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Good To Soft

Coral Bet Bundles Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4520.18
  • 2m 3f 100y
  • Class 4
  • 15 runners
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Coral Bet Bundles Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 1

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won an Irish point (yielding to soft) in November 2021, with a £270,000 sale soon afterwards; warm favourite again when adding a bumper at Carlisle (2m1f, good to soft) in October by 4l, green but rallying well to assert; sent hurdling over a longer trip and could be a big improver.

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6th

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Saint Davy

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has tasted defeat just the once in a Grade 1 at Aintree last season; a well-backed winner of two 3m handicaps this season, beating Thursday's Pertemps Final fourth Emitom at Ludlow (soft) then landing a deep handicap at Sandown (good to soft); likeable in how he jumped the last hurdle there and saw his race out; up another 5lb but he's progressing well.

9/2

1st

7

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Sandown

Saint Davy

11st 1lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Five races (one in a point) and his only defeat came in Grade 1 novice at Aintree last April (33-1); 6-5 favourite for handicap/seasonal debut at Ludlow (3m, soft) four weeks ago, coming smoothly from last of five to dispute the lead turning for home and overcoming a last-flight blunder to score by just over a length; up 6lb but brings plenty of potential.

8/1

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8/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 1-3 BF

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in two Irish points then readily went one better in a bumper at Newton Abbot, all on soft; had wind surgery before his third of 14 when 6-4 favourite in novice at Ffos Las (2m4f, good to soft) two months ago, but he will surely have to improve to win this.

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1st

3

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Hymac

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Very lightly raced 8yo who kept on well for third at Taunton (2m7f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces) in December and also ran well when second at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) last month; open to improvement over this new trip; one to consider.

10/1

2nd

1

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Uttoxeter

Hymac

12st 1lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Won a bumper and placed in two hurdle races in 2022; much better effort switched to handicaps and fences this season when third of nine over 2m7f at Taunton (good to soft) in a first-time tongue-strap (retained) in December; low mileage for a stable which won this race in 2022.

5/1

3rd

1

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:05 Taunton

Hymac

12st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Won a bumper and placed in two hurdle races in 2022; his runner-up finishes in Irish points at the start of his career provided hope that he'd take to fences but he made a few mistakes and was pulled up in a 2m3f Chepstow handicap on his first attempt 44 days ago; tongue-tie added now; it's way too soon to be writing him off in this sphere but he's a hard one to be confident about after Chepstow.

4/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

33,000euros foal, 16,000euros 3yo; second foal; dam unraced half-sister to 2m-3m1f hurdle/smart chase winner Daklondike and 2m4f-2m5f useful hurdle/smart chase winner Great Endeavour; fell in an Irish maiden point on debut but won one in February (soft to heavy) by 30l, leading when left clear at the last; one to note for the champion trainer.

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5th

7

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:00 Chepstow

State Of Power

11st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

travelled strongly, prominent, shaken up after 3 out, soon no response and weakened

4/1

5

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:30 Chepstow

State Of Power

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Well related; won an Irish maiden point (soft to heavy) last February by 30l, leading when left clear at the last; co-favourite when third of 15 in maiden hurdle here (2m3f, good to soft) at Christmas, 20l behind the first two; others in this have accomplished more but he should improve.

4/1

3rd

10

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:30 Chepstow

State Of Power

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

33,000euros foal, 16,000euros 3yo; second foal; dam unraced half-sister to 2m-3m1f hurdle/smart chase winner Daklondike and 2m4f-2m5f useful hurdle/smart chase winner Great Endeavour; fell in an Irish maiden point on debut but won one in February (soft to heavy) by 30l, leading when left clear at the last; one to note for the champion trainer.

5/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Sixth foal; half-brother to fair hurdle winners Strike West (2m3f) and Belle West (2m); dam unraced sister to bumper and high-class 2m3f-3m1f hurdle/chase winner Time For Rupert, half-sister to the bumper and useful 2m hurdle winner Mahonia; third in an Irish maiden point in October and was sold for £105,000 in November.

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7th

8

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:20 Ascot

The Big Reveal

11st 2lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Grace Harris

Third on Irish point debut in October and has shaped with promise in maiden hurdles this winter (2m3f/2m4f) but can't be recommended here.

66/1

13

23rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:00 Ffos Las

The Big Reveal

11st 10lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Grace Harris

Bought for £105,000 after finishing third in Irish point; friendless in the betting at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft; maiden hurdle) for new yard but again shaped encouragingly and is open to improvement.

8/1

12/1

Form: 43-

Last run: 292 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Prominent in the market when taking minor honours in bumpers at Warwick (heavy) and Wincanton (good to soft); needs to raise his game and his dam is a half-sister to Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth.

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4th

5

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

14:08 Taunton

Technology

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

set good pace, hung left from 8th, headed after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, tailed off

10/1

0

7

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 4

12:40 Ascot

Technology

11st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Perhaps unsuited by soft ground when pulled up in March (2m7f maiden) on final start last term; did not last long when reappearing for chase/handicap debut at Doncaster (2m3f) three weeks ago, which sees him back over hurdles today and there is plenty of stamina in his pedigree.

16/1

0

5

2nd Dec 2023

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

14:06 Doncaster

Technology

10st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

raced in last, mistake 2nd, not fluent and unseated 4th

10/1

Form: 15

Last run: 60 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Made all in an Irish maiden point in April and a Newton Abbot bumper in June, both on good ground; however, she needs to put her hurdling debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good; 17-2) way behind her.

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10th

8

22nd Jun 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

18:00 Uttoxeter

Tango Arumba

10st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Safely held in first two handicaps but ran considerably better than eventual 25l defeat might suggest here (2m7f, good to soft) last month, having led a field of 17 over the penultimate flight; drops back in trip with cheekpieces added today; one to consider.

7/1

8th

10

6th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

15:50 Uttoxeter

Tango Arumba

11st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

prominent

20/1

10th

9

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:30 Taunton

Tango Arumba

10st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

Soundly beaten on her three hurdle starts but this point and bumper winner now goes handicapping in a first-time tongue-tie off a lowly mark and it will be no surprise if she plays a part, especially if well backed.

7/1

Form: 05-

Last run: 269 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Well-backed favourite at Doncaster (good to soft) in January but raced freely and tailed off; 11-1 in five-runner race at Newbury (good) in April but tailed off again, so those two bumpers were inauspicious.

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2

6th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

14:25 Hereford

Hurricane Le Dun

11st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Better of two hurdling efforts when fourth at Ffos Las in February; evidently not one of the stable stars but might have prospects if maintaining the progress shown on that latest start.

6/1

4th

2

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 4

13:23 Ffos Las

Hurricane Le Dun

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent, mistake 3rd, pushed along home turn, outpaced 3 out, held before 2 out, lost third final strides

20/1

Form: 07

Last run: 6 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won a point bumper in April by 7l; tailed off, however, in a bumper at Warwick and maiden hurdle at Taunton, both 2m on good.

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10th

8

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Worcester

Nordy Lordy

10st 7lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Bettered inauspicious handicap debut and arguably ran a fair bit better than eventual 22l defeat might suggest at Warwick (2m3f, good to soft) a fortnight ago, having made a forward move from the rear on the final circuit; drops back in trip here; interesting.

8/1

5th

9

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 0y

Class 5

18:25 Warwick

Nordy Lordy

10st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Point bumper winner but struggled in five runs under rules and pulled up on handicap debut at Taunton last month; 3lb out of the weights this time and can only be watched until he shows some positive signs.

20/1

12

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:55 Taunton

Nordy Lordy

10st 7lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Point bumper winner; poor results under rules and has pulled hard on occasions; however, he's in good hands and may be capable of better now handicapping off just 79.

16/1

Form: 4

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Half-brother to the stable's Welsh National winner Secret Reprieve; 33-1, came from the back when about 8l fourth of 13 in bumper here (2m, good to soft) eight weeks ago, travelling well long way; that was a promising start and Secret Reprieve won his hurdling debut over C&D (50-1) after one bumper.

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4th

1

23rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

16:33 Sedgefield

Secret Plan

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Evan Williams

held up in rear, not fluent 1st, lost ground back straight, no telling impression

11/2

0

5

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

14:10 Chepstow

Secret Plan

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Evan Williams

No match for winner when remote second of four on last months chasing debut at Southwell (2m, good to soft) but remains very lightly raced, and this half-brother to connections' Welsh National winner Secret Reprieve could be seen in a much better light over today's trip; interesting.

7/2

2nd

4

17th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

12:45 Southwell

Secret Plan

11st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Runner-up in a 2m maiden hurdle but ran just okay on his switch to handicaps at Chepstow last month (2m3f); half-brother to the stable's Welsh National winner Secret Reprieve so no surprise to see him sent chasing sooner rather than later; may need further but respected all the same.

3/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fourth foal; half-brother to point/very useful 2m4f-3m hurdle winner Unexpected Depth and 2m/2m4f hurdle winner Shantou View; dam unraced sister to dual Thyestes Chase winner Preists Leap; 0-3 in Irish points but had a second and two wins in British version; gained his wins easily by 18l on good ground, latest in November, and needs a second look.

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10th

4

23rd Jan 2023

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:30 Ffos Las

Keaden Hill

11st 10lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

0-3 in Irish points but had a second and two wins in the British scene; however, went off at 50-1 for a Chepstow maiden hurdle (2m3f, good to soft) and ran accordingly.

100/1

10th

4

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:30 Chepstow

Keaden Hill

11st 4lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Fourth foal; half-brother to point/very useful 2m4f-3m hurdle winner Unexpected Depth and 2m/2m4f hurdle winner Shantou View; dam unraced sister to dual Thyestes Chase winner Preists Leap; 0-3 in Irish points but had a second and two wins in British version; gained his wins easily by 18l on good ground, latest in November, and needs a second look.

16/1

Form: 40

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Made the frame in two Irish points and a Bangor bumper on rules debut; beaten 57l, however, in a Warwick bumper (soft) on latest outing.

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11th

14

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:30 Chepstow

Blackhorse Lady

10st 11lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

Made the frame in two Irish points and a Bangor bumper on rules debut; beaten 57l, however, in a Warwick bumper (soft) on latest outing.

100/1

12th

2

16th Nov 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:45 Warwick

Blackhorse Lady

11st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

Consistent thus far, having made the frame in two Irish points and a Bangor bumper; however, almost certainly needs improvement to get off the mark.

33/1

4th

9

25th Oct 2022

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

16:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Blackhorse Lady

10st 9lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

led, ridden 3f out, headed and outpaced 2f out, held but kept on inside final furlong, went fourth final strides

33/1

Form: 3

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Second foal; dam 2m2f-2m6f hurdle/chase winner, sister to useful 2m-3m hurdle/chase winner Bally Legend; 3-1 for Wincanton bumper (1m7f, good to firm) in November, beaten about 15l into third of nine; needs a second look.

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1st

6

8th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

17:10 Fontwell

Whynotnowroy

10st 13lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Keiran Burke

travelled strongly, not fluent 1st, towards rear, headway before 6th, in touch with leaders with one circuit to go

7/2

3rd

12

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

15:00 Hereford

Whynotnowroy

10st 8lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Keiran Burke

Between between 5l and 13l in a trio of 2m3f handicaps at Taunton since the hood went on, latterly joined by a tongue-tie; an each-way possible.

7/1

4th

15

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

17:10 Taunton

Whynotnowroy

10st 6lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Keiran Burke

0-7 over hurdles but, with a hood fitted, displayed improvement on his two starts last month, latterly when clear second over C&D (soft); has tongue-tie added today; can make his presence felt again.

5/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Second foal; dam point and 2m3f/2m6f hunter chase winner, out of unraced half-sister to fairly useful bumper, 2m2f hurdle and 2m5f chase winner Django and to 2m1f-2m5f hurdle/chase winner Millcroft Riviera; probably best watched on debut.

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13th

6

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:30 Chepstow

Rare Bear

11st 4lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

Second foal; dam point and 2m3f/2m6f hunter chase winner, out of unraced half-sister to fairly useful bumper, 2m2f hurdle and 2m5f chase winner Django and to 2m1f-2m5f hurdle/chase winner Millcroft Riviera; probably best watched on debut.

100/1

Form: 5

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

14-1 and tongue tied, disputed lead long long way when about 9l fifth of 13 in bumper here (2m, good to soft) last month; needs to build on that in a big way.

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3rd

3

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

Jail No Bail

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Faded to finish fifth in his bumper and was pulled up at odds of 50-1 on his switch to hurdles last Christmas; has a good bit to prove.

25/1

3

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:30 Chepstow

Jail No Bail

11st 4lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Anthony Honeyball

14-1 and tongue tied, disputed lead long long way when about 9l fifth of 13 in bumper here (2m, good to soft) last month; needs to build on that in a big way.

14/1

Form: 135-3

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who was fifth of eight in Grade 2 novice at Kempton (2m, good to soft) in February on second start over hurdles; had a wind op in July and made a fair reappearance when 15l third of ten at Newbury (2m4f, good) but he was clear two out before tying up; easily sets the standard on form but there are some misgivings about him.

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14th

22

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Russian Ruler

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Nicky Henderson

Ended last season with two 2m wins but this term has been a write-off, pulled up for the third time in four outings in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham; stamina for 3m is unproven; difficult to recommend.

50/1

23

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Russian Ruler

10st 3lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

Ended last season with two wins but this term hasn't gone so well, most recently below-par fifth at Kelso (2m5f) where he was friendless in the betting switched back to hurdles from fences; the current form of his yard is another negative going into this tougher assignment.

100/1

5th

8

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Russian Ruler

10st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Henderson

Won his final two hurdle starts last spring (2m, soft/good) and fair fourth on chase/seasonal debut at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in December; pulled up over fences the next twice and something to prove regarding current form, but chasing may not be his game; not written off back hurdling.

14/1

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Selections

RP Ratings:

Russian Ruler

D Express:

State Of Power

WEST COUNTRY:

Hymac

SPOTLIGHT:

Secret Plan

Daily Record:

Saint Davy

Daily Mirror:

State Of Power

TOPSPEED:

Russian Ruler

POSTDATA:

Russian Ruler

LAMBOURN:

Russian Ruler

The Times:

Russian Ruler

Telegraph:

Russian Ruler

The Guardian:

Russian Ruler

Daily Mail:

Russian Ruler

The Star:

Russian Ruler

The Sun:

Hymac