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Pertemps Network Leicestershire Bronze Fox Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6426.28
  • 1m 7f 113y
  • Class 3
  • 9 runners
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Pertemps Network Leicestershire Bronze Fox Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

6/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 2/1-42 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 7yo who is very lightly raced; scored at Wetherby (2m, heavy) in March on British debut and back on song when plucky second to Cheltenham Festival winner Love Envoi on handicap debut at Sandown (2m, soft) early this month; raised 3lb but needs plenty of respect.

Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 15y

Class 3

18:10 Hexham

Playful Saint

11st 5lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Won three times over hurdles, all at around 2m on good to soft/heavy; good second at Stratford in March (2m, heavy); not so good in better company since (in 2m4f Aintree handicap last time); half-brother to a 2m5f winner over fences; interesting on debut over fences but stamina to prove.

9/2

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11/2

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 313-5P D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Won a bumper on soft; largely consistent at about 2m on better ground last season as a novice hurdler, taking third of 16 in handicap at Aintree in April; below form at Ascot on reappearance and pulled when hooded over 2m4f at Newbury four weeks later but he could bounce back.

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0

3

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

13:25 Ludlow

Washington

11st 12lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Two hurdle wins for Olly Murphy and plenty of good efforts in defeat, notably his third at Aintree in April; all form at 2m so bit to prove on chasing/stable debut but no doubting his ability; wind surgery.

11/4

9th

15

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

14:15 Haydock

Washington

10st 5lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Filled third in a deep 2m handicap at Aintree's Grand National meeting for the second year running and conditions (soft) went against him last month; hasn't had much racing for a 7yo and he's one to consider.

10/1

3rd

21

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Washington

11st 0lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Olly Murphy

Ran well (third off 3lb higher) in this race last year but that came off the back of a recent win; not sure to repeat that effort, having been absent since a well-held second in December; cheekpieces enlisted.

12/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 7333-6 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Can front-run; nearly all his best efforts have been on heavy going, albeit with last win in January 2020; thrown in on his old form and has a good shout judged on two of his efforts early this year; well beaten on reappearance this month (cheekpieces on last two starts) but it's possible he will have come on markedly since.

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3rd

9

7th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

19:42 Southwell

Mcgowans Pass

11st 4lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Jennie Candlish

Consistent enough but this veteran is on a losing run and hasn't been seen since August; not the percentage play.

14/1

Form: 30F-37 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Ran some creditable races last season, including on heavy ground, and he was not discredited on reappearance in October; tailed off on latest start, however, and his sole win from 22 starts was in March 2020; tongue tied last three starts and now has cheekpieces as well.

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1st

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

13:40 Chepstow

Zambezi Fix

12st 1lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Won over fences here (2m, heavy) during the winter and was clear second over C&D (heavy) when switched back to hurdling in February; won't mind if the ground starts to dry out today and probably won't be far away.

7/1

3

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 3

15:10 Exeter

Zambezi Fix

10st 10lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Opened his chase account at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in December; couple of second-place finishes at same venue since, latest returned to hurdles; generally consistent but loses points for having the worst strike-rate in this field; overall record is just 3-34.

3/1

2nd

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:58 Chepstow

Zambezi Fix

11st 10lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Runs this track well; won this last year off the very same mark and has been in good nick over fences, latterly going down narrowly here in a small field on heavy (off 5lb higher); thereabouts.

11/4

Form: 10/9P- D

Last run: 377 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won a 2m1f maiden and 2m2f novice early in 2021 on soft ground, but he's been tailed off or pulled up in all three of his handicaps; latest was in cheekpieces; had wind surgery later last December and not seen since; worth a market check.

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5

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:05 Chepstow

Martinhal

11st 11lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

Won a 2m1f maiden and 2m2f novice early in 2021 on soft ground, but he's done little in his four handicaps since; tongue tied last three starts and had wind surgery before latest; wore cheekpieces on penultimate start and now it's blinkers.

16/1

5th

5

28th Dec 2022

Heavy

1m 7f 113y

Class 3

14:35 Leicester

Martinhal

11st 6lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Won a 2m1f maiden and 2m2f novice early in 2021 on soft ground, but he's been tailed off or pulled up in all three of his handicaps; latest was in cheekpieces; had wind surgery later last December and not seen since; worth a market check.

8/1

Form: 330-23 BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Tough task in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham on British debut; placed over 2m in a maiden at Fakenham (good) and novice at Hexham (soft) in his two races this season, coming from the rear on first occasion and soon having a big lead on second; tongue-tie returns (it was used in France, along with a hood); better may be possible in this handicap but it is needed.

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1st

4

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:50 Stratford

Milldam

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Comes here in good form having won two of his last three races, both on testing ground, the latest at Catterick last month (1m7f, heavy); up 3lb in a better race but should go well again.

3/1

1st

3

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 156y

Class 3

15:30 Catterick

Milldam

11st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

in touch with leaders, not fluent 1st, headway before 4th, soon led but pestered

4/1

Form: 3781-P D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Seven races in France saw him win a bumper and in good style from the front (2m2f, soft) in one of his two starts over hurdles; bought for 55,000euros in November 2021; 16-1 and pulled up in handicap at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) six weeks ago when finally seen in Britain, making most, but that may have blown away a few cobwebs; market may guide again.

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2nd

4

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

14:45 Haydock

Heros

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won at Taunton (2m2f, good to soft) on first two chase starts and, after two lesser runs, this prominent-racer was back on song when beaten just a neck at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) three weeks ago; can make another bold bid.

3/1

2nd

4

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

16:00 Wetherby

Heros

11st 5lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Won at Taunton (2m2f, good to soft) this season on first two chase starts; underwhelming the last twice (2m4f, soft/good to soft; switched to hold-up tactics most recently) and needs to raise his game but this 7yo should get back on track at some point.

9/2

Form: UU53-3

Last run: 242 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Won twice (2m3f/2m4f) over hurdles in Ireland in 2020; appeared to be running with credit when he twice unseated over fences last winter but he's been below form since; tried cheekpieces/visor on last two outings (both are absent today) and the latter was a step back in the right direction, before today's return to hurdles, but others have more pressing claims.

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9th

10

6th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

13:15 Southwell

Barnaviddaun

11st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: David Bridgwater

disputed lead, pressed leader from 6th, not fluent and lost position 14th, ridden when towards rear after 16th

25/1

5th

6

13th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 164y

Class 3

15:00 Plumpton

Barnaviddaun

11st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: David Bridgwater

Developed into useful hurdler in Ireland in 2020 but lightly raced and generally disappointing since joining David Bridgwater; lurks on a dangerous mark but ought to have coped with the heavy ground when pulled up (over hurdles) on seasonal debut and reverts to chasing with a lot to prove.

16/1

Form: /1P-17

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Three wins from six starts when trained in France, including in May (2m2f, soft) on final outing there; well beaten in handicap at Wetherby last month on British debut but that was on good ground and it's possible he will be a very different proposition today.

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1st

6

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

Issam

11st 9lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Had crept up the weights and was found out in a competitive handicap at Ascot last time (2m3f, good to soft); however, he won't mind returning to softer conditions and first-time cheekpieces might trigger something.

12/1

15th

10

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Issam

10st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Likeable 6yo whose Exeter win (2m2f, soft) in December was his fourth over hurdles from 11 attempts; followed that with a good second at Sandown (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago; likely to give his running once more but he's creeping up the weights and this is much the most competitive field he's faced.

14/1

2nd

5

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Issam

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Probably needed his comeback third here and then won with a bit up his sleeve at Exeter (2m2f, soft), for which a 4lb rise is fair; that's two wins in three runs and he's beginning to click.

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £83.00
Straight Forecast £76.40
Tricast £583.50
Trifecta £634.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Playful Saint

TOPSPEED:

Washington

LAMBOURN:

Milldam

The Star:

Issam

The Guardian:

Martinhal

RP Ratings:

Zambezi Fix

WEST COUNTRY:

Barnaviddaun

Telegraph:

Washington

POSTDATA:

Playful Saint

The Times:

Playful Saint

Daily Mail:

Playful Saint

D Express:

Playful Saint

Daily Mirror:

Playful Saint

The Sun:

Playful Saint

Daily Record:

Playful Saint