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Coral Challow Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £34170
  • 2m 4f 118y
  • Class 1
  • 14 runners
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Coral Challow Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Evs (Won)

  • Win: £2.10
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 11 D

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Bought by his connections for £350,000 after an Irish point win and he has enhanced his reputation with convincing hurdles victories at Stratford (2m6f) and Cheltenham (2m5f Grade 2; made all), both on good ground; could be anything, and he bids for a hat-trick in this event for Paul Nicholls.

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3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Hermes Allen

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in second, chased clear leader after 6th, not fluent 8th, still plenty to do 3 out, 13 lengths down when fell 2 out

11/10

2nd

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

Hermes Allen

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won 2m4f Grade 1 Challow Hurdle during last year's festive period; failed to justify favouritism at the spring festivals but had wind surgery prior to his successful chase debut at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) and that was impressive in many ways; unraced over this far under rules but with his pointing background he should stay well; still unexposed and held in the highest regard by a trainer who has won this five times.

13/8

1st

2

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Hermes Allen

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Below-par favourite in Grade 1 novice hurdles at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals but may well benefit from the subsequent wind surgery and he starts this campaign as a major prospect for novice chases; earlier progress culminated in an easy win in the Challow here (2m4f, soft; Grade 1) and that form has worked out well; point winner; leading player.

11/8

16/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 21-11

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Has been kept to the smaller tracks thus far but now looks well worth a go in these deeper waters after easy novice wins at Worcester (2m, good) and Hexham (2m, soft); bred to be suited by today's longer distance; yet another with a chance in a hot race.

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7th

11

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

You Wear It Well

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

prominent, led 2nd

20/1

3rd

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 191y

Class 1

13:02 Haydock

You Wear It Well

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Made all in the Grade 2 mares' novice at the Cheltenham Festival (2m1f, soft) last March and reappeared with Listed mares' win at Wetherby (2m, soft) in November; second in slowly run mares' Grade 2 when upped to 3m at Doncaster (good) three weeks ago and has leading claims under 4lb penalty.

4/6

16/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 1 D

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Possible to pick holes in his form but the manner of his maiden hurdle win at Worcester (2m4f, soft) was certainly impressive; he's in much deeper here but open to plenty of improvement.

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5th

8

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Idalko Bihoue

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Absent since running an inexplicably bad race at Kempton on Boxing Day (2m4f, good; 7-2); that was only his third run over fences and he merely had to be pushed out to win comfortably over this far on the Old course here the time before (good; off 7lb lower); placed in a Grade 1 novice as a hurdler and could be better handicapped than a lot of these.

7/1

6th

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

12:45 Kempton

Idalko Bihoue

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Can lead; usually highly tried after impressive 2m4f hurdle debut win on soft last autumn; took a crashing fall on chase debut in October but no adverse effects three weeks later at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) where he had the race in safe keeping from some way out; up 8lb but future looks bright.

7/2

1st

7

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 166y

Class 3

15:20 Cheltenham

Idalko Bihoue

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Impressed on hurdling debut at Worcester (2m4f, soft) last October and was creditable third in Grade 1 Challow at Newbury (2m4f, soft) just after Christmas; lost his way afterwards and fell on recent seasonal/chase debut but still has plenty of time to get career back on track.

6/1

Form: 6U-21 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Changed hands for £185,000 after finishing second of 21 in a bumper at Punchestown in the spring, and made a promising start for new connections when beating a Nicky Henderson-trained favourite in maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft; pair clear) last month; not to be underestimated, although Gavin Sheehan (on at Uttoxeter) rides stablemate You Wear It Well.

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4th

2

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Passing Well

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Below par over 3m last time but has solid form at 2m3f-2m6f otherwise over fences, including Lingfield success; close third, behind subsequent Grade 2 scorer, at this course (soft) on penultimate outing; clear possibilities off 1lb lower back down in trip.

3/1

5th

5

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:10 Exeter

Passing Well

11st 1lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

prominent, pressed leaders 14th, outpaced and lost position before 4 out, weakened 2 out

4/1

3rd

6

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Passing Well

10st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Built upon promising seasonal/chase debut when fending off a next-time-out winner to score at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft) one month ago; moves back up in grade today but has plenty of scope for further progress.

7/2

Form: 322-11 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Consistent in defeat last term; has landed the odds in novices at Hereford (2m3f, good) and Leicester (2m4f, good to soft) this season; likely to give his running again but he'll require a personal best to complete the hat-trick.

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6th

2

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Marble Sands

12st 0lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

Only midfield in an AW 1m4f novice last time (in March) but had previously appreciated the demotion from Graded races to win a 2m4f handicap at Musselburgh (good to soft; 6lb lower) with a bit up his sleeve; was always a good horse over hurdles (often highly tried) and brings each-way hopes.

15/2

6th

4

(6)

5th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 4

17:30 Southwell (AW)

Marble Sands

9st 5lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

Smart performer over jumps, including a Listed success over hurdles early last year; comes into this in good heart having won over fences last month and fascinating to see what the market says about him on Flat debut (won a bumper as a 4yo).

6/1

Form: 1/1 D

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 7yo; has looked promising in winning a point, a bumper and a Ffos Las maiden hurdle (2m4f, soft), last-named in workmanlike style by nearly 5l; will need to improve on that form but it's certainly possible.

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11

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Kilbeg King

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

prominent, not fluent 6th, pulled up quickly after 8th, looked to go wrong

20/1

6th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Kilbeg King

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Creditable efforts in defeat in Graded novice chases this winter (3m, good/good to soft) and ran well for long way in 3m6f NH Chase at Cheltenham last month (heavy; beaten 32l); could be in the mix now back down in trip and back in a handicap, provided the removal of cheekpieces isn't an issue.

12/1

4th

4

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Kilbeg King

11st 7lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: Anthony Honeyball

prominent, mistake 9th, mistake 4 out

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2-11

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

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3rd

1

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:20 Ascot

Attacca

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Made all in useful Cheltenham novice (2m1f, good) in December and is now 2-2 over hurdles; ought to be suited by the longer trip here and a tilt at next month's Ballymore at Cheltenham could be on the agenda if all goes to plan today.

11/8

2

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

Attacca

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

1st

1

9th Dec 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:40 Cheltenham

Attacca

11st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Justified favouritism with 1l success in novice hurdle at Kempton (2m, good to soft) last month, building on the promise of his sole bumper run; others have better form as things stand but he should have more to offer for top yard; an interesting prospect.

4/1

Form: 11-1

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Unbeaten in two bumpers and a novice hurdle, each time coming from rear to lead late on; value for more than his winning margin at Ascot (2m3f good to soft) six weeks ago, quickly sealing matters on the run-in; Paddy Brennan's pick of three stable runners; hard to pin down and not dismissed lightly.

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8th

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Crambo

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Fergal O’Brien

Acts on ground from good to heavy; disappointing in the Stayers' Hurdle most recently but progressive otherwise and could well rebound; won at this course (2m4f handicap) in October and Ascot (3m Grade 1, gamely) in December; remains of major interest.

7/1

4

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Crambo

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Fergal O’Brien

Highly progressive second-season hurdler who won the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot (3m, good) in December by a short head from Paisley Park; he needs a bigger performance on today's first outing since but this 7yo keeps finding the necessary further improvement, as his excellent seven-from-ten strike-rate attests; versatile ground-wise; entitled to plenty of respect.

5/1

1st

3

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 97y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Crambo

11st 7lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Fergal O’Brien

Only defeats in his novice campaign were at Grade 1 level; impressed in a 2m4f Aintree handicap on his comeback and, although only third on his step up to 3m at Haydock (Class 1 handicap, good to soft), his strong finish from off a steady pace was seriously eyecatching; has to bridge a sizeable class-gap here but could be progressive enough to do so.

7/2

Form: 1P-731

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Useful in bumpers and he improved significantly on the form of his hurdle debut when winning a big-field maiden at Fairyhouse (2m, good to yielding) earlier this month; shapes as if he'll stay this longer trip; has already achieved more than most in this field and may take another step forward.

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6

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 55y

16:15 Punchestown

Joyeux Machin

10st 13lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

Beat the useful Effernock Fizz at Wexford last autumn and narrowly beaten at the same venue afterward; lost a Navan match in December; hard to be confident after an early departure at Limerick a fortnight ago; new headgear combination

12/1

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 120y

18:50 Limerick

Joyeux Machin

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul Nolan

pressed winner, fell 1st

6/4

Form: 4-23

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point winner; 0-3 under rules and he was beaten 13l by Joyeux Machin at Fairyhouse four weeks ago; needs to improve markedly if he's to be competitive in this higher grade.

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1st

1

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 3

14:30 Plumpton

Kansas City Star

12st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Made all in a novice handicap at Huntingdon (2m, good) on January's stable debut but was then tailed off at Newbury when soft ground shouldn't have been too great an issue; well beaten when tried in cheekpieces by Gordon Elliott but the tongue-tie is new; hard to rule out.

7/2

5th

3

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:10 Newbury

Kansas City Star

11st 6lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Ex-Irish 7yo who made all in novice handicap at Huntingdon (2m, good; off 4lb lower) last month on chase/stable debut, adding to his soft-ground point success; should have more to offer over fences and commands plenty of respect.

7/2

Form: 6325-

Last run: 308 days

W: 11st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Highly tried last season, best effort when beaten 9l in Grade 2 juvenile at Cheltenham (2m1f, good; 50-1); still low mileage and well up to winning races this term but he faces another stiff task on his reappearance.

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9th

3

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Moka De Vassy

11st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

prominent

12/1

5

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Moka De Vassy

11st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Jane Williams

in touch with leaders, jumped left 1st

7/1

9th

6

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Lingfield

Moka De Vassy

10st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Not one to set your clock by but he has flashes of good form and had one of his better days when beating three rivals at Taunton (3m, good to soft) three weeks ago; 2lb rise is nothing to get down about but this is appreciably tougher than that.

6/1

Form: 11 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner who has added two novice hurdle victories this autumn, latter by 57l at Wincanton; hard to assess accurately but he's clearly a promising type; best efforts (and all three wins) on good ground.

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6th

18

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Thomas Mor

11st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: David Pipe

Irish maiden point winner; only defeat over hurdles came in the Grade 1 Challow and there was a lot to like in how he won an Ascot handicap (2m7f, good to soft) a month ago, especially as he continued to hang left for pressure; this track will suit and he has the required stamina; still looks very vulnerable for win purposes, though.

50/1

1st

3

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Thomas Mor

12st 0lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

made virtually all, pressed leader, led 3rd

7/1

12

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

Thomas Mor

11st 7lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Irish point winner who has added two novice hurdle victories this autumn, latter by 57l at Wincanton; hard to assess accurately but he's clearly a promising type; best efforts (and all three wins) on good ground.

20/1

Form: 1 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

From a useful family and she has made an excellent start to her career, narrowly beaten in an Irish point before winning a big-field mares' maiden hurdle at Hereford (2m3f, good to soft) in a canter by 17l; meets some smart males today but she still needs taking seriously.

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5th

3

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

14:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Vicki Vale

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, not fluent 3 out, weakened before 2 out

5/1

6th

4

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 3

14:30 Plumpton

Vicki Vale

11st 10lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Dual hurdle winner who compiled a consistent profile in handicaps and it was a fair race for the grade last time at Taunton (2m, soft); did get outpaced there and she may need further than this, but she's still of interest on this switch to fences.

100/30

4th

5

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Vicki Vale

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Dual winner who has made the frame in all her handicaps and she travelled strongly only to find no extra when 2l behind Inca De Lafayette over 2m3f here (soft) last month; fighting chance of reversing those placings back at 2m.

7/2

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Payout
Exacta £202.00
Straight Forecast £205.80
Tricast £2200.30
Trifecta £2218.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hermes Allen

The Guardian:

You Wear It Well

The Star:

Crambo

Daily Record:

Joyeux Machin

RP Ratings:

Hermes Allen

TOPSPEED:

Hermes Allen

POSTDATA:

Hermes Allen

WEST COUNTRY:

Hermes Allen

The Times:

Hermes Allen

Telegraph:

Hermes Allen

Daily Mail:

Hermes Allen

D Express:

Hermes Allen

Daily Mirror:

Hermes Allen

The Sun:

Hermes Allen