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Vickers.Bet Proud To Support British Racing Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7921.5
  • 2m 7f 149y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Vickers.Bet Proud To Support British Racing Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

100/30 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 03-741 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Form went wrong way for Jonjo O'Neill but he capitalised on a reduced mark when winning at Haydock (3m, soft) in November on his second start for this yard; did it in good style and a 7lb rise may not prevent a follow up.

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6th

7

5th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 218y

Class 2

15:05 Carlisle

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10st 10lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Having dropped down the weights he won at Haydock (3m, soft) last November and followed up at Newcastle (2m7f, soft) in January; only fifth at Kelso (3m2f, soft) in March, and he drops back in trip for this reappearance, but it will be a test of stamina in the ground and he's not ruled out.

10/1

5th

3

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 2

14:25 Kelso

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11st 9lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders

4/1

3

4th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

15:50 Doncaster

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11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: N W Alexander

Regressed with Jonjo O'Neill but off a reduced mark he's come good to win his last two, both handicaps at about 3m on soft ground; back up 11lb but seems to have regained his fighting spirit having dug deep to get the job done at Newcastle last time; however, does seem ideally suited by significant give underfoot.

4/1

33/1

  • Place: £10.40

Form: 3PP-PP D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

He continues to tumble down the weights and is one to watch in the betting but he's been tailed off/pulled up on his last five starts stretching back to December 2021; lots to prove.

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1

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:30 Kelso

Bushypark

12st 1lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Eventually capitalised upon some help from the handicapper when scoring at Haydock (3m, heavy) in December but has quickly lost his form again this year; needs huge boost from the first-time cheekpieces today.

16/1

6th

2

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

16:30 Uttoxeter

Bushypark

11st 13lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

towards rear but in touch with leaders, some headway before 4 out, outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened

7/1

4

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

16:00 Catterick

Bushypark

11st 1lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Front-runner; Haydock winner in December; won 3m6f North Yorkshire National off 3lb lower here last season but disappointing in that race last month; however, conditions are ideal and he could bounce back.

15/8

16/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 3P-F74

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 6yo who was a fair fourth when upped to 3m2f at Kelso (soft) in November last time out; vet reported he had an over reach and that he lost his right fore shoe, so he could be capable of better, and he has first-time headgear here; others are more compelling, however.

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3rd

10

7th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 3

13:58 Newcastle

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10st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Jackie Stephen

prominent on outer, joined leader 8th

16/1

4th

6

24th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

13:55 Kelso

Tough Out

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Jackie Stephen

midfield

16/1

7th

1

28th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

13:10 Wetherby

Tough Out

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Jackie Stephen

midfield on outer, reminder after 4th

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: 444-21 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Reappeared with good second at Sandown (2m4f, heavy) in November and was suited by the step up in trip when winning at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) last month; he's not straightforward but he could have more to offer over staying trips and is respected up 6lb for last time.

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1st

1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

15:45 Wetherby

Top Of The Bill

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

made all, ridden and led clearly after 2 out, faced challenge 4 out, stayed on

5/1

3rd

1

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

13:30 Exeter

Top Of The Bill

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won over hurdles here last February and got off the mark over fences over C&D (soft) in December; followed up over C&D (good to soft) last month; also effective on heavy; up 8lb for last time but had plenty in hand from Hurricance Highway and this front-runner holds strong claims once more.

11/8

1st

4

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:10 Exeter

Top Of The Bill

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

made all, led, pushed along and went clear before 2 out, hung left approaching last, kept on well approaching last, eased towards finish, unchallenged

11/2

Form: 211-16 D BF

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Completed a Carlisle chasing hat-trick (3m-3m2f, soft) when winning on his reappearance in October; respectable sixth in competitive handicap chase at Haydock in November last time out; unproven over hurdles (0-3) but has a lower mark in this discipline and he's not ruled out.

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5th

1

26th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 6f 121y

Class 3

14:05 Perth

Houston Texas

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Won 3m/3m2f handicaps on testing ground last year but has been struggling of late and cheekpieces didn't work wonders for him last time; no headgear here but others have more pressing claims.

10/1

6

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:32 Carlisle

Houston Texas

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

He's been below par at Wetherby, here and at Newcastle on his last three starts; however, he won here (3m2f, soft) last November to make it 4-4 at Carlisle and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces will prompt a revival; he'll be in the mix if bouncing back to his best.

13/2

3rd

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:12 Newcastle

Houston Texas

11st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

in touch with leaders on inner, went third after 4 out, weakened 3 out

15/2

Form: 1-53

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Won Ayr novice hurdle (2m, good) on rules debut in October 2021 and has run just twice since; stayed on for 2l third in handicap at Ayr (2m4f, soft) in November last time out and this 3m point runner-up, who is from the family of Bristol De Mai, is open to progress now up in trip; contender.

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2nd

4

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 70y

Class 3

13:55 Kelso

Gentleman De Mai

11st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Came good over fences at fourth attempt, with hard-fought course win (2m7f, good to soft) on last month's seasonal debut; drew clear of the others with the runner-up that day and a 5lb rise ought to be manageable.

3/1

Form: 5-1413 C

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Some good form towards end of last year, winning at Hexham (2m7f, good to soft) in October and coming third at Wetherby (2m5f, good to soft) recently; this headstrong sort could improve for the possible settling effect of the first-time hood and could go well if the ground suits (unproven on soft).

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7th

7

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Tiger Jet

11st 1lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Brian Ellison

Ended last season with 3m Haydock success and back to form when a solid fifth in 3m Cheltenham handicap in December; possibilities after a break.

6/1

5th

9

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Tiger Jet

10st 3lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Brian Ellison

3-15 over hurdles, most notably coming from off the pace to win a 15-runner series final at Haydock (3m, good to soft; 6lb higher today) in April; surged back to that form when third of nine here (2m5f, soft) on latest start, catching the eye big time with the way he came from a most unpromising position; back up 2lb but also 3f in trip, which will surely suit him.

9/1

Form: -P3114 D

Last run: 137 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won his first two starts for Fergal O'Brien last July (hurdles/fences); not handicapped out of things but he wasn't at his best over hurdles in August and has been off since; his best form is on good/good to soft going and he has something to prove on the forecast soft going on stable debut.

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3

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Imperial Sachins

11st 7lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Susan Corbett

Won consecutive staying races over hurdles and fences for previous yard last summer; lesser efforts for new trainer this winter and although dropping down weights he probably still has further to fall.

33/1

6th

1

19th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

15:55 Musselburgh

Imperial Sachins

12st 0lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Susan Corbett

prominent, on outer throughout

33/1

7th

2

27th Jan 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 4

15:45 Doncaster

Imperial Sachins

11st 13lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Susan Corbett

Ex-Gordon Elliott inmate who won his first two starts for Fergal O'Brien last July (hurdles/fences); below best on final run for that yard and again on his recent debut for this one, although soft ground was an excuse; others preferred.

50/1

Form: 1P6-12 D BF

Last run: 72 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

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4th

3

24th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 3

16:00 Exeter

Gentleman Valley

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Won three in a row in early part of this season (2m7f-3m1f) and was set to finish second off today's mark before last-flight fall at Warwick (2m5f, good) this month; respected.

7/1

0

5

5th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Warwick

Gentleman Valley

11st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

In fine form in the summer and completed his hat-trick in 2m7f Worcester handicap hurdle; posted another solid effort off a 6lb higher mark when fourth at Stratford (3m2f) last time so he's shortlisted.

5/1

4th

4

3rd Aug 2023

Good

3m 2f 83y

Class 3

17:25 Stratford

Gentleman Valley

11st 9lb

J: Dylan Whelan

T: Ben Pauling

Has his quirks but going great guns this summer and completed a hat-trick with a career-best effort at Worcester last month; has form on soft ground and no surprise if he proves up to this 6lb higher mark.

9/4

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Tricast £17245.50
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