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British EBF William Hill Gold Castle ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £13098.5
  • 2m 7f 207y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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British EBF William Hill Gold Castle ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

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(Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 32117 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Found Grade 1 Albert Bartlett too hot at last month's Cheltenham Festival but was very progressive beforehand, and the form of his Grade 2 win at Doncaster (3m, good) in January sets the standard here.

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10

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Mahler Mission

11st 5lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Usually front-runs or races prominently; best known for last year's NH Chase at the Cheltenham Festival (3m6f, soft; has won well on soft to heavy) where he was 4l ahead when falling two out; that left a lingering stamina question but he resumed improvement to be second in the big 3m2f handicap at Newbury in November when last seen; raised 7lb but he's a second-season chaser who may well improve again and makes serious appeal.

14/1

2nd

9

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Mahler Mission

10st 10lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

travelled strongly, prominent

7/1

2nd

4

5th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Carlisle

Mahler Mission

11st 4lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

jumped left on occasions, led, ridden and edged left after 2 out, headed last, no extra run-in

11/4

  • Place: £1.70

Form: -32321

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Took five attempts to get off the mark over hurdles but last month's breakthrough came in very competitive Grade 3 novices' handicap at Sandown (2m4f, soft); not certain to be suited by the quicker ground here but should have more to offer over 3m.

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5th

2

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Complete Unknown

11st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Highly progressive as a novice chaser last season, ending with an easy handicap win at Kempton (2m4f, soft) and staying-on second in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft); won an intermediate chase on return but made a backward step when favourite for top 3m2f handicap at Newbury on latest outing; of major interest if that can be forgiven.

8/1

10th

8

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Complete Unknown

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

towards rear, hampered 1st

7/1

1st

2

21st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 216y

Class 2

13:40 Newton Abbot

Complete Unknown

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in second early, led 2nd, increased tempo 10th, pecked on landing 12th, going best when good jump 4 out, went clear 3 out, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and reduced lead run-in, always doing enough

4/6

Form: 13 BF

Last run: 88 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

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8th

30

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Galia Des Liteaux

10st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Clearly her two best efforts came in the mud at the big Warwick meeting in January 2023 and 2024, latterly with cheekpieces enlisted (kept since) when second of 14 in the 3m5f Classic Chase; that was a step up in trip and she stayed on well, which looked promising for this test, but running quite so poorly when 4-5 in a 3m mares' race at Exeter (also on heavy) on latest outing was offputting.

25/1

4th

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 1

16:05 Exeter

Galia Des Liteaux

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Clearly her two best efforts came in the mud at the big Warwick meeting in January 2023 and 2024, last time with cheekpieces enlisted when second of 14 in the 3m5f Classic Chase; that was a step up in trip and she stayed on well, whereas this is 3m, but she sets the standard on her best form.

11/8

2nd

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Galia Des Liteaux

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Well beaten in three Grade 1 novice chases last term, having been particularly impressive when dominating a four-runner Grade 2 at this meeting (3m, heavy); neither of her runs this term have matched that peak form but her Newbury second (near 3m) last time did offer hope for longer trips; needs to be at her best on this handicap debut, with headgear enlisted.

7/1

Form: 714410

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Never really got involved when making handicap debut at last month's Cheltenham Festival but kept on well to win Grade 3 novice at Thurles (2m4f, soft) two starts ago and probably has untapped potential over 3m.

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8

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

The Goffer

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a big handicap chase at Leopardstown last season and campaigned with credit in similar contests this season; looked like playing a hand in the Grand National before failing to stay; could be a player here.

7/1

13th

27

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

The Goffer

10st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

Best form when fourth in major handicaps at Cheltenham (3m1f) and Sandown (3m4f) last spring, albeit not seeing those races out nearly as well as those ahead; underperforming this term, capitulating badly from the home turn when 34l fifth back at Cheltenham (heavy) latest, so he probably does not have what it takes in this.

66/1

5th

6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

The Goffer

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Cracking fourth in this race last year (soft) when giving best only after the last; may have had some breathing issues as he's been tongue tied since September, when making steady late headway in the Kerry National (3m, yielding to soft); he was rested after a lesser effort at Limerick next time but won a race for stable staff on his return last month and is primed for a big run off 2lb lower than 12 months ago.

6/1

Form: P-4812 BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Displayed significant improvement when clearcut winner of Ffos Las maiden (2m6f, soft) in February and backed up that performance with very respectable second at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) last month but has a bit to find with the principals here; unraced on ground quicker than good to soft.

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0

10

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:45 Exeter

Del La Mar Rocket

11st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Ben Pauling

Won a maiden at Ffos Las (2m6f, soft) in February 2022 but there was nothing to cheer in his three runs last season or in his two attempts (over fences) this term; tongue tied twice last season and blinkered on latest outing; back over hurdles with a major question to answer.

20/1

6th

6

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 83y

Class 3

14:15 Ffos Las

Del La Mar Rocket

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

prominent, led from 2nd

20/1

Form: -212U1

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

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4th

21

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Famous Bridge

11st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Three best chase wins have come at about 3m1f on soft and heavy; pulled up on good ground at Doncaster on latest completion (unseated in February); conditions should suit but the step up in class asks more of him.

16/1

6

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Famous Bridge

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Won four of first seven chases, notably two over 3m1f in the mud here this winter; on second occasion he came from behind and got to the leader at the final fence in the Tommy Whittle (heavy) and it was good ground when he failed to show anything at Doncaster (3m) three weeks ago, not aided by a bad early mistake; this first attempt at a marathon trip could suit.

13/2

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6

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Famous Bridge

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Brought along steadily as is usually the cases with horses from this yard; made it 4-7 over fences with game success in Haydock's Tommy Whittle (3m1f, heavy) and still looks well handicapped off 4lb higher; won't mind this less taxing surface; heart is in the right place and that should count for plenty when the going gets tough.

13/2

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Payout
Exacta £175.00
Straight Forecast £168.80
Trifecta £575.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Famous Bridge

TOPSPEED:

Complete Unknown

RP Ratings:

Galia Des Liteaux

Daily Express:

Galia Des Liteaux

The Times:

Famous Bridge

Telegraph:

Famous Bridge

The Guardian:

Famous Bridge

Daily Mail:

Famous Bridge

Daily Mirror:

Famous Bridge

POSTDATA:

Complete Unknown

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