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13:22 Chepstow

Good To Soft

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  • 2m 0f 11y
  • Class 4
  • 15 runners
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Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 22U

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Runner-up in an Irish point (soft ground) and filled the same position in two bumpers at Worcester (good; made running) in the summer; unseated his rider at the first on hurdling debut at Newton Abbot (13-2) 18 days ago; should have a future over hurdles and has to be respected.

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7th

5

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

American Sniper

11st 11lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

In a first-time tongue-tie and cheekpieces back on he won a 20-runner race at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) in November; fair fourth at Taunton (2m3f) four weeks later but he found little when returned to 3m at Newbury since; better expected back in trip with his yard going well.

10/1

7th

5

10th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

13:30 Newbury

American Sniper

11st 5lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Returned to form in this headgear combination to win big-field handicap at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) in November and fair fourth at Taunton (2m3f, good to soft) next time; also effective on soft ground and this step back up in trip is worth a go; not ruled out.

13/2

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11/2

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 31/16- C

Last run: 263 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Improved with each of his three bumper runs for Brian Eckley, gamely making all at Hereford (soft) and on this course; pleasing start for his current yard when sixth in a Listed event at Newbury in March; looks a useful prospect and Evan Williams won this race with a hurdling debutant in 2017.

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3rd

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Libberty Hunter

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Evan Williams

He was receiving 11lb from Matata when beating that rival by only a length in a Cheltenham handicap on New Year's Day (2m, heavy) but bettered that form to finish a clear second in the Grand Annual (soft; third favourite); has earned his right to a crack at this level but is perhaps relying on the market leaders being off their game if he's to win.

10/1

2nd

10

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Libberty Hunter

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Evan Williams

Bumper/hurdle winner who has won both completed starts over fences, latterly a 2m handicap on the New Course here (heavy) on New Year's Day; lacks the chase experience of most of these but the upside of his lightly raced profile is that there could be plenty more to come from him.

5/1

1st

3

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 3

12:55 Cheltenham

Libberty Hunter

10st 13lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Bumper/hurdle winner who was going well when falling three out on his chase debut at Chepstow (2m, soft) in November, and made amends at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) a fortnight ago; 10lb higher in a better race here but did it very easily last time and he could have lots more left in the tank.

3/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 3-

Last run: 253 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Came in for some support and shaped quite well when over 5l third of seven in bumper at Market Rasen (soft; 5-1) in February, finishing 11l ahead of Doyouknowwhatimean; interesting hurdling debutant.

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3rd

2

10th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 100y

19:20 Downpatrick

Erigmoor

11st 12lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

soon raced in third behind clear leader, not fluent 2nd, chased clear leader 4th, headway 2 out, kept on but lost second towards finish

2/1

Form: F-3

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Built on hurdling debut when never-nearer third of eight at Newton Abbot (2m1f, good to soft; 66-1) in September, but she'll need another leap forward to figure in this stronger event.

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17th

11

21st Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:35 Exeter

Kays Light

10st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Paul Henderson

Still a maiden but wasn't far away when sixth at Plumpton (2m4f, good) and would have each-way claims if staying this far.

12/1

6th

11

9th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

13:55 Plumpton

Kays Light

10st 13lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Paul Henderson

in rear

25/1

4th

9

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Warwick

Kays Light

10st 5lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Paul Henderson

Only limited signs of ability so far; form of latest fifth of ten at Fontwell (2m3f, good to soft) over Christmas gives her plenty to find in this.

20/1

10/1

Form: 45-

Last run: 248 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Similar form in NH Flat races at Huntingdon and Fontwell (5-2) last winter; others in this field have better bumper form but he's bred for jumping and can't be ruled out.

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3rd

1

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Warwick

Halondo

12st 0lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Harriet Dickin

2m4f handicap winner just over a year ago when with Olly Murphy and 11lb lower; runner-up over 2m7f on reappearance before a lesser showing over 3m2f; changed stables and looks one to watch on first run since Boxing Day.

12/1

4th

1

26th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

15:27 Fontwell

Halondo

12st 2lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

held up in rear, went fourth after 9th, ridden and switched right before 2 out, weakened approaching last

13/8

2nd

2

14th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

15:05 Lingfield

Halondo

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

dropped to last after 6th, raced wide back straight, mistake 8th, headway after 3 out, disputed lead just before 2 out, shaken up to lead approaching last, hit and sprawled on landing last, soon headed and no extra, held up in rear

3/1

Form: 6-

Last run: 233 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Raced freely and faded when 11l sixth of 12 in bumper at Stratford (good; 3-1) in March; the winner that day has since won two novice hurdles; yard won this race two years ago; could have a say on hurdling debut.

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8th

6

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:30 Taunton

Half Dozen

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Built upon his previous efforts (on good and good to soft) when winning in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) on last Monday's handicap debut at Hereford (2m, soft); he had a lot more in hand than the winning margin of a length and a half suggests and looks well treated under a 7lb penalty.

4/5

1st

6

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:25 Hereford

Half Dozen

11st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Has shown promise over hurdles, notably when third at Newbury in November (form perhaps not as strong as looked likely at the time); moves into handicaps with a tongue-tie now enlisted; capable of better.

9/2

4th

6

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

12:00 Chepstow

Half Dozen

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Shaped with clear promise on first two hurdling starts, more recently when third behind two expensive recruits at Newbury (2m, good) last month; likely contender.

11/4

Form: 40- BF

Last run: 328 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Favourite for both his bumpers late in 2021, showing up well for a long way here but soundly beaten at Warwick five weeks later; he's in good hands, seemingly well regarded, and his dam was a very useful jumper, so he must be considered now sent over hurdles.

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8

11th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

12:40 Wincanton

Walk On High

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Last seen finishing a 13l fourth behind the smart Grey Dawning in a 2m novice on good to soft at Exeter last December, when he travelled well but failed to pick up; gives the impression that he needs further, in keeping with his dam.

5/1

4th

13

2nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:00 Exeter

Walk On High

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Some promise in bumpers and it was a similar story on his hurdling debut at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) last month; should be a lot sharper for that first run for 328 days and it would be no surprise to see him figure for yard which also saddles How Will I Know.

16/1

7th

13

2nd Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

13:22 Chepstow

Walk On High

11st 4lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Favourite for both his bumpers late in 2021, showing up well for a long way here but soundly beaten at Warwick five weeks later; he's in good hands, seemingly well regarded, and his dam was a very useful jumper, so he must be considered now sent over hurdles.

12/1

Form: 32- BF

Last run: 386 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Showed enough when placed in French hurdles (soft) last autumn to suggest he'll be up to winning a race or two; now returns from over a year off for a new yard, having had wind surgery; not dismissed lightly.

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6

16th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 19y

Class 4

15:25 Newcastle

Ice Coast

11st 3lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

held up in rear, not fluent 7th

12/1

8

6th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

14:00 Ludlow

Ice Coast

10st 12lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Placed in two juvenile hurdles in France during the autumn of 2021 (2m/2m2f, soft/very soft); early days with this yard and market suggested that better was expected of him on his handicap debut; now goes chasing still unexposed.

12/1

6th

3

27th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

12:30 Carlisle

Ice Coast

11st 9lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Soundly beaten in mid-division in Chepstow maiden hurdle (2m, good to soft) on this month's British debut, but he may have needed that run and he was placed in two juvenile hurdles in France in autumn 2021 (2m/2m2f, soft/very soft); not discounted now handicapping for in-form yard.

7/1

Form: 305-

Last run: 253 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Finished weakly in three bumpers last season, best effort when third on debut at Worcester (soft); more required now hurdling but he's had wind surgery and is bred for jumping so that's certainly possible.

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1st

4

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 213y

Class 4

15:50 Stratford

Doyouknowwhatimean

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

travelled strongly

5/4

1st

5

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:15 Lingfield

Doyouknowwhatimean

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

0-12 but some fair efforts switched to fences this season, most recently 9l third when dropped to 2m at Ffos Las (heavy); another 2lb lower today and could be involved.

13/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Made the frame in five Irish points and has plenty of experience under his belt, but this looks a tough assignment for his hurdling debut.

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0

8

28th Nov 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:10 Southwell

Rolling Clouds

10st 6lb

J: James Best

T: Martin Keighley

Short-headed on his fifth attempt (yielding to soft) at Irish maiden points; modest form in Britain last term, switched from hurdles to fences for last two outings; needs improvement reappearing in first-time headgear.

9/1

5th

9

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 199y

Class 5

15:20 Ffos Las

Rolling Clouds

10st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Short-headed last March on his fifth attempt at Irish maiden points; modest form in Britain this term, just 7-2 on latest start when switched from hurdles to fences for handicap at Catterick (1m7f); needs much better and goes back up in trip.

12/1

Form: F

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Set to finish a clear second before last-fence fall on Irish point debut in March but he was well beaten when falling two out on hurdling debut here (50-1) eight days ago; others make more appeal.

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11

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Unspeakable

10st 8lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Christian Williams

Rallied well to lead close home at Taunton (3m, good) last March but has been out of form this season (including one chasing attempt); considered only if lively in the betting.

20/1

0

8

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Unspeakable

11st 3lb

J: Mr Daniel Ellis

T: Christian Williams

Was going nowhere when pulled up on chase debut last time; didn't head into that in much form and the ground was good when he won at Taunton in March; tongue-tie sported then and since is now left off.

12/1

Form: 06/

Last run: 597 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

1-11 in points, well held when last seen in May; soundly beaten in two novice hurdles early in 2021 when trained by Jack Barber; probably up against it on debut for new yard and returning to hurdling.

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10

17th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

13:40 Worcester

Balinesker Beach

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

Didn't really threaten in his three handicap hurdles last season (2m4f/2m5f, good) but they were still fair efforts and he has plenty of experience in point-to-points (1-11 in that sphere) so could improve upon his hurdle form now tackling fences; interesting contender.

9/1

5th

9

23rd Feb 2023

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 5

15:25 Huntingdon

Balinesker Beach

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Encouraging third on handicap debut at Southwell (2m4f, good) but failed to build on that at Fontwell; Sam Twiston-Davies returns and that may help.

7/1

5th

9

6th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

13:20 Fontwell

Balinesker Beach

10st 11lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Neil Mulholland

midfield on inner

5/1

Form: 69-8

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Six-race maiden in points and little promise under rules; difficult to recommend.

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8th

10

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:05 Ludlow

Flash Gorcombe

10st 13lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Three chase wins this season, the last two over 2m this spring; unraced beyond 2m4f under rules but stays that trip perfectly well and has form in 3m points; evidently in prime form; interesting to see how he fares.

6/1

1st

9

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 4

15:18 Taunton

Flash Gorcombe

11st 5lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Dual chase winner this season, most recently when dropped to 2m at Hereford (soft) a fortnight ago; 7lb rise asks a question of him but he's evidently in very good nick.

9/2

1st

3

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

15:10 Hereford

Flash Gorcombe

11st 9lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Robert Walford

Won easily at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) in January; he needs to prove he can win off his increased mark but has run well in defeat the last twice (2m3f/2m4f, good to soft/soft) and should be thereabouts.

11/4

Form: 2033-

Last run: 198 days

W: 10st 11lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Not beaten far when placed in three bumpers last season, third of eight at Fakenham when last seen in April; jumps-bred and should make a hurdler, although she faces some promising sorts first time out.

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6

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

16:00 Hereford

Kimberley Eve

11st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Simon Earle

Reportedly treated for ulcers before displaying much-improved form to win a 3m Ludlow handicap by 11l (soft; 7lb lower); perhaps heavy ground didn't suit when tailed off at Exeter; better expected this time, for all that further suits her well.

6/1

7th

8

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

13:00 Exeter

Kimberley Eve

10st 5lb

J: James Best

T: Simon Earle

Placed twice in the autumn (2m7f/3m) and took form to whole new level when scoring by 11l from 7lb out of the handicap at Ludlow (3m, soft) last month, having reportedly been treated for ulcers; effectively 8lb higher here; interesting to see whether she can build on that performance.

5/1

Form: 7

Last run: 162 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Didn't show much in a Stratford bumper (good; 12-1) in the spring and this looks a warm race for her hurdling debut.

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7th

15

6th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Warwick

Elfride

10st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard Phillips

held up in rear

33/1

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

15:32 Chepstow

Elfride

10st 2lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Richard Phillips

Sole success came in lower grade last May and her subsequent form, which includes a few non-completions, leaves plenty to be desired; nearly a stone out of the weights; opposed.

40/1

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