April 13 / 16.25 Cheltenham

16.25 Cheltenham

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Safran Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £10892
  • 2m 7f 213y
  • Class 2
  • 11 runners
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Safran Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

(Won)

  • Win: £17.00
  • Place: £3.10

Form: 21-111

Last run: 233 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

3

28th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 83y

Class 2

15:19 Cartmel

Wbee

11st 7lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Gary Hanmer

10/1

14th

7

7th May 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Haydock

Wbee

11st 1lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gary Hanmer

1st

8

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Wbee

10st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gary Hanmer

  • Place: £3.40

Form: -04170 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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11th

6

7th May 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Haydock

Pileon

11st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs

2nd

5

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Pileon

10st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs

15th

18

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Pileon

10st 5lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs

Headed on the line when making handicap debut in the Martin Pipe here (2m4f, soft) in 2020 but last winter was a washout; looked more his old self when winning at Sandown in December (2m7f, good to soft) but a rather laboured effort off 6lb higher over C&D in January leaves him with something to prove with cheekpieces refitted (pulled up in them once over fences).

25/1

  • Place: £4.10

Form: -44145 BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
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Distance / Class
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3rd

9

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Risk And Roll

10st 6lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: James Evans

4

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

16:05 Doncaster

Risk And Roll

11st 9lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: James Evans

Has made a successful return to hurdling since joining James Evans, winning easily at Huntingdon and backing that up with a good effort off this mark at Newbury next time; however, not so good back at Newbury on Friday.

8/1

5th

4

4th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:05 Newbury

Risk And Roll

11st 7lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: James Evans

Back hurdling on all three starts for new trainer; 7l win at Huntingdon was a return to his best and he was a close fourth over C&D off today's 10lb higher mark three weeks ago, both on good to soft but he's also gone well on soft and heavy; firmly in the each-way picture.

6/1

Form: -11210 D

Last run: 67 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
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4th

7

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Jesuitique

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

12th

15

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

14:55 Sandown

Jesuitique

10st 6lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

Ex-French; won handicaps on three of his four starts for new yard, all under Cillin Leonard, including over 2m4f here (soft) on second occasion and in very good style over 3m at Haydock (soft) seven weeks ago; up another 10lb and in grade but can't be ruled out after that latest display.

11/1

1st

11

18th Dec 2021

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 3

15:15 Haydock

Jesuitique

10st 11lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

Ex-French; won 2m4f handicaps at Worcester (good to soft) and Sandown (soft; stayed on strongly) this autumn on first two starts for new yard; good second over 2m7f at Market Rasen (good) in hat-trick bid, when he seemed to stay okay; unraced beyond that but it's worth a go.

7/2

Form: -31114 D

Last run: 75 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
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5th

10

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Tip Top Cat

10st 3lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

4th

6

28th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:10 Huntingdon

Tip Top Cat

10st 5lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Hard to fault since joining Fergal O'Brien and readily completed a hat-trick returned to 3m at Taunton (good to soft); a 6lb rise should be very manageable given how well he won.

5/2

1st

11

30th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:30 Taunton

Tip Top Cat

11st 2lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Formerly with Nigel Twiston-Davies; has improved steadily in three starts for this trainer, winning his last two at Exeter (2m7f, good to soft; 2m5f, good to soft); up 8lb for the latter; remains of interest back up in trip, where there could be more to come.

7/2

Form: 316113 D

Last run: 172 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

17th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 3

19:47 Huntingdon

Haul Away

12st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

6th

3

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Haul Away

11st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

3rd

4

23rd Oct 2021

Good

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

15:05 Cheltenham

Haul Away

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has won four handicaps since May (2m7f-3m1f) divided between hurdles and fences, latterly making the most of his much lower mark as a chaser; his hurdle win the time before was at the expense of only three rivals and he's 5lb higher today; needs to keep his momentum up if he's to go in again.

9/1

Form: /5F-1P CD

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 148

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1

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Wholestone

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

4

19th Mar 2022

Soft

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:35 Uttoxeter

Wholestone

11st 1lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Returned from a long absence to win a 3m Grade 2 hurdle on heavy ground at Haydock four weeks ago; did have a very hard race in the process and there are concerns about him backing that up when he's always gone well fresh; his three runs over fences were in small-field novices (121), so this will be a different ball game altogether.

10/1

1st

5

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

14:05 Haydock

Wholestone

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Three-time Grade 2 winner over hurdles (2m4f/3m, soft/heavy) who has gone well fresh historically, as is often the case with runners from this yard; however, he's been absent since falling here in November 2020 and this 11yo needs to prove how much ability he retains.

11/1

OUR TIP

Form: -35P3P CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 145

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2

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Lisnagar Oscar

11st 9lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Rebecca Curtis

6

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Lisnagar Oscar

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Rebecca Curtis

Mixed record since winning this race at 50-1 two years ago and has been unable to hit the same heights (fell mid-race in this last year); however, he is suited by this course and his third of five behind Paisley Park and Champ in the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle over C&D in January was a creditable effort as he had to make his own running and the good ground was probably faster than ideal for him; today's race should be run at a suitably strong clip and, with yesterday's rain a plus, he could go well at an attractive price.

25/1

3rd

5

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:05 Cheltenham

Lisnagar Oscar

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Rebecca Curtis

Substandard winner of the Stayers' Hurdle in 2020 when Paisley Park was beaten favourite and outsiders came to the fore (he started at 50-1; finished third in this contest the time before); inconsistent since and was well behind Paisley Park at Newbury in November, then dropped out tamely in the Long Walk; reapplication of cheekpieces (early faller on previous attempt) needs to have positive effect.

25/1

Form: 362PP8

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

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4

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Zanza

10st 13lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs

8th

2

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton

Zanza

11st 5lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Ended 2021 with two good runs over fences at Cheltenham (2m4f, good/good to soft) and he's on a handy mark now back over hurdles; pulled up in chases the last twice and the return to hurdles (over which he's won four times) may reignite some spark, but he has something to prove in terms of current form.

16/1

6

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Zanza

11st 7lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Untested at this trip and was pulled up at Cheltenham on New Year's Day; however, he made two bad mistakes in a row last time and he shaped at Cheltenham (2m4f, good/good to soft) on his two previous starts as though today's step up in distance could prompt some improvement; one to consider.

10/1

Form: 363165 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

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6

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Small Present

10st 8lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

5th

4

26th Mar 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 2

15:46 Kelso

Small Present

11st 9lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

Bit disappointing over 3m at Haydock last time but he'd previously won over the same C&D (soft) in January and he's only 3lb higher here; his record on good ground is impressive (two wins and two seconds from six outings) and cheekpieces may eke out a bit more improvement.

7/1

6th

4

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Small Present

11st 3lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

Made it 2-2 at Haydock when beating Tokyo Getaway by half a length over C&D (soft) last time, and the third has franked the form; has also won on heavy; a 4lb rise isn't harsh and he clearly likes it here; respected.

4/1

Form: -3F521

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

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11

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Last Royal

10st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Keiran Burke

4

22nd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 3

15:20 Market Rasen

Last Royal

11st 7lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Keiran Burke

Brother to Honeysuckle; made all for a easy 42l success in novice event at Wincanton (2m5f) last time, opening his hurdles account at the sixth attempt; questionable whether any of his rivals showed their form but he was visually impressive and has gone up just 3lb; open to further progress and commands major respect on handicap debut; non-runner.

1st

4

2nd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

13:55 Wincanton

Last Royal

11st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Keiran Burke

Fell three out at Huntingdon (sole start on soft; going well) on Boxing Day and disappointed at Taunton four days later; however, his other form this season, the latest when runner-up at Exeter (2m5f) four weeks ago, makes him very much the one to beat.

6/5

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Payout
Exacta £2897.00
Straight Forecast £1827.20
Tricast £28512.80
Trifecta £40065.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Last Royal

TOPSPEED:

Haul Away

The Times:

Pileon

Daily Mirror:

Tip Top Cat

The Star:

Zanza

RP Ratings:

Last Royal

POSTDATA:

Last Royal

WEST COUNTRY:

Last Royal

Daily Mail:

Last Royal

Daily Record:

Last Royal

Daily Express:

Pileon

The Sun:

Pileon

LAMBOURN:

Haul Away

Telegraph:

Haul Away

The Guardian:

Haul Away