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Good To Soft

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Runners: 18 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £15.10
  • Place: £3.40

Form: 565524 BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Creditable second in a Hexham mares' handicap two runs ago (2m4f, good); didn't appear to stay 2m7f last time; place chance.

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7th

4

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

19:20 Stratford

Lone Star

11st 6lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Most progressive when winning five times in the the space of six starts in 2022-23; campaign; found it harder last season but was a respectable fourth of 12 over 2m4f at Musselburgh in February; fell around halfway at Cheltenham since; down in trip (all wins at 2m4f+).

7/1

OUR TIP

4/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: -95481 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Settled better when beating Rockmann (who is now 4lb better off) by nearly 3l at Kelso last time (2m5f, soft); up 6lb but won off a higher mark in Ireland and not without a chance.

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8

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:25 Catterick

Coral Blue

10st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Daragh Bourke

Won three times last season (2m4f/2m5f, soft-good) and he's also scored over C&D; however, his campaign concluded with a below-par run at Kelso and he's been well beaten on both starts this term; needs to bounce back.

20/1

5th

3

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 4

14:10 Ayr

Coral Blue

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Daragh Bourke

Last season ended with a below-par run at Kelso in March and there was no return to form on last month's reappearance at Newcastle; however, he may have needed that latest outing and won three times last season; no surprise if he gets back on track with Brian Hughes back on board (1-1 record).

8/1

9th

4

23rd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

14:25 Newcastle

Coral Blue

11st 11lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Daragh Bourke

Three-time winner last season (2m4f-2m5f, good-soft) but not seen since a below-par run in March and not sure to be suited by today's trip-and-ground combination.

9/1

33/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 24F7-7

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Has become well handicapped but was well beaten on stable debut at Kelso this month (2m6f, soft) after a long break; cheekpieces now tried again (well beaten the previous time he wore them)

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5th

6

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

16:00 Hexham

Socks Off

11st 1lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

6yo with a record of 1-11 over hurdles; that success came in a Sedgefield handicap (2m4f, soft) in January but he's not gone on from that and has struggled back on the Flat in last two runs; still 6lb higher than for his hurdle win and has some work to do back in this sphere.

8/1

5th

12

(5)

10th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 7f 217y

Class 6

15:26 Redcar

Socks Off

8st 9lb

J: Paula Muir

T: Rebecca Menzies

Won AW bumper in February 2021 and a 2m4f handicap hurdle on soft this January; well handicapped on Flat if compared to hurdles form but he failed comprehensively to capitalise on that when second favourite on return to Flat at Thirsk (1m4f, soft; made most) last Tuesday.

8/1

9th

10

(1)

4th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 6

17:15 Thirsk

Socks Off

8st 9lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Rebecca Menzies

Ex-Adrian Keatley; AW bumper winner in February 2021; won a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Sedgefield in January for this yard (soft; second time with cheekpieces); plenty to find on his four runs on the Flat.

7/1

28/1

  • Place: £4.90

Form: 4306P-

Last run: 251 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Third to Coral Blue (who is now 15lb worse off) at Catterick in March but his form tailed off after that and he returns from a break with a bit to prove.

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3rd

13

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

20:25 Hexham

Rumble B

10st 10lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Justin Landy

towards rear

10/1

Form: /53674

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Has a chance on his best form, particularly having been dropped 4lb after finishing fourth at Kelso last time (2m6f, soft).

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2nd

6

14th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 48y

Class 5

17:00 Hexham

Bushmill Boy

10st 12lb

J: Edward Austin

T: David Thompson

Longstanding maiden (0-21); form has dipped since twice finishing third at Carlisle and Uttoxeter (both 2m4f) late last year; first-time tongue-tie accompanies regular cheekpieces in pursuit of the breakthrough; look elsewhere.

16/1

9th

8

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

16:10 Sedgefield

Bushmill Boy

10st 12lb

J: Edward Austin

T: David Thompson

Third twice in a row in the autumn and has each-way claims on that form, but this 10yo is now 0-20 having been below par the last twice and needs to raise his game this afternoon.

12/1

Form: 475-05

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Unexposed sort who has shown modest form; could well improve for the step up in trip on his handicap debut.

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9

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

15:00 Ayr

Eden Mill

10st 13lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

Displayed significant improvement to win easily at Kelso (2m5f, soft) in November, his ninth start over hurdles, but was not in same form on either subsequent appearance and now has a point to prove.

14/1

10th

7

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Eden Mill

11st 1lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

in rear

7/1

5th

7

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:15 Newcastle

Eden Mill

10st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

prominent on outer

9/2

Form: 662-05 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Exposed sort whose last win was in a Leicester seller (2m4f, soft) in December 2020; hasn't been in the best of form recently.

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6

14th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:15 Plumpton

Perfect Man

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Ryan Potter

Seven hurdle wins but none since December 2020 and has tumbled a long way; well beaten on last month's stable debut (favourite) but much better when fourth at Southwell 16 days ago (in these aids); Sean Bowen booked and this 12yo might still have another hurrah in him.

9/2

4th

9

28th Apr 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

19:25 Southwell

Perfect Man

10st 10lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Ryan Potter

midfield

11/1

6th

8

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 6f 7y

Class 5

16:02 Stratford

Perfect Man

10st 13lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Ryan Potter

raced in last, nudged along from 5th, became detached before 2 out

8/1

Form: 36478- CD

Last run: 254 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Won a Hexham bumper (2m, soft) and a C&D mares' maiden hurdle (good) last season but disappointing in two handicaps afterwards; has a bit to prove after a 254-day break.

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12th

13

8th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

15:10 Kelso

Fiadh

10st 12lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Chris Grant

took keen hold, prominent, weakened after 3 out

16/1

9th

9

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Fiadh

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Chris Grant

held up in midfield on inner

25/1

Form: 34

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Bought for £95,000 after winning an Irish point in December 2021 (second has won two bumpers since); fair form in two runs over hurdles and quite interesting on handicap debut.

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1st

1

28th May 2023

Good To Firm

2m 7f 96y

Class 5

16:40 Kelso

Rockonsoph

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Rose Dobbin

held up in last

11/10

11th

6

16th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

14:15 Newcastle

Rockonsoph

11st 7lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Rose Dobbin

0-5 over hurdles but was second (albeit no match for winner) off 6lb higher at Ayr (2m5f, good) in March and her eased-down Irish point win in 2021 bodes well for her chasing prospects; not sure to benefit from today's drop back in trip but still makes appeal.

12/1

8th

8

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

16:05 Perth

Rockonsoph

10st 5lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

took keen hold, disputed lead, led 2nd, headed 2 out, ridden and weakened approaching last

15/2

Form: 274375

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Fair form in novice hurdles and creditable effort when fifth at Kelso on handicap debut last time (2m5f, soft); could go well again.

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10th

7

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

12:15 Newcastle

Timetotalk

11st 9lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Chris McSharry

in rear

16/1

66/1

Form: 0-3466

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish; 22-race maiden who needs to improve upon his stable debut run at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) to take this.

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No Results Found

25/1

Form: 64P-8

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Unexposed sort who is making his handicap debut after modest efforts in novice company; should be suited by this step back up in trip (pulled up lame on the only occasion he ran at 2m4f) but in-form stable has a better chance with Rockmann.

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12

8th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 198y

Class 5

14:30 Carlisle

Get Going

10st 3lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Nine-race maiden but he went close off a reduced mark at Hexham (2m4f, heavy; 4-1) last week on only his second start over fences; that was his most convincing effort so far and has claims if he can back that up.

15/2

3rd

8

30th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

16:30 Hexham

Get Going

10st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Mark Walford

Made no impact in his three handicap hurdles and he was behind when brought down at the final fence over C&D (heavy) on his recent chase debut.

14/1

11

16th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

17:10 Hexham

Get Going

10st 7lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Mark Walford

Modest hurdler who needs to improve markedly on this switch to chasing.

33/1

Form: 2345

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Unexposed sort who has run creditably on all four hurdles starts, including when stepped up to 2m6f last time; tongue-tie now tried; a possible.

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7th

11

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

14:50 Kelso

Ginger Pointe

10st 6lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Katie Scott

in touch with leaders on outer

10/1

25/1

Form: 543148 D

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Has won five of her 46 races over hurdles; hasn't been in the best of form since winning off a 5lb lower mark at Perth in September; good ground would suit.

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14th

12

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

12:15 Newcastle

Calliope

11st 2lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Dianne Sayer

in touch with leaders

25/1

8th

7

20th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 8y

Class 5

16:30 Carlisle

Calliope

11st 1lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Dianne Sayer

took keen hold, prominent, ridden after 4 out, ridden and weakened from 3 out

6/1

4th

10

5th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

14:15 Sedgefield

Calliope

10st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Dianne Sayer

took keen hold, raced in second, ridden and lost position 2 out, beaten before last

7/2

Form: 5-823

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Placed behind two decent sorts in Ayr novices this season (both over 2m); quite interesting up in trip on handicap debut.

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0

18

23rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:55 Listowel

Maughold Head

11st 1lb

T: E McNamara

midfield, stumbled badly and fell after 5th

3rd

2

16th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

17:10 Newcastle

Maughold Head

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

Placed in novice events last autumn but has been pulled up in both handicap attempts (at 2m4f, the latest after wind surgery); ought to be capable of much better and perhaps cheekpieces can help but comes with risks.

5/1

8

24th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

16:00 Hexham

Maughold Head

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

Unexposed; pulled up on handicap debut last time (December) having dropped out after pulling too hard on first run at 2m4f; has since had wind surgery; needs to settle better but worth considering.

7/2

Form: 94054-

Last run: 295 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Modest form in three novice hurdles and a watching brief is advised on handicap debut on return from a break.

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3rd

5

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

16:00 Hexham

Zwicky

11st 5lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Philip Kirby

held up in rear, pushed along briefly after 14th

14/1

9th

14

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

16:00 Kelso

Zwicky

11st 1lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Philip Kirby

Won three times over hurdles (2m4f-2m5f) last year and quickly put a duff effort behind him when placed at Catterick (2m3f, soft) in February but will need to find hidden reserves to win a race this competitive.

10/1

Form: 1-2115

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Two wins over 2m6f at Cartmel in the summer (good/good to soft) and not disgraced off this mark at Hexham last time (2m4f, soft) after a break; chance.

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3rd

6

7th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 3f 9y

Class 5

16:40 Sedgefield

On We Go

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Gillian Boanas

Did very well after joining Gillian Boanas in spring 2022, winning four of her first seven starts for the stable, but she's been out of form for a while now and needs to turn a corner.

20/1

0

4

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:15 Ayr

On We Go

11st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Gillian Boanas

Stays well and likes it here with her record at the track reading 17121; 5lb lower than when successful at this venue (3m, soft) last February, but her performances in the meantime leave plenty to be desired.

16/1

12th

12

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 4

12:50 Doncaster

On We Go

10st 13lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Gillian Boanas

led, headed 4 out, soon weakened

50/1

Form: 969/22 BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Has returned in good form following a 646-day break, finishing second at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) and runner-up to Coral Blue (who is now 4lb worse off for nearly 3l) at Kelso (2m5f, soft); stable going well; big player.

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4th

10

16th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

17:10 Hexham

Rockmann

10st 9lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Eight-race maiden; best run over hurdles when runner-up at Kelso in November (2m5f, soft); interesting on chase debut.

12/1

5th

9

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:15 Wetherby

Rockmann

10st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Runner-up in the autumn in his first two handicaps (2m4f/2m5f, soft) and brought down at the fifth flight at Newcastle last time; has shaped as though this step up in trip could suit and he holds likeable claims.

8/1

16

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

12:15 Newcastle

Rockmann

10st 10lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Mark Walford

prominent

7/2

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Payout
Exacta £2190.00
Straight Forecast £1423.90
Tricast £20698.20
Trifecta £15456.00

Selections

The Times:

Maughold Head

SPOTLIGHT:

Rockmann

D Express:

Lone Star

RP Ratings:

Perfect Man

Telegraph:

Maughold Head

Daily Mail:

Maughold Head

Daily Mirror:

Maughold Head

The Sun:

Maughold Head

The Star:

Maughold Head

POSTDATA:

Rockmann

The Guardian:

Rockmann

Daily Record:

Rockmann