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Summerfield Developments Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4302.34
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 5
  • 14 runners
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Summerfield Developments Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £40.70
  • Place: £8.40

Form: 238

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Point winner who was placed in June on her first two hurdle starts (2m5f/2m, good); well beaten on last month's handicap debut at Wincanton (2m4f, good) and she's hard to fancy on the back of that, but she may have needed the run and is no forlorn hope.

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1st

9

21st Dec 2022

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

12:53 Taunton

Gata Ban

11st 3lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Point winner who was placed in June on her first two hurdle starts (2m5f/2m, good); well beaten on last month's handicap debut at Wincanton (2m4f, good) and she's hard to fancy on the back of that, but she may have needed the run and is no forlorn hope.

20/1

8th

3

17th Nov 2022

Good

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

15:15 Wincanton

Gata Ban

11st 11lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Neil Mulholland

Irish point winner in May; bought for 20,000gns and placed in both novice starts the following month; didn't seem suited by drop to 2m at Worcester in the second of them and fair appeal back up in trip on handicap debut.

5/1

3rd

10

22nd Jun 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:05 Worcester

Gata Ban

10st 11lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Neil Mulholland

Three starts in Irish points, winning the latest of them a month ago; runner-up on recent hurdling debut at Fontwell (2m5f) when shaping quite well; leading contender if drop to 2m suits.

2/1

13/2

  • Place: £3.50

Form: -21341 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Listed bumper runner-up who made it 2-5 over hurdles when winning at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in October on her second handicap start; she's in a deeper race here but is just 1lb higher and could have more to offer.

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5

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

15:35 Southwell

Leading Theatre

11st 13lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Fergal O’Brien

midfield

7/1

2nd

2

16th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

13:40 Hereford

Leading Theatre

11st 11lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Fergal O’Brien

2-6 over hurdles (both wins on good); stays 2m3f; arrives on the back of a career best when second at Taunton (2m3f, good) last month; up 1lb; likely player if handling soft ground.

4/1

2nd

1

21st Dec 2022

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

12:53 Taunton

Leading Theatre

12st 0lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Fergal O’Brien

Listed bumper runner-up who made it 2-5 over hurdles when winning at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in October on her second handicap start; she's in a deeper race here but is just 1lb higher and could have more to offer.

13/2

8/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 436B4- BF

Last run: 244 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Third in an Ascot bumper (1m7f, soft) in February 2021 and runner-up on hurdle debut at Ffos Las (2m, good) that October; unable to reproduce that promise earlier this year, including in three handicaps, but she's had wind surgery since last time and that may make a positive difference.

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2nd

12

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Drash On Ruby

10st 9lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

A maiden after nine hurdle runs but placed on all three appearances this season, most recently when third of 16 at Ffos Las (2m4f, good) last month; likely to be right in the thick of things again here.

7/2

3rd

5

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

17:05 Ffos Las

Drash On Ruby

11st 9lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

0-8 over hurdles and 0-11 overall but placed on both appearances this season, more recently when second behind a very well-handicapped rival at Bangor (2m3f, good to soft) last month; high on the list.

100/30

2nd

4

10th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 5

16:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Drash On Ruby

11st 7lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

0-7 over hurdles and more exposed than some of these but stayed on for third of 14 in Taunton handicap (2m3f, good) on seasonal debut in December and won't be far away if in similar form here.

9/1

Form: -3221P D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Pulled up on handicap debut at Hereford four weeks ago when back from a break but the soft ground may not have suited; this lightly raced 5yo was progressive on good ground in May-July and it will be no surprise if she gets back on track with a big performance.

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5th

8

9th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

16:50 Plumpton

Last Of A Legend

10st 13lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Harry Fry

Progressive on good ground last summer and she was back on good ground for latest two starts, winning by a short head under Ben Bromley over C&D on latest; raised 5lb and needs to further her improvement.

10/1

1st

1

27th Feb 2023

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

15:35 Plumpton

Last Of A Legend

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Harry Fry

Progressive on good ground last summer and appreciated the return to similar conditions when fourth of 14 in a 2m3f handicap at Taunton in December; hard to call her well handicapped but Ben Bromley's claim will help in that respect.

7/2

4th

2

21st Dec 2022

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

12:53 Taunton

Last Of A Legend

11st 13lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Harry Fry

Pulled up on handicap debut at Hereford four weeks ago when back from a break but the soft ground may not have suited; this lightly raced 5yo was progressive on good ground in May-July and it will be no surprise if she gets back on track with a big performance.

9/1

Form: 7323-3

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Showed some promise in novice hurdles and she reappeared with an encouraging third of seven on last month's handicap debut at Wincanton (2m4f, good); she may be able to build on that and is one to consider.

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0

6

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

12:40 Exeter

Lady Wilberry

10st 13lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Claire Hitch

Consistent over hurdles and fences for Keiran Burke; not on a bad mark if able to resume where she left off back in May when going close in a 3m2f chase.

7/2

Form: 34

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Placed in both 3m points and also showed ability last month on first two hurdle starts (2m, good/soft); there can be optimism this step up in trip will prompt improvement on handicap debut and she's on the shortlist.

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3rd

3

21st Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

16:15 Market Rasen

Imperial Pride

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: David Dennis

Lightly raced 7yo who ran well when second of five on her chase debut here (2m3f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; this good-ground 3m point winner could have more to offer now back up in distance.

7/2

2nd

4

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 5

16:45 Market Rasen

Imperial Pride

11st 5lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: David Dennis

raced in second, briefly led 3 out, soon ridden, every chance 2 out, held approaching last, kept on

9/2

3rd

4

12th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 5

13:05 Catterick

Imperial Pride

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: David Dennis

disputing second, prominent 8th, ridden before 2 out, outpaced before last, soon beaten

7/2

Form: 1-574

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

She's not obviously well treated for this handicap debut judged on her three hurdle runs, having been soundly beaten each time; however, she's in top hands and could be thrown in off this lowly mark if tapping back into the promise shown when winning her sole bumper in April (2m, good).

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4th

2

17th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

18:40 Uttoxeter

Dancingontheedge

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

0-9 over hurdles but she won a bumper and has endured narrow defeats in two of last three starts; shade unfortunate here last month and only 1lb higher; tongue-strap worn there is retained and cheekpieces added; strong claims.

5/2

1

7th Jun 2023

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 5

16:10 Newton Abbot

Dancingontheedge

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Bumper winner; 0-9 over hurdles but narrow defeats in two of last three starts; shade unfortunate at Uttoxeter last month and only 1lb higher; tongue-strap worn there is retained and cheekpieces added; strong claims.

Evs

Form: U82P

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Took a step forward when second in a Huntingdon novice (2m, good) last month on her third hurdle start, and she reportedly lost her action when pulled up on subsequent handicap debut here; has potential off her current mark in view of her useful Flat ability; a tongue-tie goes on; could go well.

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5th

4

(8)

2nd Feb 2023

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 3

15:25 Southwell (AW)

Colony Queen

9st 9lb

J: Laura Pearson

T: David Pipe

Hasn't really shone over hurdles for current yard but she's a ten-time Flat winner who won all three of her runs for John Mackie in 2021 (1m2f/1m3f); acts on Tapeta and she should be well handicapped.

14/1

6th

2

30th Dec 2022

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 1

14:15 Taunton

Colony Queen

11st 4lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Ten Flat wins but yet to strike over hurdles; well beaten in a handicap here nine days ago; blinkers added to the tongue-strap worn then.

50/1

8th

6

21st Dec 2022

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

12:53 Taunton

Colony Queen

11st 7lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Took a step forward when second in a Huntingdon novice (2m, good) last month on her third hurdle start, and she reportedly lost her action when pulled up on subsequent handicap debut here; has potential off her current mark in view of her useful Flat ability; a tongue-tie goes on; could go well.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 46-32

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Kept on for third on hurdle debut at Plumpton (2m, good) in October and another promising run when second at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) last month; this unexposed handicap newcomer is open to further improvement; respected.

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7th

3

18th May 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

17:25 Fontwell

Mistral Lady

11st 11lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

prominent, pressed leader 6th, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and weakened approaching last

10/1

3rd

7

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

14:15 Fontwell

Mistral Lady

11st 8lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Placed in two mares' maiden hurdles in the autumn (2m/2m3f) but she's finished down the field in three handicaps (2m3f-2m5f) since; still has low mileage but she needs to significantly raise her game.

16/1

7th

7

4th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 4

16:00 Fontwell

Mistral Lady

11st 8lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Placed in two mares' maiden hurdles in the autumn (2m/2m3f) but safely held in her first two handicaps (2m3f/2m4f); still has low mileage but clearly needs to up her game here.

12/1

Form: 7/3P-0

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

7yo whose career has contained a few interruptions; promising third on hurdle debut at Uttoxeter in May 2021 but she's been pulled up/tailed off on her two starts since; has something to prove.

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10th

1

18th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

17:35 Worcester

Methodtothemagic

12st 0lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Richard Phillips

Off the mark in style at Southwell in July; put up 9lb for that but showed she can cope with this mark with creditable third at the same track later that month; acts on good and softer and shortlisted.

3/1

Form: 433

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Irish maiden point winner who has been a fair third in novice hurdles here (2m3f/2m, good) the last twice; improvement is possible but necessary on this handicap debut, and it's possible a longer trip will suit.

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2nd

10

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Ooh Betty

11st 2lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Ben Clarke

3-13 over hurdles; lost out only by a nose to Aston Martini in quite valuable race at Lingfield (2m, soft) in January, having been bumped on the run-in, and her next two runs were also very creditable; the most exposed one in this line-up but handles good ground and probably won't be far away.

14/1

3rd

1

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Ooh Betty

11st 12lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Ben Clarke

Career-best form was two runs back when runner-up in a mares' novice at Lingfield (2m, soft; awarded the race on the day but lost it on appeal); late mistakes were no help when second to Party Vibes at Market Rasen and she was giving the Daly mare 9lb that day; certainly not without hope of reversing those placings, especially with Joe Anderson now taking off 5lb; stays this far.

14/1

2nd

1

20th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 3

15:25 Market Rasen

Ooh Betty

11st 12lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Ben Clarke

Having a good season over hurdles with two wins in May (2m3f/2m4f, good/good to soft) and another in a mares' novice handicap in November (2m3f, good); career-best form last time when runner-up in a mares' novice at Lingfield (2m, soft; awarded the race on the day but lost it on appeal); should go well again.

5/4

Form: 7229-F

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Disappointing on handicap debut at Uttoxeter in March and she was an early faller on last month's reappearance at Southwell; however, she remains lightly raced and showed promise in novice hurdles early this year; not written off in first-time headgear.

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4th

3

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 25y

Class 5

15:35 Leicester

My Girl Lollipop

11st 8lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Placed in a bumper and five hurdles at up to 3m2f, including on soft; entitled to need the run when pulled up on chase debut for new yard in January but might need this too, and regular cheekpieces still left off.

14/1

0

3

11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:20 Catterick

My Girl Lollipop

11st 8lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

12-race maiden but ran well to be placed in handicap hurdles last spring on final three runs for Stuart Edmunds (3m-3m2f, soft-good) and she'll be in the mix if transferring that form to fences at the first attempt.

13/2

Form: 467

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Went close in an Irish 3m point in May and today's handicap debut provides her with a first realistic opportunity under rules; however, she has to improve upon what she's shown on her three hurdle starts (2m/2m2f).

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2

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

14:35 Wincanton

Caitlins Court

11st 11lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

Best rules form at Newton Abbot, namely a win over 2m2f last May and a second-place finish over 2m5f in October; well held the last twice; something to prove in this new scenario.

20/1

7th

4

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Caitlins Court

11st 7lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Jimmy Frost

led, headed but prominent before 4 out

8/1

Form: 384-6F

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Third in both bumpers (including here); remains unexposed but she was a mid-race faller on last month's handicap debut and, based on hurdle form, others have far more substance to their claims.

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9th

11

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 137y

Class 5

13:20 Huntingdon

Sallyann

10st 3lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Nick Gifford

Failed to complete in most runs last term; managed to get round at Wincanton (2m4f) on reappearance but needs to improve on that bare form.

25/1

5th

8

19th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

15:50 Wincanton

Sallyann

11st 1lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Nick Gifford

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

50/1

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Payout
Exacta £3506.00
Straight Forecast £2577.70
Tricast £14994.50
Trifecta £17795.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Mistral Lady

SPOTLIGHT:

Imperial Pride

Telegraph:

Ooh Betty

Daily Mail:

Dancingontheedge

The Sun:

Last Of A Legend

WEST COUNTRY:

Lady Wilberry

RP Ratings:

Drash On Ruby

D Express:

Colony Queen

The Times:

Imperial Pride

The Guardian:

Imperial Pride

Daily Mirror:

Mistral Lady

The Star:

Mistral Lady

Daily Record:

Mistral Lady