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bet365 Novices’ Championship Final Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £51440
  • 1m 7f 216y
  • Class 2
  • 13 runners
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bet365 Novices’ Championship Final Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.10
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 113601 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

His bumper exploits (3-3) make for very good reading and also flashes of his form over hurdles, including a close fifth to Jonbon in an Ascot Grade 2 in December; encouraging to see him make the most of a straightforward task at Newton Abbot last week and that made it 4-4 on good ground; big player.

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1st

4

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

13:50 Wincanton

Knappers Hill

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

jumped well, prominent, disputed lead 7th, good jump and led clearly 5 out, pushed along before 2 out, went clear approaching last, easily

4/6

2nd

3

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Chepstow

Knappers Hill

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, outpaced after 5 out, soon hung left, went second after 4 out, kept on run-in, not pace to challenge

4/5

1st

2

29th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:00 Sandown

Knappers Hill

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Listed bumper winner on soft ground in 2020; landed the valuable novices' handicap on this card a year ago and resumed with another two wins in the autumn, the latter in a Wincanton Grade 2 (1m7f, good to firm); his improvement seems to have levelled off since the turn of the year but he didn't run badly when third at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in February and should be fine over today's trip.

11/4

15/2

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 233211 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Has won his last two from the front and Jack Andrews was aboard when he comfortably conceded weight to Hasty Parisian at Ffos Las (good) 16 days ago; fluent jumper who likes this ground and doesn't look too harshly treated.

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12/1

  • Place: £4.90

Form: 5-5U31 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 5yo and on the upgrade judged by his comfortable defeat of a subsequent winner in a Plumpton maiden (good); gets in off a low weight for his handicap debut and could easily have something to say.

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10th

11

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

18:00 Kempton

Alto Alto

10st 13lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

took keen hold, prominent, weakened quickly from 4 out

12/1

2nd

5

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 3

14:30 Plumpton

Alto Alto

11st 8lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

All four wins have been here, latterly rallying gamely to fend off a subsequent winner over C&D in mid-February (soft); he's now 2-2 in this headgear combination (previous success over hurdles) and looks sure to be involved after a 4lb rise.

9/4

1st

3

12th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 4

14:45 Plumpton

Alto Alto

11st 8lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

C&D winner on soft last April but chase career went to pot after and recent win here came over hurdles (in these aids); need to have faith in him repeating the form back over fences off 3lb higher than latest chase loss.

7/2

Form: 3231U2 CD

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Came clear in good style to win a four-runner 4yo handicap on soft ground here three starts back; kept trying when no match for Boombawn at Ffos Las (good) but posed no threat and it could be that easier conditions are preferable.

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4th

4

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 83y

Class 5

13:40 Stratford

Hasty Parisian

11st 11lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Harriet Dickin

Just 1-20 over hurdles for Milton Harris/Anthony Charlton and has not been firing on all cylinders since returning from a break in the autumn; starts off for new trainer on a good mark and with conditions to suit but still needs today's headgear switch to perk him up.

14/1

5

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

15:45 Fakenham

Hasty Parisian

11st 11lb

T: Harriet Dickin

4th

5

4th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 4

15:20 Plumpton

Hasty Parisian

11st 1lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

took keen hold, led, not fluent 1st, headed but prominent 6th, not fluent and lost position 4 out, outpaced before 3 out, soon no impression

7/2

Form: 7311 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Record of 1-7 in points; progressing nicely under rules with wins at Bangor (soft) and Sedgefield (good) but tackling a very different level of opposition here now switched to handicaps.

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4th

3

16th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

17:10 Newcastle

Red Vision

11st 7lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Two novice wins last spring but has proved disappointing in handicaps; better signs in two most recent starts, the latest at Southwell, and can be considered if cheekpieces have a beneficial effect.

9/4

4th

5

28th Apr 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

20:00 Southwell

Red Vision

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Won two novice hurdles towards end of last season but has become rather disappointing in handicaps this term; took step back in right direction on latest outing but still has something to prove.

12/1

5th

3

1st Apr 2023

Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

14:10 Uttoxeter

Red Vision

11st 10lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

in touch with leaders on inner

16/1

Form: -121P2 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Has won two novices this season but limitations exposed the last twice, as when second at Kempton a month ago he was hammered by the winner; also beaten off 1lb lower in his previous handicap and that was easier than this.

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5th

1

7th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

15:55 Plumpton

Zacony Rebel

12st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Toby Lawes

Dual hurdle winner who has lost his way since winning over fences two seasons ago and never threatened on his return to hurdles a month back when tried in cheekpieces; others carry fewer risks.

20/1

5th

1

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

15:05 Lingfield

Zacony Rebel

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Toby Lawes

Won off 4lb higher on his chase debut at Ludlow (2m, soft) last autumn but he's lost his way in last four starts and was tailed off when he unseated at Plumpton on his return in October; dual winner over hurdles in the past but he has questions to answer back in this sphere; headgear added.

16/1

0

3

23rd Oct 2023

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 3

15:45 Plumpton

Zacony Rebel

11st 8lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Toby Lawes

in rear throughout, dropped to last and struggling 11th

14/1

Form: 5114 D BF

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Useful on the continent over middle-distances; unsurprisingly struggled in the Tolworth here on his hurdling debut but went on to win easily at Catterick (soft) and Ludlow (good) before finishing a front-running fourth of 16 in a deep handicap at Aintree (good to soft); a repeat of that form should see him competitive and further progress not out of the question.

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OUR TIP

Form: 117 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

No great shakes on the Flat (middle-distances) but he impressed in winning his first two starts over hurdles (soft/good to soft) before running as well as he was entitled to in the Triumph (good to soft; beaten 12l); put up 5lb for that but has a touch of class and this quicker surface could bring him on some more.

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4th

8

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

1m 7f 132y

15:20 Thurles

Doctor Parnassus

10st 9lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Richard John O’Brien

Dual winner over hurdles for the Skeltons; two good efforts on the Flat and not disgraced in a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Leopardstown; could have more to offer.

14/1

11th

9

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

12:40 Leopardstown

Doctor Parnassus

11st 11lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Richard John O’Brien

midfield

12/1

6th

1

(19)

4th Aug 2023

Yielding

1m 6f 14y

20:40 Galway

Doctor Parnassus

10st 2lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: Richard John O’Brien

Fair performer for David O'Meara on the Flat before a spell over jumps; encouraging yard debut last week over insufficient 1m2f and well worth another go at this trip.

14/1

Form: 63121 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

3m point winner but quick enough to win a 2m handicap round Taunton (soft) last time off a 5lb lower mark; up in class here though on what will be the quickest ground he's encountered to date, so others make greater appeal.

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3rd

4

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 3

15:00 Market Rasen

Dibble Decker

11st 11lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

in rear but in touch with leaders, not fluent 6th, outpaced and lost ground before 3 out, soon struggling

9/4

2nd

7

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 3

15:40 Huntingdon

Dibble Decker

11st 5lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Dual C&D winner last season (including this race) and returned to form with hard-fought success at Wincanton (2m4f, heavy; first-time tongue-tie) in January; nudged back up to career-high mark today but still features prominently in calculations.

100/30

1st

4

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

14:40 Wincanton

Dibble Decker

11st 7lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Back-to-back wins in the new cheekpieces at Huntingdon (2m4f, good/good to soft) early last year; looked rusty when well behind Huelgoat on his return and he was easy to back; better can be expected this time with a tongue-tie added.

12/1

Form: 934310 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Showed his best form in winning a seven-runner handicap at Warwick (2m, good to soft) last month but he was nowhere near that level at Chepstow (good) and it would be unwise to blame the step up to 2m3f; tongue-tie could help but being 4lb out of the weights won't.

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4th

3

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

19:00 Taunton

Stanley Pincombe

11st 13lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

His mark has taken a hit for his recent consistency, latterly finishing second of 16 in a good-ground C&D handicap in early February for which he went up another 3lb; should be thereabouts nonetheless.

7/1

2nd

2

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Stanley Pincombe

12st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

raced wide, midfield

7/2

Form: -54111 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

French bumper winner now progressing well over hurdles and it was all very easy in bringing up the hat-trick at Southwell (2m, good); this is much stronger but connections can't complain about a further 10lb hit and difficult to know where his limitations may lie.

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3

4th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:25 Newbury

Head Law

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won a novice on soft ground last March and added two good-ground handicaps in the spring; made an encouraging comeback at Kempton (2m, soft) in January but flopped at Huntingdon 16 days later; bit to prove after that but he's not dismissed.

11/2

8th

6

30th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:25 Huntingdon

Head Law

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won a novice here on soft ground last March en route to completing a hat-trick in two good-ground handicaps; mark suffered as a result but he looked dangerous before tiring into third on his Kempton comeback (2m, soft) and he's a 6yo with more to offer; shortlisted.

15/2

3rd

2

14th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:50 Kempton

Head Law

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won a novice at Huntingdon (soft) last March and followed up in the spring in good-ground handicaps at Warwick and Southwell, all over 2m when hot favourite; ended last term on a poor note but was found to have a large haematoma on a knee; could easily resume improvement in this second season hurdling.

11/4

16/1

Form: 112 CD BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won on very soft ground in France and conditions were also soft when beating four rivals here on his British debut last month; a sharper test of speed provided by good ground round Stratford found him out last time and the easy winner was beaten earlier this week; this track is probably a better fit but the ground is a concern.

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12

12th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

15:50 Plumpton

Privatory

10st 13lb

J: Rob Hargreaves

T: Paddy Butler

Became disappointing for Gary Moore last season and was pulled up when 50-1 for recent stable debut at Fontwell (2m1f, good); swaps blinkers for first-time cheekpieces here.

33/1

13

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

14:30 Fontwell

Privatory

10st 6lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Paddy Butler

Made a solid start to his career (two hurdle wins) but has found life tough going since, plummeting down the weights; seventh of 14 (beaten 25l) on final start for Gary Moore at Plumpton in January; 4lb lower on first go for Paddy Butler.

33/1

Form: 122 D BF

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Had her quirks on the Flat but was capable of very smart form; won well on her switch to hurdling at Sedgefield but twice been turned over at odds-on since then and she's no natural; too talented to rule out though and the headgear is worth a try.

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12th

14

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Salsada

10st 6lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Brian Ellison

Fifth to Rubaud in this race (good) last year; below par this season but she might have needed her first two runs and then got going too late to land a blow when third of nine at Haydock (1m7f, soft) three weeks ago; has to run from 8lb out of the weights but Dylan Johnston claims a handy 5lb; returning to Ayr may suit and she's not ruled out by any means.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £455.00
Straight Forecast £340.20
Tricast £5101.50
Trifecta £6871.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Knappers Hill

TOPSPEED:

Whizz Kid

Telegraph:

Head Law

POSTDATA:

Hasty Parisian

Daily Mirror:

Dibble Decker

The Star:

Alto Alto

Daily Express:

Doctor Parnassus

Daily Record:

Head Law

RP Ratings:

Knappers Hill

WEST COUNTRY:

Knappers Hill

The Times:

Knappers Hill

Daily Mail:

Knappers Hill

The Guardian:

Whizz Kid

The Sun:

Whizz Kid