fences last season; not at best at Ayr last month but will be suited by today's trip/ground and has pretty good chance at the weights on this hurdling return; cheekpieces added.

11/4

4th

4

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

16:10 Ayr

Great HeartJac

11st 2lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Two small-field wins at Leicester (2m, good to firm/good) from his first three chase starts and again ran well when second of four at Market Rasen (2m1f, good to soft) 12 days ago; needs another step forward here but that's possible, especially if good ground prevails; tongue-tie goes on.

6/1

3

10th Apr 2023

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 4

13:05 Huntingdon

Great HeartJac

11st 10lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Going great guns in 2m handicap chases, winning two of first three starts (on good to firm/good); failed to find much in one 2m4f handicap but, as an Irish point winner, he should stay this far over fences; ran well when runner-up at Market Rasen yesterday.

100/30

Form: 11B1 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

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2nd

11

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Harbour Lake

10st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

midfield, steady headway on inner after 2 out, kept on run-in, went second towards finish, not pace to challenge

6/1

5th

5

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

Harbour Lake

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Hasn't taken to fences on his two starts this season; there's a question mark regarding current form but he's 4lb lower than when a solid fifth of 20 at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) last April and could be involved.

8/1

5th

4

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 3

15:30 Hereford

Harbour Lake

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Useful form in competitive handicaps to go with four hurdle wins at 2m-2m4f but he made a tentative start to chase career when pulled up at Aintree last month; aptitude for fences to prove at this early stage.

11/2

Form: 3-111P D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 143

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5th

11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Stage Star

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Acts on soft; had an excuse for his flop here on New Year's Day when last seen, having returned stiff/sore; 3-3 over fences at Cheltenham (2m4f) otherwise, including wins in the Turners on this card last year and major handicap in November; a smart and mostly progressive front-runner who holds leading claims, provided he's back on song.

5/1

0

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Stage Star

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

disputed lead, raced in second after 2nd, not fluent 11th, mistake 12th, lost position 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

10/11

1st

2

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Stage Star

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Smart front-running novice chaser during a 2022-23 campaign that included two notable wins at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft), beating Notlongtillmay in Festival Grade 1 on second occasion; flopped at Aintree on final outing but that's not the form to judge him on; major contender back here.

11/2

Form: 2-1

Last run: 80 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

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2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Walking On Air

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Fifth in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; unraced on heavy) last March off 1lb lower, doing well considering his jumping wasn't great and he didn't get the best of runs; close call on chase debut at Newbury (2m6f, soft) on sole run this season showed he's better than ever and he also has Grade 1 entry in Cheltenham novice chase; major claims.

7/2

2nd

2

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Walking On Air

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

2-7 over hurdles; absent since slightly disappointing run at Punchestown in April but was very creditable fifth off today's mark in Pertemps Final at Cheltenham Festival (3m, soft) in March and it will be very interesting to see how he fares on today's chasing debut.

7/2

9th

5

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

18:00 Punchestown

Walking On Air

11st 6lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Disappointed as a novice but had back surgery after and back to form to win at Exeter this season; ran well in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham since but his chance would be enhanced if the ground dried out.

8/1

Form: 2-3141 C

Last run: 58 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 134

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12

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Aintree

Elle Est Belle

10st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

1st

5

10th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 137y

Class 1

15:10 Huntingdon

Elle Est Belle

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Very useful mare who finished third in last season's Champion Bumper; comfortable winner in Listed grade at Newbury (2m, good to soft; against her own sex) on second attempt over hurdles, then finished fourth to Jonbon in Grade 2 at Ascot (1m7f) where the steady pace wasn't ideal; bred to stay this new trip; leading player at the weights, even with 5lb penalty.

9/4

4th

5

17th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

14:20 Ascot

Elle Est Belle

10st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Smart mare who finished third in last season's Champion Bumper then second in Aintree Grade 2; beaten favourite at Newbury on debut over hurdles, then bounced back with a comfortable Listed success there (2m, good to soft) later in November; should have more to offer.

7/1

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Exacta £370.00
Straight Forecast £464.70
Tricast £2095.40
Trifecta £2034.00

Selections

LAMBOURN:

Walking On Air

RP Ratings:

Three Stripe Life

SPOTLIGHT:

Good Risk At All

The Times:

Elle Est Belle

POSTDATA:

North Lodge

WEST COUNTRY:

Stage Star

Daily Mail:

Colonel Mustard

Telegraph:

Walking On Air

Daily Express:

Walking On Air

Daily Mirror:

Walking On Air

Daily Record:

Walking On Air

TOPSPEED:

Three Stripe Life

The Guardian:

Good Risk At All

The Star:

Elle Est Belle