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12:28 Kelso

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  • Prize money: £7787.78
  • 2m 6f 151y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.00
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 14-642 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Not seen to best effect on last month's chasing debut but lost out by only a head when clear second over hurdles at Musselburgh (3m, soft; unraced on heavy) 24 days ago and could still be well handicapped after a 3lb rise.

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2

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Carlisle

Schalke

11st 11lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Should be well handicapped but he's struggling to get competitive and a turnaround is needed.

25/1

8th

5

20th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

17:00 Haydock

Schalke

11st 9lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Rebecca Menzies

Down to a mark 1lb lower than when winning at Kelso (2m6f, heavy) in December 2022 but he's been tailed off on his last three starts (C&D last time, following wind op) and a major turnaround is required.

20/1

8th

9

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:50 Haydock

Schalke

10st 13lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

Heavy-ground winner off only 2lb lower last winter but hasn't been in the same form this time round, labouring a long way out at Kelso on latest; a recent wind op needs to spark a big upturn in his fortunes.

28/1

5/2

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 411-21

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Progressive mare who rallied well to score at Ayr (2m4f, soft) last month and has now won three of her last four; the extra emphasis on stamina here is unlikely to be a problem; major player.

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3

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Charm Offensive

11st 1lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Progressive last year, winning here three times (2m4f/2m5f, soft/heavy), and solid second at Kelso (2m6f, heavy) in December last time; has run well over today's C&D in the past and could play a leading role now back here, provided conditions suit (effective on good to soft; unraced on good).

11/2

2nd

5

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Charm Offensive

11st 8lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders on inner

5/2

1st

1

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Charm Offensive

12st 0lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Progressive mare who won a C&D novice (heavy) and a mares' handicap (2m5f, soft; cheekpieces first time) here last season; good second in a Kelso handicap (2m4f, soft) on reappearance and although 3lb higher should go well again.

3/1

16/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 31-465 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Three-time C&D winner, most recently in April; not handicapped out of contention (even from 2lb out of the weights) but this is more competitive than the races she usually contests and, although she has plenty of form on soft ground, she has something to prove on heavy.

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1st

6

11th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 217y

15:55 Clonmel

Lissen To The Lady

11st 4lb

J: Miss J Walton

T: Miss M Harding

raced wide, soon prominent, went second before 5th, led before 7th, headed and pressed leader after 8th

8/1

5th

11

28th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

15:15 Limerick

Lissen To The Lady

10st 8lb

J: Miss J Walton

T: Miss M Harding

towards rear, headway on inner after 2 out (usual 3 out), weakened approaching last

25/1

Form: 9945-7

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Made low-key seasonal/handicap debut when seventh of nine at Ayr (2m4f, soft) last month but is entitled to have benefited from that outing and is another that remains unexposed; worth a glance in the betting.

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3rd

1

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 5

16:30 Newcastle

Nights In Venice

12st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Donald Whillans

Disappointing at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) three weeks ago but he'd previously made a positive start to his chasing career and won at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) in February; can be a contender if leaving last time behind.

7/2

4th

3

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

16:30 Hexham

Nights In Venice

11st 10lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Donald Whillans

in touch with leaders

7/4

1st

5

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:05 Ayr

Nights In Venice

11st 3lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Donald Whillans

The only maiden in this field but is unexposed over fences; had wind surgery prior to respectable fourth at Carlisle (3m, soft) three weeks ago on debut in this sphere; possibilities off current mark.

13/2

Form: 4-32PF CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

C&D (soft) novice winner two years ago; pulled up at Carlisle in October, after a break, but was still going well before falling at third-last flight here last month and remains on a workable mark; can't be ruled out.

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4

25th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

15:20 Hexham

Deluxe Range

11st 9lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: Sandy Thomson

prominent, pushed along after 3 out, ridden after 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last

3/1

7th

2

16th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 149y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Deluxe Range

11st 13lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Ended last season with two fairly good efforts, more recently when third at Kelso (2m6f, good), but is seemingly on the downgrade now and some of the others have more appealing profiles.

7/1

3rd

2

17th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:15 Kelso

Deluxe Range

11st 13lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

His best form has come over 2m4f+ so it was an encouraging return from wind surgery when not far away over 2m at Hexham (heavy); these conditions won't faze him and he's considered.

9/1

Form: 32

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 5yo who has been placed on both hurdling starts, more recently when close second in Haydock maiden (3m, soft; front pair well clear) last month; should have some improvement to come in handicaps and needs to be taken very seriously.

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17

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Inis Oirr

10st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

7yo who's in his first season chasing; upped in trip and switched to front-running with a first-time visor in the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh 11 weeks ago and he took the field apart, moving 21l clear in the closing stages; that was over an extended 3m7f on good to soft, but he has been placed on soft; up 14lb today but that latest performance could hardly have been more authoritative.

10/1

1st

12

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 7f 76y

Class 2

14:15 Musselburgh

Inis Oirr

10st 8lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

made virtually all

5/1

Form: 812/34 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Returned from long absence with quite encouraging chase debut here in November but now reverts to hurdling after a lesser effort; runs this track very well and is on a good mark if old ability remains; handles soft ground; not proven on heavy.

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7th

6

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 2

14:25 Kelso

Leostar

10st 8lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

raced in second

16/1

Form: -43525 BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Dual 2m4f hurdle winner towards end of last season (good/good to soft) and ran well in defeat at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft) in October; didn't fire when favourite last time, though, and this stamina test may not bring out the best in him.

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8

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

14:25 Perth

Big Bad Bear

11st 4lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

prominent, not fluent 4th

16/1

0

5

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

13:55 Musselburgh

Big Bad Bear

11st 5lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Nicky Richards

in touch with leaders, lost position and towards rear after 3rd, not fluent 4th, pushed along after 5th, struggling after 6th, pulled up after 7th

11/1

5th

5

6th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 28y

Class 3

14:35 Hexham

Big Bad Bear

10st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

in touch with leaders

10/1

Form: 6/642-

Last run: 271 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced since starting hurdle career with three good-ground wins for Olly Murphy in summer 2020; returned from break with good effort at Ayr (2m5f, good to soft) in April but not seen since; sold for £3,000 in May; might be vulnerable to stronger stayers on this stable debut.

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7th

5

18th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

15:25 Perth

Enemy Coast Ahead

11st 7lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Katie Scott

All of his three hurdle wins (2m/2m4f) came on good ground in the summer of 2020; very well treated on his old form but he's struggled in four runs for this yard and a big turnaround is needed.

25/1

5th

5

28th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 3

13:30 Perth

Enemy Coast Ahead

11st 7lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Katie Scott

Possible to make excuses for three outings from this yard (heavy ground in first two, hampered latest) but has been tailed off each time and urgently needs a return to something more positive.

25/1

8th

10

4th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

15:00 Kelso

Enemy Coast Ahead

10st 7lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Katie Scott

Well handicapped on form as recent as last April for Olly Murphy and heavy ground may not have suited on his first two runs for this yard; however, he's been tailed off each time and a major turnaround is required in first-time cheekpieces.

20/1

Form: 32PP-4

Last run: 51 days

W: 12st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Smart in his prime but without a win since February 2020; didn't run badly on last month's seasonal debut and has conditions to suit here but others have much more appealing profiles; cheekpieces given another try (pulled up both previous runs in them).

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5th

15

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Emitom

10st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Two wins and two seconds from his five races for current yard; both the wins were at Newbury, including in clearcut style from Kyntara on heavy going last time out; back up another 5lb but he was fourth in the Grade 1 Stayers' on his only visit to the Festival, admittedly in 2020, but a case can be made for this resurgent 10yo.

25/1

1st

3

10th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

13:30 Newbury

Emitom

11st 9lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Won over C&D (good) last March and he's been a good second on two of his three starts this season (good to soft/soft), including over C&D; there's every chance he'll be in the mix.

4/1

2nd

1

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 3

14:10 Ludlow

Emitom

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Formerly high class; snapped a long losing run at Newbury last March on debut for this yard and ran well to be second 251 days later; he didn't run much of a race at Haydock last time but this is at least easier than that.

4/1

Form: 520529 BF

Last run: 90 days

W: 12st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Won at 2021 Punchestown Festival for Jessica Harrington (2m4f, yielding) but left that stable after a disappointing run in September and may find this trip-and-ground combination too taxing on first start for Ben Haslam; usual headgear is missing.

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6th

2

22nd May 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

19:45 Market Rasen

Guiri

11st 11lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

led narrowly, slowed dramatically and headed 1st

8/1

3

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 4

14:40 Ludlow

Guiri

11st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

held up in rear, some headway after 7th, pushed along 5 out

20/1

6th

3

21st Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:25 Wetherby

Guiri

11st 12lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Ben Haslam

Ex-Irish 8yo who won at the 2021 Punchestown festival and is one to watch in the betting on his third start for this yard, but he has lots to prove having been pulled up/tailed off the last twice.

33/1

Form: 4722P-

Last run: 295 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Second in two maiden hurdles at start of this year, the latter over C&D (good); not seen since pulled up on handicap debut in March (lost action) and not proven on ground slower than good to soft but remains unexposed.

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8th

12

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

13:50 Kelso

Firth Of Forth

10st 9lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

He's well handicapped on hurdle form as recent as last May. when second over 2m6f here, but he failed to shine on his last two runs in that sphere and was down the field on his chase debut at Newcastle three weeks ago.

20/1

6th

6

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 4

13:05 Newcastle

Firth Of Forth

10st 8lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

held up in rear

12/1

3rd

4

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:45 Kelso

Firth Of Forth

11st 8lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

in touch with leaders, hung right and went third before 2 out, weakened before last

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £559.00
Straight Forecast £736.30
Tricast £8290.40
Trifecta £3838.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Inis Oirr

SPOTLIGHT:

Schalke

LAMBOURN:

Emitom

TOPSPEED:

Firth Of Forth

The Sun:

Charm Offensive

D Express:

Big Bad Bear

The Star:

Lissen To The Lady

The Times:

Inis Oirr

The Guardian:

Inis Oirr

Daily Mail:

Inis Oirr

Daily Mirror:

Inis Oirr

Daily Record:

Inis Oirr

POSTDATA:

Schalke

Telegraph:

Emitom