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Good To Soft

Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 7f 208y
  • Class 2
  • 13 runners
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Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £14.30
  • Place: £3.60

Form: P33V-P C

Last run: 188 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

His chase career started well last autumn but took a disappointing turn with cheekpieces in February/May when last seen; not proven beyond 2m4f but has a good mark back hurdling if he's judged on his best chase efforts and his stable is on good form.

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2nd

9

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Annual Invictus

11st 1lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Won Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster (3m, good) in January and that form has been franked by the runner-up; soft ground against him next time; fair sixth in this race last year (good to soft) and he may be able to improve upon that finishing position if good going prevails this afternoon.

20/1

7th

2

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Annual Invictus

11st 13lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Chris Gordon

Dual course winner who looked as good as ever when winning Great Yorkshire Handicap Chase at Doncaster (3m, good) last time and the runner-up has franked the form; a 7lb rise may not prevent another good run but the ground is likely to be key (well beaten in this race last year on soft).

25/1

1st

8

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Annual Invictus

11st 3lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Dual chase winner in late 2021 (small fields) but his two subsequent wins have been over hurdles, as was his reappearance when a 12l fourth at Plumpton (3m1f, soft); that could have teed him up nicely for this but others have more going for them.

12/1

12/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 244-52

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Solid sequence at 2m this February-March, but he also won a 2m5f novice in 2021 and passed plenty of his rivals late on when second of 13 over 2m4f here three weeks ago (4lb higher today, as he's out of the handicap); after that performance, this new trip looks interesting.

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5th

10

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

14:40 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Rarely seen on worse than good to soft, not disgraced however over 3m here (soft) last month on first run for 398 days; may be able to build on that and he is not fully exposed as a stayer.

20/1

7th

8

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 4lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Second over 2m4f here in October 2022 and again got going too late when close second of 12 off this mark over 3m here that November; both were on good ground and he's hardly ever run on worse than good to soft; he's also unraced since, so has those major questions to answer, but he is not fully exposed as a stayer.

10/1

2nd

10

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Fontana Ellissi

10st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear

12/1

13/2

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 1FP7-1 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Started off for David Pipe with three wins (a hurdle race and two chases, up to 3m3f) in late 2021 and, following wind surgery and a seven-month break, he was back with a bang to win over hurdles at Worcester 16 days ago; back up 5lb since but he did it smoothly and peak chase form was better still; case can certainly be made but these rivals will ask sterner questions.

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1

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:40 Exeter

Sidi Ismael

12st 0lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

10yo who is having a substandard campaign, but last month's fifth at Plumpton was a step back in the right direction and he's well handicapped on last season's marathon chase form (including on soft); not ruled out.

14/1

5th

2

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 4f 102y

Class 3

14:50 Plumpton

Sidi Ismael

11st 9lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

Well-held fifth in this last year off 2lb higher; ended that campaign well with two seconds over 3m4f and a blind eye could be turned to this season's no-shows for one reason or another (lost his action last time).

40/1

Form: 2U1223

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Had a chase win in August and minor honours for this three starts since, the latest when back over hurdles behind Sidi Ismael at Worcester; this race demands a major career best, though, particularly as he is 4lb out of the handicap.

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7th

1

(11)

12th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

20:00 Southwell (AW)

Punxsutawney Phil

9st 13lb

J: William Pyle

T: Mark Walford

in rear

25/1

7th

5

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

15:40 Sedgefield

Punxsutawney Phil

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Dual purpose performer whose sole hurdles success came here (2m1f, soft) in October 2021; has been seen more often on the Flat during the past year and his recent return to hurdles/fences hasn't worked out; best watched for now.

16/1

Form: 60-710

Last run: 106 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

He's been soundly beaten when going beyond 2m3f (three times at 2m4f-3m last season) and his win at Killarney in July was over 2m1f; ran creditably at the 2021 Festival here and had a solid recent run on the Flat, but this trip gives him a big question to answer.

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3

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 94y

15:40 Punchestown

Zoffanien

12st 0lb

J: Mr D Allen

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Three hurdle wins, two on Flat; regressive last year; best run this season when third at Thurles in January; same placing at Ballinrobe recently; needs to raise his game

20/1

Form: 14-1U2 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Three wins and two seconds from his seven handicaps, and he was in front when his saddle slipped two out (unseated) on penultimate outing; on the upgrade and stays 3m2f but he needs a mighty step forward today from 8lb out of the handicap.

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5th

6

11th Sep 2023

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 2

16:25 Newton Abbot

Valentino

11st 1lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Jackie Du Plessis

in touch with leaders

10/1

6th

13

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Valentino

10st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Jackie Du Plessis

midfield

20/1

5

5th Sep 2022

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 2

15:00 Newton Abbot

Valentino

10st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Jackie Du Plessis

sweating, pressed leader, ridden and reminder to lead before 2 out, jinked left when saddle slipped and unseated rider 2 out

9/4

Form: 5P3PP- C

Last run: 213 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Won the Grade 1 Stayers' Hurdle here in March 2020; only echoes of that form since and, with one exception, they were weak last season; there have to be major doubts but he's well down the weights, could be freshened up again first time out and Irish amateur Rob James (won the 2020 Kim Muir here and last season's Scottish National) is an eyecatching jockey booking.

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7th

2

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Lisnagar Oscar

11st 12lb

J: Mr R James

T: Rebecca Curtis

led, headed and prominent after 1st

12/1

1

5th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 2

13:01 Aintree

Lisnagar Oscar

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

2

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Lisnagar Oscar

11st 9lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Rebecca Curtis

20/1

Form: 157-51

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Disappointing (Flat and hurdles) this year until he won a four-runner handicap at Hereford (3m1f, good to firm) on latest outing; 6lb higher (2lb out of the handicap) for this much more demanding race and he was well beaten over 3m last December on his only visit here.

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Verdict Starting price

10th

5

22nd Aug 2023

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 5

17:00 Newton Abbot

Ernesto

11st 5lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Ian Williams

midfield

16/1

7th

5

4th Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 7y

Class 5

13:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Ernesto

11st 5lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Ian Williams

Lurks on a very dangerous mark even before Daire McConville's useful 8lb claim is considered but has been out of form this year and needs to turn a corner; visor replaced by cheekpieces; tongue-tie removed.

8/1

Form: 2462-2

Last run: 82 days

W: 10st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

10yo who has a lower mark these days but he went the wrong way for Dr Newland in 2021 and his two seconds from two runs (March and August) since rejoining this yard both came in very small fields, when no match for the winner; others have more pressing claims.

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6th

4

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

15:27 Stratford

Forecast

11st 4lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Martin Keighley

raced in second, bad mistake and pushed along 5th, dropped to rear before 2 out, weakened quickly 2 out, tailed off

4/1

6th

4

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Warwick

Forecast

11st 12lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Martin Keighley

Hurdle/chase winner who is not as good as he was but retains some ability; modest fourth of six in a handicap hurdle at Market Rasen (2m7f, good) 19 days ago, form which gives him something to find here.

14/1

4th

5

21st Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

15:15 Market Rasen

Forecast

11st 3lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Martin Keighley

took keen hold, held up in last, outpaced and pushed along 3 out, ridden and struggling when left in modest third before 2 out, soon hung right, lost third run-in

14/1

Form: /26P4- CD BF

Last run: 295 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Won this race first time out two years ago off 1lb higher; that was a good campaign and he ran well on reappearance last term but went the wrong way in his three starts afterwards; trainer reports "he had some problems, which I hope we've resolved"; big chance if they have.

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9th

1

10th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

13:30 Newbury

On The Blind Side

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

12yo whose form is very patchy, and tailed off at Plumpton last month; however, prior to that he showed some spark on his reappearance at Sandown and his two hurdle runs here have yielded a Grade 2 second and a 50-1 win over C&D last March (soft; off today's mark); interesting now back here.

16/1

7th

4

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 2

14:15 Plumpton

On The Blind Side

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Formerly a smart staying hurdler and proved he retains a significant chunk of ability when causing 50-1 surprise at Newbury (3m, soft) in March; also ran well when third (behind Hititi) on last month's seasonal debut at Sandown (2m7f, heavy) but younger rivals appeal more all the same.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 215-11 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Wore cheekpieces on last four starts, on first occasion winning a 2m4f handicap at Newbury (soft) in March (19lb higher today); tongue tied as well this term and back in novice events for good-ground wins at Worcester (2m7f) and Cheltenham (3m); in a much more competitive race back in this handicap but he may well be a smart stayer in the making.

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1st

1

16th Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 3

18:25 Aintree

Shearer

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

made all, faced challenge 2 out, pushed along when not fluent last, ridden clear run-in

15/8

1st

1

14th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

14:05 Ludlow

Shearer

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Developed into useful hurdler in 2022, winning three times (2m4f-3m); unable to land a telling blow when midfield in Musselburgh handicap in February but still looks interesting on today's chasing debut.

11/4

8th

4

5th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

14:55 Musselburgh

Shearer

11st 9lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Paul Nicholls

in rear on outer, mistake 6th

13/2

Form: 3P874- D

Last run: 213 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Last jumps win was in 2019 (scored twice on Flat early in 2020); 452-day absence and left Colin Tizzard before last season, easily the best of which was his reappearance; has a 12lb lower mark today and most of his subsequent runs last term were over fences, so he's not totally dismissed.

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4th

2

22nd Feb 2023

Good

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

17:22 Ludlow

Padleyourowncanoe

11st 13lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Michael Blake

His form went the wrong way last season and there's been no revival over hurdles this term; left Dan Skelton before latest start; blinkers (last worn in 2017) return.

20/1

5th

1

1st Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:30 Exeter

Padleyourowncanoe

12st 2lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Michael Blake

midfield, pushed along and bit short of room after 4 out, pushed along before 3 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out

16/1

13

25th Nov 2022

Good

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:40 Newbury

Padleyourowncanoe

10st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

His form went the wrong way last season but his struggles were predominantly over fences; having dropped down the weights he was sent off at just 7-2 when back over hurdles at Cheltenham a fortnight ago, where he fell four out; interesting contender for top yard off an attractive mark.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £1113.00
Straight Forecast £848.10
Tricast £8364.80
Trifecta £11693.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Shearer

POSTDATA:

On The Blind Side

TOPSPEED:

Padleyourowncanoe

SPOTLIGHT:

Fontana Ellissi

RP Ratings:

Lisnagar Oscar

Telegraph:

Shearer

The Guardian:

Shearer

Daily Mirror:

Shearer

The Sun:

Shearer

The Star:

Shearer

Daily Record:

Shearer

LAMBOURN:

On The Blind Side

The Times:

On The Blind Side

Daily Mail:

On The Blind Side

D Express:

Padleyourowncanoe