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Paddy Power Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4629.1
  • 2m 0f 3y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Paddy Power Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

6/5 (Won)

  • Win: £2.38
  • Place: £1.40

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Justified favouritism in two-finisher Irish point on testing ground in February, making most of the running; subsequently changed hands for £75,000; wears hood for hurdling debut; has to be respected.

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

10th

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Matata

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Front-runner who has to go left handed and this sharp track will suit his style; however, after a typically bold ride, he ended up a weary fourth in the Arkle and there'll be no easy lead here with fellow trail-blazer Nickle Back in opposition.

11/1

4th

8

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Matata

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

led

18/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 45-

Last run: 180 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Unplaced in five Flat outings (best RPR 71) and never a threat in two runs over hurdles, 15l fifth of six at Plumpton when last seen six months ago; improvement is possible but necessary.

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2nd

2

(3)

8th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Theonlywayiswessex

9st 9lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

Dual-purpose performer who started last year with two 1m4f wins (AW) but he ended 2023 with a remote fifth over C&D; that was behind a handicap blot but he's not easy to predict and comes with risks attached after 103 days off.

10/1

Form: 215-25 D

Last run: 121 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Landed the odds in a weak novice at Newcastle (2m, good) in March but hasn't repeated the form and he didn't go with much zest when last seen four months ago; will probably need a personal best to defy a penalty.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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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:

Last run:

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

2-12 on the Flat, her most recent win coming at Newcastle (1m4f, AW; raced only on good ground or softer on turf) in August; half-sister to a 2m hurdle winner and her stable has an excellent record at Fakenham; interesting newcomer to hurdling.

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3rd

4

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

15:20 Doncaster

East End Girl

11st 0lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

raced in second, not fluent 4th, pressed leader 5th, led home turn, pushed along and headed before 2 out, weakened approaching last

11/4

7th

6

(11)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 4

14:42 Southwell (AW)

East End Girl

9st 7lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Alastair Ralph

With new yard last four starts and back to form on last three, including a win; they were all 2m hurdle races but she also won over 2m on Newcastle AW Flat in June (did it well in a four-runner race); wore cheekpieces that day and on her only Flat run since, but they are off today; considered.

20/1

Form: 77

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

3-6 and fairly useful over middle-distance trips on the Flat in France but has shown just modest form in two goes over hurdles, well-held seventh of 12 at Stratford (tongue-tied) 11 days ago; needs to improve.

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6th

5

29th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

16:20 Market Rasen

Shiyrvann

11st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

held up in rear, pushed along after 3 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, tailed off

11/8

2nd

11

6th Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

16:10 Southwell

Shiyrvann

10st 7lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Three-time Flat winner in France; has not transferred that ability to hurdles (2m) for current stable and needs improvement for this new trip on second handicap attempt.

25/1

11th

16

27th Jan 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

16:20 Doncaster

Shiyrvann

10st 11lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

3-6 on the Flat when trained in France; began British hurdling career with three underwhelming runs in September/October (all 2m, good) but has since had a wind op and now makes his handicap debut from a lowly mark; improvement possible.

16/1

Form: P22763 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Beginning to look exposed after six runs over hurdles and she was below par when 22l third of five in maiden at Bangor (extended 2m, good) seven weeks ago; subsequently left Fergal O'Brien; others have more potential but she should be thereabouts if running to her best.

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4

27th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

13:30 Stratford

Ultimate Fame

10st 7lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Jake Thomas Coulson

Maiden over hurdles but placed three times in seven starts; first run for Jake Coulson after leaving Fergal O'Brien when 80-1 and beaten a long way in a novice at Fakenham (2m, good) 13 days ago; cheekpieces reached for on this drop into selling company; possibilities if recapturing last year's best form.

11/2

6th

7

14th Oct 2022

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

14:40 Fakenham

Ultimate Fame

10st 7lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Jake Thomas Coulson

jumped right on occasions, prominent in chasing group, mistake 5th, lost third and struggling 6th, dropped to last and lost touch from 3 out, tailed off

10/1

3rd

3

23rd Aug 2022

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

14:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Ultimate Fame

11st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

led, jumped right throughout, hit 4 out, headed then ridden after 3 out, soon outpaced, lost second after 2 out

11/2

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Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Triple 1m AW winner but 0-6 on turf and he hung repeatedly left when fourth of eight at Brighton on most recent outing in September; goes without his usual visor on today's hurdling debut; others preferred.

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9th

3

(2)

21st Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 216y

Class 6

16:25 Brighton

Rhubarb Bikini

10st 4lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: Simon Hodgson

led, headed 4f out, ridden and weakened from over 2f out

10/1

10th

5

(1)

10th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

16:50 Salisbury

Rhubarb Bikini

11st 7lb

J: Mr Jack Fox

T: Simon Hodgson

Mostly consistent since joining this yard and won over Brighton's 1m (good) in April off 4lb lower; should give his running once more.

10/1

4th

4

(5)

11th May 2023

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 6

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Rhubarb Bikini

9st 3lb

J: William Carver

T: Simon Hodgson

Came good for Simon Hodgson at fourth attempt, leading close home at Brighton (1m, good; visored) last month; raced too freely in first-time blinkers there last week but still ran well; has the visor refitted here and this drop back to 7f is an interesting move; might be the answer.

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £165.00
Straight Forecast £167.50
Trifecta £385.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Matata

RP Ratings:

Rock Legend

POSTDATA:

Rhubarb Bikini

The Times:

East End Girl

WEST COUNTRY:

Matata

Telegraph:

Matata

Daily Mail:

Matata

Daily Express:

Matata

Daily Mirror:

Matata

The Sun:

Matata

The Star:

Matata

Daily Record:

Matata

The Guardian:

Rock Legend