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12:32 Fontwell

Good To Soft

Barber Kurakina Memorial Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4683.56
  • 3m 1f 166y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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Barber Kurakina Memorial Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.70
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 331-33 C BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Stays well and best on soft but failed to live up to expectations when third at Catterick last month; could bounce back but this race looks competitive; hood worn on latest five starts is now left off.

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5th

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

11:55 Chepstow

Spike Jones

11st 10lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Progressive last season and was in the process of leaving his reappearance effort behind when clouting two out at Market Rasen (2m7f, good to soft); not dismissed lightly.

6/1

4th

6

23rd Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 2

13:40 Market Rasen

Spike Jones

10st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Pulled up on last month's reappearance at Cheltenham but he may have needed the run and he was progressive last season, which featured two wins at Fontwell (3m2f, good to soft/heavy); no surprise if he's in the shake-up.

7/1

0

20

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Spike Jones

10st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Thorough stayer who gained latest win over 3m2f on heavy ground at Fontwell in March; bettered that effort when close second at Kelso (3m2f, soft) soon afterwards but needs more again here; had wind a op during his break.

16/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 165-42 C

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Back to form when second at Exeter last month (won same race a year earlier) on her return from a break; could have done without the 3lb rise but has won on soft and appears to stay this trip; considered.

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10th

2

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Martha Brae

11st 10lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

Never looked happy when a remote third to the reopposing Astronomic View at Warwick (3m2f, soft) three weeks ago and now has headgear refitted for the first time since joining this yard; had been in good form prior to that latest run.

20/1

3rd

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Warwick

Martha Brae

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, pecked on landing 5th, not fluent 7th, cajoled along 8th, reminders 9th, lost touch 3 out

4/1

3rd

6

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Martha Brae

10st 9lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

in rear, stayed on after 3 out, went modest third run-in, never dangerous

25/1

8/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 223-4 BF

Last run: 62 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Just four starts; significant ability in all of them but no improvement for wind surgery when fourth in handicap at Bangor in October (favourite) on reappearance; better needed to win this; hood is taken off.

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7th

4

26th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 6f 121y

Class 3

14:05 Perth

Prince Des Fichaux

11st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ewan Whillans

Improving staying chaser whose finest hour came when second in the Eider at Newcastle (4m1f, heavy) two months ago, since when he's run another good race over 2m7f at Kelso; blinkers sported for both those runs are replaced by the visor; clear claims if holding his form.

7/1

6

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:30 Kelso

Prince Des Fichaux

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ewan Whillans

Ran a cracker from 4lb out of the weights to go close in the Eider at Newcastle last time (4m1f, heavy) and suffered a similar fate the time before there over 2m7f; career-high mark to deal with (5lb higher than last time) but he seems to be improving.

5/2

Form: 41-P32 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Satisfactory efforts at Plumpton recently and the return of cheekpieces (worn when winning at Uttoxeter in March) could help; up in class, however, and probably needs a career best to win this.

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8

12th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

15:15 Plumpton

Beaufort West

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Andy Irvine

always behind, pulled up before 10th

25/1

8th

10

14th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

16:25 Plumpton

Beaufort West

10st 9lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Andy Irvine

in touch with leaders

10/1

0

6

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 4

15:10 Fakenham

Beaufort West

10st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Andy Irvine

Nothing like the force of old but seemed to take a step back in the right direction when keeping on steadily for fourth at Market Rasen (2m7f, soft) recently and Sean Bowen is a good booking here.

14/1

Form: 125-FF

Last run: 23 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Steadily progressive over hurdles last season but has failed to negotiate the first fence in two chasing attempts this term; enough to prove on return to hurdling and stamina has to be taken on trust.

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9th

1

1st Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 180y

15:35 Killarney

The Street

12st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: E McNamara

Chepstow handicap hurdle winner on soft ground for Emma Lavelle; lost his way subsequently and sold for 7,000 GBP; yard debut.

25/1

2

8th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Worcester

The Street

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Well treated on 2m3f Chepstow win in February 2022 (soft) but had a terrible time over fences and hurdles since back from a break in November; now goes in cheekpieces after dropping right out at Wincanton recently.

14/1

8th

12

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

14:25 Wincanton

The Street

11st 2lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Scored off today's mark on last season's handicap debut (2m3f, soft) but fell at first fence in both chases in the autumn and was pulled up on both subsequent hurdling starts (3m2f/3m1f); may benefit from today's drop back in trip but it takes a leap of faith to support him.

14/1

Form: 1-1141 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Has won five of his last six starts, the only defeat coming over an inadequate 2m4f at Plumpton two outings ago; showed he can win on soft with a brave display at Kempton latest and obvious contender again, off 4lb higher.

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No Results Found

Form: P21P-7

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Won a Uttoxeter maiden hurdle (2m7f, heavy) for Charlie Longsdon a year ago; pulled up on final start for that yard and well beaten on stable debut this month; cheekpieces (no help in three previous attempts) return.

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3

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:02 Lingfield

Carlow Farmer

11st 10lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Anthony Charlton

Both wins gained at Uttoxeter; can take plenty of driving and again he raced lazily when tailed off at Fontwell on final sighting last May; goes on the ground and stays well, but others appeal more.

25/1

6th

3

18th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

20:15 Fontwell

Carlow Farmer

11st 7lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

raced lazily at times, in touch with leaders, not fluent 1st, reminder after 5th, pushed along before 10th, ridden and weakened after 3 out, tailed off

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 124-33

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Yet to win over hurdles but plugged on well for third at Exeter last month (2m2f, good to soft) on handicap debut; could well improve for the step up to this trip and has a shout if that proves to be the case.

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4th

6

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Norton Hill

11st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

led but pestered, hit 6th, joined 8th, not fluent 9th, lost two places 3 out

7/4

Form: 342-3P D

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 5lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Generally very consistent but was pulled up on last month's return from a break; on a good mark if able to return to his best but faces a few questions for now; possibly best if able to dictate.

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3rd

4

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

16:43 Plumpton

The Tin Miner

11st 3lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Chris Gordon

led, pushed along after 11th, ridden when headed 3 out, held when left in fourth 2 out, stayed on

14/1

8th

6

27th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:30 Plumpton

The Tin Miner

11st 9lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Chris Gordon

led narrowly or disputed lead

12/1

10

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

12:32 Fontwell

The Tin Miner

10st 5lb

J: Mr Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Generally very consistent but was pulled up on last month's return from a break; on a good mark if able to return to his best but faces a few questions for now; possibly best if able to dictate.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £380.00
Straight Forecast £327.30
Tricast £1064.10
Trifecta £1325.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Martha Brae

SPOTLIGHT:

Norton Hill

The Guardian:

Prince Des Fichaux

D Express:

Spike Jones

Daily Record:

Beaufort West

RP Ratings:

The Tin Miner

Telegraph:

Good News

The Star:

Prince Des Fichaux

WEST COUNTRY:

Norton Hill

Daily Mirror:

Norton Hill

POSTDATA:

Martha Brae

The Times:

Martha Brae

Daily Mail:

Martha Brae

The Sun:

Martha Brae