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Happy 60th Birthday Maggie Harrison Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5936.14
  • 2m 0f 48y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Happy 60th Birthday Maggie Harrison Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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11/8 (Won)

  • Win: £1.91
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 35261-

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Showed plenty of promise before getting off the mark last time at Southwell (2m4f, good, first-time cheekpieces); this shorter trip a slight concern, but headgear retained and a possible.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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4th

4

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:55 Warwick

Gentle Connections

11st 2lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, briefly led 7th, lost third 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before 2 out

6/1

5th

6

1st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:22 Warwick

Gentle Connections

11st 8lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

in rear, dropped to last 9th, never on terms

8/1

12th

3

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:15 Exeter

Gentle Connections

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

midfield

12/1

10/1

  • Place: £5.10

Form: 8763-

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Seemed to show much-improved form when third behind a mare who had previously beaten Gentle Connections and a Listed novice winner here last time (2m4f, good to soft, started at 250-1); possibly flattered and now drops in trip, but quite interesting.

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10th

13

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 2

17:05 Musselburgh

Noble Affair

10st 3lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Jane Walton

Sole win came in a 2m4f soft-ground handicap at Hexham a year ago; hasn't kicked on from another good effort at that venue in October and others arrive here in more compelling form.

16/1

0

1

13th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

12:45 Hexham

Noble Affair

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Jane Walton

Won a handicap hurdle off 7lb lower here (2m4f, soft) in April; mixed form since, last time finishing a well-beaten fourth on testing ground here; chase debut.

9/1

4th

4

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

14:30 Hexham

Noble Affair

11st 5lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Jane Walton

Sole win came over C&D (2m4f, soft) in April (front pair 3l clear) and also produced a career best when runner-up over C&D on her return to action last month; well below that level at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) latest but has the ability to have a big say back here, if able to shrug off that effort.

13/2

Form: 53-

Last run: 81 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Improved on debut run when third in an Ayr bumper last time (2m, heavy); quite interesting on first run over hurdles.

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4

19th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:50 Musselburgh

Its A Midnight

11st 6lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

prominent

12/1

8th

7

15th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 5

13:00 Kelso

Its A Midnight

11st 8lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Handicap newcomer who has been well beaten the last twice; however, she's had wind surgery since (also wears a first-time tongue-tie) and that may help her tap back into the promise shown in the first half of last year (including on heavy ground); could have a part to play.

7/1

5th

3

17th Nov 2022

Good

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

12:00 Newcastle

Its A Midnight

11st 2lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Placed in an Ayr bumper (heavy) in February, on her second start; followed that up with a promising hurdles debut (2m, good to soft) in May; looked in need of the run when well beaten in a Hexham novices' contest last month; open to improvement now stepping up in trip.

7/1

Form: 1- D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Ordinary performer for Ger Lyons on the Flat (best RPR 68), but off the mark on hurdles/stable debut at Market Rasen last time (2m, good); that form nothing special but improvement likely and a chance.

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0

2

23rd Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

12:30 Market Rasen

Racy Lacey

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

didn't always jump with fluency, always behind

13/2

4th

2

7th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

14:30 Hexham

Racy Lacey

11st 1lb

J: David England

T: Olly Murphy

Ordinary performer for Ger Lyons on the Flat (best RPR 68), but off the mark on hurdles/stable debut at Market Rasen last time (2m, good); that form nothing special but improvement likely and a chance.

15/8

Form: 935-

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Third in a Musselburgh bumper in March (1m7f, good) but needs to improve on her hurdles debut run at Perth last month (2m, good to soft) to have a chance here.

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5th

10

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

13:00 Musselburgh

Pasture Beach

10st 2lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Well beaten towards the end of 2022 in her first two handicaps (2m5f/2m6f); hard to fancy on that evidence but it's still early days and she hinted at staying promise in a bumper (here) and a novice hurdle; there's potential in her pedigree and she's not written off.

12/1

8th

7

4th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

14:40 Kelso

Pasture Beach

10st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Placed in a bumper in the spring but has made underwhelming start to her hurdling career; well down the field when upped to 2m5f for handicap debut here (good) in October and needs subsequent wind op (her third) to have made a big difference.

14/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 8lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Modest Flat performer (best RPR 51) who is best watched on her hurdles debut.

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9th

10

(6)

7th Jun 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

20:40 Wetherby

Tykenwear

8st 9lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: John Davies

midfield, lost position 6f out, pushed along home turn, ridden 2f out, soon well beaten

20/1

6th

6

7th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

14:30 Hexham

Tykenwear

10st 8lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: John Davies

Modest Flat performer (best RPR 51) who is best watched on her hurdles debut.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £131.00
Straight Forecast £154.20
Trifecta £348.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Gentle Connections

SPOTLIGHT:

Racy Lacey

POSTDATA:

Gentle Connections

The Times:

Gentle Connections

The Guardian:

Gentle Connections

Daily Mail:

Gentle Connections

Daily Mirror:

Gentle Connections

Telegraph:

Racy Lacey

Daily Express:

Racy Lacey

The Star:

Racy Lacey

Daily Record:

Racy Lacey