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  • 2m 5f 56y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.60
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 2

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Bought for £26,000 after winning 3m point in March; ran well from the front when second in 2m Worcester bumper (good) on debut for new connections in October; longer trip should suit now hurdling; interesting contender for stable that won this with the smart Two For Gold in December 2018.

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4

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

14:45 Uttoxeter

Top Target

11st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Won quite comfortably on hurdle debut at Wetherby (2m5f, soft) in December and has performed well on both subsequent outings, more recently when fourth on handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) in January; that form already puts him in the mix here and he could quite plausibly have untapped potential over today's longer trip.

9/2

4th

4

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Ffos Las

Top Target

11st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Showed a good attitude to win his novice at Wetherby (2m5f, soft) and jumping out to his left was no help when turned over at Wincanton; still finished clear of the remainder behind a likely improver; handicap debutant.

4/1

2nd

2

7th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

12:20 Wincanton

Top Target

11st 9lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

jumped left throughout, led, increased tempo when joined 8th, ridden when headed home turn, briefly led but hung left before 2 out, 5 lengths down last, stayed on

5/4

25/1

  • Place: £16.80

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

£33,000 buy after beating his sole rival in a 3m Irish point in March 2020; it's taken a long time for his new connections to get him to the track; watching brief is very much the percentage call.

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8

7th Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:10 Sandown

Solar Sovereign

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Toby Bulgin

1st

5

15th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

14:10 Wetherby

Solar Sovereign

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Toby Bulgin

All starts on soft or slower; displayed promise in both Irish points (3m) in 2020 and returned from a long absence with a good second here (2m5f, soft) last December; soundly beaten at Uttoxeter (2m7f, soft) since but leading claims if rediscovering the penultimate form now back down in trip.

11/4

8th

10

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

12:03 Uttoxeter

Solar Sovereign

11st 4lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Toby Bulgin

Irish point winner in March 2020; good second in novice hurdle at Wetherby (2m5f) four weeks ago when making rules debut and back from 993-day absence; possibilities if building on that effort.

6/1

9/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 36-31

Last run: 200 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Placed in the first of two bumpers for Gordon Elliott; promise for new yard over hurdles in the spring, third at Kelso before winning a Hexham novice (2m4f, good to firm) in May; may do better again on return but a penalty certainly demands more.

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3rd

1

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

18:10 Musselburgh

Curley Finger

12st 0lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Won this last year and returns searching for a four-timer after three soft-ground wins at about 3m; was all out for the latest and has a 5lb rise to defy, so it won't be easy.

11/4

1st

9

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

14:05 Doncaster

Curley Finger

10st 5lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

made all, not fluent 4 out, jumped left 2 out, not fluent last, ridden run-in, drifted left final 110yds, kept on gamely, all out

7/2

1st

15

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Curley Finger

10st 2lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

C&D winner last March and back to form with another successful front-running performance at Newcastle four weeks ago; 6lb higher today, including 2lb out of the handicap, but needs some respect.

12/1

Form: 2

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Made a very encouraging start to his career when chasing home a Paul Nicholls odds-on shot in 2m3f Chepstow maiden hurdle (good to soft) a month ago, staying on well; open to improvement up in trip; the one to beat.

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6th

3

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Goshhowposh

11st 9lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Further progress when winning a Pertemps qualifier at Wincanton (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day but major disappointment when pulled up on heavy ground at Exeter in February; his overall profile is progressive so might be worth giving him the benefit of the doubt for that; blinkers reached for.

7/1

11

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 2

15:35 Exeter

Goshhowposh

10st 4lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

C&D winner in October, ran creditably in hot race next time and eventually asserted in dominant style at Wincanton (3m) on latest; has a bit more to prove back on worse than good to soft ground (third on soft on final start last term) but he's had just six races, so plenty of potential, and shapes as if he has major stamina reserves; lots to like.

3/1

Form: 2

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Signs of ability in Irish points and made a sound start under rules when second in 2m4f Ffos Las maiden hurdle (soft) four weeks ago; likely to progress.

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1st

2

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

14:25 Exeter

Howaya Now

11st 6lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

0-3 in points and 0-7 under rules, but has finished runner-up in a Newbury handicap and two maiden hurdles (including last time at Hereford); looks the percentage call on balance of his form and, although unraced on heavy, he handles soft fine.

11/10

Form: 6/4

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Bought for £90,000 after winning an Irish point by 12l; faded to finish a well-held fourth in a 2m4f Carlisle novice hurdle (heavy) on his debut for new connections but he may strip fitter for the run; tongue-tied first time; yard going well.

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2nd

3

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

15:17 Huntingdon

Regarde

11st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Won here last autumn on first two chase starts (2m7f/2m4f, good) before solid third at Newcastle (2m7f, good); different ground today but he was going okay when unseating seven out at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) last month; wears first-time cheekpieces and he's one to consider.

3/1

5

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Regarde

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Very solid record (over 2m4f/2m7f on good going) since switched to chasing, winning twice at Huntingdon then creditable third at Newcastle; likely player provided he's as effective back on forecast much softer ground.

4/1

3rd

3

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 4

13:05 Newcastle

Regarde

11st 6lb

J: David Bass

T: Jamie Snowden

led

2/1

Form: 40-6

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fair fourth on debut in bumper here (2m, heavy) in January; better effort over hurdles since when sixth of 14 over 2m3f here three weeks ago but it's likely he's more one for handicaps after this.

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4th

3

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 198y

Class 5

16:50 Carlisle

Great Ballinboris

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

Very lightly raced 8yo who made encouraging seasonal/chase/handicap debut when third (albeit well held) at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) on Boxing Day; not seen again since but is the dark horse in this line-up.

4/1

3rd

3

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 5

12:27 Wetherby

Great Ballinboris

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Micky Hammond

in touch with leaders, raced in third from 11th, weakened after 4 out

10/1

100/1

Form: 47/4-7

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Displayed some ability in his three bumper starts for Tom Lacey but more of a longer-term prospect over hurdles based on his first attempt here (2m3f, good; Great Ballinboris a place ahead of him) three weeks ago.

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5

8th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 5

16:25 Haydock

Marty Time

11st 10lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

Better again when sent handicapping on last two starts, winning by 6l in a ten-runner race at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) on latest; raised 6lb but well on top last time and could easily have more to offer.

5/2

1st

3

28th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

15:45 Hexham

Marty Time

11st 11lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

prominent, led after 3 out, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and went clear home turn, pushed out run-in, comfortably

5/2

3rd

4

1st Feb 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

16:20 Leicester

Marty Time

11st 8lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

Some late headway in novice company at Wetherby (2m3f, soft; 28-1; beaten 43l) last month; possibly will prove suited by this slightly longer trip on handicap debut but chasing could prove his long-term forte.

20/1

Form: 67

Last run: 15 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 and novice hurdle for this stable in recent months; first-time tongue-strap needs to spark major improvement.

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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

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Made it third time lucky in points when shading a close finish in 3m maiden in March; betting should help guide to expectations on rules debut.

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3rd

5

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

16:35 Market Rasen

Benny Baloo

11st 6lb

J: Mr William Easterby

T: Tim Easterby

held up in rear, not fluent 6th, headway 12th, pushed along when slow jump 3 out

4/1

5th

5

11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:20 Catterick

Benny Baloo

11st 2lb

J: Mr William Easterby

T: Tim Easterby

Lightly raced point winner who built upon November's encouraging chase debut fifth (2m7f, soft) when winning at Market Rasen (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day; did it comfortably last time and a 9lb rise may not stop him.

5/2

1st

7

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

13:15 Market Rasen

Benny Baloo

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Tim Easterby

Won a point; ordinary form over hurdles but showed improved form on chase debut when fifth at Newcastle last month (2m7f, soft); each-way chance.

11/4

Form: 32-41P D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Came good over hurdles at sixth attempt for Gavin Cromwell, in Cartmel maiden (2m6f, good to soft) this summer; disappointing start for his new yard when pulled up at Market Rasen seven weeks ago, though.

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2

3rd Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

11:40 Wetherby

Free Handshake

11st 7lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

slowly into stride, in rear

6/1

1st

2

24th Jun 2022

Good

2m 6f 31y

Class 4

14:30 Cartmel

Free Handshake

11st 4lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

travelled strongly, led, prominent when headed after 1st, led after 3 out, shaken up after last, ran on well

15/8

4th

9

29th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 130y

14:30 Punchestown

Free Handshake

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

5/1

Form: 0/P

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Irish point winner in February but sent off at 40-1 and pulled up in a 2m4f Carlisle novice hurdle (Regarde fourth) for new connections five weeks ago; can only watch after that.

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10

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 30y

Class 5

13:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Glenavaddra

10st 2lb

J: Edward Austin

T: George Bewley

Winning pointer just over two years ago; pulled up in both his chases and he's 29lb out of the handicap here; had wind surgery.

100/1

0

9

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 5

14:50 Newcastle

Glenavaddra

10st 2lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

led narrowly, headed 5 out

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Reached the frame in a pair of 3m Irish points in January; the form doesn't look anything out of the ordinary but he's still worth a betting check on rules debut.

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1st

7

6th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

19:18 Hexham

Hapy La Vie

10st 8lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: James Ewart

Only eight career starts and has made a good start to chasing; made all when beating So Be It over C&D in June; up 6lb and absent since (withdrawn from intended start 18 days ago) but could prove hard to catch again.

2/1

4

19th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 5

19:00 Market Rasen

Hapy La Vie

10st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: James Ewart

Lightly raced 6yo who was a promising second on his chase debut at Hexham (2m4f, good) in May and he made all over 3m there the following month; up 6lb but he jumped well last time and is open to more progress on this drop back in trip; big player.

5/4

1st

8

17th Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

16:55 Hexham

Hapy La Vie

10st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: James Ewart

Unexposed 6yo who kept on well for second on last month's chasing debut here (2m4f, good); open to improvement on this first attempt at 3m under rules and features prominently in calculations.

9/4

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Modest Flat performer who won one of his 16 starts in that sphere; would be a surprise winner on hurdle debut.

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9th

7

(6)

9th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Third Avenue

9st 3lb

J: Josephine Gordon

T: Andrew Crook

Has generally struggled since a couple of absences and this summer's work was poor under both codes; would be a surprise winner.

33/1

7th

9

(3)

8th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 7f 189y

Class 6

16:00 Catterick

Third Avenue

8st 9lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Andrew Crook

Only 1-20 on the Flat and that success came over 1m6f in Ireland two years ago; no worthwhile hurdle form on last three appearances.

20/1

11

9th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

14:20 Market Rasen

Third Avenue

10st 5lb

J: John Kington

T: Andrew Crook

Modest on the Flat and tailed off on only completion in three hurdle starts; aids return and starts handicap life off a basement mark but still hard to make much of a case for him.

25/1

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