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Grace And Dotty “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4084.5
  • 2m 6f 7y
  • Class 4
  • 5 runners
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Grace And Dotty “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

4/7 (Won)

  • Win: £1.62
  • Place: £1.10

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bought for £350,000 after winning an Irish point by 5l, beating one who has since finished second of four in a bumper; should be a useful prospect; tongue tied.

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Verdict Starting price

3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Hermes Allen

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in second, chased clear leader after 6th, not fluent 8th, still plenty to do 3 out, 13 lengths down when fell 2 out

11/10

2nd

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

Hermes Allen

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won 2m4f Grade 1 Challow Hurdle during last year's festive period; failed to justify favouritism at the spring festivals but had wind surgery prior to his successful chase debut at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) and that was impressive in many ways; unraced over this far under rules but with his pointing background he should stay well; still unexposed and held in the highest regard by a trainer who has won this five times.

13/8

1st

2

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Hermes Allen

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Below-par favourite in Grade 1 novice hurdles at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals but may well benefit from the subsequent wind surgery and he starts this campaign as a major prospect for novice chases; earlier progress culminated in an easy win in the Challow here (2m4f, soft; Grade 1) and that form has worked out well; point winner; leading player.

11/8

11/4

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 32- BF

Last run: 187 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Ran well in a couple of bumpers and this Irish point runner-up (at 3m) looks likely to benefit from today's step up in trip; needs respecting.

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13th

13

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Theatre Man

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Warm favourite when early faller in Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last month; prior to that he was second in a hot novice handicap chase at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) and has a 1lb lower mark to work with now back over hurdles; 2-4 in novice hurdles last season (both wins on soft) and he's a major player if transferring his chase form back to this sphere.

9/1

14

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Theatre Man

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Richard J Bandey

Made all for two hurdle wins, at 2m3f and 2m5f (also on soft); started chase career with two useful efforts in 2m7f handicaps and he laid down a strong marker for this race when runner-up in a warm C&D event (good to soft) in January, taking time to pick up but racing up the hill in great style; up 3lb but open to improvement and has solid claims with Harry Cobden a rare booking (0-1) for yard that has been among the winners of late.

4/1

2nd

6

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Theatre Man

11st 1lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Made all for two hurdle wins, at 2m3f and 2m5f (both on soft), and an exciting front-runner to watch over fences, albeit meeting stronger stayers in 2m7f Newbury handicaps this winter; his rhythm wasn't upset by being taken on for the lead in December and this trip can suit; interesting.

6/1

Form: 82P7P-

Last run: 206 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Won a point bumper before finding it a struggle under rules for Nicky Henderson, trying fences the last time; remains in the same ownership but others appeal more.

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1

8th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

16:55 Uttoxeter

Another Brown Bear

12st 0lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

prominent, disputed lead after 2nd, niggled along briefly 5th, pushed along 8th, weakened before 3 out

25/1

1

28th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

17:05 Uttoxeter

Another Brown Bear

12st 0lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

prominent

20/1

8

15th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

13:45 Hereford

Another Brown Bear

11st 4lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

Won a point bumper in April 2021; mainly disappointing over hurdles and on chase debut for Nicky Henderson last season; well beaten over hurdles on debut for current yard; others stronger.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 9-

Last run: 253 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Bought for £65,000 after edging out a subsequent bumper winner in a 3m Irish point (good); disappointingly tailed off in a Chepstow bumper when perhaps soft ground was to blame; now tongue-tied.

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9th

9

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

20:15 Chepstow

Sporting Mike

11st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Won on his handicap debut at Southwell (2m4f, good) in November 2022 but he's 0-10 since and has not made an impact back over hurdles (2m7f/3m) in last two runs; mark continues to fall but he needs to raise his game with cheekpieces added.

8/1

4th

8

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

17:20 Newbury

Sporting Mike

11st 9lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

After chasing aspirations were soon aborted he didn't run too badly back over hurdles in a Class 3 at Ascot (2m7f, good to soft); of some interest on the back of that if able to build on it.

6/1

Form: 8

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

0-6 in points and she was in rear throughout when switching to hurdles at Bangor (2m3f).

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16

23rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

16:30 Ffos Las

Shesasuperstar

10st 2lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Clive Boultbee-Brooks

Pulled up when 12lb out of the weights for her handicap debut at Bangor and again she will need to overcome unfavourable terms here; opposable.

66/1

6

26th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 7y

Class 5

15:13 Bangor-on-Dee

Shesasuperstar

10st 2lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Clive Boultbee-Brooks

Showed no significant promise in three novice/maiden hurdles this autumn (2m3f-2m6f) and is 12lb out of the weights for today's handicap debut, but she was second in two Irish points in the spring (albeit both were on good ground) so there is a ray of hope; sports first-time cheekpieces.

20/1

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Straight Forecast £27.10
Trifecta £75.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hermes Allen

Telegraph:

Theatre Man

POSTDATA:

Another Brown Bear

WEST COUNTRY:

Hermes Allen

The Times:

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The Guardian:

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Daily Mail:

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Daily Express:

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Daily Mirror:

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The Sun:

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The Star:

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Daily Record:

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