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Abu Dhabi Digital Exchange Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £11654.44
  • 2m 3f 200y
  • Class 3
  • 13 runners
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Abu Dhabi Digital Exchange Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £12.90
  • Place: £3.30

Form: 328F23 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Winning hurdler/chaser (at up to 2m5f) for Harry Whittington who has made a solid start for his current yard, third in 2m Navan handicap hurdle last month; could have a part to play.

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8th

5

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Seddon

11st 8lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

in touch with leaders, not fluent and hampered by faller 5 out

8/1

2nd

6

11th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 87y

16:30 Galway

Seddon

11st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

In tremendous form over hurdles and fences last season, winning four on the bounce, including the Magners Plate at Cheltenham; decent Flat debut run latest at Killarney; well-treated at these weights and hugely respected.

2/1

4th

7

(1)

24th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 180y

20:10 Killarney

Seddon

11st 4lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: John C McConnell

led, headed and lost two places under 2f out, kept on but lost third final 110yds

7/1

25/1

  • Place: £5.70

Form: 1244-5 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Well beaten last November in his one run here, over 2m5f; solid sequence over 2m this February-March, including a win at Ffos Las, and he probably needed his reappearance run (2m4f) four weeks ago; not entirely dismissed.

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5th

10

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

14:40 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Rarely seen on worse than good to soft, not disgraced however over 3m here (soft) last month on first run for 398 days; may be able to build on that and he is not fully exposed as a stayer.

20/1

7th

8

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 4lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Second over 2m4f here in October 2022 and again got going too late when close second of 12 off this mark over 3m here that November; both were on good ground and he's hardly ever run on worse than good to soft; he's also unraced since, so has those major questions to answer, but he is not fully exposed as a stayer.

10/1

2nd

10

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear

12/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 13250-

Last run: 258 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdles winner who made a promising start in handicaps when second here last November but he failed to see out both his races after, tongue tied when tenth in 3m Sandown handicap in February; he returns after a wind op on a handy mark and with his yard going very well; interesting.

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5

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:18 Haydock

Onagatheringstorm

11st 2lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

0-5 in handicaps, runner-up on first attempt (3m, good); ran respectably for two minor honours at about 2m4f this season; tongue tied on last three starts, also has cheekpieces this time and had wind surgery after latest start (November); player if they bring him back to his best.

12/1

4th

3

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

13:18 Wetherby

Onagatheringstorm

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Fergal O’Brien

Beaten about 16l on recent reappearance at Cheltenham (2m4f) but that third of 13 was still a pretty good performance and this lightly raced 7yo is on a competitive mark on last season's best efforts; not ruled out.

11/2

3rd

6

21st Oct 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

15:55 Cheltenham

Onagatheringstorm

11st 3lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

towards rear of midfield, mistake 1st, ridden and good headway on outer 3 out, went second and ridden 2 out, 8 lengths down last, weakened and lost second run-in

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: 0-3333 C BF

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Very useful handicapper on his day but he was well below par at Newton Abbot (2m5f) when tried in blinkers in August and has since had a breathing op; others appeal more.

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3rd

3

28th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

15:10 Fontwell

Hooper

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Four wins in 2021 but none since; chasing not really his scene and unable to recapture his best back hurdling; now on a decent mark if he could find top form on first start for seven months.

7/1

4th

3

21st Oct 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

15:55 Cheltenham

Hooper

11st 4lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Nicky Henderson

towards rear, headway and in touch with leaders 4th, ridden 3 out, held from 2 out, stayed on

9/1

3rd

3

20th Aug 2022

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 2

14:17 Newton Abbot

Hooper

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent, disputing second when blundered 3 out, soon went fourth and ridden, went third 2 out, weakened approaching last

6/4

Form: 196 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Maiden hurdle winner at Killarney in July but backward steps in his two handicap hurdles last month, beaten 28l on latest; that's only three hurdle races in total (21 on Flat) and he should still be unexposed in this sphere.

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3rd

6

9th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

17:40 Tipperary

Arabian King

11st 11lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Cian Collins

Good run when fifth of 16 at Cheltenham in October but his levels have dipped markedly since then, including back on the AW last time; bit to prove now.

12/1

9th

11

(6)

1st Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

17:45 Dundalk (AW)

Arabian King

11st 6lb

J: Mr R James

T: Cian Collins

Decisive winner of a 1m6f handicap on testing ground at Listowel in September; ran well in a Cheltenham handicap hurdle in October but well beaten three times subsequently; others preferred.

14/1

20

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 20y

14:52 Gowran Park

Arabian King

10st 13lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: Cian Collins

Five Flat wins on the Flat (most recently in a 1m6f Listowel handicap last September); recent hurdles form is unconvincing.

25/1

Form: 322832

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Withdrawn the last time the ground went soft; 14-race maiden but placed in handicaps at Down Royal (2m1f, good) and Listowel (2m4f, good to yielding) on last two outings; also placed in three big fields in May-July; strong each-way contender.

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1st

4

11th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 130y

15:55 Galway

Listentillitellyea

11st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

No wins but five seconds from 20 starts over hurdles; has a bit to find with Makfils on Sligo running, but previous Ballinrobe second was encouraging.

6/1

6th

1

23rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 93y

17:40 Sligo

Listentillitellyea

12st 3lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

No wins but five seconds from 19 starts over hurdles; good run behind the in-form Presenting Lad at Ballinrobe last time; fair chance of reaching the money.

6/1

Form: 18713- C

Last run: 191 days

W: 12st 1lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Tough front-running chaser who goes really well here and he landed the Plate at the Festival in March; he's no slouch over hurdles either as he showed when second in this contest 12 months ago so he needs considering.

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7th

3

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

jumped slightly right throughout, led narrowly, joined 11th, ridden when headed before 2 out, weakened approaching last

10/1

8th

11

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

The winner of three major handicap chases over 2m4f at this venue, including this contest (off 2lb higher on soft ground) 12 months ago; however, his Cheltenham form this season (three visits) has taken a turn for the worse, with advancing years a likely factor (now a 12yo).

25/1

10th

3

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Fortuitous success in two-runner Grade 2 at Ascot two starts ago; the winner of three major handicap chases over 2m4f at this venue, albeit off lower marks; less likely to bag another one now aged 12.

14/1

Form: 0310-7

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Fairly useful winning 2m Irish hurdler but he came in last of seven on his chasing debut at Listowel last month; quickly reverts to hurdles and it would come as no surprise to see him get back on track.

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No Results Found

Form: 319-41 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Needs improvement but he's relatively lightly raced and won a maiden hurdle at Worcester (2m4f, good) four weeks ago in good style; this is his handicap debut.

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2

24th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

17:50 Southwell

Spanish Present

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

took keen hold, prominent, good jump and disputed lead 7th, led clearly before 10th, shaken up and increased tempo after 4 out, going best when pulled up quickly before 2 out, looked to go wrong

100/30

4th

5

6th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

17:40 Uttoxeter

Spanish Present

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Two good efforts in handicap hurdles in December (2m4f/2m2f); didn't run well at Sandown when cheekpieces were fitted in February but he could fare much better without them now making chase debut.

7/1

11th

4

16th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:45 Sandown

Spanish Present

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Collared in the final strides at Market Rasen (2m2f) on Boxing Day, having idled on the run-in; had wind surgery since; fitting of headgear may suit but others are more appealing.

14/1

Form: 860P-5 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Well held at this track but that was when facing much stiffer tasks; well down the weights now but September 2021 was the last time he accomplished anything significant; had a recent run in France.

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10th

9

21st Oct 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

15:55 Cheltenham

Garo De Juilley

10st 10lb

J: Miss Roisin Leech

T: Sophie Leech

always towards rear, mistake 2 out

33/1

14th

17

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

14:55 Sandown

Garo De Juilley

10st 4lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Sophie Leech

His only two wins in the last three years have been in France; he's not proved himself over this sort of trip (100-1 sole attempt) and was soundly beaten on last three outings, so others look far more solid.

66/1

6th

2

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

14:00 Haydock

Garo De Juilley

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Sophie Leech

Has some good hurdle and chase form in the mud but he was well beaten in the Coral Cup last March on his final British start and subsequent French exploits are nothing to shout about.

66/1

Form: -15312 D

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Gutsy winner of the Summer Plate over fences at Market Rasen in July and not discredited back in this sphere when second in 2m7f Bangor handicap in August; he can't be ruled out.

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No Results Found

Form: 83515- D

Last run: 279 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish hurdler who made a winning start for Ann Duffield in 2m4f Ayr handicap in December before posting a creditable fifth at Wetherby in January; he's since undergone breathing surgery and can't be discounted on his reappearance.

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6th

3

6th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

15:48 Perth

Glentruan

11st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Patrick Neville

Ran well when third in first-time cheekpieces here (2m4f, good to soft) in April before tipping up at the first on his return to fences; has the form to feature provided he takes to more new headgear.

7/2

4

18th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 3

16:00 Perth

Glentruan

11st 10lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Patrick Neville

Ran well when third in first-time cheekpieces here (2m4f, good to soft) three weeks ago and has claims if judged on that performance but today's shorter trip may not be ideal and he's not one to rely upon heavily; fell at the first over fences here yesterday.

6/1

1

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Perth

Glentruan

12st 0lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Patrick Neville

took keen hold, jumped left and fell 1st

9/4

Form: 123F-2 D BF

Last run: 162 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Not seen since May but that was a good second at Perth (2m4f, good to soft) and extended a solid sequence since her Musselburgh win; placed on reappearance last term and has each-way chance again.

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7th

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

15:30 Musselburgh

Aurora Thunder

11st 9lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

held up in rear, headway and in touch with leaders after 8th

8/1

3rd

10

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Aurora Thunder

10st 9lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

9yo whose form has gone the wrong way and she needs to produce more than she's managed the last twice; however, she's dropped to a dangerous mark and has plenty of good form at Ayr; not written off.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £3423.00
Straight Forecast £2108.90
Tricast £13502.60
Trifecta £32533.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Hooper

Daily Mail:

Listentillitellyea

WEST COUNTRY:

Spanish Present

SPOTLIGHT:

Onagatheringstorm

D Express:

Francky Du Berlais

The Sun:

Coole Cody

POSTDATA:

Seddon

Daily Record:

Listentillitellyea

The Times:

Spanish Present

The Guardian:

Onagatheringstorm

TOPSPEED:

Hooper

LAMBOURN:

Hooper

Telegraph:

Hooper

Daily Mirror:

Francky Du Berlais

The Star:

Coole Cody