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Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle (Fakenham Double Up Bonus Race)

  • Prize money: £6153.98
  • 2m 4f 1y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle (Fakenham Double Up Bonus Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

11/8 (Won)

  • Win: £1.73
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 11

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

9-43 on the Flat and made it 2-2 over hurdles when landing a Warwick novice (2m, good) 24 days ago, winning a shade more cosily than the half-length margin would suggest; stays well on the Flat, so this longer trip on a sharp track shouldn't be a problem and he may have more to offer now moving into a handicap.

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

4th

7

(8)

14th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 6y

Class 4

15:25 Epsom

Sophosc

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Five wins under both codes last year but he's been generally disappointing in 2023; his best effort this year was a second over fences in July but he was tailed off at Wolverhampton (1m6f) last week and others are preferred.

25/1

10th

9

(11)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 3

20:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sophosc

8st 9lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Ian Williams

Back to form when second in a Stratford handicap chase in July; three heavy defeats on the Flat this season and risky but stepping back up in distance could help.

20/1

2nd

1

23rd Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

16:22 Stratford

Sophosc

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Flat and dual hurdle winner last September/October but out of form on the Flat in recent months and not bred for chasing; seems best on good or faster ground; others have much less to prove.

14/1

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4/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 426-13 BF

Last run: 142 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Looked as though he had a future over hurdles when winning convincingly at Huntingdon (2m, good) in May, but although not disgraced he still finished last of three when sent off odds-on at Warwick (2m, good) later in month; can go well fresh, but races off the same mark as last time and still has stamina to prove.

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

6th

12

(3)

8th Mar 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 4

17:05 Kempton (AW)

Rhebus Road

9st 0lb

J: Thomas Greatrex

T: Oliver Sherwood

Has won over hurdles for current yard; never landed a blow at Wolverhampton (1m4f; first Flat start since 2021) last month but shaped as if this extra distance may help.

25/1

7th

9

(1)

13th Feb 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Rhebus Road

9st 7lb

J: Thomas Greatrex

T: Oliver Sherwood

Not seen on the Flat since 1m2f turf win for Ralph Beckett in September 2021 and was well beaten on only previous AW start; in fairly good form over hurdles in the autumn but probably best watched here.

14/1

5

(11)

1st Feb 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 5

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Rhebus Road

9st 12lb

J: Thomas Greatrex

T: Oliver Sherwood

Two Flat wins for Ralph Beckett in the second half of 2021; successful over hurdles for this yard last May; not at his best in that sphere when last seen in December; career best required to take this.

Form: 44-3F4 C

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Won over hurdles here (2m, good to firm) in June 2019, but has raced exclusively over fences since the summer of 2020 (2-15); beaten a long way when fourth of six at Bangor (2m4f, good) when last seen and has enough to prove back in this discipline.

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

1st

2

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

19:30 Kempton

Yccs Portocervo

12st 6lb

J: Miss Ellie Holder

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

jumped well, made all

7/1

0

7

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

15:30 Taunton

Yccs Portocervo

12st 6lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

in touch with leaders, hung left on turn after 1st, lost ground after 8th, soon struggling

10/1

Form: 633-32 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Mostly consistent since making a successful return from a lengthy absence over fences at Stratford (2m5f, good) a year ago and ran well back over hurdles when second of 11 at Worcester (2m7f, good to soft) last month; back up 3lb, but should have no problem with the return to this trip and a player for stable that took this race in 2020.

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

7th

2

9th Oct 2023

Good

2m 6f 7y

Class 4

14:05 Stratford

Cawthorne Lad

11st 12lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: D J Jeffreys

Two fairly good runs for new stable this season, more recently when staying-on third at Worcester (2m4f, good to soft) six weeks ago; competes off same mark here and the longer trip will suit; shortlisted.

9/2

3rd

2

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:55 Worcester

Cawthorne Lad

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: D J Jeffreys

Infrequent winner (3-31) formerly trained by Jonjo O'Neill; only 3-1 for stable debut in a 3m2f handicap hurdle at Stratford three months ago (after 154 days away) but ran a laboured race in finishing third of the four runners; reservations despite this trip being a better fit.

9/2

3rd

4

3rd Jun 2023

Good

3m 2f 83y

Class 3

18:50 Stratford

Cawthorne Lad

11st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: D J Jeffreys

Infrequent winner (3-30); bang there at Leicester (2m4f, soft) and perhaps failed to stay 3m2f on his final run for Jonjo O'Neill; on a decent mark if his new trainer can get him going again.

3/1

Form: 2-F6FP

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Won twice over hurdles (3m/3m2f) for Dan Skelton last year, but seems to have lost his way and has failed to complete in two starts (including one over fences) since joining this yard; others are much more convincing.

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

2

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Lingfield

Starsky

12st 0lb

J: Mr Daniel Kyne

T: Barry Brennan

Winner of two staying events for previous connections but out of sorts over hurdles since falling over fences on debut for this yard in August; tongue-tie discarded; best watched for now.

66/1

3

1st Feb 2023

Heavy

1m 7f 113y

Class 4

13:25 Leicester

Starsky

11st 12lb

J: Mr Daniel Kyne

T: Barry Brennan

Won twice over hurdles (3m-3m2f) for Dan Skelton in 2021 but less productive for this trainer, including when struggling at Fakenham (2m4f) in October; drops back to 2m off a three-and-a-half month break sporting a tongue-tie/cheekpieces combination for the first time.

10/1

4

26th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:25 Chepstow

Starsky

11st 10lb

J: Jack Wildman

T: Barry Brennan

Won twice over hurdles (3m/3m2f) for Dan Skelton last year but seems to have lost his way.

40/1

Form: P549-F

Last run: 154 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Beat 21 rivals on his hurdles debut at Cork (2m, soft) just under a year ago, but didn't build on it and returns to hurdling after finishing tailed off on his stable/Flat debut 19 days ago; has something to prove.

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

11

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:53 Uttoxeter

Mythical Hero

11st 9lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Adam West

Faller over fences on final start in Ireland; holds poor claims on Flat/hurdles form for current yard and took a heavy tumble at Ludlow most recently; enough to prove.

50/1

8

20th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

12:15 Ludlow

Mythical Hero

11st 4lb

J: Miss Roisin Leech

T: Adam West

Successful over hurdles in Ireland but nothing positive to report so far in Britain and not sure about the addition of a tongue-tie making the world of difference.

33/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Sophosc

POSTDATA:

Cawthorne Lad

NEWMARKET:

Kadex

Telegraph:

Rhebus Road

The Star:

Kadex

WEST COUNTRY:

Cawthorne Lad

Daily Express:

Cawthorne Lad

RP Ratings:

Sophosc

The Times:

Sophosc

The Guardian:

Sophosc

Daily Mail:

Sophosc

Daily Mirror:

Sophosc

The Sun:

Sophosc

Daily Record:

Sophosc