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13:15 Haydock

Good To Soft

Extra Places Any Day With Betfair Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £26015
  • 2m 2f 191y
  • Class 2
  • 8 runners
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Extra Places Any Day With Betfair Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £17.00
  • Place: £3.70

Form: /4211-

Last run: 274 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Runner-up over C&D (heavy) last December and she won at Kelso the next twice (2m, good to soft/heavy); changed hands for £22,000 in May and left Donald Whillans' yard; further improvement is needed on this stable and seasonal debut, but it can't be ruled out.

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1st

4

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 191y

Class 1

13:02 Haydock

Stainsby Girl

11st 2lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

made virtually all, went well clear from 3 out, ridden out run-in, unchallenged

5/1

5th

6

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 1

14:05 Doncaster

Stainsby Girl

11st 2lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

took keen hold, led, headed 2 out, weakened approaching last

25/1

0

2

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Stainsby Girl

11st 9lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

Doughty 9yo, usually ridden these days by Kit Alexander; front-running sort who was back to her best when second of ten at Haydock (2m3f, good to soft) three weeks ago; effective in the mud but not proven over quite this far and probably too exposed to see off all of today's younger rivals.

16/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 4846-2

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Sandy Thomson does well with recruits from other yards and this fellow stayed on for a close second at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) on last month's stable debut; back up 2lb he remains well treated on his old form (including a heavy-ground win) and he could have more to offer for this trainer.

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13th

7

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Benson

11st 1lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Approaching the veteran stage of his career but retains most of his ability, winning at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day and running well when fourth to Afadil in the Scottish County there (1m7f, good to soft) in February; however, his last two runs have been subdued and it's asking quite a lot for him to bounce back in a race as warm as this.

33/1

17th

15

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Benson

11st 6lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Made all at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day 2023 and 2024; last season he then came from the rear to win the Morebattle at Kelso (2m, good to soft) but he pulled up in this race next time and never got out of the rear division in the Morebattle 11 days ago; has a fair bit to prove now, especially given need for a career best; tongue-tie (last worn in 2022) returns.

66/1

OUR TIP

Form: 32243- C BF

Last run: 259 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

His best form has come over fences but he was a promising novice hurdler in 2019-20 and he's well treated on last year's consistent chase form; goes well fresh and he's 2-2 here (including on heavy); not ruled out.

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2

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Cheddleton

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Won a four-runner chase at Newcastle in February (2m4f, heavy) and his pull-ups on either side of that were over hurdles; however, he's not as good as he was and this might be too big an ask.

16/1

2

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 2

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Cheddleton

11st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Slow-ground specialist; no longer the force of old but first-time cheekpieces enabled him to exploit a reduced mark in four-runner chase at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy) last month; not sure to be in same mood here but remains well handicapped over hurdles.

8/1

1st

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

15:27 Newcastle

Cheddleton

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, headway 10th, went second 4 out, pressed leader 3 out, challenging when ridden last, led run-in, kept on well towards finish

9/2

Form: 4F121- D

Last run: 230 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Two hurdle wins in France (2m1f/2m2f, heavy/very soft), the latest a 4yo Listed race at Auteuil in April; has joined a top stable for his British career and has potential off his opening mark.

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5th

5

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

LEau Du Sud

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has improved with virtually every run in Britain, posting excellent efforts in defeat in the Betfair and County Hurdles on his last two outings; they came on heavy ground but he's just as effective on good to soft; edging up the weights but has a rock-solid profile and should go well again.

7/2

2nd

15

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

LEau Du Sud

10st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

French 4yo Listed winner in April 2022 and, bar a blip here last November, has improved with each British run; fine second in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) last month, after which he's up 6lb but he was clear of Go Dante and Faivoir who fought out last Saturday's Imperial Cup; Harry Skelton prefers him to Faivoir; big player.

9/2

2nd

15

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

LEau Du Sud

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Acts on heavy ground; Listed scorer in France; has shown promise in Britain, notably when third in competitive handicap at Kelso (2m) last March, and it's best to forgive his only run this term (something looked amiss); not written off.

18/1

Form: P42P-2 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Inconsistent and pretty lightly raced since his heavy-ground C&D win in December 2020, but he went close on last month's reappearance at Wetherby (2m, good to soft) and could be thereabouts once more.

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5th

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

14:37 Newcastle

Alberts Back

11st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Michael & David Easterby

held up in last, lost touch from 3 out, never on terms

9/1

2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

13:32 Wetherby

Alberts Back

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Michael & David Easterby

Mudlark who has won five times over hurdles, four of them here; 0-5 over fences and was under pressure some way out when only fourth of five finishers at Haydock in December; dropped 4lb as a result but needs to raise his game.

14/1

4th

1

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:10 Haydock

Alberts Back

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Michael & David Easterby

Mudlark who has won five times over hurdles, including over 2m3f on heavy ground here; has shown some fair form in four runs over fences, but hasn't run in a chase since February 2020; others stronger.

12/1

Form: 2111-2 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Landed a hat-trick and made it 2-2 in handicaps when winning in fine style at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) in February; clear of the third when pushing an unexposed Skelton 4yo close at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) on reappearance; up 5lb for last time but could still be ahead of the handicapper.

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4th

1

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

14:20 Perth

Findthetime

11st 10lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Two wins from final three starts for Nicky Richards (1m7f/2m, heavy/soft); looked fortunate at Newcastle on second occasion (left well clear two out) but that form still reads well; versatile ground-wise and won over an extended 2m3f on hurdles; not ruled out on stable debut (same ownership).

4/1

1st

1

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 75y

Class 3

12:30 Newcastle

Findthetime

11st 10lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Nicky Richards

wore earplugs, didn't jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, headway and went second before 5 out, outpaced before 3 out, 4 lengths down when left well clear 2 out

6/4

4th

6

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 31y

Class 3

14:05 Doncaster

Findthetime

11st 2lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Nicky Richards

Reportedly benefited from the use of earplugs when returning to form with a small-field win at Wetherby (1m7f, heavy) four weeks ago; won over 2m3f and on good ground over hurdles and this 7yo could have more to offer now that things have clicked again.

6/1

Form: 230F-3

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Ran some good races in defeat in handicap hurdles last season, including on heavy ground, and he may improve for last month's reappearance run at Chepstow; he's on a competitive mark but it's a long time since he won and there's a suspicion that a shorter trip may suit best.

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1st

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

13:40 Chepstow

Zambezi Fix

12st 1lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Won over fences here (2m, heavy) during the winter and was clear second over C&D (heavy) when switched back to hurdling in February; won't mind if the ground starts to dry out today and probably won't be far away.

7/1

3

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 3

15:10 Exeter

Zambezi Fix

10st 10lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Opened his chase account at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in December; couple of second-place finishes at same venue since, latest returned to hurdles; generally consistent but loses points for having the worst strike-rate in this field; overall record is just 3-34.

3/1

2nd

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:58 Chepstow

Zambezi Fix

11st 10lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Runs this track well; won this last year off the very same mark and has been in good nick over fences, latterly going down narrowly here in a small field on heavy (off 5lb higher); thereabouts.

11/4

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Exacta £711.00
Straight Forecast £672.00
Tricast £6724.10
Trifecta £6068.00

Selections

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SPOTLIGHT:

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Daily Mail:

Stainsby Girl

TOPSPEED:

Benson

D Express:

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The Star:

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Daily Mirror:

Stainsby Girl

The Sun:

Benson