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15:03 Wetherby

Good To Soft

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  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 9 runners
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Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: /3661- D

Last run: 249 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Inconsistent across his four starts last season but he won at Newcastle (2m, good to soft) in March when last seen; ran well when third on last season's reappearance (2m3f, heavy) and could be in the mix on his return, especially with his stable enjoying a good autumn.

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7th

5

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Homme Public

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Has won three of four chases at about 2m (good and good to soft) this season but the luck was with him on one occasion and he didn't need to improve to win at Doncaster in March; has more to do here and he bypassed two soft-ground races last term, so the state of the ground is a worry.

9/1

1st

4

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

14:35 Doncaster

Homme Public

10st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Took well to fences in the autumn but was fortunate to collect a Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) two starts ago and was probably only third best on merit when second in small-field contest on latest outing; may find that others are better handicapped.

11/4

Form: 1455-4 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Won two juvenile hurdles last autumn and was very creditable fifth of 21 in the 4yo handicap at the Cheltenham Festival (2m, good to soft) in March; fair fourth on reappearance at Chepstow (2m, good) last month and could build on that today for his top yard; on the shortlist.

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10th

14

(8)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Too Friendly

8st 6lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: James Owen

Seen far more often over hurdles (winner on varied ground); has lost his way in that discipline but he was a smooth 2m winner on the Kempton AW in March on his only Flat start since 2021; 4lb higher today but could have more to offer in this sphere and is one to consider.

18/1

8th

2

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Too Friendly

11st 13lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: James Owen

Belatedly returned to the Flat 18 days ago and won a Class 4 2m handicap at Kempton; he's a five-time winner over hurdles and well suited by a quick 2m; Alex Chadwick's claim is welcomed off a challenging mark; respected.

12/1

Form: 41332- D BF

Last run: 244 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Won at Uttoxeter (2m, soft) last December on his second hurdles start and ran well in defeat in novice contests on his next three starts (including on good to soft here); improvement needed on handicap/seasonal debut but he's lightly raced and returns with his stable in good form.

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5

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Warwick

Risk DArgent

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Pulled well clear of the rest when second of 17 here (2m, soft) on seasonal debut in November; not quite in same form on either start since but stuck to his task pretty well when fifth here (2m, soft) in January and is worth a crack at this longer trip.

10/1

5th

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:40 Warwick

Risk DArgent

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Pulled well clear of the rest when second of 17 over C&D (soft) in November but he didn't go with much zest at Haydock next time and now wears a tongue-strap; others appeal more.

8/1

4th

8

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 3

14:05 Haydock

Risk DArgent

11st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alastair Ralph

prominent, dropped to last when not fluent 4th, struggling 3 out, stayed on run-in, went fourth towards finish

6/1

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Form: /3918- D

Last run: 210 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Mixed form during light campaign for new yard last season; however, he won at Stratford (2m, good to soft) two starts ago and returns with his trainer among the winners; might not be far away if fully tuned up.

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15

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 0y

13:07 Naas

Oakley

11st 12lb

J: Ambrose McCurtin

T: Anthony Mullins

A 1m7f winner in Germany; well supported when close second in a 1m4f handicap at Cork last August; ran poorly at Navan before scoring on Dundalk AW in October; will need more experience judged on hurdle outings at Fairyhouse and Punchestown.

50/1

Form: 36P2-2 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Five-time course winner (good-soft) who reappeared with a neck second of six over C&D last month; retains the same mark and is a key player.

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10th

5

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton

Fransham

11st 12lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Pam Sly

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 1st

20/1

5

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 3

16:25 Fakenham

Fransham

11st 9lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Pam Sly

Nearly five years since he won anywhere other than Wetherby; most encouragement for a while at Kempton in January on his first outing since wind surgery, but surprising were nothing to prove more progressive.

8/1

Form: 012-68

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won on his stable debut at Carlisle (2m3f, good) in March and solid second in another novice there (2m3f, good) in April; however, tailed off in two handicaps since (2m/2m1f, good to soft/soft) and has something to prove.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

6

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

15:30 Carlisle

Palm Beach

11st 7lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

in rear

14/1

5th

11

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

15:32 Carlisle

Palm Beach

10st 8lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

midfield on outer, headway and in touch with leaders before 4th, pushed along briefly 5th, lost ground and struggling 3 out

25/1

7/1

Form: 8/1P-1

Last run: 188 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won three times when trained in France, including in May when last seen (2m2f, soft; unraced on good/good to soft); this unexposed 4yo brings potential to his British debut and the betting may be informative.

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1st

6

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

Issam

11st 9lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Had crept up the weights and was found out in a competitive handicap at Ascot last time (2m3f, good to soft); however, he won't mind returning to softer conditions and first-time cheekpieces might trigger something.

12/1

15th

10

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Issam

10st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Likeable 6yo whose Exeter win (2m2f, soft) in December was his fourth over hurdles from 11 attempts; followed that with a good second at Sandown (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago; likely to give his running once more but he's creeping up the weights and this is much the most competitive field he's faced.

14/1

2nd

5

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Issam

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Probably needed his comeback third here and then won with a bit up his sleeve at Exeter (2m2f, soft), for which a 4lb rise is fair; that's two wins in three runs and he's beginning to click.

7/1

Form: -65193 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

His form has been up and down this year and 2m4f may be preferable; however, he won at Worcester (2m4f, good) in June and ran well when third of seven at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft) last month, following a break; he's an each-way possible in first-time blinkers.

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4th

3

1st Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 4

15:07 Fakenham

Gaelik Coast

11st 10lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

Hurdle and chase successes on ground ranging from good to soft; winner of one course start, over fences in 2020, and well handicapped on much of his form at about 2m4f; some way off his best on last two starts, though, and blinkers worn once last winter weren't much help.

5/1

5th

2

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

16:25 Haydock

Gaelik Coast

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Six rules wins divided between hurdles and fences; back hurdling the last twice, not beaten far when third of six at Doncaster (2m3f, good) and heavy ground was an excuse last time (has won on soft); very well handicapped on some of his form.

10/1

6th

5

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 2f 191y

Class 3

14:35 Haydock

Gaelik Coast

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

held up in last, headway and in touch with leaders 6th

11/2

Form: 155-54 D BF

Last run: 53 days

W: 10st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

4yo who is a multiple winner in France; his opening British mark is no gift but new trainer can do well with French recruits; not discounted.

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6th

9

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 133y

Class 4

14:30 Hexham

Contre Ordre

10st 6lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Sole success in Britain came off 1lb higher; solid second at Wetherby (1m7f, soft) most recently, beating all bar a rival who was on the middle leg of a hat-trick; shortlisted.

9/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Fransham

The Times:

Too Friendly

The Star:

Issam

The Guardian:

Homme Public

TOPSPEED:

Oakley

Telegraph:

Too Friendly

Daily Record:

Too Friendly

RP Ratings:

Fransham

POSTDATA:

Fransham

Daily Mail:

Fransham

The Sun:

Fransham