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Paddy Power Feel Like A Favourite Intermediate Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £13288.24
  • 2m 5f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 14 runners
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Paddy Power Feel Like A Favourite Intermediate Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 0000-1

Last run: 172 days

W: 10st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Flat bred; none of his five hurdle races were beyond 2m1f, impressive in the end off a lowly mark at Punchestown in May; that followed two Flat wins and he's raised his game in that discipline over 1m6f/2m this season; recent Flat run came after three months off and no surprise if he still has plenty more to give; very interesting upped in trip back into handicap hurdles.

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28

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

18:00 Punchestown

Unanswered

10st 0lb

J: Nathan Andrews

T: A J Martin

Third reserve; three-time Flat winner won over 2m5f at Cheltenham in November but disappointed at Leopardstown next time; solid on last two starts but needs more up in trip; due to run in the 3.40 here Wednesday.

8th

11

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 180y

15:40 Punchestown

Unanswered

11st 7lb

J: Liam McKenna

T: A J Martin

prominent on inner

6/1

3rd

18

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 155y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Unanswered

10st 3lb

J: Peter Carberry

T: A J Martin

prominent, mistake 4th, pushed along when outpaced before 2 out, ridden when ran on after last, went third final strides

13/2

7/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1/31-

Last run: 337 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Short-headed a notable rival in Hillcrest when both horses made their debut in a bumper at Doncaster in January 2021; odds-on over hurdles at Fontwell (2m1f) that November and Doncaster (3m) in December, latterly finishing well on top in a four-runner maiden but only after some jumping problems; injury kept him off afterwards; unexposed handicap debutant who seems to be well regarded at top yard and it will be interesting to see his market strength.

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12

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Wiseguy

10st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

midfield, dropped to rear 7th, soon raced awkwardly and lost touch, eased and pulled up before 3 out

12/1

6th

7

10th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

13:30 Newbury

Wiseguy

11st 4lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Bumper and maiden hurdle winner who scored on his chase debut at Exeter (3m, good to soft) in November; soundly beaten over fences the next twice and unproven on soft ground, but he's in top hands and perhaps the return to hurdles will trigger a revival from this lightly raced 8yo.

9/1

6th

4

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:50 Doncaster

Wiseguy

10st 10lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Nicky Henderson

Lightly raced 8yo who made winning seasonal/chase debut at Exeter (3m, good to soft) in November; not quite in same form when fourth at Cheltenham last month but can do better if more fluent over the fences here.

12/1

16/1

  • Place: £4.00

Form: 2111-9 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Made very good progress last season and signed off with three 2m4f handicap wins; tends to race freely and has been making the running; readily seen off after three out in a useful handicap at Chepstow five weeks ago but may have needed that run; even so, he needs to resume improvement.

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3rd

5

6th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:15 Kempton

Bourbali

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Won a match over C&D in November on his second chase start and then runner-up at Wincanton (2m4f); the saddle slipped when tried in a hood at Plumpton and soft ground counted against when back over hurdles the last time; should give his running now but being 6lb out of the weights hurts his chances.

5/1

6th

2

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

Bourbali

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Has been chasing, getting off the mark in a match at Kempton in November; ran well to be second here two runs back before pulling up early at Plumpton last week with a slipped saddle; useful hurdler at about this trip in the past and he can deal with this mark.

10/1

Form: 4-331U BF

Last run: 6 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Consistent sort who prevailed in a tight finish at Warwick (2m3f, good) last month; ridden by Jack Martin on last three starts and they parted company early on last Sunday; stays 2m4f; probably a bit too exposed to hold all of these rivals at bay.

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8th

1

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

20:25 Hexham

Guernesey

12st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Jackie Stephen

midfield

15/2

3rd

7

25th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 2f 127y

Class 3

16:45 Perth

Guernesey

10st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Jackie Stephen

Ex-Joe Tizzard; good second off 7lb higher at Kelso in November (3m2f, soft); hasn't fared quite as well since; on a good mark now but needs to bounce back in first-time cheekpieces.

14/1

5th

4

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Carlisle

Guernesey

11st 5lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Jackie Stephen

Hasn't really kicked on from his second on stable debut in November (3m2f, soft) and has a bit to find with some of these on recent evidence.

20/1

Form: 3302-2

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Fair maiden on Flat; won hurdles debut last December and ran creditably for minor honours in four of his five starts since, the exception at the Festival here in March (his only start in a visor); has a recent run under his belt and this step back up in trip is worth a go but others are a bit more persuasive.

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7th

8

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

17:10 Uttoxeter

Forever William

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

prominent

6/1

6th

3

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:00 Taunton

Forever William

11st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

led

4/1

1st

6

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

14:37 Plumpton

Forever William

10st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Now back on same mark as when gaining hard-fought win at Taunton (2m3f, soft) in January but absent since a poor run in April and others in this field have more pressing claims.

14/1

Form: 32-F11 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Completed a hat-trick in handicaps last autumn and now bids to do the same this year, following his quickfire double in September when tongue tied at Newton Abbot (2m6f, good) and Warwick (2m5f, good); probably acts on good; this is a much hotter race but he needs respect as an improver.

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5

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

Getalead

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kevin Pickard

Won five times for his previous yard; had been quiet for this one but it wasn't a bad effort back from wind surgery at Wincanton last time (2m5f, good; beaten 14l); could build on that and, although without a win over this far, he probably stays.

13/2

4th

7

21st Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

13:57 Wincanton

Getalead

11st 3lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Kevin Pickard

Won five times for his previous yard but too quiet for comfort in both starts for this one; had wind surgery but this is a tough race in which to bounce back to form.

25/1

5th

3

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 3

15:00 Hereford

Getalead

11st 5lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Kevin Pickard

Five hurdle wins at 2m3f-2m5f for previous trainer (good/good to soft), most recently in September 2022; solid excuses for recent defeat for new connections but needs to show 2m is his trip (first attempt since late 2021).

20/1

Form: 2/1-

Last run: 406 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Raced freely and made most in his two novice hurdles last year, showing pretty useful form when second at Southwell (2m4f, good to soft) in March and winning by a street at Fontwell (2m3f, soft) in October; back from a 406-day absence and lacks experience but that win came without being asked any serious questions.

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1

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:45 Sandown

Nickle Back

12st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

took keen hold, led, clear 2nd, not fluent 4th, reduced lead after 6th, mistake 12th

11/4

9th

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Nickle Back

11st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

One-dimensional front-runner who has yet to finish outside the top two in his five starts over fences; effective on soft ground but it was good going and the trip was 2m4f when hammering the Turners third Djelo in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles at Sandown last time, and that was after getting left behind by Master Chewy at Kempton (2m, good to soft); he'll probably be in front for a large portion of this race but staying there could be challenging.

10/1

1st

5

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Nickle Back

11st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

took keen hold, jumped well, made all, 5 lengths ahead 3rd, went further clear 7th, 15 lengths ahead going best 3 out, ridden out run-in, unchallenged

12/1

Form: /2-161

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Easy winner of a maiden at Bellewstown in July and challenged two out to make a winning handicap debut under Liam McKenna in 15-runner race at Listowel in September, both 2m4f on good; that's from just five races overall and she has more to give.

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0

6

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 3

13:45 Cheltenham

Elle Perfecta

11st 3lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: C A Murphy

Improved form when winning on chase debut in mares' beginners event at Kilbeggan (extended 2m3f, good to yielding) in April and creditable fourth in Grade 3 novice chase at Galway (2m2f, good to yielding) in August, when shaping as though she'd be suited by this step back up in trip; has run well on yielding ground, unproven on soft; could have more to offer over fences.

9/2

4th

8

3rd Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 2f 54y

14:45 Galway

Elle Perfecta

10st 8lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: C A Murphy

Jumped well when making a winning chase debut in a mares contest at Kilbeggan in April; much more needed here but could outrun her likely odds.

50/1

Form: 112-40

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Easily won two handicaps (3m and 2m4f) in the mud in March; good fourth at Listowel (3m, good) on reappearance but failed to fire at Galway two weeks ago; needs to resume improvement.

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5th

8

25th Apr 2024

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

17:15 Wexford

Wild Hunt

10st 9lb

J: Daniel King

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Won over this trip at Clonmel two seasons ago and backed that up with a 2m4f Down Royal; regressive over the past two seasons; jumped badly and pulled up at Leopardstown last time; rated 116 at his peak, down to 97, needs to show signs of revival.

14/1

10

4th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:00 Leopardstown

Wild Hunt

11st 7lb

J: D G Hogan

T: Denis Gerard Hogan

Won over this trip at Clonmel a year ago before ready Down Royal novice win over 2m4f; yet to hit form this campaign though, faller over fences latest; handicapper giving him every chance.

12/1

Form: 0-116F

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Won from the front in a 2m3f maiden at Downpatrick in June and 2m4f novice at Limerick in July; improvement ended next time and she clipped heels (fell) early on handicap debut seven weeks ago when last seen; unraced this term on softer than good to yielding; likely to face plenty of competition for the lead but, relatively early days, she has more to offer.

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8th

11

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 166y

Class 3

15:20 Cheltenham

Downtown Queen

10st 6lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: Henry De Bromhead

Made rather shaky start to chasing career this season but jumped well before winning Wexford handicap (2m3f, yielding) quite comfortably last month; not discredited on heavy ground at Roscommon since but will need to improve again to land this prize.

10/1

3rd

2

25th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 5f 63y

17:05 Roscommon

Downtown Queen

11st 11lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced wide, soon pressed leader, briefly led after 5th, disputed lead after 8th, not fluent 4 out, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, no extra after 2 out

3/1

1st

1

1st Sep 2023

Good

2m 3f 140y

18:55 Wexford

Downtown Queen

12st 0lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: Henry De Bromhead

jumped well, prominent, led before 3rd, faced challenge but going best before 2 out, not fluent last, ridden briefly and ran on run-in, comfortably

11/4

Form: 1F12U-

Last run: 210 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

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1

4th May 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

16:35 Uttoxeter

Nocte Volatus

11st 13lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Failed to win last season and ended the campaign with two below-par efforts but has slipped to a tempting mark and is sure to appreciate this ease in grade; will be suited by today's trip/ground; dangerous to ignore.

11/4

6th

6

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:40 Sandown

Nocte Volatus

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Tom Lacey

led, mistake 1st

15/2

4th

3

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

15:55 Leicester

Nocte Volatus

11st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Winless since early 2022 but he arrives in good nick, undergoing a breathing op before coming in third in 2m4f Newcastle handicap 39 days ago; he must enter calculations off a 2lb lower mark.

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 92/F21 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won here in a bumper on debut in October 2019; pretty useful form in several hurdle races but surprising went until last month before his first hurdles win, in a six-runner maiden at Fontwell (2m3f); has a bit to prove over this far and more if judged on this autumn's form.

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3rd

1

2nd Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 3

15:07 Newton Abbot

Time Flies By

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

led, not fluent 12th, headed 2 out, soon outpaced, slow jump last, lost second post

10/11

1st

3

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:40 Ffos Las

Time Flies By

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Made very bright start to career in bumpers in autumn 2019 but lightly raced since and hasn't fulfilled his potential over hurdles; justified short odds in run-of-the-mill Fontwell maiden (2m3f, good) in October but has a lot more on his plate on this return to handicap company.

3/1

10

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:30 Cheltenham

Time Flies By

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Won here in a bumper on debut in October 2019; pretty useful form in several hurdle races but surprising went until last month before his first hurdles win, in a six-runner maiden at Fontwell (2m3f); has a bit to prove over this far and more if judged on this autumn's form.

8/1

Form: 3P3242

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

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13

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:30 Cheltenham

Alvaro

10st 13lb

J: J J Slevin

T: E McNamara

25/1

10

11th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Alvaro

11st 9lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Seemingly unsuited by worse than good to soft; Tramore maiden winner over 2m in April; improved when taking minor honours in his three handicaps in July-September (up to 2m6f) and not discredited when runner-up to a warm favourite back in a novice on latest outing; considered.

10/1

2nd

3

2nd Oct 2022

Good

2m 6f 180y

14:10 Killarney

Alvaro

11st 3lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

didn't jump with fluency, held up in last, shaken up and some headway before 3 out, kept on and went second before 2 out, no extra when hit last

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £86.00
Straight Forecast £77.70
Tricast £606.60
Trifecta £1178.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Unanswered

The Times:

Elle Perfecta

RP Ratings:

Nickle Back

LAMBOURN:

Wiseguy

POSTDATA:

Forever William

WEST COUNTRY:

Guernesey

Telegraph:

Elle Perfecta

Daily Mail:

Elle Perfecta

Daily Record:

Elle Perfecta

TOPSPEED:

Nickle Back

The Guardian:

Nickle Back

D Express:

Unanswered

Daily Mirror:

Unanswered

The Sun:

Unanswered

The Star:

Unanswered