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Falling Leaves Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5446
  • 1m 7f 216y
  • Class 4
  • 13 runners
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Falling Leaves Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 2 BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Displayed considerable promise in points (won on yielding to soft); beaten 7l when second of six on hurdle debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) last month but the winner followed up in a warm Cheltenham novice; open to improvement and could have a part to play.

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4th

2

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Colonel Harry

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Acts on heavy going; has useful form, having finished second in the Henry VIII (1m7f Grade 1) at Sandown and won the Towton (2m3f Grade 2) at Wetherby; however, his Turners effort (well behind Grey Dawning and Ginny's Destiny) at Cheltenham confirms that he's below the top tier in this division.

25/1

1

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Colonel Harry

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Strong-finishing second behind Le Patron in 1m7f Grade 1 at Sandown (heavy) in December, then went one better in 2m3f Grade 2 at Wetherby (soft); looked unsuited by the much faster surface back at Sandown (2m4f, good; behind Djelo) last time; may still have more to offer when conditions are right but this assignment looks difficult on ratings.

33/1

3rd

1

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Colonel Harry

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

jumped left on occasions and didn't always jump with fluency, held up in rear, detached 9th, outpaced before 12th, some headway from 2 out, soon went modest third

11/2

14/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Second foal; dam 2m1f-2m4f hurdle/chase winner (RPR 125), half-sister to (among others) the talented Vieux Lion Rouge; makes debut with yard in good form but he'll need to be useful to land this warm-looking maiden.

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7th

10

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Uncle Bert

11st 4lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has won with something to spare under James Turner the last twice (2m4f, soft), particularly at Bangor three weeks ago; he's gone up another 8lb and is in a much hotter race today, but things have clearly clicked for this 7yo and it's possible he remains ahead of the handicapper.

16/1

1st

5

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 2

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Uncle Bert

11st 6lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Two wins this season, the latter under James Turner at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) last month; recent 4lb rise does not look excessive and further progress is not out of the question; respected.

9/2

1st

3

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

16:35 Wetherby

Uncle Bert

11st 7lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Shot up the weights after winning by 12l at Perth (2m4f, soft) in September and there's a suspicion he remains a shade high in the handicap, but he ran well when second of fourth at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) last time and might not be far away.

11/2

11/4

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 21- D

Last run: 225 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point winner (3m, good to yielding) who has been ridden by James Bowen in both bumpers, going very close at Doncaster (2m, good) before a win at Kelso (2m, good) in March; top trainer believes "he'll enjoy some cut"; has plenty of potential and it will be interesting to see how he compares in the market with his stablemate and fellow hurdling newcomer Boom Boom.

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14th

18

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Bold Reaction

10st 10lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Nicky Henderson

held up in rear, steady headway after 3rd, in touch with leaders when not fluent 3 out

8/1

2nd

2

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Bold Reaction

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Point/bumper winner; 0-5 over hurdles but best form when second of 12 at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) on reappearance in just his second handicap, despite racing freely; 4lb higher today and back down in trip after three runs at 2m3f-2m4f; may have more to give.

4/1

Form: 04-

Last run: 241 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Displayed some ability in March on his second bumper start but not enough to suggest he'll be making an impact here; headgear goes on.

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3

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Aurigny Mill

11st 7lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Looked one to follow when winning two in a row in December (1m7f/2m, heavy/good to soft) and this hold-up horse should have the race run to suit today; didn't run badly at Chepstow (2m, good) a fortnight ago, when back from a break, but needs a bigger performance here.

16/1

4th

3

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

17:40 Chepstow

Aurigny Mill

11st 11lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Victor Dartnall

Well beaten in major handicap at Newbury in February but is back in calmer waters here and had looked progressive when winning his two previous races; unraced on ground quicker than good to soft but could still have a bigger run in him.

5/1

Form: 42

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Irish maiden point winner (3m, yielding to soft) who was a close fourth in his sole bumper (2m1f, good) and a fair second of five on last month's hurdle/stable debut at Plumpton (2m, good to soft); probably needs to improve if he's to win this but that's possible.

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3rd

2

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Our Champ

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

led but pestered, increased tempo 5th

4/1

1st

11

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Our Champ

10st 13lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

travelled strongly, midfield

10/1

7th

19

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Our Champ

10st 12lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Won his first two races for current yard, both on good ground; no further progress; chance partly depends on whether he's helped by two new factors, namely wind surgery and fitting of tongue-tie.

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Modest on the Flat; a transformation is required on hurdle debut.

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3

14th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:10 Plumpton

El Paco

11st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Richard Rowe

Modest on the Flat and a transformation is required on hurdle debut.

100/1

5

6th Nov 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

14:00 Sandown

El Paco

11st 4lb

J: James Davies

T: Richard Rowe

Modest on the Flat; a transformation is required on hurdle debut.

200/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Took advantage of the clear leader's final-fence fall to win an Irish maiden point (3m, soft to heavy) in February, which was his seventh start in that sphere; sold for £12,000; may be best watched on rules debut.

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6th

4

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 7y

Class 5

18:20 Stratford

Hitthekettle

11st 5lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Michael Gates

Won a point in 2022 but yet to be placed after six starts under rules; not disgraced when sixth of eight here (2m2f, good to soft) last month, after a break, but needs to have taken significant benefit from that outing.

33/1

6th

5

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

15:55 Stratford

Hitthekettle

11st 3lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Michael Gates

Well down the field on handicap debut at Warwick (2m3f, good to soft) last May and pulled up on chasing debut here two months later; returns from 280-day absence with lots to prove.

33/1

0

6

16th Jul 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 5

17:10 Stratford

Hitthekettle

11st 3lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Michael Gates

held up in rear, hit 7th

33/1

Form: 3/

Last run: 564 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Going well in front when making bad blunder at final flight on debut in a Listed 3yo hurdle for jumps newcomers at Auteuil (1m7f, very soft) in April 2021, finishing third behind a winner who has since landed a Grade 3; given plenty of time after moving yards and could be a very useful prospect.

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1st

2

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 212y

Class 3

13:43 Ludlow

Matterhorn

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Dual novice hurdle winner at Taunton (2m3f/2m) last year on good and good to soft; disappointed in handicaps on either side of wind surgery the last twice; didn't settle that well the last time and fences could help in that respect.

2/1

2

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

17:40 Chepstow

Matterhorn

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Dual novice winner at Taunton (2m3f/2m) last year; reportedly had respiratory problem when running poorly on handicap debut in December but had another wind op (his third) during subsequent four-month break and could still have untapped potential if his breathing issues are now resolved.

9/2

7th

5

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

12:45 Kempton

Matterhorn

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

led, disputed lead 3rd, lost position home turn

2/1

Form: 8/857-

Last run: 501 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Showed some ability for Philip Hobbs but failed to progress and looks up against it on this stable debut and first run since June 2021.

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4

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

14:20 Fakenham

Monymusk Lad

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Laura Horsfall

Early promise in AW bumper but still feeling his way since return from absence for new yard and he didn't find much in a Doncaster handicap last month; regular hood discarded.

20/1

5th

5

9th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

13:05 Doncaster

Monymusk Lad

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Laura Horsfall

Pulled up on stable debut in November when back from a long absence and well beaten on handicap debut at Leicester (1m7f, good to soft) next time; has since fallen on his chase debut and he's probably best watched.

25/1

4

1st Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 44y

Class 5

13:45 Fakenham

Monymusk Lad

11st 10lb

J: Harrison Beswick

T: Laura Horsfall

Ex-Philip Hobbs; modest efforts for present yard and others appeal more on his chase debut; tongue-tie now tried.

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 11lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten on Flat AW last winter on her three starts for David Simcock and was sold for £2,500 in March; has had wind surgery since; a watching brief is advised on this hurdle/stable debut.

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3

31st Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

14:25 Lingfield

Heart Of The Sun

11st 3lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Cynthia Woods

Well beaten in three Flat runs and pulled up at big prices in maiden/novice hurdles for new yard this winter, lasting a lot longer in the second of them; unlikely again and handicaps will be more her level.

200/1

4

1st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

12:55 Wincanton

Heart Of The Sun

11st 0lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Cynthia Woods

visibility reduced by fog

100/1

11

6th Nov 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

14:00 Sandown

Heart Of The Sun

10st 11lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Cynthia Woods

Soundly beaten on Flat AW last winter on her three starts for David Simcock and was sold for £2,500 in March; has had wind surgery since; a watching brief is advised on this hurdle/stable debut.

66/1

Form: 3/

Last run: 692 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Hints of promise in a point and a bumper but absent since December 2020 and plenty of improvement is needed on this hurdle debut.

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8

2nd Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

13:40 Fakenham

Honest Oscar

10st 4lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Andy Irvine

Placed in good Irish point in December 2019 and also in Plumpton bumper on rules debut a year later but, following another long absence, showed no significant promise in three maiden/novice hurdles in late 2022 (2m-2m3f); makes handicap debut from a lowly mark but considered only if lively in the betting.

33/1

16th

7

5th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:55 Lingfield

Honest Oscar

11st 4lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Andy Irvine

Third in a point and a bumper; long absence before her two runs over hurdles last month and she did not show much.

100/1

9th

3

24th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

15:05 Lingfield

Honest Oscar

11st 2lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Andy Irvine

Displayed some ability in a point/bumper but she returned from a long absence at Sandown (hurdle debut) recently and was pulled up at 100-1.

100/1

Form: 3P2/

Last run: 657 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Fair maiden on the Flat; reasonable third on hurdle debut in October 2020 and runner-up in AW jumpers' bumper when last seen in January 2021; wind op since; others have more compelling claims.

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4th

3

(2)

28th Jan 2023

Standard

1m 7f 218y

Class 6

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Isayalittleprayer

9st 12lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Gary Moore

Maiden but she was placed off much higher marks than this on AW Flat in 2020; also runner-up in a jumpers' bumper in January 2021; has offered little in two hurdles since returning from an absence but can't dismiss back on the Flat given she is well handicapped; cheekpieces on first time.

11/1

7

7th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

14:40 Wincanton

Isayalittleprayer

11st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

Ability without winning at an ordinary level on the Flat; also placed in a maiden hurdle and AW bumper; detached when pulled up on heavy ground at Sandown following a long absence and wind surgery; could make her mark in handicaps.

14/1

13

6th Nov 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

14:00 Sandown

Isayalittleprayer

10st 11lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

pulled up before 2 out

33/1

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Non-runners

Boom Boom, El Paco

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £545.00
Straight Forecast £507.70
Trifecta £1747.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Matterhorn

POSTDATA:

Colonel Harry

LAMBOURN:

Bold Reaction

Daily Record:

Our Champ

D Express:

Boom Boom

RP Ratings:

Matterhorn

WEST COUNTRY:

Matterhorn

Daily Mirror:

Matterhorn

The Sun:

Matterhorn

The Times:

Colonel Harry

Daily Mail:

Colonel Harry

Telegraph:

Bold Reaction

The Star:

Bold Reaction