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Stables Business Park Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6759.68
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Stables Business Park Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 302-25

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Fair maiden on Flat and 1-7 over hurdles; decent first effort of the season when second to a well-treated rival at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) and perhaps 2m5f was a stretch at Cheltenham since; seems fine on soft and has good claims.

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7th

8

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

17:10 Uttoxeter

Forever William

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

prominent

6/1

6th

3

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:00 Taunton

Forever William

11st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

led

4/1

1st

6

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

14:37 Plumpton

Forever William

10st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Now back on same mark as when gaining hard-fought win at Taunton (2m3f, soft) in January but absent since a poor run in April and others in this field have more pressing claims.

14/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 22U113 C

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

His novice win here (2m, good) in November has worked out well and he might not have been at his best when a 17l third under a double penalty over C&D 19 days ago; could have races in him off this mark.

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7th

5

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

American Sniper

11st 11lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

In a first-time tongue-tie and cheekpieces back on he won a 20-runner race at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) in November; fair fourth at Taunton (2m3f) four weeks later but he found little when returned to 3m at Newbury since; better expected back in trip with his yard going well.

10/1

7th

5

10th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

13:30 Newbury

American Sniper

11st 5lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Returned to form in this headgear combination to win big-field handicap at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) in November and fair fourth at Taunton (2m3f, good to soft) next time; also effective on soft ground and this step back up in trip is worth a go; not ruled out.

13/2

OUR TIP

100/30

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1221-1 D

Last run: 66 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Consistent and improving; front two were clear when he overcame a late mistake to win over this far at Fontwell (soft) and that effort can be upgraded; 4lb rise seems very fair.

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3rd

1

12th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 3

15:25 Market Rasen

Sayadam

12st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Yet to finish out of the frame; creditable third to one completing a hat-trick on first run over 3m at Taunton last time; has won on good/soft; a possible.

9/1

3rd

6

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

16:20 Taunton

Sayadam

11st 8lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

The winner of four of his eight starts, most recently over 2m3f on soft ground in November; not progressed since but his stable is in better form now and the step up to 3m also offers hope of better; one to take seriously.

13/2

4th

3

11th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

15:20 Uttoxeter

Sayadam

11st 13lb

J: Kai Lenihan

T: Kim Bailey

Consistent and improving, even allowing for him coming up short when made favourite for his latest handicap at Taunton (2m3f, soft); ran right through the line there and he's arguably 6lb lower for this with Kai Lenihan taking away 7lb.

11/4

Form: /2224/ D

Last run: 737 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Predictably struggled on the Flat one month ago on his first sighting for 704 days; is a pretty useful hurdler who has slipped to a handy mark and is by no means ruled out; soft ground is fine.

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1

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 2f 110y

Class 4

14:05 Newton Abbot

The Pinkn

12st 0lb

J: Daniel Sansom

T: Seamus Mullins

Has struggled to find his best since returning from nearly two years away but last month's fourth at Wincanton, when not quite seeing out 2m5f+, was a definite step in the right direction; could well be involved.

9/1

4th

8

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

14:25 Wincanton

The Pinkn

11st 9lb

J: Daniel Sansom

T: Seamus Mullins

Always towards rear when tried in cheekpieces two starts ago and was left behind when pace lifted in home straight here (2m4f; no headgear) last month; can't be supported with much confidence today but is now 12lb lower than when very respectable fourth at Taunton (2m3f, soft) in January.

14/1

Form: 32P-P4 C

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Mostly consistent over fences last season and ran okay in that discipline here one month ago in this first-time headgear combination; probably needed his reappearance in a handicap hurdle here in November.

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5

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

16:20 Taunton

Quoi De Neuf

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Evan Williams

Dual chase winner (once here); gave good account when second at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft) in November and will be fine over today's longer trip but he didn't fire when last in action and has become unreliable.

11/2

6th

6

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

12:40 Ludlow

Quoi De Neuf

10st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Looks a difficult horse to catch right but finished second at Catterick over a trip short of his best (2m3f) and drying ground is welcomed; couldn't rule out.

6/1

Form: 1/111- CD

Last run: 321 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Unbeaten in a bumper and three non-handicap hurdles, all confined to her own sex on good to soft; looks on a tough mark but she won easily here when last seen in February (admittedly at long odds-on) and difficult to gauge how good she might be.

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7th

1

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

15:15 Cheltenham

Lady Adare

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Has had three wind operations, the latest last May after a poor run at this meeting; won chase debut at Worcester in October and very good second in Grade 2 novice at Wincanton one month later, both at 2m4f, but a nine-day gap before latest start was seemingly insufficient as she ran poorly (2m1f); off 150 days since and needs improvement but could still have more to offer.

4/1

0

4

20th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 1

15:00 Exeter

Lady Adare

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Won on chase debut at Worcester (2m4f, good to soft) last month and ran really well when second against males in Grade 2 Rising Stars Novices' Chase at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) nine days ago; she should be fine at this shorter trip and she holds leading form claims.

9/4

Form: /P8-P5 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Looked a good chasing prospect two seasons ago but the wheels have come off since injuring himself; neither of his runs this season have been overly encouraging (hurdle/chase) and today's hood is a first.

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13

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Lieutenant Rocco

12st 0lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: Syd Hosie

Looked as though he might develop into a smart handicapper a few seasons back only for injury to intervene; won a Kempton handicap (2m4f, good; has won on heavy) 14 months ago but holding his form has been a challenge and he was well beaten by Espoir De Guye last time.

25/1

3rd

3

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

17:05 Wincanton

Lieutenant Rocco

12st 6lb

J: Mr George Hiscock

T: Syd Hosie

Front-runner who has an in-and-out profile but he won a handicap chase at Kempton (2m4f, good) last February and ran well when runner-up in a hunter chase at Taunton (2m7f, soft) last Tuesday; can make another bold bid if this doesn't come too soon.

4/1

2nd

3

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Lieutenant Rocco

12st 6lb

J: Mr George Hiscock

T: Syd Hosie

Had some problems since looking so promising earlier in career; won a 2m4f Kempton handicap last season before finishing a remote fourth in the cross-country race at the Cheltenham Festival; however, he ran a laboured race on hunter chase debut after 286 days away and that leaves him with questions to answer.

15/2

Form: 38/3-3 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Well beaten on chase debut in June 2021 and not seen again until November when running quite well at Kempton (2m, soft); easy to back that day so probably needed the run; well treated on old form.

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3rd

3

23rd Jul 2023

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

16:05 Newton Abbot

Yes No Maybe So

10st 5lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Tom Lacey

raced in third and in touch with leaders, not fluent 11th, not fluent 12th, weakened after 3 out

5/1

4th

5

9th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

15:20 Market Rasen

Yes No Maybe So

11st 7lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Four wins in 2020 but no joy since; good second at Ffos Las in January (off 6lb higher) but has rather lost his way since; visor no help when pulled up latest and tongue-strap now enlisted for the first time.

14/1

1

8th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:50 Worcester

Yes No Maybe So

11st 12lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Tom Lacey

Quite lightly raced since winning four in a row on good ground in 2020 and comes here after two disappointing efforts, the latter in refitted cheekpieces; needs to be perked up by the first-time visor.

16/1

Form: 114

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Very useful at up to 1m6f on the Flat and made a pleasing transition to hurdling with narrow wins at Uttoxeter and Wetherby; however, although he handles soft ground, his improvement under both codes has come on good or quicker; looked outclassed in a Kempton novice on Boxing Day.

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6

7th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

19:00 Hereford

Throne Hall

11st 10lb

J: Miss Brodie Hampson

T: Archie Watson

Wide-margin Flat winner under Brodie Hampson at Doncaster (1m4f, soft) in March but he laboured badly under a penalty after; has had more of a break this time and should be well treated back hurdling even though this career has seen more troughs than peaks since two wins in late 2022.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £391.00
Straight Forecast £434.50
Tricast £854.20
Trifecta £1432.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Lady Adare

RP Ratings:

Sayadam

The Times:

Quoi De Neuf

Daily Mail:

American Sniper

SPOTLIGHT:

Forever William

LAMBOURN:

Throne Hall

POSTDATA:

Rouge Vif

Telegraph:

Lady Adare

D Express:

Lady Adare

The Sun:

Lady Adare

Daily Record:

Lady Adare

TOPSPEED:

Sayadam

The Guardian:

Sayadam

Daily Mirror:

Sayadam

The Star:

Quoi De Neuf