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William Hill Cumbria Crystal Cup Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £20368.04
  • 2m 6f 31y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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William Hill Cumbria Crystal Cup Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 12-111

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Big improver who made it 4-9 over hurdles when completing a Hexham hat-trick (2m7f, good/good to soft) last month; 7lb higher in this deeper race but he put in a dominant display last time and could continue on an upward curve; shortlisted.

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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: £4.60

Form: 39-313 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish mare; landed the odds in a Fontwell maiden (2m5f, good) on her stable debut last month but she finished third of six in an ordinary Newton Abbot novice last time; that took her record to 1-16 and has some work to do back in a handicap.

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0

15

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

15:10 Newbury

Belles Benefit

10st 5lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Ben Case

Has won only a Fontwell 2m5f maiden for which she was odds-on; however, didn't run too badly last time at Market Rasen over a totally inadequate 2m and her close third over this far at Wetherby in October makes her a player.

25/1

4th

6

9th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

13:10 Market Rasen

Belles Benefit

10st 7lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Ben Case

Has only won a Fontwell 2m5f maiden for which she was odds-on; finished close up at Wetherby on her return but below that level at Hereford the last twice and she's been running over 3m.

12/1

6th

8

16th Dec 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

14:48 Hereford

Belles Benefit

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Ben Case

Has only won a Fontwell maiden for which she was odds-on; a weakener over C&D last time but wasn't far away the time before (3m) and now goes in cheekpieces.

7/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 48-121

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Improved his record over hurdles to 2-8 when scoring at Hexham (2m4f, good) last month; beat a clear second in that race but this is tougher off 5lb higher on this step back up in grade and others are more persuasive.

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No Results Found

Form: 221

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 6yo who finished second in two good-ground novice hurdles this spring (including over C&D) before making all on his handicap/chase debut at Perth (3m, good) last month; up 5lb but he's open to more progress back in this sphere and is an interesting contender.

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3

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:30 Kelso

Charlie Uberalles

11st 5lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Dianne Sayer

2-6 over fences; has been contesting strong handicaps and a repeat of his third in Doncaster's Great Yorkshire (3m, good) would see him on the scene; soft ground is a cause for concern, however.

6/1

13

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Charlie Uberalles

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Dianne Sayer

Low-mileage 8yo with 2-5 strike-rate over fences; found Welsh National far too taxing in December but ran big race when third of 18 in Great Yorkshire Chase here (3m, good) five weeks ago and may yet have a bigger performance in him.

8/1

Form: 776151

Last run: 6 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Resurgent 7yo who has won at Perth in two of his last three starts, including an all-the-way success over 2m4f (good) last Sunday; hard to rule out another big run under a penalty but this is a competitive race and he still has something to prove at this sort of trip.

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No Results Found

Form: P8438-

Last run: 89 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdles winner for Denise Foster last year but he has a mixed record for current yard; looks interesting on his close third of 16 at Fairyhouse (2m4f, soft) in February but he was disappointing there last time; has bit to prove again after another break and he wouldn't want the ground to dry out.

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3

6th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:35 Warwick

Homme Dun Soir

11st 13lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Billy Aprahamian

Well treated on best Irish form; placed in his first two starts for new yard but ran poorly the last twice; chance partly depends on how well he responds to new headgear.

14/1

Form: 314-60 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Dual course winner on good ground (2m6f/3m1f) in 2021; now 4lb lower than for last win but he's been out of sorts under both codes in his three runs this year and needs a major revival.

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10th

2

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

15:20 Musselburgh

Native Fighter

12st 0lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

Five-time hurdle winner at up to 3m1f on good or good to soft; now 24lb lower than his most recent win, over two years ago; went close to ending that losing run at Cartmel (2m6f, good to soft) in August when last seen; has won when fresh; player.

9/2

2nd

2

28th Aug 2023

Soft

2m 6f 31y

Class 5

16:05 Cartmel

Native Fighter

11st 13lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

Has appeared to be in steady decline since his last win two years ago; both starts this season on unsuitably soft ground and may find conditions against him again but yard burst into life here on Saturday.

8/1

Form: PP2-2P C

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Turned things around after wind surgery with two runner-up efforts at Kempton (2m5f, good) in the spring but he flopped back over fences at Ludlow last time; now returns to hurdling but he's been pulled in three of his last five runs and comes with risks attached; headgear added.

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0

1

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

15:50 Kelso

Fugitives Drift

11st 12lb

J: Miss Lucy Brown

T: Miss Lucy Brown

Useful hurdler in his prime and he also won over fences; however, he lost his form under rules in 2022 and was pulled up in a point-to-point last February; absent since and returns with plenty to prove.

8/1

6

21st Nov 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

13:50 Kempton

Fugitives Drift

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has form figures of 222 at Kempton, the last two efforts off higher marks in the spring (2m5f, good; shaped as if 3m will suit); lesser efforts elsewhere since but has possibilities back here.

9/2

6th

5

19th Oct 2022

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

14:17 Fontwell

Fugitives Drift

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent, carried right 2nd, pressed leader from 2nd, jumped right and not fluent 7th, pushed along before 3 out, joined leader home turn, lost position before 2 out, not fluent 2 out, soon ridden and weakened

12/1

Form: 1210-4

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Five-time hurdle winner who recorded his second success on the Flat when scoring at Pontefract (2m1f, good to firm) last month; now switches back to this sphere but was beaten less 3l here (3m1f, good) on his penultimate run and he travelled for a long way in that race; in the mix.

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3rd

1

5th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

14:18 Kelso

Kaizer

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Ewan Whillans

prominent, led 6th

12/1

7th

11

23rd Oct 2022

Good

3m 0f 149y

Class 3

13:30 Aintree

Kaizer

11st 7lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Ewan Whillans

prominent, lost position when not fluent 3 out, soon pushed along and beaten

33/1

5th

4

14th Sep 2022

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

16:15 Kelso

Kaizer

10st 8lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

raced in second, lost position and held up in behind leaders before 3rd, niggled along after 4 out, pushed along before 2 out, weakened and behind after 2 out

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2945-1

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

French Flat winner last summer; has developed into a fairly useful hurdler for this yard (won 2m3f Warwick handicap in May) and he's run well back on the Flat (1m4f/1m6f) in his last two starts; still has potential in this sphere and he's respected at this new trip; cheekpieces back on.

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10th

7

21st Oct 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

14:45 Cheltenham

Saint Riquier

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

towards rear, hampered on turn after 7th, ridden and beaten 3 out

8/1

9th

8

(15)

28th Sep 2022

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:55 Nottingham

Saint Riquier

8st 11lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: Ian Williams

bumped start, held up in rear, pushed along up the centre 4f out, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge

8/1

10th

3

16th Jul 2022

Good

2m 6f 31y

Class 3

15:03 Cartmel

Saint Riquier

11st 9lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Ian Williams

in touch with leaders, not fluent 4 out, not fluent 3 out, ridden and weakened after 2 out

11/2

Form: -31322 C

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Just held on to exploit some help from the handicapper in low-grade chase at Perth (2m4f, good) in May; creditable efforts over fences and hurdles in his three subsequent runs but he's 7lb out of the weights back in this sphere and takes on plenty of in-form rivals; vulnerable.

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9th

9

8th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

15:10 Kelso

Sword Of Fate

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Leonard Kerr

took keen hold, led, headed 2 out, soon weakened, weakened from 3 out

10/1

Form: 3031-1 D

Last run: 73 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Very lightly raced 8yo who won a Grade 2 Newbury handicap (2m4f, good) in April before taking advantage of a golden opportunity back in a mares' novice (2m5f) last time; 6lb higher than for her penultimate run but she's open to more progress and is a key player back in a handicap; cheekpieces added.

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12th

7

16th Jul 2022

Good

2m 6f 31y

Class 3

15:03 Cartmel

Largy G

11st 2lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Noel Williams

towards rear of midfield, pushed along before 2 out, weakened after 2 out

6/1

1st

1

4th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 3

14:25 Newton Abbot

Largy G

11st 7lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Noel Williams

Having only her fifth run under rules and showing her best form yet in winning a competitive 2m4f handicap for mares at Newbury last month, when perhaps benefiting from the good ground; could very easily make light of her penalty back in novice company.

8/11

1st

11

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 1

14:45 Newbury

Largy G

10st 4lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Noel Williams

Placed in three of her four starts over hurdles, 17l third to Speech Bubble here latest; however, well beaten on sole handicap attempt (two outings ago) and has something to prove in this warm race; 1lb out of the weights.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £539.00
Straight Forecast £444.60
Tricast £2616.90
Trifecta £4871.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Well Educated

Daily Express:

Saint Riquier

TOPSPEED:

Kaizer

SPOTLIGHT:

Charlie Uberalles

Telegraph:

Largy G

LAMBOURN:

Fugitives Drift

The Sun:

Saint Riquier

POSTDATA:

Well Educated

Daily Mirror:

Well Educated

Daily Mail:

Kaizer