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Good To Soft

William Hill Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5337.08
  • 2m 5f 56y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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William Hill Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.83
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 1214-9 C

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Disappointing on handicap debut at Newcastle (2m6f, good) in March and again down the field on reappearance here (2m3f, good) last month; has something to prove but he looked good when winning two novice hurdles (2m4f/2m3f, soft, including here) early in 2022 and is not written off.

Place /
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Verdict Starting price

5th

3

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

15:35 Perth

Raffertys Return

11st 12lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Has improved with headgear on last three starts, winning over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) in first time cheekpieces and then scoring over 2m4f at Newcastle in a visor; could go well again despite 7lb rise.

4/1

1st

5

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 3

16:05 Newcastle

Raffertys Return

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

In first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces combination when beating three rivals over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) but he was a weakener when the visor was added at Kelso; takes on progressive opposition here and may struggle.

15/2

7th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Raffertys Return

10st 6lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Readily made all in four-runner handicap at Carlisle (2m3f, heavy) 12 days ago in first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces; the strength of that form is dubious, but he's still 3lb lower than when a fair fourth in this last year (good to soft) and is not ruled out; visor replaces cheekpieces.

9/1

16/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 032-28 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

No threat when mid-division at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) three weeks ago but progressive previously under Emma Smith-Chaston and he was a good second here (2m3f, good) last month on his reappearance; has won on soft/good to soft; could have a part to play if leaving last time behind.

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3rd

12

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

15:20 Ayr

Fostersisland

11st 2lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Won twice here and was runner-up on his other visit; has not been easy to predict this season but ran okay after wind surgery last time and he's beneath his last winning mark.

25/1

4th

7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Fostersisland

10st 5lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Patchy form across his four runs this season but they've all been on soft going and he showed spark when second at Wetherby in January; below par there since but he's had wind surgery subsequently and could be back on better ground today; back down to same mark as for 8l win at Bangor (2m3f, good to soft) last March and this C&D winner is capable of having a big say.

14/1

5th

6

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:42 Wetherby

Fostersisland

11st 10lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Likes it here and he returned to form with a good second over C&D (soft) three weeks ago; every chance he'll be bang there.

9/2

7/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 35-141 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Bar a blip at Aintree in October when failing to settle he's done well back over hurdles this autumn, winning at Hexham (2m7f, good to soft; handicap) and at Newcastle (2m6f, good to soft; novice); unproven on soft; this is just his eighth hurdle start and he could have more to offer.

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7th

7

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Tiger Jet

11st 1lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Brian Ellison

Ended last season with 3m Haydock success and back to form when a solid fifth in 3m Cheltenham handicap in December; possibilities after a break.

6/1

5th

9

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Tiger Jet

10st 3lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Brian Ellison

3-15 over hurdles, most notably coming from off the pace to win a 15-runner series final at Haydock (3m, good to soft; 6lb higher today) in April; surged back to that form when third of nine here (2m5f, soft) on latest start, catching the eye big time with the way he came from a most unpromising position; back up 2lb but also 3f in trip, which will surely suit him.

9/1

Form: 4322-3 BF

Last run: 243 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Placed in his three novice hurdles last winter (2m/1m7f, soft/good to soft) and ran really well when third of 24 on handicap debut at Punchestown (2m4f, good to yielding) in April; this unexposed 5yo is open to further improvement and could play a leading role on his return to action.

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10th

8

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Thanksforthehelp

11st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Cruised to victory in first-time cheekpieces in this race (good to soft) last year off 10lb lower; a slightly disappointing when favourite for Pertemps Final at Cheltenham the following month and followed his Southwell novice win with a poor show on good ground in May; absent since but would have a good shout if returning in the form he showed in this 12 months ago.

13/2

10

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

12:35 Haydock

Thanksforthehelp

11st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Low-mileage 6yo who cruised to victory in first-time cheekpieces at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) in February; slightly disappointing when favourite for Pertemps Final at Cheltenham the following month but proved his wellbeing with a recent novice win and still has potential.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1241-8

Last run: 79 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Very useful Flat-racer up to the first half of 2021; down the field on his two Flat starts this May, and likewise when back over hurdles at Chepstow in October but he's shown aptitude in this code (two wins) and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces will give him a boost; not discounted.

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4th

1

31st Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 4

15:20 Newton Abbot

Zabeel Champion

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

prominent, mistake 4 out

9/2

1st

2

6th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

15:48 Perth

Zabeel Champion

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Formerly smart on the Flat; defied a similar mark to this in a better race at Haydock (1m7f, good) in April 2022, since when he's been lightly raced; perhaps failed to stay 2m5f when last seen (in first-time cheekpieces); could easily be in the thick of it.

15/8

Form: 13F/P- C

Last run: 362 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Easily made all at 125-1 in the 2m3f mares' novices' hurdle on this card two years ago; has run just three times since, however, and she was pulled up on her latest outing last December (chase debut), when she bled from the nose and had an irregular heartbeat; others are less risky.

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7th

2

2nd Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 61y

Class 4

17:10 Cartmel

Ballycallan Fame

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Nick Kent

Lightly raced and generally disappointing since shock hurdle win on stable debut in 2020 but has dropped a long way down the weights and will appreciate today's ease in grade; may yet turn things around.

12/1

3rd

3

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:00 Warwick

Ballycallan Fame

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Wide-margin 150-1 win in novice hurdle at Wetherby in December 2020 but she failed to go on from that and following an absence she has failed to threaten on her three starts this winter, the latest back over fences.

16/1

6th

1

11th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 214y

Class 4

14:10 Uttoxeter

Ballycallan Fame

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Lightly raced and has a very mixed record since wide-margin hurdle win in December 2020 but had excuses when pulled up on chasing debut in 2021 and gave good account of herself when third (albeit well held in the end) in Listed hurdle at Sandown (2m4f, soft) last month; not out of this.

14/1

Form: -P9352

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Third here (2m3f, good to soft) in October and creditable fifth of 18 at Cheltenham (2m5f, good) next time; fair second over fences since and might not be far away provided conditions suit (may not want soft now).

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3rd

5

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 28y

Class 4

18:55 Sedgefield

Ashington

11st 7lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

No win since scoring over hurdles here (2m4f, Class 2; from 9lb higher) in March 2022; could strip fitter for recent comeback run (Warwick), while the switch back to fences for the first time in 13 months could potentially rekindle a spark; one to consider.

13/2

5th

4

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Warwick

Ashington

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Mark Walford

More than two years since last time successful but often runs well and he's dropped to a career-low mark; Cobden booking takes the eye on return from a break.

6/1

Form: /956-3

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Two-time Irish winner (including on soft) who returned from a long absence to finish third of 18 at Cheltenham (2m5f, good) last month on his stable debut; he has a history of going well fresh but he's a major player if confirming that latest promise.

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3rd

5

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Ffos Las

Oscar Thyne

11st 12lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Soft-ground winner in Ireland who returned from a long absence to finish third of 18 at Cheltenham (2m5f, good) in November; has a history of going well fresh but he's a major player if confirming that latest promise.

5/1

5

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 3

14:10 Wetherby

Oscar Thyne

11st 9lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Two-time Irish winner (including on soft) who returned from a long absence to finish third of 18 at Cheltenham (2m5f, good) last month on his stable debut; he has a history of going well fresh but he's a major player if confirming that latest promise.

9/2

3rd

8

11th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Oscar Thyne

11st 10lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won for Gavin Cromwell (same owner) in a 2m3f maiden hurdle (September 2020) and a 2m4f beginners chase (April 2021) but did not build on that in either sphere; those wins did show that he can go well fresh, however, and despite the 517-day layoff this time, he's not ruled out on this debut for new yard.

11/1

Form: -12343 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Consistent sort who returned from a break with a fair third of five in a mares' handicap at Ayr (2m4f, soft) last month; needs something extra to win today but she may be able to build on that latest performance.

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12th

5

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 2

17:05 Musselburgh

Could Be Trouble

11st 5lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Exposed 9yo who was never far away before coming clear under Abbie McCain at Catterick (2m3f, soft) where she had the blinkers back on; now has to contend with a 7lb rise in a race sure to take more winning.

8/1

Form: 12/F0 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Point winner who looked promising when landing a novice hurdle at Warwick (2m5f, soft) in February 2021; first-fence faller at Uttoxeter last month when back from a long absence and he may have needed the run when back over hurdles at Chepstow three weeks ago (tailed off); in top hands and has a first-time tongue-tie, but nevertheless has plenty to prove.

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7

29th Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:10 Southwell

Bennys Oscar

11st 5lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

10

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 3

14:10 Wetherby

Bennys Oscar

11st 2lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Point winner who looked promising when landing a novice hurdle at Warwick (2m5f, soft) in February 2021; first-fence faller at Uttoxeter last month when back from a long absence and he may have needed the run when back over hurdles at Chepstow three weeks ago (tailed off); in top hands and has a first-time tongue-tie, but nevertheless has plenty to prove.

25/1

11th

6

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

11:53 Chepstow

Bennys Oscar

11st 5lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Looked very promising during two-race novice hurdle campaign in 2020-21 but wasn't seen again until falling at first fence on last month's chase/handicap debut; quickly switched back to hurdling here and remains unexposed but not an easy horse to weigh up at present.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £436.00
Straight Forecast £433.30
Tricast £1622.60
Trifecta £1085.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Tiger Jet

RP Ratings:

Oscar Thyne

SPOTLIGHT:

Thanksforthehelp

Telegraph:

Ballycallan Fame

WEST COUNTRY:

Thanksforthehelp

The Guardian:

Thanksforthehelp

The Sun:

Tiger Jet

The Star:

Tiger Jet

Daily Record:

Tiger Jet

The Times:

Oscar Thyne

D Express:

Oscar Thyne

Daily Mirror:

Oscar Thyne