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14:15 Huntingdon

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Skomal Memorial Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4084.5
  • 1m 7f 171y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Skomal Memorial Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

Form: 215-25 D

Last run: 111 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Good and bad since winning at odds of 1-3 in a novice hurdle at Newcastle in March; can't afford to be off his game if he's to defy the penalty here.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

10

3rd Nov 2022

Good

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

16:19 Ludlow

Rock Legend

10st 13lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

1-7 over hurdles, the win coming in a small-field novice at Newcastle in March; no impact in two handicap runs and although he ran creditably at Fakenham last month, he could prove vulnerable once more; accessories added now upped in distance.

7/1

3rd

1

14th Oct 2022

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

14:40 Fakenham

Rock Legend

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

raced in second, pushed along after 3 out, lost second and well held 2 out

11/4

Form: 66

Last run: 86 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner but has finished tailed off in two runs over hurdles and handicaps beckon.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

6

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 5

16:30 Ayr

Artic Breeze

10st 8lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

0-6 over hurdles but kept on well from unpromising position when second on seasonal/stable/chase debut at Market Rasen (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day, and his Irish point win in 2022 suggests he'll be suited by today's slower ground; likely contender.

7/2

Form: 44-

Last run: 200 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Hooded for his first two runs at Doncaster (tongue-tie added the second time) and didn't look the easiest of rides on either occasion; has ability but it remains to be seen how he progresses.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

10

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

14:05 Cheltenham

Bashers Reflection

10st 13lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Ben Case

held up in rear

20/1

8th

9

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Bashers Reflection

11st 1lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Has appeared to idle when in front this season, which didn't stop him winning comfortably at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) in November but was costly there (2m3f, soft) last month; also effective elsewhere; up 6lb for last time but this progressive 7yo could have lots more left in the tank, and he's a smooth-travelling sort who may be suited by the drop back in trip.

20/1

2nd

7

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:42 Wetherby

Bashers Reflection

11st 5lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Disappointing at Aintree (2m4f, heavy) in December last time out but prior to that he impressed when winning over this C&D (heavy), and if rediscovering that form today's 6lb higher mark may not stop him.

13/2

Form: 224P-7 BF

Last run: 152 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Winning pointer; 0-9 under rules but there has been promise and for whatever reason he just didn't run his race in a handicap the last time; if better for a break he shouldn't be far away.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

4

14th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:35 Ludlow

Great HeartJac

11st 1lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Fair hurdler/chaser who was 2-5 over fences last season; not at best at Ayr last month but will be suited by today's trip/ground and has pretty good chance at the weights on this hurdling return; cheekpieces added.

11/4

4th

4

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

16:10 Ayr

Great HeartJac

11st 2lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Two small-field wins at Leicester (2m, good to firm/good) from his first three chase starts and again ran well when second of four at Market Rasen (2m1f, good to soft) 12 days ago; needs another step forward here but that's possible, especially if good ground prevails; tongue-tie goes on.

6/1

3

10th Apr 2023

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 4

13:05 Huntingdon

Great HeartJac

11st 10lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Going great guns in 2m handicap chases, winning two of first three starts (on good to firm/good); failed to find much in one 2m4f handicap but, as an Irish point winner, he should stay this far over fences; ran well when runner-up at Market Rasen yesterday.

100/30

Form: /31-23 D

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Newton Abbot bumper winner; ran okay behind the favourite on his hurdling debut but he finished tailed off at Stratford after pulling hard (also ran without a shoe); others appeal more.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

6

25th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

18:45 Huntingdon

Maxcel

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Mel Rowley

Good-ground bumper winner who scored on his handicap debut at Hereford (2m, good to soft) in November 2022; absent since but returns with stable in fine form and it will be interesting to see how he goes in the betting.

15/2

6

19th Nov 2022

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:58 Huntingdon

Maxcel

11st 3lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

Won a bumper in summer 2021 and displayed improvement over hurdles when scoring on handicap debut at Hereford (2m, good; front pair clear) 11 days ago; 7lb higher here but has plenty of scope for further progress.

3/1

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Betting Forcast

5/1 Rock Legend, 66/1 Artic Breeze, 6/1 Bashers Reflection, 8/11 Collectors Item, 4/1 Great HeartJac, 16/1 Maxcel

Non-runners

Collectors Item

Verdict

Jonjo O’Neill’s COLLECTORS ITEM has chased home very promising horses in both his starts and this looks very winnable. Great Heart’Jac has had a break since failing to give his running the last time and, if back to his best, he could be a greater threat than Rock Legend.[Alistair Jones]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Collectors Item

The Times:

Bashers Reflection

The Sun:

Rock Legend

RP Ratings:

Collectors Item

WEST COUNTRY:

Collectors Item

Telegraph:

Collectors Item

Daily Mirror:

Collectors Item

The Star:

Collectors Item

Daily Record:

Collectors Item