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Good To Soft

Cazoo Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £2614.08
  • 2m 0f 11y
  • Class 5
  • 13 runners
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Cazoo Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

OUR TIP

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.60

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

100,000euros 2yo; first foal; dam a bumper/hurdle winner and closely related to the stable's top-class staying chaser Clan Des Obeaux; has to be of strong interest.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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3rd

1

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:53 Taunton

Isaac Des Obeaux

12st 0lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

The deep ground proved too much for him in a 3m Grade 2 novice at Haydock in February (pulled up); looked promising previously, winning two in a row at Chepstow (2m3f, soft/heavy) then staying-on third in Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham (2m4f, good to soft); retains potential for his top yard.

7/2

6

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

16:25 Haydock

Isaac Des Obeaux

11st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders on outer

3/1

3rd

4

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Isaac Des Obeaux

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Only sixth here in October and all his other runs have been at Chepstow; impressive in winning his last two (2m3f; soft/heavy), though the two horses who chased him home last time have since come up short in fairly ordinary maidens; chasing will be his game further down the line and others appeal as more likely winners of this.

12/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

40,000euros 3yo; fourth foal; half-brother to point winner Whatsinaname; dam bumper/2m-2m4f hurdle/chase winner; stable had a well-touted newcomer make a winning bumper debut last week at Bangor.

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4th

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:15 Uttoxeter

Range

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Beaten in three bumpers but made it second-time lucky over hurdles at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) in December; led for long way before fading into fifth in 3m Doncaster Grade 2 in January; that suggests this drop back in trip could suit; probably capable of better again.

9/4

5th

8

27th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Range

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Sam Thomas

led, headed before 3 out, weakened from 2 out, no chance when not fluent last

8/1

8/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

52,000euros 3yo; brother to point winner Transition Period; dam well beaten bumpers/2m hurdle, half-sister to useful 2m4f hurdle/2m6f chase winner Some Are Lucky, bumper/2m4f hurdle winner Empire Theatre and 2m1f hurdle/chase winner The Parishioner; stable has success in these races.

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1st

4

8th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 4

17:40 Fontwell

He Knows Better

11st 4lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Third on first two hurdling starts then bounced back from a lesser effort when second (albeit no match for easy winner) on recent handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m4f, good to soft); major player back in novice company.

6/4

2nd

6

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:12 Ffos Las

He Knows Better

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Placed in two bumpers and he showed promise when third in his first two hurdle runs (2m4f/2m5f); pulled up in an Exeter maiden in January but he's had a second wind op since and should have a future in handicaps; needs watching in market on his return.

8/1

3rd

7

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

15:20 Ludlow

He Knows Better

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Placed in two of his three bumpers for Harry Whittington last winter but he didn't really live up to market expectations on his hurdling/stable debut at Uttoxeter (fading third of seven) in November; may have needed that on his return after wind surgery but he needs significant improvement in similar conditions here; tongue-tie added.

8/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

£30,000 3yo; half-brother to the stable's Welsh National winner Secret Reprieve (finished fifth in his only bumper); probably one for later on.

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4th

1

23rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

16:33 Sedgefield

Secret Plan

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Evan Williams

held up in rear, not fluent 1st, lost ground back straight, no telling impression

11/2

0

5

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

14:10 Chepstow

Secret Plan

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Evan Williams

No match for winner when remote second of four on last months chasing debut at Southwell (2m, good to soft) but remains very lightly raced, and this half-brother to connections' Welsh National winner Secret Reprieve could be seen in a much better light over today's trip; interesting.

7/2

2nd

4

17th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

12:45 Southwell

Secret Plan

11st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Runner-up in a 2m maiden hurdle but ran just okay on his switch to handicaps at Chepstow last month (2m3f); half-brother to the stable's Welsh National winner Secret Reprieve so no surprise to see him sent chasing sooner rather than later; may need further but respected all the same.

3/1

Form: 1 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Didn't go unbacked when the 13-2 winner of a Worcester bumper on good to soft last month, showing a willing attitude up the straight; has a penalty but he's a good-looking 4yo who should progress.

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2

12th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

15:45 Southwell

Genovese

11st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Won Worcester bumper (good to soft) on debut last September and was placed on good ground here (first-time hood) in November; unseated at the seventh on his hurdling debut over C&D last week but was still travelling well enough at the time and he was only 9-2 for that race; interesting contender.

11/2

3

6th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

15:45 Southwell

Genovese

11st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

prominent, bad mistake when unseated 7th

9/2

1

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:40 Worcester

Genovese

11st 8lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Martin Keighley

Thrice-raced gelding who ran well in first-time hood (retained) at Southwell when last seen six months ago; sets the form standard and commands respect back at the scene of his debut success.

2/1

Form: 6-

Last run: 382 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Beat the smart Git Maker in an Irish maiden point (3m, heavy) and then made £88,000; only sixth in a bumper at Ffos Las 13 months ago (good) but he was beaten under 10l in a race that has produced winners; respected.

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2

2nd Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

16:25 Chepstow

Ballyhawkish

11st 2lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Beat the smart Git Maker in an Irish maiden point (3m, heavy) and then made £88,000; only sixth in a bumper at Ffos Las 13 months ago (good) but he was beaten under 10l in a race that has produced winners; respected.

10/1

6th

1

16th Oct 2021

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:40 Ffos Las

Ballyhawkish

11st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Won an Irish maiden point (3m, heavy) on debut last November and changed hands for £88,000 the following month; dam won a bumper and he brings potential to this rules debut.

13/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

First foal; dam didn't show much but sister to useful 2m4f-3m hurdle/chase winner Handy Andy and half-sister to bumper/hurdle/chase winner Corkage and useful hurdle/chase winner Holly Bush Henry; stable does well in bumpers.

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14th

10

8th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

15:10 Kelso

Dirk Gently

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

always behind

8/1

0

5

3rd Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

15:30 Southwell

Dirk Gently

10st 13lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

A maiden after nine starts but stuck to his task very well when second on chasing debut at Worcester (2m4f, good) five weeks ago and has obvious claims if in similar form.

11/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Comfortable winner of a 2m4f point in Ireland (good) but remains to be seen what he beat, as the runner-up (newcomer, unraced since) appeared to perform below expectations at odds of 2-5 and the third hasn't done much in two British runs; however, he could do no more than win as he did and was recruited for £75,000.

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1st

4

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

15:50 Wincanton

Doyen For Money

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Made a winning handicap debut at Plumpton (2m4f, soft; first-time tongue-tie) and didn't give his running next time off this 4lb higher mark (raced freely and made mistakes); remains of interest.

8/1

7th

2

10th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

19:15 Fontwell

Doyen For Money

11st 13lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Anthony Honeyball

Low-mileage 5yo who displayed improvement to make winning handicap debut at Plumpton (2m4f, soft; first-time tongue-tie) last month; only 4lb higher today and won't be bothered by the forecast rain; big player.

5/2

1st

7

23rd Apr 2023

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

15:00 Plumpton

Doyen For Money

11st 5lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Anthony Honeyball

travelled strongly, towards rear, headway 4 out, hampered 3 out, challenging when shaken up 2 out, led last, ridden and hung left run-in, kept on well

10/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Tailed off in a British point bumper earlier this year and hard to recommend after that.

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1

21st Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

14:40 Market Rasen

Fifty Shades Ovhay

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

took keen hold, held up in rear, shaken up and detached with one circuit to go, well behind when pulled up before 6th

25/1

4

6th Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

15:35 Southwell

Fifty Shades Ovhay

11st 7lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dr Richard Newland

Tailed off in a point bumper (7-2) and a Chepstow bumper (125-1) for David Dennis; has had wind surgery since last seen in November; lots to prove on hurdle debut for new yard.

100/1

5

2nd Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

16:25 Chepstow

Fifty Shades Ovhay

11st 2lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: David Dennis

Tailed off in a British point bumper earlier this year and hard to recommend after that.

66/1

Form: 32

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won Irish point by 15l in April 2021; absent for 12 months afterwards but confirmed his potential with decent runs in bumpers at Ffos Las and here (both on good); respected with experience behind him.

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2

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 4

13:23 Bangor-on-Dee

Harvie Wallbanger

11st 7lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: John O’Shea

Won Irish point in 2021 and was second in Chepstow bumper in October but well beaten on all three hurdling starts (2m-2m3f); huge improvement needed here.

33/1

7th

2

5th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

13:33 Hereford

Harvie Wallbanger

11st 9lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: John O’Shea

Irish point winner who was placed in two bumpers but hasn't gone on since sent over hurdles; ordinary handicaps may see him in a better light.

25/1

6th

4

3rd Dec 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

12:00 Sandown

Harvie Wallbanger

11st 0lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: John O’Shea

midfield, nudged along from 4th, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened

50/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bred for the Flat (dam a tough 7f-1m4f winner, RPR 83); stable 1-34 in these races in past five seasons so has to rate an unlikely winner.

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6th

3

9th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

17:15 Stratford

Hectors Hope

11st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

raced wide, in touch with leaders, prominent over 7f out, weakened 4f out, tailed off

66/1

12th

6

26th Dec 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

15:45 Wincanton

Hectors Hope

11st 0lb

J: Harriet Tucker

T: Chris Down

66-1 and tailed off at Chepstow (good to soft); no appeal.

100/1

7

2nd Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

16:25 Chepstow

Hectors Hope

11st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

Bred for the Flat (dam a tough 7f-1m4f winner, RPR 83); stable 1-34 in these races in past five seasons so has to rate an unlikely winner.

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Half-brother to 2m7f hurdle winner Rubys Cube, point/hurdle winner Striking Out and 3m2f hurdle winner Rubys Reward; dam 2m2f-3m1f hurdle winner; stable 2-29 in these races the last five seasons; probably best watched.

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7th

7

20th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:50 Worcester

Rubys Comet

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Debra Hamer

Tailed off all four starts (two over hurdles); hood returns.

100/1

6th

5

27th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

17:55 Ffos Las

Rubys Comet

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Debra Hamer

in rear

100/1

8th

3

8th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Worcester

Rubys Comet

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Debra Hamer

100-1 for both bumpers, finishing out the back each time; one to watch at this stage now hurdling.

150/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Second foal; dam, winning French hurdler/chaser, half-sister to Welsh National winner Raz De Maree; looks more of a long-term prospect.

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5th

6

(4)

27th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 6

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Ibiza Rocks

9st 4lb

J: Archie Young

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Plenty of defeats at short prices since his sole win as a 2yo, including twice as favourite here late last year; the aids go back on after a low-key return from three months off recently.

5/1

6th

4

(10)

10th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 6

16:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Ibiza Rocks

9st 3lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Plenty of defeats at short prices since his sole win as a 2yo, including twice as favourite over C&D late last year (pulled hard each time); has been off for three months since flopping at Newcastle.

10/1

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Exacta £147.00
Straight Forecast £127.10
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Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Isaac Des Obeaux

Telegraph:

Doyen For Money

SPOTLIGHT:

Ballyhawkish

POSTDATA:

Harvie Wallbanger

Daily Mail:

Isaac Des Obeaux

D Express:

Isaac Des Obeaux

Daily Mirror:

Isaac Des Obeaux

The Sun:

Isaac Des Obeaux

The Star:

Isaac Des Obeaux

Daily Record:

Isaac Des Obeaux

The Guardian:

Doyen For Money

The Times:

Ballyhawkish