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Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered as The Hyde Novices’ Hurdle) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28475
  • 2m 5f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 7 runners
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Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered as The Hyde Novices’ Hurdle) (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bought by his notable connections for £350,000 after Irish point win; duly looked a valuable commodity in maiden hurdle at Stratford (2m6f, good) on rules debut and third career start, making all for a 27l success and coming home on the bridle; did not beat a lot but he was impressive to the eye; smart prospect who commands respect.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Hermes Allen

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in second, chased clear leader after 6th, not fluent 8th, still plenty to do 3 out, 13 lengths down when fell 2 out

11/10

2nd

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

Hermes Allen

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won 2m4f Grade 1 Challow Hurdle during last year's festive period; failed to justify favouritism at the spring festivals but had wind surgery prior to his successful chase debut at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) and that was impressive in many ways; unraced over this far under rules but with his pointing background he should stay well; still unexposed and held in the highest regard by a trainer who has won this five times.

13/8

1st

2

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Hermes Allen

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Below-par favourite in Grade 1 novice hurdles at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals but may well benefit from the subsequent wind surgery and he starts this campaign as a major prospect for novice chases; earlier progress culminated in an easy win in the Challow here (2m4f, soft; Grade 1) and that form has worked out well; point winner; leading player.

11/8

11/2

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 18-513 BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Respectable eighth here in last season's Champion Bumper; justified favouritism at Galway (2m3f, soft) on the switch to hurdles, then made a final-flight mistake on his way to finishing a clear third at this venue (2m4f, good; kept on well) later in October; combination of 2m5f trip and first-time cheekpieces may eke out more from him; in the mix.

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Verdict Starting price

9th

10

28th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

13:10 Leopardstown

Music Drive

11st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear of midfield

12/1

2nd

5

11th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Music Drive

11st 2lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Respectable eighth here in last season's Champion Bumper; justified favouritism at Galway (2m3f, soft) on the switch to hurdles, then made a final-flight mistake on his way to finishing a clear third at this venue (2m4f, good; kept on well) later in October; combination of 2m5f trip and first-time cheekpieces may eke out more from him; in the mix.

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 1-

Last run: 251 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Promising 5yo who is two from two having won an Irish point (subsequently sold for £210,000) and Newbury bumper, both on soft ground; beat Collectors Item by half a length in latter, doing enough to hold on while hanging left; bought as a Gold Cup horse and is well regarded by connections; should be suited by this longer distance now hurdling; has to be feared.

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12th

19

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Weveallbeencaught

10st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

He has to improve markedly upon his last three performances (3m/3m1f, soft/heavy) to make an impact today; however, before those he stayed on well for third of four on his chase debut in a hot novice at Cheltenham (3m, good to soft) and today's expected return to better ground could help him tap back into that promise; on an attractive mark on the chase debut form.

14/1

6th

22

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Weveallbeencaught

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has course form over hurdles and was far from disgraced in the Albert Bartlett here (3m, soft) last March; chasing type who made a useful start over fences when third of four over 3m here (good to soft) in October and although he hasn't gone on from that in two runs since, and his handicap debut was disappointing in December, the early form puts him in the picture; fitting a tongue-tie could also help on return from a break.

10/1

6th

2

16th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 3

12:40 Cheltenham

Weveallbeencaught

11st 10lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

in touch with leaders, prominent 3 out, weakened 2 out

7/2

Form: /3-213

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner in France; opened his hurdles account with an easy success at Galway (2m, good) two starts ago; subsequent third to shorter-priced stablemate in Grade 3 at Tipperary (2m) suggests he's not near the top of the pecking order at Closutton, but his limitations are still not fully exposed; placed over 2m4f in January and now goes back up in distance.

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1st

2

25th Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

17:53 Killarney

Hubrisko

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

made all, clear when mistake 4 out

6/4

9th

6

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 54y

15:30 Galway

Hubrisko

10st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

kicked before start, midfield, not fluent 3rd, headway 5th

9/2

2nd

2

7th Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 170y

18:48 Wexford

Hubrisko

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Plenty to find with Ballyadam on hurdles form; jumped better on second chase start when runner-up to 145-rated hurdler over 3m at Punchestown; drops back in trip.

9/2

Form: 2-1

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Grandson of top hurdler and seven-time Cheltenham winner Lady Rebecca; close second to Weveallbeencaught, who carried him left in the closing stages, in Newbury bumper on rules debut; went one better in novice hurdle at Chepstow (2m, good) where he was well on top at the finish; should be suited by this longer trip and should progress further; interesting prospect.

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4th

2

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

15:45 Wetherby

Collectors Item

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

raced in second, niggled along briefly after 10th, pushed along from 14th, weakened 4 out

6/1

7th

5

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Collectors Item

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won a novice here; sent chasing this term, staying on well when good fourth at Sandown (3m, soft) on third attempt but a flop when favourite over 3m4f on heavy at Haydock latest; wore cheekpieces for those last two starts; back hurdling in need of a career best.

11/1

Form: 1

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner in April (second start); followed up in novice hurdle at Hereford (2m3f, good to firm) for new yard, scoring comfortably at 8-13 despite tending to jump and hang left; should be suited by this switch to a left-handed track; well down this pack on bare form but has potential.

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13th

17

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Getaway Drumlee

10st 11lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

prominent

6/1

1st

4

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:07 Fontwell

Getaway Drumlee

11st 1lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

prominent, going easily when led before 6th, shaken up and went clear approaching last, mistake last, went well clear run-in, eased inside final 110yds

9/4

2nd

12

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

16:50 Doncaster

Getaway Drumlee

11st 1lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Very lightly raced 8yo who comfortably won run-of-the-mill Hereford novice (2m3f, good to firm) on rules debut in October; subsequent Grade 2 defeat is easily overlooked and he had excuses when pulled up at Sandown last month; makes handicap debut here; remains unexposed.

10/1

Form: 16/114 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Campaigned on good ground since returning from lengthy absence and switched to hurdles, winning easily at Warwick (2m3f) and Newton Abbot (2m5f) then finishing fourth of six in the Persian War at Chepstow (2m3f); while the Grade 2 defeat was something of a disappointing effort, he may still have more to offer; remains of interest.

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5th

7

5th Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:05 Warwick

Quid Pro Quo

10st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Came good over fences with fairly comfortable success at Southwell (2m4f, good to soft) in April and has been pretty consistent since; lacks the potential of some of these but his chasing experience and proven fitness ought to give him an edge; had wind surgery last month.

7/2

2nd

4

5th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 5y

Class 3

15:00 Bangor-on-Dee

Quid Pro Quo

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Comes here in a consistent run of form having been thereabouts in handicaps from 2m4f to 2m5f; usually keeps on in his races so going further this afternoon might well suit; tempting.

5/2

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Payout
Exacta £166.00
Straight Forecast £213.50
Trifecta £804.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Hubrisko

SPOTLIGHT:

Hermes Allen

The Times:

Quid Pro Quo

WEST COUNTRY:

Collectors Item

RP Ratings:

Hermes Allen

Daily Mirror:

Hermes Allen

The Star:

Hermes Allen

POSTDATA:

Hubrisko

Telegraph:

Hubrisko

The Guardian:

Hubrisko

Daily Mail:

Hubrisko

D Express:

Hubrisko

The Sun:

Hubrisko

Daily Record:

Hubrisko