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16:15 Worcester

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Mark Dunphy Supporting Racing Tee’s Merchandise Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6535.2
  • 2m 7f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Mark Dunphy Supporting Racing Tee’s Merchandise Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.00
  • Place: £4.50

Form: 11FP7- D

Last run: 222 days

W: 12st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Started off for David Pipe with three wins (two chases and a hurdle) in late 2021 but lost his way a bit after the turn of the year and needs to have been refreshed by a seven-month break; had wind op during the summer.

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1

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:40 Exeter

Sidi Ismael

12st 0lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

10yo who is having a substandard campaign, but last month's fifth at Plumpton was a step back in the right direction and he's well handicapped on last season's marathon chase form (including on soft); not ruled out.

14/1

5th

2

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 4f 102y

Class 3

14:50 Plumpton

Sidi Ismael

11st 9lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

Well-held fifth in this last year off 2lb higher; ended that campaign well with two seconds over 3m4f and a blind eye could be turned to this season's no-shows for one reason or another (lost his action last time).

40/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: /1P6-1 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 6yo who doubled his hurdling tally in 16-runner Uttoxeter handicap (2m7f, good; first-time tongue-tie) last month; encounters slower ground and moves up in grade here but could easily have more to offer.

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4th

3

24th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 3

16:00 Exeter

Gentleman Valley

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Won three in a row in early part of this season (2m7f-3m1f) and was set to finish second off today's mark before last-flight fall at Warwick (2m5f, good) this month; respected.

7/1

0

5

5th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Warwick

Gentleman Valley

11st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

In fine form in the summer and completed his hat-trick in 2m7f Worcester handicap hurdle; posted another solid effort off a 6lb higher mark when fourth at Stratford (3m2f) last time so he's shortlisted.

5/1

4th

4

3rd Aug 2023

Good

3m 2f 83y

Class 3

17:25 Stratford

Gentleman Valley

11st 9lb

J: Dylan Whelan

T: Ben Pauling

Has his quirks but going great guns this summer and completed a hat-trick with a career-best effort at Worcester last month; has form on soft ground and no surprise if he proves up to this 6lb higher mark.

9/4

Form: 42U122 BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Won over fences in the summer on what was effectively his first run in cheekpieces and reverts to hurdling after finishing second on last two outings; seems versatile regarding trip and ground, albeit that his stamina for 2m7f on soft is not copper-bottomed; ought to give another good account.

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7th

1

(11)

12th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

20:00 Southwell (AW)

Punxsutawney Phil

9st 13lb

J: William Pyle

T: Mark Walford

in rear

25/1

7th

5

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

15:40 Sedgefield

Punxsutawney Phil

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Dual purpose performer whose sole hurdles success came here (2m1f, soft) in October 2021; has been seen more often on the Flat during the past year and his recent return to hurdles/fences hasn't worked out; best watched for now.

16/1

Form: 14/23- BF

Last run: 380 days

W: 12st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Went close on chasing debut in September 2021 but not seen since a lesser effort the following month; reverts to hurdling on a workable mark and is versatile regarding ground but has fitness to prove.

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3rd

7

16th Dec 2023

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 2

13:00 Hereford

Aimee De Sivola

11st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Formerly a very capable hurdler; has returned to fences the last twice and been well held, latterly behind Shirocco's Dream over C&D.

25/1

5th

2

6th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

14:20 Hereford

Aimee De Sivola

12st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

midfield, outpaced 11th, detached after 4 out, no impression from 3 out

12/1

4th

5

29th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

14:15 Worcester

Aimee De Sivola

10st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Fairly useful hurdler in her prime and went close in a C&D chase in 2021 but wasn't at her best last season and is not favoured by the weights on this first start for five months.

25/1

Form: /3161-

Last run: 238 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

2-4 over hurdles, the latter win gained in a five-runner handicap at Ludlow (2m5f, soft) in March; his fitness has to be take on trust today but he's open to further progress over staying trips this season.

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5th

9

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

13:15 Newbury

Come On Gruff

10st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry Oliver

Bumper and dual hurdle winner; ran right up to his best when narrowly foiled in a 2m7f handicap hurdle at Worcester (good; won on soft) on his final appearance in May and he's bred to be a chaser; remains in same ownership despite changing yards.

20/1

2nd

4

8th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:50 Worcester

Come On Gruff

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Tom George

Lightly raced 7yo who was placed on two of his three starts last season, more recently when third at Exeter (2m7f, good to soft) last month; will be favoured by the forecast rain and probably won't be far away.

8/1

3rd

3

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

15:45 Exeter

Come On Gruff

11st 8lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

midfield, dropped to rear after 2nd, pushed along after 4 out, ridden and outpaced before 3 out

13/2

Form: 420UP- D

Last run: 187 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Much better known as a very useful staying chaser now; bumped into a handicap blot when second over hurdles at Southwell (3m, good to soft) last winter and is 4lb lower today but presumably his main targets this season will be over fences.

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4

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 142y

Class 4

15:20 Bangor-on-Dee

Domaine De LIsle

11st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Sean Curran

prominent, pulled up before 16th

25/1

Form: P2213- BF

Last run: 229 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Enjoyed a revival over fences in early part of this year, most notably when winning by 12l at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) in March; well beaten when upped to 3m a few days later and not seen again since but reverts to hurdling on a lower mark.

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8th

7

7th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

15:25 Plumpton

Flagrant Delitiep

11st 7lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Well handicapped on old form and he didn't run too badly here or at Wincanton (twice) before unseating when beaten at Chepstow; he's essentially regressive but has each-way claims all the same.

7/1

0

11

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

13:02 Chepstow

Flagrant Delitiep

10st 8lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Robert Walford

Regressive 8yo who was just a respectable fourth at favourite track Wincanton (2m4f, soft) a fortnight ago; remains very well handicapped on older form but is back up in grade today and will need to up his game.

14/1

Form: 152234 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Bounced back to form with C&D win (good) in first-time visor in June and has made the frame on his last four appearances (twice over fences); fully effective on good to soft ground but soft may take the edge off him.

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7

27th Oct 2022

Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Worcester

Oscar Montel

11st 10lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

Bounced back to form with C&D win (good) in first-time visor in June and has made the frame on his last four appearances (twice over fences); fully effective on good to soft ground but soft may take the edge off him.

5/1

4th

7

2nd Oct 2022

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 3

16:38 Uttoxeter

Oscar Montel

10st 11lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

midfield but in touch with leaders, shaken up 3 out, pushed along on outer 2 out, ridden approaching last, no extra and lost third final 110yds

7/1

3rd

2

12th Sep 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:40 Worcester

Oscar Montel

11st 11lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

raced in second, lost second and prominent 3rd, ridden before 3 out, went second again 2 out, lost second and no extra run-in

9/2

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Non-runners

Guerlain De Vaux, Oscar Montel

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Payout
Exacta £338.00
Straight Forecast £269.40
Tricast £636.80
Trifecta £1289.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Gentleman Valley

The Guardian:

Punxsutawney Phil

POSTDATA:

Oscar Montel

The Sun:

Come On Gruff

Telegraph:

Flagrant Delitiep

Daily Record:

Punxsutawney Phil

RP Ratings:

Gentleman Valley

TOPSPEED:

Gentleman Valley

WEST COUNTRY:

Gentleman Valley

The Times:

Gentleman Valley

D Express:

Gentleman Valley

Daily Mirror:

Gentleman Valley

The Star:

Gentleman Valley

Daily Mail:

Oscar Montel