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Stirrups Restaurant And Cocktail Bar Evesham Mares’ Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) (GBB)

  • Prize money: £14237.5
  • 2m 0f 87y
  • Class 1
  • 17 runners
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Stirrups Restaurant And Cocktail Bar Evesham Mares’ Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) (GBB)

Runners: 17 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.30
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1- C

Last run: 212 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Made a stunning debut when powering to a 10l success on good ground here in April and the runner-up is a Cheltenham Listed winner who has since won over hurdles; bred to progress with her racing and she looks a smart prospect.

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1st

6

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 1

14:10 Taunton

Queens Gamble

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Derham

Two Cheltenham bumper wins included a Listed race; didn't please everyone on her hurdling debut at Warwick but made it 2-2 in this scene when coming clear of a promising previous winner at Kempton; that was a lot more like it and should be hard to beat back against her own sex.

4/5

1st

10

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:45 Kempton

Queens Gamble

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Derham

Dual Cheltenham bumper winner for Oliver Sherwood last season, latterly in a Listed race; not particularly impressive when winning modest mares' hurdle at very skinny odds at Warwick (2m, good) in May, but ought to be capable of much better than that bare form; now with Harry Derham.

2/1

1st

7

1st May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:02 Warwick

Queens Gamble

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Oliver Sherwood

Never really got involved in Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March but won two good-ground Cheltenham bumpers (one a Listed race) by a combined total of 18l last year, and her odds-on defeat at Market Rasen (good to soft) in February came at the hands of a subsequent Grade 2 Aintree festival winner; appears to have been found a simple task on today's hurdling debut.

1/6

7/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 111- CD

Last run: 364 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Completed a hat-trick of bumper wins in this 12 months ago but the form of last year's race hasn't worked out particularly well and she returns without the benefit of a run and also penalised; will do well to win it again.

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4th

2

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 3

15:20 Ludlow

Bonttay

11st 12lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Listed bumper winner in 2021 and won two of four hurdle races last season, including on her only start in cheekpieces, which return today; reappeared with another 2m handicap win (Hereford) and, bred to be suited by at least 2m4f, she was a hot favourite when upped to that trip at Cheltenham in December, only to unseat two out when challenging; can make amends, with plenty more to offer over this sort of trip.

6/4

50/1

  • Place: £9.70

Form: 5-2 BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Runner-up on her return at Fontwell (2m1f, good to soft) but the winner went 0-5 in points and was down the field in a bumper here last month; others preferred, including her stablemates.

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1st

6

25th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 2f 127y

Class 3

16:45 Perth

Fortuna Ligna

10st 3lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won a 2m3f mares' novice at Chepstow last April; not added to that tally in handicaps this season, but fair runs at around 3m on all six starts; tried in a visor last time, but normal cheekpieces back on here; has a bit to find.

13/2

Form: 31-2 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Hexham bumpers (good to soft) are rarely strong but she ran well under a penalty at Aintree and the front three pulled clear; saw that race out really nicely and this stiffer track should benefit her.

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7th

4

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:08 Ayr

Ruby Island

11st 11lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Mark Walford

Bumper winner who won her first two races over hurdles last season (first was over C&D) and was a close second to an improver on third run (2m4f, good); hasn't been out since a below-par effort in the mares' final at Newbury in March 2023; interesting on second handicap start.

5/1

7th

2

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Ruby Island

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Northern mare who has a solid record, including form figures of 112 since switched to hurdles; close second when upped to 2m4f at Ayr most recently; still open to further improvement and holds major claims provided she takes well to first-time headgear.

6/1

2nd

1

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:20 Ayr

Ruby Island

11st 12lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Made the frame in Listed Cheltenham bumper in in November (good ground) and is 2-2 since switched to hurdles, the wins gained over 2m here and at Wetherby (both good to soft); open to improvement over today's longer trip and a very obvious contender.

13/8

Form: 4

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Finished well for fourth at Uttoxeter but Bridget Breeze was runner-up and she was conceding a penalty; has plenty of others to worry about and she wouldn't be the stable first or second string on jockey bookings.

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2nd

3

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Politacus

11st 0lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Has won mares' handicaps at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft) and Hereford (2m5f, soft) on her last two starts; up another 6lb (13lb rise in total) but of more concern is whether she will be as effective over this sharp 2m on better ground; cheekpieces now tried.

6/1

1st

1

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 4

14:57 Hereford

Politacus

12st 0lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

in touch with leaders, not fluent 3rd, steady headway 4 out, pressed leader before 2 out, led and ridden when hung left on turn before last, kept on well final 110yds

Evs

Form: 18- D

Last run: 208 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

It was a weak bumper that she won at Clonmel (heavy) and then well held in a winners' race at Fairyhouse; has to step up.

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3rd

10

18th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

14:45 Listowel

Chautuaqua

11st 1lb

J: Daniel King

T: Adrian Brendan Joyce

took keen hold, midfield

4/1

Form: 12 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Out of a half-sister to smart hurdler Brindisi Breeze; comfortably made all at Kelso and gave it a good go under her penalty at Uttoxeter (again good), only to ultimately come up short; looks vulnerable at this level.

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7th

3

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

13:35 Market Rasen

Bridget Breeze

11st 13lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Gillian Boanas

in touch with leaders

12/1

Form: 218 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Hood from the outset; second then first in two good-ground bumpers at Southwell; reportedly ran freely when only eighth here three weeks ago, finishing behind Dreaming Diamond; very opposable for win purposes.

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5th

1

(1)

5th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Vienna Girl

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: Kevin Frost

dwelt start, in rear

5/1

4th

2

(1)

28th Oct 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Vienna Girl

9st 12lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Kevin Frost

took keen hold, held up in rear

7/2

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W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Bought for £32,000 since finishing third in a 3m Irish point (good to yielding) in May; front two unraced since but those behind haven't done much for the form; has at least joined a yard that is notoriously strong in these races.

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7th

4

16th Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

18:45 Fontwell

Queens Fortune

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Not much to show for her career to date but attracted support when tailed off at Wincanton two months ago; wind surgery since and bred to appreciate this longer trip; lot to prove but worth noting on handicap debut for yard which excels at this venue.

11/2

8

26th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

20:10 Worcester

Queens Fortune

11st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Not unsupported (12-1 into 17-2) when completing the course for the first time in three runs latest, albeit beaten 60l; opposable, for all her initial mark looks in line with last winter's peak efforts.

16/1

7th

10

5th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:25 Wincanton

Queens Fortune

10st 13lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Didn't achieve much when remote fourth over C&D on hurdle debut in December and has been pulled up twice since; tongue-tie (left off last time) returns; significant improvement required.

20/1

Form: 16 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

No great shakes in Irish points; it was just a run-of-the-mill summer bumper that she won at Worcester (good) and then she could finish only sixth here three weeks ago; down the pecking order for this.

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15

3rd May 2024

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:30 Cheltenham

Dreaming Diamond

11st 5lb

J: Miss Amber Jackson-Fennell

T: Paul King

Bumper winner in June 2022 (good) but a non-stayer in two points and a Stratford hunter chase (2m7f) this spring; couldn't fancy.

100/1

Form: 1-

Last run: 343 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Didn't beat a lot at Wetherby (1m4f, good to soft) when prevailing in a tight finish but that trip would have been very sharp for a filly bred to do well over jumps; should progress.

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5th

2

18th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

16:48 Fontwell

Fortuitous Favour

11st 4lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

took keen hold, led, not fluent 5th, not fluent 4 out, headed before 2 out, soon weakened quickly

11/4

3rd

8

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

14:55 Southwell

Fortuitous Favour

11st 0lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won a bumper on debut but 22l is the closest she's finished in her five starts since; way behind the first three when tongue tied on handicap debut at Fontwell (upped to 2m6f, heavy) on latest; mark is unchanged.

12/1

4th

8

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:10 Fontwell

Fortuitous Favour

11st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Well below her best in two runs over 2m this season; hopes rest on big step up in distance (could suit on pedigree) and the fitting of a tongue-strap.

10/1

Form: 15 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Bought for £27,000 after winning a run-of-the-mill Newton Abbot bumper for Noel Williams; ran respectably on her stable debut in a Listed bumper at Gowran (yielding; first-time tongue-tie), holding every chance before weakening into fifth; will have to see this out stronger up the hill.

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11th

15

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 2f 185y

17:20 Downpatrick

Kiss My Lucky Egg

10st 13lb

J: Mr H E Sexton

T: Adrian Sexton

Won a mares' bumper at Newton Abbot on decent ground and encouraging effort when fifth of 25 at Naas earlier this month (beaten 7l); ought to go well back on her preferred going.

13/2

5th

24

4th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:40 Naas

Kiss My Lucky Egg

10st 13lb

J: Mr H E Sexton

T: Adrian Sexton

Creditable effort in a Gowran handicap hurdle last September; modest form since then, though should be fit enough following a run a Dundalk.

33/1

66/1

Form: 2

Last run: 192 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Had no obvious excuses when second of six on good ground at Fontwell in May and that form is miles off what will be needed to win this; should improve but very opposable.

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1st

2

23rd May 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

15:00 Huntingdon

Symphorine

11st 12lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Responded well to first-time visor when winning Exeter seller (2m2f, good) last month but was safely held when back in a handicap a fortnight later and her overall profile remains unconvincing.

12/1

6th

7

27th Apr 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

17:20 Taunton

Symphorine

11st 9lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Justified favouritism in a seller at Exeter (2m2f, good; visor added) two weeks ago but she didn't have to run up to her best in that race and this is much tougher back in a competitive handicap; has some work to do.

8/1

1st

6

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

Symphorine

10st 10lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Has yet to find any consistency and hasn't offered much in her two handicaps (soft an excuse last time), but she ran okay behind decent mares on her first two runs over hurdles; disappointing if she fails to play a part at this level; visor is a first.

2/1

Form: 2

Last run: 162 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Sold for £70,000 after winning her Irish point by 3l; her Down Royal conqueror in a good-ground bumper is now looking a useful hurdler but the third was close up and she's now 0-8; others are more likely winners of this.

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7th

7

6th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:50 Warwick

Love At Sea

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Thomas Gallagher

Irish point winner; close second on her bumper debut in June 2022 but she was well below that form in three subsequent runs in that sphere; now switches to hurdling after 452 days off and she has something to prove.

16/1

14th

9

9th Feb 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

16:45 Huntingdon

Love At Sea

11st 0lb

J: Mr John Reddington

T: Thomas Gallagher

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

20/1

Form: 5

Last run: 167 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Only 7-4 for her debut at Kelso (2m, good to firm) but was pushed along from 2f out and soon outpaced; needs to leave that form behind.

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7th

11

9th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

14:09 Market Rasen

Notbitterbutbetter

10st 13lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

in rear

100/1

7th

9

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 4

13:33 Market Rasen

Notbitterbutbetter

10st 12lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

Not beaten far in Kelso bumper for Anthony Honeyball last spring but struggled (albeit on heavy ground) in a maiden hurdle in January; now with a new stable; not the obvious answer.

100/1

18

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:05 Exeter

Notbitterbutbetter

10st 13lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Anthony Honeyball

Unable to justify prominence in the betting when fifth of seven on bumper debut at Kelso last May and struggled in Cheltenham Listed race in November; significant improvement needed on today's hurdling debut.

66/1

Form: 1 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Showed a pleasing attitude to get the job done at Punchestown (2m, good; 2-1) and that form looks all the better now with both placed horses successful in the meantime; interesting runner for top Irish yard with Bryony booked.

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3rd

1

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 190y

13:27 Down Royal

Williamstowndancer

11st 3lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Bumper winner and third in an Aintree Grade 2 mares' event; won her first two races over hurdles; failed to run to expectations in Galway festival event won by stablemate Arctic Fly; recovered from that lapse to beat Bialystok and today's rival Birdie Or Bust at Tipperary, with Arctic Fly a remote fourth; strong contender.

100/30

1st

6

1st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 50y

15:15 Tipperary

Williamstowndancer

10st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, soon went third, headway 4th, went second before 5 out, not fluent 4 out

14/1

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Fortuitous Favour

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Queens Gamble

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