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12:10 Doncaster

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bet365 British EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4520.18
  • 2m 3f 88y
  • Class 4
  • 16 runners
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bet365 British EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.30
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 1 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Second then first in his two British points (good to soft/good) and attracted market support when scoring on last month's rules debut at Wetherby (2m3f, good), with a next-time-out winner in second; likeable prospect and one to consider under a 6lb penalty.

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7

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Moon Hunter

10st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Henry Daly

A very promising novice hurdler last season and made an encouraging chase debut in the autumn but two heavy defeats have followed; drying ground would aid his cause here and he still has plenty of time to turn things around but he's a risky option at the moment.

10/1

5th

1

9th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 3

14:10 Market Rasen

Moon Hunter

11st 10lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Henry Daly

Winning pointer (3m, good) who won his first two starts over hurdles in 2022 (both over 2m3f on good ground); decent fourth on chase debut over 2m4f at Cheltenham in October (good) but lesser run at Exeter last time (3m, good to soft); has potential but soft ground not ideal and best rules form is over shorter.

7/2

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7/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 32-21 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Built upon his previous promise when comfortably making all at Hereford (2m3f, soft) last month on his second hurdle start; faces a tougher assignment under a penalty here but he's a strong contender.

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13th

13

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Theatre Man

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Warm favourite when early faller in Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last month; prior to that he was second in a hot novice handicap chase at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) and has a 1lb lower mark to work with now back over hurdles; 2-4 in novice hurdles last season (both wins on soft) and he's a major player if transferring his chase form back to this sphere.

9/1

14

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Theatre Man

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Richard J Bandey

Made all for two hurdle wins, at 2m3f and 2m5f (also on soft); started chase career with two useful efforts in 2m7f handicaps and he laid down a strong marker for this race when runner-up in a warm C&D event (good to soft) in January, taking time to pick up but racing up the hill in great style; up 3lb but open to improvement and has solid claims with Harry Cobden a rare booking (0-1) for yard that has been among the winners of late.

4/1

2nd

6

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Theatre Man

11st 1lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Made all for two hurdle wins, at 2m3f and 2m5f (both on soft), and an exciting front-runner to watch over fences, albeit meeting stronger stayers in 2m7f Newbury handicaps this winter; his rhythm wasn't upset by being taken on for the lead in December and this trip can suit; interesting.

6/1

8/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 2

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Backed into 6-1 and 6l second to the Paul Nicholls-trained favourite on last month's debut in a bumper at Ascot (1m7f, good); that was a promising start and he could have a part to play now going hurdling.

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3rd

3

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:08 Newbury

Hermino AA

11st 13lb

J: Mr Freddie Mitchell

T: Gary Moore

Hated fences but has run well in two of his four starts since returning to hurdles, notably when just missing out in a 2m7f handicap at Sandown (good to soft); barely sighted here three weeks ago but conditions were bog-like and he can be given another chance.

12/1

4th

1

1st Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:45 Newbury

Hermino AA

12st 0lb

J: Mr Freddie Mitchell

T: Gary Moore

chased clear leader, lost ground before 6th, struggling on turn before 3 out, tailed off

5/1

2nd

9

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Sandown

Hermino AA

10st 13lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Didn't take to fences in November; good third at Cheltenham (3m, soft) on the return to hurdles but needs to improve on that form, and he was beaten a long way when next seen in good 2m5f handicap at Kempton (25-1) three weeks ago; work to do, even now back up in trip.

33/1

Form: 6-2

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Unplaced favourite in March in sole bumper (2m, good) but belied 25-1 odds when runner-up on last month's hurdle debut at Ascot (2m3f, good to soft); open to improvement for his top trainer and he's a key player.

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3rd

1

25th Sep 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

13:55 Warwick

Hands Off

11st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

took keen hold, held up in last, good jump 6th, headway 4 out, outpaced after 3 out, went second before 2 out, lost second last, no extra run-in

8/11

3

7th Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:10 Sandown

Hands Off

11st 12lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Holding every chance when veering right and running out at the third-last flight in a Doncaster maiden last time but his runs before that were promising; could be on a decent mark if more on the ball this afternoon.

15/2

6

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:22 Chepstow

Hands Off

11st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Form: 251 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Runner-up in both a point (3m, yielding) and a bumper and won at Bangor (2m3f, soft) last month on his second hurdle start; this is a deeper contest but he went nicely clear last time and is respected under a 6lb penalty.

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5

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:30 Kelso

Val Dancer

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Mel Rowley

Handicap mark took a battering for winning three on the bounce (2m6f-3m1f; soft or heavy) and he struggled with the rise in class at Uttoxeter a month ago, his first defeat in cheekpieces; now has to prove himself worthy of this high a mark at this level.

9/2

3rd

7

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Uttoxeter

Val Dancer

11st 3lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

Now 3-3 since fitted with cheekpieces but it was hard work in justifying short odds and a 7lb rise (for previous win) in a small field at Catterick last month (3m1f, heavy); only 2lb higher for this but he's tackling classier opposition and could meet his match.

13/2

Form: 07

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Triple-figure odds and well beaten on her first two starts.

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4th

1

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Worcester

Bear A Hand

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Price

Lightly raced mare who made pretty good start to handicap career when third of ten at Uttoxeter (2m, soft) three weeks ago; should be okay on today's faster ground and may still have a bigger run in her; respected.

11/4

3rd

5

6th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

18:15 Uttoxeter

Bear A Hand

11st 11lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Price

Best of three runs when fourth in a Doncaster novice last time (2m3f, good); weakened late on so shouldn't be inconvenienced by the drop in trip on handicap debut; a possible

20/1

6

22nd Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Bear A Hand

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Price

Form: 3 BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Won an Irish maiden point (3m, good to yielding) in May and again showed promise when third of seven on last month's rules debut at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft); improvement is needed and he may need further, but he could be much sharper for that latest run and is in good hands to progress.

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4th

10

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

19:55 Warwick

Lunar Contact

11st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

3m point winner (good to yielding) who returned to form when third of seven on handicap debut at Fontwell (2m3f, good) last month; shaped last time as though he would benefit from this step up in trip; on the shortlist.

5/1

3rd

9

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

15:20 Fontwell

Lunar Contact

11st 3lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Irish point winner; creditable third on British/hurdling debut at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft) in November but has been tailed off in both subsequent runs; in good hands and now switches to a handicap but opening mark looks on the high side and he needs improvement.

8/1

3rd

3

23rd Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

16:45 Ludlow

Lunar Contact

11st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Irish point winner; creditable third on British/hurdling debut last November but tailed off the following month; something to prove now.

13/2

Form: /0160-

Last run: 266 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Won a bumper at Newcastle (2m, AW) in January and faced tough tasks in Listed and Grade 2 contests the next twice; drops back down in grade for this hurdle debut but has to raise her game on her return.

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5th

6

10th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

17:25 Worcester

Walk In The Storm

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

held up in rear, headway after 4 out, pushed along before 3 out, ridden before 2 out

10/1

6th

3

16th Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

21:00 Fontwell

Walk In The Storm

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

pressed leaders, prominent from 3rd, ridden after 3 out, weakening when jumped badly left 2 out

11/2

6th

5

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 7y

Class 5

13:58 Bangor-on-Dee

Walk In The Storm

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Bumper winner last year; made slow start to her hurdling career but kept on well for creditable second of 16 on recent handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m4f, good) and is open to further improvement over today's longer trip; major player.

5/2

Form: 0-

Last run: 421 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Tailed off on rules debut at Chepstow in November 2021 and absent since; returns with something to prove but he won an Irish maiden point (3m, good to yielding) in good style in April 2021, after which he changed hands for £140,000; not written off.

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1st

12

21st Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:35 Exeter

Coachman

10st 9lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Oliver Signy

Won an Irish point but has virtually nothing to show from four runs over hurdles; had wind surgery ahead of his handicap debut.

16/1

3

15th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

15:10 Huntingdon

Coachman

11st 5lb

J: David Bass

T: Oliver Signy

Changed hands for £140,000 after landing an Irish point but he has cut little ice in three runs over hurdles for his current yard, coming in a remote fifth at Wetherby (2m4f) last time; he needs to take a sizeable step forward now fitted with a tongue strap.

33/1

Form: 645-6

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Displayed some ability in bumpers and the step up in trip could suit on hurdle debut but others have far more substance to their claims.

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9

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 5

17:20 Perth

Barley Breeze

10st 12lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Ex-Phil Kirby; pulled up in the 2m4f handicap hurdle at this meeting last year; had finished 17l-last of four in a Newcastle novice the previous month (2m1f, heavy), form that gives him a chance here as the three in front of him are now rated over 20lb higher than him; interesting on debut for new yard.

14/1

Form: 8

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

50-1, tailed off on recent debut in Southwell bumper (2m, good).

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6th

3

14th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

12:47 Wetherby

Bob Delaney

11st 2lb

J: Alison Johnson

T: Peter Winks

prominent, lost position and dropped to rear 7th, pushed along and struggling after 4 out

100/1

5

29th Dec 2022

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

12:10 Doncaster

Bob Delaney

11st 0lb

J: Alison Johnson

T: Peter Winks

50-1, tailed off on recent debut in Southwell bumper (2m, good).

100/1

8th

3

11th Dec 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

13:23 Southwell

Bob Delaney

11st 0lb

J: Alison Johnson

T: Peter Winks

took keen hold, raced wide, midfield, headway and prominent with one circuit to go, lost position and dropped to rear over 4f out, soon got behind

33/1

Form: P BF

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Easily won an Irish maiden point (3m, yielding to soft) in April and was sold for 135,000euros later that month; it's still very early days under rules but he was pulled up on his hurdle debut at Worcester (2m4f, soft; 5-2 favourite) in October and he's hard to fancy on the back of that.

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2

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:05 Southwell

Heads Or Harps

12st 1lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Michael Scudamore

Irish point winner; failed to complete on first two starts under rules (favourite on first occasion); a bit more encouragement in latest C&D effort and there's a good chance he will fare better now handicapping.

10/1

4th

6

29th Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

15:35 Southwell

Heads Or Harps

11st 10lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Michael Scudamore

Bought for 135,000euros after easily winning an Irish point last April; 5-2 favourite when pulled up on hurdling debut but 33-1 when suffering the same fate last time; perhaps the wind surgery/tongue-tie will help.

14/1

8

29th Dec 2022

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

12:10 Doncaster

Heads Or Harps

11st 0lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Michael Scudamore

Easily won an Irish maiden point (3m, yielding to soft) in April and was sold for 135,000euros later that month; it's still very early days under rules but he was pulled up on his hurdle debut at Worcester (2m4f, soft; 5-2 favourite) in October and he's hard to fancy on the back of that.

12/1

Form: 15-

Last run: 282 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Makes third start, for third different trainer; won bumper at Ayr (2m, soft) in May 2021 for Stuart Crawford, and was mid-division at Wetherby (2m, good to soft) this March for Paul Nicholls; sold for £26,000 in May and he might be best watched on hurdle debut.

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5th

4

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 5

15:00 Kelso

Largy Train

11st 13lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Henry Hogarth

Something has clicked having won his last three races from the front, latterly beating two of these at Carlisle (2m5f, soft); up another 7lb but only a 7yo and he's likeable.

2/1

1st

1

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 198y

Class 5

16:50 Carlisle

Largy Train

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Henry Hogarth

Soundly beaten in first two chases but was evidently suited by switch to much more positive tactics when scoring by 16l at Sedgefield (2m5f, soft) last month; recently followed up with hard-fought success at Hexham (2m4f, heavy), and must be considered in current form.

Evs

1st

1

14th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

16:30 Hexham

Largy Train

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Henry Hogarth

led, not fluent 3 out, headed after 2 out, disputing lead when mistake last, lost second run-in, rallied and kept on well to lead inside final 110yds, gamely

11/8

Form: 5

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Off mark at second attempt in Irish maiden points (3m, good to yielding) and may have needed last month's rules debut at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft); however, he was well beaten and lots of improvement is required.

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2nd

2

6th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Warwick

Prince De Juilley

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Alastair Ralph

in touch with leaders

7/1

2nd

3

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 83y

Class 5

13:40 Stratford

Prince De Juilley

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Chasing has not gone to plan this season and he now reverts to hurdling after a 137-day break; still has low mileage and current mark ought to be workable but others have more pressing claims.

20/1

0

1

6th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 5

14:00 Ludlow

Prince De Juilley

12st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Alastair Ralph

took keen hold

9/2

Form: 3-39 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Bumped into classy winners when a well-beaten third on his first two hurdle starts (2m4f/2m3f, soft); a case can be made on that form but he has to bounce back from a disappointing latest run at Leicester (2m4f, soft).

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4th

3

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

14:35 Fakenham

Scene One

11st 12lb

T: Lucy Wadham

Two wins this season, over C&D off 5lb lower in November (good to soft) and over 2m3f off 2lb lower at Market Rasen in January (good to soft); fair run in first-time blinkers (retained) last time (2m6f); chance.

7/2

4th

7

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 4

16:43 Newbury

Scene One

11st 6lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

Made it 2-3 over fences when scoring at Market Rasen (2m3f, good to soft) in January and he had an excuse on his step up to 3m at Market Rasen last month; that was another blip in his patchy profile but he still has potential in this sphere and is a big player if he can bounce back again; first-time blinkers replace cheekpieces.

5/1

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Selections

TOPSPEED:

Hands Off

The Times:

Val Dancer

SPOTLIGHT:

Hermino AA

Telegraph:

Moon Hunter

RP Ratings:

Theatre Man

POSTDATA:

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LAMBOURN:

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Daily Mail:

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D Express:

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Daily Mirror:

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The Sun:

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The Star:

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Daily Record:

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The Guardian:

Val Dancer