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Fitzdares Salutes Ben Pauling Racing Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6753.04
  • 2m 4f 145y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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Fitzdares Salutes Ben Pauling Racing Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 1113-1 CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Has won on his last three visits here, latterly beating one who was 12lb out of the weights (well beaten since) over this trip last month; not sure about the strength of that form even with a subsequent winner back in third, and he's gone up 5lb.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

5

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

15:17 Huntingdon

Poker Master

11st 0lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Philip McBride

His jumping lacked fluency when he was tailed off on chase debut at Market Rasen on Boxing Day; something to prove over fences but he's a four-time winner over hurdles here (soft/good) and the return to this track could prompt a big performance.

5/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: P3-P33 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Has become well handicapped and arrives here after solid thirds in Class 5 handicaps at Chepstow and Southwell; unlikely to be far away.

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5

21st Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:22 Wincanton

Sermando

11st 12lb

J: Sgt Nick Oliver

T: Alexandra Dunn

Has mostly run well since joining this yard, with his only blip two runs ago over fences; wasn't far away off this mark at Fontwell (2m3f, good) when last seen in September and hard to rule out.

13/2

3rd

5

10th Sep 2023

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

15:38 Fontwell

Sermando

10st 10lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Alexandra Dunn

Performed poorly in a chase here 17 days ago and needs to bounce back quickly from that but started off for Alexandra Dunn with three good runs, most recently when winning over hurdles on stable debut at Fakenham (2m4f, good) in June.

9/1

0

6

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 4

19:20 Fontwell

Sermando

11st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Alexandra Dunn

in rear, not fluent 5th

4/1

16/1

  • Place: £5.50

Form: 5F13-9 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Won a moderate novice over 2m3f here (soft) but was tailed off next time under a penalty and duly struggled off what looked a tough opening handicap mark at Bangor; down 4lb but may need more help than that.

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0

10

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 123y

15:55 Thurles

Maid On The Moon

11st 0lb

J: Ms H Phillips

T: Miss Elizabeth Anne Lalor

Winning hurdler in Britain, rated 99 in Ireland; fair placed form since winning at the start of the autumn points campaign; taking a big rise in class now.

40/1

4th

6

14th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

16:05 Ludlow

Maid On The Moon

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Alan King

held up in rear

9/2

2nd

6

9th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

16:33 Doncaster

Maid On The Moon

11st 2lb

J: Alexander Thorne

T: Alan King

Off the mark in novice contest at Huntingdon (2m3f, soft) last March; best effort this term when close third in handicap at same course (2m4f, good) two starts ago; that form puts her in the picture.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 6-1324 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Dual Flat winner and off the mark over hurdles here in May (2m, good); went up 6lb for that 6l defeat of four rivals and there's been no further progress, for all that he's continued to hold his own (2m-2m4f).

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6th

12

(3)

8th Mar 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 4

17:05 Kempton (AW)

Rhebus Road

9st 0lb

J: Thomas Greatrex

T: Oliver Sherwood

Has won over hurdles for current yard; never landed a blow at Wolverhampton (1m4f; first Flat start since 2021) last month but shaped as if this extra distance may help.

25/1

7th

9

(1)

13th Feb 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Rhebus Road

9st 7lb

J: Thomas Greatrex

T: Oliver Sherwood

Not seen on the Flat since 1m2f turf win for Ralph Beckett in September 2021 and was well beaten on only previous AW start; in fairly good form over hurdles in the autumn but probably best watched here.

14/1

5

(11)

1st Feb 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 5

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Rhebus Road

9st 12lb

J: Thomas Greatrex

T: Oliver Sherwood

Two Flat wins for Ralph Beckett in the second half of 2021; successful over hurdles for this yard last May; not at his best in that sphere when last seen in December; career best required to take this.

Form: P/594P

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Prolific juvenile hurdler in 2020 but missed all of the following year and it's been a struggle under both codes since returning.

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4th

5

6th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:50 Hereford

Hiconic

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Won two good-ground handicaps this summer and has continued to run well, especially last time at Plumpton behind the seriously progressive Our Champ; returns to a mares' race and this mark isn't beyond her.

10/1

Form: 213-73 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Bumper/maiden hurdle winner last season and went well here (including at this trip); stuck to her task over 2m around Fakenham last time and that looked on the sharp side for her; can do better.

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Verdict Starting price

5th

4

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

16:15 Huntingdon

Hillfinch

11st 5lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Dual course winner, latterly off 3lb higher over C&D (soft) just under a year ago; out of form this season, though, and needs to turn a corner; wore cheekpieces the last twice; visor tried today.

14/1

10th

3

7th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 3f 9y

Class 5

16:40 Sedgefield

Hillfinch

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

Now back on same mark as for hard-fought win at Huntingdon (3m1f, soft) last March but dropped out of contention very tamely on final two starts last year (cheekpieces added last time) and comes here with a point to prove.

12/1

5th

4

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 4

15:10 Fakenham

Hillfinch

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

Ended last season in good form, most notably when winning at Huntingdon (3m1f, soft); made a satisfactory reappearance last month but dropped out very quickly after making the running at Market Rasen on latest outing and needs to put that performance behind her; sports first-time cheekpieces.

8/1

Form: 623-8P

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Found some improvement last season when second in a Fontwell maiden (2m1f, good to soft) and third in a Newbury handicap (2m, soft); chance if back to that level but it's been a quiet start to this campaign.

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2nd

5

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 4

17:10 Huntingdon

Pearly Island

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Lucy Wadham

Dual hurdle winner at about 2m3f on slow ground; got off the mark over fences at the sixth attempt when scoring over C&D (soft) on his penultimate start; things seemed to happen a bit too quickly for him when dropped to 2m1f (good) at Plumpton latest; not written off.

5/1

3rd

4

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 4

17:20 Plumpton

Pearly Island

11st 9lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Lucy Wadham

This trip could be on the short side but it was a likeable display when getting off the mark over fences at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft; fine on drier ground) and, overall, he probably has the least to prove here even off a 7lb higher mark.

7/2

1st

2

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

16:30 Huntingdon

Pearly Island

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Lucy Wadham

0-5 over fences but headgear seems to have helped on last two outings, and the form of last month's Fakenham second (2m5f, soft; first-time blinkers) was well advertised by the winner in a valuable race at the weekend; has cheekpieces refitted today; course winner over hurdles; high on the list.

3/1

10/1

Form: -41325 CD

Last run: 103 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Triple Flat winner who won a C&D handicap during the summer off 7lb lower; did get very warm before latest disappointment in August but his new mark is looking an issue.

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1

9th Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

16:25 Wincanton

Justified

12st 0lb

J: Ms Laura Ward

T: Neil King

midfield on inner, ridden and no impression after 5 out, pulled up after 3 out

12/1

6th

6

10th Feb 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Kempton

Justified

11st 7lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Won quite decisively off 4lb lower at Huntingdon last summer and has shown he can cope with this higher mark; however, his recent efforts were well below par.

10/1

8th

5

4th Dec 2022

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

12:45 Huntingdon

Justified

11st 6lb

J: Jack Wildman

T: Neil King

disputed lead, prominent after 2nd, ridden and dropped to rear after 4 out, weakened before 2 out

10/1

Form: 3F4/3F

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who ran okay in maiden hurdles without suggesting this mark is particularly lenient; duly appeared to be unfancied at 20-1 when coming down early on his handicap debut.

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6th

8

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 4

14:15 Market Rasen

Masteroftheheights

11st 6lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

in touch with leaders on outer, lost position when not fluent 5th, reminders after 6th

50/1

3

4th Dec 2022

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

12:45 Huntingdon

Masteroftheheights

11st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Milton Harris

held up in last, slow jump 1st, refused 2nd

16/1

6

13th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 3

14:40 Fontwell

Masteroftheheights

10st 6lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

in touch with leaders 1st, fell 2nd

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £98.00
Straight Forecast £97.50
Tricast £1471.60
Trifecta £1428.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Poker Master

RP Ratings:

Sermando

SPOTLIGHT:

Hillfinch

TOPSPEED:

Justified

The Times:

Hillfinch

Daily Mail:

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D Express:

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The Star:

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Daily Record:

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POSTDATA:

Sermando

WEST COUNTRY:

Sermando

Daily Mirror:

Sermando

The Sun:

Sermando