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Soft

Ladbrokes Fanzone “Your Team Your Game” Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £11109.84
  • 2m 5f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 15 runners
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Ladbrokes Fanzone “Your Team Your Game” Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

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9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.25
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 11-21

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Won two bumpers (soft and heavy) and made a satisfactory switch to hurdling when odds-on in novice events on good to soft at Aintree (2m4f) and Exeter (2m); in the latter he was made to battle by a Nicholls runner who has won his other three races this term; an inexperienced but clearly promising sort who should find this mark manageable at some stage soon, perhaps today.

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3rd

4

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Grey Dawning

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Acts on heavy going; unlucky second to Ginny's Destiny at Cheltenham in December (might have won but for a bad error two out) and turned the tables in the Turners there four weeks ago, beating that opponent by 2l; suited by the stiff 2m4f on both occasions and in between he won over 3m (Grade 2); not obviously crying out for this return to a sharper 2m4f, regardless of ground, but otherwise has the best claims on form and is still improving.

10/11

5

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Grey Dawning

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has raced only on ground softer than good; close second to Ginny's Destiny, who received 3lb, in Cheltenham contest (2m4f) in December and might have won but for making a bad mistake two out; that very good effort is flanked by two easy wins, latest in Grade 2 at Warwick (3m; jumped left at last two fences) where he beat a very useful mare by 14l; bypassed the Brown Advisory on Wednesday to go for this option; leading player.

9/4

1st

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:24 Warwick

Grey Dawning

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won the 2m5f Grade 2 novice hurdle on heavy ground at this meeting last year; ran away with a graduation chase at Haydock (2m5f, soft) on second start over fences and may well have added a good novice chase at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago but for getting the second last all wrong, as he closed all the way to the line thereafter; has a bit more to prove at 3m (third attempt) but an exciting prospect.

9/4

14/1

  • Place: £8.30

Form: 111-93 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Tends to race freely and made the running when winning 2m4f handicap wins on his final three starts last term (on soft ground first occasion); always prominent when back-to-form third at Cheltenham on latest outing; now needs to resume progress but it may be possible for this 5yo.

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3rd

5

6th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:15 Kempton

Bourbali

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Won a match over C&D in November on his second chase start and then runner-up at Wincanton (2m4f); the saddle slipped when tried in a hood at Plumpton and soft ground counted against when back over hurdles the last time; should give his running now but being 6lb out of the weights hurts his chances.

5/1

6th

2

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

Bourbali

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Has been chasing, getting off the mark in a match at Kempton in November; ran well to be second here two runs back before pulling up early at Plumpton last week with a slipped saddle; useful hurdler at about this trip in the past and he can deal with this mark.

10/1

5/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 3111-U D

Last run: 30 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Unraced on worse than good to soft; 4-9, easily won a Listed race at Cheltenham (2m4f, good ground) in April for her fourth hurdles win; unseated early on reappearance one month ago but she's only a 5yo and not fully exposed at this sort of trip, so it would be no surprise were she to put that behind her with an improved show; trainer won last two runnings of this.

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10

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Theatre Glory

11st 5lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

pressed leaders

100/1

5th

4

28th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:35 Doncaster

Theatre Glory

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nicky Henderson

Useful at up to 2m5f and has Graded form; running respectably when final-flight faller in Cheltenham handicap most recently; some of her relatives have 3m form and she shapes accordingly; interesting upped in distance.

11/2

0

1

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Theatre Glory

12st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Won here in April 2022 and creditable sixth of nine when 50-1 in the Grade 1 Mares' Hurdle here (2m4f, soft) this March; not disgraced on Ascot reappearance, despite being only third of five as favourite, but might not be well enough handicapped to win this.

5/1

Form: /312-8

Last run: 242 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Has run in two bumpers and four hurdle races; won Uttoxeter maiden in October 2021 and very nearly followed up on handicap debut at Plumpton, both 2m4f; came up short when pitched into a 25-runner handicap at the Punchestown festival in April but that was 2m7f and he wasn't disgraced; should still be capable of better and his trainer won last two renewals of this.

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7th

2

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:00 Wincanton

The Bomber Liston

11st 10lb

J: Miss Lily Jones

T: Nicky Henderson

Has yet to win a handicap but he's well treated on some efforts, notably a Kempton second (2m5f, soft) 12 months ago off a 12lb higher mark; stable still not out of the woods after their recent troubles but he's hard to discount.

8/1

5th

7

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

The Bomber Liston

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

Kempton second (2m5f, soft) last March was one of his peak efforts; 10lb lower today, having failed to fire in the same way this season (over fences initially); back hurdling on last three starts, best of those on second occasion; place chance but others are more convincing for the win.

14/1

3rd

2

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

12:05 Ludlow

The Bomber Liston

11st 11lb

J: Miss Lily Jones

T: Nicky Henderson

Has got himself well handicapped again after a downturn in his fortunes and there were positives to take from his 7l third over C&D last month when Lily Jones was aboard; the cheekpieces seem to be having a positive effect; possibilities.

13/2

Form: 1325-1

Last run: 227 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Can make the running; second of 17 to Press Your Luck over C&D (good; acts on soft) in March off 5lb lower; also in good form twice at Aintree (with cheekpieces enlisted) when last seen in the spring and can go well fresh; should be seriously involved but probably vulnerable for win purposes.

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2

26th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Paddys Motorbike

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Sam Thomas

held up in rear

14/1

1st

5

13th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Aintree

Paddys Motorbike

11st 12lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Sam Thomas

Form: 4-1UPP CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Won off 5lb lower in a 17-runner race over C&D in March from Paddys Motorbike; won chase debut in October but unseated at the start next time and pulled up on both outings since, the latest when back over hurdles; acts on good to soft, bit more to prove on soft; plenty to prove right now.

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15th

3

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

12:35 Haydock

Press Your Luck

11st 11lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Chris Gordon

Won easily off reduced mark at Wincanton (2m5f, good) in February and backed up that performance with respectable fourth at Cheltenham (3m, good) last month but probably needs a career best here.

16/1

3

29th Apr 2023

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 2

16:35 Sandown

Press Your Luck

11st 9lb

J: Mr Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Steadied the ship after three poor runs with his comfortable win at Wincanton in February (2m5f) and there was nothing wrong with his 4l fourth at Cheltenham (3m; again on good) latest; those runs came after breaks of 54 and 60 days respectively, suggesting he might be best caught fresh; could have done without the rain on Thursday.

8/1

4th

2

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Press Your Luck

11st 11lb

J: Mr Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Bounced back from three poor runs when winning comfortably at Wincanton (2m5f, good) two months ago; has also won on good to soft ground and he's a player with Freddie Gordon removing a valuable 7lb this time.

7/1

Form: 8122-2

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Raised his game in March/April and made a respectable return to hurdling when second of six at Plumpton in October; those best efforts were on good ground but he's just a 5yo and was placed here on soft earlier on; it's possible he has more to give, including with this slightly longer trip.

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1st

1

14th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

15:50 Plumpton

Royaume Uni

12st 1lb

J: Rob Hargreaves

T: Gary Moore

Recent form figures make grim reading but he's very much a good ground specialist and has plenty of form which gives him decent claims; not written off in a hurry and Rob Hargreaves taking off 8lb no hardship either.

8/1

8

(4)

12th May 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 3

14:25 Ascot

Royaume Uni

9st 4lb

J: Anna Gibson

T: Gary Moore

Dual winning hurdler on good ground (2m/2m3f) but tailed off when trying 2m5f on soft at Christmas and non-completions on both starts this spring; now reverts to Flat, in which sphere he has appeared in three 2m handicaps but not achieved much; down the weights.

7/1

7

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Royaume Uni

10st 13lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Dual winning hurdler on good ground (2m/2m3f) and he ran well to be second in a novice on this two-day meeting last season; has stamina to prove over this far but could very easily leave his recent soft-ground failures behind him; respected.

16/1

Form: 343-34 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft/heavy; fourth of 17 to Press Your Luck over C&D in March; faded to be well beaten back over C&D in November latest, but that was after a six-month absence and he might have come on since that run.

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8

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Jay Bee Why

12st 0lb

J: Mr B Finn

T: Warren Ewing

midfield early, towards rear when mistake and unseated 6th

33/1

5th

4

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

18:25 Kempton

Jay Bee Why

11st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Beaten favourite in this race last year, finishing third; however, nicely weighted off 3lb lower this time round and is in decent form having been placed at Newbury the last twice; in the mix.

9/2

3rd

2

4th Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

14:10 Newbury

Jay Bee Why

11st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Both hurdle wins on soft but ran his best race of the winter when close up on good ground over 3m here last month (course record; first-time cheekpieces, retained); effective over similar trips to today's last season and is very likely to play a part.

5/1

Form: 63PP-1

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Highly tried as novice; sparked only once in four runs last season but he was back with a bang to win by 8l at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) six weeks ago, contributing to the good form of his stable; stays 2m5f; back up 5lb but that may underestimate him and he's on the shortlist.

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5

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Optimise Prime

11st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Ben Pauling

midfield, lost position and ridden halfway, weakened and pulled up before 3 out

7/1

6

26th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Optimise Prime

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Ben Pauling

in touch with leaders, mistake 5th, pushed along and dropped to midfield when bit short of room after 4 out

11/1

1st

2

15th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 3

14:00 Lingfield

Optimise Prime

11st 13lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

in touch with leaders

8/1

Form: 1-42

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Won over hurdles at Fontainebleau (2m2f, very soft) on sole French start; two novice hurdles this autumn for Paul Nicholls, better effort when close second of three at Ascot (2m5f, good) latest; just a 4yo and inexperienced but he travelled much the best at Ascot before losing out to a rallying 8-13 shot, a blunder two out not helping; could have plenty of improvement in him.

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1st

14

2nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

17:20 Ascot

Ivaldi

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

took keen hold, made all, jumped left on occasions, cruising before 2 out, shaken up and clear when hit last, easily

11/2

5th

7

25th Feb 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

16:10 Kempton

Ivaldi

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

2m2f hurdles win last March on sole French start and he's shown promise in Britain; carries his head low and settling him out the back has been the plan on last three starts; came badly unstuck with his early jumping on handicap debut over C&D (10-1) on Boxing Day but he ran on into fourth of 12 behind an impressive winner at Ascot (2m7f) last Saturday, having been a detached last turning for home; not straightforward but he has more to give.

5/1

4th

5

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Ivaldi

11st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

took keen hold, held up in last

8/1

Form: -331U4

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft, placed on heavy; consistent sort who prevailed in a tight finish at Warwick (2m3f) in October; creditable staying-on fourth at Cheltenham (2m5f) latest; claimer ridden on last four starts but not today; probably a bit too exposed to hold all of these rivals at bay.

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8th

1

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

20:25 Hexham

Guernesey

12st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Jackie Stephen

midfield

15/2

3rd

7

25th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 2f 127y

Class 3

16:45 Perth

Guernesey

10st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Jackie Stephen

Ex-Joe Tizzard; good second off 7lb higher at Kelso in November (3m2f, soft); hasn't fared quite as well since; on a good mark now but needs to bounce back in first-time cheekpieces.

14/1

5th

4

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Carlisle

Guernesey

11st 5lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Jackie Stephen

Hasn't really kicked on from his second on stable debut in November (3m2f, soft) and has a bit to find with some of these on recent evidence.

20/1

Form: 5-3117

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft; his four British wins have all come at Fontwell and he needs to prove he can do it elsewhere, which failed to happen at Sandown in November on hat-trick bid, admittedly on heavy ground.

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0

3

10th Jan 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 113y

Class 4

13:40 Leicester

Vorashann

11st 10lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Jake Thomas Coulson

Four-time hurdle winner for Gary Moore (always at Fontwell) and will be very hard to beat if anywhere his best form here but, following a ten-month layoff, was beaten about 28l when fifth in this grade for new stable at Huntingdon in November; needs that outing to have done him good; has won on soft ground but his record on heavy is not persuasive.

7/1

5th

6

5th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

12:30 Huntingdon

Vorashann

11st 0lb

J: Dylan Whelan

T: Jake Thomas Coulson

prominent, weakened 2 out

5/1

Form: 1-P2

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won well on debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) in March; pulled up at Ffos Las on return in October but his 12l second at Hereford (2m3f, soft) in November was much more like it; moves out of novice company into a hot handicap but these are very early days for him and he should have potential.

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4th

4

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

16:30 Uttoxeter

New Found Fame

11st 2lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

towards rear but in touch with leaders, some headway before 3 out, weakened from 2 out

8/1

4th

5

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

15:35 Ludlow

New Found Fame

11st 5lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Kerry Lee

His jumping has been holding him back over fences this season but he has produced some fair performances; he may be able to improve upon those efforts now back hurdling and he's on a handy mark; won on debut in novice hurdle (2m4f, soft) in March 2022 and he's lightly raced for his age.

11/2

Form: 422-14 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft; 8yo who ended a long losing run when making all at Uttoxeter (2m4f; six ran) in April, holding on by a nose; remains well treated on his old form and although he was well beaten in November after his summer break, the cheekpieces return today (they were absent last time, present on previous four starts) and he's tongue tied for the first time.

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2nd

11

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

14:05 Cheltenham

Whatsupwithyou

10st 13lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

midfield, in touch with leaders 4th

20/1

2nd

7

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

17:25 Plumpton

Whatsupwithyou

11st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

The form of his Ludlow win just before Christmas (2m5f, soft; under a 7lb claimer) hasn't worked out too badly and coming here fresh is no bad thing; has more on his plate after a 6lb rise but he was rated higher back in the day.

13/2

1st

1

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

12:05 Ludlow

Whatsupwithyou

12st 0lb

J: Miss Megan Fox

T: Ben Pauling

Rated way higher at his peak; went winless last season despite some creditable efforts and it was another fair run last time at Cheltenham when caught wide throughout; back into a Class 4 here and he needs shortlisting.

9/1

Form: 2811-5 CD BF

Last run: 84 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Won two handicaps early this year on good to soft, the latter over C&D; flopped when favourite at Stratford after seven months off on his only start on good ground; needs a career best to win a race of this nature.

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6th

5

29th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

15:45 Market Rasen

Storm Dennis

11st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Chris Gordon

took keen hold, held up in rear, slow jump 6th, mistake 7th, ridden and reminder before 8th

8/1

4

21st Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

16:25 Market Rasen

Storm Dennis

11st 11lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Won over 2m4f/2m5f on right-handed tracks last season; hasn't fared quite so well this season but now trying this trip for the first time; wouldn't rule out

9/4

15

26th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Storm Dennis

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Chris Gordon

took keen hold, disputed lead, led clearly 4th, ridden and headed just before 2 out, weakened approaching last

20/1

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Exacta £619.00
Straight Forecast £722.80
Tricast £2838.30
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Selections

The Times:

Grey Dawning

SPOTLIGHT:

Ivaldi

Telegraph:

Optimise Prime

LAMBOURN:

Theatre Glory

The Sun:

Bourbali

D Express:

Guernesey

TOPSPEED:

Royaume Uni

RP Ratings:

Whatsupwithyou

POSTDATA:

Ivaldi

WEST COUNTRY:

Ivaldi

Daily Mail:

Grey Dawning

The Star:

Grey Dawning

Daily Record:

Grey Dawning

The Guardian:

Optimise Prime

Daily Mirror:

Optimise Prime