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Guy Fawkes Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £10510.78
  • 1m 7f 216y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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Guy Fawkes Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Qualifier)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

Form: 1222-5 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Not everything went to plan over fences last season but he still managed two wins and was runner-up on final three starts; well handicapped judged on the best of those efforts (on good and soft) and may have needed the run when tailed off back over hurdles four weeks ago.

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8th

1

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

Hardy Du Seuil

12st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Went off only 12-1 when pulled up over fences in the Grand Annual last time; had a decent spell over hurdles at the start of last year when competitive off this sort of mark; 2m might be his best trip but certainly not dismissed lightly.

8/1

16

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Hardy Du Seuil

10st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Had a decent spell over hurdles at the start of last year and returned to fences to finish a creditable third on his 2m Sandown reappearance (soft) four weeks ago, keeping on well from the rear; the cheekpieces he wore at the end of last season are refitted; not discounted.

12/1

3rd

4

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

Hardy Du Seuil

11st 11lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Below form in the Imperial Cup here last March on his only start on heavy; had won over 2m here (soft) last January and was runner-up elsewhere twice last spring, all over hurdles but he was pretty useful over fences too the season before; not seen since April but has to be given a close look.

7/1

Form: 12645- D

Last run: 231 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Started last season well with a Carlisle win and Sandown second; flopped on two of her subsequent three starts, admittedly on heavy ground (here) on first occasion; goes without a hood for the first time in nearly two years.

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11th

8

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

13:15 Wincanton

Volkovka

11st 3lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Three-time hurdle winner; not an instant success over fences last season but seemed to be getting her act together when close/clear second to a course specialist at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) in April and has possibilities here if fully tuned up.

7/1

2nd

3

3rd Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

14:00 Ludlow

Volkovka

11st 7lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Well handicapped on best hurdles form, including a win off 6lb higher; however, finished behind a few of these rivals here last month (third chase attempt) and still has something to prove over fences.

12/1

5th

2

2nd Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

13:50 Ludlow

Volkovka

11st 9lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Three-time hurdle winner; behind Fortunes Melody when modest fourth on chasing debut at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) on Boxing Day and was pulled up at Hereford in January; comes here with a point to prove.

8/1

Form: /61P1- CD

Last run: 202 days

W: 11st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

His four British races comprised two small-field wins (one over C&D on heavy) and two very heavy defeats; that dents confidence in him but he's had just five races in total and looked promising in those wins.

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2nd

13

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 2

13:50 Newbury

Moulins Clermont

10st 5lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

4yo who won two juvenile hurdles last season from the front at Sandown (2m, heavy) and Fakenham (2m4f, good); has questions to answer after running poorly in handicap at Kempton on reappearance but he's still lightly raced and could bounce back; stablemate of Warranty.

20/1

5th

2

21st Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:25 Kempton

Moulins Clermont

11st 6lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Record of 2-4 in juvenile hurdles last season, the wins gained from the front at Sandown (2m, heavy) and Fakenham (2m4f, good); may be capable of further progress this term; shortlisted.

5/1

Form: 66118- CD

Last run: 239 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won early in the year in a maiden at Wincanton (good to soft) and C&D novice (heavy); 22-1, not at all disgraced when never-dangerous eighth in the Imperial Cup over C&D on a demanding handicap debut when last seen; like nearly all of these, he should still be capable of better.

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2nd

3

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

17:10 Uttoxeter

Monviel

11st 6lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

in touch with leaders, bumped 1st, not fluent 5th

3/1

11

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 2

17:20 Sandown

Monviel

11st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Gradually back to best over hurdles this year, good third of eight at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) 19 days ago; fine on good ground as well and ran creditably in the Imperial Cup on this course last season; very much in the mix.

12/1

3rd

3

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

Monviel

11st 13lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Triple hurdle winner for Philip Hobbs; started off over fences for this yard but back hurdling the last twice and, in first-time cheekpieces, he went down only narrowly in a 2m4f handicap at Uttoxeter 23 days ago; acts well on heavy and unlikely to be far away despite going back up 3lb.

5/1

Form: 44130- D

Last run: 234 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Acts on heavy; won two bumpers and on one (long odds-on at Chepstow) of her four starts last term over hurdles; tongue tied when 12th at Cheltenham Festival on final start, running creditably considering she was 125-1; had wind surgery in July; makes handicap/seasonal debut, with potential.

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4th

15

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Mayhem Mya

10st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

Has improved over fences this season, initially in mares' events over 2m1f at Exeter (good to soft and soft) and latterly only just edged out in a novice handicap there last month; may yet do better as a chaser but she can't take advantage of her current mark, from 6lb out of the weights.

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 3231-2 D BF

Last run: 183 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Won British/hurdles debut at end of last year; no great improvement in his five starts afterwards but there was a handicap win at Chepstow on penultimate start; probably acts on soft; had wind surgery in August and has to be taken seriously for top yard which is going so strongly.

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2nd

1

21st Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

13:57 Wincanton

Irish Hill

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Right back to form when beaten just over 2l over 2m5f at Kempton (good to soft) a month ago and might have gone close without late interference; that form now looks really strong with last week's Aintree winner Kateira one placed behind, while the fifth (Harbour Lake) and sixth (West Balboa) have also run races of distinction since; well handicapped on that and other form in the past.

5/2

3rd

6

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

Irish Hill

10st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won three in a row last season (2m3f/2m4f, good/good to soft); 0-7 and mixed form since but he took a step back in the right direction when fifth of 16 at Ascot (2m3f, good to soft) last month and may build on that.

4/1

5th

12

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Irish Hill

10st 7lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Was on the crest of a wave when completing a hat-trick in this race (good to soft) 12 months ago off a 3lb higher mark than today's; hit and miss since but he was far from disgraced when ninth behind Jay Jay Reilly in the Lanzarote at Kempton five weeks ago, fading after having a clear lead turning for home; Freddie Gingell claims a handy 5lb; must be considered.

8/1

Form: 1-3222 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Won 4yo handicap at Ascot in March and made some improvement with his recent placed efforts, all on good; return to soft would ask bit of a question (runner-up once in February) but the chief concern is that so many of these look less exposed and may therefore have more improvement in them.

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4th

4

30th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Warwick

Krypton Gold

11st 8lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Just a respectable third in tactical race at Fontwell (2m3f, soft) this month but today's forecast better ground ought to be in his favour and he's now back on the same mark as when second in good-quality 4yo handicap at Chepstow (2m, good) in the autumn; might be the answer.

9/4

3rd

4

8th Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

15:10 Fontwell

Krypton Gold

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

towards rear

10/1

11th

7

(12)

1st Feb 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 6

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Krypton Gold

9st 7lb

J: Mollie Phillips

T: Stuart Edmunds

Modest maiden on the Flat when trained in Ireland but he has since developed into a fair hurdler and returns to this discipline at a realistic level; one to take seriously.

5/2

Form: 41332- D BF

Last run: 238 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Has sometimes made the running; won a maiden at Uttoxeter (2m, soft) in December on second run over hurdles; good placed efforts afterwards and not far away if he's tuned up for this handicap/seasonal debut.

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5

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Warwick

Risk DArgent

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Pulled well clear of the rest when second of 17 here (2m, soft) on seasonal debut in November; not quite in same form on either start since but stuck to his task pretty well when fifth here (2m, soft) in January and is worth a crack at this longer trip.

10/1

5th

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:40 Warwick

Risk DArgent

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Pulled well clear of the rest when second of 17 over C&D (soft) in November but he didn't go with much zest at Haydock next time and now wears a tongue-strap; others appeal more.

8/1

4th

8

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 3

14:05 Haydock

Risk DArgent

11st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alastair Ralph

prominent, dropped to last when not fluent 4th, struggling 3 out, stayed on run-in, went fourth towards finish

6/1

Form: 1-

Last run: 358 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Second foal; dam placed in French 2m1f-2m2f hurdles (including Grade 3) and chase, sister to two French Listed-placed chase winners and half-sister to useful 2m-2m3f hurdle/chase winner Pop; one start in France, in a seven-runner juvenile hurdle race at Nancy (2m1f, heavy) last November in which he led five out and held off a 1-2 favourite, the pair 15l clear; 140,000euros buy soon afterwards; runner-up won starts either side; very interesting for new yard off what looks a viable mark.

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8th

1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Djelo

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won his first three over fences, including a narrow defeat of Master Chewy on similar terms around here (soft) and later a Grade 2 at Ascot (2m3f); although placed since in 2m4f Grade 1s, he couldn't lay a glove on Nickle Back at Sandown, nor the front two in the Turners at Cheltenham; won't mind returning to 2m and, with course form, he has each-way claims.

12/1

2

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Djelo

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Seems to handle any ground; early faller, having been badly hampered, on penultimate outing; ran creditably, albeit without ever threatening the all-the-way winner, in Grade 1 at Sandown (2m4f) latest when taking form figures in completed chase starts to 1112; Grade 2 winner in December; proving useful over fences but needs further progress in this field.

20/1

2nd

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Djelo

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 7th, mistake 12th, went third but still plenty to do before 3 out, no impression when left in second 2 out, kept on from last, no match for winner

4/1

Form: 54P-85

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won sole start in France (2m2f, heavy); however, nothing to show for his four runs for Tom Symonds or his recent debut for new connections; had wind surgery after third British start; has worn hood and tongue-tie.

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14

26th Dec 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:38 Wincanton

Illico Des Places

11st 3lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Never really fired for his previous British yard and joined this one for £5,000; well held in his two runs since but he was a winner in France and these softer conditions could make a difference; respected.

20/1

5th

8

13th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 3

14:40 Fontwell

Illico Des Places

10st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Robert Walford

took keen hold, in rear, not fluent 1st

20/1

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Non-runners

Gipsy De Choisel, Irish Hill

Verdict

There is a fair amount to be taken on trust with DJELO given that a year has passed since his only race and this is his first appearance in Britain, but he left a positive impression with that win in France, enough to fetch 140,000 euros soon afterwards, and should prove better than this mark. Nicky Henderson fields Gipsy De Choisel and Paul Nicholls Irish Hill but there should be plenty of potential among the rest too, with Mayhem Mya perhaps the chief danger. Moulins Clermont and Monviel also need a mention in a fascinating line-up.[Richard Austen]

Selections

The Times:

Irish Hill

RP Ratings:

Gipsy De Choisel

WEST COUNTRY:

Monviel

POSTDATA:

Krypton Gold

SPOTLIGHT:

Djelo

Daily Mail:

Monviel

Telegraph:

Irish Hill

D Express:

Irish Hill

The Star:

Irish Hill

Daily Record:

Krypton Gold

LAMBOURN:

Gipsy De Choisel

Daily Mirror:

Gipsy De Choisel

The Sun:

Gipsy De Choisel