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Nick Sutton Happy 70th Birthday Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 2m 3f 66y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Nick Sutton Happy 70th Birthday Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: 21-

Last run: 213 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Promising bumper debut in March and little trouble landing short odds in weak contest the following month; half-brother to winning hurdlers and needs taking very seriously on his debut over them.

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3

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Imperial Merlin

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: John & Sean Quinn

A three-time hurdles scorer last term, latest over 3m; sent chasing this term and running very well in second when falling two out in 2m7f handicap chase here 23 days ago; reverts to this sphere on a lenient-looking mark so he's interesting; Brian Hughes is back in the saddle too.

9/2

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

16:00 Kelso

Imperial Merlin

10st 5lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: John & Sean Quinn

raced in second, not fluent 12th, going okay when fell 2 out

9/2

Form: -01128 D

Last run: 87 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Might be best to draw a line under heavy defeat on handicap debut in August (hampered early and reportedly lost confidence); maiden winner the previous month and decent claims on that; ran well on soft once in Ireland.

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12

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Fennas Loss

11st 1lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Pulled up on last two starts in the autumn (soft/good to soft); however, he's of interest on his creditable good-ground form earlier in the season and he can go well fresh; could be a player if getting his conditions.

14/1

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5

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:53 Ayr

Fennas Loss

11st 5lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

didn't jump with fluency, led, headed before 5th, lost position after 5th, tailed off when mistake 3 out, soon pulled up

10/1

Form: 55325

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Narrowly beaten by a rival completing a hat-trick on last month's Wetherby hurdling debut (2m3f+) and may have found 2m6f+ stretching his stamina at Kelso 13 days ago; live claims on the earlier effort.

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1st

1

10th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

14:50 Kelso

Ballyporeen

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

prominent on inner, led before 7th

4/7

1st

1

17th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Ballyporeen

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Built upon promise shown for Rebecca Menzies when winning Musselburgh handicap (2m4f, good to soft) by 24l on last month's stable debut; tackles stronger opposition and has penalty to carry here but still respected.

11/4

1st

3

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:00 Musselburgh

Ballyporeen

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Showed enough in qualifying runs to be competitive on handicap debut at Sedgefield but found little (2m5f, good to soft); left Rebecca Menzies since; still time for better but takes on high-flying rivals.

12/1

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Form: 2322-2

Last run: 199 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Free-going front-runner who finished second in four of five hurdling starts last season; didn't progress but has realistic chances on form and perhaps wind surgery will enable a step forward.

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3rd

7

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:05 Ludlow

Cartonne

11st 7lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Ended 2023 in excellent form, winning from the front at Doncaster (2m3f, good) and here (2m4f, soft); reeled in fairly comfortably at Ascot (2m5f, good) last month, though, and needs today's longer trip to enable further improvement.

16/1

6th

6

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 8y

Class 4

14:10 Ascot

Cartonne

11st 7lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Ended 2023 in excellent form, winning from the front at Doncaster (2m3f, good) and Ludlow (2m4f, soft); didn't fire when upped to 2m7f at Musselburgh last month but further progress remains possible if he's back on song .

16/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 6lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

French Flat winner; not totally disgraced in three starts since arriving in Britain but not massively appealing on hurdling debut.

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7th

6

(2)

15th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 189y

Class 5

15:50 Catterick

Visite Officielle

8st 12lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Ex-French mare who was again beaten a fair way at Pontefract last time when having Vintage Valley behind over 2m5.6f; is on a competitive mark now though.

12/1

4th

6

(6)

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 139y

Class 6

16:10 Pontefract

Visite Officielle

9st 7lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Fair fourth over 2m2f here (good to soft) last October and now 4lb lower; however, she was well beaten by the first two when third at Redcar (2m, soft) a fortnight ago when fit from hurdling; others appeal more.

12/1

3rd

2

(2)

10th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 7f 217y

Class 6

15:26 Redcar

Visite Officielle

9st 9lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

1-23 in France and 0-7 in Britain; hurdling hasn't worked out (refused to race on penultimate appearance, tailed off latest) and her one piece of solid handicap form last season is not enough to persuade.

11/1

Form: 66

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Not beaten too far in two bumpers but will need to step forward considerably on hurdling debut.

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4th

1

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:00 Musselburgh

Shir I Dont Know

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Iain Jardine

Showed more than the distance beaten suggests at Ayr in December; floundered on heavy ground next time but won with something to spare on handicap debut back at Ayr last month (2m, soft); up 7lb; pedigree strongly suggests return to further will suit; major player.

4/1

1st

6

1st Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Ayr

Shir I Dont Know

11st 7lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Iain Jardine

towards rear, headway 5th, led 2 out, shaken up and went clear approaching last, ridden and kept on well run-in, comfortably

20/1

Form: 6

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Pulled up in an Irish point and well held in a bumper on last month's stable debut (attracted support); now switched to hurdling.

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0

4

23rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 5

13:35 Market Rasen

Jimvale

11st 3lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Justin Landy

towards rear, struggling from 3rd

5/1

3rd

3

6th Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:20 Southwell

Jimvale

11st 9lb

J: Joshua Thompson

T: Justin Landy

Unexposed 6yo who appeared to display improvement when keeping on for respectable fifth in Hexham novice (2m4f, good) a fortnight ago; upped in trip for today's handicap debut; could easily have more to offer.

10/1

5th

5

23rd May 2023

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

18:20 Hexham

Jimvale

11st 2lb

J: John Kington

T: Justin Landy

midfield

25/1

Form: 52-

Last run: 262 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Seven Flat wins but steadily regressive in that sphere and didn't really do enough in two outings over hurdles in the spring to suggest he has more than place claims in this.

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6th

5

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

12:05 Market Rasen

Edgar Allan Poe

10st 4lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Sue Smith

Won at Catterick off 5lb higher in January (1m7f, soft); poor efforts this term; stable going well but he has a bit to prove at present.

8/1

7th

3

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

14:50 Newcastle

Edgar Allan Poe

11st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

Has a patchy profile and he was pulled up on last month's reappearance at Sedgefield, but he may have needed the run and his stable is currently in flying form; he's 1lb below his last winning mark and could go well.

12/1

0

4

9th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

12:25 Sedgefield

Edgar Allan Poe

11st 2lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Sue Smith

Has dropped to a mark 1lb lower than when winning at Catterick (1m7f, soft) in January, and he's effective over C&D; watch the betting but there's a suspicion he'll need this first outing since April.

9/1

Form: 6-

Last run: 243 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Tailed off in a bumper in March (125-1); hurdling debut with a hood fitted.

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9th

8

18th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:30 Catterick

Lastordersplease

10st 7lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Laura Horsfall

Tailed off in a bumper in March (125-1); hurdling debut with a hood fitted.

100/1

6th

7

20th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

17:15 Chepstow

Lastordersplease

10st 7lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Laura Horsfall

Second foal of a winning hurdler, herself a half-sister to several winners; others have more compelling paper claims.

33/1

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Selections

RP Ratings:

Cartonne

SPOTLIGHT:

Ballyporeen

Telegraph:

Imperial Merlin

POSTDATA:

Ballyporeen

Daily Mirror:

Ballyporeen

The Guardian:

Imperial Merlin

D Express:

Imperial Merlin

TOPSPEED:

Cartonne

The Times:

Cartonne

Daily Mail:

Cartonne

The Sun:

Cartonne

The Star:

Cartonne

Daily Record:

Cartonne