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  • Prize money: £8264.76
  • 2m 3f 154y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 4244-1 CD

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Built upon the promise shown in some tough juvenile hurdles last season (including on soft) when winning over C&D (good) on handicap debut and reappearance in November; up 7lb but he was clear with the solid yardstick Foster'sisland and is open to further improvement for a stable enjoying a fine season.

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2nd

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Iroko

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Acts on soft; won on the bridle at Warwick in November then picked up an injury; unable to get competitive in the Turners at Cheltenham (again over 2m4f) on return to action but should still have more to offer; ran well over 3m in the Sefton on this card last year; interesting back up in trip.

7/2

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Iroko

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Very progressive over hurdles last term (on good/soft), winning the Martin Pipe at this meeting and third in 3m Grade 1 novice at Aintree; impressive over fences at Warwick (2m4f) in November, cruising home on the bridle in a race that Stage Star won en route to 2023 Turners success; picked up an injury soon afterwards and was deemed out for the season but has recovered faster than expected; exciting contender who brings lots of potential to this second chase attempt.

5/1

1st

4

7th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

13:55 Warwick

Iroko

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders, jumped left 1st, prominent before 3 out, went second on turn before 2 out, soon challenging and going best

11/10

9/2

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 214-91 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Won two novice hurdles last season (including over C&D on soft) and recaptured that promise with a game handicap win from Foster'sisland here (2m5f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; just 3lb higher today and it's possible this lightly raced 8yo will improve further.

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5th

3

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

15:35 Perth

Raffertys Return

11st 12lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Has improved with headgear on last three starts, winning over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) in first time cheekpieces and then scoring over 2m4f at Newcastle in a visor; could go well again despite 7lb rise.

4/1

1st

5

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 3

16:05 Newcastle

Raffertys Return

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

In first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces combination when beating three rivals over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) but he was a weakener when the visor was added at Kelso; takes on progressive opposition here and may struggle.

15/2

7th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Raffertys Return

10st 6lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Readily made all in four-runner handicap at Carlisle (2m3f, heavy) 12 days ago in first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces; the strength of that form is dubious, but he's still 3lb lower than when a fair fourth in this last year (good to soft) and is not ruled out; visor replaces cheekpieces.

9/1

16/1

  • Place: £4.20

Form: P9352B D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Third over C&D (good to soft) in October and creditable fifth of 18 at Cheltenham (2m5f, good) next time; in touch when brought down four out here (2m5f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; might not be far away if handling conditions, but he may not want soft ground nowadays.

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3rd

5

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 28y

Class 4

18:55 Sedgefield

Ashington

11st 7lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

No win since scoring over hurdles here (2m4f, Class 2; from 9lb higher) in March 2022; could strip fitter for recent comeback run (Warwick), while the switch back to fences for the first time in 13 months could potentially rekindle a spark; one to consider.

13/2

5th

4

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Warwick

Ashington

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Mark Walford

More than two years since last time successful but often runs well and he's dropped to a career-low mark; Cobden booking takes the eye on return from a break.

6/1

3rd

1

28th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

13:20 Sedgefield

Ashington

12st 0lb

J: Mr Paddy Barlow

T: Mark Walford

Without a win since March 2022 but has accrued plenty of minor honours and it was always going to be tough last time at Aintree; suited by these smaller fields.

7/2

Form: 32-282 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Won three in a row in late 2021 (2m3f-2m5f, soft/good to soft) and he's finished second of three of his last four starts, most recently here on Boxing Day; every chance he'll be bang there once more.

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3rd

12

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

15:20 Ayr

Fostersisland

11st 2lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Won twice here and was runner-up on his other visit; has not been easy to predict this season but ran okay after wind surgery last time and he's beneath his last winning mark.

25/1

4th

7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Fostersisland

10st 5lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Patchy form across his four runs this season but they've all been on soft going and he showed spark when second at Wetherby in January; below par there since but he's had wind surgery subsequently and could be back on better ground today; back down to same mark as for 8l win at Bangor (2m3f, good to soft) last March and this C&D winner is capable of having a big say.

14/1

5th

6

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:42 Wetherby

Fostersisland

11st 10lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Likes it here and he returned to form with a good second over C&D (soft) three weeks ago; every chance he'll be bang there.

9/2

Form: 45-746 CD

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 3lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

11yo who has regressed and was unable to threaten on his four starts in 2022; however, he continues to drop down the weights and didn't run badly when sixth behind Iroko over C&D (good) in November; today's softer ground could help and he's not ruled out in a first-time tongue-tie.

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1st

1

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

17:45 Hexham

Captain Zebo

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

made virtually all

16/1

3rd

1

6th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

15:48 Perth

Captain Zebo

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

Snapped a long losing run when in front at Hexham last month (2m, good) and probably ran to the same level when third back there over 2m4f 19 days ago; exposed but in form and should run well back in a Class 4.

3/1

3rd

5

17th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 3

15:10 Hexham

Captain Zebo

11st 5lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

took keen hold, towards rear, rapid headway and went second after 2nd

13/2

Form: 23-41F D

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won at Ayr (2m4f, soft) in November and was running well there last month when falling at the final flight; might not be far away.

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6th

10

14th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:32 Wetherby

Eternally Yours

10st 8lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

Won at Ayr (2m4f, soft) in November and was running well there last month when falling at the final flight; might not be far away.

8/1

4

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

14:00 Ayr

Eternally Yours

11st 9lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald Whillans

disputed lead, led 3rd

5/1

1st

2

9th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

15:55 Ayr

Eternally Yours

11st 10lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald Whillans

prominent, on outer, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, rallied approaching last, kept on strongly and led towards finish

4/1

Form: /122-P

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden hurdle at Clonmel (2m, heavy) last January and was runner-up at Ayr in the spring on his first two starts for this yard (2m4f/3m, soft/good to soft); pulled up on chase/handicap debut at Ayr in November but he's no forlorn hope now back over hurdles in a first-time tongue-tie.

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4th

2

6th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

14:00 Wetherby

Hasty Brook

11st 13lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

in touch with leaders

4/1

2nd

5

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

15:35 Haydock

Hasty Brook

11st 10lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Irish maiden hurdle winner who was runner-up in novice hurdles last spring on his first two starts for this yard; the form of his stable is a positive but he's struggled on both runs this season; major turnaround needed.

16/1

1

17th Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Doncaster

Hasty Brook

12st 1lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Fairly useful ex-Irish 2m winner but he's failed to fire in two runs for current yard this term, tongue tied when only seventh in 2m4f Wetherby handicap hurdle in January; needs to bounce back.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2-1PPP

Last run: 168 days

W: 12st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Won big-field handicap at Killarney last May and is one to watch in the betting on stable debut, but he was pulled up on his final three runs for Joseph O'Brien and is unproven on soft/heavy ground.

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5th

1

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

14:30 Hexham

Celestial Horizon

12st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Dual Flat (at up to 1m6f) and dual hurdles winner (at up to 2m1f) when trained in Ireland; well beaten in all nine starts for this trainer and plummeting in the handicap; new headgear now tried (has won in blinkers); watching brief advised unless market vibes strong.

9/1

8th

6

22nd Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 3

17:00 Sedgefield

Celestial Horizon

10st 12lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Haslam

His mark continues to tumble and he's worth a market check, but he was pulled up in summer 2022 on his final three runs for Joseph O'Brien and his struggles have continued for this yard.

16/1

Form: 71/2-0

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Didn't jump with fluency and was tailed off at 28-1 on last month's handicap debut at Aintree; it's hard to be confident on the back of that but this very lightly raced 6yo was returning from an absence and had shown promise on heavy and soft ground previously; not written off; check market.

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13

11th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

19:05 Warwick

Hardi Du Mesnil

10st 11lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Robert Waley-Cohen

took keen hold, led, headed 7th, lost ground quickly after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

40/1

0

1

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

13:00 Ludlow

Hardi Du Mesnil

11st 13lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Robert Waley-Cohen

Lightly raced 7yo who won a hurdle in France; useful form when runner-up on British debut in a Newbury hurdle in late 2021 but has achieved nothing in just four subsequent starts, the last two in points; has a lot to prove now.

16/1

8

14th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:32 Wetherby

Hardi Du Mesnil

10st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Didn't jump with fluency and was tailed off at 28-1 on last month's handicap debut at Aintree; it's hard to be confident on the back of that but this very lightly raced 6yo was returning from an absence and had shown promise on heavy and soft ground previously; not written off; check market.

12/1

Form: 34-956

Last run: 100 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Two-time French hurdle winner who was a creditable fourth of 18 in a Grade 3 handicap chase at Auteuil (2m7f, soft) last April; on a handy mark on that form but his form went the wrong way on his next three starts (hurdles latest); he's perhaps best watched on this stable debut.

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4th

12

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

13:30 Perth

Polisud

10st 11lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Took a while to find his form for these connections but it's there now after three competitive efforts in heavy-ground handicaps; however, drying ground might not be ideal for him and this is a rise in class.

12/1

1

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

14:35 Newcastle

Polisud

12st 0lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Useful in France and now getting it together for current connections following wind surgery, beating an in-form horse (a winner before and since) over C&D three weeks ago (heavy); could still be well handicapped despite the 7lb rise.

5/6

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Payout
Exacta £60.00
Straight Forecast £60.70
Tricast £506.20
Trifecta £580.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Iroko

RP Ratings:

Iroko

The Times:

Iroko

Telegraph:

Iroko

Daily Mail:

Iroko

D Express:

Iroko

Daily Mirror:

Iroko

The Sun:

Iroko

Daily Record:

Iroko