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William Hill Build #yourodds Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £3703.28
  • 2m 3f 154y
  • Class 4
  • 12 runners
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William Hill Build #yourodds Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

11/1 (Won)

  • Win: £11.00
  • Place: £3.20

Form: 4757

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Hasn't progressed since winning point-to-point bumper on debut last November and soundly beaten on his three hurdle starts; however, he goes handicapping off a modest mark and is in top hands; watch the betting.

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1st

1

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Santos Blue

12st 2lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Dan Skelton

Not at best when tenth (Monviel eighth) of 16 at Ascot last month but this largely consistent 7yo won at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) prior to that and isn't the type to stay down for long.

9/1

5/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 9-431 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Point winner who showed improved form when scoring on his handicap debut at Southwell (2m4f, good) last month; has also shown promise on soft; had something in hand last time and a 10lb rise may not stop him.

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4th

8

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

17:20 Newbury

Sporting Mike

11st 9lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

After chasing aspirations were soon aborted he didn't run too badly back over hurdles in a Class 3 at Ascot (2m7f, good to soft); of some interest on the back of that if able to build on it.

6/1

6th

12

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Sporting Mike

11st 1lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Well beaten on chase/seasonal debut in November and, after wind surgery, finished further adrift when next seen in December; needs a huge revival but he's back over hurdles and would be a player on last season's form.

16/1

16/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: 0-2140 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Won by 13l at Ffos Las (2m4f, good) in June and his trainer has won two of the last five runnings of this race; however, he hasn't been at his best on either outing this autumn; peak efforts are on good ground.

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0

3

20th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:30 Exeter

Watergrange Jack

11st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Won three handicap hurdles on good ground since August and unlikely that he gave his running when his bid for a four-timer came up well short; has got himself high in the weights even if taking to fences.

16/1

6th

2

5th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Warwick

Watergrange Jack

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Bids for a four-timer after recent handicap hurdle wins (at around 2m4f) at Worcester and Fontwell (twice); another 3lb rise takes him to a career-high mark but he's still not taken lightly in his current mood.

4/1

1st

1

10th Sep 2023

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

15:38 Fontwell

Watergrange Jack

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

In career-best form last month, winning on good ground at Worcester (2m4f) and here (2m5f); latest 5lb rise demands more from him but he'll be fine over today's trip and commands respect in current mood.

5/4

Form: 36-313 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Won at Hexham (2m4f, good to soft) in May on second hurdles start and reappeared with solid third of 14 under a penalty here (2m5f, soft); has potential off his opening mark and could play a leading role.

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3rd

1

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

18:10 Musselburgh

Curley Finger

12st 0lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Won this last year and returns searching for a four-timer after three soft-ground wins at about 3m; was all out for the latest and has a 5lb rise to defy, so it won't be easy.

11/4

1st

9

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

14:05 Doncaster

Curley Finger

10st 5lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

made all, not fluent 4 out, jumped left 2 out, not fluent last, ridden run-in, drifted left final 110yds, kept on gamely, all out

7/2

1st

15

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Curley Finger

10st 2lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

C&D winner last March and back to form with another successful front-running performance at Newcastle four weeks ago; 6lb higher today, including 2lb out of the handicap, but needs some respect.

12/1

Form: 725/2P

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Went very close on the Flat in October (1m6f, soft) and fair second of five at Hexham (2m, soft) last month when back over hurdles; however, he was pulled up at Catterick 12 days later and has to bounce back.

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2nd

5

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

16:12 Catterick

Bollin Neil

10st 12lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders

7/2

1st

9

12th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

15:25 Catterick

Bollin Neil

10st 12lb

J: Mr William Easterby

T: Tim Easterby

prominent, went second 9th, led after 2 out, ridden and clear final 110yds, stayed on

7/1

Form: 5-613

Last run: 36 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Soft-ground point winner who won a maiden hurdle at Stratford (2m6f, good) in October on third rules start; remains unexposed but this handicap newcomer was disappointing at Exeter (2m7f, good to soft) last time.

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4th

2

19th Feb 2023

Good To Firm

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

15:35 Newbury

Copperfasten

11st 11lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Low-mileage 6yo who won her point on soft ground and a maiden hurdle (2m6f) on good; had no obvious excuses when beaten 15l on handicap debut at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) but she's undergone wind surgery since then and steps up in trip; better expected.

6/1

6th

1

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

13:00 Wetherby

Copperfasten

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Tim Vaughan

Soft-ground point winner who won a maiden hurdle at Stratford (2m6f, good) in October on third rules start; remains unexposed but this handicap newcomer was disappointing at Exeter (2m7f, good to soft) last time.

25/1

3rd

1

20th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

Copperfasten

11st 7lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Scored comfortably at Stratford (2m6f, good; second attempt over hurdles) last month, adding to her soft-ground point win; from a good family and looks open to further progress; shortlisted.

7/2

Form: 2223-7 BF

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Made the frame in novice/maiden hurdles last term on first five starts (2m-2m4f, soft/good to soft) and was found to be lame when tailed off on handicap/seasonal debut at Carlisle in October; this lightly raced 5yo retains potential and it will be no surprise to see a good run.

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3rd

1

17th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 5

14:45 Kelso

Wheres Hector

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Michael & David Easterby

took keen hold and jumped right on occasions, prominent, led after 1st

4/1

2nd

3

31st Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 5

16:25 Wetherby

Wheres Hector

12st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Michael & David Easterby

0-9 but has run pretty well this year on his first two chase starts (2m3f/2m4f, soft/good to soft) and has shaped as though he could improve for this step up in trip; he's one to be interested in.

6/1

4

17th Mar 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 5

14:00 Doncaster

Wheres Hector

11st 11lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Michael & David Easterby

Nine-race maiden who has run creditably on both starts over fences, last time finishing second to an in-form rival at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft); shapes as though the step up to 3m will suit.

11/2

Form: 25-23F

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Good-ground bumper winner who has also shown ability over hurdles (including on good to soft); it's possible he's capable off this mark but his hurdles profile isn't overly convincing and he could do with cutting out the mistakes (early faller on handicap debut here last time).

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6th

1

25th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

14:15 Hexham

Grand Du Nord

12st 0lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

prominent, ridden after 2 out, weakened before last

11/2

3rd

4

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 4

13:50 Hexham

Grand Du Nord

11st 6lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

held up in rear

13/2

2nd

2

6th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:20 Wetherby

Grand Du Nord

11st 10lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

Bumper winner who showed promise in novice hurdles, but has yet to offer much at all in handicaps; he was tailed off when third over this far at Doncaster.

20/1

Form: 19-383

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Hasn't really shone across three hurdles starts but he has potential off his handicap debut mark based on his bumper form, and he may appreciate this step back up in trip; interesting, especially if well backed.

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3rd

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Prairie Wolf

11st 9lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Has made it 3-5 over fences with wins at Catterick (2m3f, soft) and Haydock (2m4f, soft) the last twice; he's up in the weights and in grade today and could do with jumping with greater fluency, but he's clearly progressing nicely and could have even more left in the tank.

5/1

1st

2

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

14:45 Haydock

Prairie Wolf

11st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Two wins (2m4f/2m3f, good to soft/soft) from last three starts, with good fourth in hot novice handicap at Cheltenham in between; did it comfortably at Catterick latest despite final-fence blunder; unexposed over fences and could have more to offer in this sphere; key player up 7lb for last time.

Evs

1st

1

27th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 3

14:50 Catterick

Prairie Wolf

11st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Delivered on earlier chasing promise when eased-down winner at Doncaster in December and his subsequent fourth in a hot race at Cheltenham (also 2m4f, good to soft) was very respectable; back in calmer waters today; good chance.

11/10

50/1

Form: 543-28

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

10yo who ran a couple of fair races in the spring and he may have needed the run here in October; however, he finished down the field in that handicap and is now 0-12; others have more pressing claims.

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6th

4

15th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 154y

Class 5

16:50 Wetherby

Mr Dealer

11st 9lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: Ashley Dodgson

Veteran who is still a maiden; made the frame a few times last spring; well held in handicaps here the last twice; others preferred.

33/1

10th

12

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

13:00 Wetherby

Mr Dealer

11st 2lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Ashley Dodgson

10yo who ran a couple of fair races in the spring and he may have needed the run here in October; however, he finished down the field in that handicap and is now 0-12; others have more pressing claims.

50/1

8

11th Dec 2022

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

15:28 Southwell

Mr Dealer

11st 2lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Ashley Dodgson

declared 3.15 Doncaster yesterday

Form: 011282 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Won on good ground in the summer on his first two starts for this yard (2m bumper and 2m4f maiden hurdle) and he was an 18l second to a useful prospect at Catterick (2m3f, soft) most recently; respected back at handicap level for a trainer who had a double at Ayr on Thursday.

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12

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Fennas Loss

11st 1lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Pulled up on last two starts in the autumn (soft/good to soft); however, he's of interest on his creditable good-ground form earlier in the season and he can go well fresh; could be a player if getting his conditions.

14/1

0

5

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:53 Ayr

Fennas Loss

11st 5lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

didn't jump with fluency, led, headed before 5th, lost position after 5th, tailed off when mistake 3 out, soon pulled up

10/1

0

4

6th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 133y

Class 4

15:45 Hexham

Fennas Loss

11st 3lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

led, headed after 6th, soon lost position, mistake 8th, struggling when bad mistake 4 out, pulled up

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £559.00
Straight Forecast £463.50
Tricast £6377.40
Trifecta £5708.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Curley Finger

POSTDATA:

Sporting Mike

SPOTLIGHT:

Prairie Wolf

The Star:

Maggie Barrett

TOPSPEED:

Curley Finger

The Times:

Curley Finger

The Guardian:

Curley Finger

Daily Mail:

Curley Finger

Daily Mirror:

Curley Finger

The Sun:

Curley Finger

D Express:

Prairie Wolf

WEST COUNTRY:

Sporting Mike

Telegraph:

Sporting Mike

Daily Record:

Sporting Mike