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13:55 Doncaster

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bet365 Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7787.78
  • 3m 0f 84y
  • Class 3
  • 9 runners
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bet365 Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 122-24 BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Disappointing at Carlisle (3m1f, soft) last month when the ground shouldn't have been an issue, but before that he was a good second at Ayr (3m, good to soft) on his seasonal and handicap debut; possible this lightly raced 6yo will be able to bounce back; not discounted.

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9th

9

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Silver Flyer

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Only 2lb higher than for his 3m win at Doncaster in December; inconsistent and last two efforts were nowhere near his best, but perhaps blinkers will do something for him (good and bad when tried in cheekpieces).

25/1

13

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Silver Flyer

10st 7lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Donald McCain

Up and down this season and finished tailed off when favourite for a four-runner 3m handicap at Doncaster a month ago; this company is warmer than he's accustomed to and probably placed at best.

20/1

3rd

3

9th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:50 Doncaster

Silver Flyer

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Reappeared with promising second on handicap debut at Ayr (3m, good to soft) in October and bounced back from lesser run at Carlisle for a hard-fought win over this C&D (good) in December; this lightly raced 7yo could have more to offer for his good yard and is on the shortlist up 4lb.

5/1

8/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 11F3-2 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Best known for his chasing exploits and he's untested at this trip under rules, but he was a two-time novice hurdle winner in spring 2021 and is unexposed in this sphere; feasibly treated on his best chase form and he won a 3m point in 2020; 2-2 here (hurdles/fences) and could go well.

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8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Erne River

10st 11lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Back to form in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) to win six-runner handicap at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) in December and solid fifth of 18 in Great Yorkshire Chase there since; also effective on soft; however, needs to build on those latest efforts to win this and Doncaster brings out the best in him.

20/1

Form: 210-5P CD

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 3lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

13yo who won three times under Victoria Malzard last season and is now 1lb below his last winning mark; however, he hasn't been at his best on either run this term (pulled up last time) and needs to raise his game.

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5th

1

22nd Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:25 Doncaster

Kansas City Chief

12st 0lb

J: Miss Victoria Malzard

T: Oliver Sherwood

led, joined 3rd, led again 3 out (usual 4 out), headed and mistake last (usual 2 out), weakened run-in

4/1

4th

1

30th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Kansas City Chief

12st 0lb

J: Miss Victoria Malzard

T: Oliver Sherwood

Three wins for Neil Mullholland last season, including dominant C&D (good to soft) success under regular partner Victoria Malzard; very long in the tooth now but proved he retains significant ability when rallying third at Doncaster (3m, good) last month; must be considered.

8/1

3rd

6

29th Dec 2022

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

13:55 Doncaster

Kansas City Chief

11st 3lb

J: Miss Victoria Malzard

T: Oliver Sherwood

13yo who won three times under Victoria Malzard last season and is now 1lb below his last winning mark; however, he hasn't been at his best on either run this term (pulled up last time) and needs to raise his game.

16/1

Form: 2/1P-3 BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Won in fine style on hurdle debut at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in January and bounced back from April's Aintree flop when third on his handicap and seasonal debut there this month (2m4f, good to soft); his dam was a classy stayer and this unexposed 5yo is open to improvement now up in trip.

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2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Walking On Air

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Fifth in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; unraced on heavy) last March off 1lb lower, doing well considering his jumping wasn't great and he didn't get the best of runs; close call on chase debut at Newbury (2m6f, soft) on sole run this season showed he's better than ever and he also has Grade 1 entry in Cheltenham novice chase; major claims.

7/2

2nd

2

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Walking On Air

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

2-7 over hurdles; absent since slightly disappointing run at Punchestown in April but was very creditable fifth off today's mark in Pertemps Final at Cheltenham Festival (3m, soft) in March and it will be very interesting to see how he fares on today's chasing debut.

7/2

9th

5

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

18:00 Punchestown

Walking On Air

11st 6lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Disappointed as a novice but had back surgery after and back to form to win at Exeter this season; ran well in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham since but his chance would be enhanced if the ground dried out.

8/1

Form: 2-F116

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten at Cheltenham (2m5f) last month and has to bounce back but he showed improved form previously when winning two in a row in September; has run well at up to an extended 2m7f and is not written off.

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5

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

Getalead

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kevin Pickard

Won five times for his previous yard; had been quiet for this one but it wasn't a bad effort back from wind surgery at Wincanton last time (2m5f, good; beaten 14l); could build on that and, although without a win over this far, he probably stays.

13/2

4th

7

21st Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

13:57 Wincanton

Getalead

11st 3lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Kevin Pickard

Won five times for his previous yard but too quiet for comfort in both starts for this one; had wind surgery but this is a tough race in which to bounce back to form.

25/1

5th

3

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 3

15:00 Hereford

Getalead

11st 5lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Kevin Pickard

Five hurdle wins at 2m3f-2m5f for previous trainer (good/good to soft), most recently in September 2022; solid excuses for recent defeat for new connections but needs to show 2m is his trip (first attempt since late 2021).

20/1

Form: 70-141

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Made it 4-9 in handicaps when winning at Uttoxeter in October last time out (his wins have been over 2m4f-2m7f on good-soft); he beat just three rivals at Uttoxeter but could still have more to offer and he's respected.

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4th

1

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Pounding Poet

12st 0lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

held up in rear, not fluent 1st

8/1

Form: 1222F- D

Last run: 271 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Improved last season when sent over fences but he has a lower mark to exploit over hurdles and he's shown shown form in this sphere; goes well fresh and has had wind surgery since his last run in April; a possible.

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4th

8

20th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

19:05 Uttoxeter

Doyen Breed

10st 13lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

in touch with leaders, headway after 9th, ridden after 3 out, stayed on until no extra from last

11/1

3

28th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

15:50 Perth

Doyen Breed

11st 8lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Course winner over hurdles; promising novice last season but hasn't progressed, best run when second (of three) at Kelso in February (2m5f, good); not so good there last time and visor now replaced cheekpieces; on a good mark.

6/1

4th

6

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 39y

Class 2

15:35 Kelso

Doyen Breed

10st 12lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

in touch with leaders, bad mistake 2nd, soon recovered

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 11P337

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Won over hurdles/fences in August on final two starts for Joseph O'Brien but unable to threaten for this yard in either discipline and he was down the field in a handicap hurdle at Cheltenham last time; something to prove.

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0

7

30th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 90y

17:40 Bellewstown

Uhtred

11st 1lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear

5/1

Form: 23-157 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Six-time winner, the latest at Huntingdon in May, and he's just 1lb higher here; he may have needed his stable debut outing at Sandown early this month but he was well beaten and others arrive with more compelling claims.

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2nd

2

16th Jun 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

19:55 Fontwell

Sirobbie

11st 13lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

prominent, ridden after 3 out, went second but drifted left run-in, pressed winner towards finish, stayed on

11/4

1st

1

10th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

18:45 Fontwell

Sirobbie

12st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Ian Williams

Six-time hurdle winner at up to 3m1f; well below par on his last two starts but showed at both Ludlow in January and Newbury in February that he retains ability; handy mark and down in grade; not written off.

5/1

11th

14

8th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Sirobbie

10st 9lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Close third in this 12 months ago off a 3lb higher mark so dangerous to entirely dismiss; that said, he was in much better form coming into last year's race.

16/1

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Selections

POSTDATA:

Erne River

LAMBOURN:

Walking On Air

D Express:

Pounding Poet

The Guardian:

Getalead

SPOTLIGHT:

Doyen Breed

RP Ratings:

Uhtred

TOPSPEED:

Sirobbie

The Sun:

Walking On Air

The Star:

Walking On Air

Daily Mirror:

Pounding Poet

The Times:

Erne River

Telegraph:

Erne River

Daily Mail:

Erne River

Daily Record:

Erne River