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Soft

Ladbrokes Fanzone “Your Team Your Game” Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £11109.84
  • 2m 0f 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: Showers

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £2.00

Form: /113P- D BF

Last run: 374 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 6yo; odds-on for two novice wins in May 2021 before posting personal best when third in the Greatwood at Cheltenham (2m, good; also handles soft); now returns from over a year off after running as if amiss at Ascot; may still have untapped potential and is more persuasive than many.

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7th

4

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

No Ordinary Joe

11st 7lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Nicky Henderson

Acts on soft ground, unraced on heavy; showed clear signs of a return to form at Kempton (2m5f) last month, setting him up nicely for a return to the Cheltenham Festival; good second off only 1lb lower in this race last year and can't be dismissed, though the current form of his stable is a note of caution.

8/1

3rd

2

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:15 Kempton

No Ordinary Joe

12st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Nicky Henderson

Two efforts this term (chase/hurdle) leave something to be desired; however, ran well in the Martin Pipe at last year's Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft) and has possibilities if back to that form.

11/1

8th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

No Ordinary Joe

12st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Nicky Henderson

Made very disappointing seasonal/chase debut in December and now quickly switches back to hurdling; only 2lb higher than for commendable second at last year's Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft), and today's faster ground will also suit; contender if back on song.

7/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 26F-41 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Took six goes to get off the mark over hurdles but his breakthrough win at Huntingdon (2m, good) was impressive and a 7lb rise could underestimate him; commands major respect.

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8th

7

8th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

13:30 Haydock

Big Boy Bobby

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Not sure what happened last time at Fakenham but the run before he all but held on in a Class 3 handicap at Kempton (soft; fine on good) and the winner was runner-up in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham; that form brings him right into the equation.

10/1

6

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 3

15:45 Fakenham

Big Boy Bobby

11st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Still improving seven hurdles starts in, all but holding on in a deeper Class 3 (0-140, soft) at Kempton over Christmas with Swaffham Bulbeck 15l behind; can make his one mistake in a race, but a player even so.

4/1

2nd

14

27th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Big Boy Bobby

10st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alan King

Took six goes to get off the mark over hurdles but his breakthrough win at Huntingdon (2m, good) was impressive and a 7lb rise could underestimate him; commands major respect.

11/2

15/2

  • Place: £3.10

Form: F121-4

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Two wins in the mud in France, including 4yo Listed race in April; shaped better than the result suggests when 18l fourth of seven at Haydock (2m3f; sole run without tongue-strap) on British debut, only 3l down two out before fading; hard to pin down but he has youth on his side, the tongue-tie returns and his yard captured this prize with an unexposed one in 2020.

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5th

5

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

LEau Du Sud

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has improved with virtually every run in Britain, posting excellent efforts in defeat in the Betfair and County Hurdles on his last two outings; they came on heavy ground but he's just as effective on good to soft; edging up the weights but has a rock-solid profile and should go well again.

7/2

2nd

15

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

LEau Du Sud

10st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

French 4yo Listed winner in April 2022 and, bar a blip here last November, has improved with each British run; fine second in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) last month, after which he's up 6lb but he was clear of Go Dante and Faivoir who fought out last Saturday's Imperial Cup; Harry Skelton prefers him to Faivoir; big player.

9/2

2nd

15

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

LEau Du Sud

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Acts on heavy ground; Listed scorer in France; has shown promise in Britain, notably when third in competitive handicap at Kelso (2m) last March, and it's best to forgive his only run this term (something looked amiss); not written off.

18/1

Form: 23305- D

Last run: 263 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Good third in the last two runnings of the Morebattle at Kelso (2m, good to soft/soft) and he ended last season with a respectable fifth at Aintree's Grand National meeting; however, he has yet to win a handicap hurdle and his trainer has a more obvious candidate in L'Eau Du Sud.

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6th

14

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Faivoir

10st 8lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Inconsistent and Harry Skelton rides stablemate L'Eau Du Sud, but he's just 2lb higher than when winning this last year (soft) and went very close off this mark in the Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) last Saturday, when perhaps in front longer than ideal (wandered a little); firmly in calculations.

11/1

2nd

3

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Faivoir

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

He has an in-and-out profile but is now just 2lb higher than when winning the County Hurdle at last season's Cheltenham Festival (2m1f, soft), and he was an encouraging fifth of 21 in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) last month; Harry Skelton rides; in the shake-up if he's on a going day.

9/1

5th

3

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Faivoir

11st 11lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

Ended last season with a narrow success in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham off 3lb lower; harder to fancy on the balance of his form this term, most recently well held in the Ascot contest won by Luccia.

66/1

Form: 1-3532 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Arrives in good form with a recent second over C&D to his name, and he represents last year's successful trainer and jockey, but he's relatively exposed compared with some of these and others appeal more for the win.

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4th

6

(4)

11th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

15:50 Southwell (AW)

Swaffham Bulbeck

9st 3lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Stuart Edmunds

A pretty useful jumper, last successful in a 2m handicap hurdle here in September; rarely seen on the Flat in recent years but he has finished second in staying handicaps on AW on his last two runs in this sphere; should be involved.

11/4

8th

1

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:40 Taunton

Swaffham Bulbeck

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Stuart Edmunds

Outclassed in the Greatwood last time when pulled up at 100-1; usually consistent and went into that in form after competitive runs over 2m (good/heavy); however, he .does look on a tough mark and might be vulnerable.

9/1

Form: 214-78 D

Last run: 210 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

The veteran in this line-up; mostly campaigned as a chaser in recent seasons, winning at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) last winter; having final outing for Tom George when down the field over hurdles at Compiegne in May; given a chance by the handicapper but needs to be revived by a change of stable.

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4th

7

30th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:25 Huntingdon

Raya Time

11st 5lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

Mostly campaigned as a chaser in recent seasons, winning in these colours at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) last winter when trained by Tom George; beaten 20l in a 2m Kempton handicap hurdle last month on his debut for this stable.

25/1

6th

6

27th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Raya Time

11st 1lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: B F Brookhouse

The veteran in this line-up; mostly campaigned as a chaser in recent seasons, winning at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) last winter; having final outing for Tom George when down the field over hurdles at Compiegne in May; given a chance by the handicapper but needs to be revived by a change of stable.

25/1

Form: 31/1-3 D BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Promising in bumpers and he won his first two races over hurdles (2m, good to firm/soft); came up short when favourite for his reappearance at Ascot in November but he raced too freely that day and may not have reached his limit just yet; interesting handicap debutant for a top yard.

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3rd

9

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Kandoo Kid

11st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Novice who progressed nicely towards end of last year and bounced back from Doncaster flop when clear second in Newbury handicap (2m4f, heavy) last month behind course specialist Heltenham, who followed up there since; 2lb rise could prove lenient and this improving 8yo is firmly in calculations.

12/1

2nd

2

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:55 Newbury

Kandoo Kid

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, led 3 out, headed 2 out, stayed on

6/1

0

5

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Kandoo Kid

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Not out of the first two in any of his four chases and beat a good yardstick in a 2m4f handicap at Newbury (good to soft); coped well with the step up to Grade 2 level at Ascot last time when going right handed didn't look ideal (jumped out to the left at times); has stamina to prove but remains lightly raced for his top yard and hard to rule out.

10/1

Form: 126-07 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Big player judged on his second off 4lb higher in the Imperial Cup at Sandown in the spring, but he hasn't fired on all cylinders since, only seventh of nine at Ascot in November; needs to get back on track.

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6th

1

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

13:30 Perth

Lively Citizen

12st 0lb

J: Cian Chester

T: D J Jeffreys

Now exposed but arrives here on the back of an excellent run two weeks ago at Aintree when fourth of 19 (2m, soft); should feature.

13/2

4th

18

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Lively Citizen

10st 12lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: D J Jeffreys

In good form after a narrow Ffos Las win (2m, heavy) but 2lb badly in under a penalty and he tends to fall short in really competitive races, such as this one in 2022 and when well held in the Imperial Cup in March.

25/1

Form: 53-212 D

Last run: 50 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Steadily progressive 4yo who won at Plumpton in October and ran well when second over this C&D (good to soft) the following month; faces a sterner assignment now tackling a handicap but he may take another step forward and needs to be considered.

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6th

6

6th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

17:50 Kempton

Alien Storm

11st 11lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

jumped left on occasions, midfield, weakened after 3 out

8/1

3rd

9

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

17:25 Plumpton

Alien Storm

11st 2lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

Some notable form to his name last season as a novice; dropped out at Kempton last time after jumping to the right (first-time tongue-tie; has form at that venue) but his two runs before then in fair handicaps were encouraging; another with each-way claims.

20/1

11th

10

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

Alien Storm

10st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Charlie Longsdon

Kept on well for near-10l fourth of 13 at Doncaster (2m3f, good) in January, when not helped by mistakes four out and three out; ran well in novices here last season (good/good to soft); tongue-tie goes on; stable form is a positive and today's further step up in trip could be just what he needs.

12/1

Form: P4-344 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Likeable type with seven wins to his name; highly tried on his last two starts and the extended 2m3f at Ascot (Grade 2; wore tongue-strap for the first time) on latest would have stretched his stamina; this is a more suitable test but others have more potential.

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5th

3

(3)

29th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 5

17:45 Southwell (AW)

For Pleasure

9st 9lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Olly Murphy

slowly away, raced in last

5/1

1st

1

(5)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

20:30 Chelmsford (AW)

For Pleasure

10st 0lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Olly Murphy

raced wide and took keen hold, prominent, led after 4f, soon switched left and against rail

8/1

Form: 10/1-3 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Dual bumper winner (soft ground) who made all on hurdle debut at Bangor (2m, good) in September 2021; sustained an injury that day and didn't repeat the form when only third of five at Wetherby after over a year off; still lightly raced but he'll need improvement to make a winning handicap debut.

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7th

7

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

14:15 Haydock

Fruit N Nut

10st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Enjoyed a fruitful period in Class 3 handicaps last season before finishing tailed off in a higher grade at Aintree (soft no real excuse); this is another rung up the ladder and he looks up against it.

33/1

10th

17

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Fruit N Nut

11st 3lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Sound record in Class 3 handicaps this year, including wins at Sedgefield (2m1f, good to soft) and Newbury (2m, good); however, has more on his plate off new mark in this higher grade.

25/1

1st

4

4th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:25 Newbury

Fruit N Nut

11st 8lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

4-8 under rules and 2-5 over hurdles, latest win in handicap at Sedgefield (2m1f, good to soft; acts on good) in January; creditable third off this 4lb higher mark at Catterick latest and he's in each-way calculations.

5/1

Form: 461-83

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Scored easily at Auteuil (2m1f, heavy) on his final French outing; pulled too hard on his British debut but a third of ten over this C&D last time was a step in the right direction; moves into handicaps with untapped potential; another for the shortlist.

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2

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 8y

Class 4

14:10 Ascot

Invincible Nao

11st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

Keen-going front-runner who came good over fences with 14l success at Fakenham (2m5f, soft) last month and took another step forward when close second in valuable event at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; commands respect in current form.

3/1

Form: 4815/P D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Comes into the reckoning on the form of his win at Musselburgh (2m, good to soft; made all) in March 2021 but has run only twice since, folding tamely that April and pulled up at Huntingdon three weeks ago after a long absence; may build on latest run and a refitted hood could have a positive effect, but he carries obvious risks; stablemate of No Ordinary Joe.

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7th

3

11th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:10 Ludlow

Paros

11st 12lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

jumped right throughout, took keen hold, led, headed 3 out, weakened quickly before 2 out

10/1

3rd

3

1st Sep 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:38 Fontwell

Paros

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

raced in third and jumped slightly right throughout, not fluent 1st, weakened after 2 out

4/1

0

2

16th Jul 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:30 Perth

Paros

11st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

didn't jump well, led, headed before 2 out, weakening when fell last

6/5

OUR TIP

Form: 217-13 D BF

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Chase winner in France (2m3f, good to soft) who has made a promising start in Britain, with a novice hurdle success at Stratford being followed by excellent third in big-field handicap at Cheltenham (2m, good); there's almost certainly more to come from him and a 4lb rise does not seem harsh.

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6th

6

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

15:00 Fontwell

Master Dancer

11st 10lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Stratford winner (2m novices', good) in October 2022; lightly raced since - did have a spell over fences - and acquitted himself well enough despite fading after the last when third at Huntingdon (2m4f, good, Kansas Du Berlais second) recently; possibilities.

13/2

3rd

5

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

16:35 Huntingdon

Master Dancer

11st 5lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

2m3f chase winner when trained in France; in good form in the autumn of 2022; inconsistent since but he has shown he retains ability and although well beaten over hurdles at Hereford latest he is on a handy mark now.

7/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Master Dancer

WEST COUNTRY:

Kandoo Kid

POSTDATA:

Big Boy Bobby

RP Ratings:

Faivoir

LAMBOURN:

No Ordinary Joe

The Times:

Alien Storm

Daily Mirror:

Master Dancer

The Sun:

Master Dancer

D Express:

Kandoo Kid

Daily Record:

Kandoo Kid

The Guardian:

Big Boy Bobby

Daily Mail:

Big Boy Bobby

Telegraph:

No Ordinary Joe

TOPSPEED:

Faivoir

The Star:

Faivoir