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Langley Castle An Outstanding Small Hotel Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3921.12
  • 2m 7f 63y
  • Class 5
  • 16 runners
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Langley Castle An Outstanding Small Hotel Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 97712- C BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Bettered low-key handicap debut when winning comfortably here (2m4f, good to soft) last month, and looked suited by the step up to 2m7f when second at Newcastle (good) three weeks ago; likely contender.

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16th

11

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Johnsons Blue

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Boasts an excellent (8-15) strike-rate over hurdles and posted a career best when winning ten-runner race at Doncaster (3m, soft; length down when left clear two out) in February; has a good attitude and may not have reached his ceiling just yet, but this is more competitive and he's up 5lb.

25/1

1st

2

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Johnsons Blue

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

took keen hold, prominent, led after 1st

7/2

12/1

  • Place: £5.20

Form: /3557-

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Won Sedgefield bumper in March 2021 (good to soft) and began hurdling career with two encouraging runs this year (2m/2m3f); struggled on heavy ground last month (2m5f) but remains open to improvement in handicaps.

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4th

5

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

20:25 Hexham

Dillarchie

11st 4lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Joanne Foster

in touch with leaders

16/1

8/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 41463- CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner last season, over C&D (heavy) and at Sedgefield (3m3f, good to soft); also suited by good ground and travelled well for a long way when placed at Sedgefield three weeks ago; probably won't be far away.

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1st

10

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

20:25 Hexham

Atomic Angel

11st 1lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Susan Corbett

prominent

7/1

2nd

6

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Atomic Angel

11st 5lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Susan Corbett

led

9/2

Form: 21F06- D

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Returned from eight-month break with two substandard runs in March but now only 1lb higher than when keeping on strongly to win by 6l at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good) last June and will be suited by this return to good ground.

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4th

12

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:15 Hexham

Getaway Bay

10st 7lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

Returned from eight-month break with two substandard runs in March but now only 1lb higher than when keeping on strongly to win by 6l at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good) last June and will be suited by this return to good ground.

16/1

6th

6

29th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

16:10 Uttoxeter

Getaway Bay

10st 0lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

10th

12

1st Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

13:00 Catterick

Getaway Bay

10st 6lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Sue Smith

Low-mileage 10yo; gained breakthrough victory in 2m7f Uttoxeter handicap (good) last summer; fell next time and not seen since; still unexposed, although he may be ideally suited by longer trips.

7/1

Form: 9P456-

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Posted two very respectable efforts in February (2m6f, good/2m4f, heavy) but dropped out rather tamely at Sedgefield (3m3f, good to soft) three weeks ago and is now 0-10 over hurdles; others have more pressing claims.

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11th

10

21st Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

15:35 Musselburgh

Bonny Houxty

10st 5lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

0-12 over hurdles and 0-17 overall; signed off with two very respectable efforts in the spring (2m7f/3m2f) and is versatile regarding ground but needs to find something extra to get a win on the board.

12/1

4th

8

29th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

15:57 Kelso

Bonny Houxty

10st 6lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald Whillans

9/1

5th

11

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:15 Hexham

Bonny Houxty

10st 8lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald Whillans

Posted two very respectable efforts in February (2m6f, good/2m4f, heavy) but dropped out rather tamely at Sedgefield (3m3f, good to soft) three weeks ago and is now 0-10 over hurdles; others have more pressing claims.

16/1

Form: F6433-

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Doesn't win very often but has made the frame three consecutive times this spring, most recently when third at Carlisle (2m3f, good) two weeks ago; effectively 4lb lower from correct mark here; cheekpieces refitted; untested beyond 2m5f but has claims if his stamina holds out.

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10

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

17:00 Hexham

Ex SElance

10st 11lb

J: Miss Roisin Leech

T: Victor Thompson

C&D winner who scored off 4lb higher at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy) last April but he's been out of sorts at biggish prices in his three runs this year and needs to get back on track.

25/1

7th

5

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

15:30 Hexham

Ex SElance

10st 11lb

J: Miss Roisin Leech

T: Victor Thompson

Both chase wins have been over 2m4f although has won a 3m point and was runner-up to Gibberwell in this race last season; not at his best recently; others stronger.

22/1

8th

11

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 5

15:00 Kelso

Ex SElance

10st 6lb

J: Miss Roisin Leech

T: Victor Thompson

In good form last spring and he's capable of bouncing back from a no-show; mark is fine, as will be the trip and ground.

33/1

Form: 7F421- D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Came good over hurdles at 12th attempt, with clearcut success at Newcastle (2m7f, good) three weeks ago; went up 8lb for that but hasn't has many goes on good ground and might still have more to offer.

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No Results Found

Form: 68U53-

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Yet to show anything more than minor promise after four hurdling starts, most recently when modest third of five in Sedgefield novice (2m1f, good to soft) three weeks ago, but makes her handicap debut in a low-grade event and the step up in trip may prompt improvement.

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6th

5

18th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

19:50 Southwell

Shantou Boudicca

11st 2lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Tjade Collier

Moderate form in bumpers and novice hurdles at around 2m; shaped a bit better when stepped up to 2m7f on handicap debut last time, but more needed.

10/1

8th

6

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:15 Hexham

Shantou Boudicca

11st 1lb

J: Benjamin Abbott

T: Tjade Collier

Yet to show anything more than minor promise after four hurdling starts, most recently when modest third of five in Sedgefield novice (2m1f, good to soft) three weeks ago, but makes her handicap debut in a low-grade event and the step up in trip may prompt improvement.

16/1

3rd

4

8th Apr 2022

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

15:20 Sedgefield

Shantou Boudicca

10st 12lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Tjade Collier

Form: 42633-

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Placed three times at Wetherby this year (3m, good to soft-soft) but is still a maiden after 13 hurdle starts and probably needs today's change of headgear to squeeze out something extra.

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0

12

11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 5

12:45 Catterick

Storm Force One

10st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Peter Niven

Stays well and is on a dangerous mark but she ended last season with a heavy defeat at Southwell in April and that took her record to 0-25; others are more convincing.

25/1

10th

12

28th Apr 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

19:25 Southwell

Storm Force One

10st 2lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Peter Niven

always behind

16/1

Form: P0364-

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Ran big race when third of 12 at Carlisle (3m1f, soft; refitted blinkers) in February but was well below that form on both subsequent outings and is now 0-17.

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10th

15

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:15 Hexham

Queen Of Fame

10st 3lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Nick Kent

Ran big race when third of 12 at Carlisle (3m1f, soft; refitted blinkers) in February but was well below that form on both subsequent outings and is now 0-17.

14/1

4th

8

3rd Apr 2022

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

14:45 Hereford

Queen Of Fame

10st 1lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

6th

7

6th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

16:05 Huntingdon

Queen Of Fame

10st 7lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Ex-Irish maiden with no more than modest form; blinkers returned when third of 12 at Carlisle (3m1f, soft) 13 days ago, so each-way claims.

5/1

Form: /7684- CD

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Regressive veteran who has done all his winning on ground slower than good (three times here); signed off for Nick Alexander with respectable fourth at Kelso (2m6f, soft) in February and runs off another career-low mark here but may find the conditions too lively; first runner for Nick Alexander's former assistant, Catch Bissett.

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11

10th May 2023

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:15 Kelso

Ryedale Racer

10st 2lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: Catch Bissett

Defied a higher mark over C&D in early 2021; absent since breaking a blood vessel at Hexham (stable debut) just over a year ago; returns as a 12yo; market can guide.

50/1

1

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:15 Hexham

Ryedale Racer

11st 12lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: Catch Bissett

Regressive veteran who has done all his winning on ground slower than good (three times here); signed off for Nick Alexander with respectable fourth at Kelso (2m6f, soft) in February and runs off another career-low mark here but may find the conditions too lively; first runner for Nick Alexander's former assistant, Catch Bissett.

14/1

1

17th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:45 Hexham

Ryedale Racer

11st 12lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: N W Alexander

Three-time course winner (including C&D); clearly isn't the force of old in his advancing years, although the handicapper is giving him every assistance; held fourth of 12 at Kelso (2m6f, soft; 25-1) four weeks ago.

17/2

Form: 97520- D

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Gave it a good shot from the front when second at Bangor (2m7f, soft) in January and should be okay on today's quicker ground but his latest run was disappointing and he's nothing like the force of old; others preferred.

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2

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:15 Hexham

Sutton Manor

11st 11lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Gave it a good shot from the front when second at Bangor (2m7f, soft) in January and should be okay on today's quicker ground but his latest run was disappointing and he's nothing like the force of old; others preferred.

16/1

2

17th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:10 Hexham

Sutton Manor

11st 10lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Lucinda Russell

Front-runner who chased home odds-on stablemate at Bangor (2m7f, soft) in January, and that was a step in the right direction; however, a poor subsequent effort over hurdles at Carlisle does raise some concerns.

8/1

11th

5

21st Feb 2022

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

17:07 Carlisle

Sutton Manor

11st 7lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Again from the front, he stuck at it to finish runner-up over 2m7f at Bangor (soft); only 3-32 and the wins were in Ireland but has each-way claims on ground he handles.

10/1

Form: P/P65- D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Returned from one-year absence with two underwhelming runs in March but his fifth at Wetherby (3m, soft) last time was more encouraging (albeit he was allowed to set a fairly sedate tempo) and today's return to good ground is in his favour.

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7

6th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:30 Hexham

The Black Squirrel

10st 10lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Henry Hogarth

took keen hold, led narrowly or disputed lead

25/1

5

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:15 Hexham

The Black Squirrel

11st 3lb

J: Oakley Brown

T: Henry Hogarth

Returned from one-year absence with two underwhelming runs in March but his fifth at Wetherby (3m, soft) last time was more encouraging (albeit he was allowed to set a fairly sedate tempo) and today's return to good ground is in his favour.

20/1

5th

3

31st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

17:05 Wetherby

The Black Squirrel

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Henry Hogarth

Won off a higher mark in November 2020 but very lightly raced since and he's struggled on both runs this month, after an absence.

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 3P546-

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 6yo; just a respectable sixth on last month's handicap debut at Carlisle (2m1f, good) but his Irish point form offers significant hope he'll be seen in a better light over today's longer trip.

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6th

10

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

14:50 Kelso

Strike Of Lighting

10st 8lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

held up in rear, mistake 1st

4/1

2nd

9

8th Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

17:00 Kelso

Strike Of Lighting

10st 7lb

J: Edward Austin

T: George Bewley

Won at Cartmel (2m6f, good) in May and seemed to find 3m1f too far there next time; also effective on soft ground; needs to perform better than when soundly beaten sixth behind Secret Secret at Cartmel (2m6f, good to soft) last time but not ruled out in view of his earlier form.

11/1

6th

8

28th Aug 2023

Soft

2m 6f 31y

Class 5

15:30 Cartmel

Strike Of Lighting

10st 9lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

Off the mark over C&D in May (well backed) and seemed to find extended 3m1f too far when third here next time; should again run well but this is a much hotter contest.

8/1

Form: 3/559- C

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Out of form over hurdles and fences since returning from long absence this year; on a good mark now and is suited by this track but needs to prove he still has what it takes.

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9

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:15 Hexham

Loch Linnhe

11st 0lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Gillian Boanas

Out of form over hurdles and fences since returning from long absence this year; on a good mark now and is suited by this track but needs to prove he still has what it takes.

16/1

9th

4

8th Apr 2022

Soft

3m 2f 202y

Class 5

17:08 Sedgefield

Loch Linnhe

11st 11lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Gillian Boanas

5th

4

17th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:45 Hexham

Loch Linnhe

11st 5lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Gillian Boanas

Winner or placed in four of his five Hexham starts (including at 3m); was returning from a 16-month absence when understandably tiring over fences at Sedgefield (3m3f, soft) three weeks ago; sits a whopping 11lb lower than for his last run over hurdles; place possible.

11/2

Form: /P9/P- C

Last run: 315 days

W: 10st 3lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced and in very poor form since switching to current stable in 2019; can't be recommended on first start for 11 months.

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15

16th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

16:30 Hexham

Oscar Blue

10st 2lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Jean McGregor

Winless since autumn 2015, and 11lb out of the weights returning from another appreciable absence.

100/1

8th

12

18th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 207y

Class 5

17:23 Perth

Oscar Blue

10st 2lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: Jean McGregor

in touch with leaders, on outer, awkward jump 11th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out

25/1

16

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:15 Hexham

Oscar Blue

10st 3lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: Jean McGregor

Lightly raced and in very poor form since switching to current stable in 2019; can't be recommended on first start for 11 months.

100/1

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Exacta £608.00
Straight Forecast £914.20
Tricast £2651.80
Trifecta £3156.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ribeye

RP Ratings:

Atomic Angel

Daily Mirror:

Sutton Manor

Daily Mail:

Atomic Angel

Telegraph:

Ribeye

Daily Express:

Ribeye

The Star:

Ribeye