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Invest Southwest Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div I)

  • Prize money: £4792.48
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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Invest Southwest Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div I)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

1/2 (Won)

  • Win: £1.40
  • Place: £1.10

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Showed useful form in Flat maidens in autumn for Andy Oliver, finishing second at the Curragh then going one better at Leopardstown (1m2f, yielding to soft; RPR 97); subsequently sold for 215,000gns; still highly unexposed and looks a very interesting recruit.

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6th

12

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Rare Middleton

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won by 5l in first-time tongue-tie (retained since) at Doncaster (2m, good to soft) in December and bounced back from Plumpton defeat when beaten just a neck in big field at Cheltenham last month (2m1f, good; behind Tintintin); travelled well and was caught close home last time, and there will be less emphasis on stamina here which could be right up his street.

7/1

2nd

12

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Rare Middleton

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

pressed leader

10/1

5th

12

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Rare Middleton

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent early, in touch with leaders 2nd

9/2

7/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 1-37 D BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Winner of Doncaster bumper (good to soft) then third in Uttoxeter novice hurdle (2m, good; winner has boosted the form since); disappointing favourite at latter track since but may still have progress in him; remains of interest.

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2nd

1

25th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

18:45 Huntingdon

Parc DAmour

12st 1lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Bumper winner who finished in the first three on his first four handicap starts before winning over C&D (good) in November last time out; this lightly raced 7yo can be in the mix if resuming where he left off.

4/1

33/1

  • Place: £4.80

Form: 42-P7

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Has not transferred his bumper form to hurdles in two attempts, beaten long way at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) latest; may be more interesting in handicaps.

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4th

1

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:30 Hereford

The Scorpion King

12st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

Won by 4l at Fontwell (2m3f, heavy) and that seemed unlikely when under the pump a long way from home; might not be straightforward but the ability is there to cope with a 5lb rise.

11/4

1st

2

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

16:18 Fontwell

The Scorpion King

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

raced lazily at times, prominent, outpaced and detached after 4 out, ridden before 3 out, good jump and went second last, led final 110yds, kept on well

6/1

Form: 3199 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Bumper winner at Worcester (good) on second start; had a physical excuse on debut over hurdles but was again well beaten last time; should do better yet, judged on breeding.

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6th

10

7th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

14:15 Fakenham

Uncle Arthur

10st 2lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: James Owen

took keen hold, towards rear, not fluent 1st, headway before 4 out

33/1

6th

6

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:25 Kempton

Uncle Arthur

11st 1lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: James Owen

took keen hold, midfield, headway 3rd, weakened from 2 out

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 74

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Irish point winner; outran his 125-1 odds at Ffos Las (2m, soft; finished fourth) last month on second attempt under rules; that's among the best hurdles form on offer but he may ideally need further.

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3

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

16:15 Lingfield

Moodofthemoment

11st 9lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Pulled up in first three handicaps last year (including chase debut in December) but got back on track in first-time blinkers at Leicester (2m4f, soft) last month, rallying for third; this 3m point winner could build on that latest run now back up in trip if the headgear maintains its effect.

5/1

Form: 4-8

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Useful Flat performer, particularly on AW; has not transferred that form to hurdles in two races at Newbury (2m, soft) 12 months apart but may do better in this field; not dismissed.

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8th

5

(5)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

15:15 Lingfield (AW)

Bascule

9st 10lb

J: Ethan Jones

T: Richard Hughes

Completed a four-timer over 1m4f/1m6f on Polytrack at the end of 2021; 0-14 since, but he's finished a respectable fourth at Kempton (2m) in his last two runs and is now 1lb lower than for last win; shouldn't far away.

8/1

4th

1

(3)

13th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 4

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Bascule

10st 2lb

J: Ethan Jones

T: Richard Hughes

Completed a four-timer over 1m4f/1m6f on Polytrack at the end of 2021; 0-13 since, but was back off his last winning mark when a close fourth of 12 over C&D in January (runner-up has won since); possibilities in the returning blinkers.

3/1

4th

2

(4)

6th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 4

19:45 Kempton (AW)

Bascule

10st 2lb

J: George Rooke

T: Richard Hughes

Winless since 2021 but his AW record is a solid one and he shaped nicely after a break when fourth of seven over an inadequate 1m4f at Wolverhampton four weeks ago; returns to a more suitable trip and high on the list.

7/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fair performer (peak RPR 79) on Flat, not disgraced over 1m6f when last seen in September (second start for new stable); could go well on hurdles debut, provided he jumps soundly.

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9

6th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:35 Warwick

Kings Castle

10st 13lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Jeremy Scott

Dual Flat winner in Class 5; 0-7 over hurdles but he's in a consistent vein of form, creditable third at Taunton (2m Class 5) most recently; however, bit to prove back up in grade.

10/1

Form: 559

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Raced only on good ground; finished fifth in both bumper starts and soundly beaten at Southwell (2m) switched to hurdles six weeks ago.

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4

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

15:30 Southwell

Blazing Court

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Went close on last summer's handicap debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) and was very respectable third at Huntingdon (2m3f, good to soft) on latest outing in November; each-way claims if fully tuned up after break.

10/1

Form: 0-P

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Has no form claims having been tailed off in a bumper and pulled up in a novice hurdle.

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10th

2

12th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

15:15 Plumpton

Freddy Boy

11st 7lb

J: James Martin

T: David Bridgwater

held up in last, always behind

150/1

7th

2

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

13:23 Uttoxeter

Freddy Boy

11st 8lb

J: James Martin

T: David Bridgwater

Tailed off in his sole bumper in March 2022 and was pulled up in both hurdle runs (2m, soft) last season; hood is now added on his comeback after 383 days off.

66/1

Form: U

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

0-5 on Flat for the Johnston yard, showing only minor form; unseated rider early at Doncaster on the switch to hurdles; best watched.

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8th

2

(6)

18th Mar 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Birdie Putt

9st 2lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Limited promise for the Johnstons last year; two hurdle runs for new yard saw her unseat her rider at the first and the third; tailed off back on the Flat in January; no appeal.

66/1

8th

8

(5)

17th Jan 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 6

14:40 Kempton (AW)

Birdie Putt

9st 2lb

J: Connor Murtagh

T: Nigel Hawke

Minor Flat form for the Johnstons in 2022 and has unseated early in two hurdles for this yard; needs plenty more on AW debut.

33/1

10

9th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Birdie Putt

10st 2lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

0-5 on Flat for the Johnston yard, showing only minor form; unseated rider early at Doncaster on the switch to hurdles; best watched.

100/1

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Exacta £70.00
Straight Forecast £60.40
Trifecta £712.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Rare Middleton

TOPSPEED:

Moodofthemoment

POSTDATA:

Rare Middleton

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Daily Mirror:

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The Star:

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Daily Record:

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The Sun:

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