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Good To Soft

Slingsby Gin Peak Cap & Pearls Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5609.38
  • 2m 3f 154y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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Slingsby Gin Peak Cap & Pearls Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 4244-

Last run: 259 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 4yo who was set tough tasks last winter on his first two British starts, finishing a 17l fourth in both a Chepstow Grade 1 (2m, soft) and a Kempton Grade 2 (2m, good to soft); very lightly raced and he's an interesting contender now going handicapping for a stable enjoying a fine season.

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2nd

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Iroko

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Acts on soft; won on the bridle at Warwick in November then picked up an injury; unable to get competitive in the Turners at Cheltenham (again over 2m4f) on return to action but should still have more to offer; ran well over 3m in the Sefton on this card last year; interesting back up in trip.

7/2

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Iroko

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Very progressive over hurdles last term (on good/soft), winning the Martin Pipe at this meeting and third in 3m Grade 1 novice at Aintree; impressive over fences at Warwick (2m4f) in November, cruising home on the bridle in a race that Stage Star won en route to 2023 Turners success; picked up an injury soon afterwards and was deemed out for the season but has recovered faster than expected; exciting contender who brings lots of potential to this second chase attempt.

5/1

1st

4

7th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

13:55 Warwick

Iroko

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders, jumped left 1st, prominent before 3 out, went second on turn before 2 out, soon challenging and going best

11/10

12/1

  • Place: £4.90

Form: 11032- D

Last run: 215 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Completed a hat-trick (2m3f-2m5f, soft/good to soft) under Emma Smith-Chaston at the end of last year and he was a good second at Hexham (2m4f, good to soft) in April last time out; however, he needs to be better than ever if he's to win this warm race on his reappearance.

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3rd

12

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

15:20 Ayr

Fostersisland

11st 2lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Won twice here and was runner-up on his other visit; has not been easy to predict this season but ran okay after wind surgery last time and he's beneath his last winning mark.

25/1

4th

7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Fostersisland

10st 5lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Patchy form across his four runs this season but they've all been on soft going and he showed spark when second at Wetherby in January; below par there since but he's had wind surgery subsequently and could be back on better ground today; back down to same mark as for 8l win at Bangor (2m3f, good to soft) last March and this C&D winner is capable of having a big say.

14/1

5th

6

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:42 Wetherby

Fostersisland

11st 10lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Likes it here and he returned to form with a good second over C&D (soft) three weeks ago; every chance he'll be bang there.

9/2

12/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 1222-5 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

French hurdle winner who was highly progressive in novice chases last season and he has a lower mark to exploit in today's discipline; this 5yo may have needed last month's reappearance run over hurdles at Ffos Las but he was tailed off and it's hard to be confident after that.

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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: 3250-3

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Beaten about 16l on recent reappearance at Cheltenham (2m4f) but that third of 13 was still a pretty good performance and this lightly raced 7yo is on a competitive mark on last season's best efforts; not ruled out.

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5

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:18 Haydock

Onagatheringstorm

11st 2lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

0-5 in handicaps, runner-up on first attempt (3m, good); ran respectably for two minor honours at about 2m4f this season; tongue tied on last three starts, also has cheekpieces this time and had wind surgery after latest start (November); player if they bring him back to his best.

12/1

4th

3

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

13:18 Wetherby

Onagatheringstorm

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Fergal O’Brien

Beaten about 16l on recent reappearance at Cheltenham (2m4f) but that third of 13 was still a pretty good performance and this lightly raced 7yo is on a competitive mark on last season's best efforts; not ruled out.

11/2

3rd

6

21st Oct 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

15:55 Cheltenham

Onagatheringstorm

11st 3lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

towards rear of midfield, mistake 1st, ridden and good headway on outer 3 out, went second and ridden 2 out, 8 lengths down last, weakened and lost second run-in

9/2

Form: 72266- D

Last run: 225 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Below par at Ayr in April last time out but he was a good second in February on his first two starts for this yard (2m3f, good/soft; including C&D) and he's of interest on that form; not discounted on return.

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2nd

4

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 2f 191y

Class 3

14:35 Haydock

Thereisnodoubt

11st 2lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

held up in rear, mistake 3rd

6/1

4th

8

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Thereisnodoubt

10st 5lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Veteran who came up well short in similar event at Ascot five weeks ago and again looks highly vulnerable; has done all his winning off lower marks and in lower grades.

20/1

7th

8

4th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 2

15:15 Ascot

Thereisnodoubt

10st 10lb

J: Conner McCann

T: Lucinda Russell

midfield, hampered 1st, weakening when slightly hampered after 3 out

16/1

Form: 445-74 CD

Last run: 154 days

W: 12st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

10yo who is lightly raced for his age and won five in a row between November 2018 and December 2020 (including over C&D); he continues to drop down the weights and didn't run badly at Hexham in June last time out, but he needs to produce something extra to win this.

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1st

1

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

17:45 Hexham

Captain Zebo

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

made virtually all

16/1

3rd

1

6th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

15:48 Perth

Captain Zebo

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

Snapped a long losing run when in front at Hexham last month (2m, good) and probably ran to the same level when third back there over 2m4f 19 days ago; exposed but in form and should run well back in a Class 4.

3/1

3rd

5

17th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 3

15:10 Hexham

Captain Zebo

11st 5lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

took keen hold, towards rear, rapid headway and went second after 2nd

13/2

Form: 1P5-64 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

He wasn't back to his best on his reappearance over C&D (good to soft) a fortnight ago but that fourth of eight was an encouraging run and he may improve for it; now below his last winning mark; an each-way possible.

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3rd

6

16th Feb 2023

Good

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

13:00 Newcastle

Sheriff Garrett

11st 8lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Tim Easterby

pressed leader, prominent 5th, not fluent and ridden 4 out, outpaced before 2 out, 9 lengths down and beaten when left in third last

8/1

6th

12

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

15:23 Wetherby

Sheriff Garrett

11st 0lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Tim Easterby

High-mileage 9yo who exploited some help from the handicapper when holding on well to score at Newcastle (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day; can probably cope with today's 2lb higher mark but is not one to rely upon heavily.

9/2

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6/1

Form: 1798-5 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Below par on final three starts last season and also down the field on last month's reappearance at Market Rasen; however, he likes Wetherby and is back here for the first time since winning over C&D in January; now 2lb lower and could leave his latest run miles behind.

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0

3

9th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

15:10 Market Rasen

Haafapiece

12st 0lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Pam Sly

Hasn't won for nearly two years but creditable second at Wetherby on reappearance (2m3f, soft); pulled up on heavy latest but he is on a good mark and no surprise if he were to run well.

11/2

0

6

18th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

13:19 Wetherby

Haafapiece

11st 5lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Pam Sly

prominent on outer

13/2

Form: /1214- CD BF

Last run: 238 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Won two novice hurdles early this year, including over C&D (soft); well beaten on handicap debut at Newcastle (2m6f, good) in March but he's better than that and this unexposed 7yo has potential off his current mark; has run well on good ground here.

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5th

3

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

15:35 Perth

Raffertys Return

11st 12lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Has improved with headgear on last three starts, winning over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) in first time cheekpieces and then scoring over 2m4f at Newcastle in a visor; could go well again despite 7lb rise.

4/1

1st

5

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 3

16:05 Newcastle

Raffertys Return

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

In first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces combination when beating three rivals over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) but he was a weakener when the visor was added at Kelso; takes on progressive opposition here and may struggle.

15/2

7th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Raffertys Return

10st 6lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Readily made all in four-runner handicap at Carlisle (2m3f, heavy) 12 days ago in first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces; the strength of that form is dubious, but he's still 3lb lower than when a fair fourth in this last year (good to soft) and is not ruled out; visor replaces cheekpieces.

9/1

Form: 151P9- D

Last run: 224 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Pulled up (albeit at the Cheltenham Festival) and tailed off (on handicap debut) on final two starts last term; however, this lightly raced 6yo mare has a good record when fresh and is not written off on her return.

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2

24th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 133y

Class 5

14:15 Hexham

The Player Queen

12st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Point winner who won twice over hurdles (2m4f/1m7f) last season but she's struggled in her last five starts including pulled-up efforts in her last two handicaps; dropped another 4lb but she needs to turn things around on this switch to chasing; cheekpieces worn last time are removed.

25/1

15

10th Jan 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

15:00 Doncaster

The Player Queen

10st 12lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Rose Dobbin

Winner of 2m4f maiden and 1m7f novice hurdles last winter but her handicap form this winter has not been up to scratch; big turnaround needed for first-time cheekpieces.

25/1

3

3rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

12:15 Musselburgh

The Player Queen

11st 3lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Rose Dobbin

Won twice over hurdles last season (2m4f/1m7f) and is still lightly raced, but looked out of sorts on both appearances towards end of last year and needs a good boost from the first-time cheekpieces here.

14/1

Form: 42/11/

Last run: 729 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

3m point winner who looked one to follow when winning his first two handicap hurdles in autumn 2020 (2m, good to soft/good); absent since and it remains to be seen if he retains that promise, but the stable's horses often run well fresh and he's an intriguing candidate.

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0

4

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

13:50 Kelso

Dancewiththewind

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Needs to produce more than he's managed this season on his first three chase starts, but Musselburgh last time was a sizeable step in the right direction and he could continue to get better over fences; won here twice over hurdles and he's well treated on his form in that sphere; not ruled out.

10/1

3rd

1

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 4

13:55 Musselburgh

Dancewiththewind

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Won Irish point earlier in career but his four rules wins have come over hurdles and although he had a stiff task on chase debut at Carlisle he showed no enthusiasm when pulled up early at Kelso in November (first-time cheekpieces, discarded now); risky.

7/2

0

2

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 4

12:30 Kelso

Dancewiththewind

11st 9lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

raced in last, reminder after 1st, detached after 3rd, pulled up after 4th

7/1

20/1

Form: F161-P

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Pulled up at Worcester on his recent British debut; transformation required just 16 days ago but this 4yo wore a tongue-tie for both French wins and it goes back on here, so he's not a forlorn hope.

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1

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 5

15:35 Plumpton

Kadex

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Lucy Wadham

Beat three rivals over C&D (good to soft) in October and he nearly followed up at Fakenham; however, has since been let down by his jumping with three pull-ups; blinkers replace previous headgear.

6/1

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Exacta £569.00
Straight Forecast £580.40
Tricast £3716.00
Trifecta £4213.00

Selections

The Times:

Iroko

LAMBOURN:

Hardy Du Seuil

WEST COUNTRY:

Onagatheringstorm

TOPSPEED:

Thereisnodoubt

The Star:

The Player Queen

Daily Mirror:

Captain Zebo

RP Ratings:

Haafapiece

POSTDATA:

Sheriff Garrett

Telegraph:

Iroko

The Sun:

Iroko

Daily Mail:

Hardy Du Seuil

Daily Record:

Onagatheringstorm

D Express:

Thereisnodoubt