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  • 2m 3f 100y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.75
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 2

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Narrowly won Irish point (3m, good) in May and sold for 85,000gns five days later; second favourite, tenacious and made a 1-2 shot battle in nine-runner novice hurdle at Hereford (2m, soft) in November, a bright start in this sphere which makes him the pick on hurdles and bumper form; stablemate Haven't Time had better in a hunter chase, so Kerry Lee has a strong hand.

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6th

5

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Atlanta Brave

11st 3lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Dual hurdle winner who has improved with experience over fences this season and ran a big race in defeat when clear second here (3m2f, soft) just after Christmas; could still be well treated after a 6lb rise and today's drop back in trip won't be a problem.

100/30

10

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 3

14:25 Newbury

Atlanta Brave

11st 0lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Point/hurdles winner who still has low mileage and time on his side; ran well at Exeter (3m, good to soft; second chase attempt) most recently, while shaping as if he'll be suited by this longer trip; acts on soft; looks the type to improve further; strong contender off unaltered mark.

9/2

2nd

5

26th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:10 Exeter

Atlanta Brave

11st 9lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Irish point winner who was 2-4 over hurdles last season (won at up to 2m6f); did not live up to his market billing in handicaps at Newbury (2m3f hurdle race) in March or Cheltenham (2m4f chase) one month ago, so needs to raise his game, but these are early days and this longer trip is plausible.

6/1

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5/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 3

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fourth foal; half-brother to three French winners; second favourite, led narrowly for much of the closing stages when about 2l third of eight in maiden hurdle at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) in November; that's among the best form in this field and he looked promising.

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3

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Sandown

Ed Keeper

11st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Improvement every time, finding the most when upped to 3m for an impressive handicap win at Newbury (good to soft; acts on soft) in December; may well have followed up at Cheltenham (3m, heavy) on New Year's Day but for blundering when travelling strongly at the final flight; 5lb rise rubs salt in the wounds but he could be a very useful prospect.

4/1

3rd

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

14:40 Cheltenham

Ed Keeper

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Improvement every time, finding the most when upped to 3m for an impressive win in 12-runner handicap at Newbury (good to soft; acts on soft) one month ago; 9lb higher today but he could be a very useful prospect.

11/4

1st

8

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Ed Keeper

10st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Placed in two maiden hurdles on soft before winning one at Bangor (2m3f, good to soft) in March, prevailing in a good scrap with the front two drawing 21l clear; 7-2, tongue tied when good second of 11 in novice handicap at Ascot (2m3f, soft) four weeks ago, always close up and front two clear; up 6lb but looks set for further progress and well worth a go at this trip.

9/2

4/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 4

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won an Irish maiden point (3m, soft) in December 2021, beating Are U Wise To That who has since won two races for this yard; sold for £125,000 last January and hails from a smart family, so he'll surely prove capable of better than when fourth of 14 in novice at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft; 11-2) early last month; considered.

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3

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Inch House

11st 3lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Sharp improver this season over fences, winning 2m6f/2m7f handicaps at Newbury (good to soft) before posting his best RPR yet in defeat at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy); now has to bounce back from a complete blowout back at Newbury and his tendency to hang would appear a trait going nowhere, but the ability is there to take a hand; now tongue tied.

8/1

4th

2

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:50 Newbury

Inch House

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has a most progressive profile and travelled strongly before winning here in November (this distance) and December (2m6f), both on good to soft ground; notched another personal best when second of five at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy) on New Year's Day; may take another step forward and he tops the list, bidding to maintain a 100% record at Newbury.

6/5

2nd

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 2

13:30 Cheltenham

Inch House

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5 out, headway home turn, hung left before 2 out

15/8

Form: 28/38

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Runner-up in Ireland in a bumper and a maiden point; again showed ability when 18l third of 12 in maiden hurdle at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) in November but he was tailed off when 40-1 over that same C&D last month; moves up in trip.

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8th

1

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:45 Warwick

Zero Tolerance

12st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Ex-Irish maiden who didn't progress over hurdles and was a well-held fifth when second-favourite at Catterick (1m7f maiden) on comeback in February; still lightly raced and this is only his second handicap but he needs improvement on this switch to fences.

10/1

5th

9

27th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

15:50 Catterick

Zero Tolerance

11st 7lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Evan Williams

Two good runs and two bad ones over hurdles, the latest on handicap debut 12 months ago; a repeat of his previous fourth in a Chepstow maiden (2m3f, soft) would put him right in the mix.

5/1

9th

9

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:43 Ffos Las

Zero Tolerance

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Tailed off at Ludlow in December but shaped with significant promise on his runs either side of that, latterly when putting in good front-running shift in Chepstow maiden (2m3f, soft) last month; can go well again on today's handicap debut.

6/1

Form: 5

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Bought for £60,000 after runner-up last February in his sole Irish point; 12-1, never involved when beaten 35l into fifth of 14 in novice hurdle debut at Ffos Las (2m4f, good to soft) in October; should leave that behind in due course but it's hard to say it will be today.

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2nd

3

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:25 Chepstow

Puddlesinthepark

11st 13lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Won over hurdles a year ago and placed a few times over fences this season, latterly behind one on top of his game at Plumpton (3m1f, soft); this trip probably suits better and in the mix with cheekpices fitted.

9/2

3rd

1

4th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 5

16:22 Plumpton

Puddlesinthepark

12st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Won over hurdles a year ago and has made the frame in three of four chases this season, most recently when third at Southwell (3m, good to soft) last month; 2lb lower here and features prominently in calculations.

5/2

Form: 58P

Last run: 107 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in an Irish point, a bumper and two maiden hurdles; now hooded.

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9

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 5

16:40 Ludlow

Beannaigh Do

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Sheila Lewis

Inconsistent maiden; clear best effort when second at Ffos Las (2m3f, good) last April; achieved nothing of value here (2m4f/2m, soft) the last twice; opposed.

25/1

5th

7

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

15:50 Ludlow

Beannaigh Do

10st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Sheila Lewis

13-race maiden under rules; second at Ffos Las (2m3f, good) last April but no comparable form before or since and he's 12lb out of the handicap today; now tongue tied for the first time.

50/1

25/1

Form: 8/

Last run: 648 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

115,000euros 2yo, £120,000 3yo; brother to bumper and smart 2m-3m hurdle/chase winner Very Wood; 6-1 for bumper at Southwell (2m, good) in March 2021 but beaten 21l into eighth of nine.

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1

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

14:30 Fontwell

Hallwood

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Mark Rimell

Sprung a 40-1 surprise when winning a Carlisle maiden (2m1f, good to soft; first time tongue-tie) last February; struggled since and continues to fall in the weights; back in trip for first start since wind surgery.

16/1

4th

4

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

16:10 Hereford

Hallwood

11st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Mark Rimell

Lightly raced 7yo who caused 40-1 surprise when making all to win Carlisle maiden (2m1f, good to soft) by 12l last February; struggled on seasonal/handicap debut in December, though, and it's hard to know what to expect from him here.

20/1

Form: F-

Last run: 353 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Front-runner in points when winning once in both 2018 and 2019 (good ground and soft); very long absence before falling in a point in November 2021 and he did the same in a Ludlow hunter chase (3m, soft) last January, but he was challenging for the lead when going at the last at Ludlow; that suggests he's the pick on form, ahead of stablemate Atlanta Brave.

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3rd

4

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 4

17:45 Cheltenham

Havent Time

12st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Miss S McQueen

2-8 in points; just had enough in the tank to repel Polish at Southwell (3m, soft) and heavy ground might not have been ideal for him when third at Exeter (just behind Yippee Ki Yay); unlikely to be far away.

13/2

3rd

2

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:50 Exeter

Havent Time

12st 2lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Miss S McQueen

Two-time point winner who is lightly raced under rules and returned to form when winning hunter chase at Stratford (3m, soft) three weeks ago; the market leaders underperformed and the strength of the form is questionable, but he can give another good account.

13/2

1st

9

4th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

15:05 Southwell

Havent Time

11st 12lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Miss S McQueen

in touch with leaders

50/1

Form: 6

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Dam unplaced sister to four chasing winners, including high-class Nacarat; 12-1, beaten about 19l in bumper at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) in November but he did pass rivals to finish sixth of 15; set to improve on this hurdle debut.

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2nd

1

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Dunstall Rambler

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Best hurdling effort came on good ground last spring (1m7f, first-time hood) and he shaped well back on a sound surface on his 2m Huntingdon chase debut last month, upsides under hand riding when falling at the last; capable of winning a handicap chase off a mark in the 90s on that evidence.

9/4

3

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

14:05 Huntingdon

Dunstall Rambler

11st 8lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Showed some promise in a Wincanton maiden hurdle (1m7f, good) last spring but has gone backwards since and was pulled up at Doncaster last month; has something to prove now switched to fences.

14/1

Form: 4 BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

35,000euros 3yo; dam sister to useful 2m7f-3m6f chase winner Straidnahanna; favourite but green when fourth of nine in bumper at Southwell (2m, good) four weeks ago; needs improvement on this hurdle debut but has ability.

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1

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

13:30 Lingfield

Am I Wrong

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

35,000euros 3yo; dam sister to useful 2m7f-3m6f chase winner Straidnahanna; favourite but ran green when fourth of nine in a Southwell bumper in December and was then pulled up when switched to hurdling at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) last month; remains best watched for now.

25/1

1

8th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:40 Chepstow

Am I Wrong

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway 5th, ridden after 4 out, weakened and pulled up before 3 out

8/1

4th

1

11th Dec 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

13:23 Southwell

Am I Wrong

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

took keen hold, held up in midfield, ridden and ran green when hung left over 2f out, switched right and went fourth 1f out, kept on

11/2

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Atlanta Brave

The Times:

Ed Keeper

WEST COUNTRY:

Inch House

RP Ratings:

Atlanta Brave

TOPSPEED:

Atlanta Brave

POSTDATA:

Atlanta Brave

Telegraph:

Atlanta Brave

Daily Mail:

Atlanta Brave

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Atlanta Brave

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Atlanta Brave

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Atlanta Brave

The Star:

Atlanta Brave

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Atlanta Brave